December 10th-December 14th

A Note From Miss Boron

We have accomplished much this week, and I look forward to our doing the same next week (meaning December 10th-December 14th).

Fifth Grade This Week

Religion.  With our Advent activities taking a bit more time than I anticipated, we will be spending time this week on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.  Also, we sill learn about St. Alphonsus Liguori.

Reading.  Having just begun the novel, Shiloh, we will be working on that until the end of January.  We are doing in-class comprehension activities to accompany each chapter.

English.  A test will be given on Tuesday, December 11th.  The students have written in their agendas the pages in their textbooks that they need to be studying.  Each skill that will be tested has been presented in class, teacher-driven notes have been taken on that skill, and written or oral practice has been done to reinforce the objective.  Now, all that remains is your child’s studying.

Sixth Grade This Week

Religion.  The students will have a test on Monday on the Advent words and definitions that we have been reviewing.  We will spend the remainder of the week studying about people and symbols important to Advent (for example, Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist, the Jesse Tree, and the Advent candle colors).

Reading.    Our week begins by doing some reading skills that are also connected to the subject of English.  One of them is the correct use of time order words to make one’s writing more sensible; for example, if time order words were not used, we would not know what happened when.  Some examples of these words:  meanwhile, immediately, morning…)  Also, we will continue our oral reading and discussion of the story, “The People on the Beach”.

English.  We are getting into some of the more complex types of verbs that sixth grade students need to recognize and correctly identify and use.  This week we will study some verbs that cause trouble because of their misuse:  lie/lay  sit/set  rise/raise  let/leave  and teach/learn.  We will define them clearly and have ample opportunities to practice their correct usage.  Also, we will be practicing transitive verbs (those verbs that show the action of passing from a doer to a receiver).

In closing, I know just how busy and harried this time of the year can get.  I hope that you are able to have some relaxing moments to relish in the beauty that this season always offers.  May God’s blessings remind you of His love…

Warmly,

Miss L. Boron

 

Week of December 3rd-December 7th

Fifth Grade This Week

Religion.     In conjunction with our celebrating the season of Advent with a variety of activities, my students will be learning about the Fruits (Gifts) of the Holy Spirit.  These qualities are ones that it is believed the Messiah lived His life by; our blessing is that the third person of the Trinity is helping us try to live the same way.

Reading.       I will be giving each student a reading response folder that I have created for them.  They will be using these to write their reflections and thoughts during and after the reading of upcoming selections.  Primarily they will be kept at school for their in-class use.  Also, I will review the skill of browsing a selection and then, making predictions and/or inferences afterward.

English.         Intermingled with our continued work on adjectives, the maintenance exercises being done in the workbook provide many opportunities to review those skills that seem unfamiliar to them at this time.  I am happy with the way that our diagramming is progressing; this also gives the students more practice identifying the parts of speech of our language.

Spelling.        The class brought their spelling list home over the weekend to finish their preparation for our Tuesday test.  I am having them practice writing the words in cursive as a part of their studying process.

Sixth Grade This Week

Religion.        Using the glossary in the back of our Religion book, the class will be highlighting those words that are related to the season of Advent.  They will memorize their meanings for a test the following week.  The “why” of this assignment is to make this time of preparation for Jesus’ birth a more meaningful one to them.

Reading.         I have chosen a selection called “The People on the Beach” to complement the theme of ancient civilizations.  In this nonfiction piece, we will be learning about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and its destructive force.  Also, they will be practicing their note-taking and research skills on a lesson that I have prepared about the seven wonders of the world.  That will occur at the week’s beginning.

English.           Seeing a need to do more in-depth skill review as a result of our maintenance exercise drills (we are taking notes on those skills that gave them trouble), along with more practice working with prepositions, we have not moved on to the chapter on verbs.  Though I am concerned about this slower pace that we are moving at, I believe it is essential that the students show a solid understanding of the present material being presented before moving on to new skills.

In conclusion, I would like to remind you of our upcoming field trip to the Koger Center.  I have most of the permission slips; if you have not yet done so, please remember to send in the $10 cost for this holiday show.

Also, a very special thanks to the parents of Zion in my 5th grade class.  This week on Tuesday, we were treated to Zion’s father’s family recipe for homemade biscuits and sausage gravy.  It was a first for me, heralding from Ohio, to taste something that I have heard is authentic Southern cooking.  I am a convert…it was simply delicious.  The children enjoyed it so much, and it was such a nice way for us to celebrate the cultures representative of our families.

May your upcoming week be a safe, happy, and faith-filled one,

Miss L. Boron

 

Week of November 26th-November 30th

A Note From Miss Boron

Well…we are now entering one of the busiest times of our school year, with special activities abounding that make staying focused on the academic part of our school year a bit more challenging.  However, it always has a way of working out well, and our missions get accomplished…with fun sprinkled throughout to help make the season the happy one it is meant to be.

Fifth Grade This Week

Religion.     We will have a week of lessons on Advent–waiting for the birth of Jesus and His second coming.  Studying this special time of the Liturgical year helps to remind the children about the real reason for Christmas; also, revisiting the simple majesty of Jesus’ birth together as a class will build a stronger understanding of His meaning in our lives.

English.         Doing the maintenance exercises in our English workbook has helped me to see some of those skills that my students need to be retaught or reviewed.  With that said, we are switching gears from sentence parts and structure to the world of adjectives.  The lessons this week will include those of descriptive adjectives and the proper use of the articles a, an, and the.

Reading.        The next few reading selections are focused on a new theme:  heritage.  By definition, heritage is transmitted or acquired from a predecessor.  It includes customs, beliefs, and values that have been passed to us by our ancestors.  It is my goal that the students will gain a better understanding of different cultures that we visit, and more importantly, gain a deeper appreciation for their own heritage.  “Love As Strong As Ginger” is a lovely story about a young girl’s exposure to her grandmother’s job, working in a cannery cracking crabs for  six dollars a day.  Mixed within the story line is a peek at the Chinese culture, and the real life struggles of a Chinese immigrant’s life in the 1960s.

Sixth Grade This Week

Religion.     Like the fifth grade students, the sixth graders will be preparing for the season of Advent in an interesting way.  The Old Testament tells how God prepared the people of that time for the coming of the Messiah.  Much later, we have John the Baptist that proclaimed Jesus’ coming.

English.        We will finish up some introductory work on prepositions and move onto verbs, more distinctly, the principle parts of verbs (for example, the present, past, and past participle forms of verbs).  Within this area of study, the students will be introduced to auxiliary verbs, more commonly known as “helping” verbs.

Reading.        I am looking forward to our next anthology’s theme:  Ancient Civilizations.  Whenever students get a chance to read about archaeology and archaeological digs, the interest is quite palpable.  Pictures from some old National Geographic magazines certainly helps, too.

In conclusion, please remember to initial or sign your child’s blue folder.  That is my assurance that you have seen its contents…thank you for that.

As the Christmas carol reminds us…

It’s the hap-happiest time of the year…

sometimes, all the extra “stuff” that accompanies this time distance us from the magic of the time.  So, aren’t we the fortunate ones since our children will help us see that magic and happiness through their own excitement.  The most beautiful part is sharing with them the birth of one little baby over two thousand years ago.

Blessings to you,

Miss L. Boron

 

Week of November 19th-23rd

A Note From Miss Boron

Our upcoming shortened week reminds us that a special holiday is in the near future.  As Father Linsky shared with us in his homily, we need to be reminded that, amidst all of the favorite foods and time spent with those we love, the word “thank-you” needs to be a key part of the celebration.  I hope your children will remember his words, and that you will hear that word spoken in your direction.  I would like to send my thank-you to all for your welcomes, supportiveness, and help.  With the two-day week, we will primarily be doing work that is “tying up loose ends”, rather than introducing new skills.

Despite their not being homework over the vacation, please have your child spend some time reading a good book.  I would like the students to be choosing more Newberry Award winning books; I believe that Barnes & Noble has a separate table for these books, and there are many to choose from.

Please receive my wishes for your blessed Thanksgiving…

Warm regards,

Miss L. Boron

Week of November 12th-November 16th

A Note From Miss Boron

Mrs. Wall illuminated the meaning of Veteran’s Day so beautifully at Morning Prayer on Monday.  It was the perfect way to prepare the school for our annual Veteran’s Day Parade field trip, which will be on Monday, November 12th.  I do have all of the permission slips for that special event.  Please have your child bring a blanket to sit on, and should the weather be on the chilly side, warm outerwear.

Fifth Grade This Week

Religion.  We know of Original Sin caused by Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God, but we often do not correlate that to our own human condition, many times characterized by our weaknesses.  Using the Bible’s references, we will learn the effect of Original Sin on us.

Reading.     We will continue our work on the selection, “Class President”.  Should all go as planned, we will do an activity related to the storybook “Enemy Pie”.  I have moved that book back and forth from Ohio to South Carolina twice because I like it so much.  It is such a character-building book, done in a light-hearted, yet though provoking way.  After I read it to the class, I am hoping that a roundtable discussion will make the book’s message even more valuable as your children share their ideas.

English.  With the introduction of maintenance exercises, I am getting a far more accurate idea of what skills your children are familiar with, have mastered, or do not know.  These little skill-based mini-lessons cover all of the standards that are expected to be taught, including that of diagramming sentences.  Though this is new for the class, I can see it is beneficial and challenging.  Also, we will be going back a bit; they do not appear to be at mastery level in our work with nouns and all of the different jobs a noun can have.  So, those lessons will be reviewed.

Spelling.    Your child will continue studying the remainder of their list words and the given sentence for their final test on Wednesday.  Remember, please, that a little studying every night prevents a night-before-the-test cramming session; as we all know, that can create much undo frustration for all concerned.

Sixth Grade This Week

Religion.  Continuing our work on the books of the Bible, the class will be choosing one of their favorite stories appearing in the Bible.  They will illustrate and write about it, with an added activity of sharing their choice with the class.  Also, on a more technical level, these fine students will learn how the Magisterium–the pope and bishops working together–help to make the Bible more understandable for us.

Reading.    Before beginning a new anthology of stories with a different theme, we will conclude our work on “St. George and the Dragon”.  Also, I have chosen seven literary elements that the students need to know, by definition.  More importantly, we will be looking for those elements in our reading selections to add relevance to their reading.  I will be giving them the definitions, which  will be written in their composition books.  At some point soon, they will also be tested on those definitions.  That date has not yet been determined.

English.  Like the fifth grade students, we will be doing maintenance exercises that review all basic skills, grammar and mechanics based.  These are in their workbooks, at the beginning of each new unit.  Then we will review prepositions and prepositional phrases.  This part of speech is about words that show relationships between nouns and pronouns and other words in the sentences.  Examples:  about, above, outside, upon, within…

In conclusion, I learned that this year is Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday…if you, like so, so many people have been charmed by this famous and favorite mouse, his creator has a quote that I will be sharing with my students.

All our dreams can come true—if we have the courage to

pursue them.           Walt Disney

If not already happening, may one of your dreams become a reality…

Regards,

Miss L. Boron

Week of November 5th-November 9th

A Note From Miss Boron

One thing that I forgot about teaching is that some of the best-laid plans may not always be fulfilled.  Our extra activities this week caused some changes in our normal schedule; hence, the fifth and sixth grade students did not “travel” on Thursday.  Therefore, as you are reviewing my planned lessons, you may think that it sounds a bit on the familiar side.  With that little disclaimer, I would like to share my plans for next week.

Fifth Grade This Week

Religion.     The students will be introduced to the meaning of the Trinity, or the three persons of God…the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We bless ourselves many times each day with this sign of our faith; I look forward to the class reflecting on the meaning of each of the Trinity’s persons.  I know that the class has enjoyed meditative prayer earlier in the year; we will discuss the “whys” and “hows” of this style of prayer.

Reading.        We did complete our assessment on “The Marble Champ” today (Thursday).  However, a vocabulary activity did not get presented, nor did a reading response lesson.  We will begin with those next week prior to our beginning the new selection “Class President”.

English.           Our week begins with a review of complete subjects and predicates, prior to their doing independent work on that skill.  Then, we graduate to learning about nouns as subjects and subject complements of sentences.  A noun can also function as an object of the verb in a sentence.  Learning about these differing jobs a noun can have will help tremendously when we begin the diagramming of sentences.

Spelling.            Our new list contains words that have a short /e/ sound in the spelling pattern.

Sixth Grade This Week

Religion.              We will take our test that was missed on Thursday, October 31st.  Our focus will then turn to the Bible where God is revealed to us.  A study of St. Jerome will be done in conjunction with our lesson on the Bible; he translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin, the ordinary language of the time.  More importantly, he taught that the words of the Bible should be reflected in our actions.

Reading.                  Our assessment was missed on Thursday.  That will be taken on Monday.  Our new selection, “St. George and the Dragon”, shows how good eventually can triumph over evil.  These reading skills will be developed:  vocabulary, oral discussion, oral and silent reading, and comprehension strategies.

English.                    We are all caught up in English…yahoo!  The standard of Grammar conventions will begin our week as we identify sentences as simple or compound.  Following that, the student will use correct punctuation in compound sentences (a comma with a conjunction, or a semicolon without a conjunction).

In conclusion, our precept for this first full week of November ties handily in with the theme of the fifth and sixth graders reading.  It goes like this:

“Great works are performed not by strength but by

perserverance.”       Samuel Johnson

I think we can all identify with that as we continue our daily journey of trying to live as greatly as we can.  God bless your journey…

Miss L. Boron

October 29th-November 2nd

A Note From Miss Boron

Before I begin sharing my instructional plans for this week, I would be remiss if I did not do a very important thing…I must thank you for all of your warm welcomes back.  Your kind words and hugs made my “homecoming” an especially wonderful one.  The good God has abundantly blessed my life with this opportunity to be a part of your child’s education.

Grade Five This Week

Religion.     We begin our week in a special way.  The live rosary will be said on the soccer field Monday morning.  Mrs. Wall is having us meditate on the Joyful Mysteries while praying this devotion.  Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday and Thursday of this week:  the regular children’s Mass on Wednesday and All Saints Day on Thursday.

Reading.       Concluding activities for “The Marble Champ” will occupy our week.  Those include:  completion of oral reading, silent re-reading, written assessment, and vocabulary extension activities.  The written assessment is planned for Tuesday, October 30th.  That may be changed to Wednesday, dependent on our progress.

Spelling.         Our first test will be given on Wednesday.  Please help prepare your student by having them practice writing their words in cursive while they study at home. Thank-you.

English.          We continue our work on sentence parts.  This includes the following skills:  identification of the complete/simple subject and the complete/simple predicate of sentences.  Included in these skills is the recognition of nouns and verbs; these parts of speech are the composition of the sentence parts.  Also, I will be introducing the writing genre of Personal Narrative writing.  The topic they will be responding to is “Life is your Journey”.  They will be reflecting on and sharing their best qualities that serve them in living their lives in the best way possible.

Sixth Grade This Week

Reading.           Our week begins with the completion of  orally reading the selection “The Fire Builder”.  A written assessment will be given on Thursday, November 1st, about the story.

Relative to the story’s theme of perserverance, the students will be orally presenting their prepared essay.  They were asked to choose and write about a famous person that has overcome many obstacles in order to achieve a goal.

English.              The standard skills of sentence structure and sentence classification will be studied this week.  The lessons will be on natural/inverted order (actually, that is a review lesson) and kinds of sentences.  Like the fifth grade class, Personal Narrative writing will be dissecting the characteristics of  this genre.  I had this planned for last week, but we did not get to it.  Unlike the fifth grade, they will be doing a more in-depth study of the characteristics and then, implementing them in their own writing.

Concluding Remarks

If you have not already, please sign up for a parent/teacher conference time.  The sheets are in the office.

 

My precept to be shared with the students this week is from E.B. White,      “Always be on the Lookout for the Presence of Wonder.”  Hmmmmm…I think that may serve us all as we remember the gift each new day affords us.  May your week be a “wonder-filled” one.

 

Kind Regards,

Miss L. Boron

Week of October 22nd-October 26th

A Note From Miss Boron

My goodness…it is true what is said about God’s sometimes mysterious workings in our lives.  Being back at St. Peter’s is such a blessing to my life; seeing the familiar faces of your children made my return a very special one.  As I have written in my blue folder comments, I am happy to be a part of your child’s journey in his/her education at this wonderful school.

Please review the lessons I have planned to present this week.  May I preface them by saying that they may not all get accomplished, and therefore, will be carried into next week.

Fifth Grade This Week

Religion.     The standard, The Year in our Church, is represented by two Holy Days coming up next week:  All Saints Day and All Souls Day.  We have shared the meaning of those days and their relevance to our lives.  Both days will be celebrated at Mass next week on Wednesday and Thursday.  Perhaps you would like to join us?  If so, I look forward to seeing you.

Reading.       I will begin our instruction in Reading by using the Opencourt series.  Our first selection is realistic fiction focused on the theme of cooperation.  Besides introducing some new vocabulary words, fluency in their oral reading and comprehension through class discussion will be emphasized.

English.         Our first lesson is on the four kinds of sentences.  The students are learning to take notes in an outline format while learning about this standard.  Generally, this teacher-guided and demonstrated note-taking is followed up with whole class practice; then, an independently done written assignment is completed as a tool for my assessment of what was learned.

Spelling.          Your student was given a list of words today, Tuesday, to begin studying.  Each word on the list contains a short e spelling.  Also, I have included a sentence for the students to practice spelling and writing.  The test will be given next Tuesday, October 30th.

Sixth Grade This Week

Religion.           All Saints Day and All Souls Day are the primary lessons being presented.  We also are reminded that the Eucharist is God’s way of making our relationship to Him a closer, more connected one.  He certainly does help us in all ways possible…

Reading.            Like the Fifth Grade class,  we have talked about the feast days of All Saints and All Souls Days.  I was so happy to learn that almost every student has a saint that they feel a spiritual closeness to.  In our work together this year, I look forward to introducing them to some of the less heralded, yet equally inspirational, saints.

English.              While taking notes in class on subjects and predicates, I believe the procedure we adopted for that skill in fourth grade, became more familiar once we got started.  I gave a pretest on Monday to see what lessons in the unit on Sentences needed a formal presentation; it appears that every lesson will need to be reviewed for their mastery.  Also, I will incorporate writing into our weekly lessons. The first genre to be studied is that of the Personal Narrative.

In conclusion, please reinforce the importance of homework completion and the quality of the work/study that they have invested.  I will working on that daily in our classroom.

I wish you a pleasant week, and I look forward to seeing you at Parent Teacher Conferences next week.

Kind Regards,

Miss L. Boron

 

 

October 15-19, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

This week we have a 2pm dismissal on Monday, October 15th. This is also the final week of the combined 5th and 6th grade classes. Thank you parents for being so supportive during this time! I look forward to continuing to work with each of you!

The sixth graders have begun Snack Shack. Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. This week our Snack Shack managers are Micah Austin and Danny Cox. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Monday, October 15th. Thank you for supporting the sixth grade in their business endeavor.

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule

This Week in Class

Math: We will be discussing how to add and subject fractions and mixed numbers and how to simplify fractions. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

Science: We will be discussing human impact on the earth by discussing the cause and effect of air, water, and land pollutions. The students will take the Science Test on Friday, October 19th.

English: We will be reviewing predicate nominatives, predicate adjectives, and objects of the preposition.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the Tools of any Historian by talking about primary and secondary resources. The students will complete an in class project to end the unit.

Religion: We will be discussing the history of Latin in the Church and the five sources every Catholic should know to understand the faith.

5th Grade Reading: This week we will continue our first novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Our lessons will focus on the six traits of writing. The students will finish our novel and complete a writing assignment.

The Fifth Grade Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 19th. The words are listed below.

Commonly Misspelled Words list 3

6th Grade Reading:  This week we will continue reading our first novel, The City of Ember. Our lessons will focus on the six traits of writing. The students will finish our novel and complete a writing assignment.

The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 19th. The words are listed in the document below.

vocabulary4

Reminders & Important Dates

October 15th     2pm dismissal

October 17th     School Mass (Mass Uniform)

October 25th     PTO Halloween Party in Neglia Hall from 5:30-7:30pm

October 26th       In-service Day/ No School for students

Please share the videos below with your student.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0m89e9oZko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtGRihw4G-c

https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/longitude-and-latitude/

October 8-12, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

We are now settling into our daily routine well and the students are excited for all the wonderful privileges that await them as fifth and sixth graders. The sixth graders have begun Snack Shack. Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. This week our Snack Shack managers are Joseph Hauk and Heyward Blakley. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Tuesday, October 9th. Thank you for supporting the sixth grade in their business endeavor.

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule

This Week in Class

Math: We will be discussing how to add and subject fractions and mixed numbers and how to simplify fractions. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

Science: We will be discussing human impact on the earth by discussing the cause and effect of air, water, and land pollutions.

English: We will be discussing predicate nominatives, predicate adjectives, and objects of the preposition.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the Tools of any Historian by talking about timelines.

Religion: We will be discussing the parts of the Bible and the 4 marks of the church.

5th Grade Reading: This week we will continue our first novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Our lessons will include summarizing. The Reading quiz will be given on Thursday, October 11th and it will cover imagery and irony.

The Fifth Grade Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 12th. The words are listed below.

Commonly Misspelled Words list 2

6th Grade Reading:  This week we will continue reading our first novel, The City of Ember. The students will discuss the figurative language the author uses to determine author purpose and comprehend the plot. The Reading quiz will be given on Thursday, October 11th and it will cover imagery and irony.

The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 19th. The words are listed in the document below.

vocabulary4

Reminders & Important Dates

October 9th       PTO meeting in Neglia Hall at 5:30pm

October 10th     School Mass (Mass Uniform)

October 15th     2pm dismissal

October 25th     PTO Halloween Party in Neglia Hall from 5:30-7:30pm

October 26th       In-service Day/ No School for students

Please share the videos below with your student.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0m89e9oZko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtGRihw4G-c

https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/longitude-and-latitude/