May 1-5

A Note From Ms. Gurn

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

On Tuesday, our biggest online fundraiser, Midlands Gives will begin! Please make a donation by going to wwww.MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. If we get 180 different donors, our school will receive $10,000!

Please make sure your child has our last novel, “Wonder” by Monday. Thank you!

 

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be this Friday on last week’s poetry terms. I am also introducing a few new study/homework options. The words next week are from our new novel “Wonder.” They are: ordinary, extraordinary, cleft, palate, forewarn, precept, plaque, alignment, adjust, contagious, deed,monument, mortality, nauseous, outcome, accommodate, verge, jagged, defect, catastrophe.

Reading/Writing: This week we write our last few poems and we will finalize our poetry books to prepare for Poetry Cafe on May 12th. One poem includes a “concern for the world” poem. Students will choose one current event topic to write about. Students should have Wonder by R.J. Palacio by Monday!

Science: This week we will be creating our invasive species project! Some of the invasive species that will be researched are: cane toad, starlings, asian carp, and rabbits! There will be different options for the project: powerpoint/prezi, video “warning” presentation, or poster!

Social Studies: We are going to “back track” a bit by studying President Nixon and his campaign to “Middle America.” We will discuss the controversy over the Watergate Scandal and read his resignation letter. We will also discuss the economic crisis of the 1970’s with manufacturers leaving the United States. Quiz on Thursday.

Theology: This week our focus will be on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si. I attended a session at the National Catholic Educators Association conference led by a sister. Her presentation and analysis of our holy father’s letter will guide these lessons. Although it is called “Our Common Home”, Pope Francis’ stresses the importance of Jesus and God’s love for humans which is most important! We will juxtapose Pope Francis’ encyclical with pop culture. See video below- scroll all the way down.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will be studying the voyage of Meriweather Lewis and William Clark with Sacagawea. We will also learn about the Pony Express! How were the 13 colonies communicating with the new American settlers in the West? Quiz Thursday!

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will discuss the role of the Catholic Church during Medieval Times. How did the roles of the pope and the bishops change? Why were they suddenly political figures rather than spiritual leaders? This discussion will lead us to the Crusades! Quiz Thursday. See video below- scroll all the way down.

Reminders & Important Events:

May 2- Midlands gives
May 9- Progress Reports go home
May 9- 7:00 pm Art Show at Spring Hill Suites
May 9- Spring Music Concert practice at USC
May 10- 5:00 PM Dance Recital
May 11- 7:00 pm Spring Music Concert at USC Copenhaver Band Hall
May 12- Poetry Cafe at 10:15
May 12- 5:30 pm Family Picnic on the playground
May 15- May Procession and Rosary at 8:15 in the church/2:00 pm early dismissal
May 16- Progress Reports go home
May 17- Columbia Catholic Schools Choral Concert at 6:30- Cardinal Newman
May 19- Field Day/PHEP Parent Presentation
May 25- Information Session at 6:00 pm
May 26- Birthright Service Project deadline- items due to the office (baby bottles, wipes, etc)
May 29- NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day
May 31- 8:30 am Sixth Grade Graduation with ceremony to follow/LAST DAY FOR SIXTH
June 1- 10:00 am K5 Graduation with celebration/LAST DAY FOR K4 AND K5
June 2- 10:00 am Awards Ceremony with 11:30 am Dismissal/NO ASP- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for grades 1-5!!!!

April 24-28

A Note From Ms. Gurn

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

Welcome Back! I hope all of you had a peaceful and restful Easter Break. This week, we are jumping back into the swing of things! We are on track to finish all of our units on time in every subject! I am very proud of your children’s hard work. I cannot believe we only have 29 days of school left…but who’s counting?

 

 

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be next Friday. The words this week are poetry terms we have been learning. They are: accent, alliteration, assonance, acrostic, ballad, chinquapin, consonance, couplet, epitaph, exaggeration, haiku, homonym, homophone, hyperbole, imagery, verse, metaphor, meter, narrative poem, nursery rhyme.

Reading/Writing: This week we will write an “Inside/Outside” poem about identity. We will learn how to write “deep” poetry that tugs at your heartstrings. We will be reading some Shakespearean poems, too! I will prove to the children that Shakespeare is rather relevant even though his work is hundreds of years old.

Science: This week we will be studying endangered and invasive species! The children will research either an endangered or invasive species and create a project with a partner. What can we do to protect endangered species? What can we do to control invasive species? Quiz Friday!

Social Studies: Our new unit is called “America’s Role in Today’s World.” I am using FDR’S quote as inspiration to guide our unit- “We must be the great arsenal of Democracy.” We will begin studying Ronald Reagan’s economic policies in the 1980s. Quiz on Thursday.

Theology: This week we will study what sacramentals are- statues, crucifix, rosary, etc. We will identify all of the sacramentals found in our church. How do sacramentals help us with our faith? What is the history of the different objects we see at Mass?

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will begin studying Westward Expansion and the Louisiana Purchase. Why were Americans moving west of the Appalachians? We will then begin studying the War of 1812. See video below!

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will begin our new unit on the Dark Ages and the Medieval Era in Europe. We will start by discussing feudalism in Western Europe! See video below!

Reminders & Important Events:

 

April 25- Information Session at 6:00 pm.

April 26- First Communion Practice

April 27-  LAST PTOo meeting at 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Apri 28- Cardinal Newman Concert

April 29- First Communion Mass on Saturday at St. Peter’s Church

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

Tuesday, May 2: Please go to MidlandsGives.org/StPetersCatholicSchool and make a contribution to our school.  If we get 180 donors for this one day online event, sponsored by Central Carolina Community Foundation, St. Peter’s will get $10,000 in bonus money!  Thank you.

April 10-12

A Note From Ms. Gurn

This week our school will participate in a school-wide Lenten retreat day on Wednesday. We will be going to Mass, Adoration, and the Stations of the Cross. In the classroom, we will reflect on Holy Week with meditative practices and scriptural study. All of these practices are in preparation for Easter.

With that said, please note that this week is a short one. We will not have school April 13-21. Have a great Easter break and God Bless!

 

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be MONDAY. The words this week are civil rights terms found in Rosa Parks’ autobiography. They are: comply, chronic, fare, customs, coordinate, tonsillitis, sympathy, petition, indignant, commissioner, enroll, negotiate, mobilize, oppression, impose, indignity, epiphany, advantage, autism.

Reading/Writing: This week we will be creating two poems using the 3 R’s- rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. We will learn how to analyze a poem and “dig deep” into its meaning. We will use all of our poetry books from the library to study the different styles. See “Kid President Poem” video below for inspiration!

Science: This week we will continue our new unit on different ecosystems- tundra, rainforest, desert, etc.

Social Studies: The students did a wonderful job in our Socratic seminar on the “I have a Dream” speech. This week, we will be starting our PROTEST projects! Each student will research a protest- either modern or historical. They will create a poster (provided for them) explaining the protest and its effect in the United States.

Religion: This week we will be focused on studying the four Gospel accounts of the Passion in preparation for Easter while participating in our Lenten day retreat.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week we will study the roles of the senators and the representatives in the House and the Senate. We will be able to identify our South Carolina senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. We will also learn our representatives- Trey Gowdy, Jim Clayburn, Tom Rice, Joe Wilson, Mark Sanford, and Jeff Duncan. Quiz Tuesday on Constitution and Branches of Government.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will learn about the mysterious fall of the Mayan civilization. What are some possible theories for its decline? Essay assessment comparing and contrasting Mesoamerica and AfricaTuesday. See video below.

Reminders & Important Events:

 

April 10- Rice bowls due back to school

April 11- Report cards due back to school

April 12- School Wide Lent Retreat

April 13-21- Easter Break- NO SCHOOL

April 25- Information Session at 6:00 pm.

April 26- First Communion Practice

April 27-  LAST PTOo meeting at 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Apri 28- Cardinal Newman Concert

April 29- First Communion Mass on Saturday at St. Peter’s Church

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

Tuesday, May 2: Please go to MidlandsGives.org/StPetersCatholicSchool and make a contribution to our school.  If we get 180 donors for this one day online event, sponsored by Central Carolina Community Foundation, St. Peter’s will get $10,000 in bonus money!  Thank you.

April 3-7

A Note From Ms. Gurn

 

This week our school will be visited by the SACS Accreditation team! We are looking forward to sharing our classroom lessons with them while representing our awesome school! Note: Report cards will go home Tuesday in the weekly folders. Please review the report card with your child, sign it, and ask your child how he/she will finish the fourth quarter strong!

In addition, we are so happy to have the sixth grade back from Washington, D.C.

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

 

 

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be next Friday. The words this week are civil rights terms found in Rosa Parks’ autobiography. They are: comply, chronic, fare, customs, coordinate, tonsillitis, sympathy, petition, indignant, commissioner, enroll, negotiate, mobilize, oppression, impose, indignity, epiphany, advantage, autism.

Reading/Writing: We have completed our research papers! I am looking forward to reading all of the interesting information about our states! This week, we will start a new unit on POETRY! The students will learn that poetry deals with matters of the heart. How is poetry different from prose? We will create one poem per day! “Welcome Shakespeare and hello Poe!”

Science: Last week, we learned about the differences between food chains and food webs. We created our own chains and webs while learning that all sources of energy come from the sun! This week, we will study the different ecosystems- tundra, rainforest, desert, etc. Quiz on Thursday!

Social Studies: Last week, we discussed the differences between MLK and Malcom X in the Civil Rights Movement. This week, we will break down the “I Have a Dream” speech from MLK and the “Ballot or the Bullet” speech. We will listen to the audio, watch the speech, and analyze the two opposite messages being sent.

Religion: Last week, we studied the greatest commandment! This week, we will look at Catholic doctrine. We will study the Vatican II Council. Who is involved in a  church council? What did Pope John Paul II say at Vatican II?

4th Grade Social Studies:  Last week, we took a survey to see if we would have been federalists or anti-federalists during the founding of our nation. We had 12 anti-federalists and 4 federalists! Interesting! Most of us believed most power should belong to the states. This week, we will study the three branches of government. What are checks and balances? See fun video below.

6th Grade Social Studies: Quiz Monday on Incas and Aztecs! This week, we will study the great capital city of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitlan! Why was this city so successful? We will read primary sources from Spanish conquistadors. After this, we will debunk some myths about the Mayan civilization. We will finish our unit on Mesoamerica this week. Test will be next Tuesday.

Reminders & Important Events:

April 4- Report Cards issued

April 7- Parish Lenten Service

April 10- Rice bowls due back to school

April 11- Report cards due back to school

April 12- School Wide Lent Retreat

April 13-21- Easter Break- NO SCHOOL

April 25- Information Session at 6:00 pm.

April 26- First Communion Practice

April 27-  LAST PTOo meeting at 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Apri 28- Cardinal Newman Concert

April 29- First Communion Mass on Saturday at St. Peter’s Church

Tuesday, May 2: Please go to MidlandsGives.org/StPetersCatholicSchool and make a contribution to our school.  If we get 180 donors for this one day online event, sponsored by Central Carolina Community Foundation, St. Peter’s will get $10,000 in bonus money!  Thank you.

March 27-31

A Note From Ms. Gurn

 

The fifth and fourth graders will be going to Cardinal Newman Monday at 12:00 to see their Madagascar performance. We are so excited to see all of the hard work put in by some of our alumni.

The sixth grade students will  be in Washington, DC this week. Our prayers are with them for safe travels and an openness to new opportunities and growth!

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

 

 

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be THIS Friday. The words this week are civil rights terms that we are learning in social studies! They are: belligerent, prestigious, retaliate, garments, faculty, infirmary, anesthetic, animosity, ostracized, activist, segregationist, discrimination, repudiating, plaintiff, indoctrinated, integrate, intimidate, poll tax, and authoritarian.

Reading/Writing: This week we will finish our research papers! We will make our outlines and cover pages in class. I will be conducting editing conferences one-on-one. When we are finished with our research papers, we will dive right into our poetry unit in the month of April, which is national poetry month.

Science: Last week, we conducted a mini lab to see how yeast affected the decomposition of a banana and its decay! Super cool (and gross!) This week, we will begin our new unit on food webs and food chains. What is the difference between the two?

Social Studies: This week, we will study Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Did Parks intend to have the type of effect she had on the Civil Rights movement? We will also discuss how the Jim Crow laws were unconstitutional. Quiz on Thursday.

Religion: This week, we will look at how the Mass is organized and divided into the different parts such as the Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, etc. What parts of the Mass are found in scripture? What words are exactly the same as Jesus and his disciples used? See video below.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will have our quiz on Franklin, Hamilton and Jefferson on Thursday. We will begin discussing the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist parties, and the writing of the Constitution. How is the Constitution used today? Why is it important for a country to have a set of rights and rules?

6th Grade Social Studies: While the sixth graders are in DC, I have asked them to make a list of both Greek and Roman architectural influences as well as Greek and Roman symbols they see. I hope they have a rich learning experience, applying what they learned in last years history class with me! Their quiz on Mesoamerica will be Friday. (Azteca, Incas, Mayas)

Reminders & Important Events:

 

March 24- End of 3rd Quarter

March 27-29- Sixth Grade Washington DC Trip

 

March 20-24

A Note From Ms. Gurn

Last week, it made me smile when I told the children, “Take out your religion notebooks and Bibles”…I heard a resounding “YES!” We are becoming New Testament scholars. It is truly my most favorite time of the day, reading God’s word and asking critical questions together. This activity is helping all of us become stronger in our faith during this Lenten season.

 

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be NEXT Friday. The words this week are apprehensive, attentive, diminish, disdain, engross, headway, jargon, vernacular, malleable, meticulous, monotonous, obscure, outlandish, potential, and pristine.

Reading/Writing: This week we are working on our second and third paragraphs of our research papers. We are practicing the following format for each paragraph: attention grabber sentence, thesis, three supporting facts, strong conclusion sentence.

Science: This week we will continue to learn about microorganisms. We will look specifically at photos of amoebas, bacteria, and algae. All of these are single-celled organisms. How do some bacterias actually help us? Quiz on Thursday.

See link for more information and a microorganism game! http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/microorganisms/read/1/

Social Studies: We concluded our Cold War Era! The students have firm grasps of capitalism and communism. They also understand the effects of the two systems today! This week, we are starting a new unit- the Civil Rights movement. Who were some influential figures during this time period? See video below!

Religion: We are really enjoying reading the New Testament together every day. This week, we will continue on with Matthew’s gospel. We will also look at paintings representing Jesus’ parables. Why did Jesus choose parables to teach moral lessons?

4th Grade Social Studies:  We are founding father experts! This week, we will begin learning how the Constitution was written. We will read parts of the Constitution in our pamphlets. Then, we will discuss how our government operates today under the Constitution. What are the three branches of government?

6th Grade Social Studies: We will conclude our unit on Ancient Africa this week! We will start our new unit study Mesoamerica- the Aztecs, Olmecs, and the Mayans. How did these people reach the Americas? What were their cultures like?

Reminders & Important Events:

March 18- St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Devine St.

March 20- 2:00 pm early dismissal

March 21- Re-registration deadline

March 24- End of 3rd Quarter

March 27-29- Sixth Grade Washington DC Trip

 

March 13-17

A Note From Ms. Gurn

I am always impressed with the level of respect and humility shown by your children as we go through the Stations of the Cross in the church. Last week, the students wrote beautiful meditations for each station and illustrated them too! I will put them outside of my classroom door for you all to see.

Please consider joining us this Saturday for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade! We will meet on Devine Street. I will be there around 9:00 am! Look for our St. Peter’s green shirts. 🙂

Please see below for lessons  being presented this week.

 

 

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be THIS Friday. The words this week are new common SAT words that will help them write their research papers. The words are: collaborate, antagonist, vindicate, tenacious, tactful, superficial, resilient, procrastinate, opulent, intuitive, frugal, exemplary, divergent, convergence, conformist, anonymous, abbreviate,digression, empathy, incompatible, and lobbyist.

Reading/Writing: Our research notecards on our states are finished! Now we will begin writing our outlines. We will learn how to choose strong topic sentences to begin each paragraph. We will also begin typing our rough drafts on google docs.

Science: Last week, the students loved learning about DNA…and also had a challenge trying to pronounce deoxyribonucleic acid! We will make our own double helixes this week. We will also begin our new mini unit on single-celled microorganisms. Which are helpful to us? Which ones are harmful? See video below!

Social Studies: Last week, we analyzed all of the articles of the Paris Peace Accords. We had a discussion on whether the students thought the negotiations to end the Vietnam War were fair and morally just. This week, we will begin to look at the fall of the Soviet Union. What causes led to their downfall? Quiz on Thursday.

Religion: Our Lenten journey continues this week. The children have really enjoyed studying the Gospels and digging deeper into the Bible. It gave me a classroom goal. I’d like us to to try to finish reading the entire New Testament. We will find 10-15 minutes a day reading the Bible. In addition, we will continue on with our new lesson on the two natures of Jesus: human and divine. See Lent video below.

4th Grade Social Studies:  Last week, we began reading our short biography on our first founding father, George Washington! This week, we will make a “character web” for Washington. What traits would we use to describe him as a leader? Next up….John Adams! How were Washington and Adams similar and different in their presidencies? Quiz on Washington and Adams on Thursday.

6th Grade Social Studies: We enjoyed studying ancient African culture last week. The whole class agreed that this culture radiates joy through their colorful clothes, vibrant art, and upbeat music. The students even got to listen to a Kenyan song still sung today. This week, we will focus on the relationship villages in Africa had with other world powers. Why did Islam spread to Africa? Quiz on Thursday.

Reminders & Important Events:

March 18- St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Devine St.

March 20- 2:00 pm early dismissal

March 21- Re-registration deadline

March 24- End of 3rd Quarter

March 27-29- Sixth Grade Washington DC Trip

March 6-10

A Note From Ms. Gurn

This week we focus on the new liturgical season of Lent. Last week, we learned about Ash Wednesday. We learned that the ashes mark us as followers of Christ, they remind us of our sinful humanity and the sacrifices we will make for the next 40 days, awaiting our Savior.

Please see below for lessons  being presented this week.

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be next Friday. The words this week are new common SAT words that will help them write their research papers. The words are: collaborate, antagonist, vindicate, tenacious, tactful, superficial, resilient, procrastinate, opulent, intuitive, frugal, exemplary, divergent, convergence, conformist, anonymous, abbreviate,digression, empathy, incompatible, and lobbyist.

Reading/Writing: Last week, the students learned how to create notecards for their research papers. This week, the students will use the information they have found to make their Works Cited page and begin a rough draft of an outline of their paper. How do I make an outline of my paper?

Science: We will continue to learn about inherited traits and DNA. What is a recessive trait? What is a dominant trait? What does DNA look like and what does it stand for?

Social Studies: This week we will look at the end of the Vietnam War and the fall of the Soviet Union by analyzing the Tet Offensive. We will look at famous speeches from the five presidents who served during the Vietnam War. How do these speeches try to persuade the American people to support Vietnam?

Religion: This week we will take a special Lenten journey…we will use an interesting BLOG created by a traveler who went to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage. The blogger walks us through the real steps Jesus took on the road to Calvary. See link —-> https://landlopers.com/2011/04/03/walking-via-dolorosa-stations-cross-jerusalem-guide

4th Grade Social Studies:  Last week we read, discussed, and analyzed the Declaration of Independence. This week, we will use a powerpoint presentation and short video clips to understand who our “Top 5” founding fathers are: Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Adams, and Franklin. See comical video below about the Declaration.

6th Grade Social Studies: We were unable to begin our new unit on African Empires and the spread of Islam last week due to a short week preparing for our Rome test.  This week, we will begin our new unit. What special cultures have African empires contributed to the world? Why did many Africans convert to Islam?

Reminders & Important Events:

March 2-3 Diocesan Teachers’ Conference/ NO SCHOOL

March 8- Picture Day- Mass Uniform

March 10-Newspaper Club after school

March 18- St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Devine St.

March 20- 2:00 pm early dismissal

March 21- Re-registration deadline

March 24- End of 3rd Quarter

March 27-29- Sixth Grade Washington DC Trip

February 27-March 3

A Note From Ms. Gurn

This week is a short one! The students will be in school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Our St. Peter’s teachers will be attending the Diocesan Teacher Conference at Cardinal Newman High School on Thursday and Friday. SO, no school for students on Thursday and Friday. This conference is a great opportunity for our teachers to grow both professionally and spiritually.

Please see below for lessons  being presented this week.

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be THIS Wednesday. The words this week are common SAT words that will help them write their research papers. The words are: consider, minute, accord, evident, practice, intend, concern, commit, issue, approach, establish, utter, conduct, engage, obtain, scarce, policy, straight, stock, and property.

Reading/Writing: This week we will continue writing our research papers on our states! Your students should have their 1 pack of colored notecards by Monday! These will be used to organize our facts and research. We will be creating research folders this week and finding credible sources to begin answering our questions on the states. See below for video.

Science: We have discussed cells and classification of animals and plants! This week, we will discuss inherited traits and DNA!

Social Studies: This week we will look at what it was like to be a POW (prisoner of war) during Vietnam. We will look at success stories of survivors such as John McCain. Quiz on Vietnam War/Cuban Missile Crisis on Tuesday.

Religion: This week we will look specifically at the Acts of the Apostles. How is this book in the Bible organized? What topics does this book cover? Who wrote the Acts of the Apostles?

4th Grade Social Studies:  We were unable to start our lesson on the Declaration of Independence last week due to our final day of project presentations and note taking on the battles. This week, we will start looking at the copy of the Declaration of Independence in my classroom. We will “de-code” the Declaration in order to understand it on a “kids” level.

6th Grade Social Studies: Last week, we discussed the fall of the Roman Empire.  The final test on Rome will be Wednesday. The students did their first DBQ (document based question) essay, explaining why they think the Roman Empire fell based on the evidence given. This week, we will begin a new unit on African empires and the spread of Islam.

Reminders & Important Events:

February 28- Progress reports due back to school

March 1- Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:30 am

March 2-3 Diocesan Teachers’ Conference/ NO SCHOOL

 

February 20-24

A Note From Ms. Gurn

We enjoyed “spreading the love” last week with our Valentine’s Party. Thank you to all who brought in items. This week, we are busy, busy, busy! Please note that we are not in school on Monday due to President’s Day! Come join us Thursday night in Neglia Hall at 6:00 for an awesome talent show!

Please see below for lessons  being presented this week.

 

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be next Friday. The words this week are common SAT words that will help them write their research papers. The words are: consider, minute, accord, evident, practice, intend, concern, commit, issue, approach, establish, utter, conduct, engage, obtain, scarce, policy, straight, stock, and property.

Reading/Writing: This week we will be starting our research paper unit! This large unit will take us a month. The students will learn the steps to writing a research paper. Your children will need 1 pack of COLORED notecards by Thursday. Each student will be researching a state. (Florida, Montana, New York, etc.)

Science: This week we will continue our unit on life science. Last week, we looked at the differences between plant and animal cells. We also got to see cheek cells, brain cells, and stomach cells! This week, we will learn how different cells perform specific jobs to create tissues, muscles, organs, and organ systems. See video below for CELLS RAP. Quiz on Wednesday.

Social Studies: Last week, we learned about the Cuban Missile Crisis. The students had the opportunity to act as President Kennedy and make decisions on what they would have done differently. This week, we will study the Vietnam War. We will incorporate music into this lesson, as many songs have been written about this war.

Religion: This week we will examine the Bible. What is the Bible? How is it organized? Why do we have so many different versions of the Bible? How many books of the Bible can you memorize? Quiz on Thursday.

4th Grade Social Studies:  I was very impressed with the battle projects! This week, we will look at the Declaration of Independence. Who wrote it? Who signed it? What messages did the colonies send to England and King George III? Quiz on Thursday.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will discuss the fall of Rome. What led to Rome’s downfall? How were other parts of the world affected? Quiz Thursday on Roman Mythology and Christianity in Rome.

Reminders & Important Events:

February 20- NO SCHOOL/President’s Day

February 21- Re-registration begins// Progress reports go home/ Talent show dress rehearsal 4:00-5:30 in Neglia Hall

February 23- School Talent Show at 6:00 pm in Neglia Hall

February 25- Deckle Edge Literary Festival in Neglia Hall (Saturday)

February 28- Progress reports due back to school

March 1- Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:30 am

March 2-3 Diocesan Teachers’ Conference/ NO SCHOOL