A Note From Ms. Gurn
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!!!!