October 23-26

A Note From Ms. Gurn

This week we are starting our new novel, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Please make sure your child has this book by Monday morning. Parent/teacher conference sign up sheets will be in the office this week. Please sign up, as these meetings are mandatory for effective communication and progress. Please join us for the Halloween Party this Thursday evening in Neglia Hall from 5:30-7:30- food, games and costumes!

No school/Enrichment Day this FRIDAY. Early Dismissal at 2:00 MON.

Have a blessed week.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will learn how to make a works cited paged for our persuasive essays, we will finish our second and third body paragraphs, and begin typing our essays in the computer lab. Test Thursday on RW notes.

Spelling/Vocabulary Words: The spelling/vocabulary words will come from our new novel, Wonder. The words this week are: ordinary, extraordinary, cleft, palate, forewarn, precept, plaque, alignment, adjust, contagious, deed, monument, mortality, nauseous, outcome, accommodate, verge, jagged, defect, and catastrophe.

Science:  We had a great time at Wood Magic Forest Fair last week! We had 4 hands-on science lessons! This week, we will continue our learning focusing on the different types of plants that can be found in the ecosystem of a forest. Quiz Friday!

Social Studies: We have learned all about U.S. geography and civics. Now, we are entering the history part of social studies. We will begin by studying Westward Expansion. Why were Americans moving West?

Theology: This week we will continue our sacraments unit with the study of the Eucharist, which is at the heart of the Catholic faith. What are the important parts of the Eucharist? What is consecration/transubstantiation? See video below.

4th Grade Social Studies: This week we will finish studying the Southeast and Southwest regions of the United States. Next, we will begin studying the characteristics of the West- California, Oregon, and Washington- here we come! Quiz Thursday on Southeast/Southwest. Students should study their packets in their s.s. folder.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will finish our Egyptian unit by studying Egypt’s downfall. Which civilization conquered Egypt? What was Egypt’s relationship with other powerful civilizations such as Rome? Test Friday!

Reminders & Important Events:

Monday, October 23rd- 2:00 early dismissal/After School Program available

Tuesday, October 24th- Conference sign-up sheets available in the office

Thursday, October 26th- PTO Halloween Party! 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Friday, October 27th- In-Service Day (Enrichment Day if signed-up)

Tuesday, October 31st- Halloween!

Wednesday, November 1st- All Saints’ Day!

Friday, November 3rd- NO SCHOOL- Parent/Teacher conferences

October 9-13

A Note From Ms. Gurn

This week we are preparing for our Living Rosary! Please join us Friday on the soccer field at 9:30 AM. It is a wonderful time in October to celebrate our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Fatima. I love praying the Rosary with my family. It is such a nice tradition of reflective prayer. I hope your children have become more accustomed to the Rosary these past few weeks.

As always, be sure to review your child’s Tuesday folder with them. Simple discussions about tests and new goals go a long way!

Have a blessed week.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will begin crafting a thesis for our first five paragraph essay. The students will learn how to research and find evidence for their belief statements. We will be writing a persuasive essay. Test on the 4 types of writing Thursday.

Spelling/Vocabulary Words: The spelling/vocabulary words come from our novel. Some of them are British words! The list will always be in your child’s homework folder. Please review the list with them and practice daily for homework. Test next Friday.

Science:  We had such a great time last week building our “edible” cell. This week, we will focus on plant processes such as photosynthesis and respiration. What are vascular and non vascular plants? See video below.

Social Studies: This week we will learn more about our regional representatives and our six SC representatives. Let’s familiarize ourselves with the people who help pass our state and federal laws! Quiz Friday.

Theology: This week we will focus the sacrament of Reconciliation. Why is confessing our sins important? Where do we find Jesus giving us the sacrament of Reconciliation in the Bible? What are the steps of confessing? What is an examination of conscience?

4th Grade Social Studies: This week we will dig deeper into the Northeast unit. We will study the famous landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the famous Colonial cities.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will continue our unit on Egypt. We will focus on the Old Kingdom of Egypt. What advantages did the Nile River provide? What was the structure of government in the Old Kingdom?

Reminders & Important Events:

Wednesday 10/11- Pet blessing at 2:30 on the soccer field

Wednesday 10/5- Scholastic Book Fair begins in library

Wednesday 10/6- Grandparents’ Day/Porkchop Productions

October 2nd-6th

A Note From Ms. Gurn

I hope you all are praying for the cooler weather like I am! As October approaches, we are headed towards a busy month! Grandparents day is this Friday. The Scholastic Book Fair is also available in the school library this week. Your child may bring in cash to buy books.

As always, be sure to review your child’s Tuesday folder with them. Simple discussions about tests and new goals go a long way!

Have a blessed week.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will learn about the four types of writing: narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and expository. Let’s put them to practice with the correct professional language. We will continue to read our novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Test Thursday. 

Spelling/Vocabulary Words: The spelling/vocabulary words come from our novel. Some of them are British words! The list will always be in your child’s homework folder. Please review the list with them and practice daily for homework. Test Friday.

Science:  This week we will be focused on the basic building block of life- the cell. We will examine all of the different parts of the cell. How do animal and plant cells differ? See fun song below about the cell.

Social Studies: This week we will focus heavily on the legislative branch. What is the difference between the House of Representatives and the Senate? What are their jobs? What are their limitations?

Theology: This week we will focus on all feast days belonging to Mary- the Assumption, the Annunciation, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and many more! We will continue to practice praying the Rosary by also learning two new prayers- the Fatima prayer and Hail, Holy Queen. Quiz Wednesday.

4th Grade Social Studies: This week your children are presenting their in-class Midwestern project. They had to advertise a Midwestern product from the Breadbasket of America! Next region: the Northeast! What famous landmarks are found here?

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we are beginning our new unit- Ancient Egypt! Where is Egypt located? How was their government structured? What were some interesting customs of Egyptians?

Reminders & Important Events:

September 10/4- School Mass at 8:30 am. (Mass uniforms required)

Tuesday 10/3- Progress reports go home in Tuesday folder

Wednesday 10/11- Pet blessing at 2:30 on the soccer field

Wednesday 10/5- Scholastic Book Fair begins in library

Wednesday 10/6- Grandparents’ Day/Porkchop Productions

September 25-29

A Note From Ms. Gurn

 

Thank you to all who came to the PTO meeting on Thursday.  Your involvement really makes a difference in the school community. Please be aware that Monday is an early dismissal day at 2:00 pm. There is a yellow field trip form going home in the Tuesday folder. Our first field trip will be science based on October 19.  There is a cost of $10.00 for our bus transportation. We are using a new company. Please read and sign  the slip with attached cash or check.  Contact me if you are able to chaperone!  See below for the lessons I have planned for this week.

Have a blessed week.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will learn about personification, gem sentences, and lower level vs higher level questioning. The reading test will be Thursday. We will continue finding our reading lesson strategies in our novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The article of the week is also due Friday. The children have all week to complete it.

Spelling/Vocabulary Words: The spelling/vocabulary words come from our novel. Some of them are British words! The list will always be in your child’s homework folder. Please review the list with them and practice daily for homework. (options on yellow sheet)

Science:  We have finished our engineering mini unit. Your children designed a prototype of a free standing skyscraper and a boat that would float with 30 grams of weight added. They applied the engineering process beautifully. This week we will begin our life science unit. What are biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem? See video below!

Social Studies: This week we will continue to study the branches of the US government in depth. Last week, we learned the important people in our government. This week, we will focus on the executive branch. We will learn how to write a letter to our representative to make changes in Congress. Quiz Wednesday!

Theology: This week we we be studying Mary’s role in our faith as well as the Rosary. How do we pray the Rosary? How does is strengthen our prayer life? Where did the Rosary come from?

4th Grade Social Studies: This week we will focus on the Midwest region of the United States. Which famous landmarks can be found in the Midwest? What does the Midwest produce? What states are found in the Great Lake states and the Plains states?

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will finish our Mesopotamian. unit. The test will be Thursday. We will also begin a new unit on ancient Egypt! Where is Egypt? What were the ancient customs of the Egyptians?

Reminders & Important Events:

September 9/27- School Mass at 8:30 am. (Mass uniforms required)

Monday, 9/25- 2:00 dismissal- faculty meeting at 2:30

Tuesday 10/3- Progress reports go home in Tuesday folder

Wednesday 10/4- Pet blessing at 2:30 on the soccer field

Wednesday 10/5- Scholastic Book Fair in library

Wednesday 10/6- Grandparents’ Day/Porkchop Productions

September 11-15

A Note From Ms. Gurn

 

Our MAP testing is finished! I am very proud of the hard work and patience your children put forth last Wednesday. This week will be a busy one as our “firsts” are behind us. Remember to check your child’s assignment pads for daily homework and weekly quizzes and tests.  If your child is Catholic, they will be trained in altar serving with Father Linksy this Wednesday after the school Mass. See below for the lessons I have planned for this week.

Have a blessed week.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will continue to read our novel. Accompanied by this novel study, we will learn about metacognition while reading. What do good critical readers do? We will also learn how to catch a reader’s attention by using unique first sentences in our writing. The  reading test will be this Thursday. Students should study their RW notes.

Spelling/Vocabulary Words: The spelling/vocabulary words come from our novel. Some of them are British words! The list will always be in your child’s homework folder. Please review the list with them and practice daily for homework.

Science:  This week we will continue learning about the Engineering Design Process by putting the process to work! We will solve problems using hands-on activities. How tall can note cards stand to make a prototype of a building? See video below.

Social Studies: This week we are finishing the states and capitals! The test will be September 12. The children must fill in all the states and capitals on a BLANK U.S. map without a word bank. When we are finished with this, we will move on to the structure of the US government. See websites below for fun games to practice.

abcya.com/USA_geography_puzzle_map.htm

http://online.seterra.com/en/vgp/3063

Theology: This week we will study the liturgical year of the Church by making liturgical year mini banners to remember the order, colors, symbols and meanings of Ordinary Time, Advent, Lent, Christmas and Easter. We will also continue to study the 7 themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Quiz will be Friday.

4th Grade Social Studies: This week your children will learn about the seven continents. They will be sent home with full notes of the powerpoint used in class. This week we will study characteristics of North America and South America- climate, location, religion, culture and population! What are the biggest countries in each continent?

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will finish our Paleolithic and Neolithic age unit. The final test will be Friday. Our next topic of study is Mesopotamia- the fertile crescent! Why were cities thriving in Mesopotamia? Where would Mesopotamia be today?

 

Reminders & Important Events:

September 13- School Mass at 8:30 am. (Mass uniforms required)

Thursday, September 21st- First PTO meeting!  5:30 in Neglia Hall

Monday, September 25th- 2:00 dismissal

September 5-8

A Note From Ms. Gurn

 

I am very proud of the diligent work the fifth graders have shown during these first full weeks of school. Last Wednesday they said, “It feels like we’ve already been here for two months!” They are adjusting very well to the curriculum and expectations. Let’s keep it up. Also, this week we will be doing our first MAP standardized test Wednesday morning after Mass.  I wish you a blessed Labor Day. School resumes TUESDAY.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing: This week we will begin our novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Our lessons include: symbolism, drawing conclusions, and making predictions. Last week we learned about setting, fantasy novels, and author’s purpose! The first reading test will be this Thursday. Students should study their RW notes.

Science: We have mastered the scientific method through our gummy bear experiment and paper clip experiment. This week we will focus on the engineering design process. How is it similar to the scientific method?  What do engineers do?

Social Studies: This week we are fine tuning our memorization of the states and capitals. The students must be able to fill out a blank map with each state filled in with it’s corresponding capital. The test will be September 12. I hope the 50 capitals song isn’t bugging you too much at home! 🙂 See video below.

Theology: This week we will study the 7 themes of Catholic Social Teaching. I sent home the 7 themes in the Tuesday folder for you to review if you are unfamiliar. Why does the church have these set of beliefs? How do we apply these beliefs to our lives? We will also review the Liturgical seasons of the Church. We will also be immersed in Christian meditation daily. See video below.

4th Grade Social Studies: Last week we spent more time than I anticipated on learning map and globe skills. The children needed more time to master it..and that is okay! The quiz will be Friday. There are ample notes in their S.S. folder to study.  Also look for the packet that says “Equator” on the first page. Our next topic of study will be the 7 continents. What are the features of North America?

Longitude and Latitude Final Powerpoint

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will be comparing and contrasting the Paleolithic Age and the Neolithic Age. Which advancements from the Neolithic Age do you think were the most important for the development of civilization?  Quiz will be Thursday-study notes!

 

Reminders & Important Events:

September 6- School Mass at 8:30 am. (Mass uniforms required)
September 4- NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)

August 28-September 1

A Note From Ms. Gurn

Welcome to fifth grade! Each week, I will have the newsletter posted before Monday morning of the new week. Here you will find the lesson topics I will teach as well as quiz, test, and project due dates. Be sure to scroll down to see Important Reminders and Events. Please email me if you have any questions.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT- TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 @ 6:30. 

agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing: This week we will learn procedures for our reading/writing workshop model. We will dive into our first article of the week in which students will learn how to navigate and dissect an article. How do we know if an article is bias? Who is the author? What are the main ideas? The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe(pictured to the left) should be purchased by September 5.

Science: We will learn the steps of the scientific method: observe, research, hypothesize, experiment, analyze and conclude. We will apply these steps to a fun gummy bear experiment! Quiz Friday on the Scientific Method.

Social Studies: This week we will study the geography of the United States. We will begin memorizing both the states AND the capitals while brushing up on our map skills. Why is geography important today?

Theology: This week, we will start from the beginning! We will learn about God and creation. Did you know there are two accounts of creation in the Bible? How are they similar and different? We will also review Mass procedures before our first Mass celebration on Wednesday.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will begin studying world geography. We will memorize the continents and study each continent in depth. I have found that this foundation helps our United States history curriculum tremendously when discussing global connections. 🙂 Quiz- next Wednesday. See powerpoint below:

Longitude and Latitude Final Powerpoint

6th Grade Social Studies: We will begin this year studying the Paleolithic Age. Where were the first traces of civilization found in our world? What makes a civilization “ancient”? When do we consider a group of people ‘civilized’? Quiz Friday on NOTES.  See attached powerpoints below:

01B Prehistory Hominids

02 Paleolithic Age_Old Stone Age

Reminders & Important Events:

August 29- Back to School Night at 6:30 pm in Neglia Hall and Fifth Grade Classroom
August 30- First School Mass at 8:30 am. (Mass uniforms required)
September 4- NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)

Rising Fifth Graders- Summer Reading/Supply List

Rising Fifth Grade Parents: 

I am very excited to teach your child next year! Your child will complete the Summer Bridge workbook Grade 5, read two novels, and complete one project this summer. All hard copies of the information were sent home inside your child’s report card. Please email me if you have any questions at agurn@stpeterscatholischool.org

Check out the video below and show it to your child! It’s about the importance of reading over the summer!

Scroll below and you will find green links to the following:

  1. supply list
  2. summer reading project directions (ignore when it says “in class” and “provided comic template”)
  3. project rubrics according to chosen project
  4. summer reading letter

Below are also the photos of the front covers of the books your child must read and the Summer Bridge workbook. You can purchase them on amazon or find them at your local Barnes n Noble. I find amazon to be cheaper!

The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Summer Bridge Workbook Grade 4-5

**Watson’s Go to Birmingham project due: August 25, 2017.**

Final Supply List

WATSON-PROJECT-DESCRIPTIONS

option-i-cd-soundtrack-rubric

option-2-chapter-comic-book

option-3-model-rubric

option-4-performance-monologue

option-5-jackdaw-rubric

End of the Year Reading List Letter

   

May 30-June 2

A Note From Ms. Gurn

I can not believe I just typed “June” in this week’s newsletter title. We are in the last week of school! I am overcome with emotion when I think about all the love, laughter and learning had in Room 202 this year.

Please join us on Friday at 10:00 am in the church for the awards ceremony to close out the year! Remember: Friday is early dismissal at 11:30 am with NO ASP.

On Wednesday, your children get to “teach the teacher.” This is always a fun lesson where students get to choose what they want their classmates to learn. It shows strengths in creativity, resourcefulness, public speaking, lesson planning and more! I can’t wait!

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

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing: This week we will finish our novel, Wonder. We will create ten “precepts” and themes we have learned through Wonder and create a beautiful mural to represent the themes of acceptance and love in this book.

Science: We will present our multimedia projects on the brain this week! These videos will be posted on the school’s Facebook page soon! Be on the lookout. Topics include: the prefrontal cortex, the amygdala, left and right brain, the brain stem, and more.

Social Studies: This week we will memorize the list of presidents IN ORDER from George Washington to Donald Trump! I am sure that we will learn them in no-time with our helpful presidents song! See fun video below.

Theology: This week, we will end the year studying “All About St. Peter” to show respect for our school’s patron saint. Did you know Peter was crucified on the Vatican Hill upside down because he declared himself unworthy to die in the same manner as the Lord? He was then buried in Rome near the Vatican on Vatican Hill.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will finish our Civil War unit in just short three days! What were the lasting impacts of the Civil War that we still see today? I will also ask the students to write a letter to next year’s fourth grade class. This letter will be an advice piece to the rising fourth graders! 🙂

6th Grade Social Studies: We will present our Renaissance projects this week! In addition, your students will write a letter to next year’s sixth grade history class.They will reflect on all the topics they have learned this year in this writing assignment. I will miss this special class next year and I wish them all the best in middle school.

Reminders & Important Events:

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!!!!

May 14-19

A Note From Ms. Gurn

Please join us Monday morning at 8:15 am in the church for our annual May Procession and Rosary. Let’s ask the Blessed Mother to guide us as we begin the last few weeks of the school year together.

**MONDAY= EARLY DISMISSAL @ 2:00 pm **

Please remember our service project this month, which is Birthright; an organization that helps new and struggling mothers with pregnancies. We have received a few baby supplies, but we could use some more! Some items needed are: baby wipes, diapers, toys, and clothing. Thank you for your generosity!

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

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The words this week are from our novel “Wonder.” They are: mortality, celestial, pettiness, monuments, convert, perspective, cosmos, dimensions, papier-mâché, mane, fashionista, decisively, aversion, splay, and exasperated. Test next Friday.

Reading/Writing: This week we will be learning about different types of conflicts found in our novel. Some include: person vs. self, person vs society, person vs technology, person vs. person, and person vs nature. What kind of conflicts does the main character face?

Science: This week we will be learning all about the brain! We will be studying the cerebrum, the differences between the left and right brain, and the prefrontal cortex. All of this information will help us understand how we learn! Quiz on Thursday!

Social Studies: Last week, we learned our government’s fifteen cabinet members. I challenge you all to have the news on in the background while cooking dinner and see if your children can spot some government names! This week, we will be studying the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In addition, I will present the most important Supreme Court cases in our nation’s history.

Theology: We will continue to pray one decade of the rosary a day to honor Mary during the month of May! I was so impressed how quickly the children learned the Our Lady of Fatima prayer last week. This week, we will look at St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Five Proofs for Existence of God.” We will be focused on an apologetics approach to theology this week, as our children will encounter many instances in which they will need to defend their faith. See video below. Quiz on Wednesday!

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will pick up with the Oregon Trail. Quiz will be Thursday! When we are finished, we will begin our Civil War unit, discussing Antebellum America by analyzing both agricultural and industrial maps in the late 1800s.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will learn Medieval manners and etiquette. What was considered appropriate at a medieval dinner table? What types of food were eaten? After this, we will study the Catholic church’s hierarchy in the Middle Ages! See video below!

Reminders & Important Events:

May 15- May Procession and Rosary at 8:15 in the church/2:00 pm early dismissal
May 16- Progress Reports due back
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!!!!