December 18-20

A Note From Ms. Gurn

Christmas break begins this Wednesday, December 20 at 11:30 am. There will be no After School Program. We will have a fifth grade Advent retreat day on Wednesday, preparing for the birth of Christ. I hope all of you have a safe and blessed Christmas. I will be praying for all of you; as I’m thankful for each of you and your sweet children.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

 

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will read Christmas Mass homilies from priests in the U.S. Our writing workshop will focus on writing substantive, critical responses to these homilies. We will use reflection to guide our writing. Our next novel is pictured to the left. It is called Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. Please have this book purchased by January 3.

Spelling Words: No spelling words this week. However, we will take a closer look at some Christmas vocabulary words used in the Bible such as census, Emmanuel, nativity, epiphany, magi, frankincense, myrrh, etc.

Science:  This week we will be starting a new unit; physical science. Who is Isaac Newton and what are his laws of motion?

Social Studies:  We will continue to learn about World War I. We will study the series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western front of WWI around Christmas 1914. Please see the touching video below.

Theology: This week we will be learning about the Birth of Christ through scripture. Why is Luke’s account of the birth of Christ most popular? Luke 2:1-20. Our Advent retreat day will be filled with reflection and Advent day activities.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week we will learn about the Southern colonies. How did the Triangular Trade start to bring slavery into the U.S.?

6th Grade Social Studies: This week the students will learn about the differences between the city-states of Athens and Sparta. What were these city-states known for? Did they ever work together?

Reminders & Important Events:

Wednesday, December 20– Early dismissal at 11:30/ No After School Program available

Monday, January 3- School resumes

December 4-8

A Note From Ms. Gurn

As we begin Advent, it is a perfect time to reflect on the amazing gift of the birth of our Savior. I know the children love this time as much as I do. Each day, we will gather around our Advent wreath, read scriptures, and sing Advent hymns to prepare for Christ’s coming. See video below!

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week the students will become journalist writers.I am excited about this lesson because it inspired the newspaper club to develop last year! The children will learn about the 5 W’s in article writing. They will be writing news stories about St. Peter’s, learning how to be concise and clear.

Spelling Words: The words this week come from our novel, Tuck Everlasting. They are: meadow, accessible, wander, cease, gallows, disturb, thrust, conceal, appearance, vanish, curious, dawn, intrusion, disaster, trespass, immense, twilight, cross, patience and squat. Test next Friday.

Science:  The final test on the human body will be this Thursday! Our focus this week involves the two most important organs; the heart and the brain. What parts of your brain hold your memories? How many chambers does the heart have?

Social Studies:  This week we will learn about the car industry through a study of Ford Motor Company. How did the invention of the Model T change how societies were run? We will be involved in a simulation, where students will learn what it’s like to be in an assembly line at Ford.

Theology: This week we will learn about Jesus’ parables. What is a parable? Why did Jesus choose to teach his people in this way? What is your favorite parable? See Advent video below.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week the students will read the Mayflower Compact. What was the relationship like between the Native Americas and the settlers? We will also be finishing our Life of Pocahontas books.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we are starting a new unit- Ancient Greece! This unit proves to be a favorite. We will learn about the first Greeks- Mycenaens and Minoans. What were the differences between these two groups?

Reminders & Important Events:

Sunday, December 3 – Advent Begins

Friday, December 8 – Field Trip (‘Twas the Night Before Christmas play)

November 27-December 1

A Note From Ms. Gurn

 

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving with family and loved ones. I am excited to begin the season of Advent with the children next week, as we prepare for Christ’s birth. This week proves to be a busy one! We have started our new novel, Tuck Everlasting. Please make sure this book has been purchased or ordered. Progress reports go home Tuesday. Please review these reports and talk to your child about improvements to end the second quarter strong.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

 

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week the students will learn about pre-reading strategies and different plot line “literature arcs.” They will also be typing their creative writing pieces in the computer lab. RW Test will be Wednesday.

Spelling Words: The words this week are a mixture of subject area words as well as words with the suffix -ant. They are: immigrant, irritant, defendant, feast, betray, assistant, brilliant, compliant, extravagant, ignorant, possibility, grasp, comic, quiet, rounding, agriculture, adapt, nomad, migration and artifact. Test Friday.

Science:  This week we will finish our human body systems unit by matching organs to systems. Students will cut and paste the major organs in their notebooks and match them to the correct system. The final unit test on the functions of major organs will be next week.

Social Studies:  This week we will evaluate the negative effects of the Industrial Revolution. We will be reading excerpts from the infamous novel, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. What were working conditions like in factories? Quiz Thursday on notes.

Theology: This week we will learn about amazing Eucharistic miracles. Pope Francis (formerly known as Cardinal Bergoglio) witnessed a miracle in Argentina where a host was transformed into flesh on a church floor. What do we do when science can not explain miracles? See interesting video below.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week the students will be immersed in the first successful colony of Jamestown. We will read an article about the real Pocahontas and her affect on the English colonists. How did she help to create peace amongst the settlers and the Powhatan natives? How did the Disney film get it wrong?  Quiz Thursday.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will be studying all major world religions. Who are the leaders of each faith? What are the major holidays? How does organized religion affect events in history? Quiz Thursday.

Reminders & Important Events:

Wednesday, November 29th- Makeup picture day and Graduation pictures

Sunday, December 3 – Advent Begins

Friday, December 8 – Field Trip (‘Twas the Night Before Christmas play)

 

November 20, 21

A Note From Ms. Gurn

Hello parents! This week is a short one. Only two days. Thanksgiving Break begins Wednesday, November 22. School resumes on Monday, November 27.  We will be making sandwiches for the Oliver Gospel Mission on Tuesday in Gibson Hall from 8:15-9:30. Chef Sam, the Oliver Gospel Mission cook, has also agreed to speak to the children about the importance of giving back to the community. What a wonderful way to demonstrate the Catholic Social Teaching of Option for the Poor and Vulnerable. 

Have a blessed Thanksgiving and Go Gamecocks! 🙂

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week the students will finish their creative writing pieces. The students created a narrative writing checklist that includes imagery, dialogue, creative title and style, setting, conflict and solution. These stories will be illustrated with a front cover and typed in the computer lab.

Spelling/Vocabulary Words: No words for this short 2 day week!

Science:  This week the students will explore our hands-on torso, Mark the Model! Our human torso model includes major organs, vessels and muscles labeled. We will focus on our bodies’ “top 10 organs.” P.S.- The students said Mark was a little shy when his picture was taken. <——

Social Studies:  This week we will continue our unit on Big Business and Industrialization. Why was industrialization called a revolution? Did industrialization start in the U.S.?

Theology: This week we will create illustrations and symbols to represent each Catholic Social Justice principle. We will also be choosing scripture verses to include in the sandwich bags for Oliver Gospel Mission. Which scripture verse would comfort someone who is poor or lonely?

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week the students will start the history portion of Social Studies! We have been immersed in detailed geography for two months! They know their states, regions and landmarks…now it’s time to travel back to the 13 colonies before the word “state” was used.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will finish our Eastern religions unit by studying Shintoism, Taoism and Jainism. Why is it important to learn about these religions and philosophies? Can we have a productive debate while defending our Catholic faith using apologetics? We shall see!

Reminders & Important Events:

Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th- Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 29th- Makeup picture day and Graduation pictures

November 6-10

A Note From Ms. Gurn

I have seen outstanding progress in fifth grade. I am proud of the hard work put forth to begin the second quarter with confidence. This week, as always, promises to be a productive one. Sending you all warm wishes as our cooler weather approaches. 🙂

 

Have a blessed week.

 

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week the students will finish typing their persuasive essays using their Google account login. The papers will be typed and formatted in MLA style. The students will also learn about commonly misused homophones- they’re, their and there as well as you’re and your.

Spelling/Vocabulary Words: The spelling/vocabulary words will be different this week! We will have a list compiled of commonly misspelled words: acceptable, believe, committed, definitely, embarrass, foreign, grateful, humorous, intelligence, judgment, library, misspell, neighbor, occasionally, perseverance, questionnaire, receive, schedule, their and until.

Science:  This week the students will investigate the human body systems. This week’s focus is on the skeleton system. What is the function of the skeleton? See video below.Next up: the muscular system.

Social Studies:  Last week the students did a phenomenal job acting our our first Readers’ Theatre with our Transcontinental Railroad play. This week, the students will learn about the tense relationships between the new Western settlers and the Native Americans. Quiz Thursday.

Theology: This week we will dive deep into the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. The students will create a skit showing how their actions reflect the teachings assigned to them.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week the students are researching one famous U.S. landmark. Some include the Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument and Mount Rushmore. Each student will create a poster cut-out of their landmark and present their research. Quiz Thursday on Western unit.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will continue to learn about Ancient China. We will learn about major Eastern religions that originated there; Legalism, Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. How do these religions differ/compare to our Catholic faith? Quiz Thursday!

Reminders & Important Events:

 

Monday, November 13th- 2:00 dismissal

Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th- Thanksgiving Break

October 30-November 3

A Note From Ms. Gurn

I am looking forward to meeting with you all at parent/teacher conferences this Friday as we finish the first quarter with positivity, progress and perseverance. Please sign up in the office if you have not done so already. If you are unable to meet, we can reschedule via e-mail. I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Reminder: This week we are celebrating All Saints’ Day. All are welcome to join our Wednesday Mass at 8:30 am.

Have a blessed week.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week the students will identify the following figurative language devices: irony, metonymy, oxymorons and puns. The students will apply these devices to the novel, Wonder. Students will cite where they found these devices in their book using highlighting and critical thinking notes. Test next Thursday on RW notes.

Spelling/Vocabulary Words: The spelling/vocabulary words will come from our 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. Test Thursday.

Science:  This week we will focus on plant processes. We will conduct an experiment using celery stalk, food coloring, and water to show how water moves up a plant. Let’s examine our results and conduct our hypotheses using the Scientific Method. See video below.

Social Studies: Last week the students critiqued the famous painting, American Progress. They concluded that American Progress was a symbolic representation of Manifest Destiny. This week, we will learn about the physical obstacles that Americans faced moving West. Quiz Wednesday.

Theology: This week we will compare and contrast the four Gospel writers: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The students will analyze the four books of the Bible. How does each Gospel writer describe Jesus? What are their stories? Quiz Wednesday. Angelus recitation Thursday.

4th Grade Social Studies: Last week, the students created their own Southeast/Southwest region puzzles. They were challenged to identify the southern states based on shape and border lines. This week, we will begin our unit on the West. Which famous landmarks can you visit here? What is the climate? How does the West differ from the East?

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will begin a new unit; Ancient China. The students will learn about the importance of dynasties by distinguishing the similarities and differences of the four prominent ruling families: Han, Shang, Zhou and Qin. Are dynasties a positive or negative effect on society?

Reminders & Important Events:

Monday-Thursday- Conference sign-up sheets available in the office

Tuesday, October 31st- Halloween

Wednesday, November 1st- All Saints’ Day Mass at 8:30

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

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 page 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