May 29-June 1

A Note From Ms. Gurn

Can you believe we made it? It is finally the last week of school. I am so proud of all of my students. I have watched them grow, learn and mature this year. Thank you for sharing your precious ones with me. I will miss them dearly next year.

*No school Monday due to Memorial Day.

Please join us this Friday (our last day) for our awards ceremony at 10:00 am. The day ends early at 11:30 am. You may sign your child out after the ceremony.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will finish our novel, Fever. We will create projects based on the spread of the yellow fever, the life cycle of a mosquito, manners in the 1700s, and the city of Philadelphia in 1793. The students can’t wait to see how the novel ends.

Spelling Words: No spelling words. The students and I did the math and they learned 340 new spelling/vocabulary words in 180 days. Impressive!

Science:  This week we will be involved in project based learning this week where students will pick any science topic they’d like to “teach the teacher.” They will create a visual presentation, make an assessment and lead a discussion with the class.

Social Studies:  This week we will learn all about the modern presidents: Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump. Students will conduct a presidential interview with one of the following presidents above as they take on the persona of each.

Theology: The students will recite the Nicene or Apostles’ Creed on Tuesday. This week we will read the Bible story of the Good Samaritan and try to apply it to modern day situations. How can you be a Good Samaritan this summer?

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week we will close out our unit on Reconstruction discussing the negative Southern effects of losing the Civil War. These topics include Black Codes turning into Jim Crow laws and the spread of the Ku Klux Klan. How do we fight racism today in our world?

6th Grade Social Studies: The sixth graders will write a letter to next year’s Ancient World History’s class explaining the curriculum/highlights of the year. They will make timelines beginning with Neolithic age and ending with Late Renaissance. Each part of the timeline will involve one fun fact of each civilization.

Reminders & Important Events:

 

Monday, May 28th- NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, May 30th- Mass/ 6th Grade Graduation

Thursday, May 31st- K5 Graduation

Friday, June 1st- 11:30 dismissal- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

May 18-25

A Note From Ms. Gurn

On Friday, grades 1-6 will participate in Field Day. Please make sure your child has a bottle of water, lunchbox, and sunscreen! There will be no school on Monday due to Memorial Day. Please continue to encourage and motivate your child to work hard these next two weeks to finish the year strong. Please see lesson topics that will be presented this week.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

 

 

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will begin writing a character analysis for our main character in our Fever, Mattie Cook. We will also practice answering in complete sentences using question prompts.

Spelling Words: The spelling/vocabulary words this week will consist of 5th grade sight words, “shun” words, and academic vocabulary.  Test this Friday.

1. February 2. entrance 3. valley 4. freight5. discard 6. president 7. aware8. trouble 9. situation 10. station 11. description 12. prescription 13. subscription 14. condition 15. introduction 16. technique

Science:  This week we will be learning about renewable and nonrenewable resources. How can we help to keep our Earth clean?

Social Studies:  This week we will finish learning about Nixon’s presidency. Next, we will learn about Dessert Storm and the United States’ relationships with the Middle East. Quiz Thursday.

Theology: The students must memorize the Nicene Creed by May 29. This week, we will learn about Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. What does the Catchesim say about these different facets of life after death? Quiz Friday.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week we will examine the South’s attempt to keep African Americans at a lower social statues with black code laws. We will discuss how these codes eventually transformed into the Jim Crow laws. Quiz Thursday.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will discuss the differences between the Mayan and Incan people. We will also study the amazing Machu Picchu in Peru. Quiz Thursday.

Reminders & Important Events:

 

Friday, May 25th- FIELD DAY!!!!

Sunday, May 27th- 11am mass for Mrs. Preston

Monday, May 28th- NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, May 30th- 6th Grade Graduation

Thursday, May 31st- K5 Graduation

Friday, June 1st- 11:30 dismissal- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

May 14-18

A Note From Ms. Gurn

The countdown begins! Only a few short weeks until the end of the school year. We will continue to learn and work hard this week despite the buzz of summer time. Monday is an early dismissal at 2:00 pm. On Tuesday, the students will practice for the Spring Music Concert. Join us Thursday at USC Band Hall. The children must arrive at 6:30; concert begin at 7:00.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

 

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will study the plot diagram: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. These parts help us to follow the sequence of events in a story. We will apply these parts to our new novel, Fever. Test will be Thursday.

Spelling Words: The spelling/vocabulary words this week will focus around common spelling patterns of double consonants in the middle of words and high frequency words. Test this Friday.

1. dinner, 2. attic, 3. beginning 4. accident 5. butter 6. happen 7. brilliant 8. aggressive 9. necessary 10. tomorrow 11. success 12. annoy 13. apparatus 14. occasion 15. collect16. American 17. celebration 18. disappointed 19. exercise 20. important

Science:  This week we will end our rocks and minerals unit with a final test on Wednesday. Then, we will begin a new unit on how humans negatively and positively impact the environment. What can we do to help keep our Earth clean?

Social Studies:  This week we will wrap up our unit on the Vietnam War. Then, we will begin a new unit on Modern America/Post Vietnam. We will start with Nixon’s presidency; analyzing the Watergate Scandal.

Theology: This week we will be studying the Nicene Creed and Apostles’ Creed. How are they similar and different? What does the Nicene Creed say about our beliefs? How is it organized?

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week we will finish our Civil War unit; beginning the era of Reconstruction. How will the South recover and rejoin the Union without conflict?

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will end our Renaissance unit and begin a new unit on Mesoamerica- Incas, Mayas and Aztecs. How did these cultures help to contribute to modern art and architecture?

Reminders & Important Events:

 

Monday, May 14th- 2:00 dismissal; Catholic Schools Music Concert at Cardinal Newman 6:00pm

Tuesday, May 15th- Music practice for our concert- off site at USC Band Hall

Thursday, May 17th- Spring Music Program 7:00pm USC Band Hall

Friday, May 25th- FIELD DAY!!!!

Sunday, May 27th- 11am mass for Mrs. Preston

Monday, May 28th- NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, May 30th- 6th Grade Graduation

Thursday, May 31st- K5 Graduation

Friday, June 1st- 11:30 dismissal- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

May 7-May 11

A Note From Ms. Gurn

Thank you to all who donated to Midlands Gives! St. Peter’s received over $50,000 dollars in generous donations. Don’t forget our spring service project; donating to Birthright. Please bring in any baby items for new moms.  Progress reports go home this Tuesday. Please join us this Tuesday morning for our May Procession and Rosary in the church.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

 

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: I’m sad that our poetry unit is over! The students did a fabulous job with Poetry Cafe. We will start a new novel called Fever by Laurie Halse Anderson. This is an award winning book. It is a historical fiction piece about the yellow fever during the American Revolution. Please have the book purchased/borrowed by May 11. We will discuss the different parts that make up the plot.

Spelling Words: The spelling/vocabulary words this week will focus around common spelling patterns of double consonants in the middle of words and high frequency words. Test next Friday.

1. dinner, 2. attic, 3. beginning 4. accident 5. butter 6. happen 7. brilliant 8. aggressive 9. necessary 10. tomorrow 11. success 12. annoy 13. apparatus 14. occasion 15. collect16. American 17. celebration 18. disappointed 19. exercise 20. important

Science:  This week we will continue on with our rocks and minerals unit. This week, we will use a starburst experiment to show the different stages of the rock cycle including erosion and deposition. Quiz Friday.

Social Studies:  This week we will examine primary sources from the Vietnam War. We will learn about difficult conditions for prisoners of war.  Do you know anyone who fought during the Vietnam War? If so, share their story!

Theology: This week we will be studying the gifts of the Holy Spirit, given at Confirmation. We will also discuss the role of the Holy Spirit and how many symbols are used to show it. Quiz Thursday.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week we will have some fun, examining primary sources such as letters from the Civil War. We will look at fighting conditions through surviving photos during the Civil War. Your children will also begin memorizing the first part of the Gettysburg Address. Quiz Thursday.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will dig deeper into the Protestant Reformation and see the effects of the invention of the printing press. In addition, your student is conducting research on a Renaissance figure. Quiz Thursday.

Reminders & Important Events:

Tuesday, May 8th- May Crowning and Rosary (Send in a cut flower to place at Mary’s feet)

Friday, May 11th- Family Picnic!  5:30-7:00pm on the playground

Monday, May 14th- 2:00 dismissal; Catholic Schools Music Concert at Cardinal Newman 6:00pm

Tuesday, May 15th- Music practice for our concert- off site at USC Band Hall

Thursday, May 17th- Spring Music Program 7:00pm USC Band Hall

Friday, May 25th- FIELD DAY!!!!

Sunday, May 27th- 11am mass for Mrs. Preston

Monday, May 28th- NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, May 30th- 6th Grade Graduation

Thursday, May 31st- K5 Graduation

Friday, June 1st- 11:30 dismissal- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

April 23-27

A Note From Ms. Gurn

This week is a busy one! Please join us for our last PTO Meeting of the year this  Thursday at 5:30 in Neglia Hall. Mrs. Preston will provide a “Year in Review” and the Sixth grade will present some of their Washington, DC projects. On Monday, there is a 2:00 dismissal. In addition, we will be going to Cardinal Newman to see their play, Fiddler on the Roof.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

 

 

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week the students will write four new poems: spinning simile, extended metaphor, Poe inspired poem and and Inside/Outside reflection poem. All of these poems require the application of figurative language and creativity/reflection.

Spelling Words: The spelling/vocabulary words this week will NEW poetry terms. They are: antonym, concrete poem, end rhyme, list poem, near rhyme, occasional poem, palindrome, parody, prose, pun, quatrain, stress, synonym, tercet, theme. Test next Friday.

Science:  This week, we will learn the seven properties of testing rocks and minerals (such as texture, streak and luster) in order to correctly identify a rock. Then, we will look at our rock and mineral kit and test them using the Mohs Scale. Quiz Thursday.

Social Studies:  Last week we began the causes and the U.S. involvement in the Korean War. We also did a Communism vs Capitalism simulation! All of the students agreed that Capitalism seemed most fair and applicable to U.S. beliefs. This week is all about the Vietnam War.

Theology: This week, we will study the differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament. We will also look at authors of the Bible.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week we will begin the first battles of the Civil War. Why is Fort Sumter so important? We will also examine Confederate soldiers vs Union soldiers (weapons, uniforms, etc.)

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will begin the Renaissance unit. What does the term Renaissance mean? What inventions and advancements did Europe experience during this time?

Reminders & Important Events:

Monday, April 23rd- 2:00 dismissal

Thursday, April 26th- PTO Meeting

Friday, April 27th- USC Field Trip

Saturday April 28th- First Holy Communion 5:30pm

Monday April 30th – Friday, May 4th- MAP Testing

April 16-20

A Note From Ms. Gurn

We continue our hard work in the classroom this week. I am especially excited because we begin our poetry unit this week. At the end of this unit, there will be a big celebration called Poetry Cafe, in which the students will share all of the poems they have written. Please also read the research papers your children wrote in the Tuesday folders. I was very proud of their hard work.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

 

 

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week the students will not only define poetic terms, but they will be immersed in famous poetry. Some poets we will learn: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson. In addition, each student will write a poem in the authors’ style. Poetry test: Thursday.

Spelling Words: The spelling/vocabulary words this week will be poetry terms! consonance, exaggeration, haiku, hyperbole, line, meter, nursery rhyme, assonance, alliteration, cinquain, epitaph, homonym, homophone, imagery, metaphor, narrative poem, ballad, acrostic, couplet and accent. Test this Friday.

Science:  This week, we will begin our new unit on rocks and minerals. How can you tell different rocks apart? Is a rock a biotic or abiotic factor?

Social Studies:  What a wonderful study we had on the Civil Rights movement. Your children did a great job researching famous African Americans that made a difference in our country. This week, we will learn about the Vietnam War. What caused the Vietnam War?

Theology: This week, we will finish our unit on the order of the Mass. There will be a test on Wednesday. Students must put 24 items in order beginning with the Liturgy of the Word and ending with the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week we will continue learning about the Civil War. Our focus will be on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad as well as creating Underground Railroad quilt squares that determined the routes that slaves took to freedom. Quiz Thursday.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will end our Dark Ages unit by studying the Medieval manners at the dinner table. How have manners and etiquette changed? What can the use of etiquette determine about a person? Test on Dark Ages: Friday.

Reminders & Important Events:

 

Monday, April 23rd- 2:00 dismissal

Thursday, April 26th- PTO Meeting

Friday, April 27th- USC Field Trip

Saturday April 28th- First Holy Communion 5:30pm

Monday April 30th – Friday, May 4th- MAP Testing

April 9-13

A Note From Ms. Gurn

Happy Easter! Can you believe we only have 9 more weeks of school left? Time has sure flown by. This week promises to be a busy one, as we finish old units and begin new lessons. I know many of us already have Spring fever. It is important that all of us stay focused and determined to finish this school year strong. I know we can do it!

*Report Cards go home Tuesday. Please review and sign.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week the students will finish their research papers. I look forward to seeing how much their writing has grown. Next, the whole month of April will be dedicated to learning characteristics of poetry while also creating a new poem per day.

Spelling Words: The spelling/vocabulary words this week will be new poetry terms! consonance, exaggeration, haiku, hyperbole, line, meter, nursery rhyme, assonance, alliteration, cinquain, epitaph, homonym, homophone, imagery, metaphor, narrative poem, ballad, acrostic, couplet and accent.

Science:  This week, the students will finish their independent studies on invasive species and create a WANTED poster for the species. Next, we will start a new unit on rocks and minerals.

Social Studies:  This week we will finish up our Civil Rights unit by learning about the 14th and 15th amendments. We will close our unit by researching famous African Americans that overcame obstacles to see the success of the Civil Rights movement. Test Thursday.

Theology: This week we will learn about the order of the Mass in full detail, while acknowledging all of the sacramentals the priest uses. We will also learn why we call church “Mass” in the first place!

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week we will begin the Civil War. What were some of the main causes of the Civil War? What were the differences between the Union and the Confederacy? Quiz NEXT Thursday.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will study the Crusades from all perspectives, looking specifically at the Catholic response to the Crusades. We will then discuss the causes and effects of the Bubonic Plague, otherwise known as, the Black Death.

Reminders & Important Events:

Monday, April 9th- Classes resume

Tuesday, April 10th- Report Cards issued

Wednesday, April 11th- Class picture day

Thursday, April 12th- Field trip to State House read-in (more info to come)

Monday, April 23rd- 2:00 dismissal

Thursday, April 26th- PTO Meeting

Friday, April 27th- USC Field Trip

Saturday April 28th- First Holy Communion 5:30pm

Monday April 30th – Friday, May 4th- MAP Testing

March 26-March 28

A Note From Ms. Gurn

This week we have the privilege to participate in a Lenten Retreat on Wednesday. The whole day will be dedicated to prayer, reflection and Lenten activities. Easter Break begins this Thursday, March 22. School will resume Monday, April 9 at 8:00 am.

Please join us for Stations of the Cross this Wednesday at 12:00. We will join the parish!

Have a blessed week. See lesson topics below.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will be working on writing strong transitions and concluding sentences in our body paragraphs of our research papers. We will also be taking a trip to the Richland library to find reliable biographies for our papers. Make sure your child has a registered library card.

Spelling Words: The spelling words this week will be focused on words that end in “y” and need to be changed to “ie” when the tense is changed. The test will be Tuesday. Defy= defied, supply= supplied, apply= applies, pretty= prettiest, angry= angrily, happy=happier, dry= dried, ceremony= ceremonies, story= stories, lie= lying, die= dying, pay= paid, lazy= laziness, empty= emptiness, ugly= ugliness.

Science:  Last week, the students created WANTED posters for harmful invasive species. This week, we will discuss how humans can affect ecosystems positively and negatively. What is climate change? What is a carbon footprint?

Social Studies:  This week we will compare and contrast two instrumental figures during the Civil Rights Movement- Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. What did these two men have in common when discussing protests?

Theology: This week we will reenact the Last Supper with foods that Jesus and his disciples would have eaten in the Upper Room. We will venerate the Crucifix and reflect on our sins using an examination of conscience. We will also be making Lenten crafts on our Lenten Retreat day.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week the students will learn all about the legislative branch. What is the difference between the House of Representatives and the Senate? Who are the South Carolina representatives in Washington, D.C.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will be studying the Crusades. Why were Christians, Jews and Muslims fighting over Jerusalem? What was the effect of the Crusades?

Reminders & Important Events:
March 25- Palm Sunday
March 26- Rice Bowl collection
March 28- School Wide Lent Retreat
March 29-April 8- Easter Break/No School

 

March 19-23

A Note From Ms. Gurn

This week there is an early dismissal on Monday at 2:00 pm. The After School Program is available from 2:30-5:00. Also, the third quarter ends on March 21st. I was very proud of my class for working so hard on their science projects. Thank you to everyone who joined us to witness all that they have learned.

Join us for Stations of the Cross 11:00-11:30 this Friday in the church and every Wednesday at the school Mass from 8:30-9:30 am.

Have a blessed week. See lesson topics below.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will learn how to write the body paragraphs of our research papers. Each body paragraph should have a strong main idea topic sentence with supporting evidence. We will also learn the difference between paraphrasing and quoting.

Spelling Words: The spelling words this week will be focused on words that end in “y” and need to be changed to “ie” when the tense is changed. The test will be next Friday. Defy= defied, supply= supplied, apply= applies, pretty= prettiest, angry= angrily, happy=happier, dry= dried, ceremony= ceremonies, story= stories, lie= lying, die= dying, pay= paid, lazy= laziness, empty= emptiness, ugly= ugliness.

Science:  This week we will start a new unit on how humans and animals positively and negatively affect their ecosystems. What are invasive species? How do they intrude ecosystems?

Social Studies:  This week we will look at the different Civil Rights Supreme Court cases that changed racial segregation in the United States. Quiz this Thursday.

Theology: This week, we will continue to learn about all of the laws, doctrines and rules God/the Church have given us; The Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Law of Love, the Nicene Creed, etc. Why are these rules important to follow? What are the consequences of breaking these laws?

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, the students will be immersed in the executive branch of government. What are the 15 different cabinet positions? What are the roles of the president? Who is in the current executive administration? Quiz Friday on 3 branches of government handouts.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will begin a new unit on the Dark/Middle Ages. Why is this era called “dark”? Quiz this Friday on notes!

Reminders & Important Events:
March 19- 2:00 pm dismissal
March 21- 3rd quarter ends
March 22- 4th quarter begins
March 25- Palm Sunday
March 26- Rice Bowl collection
March 28- School Wide Lent Retreat
March 20-April 6- Easter Break/No School

 

March 12-16

A Note From Ms. Gurn

The fifth graders have been working so hard on their research papers. I can’t wait to begin the writing process in the computer lab.
This week, we will be taking a small field trip to Memorial Park Tuesday to see their World War II monuments. We’re very excited!

Please join St. Peter’s in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Saturday. We will start on Devine Street.

Join us for Stations of the Cross 11:00-11:30 this Friday in the church.

Have a blessed week. See lesson topics below.

contact: agurn@stpeterscatholicschool.org

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will begin moving our outline to the computer. How do we create an outline format on Google Docs? Then, we will begin the writing process with our introduction paragraph.The structure of an introduction: hook, background information, thesis.

Spelling Words: The spelling words this week are words that are commonly misspelled (part 2). The words are: familiar, commitment, knowledge, privilege, separate, definitely, Wednesday, grammar, agreeable, address, accept, independence, interesting, business and embarrass.  Test this Friday!

Science:  This week we will be creating our biome shoebox project! Each child will write interesting facts about their biome and represent it using creative materials! Students will present their project at the end of the week.   Quiz on biomes Thursday.

Social Studies:  This week we will begin our new unit; the Civil Rights Movement. What caused the Civil Rights Movement? Why was Dr. Martin Luther King so effective to bring about change in America?

Theology: This week, we will learn about all of the laws and rules God has given us; The 10 Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Law of Love, etc.

4th Grade Social Studies:  The students have done an amazing job explaining what the Preamble of the Constitution means line by line. This week, we will study the Bill of Rights. In your opinion, what is the most important right? Preamble recitation: this Friday (16th).

6th Grade Social Studies: This week I will not see sixth grade Tuesday- Thursday due to the Washington, D.C. trip. When the students return, we will do a final mini project on Ancient Rome to end our unit.

Reminders & Important Events:

March 13-15- Sixth Grade Washington, D.C. Trip
March 17- St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 19- 2:00 pm dismissal
March 21- 3rd quarter ends
March 22- 4th quarter begins
March 25- Palm Sunday
March 26- Rice Bowl collection
March 28- School Wide Lent Retreat
March 20-April 6- Easter Break/No School