December 18-20

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 A Note From Mrs. Roy

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us. We will be getting a lot done during this short week. Monday will be a normal day for us. On Tuesday, we will be taking a trip to the ice skating rink for some winter fun. Lastly, on Wednesday, we will enjoy Mass together, followed by a birthday party for Jesus in our classroom. I hope that each and every one of you will have a wonderful, relaxing, and joyful Christmas break with your families.

In Class This Week

Grammar: We will continue with possessive nouns this week. The students did beautifully with singular possessive nouns, so we will move on to plural possessive nouns.

No Spelling or Vocabulary This Week

Reading: We have finished our second quarter novel Holes.  This week, each student will pick an independent project of his or her choice that looks at the big ideas in the novel. This will get done in class. Our final Holes test will be on Tuesday. This will cover chapters 31-50, and students should use the sheets with comprehension questions to prepare for this test.

Religion: Students will be reciting the Beatitudes to me on either Monday or Tuesday. We will finish our posters with drawing depicting the meaning of each Beatitude.

Science: We have learned all about the different types of circuits, so now it is time to play with some! We will have a stations activity for circuits on Tuesday morning so that students can have some hands-on experience building their own circuits.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: Students will finish up their How-To articles this week. This will include final editing, followed by typing it up.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: Students will finish their Trickster Tales this week. From what I have seen, they are wonderful so far! Monday will be spent editing the rough drafts, and Tuesday will be spent typing them up.

Important Dates & Reminders

Tuesday, December 19 – Field Trip to Main Street Ice Skating

Wednesday, December 20 – Mass (Dress Uniform)

Wednesday, December 20 – 11:30am Dismissal (No After Care)

Wednesday, January 3 – School Resumes

 

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December 11-15

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

This week will be another busy one as we have another field trip, prepare for the Christmas music concert, and continue to focus on Advent. We will have a few tests and quizzes scattered throughout the week as we start to wrap up our Second Quarter novel.

In Class This Week

Grammar: We will continue with nouns this week. We will specifically look at possessive nouns, both singular and plural.

Vocabulary: Our 14 words this week are from our novel Holes. There will be a test on Thursday, and we will do a good bit of practice for this test in class throughout the week. The list of words can be found here.

Image result for holesReading: We will continue reading Holes. There will be a quiz on Tuesday on Chapters 21-30. Students should use the two sheets with comprehension questions to prepare for the quiz. We will also focus on the many characters in the book, focusing on what makes each of them unique.

Religion: We will focus on each beatitude and what they each mean. Students will be reciting the Beatitudes to me next Tuesday, December 20. I’ll be sending a list of tips for memorization home with the students on Monday.

Science: We have learned all about open and closed circuits. There will be an quick open book quiz on these on Wednesday. Once this is done, we will turn our attention to parallel and series circuits.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: Students will write their How-To articles this week. We will go through the writing process in order to do so. These will be finished before Christmas break.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: This week will be spent focusing on Creative Writing. The complete writing process will be incorporated into this, and the piece of writing will be done before we leave for Christmas break.

Important Dates & Reminders

Monday, December 11 – Field Trip to Cardinal Newman to see Honk, Jr.

Monday, December 11 – 2pm Dismissal (After Care Available)

Wednesday, December 13 – Mass (Dress Uniform)

Thursday, December 14 – Christmas Program 7pm-8pm *Students should be in Neglia Hall by 6:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 4-8

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

I can’t believe that it is already December! This week, we will be taking a field trip to the Koger Center to view “’Twas theImage result for advent Night Before Christmas.” We will then celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is actually one of two feast days in December in which we celebrate Mary. This will be a very a busy month, as we prepare for the birth of Jesus.

In Class This Week

Grammar: We will continue with nouns this week. There will be a quiz on Tuesday on the following topics: common and proper nouns, singular and plural nouns, and irregular plural nouns. We will complete a review for this quiz in class on Monday.

Spelling: Our 14 words this week are a continuation from our list of commonly misspelled words. These are difficult, so it is important to study hard each night. Due to the field trip, our spelling test will be on Thursday. The list can be found here.

Reading: We will continue reading Holes in literature circles. We will also complete comprehension questions after every few chapters. We will focus on the characters this week. There will be a quiz on chapters 11-20 on Wednesday; students should study their comprehension question sheets to prepare.

Religion: We will continue to discuss Advent this week. To prepare for the birth of Jesus, we will focus on a different prayer each week that will accompany our morning prayer. We will also begin our study of the Beatitudes. Students will have to memorize the Beatitudes to recite to me on December 19. This will take some time to prepare for, so it’s best to do a little each night.

Science: We will continue with electricity this week, but we will focus on circuits. This can be a tricky topic, so we will be using a lot of pictures to help get a better idea of how these work.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: In preparation for our test on Tuesday, we will finish reviewing  on Monday. Students have a practice test to work on this weekend, which we will also go over in class on Monday. Beginning Wednesday, we will start with our next writing assignment: a How-To article.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: Students will have a test on Tuesday on our nouns unit. We have been reviewing in class and will continue to do so on Monday. Students have a practice test to work on over the weekend. On Wednesday, we will start with our next big writing assignment: the focus will be on descriptive writing.

Important Dates & Reminders

Sunday, December 3: Advent Begins

Wednesday, December 6: Mass (Dress Uniform)

Friday, December 8: Field Trip to Koger Center

Friday, December 8: Mass (Dress Uniform)

Monday, December 11: 2pm Dismissal (After Care Available)

November 27-December 1

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break, filled with time spent with family and friends. Quarter 2 Progress Reports will be going out on Tuesday; please review them carefully with your student and return them to school in the Tuesday folder. If you have any questions about them, do not hesitate to ask me.

In Class This Week

Grammar: We will continue with nouns this week. There will be focus on common and proper nouns, along with singular and plural nouns.

Vocabulary: Our 14 words this week are from our novel Holes. There will be a test on Friday, and we will do a good bit of practice for this test in class throughout the week. The list of words can be found here.

Reading: We will continue reading Holes in literature circles. We will also complete comprehension questions after every few chapters.  As a group, we will focus on the characters and the setting. There will be a quiz on chapters 1-10 on Thursday; students should study their comprehension question sheets to prepare.

Religion: We will learn about Joshua and Jericho, and then turn our focus on to the law. This will include Paul and the Spirit of the Law, along with the Two Great Commandments. There will be discussions about how we can incorporate these laws of God into our daily lives.

Science: The week will be spent digging a bit deeper into our unit on electricity. There will be an open-notebook quiz on Thursday to “check in” on what we’ve learned so far.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: We will finish up our unit on pronouns with contractions and various forms of pronouns. There will be a quiz on Wednesday on lessons 2.7-2.11. Our final few classes of the week will be spent reviewing for our unit test, which will take place next Tuesday ( December 5).

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: This week will be spent continuing to look at possessive nouns, followed by appositives. We will end the week by looking at how nouns can be used as verbs or as adjectives.

Important Dates & Reminders

Tuesday, November 28 – Progress Reports

Wednesday, November 29 – Mass (dress uniform)

Sunday, December 3 – Advent Begins

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 20-24

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

I can’t thank you all enough for contributing two loaves of bread for our sandwich ministry. I think it is essential for students to not only recognize how blessed we all are, but also to share those blessings with others. This couldn’t have come at a better time, so that students can remember to focus on giving thanks to God for all that we have. The men and women of Oliver Gospel Mission will so appreciate their sandwiches and the love that went into making them. With that said, I hope that each and every one of you have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.

In Class This Week

Grammar: We are beginning a new unit on nouns, so we will start with the basics – identifying nouns in sentences and distinguishing between common and proper nouns.

 Vocabulary: There won’t be a test this week!

Reading: We have started Holes. We will continue reading it in our literature circles this week. Each student has a specific job with his or her group. We will also complete comprehension questions after every few chapters.

Religion: We have looked at what a house blessing is, so each student will be writing a house blessing to bring home. Hopefully, this will remind them of how fortunately we all are.

Science: We have started our new unit on current electricity and circuits. We will focus on conductors and insulators this week.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: We will continue with pronouns, specifically with antecedents. We will take a good bit of time to do this, particularly since it is a new idea for the class.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: We will look at possessive nouns, specifically nouns that have joint and separate possession. There will be an open book quiz in class on Tuesday.    

Important Dates & Reminders

Tuesday, November 21 – Sandwich Ministry for Oliver Gospel Mission

November 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 28 – Progress Reports

November 13-17

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

Parents, please help support us as we take on our fall service project for Oliver Gospel Mission. Fourth grade is responsible for bringing in two loaves of bread for the sandwiches that we will make. Students can begin to bring the bread in on Wednesday (11/15). This will be a very special project, and I think it will remind all of us how blessed we are; it is our job as God’s children to help others who need us.

In Class This Week

Grammar: We will focus on formal letters this week. Students will learn about what should be included when formatting a formal letter. Each student will then write a letter to Pope Francis, ensuring that it is done in proper format with correct uses of grammar.

Spelling: Our 14 words this week are pulled from a list of commonly misspelled words. These are significantly harder than our words from first quarter, so students should make sure to study every day for these. The test will be Friday, and the words can be found here.

Image result for holesReading: We are going to finish up our unit on poetry this week by publishing the poems that we’ve written. We will also learn about the literature circles that we will use throughout second quarter, along with the different roles for each group. Towards the end of the week, we will begin our second quarter novel Holes. Please make sure your child brings this book in by Monday.

Religion: We are going to finish up our first unit on Our Father. There will be a Religion test on Thursday on the first unit from our Religion workbook. We will review together in class, but students should study pages 1-30 from their Finding God workbook.

Science: We have finished up our unit on Static Electricity with lots of experiments. There will be a test on Wednesday. I will give the study guide to students on Monday, and we will complete it together. The PowerPoints found below are a great resource to help the students prepare.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: We will continue to study pronouns, particularly the correct use of pronouns (which can be tricky). We will also practice diagramming sentences more.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: We will look at the different uses of nouns in sentences. This includes nouns as subjects, subject complements, direct objects, and indirect objects. There will be a quiz towards the beginning of next week on what we’ve studied so far relating to nouns.

Important Dates & Reminders

Monday, November 13 – 2pm Dismissal (After Care Available)

Wednesday, November 15 – Mass (dress uniform)

Friday, November 17 – 4th-6th grade Coffee Break 7:30am-9am in the Library

Tuesday, November 21 – Sandwich Ministry for Oliver Gospel Mission

November 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break

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November 6-10

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

It was so wonderful to meet with everyone on Friday during conferences. Please know how much I enjoy getting to spend every day with your children. Also, I am always here if you need support in any way. We are in this together!

In Class This Week

Grammar: We have finished our first unit on sentences, so there will be a test on Thursday. We will be reviewing together all week (there is a review packet in their Grammar folder). I will also send home a few additional review pages to complete at home.

Vocabulary: Our words this week are from our current units in Religion and Science. As always, we will practice these together in class, and the test will be on Friday. The list can be found here.

Image result for holesReading: We are going to spend the week focusing on poetry – vocabulary related to poetry, reading various forms of poetry, and even writing some ourselves. We will begin our second quarter novel next week. Please have your child bring in Holes by Louis Sachar by Friday.

Religion: We will learn about the Divine Praises this week and do a small project on them as a group. We will then discuss the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, and finally follow up with the importance of the Examination of Conscience.

Science: We have learned the essentials of Static Electricity, so we can really begin with the fun things! We will talk about different scenarios with Static Electricity, such as rubbing a balloon on your head or sliding down a slide. Be sure to ask your child why these things happen!

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: We have started our newest unit: Pronouns. We will learn about   personal pronouns, subject pronouns, and object pronouns. There will be a quiz on Friday on Lessons 21.-2.4.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: Students are wrapping up their How-To articles. Once this is complete, we will begin our new unit on nouns. We are reviewing the basics this week, but will soon be introducing new ideas relating to nouns.

Important Dates & Reminders

Wednesday, November 8 – Mass (dress uniform)

Monday, November 13 – 2pm Dismissal

November 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break

October 30 – November 2

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

We had a busy last week of first quarter. The students did a great job staying on track and studying for the final tests. Please remember that we will not have school on Friday (November 3). That day is set for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Sign-up sheets are in the office…don’t forget to reserve your time. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone then!

In Class This Week

Grammar: We will wrap up our unit on sentences with subject-verb agreement. Once we’ve got this down, we will begin to review for our Unit 1 test, which will be at the beginning of next week.

Spelling: We will focus on words with the long o sound this week. The students now have 14 spelling words. The test will be on Thursday – lists of these words can be found in each student’s Reading folder or here.

Reading: Students will learn about author’s purpose and practice identifying the different reasons authors write in multiple passages. We will also focus on the main idea and supporting details, including how to pull the main idea and its supporting details from a passage.

Religion: This week, we will focus on The Divine Praises and what each verse of this prayer means. Students will complete an art project symbolizing each line. Also, to celebrate All Saints Day, we will enjoy a fun activity learning more about some of the favorite saints.

Science: We have started our unit on Static Electricity. After understanding the basics about an atom, we will focus more on some examples of static electricity and why this happens. Some of our examples will include rubbing a balloon on hair, sliding down a slide, and lightning.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: We will continue writing, but this week will be spent working on descriptive writing. There will be a focus on using strong, descriptive words. Students will select a favorite belonging and describe it without saying what it is.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: The beginning of the week will be spent learning about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The students will then be up for a big challenge on Tuesday – diagramming the first sentence of this story (over 50 words!). Make sure to ask your student why there are so many words in this one sentence. During the second half of the week, we will begin writing a How-To Article.

Important Dates & Reminders

Wednesday, November 1 – Mass (Dress Uniform)

Friday, November 3 – Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)

October 23-26

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

It’s hard to believe that this is our last week of the 1st quarter. Time has flown by! These kids have already grown so much this year, and I look forward to seeing their continued growth academically, socially, and spiritually. Please remember that the students will not have school on Friday – they get to have a nice, long weekend after working so hard for these past two months!

In Class This Week

Grammar: The students have done an outstanding job learning about direct objects and identifying them in sentences. We will move on to compound sentences and run-ons this week.

Spelling: We will focus on words with the long i sound this week. This will be our last week with 12 words; we will begin to have 14 words each week during Quarter 2. We will do some activities in class to prepare for the test, which will be on Thursday this week. The list of words can be found here.

Reading: We have finished our novel, The One and Only Ivan. Be sure to ask your student to tell you all about it! We will work on several activities this week to wrap up the book, including identifying the theme, plot, and discussion of if this book deserves a Newbery Award. We will also compare the book to the real story of Ivan, which was the inspiration for this novel.

Religion: We will finish up our special project this week and share them with one another. We will then learn more about the Kingdom of God and how we learn more about this through reading the Bible.

Science: We have wrapped up our unit on magnets with a very fun stations lab. There will be a test on Wednesday. We will review for this in class on Monday and Tuesday with a study guide. Also, the PowerPoint and video below will be very helpful for studying.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: Students will continue to write a personal narrative on a time that God was present in his or her life. We will go through the entire writing process with this assignment, focusing on each step.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: We will finish our personal narrative writing with a formal final draft. We will then discuss a different type of writing: the How-To Article. Students will brainstorm ideas for writing his or her own How-To Article that will be shared with classmates.

Important Dates & Reminders

Monday, October 23 – 2pm Dismissal

Thursday, October 26 – PTO Halloween Party 5:30pm-7:30pm in Neglia Hall

Friday, October 27 – No School for Students/ Enrichment Day

Friday, November 3 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Magnetism PowerPoint

October 16-20

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A Note From Mrs. Roy

The Living Rosary was really special today, and the fourth graders did an outstanding job with it. It truly was a special way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. I hope the students enjoyed it as much as I did.

In Class This Week

Grammar: We will continue our unit on nouns; we will be learning about direct objects and subject complements. These are new ideas, so we will spend all week practicing them. Also, we are working on personal narrative writing – the students are telling about a special day with someone.   

Vocabulary:  As we start to finish up our first quarter novel, our last twelve vocabulary words will come from our final pages. There will be a test on Friday; we will have many practice activities in class to familiarize ourselves with these terms. The words can be found here.

Image result for one and only ivanReading: We are nearing the end of our novel, The One and Only Ivan. As always, we will spend Tuesday reading in pairs and Thursday reading it as a class. Comprehension questions are answered as students read; all of these are pulled directly from the reading. We will also spend a good bit of time focusing on character traits this week. Students will complete a sheet identifying all of the character traits seen in one character from our novel. There will be a quiz on Wednesday on pages 157-255. Students should study their questions on the three comprehension sheets to prepare.

Religion: We will focus on the liturgical calendar this week. We will also work on a special project for our loved ones.

Image result for earth as magnetScience: We will continue to learn about magnets, with particular focus on magnetic fields and the Earth as a magnet. We will have a lab with different stations for students to explore magnets a bit more.

5th Grade Grammar/Writing: There will be a test on Wednesday on Unit 1 (Nouns). We will spend Monday and Tuesday in class preparing, but students should also review at home. After our test, we will begin a writing unit on personal narratives.

6th Grade Grammar/ Writing: We will spend the week working on writing personal narratives. Students will be asked to expand upon a prompt they have worked on this week, in which each child will discuss a time that God was present in his or her life.

Important Dates & Reminders

Wednesday, October 18 – Picture Day

Wednesday, October 18 – Mass (Dress Uniform)

Monday, October 23 – 2pm Dismissal

Friday, October 27 – End of Quarter 1