December 3rd – 7th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

An introduction to our story…

Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that’s just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way.

I hope you can travel through the story with us.  If you would like a copy to borrow a copy for home, please let me know!

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will begin learning about Advent and the Nativity.  We will intertwine our religion lessons from now until Christmas break with the new novel we are reading in class.  Check out this fun representation of the Nativity Story below!

Reading: “Hey!  Unto you a child is born!”  The class will begin our new novel study- “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson.  This book has a lot of meaning for me as when I was in 5th grade, Mrs. Robinson, who lived in my area, came to our school and did a book reading for us.  It was magical!  I hope to bring the story alive as she did for the students.  We will work on all the story elements as we learn about the Herdman family and how Christmas comes alive for them.

Language Arts:   The students will continue plural nouns this week, working with irregular plurals. The stidents have a spelling list that accompanies the novel.  STAR homework due on Friday as usual, but our test will be next Friday, the 14th.

Math:  We began MULTIPLICATION!!!  If you do not have a set of multiplication flash cards at home, I highly suggest purchasing a set for your child to practice with.  The students will come home with a homework packet each day until they have all been completed.  These packets MUST stay in their binders so I may look at their progress.  Some students will begin multi step multiplication this week, so keep on studying those facts!

Science: In science the students will finish our weather unit.  We will test on this on Friday.  Notes to study from can be found in their science lab books.

Social Studies:  The students have finished our regions unit and will test on Thursday.  They have a regions booklet to study from, but we will also review in class.



Tuesday, December 4th- Progress Reports sent home

Friday, December 7th- Field trip to the Koger Center to see Scrooge

Monday, December 10th- Field trip to Cardinal Newman to see Pinocchio Jr., 2:00 dismissal

Monday, December 17th- Strength and Movement presentation- 1:30 in Neglia Hall

Tuesday, December 18th- Music Program- 7:00pm in the Basilica

Thursday, December 20th- 11:30 dismissal and beginning of Christmas Break