Feb. 10th-Feb. 14th

Dear Parents and Grandparents of fifth and sixth grade students,

My heart is smiling…my fifth grade students did their recitation of the Act of Contrition flawlessly.  Each child presented individually; one young man told me that ever since he learned the prayer, he has been saying it every night before going to bed.  That was one of those moments that teachers cherish.

On Valentine’s Day, my class will have a little celebration.  We are planning on sharing valentine cards and some sweet treats.  Each child should sign a valentine card to each of their classmates, please.  

Also, please remember that Monday is an early dismissal day.  Please plan your pick-up accordingly.  Thank-you.

Below, you will find some lessons and activities that I have planned for both grade levels.

Fifth Grade Students

Religion.     Our new lesson reminds the students that Christians respect what belongs to others.  Commandments Seven and Ten promote respect for property–our own and that which we share with others.

English.     In our continuation of work on comma use, we are going to learn an important differentiation.  Commas are placed before conjunctions in sentences only if the conjunction is connecting two independent clauses.  Frequently, students place commas before any conjunction (for example, Father Linsky is a priest and our pastor).  A comma is not placed before the word “and” in this example.  A variety of practice lessons will help my students learn this skill.

Reading.  We are working on Chapters Six and Seven this week.  Our main character, Marty, finds his decision to hide Shiloh from his family and Judd Travers more and more challenging.  There is a beautiful dialogue between Marty and his mother about Jesus’s feelings when we are dishonest.  I love integrating Jesus into our subjects, and this time I had help from a Newbery award-winning author.  How great is that!

Social Studies.  The Civil War has begun.  Our next lesson is on the first two years of the war.

Sixth Grade Students

English.     In our unit on punctuation, we are continuing to practice using periods correctly in abbreviations.  We are going to progress into the proper use of commas; there are five specific rules that dictate where this piece of punctuation belongs.

Reading.     The students are working on a character sketch mini-project that is due on Thursday, February 13th.  Concise directions have been given to them (they are on yellow paper).  Their work includes an oral presentation to the class.  Because this author so richly uses dialogue and events to illuminate her characters, I wanted the students to use those elements in their examination of particular characters.

Well, parents and grandparents, that concludes this brief missive.  Always remember these beautiful words from an author named “Caleb”.

             “Every day may not be glorious, 

              but there’s something glorious in every day.”

May we seek and find the glory,

Miss L. Boron