September 23-27, 2019

September Newsletter

Dear Parents and Friends of St. Peter’s Catholic School,

What a phenomenal first few weeks of school we’ve had!  As always, I relished in the pure joy I witnessed on students’ faces the very first day of school. Having students back in our classrooms, filling our hallways, gives both me and our faculty such delight!

This year, I ask that you please join our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) to work with us in our fundraising and community-building efforts.  Our first PTO meeting of the year is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17th at 3:30 pm in Gibson Hall. At this meeting, we will be signing up for PTO Committees and learning more about the volunteer and fundraising opportunities that are so vital to our school community.

We recognize the sacrifices you and your families make to send your children to St. Peter’s Catholic School. The faith-based education you have chosen provides an atmosphere warmed by the powerful presence of our loving and faithful God. I urge you to support our school through your prayers and cooperation. The close ties between family and school reinforce moral values and nurture our faith tradition.

May God Bless you!

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

September 9th – 13th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

The best laid plans… I did have the best of intentions to get to everything I had mentioned last week. However, due to Hurricane Dorian and the continued Fountas and Pinnell testing, we did not get to much of it. This week, we have MAP Testing on both Monday and Wednesday mornings. So yet again, our regularly scheduled lessons will be put aside until we are finished. See the subjects below for more detail.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will discuss the Apostles’ Creed and its meaning. We will learn how we become to know God is one. We did receive Religion workbooks last week, so we will delve into those this week!

Reading: The class will continue our author study on Tomie dePaola! We will continue to read his books and understand their deeper meaning. Tomie dePaola was a devout Catholic and intertwines his stories with his faith. This week, the students will not connect the various stories they have read. We will compare and contrast settings, plots, and characters. I will continue assessing each individual student and their reading ability this week and next to ensure they receive the correct reading instruction in class. We are currently using the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment.

Language Arts: The class will continue work on what creates a good and complete sentence. The students will use the spelling list from last week and we will test on Friday. STAR homework is due Friday as well. After looking at their spelling assignments this past week, the class will also work on the concept of alphabetical order with our words.

Math:  We will work on place value and forms of numbers this week. The school has begun using a new math series, so please be patient as I learn this new series and all it entails.

Science: We will begin the year learning about the Scientific Method and the proper way to complete a science experiment. The class will set up Science Lab Books to be used in class and at home to study from. We will complete our first science lab this week! (Fingers crossed!)

Social Studies:  The class will begin this year by learning about our South Carolina Regions. To begin our region study, the class will focus on map skills this week and next. It is important to understand how to read a map and what coordinates are.

Reminders:

Monday, September 9th- MAP Testing

Wednesday, September 11th- MAP Testing after Mass

Monday, September 16th- 2:00 dismissal (aftercare available)

Tuesday, September 17th- PTO Meeting @ 3:30 in Gibson Hall- Free aftercare for all who attend

September 2nd – 6th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

The school year is starting off with a bang! Our first hurricane of the season is threatening our state. We stand with many as we pray for all those affected by this monster of a storm. If there is any change in the status of our school day I will notify you by the Remind App first, and then by email as soon as I am able. Thank you to all who have signed up for Remind and I highly encourage those who have not, to do so.

In your child’s STAR binder, we added an extra work packet for inclement weather. They are not to complete this unless asked by me to do so. Just keep it in there as a precaution.

MAP testing begins this week for the school, but our class will not test until next week. More information to come.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will discuss the Apostles’ Creed and its meaning as well as the Trinity. We will learn how we become to know God is one.

Reading: The class has begun an author study on Tomie dePaola! We will continue to read his books and understand their deeper meaning. Tomie dePaola was a devout Catholic and intertwines his stories with his faith. I will continue assessing each individual student and their reading ability this week and next to ensure they receive the correct reading instruction in class. We are currently using the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment.

Language Arts:   The students will begin this year learning how to write a letter. In backpacks on Friday, your student came home with a Friday Letters folder. Each Friday, your child will write you a letter about the week. Over the weekend, it is your homework to write back to them on the back side of that week’s letter. On Monday mornings, they will read your letter! I felt this was a great way to start each week! The class will also work on what creates a good complete sentence. The students will have a new spelling list this week and we will text on Friday. STAR homework is due Friday as well.

Math:  We will work on place value and forms of numbers this week. The school has begun using a new math series, so please be patient as I learn this new series and all it entails.

Science: We will begin the year learning about the Scientific Method and the proper way to complete a science experiment. The class will set up Science Lab Books to be used in class and at home to study from. We will complete our first science lab this week!

Social Studies:  The class will begin this year by learning about our South Carolina Regions. To begin our region study, the class will focus on map skills this week and next. It is important to understand how to read a map and what coordinates are.

Reminders:

Monday, September 2nd- NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)

Tuesday, September 3rd- After school clubs begin

Monday, September 16th- 2:00 dismissal (aftercare available)

Tuesday, September 17th- PTO Meeting @ 3:30 in Gibson Hall- Free aftercare for all who attend



August 19-23, 2019

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

Welcome back!  I sincerely hope that you had a wonderful summer and are as as excited as I am to begin a new school year. It’s bound to be an exciting journey filled with exploration, creativity, and imagination.  Your children are in a critical time period in which they will build to the transition from elementary to middle school.  This year we will focus on personal responsibility as well as our interpersonal and organizational skills. We have the whole year ahead of us, and we’re off to a great start!

This Week in Class

This week,  we are introducing ourselves to others and learning how best to work together. We are drafting our own rules for the classroom and reviewing the school rules and procedures for order and safety.

We will not have any homework this week, so please take this time as a family to settle into the new school routines and to finish up those summer reading projects, which are due no later than Friday, August 23, 2018.

Have a wonderful first week back, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night!

Reminders:

Tuesday, August 20 – 11:30 Dismissal

Wednesday, August 21 – 11:30 Dismissal

Thursday, August 22- First full day of school!

Tuesday, August 27- Back to School Night! 6:30-8:30pm (Parents only)

Wednesday, August 28- First school Mass

Monday, September 2- NO SCHOOL for Labor Day

Friday, September 6 – First Strength and Movement Class

Monday, September 16 – 2pm Dismissal

April in Review

Students have been hard at work expressing their creativity this April. It’s been great getting to see them explore new mediums and begin to gain independence in their creative endeavors. We’ve been working on lines as patterns and texture, 3D space, and different types of self-portraiture. Along with these techniques we have been learning about artists such as Heather Galler and her Folk Art Landscapes and how to illustrate poems from poets such as Maya Angelou. Take a look at what we’ve accomplished in April!

Warmest Blessings,

Mrs. Stansell

PK 4

Preschool 4 has been learning all about Spring and how to mix colors. We started April off by designing rainboots and using different tools such as Q-Tips to create a spring tree! This past week we transitioned into color mixing and read about the Mixed-Up Chameleon by the one and only Eric Carle. We then explored the mixing process of making a blue and yellow chameleon turn green!

Kindergarten

Kindergarten has also been learning more about spring and using watercolor resist to create a rainy scene complete with a 3D umbrella! They have also learned about tape resists and are working on their “I am…” Paintings to tell us about their personality and the new word, characteristics. We used words such as adventurous, wise, curious, and kind. We will be learning to make stamps in the next few weeks!

Below are some finished self-portraits we worked on at the beginning of April!

1st Grade

First grade has done a wonderful job learning about lines and colors and how to pair them with emotions. There was mutual agreement that feeling silly was definitely a light blue squiggly lines. They are in the process of practicing making textures through lines and creating textured windmills to show off their skills! Stay tuned for May as they are going to start learning all about the Pop Art Movement.

You can find their finished paper weaving that I mentioned from the last post! They did such a great job!

2nd Grade

Our second graders have been soaking in the many form of line in self-portraiture. We can now tell the difference between an outline, contour, continuous contour, and are now working on cross-contours. Next we will use cross-contours to segway into optical art that was created during the Pop Art Movement. See their continuous line portraits in sharpie and watercolor below:

3rd Grade

Third Grade has made some amazing textured landscapes inspired by the one and only Heather Galler who makes amazing Folk Art. We used bright colors and patterns while using foreground, middle ground, and background in our landscapes. We are now moving on to learn about stained glass windows and are looking at the Rose Window in the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Nasir al-mulk mosque in Iran but also more modern stained glass windows like Gerhard Richter’s Pixel window at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. We can now tell the difference between Gothic and Classical architecture through windows. We are creating our own version of stained glass windows with geometric shapes and analogous colors using foil relief and colored sharpies!

4th Grade

Fourth Grade has finished their amazing Exquisite Corpse prints and have made some pretty cool mashups of animals. Take a look below at some of the finished products! They are now moving onto bookmaking and will learn to illustrate their own poems by discussing Maya Angelou and some painted paper collages that illustrate her works. See the covers they have already designed, also below:

5th Grade

Our fifth graders are hard at work learning about three-dimensional shapes and using the letters of their name to create a paper sculpture! They are learning how perspective works and how sculptures require thought about how all four sides look to the viewer. Very excited to see the finished products!

6th Grade

Last but certainly not least, our sixth graders are finishing up their stop motion animations. They were tasked to create a stop motion out of paper which depicted a transformation of some sort. Their creativity has certainly shown through this process. The month of May is going to be fun filled and jammed pack with end of the year 6th grade activities such as the tradition of tie-dying their PE shirts for field day and decorating their centerpieces for their graduation. Being the new art teacher here, I love how Catholic schools have such fun traditions involved with their creativity! I’ll post pictures and videos soon!

May 6th – 10th

A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Only one more MAP test to go! The students have done a wonderful job testing and I know we will finish on a high note. Thank you for encouraging them at home to do so well!

Our Spring Music Concert is this week! The students have worked hard all semester to put this amazing show on for you!

I will be out Wednesday and Thursday of this week for my daughter. I thank everyone for their continued prayers and support during this time.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will continue learning about the month of Mary. We will focus on her life and what an amazing woman she was. What kind of Mother was Mary? Did she struggle? How can we relate to her?

Reading: The class will work on reading and comprehending poetry this week. We will look at different styles of poems and how to understand what the writer is trying to convey.

Language Arts:   The students will continue our grammar review with diagramming sentences. Each week we add something else to our diagramming. This week, we will work on compound subjects and predicates. Spelling will be given out Monday and our test on Friday. STAR homework also due Friday (no homework Thursday evening due to the performance).

Math:  We will continue geometry. The class will work on perimeter this week!

Science: We will begin an extensive unit on living things.  This unit will continue throughout the rest of the year and we will look at life cycles, inherited and environmental traits, survival adaptations, habitats, and fossils.  The class will continue work on the life cycle of various animals this week with a partner project!

Social Studies:  The class will continue the colonization of South Carolina and look at our Lords Proprietors. Each student will fill out a study guide just like the explorers one.

Reminders:

Thursday, May 2nd, 3rd, & 6th- MAP testing for 3rd grade

Tuesday, May 7th – Midlands Gives!

Thursday, May 9th- Spring Concert at the USC Band Hall (7pm)

Monday, May 13th- 2:00 dismissal; Catholic School’s Music Invitational at Cardinal Newman

Friday, May 17th- Family Picnic- 5:30pm

Monday, May 20th- Rosary and May Procession- 8:30am

Friday, May 24th- Field Day!

Monday, May 27th- NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Friday, May 31st- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! Awards at 10:30am in the Basilica

April 23-26, 2019

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

He is risen! Alleluia! Happy Easter and welcome back! We have only 6 weeks left to the school year. Please make sure to check the Tuesday folders carefully as we swiftly approach the end of the year.

We will have our fourt Junior Achievement class on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 1pm. Junior Achievement uses hands-on activities to help students understand how a business is run and how businesses in the United States affect the economy of the country and the world.  

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will begin our in depth study of the 7 sacraments of the Catholic Church. We will begin by dividing the sacraments into their categories and exploring the justification and meaning behind each one.

Literature

Students are continuing to do extremely well in their reading groups. This week we will continue reading our novels and journaling about our thoughts to different events in them.

Also, just a reminder that Reading Log #3, which focuses upon writing summaries for both the fiction and nonfiction side, will be due Monday, April 29, 2019.

English

This week we will continue our unit on verbs. Students have already taken notes and learned how to use action, being, and linking verbs in order to write more clearly. Students will continue our chapter on verbs in the Voyages textbook. Along with learning how to use verbs more effectively, they will continue practicing diagramming sentences with direct objects and subject complements.

Also this week we will continue our Unit 2 vocabulary with Word Sort 12. This week we will sort our words into categories, write the words in alphabetical order, twice, in cursive; we will then find other words that follow the ct+ion and ss+ion endings patterns and define them. We will also locate the part of speech and definition for each word.  The spelling test for word sort 12 is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2019, and the vocabulary test for word sort 12 is scheduled for Friday, May 3.

Word Sort 12:

collect, collection, express, expression, protect, discuss, impress, protection, subtraction, select, impression, discussion, selection, subtract, confession, confess, possess, oppression, connection, possession, oppress, connect


Mathematics

This week we will continue our study of chapter 10 and geometry in our textbook. We will practice the vocabulary, notation, and measuring practices for angles. We will have a quiz on sections 10.1-10.3 on Thursday, April 25, 2019. This quiz will cover the new vocabulary, notation practices, how to measure/draw angles, labeling the different types of angles, and recognizing intersecting, parallel and perpendicular lines and line segments in a figure.

For additional practice, please visit

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Social Studies

This week we will complete writing our own declarations of independence. We will then continue on with our study of the American Revolutionary War. Students will keep a timeline of battles, dates and locations, as well as the outcomes. Notebooks will be collected at the close of this unit.

Science

This week we will continue with our new unit on Sound and Light. Students have already been introduced to mechanical and electromagnetic waves. This week we will learn how to label a wave and name its different parts. Students will also learn the significance of wavelength and frequency.

For more information on mechanical and electromagnetic waves, please see the following video:

Reminders & Important Dates

April 23     School Mass (Mass Uniform)

April 30       4th quarter Progress Reports go home in the Tuesday Folder

April 8-12

K5 Families, 

I hope everyone is having a great week. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Legend of the Lenten Pretzel on Friday. I hope they came home and excitingly shared with you everything they learned.

I sent home a letter yesterday regarding the Easter Egg Hunt. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please email me as soon as possible.

Please take the time each day to look through your child’s homework folder and work with them. Every Tuesday your child completes the first sheet of each new word family in their small groups; the remainder are for homework. 

Note: Please remind your child to treat the books in our classroom nicely. We’ve discussed how to treat them, but have had many damaged in the past two weeks. 

This Week in K5:

Theme and Unit of Study: Easter 

Religion: The Jellybean Prayer and Stations of the Cross

Language and Literacy:

  • Phonics Skills: Blending and segmenting phonemes, pausing for punctuation, and reading with fluency
  • Comprehension Skills/Strategies: Cause and Effect and Sequence of Events
  • Genre: Fiction – a story that is made up. 
  • Sight Words: go, here, soon, for, they, up

Math: Addition and Subtraction review. After spring break we will begin our unit on Money. 

Important Reminders:

  • Tuesday, April 9 — PTO Meeting in Neglia Hall at 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 10 — School Mass (Mass uniform)
  • Friday, April 12 — K5 Easter Eggstravaganza at 10:30am and 11:30am dismissal
  • Monday, April 15 – Monday, April 22 — Spring/Easter break

Have a great week!

Your K5 Team: Mrs. Creech and Ms. Moore

Classroom News April 8th- 12th

Spelling: Students will be participating in a Spelling Bee this Friday. Throughout the week, students will be practicing these review words in interactive games. Spelling Bee words:

an, man, can, ran, fan, ten, pen, hen, land, cut, nut, hut, but, gut, bug, mug, dug, mutt, far, jar, car, star, her, fur, hurt, purr, start, am, ham, him, dim, trim, slim, drum, gum, lamb.

Reading/writing: Students will be discussing -sc and -sk consonant blends. We will also be reading in small groups and independently while discussing story details.

Religion: Students will discuss how they are preparing for Easter. Students will also discuss the presence of Jesus in the tabernacle.

Social Studies: Students will recall and discuss the contributions of historical figures and religious figures in the world.

Science: Students will discuss customary units and Metric units of measurement. Students will understand why measurements are important.

Math: Students will continue to practice telling time using an analog and digital clock. Students will also begin discussing the value of money.