Week of August 19th-August 23rd

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today was our first day in fifth grade, and it could not have gone more smoothly.  Thank-you ever so much for making certain that your child came to school with their supplies ready to go.  You have no idea how much easier it made our day of unpacking and organizing go…so, redundancy aside, many thanks to you.

I believe our school year is going to be a wonderful one, embracing  each other’s differences, and yet, sharing in one commonality…we will live our days doing our best for the glory of God.  I would like to end with the sharing of a quote that is on my back bulletin board,

                 “You don’t get harmony when everyone sings

                   the same note”.

Kind regards,

Miss L. Boron

Week of June 3rd

A Word from Miss Boron

With the school year ended, it is time to wish all of you a happy summer that is filled with relaxation, fun activities, and lots of sunscreen!

I would like to share with you my summer reading assignment  and supply list. 

Week of May 20th-May 25th

A Note From Miss Boron

I know, I know…I am repeating myself again, but I can hardly believe that I am writing to you about our second-to-last week of school. To say that our year has flown by would be an understatement. I can see the end-of-the-year anticipation in the students, which can make classroom work more challenging. However, I told the students that we are not done until our last day of school, so…yes, there are new lessons to be taught, and others to be concluded.

In the fifth grade class, we are focusing on ways we pray, styles of prayer that we use, and types of prayer. We started this lesson this week, but I took a few detours along the way, so we did not finish. Today, Friday, we practiced a type of meditative prayer to the Blessed Mother, and it was quite beautiful to see my students relaxed and spending time with Jesus in their heart rooms, meditating about His giving of His mother, Mary, to all of us.

We continue our reading of Bud, Not Buddy. I am happy that our recently read chapters see Buddy’s life traveling a happier road with Lefty Lewis and his family.

I did not want the end of the year to pass without our giving some attention to poetry, more particularly, sensory language in poetry. After spending some time identifying those senses that are touched by a poet’s words, we are going to use our creativity by writing and illustrating poems.

My sixth grade students are engaged in talking about solidarity in Religion class. Are we doing a good job of sharing the world(or planet) with others? The good God gave us dominion over the animal kingdom–are we using that control in a way pleasing to God? Closer to home, we are sharing our feelings and observations about how we treat others in our school community, our church community, and our neighborhoods.

We are nearing the conclusion of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Surprisingly, this book has evoked more smiles from these students than I anticipated. Being that it is an old, old classic, I must admit I was concerned about the reception that it may receive. However, it has been terrific.

Finally, we are doing a hodge-podge of things in English to get them prepared for moving on to other schools next year. There is a focus on some mechanics and grammar (and those are umbrellas for many skills), along with reviewing figurative language that makes writing more interesting and enjoyable.

Tonight is the family picnic and there are 500 hot dog buns in the office to prove it! I wish you a most wonderful weekend, and if you like hot weather, you are going to be very happy. Did I hear 90 degree temperatures? Yikes!

Warm regards,

Miss L. Boron

Week of May 13th-17th

This is the Friday after our Spring Music Program, held last evening. I cannot get the song “What the World Needs Now” out of my head along with the mental picture of our 4th, 5th,and 6th grade students dancing to it. Oh, it was precious. I am sorry that many of my 5th grade students did not come to the program; I know that you parents would have certainly enjoyed seeing your child perform.

The upcoming week will have another special event–the family picnic. It is being held on Friday, May 17th, at 5:30 on the school grounds. Perhaps the parents that did not attend the music program will be able to come to this annual celebration of our St. Peter’s Catholic School family. Plus, there will be some gooooood food–like hot dogs!

Fifth Grade Next Week

In Religion, we will learning about ways we pray and the types of prayer that we say.

Bud, Not Buddy, is continuing to be read. In addition to our reading, we are doing some interesting activities that allow the students to show their interpretation and analysis of the author’s words.

Studying figurative language in English this coming week is going to work perfectly with our novel reading. The author of Bud, Not Buddy, has a flair for using words to create very vivid pictures in the reader’s mind. We will be studying similes, metaphors, and exaggeration.

A new list of twenty words will be given to the students on Monday. As I have been doing the past four weeks, a pretest will be given so that the students can gauge how much they need to study.

Sixth Grade Next Week

I deviated from my plans this week and spent a large part of our Religion time talking about Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. Because of that, we just began to touch upon Pentecost and the Holy Spirit. We will continue that work this coming week.

Our reading of Mr. Popper’s Penguins continues. The oral reading we have shared has become better and better–I am enjoying the vocal expression that the students are adding to their reading. Also, we have been practicing the reading skills of predicting what in the world could be happening next in this classic humorous novel.

Diagramming sentences, parts of speech, and sentence parts are going to continue to be practiced this week. I would also like to include a lesson on idioms (it’s raining cats and dogs, for example), however, I am going to see how we are progressing with diagramming.

To all of the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and my fellow colleagues that care for our children, may I wish all of you a very beautiful Mother’s Day. May you be surrounded by love and gratitude for your daily gifts of love and caring that you share with your children.

God’s Blessings,

Miss L. Boron

Classroom News May 6th – 10th

Spelling: Due to MAP and F&P Testing this week, students will not be taking a spelling test. Please review spelling words from previous tests for extra practice.

Reading/writing: Students will discuss story details and review the following: point of view and the 5w’s. Students will also continue to practice writing letters.

Math: Students will review and discuss telling time and the value of coins. Please continue to review different coins and their values at home for extra practice.

Science: Students will identify and use different measurements. Students will discuss weight and length while estimating.

Social Studies: Students will review the importance of being a good citizen. Students will think about how they can participate in the community.

Religion: Students will discuss the following terms: baptism, Eucharist, sin and forgiveness.

Week of May 6th-May 10th

A Note From Miss Boron

This is going to be one of those wow-ee weeks for our school, and more particularly, for the fifth grade students. As you know from permission slips that you have been signing, our Spring Music Program is this coming Thursday evening. They will be at the USC band hall for practice on that day, with the performance that evening. Now, for the fifth graders, they will be visiting McEntire Air Force Base Monday thru Wednesday, attending Star Base. Mrs. Grant and a number of parent volunteers will be sharing this wonderful learning opportunity with them. I know they are excited–it has seemingly become a rite of passage for fifth grade students at our school. That very abbreviated capsule of our week illustrates that my students and I will not have class instruction time until Friday. Yes…it is that time of the year…

Because of the above mentioned schedule, I will focus my attention on the sixth grade’s week of activities and lessons since they will be with me on Monday thru Wednesday. I am really looking forward to having this extra time with them.

Sixth Grade This Week

Religion. The Easter season lasts until Pentecost Sunday. The appearance of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ disciples is a profound reminder that Jesus always will be with us. He tells us to use our lives to spread the good news about his Birth, Life, Death, and Resurrection. That is quite an enormous request, but the Good God gives us the tools…bring on the Holy Spirit that gives us, like the disciples, strength to carry out Jesus’ mission.

We will also talk about the Fruits of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,) are some of these gifts that God gives us to show his presence in our lives.

English. Though we are starting a new unit on diagramming of sentences, I know we will be talking about parts of speech and sentence parts during these lessons. Also, I will use the gift of the extra time with these sweeties to do some language drills, keeping their grammar and mechanics skills alive and well.

Reading. Along with reading our novel, I will be assessing their nonfiction reading skills. Time for Kids is an invaluable periodical for classroom use; articles from that have been compiled in book form that help develop competent readers. I know that I have mentioned using these earlier in the year, and I decided that using them toward the end of the school year helps gauge your child’s comprehension skill level from the basic literal meaning of something read to making inferences and predictions.

In conclusion, may I wish you a happy weekend filled with lots of sunshine despite the rain that is promised.

Warm regards,

Miss L. Boron

Week of April 29-May 3

Oh my goodness…is the month of May already upon us? The end of the school year, rather than having the characteristics of winding down, is actually one of the busiest times of the school year. A quick glance at the May calendar that came home in this week’s blue folder is certainly evidence of that. However, after all of that, summer vacation will be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Until then, we have much to do…below, please note some of the lessons and activities that your child will be learning or doing.

Fifth Grade Next Week

Religion. The doubting Thomas that would not believe until he was able to insert his fingers into Jesus’ wound is the continued topic of our class learning. Faith means believing without seeing; we will use passages from the Bible that speak to this.

English. My scheduled times for English instruction are being absorbed by other activities: on Monday, we will be gone all afternoon for our field trip; Tuesday-Thursday, the fifth and sixth grade students will be doing MAP testing in the morning hours. I will also try to do some F&P Reading evaluations, since those are very time consuming.

Reading. Having begun our Bud, Not Buddy novel this week, I can tell the students are already enjoying it. While reading, we have included some vocabulary building, and of course, the sharing of our feelings and reactions to the main characters, thus far. I am so grateful to one of my parents, having been a former teacher herself, for sharing her love of this book.

Sixth Grade Next Week

Religion. We have been talking about the poor disciples’ lives without their beloved Jesus. But, the good and loving Jesus, knowing them so well, spends many days with them, preparing them to carry on His work before his Ascension. Our book frequently reminds students that they are called upon, as we all are, to be disciples of Jesus. But, how do we impress that to our young people in a realistic and meaningful way? Well…learning to incorporate Jesus and His love into their lives is essential. Doing that requires the students recognize the foundation of living has been given to us: God’s law, or the Ten Commandments. We will revisit, in far more depth, these ten rules for living well.

English. We will begin a more detailed group of lessons on sentence diagramming. These little sentence blueprints are such wonderful teachers of sentence parts, parts of speech, and types of sentences. I am looking forward to this, now that we just completed the arduous unit on capitalization and all forms of punctuation.

Reading. As mentioned above for the fifth grade English lessons, much of my reading lesson time is being absorbed by other activities. However, I am certain we will have time to get more involved in our reading of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Just a side note, I was watching the faces of students while they did some independent reading after finishing their English test, and one student who was not very enthused about this book, was reading it with the biggest smile on his face. When I asked him about that, he shared how much he was enjoying it. Yay!!!

Well, that concludes this little missive. I understand that the weather is to be simply delightful this weekend. Wishing you enjoyment and relaxation…

Warm regards,

Miss L. Boron

Week of April 23rd-27th

A Note From Miss Boron

Our return back to school after a long-awaited Easter vacation coupled with much nicer weather and the aroma of summer right around the corner makes academics a little more of a struggle for many students. However, we will continue our learning with a focus on maintaining the high standards that we have worked hard to attain.

Fifth and Sixth Grade Religion

Fifth Grade. St. Thomas and his inability to believe without seeing will be the theme of our week’s learning. Using our Bibles and textbooks, we will use passages that illustrate that faith itself is like sight. Unlike the doubting apostle, Thomas, we believe without actually “seeing”, but our strong faith is our sight.

Sixth Grade. Jesus’ ascension 40 days after his Resurrection will be the learning objective of our first week back after Easter.

Fifth and Sixth Grade students are doing novel studies in Reading. The fifth graders will begin Bud, not Buddy. The sixth grade students will be continuing their reading of Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Fifth and Sixth Grade English

Fifth Grade. Our entire week will be spent working on abbreviation use.

Sixth Grade. Happily, we are ending our unit on punctuation and capitalization. After spending Tuesday through Thursday brushing up on capitalization, we will have a test on Friday. The lessons on that test will include their mastery of quotation mark use, apostrophe use, and capitalization.

Have a nice week,

Miss Boron

Week of April 8th-April 12th

A Note From Miss Boron

As I sit here trying to think of something clever to say, I am discovering that the creative part of my brain may be taking a nap. So, with that confession said, may I welcome you to our shortened week before Easter vacation begins; Friday is an 11:30 dismissal day. With Easter being rather late this year, I know that the students are eager to have a vacation from school with the promise of nicer weather. Oh how good the good God is.

The fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students will be sharing in our traditional retreat day on Friday. As in the past, we will be focusing the Easter Triduum. Each teacher will take a different day and present a lesson on that day’s significance. As in the past years, I am certain that the children will benefit from our collective effort to make this time of year a meaningful one for them, along with all you do in your homes to teach your child about this holiest of times.

Additionally, I have another lesson that will be presented to the fifth and sixth grade students.

The fifth graders lesson is entitled “Share the Good News”. They will share their ideas about how one goes about sharing their Christianity with actions that accompany their words.

The sixth graders lesson is such an interesting one. If they were to meet someone that was not a believer, how would they present their faith and beliefs to that person. How would they talk about what a Christian’s life is like?

In English, please note the below activities:

l. Fifth grade students are preparing for Thursday’s test on capitalization; this includes the capitalization and punctuation of titles of works.

2. Sixth grade students are finishing up correct use of quotation marks; we will then move into apostrophe use. Practice, practice, practice is the best way that I know of for my students to become masters of punctuation.

Our Reading time is being spent with the below endeavors:

l. The fifth grade students will be reading tall tale that is a product of rural America during pioneer times. The typical activities will accompany this reading (background building, vocabulary presentation, skimming prior to reading for making predictions, and oral reading to build fluency.

2. The sixth graders seem to be enjoying Mr. Popper’s Penguins. I am so glad about that; Mr. Popper’s quirky behaviors, coupled with the sweet family life presented in the novel, have caused some smiles. Also, with something on an easier reading level, working on fluency’s specific characteristics is very effective because they are not struggling with pronunciations of difficult words.

In closing, I wish you beautiful time spent with your children. All of the tragedies this past week, seeing grieving parents on television, and remembering my own family’s horrific loss of children, I am certain that weekends must be precious to all of you for additional time with each other. May it be happily spent…

Warm regards,

Miss L. Boron

Week of March 25th-March 29th

A Note From Miss Boron

Our first full week of Spring is greeting us when we come to school on March 25th. It is also our first full week of fourth quarter. I do not know if you can relate to my feelings about the quickness of time passing, but as I look at my students and their amount of academic and social growth, I realize that soon, they will no longer be my fifth graders, but the room next door will become their school “home”. Until then, we have much to learn, experience, and enjoy.

Below, please fine my planned lessons.

Fifth Grade

Religion. As we focus on the Commandments in more depth, the class will be learning that the Eighth Commandment requires us to not bear false witness against neighbors? But, to a 10-year-old child, of what significance is that? Simply, it means that showing respect and dignity of others means talking to others as we would like to be spoken to.

English. We did not get to the lesson on punctuating titles of works, so that will be done at the week’s beginning. After that, we will conclude our set of lessons on capitalization by being introduced to additional rules for unusual capitalizations.

Reading. After reading the precious folktale about a mouse that sacrifices all of his senses to help other animals without theirs, we are going to do a roundtable discussion on this story’s likeness to “The Giving Tree”, a tree that gave its apples, leaves, branches, and trunk to make a boy happy. Also, I will be teaching the concept of sequence with “The Jumping Mouse” folktale. I will test the students’ listening comprehension at week’s end with a short story, “Helmet Head”, that hopefully will not only be entertaining, but a reminder of the importance of wearing helmets while bike riding.

Sixth Grade

Religion. So many gifts are given to us by God, and we do not receive them because of human effort. Faith, Hope, and Charity are three gifts of virtue that should be an integral part of our lives. We can hope because we have faith, and we demonstrate that hope and faith through charity. Is not Lent the perfect time to have this lesson? I hope your child’s rice bowl is collecting some spare change to be given to those who are far less fortunate.

English. Our next test will be on Thursday, March 28th. Your child wrote down the skill and page number to study for each topic that will be assessed. This paper has been taped to their assignment pad for easy (and secure) reference. In addition to reviewing for the test, we will be learning about the colon and its uses.

Reading. Our novel study begins this week. I look forward to sharing this classic, award-winning book with my sixth graders. I hope they will enjoy reading about this family and its unusual extended family members. Have I piqued your curiosity?

In conclusion, I wish you a safe and healthy weekend, with happiness accompanying your activities. Please encourage your child to READ a fabulous book…

Warm regards,

Miss Boron