Dear Parents and Guardians,
We were just wishing each other “Merry Christmas”, and here we are, already looking toward January’s end. Some notable things accompany this time of year. They are the following:
- January 20th-Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our school will be closed.
- January 21st-Report Cards will be distributed.
- January 26th-January 31st-Catholic Schools Week is celebrated.
*a special calendar was sent home in this week’s Tuesday folder, denoting all of the activities that will make this week a special one for our students, parents, faculty, and staff of our school.
Of course, amidst all of this, life continues as usual with academic lessons that need to be learned. Please note those that I have planned for my fifth and sixth grade students.
Fifth Grade Next Week
Religion. I have jumped to the back of our book, eager to present the unit called “Life is Precious”. The first chapter of this unit focuses on these main ideas: Life is a gift from God; Creation is in our care; The Fifth Commandment says that all human life is to be treasured. In today’s society, so many things contradict this; sadly, our children may see and hear these things. How wonderful to be able to endorse the contents of this chapter with a special look at Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who took Jesus’ love to those most forgotten.
,English. We will continue our work on the diagramming of sentences. Tucked within each different type of diagram do, the students will show their ability to relate each word in the sentences to each other, based on their part of speech, their role in the sentence, or their dependence on each other.
Reading. Oh, the students are enjoying Shiloh. I just knew they would. As we begin chapters five and six next week, the themes of family, honesty, and responsibility to one’s conscience will be more fully developed. Oh…let us not forget a very important theme in this novel…love of a dog. Having seen so many of the cuties that were at our pet blessing in October, I know many of my children are relating to Marty’s love of Shiloh.
Social Studies. We are a bit behind in this subject. However, the lesson that we began this week and is to be continued next week, presents a widening of conflicts that led to the Civil War.
Spelling. I have returned to a resource that I used at the beginning of the year called “Vocabulary Virtuoso.” The class will be receiving a list of ten new words. A variety of activities will be done to give practice in the use of these words (using their meanings in different contexts).
Sixth Grade Next Week
English. We have taken a bit of a detour from grammar and mechanics, and we are exercising our ability to philosophize, while also searching for precepts that others have written to elevate our souls. It has been fun to encourage them to “dig deeper” and “dig even deeper” to share their interpretations of some fabulous quotations. We will integrate these lessons with some skill work, most notably conjunction and interjection use.
Reading. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is proving to be a thought-provoking book. I was hoping it would be…
As we progress through the beginning chapters, some sensitive topics present life the way it was during the Great Depression in the rural deep South. I am enjoying hearing the children read the dialect of that time, quite flawlessly. One student told me that he is very capable of assuming this way of speaking because of his early days spent as a youngster in Tennessee. Anyway, we are developing our vocabulary along the way, and sharing our responses to questions that require pensive thought.
In conclusion, thank-you for spending time reading my offerings for January’s third week. Of course, I must keep with my tradition of sharing a precept with you, so…
“Good actions are the invisible hinges on the doors of heaven.”
Have a week that is happy, safe, and adds more hinges to heaven’s doors.
Miss L. Boron