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

Summer 2019 Reading Assignment and 4th Grade Supply List

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to your son or daughter for successfully completing 3rd grade! I hope that you have a wonderful and relaxing summer, and I am looking forward to learning with you all in the coming year.

The summer reading list is enclosed with your child’s report card. I have chosen a project to be completed by all students this summer. Students may select any book on his or her appropriate reading level to read and present to the class. Attached is a list of possible novels from which they may make their selections. The completed project will be due by the end of the first FULL week of school. These activities will be graded and averaged into the first quarter reading grade. Please remember to remind your child to complete their summer reading neatly. They may use the computer to type up their project or write it with their best cursive handwriting. I look forward to seeing their project in August.

I have also posted this letter on my school blog for you to access all summer long if needed. Feel free to email me at sronald@stpeterscatholicschool.org, if you have questions. I will be checking my email over the summer months from time to time. Have a great summer and happy reading!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ronald

In order to help keep up our learning growth, I am requesting that parents please encourage each child to continue to practice mathematics, especially times tables up to 12; and reading, both fiction and nonfiction, over the course of the summer holidays. Your local library has a wide variety of literature as well as summer reading challenges to help keep your child interested and engaged. In addition to this practice, I have selected a summer reading project that I hope will be interesting for your child.

Experience has taught me that students who have a say in their education are more involved and interested in the process. Therefore, I have chosen a project that allows every child to select a book to his or her liking. The book must be at or above the F&P reading level assessed by the 3rd grade teacher. I have attached a list of suggested novels by reading level to help out. We will present these projects the first full week of classes.

Summer Reading Project

Advertising a Good Book

You will have the chance to persuade others to read your favorite book from this summer.  Your assignment is to create a one to two-minute commercial.

Goal:

-To get readers excited about a book, author, or genre.

Getting Ready:

  • Think about what makes your book interesting.
    • Why do you like this book?
  • Think about how you will capture the interest of the other readers in your class.
    • Why should others read this book?
  • What are the most important details you want readers to know?  (Don’t give away the secrets.)
  • Think about the props you would like to have.
    • Example:  If the story takes place in the woods, then a picture or drawing of trees would be eye-catching.

During the Commercial:

  • Show the cover of the book to the class.
  • Start with a good lead/get the audience interested.
    • Sometimes a question gets the audience interested.
      • Example:  Have you ever wanted to eat chocolate for breakfast? If so, this book is for you!
  • Tell the author and title.
  • Explain why you chose to share the book.

Tips:

  • Look at the camera/audience.
  • Speak loud and clearly.
  • Show your enthusiasm.
  • Keep it short! (one to two minutes)

Summer Reading Commercial Rubric

Self Teacher

_____ _____ Name of student is mentioned (5 pts)

_____ _____ Title of Book (5 pts)

_____ _____ Author is mentioned (5 pts)

_____ _____ Book is shown (5 pts)

_____ _____ Says why you like the book (10 pts)

_____ _____ Says why others should read the book (10 pts)

_____ _____ Gives some details from the book (10 pts)

_____ _____ Contains some props/background (5 pts)

_____ _____ Speaks loudly and clearly (5 pts)

_____ _____ Keeps eye contact with camera (5 pts)

_____ _____ Shows enthusiasm (5 pts)

_____ _____ Length is between one to two minutes (10 pts)

_____ _____ Tapes a classmate’s commercial (20 pts)

Total Points Out of 100 (Self)  __________

Total Points Out of 100 (Teacher)  __________

Student Supply List for Rising Fourth Graders 2019-2020

  • Loose leaf paper (on going necessity)
  • 2 reams of copy paper
  • 7 composition notebooks for interactive notebooks in Math, Reading, Religion, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Vocabulary
  • A 1-inch binder for Spanish
  • 1 pencil pouch (preferably the soft kind)
  • 1 foot-long ruler with inches on one side and centimeters on the other
  • 2 boxes of #2 pencils (on going necessity)
  • eraser tops (on going necessity)
  • blue pens and red pens
  • 1 box of colored pencils (16 or 24)
  • 2 highlighters (preferably yellow)
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 bottle of liquid glue
  • 1 three pack of large glue sticks
  • 2 boxes of tissues (we may need more depending on cold/flu season and allergies)
  • 1 protractor
  • 1 ruler
  • 1 Clorox or Lysol wet wipe dispenser
  • 1 pack of slender EXPO markers (these can be different colors)
  • 7 folders for Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Reading, Religion, and Guidance.

Please label all your child’s belongings

May 13-17, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week we will have our final round of MAP Testing.  We will take our Reading MAP on Tuesday, May 14; Math on Wednesday, May 15; ELA on Thursday, May 16; and Science on Friday, May 17. All of these tests will take place in the morning. Please make sure that your child is well rested and has a good breakfast before coming to school. We will also be working with our next round of F&P testing. All of your students have worked so hard this year! Let’s keep up the good work!

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will complete our in depth study of the 7 sacraments of the Catholic Church. This week we will read more bible verses that call for each sacrament and learn the signs, symbols, ministers, and purpose of each sacrament. Our final two sacraments of Holy Orders and Anointing of the sick will be covered this week. The test for this unit will be given on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Also this week, we will practice for the May crowning on Monday, May 20, 2019.

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.

 Reading Log #5, which focuses upon story sequence for the fiction side and upon overall text structures (chronological, problem solution, etc.) for the non-fiction side, will be due Friday, May 17, 2019.  For help with structures, please see the following video:

English

This week we will complete our unit on verbs. 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 complete our Unit 2 vocabulary with Word Sort 13. This week we will find synonyms and antonyms for our words, use them correctly in context and practice using them correctly in different types of sentences. Due to MAP Testing this week, the Word Sort 13 Vocabulary and Spelling Tests will be moved to Monday, May 20, 2019.

Word Sort 13:

invent, invention, magic, magician, digest, suggest, adoption, electric, suggestion, prevention, digestion, electrician, musician, prevent, music, adopt, clinic, desertion, distort, insert, clinician, distortion, desert, insertion

Mathematics

This week we will continue our study of geometry in our textbook. This week we will focus on solid figures and how to draw and classify each as well as be introduced to coordinate geometry. For more information, please watch the following video.

https://learnzillion.com/lesson_plans/5419-plot-points-on-a-coordinate-grid/

For additional practice, please visit

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Social Studies

This week we will begin our study of America as a new nation. We will explore the first laws made, troubles along the way, and, of course, the Constitutional Convention in which our Constitution was ratified. Students will focus on the major players in this Convention as well as learn how our government came to be organized.

Science

This week we will complete our unit on Sound and continue on to Light. Students have already been introduced to transverse and longitudinal waves. This week we will learn how light works.

For more information, please see the following video:

Reminders & Important Dates

May 13       2pm dismissal

May 17        5:30pm PTO Family Picnic

May 20        May Procession and Rosary at 8:30am in the church

May 24        Field Day

May 27      No School

May 29         6th grade Graduation at 8:30am

May 6-10, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week on Thursday, we will have our Music Practice for the Spring Music Program on Thursday night at 7pm. Music Practice will be at the USC Band Hall. Please have your child at the USC Band Hall by 6:30 pm that evening. I know the students have been working hard and are excited to show you what they have learned in Music during the Spring Semester!

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will continue our in depth study of the 7 sacraments of the Catholic Church. This week we will read more bible verses that call for each sacrament and learn the signs, symbols, ministers, and purpose of each sacrament. Our final two sacraments of initiation, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation will be covered this week.

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.

Due to the musical program this week,  Reading Log #5, which focuses upon story sequence for the fiction side and upon overall text structures (chronological, problem solution, etc.) for the non-fiction side; will not be given until Friday, May 10, 2019. It will then be due the following Friday, May 19, 2019.  For help with structures, please see the following video:

English

This week we will continue our unit on verbs. Students have already taken notes and learned how to use being verbs with action verbs in phrases and by themselves. This week we will focus on the different simple tenses of verbs including simple present tense, simple past tense, and future tenses. 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 13. This week we will sort our words into categories, write them twice in cursive in alphabetical order, and define and give the part of speech of each word. The spelling test for word sort 13 is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2019, and the vocabulary test for word sort 13 is scheduled for Friday, May 17.

Word Sort 13:

invent, invention, magic, magician, digest, suggest, adoption, electric, suggestion, prevention, digestion, electrician, musician, prevent, music, adopt, clinic, desertion, distort, insert, clinician, distortion, desert, insertion

Mathematics

This week we will continue our study of chapter 10 and geometry in our textbook. This week we will focus on the polygon shape of the triangle. Students will learn how to differentiate among the various types of triangles and how to classify each. For more information, please watch the following video.

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/mkcpt.math.g.triangles/classifying-triangles-by-angles-and-sides/

For additional practice, please visit

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Social Studies

This week we will complete on with our study of the American Revolutionary War. Students have kept timelines of battles, dates and locations, as well as the outcomes, and we will review everything we have learned together in class. Due to schedule interruptions, the test for Chapter 8 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Notebooks will be collected at the close of this unit. Please see the following link to check what should be in your child’s notebook!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CDdQOafDjy19uWoEuwsdCMcgmFuKWBRYk8zGwxmR7mE/edit?usp=sharing

Science

This week we will continue with our unit on Sound and Light. Students have already been introduced to transverse and longitudinal waves. This week we will research how the human ear receives and transmits the sound signals to the brain.

For more information, please see the following video:


Reminders & Important Dates

May 9         Spring Music Performance at 7pm. Students must report by 6:30pm.

May 13       2pm dismissal

May 17        5:30pm PTO Family Picnic

May 20        May Procession and Rosary at 8:30am in the church

May 24        Field Day

May 27      No School

May 29         6th grade Graduation at 8:30am

April 29-May 3, 2019

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week our 4th quarter Progress Reports will go home on Tuesday, April 30th. Please review these with your student to help make these last weeks we have together their strongest yet!

We will also have our fifth and final Junior Achievement class on Wednesday, May 1, 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 continue our in depth study of the 7 sacraments of the Catholic Church. This week we will explore the bible verses that call for each sacrament and learn the signs, symbols, ministers, and purpose of each sacrament. This week we will work with Baptism and Reconciliation.

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 #4, which focuses upon imagery for the fiction side and upon subject specific vocabulary for the non-fiction side.  For help with imagery, please see the following video:

English

This week we will continue our unit on verbs. Students have already taken notes and learned how to use being verbs with action verbs in phrases and by themselves. This week we will focus on the principle parts of verbs as well as regular and irregular verb formation. 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 find synonyms and antonyms for our words as well as practice using each word in different types of sentences.  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. This week we will focus on geometric shapes including circles, polygons, and quadrilaterals. Students will learn how to differentiate among the various types of quadrilaterals and how to classify each. For more information, please watch the following videos.

For additional practice, please visit

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Social Studies

This week we will 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. We will do a Reader’s Theatre on Patriots VS. Loyalists and determine whether or not we believe that the Revolution was a good idea economically. We will also discuss the events that led to to the Patriot victory in the War. The test for Chapter 8 is currently scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2019. 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 transverse waves, they will now explore longitudinal waves. We will also explore how the human ear works and how we are able to hear sounds based upon waves and our body’s reactions to them.

For more information, please see the following video:

Reminders & Important Dates

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

May 1          School Mass (Mass Uniform)

May 9         Spring Music Performance at 7pm. Students must report by 6:30pm.

May 13       2pm dismissal

May 17        5:30pm PTO Family Picnic

May 20        May Procession and Rosary at 8:30am in the church

May 24        Field Day

May 27      No School

May 29         6th grade Graduation at 8:30am

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 1-5, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week, as we continue our Lenten journey, we will continue to discuss how we can practice prayer, almsgiving, and penance.

We will also have our third Junior Achievement class on Wednesday, April 3, 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 continue to explore the liturgical seasons in the Church. We will discuss the significance almsgiving, prayer and penance during the season on Lent. Additionally we shall prepare for our turn to lead Stations of the Cross. We will lead the fourth through sixth grades in Stations on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 1pm in the Basilica.

Literature

Students are doing 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 #2, which focuses upon character traits for the fiction side and facts vs. opinions for the nonfiction side, will be due Friday, April 5, 2019.

English

This week we will continue our unit on vivid verbs. Students have already made excellent lists of vivid verbs to use instead of walk or said. Students will begin 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 11. This week we will submit our definitions and parts of speech in our ELA notebooks. On a separate sheet of paper they will find 12 antonyms to go with the words, and we will write 12 sentences that use the vocabulary words correctly in context. These sentences must be equally divided amongst the 4 types of sentences: 3 exclamatory sentences, 3 imperative sentences, 3 declarative sentences, and 3 interrogative sentences.  The spelling test for word sort 11 is scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2019, and the vocabulary test for word sort 10 is scheduled for Friday, April 5.

Word Sort 11:

frighten, classify, straighten, diversify, capitalize, civilize, purify, symbolize, dampen, falsify, sharpen, beautify, sweeten, idolize, lengthen, simplify, energize, harmonize, memorize, apologize, analyze, visualize, summarize, paralyze


Mathematics

This week we will complete our study of chapter 13 in our textbook. We will practice multiplying and dividing and apply it to working with decimals. We will also work on story problems and reviewing what we learned in this chapter using the Critical Thinking Workbook. The test for Chapter 13 will be on Friday, April 5, 2019.

For additional practice, please visit

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Social Studies

This week we will explore and discuss the American Declaration of Independence. Students will complete their scavenger hunts and participate in a class discussion of the Declaration. Students will also determine the critical parts of the declaration and create their own versions.

Science

This week we will complete Chapter 12 on Conductors & Insulators. Students compare the two to see what they have in common, and to see what differentiates the two.

For more information on insulators and conductors, please view the following video:

We will then review what we have learned about static electricity, conductors and insulators in order to take a test. We will review on Friday, April 5, and the test will take place on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Reminders & Important Dates

April 8          2pm dismissal

April 9         PTO meeting in Neglia Hall at 5:30pm

April 12       11:30am dismissal   Lenten Retreat Day!

April 13-22 Spring Break

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

March 25-29, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week, as we continue our Lenten journey, we will continue to discuss how we can practice prayer, almsgiving, and penance.

Also this week, students will receive their third quarter report cards. Please review these with your child and discuss how they can improve for the last quarter.

We will also have our second Junior Achievement class on Wednesday, March 27, 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 continue to explore the liturgical seasons in the Church. We will discuss the significance of the number 40 as it occurs throughout the Bible. Additionally we shall discuss the timeline of Christ’s journey to the Cross.

Literature

Students are doing extremely well in their reading groups. This week we will continue learning about literary elements including the different forms of conflict and in stories.  We will also continue our quickwrites, mini journals, in our interactive notebooks and our readers’ response questions.

For more information, please watch the following videos on types of conflict.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IHUuZ8Evag

Due to my absence for part of this week, we will not have a new reading log until Friday of this week. This will be Reading Log #2, which focuses upon character traits for the fiction side. The nonfiction side focuses upon facts vs. opinions. This reading log will be due Friday, April 5, 2019.

English

This week we will begin our unit on vivid verbs. Students have already completed the prerequisite worksheet for this unit by rewriting sentences that overused linking and helping verbs such as is, am, are, was, were, have, has, had etc. Instead of using these tired old verbs, students rewrote their sentences to include active and interesting verbs.   Watch out for dead and buried verbs in our verb graveyard!

Students will also begin 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 11. This week we sort our words into categories in our ELA notebooks. On a separate sheet of paper they will write their words in alphabetical order, twice, in cursive. They will also find 2 extra words and their definitions that use the same verb suffixes that we are using this week. We will find 12 synonyms to go with our words and we will write definitions and parts of speech for each new vocabulary word.  The spelling test for word sort 11 is scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2019, and the vocabulary test for word sort 10 is scheduled for Friday, April 5.

Word Sort 11:

frighten, classify, straighten, diversify, capitalize, civilize, purify, symbolize, dampen, falsify, sharpen, beautify, sweeten, idolize, lengthen, simplify, energize, harmonize, memorize, apologize, analyze, visualize, summarize, paralyze


Mathematics

This week we will continue our study of chapter 13 in our textbook. We will use what we already know about multiplying and dividing and apply it to working with decimals. There will be a challenge maze and riddle for students to practice their multiplying and dividing decimals.

For additional practice, please visit

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Social Studies

This week we will take the Chapter 7 test on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. We will then move on to Chapter 8 and our study of the Declaration of Independence. Students will read all the way through this document and explore the 3 major sections in detail.  

Science

This week we will complete our chapter on Static Electricity and continue on to Chapter 12 on Conductors & Insulators. Students will learn what makes good insulators and what makes a good conductor. They will compare the two to see what they have in common, and to see what differentiates the two.

For more information on insulators and conductors, please view the following video:

Reminders & Important Dates

March 26    3rd Quarter Report Cards go home in the Tuesday Folders

March 27        School Mass (Mass Uniform)

April 8          2pm dismissal

April 9         PTO meeting in Neglia Hall at 5:30pm

April 12       11:30am dismissal   Lenten Retreat Day!

April 13-22 Spring Break

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

March 18-22, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

My apologies that this newsletter is late! I missed hitting a check box when I submitted the post. This week, as we continue our Lenten journey, we will discuss how we can practice prayer, almsgiving, and penance. We will also have our first Junior Achievement class on Wednesday, March 20, 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 continue to explore the liturgical seasons in the Church. Specifically we will discuss the the Lenten season and what makes it important to who we are. We will begin by discussing the sacramental of ashes and continue exploring why Lent is a season of penance. All Catholic students will have the opportunity to attend the sacrament of Reconciliation this Thursday from 1:30-3:00 in the Basilica.

Literature

Our new reading groups are a hit! Students did a wonderful job exploring their own reasons for reading with their reader’s surveys, and they participated in thoughtful dialog during the pre-reading groups for our texts. This week we will continue learning about literary elements including author’s purpose and the different forms of conflict in stories.  We will also begin our quickwrites, mini journals, in our interactive notebooks and our readers’ response questions.

For more information, please watch the following videos on author’s purpose.

https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/authors-purpose/

We also have Reading Log #1 (new quarter!)  due on Monday, March 25, 2019! This reading log focuses on main idea, problem and solution, and setting in a story for the fiction side. The non-fiction side focuses on non-fiction text features and their importance to understanding a text.  Our reading goal this week is 180 minutes over a minimum of 4 days. Reading time may include time spent reviewing notes and readings for class, reading to others, reading and comprehending recipes, game rules, etc.

English

This week we will complete our unit on pronouns with the Pronoun Test, which has been moved to Wednesday, March 20, 2019.  Adjective pronouns, pronouns and antecedents, and differentiating possessive pronouns from pronoun contractions will be the focus of our notes and practice. Students will continue practicing how to diagram sentences with direct objects and subject complements. Once we have completed this test, we will continue our grammar studies with sentence building with vivid verbs. Watch out for dead and buried verbs!

Also this week we will continue our Unit 2 vocabulary with Word Sort 10. This week we will submit our definitions in our ELA notebooks. On a separate sheet of paper they will find synonyms for 12 of their words. Additionally, we will write 12 sentences using our vocabulary. Sentences should include 3 of each sentence type. 3 declarative sentences, 3 interrogative sentences, 3 imperative sentences, and 3 exclamatory sentences. The spelling test for word sort 10 is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2019, and the vocabulary test for word sort 10 is scheduled for Friday, March 22.

Word Sort 10:

fictional, colonial, magnetic, poetic, comical, musical, angelic, industrial, Islamic, tutorial, arrival, alphabetic, heroic, memorial, logical, patriotic, rhythmic, betrayal, territorial, accidental, coastal, editorial, dramatic, global, burial

Mathematics

This week we will continue our study of chapter 13 in our textbook. We will use what we already know of decimals in order compare and order decimals. We will then extend our knowledge to focus on adding and subtracting decimals. There will be a quick assessment quiz on the sections 13.3-5, and 13.8-9 on Friday, March 22, 2019. We will then move on to multiplying and dividing fractions.

For additional practice, please visit

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Social Studies

This week we will finish Chapter 7 exploring the causes and events leading to the American Revolutionary War.  Students will read Paul Revere’s Ride, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and compare it to the historical information presented in their textbooks. Students will annotate their copies of the poem in order to support their answers of why the poem is historically inaccurate. Students will also read and take notes on the initial battles of the American Revolution, as well as discuss the second meeting of the Continental Congress and the Olive Branch Petition. The Test for this unit is currently Scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

Science

This week we will learn how static electricity works. Students will explore the properties of this electrical force in more depth during our Static Electricity Lab on Friday, March, 2019. We will have our mini-quiz for Chapter 11 on Monday, March 25, 2019.

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Reminders & Important Dates

March 18   2pm dismissal

March 20     School Mass (Mass Uniform)

March 26    3rd Quarter Report Cards

April 8          2pm dismissal

April 9         PTO meeting in Neglia Hall at 5:30pm

April 12       11:30am dismissal

April 13-22 Spring Break

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

March 11-15, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week, as we continue our Lenten journey, we will discuss how we can work to  incorporate corporal and spiritual works of mercy more fully into our lives during this season.

This Week in Class

Religion

Students have done a wonderful job exploring the biblical sources for  the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. This week we will complete our search for these sources and take the final assessment on Friday, March 15, 2019.

Literature

We have now completed our non-fiction unit and will move back to exploring novels. Students should have their assigned novels available in class no later than Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Our new reading groups will be as follows: Chasing Vermeer, Open Court Reading, and The Watsons Go to Birmingham. This week we will be introduced to working as groups and how we can do that as part of Reader’s Workshop. We will review what good readers due and be introduced to our new texts.

We also have Reading Log #8 due on Monday, March 11, 2019! Our next reading log, Reading Lob #9 will be due on Monday, March 18, 2019. This reading log focuses on asking questions before, during and after reading. Students are to record questions they have during these times. This applies to both the fiction and nonfiction sides of the reading log. Our reading goal this week is 180 minutes over a minimum of 4 days. Reading time may include time spent reviewing notes and readings for class, reading to others, reading and comprehending recipes, game rules, etc.

English

This week we will complete our unit on pronouns. Adjective pronouns, pronouns and antecedents, and differentiating possessive pronouns from pronoun contractions will be the focus of our notes and practice. Students will continue practicing how to diagram sentences with direct objects and subject complements. The test for pronouns is currently scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Also this week we will continue our Unit 2 vocabulary with Word Sort 10. This week we will practice spelling and using the words with the suffixes -al, -ial, and -ic. Students will take notes and sort the new vocabulary into their ELA notebooks. On a separate sheet of paper they will practice their cursive and writing the words twice each in alphabetical order. They will also search for two other words, per suffix that use the same suffix pattern. Students will also define these words to use as our bonus words. Students will find synonyms for 12 of their words and begin work to find the definition and part of speech of each word. The spelling and vocabulary tests for word sort 10 are currently scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2019

Word Sort 10:

fictional, colonial, magnetic, poetic, comical, musical, angelic, industrial, Islamic, tutorial, arrival, alphabetic, heroic, memorial, logical, patriotic, rhythmic, betrayal, territorial, accidental, coastal, editorial, dramatic, global, buria

Mathematics

This week we will begin our study of chapter 13 in our textbook. We will use what we already know of decimals in order to convert fractions and mixed numbers into decimals. There will be a quick assessment quiz on the first two sections on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. We will then continue on to comparing and ordering fractions and mixed numbers according to their place values.

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Social Studies

This week we will continue to explore the causes and events leading to the American Revolutionary War.  Students have already begun to examine the colonists’ reactions to the first taxes levied upon the colonies without any representation in the British Parliament. This week they will see how tensions escalate with the Boston Massacre, the addition of the Tea Tax, and the colonial reaction of the Boston Tea Party. The Continental Congress will meet for the first time, so get ready to examine the Declaration of Independence!

Science

This is our final week for our study of magnetism and electric circuits. Last week we began our exploration of the series and parallel circuits. This week we will complete our circuits unit with our interactive notebook activities on parallel and series circuits. We will then take our 5 questions mini-assessment on Tuesday, review and update our notebooks on Wednesday and Friday in order to prepare for our final test on Friday, March 15, 2019.  Interactive Notebooks will also be due on Friday.

Reminders & Important Dates

March 16   St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 5 Points. St. Peter’s students are invited to walk in the morning parade

March 18   2pm dismissal

March 26    3rd Quarter Report Cards