Summer 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to your son or daughter for successfully completing 5th grade. I am certain that each of them will be successful next year as well.

The summer reading list is attached. I have chosen five possible novels for the students. They are to choose two of them to read this summer. All students are required to read at least two novels this summer. Attached is a list of the novels from which they may make their selections. In addition to the choice of books, students have a choice of activities for follow up. The students will pick one of the two books they read and complete one activity from the list attached. They are listed with the summaries of each book. 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 grades. 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 rgrant@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. Grant

 

Summer Reading for Rising Sixth Graders

Read TWO of these books and do ONE of the listed activities for ONE book. Work is due the first full week of school.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The story begins in Berlin 1942. When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches alongside as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides he must explore his new home. While exploring, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different than his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

 

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children, published in 1950. It is one of the most popular children’s books, especially in England. Most of the novel is set in Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures that is ruled by the evil White Witch. Four English children are relocated to a large, old country house following a wartime evacuation. The youngest, Lucy, visits Narnia three times via the magic of a wardrobe in a spare room. Lucy’s three siblings are with her on her third visit to Narnia. In Narnia, the siblings seem fit to fulfill an old prophecy and find themselves adventuring to save Narnia and their own lives.

 

The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz

Baseball is in the Schneider family blood. Each member of this family, from family founder Felix Schneider in the 1800s to Snider Flint in the present day, has a strong tie to the game and to Brooklyn. Through the years this family has dodged bullets on a battlefield, pitched perfect games, and dealt with the devastating loss of family and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Nine innings—nine generations. One game—one family. Through it all, one thing remains true: the bonds of family are as strong as a love of the game.

 

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. Once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind. This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.

 

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. She says: “My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss.” He says: “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.” But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he’s thinking there’s more to her than meets the eye, she’s thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.

Projects (Chose ONE for ONE book you read)

  • Book Timeline: Use complete sentences and pictures to illustrate 10 important events from the novel. Each event should include a paragraph, with correct spelling and grammar, describing what happened and how it affected the characters in the story. Dates should be written, if known. Remember to include the title and author on the top of your timeline.
  • Book as a Movie Project: Write a 3-5 page script as if you were producing the movie for the book. Include all characters and who you would use to play each character. Use complete sentences and at least 15 important events from the book. Accompanying your script, you must have an illustrated (must be drawn and not a copy of the cover of the book) movie poster that promotes your movie.
  • Letter Exchange Project: Write a series letters between you and a character from the story, or between two characters of the story. You will need to write six letters altogether: three from you to the character in your book and three from the character back to you. Include a cover page with the title, author and an illustration. Each letter should be about a page long. In your letters, ask the character questions that have to do with the character’s life and the story. Have the character answer the questions in his or her letters back to you. Write about things that you find interesting, things that you and the character have in common, or events from the novel.
  • Graphic Novel Project: Write a graphic novel (comic strip style) of the book by using 10 important events. The front cover should include the title of the book, name of the author (your name), and a large picture of an important scene. The pages should tell the story in frames with pictures (which are drawn and colored), captions and thought and speech bubbles. Use correct spelling and grammar.

 

2020-2021 STUDENT SUPPLY LIST

  • Loose leaf paper (on going necessity)
  • 2 reams of copy paper
  • 1 very large “stretchable” book cover for Math textbook
  • 3 composition notebooks for Reading, Religion, and Language Arts
  • 2 composition or spiral (lined or graph) notebooks for Math (I know some students complete their math better on graph paper so it is student preference)
  • A 1-inch binder for Spanish (they can use the one they brought in last year)
  • 2 one-half inch binders for Social Studies and Science (please make sure they have pockets inside)
  • 1 pencil pouch (preferably the soft kind)
  • 1 foot-long ruler with inches on one side and centimeters on the other
  • #2 pencils (on going necessity)
  • eraser tops (on going necessity)
  • blue pens and red pens
  • A pack of glue sticks
  • 1 box of crayons or colored pencils (16 or 24)
  • 2 yellow highlighters (one for homeroom and one for your travel bag)
  • 2 boxes of tissues (we may need more depending on cold/flu season and allergies)
  • 1 Clorox or Lysol wet wipe dispenser
  • 1 pack of EXPO markers (these can be different colors)
  • 1 sturdy cloth bag to carry books in from class to class
  • 6 folders for Vocabulary, Language Arts, Math, Reading, Religion, and Guidance.

Please label all your child’s belongings

April 20-24, 2020

Dear parents,

I hope you all had a restful spring break. It was a well deserved break! Now we are back to finish out the rest of the school year. I have attached this week’s schedule below for both classes. I hope you all have a blessed week. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support during this time.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Grant

Fifth Grade Digital Learning Lessons Plans for April 20-24

Sixth Grade Digital Learning Lessons Plans for April 20-24

April 6-10, 2020

Dear Parents, 

May God bless you during this Holy Week and know that you and your family are in my prayers during this time. I also want to wish you a safe and happy spring break! Below you will find the schedules for fifth and sixth grade for this week. Have a wonderful week. 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Grant

Fifth Grade Digital Learning Lessons Plans for April 6-8

Sixth Grade Digital Learning Lessons Plans for April 6-8

March 30-April 3, 2020

Dear Parents, 

Good evening! This week we will begin using Google Classroom. Please make sure to login using your child’s Google Account and sign into each class. If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope you and your families have a blessed week. 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Grant

Fifth Grade Digital Learning Lessons Plans for March 30-April 3

Sixth Grade Digital Learning Lessons Plans for March 30-April 3

March 23-27, 2020

Dear Parents, 
Good Afternoon! I am attaching my plans for the student work they will complete during this second week of the closure. I have detailed when I will be diligently checking my email each day in case there are questions. I do not expect the work to be completed and emailed back to me. The students can turn it all in when we return on April 1st. However, I would suggest not waiting until the last minute as I will be sending work for next week on Sunday, March 29 or Monday, March 30. If your child would like to turn in any of the work early, I am more than happy to look at it and provide feedback. Also please check the school website as the specials teachers will also be providing material for the students during this time. So please check their newsletters on the school website. Thank you for your support and understanding. Please stay safe and healthy! 
Sincerely, 
Mrs. Grant
 
 

March 16-20, 2020

Dear Parents, 
Good Afternoon! I am attaching my plans for the student work they will complete during this first week of the closure. I have detailed when I will be diligently checking my email each day in case there are questions. I do not expect the work to be completed and emailed back to me. The students can turn it all in when we return on April 1st. However, I would suggest not waiting until the last minute as I will be sending work for next week on Sunday, March 22 or Monday, March 23. If your child would like to turn in any of the work early, I am more than happy to look at it and provide feedback. Also please check the school website as the specials teachers will also be providing material for the students during this time. So please check their newsletters on the school website. Thank you for your support and understanding. Please stay safe and healthy! 
Sincerely, 
Mrs. Grant
 
 

March 9-13, 2020

A Note from Mrs. Grant

This week we will continue to discuss our Lenten journey. We will also have class picture day on Wednesday, March 11th.

Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. This week our Snack Shack managers are Camilla and Connor. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Tuesday. Receipts for reimbursement can be brought to Mrs. Davis in the office with a note detailing it is for Snack Shack. Thank you for your support!

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule March-April 2020

This Week in Class

5th Grade

Math: We will discuss how to multiplying by three digit numbers, write quotients as mixed numbers, and how to describe the probability of an event. Please remember to use the study guide given to the students in class to review and their textbook. The quiz will be given Friday, March 13th. Students can also use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

Science: We will begin discussing the characteristics of rocks and minerals. There will be a quiz on the characteristics of rocks and minerals on Tuesday, March 17th.

6th Grade

Math: We will discuss adding three or more fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators, the characteristics of geometric solids, writing mixed numbers as improper fractions, and subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping. Please remember to use the study guide given to the students in class to review and their textbook. There will be a quiz on Friday, March 13th.

Science: We will discuss the characteristics of weather and how to predict weather by studying the atmospheric pressure, cloud coverage, temperature, and more.

Social Studies: We will discuss Julius Caesar, the daily life of the Romans, and the birth and spread of Christianity. There will be a quiz on Tuesday, March 10th on the Roman Republic, the social classes of Rome, and the Punic Wars.

Religion: We will continue to review Lent. We will also discuss how when the Israelites turned from God and were attacked by enemies, God saved them through the judges.

Spelling and Vocabulary: There will be no Spelling and Vocabulary words until they finish their vocabulary study with Miss Boron.

Reminders & Important Dates

March 11, 2020      Class Picture Day

March 16, 2020       2pm dismissal

March 19, 2020       Rita’s Ice Field Trip – leave at 11:00 am, *students can wear St. Pat’s t-shirts to school*

March 20, 2020        No School for Students/Teacher Inservice

March 21, 2020     St. Patrick’s Day parade in 5 points

March 30, 2020     5th and 6th grade field trip to Cardinal Newman

Please share the videos below with your student.

Fifth Grade:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r7C5SD14Hw

Sixth Grade:

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/101-videos/weather-101-sci-1?source=relatedvideo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NZz-EeveJ8

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March 2-6, 2020

A Note from Mrs. Grant

This week we will continue to discuss our Lenten journey. We will also have the book character parade on Monday at 2pm. Please remember your child should dress up as a character from a book, but they may not have props that can be distracting during class. I look forward to seeing what each of my sixth graders will dress up as!

Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. This week our Snack Shack managers are Camilla and Connor. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Tuesday. Receipts for reimbursement can be brought to Mrs. Davis in the office with a note detailing it is for Snack Shack. Thank you for your support!

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule March-April 2020

This Week in Class

5th Grade

Math: We will discuss how to divide by multiples of 10 and multiplying by three digit numbers. Please remember to use the study guide given to the students in class to review and their textbook. The test will be given Friday, March 6th. Students can also use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

Science: We will review the human body systems. The test on the human body systems will be given on Tuesday, March 3rd. Then, we will begin discussing the characteristics of rocks and minerals.

6th Grade

Math: We will discuss adding mixed numbers with unlike denominators and the characteristics of polygons. Please remember to use the study guide given to the students in class to review and their textbook. There will be a test on Friday, March 6th.

Science: We will review the composition and layers of Earth’s Atmosphere and how pressure and temperature change throughout the layers, different types of clouds and wind patterns on Earth. The Atmosphere test will be given on Thursday, March 5th.

Social Studies: We will discuss the daily life of Ancient Rome and the government of Ancient Rome. There will be a quiz on Tuesday, March 10th.

Religion: We will review Unit 3. The Unit 3 test will be given on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Spelling and Vocabulary: There will be no Spelling and Vocabulary words until they finish their vocabulary study with Miss Boron.

Reminders & Important Dates

March 2, 2020       Read Across America Parade at 2:00 (Playground)

March 11, 2020      Class Picture Day

March 16, 2020       2pm dismissal

March 19, 2020       Rita’s Ice Field Trip – leave at 11:00 am, *students can wear St. Pat’s t-shirts to school*

March 20, 2020        No School for Students/Teacher Inservice

March 21, 2020     St. Patrick’s Day parade in 5 points

March 30, 2020     5th and 6th grade field trip to Cardinal Newman

Please share the videos below with your student.

Fifth Grade:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r7C5SD14Hw

Sixth Grade:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrGuomu9NGY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjbfS8RDoYo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaikvaAw2nk

 

February 24-28, 2020

A Note from Mrs. Grant

This week is an important week for our school. First, on Wednesday, we will begin the season of Lent by celebrating Ash Wednesday during Mass. Please feel free to attend Mass with us at 8:30am to receive your ashes during this important liturgical season. Second, third quarter Progress Reports will go home in the Tuesday folder. Please review the strengths and improvements with your child and return it signed back to school. Thank you so much for your support.

Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. This week our Snack Shack managers are Zion and Gus. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Tuesday. Receipts for reimbursement can be brought to Mrs. Davis in the office with a note detailing it is for Snack Shack. Thank you for your support!

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule Jan-Feb 2020

Honor Guard Schedule March-April 2020

This Week in Class

5th Grade

Math: We will discuss how to organize data in frequency tables and line plots, how to multiply by two digit numbers, and how to solve for the perimeter of a two dimensional shape, including a circle. Please remember to use the study guide given to the students in class to review and their textbook. Students can also use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

Science: We will continue discussing the digestive system and then the nervous system. The test on the human body systems will be given on Tuesday, March 3rd.

6th Grade

Math: We will discuss creating fractions with common denominators, adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators, and probability. There will be a quiz on Friday, February 28th.

Science: We will continue discussing the composition and layers of Earth’s Atmosphere and how pressure and temperature change throughout the layers. There will be a quiz on Wednesday, February 26th.

Social Studies: We will be review all we have learned about ancient Greece. The test will be given on Tuesday, February 25th. Then, we will begin discussing the geography and daily life of Ancient Rome.

Religion: We will discuss how Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land of Canaan. The chapter 15 quiz will be given on Thursday, February 27th.

Spelling and Vocabulary: There will be no Spelling and Vocabulary words until they finish their vocabulary study with Miss Boron.

Reminders & Important Dates

February 22, 2020       St. Peter’s Auction at the State Museum at 6:30pm

February 26, 2020     Ash Wednesday Mass

March 16, 2020       2pm dismissal

March 21, 2020    St. Patrick’s Day parade in 5 points

March 30, 2020     5th and 6th grade field trip to Cardinal Newman

Please share the videos below with your student.

Fifth Grade:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiBzCpg6vu8

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=musculoskeletal+system+for+kids&&view=detail&mid=7DB380009A683F29E6A07DB380009A683F29E6A0&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dmusculoskeletal%2520system%2520for%2520kids%26qs%3DWebSearch%26form%3DQBVR%26sp%3D1%26pq%3Dmusculoskeleton%2520system%2520for%2520kids%26sc%3D4-31%26cvid%3D74A4A2AECAC945F1B42F0FA28610A33E

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=respiratory+system+for+kids&&view=detail&mid=B92CE2A4E519141F2746B92CE2A4E519141F2746&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Drespiratory%2520system%2520for%2520kids%26qs%3Dn%26form%3DQBVR%26sp%3D-1%26pq%3Drespiratory%2520system%2520for%2520kid%26sc%3D8-26%26sk%3D%26cvid%3DA533428A21D94A0BA3E1C4BE1242FD31

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9ONXd_-anM

Sixth Grade:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=greek+government+in+five+minute&view=detail&mid=8948653D6A9ED5B6446C8948653D6A9ED5B6446C&FORM=VIRE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMlnn7hKBn0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrGuomu9NGY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjbfS8RDoYo

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February 17-21, 2020

A Note from Mrs. Grant

This week we have no school on Monday. So we will start the week on Tuesday and have another short week. We also have the School Auction on Saturday, February 22 at 6:30pm at the State Museum. I hope all of you can attend!

Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. This week our Snack Shack managers are Gus and Camilla. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Tuesday. Receipts for reimbursement can be brought to Mrs. Davis in the office with a note detailing it is for Snack Shack. Thank you for your support!

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule Jan-Feb 2020

This Week in Class

5th Grade

Math: We will discuss how to solve multi-step word problems and solving for the average or mean of a number set. The next math test will be given on Friday, February 21st. Please remember to use the study guide given to the students in class to review and their textbook. Students can also use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

Science: We will continue our unit on human body systems. We will continue discussing the circulatory system and the bloodstream. The quiz on the respiratory and circulatory systems will be given on Wednesday, February 19th. Then, we will begin discussing the digestive system.

6th Grade

Math: We will discuss creating fractions with common denominators and review dividing fractions. There will be a test on Friday, February 21st.

Science: We will begin discussing the composition and layers of Earth’s Atmosphere. There will be a quiz on Wednesday, February 19th.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the cultural achievements of ancient Greece and the achievements of Alexander the Great. There will be a quiz on the culture of ancient Greece on Thursday, February 20th.

Religion: We will discuss how Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land of Canaan.

Spelling and Vocabulary: There will be no Spelling and Vocabulary words until they finish their vocabulary study with Miss Boron.

Reminders & Important Dates

February 17, 2020     No School

February 22, 2020       St. Peter’s Auction at the State Museum at 6:30pm

February 26, 2020     Ash Wednesday Mass

Please share the videos below with your student.

Fifth Grade:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiBzCpg6vu8

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=musculoskeletal+system+for+kids&&view=detail&mid=7DB380009A683F29E6A07DB380009A683F29E6A0&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dmusculoskeletal%2520system%2520for%2520kids%26qs%3DWebSearch%26form%3DQBVR%26sp%3D1%26pq%3Dmusculoskeleton%2520system%2520for%2520kids%26sc%3D4-31%26cvid%3D74A4A2AECAC945F1B42F0FA28610A33E

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=respiratory+system+for+kids&&view=detail&mid=B92CE2A4E519141F2746B92CE2A4E519141F2746&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Drespiratory%2520system%2520for%2520kids%26qs%3Dn%26form%3DQBVR%26sp%3D-1%26pq%3Drespiratory%2520system%2520for%2520kid%26sc%3D8-26%26sk%3D%26cvid%3DA533428A21D94A0BA3E1C4BE1242FD31

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9ONXd_-anM

Sixth Grade:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=greek+government+in+five+minute&view=detail&mid=8948653D6A9ED5B6446C8948653D6A9ED5B6446C&FORM=VIRE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMlnn7hKBn0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrGuomu9NGY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjbfS8RDoYo

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