October 7th-October 11th

Dear Parents,

I hope you are enjoying this first week of October and the promised cooler temperatures that we are supposed to have this coming weekend. We had our annual “Pet Blessing” this afternoon, and clearly, the children enjoyed seeing their furry family members sprinkled with holy water with special prayers said just for them. What a perfect way to honor St. Francis.

Another special event, Grandparents Day, is happening next Friday. Some special events have been planned for the day. A gentle reminder about dismissal time–it will be an 11:30 dismissal; however, Father invites all those who wish to attend, the 12:00 Mass on that day.

Now…onto my planned lessons for the week ahead.

Fifth Grade.

Religion. My class is responsible for this week’s Monday morning prayer session. Mrs. Wall assigned us “The Rosary”. We will be sharing will all of the students the history of the rosary, what the rosary represents, and how to correctly say this devotion. October is one of the months that we give extra-special attention to the Blessed Mother, therefore, we will do other learning activities related to her.

English. In conjunction with the students’ new spelling list, my planned lessons this week will be on homophones. These are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings.

Reading. We will be doing skill activities related to the Storyworks article we read this week about saving baby orangutans. For example, a beautiful poem was a part of our reading, written in first person as though the orangutan was speaking to us. We will be interpreting that poem’s different meanings.

Social Studies. We are ready to begin learning about the War of 1812.

Sixth Grade.

English. Our week will be a combination of skills. We will spend Monday and Tuesday diagramming sentences with prepositional phrases. Wednesday through Friday will be spent studying the components of letter writing. A culminating activity will have them writing a polite letter of complaint. Ideally, their letter will express the problem and then tell what the writer would like to have done to have it resolved. Emphasis will be placed on the students remembering to be polite, always using appropriate words to communicate their sentiments.

Reading. We are continuing our work on Number the Stars.

In conclusion, may I leave you with a quote that I believe may be an antidote for some of the division we seem to witness more often these days.

“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.”

Wishing you only kind encounters,

Miss L. Boron