K-5: Week 10

Kindergarten 5 Newsletter

St. Peter’s Catholic School

1035 Hampton Street

Columbia, SC 29201

(803) 252-8285

Dear Parents,

It is already near the end of October and time is flying fast for the K-5 classroom! I hope everyone had a wonderful time enjoying the movie night last Friday! This week, we will be having our PTO Halloween party after school on Friday October 25th. Please join us for lots of fun, costumes, and games! 

This week in ELA, we will be continuing to learn about our vowels and cement in the idea of long and short vowels. I have seen great progress in these lessons! In Math, we will be practicing our counting and learning more about the positions of beside, between, above, below, and inside and outside. In Science, we will be learning about the season of winter and beginning our lessons on the season of spring starting next week. In Social Studies, we will be learning more about our community helpers this week such as a police officer and firefighters. 

As a reminder today (October 22), parents will be able to sign up for conferences that will be held on November 1st. Parents need to come to the office and sign up for conferences. Also, please have students come with an afternoon snack each day. If possible, label which snacks are meant to be eaten after the students wake up from nap time. Thank you very much!

Have a wonderful and blessed week,

Ms. Rovelli

Week 10 — October 21-25, 2019

Sight Words:

Full, Get, Go, Green, Had, Has

Social Studies:

Community Helpers

Science:

Seasons and Weather Patterns

Mathematics:

Positions of Objects and Counting

Language and Literacy:

Sight words, long vowels, and reading together

Important Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, October 22 — Conferences sign-up begins in office/Student dress-down day

Friday, October 25 — PTO Halloween Party starting at 5:30pm

Ms. Rovelli and Mrs. Moore

October 21-25, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

We have another busy week ahead! On Monday we will present our Living Rosary. Where has the time gone? Please note that our first quarter ends on Wednesday, October 23, 2019! Our annual Halloween celebration begins at 5:30pm this Friday, October 25, 2019. Please stop by for some food and fun!

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will continue our study of the Rosary and Catholic social teaching. Students will study how Christ  showed his love for those around him, and how his love inspired the Catholic social teachings of solidarity and the option for the poor and vulnerable. How can we better serve our community?

 Literature

This week in literature we will wrap up our current focus on imagery. We will visit this again as the school year progresses. Right now students will work to enhance their writing using sensory details. Students will also work to develop their working knowledge of the writing process, especially the steps of editing, revision, and publishing. Students will then move on by reading various nonfiction passages and analyzing them for their text structures. Descriptive, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and other text structures will be covered. 

Just a reminder! As we enter into the second quarter, our reading minutes have increased from 120 minutes per week to 140 minutes! Students must read over a minimum of four days. Reading Log #4 will be due on Friday, October 25, 2019.

English

This week we will continue our writing using the different powers of sentences to help organize our work. This week we will continue to focus on writing strong sentences that include sensory imagery and support main ideas. 

Also this week, students will complete their third unit of derivational word sorts. Students will focus on other words that use the suffixes -ment, -less, -ness, and -lessness as well as the meaning of each word. Definitions for word sort three are due on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.  The spelling test for Word Sort 3 will be on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and the vocabulary test for Word Sort 3 will be on Thursday, October 24, 2019. 

Word Sort 3

payment, breathless, laziness, powerlessness, replacement, priceless, blindness, flawless, employment, punishment, dizziness, thoughtless, tactless, agreement, friendliness, politeness, fruitless, amusement, government, emptiness, saltiness, colorless, fearlessness, recklessness

Mathematics

This week we are moving on to our 3rd unit. Students will focus on analyzing data including temperatures, analog times, adding columns of numbers, and rounding. Students will be responsible for demonstrating knowledge of elapsed time, analyzing thermometer readings in ℃ and ℉. The test for Unit 3 is currently scheduled for Tuesday, October 29,2019.

Social Studies

Our test on the Midwest region will be on  Friday, October 25, 2019.  Please study the mini booklet and states and capitals for this region. Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Science

This week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. We will write hypotheses from specific, observable, and scientific testable questions using the IF, THEN BECAUSE  format This will continue into next week when we will take our quiz on Forming Hypotheses on Thursday, October 24, 2019. 

 Important Dates

October 21, 2019  8:30am Living Rosary during Morning Prayer

October 22, 2019 Begin signing up for Conferences in the office

October 25, 2019 5:30pm PTO Halloween Party

November 1, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conferences

10/21/19-10/25/19

RELIGION:

Living Rosary Monday

Saint Report forms came home two weeks ago in the Tuesday folder.  Your child brought home some information about their Saint in their take home folder last Friday.  Please help your child to research their Saint, write their report in their own words and come up with a costume for the All Saint’s Day Procession on Wednesday, Oct. 30th.

SAINT REPORTS ARE DUE ON OCTOBER  24th in their own words.

SPELLING LIST:

Number Words

Basic Words: zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twenty, hundred

Bonus Words:  twelve, thirteen

Spelling Test on Friday, October 25th.

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Dialogue and Setting: Act out in Puppet Shows.  How do you begin/hook into a story?

Organization: Time Order Words-first, then, last, soon, next, tomorrow, later, last night, today

Nouns: Singular and Plural

READING:

Common Final Blends: nd, ng, nk, nt, ft, xt, mp

Comprehension Strategy: Context Clues,

Stop and Retell, Main Idea

SCIENCE:

Thank you to Eli’s Mom for a wonderful Science Lab on Animal Habitats/ Butterflies

Rock Study

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Communities

Continents and Oceans

Maps

MATH:

Time, Fact Families, Word Problems, Math Vocabulary and Number Words

HOMEWORK:

Math Fact Flashcards (flashcards are in front pocket of backpacks).

Read Together and discuss books!  Record on their Weekly Reading Log-due Tuesdays.

 Reminders & Important Dates:

  • Please send in candy for the Halloween Party.

Monday 10/21: Living Rosary 8:30 AM

Wednesday 10/23:  Sacrament of Reconciliation Meeting: 3:30 or 6:15

Wednesday 10/23: Mass, 8:30 am (Mass uniforms)

Thursday 10/24: PE uniforms and tennis shoes.  SAINT REPORTS DUE

Friday 10/25th: Halloween Party 5:30-7:30

Wednesday 10/30: All Saint’s Day Procession: Wear Saint Costumes to school.  Bring Uniform to change after Mass.

Friday 11/1st: Parent Teacher Conferences (No School)  Report Cards will be handed out at the conference.  Please sign up in the front office.  ALL SAINTS DAY: Holy Day of Obligation.  You are invited to St. Peter’s for Mass.

October 21-25, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Grant

On Monday, we will have our Living Rosary Prayer at 8:30am on the Soccer field. Parents you are welcome to attend. On Tuesday, we are officially finished with our first 9 weeks of the school. It feels like it has gone by so fast! On Friday, we will have our annual PTO Halloween Party. I look forward to seeing everyone there at 5:30pm.

Snack Shack is going very well! Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. Our next Snack Shack manager is Connor Williamson. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Monday, October 21. Snack Shack will be on Friday, October 25th. Thank you for supporting the sixth grade in their business endeavor.          

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!

This Week in Class

5th Grade

Math: We will be discussing division and reviewing multiplication and solving for missing factors for the test on Friday, October 25th. Students can 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 discuss vascular and non-vascular plants.

6th Grade

Math: We will review rounding, solving for the average of a data set, how to analyze a line graph, and how to identify prime numbers and factors for the test on Wednesday, October 23rd. Then, we will begin discussing fractions.

Science: We will continue discussing plate tectonics, the process of convection that causes the plate tectonics to move, and sea floor spreading.

Social Studies: We will continue discussing the culture of Ancient Egypt. The students will have the Egypt map quiz on Tuesday, October 22nd and the Egypt Vocabulary quiz on Tuesday, October 29th.  

Religion: We will discuss the story of Issac’s sons, Jacob and Esau, and how Jacob tricked Issac into giving him the blessing instead of his brother. The Jacob quiz will be given on Tuesday, October 22nd. Then we will discuss the story of Joseph and how he helps to save the ancient world from famine through his faith in God.

We will review the words from Unit 1-3 this week in Spelling and Vocabulary. The students will complete a review assignment that will be due on Friday, October 25th.

Reminders & Important Dates

October 21, 2019      8:30am Living Rosary during Morning Prayer

October 22, 2019    Begin signing up for Conferences in the office

October 25, 2019    5:30pm PTO Halloween Party

November 1, 2019    Parent/Teacher Conferences

Please share the videos below with your student.

Fifth Grade:

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/animals/kingdoms-of-life.htm
https://safeshare.tv/x/OgegrloEXk
https://safeshare.tv/x/frzhLzQlmg
http://www.viewpure.com/M51AKJqx-7s?start=0&end=0

Sixth Grade:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=continental+drift+for+kids&&view=detail&mid=2857DF8A3131E500ECA82857DF8A3131E500ECA8&&FORM=VRDGAR
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=volcano+for+kids&&view=detail&mid=4A6BA01DC5FC529A5D414A6BA01DC5FC529A5D41&rvsmid=EC9EF2CB338B03525AA7EC9EF2CB338B03525AA7&FORM=VDRVRV

October 14-18, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

We had a wonderful Grandparents Day! Every student present had a grandparent or VIP present, and it was delightful to share our classroom and fun activities.

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will continue our study of the Rosary. We will learn about the different mysteries as we pray the Rosary and why we pray them. We will practice the format of the Rosary and the different prayers included with them. Prayers included are the Apostles Creed, the Hail Mary, the Our Father, the Glory Be, the O, my Jesus; and the Hail Holy Queen. Please practice these prayers at home with your child in preparation for our living Rosary on Monday, October 21, 2019.

Literature

This week in literature we will continue to focus on recognizing and utilizing imagery and domain specific vocabulary. Students will read various passages and determine which words best help to give a sensory impression of the story being told. They will also examine nonfiction passages and select vocabulary, specific to the information being given, that helps the reader to better understand the passage. We will receive our next reading log on Friday, October 18, 2019. Reading Log #4 will be due on Friday, October 25, 2019.

English

This week we will continue our writing using the different powers of sentences to help organize our work. This week we will continue to focus on writing strong sentences that include sensory imagery and support main ideas. 

Also this week, students will continue their third unit of derivational word sorts. Students will focus on how each word is formed by adding the suffixes -ment, -less, -ness, and -lessness to their base words. Students will also focus on how the part of speech of the base word changes with the addition of the suffix. Definitions for word sort three are due on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  The spelling test for Word Sort 3 will be on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and the vocabulary test for Word Sort 3 will be on Thursday, October 24, 2019. 

Word Sort 3

payment, breathless, laziness, powerlessness, replacement, priceless, blindness, flawless, employment, punishment, dizziness, thoughtless, tactless, agreement, friendliness, politeness, fruitless, amusement, government, emptiness, saltiness, colorless, fearlessness, recklessness

Mathematics

Due to the short week and other lesson considerations, the Math Test for Unit 2, Lessons 5-10, has been moved to Thursday, October 17, 2019. Your student received the study guide for these lessons on Thursday, October 10, 2019. We will review these concepts on Wednesday before the Test. Following the test, we will continue our study of subtraction with finding missing minuends and subtrahends with 2 digit known numbers.

Social Studies

Our test on the Southeast region is on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  Please study the mini booklet and states and capitals for this region. Following the test, we will begin our study of the Midwestern Region of the United States. students will need to know the names and locations of each state, the capital of each state, the climate, geographical features, local landmarks, and natural resources within each region. Check your child’s interactive notebook for our region mini-booklets. Following this test. Students will begin their study of the Midwest region of the United States. 

Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Science

This week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. We will write testable questions using the IF, THEN BECAUSE  format for hypotheses. This will continue into next week when we will take our quiz on Forming Hypotheses on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. 

 Important Dates

October 14-15, 2019 Teacher In-service days. No School for students

October 18, 2019   5:30-8pm PTO Movie Night

October 21, 2019  8:30am Living Rosary during Morning Prayer

October 22, 2019 Begin signing up for Conferences in the office

October 25, 2019 5:30pm PTO Halloween Party

November 1, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conferences

Week of October 21st-25th

Hello, Parents,

We will begin our upcoming week in a beautifully prayerful way; our school will be sharing in “The Living Rosary”, and it will be done on the soccer field, weather permitting. In our fifth grade Religion class, we have been talking about ways that we worship; speaking to the Mother of Jesus with special intentions is a sure-fire way to better our relationship with God.

Please find below some areas of focused learning that my students will be presented.

Religion. The students’ objectives will be understanding how Jesus worshipped the Father. Also, they will interpret scripture references and use them to locate passages in the Bible.

Reading. Our issue of Storyworks contains a wonderful non-fiction article on the mystery of Roanoke Island. If you think you heard me speak about this before, you are correct. I had put this lesson on hold for a bit so that I could review some skills that needed repeating. But, happily it is time to progress to learning about this entire village of people that seemingly disappeared.

English. Lately, we have been more aware about the quality of our sentences’ content. Do they use adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions to add interest to them? Our work at the week’s beginning will zoom in on the importance of expanding our thoughts and adding interest. Toward the end of the week, we will do a little narrative writing about how our bedrooms may get a little messy and what words can best describe that (though I am certain your child would never have a bedroom that is less that pristine…).

Social Studies. With Westward Expansion covered sufficiently, we are moving to the Industrial Revolution.

Spelling. I am not giving a new list of words this week.

Sixth Grade.

Reading. As mentioned to you in last week’s newsletter, I temporarily stopped our reading of Number the Stars. I am going to preface it more adequately by having them read a selection called, “Passage to Freedom”, in their Opencourt Reading book. It perfectly correlates to the them of “taking a stand”; we will see one the major characters defying one authority to obey another. Integrated in this story is a reference to the Holocaust suffered during World War II.

English. We will be concluding our unit on Sentences. We will do the lessons that present prepositional phrases as adverbs, review the lessons since our last unit test and then, have a written assessment on the second half of that unit. Exact lessons for your child to study will be placed in their agenda, as always.

In closing, may I offer you a happy weekend. The weather people are predicting a rainy one, however, that just makes time spent at home a bit cozier…

Warmly,

Miss L. Boron

Technology: October

K4: Mouse control, right-clicking, double-clicking

K5: Computer parts, double-clicking, mouse accuracy/precision, Halloween activities

First Grade: Keyboarding introduction, mouse accuracy, Microsoft Word

Second Grade: Microsoft Word, keyboarding, making shapes with Microsoft

Third Grade: Tech Titans Review/Game, graphic organizers (Fruit of the Spirit), .org vs. .com

Fourth Grade: Tech Titans Review/Game, graphic organizers (Fruit of the Spirit), .org vs. .com

Fifth/Sixth Grade: Tech Titans Review/Game, Microsoft Publisher, Operating Systems

Please visit our Technology class blog: www.stpeterstech.edublogs.org

Week of October 14th-October 18th

Hello Parents,

Well…I am sitting here a wee bit jealous that you will get to enjoy a nice long weekend, assuming you will have Columbus Day as a holiday. As you know, the teachers have a diocesan workshop for two days, so your children will not be returning to school until October 16th.

I have assigned a small amount of homework to both the 5th and 6th grade students. For both grades, the new assignment is in English. My class will be continuing their memorization of the prayer, “Hail Holy Queen”. Also, they need to continue learning the spellings and meanings of the homophones they were given for their test on October 18th.

The below encapsulates (I hope) what we will be learning this upcoming week.

be returning until Wednesday, October 16th.

October 14-18, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Grant

Thank you for sharing your grandparents with me! I had so much fun. During this short week, we have our field trip to Cardinal Newman on Thursday, October 17 in the morning.

Snack Shack is going very well! Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. Our next Snack Shack manager is Camilla Salas. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Wednesday, October 16th. Snack Shack will be on Friday, October 18th. Thank you for supporting the sixth grade in their business endeavor.          

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 during October 16-18: Camilla Salas, Joshua Ronald, Caleb Stikeleather, and Sammy Penso.

This Week in Class

5th Grade

Math: We will be discussing multiplication word problems and solving multiplication problems with missing factors. The students will have a quiz on Lessons 16-18 on Monday, October 21st. Students can 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 discuss vertebrate and invertebrate animals. The quiz will be given on Friday, October 18th. Then, we will begin discussing vascular and non-vascular plants.

6th Grade

Math: We will discuss how to solve for the average of a data set, how to analyze a line graph, and how to identify prime numbers and factors.

Science: We will continue discussing plate tectonics, the process of convection that causes the plate tectonics to move, and sea floor spreading.

Social Studies: We will continue discussing the culture of Ancient Egypt. The students will have the Egypt map quiz on Tuesday, October 22nd and the Egypt Vocabulary quiz on Tuesday, October 29th.  

Religion: We will discuss the story of Issac’s sons, Jacob and Esau, and how Jacob tricked Issac into giving him the blessing instead of his brother. The Jacob quiz will be given on Tuesday, October 22nd.

The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 18th. The words are listed in the document below.

Reminders & Important Dates

October 14-15, 2019     Teacher In-service days. No School for students

October 17, 2019      Sixth grade field trip to Cardinal Newman

October 18, 2019       5:30-8pm PTO Movie Night

October 21, 2019      8:30am Living Rosary during Morning Prayer

October 22, 2019    Begin signing up for Conferences in the office

October 25, 2019    5:30pm PTO Halloween Party

November 1, 2019    Parent/Teacher Conferences

Please share the videos below with your student.

Fifth Grade:

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/animals/kingdoms-of-life.htm
https://safeshare.tv/x/OgegrloEXk
https://safeshare.tv/x/frzhLzQlmg
http://www.viewpure.com/M51AKJqx-7s?start=0&end=0

Sixth Grade:

October 7-11, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

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We have so much going on this week! Please read the following information carefully.

This whole week in the St. Peter’s Library we are hosting the Scholastic Book Fair! Students are welcome to visit the book fair between the hours of 7:30-4:00 with a parent or guardian. 

This Wednesday, October 9, 2019 we have Mass, and it is also picture day! Please make sure that your student is dressed appropriately, and I will do my best to get him or her to smile for the camera. 

Also, this Friday, October 11, 2019 is Grandparents Day! I am delighted to host our honored Grandparents from 8:00am until 11:30 am. The fourth grade schedule for Grandparents Day is as follows:

8:00-9:15am: PE at the Conservatory of Dance*

9:30-10:30am: Book Fair in the Library

9:45-10:00am: Photo Booth in the Music Room

10:30-11:20am: Classroom visit with Mrs. Ronald

11:20-11:30am: Preparing to leave

*Please note, we will be walking to the Conservatory of Dance. If your child’s grandparent/guest does not wish to join us or is unable to make the trip, please join us in the classroom when we return at 9:15am.

One last thing! If you wish for your child to depart with his or her grandparent, please provide permission vis a written note or communication to me by Thursday morning! 

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will continue our study of the Bible and how it relates to Catholic Social Teaching. We will continue to discuss the life and dignity of the human person as well as Solidarity.  Students will delve into the history of the Rosary. We will also practice our prayers for the Rosary, and learn about the different mysteries we ponder as we pray.

Literature

This week in literature we will focus on recognizing and utilizing imagery and domain specific vocabulary. Students will read various passages and determine which words best help to give a sensory impression of the story being told. They will also examine nonfiction passages and select vocabulary, specific to the information being given, that helps the reader to better understand the passage.

English

This week we will continue our writing. Students will practice different methods of writing sentences as well as learning more about Power Writing. In Power Writing, we will continue to develop our sentences and paragraphs using transition words and descriptive language. Students will use the writing process to edit and revise their own work as well as the work of their peers.

Also this week, students will begin their third unit of derivational word sorts. Students will focus on how each word is formed using cursive, spelled and any spelling changes that occur when adding suffixes to the word. 

Word Sort 3

payment, breathless, laziness, powerlessness, replacement, priceless, blindness, flawless, employment, punishment, dizziness, thoughtless, tactless, agreement, friendliness, politeness, fruitless, amusement, government, emptiness, saltiness, colorless, fearlessness, recklessness

Mathematics

Due to necessary lesson extensions, we will continue our Unit 2 studies, which build upon the concepts learned in Unit 1. We will focus on solving word problems with  missing addends, figuring out how to find the value for a missing number in subtraction problems, adding three digit numbers, and subtracting two and three digit numbers including the use of regrouping. We will also work to review the concepts learned in Unit 1 to ensure a strong base of understanding for this content.The next test will be Wednesday, October 16, 2019. 

Social Studies

Students are currently learning about our region, the southeast!  Our test on this region will be on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  Students will need to know the names and locations of each state, the capital of each state, the climate, geographical features, local landmarks, and natural resources within each region. Check your child’s interactive notebook for our region mini-booklets. Following this test. Students will begin their study of the Midwest region of the United States. 

Students will take a test on each region before we do our cumulative assessment for the entire United States. To help your student learn the names of each state and capital, please take a look at the following video.

Science

This week we will continue our in depth study of the scientific method. Students will take a quiz on making inferences on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. We will then continue our study of the scientific method with how to use inferences to write testable questions known as hypotheses. 

 Important Dates

October 7-11, 2019 Scholastic Book Fair 

October 9, 2019   Picture day

October 11, 2019 Grandparents Day/11:30am dismissal

October 14-15, 2019 Teacher In-service days. No School for students

October 18, 2019   5:30-8pm PTO Movie Night

October 21, 2019  8:30am Living Rosary during Morning Prayer

October 22, 2019 Begin signing up for Conferences in the office

October 25, 2019 5:30pm PTO Halloween Party

November 1, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conferences