April 29th – May 3rd

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Can you believe there are 24 more days to learn?! But who is counting? 🙂 We will pack it in the next 24 days and there are many opportunities for family, fun, and fellowship, so be sure to hang onto that May calendar that came home last week. Also, our class will be MAP testing in the mornings of Thursday and Friday. Please be sure your child gets plenty of rest and great breakfast those days!

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will begin learning about the month of Mary. We will focus on her life and what an amazing woman she was. We will also discuss the virtues Mary exhibited through the Easter season.

Reading: The class finish The Wright 3! The class will also each take the AR test that goes along with our novel. The class will then begin poetry. We will take a closer look at Shel Silverstein and his fantastic works.

Language Arts:   The students will continue our grammar review with diagramming sentences. Each week we add something else to our diagramming. This week, we will work on compound subjects and predicates. NO Spelling this week due to MAP testing.

Math:  We will continue geometry. The class will finish solid figures and move onto perimeter this week.

Science: We will begin an extensive unit on living things.  This unit will continue throughout the rest of the year and we will look at life cycles, inherited and environmental traits, survival adaptations, habitats, and fossils.  The class will continue work on the life cycle of various animals this week with a partner project!

Social Studies:  The class will begin the colonization of South Carolina. Each student will fill out a study guide just like the explorers one.

Reminders:

Tuesday, April 30th- Progress Reports out

Thursday, May 2nd, 3rd, & 6th- MAP testing for 3rd grade

Tuesday, May 7th – Midlands Gives!

Thursday, May 9th- Spring Concert at the USC Band Hall (7pm)

Monday, May 13th- 2:00 dismissal; Catholic School’s Music Invitational at Cardinal Newman

Friday, May 17th- Family Picnic- 5:30pm

Monday, May 20th- Rosary and May Procession- 8:30am

Friday, May 24th- Field Day!

Monday, May 27th- NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Friday, May 31st- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! Awards at 10:30am in the Basilica



Week of April 29-May 3

Oh my goodness…is the month of May already upon us? The end of the school year, rather than having the characteristics of winding down, is actually one of the busiest times of the school year. A quick glance at the May calendar that came home in this week’s blue folder is certainly evidence of that. However, after all of that, summer vacation will be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Until then, we have much to do…below, please note some of the lessons and activities that your child will be learning or doing.

Fifth Grade Next Week

Religion. The doubting Thomas that would not believe until he was able to insert his fingers into Jesus’ wound is the continued topic of our class learning. Faith means believing without seeing; we will use passages from the Bible that speak to this.

English. My scheduled times for English instruction are being absorbed by other activities: on Monday, we will be gone all afternoon for our field trip; Tuesday-Thursday, the fifth and sixth grade students will be doing MAP testing in the morning hours. I will also try to do some F&P Reading evaluations, since those are very time consuming.

Reading. Having begun our Bud, Not Buddy novel this week, I can tell the students are already enjoying it. While reading, we have included some vocabulary building, and of course, the sharing of our feelings and reactions to the main characters, thus far. I am so grateful to one of my parents, having been a former teacher herself, for sharing her love of this book.

Sixth Grade Next Week

Religion. We have been talking about the poor disciples’ lives without their beloved Jesus. But, the good and loving Jesus, knowing them so well, spends many days with them, preparing them to carry on His work before his Ascension. Our book frequently reminds students that they are called upon, as we all are, to be disciples of Jesus. But, how do we impress that to our young people in a realistic and meaningful way? Well…learning to incorporate Jesus and His love into their lives is essential. Doing that requires the students recognize the foundation of living has been given to us: God’s law, or the Ten Commandments. We will revisit, in far more depth, these ten rules for living well.

English. We will begin a more detailed group of lessons on sentence diagramming. These little sentence blueprints are such wonderful teachers of sentence parts, parts of speech, and types of sentences. I am looking forward to this, now that we just completed the arduous unit on capitalization and all forms of punctuation.

Reading. As mentioned above for the fifth grade English lessons, much of my reading lesson time is being absorbed by other activities. However, I am certain we will have time to get more involved in our reading of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Just a side note, I was watching the faces of students while they did some independent reading after finishing their English test, and one student who was not very enthused about this book, was reading it with the biggest smile on his face. When I asked him about that, he shared how much he was enjoying it. Yay!!!

Well, that concludes this little missive. I understand that the weather is to be simply delightful this weekend. Wishing you enjoyment and relaxation…

Warm regards,

Miss L. Boron

April 29-May 3, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Grant

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! The students will also be taking the last MAP tests for the year. Here is the schedule for 6th grade:

Monday: Language   9:30-10:30am

Tuesday: Reading     8:30-9:30am

Wednesday: Math    9:30-10:30am

Thursday: Science    8:30-9:30am

            Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. Snack Shack has been going well and the students are having a great time selling the snacks and seeing the results of their hard work on the financial report. This week Heyward Blakely and Jermaine Johnson will be the Snack Shack managers. Parents remember we still have plenty of snacks already so do not spend more than $5-$10 on snacks. 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

Fifth Grade:

Math: We will continue discussing metric and customary units of measure. 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 continue discussing the relationship between Earth, the moon, and the sun. We will talk about the lunar phases and solar and lunar eclipses. Students can use the videos below to help them study.

Social Studies: We will continue talking about the 1920s and the Great Depression. The test will be given on Thursday, May 2nd.

Sixth Grade:

Math: We will continue talking about solving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations. We will discuss how write equations from real world problems. 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 begin discussing climate and the different biomes on Earth. Students can use the videos below to study.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the culture of Ancient China. The test on Ancient India and Ancient China will be given on Tuesday, April 30th. Then, we will begin discussing Ancient Greece.

6th Grade Spelling and Vocabulary: The list is below. The test will be given on Friday, May 3rd.

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

Please share the videos below with your student.

Sixth Grade:

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/climate-weather-sci

Fifth Grade:

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/math/measurement/units-of-measurement.htm

Classroom News April 23rd- 26th

Math: Students will identify the penny, nickel, quarter, dime, and its value. Students will also compare the number of coins.

Science: Students will use units to measure length (shortest/longest) and quantity while estimating. Students will also discuss the meaning of perimeter.

Social Studies: Students will identify the basic value of American democracy.

Spelling: Students will have a spelling test this week. Please review the following long- oo words: spoon, moon, food, cool, noon, zoo, stop, tooth, school, snack.
As students continue to read and write in class, they will apply new and used vocabulary words. Please continue to review vocabulary words at home.

Reading/ Writing: Students will continue to practice forming letters and words neatly on lined paper. Students will review the importance of line spacing. Students will also recognize environmental print (example: signs in school, road signs, store signs, logos).

Religion: Students will discuss the baptism of Jesus (Jn 1:29-34).

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 22-26

K5 Families,

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.” Genesis 1:1

I hope everyone had a safe and blessed break! This week, students will learn how they can be good stewards of the Earth. Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for reducing, reusing, and recycling everyday items. 

We will be attending the Symphonic Winds Concert for Kids this Thursday, April 25. Permission slips were sent home prior to the break. If you haven’t already, please return the slip with $6.00 by tomorrow, April 24.

With May right around the corner, I want to remind all that it is important to check your child’s folder for information and details regarding upcoming events.

This Week in K5:

Theme and Unit of Study: The Three R’s — Reuse, Reduce, Recycle 

Religion: “God wants me to be a good steward.” Stewardship is how we take care of everything God has given us.

Language and Literacy:

  • Phonics Skills: Blending and segmenting phonemes, pausing for punctuation, and reading with fluency
  • Comprehension Skills/Strategies: Author’s Word Choice and Inferring/Predicting
  • Genre: Fiction – a story that is made up. 
  • Sight Words: make, them, give, play, say, new

Math: Identifying and counting pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters

Important Reminders:

  • Wednesday, April 24 — School Mass (Mass uniform)
  • Thursday, April 25 — Symphonic Winds Concert for Kids
  • Tuesday, May 7 — Midlands Gives
  • Thursday, May 9 — Spring Music Performance at 7:00pm
  • Monday, May 13 — 2:00pm Dismissal 

Have a great week!

Your K5 Team: Mrs. Creech and Ms. Moore

4/23/19 – 4/26/19

Note from Mrs.Russell:

I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break and Easter.

Please check your email since I sent you one with lots of information and explanations.

I will not be in this week because I am attending the NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association) Convention in Chicago. I will be bringing back a lot of new and wonderful ideas for our class and the school. Mrs. DiTolla will be our substitute teacher which is wonderful because your children know her well.

I am still looking for an enthusiastic gardener to speak to our class about GARDENING! Please contact me.

I wanted to thank Caeli’s grandmother for outbidding everyone at the Auction so that we could win the Dress Down Day on Friday, April 26th. This is ONLY for second grade students and not their siblings.

Remember that students will not have PE this Thursday due to the Field Trip so please send them in their BEST uniforms for the Koger Center Field Trip.

Thank you to Daniel’s Mom for coming in last Tuesday to make Easter crafts with the students.  They really enjoyed it.

Nine members of our class will be receiving their First Holy Communion at 5:30 PM on Saturday, April 27th.  I wanted to officially invite each one of you to attend, as well.  Even if your child is not participating this year, their classmates would love to see them there.  Of course, all are welcome.  You do not need to be Catholic to attend this joyous occasion.

RELIGION:

Sacraments, Eucharist and Peacemakers

Mass celebrated around the world.

SPELLING: words with “er”

father, over, under, herd, water, verb, paper, cracker, offer, cover, germ, master, fern, ever

Bonus Words: transubstantiation Holy Eucharist

READING:  

Organization: Beginning, Middle, End

Cause/Effect

Author’s Purpose

Main ideas/Details

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Adjectives

Adjectives with er and est

Elaboration: Using Exact Words

Scrapbook

Dictionary Entries

Reflexive Pronouns

Writing Hooks or Interesting Beginnings

Proofreading for CAPS: Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling

MATH:  

Adding 3 Digit Numbers with regrouping

Subtracting 3 Digits with regrouping

Place Value

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Junior Achievement Class: Leadership and Goals

Culture

Folktales and Traditional Literature: Culture

Model Citizens: Ben Franklin

SCIENCE:

Making Observations

Penquin Chick Scrapbooks

Animal Adaptations

HOMEWORK:

Go over Tuesday folder work with your child.

Work on “Telling Time” and “Using Money in Real Life Situations”

Read with your child daily and discuss books

Math Flashcards every night!

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

Field Trip: Thursday, April 25th: Wear Best Uniform

Dress Down Day on Friday for 2nd Graders only!

First Communion Practice: Wednesday, April 24th: 6:00

First Communion: Saturday, April 27th: 5:30: All invited!

April 22-26, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Grant

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing Easter Break! This week we will also have our last Junior Achievement class. During the lesson, students will learn that life involves risk and that insurance and personal responsibility help to reduce the financial consequences of loss or injury. The students will have Junior Achievement on Friday morning at 11am.

            Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. Snack Shack has been going well and the students are having a great time selling the snacks and seeing the results of their hard work on the financial report. This week Danny Cox and Micah Austin will be the Snack Shack managers. Parents remember we still have plenty of snacks already so do not spend more than $5-$10 on snacks. 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

Fifth Grade:

Math: We will begin discussing customary units of measure. 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 continue discussing the relationship between Earth, the moon, and the sun. We will talk about the seasons and the lunar phases. Students can use the videos below to help them study.

Social Studies: We will continue talking about the 1920s and the Great Depression. The test will be given on Thursday, April 25th.

Sixth Grade:

Math: We will continue talking about solving addition and subtraction equations. We will discuss how to multiply and divide equations. 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 continue discussing weather and the factors that help us predict weather. We will talk about hazardous weather. The Weather test will be given on Tuesday, April 30th. Students can use the videos below to study.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the culture of Ancient China. The test on Ancient India and Ancient China will be given on Thursday, April 25th.

6th Grade Spelling and Vocabulary: The list is below. The test will be given on Friday, May 3rd.

Reminders & Important Dates

April 13-22     Spring Break

April 23        School Mass (Mass Uniform)

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

Please share the videos below with your student.

Sixth Grade:

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/101-videos/weather-101-sci-1?source=relatedvideo
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/ninonina.html

Fifth Grade:

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/math/measurement/units-of-measurement.htm

Week of April 23rd-27th

A Note From Miss Boron

Our return back to school after a long-awaited Easter vacation coupled with much nicer weather and the aroma of summer right around the corner makes academics a little more of a struggle for many students. However, we will continue our learning with a focus on maintaining the high standards that we have worked hard to attain.

Fifth and Sixth Grade Religion

Fifth Grade. St. Thomas and his inability to believe without seeing will be the theme of our week’s learning. Using our Bibles and textbooks, we will use passages that illustrate that faith itself is like sight. Unlike the doubting apostle, Thomas, we believe without actually “seeing”, but our strong faith is our sight.

Sixth Grade. Jesus’ ascension 40 days after his Resurrection will be the learning objective of our first week back after Easter.

Fifth and Sixth Grade students are doing novel studies in Reading. The fifth graders will begin Bud, not Buddy. The sixth grade students will be continuing their reading of Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Fifth and Sixth Grade English

Fifth Grade. Our entire week will be spent working on abbreviation use.

Sixth Grade. Happily, we are ending our unit on punctuation and capitalization. After spending Tuesday through Thursday brushing up on capitalization, we will have a test on Friday. The lessons on that test will include their mastery of quotation mark use, apostrophe use, and capitalization.

Have a nice week,

Miss Boron

APRIL 2019

We are filling out our “March Madness” brackets filled with our favorite books (which will extend through May). Ask your student to predict which book will win! The students continue to surprise me with their votes. During this season of Lent, we have been reading letters written by children to Pope Francis asking important questions about their faith. Finally, April is National Poetry Month! Our students are reading various poets during this month.

Students are encouraged to meet their personalized Accelerated Reader goals for the year. Several students have already met their goal and have celebrated that achievement with pizza. Please continue to encourage your student to read every day and continue to work hard to achieve his or her goal.

Our Used Book Sale will be May 17, 2019, at the St. Peter’s Family Picnic. Please consider donating a book for this sale.

Thank you!

Mrs. Abramson