March 25-29, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Grant

During this week, we will continue to celebrate the Lenten season. As we continue our Lenten journey this week, we will discuss fasting, almsgiving, and prayer.

The students will also be receiving 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 third Junior Achievement class. 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.  It is a good complement to our Business unit from the beginning of the year because it focuses on a variety of businesses each with a different service or product. 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 our Snack Shack mangers will be Jermaine Johnson and Danny Cox. 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 order of operations and exponents. The Order of Operations test will be given on Tuesday, March 27th. Then, we will begin talking about percent.  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 animal and plant biomes. Then, we will talk about the food web and invasive species. Students can use the videos below to help them study.

Social Studies: We will begin talking about the 1920s and the Great Depression.

Sixth Grade:

Math: We will continue talking about integers and how to add and subtract integers. There will be a quiz on Tuesday, March 27th. Then, we will discuss how to multiply and divide integers. 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. A quiz will be given on Wednesday, March 27th. Students can use the videos below to study.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the culture of Ancient India.

6th Grade Spelling and Vocabulary: The list is below. The test will be given on Friday, March 29th.

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

Please share the videos below with your student.

Sixth Grade:

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

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.

For more information on static electricity, please view the following video:

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

Music

Summary

Since the fall of 1997, St. Peters has enjoyed a music education partnership with the Music Education department at the University of South Carolina School of Music. Our partnership provides high-quality music education with all the resources of the University. Dr. Wendy Valerio, with the aid of two graduate assistants, educates our children with the goal to create lifelong musicians.

Mission

St. Peter’s Catholic Elementary students and faculty make music to honor God with our bodies, minds, voices, and spirits.

Curriculum

Our faculty structures all curriculum on Dr. Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (Gordon, 2013; Taggart, Bolton, Reynolds, Valerio, Gordon, 2010, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000; Valerio, Reynolds, Taggart, Bolton, Gordon, 1998). Following are examples of our principles.

1. Each child is born with music aptitude, the potential to learn music.

2. Each child deserves sequential music guidance/education as a birthright.

3. Music is best and most naturally learned if it is approached as a language.

4. Music learning begins at birth, if not before; the typically developing ear is

fully developed at five months in utero.

5. The four vocabularies of music (a) listening, (b) speaking/performing, (c)

reading, and (d) writing are hierarchical and cyclical and .

6. The four vocabularies of music are parallel to the four vocabularies of

language; however, the contents of those vocabularies are different.

7. Music vocabularies comprise tonal patterns and rhythm patterns; language

vocabularies comprise words.

8. Music thinking (audiation) is parallel to language thinking.

9. Just as children learn language by ear before they learn to read and write

language, children should learn music by ear before they learn to read and

write language.

10. Children should be sequentially guided through the three types and seven

stages of preparatory audiation to begin becoming independent musicians.

11. Through discrimination learning and inference learning children may be

guided sequentially to music independence.

12. Music performance is the result of music informance.

Music Education Faculty

Dr. Wendy Valerio – G3

Professor of Music Education

Director, UofSC School of Music Student Teaching

Director, UofSC Children’s Music Development Center

Music Education Supervisor, St. Peter’s Catholic Elementary School

Ms. Vanessa Caswell – K4, K5, G4, G5, G6

BME ‘15 – Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Gordon Institute for Music Learning-Early Childhood Level I-Mastership Certification

Gordon Institute for Music Learning-Early Childhood Level II-Mastership Certification

Gordon Institute for Music Learning-Elementary Level I-Mastership Certification

MME – in progress – University of South Carolina

Ms. Alli Johnson – G1, G2, G3

BME ‘19 – University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Gordon Institute for Music Learning-Elementary Level I-Mastership Certification

MME – in progress – University of South Carolina

Current Major Projects

As A School

Every December, St. Peter’s performs a Christmas concert that includes singing, dancing, and playing instruments. In the spring, we feature a program, which varies each year. All students perform in each program.

March 19-22

K5 Families,

I hope everyone is having a great week. Happy Spring! Spring is a great time to remind us just how powerful and amazing God is. This week we will be focusing on the season of spring and the joy it brings to so many! 

Please take the time to look through your child’s Tuesday folder as there are many important papers. The new homework folder will start going home this Thursday. We are currently using them in small groups and allowing the children time to get familiar with using them. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

This Week in K5:

Theme and Unit of Study: Spring—In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Religion: God Made the Season Spring

Language and Literacy:

  • Phonics Skills: Blending words and phonemes and pausing for punctuation
  • Comprehension Skills/Strategies: Identifying details and the main idea
  • Genre: Informational text – gives facts about a topic.
  • Sight Words: is, of, many, how, so, where

Math: Vertical subtraction 

Helpful learning links: 

Important Reminders:

  • Wednesday, March 20 — School Mass (Mass uniform)
  • Monday, April 8 — 2:00pm dismissal 
  • Friday, April 12 — 11:30am dismissal 
  • Monday, April 15 – Monday, April 22 — Spring/Easter break

Have a great week!

Your K5 Team: Mrs. Creech and Ms. Moore


Classroom News March 18th- 22nd

Spelling words: trip, print, grade, trap, gram, press, play, sled, prince, princess. The spelling test will be this Friday.

Reading/Writing: Students will discuss base words and their endings (er, est, ed, ing, es, s). Students will use appropriate voice level and intonation when speaking and reading aloud. Students will continue to discuss personal narratives in class.

Religion: Students will understand that people are called to be married, priests or deacons, and other religious brothers and sisters. We will discuss vocations.

Science: Students will identify that energy is caused by objects in motion and that energy is used to do work.

Social Studies: Students will think about the roles of leaders within our community. Students will discuss contributions made in history by historic, political, and religious figures.

Math: Students will describe plane and solid shapes. Students will recognize how shapes form different objects.

Have a great week.

March 18th – 22th

A Note From Mrs. Phillips

It was great seeing so many of our classmates at the parade on Saturday! What a great day of family fun and fellowship! Don’t forget Monday is a 2:00 dismissal.

Re-enrollment forms are due Tuesday!

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will continue to discuss Lent and focus on our Lenten promises and how we are praying.

Reading: The class will continue our novel study of Calder, Petra and Tommy as well as the Robie House. The class has finished our comprehension questions are now working on writing a persuasive essay based on the rest of the book.

Language Arts:   The students will test on verbs this week and begin the basics of how to write a persuasive essay. We will test on the spelling words Friday and STAR homework is due.

Math:  We are working in math groups on various concepts such as fact families, writing division problems, and long division for some. Please continue to practice those multiplication facts! We will finish division this week and test on Thursday!

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 explorers this week! We will learn how Hernando deSoto and Juan Pardo were to spread Catholicism in the new world.

Reminders:

Monday, March 18th- 2:00 dismissal

Tuesday, March 19th- Re-enrollment forms due

Tuesday, March 26th- Report Cards issued

3/18/19 – 3/22/19

Don’t forget about the Rice Bowls.

Thank you to Mrs. Bair for running another Science Lab on Friday about the Rock Cycle. We are so blessed to have a Geologist to help us!

If any of you are Gardeners, please let me know if you would like to run a Science Lab for us.

RELIGION:

Celebrating LENT

Choosing VIRTUE

Beatitudes

Peacemakers: Leaders in apologizing and forgiving; try to understand and forget past offenses, overlook minor offenses, talk-it-out, GET HELP (from a parent or teacher to help handle a conflict)

Preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation: Tuesday, March 26: 3:30-4:30

SPELLING: long e spelled y

happy, pretty, baby, very, puppy, funny, carry, lucky, only, sunny, penny, city, tiny, many

Bonus Words: people, Virtue

READING:  

Making an Invitation

Imagination in Writing: Where do authors get their ideas?

Writing Dialogue

Biographies: Gathering details about someone’s life

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Writing St. Patrick’s Day Limericks

verb be: using am, is, are, was and were

changing y to i and add es

Agreement: Subject and Verb Match

Combining Sentences with repeated subjects

Writing with sense words

MATH:  

Geometry: Growing Patterns, Ways to Make Figures, Understanding Math Words in Word Problems, Ordered Pairs, Patterns in the Real World

Geometry Test

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

How do different societies get along?

Why are cultures diverse and unique?

Folktales

SCIENCE:

Science Lab with Mrs. Bair: Where do rocks come from?

Super Soil

Homework:

Read daily with your child and discuss.

Please work on “Telling Time” and “Using Money in Real Life” situations with your child.

Math Flashcards

Go over Geometry papers from the Tuesday folder for a Geometry Test

Reminders & Important Dates:

Monday, March 18th: 2:00 Dismissal

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Tuesday, March 26: 3:30-4:30

Week of March 18-22, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Grant

During this week, we will continue to celebrate the Lenten season. As we continue our Lenten journey this week, we will discuss fasting, almsgiving, and prayer.

This week we will have a 2pm dismissal on Monday. We will also have our second Junior Achievement class. 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.  It is a good complement to our Business unit from the beginning of the year because it focuses on a variety of businesses each with a different service or product. 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 our Snack Shack mangers will be Mercedes Rush and Heyward Blakely. 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 order of operations and exponents. The Order of Operations test will be given on Tuesday, March 27th. 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 animal and plant biomes. The students will take a quiz on Tuesday, March 19th. Then, we will talk about the food web and invasive species. Students can use the videos below to help them study.

Social Studies: We will continue talking about the events that caused WWI and some of the major battles. The students will take the test on Friday, March 22nd.

Sixth Grade:

Math: We will begin talking about integers and how to add and subtract integers. There will be a quiz on Tuesday, March 27th. 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. A quiz will be given on Wednesday, March 20th. Students can use the videos below to study.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the culture of the Phoenicians and the Israelites. The test will be given on Friday, March 22nd.

6th Grade Spelling and Vocabulary: The list is below. The test will be given on Friday, March 29th.

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

Please share the videos below with your student.

Sixth Grade:

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

Week of March 18th-22nd

A Note from Miss Boron

We will be in the second full week of our Lenten journey this coming week. I hope our children are receiving strength from the Holy Spirit to resist temptation and stay strong for Jesus, thus keeping their promise of sacrifice, extra prayer, and putting a little something into their rice bowls for those less fortunate. Thank-you, too, for encouraging them to do so.

Fifth Grade Next Week

Religion. What is a “role model”? Who are some contemporary role models? Who is the best-ever role model? These questions will be examined and discussed. Obviously, this will segue into our using Jesus as one whom we wish to emulate. How can we do that? That will be an activity that will include art and creative writing.

Reading. Before we begin our next novel, I am revisiting our Reading textbook for some stories that are representative of one classroom theme…meeting our challenges and goals with perseverance. “The Story of Jumping Mouse” is a Native American folktale that, like all folktales, is written to instruct about how to live and act. This is a nice addition to our religion lesson, right?

English. With commas and apostrophe use mastered, we are beginning our lessons on capitalization. Like the comma, the class will be learning of the instances where capitalizing letters is necessary. There are many…

Sixth Grade Next Week

Religion. As you know, we visit the Stations of the Cross every week during Lent. This year, the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will be going every Friday after recess. I would like the students to become invested in this beautiful practice by knowing the meaning behind the different stations in an in-depth way. Therefore, this week will be focused on that study.

Reading. My sixth graders will begin reading an old classic together next week. However, we have a wonderful selection in our anthology to complete first. It is called “Passage to Freedom”, and it is a piece of realistic fiction based on the Holocaust.

English. Dare I say it…we are still on the Punctuation/Capitalization unit. It seems like extra activities that are planned interfere with our changing classes, or the amount of time we have is reduced a bit, so we remain in this arduous unit of study. However, because such a large part of our English MAP testing is on the mechanics of English, I think it well worth it.

In conclusion, I would like to wish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day. My sweet mother used to make the traditional corned beef and cabbage, and I even remember her putting a little green food coloring in our mashed potatoes. Ahhh…memories. Anyway, enjoy the day and may your weekend be safely and happily spent.

Warm Regards,

Miss L. Boron

March 11-15

K5 Families,

As we begin our Lenten season, kindergarten is learning about doing good deeds to help others in need!

“I am going to do something to fill someone’s bucket today.”

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud and Illustrated by David Messing

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13, your child will be having their kindergarten graduation photo taken. Please have your child come to school dressed in formal attire for Mass and individual photo. They will change into school uniforms (normal Mass attire) after individual photos are taken in order to take a class photo. Please refer to the letter that was sent home last week!

Also, starting next week your child will be bringing home a daily homework folder. The folder will contain weekly math and word work, sight words, and leveled readers from our reading series. A letter will be sent home next week with the folder to explain the process. We are so eager to witness the excitement as your child’s ability to read improves and grows! 

This Week in K5:

Theme and Unit of Study:  Rainbows

Religion: Good Deeds and St. Patrick

Language and Literacy:

  • Phonics Skills: Blending words and phonemes and pausing for punctuation.
  • Comprehension Skills/Strategies: Identifying details and the main idea
  • Genre: Informational text – gives facts about a topic. 
  • Sight Words: is, of, many, how, so, where

Math:  Completing subtraction sentences

Important Reminders:

  • Please make sure your child has a snack DAILY. 
  • Please take at least 20 minutes a night to read with your child!
  • Wednesday, March 13 – School Mass and Kindergarten Graduation Pictures
  • Saturday, March 16 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 5 Points. St. Peter’s students are invited to walk in the morning parade
  • Monday, March 18 – 2pm dismissal

Have a great week!

Your K5 Team: Mrs. Creech and Ms. Moore