2/4/19-2/8/19

On Friday, we celebrated with the First Graders the 100th Day of School with loads of fun Math activities looking at all the patterns and combinations we could conjure up to make it to 100.  We even created Word Problem Puppet Shows.  We will continue celebrating with the 101st Day of School on Monday because we planned more activities than we had time for.  We will also be celebrating Groundhog Day on Monday.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Mrs. Donna Tomasini is out for a while due to health concerns.  Please pray for her.  There will be no First Communion Meeting on Wednesday.

Please send in new pencils.  Our classroom is out.  Thank you!

RELIGION:

Parables

Parts of Mass

SPELLING TEST on Friday: ai and ay words:

pay, wait, paint, train, pail, clay, tray, plain, stain, hay, gray, away, stay, day

Bonus Words: tomorrow, Parable

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Cursive Handwriting

Compound Sentences

Singular and Plural

Purpose: Stating a Clear Goal

CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling).

Writing Multi-Step Word Problems

READING:

Making Cartoons with Speech Bubbles: Using clues from text and illustrations.

Genres of Literature

Creating Puppet Shows:  Parables with a moral message and 5 Story Elements.

Poetry

SCIENCE:

Groundhog Day Activities

Weather

Talking Tools: Technology

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Black History Month: Jackie Robinson

Heroes: Then and Now

Service Clubs: What are they and why join?

MATH:

Subtraction with regrouping

Problem Solving: Multi-step Strategies

HOMEWORK:

Xtra Math and/or Math Fact Flashcards

(flashcards are in their backpacks).

Read Together and discuss books!

 Reminders & Important Dates:

Monday:  2 PM Dismissal

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniforms

February 4th, 2019: Groundhog Day and 100th Day of School Celebration Activities continue with Kindergarten.

Tuesday, February 12:  PTO Meeting 5:30

Classroom News January 22nd- 25th

Spelling: Students will be taking their spelling test this Friday.  Please continue to review the words that were provided last week (hi, my, fly, by, cry, I, like, nine, sky, try).

Reading/Writing: Students will learn about the writing process and begin to form personal narratives in class.   Students will also practice using consonant diagraphs: sh, th, ch.

Religion: Students will review David and Goliath to discuss David’s faith in God.  Students will also read and discuss Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Dn 6:2-29).

Math: Students  will find the range, mode, and median for a set of data.

Science: Students will identify and compare physical properties of solids, liquids, and gasses.

Social Studies: Students will identify a compass rose and cardinal directions on a map.

 

Have a wonderful week!

January 21-25, 2019

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

I hope  you all enjoyed the long weekend! This Tuesday, January 22, report cards will be sent home in the Tuesday folder. Please review these with your child and discuss plans for his or her continued success. I am including 2 copies of the report card. Please sign and return the yellow copy in the envelope provided. The white copy is for your records. Have a wonderful week!

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will continue to explore the Beatitudes. Students will put each Beatitude into language that is meaningful to them They will also read the source material for each Beatitude from the Bible and discuss how these continue to be relevant in today’s society.

Literature

This week we will continue to learn and write our own poetry. Students will practice creating acrostic, biographical, and cinquain poems as a  part of this week’s exploration.

English

This week we are completing our Unit 2 vocabulary with word sort 6. We will use each word with contextual accuracy according to its definition. The spelling test will be Thursday, January 24, 2019; and the vocabulary test will be Friday, January 25, 2019.

Word Sort 6: safe, safety, active, activity, minor, minority, festive, festivity, special, speciality, novel, novelty, loyal, loyalty, humid, humidity, casual, casualty, tranquil, tranquility, sensitive, sensitivity, certain, certainty.

Mathematics

This week we will continue our unit on Fractions. Students will practice finding equivalents for different fractions, as well as learning how to find the Greatest Common Factor (GCF), and how to express fractions in their lowest terms.

For additional practice, please visit

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Social Studies

This week we will continue the history portion of our study of Social Studies. 4th Grade concentrates on the history of America. Our focus this week will be discussing and learning about the geography of the colonies. In particular, students will focus upon the New England Colonies: their government, daily life, trade practices, etc.

Science

This week we will continue our unit on Magnets. Students will explore what makes a magnet, what will and will not be attracted to magnets, magnetic poles, and magnetic fields. Students will also learn the various uses of magnets and how to differentiate between them.

Reminders & Important Dates

January 22      Report Cards go home in the Tuesday folder

January 23    School Mass (Mass Uniform)

January 27-February 1      Catholic Schools Week

 

January 21st-January 25th

A Note From Miss Boron

Are you enjoying your long holiday weekend thus far?  I think it would be appropriate for me to label this coming week as “Getting back in the groove” week…the past two weeks of MAP testing certainly affected our normal schedule, however, the valuable information received collectively will help me drive my instruction for the upcoming weeks.  I will be returning back to some very basic reading skills in both the 5th and 6th grades, along with sharpening language skills in sentence editing, punctuation, grammar, and reference skills.

The premise of returning to the “basics” is quite straightforward–frequent, focused, and repetitive practice leads to the mastery of those skills presented.  I will be using a tried and true resource for the daily language review that follows an all-encompassing scope and sequence.  Most of the work will be done in the classroom; some may  come home as a homework assignment.

Below are my lessons planned for this week.

Fifth Grade This Week

Religion.   Most every student did a beeeee-utiful job reciting the “Act of Love” to me; an index card with their grade will be in their blue folder.  Our next prayer to memorize will be the “Act of Faith”.  This week, I am going to begin the unit of morality, connecting that topic to children’s literature.  I have chosen the story, “George Washington and the Cherry Tree”, to institute a conversation about how the conscience, or Holy Spirit, affects our choices.  I anticipate some thought-provoking conversations to be happening during the upcoming weeks as we delve into the many branches of the “Making Good Choices” tree.

Reading.      As mentioned above, I am going to be doing many lessons that teach or review comprehension boosting skills.  Some of the skills this week will be:  using time order words to determine tense, using text information to find story elements, and paragraph comprehension.

English.        On Tuesday, the class will be receiving a list of editing marks that they will be using to proofread sentences.  That will be used as a reference for their daily language review work.  Additionally, a new unit on figurative language will be started; I have planned us to begin with synonyms and antonyms.

Sixth Grade This Week

Religion.         As mentioned last week, we will be learning about Ordinary Time in the liturgical year.

Reading.          Like the fifth grade students, my sixth graders will be doing reading activities that will boost their comprehension skills.  This week, I am using a non-fiction article called “Green Thumbs” that tells about a group of students that work on a neighborhood project, beautifying a vacant lot.  It also makes a nice connection to being good stewards of God’s creation.  A variety of skills will be practiced inclusive of comprehension, work study, and extension activities.

English.           Also like the fifth grade students, we will be using the resource, Daily Language Review, to practice editing, writing and language usage skills.

Well…I am afraid that I got a bit wordy in my newsletter this week.  Oh well, as Popeye the Sailor Man was famous for saying, “I yam what I yam, and that’s all I yam”.  I shared that quote with my students this week while we were talking about embracing who we are, and I suppose those words are just as effective for grown-ups, too, right?

May your weekends be happily spent and do try to stay warm on Monday–Brrrrr…

Regards,

Miss L. Boron

January 21-25, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Grant

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! This Tuesday, January 22nd report cards will be sent home in the Tuesday folder. Please review these with your child and discuss study strategies for improvements. Thank you for your support!

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 managers are Joseph Hauk 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!

 Honor Guard Schedule

This Week in Class

Fifth Grade:

Math: We will be discussing ratios, rates, and proportions. 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 the different systems of the human body. Students can use the videos below to help them study.

Social Studies: We will begin talking about the United States expansion to acquire Alaska and Hawaii, and the events that led to the Panama Canal construction. Then, we will begin discussing the events that led to World War I.

Sixth Grade:

Math: We will be discussing proportional relationships and solving word problems using proportions. 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 Earth’s Oceans, the Coriolis effect, and the tides. Students can use the videos attached below to help them study.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the culture of Ancient Egypt. The students will take a quiz on Tuesday, January 22nd.

6th Grade Spelling and Vocabulary:  The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, January 25th. The words are listed in the document below.

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Reminders & Important Dates

January 22         Report Cards go home in the Tuesday folder

January 23       School Mass (Mass Uniform)

January 27-February 1         Catholic Schools Week

Please share the videos below with your student.

Sixth Grade:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyb4qz19hEk

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8101vCjM7nY

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

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/current.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2mec3vgeaI

Fifth Grade:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBxbPnkxE64

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYHm0Qms9gU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY9E2lo2jpQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glJTV901S4c

January Newsletter

Happy New Year and welcome back!

I hope each and every one of you had a peaceful, enjoyable and holy Christmas holiday and are eager to welcome a new year. At St. Peter’s, we will continue to encourage Catholic values to help our students grow as loving and faithful followers of Jesus Christ where respect is consistently demonstrated toward people of all ages, background, race, gender, and beliefs.

As the school year advances, we urge all parents to keep in close contact with the teachers regarding their child’s progress.  January, February and March are key teaching and learning months for our students and teachers are always willing to provide parents with the descriptive feedback and tangible suggestions on how to support your child’s learning. 

Fast approaching is Catholic School’s Week and we are excited to celebrate together as a faithful community.  Please click the attached link to join us as we celebrate our Catholic identity Sunday, January 27th through February 2nd, 2019.  CatholicSchoolsWeek2019

Please keep in mind that registration for the 2019-2020 school year begins February 5th, 2019.  If you have any questions about enrollment, registration, or financial aid, please contact Mrs. Alana Jordan, Development Director (ajordan@stpeterscatholicschool.org).

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

January Newsletter

Happy New Year and welcome back!

I hope each and every one of you had a peaceful, enjoyable and holy Christmas holiday and are eager to welcome a new year. At St. Peter’s, we will continue to encourage Catholic values to help our students grow as loving and faithful followers of Jesus Christ where respect is consistently demonstrated toward people of all ages, background, race, gender, and beliefs.

As the school year advances, we urge all parents to keep in close contact with the teachers regarding their child’s progress.  January, February and March are key teaching and learning months for our students and teachers are always willing to provide parents with the descriptive feedback and tangible suggestions on how to support their child’s learning. 

Fast approaching is Catholic School’s Week and we are excited to celebrate together as a faithful community.  Please click the attached link to join us as we celebrate our Catholic identity Sunday, January 27th through Friday, February 2nd, 2019: CatholicSchoolsWeek2019

Please keep in mind that registration for the 2019-2020 school year begins February 5th, 2019.  If you have questions specifically related to enrollment or financing, please contact Mrs. Alana Jordan (ajordan@stpeterscatholicschool.org). Our doors are always open!

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

 

Classroom News January 14th- 18th

Religion: Students will learn from the accounts of David and Goliath (1 sm 17: 1- 11).

Reading/Writing: Students will identify cause and effect relationships in stories, and the difference between fiction and non fiction stories.  Students will practice using alliteration and onomatopoeias in their writing.

Spelling- Test Friday: hi, my, fly, by, cry, I like, nine, sky, try.

Math: Students will continue to interpret picture graphs and use data from tally charts.

Science: Students will describe the differences between bodies of water and land forms.

Social Studies: Students will identify the differences between a buyer and a seller.

1/22/19-1/25/19

We are still MAP Testing this week due to all the illness last week; therefore we will NOT have a Spelling Test again this week.  Many children have been out sick; Type A Flu has been confirmed in our class.  Please make sure to let us know if your child gets the flu.

We still do not have a date for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but I will let you know as soon as I know.  It will probably be the first week of February.  Nevertheless, the books are due to me.    Please practice with your children at home; a practice sheet will be in the Tuesday folders for those that have signed up for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Donna at the Church.  If you have any questions, please contact her.

For the next few weeks (until Feb. 1st),  I will continue to individually test the students with the Fountas and Pinnel Reading Level Tests.  I will send home the reports when I have completed all the testing.  So far, they are all doing very well.  They have been growing in Reading in leaps and bounds.  Thank you for reading with your children at home; it makes a huge difference!

Thank you Mrs. Bair for providing another Science Lab on Friday; the topic this week will be Minerals.

Thank you to Mrs. Wyrick for integrating Art in with our study on fossils.  I hope you enjoyed the project that came home!

RELIGION:

Sacrament of Reconciliation

10 Commandments (concentration on the last five)

Parables

NO SPELLING TEST
ENGLISH/WRITING:

Cursive Handwriting

Writing Parables as plays and acting out in puppet show format incorporating the 5 Story Elements.

CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling)- Revision

MAP Testing

READING:

Due to MAP Testing and the F&P Reading Level Testing, the students will be working on independent reading comprehension exercises this week in their Close Reader.  The focus will be on the Main Ideas and Details found in Informational Text

Incorporating 5 Story Elements into Puppet Show Format while comparing Fables to Parables.

MAP Testing Make-Ups

They will have extra independent reading time, as well.

SCIENCE:

Minerals Science Lab with Mrs. Bair on Friday

Integration with Math: Data, Graphing, Surveys, Venn Diagram, Mean, Median, Mode

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Martin Luther King

Reading Tables for Information,

Main Ideas and Details in Non-Fiction

MATH:

Wrapping up Addition with Regrouping and Mental Math.

Choose the best method/strategy for problem solving.

There will be an assessment for this chapter this week.  Study the papers that come home in the Tuesday folder.

MAP testing Make-ups

HOMEWORK:

Go over papers from the Tuesday folder.

Xtra Math and/or Math Fact Flashcards

(flashcards are in their backpacks).

Read Together and discuss books every night!

 

 Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniforms

Monday, January 21st: No School- Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 22: Report Cards Distributed

Wednesday, January 23rd & January, 24th:  REBOOT Retreat- sign up with the parish.

Kick-Off Parish/ School Celebration for Catholic School’s Week: Sunday, January 27th- NOTE TIME CHANGE: 9:00 AM Mass and Coffee & Donuts in Neglia Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 14-18, 2019

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A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week will be another busy one for fourth grade. This week we will continue our second round of MAP testing. Our testing schedule will be as follows, Monday, January 14, 2019 from 10:30-11:30am; and Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 11am-12pm. Please make sure that your child has plenty of sleep and a good breakfast before these tests. Thank you so much for your continued support!

This Week in Class

Religion

This week we will continue to explore the Beatitudes. Students will learn the meaning of each Beatitude and share ways in which they can put these Catholic ideals into practice in their own lives.

Literature

This week we will continue to learn about poetry. We will focus on different types of poems and their construction. Students will practice using their knowledge of figurative language to include in these poems.

English

This week we are continuing our Unit 2 vocabulary with word sort 6. We will practice writing these words, reviewing how suffixes can change the part of speech of the word and even the inflection of the word. Students will also practice finding and using synonyms and antonyms of these words as well as using the words correctly in context.

Word Sort 6: safe, safety, active, activity, minor, minority, festive, festivity, special, speciality, novel, novelty, loyal, loyalty, humid, humidity, casual, casualty, tranquil, tranquility, sensitive, sensitivity, certain, certainty.

Mathematics

This week we will begin our unit on Fractions. Students will learn the vocabulary for how to read a fraction, learn how to order them on a number line, and practice finding equivalents for different fractions.

For additional practice, please visit

https://www.mathplayground.com/

Social Studies

This week we will continue the history portion of our study of Social Studies. 4th Grade concentrates on the history of America. Our focus this week will be discussing and learning about the different settlements of various countries that became the original 13 colonies. There will be a test on Thursday, January 17, 2019 on the settlements of Jamestown & Roanoke, Plymouth & Massachusetts Bay Colonies, and the French and Dutch Colonies.

Science

This week we will continue our unit on Magnets. Students will explore what makes a magnet, what will and will not be attracted to magnets, magnetic poles, and magnetic fields. Students will also learn the various uses of magnets and how to differentiate between them.

Reminders & Important Dates

January 14th    2pm dismissal

January 18th    Teacher In-service day

January 21st    No School

January 27-February 1      Catholic Schools Week