Week of March 16th-March 20th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy Weekend.  As you are well aware, there is much speculation and concern about the present situation with the Corona Virus.  With that said, please know that I have armed your 5th and 6th grade students with approximately five to seven days of assignments that they should  do in the event of a school closure. 

However, I am hopeful that we will be at school, learning together.  In that vein, please note below the activities, skills, and lessons that I have planned.

Fifth Grade Students

Religion.  My students have done a spectacular job preparing  for our Monday morning presentation on Almsgiving.  I do hope that you will be able to join us; we will begin at 8:30 in the Basilica.

Also, we will be spending time with St. Augustine next week.  This incredible saint is so relevant to children in the building of their faith lives, because they learn that he struggled so much in his early years, yet was able to become so strong in his faith that he ended up helping others who struggle.  The prayers he has written are so beautiful; I have one of them displayed by our prayer table, and it is a favorite with my students.

English.  The children will be bringing home a study guide on Monday.  It should be used to help them prepare for their next test on March 23rd.  The assessment will be on Lessons 8.5-8.7 on these skills:  apostrophes in possessives and contractions, capitalization rules, and the correct capitalization and punctuation of  Titles of Works.  

Reading.  Focus questions will be given for Chapter 12 in Shiloh.  While silent reading, those questions will be answered and used for class discussion.  Though I had planned it for this week and it did not get accomplished, the students will be writing letters to an unfavored character–Judd Travers.  After reading their incredibly written letters to the main character, Marty, I am very much looking forward to what they have to say to Judd.

Social Studies.  Your students have highlighted those items in their notes and outlines that are prominently important in their self-preparation for an upcoming test on the lesson, “The Human Face of War”.  I have planned for the test to be on Thursday, but that may change.

Sixth Grade Students

English.  We will spend Monday and Tuesday preparing for an upcoming test on Wednesday.  Their assessment will be on lessons 7.6-7.8.  The content of those lessons is on semicolons, colons, and quotation marks. 

Reading.  Chapter Eight is quite lengthy, therefore I have divided it into two parts.  Focus questions will be given for each part prior to its being read; like we have been doing with each chapter, those are used for comprehension and class discussion. 

In closing, please let us use this time of apprehension and worry to recognize how blessed we are to live in a country that can safely espouse the finest of hospitals and physicians.  As we exercise extra caution, let us not forget to exercise our prayer life.  Fancy, formal words are not needed when speaking to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  Mary is also waiting to intercede to her Son on our behalf.  So, let us pray for containment of this virus, and recovery for those that will contract it.

Wishing you good health and safe-keeping,

Warmly, Miss L. Boron