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