Third Grade News Room 112 Mrs. Reckwerdt May21st-25th

Religion:  Third grade will be going to the all school prayer service on Tuesday, May 22nd.   Students are learning about the healing power of Jesus, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, eternal life, and the funeral Mass in chapter 19.   The Chapter test will be on Thursday, 24th.  Students will be recite the beautiful Hail Holy Queen Prayer on May 30th. 

Math:   There will be a Simple Solutions Quiz on Monday, May 21st.   Please continue to encourage your child  to practice all of the multiplication and division facts. These are critical for fourth grade.   We are also practicing these facts in class every day.  Students are starting a new GO Math chapter which is about geometry.

Reading:  In reading students are continuing to read nonfiction.  The next book  that students will be reading is  Living through a Natural Disaster.   Students, in small reading groups, are reading the following books: Josefina in the Winter, Shiloh, and the Stolen Boxcar.  Our last book report will be due on June 1st. This book report will be a “shoe box” diorama of a favorite scene.  Any genre is acceptable. Book report information went home on 4/14/18.

Phonics:  Students are beginning the last unit in phonics. This unit is about synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, homographs,  and dictionary skills.

Language: The May poems will be recited in front of the class on Tuesday, May 22nd. Please listen to  your child practice their selected poem.

Spelling:  Spelling unit 29  focuses on contractions.  Students will have the spelling test on Friday, May 25th. Words in this unit are: must’ve, I’ve, we’ll, you’ll, they’ll, she’ll, we’ve, I’ll, he’ll, should’ve, won’t, who’ll, might’ve, you’ve and that’ll.

Science:  Students will be learning about  how the Earth’s surface can change quickly through earthquakes, volcanoes,fires,  floods,and mudslides. The Unit 5 test will be on Friday, May 25th.

Social Studies:  Students will be reviewing  Chapter 7 about  4 different communities and their histories.  The chapter 7 test will be on Wednesday. May 23rd.

Future Important Dates:

May 20th…Open House

May 23rd… Band Concert

May 31st…..Dance-a-thon pledge sheet due

May 28th, Memorial Day…No School

 

 

 

 

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First Grade Happenings for the Week of May 21st to 25th

Religion: This week the students will take a look at the qualities of a peacemaker.  As a class we will brainstorm ways that we can become a peace maker to our family and friends.  We will also talk about ways we show these people that we are children of God.

Second Steps:  The first graders will learn about a calming method called self – talk.  Self talk helps us calm our selves down when something is really bothering us. 

Reading:  We will re-read Far From Home, and pause to look at words to understand why the author chose that word (perfect, shocked, neatly); what words did the author chose to describe the characters.

Spelling:  This week our spelling words contain the /al/ sound.  The words this week will be bad, yet, fact, all, talk, walk, small, made, their, and beanstalk.

Grammar:  The first graders will be learning about Antonyms or opposites.

Writing:  The students will be putting the finishing touches on their “How To ” stories as they prepare for the Author’s Lemonade on Thursday May 24th.  We are looking forward to seeing all of you at 9:30am on Thursday.  The Lemonade is a wonderful way to see how much your child has grown this year.  Please be on time.

Math: This week the students will begin chapter 10 in our series.  Chapter 10 has us working with vocabulary words like graph, more, fewer, most and fewest.  During the chapter we will be learning to read and fill out different types of graphs to collect data.  We will learn to read and fill out both pictographs, and bar graphs (both vertical and horizontal) as well as using tally marks to show numbers rather than using the actual number.

Science:  We will identify the parts and materials that make up an object.   We will also identify materials as natural or human-made, or both.  

Important Information for the week

Our classes are suffering through allergy season with runny noses.  Please help us out by sending in boxes of Kleenex and baby wipes.

Both classes have finished with their Student of the Week / Star Students so our bulletin boards are empty.  Please help us fill them up by sending in ONE of your child’s favorite picture of them selves.  These pictures can be of a trip, birthday, holiday, first day of school or any other occasion.  Please send them in ASAP and they will be returned at the end of the school year along with the Baptism pictures.

Both rooms are in need of Lunch Parents for the week.  If you are able to help please log on to the sign up genius website from the school’s webpage and let us know.  Your help is GREATLY appreciated.

Sunday, May 20th:  Please attend Mass with your child this week.

Monday, May 21st:  E – Day:  107 has Spanish and Gym.  108 has Science Lab and Gym.  Hot Lunch Wendy’s.  Lunch Parent NEEDED in both rooms.

Tuesday, May 22nd:  F – Day:  107 has Gym and TLC.  108 has Spanish and Music. We will be attending a Leadership Prayer Service to celebrate the old student council leaving and the new members coming in. Lunch Parent NEEDED in both rooms.

Wednesday, May 23rd:  A – Day:  107 has Art and Music.  108 has Art and Library. Hot Lunch From Great American Bagel.  Band concert at 2:00 and 7:00.Lunch Parent NEEDED in both rooms.

Thursday, May 24th:  B – Day:  107 has TLC.  108 has Gym. Author’s Lemonade at 9:30.  Please arrive on time so that we are able to fit all stories in before lunch.  Lunch Parent NEEDED in both rooms.

Friday, May 25th:  C – day:  !07 has Science Lab and Spanish.  108 has TLC and Music.  Lunch Parent NEEDED in both rooms.

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Second-2-None: Week of 5-13-18

Week of 5-13-18

This week in Religion, we focused on prayer. We discussed how prayer keeps us close to God, the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer, and various ways that we can pray.

In Math, we defined equal parts of a shape, found halves/thirds/fourths of a shape, and drew diagrams and used fractions to solve problems. Next week, we will review our final chapter of GoMath and take the test on Tuesday. For the remainder of the year, we will be reviewing second grade math concepts to prepare students for next year.

In Social Studies, we wrapped up our chapter on America’s history and took our test. Next week, we will return to Science (Unit 7). This unit is all about weather. Some essential questions are: How does the weather change? How does the sun heat Earth? What are some weather patterns? How do seasons affect living things? How can we prepare for severe weather?

In Language Arts, we finished our “Favorite Second Grade Memories” project. Students wrote a detailed, six-paragraph explanatory essay to describe their favorite two things from the entire year. Come to Open House on Sunday to check them out in the hallway!

In Phonics, we worked on vowel digraphs: oo, ea, aw, and au. Next week, we will move into vowel diphthongs. In Shurley English, we started Chapter 11. Students learned about possessive pronouns and exclamatory sentences. We can now classify sentences with many different parts of speech! In Spelling, we focused on ear words. Next week, the pattern will be tion words.

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Overton May 21st News

 

Language Arts:  Students have taken home their LAST POEMS EVER! The May poem will be due on May 31st. Students will take home spelling lists on Monday. We will have OUR LAST spelling test on Friday, May 25th. 

Reading:  The current novels are The Box Car Children, Jack and Annie, and Dear Mr. Henshaw. Ask your student what their new book is! Our whole class book this week is called Storm in the Night.  Our last ever book report is due on June 1st! 

Math: We are starting a unit on perimeter and area! This week we will take a mid-chapter checkpoint on Tuesday over perimeter! 

Writing: This week we are continuing persuasive writing! Students will be learning strategies to be more convincing!

Science: We are continuing a new chapter on the different states of matter! We will have our unit test on Thursday, May 24th! Play the jeopardy here:

http://www.superteachertools.us/jeopardyx/jeopardy-review-game.php?gamefile=2454657

 

 

Once again, we have NO pencils! If you get a chance, please send in pencils!

 

Important Dates:

5/28: No School-Memorial Day

5/31: Poems Due

6/1: Book Report Due

6/6: Field Day

6/7: Last Day of School; 11 AM dismissal

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Preschool Newsletter – May 18, 2018

Preschool Newsletter – May 18, 2018

Upcoming events:

  • Sunday, May 20 – Open House (12 pm – 2 pm)
  • Monday, May 21 – Hot lunch/Wendy’s
  • Tuesday, May 22 – All School Prayer Service at 9:00 am
  • Wednesday, May 23 – Hot lunch/American Bagel
  • Monday, May 28 – NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day

This week in Preschool we learn about the letter Y and bugs! Some of our Y words included: yarn, yo-yo, yak, yacht, yogurt, yellow, and yawn. Throughout the week we read both fiction and non-fiction books on bugs. We even were able to go on a bug hunt outside to search for bugs around our school.

Centers included:

  • Y is for Yarn
  • Caterpillar, dragonfly, butterfly, bee crafts
  • Math ladybug roll & cover game
  • Science center (filled with grass and pretend bugs)
  • Tall grass craft
  • Handwriting journals

Next week we will finish with the letter Z and our theme will be camping and summer time.

Science center picture:

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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 18th

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, May 21st: Hot Lunch, Wendy’s
  • Tuesday, May 22nd: Student Council Installation Prayer Service, 9am
  • Wednesday, May 23rd: Hot Lunch, Bagels and 2:00 band concert
  • Friday, May 25th: 8th grade day, we will watch them play volleyball and basketball
  • Friday, June 1: Kindergarten Celebration at 10:00 in the Parish Center Gym

This Week:

  • The children are SO excited about the caterpillars.  All of them are in their chrysalises and now we’re just patiently waiting!
  • We had a great time with our 8th grade buddies at the picnic on Thursday.  Be sure to check out the pictures page!
  • We will be sending home a packet with ideas of things you can do with your child over the summer…we will send on the 23rd.
  • Library books will now be checked out under the teachers’ names and will stay in our classrooms until the end of the year.

Next Week:

We will be completing our final assessments for report cards next week. We will also be practicing on stage for the kindergarten celebration.  We can’t wait!

Literacy:

  • Journaling
  • Sight word review
  • Guided reading groups
  • Review of all literacy concepts

Math: 

  • 3d shapes: cube, sphere, cylinder, cone
  • Addition and subtraction: fluently adding and subtracting within 5.  Adding and subtracting with numbers up to 10.
  • Review of all math concepts

Science/Religion:

  • Caterpillars and butterflies: We will continue to add to our web.  We have learned so much!  Ask your child what he/she knows about caterpillars and butterflies. We will add to our observation journals.
  • We will talk about how God has been with us as we’ve changed and grown this year. “You do your best, Jesus will do the rest!”
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First Grade Happenings for the Week of May 14th to the 18th

Religion:  This week we will continue to focus on the Rosary.  As a class we will pray the Rosary properly.  We will concentrate on the Joyful Mysteries that are talked about as the Rosary is being said.  This Wednesday the students will be making their own Rosary with a group of ladies that have been working with our grade for many years.  When these Rosaries are completed one of the Priest will be visiting our classes and blessing them for us.

Second Steps:  This week the first graders will learn how to calm down when they are angry by taking deep breaths, counting backward slowly, and thinking calming thoughts.

Reading:  We will contine working with the story “Far From Home.”  The students will partner read the story and then draw a picture of their favorite part and then write two sentences about the picture.

Spelling / Grammar:  The words this week contain the r controlled ( AKA: Bossy r) vowel combination /ar/.  The words this week are got, bun, belt, arm, hard, scarf, cart, goes, does, barnyard.

Writing:  The students will create a picture from a simple squiggle.  After they finish their picture they will then write a story about their drawing.

Math: This week the students will continue to strengthen their ability to solve and explain 2 digit addition word problems. They will also add and subtract two digit numbers within 100.

Science:  The First Grades will be creating their own back scratcher using a paper towel tube as their main piece. As they are creating these scratchers, they will test and redesign their inventions until they work the way they want them to work.  We will also be reading about and identifying that the natural materials used for everyday objects can be found all around  us.  (Example:  Paper that we use everyday comes from trees.)

Important Information for the week

Both rooms are in need of Lunch Parents for the week.  If you are able to help please log on to the sign up genius website from the school’s webpage and let us know.  Your help is GREATLY appreciated.

Soles4Souls project.  We will continue collecting shoes until this Wednesday, May 16th.  Please send any donations to school with your child.  The winning classroom with receive a pizza party for their efforts.

Sunday, May 13th:  Happy Mother’s Day!! Please attend Mass with your child this week.

Monday, May 14th:  F – Day:  107 has Gym and TLC.  108 has Spanish and Music  Hot Lunch Jimmy John

Tuesday, May 15th:  A – Day:  107 has Art and Music.  108 has Library and Art. We will be attending a May Crowning Mass at 9:00. PLease join us if yur schedule allows. The 8th and 2nd Graders will be crowning Mary. 2nd session of Cardinal College focusing on Internet Safety and Percautior. The session runs from 7:-00 to 8:00pm

Wednesday, May 16th:  B – Day:  107 has TLC.  108 has Gym. Hot Lunch From Cafe Slasa.  We will be making Rosaries today.  We will also have one of our Priest will come in and bless them for us.

Thursday, May 17th:  C – Day:  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 has TLC and Music. D4D at Portillos at 5532 Harlem Ave in Summit. Use the flyer on the back of the homework sheet sent hme on Monday.

Friday, May 18th:  D – day:  !07 has Library (bring back books so that new ones can be checked out today.) and TLC.  108 has Spanish and TLC. .

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Third Grade News in Room 112 Mrs. Reckwerdt May 14-18th

Religion:   The class will be attending the whole school May Crowing Mass on Tuesday, May 15th.    Students have been learning about the different parts of the Mass in chapter 17.  The test will be on Tuesday, May 15th.  Students will be recite the beautiful Hail Holy Queen Prayer on May 30th. 

Math:  Students are finishing the chapter about perimeter and area. We will review chapter 11 and then the test on will be on Wednesday, May 16th. There will be a Simple Solutions Quiz on Tuesday.   Please make sure your child  is practicing all of the multiplication and division facts. These are extremely important for fourth grade.   Every day we are also practicing the facts in class.

Reading:  In reading students have been reading a selection of nonfiction books, poems, and short storiesCurrently  students are  reading  Weather for the main selection and will next week will compare it to  On the Same Day in March  Students have gotten their new small reading group books. Each group is reading a different novel: Freckle Juice, The Wizard of Oz,  Josefina and the Stolen Boxcar.  Our last book report will be due on June 1st. This book report will be a “shoe box” diorama of a favorite scene.  Any genre is acceptable.

Phonics:  Students are still learning more rules about dividing words into syllables.  The next phonics test will be on , Friday May 18th.

Language: The May poems will be recited in front of the class on May 22nd.

Spelling:  The spelling unit 28  focuses on short vowel words that are formed by doubling the last consonant before adding  “ed” and “ing.”   Students will have the spelling test on Friday, May 18th. Words this unit are: stopped, digging, rubbed, sitting, planned, wrapping, sledding, dropped, scrubbing, hopped, putting, tripped, swimming, spotted, and running.

Science:  Students will be learning about weathering, erosion and how sometimes this can create a river delta.  Students had two STEM challenges this week. The first challenge was  to make a quarter slide through a dime size hole without making it larger.  The second STEM challenge was for students to walk through a 4 x 6 inch index card. Both challenges are possible!

Social Studies:  Students will be learning about the French exploring and settling in Canada, use of a locator map, and different viewpoints of who owns the land.

Future Important Dates:

Tuesday May 15th:

 9:00 am All School Mass – May Crowning

 6:30 pm Cardinal College – Internet Safety and Precautions
Friday May 18th:
8th grade ribbon ceremony

 

 

 

 

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Second-2-None: Week of 5-7-18

Week of 5-7-18

This week in Language Arts, we started on a project focusing on students’ two favorite memories from second grade. We began by brainstorming things that we have done throughout the entire year and made a list. Then, we completed a graphic organizer that included a topic sentence, both memories, details about those memories, why we liked those two memories the best, and a closing sentence. Students started conferencing with Mrs. McCartney and Miss Paluch about how to organize their thoughts. Next week, we will begin writing a six-paragraph essay using the information we wrote in our graphic organizers. We will also make a creative art project to go with it!

In Math, we identified/labeled angles and sorted 2-D shapes based on our understanding of sides and vertices. We also found the total number of same-size squares to cover a rectangle using what we know about rows and columns. Lastly, we defined, identified, and labeled fractions (halves, thirds, fourths). Next week, we will continue working with fractions.

In Social Studies, we learned about how our country grew from the few settlements and colonies to what it is today. We learned about Lewis, Clark, and Sacajawea. Lastly, we discussed historical figures, like Jackie Robinson, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass, and their impact on our country. Next week, we will review and take a test on the unit.

In Religion, we learned about the pope’s duties and discussed how Catholics around the world practice the same faith, but in different ways. We also practiced singing our Communion songs and receiving the unconsecrated host to prepare for Saturday. Students are beaming with excitement!

In Phonics, we focused on vowel digraphs (oo, au, aw, ea). Students read and wrote words containing these vowel digraphs. This will help them to decode unfamiliar words when reading a text. This week’s newsletter secret is: Blessed Sacrament.

Please remember, students participating in the 10:30 a.m. Mass need to be in the Parish Center by 10:00 a.m. Students in the 1:00 p.m. Mass need to be in the Parish Center by 12:30 p.m. We cannot wait to see all of you on Saturday for First Communion! It will be a wonderful day.

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Fourth Grade News!

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Important Dates to Remember:

-First Communion – Saturday, May 12

-May Crowning Mass – Tuesday, May 15 9am

-Restaurant Project Presentations! – Following Mass on Tuesday, May 15

-Field Trip to Naper Settlement – Thursday, May 24

-Spring Open House and Registration – Sunday, May 20 at 12pm

-No school – Memorial Day, Monday, May 28

-8th grade clap out, Thursday, May 31

-Graduation at 7pm, Thursday, May 31

 

Reading/Language Arts: The students just finished up their reading of Hatchet and many say they loved it! The students explored and analyzed Brian’s ability to survive, the changes he went through after what he experienced in the wilderness, and his range of feelings during his experience. The students are now working on projects that show their understanding of the text. They will be presenting these projects next week.

In writing the students created narrative stories in the perspective of a school object. These stories turned out great and students used many of the new skilled they learned to create interesting and detailed tales. They then worked on publishing their story to go in a class book!

In spelling the students finished their second to last spelling unit on words with more letters than sounds, which are often very tricky. Their last unit of the year will be unit #15 which focuses on spelling words with silent consonants. In Shurley English, room 115 just finished with chapter 5, all about helping verbs and compound sentences. They will move on to the last part of speech, Interjections!

Math:  We have been working on adding and subtracting fractions, changing fractions from mixed numbers to fractions larger than 1 (improper fractions) and back again. The students then used this skill to add and subtract mixed numbers and solve word problems. Students finished up the chapter this week with a test. In the next few weeks the students will continue their knowledge of fractions by multiplying them by whole numbers. The students can expect one last quiz before the year ends! We will also continue completing activities that include multiplication, division, measurement, geometry and problem solving.

Social Studies: The students recently wrapped up their chapter on the Southeast region. We are taking a quick break to study our state, Illinois! The students are creating an Illinois iPad, including nine apps that discuss Illinois topics like places to visit, resources found here, weather and climate and much more. They will decorate and bring their iPad’s to life during class time next week. These will be hanging in the hallway, make sure to stop by and take a look! To finish off the year, the fourth graders will research and read about the remaining three regions (Southwest, West and Midwest). Through Google Classroom, the students will create a Region Project online. They will include three facts about that region, resources found there, and people who originated there.

Science: The students and I have been so excited about our current unit-energy. The students have taken a few steps away from their textbooks and labs to explore using Hot Wheels cars. The students are exploring potential and kinetic energy, the scientific method, and engineering through hands on experiments. Some of these experiments are assigned by the teacher, but many ask the students to design an experiment to test a certain variable. The students are asked to use math concepts like graphing, averages, and measurement, as well as language arts skills like research methods, communication and writing. It has been so wonderful to see the student’s excitement as they see how gravity and friction impact how things move in our world. Students just began working on creating their own experiment. They are asked to test it and then report and present their findings to the class.  Check out a few action shots below from our first experiment below.

Religion: We are continuing our study on the Commandments, as well! This week we focused on the Fourth Commandment, Honor Your Father and Mother. What great timing going into Mother’s Day Weekend! The students explored how our families are a domestic Church and about our responsibilities towards one another. We will be moving onto the Fifth Commandment next week. We will discuss how all human life is sacred, and that the right to life is the most basic human right. The test on both of these Commandments will be the last of the year. We will move on to a Commandment project and complete lessons in class.

 

As always, it’s a great day to be a cardinal!

Ms. Kasl and Ms. Gross

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 11

Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, May 14th: Hot Lunch, Jimmy John’s
  • Tuesday, May 15th: May Crowning Mass, 9am
  • Wednesday, May 16th: Hot Lunch, Cafe Salsa
  • Thursday, May 17th: Dining for Dollars at Portillo’s on Harlem in Summit…enjoy a meal out and support our school! Flyer required.
  • Friday, May 18th: 2pm 8th Grade Ribbon Ceremony

This Week:

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our wonderful kindergarten moms.  We hope you enjoyed your child’s gift to you, the Mother’s Day Tea.  If you haven’t checked out the pictures yet, please do so by clicking HERE!

We had a busy week as we continue to work on reading/writing skills and addition and subtraction skills! As the weather warms up we also try to spend as much time as we can outside! We love seeing children take a simple ball, jump rope or bubbles and turn it into a game! Using their imaginations is wonderful to witness. Kindergarten bodies are meant to move and play! The fresh air and movement is so healthy. Make sure to get outside with your child, the coordination that has developed is amazing! Enjoy this time, it goes by so fast!

Centers This Week:

Next Week:

Our buddy picnic will be on Thursday, May 17th.  You received a note about this on Wednesday.  Please be sure your child brings a special treat to share with his/her buddy.  The 8th grader will bring a blanket and together we will have a fun picnic lunch in the courtyard! We will work on making a special gift for our buddies next week.

Literacy:

  • We will continue to read nonfiction stories about caterpillars and butterflies and add to our list.
  • Daily Journaling
  • Sight Word Review
  • ‘My favorite thing about kindergarten was’ writing assignment.

Math:

  • Addition and subtraction: we will continue to practice so we can reach our goals of fluently adding and subtracting with numbers up to 5 and add and subtract with numbers up to 10 using other strategies like our fingers, pictures, number lines, etc.
  • Money: identifying penny, nickel, dime and quarter and naming the value of each.
  • 3 D shapes: cube, cylinder, sphere, cone; look for these shapes at home.  We are finding them EVERYWHERE we look here at school!!

Science/Religion:

  • Throughout the month of May we will be honoring Mary by saying the Hail Mary each morning.  We also have May Altars in our classroom where we encourage the children to bring in any flowers (after asking their grownups!) for Mary.  We will attend the May Crowning Mass on Tuesday.
  • As we completed our lesson on talking to God in prayer, we move into talking to God in Church. We make our weekly Church visits to talk to God as a class and also quietly in silent, private prayer. Jesus is in Church as He is nowhere else! The best place to talk to God is in Church!
  • The children are just fascinated with our caterpillars. They love watching each day to see if there are any changes. We are making a journal to document any observations. We will continue to add to our chart, listing all the things we are learning about caterpillars and butterflies.
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5th Grade News

 May 11, 2018

  • Tuesday, May 15th ….May Crowning and Mass at 9am
  • Friday, May 18th….8th Grade Ribbon Ceremony 
  • Wednesday, May 23rd….Band Concert 2 PM
  • Friday, May 25th …. 8th Grade Day

 

The students in Room 116 are connecting their social studies to the novel The Witch of Blackbird Pond in reading. It is a great experience to connect their literature experience to social studies.  It is a difficult novel and it may be helpful to read the novel with your child. We are analyzing characters and reviewing how to summarize chapters as we read.   Students in room 117 are reading The Westing Game which is another complex novel.  Students are working hard to study clues and make character observations to try and solve this murder mystery! Both classes will be finishing their novels next week and will be completing books reports that will be due on Monday, May 21st.  In writing, student have written haikus.  We will be ending out poetry unit with voice poetry where students use point of view in order to create a unique poem.  

In social studies, we are finishing Chapter 9.  Students have completed notes digitally throughout this chapter.  Students should be using their notes to review and study for the upcoming test which will be on Wednesday, May 16th.  Students are also completing an ABC poster for the Revolutionary War.   This is a review of all important concepts (from Ch. 8 and 9) having to do with Revolutionary War. 

In math, we are finishing up Chapter 9 on patterns and graphing. The students have had a lot of practice with this and I think they will do great on their test which is Wednesday, May 16. Each week, we complete two lessons in Simple Solutions to keep all our math skills fresh. After we finish Chapter 9, we will be moving onto Chapter 10 Converting Units of Measure.

In science, we are finishing up Unit 9 on minerals and rocks. We have had a very hands on learning style with this unit, which the students enjoyed! The students have been able to identify different minerals by running different tests with them. They also had an in class project to illustrate the rock cycle, which you may see at our open house on May 20! Our test is on Tuesday, May 15. We will then begin our owl pellet dissection, which the students can’t wait for!

In religion, we have returned to the We Believe book.  Students are learning about faith, hope, and love.  Students will also explore how we are called to live as disciples of Jesus in our daily lives.  

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans.  We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home.  Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Gridelli and Ms. Fleck

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Preschool Newsletter – May 11, 2018

Preschool Newsletter – May 11, 2018

Upcoming events:

  • Monday, May 14 – Hot lunch/Jimmy John’s
  • Tuesday, May 15 – All School Mass
  • Wednesday, May 16 – Hot lunch/ Cafe Salsa
  • Sunday, May 20 – Open House from 12:00 pm till 2:00 pm

This week our theme was Mother’s Day and we completed a letter review of letters A-X.

Centers included:

  • Mother’s day craft
  • Coloring pages
  • Roll & cover math game
  • Prepare for the art show
  • Number & letter tracing
  • Color bingo

Next week our theme will be on bugs and our letter will be Y. Throughout the week we will discuss different types of bugs and go on a bug hunt.

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First Grade Happenings for the Week of May 7th to 11th

Religion:  This week we will be focusing on the Rosary.  The students will learn how to pray the Rosary properly.  The students will also learn about the different Mysteries that are talked about as the Rosary is being said.  Next week the students will be making their own Rosary with a group of ladies that have been working with our grade for many years.  When these Rosaries are completed one of the Priest will be visiting our classes and blessing them for us.  These Rosaries are a gift to the students from Ms. Tyk and myself for the end of the year.

Second Steps:  This week the first graders will learn how to calm down when they are angry by taking deep breaths, counting backward slowly, and thinking calming thoughts.

Reading:  We will begin a new story titled “Far From Home.”  As we read the students will practice their close reading skills by asking and answering questions directly from the story.

Spelling:  The words this week contain the /oy/ sound from words like joy, annoy, boy toy, destroy, enjoy, two, four, jet and dig.  

Grammar:  The students will learn how to join two sentences using the word “and” to replace the words we take away.  (Example:  The boy has a shovel.  The boy has a pail.  The boy has a shovel and a pail.)

Writing:  Final preparation for the Author’s Lemonade are being made.  The students are putting the final touches on their illustration, creating their covers and deciding on and Author’s name for them selves.  The students that have completed their books are already writing their next “How To. . . ” story.  We know you will enjoy these.  Our published “How To. . .” books have come back from the company.  We will be delivering them after the Author’s Lemonade on May 24th.

Math:  The first graders have started learning how to add two digit addition problems.  As they are solving these problems they with strengthen their place value

Science:  Last week in science the students learned about engineers and their jobs.  They learned that engineers follow a design process when they have a problems to solve.  The first step in the “Design Process” is to find a problem.  Our book gave us the problem of “Not being able to scratch and itch in the middle of our back.”  The second step is to plan and build.  The First Grades will be creating their own back scratcher using a paper towel tube as their main piece.  PLEASE SEND IN A PAPER TOWEL TUBE BY WEDNESDAY MAY 9TH. 

Important Information for the week 

Both rooms are in need of Lunch Parents for the week.  If you are able to help please log on to the sign up genius website from the school’s webpage and let us know.  Your help is GREATLY appreciated.

Please send in a paper towel tube by Wednesday, May 9th for a Science project.

The school is hosting a shoe drive in support of the Soles4Souls project.  We will be collecting shoes starting Monday, May 7th until Wednesday, May 16th.  Please send any donations to school with your child.  The winning classroom with receive a pizza party for their efforts.

Sunday, May 6th:  Please attend Mass with your child this week.

Monday, May 7th:  A – Day:  107 has Art and Music.     108 has Library (Please gather all Library Books and return them today so that new ones can be checked out.) and Art.  Hot Lunch Pizza from Pisa Pizza.

Tuesday, May 8th:  B – Day:  107 has TLC.   108 has Gym.  Be sure to wear your Gym uniform today.

Wednesday, May 9th:  C – Day:  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.   108 has TLC and Music.  Hot Lunch from McDonald’s.  DON’T FORGET TO SEND IN A PAPER TOWEL TUBE IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO.

Thursday, May 10th:  D – Day:  107 has Library (Please bring back your books so that new ones can be checked out today.) and TLC    108 has Spanish and TLC.  BOOK ORDERS ARE DUE TODAY. 

Friday, May 11th:  E – day:  !07 has Spanish and Gym.   108 has Science Lab and Gym.

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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 4

Mark your Calendars:

  • Monday, May 7th: Hot Lunch, Pizza
  • Wednesday, May 9th: Hot Lunch, McDonald’s

Check out our kindness project!  Our Kind-er-garden is in full bloom!

This Week:

  • Thank you for attending our Mother’s Day Tea.  The children worked hard to prepare this special morning for you. Pictures to be posted, stay tuned!
  • The St. Cletus National Junior Honor’s Society will be holding a shoe drive starting May 2nd  through May 16th. This drive is for Soles 4 Souls (https://soles4souls.org/our-impact/). The classroom that donates the most shoes will get a pizza party sponsored by NJHS!  More importantly, we will be doing God’s work, helping others!  If your child has any gently used shoes that he/she has outgrown, talk to your child about bringing them to school to share with another needy child. We will collect them in our classrooms.
  • Last call for any scholastic book orders!  Please place any online orders by Wednesday, May 16th.  Our classroom code is H2NGF if it’s your first time placing an online order.

Next Week:

  • Watch for a note to be sent home next week regarding our kindergarten/8th grade buddy picnic which will be on Thursday, May 17th in our school courtyard.

Literacy:

  • Journaling:  writing 2+ sentences, using punctuation, finger spaces, correct spelling of word wall words.  We remind the children to EDIT their writing-go back, re read and fix any errors.
  • Review of our word wall words.
  • Fiction and nonfiction stories about butterflies.

Religion/Science:

  • We are seeing new life all around us!  It’s so fun to go outside and watch as the kids point out signs of spring.  They are everywhere!
  • Our caterpillars have arrived.  We will learn about the caterpillar to butterfly life cycle by exploring nonfiction books next week. God’s plan for new life in the spring is a wonderful thing!
  • Thank you for sending in the granola bars!  We dropped off our last load on Friday.  Our final food pantry donation project will be a kindergarten favorite- peanut butter and/or jelly!  If you have an extra container, have your child bring it in any time in May.  We will drop it off during our Friday church visit.

Math:

  • Addition and subtraction: Fluently add and subtract within 5.  Add and subtract with numbers up to 10.
  • 3d Shapes: cube, cone, cylinder and sphere: look for these shapes at home.
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