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Incoming 8R Class Summer Work – SY 2017-2018

Hello,

I am very excited for this upcoming year in 8th grade.  The assignment that the students need to complete over the summer is in the Simple Solutions workbook, Lessons #75-105.  Their books will be taken up on the first day back, August 23rd, and will be graded.

If there are any questions on the material, YouTube and Khan Academy are good resources.

See you in the Fall,

Mr. Malnar

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Overton News

We are down to the final weeks of school! I hope you all have a fun and safe Memorial Day Week.

Reading: Students are reading Corey’s Underground Railroad Journal, Alone in my Teachers House, and North by Night! Students will take comprehension quizzes on Corey’s Underground Railroad Journal and Alone in my Teacher’s House on Thursday, 6/1. Our class-wide story this week is The Terrible EekThere will be a comprehension quiz over this story on Friday 6/2.

Writing: This week we are continuing writing letters! Students will write kind letters filled with personal stories to each other, they will then be compiled in the report folder your student has brought in!

Math: We have continued measurement and are starting on perimeter and area for the rest of the year!

Science: We have started a new chapter about weather! We will take a test next Friday, 6/2. Play jeopardy to review!

https://www.superteachertools.us/jeopardyx/jeopardy-review-game.php?gamefile=2226461

Social Studies:  We have finished ALL the lessons in our social studies books!

 

Our class could really use more tissues and pre-sharpened pencils! If you are able, please send your student with a box or two!

 

Dates to Remember:

5/29: No School, Memorial Day

6/1: Comprehension quizzes on Corey’s Underground Railroad Journal and Alone in my Teacher’s House

6/2: Science Unit 7 Test

6/2: Terrible Eek Quiz

6/8: Field Day and Picnic

6/9: Half-day, Final Day of THIRD GRADE!!! Report cards go home.

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 26

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, May 29: No School
  • Tuesday, May 30: 8th grade awards ceremony in church.
  • Wednesday, May 31: Hot Lunch, Pizza
  • Wednesday, May 31: 8th grade “clap-out;” we will clap as the 8th graders leave our building one final time!

This Week:

  • We went to the leadership prayer service on Tuesday where we saw the new student council members sworn in to their new positions.  It sounds like they have a lot of great ideas for the next school year!  We also saw the junior high national honor’s society receive their certificates.
  • The rain didn’t stop us from having a great time with our buddies on Tuesday.  The treats you all sent in were perfect!  Thank you! The kindergartners and 8th graders enjoyed their picnic time together.  Check out the PICTURES!
  • Boy are these kindergartners a talented bunch!  God gave each child unique gifts and talents and we enjoyed seeing them share those gifts with us on Thursday.  We saw singers, artists, gymnasts, swimmers, hula hoopers, readers and more! The children gained confidence when they performed in front of their friends and learned how to be good a respectful, encouraging audience. Check out the PICTURES!
  • We released Mrs. Mahr’s butterflies earlier this week. We had so much fun observing their life cycle!

Next Week:

We will be busy practicing for our kindergarten celebration.  We’re sounding REALLY good.  You will be so PROUD!

Literacy:

  • We will continue our kindergarten memory books.
  • We will complete the final pages of our kindergarten journal!  We can’t wait for you to see them!
  • We will do re-reads of some of the “welcome to kindergarten” books we read the very first week of school.  We will do a lot of reminiscing and ‘making connections.’ A trip down memory lane is so much fun! We have grown!
  • We will finish literacy assessments.

Math:

  • Review and assessment: addition, subtraction, time, money, measurement, 3d and 2d shapes, counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, graphing, number writing and recognition.

Religion:

  • We will take part in a little “hunt” over at church, looking for different items like the tabernacle, altar, statues, St. Francis Chapel and more.  These are all areas of our church that we have visited this year. Have your child show you these things when you go to Mass as a family this summer! We will learn one more song in kindergarten –“Welcome to His house!”

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Third Grade News Room 112 Mrs. Reckwerdt May 22-26th 2017

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Religion:  Students are learning about the parts of the Mass in chapter 17.  The third graders will attend the 9 am School Mass on Tuesday, May 23th.  The Hail Holy Queen prayer will be recited on May 31st.

Reading: This week we will be reading the story, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.    The new vocabulary words will be avoid, brief, frequently, gradual, periods, and report. Skills that we will work on are basic comprehension, summarizing, judgment/decisions, root words, and reading signs. The story quiz will be on Friday, May 26th.

Language: Students will continue to practice identifying the parts of speech, correcting sentences with editing marks, using correct pronouns, and adding prefixes and suffixes. A morning worksheet quiz will be on Tuesday. The May poem will be  presented on MondayMay 22nd.poetry image

Spelling:  This week we will focusing on Unit 21. The list words are: were, there, which, said, about, its, little, called, school, children, four, ever, young, learn, point, city, play, and toward.  Spelling test #21  will be on Friday, May 26th. The tested skill will be to add the suffix “es” to words that end in the consonant “y,”  making them plural.  If there is a consonant letter before the “y”, the “y”  will be changed to “i” before adding the “es” suffix.              .

Math:    Students will learning about measurement in  Go Math Chapter 10 .  Students will have a Simple Solution quiz on Thursday, May 25th.  Students need to keep practicing their multiplication  and division facts for accuracy and speed. 

Social Studies: Students will have the Social Studies  Chapter 8  test on Thursday, May 25th,  about the development and improvement of  technology in transportation, communication, medicine, and agriculture, which has changed our country.  Students should be finishing their poster about an item that has changed over time.  The poster is due this Friday, May 26th. .

Science:  Our chickens  hatched last Sunday and Monday!  Students enjoyed observing and holding them.  On Friday half of our chickens went to the Hansen Center in Burr Ridge, and the other half went to the Kopping Horse Farm in Lemont (which  gave us  eggs to incubate.) Students will have  the chIMG_20170518_131433049_HDRicken /egg test on Wednesday.

****Friday is a dress down day and there is  No School on Monday to celebrate Memorial Day.

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This Week in First Grade, May 22nd through May 26th

This Week in First Grade…

May 22nd through May 26th, 2017

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Miss Gearen and Ms. Tyk want to thank all families who came out to support our first graders this past week!  The 2017 Author’s Lemonade was a huge success and it couldn’t have gone so smoothly without each one of you! The students loved getting the opportunity to share their hard work with all of their fans!

Here’s a look at what’s going on This Week in First Grade!

Monday, May 22ndmusic notes

Hot Lunch: Little Joe’s, Hot Dogs

2:00 PM, Band Concert

Tuesday, May 23rd: Mass Schedule

9:00 AM, Leadership Prayer Service

Wednesday, May 24th

Hot Lunch:Wendy’s crispy chicken sandwich

Friday, May 26th: Dress Down Day

**Free Dress Down Day gifted by “Principal for the Day Pullappally”

Future Dates to Remember:

May 29th: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

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May and June Lunch/Recess Calendars are open!

Please contact Pam Rohrbacher if available.

We thank you in advance!

Room 107: 22nd, 23rd

Room 108: 24th, 25th, 26th

*Recess begins at 11:15am for the first graders.

Lunch begins at 11:35 am and ends at 12:00 pm.

Our Special’s Schedule this Week:

Rotation Day Room 107 (Tyk) Room 108 (Gearen)
Monday– B TLC GYM
Tuesday– C Spanish, Science Lab TLC, Music
Wednesday– D Music Spanish, TLC
Thursday–E Spanish, GYM Science Lab, GYM
Friday– F GYM, TLC Spanish, Music

**Please make a note of when your class has gym this week.

GYM SHOES REQUIRED**

**RETURN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS!**

In the Classroom…  

This week in Spelling we will be working on List #31, words with the <nk> part. This is an important word part for students to take note of because it combines the /ng/ and /k/ sounds together.  Students will make a list of /nk/ words, including our spelling list as well as other words that have the /nk/ sound, such as: trunk, drank, shrink, ink, etc.  Classes will create sentences utilizing these spelling words to enhance understanding.

Spelling List #31: fin, sob, left, sink, pink, drink, thank, once, upon, thinking

time kidsGo Math’s chapter nine focuses on measurement continues this week in Math as we use both nonstandard (paper clips, pennies, color tiles, etc.) and standard (rulers, tape measures) measuring tools to find the length of real objects.  The second half of the chapter moves on to telling time, using the vocabulary terms: hour hand (shorter hand) and the minute hand (longer hand).  Students will be able to tell and write time in hours and half-hours using both analog and digital clocks.

This week in Reading students will be reading a collection of fiction stories as well as poetry.  Classrooms will be utilizing learned reading strategies, such as making inferences, making connections and rereading, to assist in comprehending what is being read.  This week will focus on two main texts: We Love Ron and Super Oscar.  TIPS FOR HOME: Identify story elements (characters, setting, problem, plot, etc) with your child when reading at home!

High-Frequency Words: around, begin, brought, certain, minutes, straight

This Week in Science continues with the idea of preserving our Earth’s materials.  Last week, we learned that ¾ of our planet consists of water, leaving ¼ of our planet made of land.  Lesson 6 revolves around pollution and how we can help take care of our Earth!

This goes along with religion this week— as we discuss ways we can serve and love others.  Praying to God is one way to show our love to others. As a class, we will brainstorm other ways we can spread our love to others in our world.  

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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 19

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, May 22: Hot Lunch, Little Joe’s hot dogs
  • Tuesday, May 23: Picnic lunch with 8th grade
  • Wednesday, May 24: Hot Lunch, Wendy’s chicken sandwiches
  • Thursday, May 25: Classroom talent show, see below
  • Wednesday, June 7: Kindergarten Celebration, 10:30 in Morrissey Hall

This Week:

Center Time this week:

This Week:

A note from Mrs. Mahr:

The secret is out! On Tuesday, I shared the news with the kids that I’m expecting a baby in the fall!  The kindergarten team had so much fun watching the kids find out.  Their reactions, comments and questions were so very sweet, smart and of course, funny! Thank you also for your kind words and well wishes!

  • A BIG thanks to the room parents for getting the Kindergarten Celebration invitations out to you this week!  We hope to see you all there! Also, thanks to all that have signed up to help out in some way.  There are still a few spots left! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4caca623a31-endofyear .  It is going to be a special morning of celebrating all that your child has accomplished this year! The kindergartners are busy practicing their songs!
  • The kindergartners attended Mass on Wednesday and saw their 8th grade buddies receive their ribbons. So fun!
  • We got to see the chicks in 3rd grade this past week.  We had so much fun!

Next Week:

  • You received a note about our buddy picnic coming up on Tuesday, May 23rd. Please note that you are to send your child with a small treat (cupcake, brownie, donut, cookie, etc.).  The 8th grader will be bringing a blanket. Please DO NOT send your child with buddy gifts.  We made a present for them.
  • Don’t forget to help your child prepare for our classroom talent show on Thursday! The teachers are busy preparing too!

Literacy:

  • Review and assessments: Jolly phonics letters, sounds and actions, word wall words.
  • Journaling: ask your child what he/she is writing about?  What kind of details is he/she putting in writing?
  • Guided reading in small groups, word work and reading strategy practice.
  • We will begin our Kindergarten memory books.

Math:

Review and assessments:

  • Number writing
  • Counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Number recognition
  • 3d and 2d shapes
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Money (recognition and counting groups of coins)
  • Measurement
  • Time to the hour

Religion/Science:

  • Talent Show: God has blessed us with so many unique talents.  Our talents are given to us to share with others.  We will be sharing these talents with our friends in our classrooms on Thursday, May 25th. Please be sure to practice with your child at home.  “My name is ___ and my talent is __.” We will use the book “OK” by  Tom Lichtenheld to start to discuss how we are just okay at some things and GREAT at other things!  Isn’t it fun to try out new things!
  • The butterflies in Mrs. Bentley’s room were released on Thursday. We’re still waiting on the butterflies in Mrs. Mahr’s room.  We were busy keeping track of all our observations in our butterfly journals!

 

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This Week in First Grade, May 15th through May 19th, 2017

This Week in First Grade…

May 15th through May 19th, 2017

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 Here’s a look at what’s going on This Week in First Grade!

Monday, May 15th

Hot Lunch: Little Joe’s, Cheese/Hamburgers, Nuggets

Wednesday, May 17th: Mass Schedule

9:00 AM  All School Mass, 8th Grade Ribbon Ceremony

Hot Lunch: McDonald’s, Sausage/Egg & Sausage Sandwich

Thursday, May 18th

9:30 AM   Author’s Lemonade (Tea)!author

See more information below.  

Invitations will be sent home with this week’s Homework and Assignment Sheet.

6:30 PM   Open House and Registration

Friday, May 19th: 8th Grade Day!

 

Future Dates to Remember:

May 29th: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

 

May and June Lunch/Recess Calendars are open!

Please contact Pam Rohrbacher if available

We thank you in advance!

Room 107: 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th

Room 108: 16th, 17th, 18th

*Recess begins at 11:15am for the first graders.

Lunch begins at 11:35 am and ends at 12:00 pm.

Our Special’s Schedule this Week:

Rotation Day Room 107 (Tyk) Room 108 (Gearen)
Monday– C Spanish, Science Lab TLC, Music
Tuesday– D Music Spanish, TLC
Wednesday– E Spanish, GYM Science Lab, GYM
Thursday– F GYM, TLC Spanish, Music
Friday– A Art, Library, Music Art, Library

**Please make a note of when your class has gym this week.

GYM SHOES REQUIRED**

**RETURN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS!**

In the Classroom…  

The time is upon us;

we invite you all to come and hear.

We have published authors all ready to go–

Be there and feel the cheer!

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Date: Thursday May 18th, 2017

Time: 9:30am to 11:00am

We invite all parents, siblings, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles to join us.

Please arrive on time so that we may follow our schedule.

Huge THANKS to Karen Burbe and Sara Hodak–

They will have organized refreshments for the event!

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This week in Spelling…Students will be looking at words with the <al> part as we review last week’s /ar/ sounds.  Classrooms will also be looking at parts of speech in order to make complete sentences.  Please go over tricky words, such as: saw, put, could, should, would, right, two, our, goes, and does at home as we will also be reviewing them in the classroom.

Spelling List #30: had, vet, fact, all, talk, walk, small, made, their, beanstalkcapacity-clipart-27

This week in Math…Chapter 9 begins with comparing different objects using the vocabulary terms: longest and shortest.  Students will be able to order three objects by length and comparing the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.  

This week in Reading…Students will be making predictions as we read Ellen Stoll Walsh’s Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery.  We will continue to use reading strategies such as visualization and inferring to better comprehend the story.  Classrooms have discussed the importance of rereading to help understand what we’ve read!

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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 12

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Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, May 15th: Hot lunch, Little Joe’s
  • Wednesday, May 17th: Hot lunch, McDonald’s sausage/egg sandwiches
  • Wednesday, May 17th: School mass and 8th grade ceremony.
  • Thursday, May 18th: Registration, prospective family open house, 6:30-8.
  • Friday, May 19th: 8th grade day, we will watch our buddies play basketball and volleyball in the gym.

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, May 25th: Classroom talent show, please refer to the letter that was sent home.
  • Wednesday, June 7th: Kindergarten celebration, 10:30 in Morrissey Hall. All families are invited to attend!
  • Please watch for a note about our upcoming Kindergarten and 8th grade picnic.  The note will be sent home on Monday.

This Week:

  • We were busy finishing up our Mom projects this week.  We hope you like your child’s gifts to you!
  • We went to the park on Friday afternoon.  Kindergartners are meant to move and play!

Next Week:

We will continue assessments for 3rd trimester report cards.

Literacy:

  • Even as your child becomes more of an independent reader, continue to make time to read WITH your child.  Discuss what your child is reading and ask questions.  Part of reading fluency is comprehension.  “What do you think will happen next in the story?” “What happened at the beginning?  What happened at the end?” “Can you make a connection to this story?”  “Which character did you like the best and why?” “What was your favorite part?”
  • Journaling: your child’s final journals will be coming home in less than a month!  The children have become such great writers because we PRACTICE each and every day.
  • Word wall review.
  • Nonfiction caterpillar and butterfly stories. What do we know about butterflies and caterpillars?  What do we still want to know?
  • Guided reading: small group reading practice and reading strategy review.

Math:

  • Review: addition, subtraction, patterning, counting and naming coins, 3d and 2d shapes, graphing, counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s.
  • We will continue to practice telling and showing time to the hour on both digital and analog clocks.
  • Measurement using standard and nonstandard units.

Science/Religion:

  • We have chrysalises! The kids have been busy writing and drawing their observations in their butterfly journals.  Will we have butterflies next week!? We will see! We will continue to learn about the caterpillar life cycle.
  • “Going to church:” we go to church to spend time with God as a church family. Next week, we will learn a new song.  Ask your child to sing it to you!  “Come along with me, to my Father’s house…” Don’t forget to spend time with God in church with your family! We go regularly to church.  This past week, we visited Mother Mary and said a special prayer for our moms. Your child has learned proper church behavior with the help of their 8th grade buddies. Have you noticed how grown up they are in church?

 

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, May 5

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, May 8: Hot Lunch, Buona Beef salad
  • Tuesday, May 9: May Crowning Mass, 9am
  • Wednesday, May 10: Hot Lunch, Jimmy John’s subs

Looking Ahead:

  • Wednesday, June 7th at 10:30 is the kindergarten celebration in Morrissey Hall.  All families are invited to attend!  Please watch for an email from the room parents. We will need your help!

This Week:

We had a great time at the library on Friday! We read stories about courage, went on an “I spy” tour of the library, enjoyed a book look, had fun making a rainbow craft and enjoyed a ruby red slipper cookie treat. Pictures are posted!

Next Week:

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Literacy:

  • We will read stories about moms.  We will make connections to these stories, either to our own lives or we will make connections to another text.
  • Journaling and partner pair sharing our writing and drawings.  What is one compliment you received from your partner?
  • Word wall word practice: we will begin the 3rd trimester high frequency word assessments.
  • Guided reading: small group reading practice.

Math:

  • Review: addition and subtraction.
  • Review: money recognition and counting.  The kids are seeing how helpful it is to know how to count by 1s, 5s and 10s when they’re counting a group of coins!
  • Review: 3D shapes, patterning and graphing.
  • We will continue to practice telling time TO THE HOUR on both digital an analog clocks. Use time at home: “At 6:00 we will eat dinner.” “at 7:00 we will get ready for bed,” etc.
  • Measurement: using standard and nonstandard units.

Science/Religion:

  • We will continue to work on our butterfly observation journals.  Ask your child what he/she is observing right now!  We have some very large caterpillars that have been very busy eating.  We’re predicting we will see chrysalises this week!
  • Nonfiction stories about the caterpillar to butterfly life cycle.  We are keeping track of all the nonfiction information we have learned.
  • Moms show us just a little bit of God’s love each day. Mary is our Mother in Heaven. We will continue to discuss this as well as prepare some special gifts for our Moms! Our classroom May altars now filled with flowers from your homes show our love for Mary!  We will continue to pray Mary’s prayer, the Hail Mary together each day this month.
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This Week in First Grade, May 8th through May 12th

This Week in First Grade…

May 8th through May 12th, 2017

As the second week of May comes along, the first graders continue to work their hardest in the last busyimages weeks of school! To make this week ahead of us a little more sweeter, COOKIES will be sold, starting Tuesday, during lunchtime for $1 or $2.  All proceeds will be going towards research for Crohn’s disease.  

Take a look at what else is going on This Week in First Grade!

Monday, May 8th

Hot Lunch: Buona Beef, garden salad

Tuesday, May 9th: Mass Schedule

9:00 am, All School Mass and May Crowning

**Please feel welcome to join us if your schedule allows

Wednesday, May 10th: $1 Dress Down!

The first graders will be welcoming our volunteers who are coming in to assist us in making our own Rosary!

Hot Lunch: Jimmy John’s subs

Friday, May 12th

8:00 am, Students will meet their teachers at Church.  Please refrain from dropping off your child before 7:50 am.  Thank you!

 

Future Dates to Remember:

May 18th: Author’s Lemonade

 

May and June Lunch/Recess Calendars are open!

Please contact Pam Rohrbacher if available.

We thank you in advance!

Room 107: 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th

Room 108: 10th

*Recess begins at 11:15am for the first graders.

Lunch begins at 11:35 am and ends at 12:00 pm.

 

Our Special’s Schedule this Week:

Rotation Day Room 107 (Tyk) Room 108 (Gearen)
Monday– D Music Spanish, TLC
Tuesday– E Spanish, GYM Science Lab, GYM
Wednesday– F GYM, TLC Spanish, Music
Thursday– A Art, Library, Music Art, Library
Friday– B TLC GYM

**Please make a note of when your class has gym this week.

GYM SHOES REQUIRED**

**RETURN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS!**

In the Classroom…  

jix6zp96TWe’ve been learning how to pray the rosary.  On Wednesday, May 10th, the first graders will be making their own rosary! Nothing is required to bring to school prior to the date; these are gifts from Miss Gearen and Ms. Tyk.  

In spelling, students will be  working with words that contain the <ar> spelling. R-Controlled-Vowels-Posters-ar-gif In the past year, we have discussed words when the letter “r” is being controlling.  We will review such words by making a list of <ar> words and creating sentences for each one.

This week’s spelling words: got, bun, belt, arm, hard, scarf, cart, goes, does, barnyard

This week in reading returns to the world of nonfiction!  Students will be reading about different jobs in the world and how one can find the right “cool” job for themselves!  As we learn about the different jobs, we will be practicing how to classify and categorize the information learned.  

Reading Vocabulary: interesting, only, laugh, build, goes, ordinary

Last week, both classrooms completed the practice review test for Chapter 8.  This week will begin by assessing our downloadstudents’ knowledge of adding and subtracting larger numbers.  Chapter 8 assessment will be on Monday, May 8th.  Remember: we are learning not only how to solve a problem, but also HOW we got that answer (think what strategy was used: counting on, making ten, adding tens and ones) We begin Chapter 9 focuses on measurement!

We have gone in depth with the different symbols of our country (and what they mean).  Now we will be taking a closer look at the state of Illinois’s symbols!  

As mentioned earlier in the newsletter, our Author’s Lemonade is this month! Please save the date: May 18th, 2017.  The students have been excitedly writing their stories awaiting for the day to share them (or at least one of them) with all of you!

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Overton News 5/1-5/5

The countdown is on! Only 6 more weeks of school!

Reading: Students are reading Superfudge, a new Horrible Harry, and North by Night! Our class-wide story this week is still Pecos Bill. We will take a quick 10 question quiz over the story on Friday, May 5th! 

Writing: We have begun peer editing this week giving each other information that we recall from their persuasive writing and information we request they add!

Math: We are continuing to compare fractions. Students will be using fraction bar manipulative and drawing pictures to understand! We will begin reviewing on 5/3 for the test, so look for a jeopardy game soon!

Science: We are continuing to work on resources and how people affect them! Our science test will be 5/11, so look for a jeopardy next week to review!

Social Studies:  The unit we are continuing to talk about different types of governments!

Our class could really use more tissues and pre-sharpened pencils! If you are able, please send your student with a box or two!

Dates to Remember:

 

5/5: Pecos Bill Quick Quiz

5/5: Spelling Test

5/9: Math Chapter 9 Test

5/10: Dress down day for $1

5/11: Science Test

 

We are finishing up our first week with the eggs! Our chicks now have a heart, blood supply, and eyes!

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Kindergarten Newsletter, April 28

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, May 1: Hot Lunch, Little Joe’s beef sandwiches
  • Wednesday, May 3rd: Hot Lunch, Wendy’s baked potatoes
  • Friday, May 5th: Kindergarten field trip to the library

Looking Ahead:

  • Mark your calendars! The kindergarten celebration is Wednesday, June 7th at 10:30am in Morrissey Hall.  We will be celebrating all of their kindergarten accomplishments! All families are invited to to attend. The room parents will be reaching out to you within the next two weeks with ways that you can help make it a special celebration for the children. Watch for an email!

This Week:

  • We had a good first week back!  We noticed missing teeth, taller children and the rosy cheeks indicated they did a lot of playing outside over break.  We heard some great stories about family time together.  How fun!
  • We celebrated Earth Day a couple of days late, but talked about how EVERY DAY should be Earth day!  God asks us to care for His world.  We reviewed different ways we can care for the Earth by singing songs and reading books.  Reduce, reuse, recycle!  We do all of these things in our classroom, but we can always be better!
  • Those that volunteered to be a chaperone for our field trip next week should have received a note before break about whether or not we will need your help.  Any questions about this, just ask.

Next Week:

  • It’s hard to believe we will be entering our last month of kindergarten next week! We will come full circle by reviewing the attributes of the Wizard of Oz characters that have helped us in kindergarten. Each time a child is caught showing courage, using their brain or having heart, he/she will fill out a special ticket to take home.  If your child comes home with one of these, ask your child to explain why he/she earned it!
  • Friday, May 5 is our field trip to the La Grange Library.  We will be leaving by bus in the morning and returning before lunch. We ask that all children wear their ST. CLETUS GYM clothes on this field trip.  Thank you.

Literacy:

  • We will begin to explore books about MOMS.  Our moms are very special to us. We will read books about moms and make connections.  We will also work on some special projects! 🙂
  • Journaling and partner pair sharing our work.
  • Guided reading and writing.
  • Review of word wall words.

Math:

  • Reviewing addition and subtraction: solving and creating number sentences.  We are getting really good at this!
  • Reviewing money: recognizing coins and their value.  Counting groups of coins. Ask your child to count out change for you!
  • Time to the hour.
  • Measurement: using standard and nonstandard units.

Science/Religion:

  • Caterpillars have arrived! We will be observing the caterpillars over the next few weeks and learning about the life cycle of a caterpillar to a butterfly.  We will read many fiction and nonfiction books about caterpillars and butterflies.
  • Monday is the start of May.  We will begin to honor Mary on this day and all month long. We will have May Altars in our classrooms. This Catholic tradition helps our students see Mary as our Mother too! Any fresh cut lilacs or other flowers can be brought into our classrooms and we will put these in a vase near our prayer corner/May Altar. We will learn about Mary’s life and pray the Hail Mary all month.
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Third Grade News Room 112 Mrs. Reckwerdt April 24-28th 2017

 

biography 2017 photo

 

Stations photo 2017Reading:   Thank you to everyone for coming to our class biography reports. I hope you like the photo! In class students will be finishing the novels, either Freckle Juice by Judy Blume, or Mudshark by Gary Paulsen.

Religion: Students will be learning about the sacraments in chapter 15. See the photo of our Stations of the Cross readers.

Language:  There will be a test Wednesday, April 26 on numerous skills from our morning Language worksheets.  Items to know include: adjectives, quotation marks, homophones, predicates, pronouns, possessive pronouns, types of sentences, identifying nouns, verbs and adjectives, editing, prefixes, synonyms, and abbreviations.

Spelling:  This week that we will work on the skills in Unit 17  this includes: silents letters, prefixes and suffixes, and contractions especially knowing the difference between  its/it’s  and lets/let’s.   The list words are: there, then, its, little, know, different, still, often, school, once, today, however, sure, knew, it’s, try, and told.  There will be a spelling test #17 on Friday this week. The tested skill will be to form contractions from given words.

Math:    Students learned about fractions and equivalent fractions in Go Math Chapter 8.  Students will have a Chapter 8 fraction test on Thursday, April 13th.    There will be a Simple Solution quiz on Friday, April 28th.  Students need to keep practicing their multiplication  and division facts for accuracy and speed. 

Social Studies: In social studies students will continue to  learn about the production of goods including the use of machines, assembly lines, use of resources,  dependency upon others and trade around the world.  The chapter 10 test will probably be May 3rd.

Science: We are beginning our exciting incubation unit.  Students will be learning about incubators and eggs this week. Our eggs will be put into the incubator and then we need to wait 21 days until the chicks hatch.     See photo of students learning about corn on our field trip.corn booth ag trip 2017

**Friday is a dress down day for students.

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, April 6

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars:

  • Saturday, April 8th: Grades K-3: Easter Egg hunt, Morrissey Hall, 9:30-11; RSVP (see the school scoop)
  • Monday, April 10th: Hot Lunch, Buona Beef Mac and Cheese
  • Wednesday, April 12th: Hot Lunch, Subway sandwiches
  • Thursday, April 13th: Holy Thursday Prayer Service, presented by the 1st grade, 9am in church.
  • Friday, April 14th-April 23rd: Easter Break
  • Monday, April 24th: Return to School

This Week:

Thanks to all that donated their time, money and efforts to our spring auction this past weekend.  It was a huge success!  A big thanks to Sadie McCabe’s (Mrs. Bentley’s room) parents for chairing the auction.  It was a a fun evening for our school families and a successful fundraiser for our school.  Thank you all!

The children had fun with Easter centers this week in kindergarten.  We also had a great time exploring Eric Carle books and learning more about this author and illustrator.  We will wrap up this author study next week. On Friday, we played an Eric Carle trivia game to test our knowledge. We sure are Eric Carle experts! Check out some of our Eric Carle and Easter fun this week:

Next Week:

  • Don’t forget to turn in library field trip permission slips along with $5 by next week.  Parent chaperones will be notified before break.
  • We will wrap up our Eric Carle unit, continue to learn about Holy Week and finish our Easter centers next week. Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter holiday and break!

Please read below or see the note that was sent home on Friday:                                                                         

Dear Kindergarten Families,

With the arrival of spring, we see evidence of new life blooming all around us! Can you see your child blossoming too?  We do!  We are so very proud of all the children’s accomplishments.  It’s fun to see them doing things that maybe they could not do at the beginning of the year—tying shoes, reading, writing sentences, saying prayers—so many accomplishments! Your child should feel proud and so should YOU!  Together we have helped your child grow!

Throughout these past few weeks of Lent, the children have been working hard to spread kindness.  With each kind deed performed, a new tissue was added to our kindergarten butterfly and the once dull, colorless caterpillar has been transformed into a beautiful butterfly.  Just like that butterfly, each child has worked hard during Lent to transform—to become more beautiful on the INSIDE by doing nice things. We are doing God’s work each and every day when we do kind things for one another.

Next week is Holy Week in our church.  We will continue to learn about Jesus’ journey to the cross. Ask your child what he/she knows about the Stations of the Cross. We have been praying them together in an appropriate way for our young ones to understand and feel compassion for Jesus. The parts of the story we focus on are the acts of kindness from Simon and Mary, how Jesus never gave up and how Jesus forgave the soldiers.  We can learn from His example! We conclude the Stations of the Cross by reminding the children that Jesus gave us Easter so we can rejoice and be happy!  Though we are not in school on Good Friday, please take time for a prayerful moment to discuss why this day is special.  Remind your child that though it is a sad day, we remember it is called ‘Good Friday’ because Jesus’ death on the cross saved us from sin and opened the gates of heaven for us! On Thursday, April 13th after we attend the Holy Thursday prayer service at 9am, we will share bread together with our friends just as Jesus did with His friends. After dismissal at 3:00 (aftercare is still available), the students begin Easter Break and will not return to school until Monday, April 24th.

We’d like to wish all of our kindergarten families a Happy Easter!  Easter is a time of profound love and joy!  May Jesus’ new life remind you of God’s never-ending love for each of us!

 

The Kindergarten Team

 

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Kindergarten Newsletter, March 31

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, April 3rd: Buona Beef Salad
  • Wednesday, April 5th: Cafe Salsa quesadilla
  • Thursday, April 6th:  Stations of the Cross
  • Friday, April 7th: No School

This Week:

  • The totals are in!  We raised over $400 between both kindergarten classrooms for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.  As a school we raised over $8,000!  Way to go, Cardinals!  Congrats to Mr. K’s 7th grade class for raising the most money and winning the Olive Garden lunch.
  • The St. Cletus Hoopla auction is almost here!  Be sure to check out the two kindergarten auction items, pictured above.  The auctions begins at 5:00 on Saturday, April 1st.  Be there for final four tip-off! Each Wizard of Oz bag contains: DVD, assortment of rainbow candy, Wizard of Oz blanket and popcorn. Bidding starts at only $25! It’s going to be a fun evening for our families and we hope to raise a lot of money for our school!
  • We attended the Living Stations of the Cross, presented by our 8th grade buddies on Thursday.
  • On Friday, “National Crayon Day,” Crayola announced the retirement of dandelion and introduced its replacement- a color in the”blue family”.  We watched the announcement together on the smartboard.  With mixed emotions, we said goodbye to dandelion and hello to the new color. The kids generated some really great ideas for the new shade of blue: robin’s egg blue, sky blue, blueberry, ocean blue and more!  We’ll have to submit some of our suggestions!

 

Next Week:

  • Please look for the permission slip for our next field trip to the La Grange Library in your child’s folder or white envelope.  We will send it home on Wednesday, April 5.  The field trip will be on Friday, May 5th.  Chaperones will be needed and  accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Your attendance on our first field trip will also be considered. The permission slip along with the $5 fee will be due Wednesday, April 12.

Literacy:

  • We will begin an author study on Eric Carle. We will learn about Eric Carle, read his many stories, write about them and create artwork that mimics his style. Many of the books we read will be familiar to the children, others will be ones they’ve probably never read before! We will explore Eric Carle’s website where we will learn more about his style of writing and illustrating as well as other fun facts about him.
  • Write the room, “Easter Edition.”
  • Guided reading in small groups and guided writing practice.
  • Journaling: the children have more lines in their journals since they are getting so good at adding DETAILS to their writing and drawings.

Math:

  • We will sort and graph jelly beans.  And maybe even enjoy a few! 🙂 When your child comes home with a graph, be sure to ask questions like, “which has the most?” “which has the least?” “how many more does ____ have compared to ___?” “How many more to make a group of ten?”
  • Easter egg addition: crack open the Easter egg to find and solve the addition or subtraction sentence!
  • Identifying coins, recognizing symbols and naming the amount of each coin.  Give your child a pile of coins.  Ask your child to sort those coins.  Then ask your child to show you 30 cents from the dime pile.  How about 30 cents from the nickel pile.  Any other ways to make 30 cents? All that counting practice we’ve done has helped us with money!
  • Calendar time: 3d shape review, graphing, counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, how many more to make 10, subitizing/quickly recognizing the number  of a set of objects.

Science/Religion:

  • Plants/new life: continue to look for signs of new life all around! God’s plan for new life is a wonderful thing!  Even a tiny seed that looks dead can grow and change into something beautiful and useful!
  • We will read stories from the bible as a way to get ready for Holy Week.  We will begin with the story of Palm Sunday.  Please take your child to church on Palm Sunday! Your child is very familiar with Jesus’ journey to the cross.
  • This past week we were busy caring for our bean, popcorn and marigold seeds.  Now the bean and popcorn seeds are at home with you and we’ll continue to care for our marigolds in the classroom. The kids LOVE to see the first sprouts in their container. Please be sure to plant the bean and popcorn seeds in a pot at home!
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