Third Grade News Room 112 Mrs. Reckwerdt April 9th – 13th

Aspire testing: Aspire testing will be next week from Tuesday thru Friday.  Please make sure your child is well rested and on time for school.  There will be no other testing or homework during the test week.

Religion:   There will be a 9 am school Mass on Monday, April 9th.  In class we will be learning about the sacraments in chapter 15.

Math:  Students will continue to learn more about comparing and finding equivalent fractions in chapter 9.  We will also be reviewing the multiplication and division facts.

Reading:   Students should reading a biography for their next  book report which will be presented on Tuesday, May 1st at 8:15 am. Parents are invited to attend. Students will “dress up” as the character that they read about for the presentation. I gave everyone the basic information  sheet today and will later provide a biography book report form for the students to complete.  Students read and found the main ideas in City Homes and several related poems.  In small groups  students are reading Flat Stanley Goes to Mount Rushmore, The Whipping Boy, and Henry Huggins.

Phonics:  Students will continue to learn more about  prefixes, base words, suffixes, and dividing words into syllables as we study unit 6.

Spelling: This week unit 24 is a review unit. We will not have a spelling test on this unit.

Science:  When we returned from Easter vacation on Tuesday we set the 37 chicken eggs and 1 turkey egg in the incubator. Half of our eggs were from a horse farm in Lemont and the other half were from Ms. Overton’s parents’ flock of chickens in Missouri.  We are expecting the chickens to hatch on April 24th.   In class students are learning about incubation, the parts of the egg and the development of the embryo.

Social Studies: We will be reading about the 3 different type of places that communities  are located and why they were started there. (a mountain community, water community and a crossroads community)

Important Dates:

April 9-13: Aspire testing

April 10: Cardinal College 6:30 pm.  Jamie Strauss parent coach will be speaking.

April 20: Health Fair

April 25 & 26th: Beauty & the Beast Musical

April 27th: No School

DONATION  REQUEST:   Students have used all of their pencils. If possible when you are shopping this weekend please pick up a pack to send in for the class.  Thank you in advance!

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Overton News 4-9

Language Arts:  Students have taken home April poems this week! The April poem will be due on Monday, April 30th. Students will be taking home spelling lists on Monday. We will have a spelling quiz on Friday, April 13th. 

Reading:  The current novels are The Box Car Children, Number the Stars, and Run, Billy, Run. Ask your student what their new book is! Our whole class book this week is called What is Government and Who Really Started Democracy?  There is NO book report in April because we are doing BIOGRAPHIES! Your student has taken home a biography sheet with information about how to present! You are invited to come to school on May 1st at 10 AM for the presentations!!! 

Math: We are continuing a new chapter about comparing fractions! We will be reviewing this whole week for the test on Tuesday, April 17th! Play jeopardy to review!

https://www.superteachertools.us/jeopardyx/jeopardy-review-game.php?gamefile=2191433

Writing: This week we are taking a break from persuasive writing to focus on how to plan, organize, write, and edit a personal narrative in 45 minutes to prepare for the ASPIRE testing  THIS WEEK!

Science: We are continuing a new chapter about People and Resources! We have also begun talking about/learning about our chicks! We got the eggs on April 3rd! They will be hatching around April 24th! Our next science test will be Friday, April 20th! 

Social Studies: Our new chapter in social studies is about types of governments, governments in the past, and the United States government! Students’ next test will be Monday, April 16th! Play jeopardy to review:

https://www.superteachertools.us/jeopardyx/jeopardy-review-game.php?gamefile=2425314

 

Our classroom could really use new dry erase board markers!

 

Important Dates:

 

4/9-4/13: ASPIRE TESTING

4-10: Cardinal College in the Parish Center for parents!! See the scoop for more details

4/25-4/26: Spring Musical

4/27: NO SCHOOL

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Second-2-None: Week of 4/3/18

Week of 4/3/18

This week in Reading, we continued our chapter book, The Earth Dragon Awakes. Throughout the story, we see what the characters went through during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Students have noticed how characters’ viewpoints have changed throughout the story.

In Phonics, we formed new words by adding the suffixes –ful, -less, -ness, -ly, -er, and –est. We used words with these suffixes to complete sentences as well. Next week, we will continue working with suffixes and review singular and plural forms of nouns.

In Shurley English, we started Chapter 9. We classified sentences with article adjectives, subject nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and objects of the preposition. We reviewed parts of speech, then we introduced subject-verb agreement rules. Next week, we will learn about pronouns and classify sentences with pronouns.

In Religion, we reviewed the Liturgy of the Word and its parts, and then moved into the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Next week, we will learn how to share God’s love and peace with others.

In Math, we measured objects to the nearest centimeter and estimated lengths of various objects. We also solved addition and subtraction word problems involving measurements. Next week, we will wrap up the lessons in Chapter 9, which focus on measuring real-life objects in centimeters and meters, estimating lengths, and comparing lengths of objects. Our Chapter 9 test will be on Friday.

In Social Studies, we made an art extension to show the three parts of the federal government: Congress, Supreme Court, and the President. We also learned about monuments, mottos, freedom, and symbols of our country. Next week, we will review the main concepts taught in the unit and take our test on Friday. Then, we will be moving back to Science. This week’s newsletter secret is: a governor leads a state.

Thank you for all that you do!

Other Reminders:

  • First Communion Banner Kits can be purchased here: www.catholicsupply.com. Completed banners are due on April 23rd to Miss Paluch or Mrs. McCartney.
  • Cardinal College is hosting a speaker for parents on April 10th at 6:30 p.m. at school, please join fellow parents by attending! If you attend, your child will receive a free dress down day pass!
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Preschool Newsletter – April 6, 2018

Preschool Newsletter – April 6, 2018

Upcoming events:

  • Monday, April 9 – All school mass/hot lunch (Buona beef)
  • Tuesday, April 10 – Aspire testing for grades 3-8
    • Cardinal College at 6:30 pm-8:00 pm in the Parish Center
    • Topic: Revive your Parenting! If parents attend, their child get a dress down day! Our speaker comes with a wealth of knowledge regarding raising children.
  • Wednesday, April 11 – Hot lunch/Little Joe’s

Looking ahead-

  • Friday, May 11th is our Preschool Art Show from 10:00 am till 11:00 am. Our Preschool Art Show will be located in the Parish Center. Just a reminder for full-day Preschool students this is a half-day. We are excited for this new event for our Preschool program! The children will be showcasing three different works of art and hope to see you there!

This week we started an author study on Norman Bridwell (the author of Clifford books). We read various Clifford books and discussed what an author does.

Centers included:

  • Clifford art work & hats
  • Clifford puppets
  • Sequencing of Clifford
  • Clifford book
  • Coloring pages
  • I Spy – Clifford
  • Letter recognition games
  • Number bingo

Next week we will learn about the letter V and complete an author study on Mercer Mayer (Little Critter books). We will discuss the different characters within the books and various concepts of print.

                          Clifford hats!

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8th Grade Religion

Hi,

The students are finishing up a unit on the 10 commandments today.  Once Aspire is over, the students will be diving into church history, and they will look at how the church has grown over time.

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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6th Grade Math

Hello,

Next week, from Tuesday to Friday, is Aspire testing.  If the testing order goes per usual, it means that the Math portion will be given on Wednesday, Day 2.

During class time next week, the students will be making structures that incorporate prisms and pyramids.  They will be calculating the surface area and volume of these structures as well.  It would be appreciated if the students had their own scissors, tape, and a container to put them in.  A shoe box would be a good size.

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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8th Grade Math

Hello,

Next week, from Tuesday to Friday, is Aspire testing.  If the testing order goes per usual, it means that the Math portion will be given on Wednesday, Day 2.

During class time next week, all 8th grade students will be working on a project called Bungee Barbie, which addresses Lines of Best fit, Linear Regression, and Scatter Plots.  It is a fun activity that will allow the students to make predictions, and put them to the test.

In high school, the students will need to have TI-84’s or something comparable.  I would advise that students purchase them now.  In 8A, especially, we will be making good use of them for the remainder of the year.

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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7th Grade Religion

Happy Friday!

We have just finished reading the Gospel According to Mark. Students have received their packets back and grades were uploaded onto powerschool. We had our test on Thursday and I was very pleased with the scores! Today, we are continuing second step. We are on lesson 10 which is about personal signs of stress and coping strategies to calm down. Teenagers face a lot of stress with homework, tests, quizzes, friendships, afterschool activities, etc. It’s important that students know how to recognize when they are feeling overwhelmed and anxious. The first step is it to recognize their own personal signs and then be able to take the next of calming themselves down.

Next week, students will continue working in the Sadlier books and we will also begin the Gospel According to Luke. Each student will be given a packet with questions on each chapter. We will work through these for the next couple of weeks!

10 service experiences are due on May 4th. Their packets must include 10 filled out reflection sheets and updated signatures in the back. Students are welcome to bring their booklets in at ANYTIME before that date if they are finished. I will give them a grade and give them their booklets back because they will need them for next year in 8th grade.

Just a reminder: IFLY permission slips are due a week from today, April 13th. Thank you to all those who have turned them in early! It’s been super helpful. We are so excited for this awesome field trip! If you have not received a permission slip via email, please email ASAP and I will forward them over to you.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns!

Sincerely,
Miss Smith

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Kindergarten Newsletter, April 6

Upcoming Events:

This Week:

We hit the ground running after enjoying our Easter vacation!  The children had wonderful stories to share and got to write about their Easter break adventures in their journals.  It sounds like you all had a wonderful time!

This week you received a permission slip for our final field trip to the La Grange Library.  Please be sure to return the slip along with the $5 fee by Wednesday.  Chaperones are appreciated and accepted based on the order they’re received.

Thank you for turning in the Mother’s Day Tea permission slips.  We started practicing some songs for the entertainment part of this special event this week! We already can’t wait!

Next Week:

We will begin our two week long author study of ERIC CARLE.  Boy has he written a lot of wonderful books! We will explore and enjoy as many as we can over the next few weeks.  We will mimic is artwork at the art center and make flowers, we will learn about his life and will enjoy reading his stories.  At the end, we will graph our favorite Eric Carle story!

Math:

  • Addition: we are working on fluently adding within 5.
  • Subtraction: we started to learn about subtraction.  The words we use are “minus” “subtract” “take away” and “subtraction.”
  • We will practice writing and solving both vertical and horizontal subtraction and addition problems.

Literacy:

  • Guided reading in small groups.
  • Sight words: An April/MAY word wall was sent home on Wednesday.  These are the final words we will be practicing reading and writing through the end of the school year!
  • Journaling: Our current goals: Writing 2+ sentences, correct spelling of word wall words, finger spaces, first letter in the sentence a capital letter and ending punctuation.
  • Eric Carle Author Study: we will begin to explore Eric Carle’s stories through read alouds and at the listening center.

Science:

  • We will be watching and recording the growth of two different seeds, Bean and popcorn, in our seed journals. We will discuss stems, roots, root hairs, shoots and leaves and also learn about what all plants need to grow.  We will make scientific drawings to record what we notice. When we make scientific drawings, we are drawing what we observe, NOT drawing from imagination.
  • We will each plant marigold seeds in our rooms next week.

Religion

  • We learned a new song this week to celebrate Jesus’ rising on Easter Sunday!  Ask your child to sing it to you. Hint: “We can sing and clap our hands…” We love singing in kindergarten!
  • We started a new kindness project in kindergarten.  Each time a child is caught doing something kind, he/she will add a petal to one of the flowers on the kindergarten bulletin board.  Watch our kinder-GARDEN grow.  We’re SO BUSY planting seeds of KINDNESS! We know with this class  we will have a garden that’s fully bloomed in no time!
  • New life in Spring time! We will explore God’s world and find new life as the seasons change!

 

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6th Grade Religion

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful spring break and a happy Easter. In 6th grade, we finished reading the book of Judges. Students created their own multiple choice questions and I put them together to form a test. They had their test on Wednesday, April 4th. Thursday and Friday, we are completing the second step lessons 8 and 9. Students learn about how to deal with strong emotions. We have a poster in our classroom to remind us of the ‘staying in control’ steps: notice, pause, think twice, calm down, and reflect. Middle school can be a stressful time and we want our students to learn how to manage their emotions so it doesn’t affect their school work and relationships with their peers/teachers/families.

Next week, we will begin the book of Ruth which is very short. We will finish it in one week! April 10-13 will be the Aspire testing. Students will be given no homework next week so they can focus their attention on the Aspire tests and do their best! Friday, we will be attending the musical at Nazareth Academy and they will complete the final Aspire test in the afternoon when they arrive back to St. Cletus.

Service hours are due May 4th. I sent out a reminder via email. Please make sure students have 16 hours by the deadline. If you don’t know how many they have, please reach out to me because I have a binder and am keeping track.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Miss Smith

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First Grade Happenings for the Week of April 2nd to the 6th

Religion:  This week we will learn about the 7 seven Sacraments.  We will learn that they are a symbol of GOD’s love for us.

Reading:  The class will re-read the “Recess Queen” and identify words that show action and help us create pictures in our heads as to what is happening in the story.

Spelling/Grammar:  Our spelling words this week contain the /ow/ sound.  The words this week will be yellow, snowman, own, elbow, grow, job, were, box, other, bulb.

Writing Workshop:  The students will continue writing their “How To Stories”.  We began the writing of our “How To” stories by brainstorming a class list of things we know how to do, sport we play or crafts we know how to make.  As a class we have talked about the transition words first, next, then and last.   As the students are writing their stories they will be using these words to go from one step to the next.

Math:  The students will continue writing numbers 100 to 120.  They will review how to show these numbers using 10’s and 1’s and then writing the number they have made a model.  We will also conclude the chapter by taking the end of the chapter assessment.

Social Studies:  This week we will identify land and bodies of water on both maps and globes

Important information for the week

Please send in a package of wipes with your child.

If you are interested in helping out during lunch please let us know or sign on to signup genius.

Sunday, April 1st:  Happy Easter

Monday, April 2nd:  No School Easter Monday.

Tuesday, April 3rd:  B – Day:  107 has TLC.  108 has Gym.

Wednesday, April 4th:  C – Day:  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 has TLC and Music.  Hot Lunch from Subway.

Thursday, April 5th:  D – Day :  107 has Music and Library.  Gather your library books and bring them back so that new ones can be checked out today.  108 has Spanish and TLC.

Friday, April 6th:  E – Day:  107 has Spanish and Gym. 108 has Science Lab and Gym.

 

 

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Third Grade News Room 112 Mrs. Reckwerdt April 3-6th

    Religion:   Have a wonderful Blessed Easter.   We will be attending the 8 am Mass on Wednesday, April 4th.   Students will be learning how God calls us to holiness in chapter 12.

Math:  Students will learn more about comparing and finding equivalent fractions in chapter 9.  There will be a  Simple Solutions Quiz on Friday, April 6th.  

Reading:   Students should select a biography to read for their next  book report which will be presented on Tuesday, May 1st at 8:15 am. Parents are invited to attend . Students will “dress up” as the character that they read about for the presentation. I will provide a biography book report form for the students to complete.  Students will  read  in our Sleuth book, “A Day at School in Japan,”  when we return from vacation.  In small groups  students are reading Flat Stanley Goes to Mount Rushmore, The Whipping Boy, and Henry Huggins.

Phonics:  Students will be learning more about  prefixes, base words, suffixes, and dividing words into syllables as we study unit 6.

Spelling: Our new unit continues with more homophones. The unit 23 words are:  way, its, owe, sell, great, sail, cell, scent, oh, cent, it’s, grate, weigh, sale, and sent. The weekly spelling test will be on Friday.

Science:  Agricultural Science Field trip was a great success.  I hope students are sharing what they learned with you.  See  photos below.  When we return from Easter vacation we will be setting the chicken eggs in the incubator for our next exciting unit of study!  .

Social Studies: We will be starting unit 6, “Places here Communities Start.” We will focus on Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Seattle Washington, and Indianapolis, Indiana.   Students will learn communities start in different places for different reasons.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Fund raising: Students (and parents) were very generous in their contributions.    We MET the class selected goal of $250. We collected $250.35!  Way to Go Room 112!

Important dates/ events

March 26 -April 2nd:  Easter Vacation

April 3rd:  Return to School.   Our Chicken incubation unit begins.

April 9-13: Aspire testing

April 10: Cardinal College 6:30 pm.  Jamie Strauss parent coach will be speaking.

DONATION  REQUEST:   Students have used all of their pencils. If possible when you are shopping this weekend please pick up a pack to send in for the class.  Thank you in advance!

 

 

 

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Grade 5 News!

  • School resumes on Tuesday, April 3rd
  • ASPIRE testing is April 9th – 13th
  • There is an all school Mass on Monday, April 9th at 9am

Our DARE graduation date has been set for Tuesday, April 24th at 8:30 am  in Morrissey Hall. Please mark your calendars.

In DARE  we have been discussing the importance of our behavior and interactions with peers.  This week we learned about bullying. We learned about all the different types of bullying and how to cope. The students role play real life situations.

In social studies,  students will begin Chapter 8 after break.  Students will learning about the events that lead up to the American Revolution.  Students will identify causes of the Stamp and Townshend Acts.  Students will also explain how British taxes affected the colonies.  

In language arts, students will be focusing on opinion writing.  We will reviewing how to organize our ideas logically and use a graphic organizer to write an essay.  After ASPIRE, we will begin a poetry unit.  In English, we will be starting Chapter 6.  Students will learning how to identify complex sentences and will continue to learn about the different parts of speech.  After break, we will be beginning a new reading unit and we will begin a new novel.  As we read the novel together, as a class, we will be reviewing reading skills from unit 2 that include: using context clues, analyzing author’s craft and structure by looking at how characters interact and respond to challenges.  

In math, we are finishing our chapter on dividing fractions.  The students have learned several strategies for this operation.  The key is keep, change, flip! We are beginning our geometry chapter, which will be great practice before our ASPIRE testing. When we come back from spring break we will review the 4 lessons we have covered in geometry and move onto learning how to find volume.  We continue to work on simple solutions each week with two lessons due each Thursday.

In science, we finished the ecosystem unit and are moving on to natural resources. We presented our garbage separation projects before we went on spring break. I was very impressed by the students ideas on how to separate different materials.  We will have a test on the natural resource unit on Friday, April 6. Next, we will go into unit 8 where we will be talking about erosion, the Earth’s crust, and tectonic plates. 

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. Fleckenstein

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Overton News for the week of 4-3

I hope you all have a wonderful spring break and Easter! 

 

Language Arts:  There will be no spelling test this week!

Reading:  The current novels are The Box Car Children, Number the Stars, and Run, Billy, Run. Ask your student what their new book is! Our whole class book this week is called What is Government.  March book reports are due April 3rd! 

Math: We are continuing a new chapter about comparing fractions! We will take a mid-chapter checkpoint on Wednesday, April 4th.

Writing: This week we are taking a break from persuasive writing to focus on how to plan, organize, write, and edit a personal narrative in 45 minutes to prepare for the ASPIRE testing  NEXT WEEK!

Science: We are continuing a new chapter about People and Resources! We have also begun talking about/learning about our chicks! We will get the eggs on April 3rd! Ask your student how long they take to hatch!

Social Studies: Our next chapter in social studies is about types of governments, governments in the past, and the United States government!

 

Our classroom could really use new dry erase board markers!

 

Important Dates:

 

3/24-4/2: Easter Break!

4/3: Book Report due, EGGS!!!

4/4: 3rd grade to 8 AM MASS

4/9-4/13: ASPIRE TESTING

4/25-4/26: Spring Musical

4/27: NO SCHOOL

 

Here are some picture from our field trip!!

 

We also got to FaceTime with our farmer that our eggs are coming from to ask questions! Here is a snapshot!

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Preschool Newsletter – Friday, March 23, 2018

Preschool Newsletter – Friday, March 23, 2018

Upcoming events:

-March 26 till April 2: NO SCHOOL/Spring break

-Wednesday, April 4 – Hot lunch/Subway

-Monday, April 9 – All School Mass

-Tuesday, April 10 – Cardinal College at 6:30 pm (Revive your Parenting!)

This week we finished our theme on Easter. We also learned all about the letter U. Our letter U words included: umbrella, underground, underwater, unicorn, umpire, underline, and up.

Centers include:

  • Watercolor Easter cross
  • Easter bunny & eggs
  • Letter U craft
  • Easter egg hunt
  • Religion: Allelu!
  • Easter roll & cover math game
  • Letter & number tracing

Pictures from this week:

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