11/14/21

November 14, 2021

Dear Parents,

We have begun working on our Christmas program. After creating a storyboard that lists the main events of the Nativity, the kids will begin writing the narrative for each section. We will then start working on costuming and scenery. We are considering using a greenscreen for our backgrounds so that we have more flexibility in what our scenes look like. We will be filming December 8-10. Because of the major focus on producing the Nativity video, we will be putting our normal religion lessons on hold for the next few weeks, although I will continue to teach our Second Step lessons. We learned in Second Step this week about the social factors that contribute to bullying and harassment and will continue with this touchy subject next week.

We studied some tricky concepts in language arts this week. We learned the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs, direct and indirect objects, and active and passive voice. We will have our final verbs test next week after doing some review of this long unit. We completed Latin lesson 5 and tested on Friday.

In literature circles we learned how setting can have special significance to certain characters and identified some of these special settings in the novels we are reading. Some students have finished their novels and are working on a poster project to share with the rest of the class. Those who are not finished with their novels are working on tasks that elicit deeper understanding of their novels. Our goal is to finish these colonial time period novels by this Friday, November 19th, so that kids have time to complete their posters and share them Thanksgiving week. Please be sure that your child is reading every night and sign their reading logs Sunday night to be turned in Monday. We have reached the middle of the month, so this would be a good time for those who have finished an outside reading book to complete and turn in a book report rather than waiting until the end of the month.

In social studies we learned about France’s role in the American Revolution and listened to “Guns and Ships” from the musical “Hamilton”. We then reached the Battle of Yorktown and independence, playing “Yorktown – the World Turned Upside Down”, also from “Hamilton”. We made our own feather quills and used them to write a favorite quote from that time period or a quote from the Declaration of Independence. We took a test on what we’ve learned about the Revolutionary War and will get the results this week.

Upcoming:

  • November 19th– Grandparents’ Day Mass (streamed), 8:15 am.
  • November 22nd– Human Food Chain/Prayer Service 8:15 am in gym, Pizza Lunch
  • November 24th– Early Release for Thanksgiving (11:45 am dismissal), NO EDP today
  • November 25th-26th– NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving holiday

Have a great weekend!

Chris

 

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