10/21/22

Dear Parents,

Welcome rain! I am so grateful for this blessing and hope that it will put a stop to the fires, smoky weather, cancelled/postponed sporting events, and indoor recess.

This week the kids put their reading and writing skills to work as they wrote their first persuasive essay of the year. They were asked to persuade a judge/jury that Charlotte Doyle was either innocent or guilty of mutiny and murder. The kids used an essay outline to put their ideas on paper. The outline was a great way of reinforcing the different parts of an essay. We reviewed catchy starts, thesis statements, providing evidence in our body paragraphs, rebuttals, and conclusions. I will grade these essays this weekend and will save them to review together at conference time. I hope you have seen the sign-up for conferences that was sent out this week. I will also send home a conference planning sheet early next week via email. This sheet will allow you to let me know about any concerns you might have and will help me to adequately plan our 20-minute conference slot.

In our grammar lessons this week we continued learning about different tenses and reviewed some irregular verbs (especially have, be, and do, since those are used most often as helping verbs). We dove into the progressive tenses today and learned six different ones. We continued studying our Latin roots and will test on Friday.

We didn’t have any lessons on Church history this week but focused our time on morality lessons with Fr. Moore. The kids have been very engaged in his lessons and ask such great questions of him. I am glad to see that they are taking such an interest in these very important topics. This Monday will be our Touching Safety lesson. It will focus on being a good friend and how we can tell safe friends from unsafe ones.

In history class we’ve been learning what life was like in colonial times. We learned about the Great Awakening (ask your child about this) and its effects on religious tolerance. We also learned about the different social classes, and about how important literature, art, and music were. We will learn about politics and government next week and then take our topic (chapter) test on Friday. I will spend some time teaching the kids some test-reviewing strategies beforehand so that they can prepare.

We have our final Fall gardening time on Wednesday from 1:15-2:40. We will be planting cover crops and more garlic, tidying the beds, attending to the compost bins, and disposing of unwanted plants (mostly sunflowers). I would love two parents to come along with us (meet us at school at 1:15 to walk along). We will go rain or shine, so please have your child dress appropriately next Wednesday. If you can come along, please let me know. Thanks!

Please check grades this weekend with your child. The sports season is upon us and kids cannot participate if their grades are low. Have your child fill out and turn in a reading log on Monday. And if there is any extra time this weekend, please encourage your child to complete the two book reports that are due on the last school day of the month – Halloween!

Have a great, wet (I never thought I’d say that!) weekend,

Chris

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