Newsletter for the Week of 1/22/19 

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Next week is Catholic Schools Week (CSW) and we will be celebrating various groups throughout the week.

On Sunday, January 27, students get to dress up in their mass uniforms and attend any of the masses at their local parish.

On Monday, we will be celebrating families.  If your schedule allows, please have lunch with your child(ren).  Siblings can be in the same classroom so you don’t have to eat and run between classes.

On Tuesday, we will be celebrating our students!!!  They get to dress as their favorite movie character/animated character in honor of the movie day.  We will be watching, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” in the gym.

On Wednesday, we will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day.

On Thursday we will have an assembly to honor first responders.

On Friday, February 1, we will be celebrating alumni.

 

What’s up? 

Math: Students did their Chapter 4 math test.

Spelling: No spelling this week due to short week

Writing: Students worked on their expository writing piece: the Holocaust research paper.

Literacy: Students are reading their independent Holocaust book in order to do research for paragraph 4 of the Holocaust research paper.

Science: Students began their studies of constellations and the brightness of stars in relation to their distance from Earth.  We did not have much time to do that, so we will be doing more on that next week.

Social Studies: Students have been doing their write-ups for the Borders and Walls Multicultural-History Fair presentations.

Multicultural and History Fair– Mark Your Calendars!

All school families should mark their calendars for Sunday, February 10th to celebrate the Multicultural and History Fair from 2 pm to 4 pm. Every student will be participating. A Sign-up Genius is included (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4FA5A82AA6F49-multicultural1) so that you might sign up to bring a favorite food from one of the many cultures around the world. Beginning at 2:00 pm, food will be shared, and students will perform songs and dances in the gym and will then be expected to present their work in their classrooms beginning at 3:15 pm. This is also an Open House for families outside of our school community, so please invite your friends and family. Thank you, in advance, for helping us make this a success.

12:30 p.m. February 4, 2019– Mrs. Noemi Ban, a Holocaust survivor, will come to the school library to give a talk about her experience at Auschwitz.  She will be speaking to the fifth grade and eighth grade students.  I would like parents and grandparents to come if you are able.

Specialists:

Fifth grade – In physical education students are continuing rhythm and dance, learning O Suzanna.

  1. An effective communicator who: encourages confidence in others

Music: 5th Grade: This week, students are composing a rhythm in 6/8 time and playing it on classroom percussion instruments. They are also going to be peer evaluating their compositions, offering constructive feedback and going through a revision process.

Spanish: 5th grade learned the pattern for conjugating -ar verbs. I am so proud of them!! And they also learned subject pronouns.

5th Grade: The fifth graders are learning about the artist Jacob Lawrence.

Newsletter for the Week of January 14, 2019

I want to thank Mrs. Milligan, Mrs. Zebrowski, Mrs. Simons, our school’s bus driver Ms. Jackie, and Mr. Blas for being chaperones on the field trip to Gossamer Glass Studio.  It was a wonderful experience for the students to learn about glass art and the science of energy transforming matter into different states.

I also want to thank Agent William Morgan for coming to our classroom and giving an incredible presentation on U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  We learned so much about ports of entry, physical barriers, natural barriers, and what types of technology are used in his job.  We saw pictures of helicopters, planes, and drones and some of us even tried on his very heavy bullet proof vest!  It was very exciting and informative.  Our theme for the multicultural fair is “Borders and Walls” and Mr. Morgan’s presentation helped us to understand this theme better.

Math: Students are continuing their work on decimals in Chapter 4.  They are putting their skills into practice with story problem solving.

Reading: Students have finished reading, “Number the Stars” and are working on their final test for that book.  We will be reading independent books about the Holocaust for our Holocaust research paper until we begin a new round of literacy circle books.

Writing: Students are beginning the writing portion for their Holocaust paper.  In the process they are learning how to write a proper bibliography and cite works from the books, DVD’s, and websites they are using for research.

Science: Students presented their invasive species projects.  They showed their creativity and knowledge of food webs, their understanding of the balance that God intended for various biomes, and what can happen if that balance is compromised.

Social Studies: Students are in four groups: the Berlin Wall, the Korean DMZ, the southern U.S. border, and the Great Wall of China.  They are working in teams to do research on those borders/walls and their impact on people.  Then they will create a model of their chosen border/wall and present their findings at the February 10 Multicultural-History Fair.

Religion: Students are studying Chapter 8 in the “Blest Are We” text.  We are leaning about the Apostles’ Creed, St. Patrick of Ireland, and St. Lorenzo Ruiz of the Philippines.

Specialists

Art: We went to Gossamer Glass Studio on Thursday to blow glass balls that will be sold at the school’s annual auction.  Thank you to Mrs. Zebrowski (Maddox’s mom) for arranging this wonderful field trip and opportunity for the students!

Spanish: 5th graders learned about jai alai, and read a book about following their dreams.

Physical Education: In physical education students are continuing the rhythm and dance unit. we are learning the Virginia reel and Cotton Eye Joe. SLE 3 An effective communicator who: B. actively listens, D. expresses oneself through the arts and technology.

Music: This week, students are learning all about the 6/8 time signature, also known as swing time. They are singing songs with the time signature, playing it on percussion instruments and composing rhythms in this meter.

 

Important Dates:

Catholic Schools Week- “Catholic Schools:  Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

January 26th/27th- Attend mass at your local parish with students in dress uniform. Students can be greeters and help bring up the gifts. Frederick invites all students to be part of the youth choir at the 8 am and 9:30 am masses at Assumption

January 28th– Celebrate families. Parents can bring a bag lunch to share with your children.

January 29th– Celebrate students. Free dress and movie in the afternoon today.

January 30th– Celebrate teachers. Parents provide lunch for the teachers and staff.

January 31st– Celebrate community. Assembly to honor first responders in the gym at 12:30 pm

February 1st– Celebrate alumni. Help us honor and celebrate this year’s Distinguished Alumni recipient, Pat Nelson (‘53) at the 10:30 am school mass

February 4th– Mrs. Noemi Ban, a Holocaust survivor, will be coming to the school at 12:30 in the library.  She will be speaking to the fifth graders and eighth graders and I’d like to invite you to come and listen to her.  Mrs. Mura, a retired Assumption School teacher, has graciously arranged for Mrs. Ban to come to the school.  I am very grateful to have this opportunity to once again listen to the powerful testament of her experience during the Holocaust.

Multicultural and History Fair- Mark Your Calendars!

All school families should mark their calendars for Sunday, February 10th to celebrate the Multicultural and History Fair from 2 pm to 4 pm. Every student will be participating.  There will be food!  See the Sign Up Genius in the school’s newsletter.

January 2019 pictures

Santi’s book report diorama has so much detail.  Incredible job!
Gossamer Glass Studio. Students learned that science and art are intertwined.
Gossamer Glass Studio.
Ava is blowing air through a metal tube to create a glass ball.
We were in awe as we walked through the sales room to see the beautiful art.
Aviation Enforcement Agent William Morgan of the Department of Homeland Security taught us about customs and border protection.
Mary wears a bullet proof vest while Kieran patiently awaits his turn to try it on.
Kieran has his turn trying on Agent Morgan’s heavy bullet proof vest.
Garrett did a very good presentation of his book and diorama!
5th grade students are so creative and talented. They should be proud of their dioramas!
Hail Mary, full of grace…
Estela created a striking depiction of a frightening scene!

Newsletter for the Week of January 7, 2019

 

Math: This week students are working on multiplying with decimals. 

Spelling: Students are working on words with the prefixes: pre-, co-, post-, and re-.  Their bonus words are taken from their social studies and science units: Holocaust, genocide, invasive species, Treaty of Versailles, and bystander. 

Writing: (expository writing)  Students are beginning their work with the Holocaust research paper.  I am helping them with the first paragraph and then they will know my expectations and how they should proceed for the other four paragraphs.  This will be an on-going paper with the research and the writing done in class.  If any student wants to do additional research to go beyond the outline of the five paragraphs, that can be done later with parental supervision.  The approved website that I recommend is ushmm.org.  Please supervise your child when he or she does any Holocaust research online as the images are can be very graphic. 

Social Studies:  Students will be presenting their Native-American villages this week.  We have 3-D models in class and one group that did a digital image.  Students brainstormed an idea for the Multicultural-History Fair coming up on February 10.  They are doing the theme: “Walls and Borders” with four groups studying The Great Wall of China, the wall/boarder security of the southern border of the U.S., the Berlin Wall, and the DMZ of North and South Korea.  Mrs. Mura will be finishing her lecture portion of the Holocaust on Friday and she will be inviting Mrs. Ban, a Holocaust death camp survivor, to the classroom.  I will keep you updated on the day that she will be here so you can come and listen to her speak.  Very few Holocaust survivors are here to tell their stories, so it is such a privilege to have Mrs. Ban here.   The trunk from the Holocaust Center of Humanity in Seattle is here in the classroom and students have been able to thus far look at replicas of a tiny leather shoe and a Star of David patch. 

Literacy: Students were working on how to spot foreshadowing and answering very difficult inferential questions from the book, “Number the Stars.”  Lois Lowry is a superb children’s writer. 

Religion: Students have studied the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit.   

Specialists: 

Art: 5th Grade: The fifth graders are learning about the artist Jacob Lawrence. 

Spanish: Fifth Graders learned about the steps in writing dialogues, wrote their own and then acted them out.  

Music: 5th grade: This week, students are exploring dynamics, how they are notated in music and how they are used to convey mood and emotion. Students are learning about a new time signature and completing a rhythmic composition in the new meter. They are also learning to sing the new Mass setting. 

Phys. Ed.: In physical education students are beginning rhythm and dance we are learning the Virginia reel and Cotton eye Joe. SLE 3 An effective communicator who: B. actively listens, D. expresses oneself through the arts and technology. 

I want to thank Mr. Lockhart and Mrs. Milligan for being the chaperones on our Mt. Baker field trip to see the “Let’s Go Science Show.”  Without volunteers, we wouldn’t be here!!! 

 

Upcoming: 

January 17, 2019:  Field trip to Gossamer Glass Art Studio  

Catholic Schools Week- “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” 

Catholic Schools Week is a special week wherein students, families, parents, teachers, our community members, and our alumni are celebrated.  Here are the ways in which we will celebrate that week: 

  • January 26th/27th- Attend mass at your local parish with students in dress uniform. Students can be greeters and help bring up the gifts. Frederick invites all students to be part of the youth choir at the 8 am and 9:30 am masses at Assumption 
  • January 28th– Celebrate families. Parents can bring a bag lunch to share with your children. 
  • January 29th– Celebrate students. Free dress and movie in the afternoon today. 
  • January 30th– Celebrate teachers. Parents provide lunch for the teachers and staff. 
  • January 31st– Celebrate community. Assembly to honor first responders in the gym at 12:30 pm 
  • February 1st– Celebrate alumni. Help us honor and celebrate this year’s Distinguished Alumni recipient, Pat Nelson (‘53) at the 10:30 am school mass

Next week’s spelling list: Unit 16, Suffixes: -er, -est, -ed, -ing

  1. calmer
  2. slimmest
  3. removed
  4. denying
  5. sunnier
  6. wiser
  7. grayest
  8. trimming
  9. denied
  10. interesting
  11. sunniest
  12. trimmed
  13. wisest
  14. removing
  15. grayer
  16. calmest
  17. supplied
  18. slimmer
  19. interested
  20. supplying

Newsletter for the Week of January 2, 2019

Happy New Year!!!   

Math: This week we are starting a new math chapter on multiplying decimals. 

Social Studies: Mrs. Mura, a retired teacher of Assumption who taught fifth grade for many years, has started the Holocaust unit with the students. 

Social Studies: Students are building their villages of various Native-American nations: Makah, Mississippians, Iroquois, Creek, and Anasazi. 

Science: Students are writing the independent portion of their invasive species project this weekend. 

Literacy: We are reading “Number the Stars” in literacy and doing group discussions.  I have taught the students how to take notes during their reading of the book, so they should all know how to take notes as they read.  

Next week will be a full week so we will have another spelling list.  We will be studying Unit 15: prefixes. 

Next week’s spelling words will be:  

  1. prerecorded
  2. reappear
  3. postscript
  4. coauthors
  5. prehistoric
  6. posttest
  7. cooperate
  8. recharge
  9. precaution
  10. postwar
  11. rejoin
  12. coexist
  13. prefix
  14. coworker
  15. reform
  16. prepaid
  17. refresh
  18. postdate
  19. reenter
  20. reclaim

Bonus words:  

  1. Holocaust
  2. genocide
  3. invasive species
  4. Treaty of Versailles
  5. bystander