Newsletter for the Week of March 25, 2019

 

I hope and pray that all of you have a wonderful spring break!  Have safe travels and lots of fun!

Math: 5th graders finished the Chapter 6 fractions unit.  We will begin Ch. 7 when they return from spring break.

Religion/Writing: Students wrote from the perspective of various people who witnessed Jesus’ persecution or crucifixion.  What an amazing job of reading the Bible and interpreting what may have been going through the minds of various people!

Students read about the Triduum and Holy Week.  We had Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl lessons about families in Guatemala and Uganda.

In Social-Emotional Learning, we are continuing our work with non-violent communication with a focus on the five basic needs of all humans: power, fun, connection and belonging, safety, and freedom.

Students should study the ACRE test notes while they are on spring break.  Their ACRE test will be held during the week they return from spring break.

Science: Students did the last trial of their “Eggstra” Safe Cars.  The process was to create a blueprint, design a car that would safely drive an egg down ramp, and make modifications so that the last trial would be safest for the egg.   Students who were not able to complete this experiment can remake their cars over spring break.

Literacy: Students are continuing their literacy work in answering literal and inferential questions about their nightly readings.  We focused on the main idea of each paragraph.

Most students are done with their women’s history oral reports.  What a great job they’ve done teaching each other and me about famous women and their accomplishments!

Students went to the library to choose books for their next book report.  They will be reading about a famous Asian-American, Native-American, Hispanic-American, or Latino-American person.  Their next book report is due on  April 30.  It can be in the form of a rainbow report, a biography fold out figure, or a timeline.

Social Studies: Students are having a quiz on European explorers and their interactions with first peoples.

Specialists:

5th Grade: The fifth grade artists are making a short film documentary about children’s art during the Holocaust.

5th Grade: This week, students are learning how to read ukulele open string notes on a music staff, and playing songs as a class using the open strings. They are also exploring tablature notation and working with partners to figure out mystery songs.

Spanish: The older kids worked on grammar and their video projects.

Fifth grade – In Physical Education students will continue skating in the inline hockey unit. They will practice manipulating a ball with the stick. SLE  3 An effective communicator who demonstrates growth in self-confidence and encourages confidence in others.

Students are to be active 60 minutes a day for good health. They will be tested on their fitness level beginning the end of April! Mile run, curl-ups, push-ups, flexibility.  SLE 2 An engaged active life-long learner who is and independent, self-motivated learner

 

Upcoming:

March 29th – Film: “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” will be shown in the school gym at 7 pm during Lenten Soup Suppers

April 1st through April 5th– No school. Spring Break.

April 10th– Parent Teacher Club General Meeting

Week of March 18, 2019

This week was lots of fun with the BMX assembly and the “Recycled Percussions” show at the Mt. Baker Theater.  I’d like to thank Mrs. Pacheco-Rodriguez, Mr. Blas, and Mr. Lockhart for being chaperones and keeping the students safe!  I would also like to encourage my students to STOP volunteering me to be part of the shows.  THANK YOU!

 

 

Math: Students are working on subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, subtracting fractions with regrouping, and putting fractions in sequence.

 

Writing: Students have finished their business letters and they did a very good job!  They understood the correct format, how to address an envelope, and how to structure the letter.  They did so by writing a good ‘hook,’ stating the problem, offering a solution, and thanking the recipient for the time it took him/her to read the letter.

 

Spelling: Students studied contractions.  The challenge was not necessarily in the spelling of the words, but remembering which ones had hyphens, which had spaces, and which had neither!

 

Literacy: Students began their new books.  New groups started “A Wrinkle in Time” and “The Giver.”  Another group began reading “Old Yeller.”  We began with the setting in each book, discussing character traits, and we pondered the authors’ purposes.

 

Science: Students redrew the blueprints for their cars, trying to make them more stable so that they go down the inclined plane without cracking the eggs.  The modifications were made and the cars were rebuilt.  Let’s hope that when we test the cars on their third trials, there will be no scrambled eggs!

 

Social Studies: Students are working on a gigantic timeline of some of the explorers who came to the Americas in the 1400’s and 1500’s.  The Holocaust papers have all been graded.  I am so proud of the work that the fifth graders did on that unit way back in January/February.  They know more about the Holocaust than most twenty-somethings I met at the Holocaust workshop in October.  Students did a great job on their African-American rainbow reports or timelines last month.  Next week I am looking forward to listening to their oral reports on a famous woman.  Next month the books they will read will be about famous Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Latino-Americans, or Native-Americans.  For more information about the independent reading book reports, please click on the link below.  Scroll down the newsletter to see the chart.   https://school.assumption.org/fifthgrade/2018/11/

 

 

Religion: Students did an examination of conscience and are preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  We studied Chapter 14 in the “Blest are We” text about the Anointing of the Sick and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  In Social-Emotional Learning, we discussed more about empathy and how to understand how others feel beyond what they are saying.  It is important to note that last week students learned that when someone is expressing how awful they feel we do not offer solutions.  We are just there to listen and understand, but not offer solutions unless advice is solicited.  Thanks again to school counselor, Ms. Pamela Fuller.  She is giving us so many tools on how to be people of integrity and active listeners!

 

Specialists:

 

5th Grade: The fifth grade artists are making a short film documentary about children’s art during the Holocaust.

 

Spanish:

k-5 this week worked on numbers. The younger grades (k-3) looked at numbers 1-50, counting and doing simple math problems. 4th and 5th grades looked at advanced numbers and dates.

 

Music: 5th Grade: This week, students are diving into learning how to play the ukulele. They are learning the parts of the instrument, the proper posture and hold, and working with partners to tune their instruments. They will also begin to learn about TAB notation.

 

P.E. Students were inline skating (rollerblading).  They learned more about the heart and how that muscle works.

 

Upcoming:

March 22nd– Multicultural Principal’s Coffee 8:30 am in the library

March 27th – Hot Lunch

March 27th

  1. Parent meeting for current 7th graders going to Washington D.C. in spring 2020 at 5 pm in Mrs. Gottschalk’s classroom;
  1. Family Tech Night beginning at 5:30 pm in the gym for all 4th grade parents and anyone new to the device program in grades 5-7. This is for parents and students regarding the one-to-one program in 2019-2020. This will be followed by a K-8 parent-only meeting at 6:00 pm with presenters for online safety and digital citizenship.

March 29th – Film: “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” will be shown in the school gym at 7 pm during Lenten Soup Suppers

April 1st through April 5th– No school. Spring Break.

Assumption reps at the RP!
Recycled Percussions at the Mt. Baker Theater
Recycled Percussions: Making music with blenders! That is SO STEAM!
Recycled Percussions: Making music with ladders!
Recycled Percussions: Nature dancing on stage! What a stage presence! Nature can do a perfect WORM!
Recycled Percussions: Making music with sparks! This was NOT the favorite part of the show for Mr. Blas.
Aidan art!
Social Studies Pictorial timeline of explorers

Newsletter for the Week of March 11, 2019

 

What’s Up?

Math: Unit 6.5 Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators

Spelling: Unit 21 with endings –en, -ize and bonus words were: Stations of the Cross, Reconciliation, Sorrowful Mysteries, Jerusalem, and velocity.

Next week we will be working on Unit 22: compound words and bonus words: contrition, confession, penance, absolution, and venial sins.

Social Studies: We had a debate about the Spanish explorers versus the Aztecs.

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math): Students worked in pairs to make “Eggstra Safe Cars.”  They had limited time and resources to make cars that would safely carry a raw egg to the bottom of an inclined plane.  Vocabulary: Newton’s Law of Motion, acceleration, velocity, unbalanced forces, gravity, and force.  Check out the links to some of the videos of the “Eggstra Safe (sometimes not-so-safe) Cars” below.

Religion: Students read about the Triduum.  We thought about ways to prepare for Easter through prayer, fasting and abstaining, almsgiving and participating in the sacraments.  We went to the church to pray at the Stations of the Cross and reflected on how we felt about the way that Jesus died for us.  Some felt sad, others felt grateful or unworthy, but we all felt loved because of His sacrifice for us.

Students should be studying for the ACRE test.  It will be held during the week of April 9.  Students have a vocabulary sheet that they have filled out that relates to the lessons that have been and will be taught throughout the year.

Writing: Students wrote a business letter.  They were to use a hook to draw the reader in, state a critique (not a criticism), and offer a solution.  The last paragraph was one of gratitude for the time spent reading the letter.  The students compared the business letter format to the friendly letters they wrote earlier in the year.  They made a rough draft, edited it themselves, peer edited, or had me edit it.  Then they wrote final drafts and learned how to address an envelope properly.

Literacy: Students finished the first round of A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.  Next week we are doing a second round of A Wrinkle in Time and The Giver, but we’ll be reading Old Yeller rather than Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.  Students worked on their final projects of their lit books and are reading (or in some cases, have finished reading) their individual books on famous women.  They will be presenting their oral reports on famous women on 3/26/19.

 

Upcoming:

March 15th– No school. Teacher professional development day.

March 19 – Class Pictures, PK – 8th (Dress Uniforms)

March 20th – Class Pictures, PS

March 27th – Hot Lunch

March 27th

  1. Parent meeting for current 7th graders going to Washington D.C. in spring 2020 at 5 pm in Mrs. Gottschalk’s classroom;
  1. Family Tech Night beginning at 5:30 pm in the gym for all 4th grade parents and anyone new to the device program in grades 5-7. This is for parents and students regarding the one-to-one program in 2019-2020. This will be followed by a K-8 parent-only meeting at 6:00 pm with presenters for online safety and digital citizenship.

March 29th – Film: “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” will be shown in the school gym at 7 pm during Lenten Soup Suppers

April 10th– Parent Teacher Club General Meeting

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Newsletter for the Week of March 4, 2019 

The school’s theme for March is: Justice

Reminder: Students are to wear school-issued uniforms.  Please review the uniform policy, including the earrings and shoes policies.  Thank you!

Religion: Students began the Lenten season with the Ash Wednesday mass.  A few have already contributed to the classroom’s CRS rice bowl (alms giving).  They had a test on Ch. 10 on Monday.  On Thursday, they had their weekly lesson on social-emotional learning with Ms. Fuller.  Students took their donated food, along with the toothbrush kits from Mrs. Vanderboom, to Hope House.  Students who did not bring food were asked to write a prayer that we can give to Hope House instead.

Science: Students accomplished their goal of getting the crucifix to the top of Mt. Ugly!!!  See the pictures below.  The students learned how to use simple machines in an engineering feat that took cooperation and communication, lots of trial and error, and many glue sticks.  They will be assessed on their knowledge of simple machines on Friday.  On Thursday, the snow held out long enough for us to walk to Mindport Exhibits to see other ways in which simple machines are used.  Art + engineering.  Thank you to Mrs. Milligan, Mr. Lockhart, Mr. Viggers, and Mr. Blas for being chaperones on the field trip!

Math: Students are working on adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.  Some have taken a trip to Launching Success to buy the fraction strips.  Fraction strips are great manipulatives used to touch math (kinesthetic) and see math (visual).  They help students understand the concept before they are taught the short cut way of “crunching numbers.”  When I teach the concept before the short cut, students tell me that they understand why they solve problems rather than just how to solve them.  That is so important to them since they are curious and they want to process the information; they don’t just want to be human calculators.

Writing: Students have written the outlines of their business letter and others are working on their rough draft.

Spelling: Unit 20 Prefixes.  Bonus words: fasting and abstaining, Purgatory, indulgence, pilgrimage, simplest

Literacy: Students are finishing their books:  A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

Students had cooking class this week and made a stew with “The Three Sisters.”  Look for the recipe in their Friday folders!

 

Specialists:

5th Grade: This week in music class, students are starting their unit on ukulele by learning the history of the ukulele, and comparing and contrasting it to other instruments in the string family. They are also learning to sing the new Mass setting.

5th Grade: The fifth grade artists are making a short film documentary about children’s art during the Holocaust.

Spanish: 5-6 worked on conjugating verbs. The also looked at how to ask questions in Spanish and using negatives in a sentence. ^th grade read the legend of La Llorona as well.

 

Kids Heart Challenge – Physical Education service-learning project!

 

Next week the students will jump rope and travel through the heart course in Physical Education class.  This American Heart Association supported event is an opportunity to learn more about our healthy heart and to donate to this national organization. Each student is encouraged to raise $15.00 to contribute to the American Heart Association. The goal this year is to raise $3000.00.  Please watch for a donation envelop for your child. Take time to read the AHA donation envelop and information.

 

Upcoming:

 

March 9th – School Day, 9 am to 12 pm. Lunch will be provided.

March 11th – Pizza Lunch

March 12th-14th – WCEA Accreditation Visit

March 15th – No school. Teacher professional development day.

March 19 – Class Pictures, PK – 8th (Dress Uniforms)

 

Simple Machines Unit:
Mission Accomplished!
Amelia and Ava working with simple machines: screw and pulley
Mindport Museum field trip: Aidan & Rhys watching a tornado
MIndport: Aidan applying pressure (energy) to operate a motor
Mindport Exhibits: Amelia and Ava’s light show!
MIndport: Christina and Garrett making music with lights

Two attempts to get the crucifix atop Mt. Ugly using simple machines.