Newsletter for the Week of April 22, 2019

Spring is here and students are getting ready for the MAP test next week!  Students should be on time to school each day next week.  Please do not schedule doctor/dentist appointments next week.  Students should have a healthy protein-based diet, get plenty of sleep, and have minimal homework next week (just reading).

Fun Run: Hooray for the mighty 5th grade maroon gorillas!

Get those Fun Run pledges in!  5th grade is in the highest percentile as far as participation and so far we’ve brought in $591.00!!!  Let’s get those pledges in and have fun in the Fun Run!

Mrs. Campbell has arranged for the students to participate in the Bike Rodeo!  We learned about bike safety, bike maintenance, the best way to pedal, the arm motions for directions, how to properly fit a helmet, and how to be safe while having fun!  Thank you so much for bringing the bike rodeo to ACS, Mrs. Campbell!

I want to thank the Wolfe family for the Mt. Baker field trip to see “Artrageous.”  What a great opportunity to see art in action!  I’d like to thank our chaperones, Mrs. Simons, Mrs. Zebrowski, and Mrs. Balogh for going on this field trip!

Math: Chapter 7: area, mixed numbers, comparing actors and products of fractions

Social Studies: 13 Colonies- who founded them and why

Writing/Grammar: Students finished their limericks and they are pretty funny.

Subjects, objects, irregular verbs

STEAM: We finished our unit on shadows and we are nearly done with our unit on plants.  We have started our study of water distribution on the earth.

Religion: Students have been discussing what it means to be a good steward.  We read parts of Genesis and discussed what we must do to take care of God’s gift of this earth.  We made an Earth Day poster and wrote down little changes in our lives that will make profound differences now and in the future.

Literacy: Students began reading their new literacy books, focused on the setting and character traits, and have been learning new vocabulary.

Spelling: Unit 26: regular and irregular plurals, no bonus words this week


Spanish: 5th graders worked with me to plan the May 10th bilingual mass. Everyone has a part!  We also looked at a dialogue together. We are planning a review of the verb ser and the -ar verbs. We also have an activity where the students will look through magazines to find activities they can describe using the conjugated forms of -ar verbs.

Music: 5th: This week, students are learning and using the F and C7 chords on their ukuleles. They are practicing their strumming technique and reviewing time signatures.

Art: Fifth grade artists are making a series of polyhedrons.

Physical Education: 5th grade – Students had a great day riding bikes through the street scape and trail course! 


April 29th through May 17th– MAP testing for all grades 2 through 8 

May 2nd – Fun Run 

May 3rd – NO School Mass today 

May 6th  10th– Eighth graders in Washington D.C. 

May 8th  10th– Seventh graders in Portland, OR 

May 17th – May Crowning Mass 

May 17th – Jr. Ski to Sea Parade at 4 pm with the Root Beer and Brats fundraiser 

May 13th  18th– Missoula Children’s Theater for K-8 

Newsletter for the Week of April 15, 2019

Happy Holy Week!


Many thanks go to Maddox’s mom, Mrs. Zebrowski, for making an awesome looking Fun Run bulletin board!

Let’s enjoy the weather with a picnic lunch!

Happy Birthday to Kieran!

Math: Multiplying fractions with whole numbers and with other fractions.  We drew models to understand what a fraction multiplied by a fraction looks like.  We compared fraction factors and products and we took a quiz on Friday.

Spelling: Unit 25: Suffixes.  Bonus words: economy, representative, Twelve Apostles, Resurrection, and Pentecost.

Literacy: Students are working on their final project for “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Old Yeller,” and “The Giver.”  As they finished their projects, they read and worked on their book reports of a famous Native, Asian, Hispanic, or Latino Americans.  Next week we will begin “Old Yeller,” (it’s so good, we’re going have another group read it), “The Secret Garden,” and “Where the Red Fern Grows.”

Religion: Students are working on their much anticipated ACRE test this week.  On Friday, we will have prayer in the garden and watch the seventh and sixth grade students do a live Stations of the Cross.

Science: We are in the second week of “What Plants Need to Grow.”  Some of them are not doing too well while other plants seem to be thriving.  We are finishing out Shadow Investigations to find out why shadows seem to grow when the earth rotates!

Writing: We are continuing out poetry unit with limericks.  Students are writing their own original pieces.  They are quite funny!

Grammar: Students are reviewing the proper use of sit vs. set, may vs. can, and quotations.

History: Students are reviewing the colonies and what eventually led up to the American settlers revolting against the British.  Something to do with tea…


Art: Some fifth grade artists are finishing a short film documentary about children’s art during the Holocaust. They will enter the Holocaust Museum’s art contest with their films. Others are making a series of polyhedrons.

Garden: Students went to the school garden to plot the garden bed.  Gardening + math.

Phys. Ed.: Students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th will participate in a fun and educational workshop on bicycling. Students will learn about bike safety and will practice bicycle skills during their PE class on April 25th. Students can bring their own bike and helmet or use one of the loaners. If your child cannot bring their bike but can bring their helmet, we can make sure it’s properly fitted.


5th: This week, students are learning all about chords in music and how they are constructed. They are working on strumming techniques using a pick, and playing their first chords on their ukuleles.

A letter from Mr. Frederick-

I will be conducting Mozart’s Coronation Mass with orchestra and soloists (WWU voice professors), along with other beautiful sacred choral works. Please feel free to share on your social media, send via e-mail, and invite those who you know would love to experience some great choral music with a professional choir and orchestra.

I think it would also be great to invite your students and their parents to attend. It’s a great opportunity for students to experience a live orchestra with a professional choir—plus they get to see me conduct outside of school and weekend Mass! 🙂 

Thanks so much!


The dates are:

MAY 18 7:30 pm
MAY 19 4:00 pm
Church of the Assumption
2116 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham


The Week Ahead:

HOLY WEEK BEGINS- Palm Sunday on April 14th

Holy Thursday, April 18th

Good Friday, April 19th

Passion Play in the church at 10:30 am 

Early Release 11:45 am 

Newsletter for the Week of April 8, 2019

Eggstra Safe Cars Engineering. No eggs were harmed in this experiment!
Rainy day recess
Fun with geometry!
Rainy Day Recess.
Building Lego creations is always fun!

I hope that you all had a wonderful spring break!

Math: Students are working on Unit 7: multiplying fractions

Spelling: unit 23: commonly confused terms

Writing/ELA: limericks and adverbs

Literacy: Students are finishing “Old Yeller,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” and “The Giver.” Next week we will begin reading “Where the Red Fern Grows,” “Old Yeller” (again), and “The Secret Garden.”  “Where the Red Fern Grows” is pretty intense as it has some graphic scenes.  If you have any reservations about your child reading this book, please email me this weekend.  It is fiction.

Religion: Students have been studying for the ACRE test and discussing the value of Non-violent Communication.  We are postponing the ACRE test.  We’ll do it next week since some of the students were gone this week.  Prayers for good health for all!

Science: We are doing two unrelated experiments on plants and shadows.

Get a protractor, your favorite Lego figure, a ruler, a flashlight, and a pencil! We’re finding out about angles, light, and shadows!
What do plants need most? Do they need sunlight, water, carbon dioxide, soil, or TLC? We’ll find out in two more weeks! Who will survive??!!

History: We are reading about the South and slavery.


Spanish: 5th graders worked on numbers to 1000 and conjugated verbs.

Music: This week, students are reviewing ukulele concepts and classroom instrument procedures. They are familiarizing themselves with using their left hand to press on the frets of the instrument to change the sounds of the strings, reading TAB notation, and playing though “mystery songs”.

Art: The fifth grade artists are finishing a short film documentary about children’s art during the Holocaust. Those who have completed their film are making polyhedrons.

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


April 16th – 18th– Sixth graders at Camp Hamilton 

April 19th, Good Friday– Prayer in the Garden at 10 am in the gym; Passion Play at 10:30 am in the church 

April 22nd REMEMBER there will be school on Easter Monday this year! 

April 29th through May 17th– MAP testing for all grades 2 through 8 

May 2nd– Fun Run 

May 6th-10th– Eighth graders in Washington D.C. 

May 8th-10th– Seventh graders in Portland, OR 

May 13th-18th– Missoula Children’s Theater for K-8