Newsletter for the Week of February 24, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please be aware that student groups and emails are to be used for academic purposes ONLY.   This has been a problem this week.  Students have been advised.

Math: Students began the Chapter 5 decimal division test today.  Some did not finished and as it is not a timed test, they can finish it on Monday.  Marshall is becoming the classroom tutor and teaching other students how to do the story problems.  Thanks, Mr. Brandt, teacher extraordinaire!

Spelling: Unit 17 /k/ and /s/ sounds spelled with -c, -ch, -ck, -ce, or -ci

Reading: Students are finished reading, “The Secret of NIMH,” “The Giver,” and “A Wrinkle in Time.”  Next week we will begin a unit on poetry.  We will read, explicate, and write poems.  If your children have a favorite poetry book at home, please have them bring it.  Students turned in their African-American biography reports.  These were done for extra credit.  If students are not satisfied with the grade they earned, they can add more to their reports to earn a higher grade.

On Monday, students went to the library to check out books on famous women for their March book report.  That book report will be done in the form of a PowerPoint.  Students who want to do the book report using another medium are welcome to do so after they present their ideas to me.  Ngansi did this when she made a bus for her Rosa Parks book report rather than doing the rainbow book report.  It was fabulous.  Liam added a family photo to his book report, showing the motel that is now a museum of Dr. King.  What a great personal touch!

Here are just some of the educational, creative, and beautiful reports:

Writing: Holocaust final drafts are due on Monday (the original due date was 2/28/20, but students wanted more time).  Students are finished with their final drafts of their Holocaust reflection paper and their friendly letters to Mrs. West.

STEAM: Students presented the natural/human-made disasters that they researched and presented the ways in which the 4 spheres were impacted by the events.  Students were graded on how they explained the interactions of the spheres, in other words, how one sphere’s change impacted other spheres.  Timmy, Baynes, Sam, and Micah did a great job explaining how the hydrosphere impacted the geosphere, in turn changing the biosphere so that it was affected by the atmosphere when the Chernobyl disaster happened.  Julian, Faith, and Liam also did a great job explaining the interactions of the spheres when the Amazon Rainforest is cut down.

Religion: Students studied Chapter 14: The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.  Students did an examination of conscience and wrote plans to avoid sin.  We discussed how merciful God is and his love for us.

Social Studies: Students are studying the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, particularly the three branches of government.

For information on what is happening with Spanish, music, and P.E., please visit those teachers’ webpages.

Upcoming:

February 27th Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum High Schools visitation for 8th Graders, 12:30-2:30 pm 

March 2nd Read Across America.  Come to school dressed as your favorite book character!  

March 4th Squalicum High School 8th Grade Parent Information Night, 6:30 pm 

March 7th Growing Great Kids Auction & Gala 

March 9th– Pizza Lunch 

March 9th Sehome High School 8th Grade Parent Information Night, 6:30 pm 

March 10th Bellingham High School 8th Grade Parent Information Night, 6:30 pm 

March 18th- Early Release at 11:45 am, casual uniform AND 7th Grade parent meeting on their Wash. D.C. trip for 2020-21, Ms. Gottschalk’s room @ 5 pm 

March 25th– Hot Lunch 

 

 

Classroom Newsletter for the February 18, 2020

This week…

Math: Division by decimals

ELA/Writing: Editing, revising, and rewriting Holocaust research papers, friendly letters, and Holocaust reflections

Reviewing capitalization, correct grammar and punctuation, proper format of bibliographies, proper use of parenthetical citation

Literacy: Answering inferential and literal questions from “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH,” “The Giver,” and “A Wrinkle in Time” with a focus on the author’s purpose

Religion: Chapter 14 the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, reviewing the Act of Contrition

STEAM: Students used the research they did on various human/natural events to show their understanding of how an event can begin to impact one sphere.  Then students will show how the results of that change affects other spheres.

Social Studies: Students read in their history books how the U.S. government was created after the Revolutionary War.  On Wednesday, Judge Mura (ret.) taught the class about the three branches of the government of the United States and how each branch works.  Thank you for coming to our class, Judge Mura!

For information about what students are learning in their specialist classes, please click on the teachers’ links.

Pictures from Mrs. Campbell’s physical education class:

Upcoming:

February 25th Hot Lunch 

February 26th- Ash Wednesday, School Mass at 12:30 pm 

February 27th Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum High Schools visitation for 8th Graders, 12:30-2:30 pm 

March 2nd Read-A-Thon  

March 4th Squalicum High School 8th Grade Parent Information Night, 6:30 pm 

March 7th Growing Great Kids Auction & Gala 

March 9th– Pizza Lunch 

March 9th Sehome High School 8th Grade Parent Information Night, 6:30 pm 

March 10th Bellingham High School 8th Grade Parent Information Night, 6:30 pm 

March 18th- Early Release at 11:45 am, casual uniform AND 7th Grade parent meeting on their Wash. D.C. trip for 2020-21, Ms. Gottschalk’s room @ 5 pm 

March 25th– Hot Lunch 

Classroom Newsletter for the Week of February 10, 2020

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day!!!

I hope that you are enjoying the long weekend.

This week in 5th grade…

Math: Division with decimals 5.1-5.3

Spelling: Words with suffixes ending in -er, -est, -ing, -ed.  Students sang, “Drop the e, add -ing!”  They don’t like that.  🙂

Writing/ELA: Students learned how to properly write a friendly letter and they wrote a reflection piece on why it is important to learn about the Holocaust.  ELA: capitalization of proper nouns (names & special places)

STEAM: 4 spheres: biosphere, hydrosphere, litho/geosphere, and atmosphere and how they interact

Cooking Class: rainbow salad

Religion: Deacon Kheriaty had students work in groups to list the order of the mass.  Students studied the meaning and importance of the Holy Eucharist. Practice the Prayer for the Faithful Departed.

No art due to sports assembly.

Please see the specialists’ classes to see what students are doing in orchestra and choir.

Physical Education: Jump for Heart!

 

Upcoming:

February 17th– NO SCHOOL (President’s Day!) 

February 19th– Regular school day, not an Early Release as planned(Make-up for snow days missed.) 

February 21st- PTC Movie NightFrozen II!  See today’s envelope for a flyer.  BRING A CAN OR BOX OF FOOD FOR HOPE HOUSE!

February 25th Hot lunch 

February 26th- Ash Wednesday, School Mass at 12:30 pm 

March 7th Growing Great Kids Auction & Gala 

March 9th– Pizza Lunch 

March 11th– Hot Lunch 

 

 

 

 

Classroom Newsletter for the Week of February 3, 2020

Thank you for the birthday cards, presents, balloon, and cake!!!  You just can’t beat cake and coffee!

Happy birthday to Liam and Jermaine!

In January, the focus was on kindness.  This month, we are focusing on goodness!

This week students took the MAP tests in science, math, and reading.  There are a few tests to make up next week and those tests will be done with Mr. Anderson.  Thank you, Mr. Anderson!

Math: Students worked on decimal multiplication and decimal division using Base-10 blocks.

Spelling: Students studied words with prefixes co-, pre-, re-

Literacy: Students began their new theme on fantasy by reading, “A Wrinkle in Time,” “The Giver,” and “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” (A.K.A. “The Secret of NIMH”).

Social Studies/Writing: The rough drafts of the Holocaust research report were due on Friday.  I will be spending a large chunk of time editing the reports this weekend so that students will have them back on Monday.  Then they can revise them and turn in a final draft.

Mrs. Barbara A. West came to the classroom on Wednesday to share her father’s story about being on the kindertransport during the Holocaust.  She gave an amazing presentation and she answered many questions that the students had. The fifth graders knew so much of the background through all of the research they’ve already done.  Micah read a book about the kindertransport and was particularly able to connect with Mrs. West’s family history.

Religion: Students are reading about the Holy Eucharist.  We went to the church to understand the symbolism of the Sanctuary Lamp and what it means when it is lit.  Students were very reverent as we entered the chapel where we saw the tabernacle.

STEAM: Some of our STEAM time was taken up by MAP testing, but we began an new unit on the four spheres: biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and atmosphere.  For the next few weeks we will be studying how the spheres interact and how human activity impacts them.

I would like to congratulate the new members of the Boy Scouts who celebrated a crossover ceremony led by the wonderful Mrs. Webb.  I was honored to have been invited by the 5th grade boys to witness this important event.

Upcoming:

February 9th– Open House 2-4 p.m.

February 10th– Pizza Lunch

February 12th– Principal’s Coffee at 5 pm in the School Library

February 14th NO SCHOOL (Happy Valentine’s Day!)

February 17th– NO SCHOOL (President’s Day!)

February 19thRegular school day, not an Early Release as planned. Make-up for snow days missed.

February 21st- PTC Movie Night

February 25th Hot lunch

February 26th- Ash Wednesday, School Mass at 12:30 pm

Please click on the music, Spanish, and art teachers’ websites to see what students are doing in those classes!

 

Classroom Newsletter for the Week of January 27, 2020

Happy Catholic Schools Week!  We had lots of fun during Catholic Schools Week.

Sunday: Students went to mass in uniform to show their school pride.

Monday: There was an assembly with various organizations represented.  Each one supports families.  If you’d like to help, please put an item in the bins that are in the school lobby.  A list of items was included in an email that was sent out to families.

Tuesday: Students ate lunch with parents.

Wednesday: Students dressed up as someone whose vocation they admire.

Thursday: Students dressed in pajamas or college gear.  Third graders and fifth graders played together.

Friday: We honored alumni and saw the Variety Show.  Dr. Calderon came to class to talk to about his vocation as a medical doctor.

Math: This week students reviewed math on IXL.  Next week we will be studying decimal division.

Literacy: Students finished the books from the Holocaust Center of Humanity in Seattle: “Hana’s Suitcase,” “Behind the Bedroom Wall,” “Daniel’s Story,” and “Faces of Courage.”  Next week we will be reading, “The Giver,” “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH,” and “A Wrinkle in Time.”  The theme is…FANTASY!

Spelling: No spelling list due to CSW

Writing: Holocaust Research Report

Science: Students presented their Planet Posters.

Religion: Students studied the Sacraments of Confirmation and Baptism.

Next week students will be taking the MAP test.  Please be sure that their laptops are charged each night and brought to school each day.  Please check that each laptop is in top working condition.  Make up tests will be taken the following week.  Thank you!

Many important dates are coming up in February.

Feb. 5: State of the School

Feb. 9: Open House

Feb. 14: No School

Feb. 17: No School

Feb. 21: Movie Night

Feb. 25: Hot Lunch

Feb. 26: Ash Wednesday, Mass at 12:30 p.m.