I hope that you are all healthy. I heard that one of my students prayed for me since I was not at school on Wednesday and Thursday. (I stayed home with my son who has a double ear infection.) Thank you for your prayers and thanks to Mrs. Williams, substitute extraordinaire!
I realize that there are many questions and disruptions of work, school, routines, and shopping trips for toilet paper, but I have so much faith that we will get through this. The faculty met today to explore ways to provide your children with the best education that we can give them. I will email you on Monday to let you know what that will look like for 5th graders.
I put together some of the work that I hope students will do for the next six weeks. If you are available to do so, please pick these items up from the classroom on Monday. Each student has these materials on his or her desk.
Remember that the Bellingham Public Library provides books through Libby if your child needs reading materials.
Math: adding and subtracting fractions
Reading: “Where the Red Fern Grows,” “Old Yeller,” “The Secret Garden,” and “Summer of the Monkeys” were read in literacy circles. Students looked for the author’s purpose and the setting. When these books are finished, we will be reading “Esperanza Rising” as a whole class. This will be done during the distance learning days.
Writing: Some students finished their business letters and couplets. Students reviewed capitalization of proper nouns.
Science: Students planned the making of their robots and told the class why they chose certain materials to withstand the atmosphere of the planets their robots will be landing on. We were going to create the robots in the classroom and label each part. We’ll see how this will work out in the upcoming week.
Religion: “God Saves Us” chapter 13. Students wrote about the Prodigal Son and God’s mercy.
Spelling: Unit 19: -tion, -sion, -cian endings
Cooking Class: Students cooked curry garbanzo beans with coconut milk. It smelled incredible!
Please see the specialists’ classes by visiting their webpages.
Thank you to everyone who went to the school auction to support ACS! Thanks to all of the volunteers to put so much time into setting up and cleaning up.
I pray for all of the parents and children who are struggling through these school closures and business closures, for all of those who are now jobless as a result, and for the faithful who are hurting spiritually because they miss the mass. I ask for comfort for all, for communities to rally, for people to help one another, and for flexibility during these uncertain times. I especially pray for the first responders, doctors, nurses, and their families. God bless you all!