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Last Newsletter of 5th Grade

Dear Fifth Grade Families,

You did it!  Now you are all officially middle school families!

Parents, thank you for sending your children to Assumption.  Thank you for letting me be their teacher.  I learned so much from them.  They taught me what I need to change to make my timing, pedagogy, and individualized teaching better.  So, by the time I have taught for thirty years, I should be a much better teacher than I was this year (just in time for your grandchildren)!  By then we should have new spelling and history books!!!

Thank you for the beautifully written cards, the gifts of flowers, and Starbucks cards.  Nothing smells better than a cup of coffee in the morning and the scent of beautiful flowers in my home!

This last week of school the students took their last tests, cleaned, played,  told stories, and ate cookies and ice cream.  We sang “Happy Birthday” for the summer babies and had our last school mass with Father Scott.  This fifth grade class was blessed as the last class to hear Mrs. Noemi Ban speak about her experiences during the Holocaust.  They heard her message of agony, fear, and loss that she turned into a message of forgiveness, hope, and love.  Three students are leaving and two are joining this class next year.  Dear students, even though you’ll be middle school kids, don’t forget your old teacher.  My door is always open to you, even if you are upstairs or move to another school!  I will miss Ava, Christina, and Aidan and hope that y’all come back to visit.  I will not forget what Nature said on the last day of fifth grade, “I will remember what you taught us, but my favorite parts were the things that weren’t subjects like saying, ‘yes’ instead of ‘yeah,’ taking your hands out of your pockets when you talk to someone, having a straight back, things like that.”  I will not forget how surprisingly strong Alden was when he gave me a bear hug that nearly made my eyeballs pop out of my head.  Who knew you were so strong, Alden!?!  You should try out for wrestling next year!  I appreciate the growth, progress, and maturity that students showed this year.  Thank you!

Enjoy the pictures below.  They consist of the bring your blankey and book to school day, the “Museum Mummy” game, and a hopeful look from Fresley that I will have time to take her on walks now that I’m home!

Have a fun and safe summer.  God bless you all!

Newsletter for the Week of June 3 ,2019

One more week to go!  I hope that you have a wonderful and blessed summer!  Thank you for all of your support and all that you do to support our school and educate the children!

Santi drumming during the Variety Show

Alden’s comedy routine
Sophia playing the piano
Jack singing

If you’d like to see Maddox in a picture with other writing, art, and film contest winners, please click on the link below!

https://www.holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/writing-art-film-contest

 

This week

Math: We are coming to the end of Chapter 10 but I do not think we will make it to the geometry section of the math book.  If that is the case, I will send home the math book with your children but they will not have a geometry grade on the report card (so sad).

Spelling: For the last spelling list of the year, we are working on Unit 31: Frequently misspelled words.  I sent home a list of 100 common words in the Wednesday envelope for some of the students to study over the summer.

Writing: Students are working on their letter to Father Scott or another letter to another person…

History: Students are comparing Alexander Hamilton to Thomas Jefferson and their views of what they thought the U.S. government should look like.

Religion: Family Life Unit Lesson 5 on New Life.  Next week we will be covering anatomy and physiology, so it might be a good idea to talk to your child about reproduction before I do (as it is a bit of a shock for students to hear from it for the first time from someone other than a parent).  Yes, that happened before and it was mighty uncomfortable for those students.

Specialists:

Music: This week, students are putting final touches and performing their partner compositions using chord progressions we’ve been studying in class.

In Physical education students will continue to improve Lacrosse skills by playing games and drills. Students are expected to continue to improve skills and practice sportsmanship.  SLE An engaged active life-long learner is an independent, self-motivated learner.

Newsletter for the Week of May 28, 2019

I hope that you had a very good Memorial Day weekend!  I pray in thanksgiving for those who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice.  I pray for their family members and friends to find comfort and love in Jesus.  God bless America!

Social Studies: Last week (Ret.) Judge Mura came to our class to teach us about the three branches of the U.S. Federal Government: the judicial branch, the legislative branch, and the executive branch.  What a great presentation!  This week we are reading about how those branches came about in history.  Thank you, Judge Mura!

Literacy: Students who were reading “Where the Red Fern Grows” and “The Secret Garden” have finished their books and will be working on their final literacy circle discussions and assignments.  They will begin reading “Esperanza Rising.”  Some students opted to do the book report for extra credit and came up with some great looking informational posters!

Science: We are finishing our water distribution presentations.  We’ve had some great posters, power points, and print 3-D presentations!  What a great job!  Next we will be working on climate change and the greenhouse effect.

Garden Class: This week was our last garden class!  Students did some composting, weeding, and planting.  Some reflected upon their favorite parts of garden class: cooking, using the recipes they learned at school to cook at home, learning how to garden and grow their own food, etc.

Math: Students have finished Chapter 9 and will soon be assessed on their graphing skills.  Next week we will begin Ch. 10 which is about measurement.

Writing: Students will be writing to Fr. Scott as he says good-bye to Assumption this June.  We have so many wonderful memories of him.  Thank you for sending pictures of him and your children!

Religion: This week we are reading in our Family Life books about good communication and the influence that media can have on our lives.  We are also practicing for the mass that 5th graders will lead on Friday.

Specialists:

Fifth grade – In Physical education students continue practicing the game of lacrosse.  We will also be practicing for the Variety show dance.  An effective communicator actively listens. 

5th Grade:  This week, students are learning about chord progressions and music composition. They are working on their own 4 measure composition utilizing their knowledge of chords from our ukulele studies.

Art: No art due to art Ms. Gottschalk on retreat with the 8th graders

Newsletter for the Week of May 20, 2019

Congratulations to Maddox Aquino!  He is the second place winner of the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s “Writing, Art, and Film” Contest!  Great job, Maddox!!!  Your Holocaust research paper, with the addition of the personal statement about Mrs. Noemi Ban’s book, “Sharing is Healing,” and the experience of meeting her, is certainly a testament to the memory of all those who should never be forgotten!  We are so very proud of you, Maddox!

2nd Place – Maddox Aquino, 5th grade. Assumption School, Bellingham. Teacher: Lisa Blas.
https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/writing-art-film-contest

This week…

Math: Students are finishing chapter nine on graphing.  We will have a review next week and a test.  Then we will begin Chapter 10 on measurement.

Literacy: Some students are near the end of “The Secret Garden” and “Where the Red Fern Grows.”  The “Old Yeller” group has finished their book and have begun reading, “Esperanza Rising.”

Grammar: Students reviewed object and subject pronouns and how to properly use I, me, we, and us.

Writing: Students are explicating poems and trying to understand the metaphors within.

Social Studies: Students are finishing Unit 11 and they will be assessed on Friday.

STEAM: Students are finishing their water distribution projects and their stormwater runoff essays that are due on Friday.  Those who are finished are working on a project around Global Warming.

Religion: Students are reading in their Family Life booklets about traits that strong families have and about outside influences in the media versus our Catholic values.

Science + poetry + art = Haiku poems!  After students studied the effects of plastic on oceans and sea creatures, they wrote Haiku poems around that theme.   Then they took their Haiku poems to art class and painted with Ms. Gottschalk!  Here are some of the beautiful results:

Specialists:

Fifth grade – In Physical education students will continue to improve Lacrosse skills by playing games and drills. Students are expected to continue to improve skills and practice sportsmanship.  SLE An engaged active life-long learner is an independent, self-motivated learner.

5th Grade:  This week, students are learning about chord progressions and music composition. They are working on their own 4 measure composition utilizing their knowledge of chords from our ukulele studies.

5th Grade: Fifth grade artists are learning about Australian aboriginal art.

5th graders are learning about  different kind of drinks like milk, tea, etc. They are creating sentences like ” my favorite drink is….” and positive, negative and interrogative sentences in simple present about their likes such as “?te Gusta la malteada? Sí, me gusta la malteada.
Today we saw new vocabulary about food for breakfast  and what they like and not like to have as breakfast.

Week of May 13, 2019

I want to thank Mrs. Campbell, physical education teacher extraordinaire, for having a fishing unit at this school!  And even more gratitude goes to Officer Jones for sharing his knowledge of the laws and for making us all laugh so hard!  Many, many thanks go to Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll and Ross for opening up their home to the 5th graders for this day-long fishing field trip!  We feel so privileged that you and your son’s expertise, knowledge, and love of fishing were shared with the 5th graders.  Thank you, everybody!!!

Math: 5th graders have started Ch. 9 graphing.

Spelling: Unit 28: soft g, no bonus words this week

Writing: Students are explicating poems.

Literacy: “Where the Red Fern Grows” and “The Secret Garden” groups are continuing their readings while the “Old Yeller” Group has finished reading and they are working on their final project for that book.

Science: Students are working on their water distribution presentations and writing their two paragraphs about problems with stormwater runoff.

Social Studies: Students are studying the conflicts between loyalists and patriots and why the War for Independence began.

Religion: Students have begun their Family Life Unit.  Again, if you do not want your child to learn about God’s plan for human reproduction and such, please send me a letter to opt out.  So far we have learned qualities of a healthy, holy, and happy family which involve communication, respect, trust, loyalty, responsibility, and companionship.  We began the lesson with a reading from Genesis and the emphasis that we were made in the image of God since many are very uncomfortable with their bodies.  (Insert cringing, squirming, scrunched faces…)

Hope House Clothing Drive:

It’s time to clean out your closets!  Hope House is in need of kids’ and teens’ clothing.  If your children have grown out of their clothes, please consider sending clean clothing that is in good condition to the 5th grade classroom.  As soon as I receive more information from Hope House, I will let you know what they are specifically looking for.  Thank you for your generosity!

Specialists:

Fifth grade – In Physical education students had a great day fishing!  We are grateful for being able to be guests at the Driscolls home.  It was a great day with collaboration of science and physical education. This week we have begun lacrosse and have had the pleasure of Marie DePalma as our guest teacher!  Students are expected to practice sportsmanship by using encouraging words to support others. SLE 3 an effective communicator who demonstrates growth in self-confidence and encourages confidence in others. 

5th Grade: This week in music, students are learning to play Amazing Grace on the ukulele utilizing all of the chords they have learned up to this point, C7 C G and F.

 

Upcoming:

May 13th – 18th– Missoula Children’s Theater for K-8; Performances at 3:30 pm and 6 pm on May 18th. Cost is $35 per child, not $75 as advertised. 

May 17th – May Crowning Mass at 10:30 am 

May 17th – Jr. Ski to Sea Parade at 4 pm with the Root Beer and Brats fundraiser from 4- 8 pm 

June 7th– 10:30 am Volunteer of the Year recognized at the Tea; 11:30 Volunteers may bring a sack lunch and eat with students; Volunteer Appreciation Tea at 12:30 pm. Variety Show (1:00 pm to 3 pm- time has changed). See flier in last week’s envelope or here 

June 13th– Peace Festival from 12:30 to 3 pm. All grades K-7 participate in team-building games. Parents are invited to watch and help supervise the games. 

Week of May 6, 2019

I want to thank all of you for the special ways that made me feel so appreciated during Teacher Appreciation Week!  There are beautiful fresh flowers in my classroom, kind sentiments written on beautiful cards, coffee cards galore, heavenly scented candles, a beautiful magnet and even fresh eggs!!!  I do appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.  I also want to express my gratitude for the gift of SCRIP.  That was a completely unexpected treat!  Thank you so much!!!

Let’s go fishing!!!  On Monday, May 13, we are going fishing at the home of the Driscoll family!  Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll have opened up their home to us in order to have a beautiful and safe place to do the phys. ed. fishing unit.  Here are some notes from Mrs. Campbell regarding this unit:

Fishing and Environmental Health Field Trip Preparation                     May 13, 2019 

  • Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) and fishing gear will be provided.
  • Free dress according to school rules.
  • Wear layers including fleece or sweat shirt and coat, wear shoes that can get muddy and/or boots.
  • May want to bring extra shirt, and socks.
  • Bring; towel or blanket to sit on, lunch and snack, water bottle.

-Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Blas

Mr. Driscoll in P.E. showing 5th graders all about how to use a fishing pole.

Math: Students are dividing fractions by using the inverse operation (multiplication) or by drawing diagrams.

 

Writing: Students are working on acrostic poems as the second part of their poetry unit.

 

Reading: Students are reading Old Yeller, The Secret Garden, and Where the Red Fern Grows.  Many are making great connections to metaphors, realizing the author’s purpose, and referring to past books to relate to the current one they’re reading.

I have received many great book reports this month!  Those who did the book report will earn extra credit points in literacy.  I have learned a lot about Sacajawea, Sitting Bull, Roberto Clemente, Antonia Novello, Yao Ming, and Pocahontas.  I look forward to listening to more!

 

Religion: Students have started Chapter 18 about matrimony and Holy Orders.

 

Social Studies: Students are reading about the Boston Massacre and the taxes imposed by Britain that led to colonial revolt.

 

Science: Students created blue prints for their presentations on water distribution of the Earth.

 

Spelling: Unit 27, Prefixes bi, mid, semi, and tri.  Bonus words: Salvation, eternal life, Immaculate Conception, Assumption, and inverse operation.

 

 

Specialists:

Fifth grade – In Physical education students have practiced setting up the fishing pole and casting. Please prepare for fishing on Monday May 13th.  Students should wear layers of clothing, and boots. SLE 4 A person of integrity who accepts responsibility for personal behavior.

 

Spanish: 5th graders have been preparing for the mass they will lead in Spanish.

 

Upcoming Calendar Items:

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

May 9th – Mother’s Day Flower Basket order pick-up (7:30-8:15 and 2:45-3:15 in front of the gym)

May 10th – No school for Kindergarten only today. (Mrs. Whelan will be assessing rising Kindergarten students.)Bilingual Mass today at 10:30 am.

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; Performances at 3:30 pm and 6 pm on May 18th. Cost is $35 per child, not $75 as advertised.

May 17th – May Crowning Mass at 10:30 am

May 17th – Jr. Ski to Sea Parade at 4 pm with the Root Beer and Brats fundraiser from 4- 8 pm

June 7th– 10:30 am Volunteer of the Year recognized at mass; 11:30 Volunteers have sack lunch with students; Volunteer Appreciation Tea at 12:30 pm. Variety Show (1:00 pm to 3 pm- time has changed). See flier in last week’s envelope or here.

June 13th– Peace Festival from 12:30 to 3 pm. All grades K-7 participate in team-building games. Parents are invited to watch and help supervise the games.

June 23rd – Auction item availability! – The Upfront Theatre Opportunity! See the flyer here!

Week of April 29, 2019

Important news from Mrs. Campbell:

5th grade – In Physical Education we will be learning to cast for fishing.  Then we will be going fishing and learning about fishing laws and habitat!!   We are taking the students to the home of Mr. And Mrs. Driscoll May 13th, by bus.  Please return the permission slip!  If you want to join us, please contact Mrs. Blas.   

Other physical education news:

K – 8 grades 

May 1- May 7 is observed as National Physical Education & Sport Week.  

Your child has had the opportunity to learn some of many movement skills and games during Physical Education class this year!  Students have learned: inline skating, dances, tennis, badminton, pickle ball, handball, gymnastics, archery, hockey, inline hockey, lacrosse, soccer, speedball, flag football, rugby, ultimate frisbee, kickball, tee ball, fishing, swim safety, and bike riding.                                                                        

God bless you with good health and lots of play time (60 minutes a day recommended)!!        Mrs. Campbell 

The Fun Run is an annual FUNdraiser for the school.  Mrs. Zebrowski and Mrs. Milligan were the chairs and they made this year’s theme so fun!  We were the 5th grade gorillas.  There is still time to get those pledges in!

Getting pumped up for the Fun Run!!!         Awesome Maroon Gorillas!

Show that muscle, Gorillas!

The Map test was this week.  I was so proud of the students since most of them exceeded their MAP reading goals for spring.  Keep on reading this summer!!!

MAP testing. Gone are the days of bubble tests!

Math: Students took the Chapter 7 test.

Social Studies: Students are finishing their studies of the 13 Original Colonies and taking their assessment.

Reading: Students are continuing their readings of “Old Yeller,” “Where the Red Fern Grows,” and “The Secret Garden.”  We are discussing character traits, making predictions, and learning new vocabulary.

Writing/Grammar: Students are continuing their poetry unit and tying it into the Earth Day (religion) unit on good stewardship.  We are writing poems about fish, the oceans, and God’s creations.

Students are working on object pronouns and subject pronouns.

No spelling list this week due to MAP testing.  Next week the spelling list will be Unit 27 on prefixes.

Science: Students finished the “What Plants Need to Grow” unit.  We are beginning out unit on water distribution of the Earth.

Garden: Students went to the garden this week to learn more about photosynthesis.  They drew a diagram of the process of photosynthesis and learned that we need plants and they need us since we exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide.  Students also used plants to make art work.

 

Religion: Students are reading Chapter 13, “God Saves Us.”  We are reading about Original Sin, Salvation, and eternal life.

Fifth grade artists are learning Asian-style calligraphy and painting.

Spanish: The third-fifth graders looked at making legends with their maps.

Then we looked at the old trivia quiz show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego…” There were questions on Spain.

Music: The Missoula Children’s Theater residency is just around the corner! Taking part in the production of Gulliver’s Travels will be a wonderful opportunity for all students, any children who are inserted are encouraged to come to open auditions after school on Monday, May 13th in the gym!

This week, students are practicing using C7 and F chords by playing The Banana Boat Song. They are also learning to play the C chord, and adding in new strumming patterns to songs they know.

Upcoming:

May 9th – Mother’s Day Flower Basket order pick-up (7:30-8:15 and 2:45-3:15 in front of the gym) 

May 10th – No school for Kindergarten only today. (Mrs. Whelan will be assessing rising Kindergarten students.)Bilingual Mass today at 10:30 am. 

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 

May 17th – May Crowning Mass 

May 17th – Jr. Ski to Sea Parade at 4 pm with the Root Beer and Brats fundraiser from 4- 8 pm 

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

Specialists:

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! 

Upcoming:

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!

LET’S GET THOSE FUN RUN PLEDGES IN!  THE 5TH GRADE GORILLAS ARE AT $0.00!

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…

Specialists:

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.

Music:

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!

Frederick

The dates are:

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

Upcoming:

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.

Specialists:

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.

Upcoming:

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