I hope every family enjoyed "Trunk or Treat" last night!
We had quite a busy week! Below are quick overviews of this past week, notes about this coming week and any little tidbits that we need to go over.
Weekly review (10/19-10/23)
Monday--In Religion class, we discussed a little bit about John the Baptist and his impact on Jesus's journey. In Math class, we reviewed for our test on subtraction. In ELA, we reviewed our "Dot and Bob" story. In Science class, we planned out what our scarecrow may look like.
Tuesday--In Religion class, we read and discussed the story of Zacchaeus. In Math, we had our subtraction test. In Science, we had a second scarecrow planning session.
Wednesday--We had our "Pink Out Day" to support Breast Cancer research (which wasn't brought to my attention until Monday's e-mail). We also had a motivational assembly presented by Joe "The Trick Star" Odhiambo, a former player of the Phoenix Suns and two time Guinness Book of World Records holder. He discussed the importance of persistence and following your goals/dreams (while showing off his wonderful basketball skills). Our Vittoria and Julian even had a chance to help Mr. Odhiambo out! You can check out the St. Ignatius School Facebook page for pictures. After that, we checked out the Pennsbury Manor website in preparation for our upcoming school trip.
Thursday--In addition to completing their "Daily Fix-Its" in the morning, I have added completing a journal entry ("I am excited for Halloween because..."). Every student took pride in their entry and was excited to present it to the class later on. The children also enjoyed playing two games of "Sparkle" in preparation for Friday's Spelling test. In Math class, we practiced setting up and reading "Ten Frames".
Friday--We had our third "Praying the Rosary" session with our eighth grade prayer partners. The Eighth graders are working hard to help out their first grade friends and I believe the first graders are enjoying this experience as well. During ELA, we had our Spelling test. In Math, the children are enjoying toying around with the Ten Frames (for more information on this, see below). Finally, during Science, we put our scarecrow together! Each student participated in some way with putting our "Joy" together. Our classroom photographers, Reagan and Jack, lovingly took close to 70 "action" shots with my phone's camera (which I'll try to put a PhotoBucket (or something) together to show them all), so thank you both for that! I have attached a group picture of almost everybody with our "Joy". Next step: painting it!
Next Week's Overview (10/26-10/30)
Monday--NO SCHOOL; Faculty meeting
Tuesday--Safe Environment lesson during Religion; Technology class; Gym class; Minecraft Club
Wednesday--Recyclable Scarecrow due; Chapter 3 Math test study guide sent out; Art class
Thursday--Chapter 3 Math test; Spanish; Seminarian meeting
Friday--Black/Orange Dress Down day; Halloween Parade; Halloween Party; Music (I'm unsure if we'll be having music at this moment. I doubt it, but I will still check with Mrs. Schauder).
* We had a recycling assembly at the beginning of October and started a school-wide recycling initiative. A challenge was set, where each class has to create a scarecrow out of recyclable items. Thank you to those who brought in recyclables!
*Spelling test--Due to (basically) our three-day work week, I will not be giving out a Spelling list. We will review High Frequency words and important words to know in replacement for Spelling this week.
*I found a "Ten Frame" game online that your child can use to help them practice for their upcoming test (the unit only has 5 lessons and each child seems to get the "hang" or it, so I believe they are ready). The link is:http://illuminations.nctm.org/Activity.aspx?id=3565. Quick note: we have only discussed games 1,2 and 3. They will not be tested on game 4. However, if you would like to challenge your child, they can try game 4.
*There is no School on Monday, October 26th.
*The Protecting God's Children lesson will be on Tuesday, October 27th. For more information, check out the website: http://www.aopcatholicschools.org/about/programs/. If you do not want your child to participate, please sign the "Opt out Letter", found on the "Current Families" page on the website. If you are in need of the "Safe Environment" class for volunteering purposes, there is one occurring at St. Ignatius at 7:00 Tuesday night. You will need to sign up at the Virtus website.
*The playground will be closed on Tuesday, October 26th, due to a necessary tree trimming. The children will be playing in another location or indoors if it is stormy.
*Our Halloween Party is this coming Friday, October 30th. We will be having our parade at 1:30 and our party following that. Your child also has a black-and-orange dress down day (no money is needed). I will suggest that, for convenience (if possible), if you can dress your child up in the underclothes they will need for their costume so that it's easier when we need to put costumes on after recess (i.e.: the t-shirt they need to wear under their vest for their cowboy costume). Thank you to all who donated supplies and those who are volunteering!
*Scholastic online book orders are due! If you are interested in buying books this month, I will be sending in the order on Wednesday!
*Don't forget to bring in your Box Tops! We need to beat second grade (currently first place) and kindergarten (currently second place) for that dress down day! :-)
*Our school trip to Penn Manor will be on Thursday, November 5th. We have already started learning about William Penn and will continue to learn about him in preparation for our trip. Our trip will last from 9:30-12:30 and we will be traveling by bus. A packed lunch is required that day. Also, the children should dress in their gym uniforms that day.
*Don't forget: If you go to the sidebar of my webpage, you can take a peek on what we are learning in Religion (Religion Textbook hyperlink) of have their child practice/play with their weekly words (Spelling City), mathematics (Cool Math Games) or Religion. You can also take a peek at our Scholastic magazines there too.
*Parent/Teacher conferences--more info coming soon!
*Winter Uniforms begin on Monday, November 2nd.
*Picture Re-take Day is on Monday, November 2nd.
*John Gurney, a famous author and illustrator will be visiting our school on Wednesday, November 4th. The class have been/will be having discussions about him during regular lesson times, during Art class and Library class in preparation for his visit.
*We will be having Mass on Monday, November 2nd and Friday, November 6th to honor All Souls Day and First Friday Mass respectively.
Thank you and God Bless!