Dear 5th Grade Families,
I wish to add a few more items to this week's newsletter:
First of all, in addition to their religion notes, I made presentations of the Parts of the Church and the Liturgical Colors, which incorporate pictures from St. Ignatius Church, to review for Wednesday's religion test. They can be accessed using the links above or on the 5th grade page of the school website. We reviewed these presentations in class today. The students also should be familiar with (and we will review again tomorrow) the requirements for receiving Holy Communion including fasting and being in the state of grace.
Also, I asked the students to write a brief summary for their book club reading assignments, which are due on Wednesday. In addition, I am going to have each group establish an electronic document, tomorrow, to write down these summaries and questions so that they are prepared to discuss their reading on Wednesday afternoon.
We are working on designing our own churches using our religion vocabulary. While most of the work is being completed in class, some of the students have elected to make their models on Minecraft (rather than paper) and may need to work on those at home. All of the written work and models done on paper or Google Draw will be completed in class.
We have been praying The Divine Praises for much of January and February in the morning so that we are able to recite them during Benediction after Stations of the Cross. In March, we will pray the Nicene Creed as well as a novena to St. John Neuuman (which we usually pray during Catholic Schools Week but were not able to do so this year). Our morning routine and prayers can be found here.
The final BoxTops for Education collection will be this Friday; you can send in your BoxTops any time this week. The students know to put them in the green bin above the supply desk.
Also, I was proud to be able to see Jack and Lucas compete well at this past Saturday's Cub Scout Pinewood Derby; nice job, gentlemen!
Spelling books are coming! Hopefully, they will be here by the end of the Terra Nova tests. They are non-consumable, so the exercises will be completed in the students' ELA work composition books.
Finally, as we work to stay organized, please remember that it is still a good idea to check homework and backpacks (or at least ask your child about homework and if he or she has given you any papers that should have been brought home). It is also helpful to ask your child about what we are reading: class novels (such as the current book club book), DEAR books, Reading Olympics books, etc. It is important for them to have conversations at home about reading, and this will help push them to peruse more challenging texts.
Thank you for your support from home. While we still have many weeks to go in the school year, I appreciate the opportunity to work with the 5th grade class day in and day out.
Have a great week.