April 5th, 2015
Monday- No School- Easter Monday
Tuesday- No School- Easter Tuesday
Thursday- Pretzel of the Month; OptionC Bills Issued
Friday- First Friday Mass 9:00 AM
Dear 5th Grade Families,
I wish you all a very happy Easter as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. Whether home or away, I hope that you all have an enjoyable break. One of my favorite Easter traditions of the last fifteen years or so has been attending Mass outdoors with my family here in New Mexico, and this year was no exception, and I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday.
We will be preparing the readings and other liturgical ministries for this Friday's Mass. All of the readers were provided their readings before Easter break. We will practice in the Church on Thursday. I invite you all to attend if you are able to do so. At that Mass, we will also be recognizing the disciples of the month for March; the action and virtue that we will be recognizing is showing Love for God. For the month of April, we will be recognizing two students who demonstrate love for neighbor.
Since we are now in the season of Easter, we will pray the Regina Caeli in place of The Angeuls before we head to recess. We will also, after discussing Easter, begin the study of the Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Holy Order and Matrimony) as well as the novelNumber the Stars.
Below are the arrangements for the field trips as well as the Reading Olympics competition.
Next Sunday, I will omit the details for the June field trip until we are closer to that date. I have updated the list of chaperones as well. If you are interested in going on the April trip and have not notified me, please let me know by Wednesday at the latest to double check clearances; if you need to complete new clearances, we will try to have them processed as soon as possible. If they won't be completed in time for the April trip, you will be more than welcome to accompany us in June.
If you are chaperoning, it would be most helpful if you complete theMandated Reporter Acknowledgement Form after reading the Mandated Reporter Brochure.
If you won't be able to join us and already committed, please let me know by Wednesday as well (for the April trip) so that I can make alternate arrangements.
Please remember to sign and return the permission form by Friday (make sure to sign both sides as both trips are included on the slip). A replacement copy may be printed from the class webpage.
Have a great week!
We will be traveling to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Friday, April 17th (this date was changed because of the museum's availability) and to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul as well as Reading Terminal Market on Monday, June 8th.
The cost has been recalculated to include a more generous Home and School subsidy. The cost for the students will be 23.00 which includes both trips (museum admission, museum program, donation to the Cathedral Basilica, reservation of a room at Reading Terminal Market to guarantee seating, and train fare). The cost for the chaperones will be19.00 (38.00 if you are going on both trips; the adult train fare is higher and does not include the Home and School subsidy which contributes to the cost of the students' trips). I will bill the amounts through OptionC this week.
I have the following chaperones for the two field trips (updated based on responses this past week):
April 17 to the Art Museum: Mrs. Perales, Mrs. Stauff, Mrs. Patrick, Mrs. Vagra, Mrs. Keating, Mrs. Georgevich, Mrs. Falkenstein, Mrs. Spera, and Mr. Ferris. (This is a minimum number, and more are welcome to lower the students:chaperone ratio).
June 8th to the Cathedral Basilica/Reading Terminal Market: Mrs. Sweitzer, Mrs. Stauff, Mrs. Patrick, Mrs. Vagra, Mrs. Keating, Mrs. Georgevich, and Mrs. Falkenstein. (I could use a minimum of one more adult; more are welcome to lower the student:chaperone ratio.
Art Museum Trip (April 17th)
For the April 17th trip, we will depart the Yardley Train station on the 8:53 AM (#3421) train. If you are not chaperoning, I will be at the station by 7:45 AM, and you may drop your child off at the shelter on the Reading Avenue side. If you are chaperoning, parking is 1.00 (quarters only); I recommend parking on the opposite side of the station by the VFW/Yardley Kids Academy. Please be at the station by 8:25 AM.
We are scheduled to arrive at 30th Street station at 10:04 AM. We will then exit to the SEPTA concourse to the Amtrak concourse, cross 30th Street, proceed across the Schukyhil River via JFK boulevard, and take the stair case on the other side of the bridge to the Schuylkill River Trail for a 20 minute walk to the museum. We will arrive at the front, climb the steps, and enter the museum. From 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM we have an Art and Language Arts program. During the program, two of the chaperones are allowed to accompany the class (per museum policy) and the others may explore the museum. Then, we will have lunch from 12:30 PM-1:00 PM (brown bag) and explore the museum in groups from 1:00 PM until about 2:00 PM. At 2:00 PM, we will meet on the front steps of the museum and walk back to the station for the 2:52 (#6358) train. We will arrive back in Yardley at 3:54 PM. The students may be picked up on other side of the train station (near the VFW/Yardley Kids Academy).
The students need to pack a bagged lunch. A small bag (drawstring) may be brought to contain a water bottle and camera (optional). The students may bring money for the museum shop or to purchase water for the train ride home, but this is completely at your discretion. The dress is summer uniform with sneakers for walking.
Cathedral Basilica Trip (June 8th)
For the June 8th trip, we will depart the Yardley Train station on the 8:53 AM (#3421) train. If you are not chaperoning, I will be at the station by 7:45 AM, and you may drop your child off at the shelter on the Reading Avenue side. If you are chaperoning, parking is 1.00 (quarters only); I recommend parking on the opposite side of the station by the VFW/Yardley Kids Academy. Please be at the station by 8:25 AM.
We will arrive at Suburban Station at 10:00 PM We will then walk from Suburban Station to the Cathedral Basilica, which is about 1/2 of a mile, for a 10:30 AM tour. After the guided tour, we will walk to Reading Terminal Market (about 1 mile) for lunch. We have a room reserved from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM to guarantee seating since the market is very busy at lunch time. After lunch, (we need to be out of the room by 1:00 PM), the students can shop or have dessert. We will head to Jefferson Station (Market East Station which is below the terminal market) where we will catch the 2:10 PM train (#3421) to Yardley which will arrive at 3:05 PM. If you are not chaperoning, again, you can pick up at the station where I will wait until everyone is picked up.
The students need to bring money for lunch and may bring a camera (optional). If bringing a bag, I suggest no bigger than a small draw-string bag (like the one received at DARE graduation). The dress is summer uniform with sneakers for walking.
Reading Olympics Competition:
The Reading Olympics competition will take place on Wednesday, April 15th. The competition will be at St. Jude School in Chalfont, PA. All of the Catholic schools in the area will be there; the reason for the change in venue is that all of the public schools competed this past week, which was the week for Terra Nova testing. St. Jude volunteered to host the competition because of this schedule conflict.
Immediately after school, we will gather for group pictures followed by pizza at 4:00 PM. We need to depart St. Ignatius no later than 4:40 PM in order to arrive by 5:40 PM; the first round will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. Each team should report to their first round room when you arrive at the school. Here are the room assignments for our two teams:
Reading Rhinos (Mrs. O'Neill): 200, 202, 203
St. Ignatius Teal Turtles (Mr. Merrick): 105, 104, 104
After the three rounds, the awards ceremony will take place in the final round's classroom with the competition being over by about 9:00 PM. Siblings are welcome to attend the competition; only water is permitted in the school building.
On the day of the competition, the students should wear their Reading Olympics t-shirt and school uniform (pants, shorts, skort, or skirt). Shirt orders have been placed, and they should be delivered on Monday, April 13th, and they are fully funded by the Home and School Association.