December 13th, 2015
Monday- Christmas Novena; Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal 1:00 PM; Christmas Concert 7:00 PM
Tuesday- No School- Faculty Meeting
Wednesday- Christmas Novena
Thursday- Gym (Gym Uniform); Christmas Novena; Mass 9:00 AM; Confession 1:30 PM
Friday- Christmas Novena; Elective
I hope that you all had a great weekend. For the Year of Mercy, Msgr. Shoemaker was asked to contribute to an article for CatholicPhilly.com on how parishes and schools are beginning the celebration of the extraordinary jubilee year. I was interviewed along with two volunteers (Carter and Erin), and the full text can be found here.
With the many events going on this time of year, we will not be able to finish the unit on Confirmation before January; rather than rush to have a test this Friday, I will schedule on in January. Please know that the 5th grade has either religion class and/or a religious activity every day, even if something else is scheduled during the religion class period.
This week in ELA, we will be wrapping up The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and I will also be taking about technical writing. I will assist the students, as time permits, with the writing for their science fair projects.
Report cards were be issued on Friday. Please sign and return the envelope; you may keep the report card. Please note that the envelope has a spot to request a conference; instead of making the notation on the envelope, please send the subject teacher an email.
For Monday's Christmas Concert, the 5th graders will be singing "We Three Kings;" Mrs. Schauder has asked that the students wear a shirt of a solid color and dress pants or a skirt. This outfit needs to be worn for the 1:00 PM dress rehearsal on tomorrow as well as the evening performance at 7:00 PM. Aidan, Sophia, and Thomas will dress up as the three magi; I have their costumes in the classroom. All of the fifth graders will be wearing crowns, which I will distribute tomorrow morning.
Monday evening, the students will need to be dropped off in the Church by 6:45 PM. They may bring an activity such as a book or cards; they may no bring tablets or phones. We can bring some of the games from the classroom over if the students would like.
There is no school on Tuesday because of a faculty meeting.
This week, we continue our Christmas Novena. Our novena will run from 12/8-12/21 (though a novena is traditionally prayed for nine consecutive days, we will be counting nine consecutive school days). The novena will be through the intersession of St. Therese of Lisieux (The Little Flower) for our special intentions and that we imitate the love that she had for Christ and those around her; the prayer is the Novena of the Twenty-four Glory Be to the Fathers.
We will be attending the 9:00 AM Mass and will have our Advent Penance Service on Thursday at 1:30 PM; I will receive the form for Reconciliation before we head over to Church. St. Ignatius will be holding a parish penance service on Monday 12/21 at 7:00 PM, and St. John the Evangelist will offer a penance service on Tuesday 12/22 at 7:00 PM.
After we go to confession, Fr. Dalin will be talking to the students about becoming an altar server. He will be discussing the aspects of this important ministry, and he will give the students an application to serve which will need to be signed and returned by you (the form is also available on the parish website here). While there is neither a requirement nor pressure applied to the students, I encourage the students to sign up if they feel called to do so, and I will also work and provide support if they are scheduled to serve the 9:00 AM weekday Mass and have to miss religion class. Fr. Dalin and I will schedule training for January.
For the month of December, we will be collecting breakfast items to assemble breakfast bags for Aid for Friends as a service project. Aid for Friends (AFF) provides meals to home-bound seniors in our area, and both St. Ignatius and St. John the Evangelist Parishes have a long tradition of providing meals for AFF. Please send in all items by Monday, December 21st; that morning of December 21st, we are going to assemble the bags along with cards that the students will make to place with the bags. Here is a description from AFF of items that we can put in the bag:
"miniature boxes of cereal, orange juice cartons, packets of oatmeal, tea bags, instant coffee, pudding, fruit cups, boxes of raisins, plastic utensils, napkins. 4 or 5 items in each bag is plenty but they must be non-perishable. *Heavily sugared cereals are not good for many of our clients. Please do not put in the bags any of the following: cookies, muffins, fresh fruit or apple sauce cups that come with an aluminum top that can be easily punctured."
As a school, we are also collecting winter items (such as hats, scarfs, mittens, and gloves) which can be hung on the small tree in the cafeteria. These items will be donated to children in need.
Next Monday, the students may wear their pajamas to school. The Student Council is organizing a prayer service, we will watch a movie (probably The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), and we will have our class Christmas party.
Please remember to visit the 5th Grade page of school website for picture, handouts, homework, the assessment/project calendar, and an archive of the 5th grade newsletters, and have an enjoyable week!