December 6th, 2015
Monday- Band; Newsletter; Santa's Secret Shop 1:30 PM-2:15 PM; Reading Olympics 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Tuesday- Mass 9:00 AM Immaculate Conception (No DARE); Christmas Novena Begins
Wednesday- Dress Down Day for 5th Grade (Scarecrow Contest); Christmas Novena
Thursday- Gym (Gym Uniform); Christmas Novena; Mass 9:00 AM
Friday- Christmas Concert Stage Practice (Regular Uniform); Report Cards Issued; Christmas Novena; Elective
I hope that you all had an enjoyable weekend.
Assessment folders with the tests from Theme 2 can be found here: Assessment Link . I have a few more items for religion to drop in as the week goes on.
We have had a good first trimester together, and I want you to know how much I appreciate this 5th grade class. Going into this new trimester, we will continue to work on building our reading, writing, communication, and study skills. We will also continue to grow in the knowledge and practice of our faith through the study of Confirmation and the Eucharist. I asked the students to reflect on what they have done well and where they need to improve spiritually, academically, and socially. I am going to ask them this week to set goals for the second trimester.
Report cards will 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.
Congratulations to Erin and Thomas who were recognized as our Disciples of the Month for demonstrating patience during the month of November. Our virtue for December will be kindness.
Santa's Secret Shop will be open Monday through Wednesday. The 5th graders will be shopping on Monday from 1:30 PM-2:15 PM. It will also be open on Wednesday evening from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM. If anybody is absent, he or she will be able to shop on Thursday morning. The schedule for the entire school can be found on the website here. The students should bring their shopping lists and checks tomorrow (Monday). The shopping list and parent letter can be found by clicking on the respective links. We will be eating lunch in the classroom since we will be shopping in the cafeteria.
We will also be attending Mass on Tuesday for the feast of the Immaculate Conception (a holy day of obligation and the patronal feast for the United States). As such, we do not have DARE and I ask that the students wear their regular winter uniforms since we will be attending Mass. St. Ignatius and St. John the Evangelist will also have a vigil Mass and additional Masses on December 8th itself if you are unable to join us for the 9:00 AM Mass at St. Ignatius.
In addition, we will begin praying a novena in anticipation of Christmas on Tuesday. I asked that the students each think of a special intention (that they may share or keep to themselves). 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.
Tuesday begins the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy; the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has put together some excellent resources on making the most of this celebration here.
We will also be attending Mass on Thursday morning for Advent; please make sure that the 5th graders bring their coats that day as the boiler in church will be undergoing repairs and it may be unusually cold in the church building (the school boilers will not be affected by this work).
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. You can send in any of the items listed below over the next few weeks. On the 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.
For the 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 Monday, December 14th as well as the evening performance at 7:00 PM. That evening, the students will need to be dropped off in the Church by 6:45 PM.
Our 8th grade class is holding a Designer Handbag Bingo on Friday, January 8th. Click here for the flyer if you are interested in attending or giving the tickets as gifts.
Please keep in mind that there is no school next Tuesday, 12/15, because of a faculty meeting.
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.
Have a great week!