February 7th, 2016
Monday- Band; Newsletter; Reading Olympics 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Tuesday- Dress Down Day (Sponsored by Student Council)
Wednesday- Ash Wednesday Mass 9:00 AM
Friday- No School- Faculty Retreat
I hope that you all have had an enjoyable weekend. Congratulations to Aidan and Sara for being recognized as the Disciples of the Month for January's virtue of generosity. The characteristic for February is faithfulness.
I was very proud of our class this past Friday for their participation at the First Friday Mass. The readers (Matthew, Jack, Thomas, Sophia, Meredith, Aidan, Juliana, and Colin) and gift bearers (Maggie & James) did very well just like we practiced. I am also greatly appreciative of the rest of the class for being patient while we practiced on Thursday as well as for fully participating in the liturgy on Friday.
Your performances in the school talent show were outstanding; thank you to Mrs. LaMorte, Mrs. Padula, and all of the other parents who coordinated the class and individual acts this year. I know that it takes a lot of time and effort, and the experience performing in front of an audience is invaluable in building the students' confidence.
Tomorrow, we will be making King Cakes. The students will practice following directions, working cooperatively, and conversion of measurements as we make the cakes from measuring ingredients to decorating. We will also be bringing our books and Chromebooks over since we will have ELA class in between steps (such as when the dough is proofing or the cakes are in the oven).
Tuesday is a Student Council sponsored dress down day.
Lent begins on Wednesday with Ash Wednesday; we will be attending the 9:00 AM Mass that day. We will also be attending the 9:00 AM Mass on Thursdays (beginning on 2/11) for Lent. Starting on Friday 2/19, we will have Stations of the Cross on Friday (2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11) at 2:30 PM in the Church; the fifth graders will be the readers on 3/11.
Over the next few weeks in reading and writing, we will take some time to review some strategies for taking the Terra Nova tests which begin on Friday, February 26th and continue through Friday, March 4th. I want to emphasize that it is important for the students to be familiar with the format of the test questions, but that we will not spend an inordinate amount of time on test perpetration. Also, the students need to take the standardized tests seriously, but should not be nervous as they are one of a variety of assessment tools to evaluate the students' progress. All activities that we do will help us progress through and support the prescribed archdiocesan ELA curriculum as scheduled.
The fifth graders have been participating in Mrs. O'Neill's Winter Reading Challenge. They can submit the books that they read using the form here. Also, the students may count their reading time (as long as it is done outside of school) for the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. All that the students need to do is read for six hours outside of school (since September) and fill out and submit a reading log, here or on the 5th grade page, to earn a free ticket to Great Adventure. The logs are due by Monday, February 29th.
There is no school on Friday because of the faculty retreat; there is also no school next Monday for Presidents' Day.
The Reading Olympics competition date and location has been confirmed: Wednesday, April 6th at Neshaminy High School. The competition will be from about 6:00 PM-9:00 PM. I will send out the exact schedule and details for the evening in March.
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!