January 17th, 2016
Monday- No School
Tuesday- No School
Thursday- Gym (Gym Uniform); DARE Graduation 7:00 PM
Auditorium; Elective Sign-up
I hope that you all have an enjoyable few days off from school.
I took some time in class this past week to look at the 5th grade page of the school website with the students. I emphasized that they need to be checking the calendars, and I also encouraged them to check the newsletter postings to stay informed. We go over the newsletter on Monday (or the first day of the week), and I always give at least one week's notice for tests, but they can find this information on the 5th grade page at all times.
As of this past week, we are fully into Number the Stars (Ch. 7-9 are due on Wednesday), but we did get to try some Turkish Delight which is a candy that appears in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. We also acted out Confirmation where the 5th graders took turns being candidates and sponsors; thank you to Thomas for playing the bishop (we also learned that bishops are referred to as Your Excellency).
Congratulations to Jack, Sienna, Meredith, and Thomas for placing in the Science Fair. As I read through all of the projects last week, I was pleased with the 5th grade's work; I also heard positive compliments for the judges. It is impressive to see how our students' projects continually improve over their four years in middle school at St. Ignatius. I will return their writing grades and comments this coming week in the assessment folder (please see below).
DARE Graduation will be held on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium; the students should report to the Auditorium by 6:45 PM. That evening, the 5th graders need to wear their DARE shirt and school uniform.
If you are able to help with refreshments for the DARE Graduation, please sign up here by Tuesday.
The students all presented their Taking a Stand projects for DARE this past Thursday (Officer Omlor sent his apologizes that he was called away to court on Tuesday). It is the only group activity that I don't use the Team Shake app to divide the students; in addition, to presenting what they learned in DARE class, I also view the project as an exercise in the joys and perils of working in a group and coming to a group consensus. Officer Omlor and I were both impressed with the projects. As we do each year, we choose the top three projects and put it to a vote. The projects that will be presented at graduation will be: James; Maggie, Sara, Sienna, and Sophia; and Carter, Colin, Matthew, and Thomas. Great work!
For Catholic School Week, we will once again be assembling birthday boxes (two per homeroom) which will be donated to Catholic Social Services (a change from previous years), which will distribute these kits to families in need so that they can provide a birthday party. A sign up sheet is here with the items that we need for each box (one for a 10/11 year old boy and one for a 10/11 year old girl). The items can be brought in any day through January 29th; we will be assembling the boxes on Monday, February 1st.
The full agenda for Catholic School Week (January 31st-February 6th) can be found on the Catholic Schools Week page of the school website.
I'm going to wait until next weekend to send the Assessment folder links so that I can include the religion test and science fair writing.
The Family Dinner will be held on Friday, January 29th from 6:30 PM-9:00 PM in the Church Auditorium; tickets can be ordered here.
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!