March 29th, 2015
Monday- Reading Olympics 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Tuesday- Gym (Gym Uniforms)
Wednesday- 9:00 AM Mass for Lent; 1:30 PM Confession
Thursday- No School- Holy Thursday
Friday- No School- Good Friday
Dear 5th Grade Families,
I would like to congratulate Michael for completing in the Bucks/Montgomery County Regional Spelling Bee, in Perkasie, this past Saturday. Michael and Madeline had beat out the other classes' champions for our school's second and third place spots, respectively. Our school's first place winner, Olivia Glunz, deferred because of the bee being the day after the Passion Play. Michael went three rounds, competing with 52 other 4th-8th graders. Well done, Michael!
On Wednesday, the students will be receiving the sacrament of reconciliation. We will review the form for confession on Wednesday morning.
Please remember that Wednesday is a full day of school to make up for a snow day.
I called for volunteers last week for readers and gift bearers for Mass on Friday, April 10th. I will be providing the students with their readings this week and ask that they please practice them over Easter. We will practice in the Church on Thursday, April 9th. 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.
Below are field trip details as well as information regarding the Reading Olympics competition.
Classes will resume, after Easter break, on Wednesday, April 8th. Have a very prayerful Holy Week and blessed Easter!
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 for the students will be 32.00 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 be 19.00 (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.
I have the following chaperones for the two field trips:
April 17 to the Art Museum: Mrs. Perales, Mrs. Stauff, Mrs. Patrick, Mrs. Vagra, Mrs. Keating, Mrs. Georgevich, and Mrs. Falkenstein
June 8th to the Cathedral Basilica/Reading Terminal Market: Mrs. Sweitzer, Mrs. Stauff, Mrs. Patrick, Mrs. Vagra, Mrs. Keating, Mrs. Georgevich, and Mrs. Falkenstein.
For the Art Museum trip, I need two more chaperones. For the Basilica trip, I could use two more adults as well. This allows for small groups and close supervision while on the train and walking through the city. I can take more chaperones if more than two additional parents (for each trip) are interested.
I am looking forward to taking the two trips. We've had a lot of fun in the past when we've been able to take the train and walk through the city. I am grateful to those who are able to chaperone to ensure two safe, productive, and enjoyable trips.
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; 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; 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-strin 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). I am placing the shirt order tomorrow, so please send me your child's shirt size if you have not already done so.