November 1st, 2015
Monday- Picture Retake Day; Band; 9:00 AM Mass for All Souls Day
Tuesday- DARE 9:18 AM-10:06 AM (DARE Shirt)
Wednesday- Author Visit: John Gurney 1:50 PM-3:06 PM
Thursday- Pretzel of the Month; Gym (Gym Uniform)
Friday- First Friday Mass 9:00 AM
I hope that you all had a great weekend. I want to thank Mrs. Watkins, Mrs. Badman, Mrs. LaMorte, Mrs. Horger, and all of the parents who contributed items of stopped in; you all made for a spectacular Halloween party. I want to thank the 5th graders as well; we had a fantastic day together; they conducted themselves nicely, and they wore creative costumes! Please visit the 5th grade page of the school website for pictures.
I am also pleased to announce that the 5th grade won the 3rd-5th grade division of the recyclable scarecrow contest. I am particularly proud of them because, in the course of one ELA period, they designed, constructed, and assembled a CYO athlete scarecrow (we voted on the theme previously). They were randomly divided into groups to each assemble a piece- arms, torso, head, and legs. Not only did they have to communicate and make compromises within their own groups, but they also had to do so with the other groups to make sure that all the pieces were proportional. The won a dress down day that I will schedule, along with the All for Books dress down day, in the next week or so. Thank you all for sending in materials!
Looking forward, I have final confirmation on our field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 21st. I would like to have 11 chaperones, if possible, since we will be taking the train. Though I am waiting for the final confirmation from Reading Terminal, I am also in need of 11 chaperones for our June 10th trip to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul and Reading Terminal Market. Both trips will depart from and return to the Yardley train station. Please check your calendars, and I will send out an electronic form next week to collect chaperone requests. I will also, in next week's newsletter, let you know of the final cost of both trips. I don't anticipate the total, for both trips combined, being more than $30.00.
Monday is picture retake day; if you have already received pictures and wish to have a retake, please send the old pictures back. It would be helpful if you would send me an email so that I can let Mrs. Filosa know, and we make sure that your child goes for a retake.
On Monday, we will be attending Mass for the Feast of All Souls. We will also be attending First Friday Mass on November 6th, at 9:00 AM. After Friday's Mass, we will be recognizing two disciples of the month, from 5th grade, who demonstrated peace.
This week (Sunday through Wednesday), I will be on a Middle States visit at Mater Dei School in Lansdale. Mrs. Filosa will teach the class in my absence; in writing, they will be working on pre-writing a longer personal narrative, identifying the theme of a story in reading, and they will also work with the author, John Steven Gurney, on Wednesday. Ther will not be a spelling or vocabulary unit this week; we will replace the pages in our RF and LF next week. Mrs. Filosa and I will be communicating daily to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
For religion, I wanted to try something new so that we don't fall behind. I have recorded two lessons on the canonization process. Mrs. Filosa will play those lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, I will answer any questions and we will continue with our discussion of the Communion of Saints and Baptism.
Virtual test folders are here! Below is a link to your child's virtual assessment folder for ELA and religion. Now that I have everything up and running, I will update the folders approximately biweekly (depending on what we accomplish in class). The link to your child's assessment folder appears below; thank you for your patience. I have been working on accomplishing the implementation of this process for the past two school years, and hope to avoid stuffing folders, lost tests, and provide the ability to view the whole year's worth of assessments in one place.
Assessment Folder Link: (only appears in email version)
At this point in the year, we have worked hard to establish routine, and I will continue to work with the students on planning long-term assignments. To facilitate this, I will be assigning the handwriting pages, Tween Tribune article, as well as any reading in the current novel, on Monday. Then, we will work to plan their week so that they accomplish these assignments, when it best works into their individual schedules, which will be due on Friday. That way, they will be better prepared to plan long-term assignments in their other classes.
I also now have a good idea of where the students are, as readers and writers, and how to challenge them to continue to grow over the course of the year. In reading, we will tackle more complex tasks such as finding the theme of a story and interpreting figurative language. We also finished The City of Ember, and we are watching the movie to compare and contrast the plot and characterization between the book and film. After that, we will read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis.
In writing, we are working on personal narratives. We completed a narrative paragraph last week, and we begin work on a narrative essay this week. These pieces will be published for you to read as well as hung outside in the hallway. (I'm always the last class to get something up in the hallway with all of the other happenings in 5th grade, but we're getting there even though bulletin boards are not my forte).
Finally, in religion, we continue our study of the Sacraments of Initiation with Baptism and Confirmation. We will also discuss the Communion of Saints and the canonization process. The students will be interviewing you (and their Godparents, if possible), to write a narrative about their baptisms. They will also be working in groups to create a short video about on the of the saints that will appear on the final exam. I will then post these videos for you to see as well as for review at the end of the year.
On Wednesday, November 11th, we will not have school because of parent/teacher conferences. This year, you will schedule your conferences online through OptionC. This will make it easier to coordinate conferencing with multiple teachers. The directions will be sent out this week, and you can begin scheduling this Wednesday, November 4th.
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!
Have an enjoyable week!