October 16th, 2016
Monday- Band; Choir; Newsletter; Mass 9:00 AM; Forty Hours Adoration 10:30 AM-11:00 AM; Reading Olympics 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Tuesday- DARE (DARE Shirts); Forty Hours Adoration 11:00 AM-11:30 AM
Wednesday- Rosary with Kindergarten 8:50 AM; Girl Scouts 3:15 PM-4:45 PM
Thursday- No School- Faculty In-service
Friday- Elective; Yearbook; Trunk or Treat 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
I hope that you all had an enjoyable weekend.
Today, following the 11:30 AM Mass, we began the observance of the Forty Hours devotion here at St. Ignatius. Evening prayer and a homily will take place at 7:00 PM tonight, Monday, and Tuesday. Tuesday evening will conclude with a candlelight procession and social in the School Cafeteria.
Our scheduled time to visit the Blessed Sacrament during Forty Hours is Monday (10:30 AM-11:00 AM) and Tuesday (11:00 AM-11:30 AM). On those days, I will switch the religion and ELA/social studies periods (respectively).
We will be attending the 9:00 Mass on Monday to celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius and will participate in adoration as a class. Tomorrow is also the feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque who spread the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (the patron of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia).
Please remember to check OptionC and your child's assessment folder; I have all of the tests posted (except for the spelling test from Friday which we will take tomorrow); this week, I am working on grading the social studies map projects, and the students will be handing in both a personal narrative and description of their favorite place. Once these products are graded, either the PDFs or pictures (in the case of the maps) will be included in their folders. Here your child's link if you need it: Assessment Link 2020
There is no school on Thursday for a faculty in-service.
We are holding a peanut butter and jelly drive during the month of October, as a school, to benefit Nutritional Development Services (NDS) which is an outreach of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
For the month of October, we will be praying the Rosary along with our kindergarten buddies at 8:50 AM on Wednesday. The students may either bring in their own Rosary or borrow one from the classroom.
We are going to have Elective this Friday instead of on October 28th. On October 28th, during the scheduled Elective period, Fr. Anthony is going to conduct a training/refresher session for both new and current altar servers. There's still time to sign up by submitting the application here. Students who are not altar servers will have directed study.
Trunk or Treat is coming on Friday! You can order tickets here. Please consider helping with traffic flow that evening; you can volunteer by emailing Megan Sweitzer (email@example.com). I hope to see you there.
School hoodie orders are due by Friday; click here for the form. Samples will be avaliable, this week, in the School Office.
Remember to send in BoxTops; the contest runs through October 27th. There is a green container (on the supply desk) for the students to place their BoxTops.
I will be assigning the students an activity where they will interview either you or one of their godparents about their baptisms. I have asked them to locate their date and place of baptism as well as who baptized them. If they have artifacts they wish to share (gown, candle, certificate etc) I am asking them to take a picture of the items to both show the class and use in their writing.
As a reminder for Halloween (October 31st), the 5th graders will not be in the parade, but they will participate in our annual costume contest, sponsored by the Student Council.
Halloween will be an orange/black themed dress down day; the students should bring their costumes to school. After recess, the students will change into their costumes, and we will watch the parade at 1:30 PM. After the parade, we will proceed to the gym for the contest. Following the contest, we will have our class Halloween party in the classroom; party details will be forthcoming.
Remember to update your calendars with Monday, November 28th being a pastor's holiday. I hope that you all enjoy the extended Thanksgiving break.
Please be sure to visit the 5th Grade page of the school website for copies of the newsletter, photos, forms, homework, and the assessment calendar.
Have a great week; as I do each day, I look forward to working with the 5th graders.