October 25th, 2015
Tuesday- Safe Environment Lesson during Religion; DARE 9:18-10:06 (DARE Shirt)
Thursday- Gym (Gym Uniform)
Friday- Black/Orange Dress Down Day (Free); Elective; Student Council Classroom Pizza Parties; Halloween Parade/Costume Contest 1:30 PM; Halloween Party 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
I hope that everyone had an enjoyable weekend.
We had a great week; I wanted to let you know that I have been keeping track of any time that I have to remind a student of a particular procedure (talking at an inappropriate time, not having materials out after being given sufficient notice, distracting other classes while walking through the hallway). Reminders are a low-key way to redirect a students' attention without drawing too much focus on a negative behavior. If a student accumulates excessive reminders (more than five from me in a day) I will send home a notification. A reminder every once in a while is by no means a bad thing; excessive reminders mean that we need to work together to correct a behavior which is interfering with a students' learning.
On the other hand, my philosophy on classroom rewards is that the reward for good behavior is having a productive, pleasant, and enjoyable classroom environment. Good behavior also allows us to do activities above and beyond the normal academic activities that occur during the day. I pointed out to the students that, because of their good behavior and following directions, they were able to stay after the assembly on Wednesday to have Joe Odihambo sign autographs. I truly appreciate this class and will continue to work alongside them to make for a successful and memorable year.
Please remember that there is no school on Monday for a faculty in-service about literacy and reading skills across the curriculum. I do, however, owe the students their assessment folders and will send them home on Wednesday. We were going to stuff them on Friday, but ran out of time with spelling, grammar, and discussing The City of Ember. I will also be in touch this week if I feel the students need any intervention with respect to reading or language skills, based on my experience with them over the past six weeks.
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.
On Tuesday during religion class, I will be presenting the first part of the safe environment lesson for the 5th grade; a copy of the lesson can be found here. Please note that you only need to send in the Opt-out Form, which Mrs. Di mentioned in the Weekly Update, if you do not want your child to participate.
St. Ignatius is sponsoring a recyclable scarecrow contest to promote the new recycling program. We are going to create a St. Ignatius CYO athlete, and I asked the students to bring in cardboard for Tuesday. Plastic water bottles would also be helpful. An overview of the recycling program can be found here on the school website.
During the month of October, we will be praying the Rosary with our kindergarten buddies on Wednesday mornings. The students may bring in rosary beads or borrow them from me for the month. This week, we will pray the 4th and 5th Glorious Mysteries.
Friday is a free black and orange dress down day; the 5th graders may dress down and should bring anything that they need for their Halloween costumes to school (I ask that they not bring in any weapons). After lunch, the students will have time to change into their costumes. At 1:30, we will watch the PreK-4th grade parade and then go to the gym for the costume contest. After the contest, we will return to the classroom for the Halloween party from about 2:00 PM-3:00 PM; our homeroom parents (Mrs. Watkins, Mrs. Badman, and Mrs. LaMorte) sent out communication about the party this past week.
On Friday, the Student Council is sponsoring classroom pizza parties to raise funds for the activities that they have planned this year. Pizza orders are due by Wednesday evening and can be ordered here. We will be eating lunch in the classroom on Friday.
Next week (Sunday-Wednesday), I will be serving on a Middle States accreditation team for Mater Dei School in Lansdale. While I do not like to have to take off, I am looking forward to visiting another Catholic school and bringing back new ideas for St. Ignatius while assisting one of our sister schools. Mrs. Filosa will be teaching my classes; she is familiar with my routines and most of the members of our class either from kindergarten or substituting in the past. As she was my mentor when I started teaching, I have full faith in her ability to keep the class moving ahead in my absence. Mrs. Filosa and I will communicate daily if she has any questions, and I will return on Thursday.
Next Monday is picture retake day, and we will also be attending the 9:00 AM Mass for All Souls Day.
Have a great week!