February 21st, 2016
Monday- Band; Newsletter; Reading Olympics 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Thursday- Gym (Gym Uniform); 9:00 AM Mass
Friday- Terra Nova Testing (InView); Yearbook; Stations of the Cross 2:30 PM
We will be attending the 9:00 AM Mass on Thursday for Lent. We will also have Stations of the Cross on Friday at 2:30 PM in the Church; remember that the fifth graders will be the readers on Friday, 3/11.
I gave the following fourteen students (listed in the order they will read), who will be reading at Stations of the Cross on Friday 3/11, their readings to be able to practice: Laura, Thomas, Sienna, Jessica, Carter, Lucas, Juliana, Sophia, Meredith, Miranda, Maggie, Erin, Sara, Matthew. Jack will be holding the microphone for the readers. I will call for volunteers, later this year, for June's First Friday Mass.
All of the classrooms have been given a Catholic Relief Services (CRS)'s Rice Bowl to collect finds during Lent; we have been given a goal of 20.00 to collect to assist the work of CRS.
The fifth graders have been participating in Mrs. O'Neill's Winter Reading Challenge and were in first place as of last Thursday. They can submit the books that they read using the form here. Also, the students may count their reading time (as long as it is done outside of school) for the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. All that the students need to do is read for six hours outside of school (since September) and fill out and submit a reading log, here or on the 5th grade page, to earn a free ticket to Great Adventure. The logs are due next Monday, February 29th.
I am going to hold folders one more week to be able to include Wednesday's religion test as well two writing assignments.
Terra Nova testing begins on Friday with the Inview (cognitive ability) test. Testing continues during the mornings of next week:
Friday: Social Studies
The students to take their time and be diligent with their work. They also need to make sure to use legible writing, answer all questions thoroughly, and read the questions before reading a passage so they know what to look for in the text. We have reviewed these strategies in the past, but I noticed that they were inconsistently applied on the mid-year reading test. Last week, we also practiced using a separate sheet of paper to take notes while reading because, unlike on classroom tests, the students can not take notes or hi-lite in their test books for the Terra Nova.
The above advice and strategies, which I will review with the class this week, applies not only to the Terra Nova tests but also to success in the classroom in general. Last week, we completed a reorganization of the closet, mailboxes, and student desks. This week, I will work on reminding them of the above, and I thank you for your assistance in reinforcing the need for diligence, care, organization, and a sense of responsibility when it comes to school work.
Last week, the 5th graders were presented with a choice of novels to read from, and they have been placed into book discussion groups based on their choices.
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!