January 31st, 2016
Monday- No School for Msgr. Shoemaker's Funeral at 11:00 AM
Tuesday- Free Dress Down Day for Student Appreciation Day; Pizza Party Lunch for All Students; Religion Bee 2:00 PM Gym
Wednesday- Red, White, & Blue Dress Down Day (1.00) to benefit USO; 9:00 AM Mass for the Feast of St. Blaise
Thursday- Talent Show Dress Down Day (See Below); Talent Show Dress Rehearsal 12:30 PM Auditorium
Friday- First Friday Mass 9:00 AM; Noon Dismissal; Talent Show 7:00 PM Auditorium
I hope that you all are having an enjoyable weekend. We had a nice time on Friday afternoon with the kindergarten class; the pictures are available on the 5th grade class blog on the school website.
This past week I thanked the students for their cooperation and will take any action necessary to support them, but I reminded them that the rest of the second trimester has many spiritual and social activities scheduled (as well as quite a way to go before another major vacation). These activities are important, but their academic activities are equally important and that keeping class time as productive as possible is critical; this also includes the diligent completion of assignments.
Since we have had sufficient time to adjust to middle school, are well on our way to 6th grade, and to help keep everyone on task, I will be sending home a notification, via email, for missing or incomplete homework or being reminded more than five reminders so that we can all work together to ensure a positive, productive, and pleasant second and third trimester that beings about spiritual, academic, and social growth for the students. Thank you for your support; I reminded the students that not only are they the most important part of my job, I look forward to working with all 21 of them each and every school day.
Msgr. Shoemaker's funeral arrangements were emailed this past week. School families are encouraged to attend the parish Mass at 6:00 PM on Sunday as well as the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM on Monday. Thank you to Meredith and Olivia for volunteering to sing in the school choir for the Mass. Mrs. DiTommaso has asked that the students wear their school uniforms to these Masses. If you attend Monday's Mass, the students are invited to sit with the school students and faculty, but they are certainly welcome to sit with you as well- whichever is most comfortable for you and your child(ren). A copy of the email with the arrangements (and revisions) are on the News/School Emails page of the website.
Tuesday through Friday, Catholic Schools Week will proceed as scheduled. I have included a table below with the dress requirements for each day. As a reminder, we will be assembling the birthday boxes on Wednesday since there is no school on Monday. Please make sure to send in the items if you have not done so; the sign-up sheet is here. The full agenda for Catholic Schools Week (January 31st-February 6th) can be found on the Catholic Schools Week page of the school website.
This past Friday, we had a class religion bee; our finalists, Laura and Sara, will represent our classroom in Tuesday's School Religion Bee.
As an FYI, I have been noticing that the majority of the school emails are being opened on smart phones and tablet, and it can sometimes be difficult to sign up to volunteer or bring in items. I have been researching some options and will be working with Mrs. Di and the Home and School Association, for the month of February, to introduce a sign-up sheet platform that is compatible with mobile devices.
Please join us on Friday for Mass at 9:00 AM; the fifth graders will be serving as lectors and other liturgical ministers. We will also be recognizing two Disciples of the Month for demonstrating generosity. In addition, we will be attending the 9:00 AM Mass on Wednesday for the Feast of St. Blaise.
Lent is approaching with Ash Wednesday on February 10th. It has been a tradition in 5th grade to enjoy King Cakes on the Tuesday that precedes Ash Wednesday. This year, we are going to make our own King Cakes to ensure that all of the students are able to enjoy them. Next Monday, February 8th, we are going to use the kitchen in the Auditorium to make the King Cakes. The students will practice following directions, working cooperatively, and conversion of measurements as we make the cakes from measuring ingredients to decorating. We will also be bringing our books and Chromebooks over since we will have ELA class in between steps (such as when the dough is proofing or the cakes are in the oven).
I spoke to Fr. Dalin last week, and he is committed to training the altar servers soon. We will work out dates and times in the near future, and I will communicate them to you. If there are any additional students who wish to sign up, you can still do so by filling out the application here; we sincerely appreciate your patience. We also have been remembering Fr. Dalin in our daily classroom prayers as he leads our parish.
If there are any changes or additions for the week's schedule, I will send out an addendum. 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!
Catholic Schools Week:
What to Wear:
Monday: No School- Students are asked to wear their school uniform if they are attending the funeral
Tuesday: Free Dress Down Day for Student Appreciation Day
Wednesday: Red, White, & Blue Dress Down Day for 1.00; all proceeds will benefit the USO
Thursday: Students should wear their Talent Show outfits or something that makes it easy for them to put on their Talent Show outfits for the afternoon's dress rehearsal
Friday: Winter Uniform for First Friday Mass