March 13th, 2016
Monday- Band; Newsletter; Reading Olympics 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Thursday- Green Dress Down Day; Gym; 9:00 AM Mass
Friday- Report Cards Issued; Code Blue Dress Down Day; Elective; Passion Play 7:30 PM
I hope that you all had an enjoyable weekend. Monday begins the third trimester. We had a great week last week, especially on Thursday when we read to the kindergarten and heard from Deacon Cibenko about his role as a deacon. I reminded the students to finish the year well. I will be diligent about tracking missed homework and reminders so that the students continue to make academic progress, and so that we can participate in the many activities and events throughout the third trimester (including two field trips).
The students read the reflections at Friday's Stations of the Cross very well; I thank them for volunteering and reading reverently. Unfortunately, I was only able to get pictures of stations 7-14.
The 5th graders shared Dr. Seuss's stories and a treat with the kindergarten class this past Thursday; pictures are posted on the 5th grade page.
This week, the students will begin a new novel. The boys and girls will be reading a different novel that they will discuss in groups. The boys will be reading Call it Courage (1941) by Armstroing Sperry, which is about a boy who faces a great challenge; the book won the Newberry Medal for Excellence in Children's Literature. The girls will be reading
Tuck Everlasting (1975) by Natalie Babbitt whose protagonist is a girl.
Our field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a little more than a month away! The trip is scheduled for Thursday, April 21st, and please remember that we will be meeting at the Yardley train station that morning. I have included the trip details below.
I would also like to confirm the chaperones for this trip: Mrs. Antonelli, Mrs. Badman, Mrs. Glunz, Mrs. Grabish, Mrs. LaMorte, Mrs. Lucas, Mrs. Padula, Mrs. Schannen, Mr. Ventresca, Mrs. Watkins. I am going to be submitting the billing information tomorrow; if your plans have changed, please let me know. With the number of tickets that I ordered, I have room for an additional chaperone if you are able to let me know by tomorrow.
The cost of the trip will be 19.00 per person which includes the admission, museum program, and train fare.
Philadelphia Museum of Art Field Trip (April 21st, 2016):
Students and chaperons need to meet at the Yardley Train Station by 8:30 AM; I will be at the station by 8:00 AM for anybody that needs to drop off before 8:30 AM. We will depart from the Yardley Train Station on the 8:53 AM train, and we will arrive at 30th Street Station at 10:04 AM. We will then cross the Schuylkill River via the JFK Boulevard Bridge and descend to the Schuylkill River Trail which will take us to the Art Museum. We will then have the opportunity to climb the steps, get settled, and the students will have the opportunity to visit a gallery or two in groups (time permitting). At 11:30 AM, we have a guided tour with their "Art and ELA" program. Lunch will be from 12:30 PM-1:00 PM (the students will bring their own lunches). The students will then have from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM to tour in small groups. We will then assemble in the front courtyard (at the top of the steps) and then walk back to 30th Street Station for the 2:52 PM train. The train is scheduled to arrive in Yardley at 3:56 PM.
We will be attending the 9:00 AM Mass on Thursday for Lent; you are welcome to join us if you can.
Thursday is a free, green dress down day for the feast of St. Patrick. The class with the most green will win a treat. Friday will be a dress down day to support the Girl Scout's Code Blue fundraiser; any donation that you send in would be appreciated, especially by the 5th grade girls who are members of Troop 21363: Juliana, Maggie, Sara, and Sophia.
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.
Have you registered for the 2016-2017 school year? Having an accurate enrollment count at this time allows us to most effectively plan for a great academic year. The three steps are:
Yearbooks are on sale and can be ordered here; orders at the price of 16.00 are due by April 1st.
Passion Play tickets can be ordered using the form here; the Passion Play is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 PM.
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!