October 18th, 2015
Tuesday- DARE 9:18-10:06 (DARE Shirt)
Wednesday- Pink Dress Down Day; Rosary with K 8:50 AM; Assembly 1:30 PM
Thursday- Gym (Gym Uniform)
Friday- Elective; Trunk or Treat 6:00 PM
I hope that you have all had a great weekend. Saturday was the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, and I made sure to pray for his intercession for our 5th grade class as well as our school at Mass this weekend. Also, with the excitement of the Book Fair and Clifford having concluded, this email is only being sent to you all-- the 5th grade families.
Over these past weeks, I have been impressed by how our class is bright and enthusiastic when it comes to learning. The students are also very observant. However, I am asking for the students' diligence when it comes to following classroom procedures(especially during homeroom time) and making sure that they understand what is due (and write it down in their assignment books) before leaving a class.
My job is varied: this past week, among other things, I scoured the uniform closet for a new shirt for a third grader whose uniform was covered in yogurt, untangled a lunch box from a seat in the Cafeteria, posted many photos of our school's activities on the website, consoled a crying CARES student, rewired the phone in the cafeteria (only to find that the phone itself was also bad-so, ordered a new phone);
This past week, however, I also had the opportunity to practice my faith by attending forty hours with the most important (and enjoyable) part of my job- the 5th graders. I want each one of the members of our class to be successful, grow in faith, and feel loved and respected while at school. I will do my best to ensure that, but I need the students help by being good listeners, following directions the first time they are given (but asking questions if they don't understand), and completing assignments on time (again, seeking assistance if there is confusion). I am looking forward to our succeeding together this year.
Thank you for the contribution of books, from the Book Fair, to the classroom library. The 5th and 6th graders are very excited and have begun borrowing the new titles!
We took the reading theme test on Friday, but I have some students that need to finish the oral reading and writing sections, and I also had trouble with the students' electronic portfolios (I am working with Kidblog, but things have been slow with the setup); therefore, I will send home folders this week with tests if I do not have a resolution soon.
On Wednesday, the Student Council is sponsoring a pink dress down day to raise funds to breast cancer research; the Student Council will be sending out more details tomorrow.
Wednesday, there will also be an assembly, from the Bureau of Lectures, by Joe "The Trick Star" Odhiambo, a former basketball player for Phoenix Suns. He will speak about believing in oneself, persistence, patience, working hard, and taking responsibility for ones actions.
On Thursday, we will be recording the videos for our religion projects, which the students have been working on in groups. They can bring in any materials that they may need to film on Thursday.
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.
St. Ignatius is sponsoring a recyclable scarecrow contest to promote the new recycling program. We are going to create a list of materials tomorrow, in homeroom, in order to decide what we need to assemble the scarecrow by Wednesday. 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.
I will provide more details next week, but the 5th grade students do dress up for Halloween; they will being their costumes in to change into after lunch and recess.
Have a productive and enjoyable week; I hope to see you all at Trunk or Treat on Friday!