After the big celebrations of Catholic Schools Week and Valentines Day (albeit a day early), it is the time of year where we slow down and reflect on our Catholic faith and traditions. Lent begins this week. As a class, we will be considering ways to live the three pillars of Lent through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We will be praying St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen (a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence) at the conclusion of each day and will increase our prayer for those in our community this Lenten season. Though children aren’t asked to fast from food, thinking of small sacrifices or ways to put others ahead of ourselves is a good way to keep our focus in the right place throughout Lent. Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls will be coming home on Wednesday and students can support their work by collecting change from now until Easter.
Upcoming Dates to Note:
- Tuesday, 2/13 – Valentine’s Day Celebration & Power of One anti-bulling assembly
- Wednesday, 2/14 – Ash Wednesday liturgy. Dress Uniform.
- Thursday, 2/15- Spelling Bee (Go Zola and Claire!)
- Friday, 2/16-Tuesday, 2/20-No School
Math: We wrapped up our Hands-On Algebra unit and are beginning Chapter 6, Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators.
Writing: We’ve been working on SUPERPOWER essays! Students chose a superpower they wish they had and are revising and editing an essay what they would do with their gift. Also, we have been reviewing various forms of figurative language and will have a quiz on Thursday.
Science: In honor of the Winter Olympics, we have been participating in our own STEM skiing, bobsled, and curling events. Students are working on engineering the best possible competitors for each event and graphing the results.
Reading: Students will finish The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963 this week. After our break, we will work on a summary project to show our learning.
Social Studies: Along with learning about life in 1963 through our novel study, we have been learning about issues in the Civil Rights Era. This week we learned about segregation in schools and Ruby Bridges’ story.
Religion: We will have covered the meaning of sacraments, the Church, and Jesus’ role in our everyday lives. Students will make Lenten Lapbooks to record their faith journey.