Last week we reflected on our school’s theme: Rejoice in the Lord Always-Live in Harmony with one another.
And here are a few notes to keep you in the loop…
Power School, St. John’s online grade book with a parent portal, is now up and running for our class. Many assignments have been logged in and the rest will be by the end of the weekend. Please take time to log in and check your child’s work completion. If you notice a score of 0 for any of your child’s assignment it likely means one of four things: It hasn’t been finished, it hasn’t been turned in, it doesn’t have a name on it, or I made a mistake (much to my dismay, I am still not perfect. Sigh.) Solutions? Make a list of missing work and check backpacks, folders, have you child check their desk at school on Monday, and remind your child to check the no-name bin. If the mistake is mine, you will find the work in your child’s Boomerang folder on Monday and can let me know (by sending back the work) so I can update Power School. Which brings me to…
Boomerang Folders, our finished work-to-home system launched on last week. From here on out, I will be sending Boomerang folders home on most Mondays. When you receive yours,
take a moment to look through your child’s returned work, check for any school handouts & sign the front of the folder. Anything inside is yours to keep. Kindly return the empty folder to school the next day for use the following week.
Note: Returned tests are generally given directly to students the day after we take them. I ask for parent signature on those to ensure you have seen your child’s progress. Spelling & vocabulary tests are exceptions. Please look for those in the Boomerang Folder–no signatures needed on these.
NOTE: MAP testing continue this week. On Monday from 8:30-11:00 students will take the Language Usage skills test. On Wednesday from 8:30-11:00 students will take the Science test.
Social Studies – We are learning about the causes leading up to European exploration and colonization of the Americas. It all begins with life in Medieval times and learning about how a desire to trade with and travel to the Middle and Far East led to the quest for an all water route to Asia. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Religion – It’s hard to separate religion from our unit of European Exploration and the forces that led to the “discovery” of the Americas. This week we will look at the ways Europeans in Medieval times created stained glass windows to show the Bible stories they loved and create our own versions.
Math – This is a short math week for us due to MAP testing. Our lessons will focus on the order of operations.
Reading – Students will apply the skills of predicting, questioning, making connections, and summarizing their independent reading books. We will also be talking about how to self-select books at an appropriate lexile level.
Writing – Paragraph structure is key to expository writing and we will be analyzing writing and creating our own well crafted, perfectly organized paragraphs for the next week.
Science – Due to a two unexpected additions to last week’s schedule, we had to bump our STEM experience a week. Students will begin learning about the Engineering Design Process next week.