Christmas Approaches!

We are feeling extra festive as Christmas break approaches! To celebrate, next week is chock-full of spirit days. Please take note of the following fun events:


Monday, 12/ 13 – Holiday Headwear Day: Wear fun and festive holiday hats, like antlers headbands, elf ears or Santa hats. (Uniforms are still required.)
Tuesday, 12/14 – Crazy Christmas Socks Days: Christmas cats eating pizza? Sloths wearing holiday headwear? Pom-poms? Sparkly tinsel? Are they on socks? Wear them proudly! (Uniforms are still required.)
Wednesday, 12/15 – Winter Sports Fan Day: Calling all fans of winter sports – hockey, skiing, ice skating, speed skating, snowboarding, ice stocking, luge, skeleton, bobsled, curling, ice fishing, Nordic combined and more – dress up in your favorite winter sports gear or our school colors of purple and gold–break out your St. John jerseys!
Thursday, 12/16 – Festive Holiday Clothing: Go all out! Dress and decorate yourself in Christmas Cheer!
Friday, 12/17 – Cozy Day: It’s getting cold! Wear something “Christmas-y” and cozy!

REMINDER: School dismisses at noon on Friday, 12/17.


READING- Students began reading Pedro’s Journal this week. It is written from the perspective of a boy on the Santa Maria, the ship Christopher Columbus sailed on in 1492. It really ties in well with our Galleon unit for social studies and prepares students for the next novel we will read, which is from the Native American perspective.

MATH- We will spend the week applying the math concepts we have learned thus far as we complete a holiday math project.

RELIGION- Students learned about the Immaculate Conception this week and went to Mass on Wednesday. They also made their own Nativity scenes. We will talk about Reconciliation next week as the students will attend a service Wednesday.

WRITING- Students will continue working on their narratives. This week we will revise, edit and publish our work.

SCIENCE- We will learn about chemical and physical changes of matter…and create an art project demonstrating both!

SOCIAL STUDIES- Ships are on the move! Students did an excellent job on their first log entries and completed their second one this week. They will work on their third log entry next week.

Advent Tidings

Welcome to the season of Advent! We are joyfully preparing for Christmas together in prayer, in our writing, and in our commitment to service!

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY LUTURGY/Dress Uniform: Wednesday, December 8

Fifth and Second graders will be leading our upcoming mass for the Immaculate Conception of Mary.  We will get to worship in the church that day!  If you would like to join us in prayer, the mass will be live streamed on our parish Facebook page at 9:00 am on 12/8. 

CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAM VIDEO DAY/Holiday Dress:  Thursday, December 9

This year’s Christmas Music Program will be a video presentation.  Ms. Villanueva will be filming the students on Thursday, 12/9 and asks that they dress in fun holiday attire that day.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY: Great Conversations program hosted by Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital hosts a series focusing on puberty called Great Conversations that is worth checking out!   Here’s the blurb from their website: “The goal of Great Conversations’ classes is to provide developmentally appropriate and medically accurate information to support and guide communication between preteens and their families on the topics of puberty, sexuality, sexual reproduction, and other important ideas on growing up. We hope that being together and sharing information in a safe, inclusive environment taught by an expert adds to the foundation for more conversations at home.”

Here’s a link for more info and to register:

ACCREDITATION SURVEY REQUEST:  We have a community target of 90% participation for the Accreditation Parent Survey. Currently, the response rate is 49%; we can do better. Parents, it bears repeating – you are all stakeholders in your children’s education. This is your opportunity to provide feedback on how St. John Parish School is achieving our collective mission. The deadline to submit the survey is Friday, December 3. Thank you for your active participation and feedback.


READING- Students compared and contrasted the Maniac Magee book to the movie and also wrote about and drew their favorite parts. We will begin a new novel, Pedro’s Journal, next week, which aligns well with our Galleon unit in social studies.

MATH- We will wrap up our unit on long division and take a unit final on Wednesday.  A study packet will be given on Monday.  You may have noticed a shift in math homework.  As many students have wrapped up Xtra math, we have moved to a daily assignment system.

RELIGION- Students read the two Nativity stories from Matthew and Luke as well as learned about the different symbols of Advent. We will talk about the Immaculate Conception before our Mass next Wednesday.

WRITING- Students will write a narrative focusing on developing a main character’s point of view.

SCIENCE- Next week we will learn about the Periodic Table of Elements!

SOCIAL STUDIES- Students wrote their first log entry about leaving home for a year and heading out on the open ocean to the New World. We will continue with the second log entry next week.

Conferences, Class Mass, and Clothes Drive!

Dear Families,

Thank you for the festive Halloween baskets!  We love all the thoughtful touches and are ready to celebrate the season in comfort and style!  Your thoughtfulness really touched our hearts.

Ms. Kelley’s Homeroom Conferences

No school on Monday and Friday so we can meet for parent/teacher/student conferences.  Students are asked to attend the conference to share with us their successes and future goals.  We look forward to meeting with families via Zoom at your scheduled time. You can fine my Zoom room link in the weekly Friday email or the students can access it in Google Classroom in “Ms. Kelley Class Resources.”

Fifth Grade Class Mass on Wednesday, October 27

Both fifth grade homerooms will celebrate liturgy together in the church on Wednesday at 9:00am.  Students will participate in the mass as readers!  We invite you to join us if you are able.

 Clothes Drive for local kids in grades K-5: Oct. 25 – Nov. 12

Ella Baker Elementary needs clothes for their clothing bank and 5th graders, Sofia, Madeline and Mila, want your help!   Please donate lightly worn clothes to your child’s homeroom.  All clothes you bring should be washed ahead of time. The most needed clothes are leggings/pants, shoes (not boots), sweatshirts and rain coats. You can also bring t-shirts, long sleeve shirts and shorts.  Sizes needed are for children K-5th grade.  The 5th graders will collect and arrange the delivery of the clothes to the school.  Thank you for helping Ella Baker Elementary.

Best,  Ms. Kelley



UPDATE: October 15, 2021

We celebrated our successful Jog-a-thon this week with free dress yesterday! Thanks again for your support. Students are settling in more and are turning their assignments in on time at a much higher rate. Keep that up! To see how your child is doing, please check PowerSchool weekly.

Student Portrait Day- Wednesday, October 20 is picture day! We are not sending home paper order forms this year, so please make your order online using the link below. The sale is active now.

Families can order for more than one student at one time.  The last day to order is Thursday, October 21 (the day after picture day).

Parent/Teacher Conferences –Conferences will be held virtually on Monday, October 25 and Friday, October 29. If you have not signed up for a time, please do so using the link below. We will send our Zoom links out in next Friday’s email.

5 – Kelley

2021 Student/Parent/Teacher Conference:  ATTENTION – Select your student’s teacher from the tabs above (desktop) or drop-down menu (smart phone; be sure to click  “go”), review the available slots below, and click on the time that works best for you and your family. Students receiving services from the Student Support Team will be contacted directly to schedule a virtual conference. Thank you.



READING- Students read chapters 17-21 of Maniac Magee. They worked with problem-solution and character change this week. They are really enjoying the book! We will continue reading this for the next few weeks.

MATH- We will continue to apply the order of operations to evaluate expressions, while using multi-digit multiplication to solve word problems.

RELIGION- Students worked on empathy this week and putting themselves in others’ shoes. They looked at different scenarios and talked about how they could show empathy to others. This will continue to be a topic throughout the month.

WRITING- We will identify and analyze the three types of writing:  Informational, opinion, narrative. We will also identify parts of speech, beginning with the different types of nouns.

SCIENCE- We will continue our unit on coding using

SOCIAL STUDIES- Students learned about the electoral college and how the process of electing a president works. They discussed different qualities they think a president should have. We will continue our government/elections discussion next week.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Sandstrom & Ms. Kelley


Welcome Fifth Grade Friends

There’s excitement in the air on campus as we prepare for a fabulous school year. I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the “Meet and Greets” this week and to sharing an overview of our curriculum.

Let the magic of fifth grade begin!


Ms. Kelley