Conference Time

CONFERENCES

I’m looking forward to seeing you and your student at conferences either Monday, October 18th or Friday, November 8th. Please note that we will be holding conferences in Egan Hall this year.

Here’s a link to the sign up if you still need to schedule a time:  https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/5317fd70fa2c3e95-studentparenttea

DAY OF PLAY PHOTO GALLERY

I hope you enjoyed seeing the spirit of innovation come alive in your child as they engineered a game for their buddy and experienced “technology” without the use of an electronic device!

THANK YOUS

Thanks so much to those who helped with Dia de los Muertos mask making!  Between the vaseline moisturizer and the plaster exfoliant, kids not only wound up with a snazzy mask but also spa-like smooth skin!

DATES to REMEMBER

Monday 10/28/19- Conference day 1.  No school.

Tuesday 10/29 – Late start!  Our school day begins at 9:00am.

Thursday 10/31/19-Dia de los Muertos Celebration begins at 12:30

Friday 11/1 – All Saints Day Liturgy @ 9:00am.  Dress Uniform.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Social Studies –  Our GALLEON unit continues.  This week we began researching  influential European explorers and conquistadors.  Students have learned details about an explorer’s early life, have read about one particular contribution made to the development of the new world as we now know it, and considered their lasting legacy.  We have organized all our notes and are now preparing to write a 5 paragraph essay reporting all that research!

Religion – Students have been preparing for our Dia de los Muertos celebration which will be held on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31.  A completed Ofrenda paper, photo and item representing the person being honored is due on Wednesday, October 30.  Thanks for all who signed up to bring food–No celebration is complete without it!

Math –  We are still working on long division…solving problems using the standard algorithm and estimating using compatible numbers.

Reading –  We began reading another short historical fiction novel entitled Morning Girl by Michael Dorris.  In this book we will explore Columbus’ impact on the Taino tribe from the perspective of a young girl.  These readings will provide rich opportunities to compare and contrast historical events.

Writing – Those 5 paragraph essay style reports will be our writing focus.

Science –  This week we will begin studying the Engineering Design Process in earnest.  Students will be engineering a a solution to help clean up plastics in our oceans.

Fall Fun

We are officially finished with MAP testing!  Now we can really settle down into a regular routine and enjoy the fall.  Please note that our first school-wide liturgy is this coming Wednesday, October 16th and students will need to be in dress uniform for the occasion.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Social Studies – We continue our journey across the dark sea toward gold and glory!  This week students will begin researching one European explorer who they will then write a report about.  The report will largely be completed in class but check planners for any work that needs to be completed at home.

Religion – This week we will focus the parts of the mass and how to respond appropriately during the liturgy. We are also learning about Dia de los Muertos for our upcoming celebration (October 31st).  Students are asked to learn about a family member or family friend who passed away so that they can be honored on our altar that day.

Math –  Students will take heir chapter 1 math test on Tuesday.  When they get them back, I will ask them to do test corrections which can be submitted for extra points and an adjusted grade.  Once they have their final score, I will ask for parents to sign the test to ensure you have seen their work.  Then we move on to our next unit on Division.

Reading –  We are wrapping up Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad, a realistic fiction novel told from the point of view of a young Spanish boy sailing with Christopher Columbus.  Next week students will begin reading Morning Girl by Michael Dorris.  This book tells the same story from the perspective of a Native American girl.  We’ll be able to compare and contrast both perspectives when we finish the books.

Writing – .This week students are writing log entries to show their understanding of the risks and dangers facing European explorers.  To get started, we listened to “sounds of a creaky ship” (courtesy of youtube!) and really tried to imagine life on board a Galleon.  Entries are due on Tuesday and will be used to earn points for their next Galleon move.

Science – We loved our time in the makerspace last week where we made devices that showed movement out of cardboard.  We will continue the cardboard challenge in our DAY OF PLAY this Wednesday where we present the games we have been working on to our buddies!