Weekly News

Week of May 21st

I can’t believe we have less than a month to go, and so much to do!  This is another busy week, but you get a four day weekend at the end of it all.  The teachers get a 3 day weekend, and I’ll gladly take that!  I had a wonderful week last week and appreciated all the appreciation for Teacher Appreciation Day/Week.  A BIG thank you to Mrs. Schoettler and Mrs. Wong for the special 25 years a teacher cupcakes the class enjoyed on Monday along with the beautiful flower arrangements we received from all the flowers brought in by the students.  I also received some lovely thank you notes and goodies which made my week-fuel for the final weeks!

This week we have our field trip to the Cabrillo tidepools on Tuesday.  Thank you to the Capo, Chavez(Trotter), Gardner, Interian, Leland Scalo, Schoettler, Wagner, Schlaifer, and Cartland families for driving.  If you still want to attend, you can contact one of these designated drivers to see if their front seat is still available.  A carpool of parents is also a good way to travel-actually, the best way to go!  Please let me know if you plan to attend and have not let me know yet.  I hope you read the reminder flyer brought home by your student last Friday with information on how to dress.  This applies to adults also-sturdy tennis shoes and a light jacket are essential.  Please bring a sack lunch for yourself-there are no food stands.  It is a rocky terrain but safe and very fun if prepared for it.  Pray for good weather-looks like a heavy marine layer in the morning so far.

This week we also have STAR reading testing on Monday afternoon.  The STAR math test is next week on Tuesday afternoon.  We have 8:15am mass on Thursday.  Lastly, there is NO school on Friday due to a faculty PD.

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We are learning about Living Our Faith in Ch. 23 and there is NO test on this chapter.

Language Arts

There is NO spelling test this week.  We will have our final Spelling test next week.  In English, we are having some review quizzes on the skills learned/reviewed in our last Theme Unit.  The students are rewriting their fractured fairy tale narratives and illustrating them for display in the classroom.

Math

We are working on reviewing/learning about several concepts.  We are reviewing money and learning how to calculate change.  We are also using our multiplication skills to learn multiples of ten and hundred, estimating products, and calculating 2 digit times 1 digit. Plane figures are being introduced and also being used to do a tangram activity integrating math and art.

Social Studies and Science

We are reviewing for a test on Ch. 9 (Economics Every Day) on Thursday.  Also, we continue with our ocean unit which integrates Science and S.S. This week we are learning about vertebrates/invertebrates, crustaceans, shells, and fish/mammals.  We are also prepping for our tidepool trip so we can look for and learn about some of the creatures that are likely to be in the pools.

Tests this week

Thursday-Social Studies-Ch. 9 (Economics Every Day)

I’m looking forward to our tidepool trip and hope to see many of you there!

Sue Arnold

 

Week of May 14th

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I did!  Also, thank you to all those that helped to make the 2nd grade Agape luncheon and First Communion reception so special-breadmakers included.  I heard they were both beautiful and your time and efforts were appreciated by all.  Lastly, a BIG thanks to all who helped to drive/chaperone for our field trip tp the aquarium.  It was a fun and educational trip for all!

This week we have noon dismissal on Thursday due to Teacher Appreciation Day.  We also have 8:15am mass with 6th grade that morning.  It is also Spirit Week so check the Weekly Newsletter with school events for all the activities.

Next week is our field trip to the tidepools on Tuesday, May 22nd, and permission slips are going out this week.  Also, information for confirmed drivers is going home as well.  Please let me know if you wish to attend and are not a confirmed driver and who you have made plans to go with, so I can set up the carpools accordingly.  Hope to see many of you there.  Pray for good weather!

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We are reading and discussing the Holy Spirit in Ch. 6 as we prepare for Pentecost this Sunday, May 20th.  The test is on Friday, May 18th.

Language Arts

There is NO spelling this week.  In English, we are preparing for a test on pronouns on Tuesday.  We are also having a reading assessment on our last Literature Theme on making inferences, predicting outcomes, text organization, and information and study skills.  We are also writing a fractured fairy tale narrative after exploring rewritten fairy tales.  We are  learning about 1st and 3rd person point of view by analyzing some rewritten fairy tales.  We are practicing taking notes and learning how to write a research report as they prepare to write a 5 paragraph research report as part of their last book report on an ocean life.  The students should have selected an informational text on an ocean life from the classroom or school library by now.  They will also create a diorama depicting their ocean life in its habitat.  Information went home last week about this final book report.  Also please continue to help your students fill out their reading coupons to reflect your family’s reading at home.

Math

We are continuing with division facts and their application in word problems and other equations.  The test on Chs. 9, 10, and 11 is on Thursday.  They also have a division fact test on Tuesday.  We are also reviewing/learning about money and making change as well as time to the nearest minute and elapsed time.

Social Studies and Science

In Science, we are reviewing for a test on Ch. D1 on Air as a Resource on Wednesday.  In Social Studies, we are continuing with our final chapter, Ch. 9 on Economics, and learning about making economic choices.  The test will be next week.  We are also starting our Ocean theme unit which includes topics in both Science and S.S. such as learning about oceans/continents, landforms, ocean careers, and tides this week.  We are learning about taking notes as we compare/contrast sharks and whales.  The students learned about how to identify fish in their program at the aquarium.  We will also prep for our trip to the tidepools next week as we look at creatures and their life in the tidepools.

Tests this week

Tuesday-Math-Division facts

English-Pronouns

Wednesday-Science-Ch. D1 on Air as a Resource

Reading-Theme Skills #5

Thursday-Math-Chs. 9,10, and 11

Friday-Religion-Ch. 6 on the Holy Spirit

Have a wonderful week and looking forward to seeing many of you “on the rocks” next week.

Sue Arnold

 

Week of May 7th

I hope everyone enjoyed our blessed day honoring Mary.  Everyone looked lovely and the weather cooperated.  I don’t think we could have asked for a more beautiful day.  Bless you, Mary!  A BIG thank you to the Crowders for coordinating the retreat snacks and set-up/clean-up.  Thank you also to all those who helped to make it a success.

This week we have our field trip to the Aquarium on Thursday, May 10th.  Drivers should have received information last week via your child.  Please be here by 8:45am on that day.  Students and drivers need to bring sack lunches and students are to wear the school uniform, including school jackets/sweatshirts if needed.  We are not going to 8:15am mass that morning.  Also, the 2nd grade has their Agape luncheon and 1st Holy Communion this week, so thank you to all who are helping with these activities.  Lastly, we are having Library on Wednesday this week due to our field trip.

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We are learning about Creeds in Ch. 22.  The students are focusing on the Apostles Creed and are having a test on Friday.  We are also making cards for the 2nd graders for their !st Holy Communion.

Language Arts

This week we have 20 words focusing on the vowel-consonant-consonant-vowel (VCCV) pattern.  The test is on Friday.  In English, we are continuing to learn about pronouns, and this week we are learning about possessive pronouns, contractions with pronouns, and there, their, and they’re.  The test is next week.  In Reading, we are reading our last story from our Literature books about Ernest Shackleton’s voyage to Antarctica.  The comprehension strategy is text organization focusing on headings, subheadings, illustrations, captions, etc.   We are also reading and analyzing fairy tales in different ways-one way by using a Venn diagram app to compare/contrast 2 fractured fairy tales.

Math

We are practicing our division facts and how to apply them.  There will be a test on Chs. 9,10, and 11 next week.  We are also reviewing and practicing measurement and money.

Social Studies and Science

We are starting Ch. 9 (our last chapter) on Economics Every Day this week.  In Science, we are wrapping up and starting to review Ch. D1 on Air as a Resource and there will be a test on it next week.  We also have our trip to the Aquarium as we kick off our theme unit on the Ocean Habitat and Environment.

Lastly, please remember to help your student to get reading coupons filled out and returned to school to reflect books read at home by your family.

Tests this week

Friday-Spelling 20 words-VCCV pattern

Religion-Ch.22-Creeds

Have a wonderful and blessed week!   Happy Mother’s Day!

Sue Arnold