Update 2/5-2/9

Update 2/5-2/9

Catholic School’s Week was a blast! Thank you to our parent volunteers who shared their vocations with us, for the beautiful flowers, and for all the St. John Spirit!

IMPORTANT DATES

  • February 8th- Class Spelling Bee
  • February 13th- Class Valentine’s Party
  • February 13th- Altar Serving Training @3:10pm
  • February 14th – Ash Wednesday
  • February 15th – All school Spelling Bee
  • February 16th, 19th, 20th- NO SCHOOL

Spelling Bee: School Bee Study Guide

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math: We will begin Ch. 6 Adding/Subtracting Fractions. Students will also continue to work on their Overcoming Obstacles Project (Due next week.)

Writing: Students have been identifying figurative language in different texts. This week there will be a quiz.

Science:  This week we will begin our unit on Matter, Chemical and Physical Changes, density, mass, periodic table, volume, and more!

Reading: Students will finish The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963 this week. They have been working hard to stay on top of reading assignments, participate in literature circles, and study for quizzes.

There will be a culminating end of book project as well as graphing major events using Excel later this week.

*Students have also been assigned one Achieve article to be read by Friday.

Religion: We will have covered the meaning of sacraments, the Church, and Jesus’ role in our everyday lives. Students will be taking notes on Chapter 1 in their religion books and using this to guide their reading.

A test on unit 1 will be this week.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Ahern

Update 1/29-2/2

Thank you for coming to Open House! Students worked hard to show off all their wonderful projects and success this trimester.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • January 29th-FREE DRESS/ Donate canned goods to St. Vincent de Paul
  • January 30th- Crazy sock day
  • January 31st- Sweatshirt Day
  • February 1st-Dress like a teacher day
  • February 2nd- PURPLE & GOLD DAY!!!
  • February 14th – Ash Wednesday
  • February 15th – All school Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee: School Bee Study Guide

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math: This week students will begin a project, Overcoming Obstacles. Students will be researching and learning more about individuals who failed several times and used their experiences to succeed. In learning about the failures of others, students will apply this to their own experiences, especially in math.

Writing: We have been identifying several elements of figurative language while reading, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963. Students will uncover figurative language in this book as well as other sources.

Science:  Students finished their investigations covering variables. They took their trials and averaged out their data as a team. Students used Excel skills to graph and input their data tables.

There will be a quiz on the scientific method and variables this Thursday, 2/1.

Reading: Students have been reading, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963, and loving it! This week covers chapter 10-12. Students will be meeting in literature circles to discuss characters, plot, setting, and answer comprehension questions on Thursday. On Friday, students will have a short reading quiz covering the chapters read.

Religion: We will be covering the meaning of sacraments, the Church, and Jesus’ role in our everyday lives. Students will be taking notes on Chapter 1 in their religion books and using this to guide their reading.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Ahern

Weekly Update 1/22-/26

I hope your week is off to a great start! Catholic School’s Week begins this Sunday with Mass @ 10:30am followed by Open House at 12pm. I would love to see you all there!

IMPORTANT DATES

  • January 26th- Hot Lunch Portal Closes
  • January 28th – Mass @ 10:30 am followed by Open House @12pm
  • January 29th-February 2nd – Catholic Schools Week
  • February 14th – Ash Wednesday
  • February 15th – All school Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee: School Bee Study Guide

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math: The chapter 5 test-dividing decimals- will be this Thursday, 1/25. As always, students will complete a practice test on Wednesday to prepare.

*Division and Multiplication enrichment opportunities this week have been offered to all students.

Science:  Students will be conducting experiments, analyzing and compiling results into function tables, and working collaboratively with one another. The investigation this week will cover catapults.

Reading: Students have been reading, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963, and loving it! This week covers chapter 6-8. Students will be meeting in literature circles to discuss characters, plot, setting, and answer comprehension questions on Thursday. On Friday, students will have a short reading quiz covering the chapters read.

Religion: Students have learned about the Seven Sacraments and their symbols. We will continue to focus on one Sacrament in more depth each week.

Be sure to discuss Mrs. Rousso’s lesson from today on Digital Etiquette with your child.

** Prayer of St. Francis is to be recited on 1/23.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Ahern

Update 1/8-1/12

It’s been a GREAT start to the new year! I hope you all had a restful and peaceful Christmas break. We got back into the swing of things this week focusing on organizing desks and file folders to ensure success for the new year. As homework and new units begin, please continue checking Power School for current grades and assignments.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • January 7th- Epiphany Sunday
  • January 11th – In class Geography Bee
  • January 12th- Talent Show @7pm
  • January 15th – No school
  • January 17th – All school Geography Bee @1pm
  • January 26th- Hot Lunch Portal Closes
  • January 28th – Mass @ 10:30 am followed by Open House @12pm
  • January 29th-February 2nd – Catholic Schools Week
  • February 14th – Ash Wednesday
  • February 15th – All school Spelling Bee

Geography Bee:  https://www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/play-kahoot/

Spelling Bee: School Bee Study Guide

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math: Our new unit will cover chapter 5- dividing decimals. We will start with division of decimals by whole numbers. A key component to this unit will be mastering division facts. Xtramath is a great online resource to help! Students should be practicing division facts at home weekly.

Science: Our variables unit is underway! Last week students were introduced to the scientific method. Next week, we will begin investigations of variables. Students will be conducting experiments, analyzing and compiling results into function tables, and working collaboratively with one another.

*This week’s spelling list covers the scientific method terms.

Reading: We will begin our new novel, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963, next week. Each week, students will be reading roughly 4-5 chapters, some being in class and some assigned for homework. They will be required to track their reading via a chart and will also be meeting in literature circles to discuss characters, plot, setting, and answer comprehension questions. Each Friday there will be a short comprehension quiz from the chapters assigned that week.

Religion/Writing: Students will have the opportunity to read several Achieve 3000 articles this week about several historical figures who promoted peace. This will tie into our writing piece comparing different ways to achieve and promote peace in our world.

In addition, students will be learning about the life of St. Francis of Assisi. We will compare his life to that of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.  Students will begin their rough draft this week on the Peacemakers (St. Francis of Assisi, Gandhi, and MLK) essay.

** Prayer of St. Francis is to be recited on 1/23.

Have a blessed week,

Mrs. Ahern

Weekly Update 12/4-12/8

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday 12/5: Altar Server Training @3:05pm

Friday 12/8: Mass (hosted by 5th/2nd grade)  & Dress Uniform

Tuesday 12/19: 3rd-5th Christmas Concert

*Mrs. Kelly is looking for a parent volunteer this week to help fit nativity costumes @1:45pm-2:45pm on Tuesday/Thursday. Let me know if you can help!

Wednesday 12/20: 12pm Dismissal

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math: Our new unit will cover chapters 4/5, multiplying and dividing decimals. A key component to this unit will be mastering multiplication and division facts. Xtramath is a great online resource to help!

ELA: We are continuing to use and practice using interjections. Students will take a practice quiz this week to prepare for the test next week.

Religion/Writing: Our narrative writing unit is off to a great start! Students have written their own narrative piece on an experience they had in the past in which they had to overcome a problem.

As Advent is here, we will be reading about the Nativity stories found in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Using these stories, students will analyze the narrative writing elements. Lastly, the “Christmas Around the World” project note sheets are due this Wednesday. The final project is due 12/12 with presentations following.

Social Studies: Students completed the study guide for the final which is on this Wednesday, 12/6. We reviewed the study guide and will have review activities this week to prepare. Congrats to the first four teams to make it back to Spain!

I hope you can join us for Mass this Friday! Enjoy the week.

-Mrs. Ahern

Update 11/27-12/1

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday 11/28: Photo Retake Day

Wednesday 11/29: Lunch Portal Closes

Sunday 12/3: First week of Advent

Tuesday 12/5: Altar Server Training @3:05pm

Friday 12/8: Mass (hosted by 5th/2nd grade)  & Dress Uniform

Tuesday 12/19: 3rd-5th Christmas Concert

Wednesday 12/20: 12pm Dismissal

 

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math: We have covered adding and subtracting decimals in Chapter 3 and will be wrapping up the unit applying these skills in everyday life. This week we will focus on analyzing patterns and using decimals in money. Our test will be this Thursday on Chapter 3.

ELA: Our next skill is using interjections. Students will use and identify interjections within sentences and in their own books. The spelling list this week covers root words, “equ” and “pen.”

Reading/Writing: Students will be reading about the Incas and Aztecs this week for their Achieve articles. Our narrative writing unit will kick off this week. The focus will be using the elements of narrative writing to analyze stories and begin their own narrative piece of writing.

Social Studies: The first phase of Galleon will conclude this week and phase II will begin. Students will be working in their groups to make it back to their homelands! Everyday students will complete mini quizzes to advance their ships and they are also used as review for the SS unit final next week. The study guide will be completed in class. The final is on 12/6.

Religion: Advent is right around the corner! Students will be introduced to an Advent project this week. They will choose a country to research Advent/Christmas traditions and share their findings with the class. It is a great opportunity to expand knowledge of other traditions and cultures within this holiday season.

Update 11/6-11/9

We have a short but busy week ahead!

IMPORTANT DATES:

11/4-11/5: State of the Parish @ all Masses/Seahawks Tailgate Sunday @11:30am

11/9: Grandparent’s Day @12:00pm

11/10: No School. Thank you Veterans!

11/13: SS Explorer Project Due

11/21: Last day of Trimester 1

11/30: Report Cards Go home

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math: The chapter 2 test will be held on Wednesday. In class on Tuesday, students will complete a practice quiz.

ELA: The conjunctions quiz is on Monday. Students can review the practice quiz we did together in class on Friday.

Reading: This week’s primary focus is covering primary sources. Students will evaluate the importance of primary sources and examine sources in their Achieve articles for the week. Students will continue to read their book at their lexile level in and outside of class.

Social Studies/Writing: Students have completed most of the writing for their reports. This week we will focus on the intro/conclusion and editing. Please click the instructions below for further information!

explorer-report-handout 2017

Religion – Dia de Los Muertos was a beautiful celebration! Thank you to parents who volunteered and who joined us in remembering our loved ones. We started a project where students had to answer one of the following questions, “Who is God? What is Love? What is hope?” In groups, students brainstormed ideas and came up with a way to present this to the class. It is a work in progress but the ideas are amazing so far!

Science: Students worked together in groups to figure out how to assemble and design an elevator! It was a great process and learning experience about the process of engineering. See the photos below!

 

Have a great week,

-Mrs. Ahern

Update 10/30-11/3

Thank you for taking time to meet as a team during conferences. Your support is invaluable! As 5th grade ramps up, please continue to check Power School and planners with your child.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math: Our work with division continues. This week we will focus on using compatible numbers and estimation to divide. A short quiz will be on Friday covering our work thus far.

ELA: We will continue our work with conjunctions and take a practice quiz later this week. The quiz will be early next week.

Reading: Students will finish the book, Morning Girl, lead discussions, and explore themes and the plot this week. There will be a test this Thursday on the book. We will complete two Achieve articles in class.  

Social Studies/Writing: Students have completed all their research for their Explorer projects. This week we will begin the writing process for the project. The focus will be on putting all the research into a 5 paragraph essay. Students wrote all the due dates in their planners. Please click the instructions below for further information!

explorer-report-handout 2017

Religion – November is the honorary month to remember all those who have gone before us. We will be focusing on saints this week and how we can live our lives more like the saints.

**Dios de la Muertos celebration will be held on November 1st. Students will be honoring family or friend with a photo, ofrenda and memorial sharing. Please join us for this celebration starting at 1pm!

Blessings,

-Mrs. Ahern

Update 10/16-10/20

What a day we had today! The silly string showdown was a BLAST!

IMPORTANT DATES/INFO

  • Saturday, 10/14: 100th Year Celebration Mass @5pm/Oktoberfest following
  • Wednesday, 10/18: Individual Student Picture Day (Please fill out form)
  • Wednesday, 10/25-Friday, 10/27: Conferences (NO SCHOOL)
  • Thursday, 10/26: Hot Lunch Portal Closes
  • Wednesday, 11/1: Day of the Dead (we always need volunteers!)
  • CYO Basketball Sign ups are available

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math: Chapter 2, dividing whole numbers, will begin on Monday. This unit will include understanding division, quotients, and problem solving.

Religion: We will begin our study of the 7 sacraments this week! Students will study one sacrament at a time in depth.

ELA: We will continue our work with conjunctions next week. Students have an ELA notebook that they take notes in and use as a resource. Spelling Lists can be viewed over the weekend to get a head start on studying. Paper resources are available as well.

Reading:  We finished our first novel, Pedro’s Journal, this week and will start Morning Girl next week. This book will give students insight into what life was like for Native Americans when explorers arrived.

Social Studies/Writing: Galleon is underway! Ships are on their way to the New World and earn moves based on assignment completion. Students have been creatively writing about life on their ship and the unfortunate fates that they have encountered. Next week, students will begin their Explorer Research Project. They will be able to choose their own explorer and use a variety of resources to compile their essay and presentation. Stay tuned for the powerpoint and documents.

Blessings,

-Mrs. Ahern

Update 10/5-10/13

We had a blast last Friday playing games with our 2nd grade buddies! I was impressed by the creativity of each student and their hard work creating their own game!

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math: This week we worked on order of operations and writing and evaluating numerical expressions. Next week, we will have our chapter 1 unit test on Wednesday, 10/11. We will complete a practice test as well.

Religion: We celebrated our 100th year of St. John Parish this week! It was a great celebration at Mass and students learned more about the history of St. John Parish.

Writing: Our focus this week was writing, editing, and analyzing paragraphs students wrote on the Middle Ages. Students were able to see what parts of a paragraph they were missing and make corrections. Next week there will be a variety of topics for students to continue practicing writing a solid paragraph.

Reading: We started our first novel this week.  Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad is about Columbus’ voyage to San Salvador told in the perspective of a young ship’s boy.  Students have daily reading comprehension work to be completed along with the readings.

Social Studies: Our simulation, called Galleon, began this week!  In this unit, crews of students will simulate either the Spanish quest for gold from the New World or the English Privateers determined to capture the ships. Students have weekly assignments that advance their ships forward including writing prompts, group tasks, map making and more.

Science: We learned about longitude and latitude this week and students made their own astrolabes! Stay tuned for more directions using their astrolabes at home.

Enjoy the weekend!

-Mrs. Ahern