9/15 Weekly Newsletter

Dear Families,

It was great seeing so many of you at Curriculum Night on Thursday. Please refer to the weekly email to see a PDF of the presentation we shared if you weren’t able to make it.

We had a great Jog-a-thon this week! The 5th graders all ran well and gave great effort today. We really enjoyed their outfits! Donations will still be taken until September 22nd. The grade with the most money donated by then will get to participate in the Silly String Showdown! Current standings have Mr. Sandstrom’s class rising through the fundraising ranks in 6th place and Ms. Kelley’s class dropping from a high of 4th place down to 2nd to last. You can donate and track their progress through 99 Pledges: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/StJohnJogathon2023?mc_cid=6f22a7c674&mc_eid=c508bdef24

NOTES

STUDENT PLANNERS- On Monday, students will begin using planners to record their assignments.  Please check and initial the planner each night so we can begin building good habits!

MAP TESTING- We have testing on Monday and Wednesday next week.  If your student needs to finish or make up a test, we have dedicated time for that purpose the week of 9/25.

BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS – Friday, September 22, 8:15am

Please join us for the annual Blessing of the Backpacks on Friday, September 22 at 8:15am on the school parking lot. Fr. Crispin will bless the backpacks, which will hopefully be filled with food donations to support our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry and the Broadview-Thomson K-8 Food Program, which serves meals to over 500 children and the neighborhood. This is a great opportunity for our students to participate directly in the support of those in our community most in need.

BTK-8 has updated its Food Program. Please refer to the list to see what is most needed at BTK-8. Please NO glass containers. Gift cards are always welcome.

Questions? Contact Teresa Gillett at 206-782-2810 ext.355 or tg******@st*******.org.

CURRICULUM UPDATES

READING- Students learned about the Big 4 this week (predictions, questions, connections, and summarizing) and applied them to two different texts. We will get started with our first novel, Maniac Magee, next week. 

MATH- We begin our first math book chapter next week, studying place value, properties of addition and multiplication, and powers of 10. Students will have math homework on Monday-Thursd

RELIGION- Students learned about the Introductory Rite of the Mass, why the priest wears certain colors, and about our Saint of the month, St. Padre Pio. We will talk next week about the Creation story.

WRITING/ELA- Students will identify main idea and theme of paragraphs and use that information to create their own perfect paragraphs!  We will also begin studying our first set of classical roots: circ and cycl and will have a quiz on Friday.

SCIENCE- We will break down the Engineering Design Process and do an experiment where we change one variable.  In technology, students will work on formatting skills. 

SOCIAL STUDIES- Students had a discussion about the events of September 11th and learned about the first Native American groups to settle in the Americas. We will continue with our Native American unit next week.

Best​,

Ms. Kelley & Mr. Sandstrom