This past Friday we celebrated "Pi Day" in honor of 3.14, the circumference of a circle!
Monday, March 17-Wednesday, March 19th the 5th & 6th Grades will be holding a Bake Sale to help with our end-of-the-year field trip costs.
Terra Nova Testing begins the Week of March 24th. Therefore, we will be reviewing prior information in addition to learning new material throughout the next week in preparation. Please make sure your child is well rested and stays healthy.!! :)
Whereas Lent is an appropriate time to review the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, the students will be considering specific ways to practice each Work of Mercy. Our Lenten pilgrimage helps us to follow Christ more closely as we prepare to celebrate the Triduum and Easter. The students will consider how this season of Lent is a pilgrimage that we make together as we journey toward Easter.
It has been quite a busy few weeks here in the Sixth Grade Classroom. We presented a Lenten Prayer Service with our Second Grade Church Partners and our Student Council members have been especially busy as you can see below. In addition to this, the Student Council Members are assisting our Student Teacher, Ms. Kealey in a PBS Reading Contest for Grades 1-3 where they will be dressing up as storybook characters at the assembly to rally our younger students.
On March 10th, the St. Benedict Academy Student Council commenced the CACE (Chief Administrators of Catholic Education) assembly at the Radisson in Manchester, New Hampshire. The group began with singing The Servant Song. Following the song, Student Council recited a few readings from the Bible and ended with a beautiful prayer of leadership and Catholic identity. In celebration of the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Tenth Bishop of Manchester’s visit to Saint Benedict Academy in honor of its 125th Jubilee, the fifth and sixth grade classes presented him with a “Top Ten” list of Why We Love Catholic Schools. The list is as follows:
Power of Prayer
Education is Priceless
We’re Always Voted “Best Dressed”
Smallest Classes=Learning Fastest
Don’t Mention Detention
Home Phone Calls are Quite Small
All of Our Teachers are Cheering in the Bleachers
Parents Take the Time to help us Write, Read, and Rhyme
Teachers Teach us To be God’s Preachers
The audience was filled with Catholic leaders from all over New England. It was a great opportunity for our 5 members of the SBA Student Council to be involved in such an important meeting.
Please let us remember those who are less fortunate and those who may need special prayers and intentions such as Baby Cecilia. Please keep the family of Dominik Martin, one of our former students, in your thoughts and prayers.
In Religion we will be having daily discussions and activities focused on hospitality and how we can challenge ourselves to treat all other visitors as if they were Christ, especially throughout reaching outside of our classroom walls and school community.
As part of our "We Believe" Religion series, we are learning about the enslavement of Israelites in Egypt; God's choice of Moses to lead the people to freedom and the promised land; the conquering of Canann; the stories of Deborah, Samson, Ruth, Samuel; the reigns of David and Solomon; the building of the Temple in Jerusalem; and praying with the psalms. As a supplement to this series, we will also be incorporating many discussions based on Apologetics which may assist the students in dealing with challenges which make us wonder about God's plan for us and how he expects us to respond.
In Reading, we are continuing to read varied types of genre throughout our "Treasures" books along with "Scholastic Scope" and supplemental group books where we are integrating knowledge and ideas, using close-reading and critical thinking questions, vocabulary and implementation of the writing process. Throughout the next few weeks, we will be reading the book "Words in the Dust" by Trent Reedy, which is about a girl with amazing dedication and courage who tries to rise up from war for a peaceful and profitable future. The students will be working in groups with assigned tasks throughout our reading and will have follow-up activities to enrich their overall comprehension of the book, culture, human rights and education of Afghan women and children, especially.
In Writing, we will continue working in our "Grammar for Writing" textbooks along with our supplemental "Scholastic Scope" where we are learning various parts of speech and are able to incorporate it throughout frequent diagramming of sentence structure. Throughout using these as well as our Reading series, we will incorporate what we are currently learning in Reading and apply this to varied types of writing and the writing process. The children have been extremely busy creating their own Poetry Anthologies as a follow-up to the book we have been reading as a class.
In Math, throughout this chapter on Geometry, we will be identifying polygons and their attributes, finding the measure of an angle in a triangle or quadrilateral, exploring congruence and similarity in polygons, identifying and measuring parts of a circle including circumference, classifiying solid figures, and using logical reasoning to solve problems.
In Spelling, each week we will review the words at the beginning of the week and the patterns the words follow. The students will be responsible for completing the packets for homework. Packets will be handed in on Friday and they should be prepared for a weekly test.
I am responsible for teaching both the 5th and 6th Grade Science Classes while Mrs. Timpe teaches both grades for Social Studies. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to experience switching classes as well as being prepared for class with the appropriate materials and assignments.
At this time, both the Fifth and Sixth Grade Science classes completed their own Science Inquiry Projects in the form of an experiment, invention or research. Each student had been implementing the Scientific Method process throughout class and was working independently to take turns "Teaching the Class" about their individual topics. This provided them excellent skills in the area of research, paraphrasing, public speaking, citing resources and implementing the entire step-by-step process they will later use for the Science Fair.
Throughout both classes, students will be given the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning throughout use of microscopes and conducting experiments as well as providing their own pictures and vocabulary to assist them throughout chapter outlines. In addition to chapters throughout our Science books, we are keeping up to date with current science by reading issues of "Science World." This allows the students to apply literacy in Science, reading informational text where they must determine central ideas and summarize key supporting details, graphing, vocabulary enrichment, writing and hands-on activities to supplement the text as well.
The Fifth Grade Class is currently identifying rocks based on their properties, investigate some uses of rocks, and discover how rocks change over time.
The Sixth Grade Class is investigating the physical properties of ocean water-dissolved content, temperature, and density-and the different types of living things supported by the water.
*Please refer to the Fifth Grade Website to see what your children will be learning in Social Studies.
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me or write me a note. I am also happy to meet with you at a time which would be convenient for both of us. Thank you once again for sharing with me the opportunity to teach your children and the blessings each and every one of them brings with them to share.
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If you have any pictures that you can send to Mrs. Timpe for the yearbook, they would be greatly appreciated. The link is: email@example.com
The students need to bring in Baby Pictures for the yearbook ASAP. Please email them to the link above. Thank YOU!
THANK YOU again for all your wonderful auction basket donations!!!!
March 17-19- 5th/6th Grade Bake Sale and Raffle to help with the cost of our end-of-the-year field trips
March 18-Report Cards will be sent home
March 19-20th Conferences (*the 19th is a half day)
March 18-Pasta Dinner seatings at 5:30, 6:30
Family Literacy Night-March 18 Sponsored by Title I and PBS
Week of March 24th-Terra Nova Testing
NO PAC March 20th due to conferences
Sunday March 30-St. Patrick's Day Parade
"Once Upon A Time" Spring Auction April 5 from 6-9:00