January 15, 2018
Good morning 5A families! It is windy in North Bend this morning, but beautiful. I hope you are all enjoying your 3-day weekend!
For the next month fifth graders will be studying one of two classic books in a literature format: Sounder or Sign of the Beaver. Your children have calendars in their binders (and attached to this email and on 5A website under curriculum), which show the assignments for the month, as well as vocabulary packets and “preparation sheets” for the literature circles. Our first lit circle meeting is Thursday. By that day, your child is to have read (at least once) the assigned chapters on the calendar and prepared for the circle meeting. While these books are short novels, they are full of dialog that is matched to the region and time of the novels, and so, extremely challenging. I have included links to audibles of both novels, which you may choose to download for your child, to aid comprehension. CDs are also available both from Amazon and from the library. Please ask you child about the stories. It might be a great idea to listen to her/him read portions of the book to you and summarize what was read.
Thanks for all of your support!
Mrs. Mary E. Talevich
Teacher, 5A, St. Louise School
November 28, 2017
Joyous Almost Advent! We are waiting patiently…..
Advent begins on Sunday, December 3, but we have begun to prepare our hearts for the Christ Child’s arrival, deepening our faith and love….
Dear Families: It is such a joy to teach in a Catholic school during the holy and joyful Advent season! Here are a few reminders of activities and learning goals over the next weeks.
Math: After a computation review test tomorrow, all math classes are studying chapter 5, long division with larger numbers. We will take our topic 5 test Thursday, Dec. 14. Online checkpoints are assigned with each lesson taught and will be due the day of the test.
Religion/Writing: Your children are beginning secret treasures featuring the nativity of Jesus. Meanwhile, we are continuing our look at the Church seasons….and praying for all of our friends and family. We are also praying and memorizing the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.
Reading: We are reading nonfiction pieces on wildlife and habitat in our Anthology articles. We will have regular spelling tests from the Reader’s Notebook pages, as well as vocabulary and comprehension tests on Fridays until Christmas.
Social Studies: East meets West this week as we discuss the Columbian Exchange that forever changed the world! We will cover the fall of Tenochtitlan and the conquering of the Aztec Empire by the Spanish. We will take our test over chapter 6 on Thursday, December 7th.
Science: We will finish our Mixtures and Solutions Unit and are reviewing all concepts. Students will have a test on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
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Buddy Stuffed-Santas: If you have an extra bag of wrapped candy or little tiny toys, pencils, hair clips, etc to stuff into our little buddy St. Nicholas ornaments, we would very much appreciate a donation to help us be St. Nicholas to our buddies. We are giving them to 2-A on December 6, St. Nicholas Day.
Candy Houses with Buddies: Your child will bring home a paper with her/his donation listed. (In the to-do side of the homework folder on Wednesday.) This item is due on Friday, Dec. 8.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary: Friday, Dec. 8th 9:00 AM. We will celebrate the wondrous miracle that Mary was conceived without sin to prepare her to be the mother of God’s son. She then spent her holy life fulfilling God’s will, saying yes to all that God asked of her. Come join us in song and prayer! Meet outside of the classroom at 8:40.
Advent Angels: Your child will be an secret Angel to a pal beginning Monday, Dec. 4th. More info coming!
Thanks again for all you do to support your child at St. Louise School. Things are going well, and the students are working diligently to honor their resolutions and goals set at conferences! We will remain focused and productive through this joyous and exciting season!
Blessings!!! Mary Talevich