Sunday, April 30, 2017

Classroom Newsletter - Week of April 24th


5th & 6th Grade Newsletter
Week of April 24th – April 28th   

Virtue of the Month: Patience  

Dear Parents:
Curriculum highlights this week include the start of our Integers Unit in Math. Integer usage is a critical foundation of algebraic concepts. Our primary focus this week was the manipulation of positive and negative integers: adding/subtracting, multiplying/dividing, and exponent calculation (for example, -23 = -6). 

In Grammar, students continued to work on classifying sentences using the Question and Answer Flow. To ensure understanding of this important skill, students must receive 100% on an eight-point quiz. For grading purposes, they have three opportunities to improve their grade. Students who have not yet scored 100% will be given their third opportunity, and final grade, on Monday. I will work with students who receive less than 100%; however, they will continue taking the quiz until they demonstrate mastery of this required skill. 

We continue to study the Civil War and its impact on Minnesota in Social Studies. Many students know the general story of the Civil War, but seeing and hearing it from a Minnesota perspective gives the subject a meaningful twist. The discussion during 

Religion focuses on Jesus’ promise and fulfillments. Our saint of the week is St. John, the Beloved. The students will take the chapter test on Friday.

STANDARDIZED TESTING
We finished the Language and Reading portions of NWEA MAP testing this past week. The Math segment will be taken on Wednesday. I will send home the testing results once the cumulative data is available.   

6th GRADE PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW
If you haven’t done so already, please forward pictures to Mark Otto for the graduation reception slideshow. Contact Mark if you have any questions. Thanks, Mark!

SCOLI0SIS SCREENING
REMINDER! 5th and 6th grade students will be screened for scoliosis on Monday morning. Please have your child wear a light tank or t-shirt underneath his/her uniform shirt, as it cannot be worn during the screening.  

MAY CROWNING
May Crowning will take place on Friday, May 5th. If possible, please send a flower with your child on Friday morning. Students will process into the church and present their flowers to Mary at the start of Friday’s Mass.  

DID YOU KNOW?
The 5th and 6th grade students visit their first-grade buddies to assist with poetry and reading activities. The classes have also shared their poetry recitations with each other.
Blessings,
Sherry Carroll

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