This week will be a busy and rewarding one. After working on the Self Study for the Washington Catholic Educational Association since 2015, we are happy to welcome the visiting team to the St. John community!
The students have worked hard on the curriculum requirements to show what they know about weather, division and prayer. If you get a chance please pop in to see your child’s hard work. The weather books and brochures are packed with facts. The Apostles’ Creed rainbow is a sight to see. The students are very proud of their work.
Special Note about this week: Dress uniform is required for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Friday, March 3rd, is an early dismissal day, 2:00.
Math- Division and strategies to find quotients are tackled in chapter 6 of our excellent book, My Math, by McGraw Hill. The Common Core State Standards are aligned to this book to help the students achieve mastery of key topics. Please continue to help your child with multiplication facts each night for 15 to 20 minutes.
Math Note- We are planning a multiplication celebration with ice cream sundaes on March 17th. More information will follow.
Social Studies- Students are beginning to research the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, which begins the 1,000 mile race on March 4th. Each student will follow one musher as she or he follows the trail to Nome, Alaska. Students will learn mapping skills, read, write, research, use math skills to graph, compare and contrast, and more. This is truly an all purpose unit of study that students love to engage in. The website is Iditarod.com if you would like to follow along at home.
Religion- The beginning of Lent, Wednesday March 1st, brings us into a special time of waiting. Students will go to Stations of the Cross each Friday at 2:00. Please join us if you can. In the classroom we will be preparing for Easter by focusing on prayer, giving to the poor and fasting (from negative habits). There is a prayer cross in the hallway for all students to write a prayer. You can too, just jot down your prayer and attach it to the cross.
Religion Note- The class is collecting brown rice for Northwest Harvest as a service project. Please send in a box or bag of brown rice if you can. One idea is to have your child save their own money to buy a box of rice at the grocery store.Every little bit helps someone in need.
I will be sending the Catholic Relief Services, rice bowls home on Wednesday. Please collect as you can and return to the church during Holy Week.
Thank you for all that you do for the school and your continued support of me, as I teach your wonderful children.