Following Christ Today at SHA…
T.E.A.M. 204 News May 10, 2013
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,
Happy Mother’s Day! May you feel God’s love showered upon you through the special thoughts, prayers, and events of this day in your honor.
Eastertime continues as we marked the 40th day on Thursday with the traditional Feast of CHRIST’s Ascension into Heaven. From this day until the Feast of Pentecost, we pray a set of prayers called a Novena. A Novena is a nine day series of prayers for a special purpose or intention. We have begun our Pentecost Novena as we await the birthday of the church on the great Feast of Pentecost.
We began our week with Mass celebrated by Bishop Cistone. Later that morning he not only stopped by to visit the fourth graders, but also joined us for lunch! The students asked some good questions. Ask your child what the Bishop taught them.
On Wednesday Fortune Freddie from First Bank came to visit us. Mr. Szymczyk, an SHA father, has brought Fortune Freddie for years to teach fourth graders about the importance of saving and budgeting money. Has your child asked you if you would prefer a $5000 check or a penny that doubled each day for 29 days?
We had our next Storytelling and Thinking Maps lesson on Thursday. Mrs. DeLorenzo told the story of “The Magnificent Cat”.
Today’s field day was postponed due to inclement weather. A note was sent home yesterday reminding us of our rain date of next Wednesday, May 15th.
Next week’s Mass will be on Friday, Senior Mass. Watch the school’s Friday folder for dress code changes. I will do my best to have students put reminders in their planners.
RELIGION – Students have a prayer for the Feast of CHRIST’s Ascension to pray with you this weekend. We will be reviewing and quizzing over the Glorious Mysteries next week.
MATH – It was an exciting week of protractors and drawing triangles as we used both to help us draw perpendicular and parallel lines. We tested yesterday. On to ch.11!
SPELLING – This week we reviewed the long i and long e spelled y at the ends of words. In their sort students found which sound was more frequently spelled y.
READING – Students used reading time this week to read their biographies. I was disappointed in those who would forget their biographies at home thus not being able to use their work time efficiently. Students should be finishing up if they haven’t already and be working on their reports and coin activity. They should be using the notes on their notecards to write their report. The reports may be typed, though it is not a requirement. (Yes, parents/guardians, you may help type if you’d like.) Biography report and coin activity are due on Mon. May 20th. Students know they may ask for supplies if they need them.
ENGLISH – We are working on pronouns now in our grammar books.
Students worked on writing a paragraph with a topic sentence and three detail sentences. This was a practice for the paragraphs they’ll be writing in both the biography report and the research we’ll be doing in our social studies project.
SCIENCE – Hopefully students shared the water particle (molecule) role play we did this week with you. Ask them about it. They should be able to describe the arrangement and motion of the particles as they change phases.
SOCIAL STUDIES – As we finish the year in social studies, students will be busy reading, researching and planning a presentation on a region of the U.S. They have their guidelines in their assignment folder and will be working on this activity at school.
SPANISH – Senora Foster shared her Costa Rican adventures with students this week.
ART – There is an art show at Art Reach downtown of students’ work from the surrounding schools. Congratulations to Emma Stempky and Andrew Courtright whose artwork was chosen for this show. Stop by Art Reach anytime in May.
PHYS. ED. – Students completed their fitness testing this week.
MUSIC – Thanks for remembering your recorders on Tuesdays, our new music day.
COMPUTERS- Students typed paragraphs about a fourth grade topic. We brainstormed, chose a topic, then brainstormed that specific topic before writing a paragraph about it.
LUNCH DUTY – Students will finish the school year doing a few days each.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Let us pray a blessing for an image or statue of our Blessed Mother:
Lord God, you have given us life and guided us on our journey.
Be with us as we honor Mary. (extend hand in blessing)
We turn to you for protection, holy Mother of God.
May you be a model of holiness for all your people, especially our mothers.
Listen to our prayers and help us in our needs.
Save us from every danger, glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
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