Odds and Ends:
Well, March certainly is coming in like a Lion...hopefully it will soon become a lamb.
A note from Mr. Stone:
We need your help! The Director of Education for the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission (HCESC) informed us this week that Immaculate Conception School needs to provide original copies of the 'Individual Student Request for Loan of Textbooks' form to him by March 30th, 2018. (For us, this means by March 28th since there is no school March 29th-30th.)
This is very important. As stated on the form, "I understand that the board of education of the public school district in which the nonpublic school is located has oversight of the State funds designating for providing the loan of textbooks to nonpublic school students pursuant to law, regulations and availability of funding."
Simply put, each year ICS receives State funds, by way of the HCESC, which we use to purchase curricular materials. We are accountable to the HCESC for the textbooks and related curricular materials that we purchase. It is imperative that we have the 'Loan of Textbooks' form signed and returned by each Kindergarten-Grade 7 parent, enabling us to submit such to HCESC's Director of Education, thus not compromising our ability to access and continue to use such funds in the future, based on an accurate representation of our enrollment numbers.
Language Arts Confessions:
Vocabulary Unit Practice sheets are assigned each week there is a new unit. They are due on Friday. Quizzes are on Fridays, as well. Hopefully, we will return to Vocabulary next week since it is a scheduled full week of school.
We have just begun our next novel Walking Two Moons. Children will be working on various Literature skills such as figurative language, character traits, point of view, theme, making inferences, and much more. A packet has been given to them that will be due at the end of the novel. We continue to log signposts. These will help them with these skills. Feel free to check out what we will be working on.
A monthly reading skills packet is assigned at the beginning of every month. Children have a month to complete this packet. It is a project grade, so please encourage them to do a little bit each night. It is due on the last school day of the month. March went out last week.
This marking period we are working on argumentative writing. Students will complete various lessons culminating in an argument essay.
Our third book report has been assigned. Please make sure your child is reading their book and logging signposts every night. They will be writing up 5 different signposts for this report. Book reports are due on March 28th.
We have begun verbs. Correction to my last newsletter where I stated it would be adverbs. We have looked at action and linking/being verbs. Next we will be studying verb phrases.
Social Studies Confessions:
We have begun focusing on the Western and the Eastern Worlds meeting with the Europeans coming to America. Again, we are moving from dependent learning to independent learning. Students are reading the text and extrapolating important information into their own notes. We then discuss as a class and in partnerships to make sure we have included everything. Students are enjoying the process.
Dates to Remember:
March 01st – First Thursday – Mass 9:00a.m. – Early Release at 12:15p.m.
March 28th - Book report due and March Packet due
March 29th – NO SCHOOL Begin Easter Break
"Strive for progress not perfection..."
5th grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Immaculate Conception School.