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Wynantskill, NY 12198

7:30am - 5:30pm

Monday - Friday

St Jude School

123 456 789


Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

5th Grade

Jeffers’ Journal

November 29th-December 3rd

Welcome to the thirteenth issue of Jeffers’ Journal! The season of Advent is upon us!  It is a time of waiting and preparation for Christmas and the second coming of Christ.  The theme for the first week of Advent is Hope.  Please remember to come to school each day with an open mind, positive “I can” attitude, a friendly smile, and eager to be a member of our team!

Important Dates to Remember

November   28th: First Sunday of Advent

                        29th: Prayer Service

December   5th: Second Sunday of Advent

                        6th:  Mass

                       12th: Third Sunday of Advent

                       13th: Prayer Service

                      19th: Fourth Sunday of Advent

                      20th: Prayer Service

                      23rd-31st: Christmas Recess (No School or CASE)

Here’s a breakdown of our learning:

  1. Math: It’s important children learn math facts for  addition/ subtraction/multiplication/ divsion with the goal of automatic recall. For the upcoming week, we will learn how to multiply a decimal by a whole number, a decimal by a decimal, and be able to find partial products when multiplying decimals.
  2. English Language Arts:
    1. Grammar: Students will learn how to proofread their writing for subject-verb agreement, capital letters, and punctuation using the proofreading symbols.  What does the word irregular mean? How can a noun be irregular?
    2. Vocabulary: Each week students have 12 new vocabulary words and complete different activities each day (sentence completion, synonym/antonym, matching, word meaning, and context clues).
    3. Reading: An important skill we will be practicing is reading articles or passages and answering comprehension questions. There are three types of connections that readers can make: Text-Text, Text-Self, and Text-World.  First, a Text-Text connection is a connection between two texts.  Next, a Text-Self connection is a connection between the text and yourself. Finally,  a Text-World connection is a connection between the text and the world.  Good readers are always making connections when they are reading!
    4. Spelling: Each day students will learn two or three commonly misspelled words and a mnemonic device to help them remember correct spelling.  They will write a sentence for each word to demonstrate an understanding of its meaning and of conventional spelling.
    5. Book Club: There are three book clubs happening in Room 5!  The books are: Wonder (By: Palacio), The Great Gilly Hopkins (By Katherine Paterson), and The Landry News (By: Andrew Clements). The students are reading a required number of pages and then meeting in their groups to talk about what they read.  They are very excited to meet and talk about the connections that they are making-there are great discussions happening which shows they are comprehending what they are reading!
  1. Writing: We will continue to practice writing strong paragraphs and building our writing stamina each day! During Writing Workshop, we will review the introduction to our personal narrative and see if we are able to to “hook” our reader to want to keep reading!  Then we will begin writing our beginning and also learn about how to add dialogue to our narratives!  The goal in completing this process one step at a time is to have a personal narrative to celebrate at the end!
  2. Reading Logs:  My goal this year is to encourage your son/daughter to find a love of reading!  I am asking that your son/daughter read a minium of 20-30 minutes each night. In addition, I want him/her to complete a reading log (provided in school). The Reading Log must include the Title and Author of the book and a minimum of 5 sentences about what they read. They can use the 5 W’s to help them organize their summary: Who, What, Where, When, and Why. Completed Reading Logs will be due every morning so I can see what your child is reading!
  1. Science: We will review “How fast does the Earth spin?” Next, we will explore the Earth’s Rotation and Daily Shadow Patterns. Some questions we hope to answer are: Why did our ancestors divide days into hours? Who made the first clock? How do clocks measure the Sun’s apparent movement? How was the first clock made?
  2. Social Studies: Why is the United States Constitution important?  What is federalism? Why is the Bill of Rights an important document? Compare and contrast the United States Government and Canada’s Government. What are the important features of Canada’s government?
  3. Religion: The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “arrival or coming.” We are preparing our hearts and minds for the second coming of Christ and also Christmas. The theme for the first week is Hope. We will light the first candle, the Prophet candle, on our Advent Wreath and learn about the theme.  In addition to learning about Advent, we will learn about Sacramentals: Signs of God’s Love in Chapter 4.  How can you use your gifts and talents to build up the church?  In what ways do sacramentals bring us closer to God?
  4. Google Classroom: Students have completed several assignments in Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Religion.  They have watched Mystery Science videos that correlate with the Science standards.  Please ask your child to share with you what he/she has been doing. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send me an email.
  5. Prayer Service: We will be attending a Prayer Service led by Mrs. Hoffay on Monday at 9AM. Your son/daughter needs to wear their dress uniform.  Girls must wear green plaid jumper/skirt, white blouse, green sweater (seasonally), green knee socks or tights, and dress shoes.  Boys must wear long pants, white shirt, a tie, and dress shoes.