Dear Parents and Families,
Thank-you for attending the Biography Fair! I feel that every student knew their character very well, and presented their information nicely! Your help with the costumes and providing extra ideas and trinkets to decorate the display boards showed your concern and support! I would also like to mention a comment from Jaden’s Mother; she felt that by creating the display boards in class, that lots of unexpected discussion occurred between the students. This discussion included some compliments as well as advice to others. She commented on our students’ ability to take criticism from their peers and to turn advice into improvements!
My compliments to each of my sixth graders, you did a great job! I was proud of each and every one of you!
We will see each other after Memorial Day Monday.
Tuesday, May 28 - Cathedral Tour and Crowning of Mary
Thank-you for getting the permission slips signed for our St.Joseph Cathedral Tour on Tuesday, the 28th.
Remember to wear sneakers and uniform. Bring a bagged lunch and water.
Crowning of Mary- We hope that you can donate flowers from your garden, blossoming branches/ shrubs from your yard or store to help us honor Blessed Virgin Mary! The Crowning will be at 1 pm in the 1st floor foyer, all parents and family members are invited.
Thursday, May 30 - Grades 5/6 will be presenting their Greek skits to each other.
Friday, May 31 - Field Day at Livingston Park.. Grade 6 wears a RED shirt.
7:30 am Drop off......2:15 pm Pick-Up
THERE IS NO Am or PM Bus on this day.
THERE IS NO AFTERCARE on this day.
Students are brought directly to Livingston Park by their parents and picked up at the park.
Students wear school gym attire. Apply sunscreen before drop-off, and bring extra to apply on yourself.
Sneakers are required. Bagged lunch and water is required.
Baseball caps, sun hats, and a beach towel to sit on are also required.
Math- We will work on statistical measures, Unit 9...mean, median, mode and outlier.
MATH REVIEW will occur in Target Math Instruction. Please remind your child to read questions slowly, and check to make sure they know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions! If you are unsure about your child’s capabilities, let me know and I can supply you with extra resources, such as worksheets.
Science- We will finish Solar System, and Unit worksheets will be homework due Thursday, May 30. A test prep guide sheet will be passed out on Tuesday, and a test on the guide sheet given on Thursday, May 30.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend, with blessings,
Hello to all parents and families,
Grade 6 hopes that all Mothers enjoyed their pansy plant for Mother's Day!
Miss Kate from the Greenhouse helped us plant zucchini seeds. She had help from Miss Donna and Annie's grandfather, Mr. Gary Harper. The seeds will sprout in another week and we will bring them to the greenhouse on June 4.
Monday, May 20 - Testing for the end of the year in reading will be on Monday, the 20th.
Also, Fine Arts Night is at 6 pm in the gym.
Biography Fair -
Monday, the 20th - costumes are due, written speech is due. Everyone will get to practice their speeches.
Tuesday, May 21 - Full dress up in costume and final speaking to the class.
Biography Fair for students is Thursday morning.
Thursday Afternoon - May 23 - Biography Fair for parents and families ,1 pm,
in the gym.
Math - Concentration on math review and continuing graphing.
Science - We are preparing for a test on Unit 12, Lessons 1-3, on the Solar System.
I hope to see all of you at Thursday's Biography Fair!
Hi to all Grade 6 Families,
Our week was one of creating the display boards! Usually the boards were created at home; however, I am pleased to tell you that the discussions while planning the boards at school between the students on whether this color or that color for the background looked best, where to place each photo, which worked better: double sided stick tape or rubber cement....were great to listen to....helping each other measure carefully for margins, lessons on
using a T Square...created an environment of productivity and “how-to” along with camaraderie!
Thank-you, Parents, for sending your child armed with decorative items to enhance their boards!
Parents, thank-you for your support for Teacher Appreciation Week! From treats, flowers, a fabulous luncheon, to coffee and donuts...THANK-YOU! You are so generous and thoughtful!
Classroom Learning for the next week:
Biography Character - Emphasis on public speaking and practicing in front of a mirror for the reenactment of Biography Characters.
Biography Fair -May 23, in the gym.
Math- Continuation of work on the coordinate plane, Unit 8, Lesson 5
Science- We will finish Solar System, Lesson 3 and test at the end of the week
Planting of zucchini seeds-Both grades 5 and 6 - Miss Kate and her assistant, as a well as Annie’s grandfather,Mr. Sullivan, will
be helping us plant zucchini seeds. We will return the seed sprouts to the greenhouse later on June 4 and transplant them in the greenhouse!
Field Trip to St. Joseph Cathedral - Tuesday, May 28, 10 am. All parents are invited and permission slips are coming soon.
Grade 6 has invited Grade 5 to join them in touring St. Joseph Cathedral. We will walk to and from, light rain or shine.
Please pack a lunch and water.
Wear comfortable shoes.
Wear school uniform; no shorts.
Some of the hi-lites of the tour include an explanation of the architecture, the stained glass messages, and the catacombs.
Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms, may you have a day blessed with kisses and hugs!
Hello to all families and friends,
It’s been a week back from vacation and we are rolling downhill toward the Spanish Festival and the Biography Fair!
It has been GREAT to have 100% attendance this week!!
The Redworms survived during vacation and were happy to get a good meal when we returned to school!
Here are next week’s plans for May 6-10:
Wednesday -Running Club
Thursday -Spanish Festival Practice
Friday - Spanish Student Lunch and Festival, Grades 5 and 6 working on Greek Skits
Classroom Studies for May 6-10
Math - We will begin Unit 8, Lesson 6 - Polygons in the Coordinate Plane
Science - Continuing with Unit 12, Solar System, Lessons 2 and 3, titled: How do we observe the solar system? What are stars and galaxies?
Biography Fair - The almost perfect typed draft biography report has been passed in. I will make suggestions to each student as to how to “grow up” their writing using mature words and transitional cue words, and pass the reports back in order for the students to edit one last time.
Students should be typing their bibliography and creating their illustrated cover page and hand in on Monday, the 6th.
Have a great week!
Hello to all parents and families,
The Easter Play was wonderful!! Congratulations to all students who did a great job!!
Good-bye to 3 trays of baby herbs, they went to the greenhouse today and will be transplanted there.
Of course, we still have our worm farm, and the worms are thriving due to the tender,loving care of the students!
When we get back from vacation:
Math-We will continue with finishing Unit 8.3 and beginning Absolute Value 8.4
Science- We will continue in the Solar System Unit
Biography Fair- If you are planning to work during vacation, please put your photos and pictures together in a folder and plan or write your captions for your display board. Bring in your display board for Monday, April 29, we will be completing them in the classroom. You can also type out your Bibliography using the format paper in your folder. Please share the rubric for grading with your parents because it has a lot of emphasis on writing.
I wish my students and their families a Blessed Easter and a fun filled and restful vacation,
Dear Parents and Families, COME ..COME....COME.....
The Auction is tomorrow, Saturday, April 13, at XO Restaurant, from 7-10 pm. Tickets are $50. and will be sold at the door!
Thank-you, parents, for your generous donations! Grades 5/6 will have a$300. Gift card, and also an extra 2 day pass with rental gear
to Vertical Dreams which would cover a nice birthday party!
Some spring weather coupled with a most exciting Love and Kindness Rally has energized the kids! And certainly, outdoor recess is wonderful !
Our herbs were picked up this week and have already gone to the New Horizons Kitchen!
The worms have been a bit ignored due to the hatching of chicken eggs just today!
Have you heard Principal Segal on WZID Radio? (95.7 FM) She has done a nice job advertising MSMA!
Events Coming Up
Monday, April 15, we will have Opera NH Program at school.
Thursday, April 18, is the Easter Pageant presented by Grades 1-6 at 1pm
Good Friday, April 19, NO SCHOOL
Math- We are continuing Rational Numbers and will begin Absolute Value, Lesson 8.4
Science- We will finish Lesson 1, The Solar System, and have a test on Lesson 1 on Tuesday, April 16
Biography Fair and Report : The hand written full report should be 500 to 600 words long. This equates to roughly 5 to 6 pages type written. Note: Use a 5-7 word count per line. Do not include small words of 3-4 letters.
Biography Hand Written Report is due on Monday, April 15.
Here is a list of things to do: (your child also has this list, and a list for the fridge was sent home a few weeks ago, but, just in case,
here’s a quick run down for your convenience:
*Check and read your child’s written report during the weekend,
*Plan the period costume of your character.
*Start collecting pictures, photos, make drawings or charts for your display tri-fold board.
*We will put all work together in school for the tri-fold.
*Buy a tri-fold display board size 36”x 48” and bring to school by Wednesday, April 17
*I have provided colored letters to each student for their character’s name.
*It is not necessary to use these letters, I simply wanted to guarantee that all names be placed in large letters at the top of the display.
Hope to see you at the Auction,
And if I miss you, have a nice weekend.
Hello to All Parents,
Once again, I thank-you for your donations which have made it possible for grades 5 and 6 to buy a Vertical Dreams Gift Card worth $300!! We hope that a Grade 5 or 6 parent will win the bid, because after visiting the indoor climbing gym in Manchester, Mrs. True and I think that our students would really like the climbing experience!! If you have forgotten to donate, and would like to, please do so! Any amount that you can afford would be appreciated!
Our garden red worms have eaten 2 meals so far, and seem to be thriving! It is so rewarding to see the students gather around the plants and worm farm and check in on them every morning. The ph testing is done every other day, fertilizing happens once every 2 weeks, water is tested daily and worms are tested for exact moisture content daily.
Practice for the Easter Prayer Service has begun. The service will be on Thursday, April 18 at 1 pm, and all are invited.
We have begun an essay on Why I Would Like to be Governor for a day. This is a contest that all students will submit their essay. Mrs. True and I are actively guiding the students and will make sure that we meet all the requirements.
Math- We will begin Integers on Monday.
Science - We will be starting a new unit on the solar system.
Preparation for the Biography Fair is well underway. Index cards for the resources are due Monday, the 8th. Please purchase a tri-fold display board this week and send it to school with your child. A rubric went home with your student as well as a guide to citation bibliography.
I hope that you have a nice weekend, and that we can all enjoy some real spring weather soon!
Hello to all Parents and Families,
THANK-YOU, THANK -YOU to those parents who have already donated money for grade 5/6 Vertical Dreams Birthday gift card!!
We have a few more items to buy and plan to make our class gift earn a high bid! We can do it with your help! It’s not too late to help out and donate what you can!
Our Red Worms arrived this week and we fed them today. The meal was composed of shredded lettuce, crushed egg shells, traditional uncooked oatmeal, diced carrots, dried shredded leaves, and coffee grounds..... sounds delicious to them!
TUESDAY.....APRIL 9.......1:30-3:30............ TUESDAY.......APRIL 9.......1:30-3:30.....
There is a mystery celebration coming up on April 9, at our school. All are invited, family members and friends. Principal Segal wants EVERYONE to invite EVERYONE in order to fill the auditorium to celebrate LOVE and KINDNESS!!!
PLEASE COME Tuesday, APRIL 9, from 1:30 to 3:30, we really want you to come CELEBRATE with us and learn what this mystery is all about!!!!
AUCTION coming soon!!!
School Auction fundraiser for scholarships and technology is on Saturday, April 13, 7:00 pm at XO Restaurant.
The theme is the Great Gatsby Gala!
Again, thank-you for what you can donate to help out!
Math- We plan to learn how to solve for the surface area of a prism and to begin solving for volume of a rectangular prism.
(Unit sections 7.6 and 7.7)
Science- We will finish the Unit about oceans and have a Unit test on Tuesday.
Biography Fair- Students passed in their first set of index card notes about their chosen biographical character. They should be writing more notes on cards from their other books and internet source this week. Please ask your child about Transition Cue words in writing and in speaking!
Reminder: the Biography Fair is a huge project and will take many hours of time to research and write. As mentioned in the note sent home, your student must also make a tri-fold display, color a front cover for the report, and prepare a speech and present it while dressed in a character appropriate costume.
I hope that you have a nice weekend and that we can enjoy some springlike weather next week!
Hello to All, and HAPPY SPRING. (At last!)
Auction preparation by our classes has begun. You will receive 2 flyers in your child’s book bag, in their take-home work folders!
We ask that each family donate what you can to enable grades 5 and 6 to purchase a gift card for $200. to Vertical Dreams. Vertical Dreams has, in turn, offered us a card for $300., whereby Vertical Dreams is donating $100. to MSMA. The Auction is April 13.
Baseball Fun Fundraiser - Thursday, March 28....Opening Day of MLB!!
Wear your favorite team T shirt for $1., hat for $2. Or both for $5.
Yearbook deposit $10.00 due by March 29. This is a whole school yearbook.
Feed the Worms- Our worms arrive this week. They eat on Mondays and Fridays. Coffee grinds and egg shells are always welcome! Scraps of fresh veggies and fruits are welcome on Mon. and Fri. I will cut the
peels or skins to the right size at school.
Math - We are working on area of triangles and parallelograms.
Science- We are finishing oceans and will start a new unit on the Solar System.
Have a nice week!
Thank-you for your help with the costumes for the Catherine McAuley Play! Everyone pulled through and there were no costume mishaps! The play went well, and I compliment all of Grades 5 and 6 for performing their best. The Circle of Mercy song was excellent!
All report cards went home this week and I am pleased to say that there were many improved grades! Please send the report cards back on Monday, the 18th.
Our classroom goal is for everyone to bring up their math scores by 2 points. That seems like a reasonable goal; however, it may take some extra time and work.
Miss Kate from the Greenhouse paid us a visit today to help plant herb seeds in soil. She will also be coming on March 21, Thursday to help us start our worm farm.
Up and Coming Notices
Attendance- Please call the school if your child is going to be absent or being picked up for an appointment.
Clothing Swap- Pants, sweatpants, vests and sweatshirts are needed! If your child has outgrown any of these items, we would appreciate them!
Biography Book Reports- The biography book report for the month of March is also the topic for the Biography Fair, which will be on May 23 in the gym. More detailed information will be coming home next week!
Math- We will finish Equations and begin work on Geometric shapes, area and volume.
Science- We will continue learning about oceans.
Blessings, and have a Top o Your Irish Day Today!
Hello to Everyone,
Back at school after February vacation...the kids seem to have grown another inch! Our greenhouse certainly did...we had to deliver basil, mint and thyme to New Horizons this week, in order to make space to transplant more seedlings ! The worm farm will be set up by the end of March and we are looking forward to planting seeds in soil in a few weeks! I am so happy to see the students gather around the grow lights and comment about the plant growth or do a ph test !
Grades 5 and 6 will perform The Life of Catherine McAuley on Friday, March 15, at 1:15-2:15 pm. All parents are welcome!
Coming up for March 11-15:
Science- We will study waves and currents.
Good question- What is the difference between a wave and a current?
Math- We are working on the solutions of equations in two variables and introducing graphing an equation in two variables.
Biography books should be read during the next two weeks.
Hello to All,
With Monday off, and a delayed start this week, it seems that the week flew by!
Happy, happy, happy Friday as we begin February vacation! We send Amelia Domingo and Reagan Crusco to the NH State Spelling Bee tomorrow! They are ready! We wish them the BEST!!
We had a formal presentation by Miss Kate and her co-worker, Miss Donna. We learned about the beginning of the greenhouse and how it developed each year. It was developed completely by generous donors and workers over the years! We have thriving herbs and look forward to seeing them continue to grow! We will start a worm farm for the greenhouse in March. If you collect newspapers, could you please save them for us? The worms live in shredded newspaper!
We began practicing for the Catherine McAuley play which will be presented during school on Friday, March 15th. It will be in the afternoon, and a definite time will be set after vacation.
Students have some reading and math to do during vacation: a biography book to read and some math to begin in Unit 6, writing algebraic expressions. Students have a paper which describes certain math vocabulary words to get a head start on math when we return on March 4th. Also, a reminder that Khan Academy online is a good way to learn about algebraic expressions !
Student desks have been cleaned out, and wishes for a happy and safe vacation have been said, and vacation begins! This may sound strange, but by Wednesday of vacation week, I will start thinking of your children and missing them!
Wishes for a healthy, safe and fun-filled school vacation!
Hello to All,
Valentine’s Day, greetings of love, hugs, and the aroma of chocolate filled the classroom!
We are now gearing toward finishing projects and units of study in order to clean house and begin vacation!
Upcoming events for Feb. 19 to Feb. 22:
No School on Monday, Feb. 18, Presidents Day
Godspell Movie will be shown to grades 3-6, in 3 parts on Feb. 19,20 and 21, as part of religion. It is G Rated. It is about modern day versions of the Gospels.
Ms. Kate Hogan will present a formal explanation about The Hunger Program and our involvement in it. She will be with us on Thursday, March 21,from 10 to 11 am.
The NH State Spelling Bee is on Saturday, February 23. It starts at 9am. All students and families are welcome to attend. It is at the Capital Center for the Arts on Main Street in Concord. We wish Amelia
the best of luck! Reagan will also be there to fill in for Amelia and to cheer Amelia on! Of course, I will be there too!
Math - We will continue and finish the math packet. We will further our expressions by understanding the commutative, associative and distributive properties as well as the properties of zero and one. We will have a Unit 5 test before vacation.
Science - We will finish Unit 10 and have a test on Unit 10 before vacation. The Unit is about Fossils, What was Ancient Earth Like? and How Can Scientists UseFossils?
The math and science tests may be given in sections and on different days, but if a student is absent, and there is make up to do, then testing could be on the same day.
A biography of student choice is for the next book report. The report will be due on March 21. The report will also be used in the spring project along with other activities. More information will come after vacation.
Enjoy the week!
Hello to All,
Congratulations to all students for doing a great job on their research reports! Your transition cue words made your writing smoother! Everyone used great care and showed concern about how you wrote. Our garden is stable and growing nicely! Although we could not go tubing for Winterfest, we had a wonderful time with planned activities in the gym and a challenging time trying to build a structure of playing cards, toothpicks and mini- marshmallows. The structure design was to hold a small plush animal for 10 seconds. The students worked in teams of a mixture of all grades and they were given time to plan and then build. They learned that team planning and work is a challenge in itself, and that patience and communication were key to getting the Mission done. Unfortunately, no team was successful, but, each team was successful in areas of “ if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”
Weekly Update for Feb. 11-15
Please donate canned soups, stews or chili to school, and we’ll get it over to New Horizons.
Thursday, February 14, is Valentine’s Day !
Math- Students received a math packet of worksheets which include lessons on algebraic expression writing, properties of zero, commutative, associative and distributive properties, and the continuation of the order of operations in algebraic expressions.
We will work on this packet during the week.
English Grammar - We will be learning about the importance of prepositional phrases in writing interesting pieces.
Science- We are finishing the Fossil Unit and will test by the end of the week. If your student will be busy with after school activities or is sick, he/she should prepare for the Unit 10 test by doing the Review on pp. 485- 488. These pages will be assigned for class work and homework.
March Book Report will be student choice of a biography of any person which interests your child. Books should be chosen by
February 22, 2019 and should be reviewed by me. The book report will include student reasons why he/she chose their biographical
character. The report will be due on March 21, 2019 and will focus on smooth transitions using transition cue words and good paragraph structure. No project will be additionally assigned.
Hope that you stay healthy, and that we all have a nice week!
Hello to all,
We have had a good week, most of the students stayed healthy and we accomplished some new math and
are in the middle of a short research report, using MLA Easy-bib citation format. The plants were carefully tended to,
and are growing nicely.
We also visited New Horizons and volunteered our services. Thank-you to the parent drivers who made this possible!
We sorted and boxed shoes, boots, bagged winter jackets and took tags off
the new bath towels which our school donated. We also delivered canned goods to help stock the shelves. The students followed
directions and were eager to please! They did a great job!
Here’s what’s going on for Feb. 4-8:
Winterfest has been rescheduled for Friday, February 8 at McIntyre. Students will tube in 2 groups from 10am to 12 noon. There will be skiing lessons for the skiers in the afternoon, while non-skiers will use the playroom for activities until 2:30pm.
Important notes regarding McIntyre Winterfest:
* Bring your own lunch and lots of snacks! No lunch will be served.
* No students will return to school after Winterfest. There is no bus back to school.
* Pick- up for Non-Skiers is 2:30 pm at McIntyre. Usual pick-up time for skiers.
* There is No Aftercare at school on Feb. 8
Friday, February 8, 6-8pm, “Arty Party”
* An information sheet has been sent home with your child.
* Proceeds go to our school fund.
*. It should be a great night of Japanese arts and crafts!
What’s Happening in the Classroom:
Math - We will be starting Algebraic Expresions, Chapter 5. Be sure to ask your child about this introduction to Pre-algebra!
Writing - We will finish the short research report on Monday, Feb.4 and will be working on a biography book report. The report will be
about inventors, scientists or discoverers. There are 2 goals to the writing: Careful attention to writing a first sentence which grabs the
reader’s interest and second, making a citation page according to Modern Language Association.
Science- We will finish Fossils and have an inquiry flipchart lesson, Tp.483,484. We will finish Unit 10 this week.
Stay warm and healthy!
Hello to All,
It gives me great pleasure to commend the spelling Bee finalists! Amelia Domingo, Reagan Crusco, Elaina Burke and Athan Bevan, you did an outstanding job of spelling !! You were polished, polite, smart on your toes, and composed beyond your young years!
Congratulations to all of you! Amelia will represent Mt. St. Mary Academy at the NH State Bee on Saturday, February 23! Reagan will also attend the Bee, and will fill in for Amelia if Amelia cannot participate on that day. We wish Amelia and Reagan best of luck!
All of us at Mt. St. Mary are so proud of you!
I also want to share with all of you how well our class responded to a near crisis with our New Horizons plants. It seems that we were not taking enough detailed daily notes in our log book. Somehow our plants almost burned themselves with too much love and attention!
We learned that too much fertilizer can burn the plant, even if the plant is growing hydroponically! From now on, our notes will be more detailed on exactly what and when we do to plants and how we record it! It was a lesson learned during a fabulous teaching moment!
( I can say that now that all the plants recovered! ) Your children are doing ph water testing and monitoring nutrients, and water levels. They have also converted milliliters and gallons to get the proper ratio of nutrients to water! I am delighted to see that every student has taken an active interest in this project!
What’s Happening This Week:
Please help! New bath towels are desperately needed at New Horizons. Please give a towel this week, by Thursday, when Grades 5 and 6 will deliver them.
National Catholic Schools Week January 27 - February 2
Coin collection Week to help the scholarship fund.
Monday, Jan. 28.......pennies
Wednesday, Jan. 30......dimes
Mon. Jan. 28...........Student-Faculty Basketball Game at 5:30pm
Wed. Jan. 30.........Core Keeper Carnival ...1:00-2:30pm in the gym.
Thurs. Jan. 31......Grades 5 and 6 deliver food and towels to New Horizons
Fri. Feb. 1..............Patriot Shirt Day
Winter fest Tubing at McIntyre Ski Area
Permission slips for New Horizons and Tubing Waivers will go home on Monday, Jan. 28
Please pack a brown bag lunch for tubing.
Math - We will be finishing percents, decimals and fractions.
Research Paper - Students will bring their prepared index cards, book and internet notes(printouts of the website) on Wednesday,
January 30. They will compose their paper in the classroom.
Book Report Biography - The Report will be completed at home and will be due on Monday, February 4. Students may hand in their book reports early on Friday, Feb. 1. The book report may be typed at home.
Science- We will complete Unit 10, Lesson 2, What was Ancient Earth Like?
Looking forward to celebrating National Catholic Schools Week with your children!
And please, hope that our plants will grow without much more drama !
Hello to all ,
I hope that everyone stays healthy for the Christmas Concert Pageant on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6:00 for students and it starts at 6:30. We have been practicing our lines and music and hope to have a great performance!
Science - In anticipation of Christmas break next week, we are planning to finish Unit 2 in science.
Math - We will continue work on rates.
Writing - A surprise writing will be arriving at your home! That’s all I can say for now! Your child has been composing something for you!
Literacy groups will end on Wednesday, the 19th.
Book Reports - The book reports look so interesting! I am looking forward to your presentations during the week, and am excited to hang the decorated information cubes from the ceiling in the classroom! Thank-you for your careful direction following and time and energy put into your biographies!
Don’t forget, early dismissal on Friday, Dec. 21 and have a great Christmas!
Keep an eye on your surprise in your mailbox! Have a great week, and I hope to see you on Wednesday for the Christmas Concert Pageant!