Friday, 30 January 2015 00:00

February Updates

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Well, January was a month that went from freezing to sweating in a matter of just days!   Whether we were cold or toasty warm, the month just flew by, and we are now at Catholic Schools Week…the best week of the year!   Below you will find information of the progress in our classes, as well as what is coming soon.

8th Grade Reading - We are well into To Kill a Mockingbird now.   There are still parts that confuse the students, but they are enjoying the story, and are constantly making predictions about what the characters will do next.   We are spending lots of time on characterization and plot development because Lee is so descriptive in her character development, and there are really 2 story lines to follow throughout the book.   We continue to practice fluency each week, as well as vocabulary work.   I will let you know once I schedule the final assessment over the novel.

6th Reading - Students just completed their first Free-Choice Book Project for the year.   At the beginning of the trimester I assigned them to read one book of their choice, and to do a performance/artistic/written project of their choice.   The projects were due this week, so we took a short break from Journeys to see all the dioramas and posters, as well as watch character interviews and movie clips.  The students did a great job.  Once they turn in their self-evaluation sheets next week, I will be able to give them their final grade.   Also next week we will return to Lesson 15 of Journeys.

8th Guidance - We are part-way through the video series, Sex as God’s Gift.  We have watched and discussed the sections on STD’s and teen pregnancy and now will move into the sections on how their sexuality is a gift from God, to be preserved and cherished, and then the last section is about Relationships.   At any time if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Your student may be reluctant to talk about the video, but letting them know that you are available any time they have questions will be good for them.

Student Council - Student Council hosted the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon earlier this week.   It was fantastic!   We want to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Dan Klien at the Ankeny Olive Garden for their generous donation, and particularly Molly Reilly, for getting us connected with Olive Garden, helping with the ordering, delivering the food, and helping set the luncheon out.   We are so blessed to have wonderful parents like Molly who help out in any way that they can!

Student Council is also selling Candy Grams for Valentine’s Day.   An order form for parents will be emailed next week.   Between now and Friday the 13th, the Student Council will be selling flavored heart suckers, or Black Forest Valentine fruit snacks for a $1.00.  The candy is attached to a Valentine Card for the students, and then it is delivered during the classroom Valentine’s Day parties on that Friday afternoon.  Parents can fill out the form and send it back with their money, and Student Council will get your Candy Gram ready to go.  Please make checks payable to St. Joseph School.  Students will also sell Candy Grams at the end of each school day, from 3:05-3:15 in the Library.   Proceeds from this fundraiser help to pay for the Teacher/Staff Luncheon, as well as the 8th grade Dunk Tank at the end of the year, and other activities throughout the year.  If you have questions, please feel free to call or email me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 Enjoy what is left of Catholic Schools Week, and I look forward to seeing you all at conferences in a few short weeks!


 Mrs. Rodine




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