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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00

3rd Grade News

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Welcome fall! We just finished our first time at Iowa Assessments and 3rd graders held out very well! Here is what we will be focusing for the month of November. Math: We will begin working with units of measurements, fractions, and discovering probablity. Writer's Workshop: We will continue to work on opinion writing in different story forms. Social Studies 3: We will be learning about communities in history and new settlers who started our lands. Reading: We continue to read different genres, this month being a folktale, realistic fiction, and a biography. Look for your parent letter that comes home weekly. This will let you know a summary of our weekly story and skills we will be working on for the week. Social Studies 2: We have started in our textbooks and are discussing different types of communities, groups and the importance of working together. We will take a break…
Friday, 28 October 2016 00:00

Week of October 18th

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Dear Parents/Guardians – Preschool has had a very busy last few weeks! First, I would like to say “Thank You” to all the parents who could join us on our field trips to Center Grove. We had beautiful weather all three days . I would also like to thank all of you for committing to your child’s education by attending conferences this first round, preschool had a fantastic turn out. Hopefully we can finally get back on track a little bit before the holidays hit us! We have been working on a new theme which focuses on family and community. The focus is for the kiddos to learn about the people in their family and how others have similarities and differences in their families. We are also looking at neighbors and neighborhoods to see that there are houses, parks, and schools in our neighborhoods. A couple of the stories we…
Friday, 28 October 2016 00:00

First Grade News for the Week of October 24th

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First Grade News for the Week of October 24th October Dates to Remember: October 31st- Halloween party at 2:00 November 1st: Mass (instead of Wednesday) November 2nd- All Saints prayer service at 2:30 November 3rd- Dress Down Day (no money needed) November 8th- Home and School Meeting at 6:30 November 11th- Spirit Day (bring $1 to be out of uniform in jeans and a team shirt) November 17th- Dress Down Day for Missions (bring $1 to be out of uniform) November 22nd- Buddy Activity at 2:00 November 23-25- Thanksgiving break November 30th- Advent prayer service at 2:40 Lesson 7 Spelling Words: in, will, did, sit, six, big, grin, trip Lesson 7 HFW (high frequency words): animal, of, how, some, make, why Ali was the “Big Cheese” this week. She shared her stuffed penguin, the ceramic cats she painted. And the Beanie Baby cat she got from her grandma. We read…
Friday, 28 October 2016 00:00

November 2016 Blog

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Happy November! Here is a look at what is happening in Ms. Ramaekers’ classes this month: Algebra: In Algebra, we have been focusing on solving equations with one variable. In addition to our regular lesson schedule, we will be preparing for the midterm that Dowling gives to all 8th grade Algebra students in the diocese. This will be taken shortly before Christmas break, and it is a multiple choice exam. Reading: We will be finishing Freak the Mighty during the first two weeks of November. Students will have a final test over the book and will complete one of several project options. Our next book will be Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. We will be focusing on the themes of friendship and racism within the context of this historical fiction text. 7th Grade Religion: We are currently in Unit 2, entitled “The Meaning of the…
Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:00

November Phys. Ed. Info

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Middle School students in grades 5-8 will be starting a volleyball unit. This unit is designed to provide the students with some very basic skills and knowledge to participate in volleyball. Hopefully we will acquire the social skills necessary to work together in a positive and productive manner. Objectives in the unit will be for students to perform basic skills such as forearm pass (bump), overhead set, and serve. The goal is for students to display etiquette and sportsmanship during this unit. Elementary students will continue to develop and improve their locomotor and manipulative skills. They will be participating in striking lessons using their hands,racquets, and other small implements. This will improve their eye-hand coordination. 3rd and 4th grades will be doing volleyball lead-up activities and games.
Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:00

October Blog

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October has been a busy month! Here is what we've beeing up to, as well as what to look forward to in the next few weeks... *Math: Students are doing a great job with new math concepts. Keep up the good work! We will continue with a lesson every day and a test after every 5 lessons, along with an investigation after every 10 lessons. We are working on algebra concepts, so please stay in touch with me if students need extra help! *8th Language: Students just finished their poetry unit. The first week of Novemeber will be spent learning about Shakespeare and preparing a Shakespeare reader's theater to preform to 7th grade. After poetry is complete, we will get back into grammar (parts of speech) until Thanksgiving break. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas will be spent writing our expository (how-to) paper! *8th Reading: We are almost finished with…
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 00:00

November Blog - Mrs. Rodine

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Happy Autumn! It finally feels like it’s here. Thank you to all the parents who came to Conferences a few weeks ago. It was so nice to meet you, and to visit about your children! It is such a blessing to be able to collaborate with the students’ first teachers, so that we can all help them be so successful. Below you can read about what is happening in my classes, as well as see news about Student Council, and Speech and Debate! Course 1 Math - Again, I can’t say enough about how impressed I have been with this group of students so far this school year! They are a terrific bunch of hard workers. Students are really motivated in this class to learn, and to get not waste time. We just took Cumulative Test 4. We will finish this week with the next set of five lessons, starting…
Friday, 21 October 2016 00:00

First Grade News for the Week of October 17th

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First Grade News for the Week of October 17th October Dates to Remember: October 23rd- St. Joseph Parish Halloween party 4-7pm October 27th- Out of Uniform for Missions (bring $1) October 31st- Halloween party at 2:00 Thanks to everyone for your attendance at parent-teacher conferences last week! I enjoyed sharing your child’s progress with you. The St. Joseph community was saddened by the sudden loss of Heidi Allen last week. I had the pleasure to get to know her while teaching her children, Emily and Chase. She was a wonderful, loving woman who will be greatly missed. The first graders made cards for Emily and Chase on Tuesday. Please continue to keep the Allen family in your prayers. Lesson 6 Spelling Words: an, bad, can, had, cat, ran Lesson 6 HFW (high frequency words): away, call, come, every, hear, said Here is what we did this week: Math: We added…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 00:00

Oct./Nov. Phys. Ed. News

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Middle School Physical Education: Students in 5-8th grades have completed their fall fitness testing and have set baseline scores and times. Next April we will retest to see if their has been growth and improvement in physical strength, cardio endurance, speed and agility, and flexibility. Students will work all year long at fitness routines that will help them to grow in each of these fitness areas. Wednesday will be our "Workout Days" where the MS students will participate in strength/flexibility/ cardio workouts developed by personal trainers and myself. We will focus on our core muscles quite a bit during these workouts. Our sports related activites on Thursdays will include Gator Ball and Football in October, and Volleyball in November. Elementry Physical Education: Grades 3-4 have completed their fitness testing in October and yes they all survived the mile and half-mile run test! Students in K-4 have been working on improving…
Friday, 07 October 2016 00:00

First Grade News for the Week of October 3rd

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First Grade News for the Week of October 3rd September Dates to Remember: October 10th- Parent/Teacher conferences from 4:00-7:00 October 11th- Parent/Teacher conferences from 4:00-7:00 October 13th- Parent/Teacher conferences from 1:00-8:00 October 13th and 14th – NO SCHOOL October 17th- NO SCHOOL (Staff professional development) October 18th- Home and School Meeting at 6:30 October 19th- Mass by first grade October 21st- Spirit Day! (Wear a team shirt for $1) October 27th- Out of Uniform for Missions (bring $1) October 31st- Halloween party at 2:00 Lesson 1   Spelling Words: up, bug, mud, nut, hug, tub Lesson 1 High   Frequency Words (HFW): many, friend, full, pull, hold, good Test will be   on October 12th Jules was the “Big Cheese” this week. We read one of her favorite books, The Book With No Pictures. She shared her stuffed dog named Cotton Candy, the cover of her favorite CD by Taylor…
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