Good Day to Everyone
Here are a few comings and goings in 5D
In Social Studies, the 5th Graders are learning the causes of the Revolutionary War. They’ve studied the British taxation on the American colonists and the effects of the taxation. Now the focus is on the protest on the taxation. We even typed a letter illustrating our discontent with the taxes. All the 5th graders are very excited for what else they will learn.
For Accelerated Math, we just concluded our unit on adding and subtracting fractions. After our intersession break, we will begin multiplying and dividing fractions.
For our level Math class, we are currently working with decimals. The students are mastering adding and subtracting decimals, plus estimating the sums and differences as well.
Next Friday, will be a dress down day. We are asking for donations on that day to help support our School Book Fair.
Father Mike and Father Craig have request all Parishioners to take a quick survey on Faith and the Catholic Church. The website is disciplemakerindex.com. Please visit the site and take the 10-15 minute quiz.
This upcoming Wednesday is the 5th Grade Reconciliation. Students will be going into the church at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. There will be a short ceremony, then each 5th grader will have their opportunity to reconcile. Students can bring a religious book to read while they wait their turn.
Have a great weekend.
See everyone on Tuesday
Here are a few comings and goings in the 5th Grade
This past Wednesday was our annual 5th Grade Retreat. There was a lot of positive and high energy. The retreat did a fabulous job in tapping into that energy. The 5th graders learned about respecting themselves and others, but also standing up for others as well. The students absolutely understood these objectives of the retreat, which was called The Kindness Retreat. Between hearing and telling stories of acts of great kindness, there was a lot of fun games and dancing that the 5th graders loved. I know from personal experiences that the 5th graders will cherish these moments for the rest of their lives. The objective of kindly treating others and standing up for others sticks with them for a lifetime. Please check out the photos of the retreat at the bottom of the newsletter.
This week is our Catholic Schools Week. It is a fantastic celebration of what makes our Catholic Schools so special. There will be various entertainment provided from the school. On Monday, the 5th graders will go watch the Omaha Street Band in the gym. On Wednesday, we will watch the Marian Chorus in the gym too. Friday, we will watch the 7th/8th grade play. On Thursday is our annual Catholic School Mass. For Thursday, you are allowed to walk your 5th grader up to the classroom. They will put any books/notebooks away, hang up bags and coats up, and then together you can walk down to Mass. After the mass, please go to the South and North cafeteria for donuts and juice. Please have your child back to the classroom by 9:50ish because we will start mods at 10:00.
In Math, our Accelerated Math group is working with fractions. We are currently mastering addition and subtracting of fractions, including unlike denominators by dating back to what we learned about least common multiples. We will also do some real life situation where the students may use these fraction concepts.
In the leveled Math group, we are moving into the world of decimals. This week, we focused on placement value of decimals to the thousandths. The students are also working on comparing decimals and ordering decimals to greatest to least and least to greatest.
For Social Studies, we are working with a lot of handouts on the causes, main events, and the impact of the French and Indian War. This is an important lead in to the Revolution War. The Revolutionary Era will begin in February.
Good Day to Everyone
I wanted to quickly update about a few happenings in 5th Grade over the past week and what will happen in the coming weeks.
Next Wednesday, January 20th, will be the annual 5th Grade Retreat. The retreat will be during the school day from 9:00 to 2:00ish in the Parish Center. The retreat focuses on Respect and Kindness in a fun, safe, friendly way. The students will be involved in games that involve a lot of movement in a controlled setting. The goal is to not only show respect to oneself and others, but also advocate for other students who may be a victim in a bullying situation. There will be a hot lunch that the school will provide. Typically the hot lunch is pizza. Students can bring their own cold lunch if they like to. For the dress code, students are to wear their uniform shirt/sweatshirt and jeans. There will be no mods that day.
Next Friday, January 27th, the school will have an optional dress down day. The proceeds are to go to the Bethlehem House here in Omaha. Please bring one dollar to help with the charity.
From January 20th to February 3rd will be Catholic School Week. During that week there will be a Parent-Child mass at St. Pius X for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade on February 2nd at 8:30. You are allowed to come up the the classroom with your sons and daughters to drop off their backpacks, books, and jackets. Then your family can walk down to mass. After the mass, you can go to the school cafeteria for juice and doughnuts.
I believed I covered all the important events. For what is happening in the classroom:
Social Studies: We have concluded our unit on Life and Times in Colonial America. We are now in a unit described as the Fight for the Continent. The 5th graders have learned about the French culture in America and their close relationship with Native Americans. Next week, the focus will be on the French and Indian War. The 5th graders will closely follow the reasons for the war, what the three groups were fighting for, how the British won, and the aftermath of the war. After this chapter, the next chapters will be all about the Revolutionary War.
Math: The accelerated class has just completed their first chapter on Learning Fraction concepts. The next coming weeks, this group will be learning about adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions.
Our leveled Math class will have a test coming up next Tuesday, January 24th. The test will be over the Properties of Algebra, Order of Operations, Solving Equations with a variable, and Function Tables. In the upcoming weeks, we will dive into decimals.
I would like to extend a hearty congratulations to Charlie Mangan and Giuliana Weber for their participation in the school finals of the Geography Bee. The represented Room 5D with a lot of pride and did a fantastic job in the Geography Bee.
Also, a warm congrats must be sent out to Gabe O’Doherty and Lilly Risch-Bakhit for making it to the finals of our school’s spelling bee. Gabe and Lilly will be competing on February 1st to hopefully qualify for the Omaha Metros Spelling Bee finals.
Have a lovely week.
Hello. My name is Jerry Carreon and this is my 4th year at SPSL. I'm a 5th grade teacher and I teach Math and Social Studies. I really enjoy teaching at SPSL. I've been very blessed to be around great families, students, administrators, teachers, and assistants.