This week, our school mass will be on Thursday instead of Friday because Father Ricky will not be available on Friday. Students must wear their white uniform shirt on Thursday. Also, please be aware that there will be no Junior High Hot Lunch on Thursday, so all students must bring a sack/box lunch from home.
We continue planning our Science Fair projects. The front side of the blue Planning Form page was due on Friday. The back side (Resource listing) is due this Friday (Dec. 15th). Please check the Science page of this website for more information.
The last two weeks before Christmas require even more flexibility with classroom schedules than usual. We will be working in pageant practices and other seasonal activities. For this reason, homework is not listed on RenWeb, and it is even more important to use student agendas or the current homework page to view student homework.
We continue to practice our Christmas songs in class, but students may also practice on their own by viewing/listening to the videos and lyrics sheet posted on our Religion page.
Updated on December 10th for the week of December 11th.
For school-wide news, make sure to read the latest Eagle's Nest Newsletter.
Advice and Reminders
December 4th -15th - Decorating our tree by collecting items for Youth On Their Own (please see the graphic on the Happenings page of the St. Joseph website for more specific Information).
December 4th-15th - MAP Testing
December 12th - Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession
December 13th - Fundraiser at Culvers on Broadway and Prudence from 5pm to 8pm
December 14th - School Mass (Father Ricky will not be available for Mass on Friday, so we will be attending Mass on Thursday this week).
December 20th - Christmas Pageant
December 21st - Pajama Day
For more information on dates of school-wide events, please see the Happenings or the School Calendar pages on the school website.
Fifth Grade Newsletter
The Classroom Notes section at the top of this home page is the fifth grade newsletter. It is usually just a couple paragraphs. It is updated weekly, usually on Sunday nights, but it may be updated earlier in the weekend. As well, the curriculum pages are updated every weekend to reflect what will be taught in the coming week. This advice and reminders section is often left up as reminders, and is not necessarily new. However, if you see a new heading, you know that the information provided under that heading is newly provided.
A New Year
Fifth grade is a year of much growth and development, both academically and physically. I love seeing the students grow, mature, and become responsible, independent learners. It is hard work to transition into an independent student. To aid parents in helping their fifth graders, I have several sections/pages/links on this website that provide useful tips, tools, and advice. Please feel free to browse all the sections for anything you might find helpful. Also feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
The Importance of Homework
Homework provides much needed practice and feedback to prepare students for the tests that follow. More than just lowering a student's average in a given subject, missing homework assignments may also result in gaps in learning. In the first days of school, students will be given papers discussing our classroom policies, including homework policy. We will be discussing these in class, but do not hesitate to stop in if you have any questions.
Check RenWeb Frequently
Please make sure to check your child's grades frequently on RenWeb (at least once a week). If you have any problems accessing RenWeb, please check with the office as soon as possible. RenWeb is your quickest, most up to date access to your child's performance on assignments/tests. If you have any questions about your child's progress, please let me know and we will sit down and discuss your concerns.
Students must follow the dress code as outlined in the Student Handbook. Repeated violations of the dress code will result in a detention. I have reminded the students of this in class. If you have any questions, the Dress Code section begins on page 8 of the Parent/Student Handbook, or on the Dress Code pages of the school website.