November 5 – 9

Welcome to November!  It is hard to believe that we are approaching another winter already!  November is a short month, but a busy one.  We will begin our traditional 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade Christmas play practice next week.  The play will be performed for families on Friday, December 14th at 6:30, so mark it in your calendar and let your family and friends know!

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On Tuesday, November 13, at the 9:00 a.m. school Mass, students will process in with a bounty of fruits and vegetables and share their blessings with the local food bank.  Below is the list of fresh produce and fruit the students are to bring in for their donation.  Your generosity will help provided less fortunate families a nice Thanksgiving dinner.  Thank you!
·        Kindergarten       red apples
·        First grade:         oranges and grapefruit
·        Second grade:    pears
·        Third grade:       onions
·        Fourth grade:     carrots
·        Fifth grade:         nuts & olives
·        6th Grade:           raisins and cranberries
·        7th grade:            potatoes
·        8th grade:            squash, yams and sweet potatoes

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Here are some important dates:

Wednesday, November 7: Dress Down Day for faculty, staff and students compliments of Mane Event!!

Friday, November 9th – Veteran’s Day Luncheon

Wednesday, November 14th – End of 1st Trimester; Shorts are no longer allowed

Thursday, November 15th – Teacher Luncheon; Dress down day; December hot lunch ordering CLOSES

Friday, November 16th – 11:30 Dismissal

Monday, November 19th – Friday, November 23 – No School – Thanksgiving Break

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Religion

We will continue with our study of the Commandments this week. Lectio Divina Week 11 will be due on Friday, November 9th. Second Step Lesson 7 is also due on Friday, November 7th.  Students can anticipate a quiz over Commandments 1 – 6 on Wednesday, November 7th.

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Math

This week, we will begin adding and subtracting like fractions.  We will continue to work on the basics of fractions and finish the week with adding and subtracting unlike fractions.  Students can anticipate a quiz by the end of the week.

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Science

Today, I gave the students their chapter 4 open note test.  We had a chance to study our notes and really become familiar with them on Friday.  The test formally concludes our study on Life Science.  Beginning tomorrow, we will begin our Earth Science unit.  We will be studying topics such as the water cycle, climate, erosion, weather patterns, etc.

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Social Studies

We began chapter 3 today and will continue working on this chapter until Thanksgiving break.  This chapter covers new settlements in Virginia and Jamestown, as well as the Pilgrims and Puritans.  Students will be working on a Webquest to discover interesting facts about Jamestown.

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