To the Parents of Rooms 109 & 110:
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, Parents! These past two weeks were so busy as our students prepared to celebrate Halloween at St. Cletus. In writing, the students have been working on the letters “Jj”, “Kk”, and “Ll”. Last week in spelling, they took their test on the /ll/ words. Most of the students felt quite confident about their scores. This week, they prepared for their spelling test on the /ck/ words. We had all had so much fun doing the spelling bees on Wednesdays and Fridays before their test. The students are always working incredibly hard to learn all these new words each week. We are also working on learning to read and write dictation sentences. Now, it has been challenging for some students. However, many of the students are finally improving in their ability to recite and write their dictation sentences.
In Reading, we are looking forward to starting some new stories. Currently, we are reading stories in the “Sleuth” magazine, and the students have found them very interesting. We like discussing them and are pretending to be mini detectives as we do. We are starting to read more books aloud in class and enjoy hearing each other read. All our Halloween-themed books are very popular at this time of year.
In English, the students are working on writing a fun story about our pumpkins called, “All About My Pumpkin”. Last week, they spent time painting and/or creating a pumpkin craft to base their stories on. Then, they brainstormed and wrote their first draft on the pumpkin story. Soon, it was corrected and returned.
This week, the students will be writing their final draft of it on pumpkin-themed stationery. They practiced using nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in their short paragraphs. They are still reciting and singing the English and Grammar Jingles as well as learning how to mark and edit their sentences.
In Religion, we are talking about how the sign of the cross is a prayer to the blessed Trinity as well as learning more about the Holy Family. We drew a picture to show what we would do if the Holy Family came to visit. We also talked about Jesus’ birth in addition to the different traditions we share at Christmas. We also took time this week to visit and pray at our Day of the Dead Alter in the school’s main lobby. We talked about how much we miss our family members, but we are so thankful that we’ll get to see them again someday. It was lovingly assembled by one of our teachers, Mr. Frank Ocha. It is complete with framed photos of our deceased family members, beautifully decorated sugar skulls, several offerings of food, and a small altar to pray at. I do hope you all take the time to visit it outside of Morrissey Hall.
In Math, we work in Go Math! and Simple Solutions. We are learning ways to make 8 and ways to make 10. We also practiced adding with zero and how to use a model to add parts to make a whole. Simple Solutions gives us a little bit of everything, and we enjoy coming to use the smartboard to read aloud and correct our work as a class.
Since Halloween is this month, we also spent a lot of time making crafts to decorate the school halls outside of our classrooms. The students have truly enjoyed doing little Halloween projects in class. They also wrote a few Halloween-themed journals, painted real mini-table pumpkins, bats, and designed some movable
pumpkins for our classroom. We are looking forward to Halloween and all the fun we will have, especially the Trunk or Treat in the school’s parking lot today.
Quick Reminder: We’ve been discussing the changing weather and season with the students. They need to remember to bring
a warmer jacket, hat, and possibly grove/mittens to school since the weather is getting cooler and rainier outside. We’d like to continue playing outside at recess and go on our fun nature walks. However, we can only do so if all our students are dressed properly for the upcoming weather changes.
Have a Safe & Fun Halloween,
Mrs. Jinifir Fermando-Nwoye (Room 109)
Mrs. Cindy Kasnicka (Room 110)