Monday, May 25

Homework for Monday, May 25th and notes for Week 36

Student Homework

1. Read for 15 minutes: Fiction

2. Math for 5 minutes: Finish or Make Corrections on Double Digit Worksheet or 5 minutes other math

3. Study for 5 minutes: See duo tang for a printed copy of curriculum questions for Term 3

4. Please return all library books A.S.A.P. for library moving!!! :)

5. BUY SHOPPING CARDS THROUGH THE KNIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Deadline for Contest is June 7th!) GO GRADE TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*Anyone able to drive for a field trip to Crescent Beach on Thursday, June 11th? We want to meet our Star of the Sea Pen pals! Please email me how many children total you can take if you can take any!!  We have SIX kids accounted for so far...

Update on Shopping Challenge: The Shopping Card Challenge is in full swing and the race is very close for the top class which will win a class party at the end of the school year.  Remember that purchasing shopping cards does not cost you anything other than the two minutes after mass to make the purchase.  The parish and school see an average of 5% back in profits and you get the full 100% of the value of the card to spend as you normally would.  It's so simple.
At the halfway point of the contest, the top 4 classes are:
Grade 6
Kindergarten
Grade 2 :)
Grade 5
And the other classes are close behind.  The contest closes June 7th so keep purchasing your cards each and every week.  Remember there are two prizes available, one for the top class and another to be given out via random draw.

Parent Notes for Week 36 (Monday, May 25th – Friday, May 29th 2015)
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
-Tuesday, May 26th (and every Tuesday) from 2:15-2:45pm we will gather in the church to pray quietly for the children and meditate on the upcoming Sunday’s readings for Mass.
-Thursday, May 28th (and every other Thursday) from 9:00-9:30am we will be discussing the book Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. 
-Monday, June 1st (and every other Monday) from 3:15-3:45pm, we will be discussing the book Interior Freedom by Father Jacque Phillipe.
-Thursday, June 4th Feast of Corpus Christi Mass & Divine Mercy Eucharistic Procession Grade Two
-Friday, June 12th Parent Appreciation Tea & Talent Show
Misc. Notes:
Crescent Beach Field Trip: On Thursday, June 11th, I would like for the children to have an opportunity to meet the pen pals with whom they have corresponded this year from Karen Borkowski’s Grade Two class at Star of the Sea. They have invited us to come to Crescent Beach where we will meet and have fun together, IF WE CAN GET RIDES/DRIVERS for all of the children. If not, the back-up plan is that the SOTS children will come to CCS and we will visit on the field together. Please let me know if you are available to drive to Crescent Beach in South Surrey on Thursday, June 11th.
Gift Cards to Support CCS: Please purchase as many gift cards as you can through CCS after Mass on Sunday!! It costs you nothing and supports the school SO MUCH! It is huge a profit for the school and it is free for you except for the little energy it takes to bring a check to Mass and fill it out!!! Also, there is a PARTY for our class if we purchase the most gift cards by the end of the year. LET'S DO THIS!!!! Please note: if each of the roughly 200 families bought an average of $150/cards per week we would raise over $75,000 in a year.  That's the equivalent of nearly 4 Auction Fundraisers without the incredible amount of organization effort required of the Auction.  If we want to see our school be able to expand then we need some way to ramp up our fundraising. YOU CAN DO IT!!!! It would be a huge help to support the school and it is FREE!!!!
Eucharistic Procession and Divine Mercy ChapletOn Thursday, June 4th, we will have school Mass and the Grade Twos will read the readings/petitions. Immediately following Mass, the whole school will take part in a Eucharistic procession. Father Anthony will carry Jesus in the monstrance and we will all follow behind praying the divine mercy chaplet as a school. I would love for the Grade Twos to come wearing their First Holy Communion attire. Father and Mr. Borkowski have given permission for this. I am SO excited!!!!
Curriculum Notes:
1.   Spelling Words for this week: all, none, back, forth, old, new, off, on, yes, no. Challenge Bonus words: Trinity, flower, crown, mother, father. Advanced Spelling List (by invitation or for those who demonstrate knowledge of how to spell each word in advance on the Pre-Test) – funny, grow, happy, cut, round, set, anything, woman, wash. Super Advanced Grade Four List (for those children who already know how to spell the grade three words): queen, deal, needed, spelling, east, feelings, tea, keeping, beneath, agree, elevator, coffee, suggested, method, feature, metal, disease, television, empty.
2.   Jump Math Plan: up to page 160
3. Soon I will send home some "Super Sentences" that we've been working on for a while now. The children are really trying to remember to place a capital letter, end mark, and use their best spelling/printing when writing. I am also asking them to include as many details as they can when they write. One way I remind them of this is by asking them to answer each of the "5 W" questions in their sentences (who, what, where, when, why - and how is nice too!). Any chance you have to ask them to compose sentences that incorporate words that appeal to the five sense, by all means take them!! If/when you see some worksheets in their red folders, please note that I am marking them "EE,FM,GM,MM, and NYM" at the top. Exceeds expectations, fully, generally, minimally meets and not yet meets are what those codes mean. Fully meets means capital letters, end marks, nice printing, correct spelling, and that the sentence(s) makes sense. If they only meet some of those requirements they will receive generally meets. If you have time to work with your child on correcting his/her sentences, or adding more sentences for extra practice, I laud and heartily encourage you to do so!! We are practicing every day at school but the more they do it, the better shape they will be in when they get to Grade Three! Thanks for all your support and home-help. I have honestly seen tremendous improvement this year. They have grown so much. I credit the bulk of that to you because I can only do so much with 30 of them during the day. Thank you and please keep it up!!!!!!
4. Just so you know I am putting the curriculum questions for Term 3 in your child’s Red Homework Folder. I think this is easier for you to use than the blog which when printed out looks rather distorted. Know that at this point, I have not yet taught those questions/answers to your child, so please do not be shocked if they are not prepared to answer you. These questions are intended to guide you in knowing what your child will be learning about at school this term. It is my hope that you can have meaningful conversations with your child about school endeavors and curriculum highlights. I will be teaching the content contained in those questions and answers, but if you want to “beat me to it” and start going over concepts and ideas contained therein, that would be AWESOME! The more your child hears about these things and the more voices he/she hears relating them, the better! I will use these questions as guides in preparing assessments as I go through the term. You will see which areas your child needs extra practice in when you see how he/she does on these assessments. You can also ask your child which questions he/she would like to be “quizzed on” and which ones he/she wants your help with better understanding. I think this is great practice for the type of studying your child will need to do in older grades. Why not teach this practice now while your child may still be pretty obedient (and not so rebellious) to a daily homework time routine!? Do know there is plenty of time for “fully meets,” as report cards won’t go out until the end of June, so please don’t stress about this, but thanks in advance for any help you can provide in this area! J
Mary Statue Sign Up - Mary is so excited to come home with you! She has some rosaries for you to borrow so that you can pray by her side. She also has some booklets so that you will know what prayers to say and mysteries to think about! Please take some time to complete the sheet about your visit with Mary and don’t forget to bring Mary back to school with you so that the next family can enjoy her company too!
Please answer the following questions as a family. 
1. Name all of the family members that prayed the rosary with you.
2. What was it like praying the rosary as a family?
3. Have you ever prayed the rosary as a family before?
4. Would you like to keep on praying the rosary together as a family?
Friday, May 22 – Friday, May 29 – Daniel (Visit 3!) J
Friday, June 1 – Friday, June 5 - Matteo
Friday, June 5 - Friday, June 12 – Ale

There will be a basketball summer camp at Holy Cross for grades 2-7. They did not send us enough pamphlets so we are sending them home with grades 3-6 today. The camp is from July 13-17th from 9-3 and you can find out the information and register at hcboysbasketball.com