WOW! How time flies we've finished our first five weeks of school. Time for mid-term progress reports next week!
Please help your student remember to have you sign their SACS (behavior) cards and Service Journals! Start a conversation about their school week. A SACS card free of signatures indicates they are doing well with organizational skills and behavior. This includes being respectful to classmates and others in the hallways and classroom and recess (social time). Offer feedback or explore they impression of their service project and how it made their community (school, family, etc.) a more pleasant place - for the student and/or others.
Geography (7th) focus: Physical Geography is the current focus. Student identified various geographic features, reviewing forces which shape Earth (tectonic), water cycle and importance of water to life. Next week students will explore wind and ocean currents and the impact of these forces on weather and climate along with latitude and altitude. Ultimate their impact on humans and other life (Theme: Human-Environment Interaction)
US History (8th) focus: Student continue to examine life during colonial period. The uniqueness of each colonial region, the impact of the Triangle Trade (on colonies and Africa), and events such as Anne Hutchinson's banishment, failure at Jamestown, Roger Williams establishment of Rhode Island and Baptist Church (in America).
Science (6th) focus: This week students completed their first lab focused on using the steps of the scientific method. They explore a bag of M & M's. As a class we observed and recorded current information, and developed two hypotheses (average # and color distribution). Next four groups tested our hypotheses - (counting and verifying), recording data, then sharing their data. Finally we analyzed the class' data and then we wrote a conclusion. Next week we look at how to properly use tools such as a ruler, scale, and lab safety.
Service Journal focus: Who in your local community (neighborhood,parish is vulnerable? How would you recognize them and what could you do to help?
6th - Focus: Old Testament books - Wisdom, Prophets, and why we should study/read the Old Testament. Students are exploring how the stories help us understand who God is and what is humans' relationship with Him. Student began looking at the New Testament books.
7th - Focus: Jesus as fulfillment of God's promise to Adam & Eve and part of his plan for Salvation; John the Baptist as the last prophet before Jesus' reveals his mission and begins his ministry.
8th - Focus: Communion of Saints. Students explored the structure of the Communion of Saints (Church Militant...Suffering...Triumphant) and how the living and the dead are connected; Apostle's Creed "I believe in the Holy Spirit...the communion of saints...". Also reviewed canonization process.
Thank you for all your support!
Saint Olaf Catholic School