Saint Bernard School

September 7, 2018

 Bernard School

320 W. Mansfield St.

New Washington, OH 44854

419-492-2693

September 7, 2018

Important Dates:

       September 10th – Stoller Sale Begins

        September 11th – Patriots Day (Church Bells will Toll)

        September 12th – Grandparents Day (Mass and Reception)

        September 24th – Stoller Sale Ends

        September 28th – NO SCHOOL

        October 11th – Fall Pictures (In Uniform)

        October 15th – Stoller Delivery and Pick up

        October 18th – 1st Quarter Ends

October 18th – Music Dinner     

Dear St. Bernard Families,

It was very warm this past week, hopefully that is our last look at 90 degrees until next Summer! Many classes were held downstairs in the cafeteria or gym to take advantage of the air conditioning.

At the end of this newsletter I have attached the newsletters from the teachers. Our purpose is to try and keep everyone on the same page and because teachers teach multiple grades, you may have to scroll through to read the information that pertains to your child.

Stoller Sale – This is one of three fundraisers this year that will benefit the school in general. I have defended our low tuition rates and one way to keep them low is for the school to fundraise. We have the Stoller Sale, A Winter Reverse Raffle and the Wine and Cheese Event in April. I want to encourage all of you to participate in these fundraising events.

Book Study for ParentsI would like to offer an opportunity for parents to read and discuss the book Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline MD and Jim Fay (https://www.loveandlogic.com/parents). I think it will build a sense of community with our parents and also delve into the style of discipline that the school itself has begun to implement. Mrs. Hancock has been the pioneer in this effort and has had some positive results. If you are interested, please call the school 419-492-2693.

 

FALL MAP TESTING SCHEDULE

DATE

TIME

CLASS

SUBJECT

9/10

9:45-11:00

ELEMENTARY

READING

9/11

8:00-9:00

MIDDLE SCHOOL

MATH

9/11

9:45-11:00

PRIMARY

READING

9/17

8:00-9:00

ELEMENTARY

MATH

9/17

9:45-11:00

MIDDLE SCHOOL

READING

9/18

8:00-9:00

PRIMARY

MATH

9/18

9:45-11:00

ELEMENTARY

LANGUAGE

9/20

9:45-11:00

MIDDLE SCHOOL

LANGUAGE

Peace to you and yours,

Mary Obringer

 Newsletters from Mrs. Penry - Elementary, Miss Brown - Middle School, and Mrs. Obringer


Elementary

 Mrs. Penry

The students have done very well with all the big changes the start of the school year has brought. I am very impressed with their work on the Summer Projects! We are sharing those in class as time allows and they will be on exhibit on Hospitality Sunday. Thank you for your support of their work.

We have reviewed place value and ordering numbers. There will be a MATH VOCABULARY SPELLING TEST on September 11. The next major topic in Math will be ROUNDING to the nearest tens and hundred places, which is a new concept for them. This will be followed by adding and subtracting with regrouping.

In our study of Social Studies, we are beginning with the concept of "community" and making a connection with "Communion" in our faith.

Our new Reading series is an enjoyable one with all aspects of Language Arts in one workbook, and the Reading text providing the core of the lessons. The Spelling tests will not always fall on the same day or even weekly. We
are learning about subjects, predicates, and sentence fragments. The 
students are learning to use context clues for both vocabulary and story elements. Everyone is off to a solid start.

Please check for blue, green, or orange paper folders as these may contain homework assignments. A pack of stapled papers has been sent home. As per the pink sticker, please sign and return the pack. We are still collecting plastics from in, or near, water sites.  Thank you for your support of your child's learning.

 

 Middle School

Ms. Brown’s Newsletter

7th and 8th Grade Math:  We are working through Chapter 1 for both classes.  We have had 1 quiz for each class and continue to work toward a Test.   I check over homework and give them back to make corrections before turning it in for the final grade. There should be no homework unless it was not completed in class.

Social Studies:  This year we started using a new curriculum which has an online textbook.  Their work is done both online and in a workbook. It has interactive features like videos, games, quizzes for each lesson.  We are still learning all of the cool features but are enjoying it greatly. Our first stop is The First Americans with emphasis on Geography skills.

5th Reading: This year, all grades have a new Reading Curriculum to use.  It encourages looking deeper into the story by using evidence found in the story to answer questions.

We as a class are reading the book Fish in a Tree.  Each month or so, we will read a different book as a class to discuss themes, features, and any interesting parts.  To encourage reading, I have asked the students to have a book to read other than the one we read as a class. I will ask for the page number they are on and keep track of their progress in the book.

Reading Enrichment Program (REP): We are continuing with practicing our sounds and learning new ones.  With all of the sounds we learned, the Kindergarten and First grade students can sound out words and read books.  On Fridays, we do stations which include writing sentences, reading books, drawing pictures, and practicing their sounds.  They are doing very well and continue to impress me with their abilities.

Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R): This is not a graded class but still very important. At the end of the day, there is a time where no homework or projects are done.  Instead, everyone is reading! This is where the outside of class books would be a benefit. It would also be a great time to introduce your kids to books you read in school or loved to read.

 Mrs. O'World

We have been working hard on adjusting to a different way of doing things.  Both the Language Arts and Science programs are rigorous and acquire students to think more deeply and answer questions more precisely.  The initial grading for these two subjects is more of an effort grade until I am confident that they are able to meet the rubric standards.  All of the students have come far in these few weeks.

Math

5th grade – We have taken our first quiz and will be working on Lessons 6-10 next week, Number Sense.  We have also been working on Math-a-majician poster that will be on display at Hospitality Sunday.

6th grade – Group 1 has been working on Chap 1 lesson 1-5.  They will be having their first quiz. Then continue working on 6-10.  Group 2 is working on Chap 5 Integers and will also be having a quiz soon.

Grade 7 – This student has just begun his work in this and is on Chap 1 which is on Integers.

Language Arts - Middle School

I am really enjoying this new textbook.  It takes a topic, in this case, Bold Actions.  We have read a short story and are currently analyzing different media excerpts.  This curriculum also uses a close reader which helps students to look more deeply into a piece of writing by highlighting and commenting in the workbook. We are also reading to the MAX.  There is Outside Reading – 20 mins. a night, Group Reading – 15 mins. to discuss then 20 mins. to read during the end of the day, and then our Reading text.

Science

3rd - We will be continuing our investigation into systems and our hands-on activity is an irrigation system.

5th – I am very pleased with the work of the 5th graders on their unit project of designing a better pick-up and drop-off system for the school. We will continue with our 2nd lesson in the Engineering unit.

MS – We are also working on systems and design with a real emphasis on writing during an investigation.  This will allow us to be able to apply the Claim, Evidence and Reasoning model of investigation.

Latin

I:  In the Latin I class we are slowly and deliberately working through the first lesson.  We will start by taking the quizzes together until they feel ready to take them on their own.  Their grade will be a participation grade.

II:  In Latin II the students have worked on Chapter 26 for the last 2 weeks and took their first quiz.  This class will also be a participation grade until they are back in the swing of things. 

Thank You

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