Happy New Year! I’m sure most of you know by now that I was very sick the last couple of weeks. I got an awful stomach bug on my trip to Dublin/London the week before we returned, and I just couldn’t shake it. Thankfully though, after lots of tests and doctor’s appointments, nothing serious was wrong like I originally feared. So now we’re back in the game, back to school!
I know this newsletter is coming rather late in the week (so much work to catch up on after a week of absence!) and I apologize for that. Here are the highlights as well as what to look for concerning our schedule of assignments:
ELA: The students began Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (ROT) last week, and we continued into Ch. 2 and 3 this week. They have a reading guide (RG) due every Friday, and they need to be keeping up on their annotations and golden lines for each chapter. Whatever pages/chapters we read the previous week is due the following Monday (in this week’s case, it’s Tuesday). They should have 1-2 QUALITY annotations per page, and 2-3 golden lines per chapter.
Last week, they studied plot and character with an excerpt from A Wrinkle in Time, and this week they focusing on comparing and contrasting the events in ROT to a Harlem Renaissance poem called “The Lynching,” a sonnet about the violence enacted on the black community during the Jim Crow era—pretty serious stuff! They had to analyze the poem’s strong word choice/imagery and compare the feelings felt in the poem to the feelings of the characters in ROT, who are also facing violence. The Close Read essay on this was due today because of the short week. If they need to, rewrites are due on Tuesday.
The kids also are returning to their normal schedule of having spelling/vocab tests every Friday, and Greek/Latin roots quizzes on Thursdays.
HISTORY: We started their new unit on the Israelites last week. We continued this week to study the story of Moses and also began to have a greater discussion on the formation of the Bible and the stories within it as well. Please ask your child to share what they’ve learned! It’s an incredibly fascinating unit, and it relates a lot to our Religion curriculum. The Unit Test and BC are Wednesday, 1/23, though it’s quite a short unit.
RELIGION: We started and continued Ch. 11—Jesus Teaches. This unit focuses on Jesus’ teachings, primarily the parables. This links directly to our history curriculum about the Bible this week!
Please read the SJA newsletter: read this week's newsletter
Thursday, January 17: Parent Council Meeting, Please attend
Friday, January 18: NO SCHOOL for students/ Teacher WCEA work day
Monday, January 21: NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday observed
Tuesday, January 22-January 25: Kindness Week
Friday, January 25: School Family Activity
Deacon Al’s 100th Birthday Celebration
Sunday, January 27: Open House and CSW kick off - Students are invited to attend Sunday morning Mass and visit their classroom. Students who attend may wear free dress on Monday, January 28.
Saturday, February 9: 9th Annual Father Daughter Dance
Fit to Lead Newsletter ~ Teachable
"Sport, properly directed, develops character, makes a man courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor; it refines the senses and, gives intellectual penetration, and steels the will to endurance." ~ Pope Pius XII's 'Sport at the Service of the Spirit' in July 1945
The foundational pieces that make up a team are: recognizing that each person has a unique and important role on a team, that everyone will be both a leader and follower, and for each team member to be teachable. Being teachable is key because it means that everyone on your team is humble, willing to learn and grow, listens and is respectful, and always gives their best effort. Successful teams are teachable teams!!
During PE, students had the opportunity to practice being teachable as we had a special guest come and share his expertise with us - Ray Kelly, our SJA boys varsity soccer coach, as well as a former rugby player from England, came and taught the students rugby!
There are now some amazing opportunities, particularly for girls to play rugby... tackle, tag and even beach rugby are available! Please check out the San Diego Girls Rugby club for girls interested in rugby. http://girlsrugbyinc.com/california/
Enjoy pics of the action ~ https://stjamesphysicaleducation.shutterfly.com
Family Discussion Questions:
1. Why is it important to be teachable or coachable?
2. Have you ever been a part of a team where someone is not teachable? What effect did that have on your team?
3. Choose one time in particular this week to focus on being teachable - choose a time when it may usually be challenging to do so. Afterwards, share with the rest of your family the impact your teachable spirit had on others.
Thank you so much!