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Our Mission:  At Shrine Catholic Grade School we try to exemplify Christ by praying, learning, and growing together.

Week of October 27, 2014

Religion-Our field trip is drawing near! Students this week will learn more about Saint Anne, her ties to the Archdiocese of Detroit, and her life with Mary and Joachim.  We'll continue with learning that saints are role models for our lives, too.   We've discussed how Saint Catherine of Siena changed so many lives by teaching others about God.  We just celebrated the feast day of Saint Pope John Paul II, led by example how to love and respect others.  Classes discussed Father Solanus Casey and his work with people in Detroit.  It's little things that make a HUGE impact!

Science-Did you know the vibrant fall colors we see are the real colors of leaves? During the spring and summer, the chlorophyll is busy being green and helping with photosynthesis.  When there's a drop in temperature and amount of sunlight, that's a message to the tree to get ready to hibernate.  Who knew trees hibernated like a bear? We'll wrap us plants and photosynthesis next week and plan on a test the week of November 3rd.  I'll have more details next week. Ask your child about the plant scavenger hunt!

Reading- This week we will be reading Coyote School News, a historical fiction story from the text. This story is brimming with Spanish words and it's a great opportunity to use context clues to decipher their meanings.  We'll have a little history lesson in relation to the story regarding the Gadsden Purchase.  Students will also be practicing drawing conclusions from text.  That means, understanding or figuring something out even though it isn't stated in black and white.  

English- We begin working with possessive nouns.  Possessive nouns show ownership.  Both singular and plural nouns can become possessive nouns.  Students will practice by writing sentences using four forms of a noun.  Example: dog, dogs, dog's, dogs'  

Math-We'll wrap up Ch. 5, TIME, with a test on Wednesday.  There are many ways to prepare for the test......jeopardy and stop the clock (under my links), the chapter review, and notes.  MATH NOTES ARE DUE THURSDAY. Because it's the end of the quarter, we won't begin a new chapter.  Instead we'll turn our focus to the election process and our local candidates for governor, senate, and house.

Social Studies-Social Studies: After taking our Michigan Indians test on Tuesday, we'll focus on the upcoming election and then the historical significance of our St. Anne's trip next week.  Did you know????? Gabriel Richard.....

·   was the first priest to serve in Congress.

·  started the first library in Michigan.

·  started the first newspaper in Michigan.  He co-founded the University of Michigan with John Monteith.

·  helped give Michigan its first good road between Detroit and Chicago.

·  was captured and held prisoner of war by the British during the War of 1812. Chief Tecumseh negotiated for his release by refusing to fight for the British while they held the beloved American priest.

·  Some consider him a martyr because he worked among the sick and dying during a cholera epidemic in Detroit in 1832. He was the LAST person in Detroit to contract the disease during the epidemic.  He died from his illness.

·  was much loved by the Native Americans.  He taught them how to read and write and skills like sewing.

Cadillac, originally from France, left Europe to command a fur trading post in North America.  His first command was at Michilimackinac, and then at St. Ignace.  Later, he wanted to STOP the British from encroaching on the fur trading business around Michigan and so he had an idea to squeeze them out of the business by starting a trading post at the straits that join Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair.  Detroit means “the strait”.  He traveled almost 7 weeks from Fort de Baude to get to the place we now call Detroit.  He arrived with 25 canoes with about 50 voyageurs and 50 soldiers and 2 priests on July 24, 1701.  Work to begin a new stockade and later a fort began quickly, first by clearing the land and 2 days later on July 26, 1701, construction of the first building, a church, named St. Anne’s began (it was the feast day of St. Anne).  The first street in Detroit was named St. Anne too! Cadillac named the settlement Fort Pontchartrain.  Native Americans from the Ottawa, Huron, and Potawatomi tribes made homes outside the fort and they were eager to trade with the French.  Cadillac is called the FOUNDER of DETROIT because he was the first European to establish a settlement here.  His wife came to join him and was the first European woman in Detroit too.  Cadillac was somewhat of a tyrant and many of the soldiers and voyageurs were unhappy with him in command.  The French King eventually sent him to Louisiana. The St. Anne’s Church we will see is the 8th building called St. Anne’s but it is almost in the same location near the Detroit River.  It was built in 1886. Several of the buildings (all wooden) burned down, and as the parish grew, a larger building was needed. Still St. Anne’s is the second oldest continuous PARISH in the United States (only St. Augustine’s in Florida predates it).   

We will be looking for le nain rouge while we are in the area!  Cadillac was the first European to see the Nain Rouge, but the Ottawas were terrorized by him for thousands of years before Cadillac’s arrival.  After seeing the nain rouge, Cadillac’s life went downhill and he died penniless and forgotten back in France

SOCIAL STUDIES NOTEBOOKS ARE DUE THURSDAY!


·        Mrs. Gmeiner, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Frechette






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