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


Week of September 15, 2014

Thank you for joining us for "Back to School Night".  It was great seeing old friends and making new ones!  We look forward to working with you this year.

Religion-We attend the Grade School Opening Mass on Tuesday, September 16th.  Join us at 8:30 if you can.  We'd love to see you there! Students brainstormed with me appropriate behaviors for Mass that I listed on the board.  I am prepared to be wowed with attentive and focused Mass behaviors! Even if we're not the best singers, we offer our voices as praise to God.  It's a blessing for us to attend Mass as a school.  Students have also been working with the parts of the Mass:  the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  We created a T-chart in class sorting the various parts of the Mass.  If you'd like to see it, ask your child! Mass is a special celebration, like a big family event, with many similarities.  Take a look in your child's portfolio in the Religion section at a page called, "Come Celebrate!"  We're looking at a family event in comparison to Mass.  How are they alike?

Science-Students are differentiating between plant and animal cells in their science notebooks.  Animal cells share many traits with plant cells.  There are two important structures plant cells have that animal cells do not.  What are they? Ask your child! As a review, we'll watch a ten minute video reiterating the differences between them on www.unitedstreaming.com. Towards the end of next week, students will begin classifying living things using the criteria of vertebrate or invertebrate.  

Reading- Our story this week is Lewis and Clark and Me, a historical fiction piece.  Students will be working on summarizing stories and point of view.  This particular story is told from a dog's point of view.  We will read our first Time for Kids this week and try some Close Reading strategies to improve comprehension.

English- Subjects and predicates are a big topic this week.  Students will be splitting sentences between the complete subject and complete predicate.  It's great to be able to really understand how our sentences are put together.  We will also be talking about "grabbers".  Grabbers are sentences that really grab our attention and make us want to read more!

Math-We'll continue to prepare for IOWA tests this week as well as wrap up chapter 1 with a test on Tuesday.  Our IOWA test prep this week will focus on geometry concepts.  You can help at home by identifying and categorizing lines, angles, 2d and 3d geometric shapes that are found around the home.  Don't forget to use words like congruent and similar!!! (There is a chapter 1 jeopardy review in the links section of this website if you want extra at-home practice).

Social Studies-We'll continue to hone our map skills as we practice locating specific places given only a grid or latitude and longitude coordinate.  We'll use our Nystrom Junior Geographer Atlases to explore various kinds of maps like elevation, climate, history, land use, etc. Be sure to have your child practice identifying world continents and oceans using the interactive website lizardpoint.com  (QUIZ FRIDAY!).

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Mrs. Gmeiner, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Frechette







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1621 Linwood
Royal Oak, MI 48067