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End of Year

Posted on May 28, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

With the beautiful weather approaching, and the coronavirus slowing down, many of us are ready to move on.

However, I am so pleased with the work being done by. So many.  On my last Zoom lesson I named those individuals who have worked above and beyond.  Learning is a process of opening young minds to new knowledge.  The young mind needs to be open and they have to unlock the doors.  I hope my efforts have helped to keep your children learning.  However, they do the work, they do the learning and they open those doors.  Thanks to those who tried their best during this difficult time.  I miss being in the classroom with them.  Magic happens when we get together.  However, I want to leave this year in a positive and happy way.  So for the final days, I want to have fun Zoom lessons.  I have thrown out several ideas.  
Silly pajama contest, art contest, bingo, scavenger hunts, funniest tick tock dance moves, are just some we are planning.  Any suggestions are welcomed.  However these will be private invite events requiring the children be caught up on their work.

For Science, I have given notes and will be adding more onto Google classroom.  please copy the notes so we don’t get overwhelmed looking for materials.  I will delete assignments and leave only the most current up.  I have been giving past assignment by emails and the work can still be given to me in that way.  However, as of 6/12/20 I will not be accepting anymore late work,  

Hopefully, we can wind down this time appreciating all the gifts we have received.  We learned so much from this pandemic.  We have learned we need one another, family is the most important and we together can achieve many great things.  With God’s help we survive and grow stronger.  
I send you all my prayers and love,

Mrs. Smolenski

Grade five Social Studies and Science

Posted on May 22, 2020

Dear Parents,

As we all are aware of, this shutdown has gone on far longer than we anticipated.  I miss being with your children and can honestly say, school is more fun when we are all together.  I don’t miss sitting in traffic, but I do miss the children.  Your children have been a source of great joy for me.  So being without them is not pleasant.

I know they miss being with us, too.  They miss the friends, the lessons and seeing the challenges that await.  I also know this has been a scary time for all of us.  We worry about our health and that of loved ones.  We worry about work and jobs and realize the government cannot provide a constant cushion.  We all need to get back to a normal routine.

However, we also learned that our families are our constant source of belonging and comfort.  So as we work on ending this school year, let us realize we are all responsible to make this a truly growing, learning and loving period.  We will get through this.  .

If you are experiencing unusual problems, please let me know how I can help.  Shoving things under the carpet just builds a mound of problems.  However, when we work on resolving the problems, we have a cleaner life.  I promise I will help if I can.  I might help find a way for you to get help.  Either way, I will be more understanding if I know there is a problem.

email me.  I know you realize I will answer you to the best of my knowledge and ability.

May 8, 2020

Posted on May 8, 2020

Dear Parents,

I hope this letter finds you well.  Please know I am praying for you all daily.  I realize this is a difficult time for all of us.  However, with the help and grace from Our Lord, we will get through this stronger than before.  We learn resilience, ingenuity and to refocus our lives on what is truly important.  
In order to not have this time pass meaninglessly, I urge you to be sure your children are doing and submitting their work.  We are all working hard to make sure your children are learning and growing during this difficult time.  
Check your child’s emails to see their progress.  Here you will find messages from me.  Check their Google Classroom pages.  Here you will see their work.   I try to answer all their questions and respond to their comments.   Many of you know this already.  Please stay vigilant. We are almost done.  June will be here before we know it and I fervently wish to pass everyone into sixth grade.  However, if they are not submitting work, I am in a difficult position.  They are to attend all weekday Zoom lessons.  
You also have received progress reports from me.  These are not final grades but are letting you know how your children are doing.  Most of the children are doing well, however, some need to improve.  If they need improvement, they must work harder to get caught up.  They must submit all their work and attend Zoom lessons.  I am recording and taking attendance.  Also, Mrs. DeLuca has been monitoring classes.

We have come a long way, and are working towards the end of the school year.  So with continued effort we will achieve worthwhile learning during this time.  
May God bless you all and stay well.  I am sending virtual hugs to all of you.

Sincerely, Mrs. Smolenski

Upcoming Assignments and Tests May 4, 2020-May 7

Posted on May 1, 2020

Religion 5-2
Completion of Honoring Mary Paraliturgical/May crowning Paraliturgical.  Slide shows, videos or written liturgy honoring Marynis due on Monday.  Be prepared to present your liturgy to class in Zoom meeting Monday.

Science 5-1 & 5-2

Bean lab is due.  It must follow lab format

Hypothesis

Material

Procedure

Observation Chart 

Conclusion

Answer question 3 from page A43

Also, answer why a seed does not need sunlight to grow.

what directions did the roots grow?

Expect a test on Science chapter 2 Tuesday

Social Studies Test Ch. 11 Tuesday.

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