These Students Did an Awesome Job of Representing the 4th Grade in the Spelling Bee
The Birthday Girl Made a Personalized Hand Drawing For EVERY Student in the Class! So Thoughtful and Impressive! My Students Amaze Me! :)
Studying the Genre of Drama this Week!
Board Games in School Families Was a Fun Way to Start Off Catholic Schools Week!
1/29-2/3 Catholic Schools Week
2/1 Mission Report information coming home!
2/2 Community/Nation Appreciation Day - students wear red, white and blue with jeans.
2/3 Grandparents Mass - please invite grandparents and RSVP!
2/3 Noon Dismissal
2/16 4th Grade Mass
2/17& 2/20 No School Presidents' Day Weekend
2/28 Field Trip to Mission San Diego De Alcala
Grandparents' Day Mass
This Friday, February 3rd we are having a special mass to celebrate our grandparents. Please RSVP here. A small reception will be held for students and their grandparents following mass on the Patio of the Bells, weather permitting.
We are starting our biggest report of the year in social studies this week. The students were very excited to pick their missions today in class. An information packet went home with your child today. Please read through it carefully, sign it, and send it back in. It is also a good idea to read through the student packet and look through their research folder so that you have an understanding of what is required of them both in school and at home. The students must have their blue research folder with them at school everyday! Due dates for each section of the report are included in the student guide.
Care Package for the Troops!
As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration the students are participating in a service project where we are putting together a care package to send to troops that are deployed in Iraq. Specifically, Thomas's uncle Charlie :) I've asked each student to bring in one item for the care package. Just something small, perhaps their favorite (non-perishable) snack or a small game, stuffed animal, etc. I made a deck of cards that I will put in the package. I am asking each student to bring their item in by Friday but if you need through the weekend I can send it early next week. Instead of Wednesday writing this week, the students have been asked to write a letter or make a card. INSTRUCTIONS for the card/letter went home today!
QUIZLET - Students may join my class on Quizlet to access study sets (flashcards & games) that I've created that relate to what we are learning in school. This math chapter requires a LOT of memorization (both customary & metric systems) so I recommend that students study a little bit each night. They will be quizzed periodically throughout the chapter.
Book Report - Students should have checked out a mystery or fantasy novel today in library for their next book report. The novel should be one that they HAVE NOT READ BEFORE and is at their appropriate independent reading level. I recommend that students take notes on the characters, setting, major events, problem and solution while reading the novel so that they have an easier time when putting their book reports together.
It is an SJA tradition that on Valentines Day each year we have a baby shower where the students bring in baby gifts to be donated for mothers in crisis. Our class's donations go to the Life Choices Organization. It is a very fun addition to our Valentines Day celebrations. The students may dress up in festive "party clothes" (dresses/skirts and blouses, slacks and collared shirts for the boys... it is fun if they dress Valentine themed :-)
Students bring in a wrapped gift (typically the greatest need is for formula and diapers). We then unwrap all of the gifts and play baby shower games. It is very fun!
Students may also bring in Valentines for their classmates on that day. A class list with instructions went home in their Wednesday file last week. Please keep our school's wellness policy in mind. There should be no candy attached to the Valentines. Students will get at treat at the class party.
Students should bring in brown paper grocery bags by Thursday 2/9 to make mailboxes out of.
Results went home on Monday. Please help your child collect all pledges and get them turned in!
The 7th Annual SJA Father Daughter Dance, “Heroes and Sweethearts,” will be held on Saturday, February 11th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Saint James Parish Hall. An invitation went home with your daughter last week. Please RSVP by check to the SJA Office. The cost is $25 per family (or $30 at the door). If you have questions please contact Erin Dionisiou at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 714-747-4055. Thank you, Erin, for taking over the coordination of this wonderful event!
GALA UPDATES - PLEASE READ
Gala Committee and Volunteer Meetings- every Wednesday 8:00 a.m.
Please join us in the SJA Library on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. Don’t worry if you’re late. This is a great way to share your time and talents while making new SJA connections!
Gala Raffle is Back! Prize $5000 CASH!
Every family will receive an envelope in the Monthly envelope that is going home on Thursday. We NEED everyone to participate to help make this a success!
Prizes will be awarded to:
- Top Selling Family
- Classes with 100% Participation
- Seller of the Winning Ticket
- and More!
Question? Contact Lisa Ronco @ Lronco531@gmail.com
Easy Ways to Help our Gala Efforts
Help Collect Auction Items: We are collecting silent and live auction items: event tickets, vacation homes, gift cards/certificates, lessons, theme park passes, sporting goods. Consider asking the places you visit: restaurants, salons, spas, stores, etc. to donate goods and services. Donation forms are available online and will be sent home is this week’s envelope.