Designing & Building Electromagnets
We Teamed Up With 3rd Grade for Some Awesome Science Labs During Our Study of Electricity & Magnetism!
Chapter 10 Math test is this Friday 10/13
"Geo Dictionaries" are also due on this day.
This is a project/quiz grade for math. Students can use them to study.
A rubric for this project is going home on Monday - but it should have been primarily completed in class unless the student has been out.
Kindness Challenge - May 16-20
St. James students and teachers will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge, which ties so nicely to our school theme: Be Kind. The Challenge is dedicated to performing acts of kindness to create a bully-free, safe and caring school environment. Students accept the challenge with the understanding that bullying is weak and kindness is strength. They will work towards completing 50 kind acts individually, in their class and with other students. In addition to classroom activities, there are some fun, school-wide activities planned:
Illustration Contest for 50 Ways to Create a Kinder World SJA Book, Kind Quotes, Recess Kindness Station to complete kind acts, songs, Buddy Bench and Kindness chains. Please see the additional Kindness Spirit Days listed below!
Monday, May 16th
Tuesday, May 17th
CRAZY FOR KINDNESS- wear crazy socks and shoes
Wednesday, May 18th
SCORE POINTS BY HELPING OTHERS- wear sports attire
Thursday, May 19th
POWERED BY KINDNESS- add superhero accessories to your school uniform
Friday: May 20th
SJA KIDS ARE KIND KIDS- wear spirit wear
4th Grade Mass is on May 20th- there has been a date switch so please double check your calendar. All parents are welcome and encouraged to join us for this beautiful liturgy put on by the 4th grade. (Our last of the year!)
We are headed to the Nursing Home on Friday, May 20th. Thank you to my parent volunteers: Lisa Ronco, Lisa Black, Angie Sciarrino, Adrienne Schulman, Pam Liebig, Sandra VanGilder, Tatiana Walton and Melissa Kuhn.
Sign up for Math & Writing Camp to brush up on important skills and have a blast with friends from SJA!
Writing & Math Camp ~ June 27-30 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams, Mrs. Tavassoli & Ms. Nielsen ~ Cost $225
Writing & Math Camp ~ July 5 - 8 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams, Mrs. Tavassoli & Ms. Nielsen ~ Cost $225
We will be having a surprise retirement party for Mrs. Sobieski on Friday, May 20th after mass. Please join us for a reception to celebrate our amazing office manager. Shhh it's a secret!
Our class is about to finish reading The Ballad of Lucy Whipple, by Karen Cushman. The students absolutely loved this novel about a girl who moved out west to a mining town during the Gold Rush. It was so fun to see how the students connected the text to their learning about California history. We will be watching the film of the novel next week and doing a comparison of the two. Because of the setting of the novel, there are a few scenes that are inappropriate for the students (violence, alcohol) and they will be skipped.
Science Extra Credit- I was so please by how many students did the extra credit generator building opportunity. I know it was a difficult project and not everyone had success, but I think the process was definitely worth while and strengthened the students understanding of electricity and magnetism. The students had an opportunity to share the process with the class this week. We are now on to another fun one: Force and Motion! :)
Star of the Week - We are very behind on our star of the week presentations. And we only have 5 weeks of school left! Please check in with your child and if they have not presented we need to schedule a date for them to do so in the coming weeks.
Our annual Saint James Academy variety show "Stay Tuned" will be performed by students from Kindergarten through 8th Grade on Friday, May 27th in the Parish Hall at 1:00 p.m. Families may also attend the open dress rehearsal at 10 a.m. This year's show will feature music selections from television through the decades. Students should be working on memorizing their lyrics everyday! They have a test in music tomorrow.
Costumes! Please have your child bring in a white t-shirt by Monday. The students will be doing "graffiti art" on their t-shirts to go along with their song this year "The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire".
A formal letter on costumes will be coming home soon.
We are hosting a booth at Fiesta Del Sol this year! It is a wonderful opportunity to share our school and parish with the greater community. Please sign up for a shift or two! May 21st and 22nd-it should be fun! Sign-Up for SJA Fiesta Del Sol Volunteers
1st Annual SJA Mother Son Bowling Night – Saturday, May 21st from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Kearney Mesa Bowl. Prizes awarded! Please see flier that went home today for more information and to make your reservation! Form and payment due in to the office by Wednesday, May 18th! Hope to see you there!
News from Coach Bohman
Fit to Lead Newsletter ~ Nutrition
"Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Most Important Thing
God has blessed each of us with an amazing body to live this life in. He has also called us to take special care of it. The past two weeks, we have focused on the importance of taking care of our bodies, in particular the kinds of food and drinks we put into them. The most important thing our body needs is water. We can go weeks without food, but only 3 days without water. So during PE last week, students were not able to get water until the very end of class. As they exercised, the momentarily parched feeling reminded students of just how important it is to drink water throughout the day, not just when they feel thirsty. I recommend starting the day off right, with a water bottle by your bed and before putting your feet on the ground, drink as much water as possible!
Water is crucial for life. Here in the U.S. clean water is easily accessible at any time for all people and is free. But across the globe, especially in developing countries, water is a treasure. "663 million people in the world live without clean water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide, or twice the population of the United States. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick. But access to clean water means education, income and health - especially for women and kids."www.charitywater.org/whywater As students were reminded of the importance of water in their own bodies, they also became aware of the importance of clean water across the globe, and the little things they can do to make a big difference in someone's life!
There are so many philosophies about nutrition, so in PE we focus on the basics. Think of a stop light - green light, yellow light & red light foods. Green light foods are all-natural. Yellow light foods are slightly processed but still possess some nutritional value. Red light foods are the foods that have very little or no nutritional value. For example, an apple is green light, apple sauce is yellow light and apple pie is a red light food. All green-light foods help keep our bodies healthy. Every food group has important nutrients, vitamins and minerals that our body needs. Carbs provide us with energy, protein helps with healing and muscle building, and fats help protect our vital organs and help us to absorb and metabolize certain vitamins and minerals. Thus a balanced diet is key.
Pre & Post Exercise Meals
We need energy to exercise. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our bodies, so it’s important to include some carbs in our pre-workout snacks and meals. Before, during and after exercise hydrate!! After exercise, our bodies need to rebuild and replenish what was lost, so protein and some carbs are important to eat. Drinking chocolate milk 20-30 minutes after exercise is an easy and tasty way to refuel :)
One important food that helps our body become stronger, is good for our eyes and brain is an egg. Did you know that eggs can bounce? While there are many ways to cook an egg, if you place it in vinegar for 3-4 days the membrane becomes rubbery and can actually bounce! This week, students competed in activities with their teams using their bouncy egg :)
Amanda Mascia, the director and creator of The Good Food Factory, has graciously shared with us some of her favorite recipes! She also offers numerous camps, parties and classes right here in Encinitas for kids ages 5-14!! Check out the website for more info & healthy recipes thegoodfoodfactory.com
Family Discussion Questions:
1. Why do you think God desires for us to take special care of our bodies?
2. What are 3 little changes you can make to take better care of your body?
3. Choose a new recipe you can make this week and enjoy your healthy meal!
Campus Drinking Water Quality
In connection with eliminating single use plastic water bottles on campus, please note that we do have an outdoor water fountain on campus if students need to fill their bottle or forget to bring one. The Santa Fe Irrigation District reports that Solana Beach public treated water "consistently exceeds all federal and state standards for quality and safety."