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Saint Catherine of Siena Mission Statement
Saint Catherine of Siena, deeply rooted in its Catholic Faith, fosters spiritual development,
academic excellence, and a commitment to serve others.
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DECEMBER

Friday, December 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas  

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Monday December 9 Mass 9:00 A M

Grades 4,5,6  Field Trip to Palace Theater for " A Christmas Carol"

Tuesday December 10 Christmas Concert 11:30 A M for younger grades

6:00 P M for older grades.

December 16 - Mass 9:00 A M

December 19  - dress down day, Classroom Christmas Activities


GRADE 6 SPECIALS SCHEDULE 
Monday - Music  
Tuesday - Spanish, Phys Ed
Wednesday - Computer
Thursday - Library
Friday - Art


           
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Incoming fifth and sixth graders
1container of Clorox wipes
2 highlighters
2 large boxes of tissues
small calculator
1 roll paper towels (2 for sixth graders)
3 LARGE cloth book covers for textbooks
5 folders with pockets
scissors
4 one subject notebooks
20 plastic sheet protector
colored pencils
12 # 2 pencils with erasers
3 glue sticks
zipper pencil case
4 black or blue erasable pens
2 red pens for corrections
markers or sharpies
1  12 inch ruler
2 composition books
1  package of  5 black dry erase markers

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GOOD BOOKS FOR GRADES 5 and 6
Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
Shilo by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
A Gathering of days by Joan W Blos
The War that saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The True Adventures of Homer P. Fig by Rodman Philbrook
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K Rowling
Hoot by Carl Hiassen
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznic
The iron Ringby Lloyd Alexander
Holes by Louis Sachar
Sideways Stories b Louis Sachar
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
Crispin by Avi
A Long Way to Chicago by Richard Peck
The Giver by Lois Lawry
SAVVY by ingrid Law
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
The View From Saturday by E.L. Konisburg
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Good Masters, Sweet Ladies: Voices From a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Last stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Johnny tremain by Esther Hoskin Forbes
Abel's Island by William Steig
Alabama Moon by Watt Key
All the way home by Patricia Reilly Giff
Midnight Fox by Betsy Byers
The Upstairs room by Joanna Weiss
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'dell
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Charlie Bone by Jenn Nimmo
The silent Boy by Lois Lawry
 SERIES
Among the Hidden (shadow Children) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The City of Ember by Jeanne Dupreau
The Lightning Thief Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
The Chronicles of Narnia C S Lewis
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Dear America Series

AUTHORS
Gary Paulsen
Gerry Spinnelli
Kate DiCammillo
Katherine Patterson
Rick Riordan
Lois Lowry
Richard Peck
Avi
Sharon Creech
Natalie Babbit
Paula Fox
Brian Jaques
Betsy Byers
Andrew Clements
Louis Sachar
  








LANGUAGE ARTS    MRS. ABRAMSON

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GRADE 6

READING Journeys Reading program, various class novels.
VOCABULARY WORKSHOP- This is an auxiliary program promoting a strong foundation in vocabulary. 
WRITING-Students will be regularly writing, learning the writing process.  They will be working on book reports, research writing, persuasive writing, narratives and poetry. 
We will be incorporating the proper use of grammar in their writing. Writing mechanics involves the parts and types of sentences. We will be working  on writing descriptively; grammar skills include use of adjectives, adverbs, use of a variety of sentence types and exploring "voice" in their writing.
Students will also be learning to properly answer essay questions, and summarizing in conjunction with their reading story,with a focus on understanding main ideas, and on organizing details in a clear, concise manner.

 DECEMBER 16 - 30

We finish our reading of Charles Dickens
Christmas Carol, and complete the comprehension packet.
We will complete unit 3 in Vocabulary Workshop and review of units 1-3 with a spelling and vocabulary test on Monday for 6 A;  and continue Chapter 3 in Grammar for Writing. This chapter covers sentence variety and structure, types of clauses, combining sentences, and revising writing samples.

RELIGION 
SPIRIT OF TRUTH CURRICULUM
Sophia Institute
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We have been exploring the Mass in context with scripture. We are learning the different writing styles of the bible, and focusing on the Gospel narratives of the birth of Jesus. Students are writing their own perspective of the events of the Nativity as an eye witness observer of the event.



GRADE 5
READING-  - Journeys Reading program, as well as several class read novels.

VOCABULARY WORKSHOP- This is an auxiliary program of stories and skills to enhance the student's vocabulary. We will be doing a  unit every 2 weeks.

WRITING - The fifth graders will be writing on a regular basis. They will be learning the writing process, learning to construct proper sentences, and appropriate paragraph structure. They will be writing book reports, personal narratives, research,"How To" pieces of writing, opinions, descriptive stories, and poetry. 
We will incorporate proper use of grammar mechanics. 
Their writing, in response to the Journeys story, will be a personal narrative, sequencing  events, and focus on word choice in responding to the reading.

December 16 -20  
 Grade five will complete a Journeys Reading Program excerpt from the novel "Old Yeller". Skills being covered include theme,  cause and effect, and analyzing characters.
Grammar skills include identifying main verbs, helping and linking verbs, direct and indirect objects. Comprehension and grammar test will be Monday December 16.
There is nospelling test this week.
Fifth grade will review vocabulary and grammar skills from our Vocabulary Workshop Workbook. NO TEST.





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GRADES 5 AND 6 SPELLING BEE


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HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS ARE POSTED EVERY DAY ON THE HOMEWORK BOARDS FOUND IN EACH OF THE FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE CLASSROOMS. EACH STUDENT HAS BEEN GIVEN AN ASSIGNMENT BOOK, AND TIME AT THE END OF EACH CLASS TO WRITE ASSIGNMENTS AT THE END OF THE DAY. DON'T  LEAVE SCHOOL WITHOUT IT!


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