August 25, 2016
Welcome back and welcome to BSCS to all our new families! Our first week of school is over and good things are happening! It is great seeing all the students, parents and teachers, and having everyone back in school!
New Lunch Program: Our lunch program this year will be handled by Schoolhouse Fare. It features online ordering and payment. Registration and ordering starts Wednesday, August 24, 2016, with lunches beginning on September 6th. See the website for link and details.
This is a reminder that all students except 5th and 8th grade must be in the new school logo uniforms by the end of September. Girls must also be wearing the wide plaid. (Please check the website.)
Next Tuesday, August 30th, Is Open House. Come hear what your children will be learning in school this year. It begins at 7:00 pm. Go directly to your child’s classroom. If you are new to BSCS, we will meet at 6:30 pm in the Library.
Music classes are off to a great start this school year. Rules and procedures were discussed and most classes have already started playing on the instruments and singing. Choir will begin next week! Choir 1 will consist of 2nd thru 4th grade and will practice on Mondays 2:30 until 3:30. Choir 2 will consist of 5th thru 8th grade and will practice on Tuesdays from 2:30 until 3:30. In order to attend choir practices, please turn in the choir registration form to Ms Barabas.
Spanish classes are working on greetings, introductions, saying where you are from, names of official Spanish-speaking countries and locations, numbers 1 to 10, exchanging phone numbers in Spanish, days of week, months of the year, the weather, alphabet, and classroom phrases using posters, pictures, gestures, puppets, songs, and the smartboard.
In Physical Education, grades K3-K5 are learning loco-motor skills and gaining an understanding of personal and general space. 1st – 8th graders played "get to know you" games. Also our 8th grade class is in charge of creating the monthly prayer for students to say when they come to PE class.
Classes in Visual Art began with a unit about light sources and shadows. All ART students are learning new techniques with pencils. Last week they drew 2D Geometric shapes and turned them into 3D forms by using shading and shadows. This week they will continue by combining the forms and creating a still life. This unit will continue for several weeks giving students time to master new techniques.
Library class is off to a great start this year! Who doesn't like being read to? The Kindergarten classes love Eric Carle's books especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Clumsy Click Beetle which actually clicks. First grade read Harry the Dirty Dog along with the stuffed animal. Second grade is reading a wonderful story The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Third Grade reads No Talking by Andrew Clements. Fourth grade 's story is Island of the Blue Dolphins. Fever, 1793 is for fifth and sixth grades. For seventh and eighth, Mrs. Perry is reading from an anthology which includes essays and poems. They are also working on library and research skills.
From K3 Mrs. Teegardin’s class: “We read several books including “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and then found the letters of each child's name to put up their tree, learned about words that start with A, and made ducks to resemble the ones in “Make Way for Ducklings”. This week we are learning about our new friends and their families and are perfecting the art of walking in a line and sitting on the rug!
K3Y Ms. Yesalavich’s class is learning that the Bible is God's book, and are focusing on the verse Acts 16: 31. They have sung the worship song “Deep and Wide” as a class, learned that A is for Apple and made an apple craft, and sang songs about the letter A and the alphabet.
Last week, K4S, Ms. Sanford’s class, learned new classroom schedules and routines. Along with learning new routines, K4 is learning about their classroom friends! The children are bringing in All About Me Bags this week. They are filling a paper bag with 3 items that describe themselves. The children will share the items with their classmates and learn different things about one another.
Mrs. Hemingway’s K5 class reports:WOW, we have had an amazing time getting to know all our friends and teachers! We have had all smiling faces and nothing but fun! We are working on building a classroom community that is optimal for learning and developing. We are learning how to use our new textbooks and workbooks. Lastly, we did our self-portraits, enjoyed “Pete the Cat” stories, practiced our prayers and learned all about our friends. It is going to be a great year!
From Grade 1D: We have been learning our A PLUS rules and made Popsicle stick ten frames to learn our numbers.
Grade 4S Report by Dallas S. and Bennett M.: We have had an exciting time here in 4th grade! We are getting to know each other with our penny time lines! Each year of our life is shared with a picture of an event from that year and a penny. In class, we are learning about the Scientific Method, landforms in Social Studies and place values in Math. In Art, we are learning about 3D circles. It’s been an adventure!
7th grade reviewed Johnny Tremain by discussing the movie and watching the Disney classic film. The test over the book is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25.
8th grade is reviewing The Book Thief in preparation for a test on Friday, Aug. 26 by watching the movie and class discussion. They are comparing the book to the film.
Grades 6,7, and 8 will begin work in their Sadlier Vocabulary series this week.
Homeroom 7T is organizing a saint project on St. Philomena, healer of blood related illnesses. They will be working with Grade 3D and relating their chosen saint, St. Mother Theresa, who cared for the sick and St. Philomena by collecting " Pennies for Patients" during the month of September. All proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Literature students have begun giving oral Book Reviews on their summer reading. It has been really interesting to learn what their books were about and their thoughts and feelings about what they have read. Some students became enthused and wanted to read the books, as a result of the peer reviews.... life is good in our Literature classes. It's all about READING!!
Thank you for entrusting your children to us. We look forward to a year that engages the mind, challenges the body and enlightens the soul.