Sunday, December 22, 2013

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home." ~ Edith Sitwell

Whatever else be lost among the years,
Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,
Let us hold close one day, remembering
Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men.
Let us get back our childlike faith again.
~ Grace Noll Crowell

May all our hearts be filled with the childlike joy and wonder of this magical season.  

It's Christmas in the Heart. . ." image:

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ” ― Norman Vincent Peale

What is Christmas?

Every time a hand reaches out
To help another. . .
That is Christmas.

Every time someone puts anger aside
And strives for understanding. . .
That is Christmas.

Every time people forget their differences
And realize their love for each other. . .
That is Christmas.

May this Christmas bring us
Closer to the spirit of human understanding
Closer to the blessing of peace!
~Author Unknown


Monday: No assignment.  Use this time as a study hall to complete unfinished work.
Tuesday: Complete page 72 and turn in
Wednesday: Pages 73-74
Thursday:  Pages 75-76
Friday: no assignment.

Social Studies:
Monday & Tuesday: Complete timelines.
Wednesday & Thursday:  Watch video, Age of Exploration, complete quiz

Monday:  Turn in A Special Holiday Memory personal narratives
Tuesday:  Share writing with the class.
Thursday: Christmas Carol activity/clues to recognizing songs
Friday:  A Christmas story.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Happy Holidays, everyone--

Christmas 2013 is less than two weeks away!  Business as usual appears not an option for any of us these days, but in the midst of all the chaos that the holiday season brings, it also brings a good measure of joy into our lives.  There is a sense of wonder to it, and a bit of magic, too.  Christmas is, above all, a state of mind; its true spirit can be found in the way in which we come together in peace and good will.  That is, no doubt, why we all love it so much.

I hope your tree is up and glistening, your children well behaved, and your sanity, for the most part, intact.  


Speaking of sanity, here's a list of this week's assignments in my classes:

Word Study, Grade 5
Monday:  No assignment
Tuesday:  Pages 69, 70, & 71
Wednesday: Pages 72, 73
Thursday:  Page 74 (rough draft) 

Language Arts
Monday:  Complete haiku poetry (2) for bulletin board (turn in sloppy copy of 4 assigned haiku poems for me to edit), continue work on Special Memory narrative.
Tuesday:  Complete Special Memory narrative draft in preparation for activity.
Wednesday:  Edit and revise Special Memory narrative using the graphic organizer provided.
Thursday:  Complete changes/additions and begin typing final draft.
Friday:  Finish typing and turn in for final edit before posting on the bulletin board in the hallway. 

Social Studies 5/6
Monday/Tuesday:  Activity 2, "How Early Explorers Used the North Star as a Compass" -- due next class.
Also, turn in "Life at Sea:  Sores, Scabs, and Scurvy" packet
Wednesday: Be sure North Star and Life at Sea packets are turned in, please.
Thursday (Grade 6): Activity 3, "Explorers' Timeline."  We'll work on these for two class periods. Grade 5 will begin this activity on Monday, 12/16.

COOL VIDEO: This is a remarkable visual showing why explorers used the North Star as a compass. . . it remains virtually immobile in the night sky. (Hit "full screen" for best viewing.)


Thanks to all who attended Addison Central School's 2013 Christmas Concert.  What a special way to celebrate the season -- all of us together, a family.

My best to you--

Christmas trees image:
A Christmas Concert image: