Our class patron is St. John Bosco, the patron saint of schoolchildren. He stressed a system of education based on reason, religion, and kindness. Through his inspiration, many people became saints, including St. Dominic Savio and St. Maria Mazzarello. His life was filled with works of love and miracles from God.
Work for the week of January 19-22
major quizzes and tests for the upcoming week:
Tuesday: Ch. 6 History Test (pages 292-293). Students may work on these prior to Tuesday.
Wednesday: Math Lesson 12B Cumulative Test and PowerUp. Science: Quiz over Seasons (pages 202-293).
Thursday: History Quiz over President Jefferson & Louisiana Purchase (pages 312-313).
Friday: Ch. 20 Language Arts test (spelling/reading). Ch. 21 Religion Test Science assignment over pages 294-299 (Patterns over time).
We will also begin work on a research essay this week. Students will be given articles representing opposing points of view on the concept of zoos. They will write a composition stating their views on the subject while citing information from one of the articles. Mr. Bacidore
Monday, January 11--In-School Instruction resumes
Monday, January 18--No School- Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Tuesday, January 26--100th Day of School
Sunday-Friday, January 31-February 5--Catholic Schools Week
*Saturday/Sunday- TCA families attend Mass
*Monday-Student Fun Fair
*Tuesday-Service Day (cards for homebound care packages & cookie basket to fire department)
*Wednesday-Vocations Appreciation-Prayer Intention Day
*Thursday-”Living” Saints Day (dress as favorite saint or wear school uniform)
*Friday-Student Appreciation Day (students may wear pajamas)
Poem of the Week: "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" by Eugene Field
Thought of the week: "All that is required for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing. " Edmund Burke (1770).
Saints of the Week:
January 11: Bl. William Carter
January 12: St. Marguerite Burgeoys
January 13: St. Hilary of Poitiers
January 14: St. Gregory Nazianzen
January 15: St. Paul the Hermit
January 16: St. Berard and companions
Each day, go to Franciscan Meditation of the Day to read about and view a video about the main saint of that day. The link is:
The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus, which is celebrated on January 3. The first ten days of January fall during the liturgical season known as Christmas which is represented by the liturgical color white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored). The remaining days of January are the beginning of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time.
At TCA, we believe that no person can be considered educated if they are ignorant or neglectful of their duties toward God. "For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and suffers the loss of his soul?" Mark 8:36 We attend Holy Mass weekly and learn about basic Catholic Doctrine, the Sacraments, the 10 Commandments, Bible History, the Holy Rosary, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet along with other Catholic beliefs and practices. We ask that parents model and encourage regular prayer, Mass attendance, and the reception of the sacraments by their children.
Our school provides solid, orthodox teaching and practice of the Catholic faith as well as rigorous coverage of all the other academic disciplines. New students that are up to the challenge are always welcome to apply at TCA.
Spelling: Each week we study 25 new spelling words as well as phonics and word attack skills in the Journeys Notebook Workbook. Please make sure your child is studying their words and properly completing the workbook pages. There is a test over the words every Friday.
Reading: A new story and vocabulary words are introduced each week along with relevant skills. We utilize comprehension drills along with ample silent reading at each student's proper level each day.Please encourage your child to read books at their reading level as often as possible at home. We have a reading test every Friday.
Religion: Each week new concepts are introduced from our series and from supplementary doctrinal sources that should be reviewed at home. In addition, we practice and test the ability to recite a growing list of prayers and relevant Catholic information. Please encourage your child to study, master, and use these prayers daily. We also practice locating and interpreting scripture passages daily. Bible reading at home is to be encouraged. Please be sure to have an official Catholic Bible in your home. There is a religion test each Friday.
Handwriting: Cursive handwriting is continued in 5th grade. We use the Zaner-Blosser Handwriting series and have quarterly contests based on the standards of the National Handwriting Contest, which we enter each year. Students are required to use cursive in all work that is a sentence or longer. Please encourage your child to practice their handwriting and to truly take pride in it.
Math: Math instruction is progressive. We have regular quizzes, so please encourage your child to regularly review their skills. Tests are given at the completion of each unit. Mastery of the times tables through 12s should be accomplished as soon as possible if they don't already possess this ability.
English: We study grammar regularly as we work on compositions, poetry, and fluid writing. Please encourage free writing at home when time allows.
Science & History: Our class studies various topics in these subjects as well as taking notes over relevant information. Quizzes are given regularly to encourage and assess learning mastery. Encourage your student to regularly review their lessons.
Study: Children often do not take textbooks home unless they have written work to complete. Please encourage your child to bring their books home to study the current content. Studying should be considered part of students' usual homework and not something to be done only the night before exams.
Note: Any missing homework assignments or "D" or "F" grades on tests will result in you receiving a sheet to sign in order to ensure that you are kept aware of your child's progress and academic needs. Please be sure to check your monthly calendar for important information, menus, etc. If something specific for our class is upcoming, you will receive a note via your child. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need to discuss anything regarding your son or daughter's academic progress.
We encourage love of God and Country through teaching respect for our Holy Father and all the teachings of Christ's Holy, Catholic Church as well as for our president and the high ideals of morality, freedom, patriotism, and civic responsibility that our country was founded upon.
“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upwards in the night.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,