May 1, 2019
Dear 5th Grade Families:
As part of our rich and broad curriculum, St. Michael’s has traditionally offered a puberty and human reproduction course in the fifth grade. During the week of May 13th, your fifth grader will have an opportunity to receive instruction and view a short video titled, “We’re Growing Up!” by Marsh Media. The students will be divided according to gender for the first two days, and the final day will be a co-ed discussion about health, hygiene, genetics and heredity, multiple births, and viewing of the “Conception to Birth” video. Our school nurse, Erika Huff, will lead the discussions for all of the classes, along with your child’s teacher. The girls’ class will be Monday, May 13th, 10:30 – Noon. The boys’ class will be Tuesday, May 14th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The last session will be Thursday, May 16th, 10:30 – Noon. Parents are invited to sit in on any or all sessions if they wish.
Topics covered in the 5th-grade puberty and reproductive course include:
- To identify and give information about the parts and functions of the male and female reproductive system.
- To identify physical changes that boys and girls experience during puberty.
- To explore emotional changes associated with the adolescent.
- To promote good health and hygiene.
- To explore the responsibilities and changes in adulthood.
- To encourage a positive attitude toward change.
- Ted Talk “Conception to Birth” video (Start video at 2:07 to 5:53) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKyljukBE70
- Conclude with a discussion of inherited traits and multiple births, subjects that students find fascinating!
The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for and to encourage further family discussions at home. It is a great opportunity for you to share your thoughts and values with your student. Please feel free to contact your teacher or our school nurse if you have any questions.
Erika Huff, R.N.
cc: Brendan Sullivan/Head of School
I hope everyone had a relaxing Easter break. I think it was a much-needed break so we could get regenerated and ready to tackle the last few weeks of school. Only 21 school days left!
A few reminders:
- Your student has all the necessary information for their Heritage Project. The due dates are very specific, and we have talked about it daily. Make sure that you take a look at their guidelines. We are trying to help them prioritize a big project like this as it is a project that can’t be done the night before. So we are being very specific with what is due and on what date it is due. Some students have taken this project and run with it and have all of their information gathered. Please know that we talk about it daily and it is also written on the board. Should any questions arise, please feel free to contact me.
- We had our last special art class with the docent from the Tucson Museum of Art. Some of the students’ artwork from her art instruction will be displayed at the Art Expo.
- April’s totaled reading logs are due on Wednesday, May 1. May’s reading logs will be due Monday, May 20. Because it is a shorter month, their pages will be adjusted.
- There is A LOT going on in the month of May. Keep your calendar close!
Thank you for all your kind words, thoughts, and prayers as I dealt with a very hard family issue before the Easter Break. You should be so proud of your students!
In case your child hasn’t shared this with you, the Chapter 10 Social Studies test is next Wednesday, April 17. They should have begun studying their notes, practice book, textbook, and newspapers. There are many vocabulary words and people in this Chapter. There are also important documents and the purpose of each one. Don’t forget the Amendments in the Bill of Rights!
We are looking forward to tonight’s performance. Students should be here at 6:30 with the performance beginning at 7:00 and over by 8:30. There will be no homework tonight. It should be a great Fine Arts evening!
See you tonight!
April 9 Tuesday Ms. Garcia and Ms. Hayward introduce the project
April 11 Thursday Students turn in names of up to 5 countries
April 12 Friday Students are assigned their country
April 15, 16, 17 Monday – Wednesday
- Flag – Draw or print a copy print
- Map – Political and Physical
- The Country’s Motto; a Drawing or Color Copy of the Coat of Arms
- What is the major Language; include how to say ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’
Over Break Start looking for recipes (must be approved) Once approved you may
start working on the recipe page. We will provide examples. The recipe page does NOT go on poster board.
April 23 – 26 Tuesday – Friday
- Pictures/Information about the places people would want to visit
- Up to 3 Major Landforms (Lakes, Rivers, Mountains); give details, pictures
- Capital w/ 3 interesting detailed facts for each and pictures
- Pick an additional 3 important cities w/ 3 detailed facts each
- Explain how you are connected to this country; through which relative
- Type the FOUR most interesting and unique facts about your country
April 29 Monday Start typing and putting things on your project board
April 30 Tuesday Recipe page due
May 1 Wednesday
- Work on index cards for class presentations
- Practice your presentation speech
May 8 Wednesday Project Boards are DUE
May 13 – 16 Class Presentations (8 per day)
May 14 Tuesday Heritage Night; 5:30 – 6:30pm – Smith Parish Center
- Family members are invited
- All Project boards will be on display
- Small Tastings of the recipes (students bring in their recipe and items needed for the tastings)
Intramural Track Meet
Tuesday, April 2
3:45-4:30 in the park
Thursday, April 4
3:45-4:30 in the park
●50 m hurdles