The Abundant Feast

5th Grade news

Short but full

Dear parents,

I had a fabulous time in Germany, and the children enjoyed their sub, Mrs. Lindsay! I returned to the U.S. to some beautiful weather. After four days of rain, cold, and drizzle in Germany, the sunshine in North Carolina was a welcome sight! To celebrate the gorgeous weather, the pictures in this week's newsletter were all taken outside.

Mark your calendars:

October 18 Parent - teacher conferences

October 25 Field trip to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia (please send your money and permission slip to me soon if you haven't already done this.) We are looking for a photographer for the trip; if you are planning on going and have a camera (not a cell phone) and are willing to take pictures, please contact our room mom, Heather Shiflett.

Alpha/Omega Time

Our theme in October is "The Body of Christ." Mrs. Rosser and the Kindergarten class brought this week's lesson on forgiveness to life with a cute skit about Jacob and Esau. In Bible time, we spent some time in our journals writing about seeing God at work in his creation as we watched a caterpillar emerging from its chrysalis. We also talked about people who worship idols or who don't believe in God and read verses in scripture that spoke about our one true God.

Language Arts

Students finished up The Bronze Bow and worked on creating a book jacket for the book. We began our new novel, Number the Stars, about two girls in occupied Denmark during World War II. In writing, students edited their Roman story and began their final draft. The children were also introduced to our poet of the year, Alfred Lord Tennyson, as they copied and illustrated his poem "The Mermaid."

History and Inspirational Studies

Students wrote a narration about Julius Caesar, which they will later add to their Book of the Centuries, a keepsake journal of their history narrations at Arborbrook. We also practiced our skit of Julius Caesar, which we hope to perform for parents on Oct. 27. (Stay tuned for the exact time.) During Inspirational Studies, Mrs.Lindsay did a picture study of Giotto's "The Raising of Lazarus."

Science and Nature Study

(from Mrs. Ketchie) This week we went outside to complete an experiment on predators and prey and learned that when the prey population changes then the predator population is affected and vice versa.

Nature Study: Students harvested pak choi, a Chinese cabbage, and then sampled it in some stir fry made by Mrs. Shepherd.

Royal Readers

Yay! Students have reached and exceeded their first goal of 40 books, so a reading celebration and book club will happen on Thursday! Students should come prepared to share about a book they have been reading.

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Weekend Work

Math: Lesson 33

Read chapters 2-4 in Number the Stars

Final draft of Rome story (due Thursday)

History fair: Rough draft of their speech (Thursday)

Upcoming Tests:


Tuesday: Dictation

Wednesday: Math

* Some students need to practice cursive writing or math facts on Friday.