5th and 6th Grade News

December 7, 2015

Hello Fifth and Sixth Grade Families!

Hope everyone had a restful weekend! We have two weeks of school until Christmas break and they are jam-packed! Please read all the way through the newsletter for a lot of important information.

We are celebrating Mass twice this week; Tuesday for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Thursday for Our Lady of Guadalupe. Please make sure students wear appropriate Mass attire and on Thursday, students must bring a flower to offer Mary.

The Christmas Pageant is Thursday, December 17th at 6:30. Doors will open at 6:00 for early seating. Mr. Nolting, our Music teacher, has been working hard to prepare the children K-8th grade for this memorable event.

We are letting you know that you need to start working on a costume for your child if they are going to be a shepherd, angel or nativity character. Please see below for your child's costume needs:

Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grade students will be playing in the band. Some students will be dressed up as the characters in the play if they are in band. Mr. Nolting will be choosing students for Nativity scene. It will include 20 band members who will be needing a costume. Some will be innkeepers, prophets, Mary, Joseph, a Roman Soldier,

townspeople etc. The students will let you know. Below you will find a pattern to make a robe-like gown for these parts. (no sew)

The rest of the band members (24) will be asked to wear dark pants and a white shirt for boys and a white blouse for girls.

Shepherd costume ideas: If your child owns a bath robe, all you need is a pillow case to place over head and put a headband to hold it or yarn rope you can tie around the forehead. Another idea for the little ones is to take an old adult size towel, cut a hole for the head, slip over body and tie waist with rope or belt and wear a smaller towel to cover head with a fabric tie to hold the head covering on. See picture below. There is also a basic pattern for making a robe with a glue gun and a pair of scissors. You can use an old sheet and rope to tie around the waist. See video below.

Angel Costume ideas: See video for making a bible robe like the one for the shepherd. You can use a white bed sheet or fabric store fabric. Angel wings patterns can be found on Pinterest or on the website provided below. Use tinsel for head cover and you can buy dollar store fairy wings or make them.

Gift Exchange: 5th and 6th graders can participate in a class gift exchange on Friday, December 18th. Students can bring in a new wrapped gift (maximum spending amount is $5) and we will draw numbers to exchange the gift. Students do not have to participate if they do not wish to, but in order to receive a gift, they must bring one. We will be having a class party that day as well, so if anyone would like to bring in food or snacks that would be great! Thank you!

Fulcrum Tuition Assistance - Did you Miss the Deadline?

If you have not yet filed an application for tuition assistance for the 2016-17 school year (grades K - 8 only), please contact Berenice (253.272.7012 or office@hrrsjda.org) at the front desk IMMEDIATELY. The deadline was Friday, Dec. 4th. This application is necessary in order for families to receive ANY financial assistance from Fulcrum or Holy Rosary next school year.

Here is what is going on this week:

Monday, 12/7:

  • Band
  • St. Nicholas Treat

Tuesday, 12/8:

  • Mass at 12:00 pm - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • P.E.- Students can bring weather appropriate clothes (NO SHORTS) to change into for P.E.

Wednesday, 12/9:

  • Band

Thursday, 12/10:

  • All School Mass - students must bring a flower for Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Math Quiz - 6th Grade: Ratios, 5th Grade: Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Friday, 12/11:

  • Spirit Gear Day
  • Spelling Test - Lesson 12
  • "The Wind People" Quiz
  • P.E.- Students can bring weather appropriate clothes (NO SHORTS) to change into for P.E.
  • All School Christmas Program rehearsal at 1:30 pm (students must bring costumes)

Vocabulary Unit 7 Test and flashcards due on Tuesday, December 15th.

What are we learning this week?

    • We are focusing on Advent and how we can prepare for Jesus' birth!
    • We are practicing responses for Mass, especially in Latin.
    • We are also focusing on Mary this week with the Feast of The Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe.

    Language Arts:

    • We have started a new story, "The Wind People" which is a nonfiction story and we are focusing on using outlines for nonfiction selections.
    • We are also working on grammar, specifically the difference between proper and common nouns.
    • We are starting Vocabulary Unit 7 which we will be working on for the next two weeks.
    • This week in Spelling we are working on changing y to i and adding -es or -ed.

    Social Studies:

    • We are beginning to move into early civilizations and tool making and how our ancestors have changed over time.
    • This week we will be making our own primitive tools in class and creating cave art! We started this last week and it was fantastic to see how creative the students are!


    • 6th Grade Math is working on ratios, especially word problems.
    • 5th Grade Math is working on fractions and changing improper fractions to mixed numbers and multi-step word problems.
    Looking forward to a great week! If you have any questions, please let me know!

    Thank you!

    Mrs. Scott

    Holy Rosary Regional School - Juan Diego Academy