Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale Week Ending February 17, 2017

Important Dates

30th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday, February 18, 2017

No School Presidents' Day

Monday, February 20, 2017

No School Winter Break

February 21-24 2017

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lenten Season

March 1st- April 15 2017

PTG Meeting

Thursday March 9, 2017 @ 5:30PM

CAS Auction

Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 5:30PM


The 2016-2017 Yearbook is now available for pre-order!!! Please find the attached order form for your use or swing by the Office to pick up a hard copy order form. Please pay special attention to the order by date. All orders before March 17th will be $25.00; after March 17th, yearbook orders go up to $50.00 each.


The Annual CAS Auction Fundraiser will be on March 18th!


This week in Toddlers we talked about Valentine's Day! We enjoyed a variety of activities. We each did some baking. We stirred and rolled out cookies and decorated them with Ms Ibarra's help.

Our Montessori lesson this week had us slicing apples, tracing the letter X and discovering the letter X sound. Our nursery rhyme this week is "Fly, Fly, Fly."


For Religion the preschool class talked about how we can show our L O V E to God, family, teachers and friends.

In Practical Life, Mrs. Estrella Ibarra, Luna's mom volunteered for our baking curriculum. The children whisked, rolled and poured real ingredients.

Thank you to Mr. Dalei Dong, Claire and Connor's dad for being our Community helpers this week.

Mr. James Brenner, Lily's dad was also one of our community helpers who spoke to our class.


This week in kindergarten, the students divided, counted, and added sweethearts in groups. They will continue counting a variety collections throughout the year. Also, in STEM this week, kindergarteners created fabulous parachutes that they tested out in class!

first grade

The first graders have been researching ocean life. We learned some pretty amazing facts and enjoyed writing them down to share with others. We also compared the sizes of animals as our grammar lesson focused on small, smaller, smallest.

second grade

Grade 2 is off to the races! We have been exploring the dictionary, finding definitions for vocabulary words. We have had to really focus on ABC order and words with more than 1 definition. When we come back from break, we will begin our Dictionary Races!

Third grade

Farewell to Friends

The Third Graders said goodbye to our good friends from Beijing, Lucy and Jordan. Over the past month we have shared our customs like dance parties, Valentine’s Day, robotics, pepperoni pizza, and American fortune cookies. Lucy, Jordan, and their friend Ethan decorated our classroom. They shared Chinese many customs including Chinese New Year. They also shared our pepperoni pizza and danced at our dance party. It was a month filled with hard work and laughter. Everyone learned a lot. Lucy and Jordan, thank you for visiting us this last month. Please come back soon!

Fourth Grade

This week the students said goodbye to their friends that were visiting from China. The 3rd and 4th grade classes had a small pizza party wishing their guests farewell and having some good laughs together. Mrs. Young brought in lychee as a departing gift for students to share with their families.

fifth grade

This week in 5th Grade Coding the students worked on PlayLab. Each student had to work on coding an animated story with at least three characters and at least two scenarios. The story would have a plot and a script. In the end, they enjoyed presenting it to the entire class.

In Robotics, Diego came up with an idea of building a Motor cycle robot with two large motors attached back to back. He did a great job building it and had to overcome a few challenges while programming. The finished result was beautiful.

sixth grade

This week in 6th-grade science the students have been investigating the density of water and how it drives the thermal belts that control our ocean currents. This is will lead to the students answering the question: How does climate change affect ocean ecology?

Seventh Grade

The students reviewed the elements of graphic design and industrial design. Industrial Design (ID) is the professional service of creating products and systems that optimize function, value, and appearance for the mutual benefit of user and manufacturer.

Students also researched company logos and explained why the logos work and what subliminal messages are within the designs. For example, the FedEx logo. There is an arrow pointing to the right between the E and the X. This shows that FedEx is always on the move and a delivery service. Another example is Baskin Robbins, they offer 31 flavorous of ice-cream.

The number 31 is hidden in the logo within the letters of B and R.

The artists also finished their portrait drawings this week as well. Using line, value, and learning the proportions of the face were some of the techniques to help finish their drawings.

Eighth Grade

Grade 8 is deep within the heart of Grammar. The class is really working to locate hard-to-find subjects and those tricky prepositions. We have found that grammar in the English language is like breaking a secret code!


February's theme was "Hobby" so that the students learned "打球 dǎ qiú (play the ball)," "游泳 yóu yǒng (swimming)," and "彈鋼琴dàn gāng qín (play the piano)." The asking sentence is: "你喜歡/不喜歡做什麼? nǐ xǐ huān / bù xǐ huān zuò shí me (What do / don't you like to do?)" The answering sentence is: "我喜歡/不喜歡..... wǒ xǐ huān / bù xǐ huān....." On the other hand, the students learned how to make the piano origami.

The words of this week:

打球 dǎ qiú (playing the ball)

游泳 yóu yǒng (swimming)

彈鋼琴 dàn gāng qín (playing the piano)

做 zuò (do)

Have a good break!!


Football is behind us and soccer his finally here! Starting with basic fundamentals the kindergarten students began their program with some practice with simple ball control and manipulating through cones. Later in the week they played a game of 'circle-soccer' where all players create a human circle and attempt to score a goal by kicking a ball between another players legs.

Older students got a chance to improve their 'foot-eye' co-ordination with a full gym game of "Pirate-soccer" where a third of players scrambled to take a manipulated ball from other players making them new pirates themselves and attempted to procure a ball from another player. Our middle school students concluded their final filming and post-productions of their "Anti-smoking" video 'Public-service-announcements', the best of which will be voted upon by their younger students of CAS on their next health course.


So much fun is waiting to be had in our Extended Care! Our services, however, are not limited to crafts, toys, and games. We can also provide an excellent facility and support for homework completion and reading. Whether your child has homeroom daily/nightly reading requirements, or a simple love of reading, our EC students have access to a huge variety of titles and subjects.

Missing a sweater, jacket, lunchbox, piece of art, or water-bottle. Extended Care often finds lost items frequently that you can receive either in the EC room or the main school 'Lost & Found' near the office.

Also, with tax season upon us, please feel free to contact Mr. Lee or the office should you need a FACTS breakdown of any Extended Care expenses for 2016.

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