CATHOLIC ACADEMY OF SUNNYVALE Week Ending March 17, 2017

Important dates

Lenten Season

March 1st- April 15 2017

FUNDRAISING AUCTION

Saturday March 18, 2017 @ 5:30 PM

NO SCHOOL - IN SERVICE DAY

Friday March 24, 2017

Community Mass

Saturday April 1, 2017 @5:00 PM

AUCTION

We still have a few tickets left for the 2017 Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction. You don't want to miss this event! This is a great time for parents, staff, and community members alike to come together and celebrate!

YEARBOOK

Please note that you can still purchase your 2016-2017 Yearbook at the great price of $25.00!! After March 17th, the price will go up to $50.00.

Don't forget to send any pictures you've taken of CAS activities, you can email duriarte@catholicacademysun.org any pictures you'd like to share.

Please find attached an order form for your use. Thank you

YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST

Dear Catholic Academy Family and Friends,

Once again, our yearbook cover will be artwork from one of our students. We would like every student in school (toddlers to 8th grade) to draw/create a cover. The winning student will have their cover on our yearbook. The back of the yearbook will have the artwork from the winners of each class (minus the cover winner).

Each cover should include:

School Name – Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale

School Year – 2016-2017

Their cover can also include our mascot (the Phoenix) but it isn’t required.

Bold colors show up best but aren’t required

Finally, they should write their name and grade ON THE BACK OF THE PAPER in pencil.

We need these drawings back no later than Friday, March 24th, 2017. This gives us time to pick the winners and get them to the yearbook company.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for your help with this project.

-Mr. Silvestre and the yearbook committee

Junior Sports - Flag Football

Grades K-3

The Junior Sports Flag Football Season will start on March 14th and end on April 13th. Practices will be on Tuesdays at CAS, 5:00 - 6:00 and games will be on Thursdays at CAS, 5:00 - 6:00 (Extended Care will be available, but with a charge).

There will be a $40.00 participation fee, paid via cash or check (checks made out to Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale).

Attached you will find a registration form and an Extended Care Release form. Please fill out both and return at your earliest convenience.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Desiree Briones at info@catholicacademysun.org

Thank you and have a great day!

CAS Office

A Letter From the Principal

Dear Parent,

This week we celebrate our Superintendent of Schools Kathy Amalzol for winning the Learn. Lead. Proclaim. Award from the National Catholic Educational Association for her innovation in Catholic education including her role in developing both the Drexel School System and the STREAM program at Catholic Academy. Nominated by our very own Donovan Williams, we are pleased to share this news and our collective joy for Kathy's recognition.

The attached article issued by NCEA, shares our STREAM achievement on a national platform. Enjoy! And thank you to every person who helped build our program, community and faith. You have been recognized.

Let's celebrate this weekend at this year's auction - my favorite party of the year!

May God bless us all. For He makes all things possible.

Warm Regards,

Susan Morrissey

Principal

Toddlers

This week in Toddlers we have been looking forward to St. Patrick's Day! We learned about St. Patrick and how he used the shamrock to teach people about the Holy Trinity. We incorporated his lesson into our Montessori lesson-making the Sign of the Cross.

This week we also reviewed the letter C and its sound. We learned about textures, rough and smooth. We used what we experienced to wash our face cloths and to tear different types of paper.

preschool

This week for Language Arts they learned action words (simple nouns and simple verbs). Also, our writing has advanced to curves and sharing this week we're items that began with the letter "Cc".

In Math the children build their skills on numbers 1-100. We used the ruler the measure items around the classroom.

Thank you to Paola, Giselle's mom for talking about Mexico.

Also, to Alaa, Mila and Saleem's mom, for sharing about Egypt.

Kindergarten

This week in kindergarten, the students worked in teams to create a list of materials and design a plan for leprechaun traps! Then they built their traps in STEM. On Thursday, they presented their work to the class and prepared for the big day on Friday!

First Grade

First grade students use their proofreading skills to correct the Morning Message. They couldn't believe that Mrs. Finnerty could make so many mistakes! This Language Arts activity is fun and also useful, as students then apply learned skills to other work in the classroom.

Second Grade

In Math, the second-graders reviewed their place value skills through a bingo game.

It was a block-out game where they had to fill up all nine squares. All answers were discussed and strategies were introduced. They enjoyed it very much that they were asking for another one but time ran out.

While in Global Studies, the second-graders are working on advocacy plans. to impact change. They watched a video which they enjoyed and watched twice. They had a brief lesson and went in groups to plan their projects. They will be presenting their projects next week.

Third Grade

If children ran the world:

In Language Arts this week, third grade students continued to focus on the writing process. The writing prompt for the week was How the World Would Look if Children Were in Charge. The results were energetic and often hilarious. As always, students used a graphic organizer to organize their thoughts. They then selected their favorite ideas and assembled them into an organized pattern then put them into a narrative assignment.

Fourth Grade

The fourth grade class had a gallery walk looking at different images from the mission system. They had 8 different images containing blueprints of the missions, images of farming, and of life at the missions. The class had to distinguish differences with each images economic activity and the evidence they found in the pictures. Once they were done finding evidence individually, they shared their findings with classmates.

Fifth Grade

This week in Robotics, the students are working on their first maze challenge. They build a simple maze with wooden blocks. They are working on programming their robots to navigate through the maze, without bumping into any obstacles or reaching any dead end. The maze will be getting more complex and challenging in the following weeks.

Sixth Grade

This week in sixth graders science the students are creating models that will allow them to track the energy output of the Sun. With this measuring device, the students will be able to develop and use data describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth create patterns of atmospheric and oceanic currents. This circulation is the main controlling force behind regional climates.

Seventh Grade

Aloha!

The 7th graders had lots of fun painting the landscape scene of "The Sunset Hut."

This painting will be for the auction this coming Saturday.

The young designers are in full gear with their own redesign of their products. With research and collecting data such as ergonomics, safety, dimensions and materials, the young designers are learning a lot about how each process works to develop a product.

Eighth Grade

This weekend I'm looking forward to the Confirmation Retreat. I get to experience it with people who are going through the same thing I am going to go through. Confirmation is something I've been looking forward too, because I'm Catholic. I've had my Baptism and First Communion, but now it's time to take it a step further. Being confirmed is about sealing my commitment and saying that I am a true Catholic. Going through my Confirmation just shows people that I'm not just speaking; I am showing that I do believe it. Confirmation is sealing what I went through in my Baptism and calling me forward as a Catholic.

~Written by Bianca M.

Mandarin

Mandarin Chinese Class News from 3/13 to 3/17

Our Week of Learning

Theme: Food

Topic of this week: Fruit

Preschool: The kids are going to learn a new word, "葡萄 pú táo (grape)." All words practice first before the new word are going to be taught every week. For the Chinese song, the kids are going to learn "小星星 xiǎo xīng xīng (twinkle twinkle little star). The preschoolers are going to color four pictures of carrot, apple, banana, and grape this Thursday; then, they are going to glue it on the paper basket this Friday.

Kindergarten: The students are taught three vocabulary words. The words are "蘋果 píng guǒ (apple), 葡萄 pú táo (grape), 香蕉xiāng jiāo (banana)." The sentence structure is "我喜歡吃 wǒ xǐ huān chī (I like to eat)...." or "我不喜歡吃 wǒ bù xǐ huān chī (I don't like to eat)...."

1-2 Grade: The students are taught three vocabulary words. The words are "蘋果 píng guǒ (apple), 葡萄 pú táo (grape), 香蕉xiāng jiāo (banana)." The sentence structure is ".....好吃嗎? hǎo chī ma ? (......is delicious?)" 吃 (chī) is the meaning of eat. 好 (hǎo) is the meaning of good. And, the answer sentence structure is "......好吃 hǎo chī."

3-4 Grade: The students are taught three vocabulary words. The words are "蘋果 píng guǒ (apple), 葡萄 pú táo (grape), 香蕉xiāng jiāo (banana)." The sentence structure is ".....好吃嗎? hǎo chī ma ? (......is delicious?)" 吃 (chī) is the meaning of eat. 好 (hǎo) is the meaning of good. And, the answer sentence structure is "......很好吃 hěn hǎo chī." 很 (hěn) is the meaning of very.

5-6 Grade: The students are taught three vocabulary words. The words are "蘋果 píng guǒ (apple), 葡萄 pú táo (grape), 香蕉xiāng jiāo (banana)." The sentence structure is ".....好吃嗎? hǎo chī ma ? (......is delicious?)" 吃 (chī) is the meaning of eat. 好 (hǎo) is the meaning of good. And, the answer sentence structure is "......很好吃 hěn hǎo chī." or "......不好吃 bù hǎo chī" 很 (hěn) is the meaning of very. 不 (bù) is the meaning of no. Otherwise, the students practice speaking each other based on the sentence structure of this week.

7-8 Grade: The students are taught three vocabulary words. The words are "蘋果 píng guǒ (apple), 葡萄 pú táo (grape), 香蕉xiāng jiāo (banana)." The sentence structure is ".....好吃嗎? hǎo chī ma ? (......is delicious?)" 吃 (chī) is the meaning of eat. 好 (hǎo) is the meaning of good. And, the answer sentence structure is "......很好吃 hěn hǎo chī." or "......不好吃 bù hǎo chī" 很 (hěn) is the meaning of very. 不 (bù) is the meaning of no. Otherwise, the students practice speaking each other based on the sentence structure of this week.

Happy Learning Mandarin Chinese!

religion

Congratulations to our second graders as they successfully did their 1st reconciliation this week. For the first time they went to confession and it was a blessed experience for them.

They are now ready to do First Holy Communion in May.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION and HEALTH

The sun is out and we are taking advantage! With the clear skies comes a great opportunity to get out of the gym for some fresh air and play some soccer. Now that our fundamentals are out of the way, it is time for some practical skills tests in the form of team scrimmages. Emphasis is on form, control, and sportsmanship as our young athletes have been kicking and head-bopping the soccer ball back and forth across our grassy field. Each day we are still starting with cardio and core-strength building warm ups followed by a timed or lapped jog.

Next week we will transition to our next unit but will also conduct scored performance trials of our regularly practiced exercises, drills, and runs.

EXTENDED CARE

Changes can be described as mixing up the ordinary. Sometimes being mixed up is what makes the everyday fun and stimulating for young minds. This week clock change, has only been one aspect of how the students in Extended Care have been experiencing. While it has led to groggier mornings, the late day sun and warmth have opened up ideas and play in great new ways. Welcome changes have been the addition of a few new 'fishy friends' in our aquarium to add some color and diversity. Another change was our move to the Science room in order for the EC classroom to prepare for its transformation into an Auction showroom. What remains the same throughout, however, is the quality of care and engagement from our staff to your children. Examples of these can take the form of a little one-on-one homework assistance, a challenging competitor in soccer or basketball, guidance in arts and crafts activities, or simply a big friend who will listen and share with. The Extended Care before and after-school program is a little bit what everyone needs to unwind: a safe, secure, engaging, and comfortable place to play and grow beyond the rigors of daily academic life. Space is still available and we will always have room for you! Feel free to speak with Mr. Lee or the office staff to arrange a regular attendance schedule or a drop-in visit into our program. We'll save you a snack!

We love getting referrals from our students and families! In an effort to say thanks, we have created a Referral Incentive Program! Families that refer new students to Catholic Academy will receive a one-time credit to their account in the amount of $250. This credit will be processed upon the completion of the first full school year that the new family completes.

If your referred family starts during the last few months of the current school year, the credit will still be applied at the end of this school year!

Please contact the office at (408) 738-3444 if you have any questions, and thanks again for being part of the Catholic Academy family!

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