Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale Week Ending January 6th

Important Dates

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10 A.M.

  • Catholic Academy Spelling Bee (Grades 1-8)

Friday, January 13, 2017

  • No School- Teacher In Service

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • No School- Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observed

Thursday, January 19, 2017

  • PTG Meeting

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6P.M. - 7P.M.

  • Middle School Science Fair

Saturday, February 4, 2017

  • CAS STAR WARS OPEN HOUSE-Please bring friends and help spread the word about our awesome school!

A Letter from the Principal

Dear Parent,

Happy, happy New Year! We are back in the swing of things, and great things are happening for our teaching community! We have a professional development day coming up, the workshops from Steve Johnson on interventions and more to come, Drexel collaborations and so much more! Blessed to be part of a system of educators committed to learning and growing, we are stretching and finding new ways to bring what we have learned to the classroom experience. In addition, the folks at Santa Clara are working with schools like ours to form a meaningful, sustainable business plan. How exciting! Our future is bright!

Today I met up with one of the Drexel Board Members who toured our school right before the holiday, and she came over to say that she was inspired by the work happening in our classrooms. From one educator to another, the recognition of just how hard our team has pulled to create an innovative program was highly touching and was a gift to be shared with everyone. Our school is what we together make it! And from an educated eye, we have achieved something significant and as she said during the tour, "I intend to imitate much of what I have seen here in my school."

As part of the day to day, sometimes the magic and wonder is taken for granted, but tonight I just wanted to say - thanks. You have given a lot. No matter who you are reading this, you make Catholic Academy stand out, and many, many kids are becoming whole, balanced, spiritual beings who can think, speak and act to bring HIs kingdom here. Bless you.

And, as admissions season ramps up, please help spread the word. Stay tuned - we are working on offering a financial gesture to thank everyone for referring a family that enrolls! More to come! And...next month - a Star Wars Open House? But of course! All are invited!

Much love to you all,

Susan Morrissey

Principal

Toddler

This week in Toddlers we are focusing on All About Me. We are talking about our favorite colors, foods, animals and who is in our families.

We are reviewing our previous Montessori lessons this week. We have mastered the skills of pouring and slicing. We have also been practicing our primary and secondary colors.

We also welcome Magnus to our room!!

Preschool

This week preschool is learning about linear counting. Quantity is presented using the teen board followed by symbol and association.

Process is taught first and facts come later. Order, coordination, concentration, and independence are experienced by the child using these materials.

Kindergarten

This week in kindergarten, students started off the year writing in their journals to illustrate and describe one fun thing they did over Christmas break. They also worked on addition problems with partners to discover multiple ways to get the same answer. Lots of learning to do before 1st grade!

First Grade

The 1st grade is back at school and ready to learn! This week the Language Arts class will focus on how to write a thank you letter. This is the perfect time of year for such a wonderful writing project. Students will reflect on the power of the Giving Season, choosing one person to whom to write. The class will use descriptive adjectives and action verbs to enhance their writing. We look forward to displaying the finished products for all to see!

Second Grade

This week, the second-graders had a bonding activity with the fourth graders.They did Motor skills team-building activity. They were able to build new relationships and camaraderie, learn to maximize motor skills and potentials, and value sportsmanship.

Third Grade

Word Ladders

What do fake hair and a dog have in common? Ask a Third Grader. This week students are working on word analysis with a new game called Word Ladders. Students work in teams to solve riddles based on discrete changes in words. Recognizing small changes help students realize the power of a single letter such as the “silent” e and the effect it has on the meaning of words.

Fourth Grade

This week the fourth graders got together with the second grade class for a team building exercise. The classes were working on building relationships and their motor skills through a series of obstacles. The group had to work through together as a team. Students focused on building a relationship with their new second grade buddy, learning proper sportsmanship within their groups, and how to manipulate everyday materials, but in a more challenging manner.

Fifth Grade

This week the students worked on completing all the levels on Coding Course 2 and submitting their progress. They also learned to modify their codes in which they had exceeded the maximum number of blocks so a shorter code gave the same desired output.

Sixth Grade

This week in 6th-grade science we are learning about density and atmospheric pressure. Moreover, the sixth graders are discovering the connection between condensation, density, and pressure. Our atmosphere and weather are directly connected to changes in pressure and density. This lesson is intended for students to understand how air pressure can go from high to low. To demonstrate this connection the sixth graders are creating clouds in a bottle.

Seventh Grade

Welcome back everyone. Hope everyone had a fun and safe Christmas break. Happy New Year!

This week in art & design, the 7th graders, along with the other art apprentices finished up where they left off with their Monet art work.

Some students were creative and combined both works of art from Monet and Van Gogh. Next week, the art apprentices will be drawing self-portraits.

In Industrial Design, the students are working on phase one of their next product design. Students are coming up with ideas such as new jackets that can sustain all types of weather. In their ideation process, another group came up with a X-Ray machine combined with glasses for doctors.

Eighth Grade

The 8th grade began the journey into To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Before opening the first page of the novel, the students held a round-table discussion on a few provocative statements such as "in America everyone has the same chance to succeed as everyone else" and "a hero is someone who succeeds at whatever he or she sets out to do." Students gave thought-provoking reasons on why they agreed or disagreed with the given statement. "We listened to people's perspectives," stated Anastasia, "and we didn't judge others." Denaris enjoyed the discussion saying, "I want to hear what everyone else says because it's interesting and it kinda gives me a different perspective." The class will revisit this activity after reading this powerful novel to see if any of our opinions changed.

Mandarin

The theme of this month is Chinese New Year because January 28th is Chinese New Year. The topic of this week is the dancing dragon and Chinese zodiac. The students learned how to say Happy New Year, dancing dragon, and Chinese zodiac in Chinese language. Also, the students understood the story of the year monster. The students made the dragon craft. The dragon is a symbol for Chinese culture.

Words:

Happy New Year 新年快樂 / 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)

Dancing dragon 舞龍 / 舞龙 (wǔ lóng)

Chinese zodiac 十二生肖 (shí èr shēng xiāo)

Physical Education/Health

This week in PE/HEALTH we have begun our Football unit. As with hockey and basketball, this curriculum will involve the operational basic of the sport, no real physical contact. Our lessons begin with a change in our starting warm-ups changing and combining certain exercises to develop muscles used in football. For example, instead of our normal conventional leg-ups, we have switched to, "Ab(dominal) sit and tucks", where students sit long-wise (upright with both legs stretched in front) and tuck them inward, bringing their knees as close to their chests whilst supporting their feet slightly above the ground for a 10 count with 10 reps. Another popular changed exercise is called, "Hit the dirt" where students perform a 10 count of high-knee steps followed by a swift drop to the ground, complete a proper push-up, return to the ground, then all the way back upright for another set of high-knee steps with 8 reps. This combines the best of all gross motor group development simultaneous with a great cardio workout!

Ankle balances and stretches, and a good jog round out the warm-ups for our football unit. Fundamentals like throwing, catching, and hand-offs have been practiced as a means of familiarizing both boys and girls ball control.

Extended Care

This week in Extended Care we have had lots of fun with mathematical patterns. Whether it be bead work, colorful symmetries, or algorithmic sequences, we have created many amazing original pieces of art for your child to take home. Throw-in some fun games in the gym and the occasional homemade 'Angry-birds' and we call that a great time after school for your Kindergarten through Eighth grade CAS students!

With a new year comes a fresh start not only at home, but perhaps your work schedule as well. Extended Care is flexible to meet your busy after-school demands and the office staff or Mr. Lee can more than help you find and after-school monthly program that is right for you and your child. Need to make changes? Please fill out an EC update form and we will do our best to accommodate your before and after-school needs. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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