Science Fair Winners!!!

Congratulations to the following students who will be heading to SARSEF:

 

1st  Linnea Chambers-Daniell
2nd Thomas Allen
3rd   Ben McCurdy
Honorable Mention:
Anthony Son
Gianna Lagat
Julian Merheb
Matt Capaldi

Science

On Wednesday this week, we will be having a celebration in the morning to recognize our efforts in the science fair.  We will be having bagels/cream cheese and juice.

We are starting our new unit Energy and Electromagnetism today, and I know it will be good to get back to doing labs.

Thank you all for a successful science fair.

 

 

February 6, 2019

It is hard to believe, but the school year is more than 60% complete with the end of the second trimester on Friday, February 8.

Students had a great time at Pima Air and Space Museum last Thursday.  Thank you to all of the parents who offered to drive.  The 4A tour guide, Tony, was very impressed with the students’ questions, interest, and behavior.

We are finishing our decimal unit in math and soon will begin working with fractions.  Students will take a test on the book we are reading in class, Stone Fox,  on Thursday, February 14, 2019.  We are studying the Southeast region in Social Studies.  There will be a test on the states and capitals of the region Tuesday, February 13.  The February book report is a Triptych on a science fiction or fantasy book.  This is due on Friday, February 15.

Stem Night is Friday, February 8, from 5:30-7:30.  There will be many activities to engage all learners.  All of the Science Fair projects will be on display in the Student Center.  Please remember that students are expected to be with their parent or adult supervisors at all times during this event.  Food trucks will be in the parking lot during the event.   The proceeds will be used for end of year 8th grade activities.

We will have a small celebration in class at the end of the day on February 14.  Students may share Valentines with classmates in 4A.  Please have your child bring a bag or box to collect Valentines.  Students may also give each other candy treats.  This is a relaxed dress day with a Valentine theme.  Please look at the dress guidelines if you have any questions.

Friday, February 15 is crazy socks day.  Students must wear their regular school uniform, but may wear crazy socks.

 

Science Fair Project

Almost there!!  The fourth graders worked very hard last week (Wednesday and Friday) assembling their project boards. Teachers and Mr. Sullivan have been by to check out the progress and we even had a dad stop by, roll up his sleeves and pitch in last Friday!    Thank you Mr  Wilson!!

Our original calendar states that we would be presenting this week but some students haven’t  finished.   We worked on the boards again today and if they didn’t finish they were instructed to take their boards home to finish and have completed by Wednesday, 1/30.    Students were encouraged to take any classroom supplies they needed to finish their project.    Students saw lots of examples of completed science fair project boards; for more ideas check out www.sciencebuddies.org  or the SARSEF Website

Reminders:

Science Fair week February 4-8

STEM Night February 8 – Boards will be on display and winners announced

 

 

 

 

 

Science

Only 3 students have brought in materials to use on their science fair project display board.   We will be putting the boards together next week on Wednesday and Friday.

This is a copy of the blog entry I posted the first week we returned from Christmas break:

Display boards will be put together during class times starting January 23, so PLEASE START BRINING IN MATERIALS TO CONSTRUCT SCIENCE FAIR BOARDS anytime before then.

have the boards, and glue for the students, so just bring in any miscellaneous material such as printed border, letters, pictures, etc.

St. Michaels Science Fair:  Week of February 4, concluding with STEM Night on February 8

Current Event:  A current science news article is due, Wednesday, January 30.   The students will be given a form with their name on it to summarize the article they’ve read.   If students lose this form and need me to make a new copy for them, points will be deducted from their score.   Please contact me with any questions.

 

COMING UP:     Energy and Electromagnetism unit after Science fair

Science

Happy New Year!

Here are some Science Class reminders and information:

Science Fair:   Data from your student’s experiment is due (written up in their journal) Wednesday, January 9 .  We will be working on putting that data in a graph during class time until their graph is due on Wednesday, January 16.

Display boards will be put together during class times starting January 21, so PLEASE START BRINING IN MATERIALS TO CONSTRUCT SCIENCE FAIR BOARDS anytime before then.

I have the boards, and glue for the students, so just bring in any miscellaneous material such as printed border, letters, pictures, etc.

St. Michaels Science Fair:  Week of February 4, concluding with STEM Night on February 8

Current Event:  A current science news article is due, Wednesday, January 30.   The students will be given a form with their name on it to summarize the article they’ve read.   If students lose this form and need me to make a new copy for them, points will be deducted from their score.   Please contact me with any questions.  

 

COMING UP:     Energy and Electromagnetism unit after Science fair

 

 

Happy Holidays!

The first half of the school year has gone by very quickly and the holidays are almost here!  First I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your hard work.  I appreciate your getting students to school on time, wearing the correct uniform, and ready to start the day.  Your children are always happy and prepared to learn.  They are a wonderful tribute to you!

Last week was  Guadalupe Chapel and the 4th graders did a fantastic job with singing and speaking  parts.  It is a great experience for our students to stand in front of the church and speak.  This wonderful opportunity is one of the unique experiences that we have for students at St. Michael’s.

Tomorrow is Las Posada, the last event for our children before the holiday break.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  The event will begin around 1:45.  Parents may leave with their students after the service.

Thank you very much for your donations to Youth On Their Own.  The staff was extremely appreciative for the cards as there is quite a need this time of year.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

December News

There are several projects due this month and I regularly remind students to do project work every day.   There has been a minimum amount of homework assigned over the past two weeks to give students time for projects.

Here are the projects and dates:

December 11   Social Studies Test on Southwest states.  Students have a study guide.

December 14  Family Tree for Religion

December 19  World Map project

December 20  Reading Log due

Events:

Friday, December 7 – St. Nicholas Program at 2:00

Friday, December 14 – Guadalupe Chapel at 9:45

Grades 4 and 5 are collecting  gift cards to benefit Youth on Their Own.  Gift cards can be in denominations of $10, $20, or $25.   We are requesting gift cards for Target, Walmart, Bashas’, Albertson’s, CVS, and Walgreens.  This is a great cause and the cards will be given to teens here in Tucson.  Thank you to the families who have already generously donated!

Science

Students have been working on recording their Materials and Procedures in their science fair journals, and many students are finished way before our due date of November 30. We looked at examples of  what makes a “good” and “bad” list of materials, (i.e. instead of putting that you need ‘water’, be specific – distilled, purified, tap, etc.).    Here is a helpful website we refer to:  Click on Project Guides to see the samples we look at.  http://www.sciencebuddies.org

4th graders have been doing STEM challenges once a week to see the Scientific Method in action.

  • How long of a paper chain can you make out of one piece of paper?
  • How many drops of water can fit on a penny?  Does one side hold more than the other?
  • Can you fit your whole body through a 3×5 index card?

….and what exactly IS Magic Sand??   We will find out after Thanksgiving Break!

 

Current Event due Friday, November 30

4A News November 15

We have been collecting money and non perishable items for the last few weeks.  The Food Drive will end on Monday, November 19, 2018.  Food items will go to the St. Michael’s Food Pantry.  The donated money will go to the Tucson Food Pantry.

There is no school November 21-23.  Tuesday, November 20 will be a full day of school.

Reminder:  Parents who come to school during the school day MUST check in at the office and NOT come directly to the classroom.  The office will make sure that your child receives their lunch if you bring it in the morning.  If your child needs to leave early, please wait for him/her in the office.  The office will call the classroom to announce that you are here for a pick up.  This system is much less disruptive than having parents in the courtyard during school hours.

Academics:  Math we are working on division, problem solving, and soon interpreting remainders when dividing.  Students just finished reading Bunnicula and have completed the assessment.  We will begin a new book after Thanksgiving break.  Students are writing persuasive essays and writing about the featured article in Scholastic News every week.  Students are studying verbs such as tenses,  main, helping, and linking verbs.

A message from Dr. Antista:

Hello everyone,

Coming up on Dec. 7th at 2pm is our St. Nick Show.  The theme for this year is “Country Christmas.”  Please wear clothes that are representative of the farming lifestyle, like overalls or jeans with flannel shirts, or dresses that have a country print on them.  You should come to school on the day of the show in your regular school clothes, and then change into your costume for the show.  If you have any questions please call me at 520-954-6759.  Thanks.

Dr. Tony Antista

Choir Director/General Music

Music Theater Director

St. Michael’s School