How Announcements Regarding School Closures, Late Starts, Early Dismissals Are Made
To convey this type of information, we’ll rely upon our automated cell phone, text messaging, and email service. Information will also be on our website and our Facebook account. TV stations have been unreliable over the years and are largely not used any more. Due to busing, we follow the decisions made by the Davenport Community School District.
MobyMax Information Coming Later this Week
Look for a separate message regarding MobyMax, including log in information, later this week. MobyMax is an online tool that we are going to use to supplement math instruction, primarily. It does, however, also have modules for reading, English/language arts, social studies, and science. It can be used both in and outside of school across a variety of platforms. More information will be sent home via backpack mail or email later this week.
November & December Special Dates
There’s so much happening in November and December, I can’t list it all! For a complete list, please check our website calendars. Please also check backpack mail for information that is grade or homeroom specific.
- Nov 30: Red/white/blue out of uniform dress day to raise funds for the Iowa Veterans Home ($1 to be out of uniform)
- Dec 1: Drop-Off Movie, 4:00 – 7:00 (Hotel Transylvania 3 on new JUMBO inflatable screen. Cost: $10 per student if registered by 11/27; $15 per student at the door.
- Dec 2: First Sunday of Advent. Begin Advent with Communal Penance at Sacred Heart in the evening.
- Dec 3: Communal Penance at St. John Vianney. Couldn’t make it to Sacred Heart on the 2nd? Here’s another community opportunity.
- Dec 4: Reconciliation for JFK students in grades 3-8 during the day. First Reconciliation for 2nd graders in the evening.
- Dec 6: 5th/6th grade Christmas show
- Dec 7: Feast of the Immaculate Conception Vigil Mass, 7:00 p.m.
- Dec 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation).
- Dec 10: Civic Oration classroom round. Skate Night.
- Dec 11: Band concert
- Dec 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe All School Mass. 2nd round of Civic Oration. AHS Information Knight
- Dec 13: 3 Yr Old PS Family Activity (No 3 yr old PS classes)
- Dec 14: 4 Yr Old PS Show and Activity (No 4 yr old PS classes)
- Dec 17: 3rd grade Gingerbread Houses (A tradition you’ll all remember!)
- Dec 18: Civic Oration PC Rnd (which will really be in the gym this year). K-2 Christmas Show
- Dec 19: K-2 Christmas Show for the school after our 7:40 a.m. all school Mass. Red/Green/White/Christmas attire. Special Dismissal at 12:40. No afternoon PS classes.
- Dec 20-Jan 2: Christmas Break
- Jan 3: Classes resume
Mock Trial Individual Recognition
Several students were received individual recognition at the regional Mock Trial competition:
- Attorneys: Brian C. (6th grade) and Sean B. (7th grade)
- Witnesses: Will A. (6th grade), Cleary C. (6th grade), Elexa A. (7th grade) and Mary R. (8th grade)
- 8th Grade (in alphabetical order): Adie C., Delaney E., Xander P., and Mary R.
Need the Bulletin?
When I don’t get a hard copy bulletin at church, I always think that I’ll just go look it up online. Then, it seems as if I rarely do. Here’s the link: November 18, 2018. (The November 25th bulletin has not yet been posted.)
Fictional Account About Social Media and Children
Or, maybe it’s really not all that fictional. It is an interesting blog post on how cell phones and social media have changed the landscape, and why we should try to limit their use. Click here to read the story: Comparing 2008 with 2018.
With so many of my accounts having notifications going right to my own smartphone, I also decided to put some limits on them this fall. I was finding myself feeling anxious every time my phone made some sort of noise!
Assumption Knight Players Present Miss Nelson is Missing!
- December 7: 6:00 p.m. and December 8: 2:00 p.m.
- Sunderbruch Auditorium at Assumption
- Based on the beloved children’s book, Miss Nelson can’t control her crazy classroom because she’s just too nice. When she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp. The students, realizing how much they miss Miss Nelson, will do anything — including hiring a private eye — to bring her back.
- General Admission seating available at the door. All Tickets $5. Children under 5 are free. Free admission to students with Assumption Activity Pass. (Grade School Students must be accompanied by an adult)
Spiritwear Holiday Sale & Used Uniform Sale
- Merchandise available for purchase during Drop-off Movie on December 1st. Movie attendance is not required to shop.
- Use the order form that was sent home at the end of last week. Deadline for Christmas orders is 12/3
Use Victory Vouchers for Your Holiday Shopping
Victory Vouchers are gift cards that one can purchase for over 7,000 different vendors. You buy the gift card through OLV or online and receive the full face value of the card. The parish, however, ALSO receives a percentage of the face value. You can even direct the parish to use some of its take to help you reduce your own family’s tuition bill! The parish office has a wide variety of gift cards in stock. Stop by before Black Friday! For more information, click here: Victory Vouchers.
What Does Science Teaching Look Like?
Teaching science includes a wide range of activities:
- Testing parachutes and “Mayflower” aluminum foil boats
- Reading aloud and practicing close reading strategies
- Analyzing a problem and designing portable snake egg incubator devices and using various chemical combinations to maintain correct temperatures
- Working collaboratively to make molecular models and acting out states of matter
- Testing electric charges
- Completing online simulations about Newton’s Laws of Motion
To the left is a picture of 8th graders designing and testing insulated containers: