Mrs. Montijo’s Class Update Week of 1/14/20109

 

Math 5:  In Math 5 we have progressed from multi-digit whole number multiplication to multi-digit decimal multiplication.  Students are gaining strength and understanding in this area. All assignments are posted on Google Classroom and our next assessment will be Thursday, January 17. We will be doing STAR Math testing on Tuesday, January 15.

Math 6:  In Math 6, we have been using models to understand division focusing on dividing whole numbers by fractions and fractions by whole numbers.  This week we will expand to dividing a fraction by a fraction. Students will be assessed on fraction division on Thursday, January 17. We will be doing STAR Math testing on Tuesday, January 15.

 

Religion 5/6: We are reading and discussing the story of creation in Genesis 1 and 2.  Students created beautiful bible quote posters using either Genesis or Psalm 8.  We will continue this week with Adam and Eve.

 

Religion ⅞:  In Religion ⅞, we are marching through the history of our church from its very beginning when Jesus gave the Apostles’ their mission continuing through the present age. The class is making a timeline for display in our room which includes major events and councils. We will also be adding the lives of important Saints to our timeline as we continue our unit.

 

Our School Mass this month is Sunday, January 27.  The 5th graders will be reading at this Mass and assignment will be made this week.

 

Mrs. Montijo’s Class Update Week of 12/17/2018

 

 

Math 5:  Students should be preparing for the next assessment which will be:

Tuesday, December 18.  The test will cover multi-digit multiplication using the standard algorithm and area models.  Students should also be prepared to use estimation to show the reasonableness of their answers.

 

Math 6:  Students will be assessed on percent problems as well as percent, decimal, fraction equivalents on Tuesday, December 18.  If your student needs extra help, I am available every morning between 7:00 and 8:00.  The student should confirm with me in advance if possible in order to avoid conflicts.

 

If your student has not yet mastered the multiplication facts, daily work on Quicktables in ALEKS is necessary. Success in math is hindered without easy recall of these facts.

 

Religion 5/6:

 

I was so proud of our 6th graders in their performances in The Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The 5th graders also did a wonderful job as the choir for this event.  A special thanks to all the parents that helped with costumes and preparing the readers.  This was truly a team effort and your help was greatly appreciated. I also want to thank our music teacher, Mr. Spurgiesz, and Miss Blaze for their help in preparing the students for this performance.

 

Reconciliation: December 19.  This is a good opportunity for you to discuss the importance of a good examination of conscience prior to their participation.  

 

In recognition of Advent, we have been learning about the tradition of the Jesse Tree which tells the story of God’s plan for our salvation through its ornaments depicting important characters in the story from God’s first creation until the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.  Students should continue to check Google Classroom for their assignments and ensure they are completing them. Jesse Tree Symbols is due Tuesday, December 18.

 

Religion ⅞:

 

In recognition of Advent, we have been learning about the tradition of the Jesse Tree which tells the story of God’s plan for our salvation through its ornaments depicting important characters in the story from God’s first creation until the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.

 

Jesse Tree Assessment: Tuesday, December 18

 

We will be participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday, December 19.  This is a good opportunity for you to discuss the importance of a good examination of conscience prior to their participation.  

 

Mass Readers:

 

5th Grade is reading during the school masses this month.

 

Wednesday (12/19) Mass readers are Felicity  (reading and psalm) and Natalie (petitions). The readings and petitions are posted on our Google Classroom.

 

Christmas  Message from Mrs. Montijo:

 

As we enter this final week before Christmas break, I want to say how truly blessed I feel to be working with your children at St. Mary School.  I firmly believe that your children are precious gifts from God. It is an honor and privilege to partner with you in helping them realize this undeniable fact.  May they all continue to grow, develop and mature as God desires. I am most appreciative of the support you give me and the other teachers at St. Mary School and wish you all a blessed and Merry Christmas!

Mrs. Montijo’s Class Update Week of 12/10/2018

 

Math 5: We are working in Module 2 which focuses on multiplication of multi-digit numbers including decimal numbers. Students are using their understanding of place value to find shortcuts and mental math strategies for multiplying large numbers.  Students understanding of the standard algorithm for multi-digit multiplication will be deepened.

Next Assessment: Tuesday, December 18.

 

Math 6:  We are finishing Module 1 in Math 6 focusing on percents as ratios and fluency in percent, decimal, and fraction equivalents.  Students should continue to practice percent decimal, and fraction equivalents nightly as daily quizzing will continue until. Additionally, we will be working on solving percent word problems all week.

 

Next Assessment: Tuesday, December 18.

 

If your student has not yet mastered the multiplication facts, daily work on Quicktables in ALEKS is necessary. Success in math is hindered without easy recall of these facts.

 

Religion 5/6:

 

The 6th-grade class will be presenting The Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe after Mass on Wednesday, December 12. (The 5th grade will be our choir for this performance.)  Costumes have been sent home for cleaning and ironing. Please have your child bring their costume to Room 9 on Monday morning.  Students will change into their costumes after Mass on the 12th. Hope you to see you all there!

 

Religion ⅞:

 

We have begun our unit on Church History and are focusing on the early church.  Google Classroom is a great help in keeping up with assignments. Please ensure that your student is checking our Religion ⅞ Classroom regularly.

 

Mass Readers:

 

5th Grade is reading during the school masses this month.

 

Wednesday (12/12) Mass readers are Riley  (reading and psalm) and Alyssa (petitions).

Mrs. Montijo’s Class Update 12/3/2018

Math 5: We are working in Module 2 which focuses on multiplication of multi-digit numbers including decimal numbers. Students are using their understanding of place value to find shortcuts and mental math strategies for multiplying large numbers.  We will be having more frequent assessments this trimester. Please expect an assessment every 2 weeks or so. Quizzes will be announced on Google Classroom.

 

Math 6:  We are finishing Module 1 in Math 6 focusing on percents as ratios and fluency in percent, decimal, and fraction equivalents.  This trimester, we will be having more frequent assessments approximately every two weeks. Please check Google Classroom for assignments and assessment dates.

 

If your student has not yet mastered the multiplication facts, daily work on Quicktables in ALEKS is necessary. Success in math is hindered without easy recall of these facts.

 

Religion 5/6:

 

The 6th-grade class will be presenting The Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe after Mass on Wednesday, December 12. (The 5th grade will be our choir for this performance.)  Costumes have been sent home for cleaning and ironing. Please check with your child about their costume. Help in sprucing up these costumes is much appreciated. Students will change into their costumes after Mass on the 12th.

 

Religion ⅞:

 

We have begun our unit on Church History and are focusing on the early church.  Google Classroom is a great help in keeping up with assignments. Please ensure that your student is checking our Religion ⅞ Classroom regularly.

 

Mass Readers:

5th Grade is reading during the school masses this month. Congratulations to Molly and Leanne for reading last week and to those readers who volunteered to read at the Sunday Mass on the 11th.

 

Wednesday (12/5) Mass readers are Talia (reading and psalm) and Kiersten (petitions).

Mrs. Montijo’s Class Update Week of 11/12/2018

Math 5 and Math 6: I enjoyed meeting with many of you last week to discuss your child’s progress so far this school year. For those of you who I did not meet with, I am always willing to make time for parents who want to discuss the educational progress of their student. If you would still like to meet with me, please email me at and we will come up with a time. Parents who are involved in their child’s education have a significant impact on their child’s future academic success.

Homework Expectations: Students in 6th grade should be working on math for 30 minutes nightly. Students in Math 5 should be working on for 15-30 minutes nightly. If students have completed the day’s lesson, the remainder of the time should be spent on their ALEKS personalized learning path or Quicktables.

If your student has not yet mastered the multiplication facts, daily work on Quicktables in ALEKS is necessary. Success in math is hindered without easy recall of these facts.

Middle School Religion:

We are concluding our unit on the Rosary. This week students will complete their final mini book on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. I am so pleased with these little books and the creativity exhibited by the students.

Our last test of the trimester will be Wednesday, November 14 and will cover all 20 mysteries of the Rosary.

6th Grade is reading during the school masses this month. Congratulations to Molly and Leanne for reading last week and to those readers who volunteered to read at the Sunday Mass on the 11th.

Wednesday (11/14) Mass readers are Martin (reading and psalm) and Sebastian (petitions).

Mrs. Montijo’s Class Update

Math 5: Mid Module Quiz: Tuesday, October 16. This quiz will include adding, subtracting, and multiplying decimals.

Aleks reminder: Students should be working on their individualized ALEKS learning paths for 15 minutes a night.

If your student has not yet mastered the multiplication facts, daily work on Quicktables in ALEKS is necessary. Success in math is hindered without easy recall of these facts.

Math 6: We continue to work on ratio relationships and represent them in multiple ways. The work we are doing is crucial to future success in Algebra. This week we will use ratio tables to create ordered pairs and plot them on a coordinate plane.

At home, students should be working on math for 30 minutes nightly. If they have completed the day’s lesson, the remainder of the time should be spent on their ALEKS personalized learning path. If your student has not yet mastered the multiplication facts, daily work on Quicktables in ALEKS is necessary. Success in math is hindered without easy recall of these facts.

Thursday October 18: Quiz on Lessons 10-14

Middle School Religion:

The students have been making mini books on the mysteries of the Rosary. Last week they completed their first mini book on the Sorrowful Mysteries and they are fabulous! They also made Pro-Life posters for the walk on Sunday, October 21. Students do not have to participate in the walk to enter the poster contest, but all posters are due on October 18.

6th grade will lead the school rosary on Thursday, October 18.

Mark your calendars for St. Timothy/St. Mary Pro-Life Walk Sunday, October 21, 2018, at St. Timothy Catholic Church from 12-2. Students will receive service hours for participating and will have a lot of fun walking along Bear Valley Parkway supporting life!

Wednesday (10/17) Mass readers are Natalie (reading and psalm) and Kyle (petitions).

Mrs. Montijo’s Class Update Week of 10/8/2018

Math 5: We are strengthening our understanding of place value as we make progress in adding, subtracting, and now multiplying decimals.

Our next Mid Module Quiz will be Tuesday, October 16.

Aleks reminder: Students should be working on their individualized ALEKS learning paths for 15 minutes a night.

If your student has not yet mastered the multiplication facts, daily work on Quicktables in ALEKS is necessary. Success in math is hindered without easy recall to these facts.

Math 6: We continue to work on ratio relationships as represented by ratio tables, tape diagrams and double number lines. This week we will begin to use the ratio relationship to write equations using the value of the ratio.

At home, students should be working on math for 30 minutes nightly. If they have completed the day’s lesson, the remainder of the time should be spent on their ALEKS personalized learning path. If your student has not yet mastered the multiplication facts, daily work on Quicktables in ALEKS is necessary. Success in math is hindered without easy recall to these facts.

Middle School Religion:

October is the month of the Rosary and it is also Respect Life month. Students are making mini-books that depict the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Students will also be making Pro-Life posters in class for the walk on October 21. Students do not have to participate in the walk to enter the poster contest, but all posters are due on October 18.

7th grade will lead the school rosary on Friday, October 12.

Mark your calendars for St. Timothy/ St. Mary Pro-Life Walk Sunday October 21, 2018 at St. Timothy Catholic Church from 12-2. Students will receive service hours for participating and will have a lot of fun walking along Bear Valley Parkway supporting life!

Wednesday (10/10) Mass readers are: Sarah (reading and psalm) and Lauren (petitions).

Mrs. Montijo’s Class Update Week of 10/1/2018

Math 5:  Last Friday, the students took their first assessment.  Tests will be coming home for parent signatures this week.  

In class, we have will continue in Module 1 in Eureka Math focusing on:

  • Rounding decimal numbers using place value understanding
  • Adding and subtracting decimal numbers

At home, students should be working on the ALEKS learning paths for 15 minutes a night.

If your student has not yet mastered the multiplication facts, daily work on Quicktables in ALEKS is necessary. Success in math is hindered without easy recall to these facts.

Math 6:  Students completed their first assessment on Friday and will be completing test corrections in class.  The tests will be coming home for parent signatures this week. Please take the time to go discuss this assessment with your student.  

In class, we continue to work on ratio relationships as represented by ratio tables, tape diagrams and double number lines

At home, students should be working on math for 30 minutes nightly.  If they have completed the day’s lesson, the remainder of the time should be spent on their ALEKS personalized learning path.  If your student has not yet mastered the multiplication facts, daily work on Quicktables in ALEKS is necessary. Success in math is hindered without easy recall to these facts.

Middle School Religion:

October is the month of the Rosary so our focus this week will be reviewing this treasure of the church.  8th grade will lead the school rosary on Friday.

This Wednesday, we will host a guest speaker from the Culture Of Life Ministry at St. Timothy Church.  She will talk briefly about the dignity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death and encourage students to participate in the Pro-Life walk on October 21. The speaker will visit both Religion classes on Wednesday, October 3.

Mark your calendars for St. Timothy/ St. Mary Pro-Life Walk Sunday October 21, 2018 at St. Timothy Catholic Church from 12-2.  Students will receive service hours for participating and will have a lot of fun walking along Bear Valley Parkway supporting life!

Wednesday (10/3) Mass readers are Anne and Alana.

7th Grade will be hosting the school Mass on Sunday, October 7th.  Please arrive by 10:00 in mass attire uniform.See below for specific responsibilities.  

  • Intro: Lauren
  • Old Testament: Brady
  • Psalm: Natalie
  • New Testament: Anne
  • Petitions: Alanisse
  • Gifts: Sarah and Danielle
  • Announcements: Alana

Mrs. Montijo’s Class Update Week of 9/24/18

Mrs. Montijo’s Class Update Week of 9/24/2018

Math 5:  We completed STAR testing last week! The students were given their own ALEKS accounts which will allow them to work individually at their own pace. Protective cases for computers arrived after school let out on Friday. They will be distributed Monday, and so the fifth graders will begin to bring their laptops home on Monday. Please ensure that your child charges his/laptop each night as part of his/her homework..

In class, we have been working in Module 1 in Eureka Math which focuses on:

  • Place value of whole numbers and decimals to the thousandths place.
  • Multiplying by powers 10. 100, and 100
  • Understanding the relationship between adjacent numbers in the place value chart
  • Metric system
  • Reviewing multiplication facts

Math 5 Mid Module Assessment: Friday 9/28/2018

 

Math 6:  Students completed STAR testing last week!  Additionally, students began working on their individualized learning paths in ALEKS. ALEKS is an excellent tool that identifies student gaps and adjusts each students learning path accordingly. All students should be working 30 minutes a day on ALEKS at home.  

In class we continue to work on Module 1 in Eureka which focus on ratio relationships and solving various ratio problems.

Math 6 Mid Module Assessment: Friday, 9/25/2018

 

Middle School Religion:

In grades 5 and 6, we are using our Bibles a lot and learning our way around them!

In grades 7 and 8, we are learning about our vocations to love one another given that we are made in God’s Image and are discussing the importance of community in living out that call. Students took their first quiz  on Friday, Sept 21.

Information will be coming home soon regarding service hour requirements.

Mark your calendars for St. Timothy/ St. Mary Pro-Life Walk Sunday October 21, 2018, at St. Timothy Catholic Church from 12-2. Students will receive service hours for participating and will have a lot of fun walking along Bear Valley Parkway supporting life! For more information, click here.