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  • This week at the Academy... - Dec 6, 2019


    Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you had a wonderful week!!  Here are a few reminders..

    • Thank you to all those parents, grandparents, guardians and family members who helped make our Christmas Around the World a success this year! We can’t do these events without your support.
    • Students will be having an Advent Retreat with Fr. Cirilo this week. Please pray for all students that this experience bring them even closer to God.
    • See’s Candy orders will be ready this week. Look for more details on when you can pick up your Christmas candy.
    • Lessons & Carols practice is Tuesday, December 10th. Call time for those students participating is at 6:45 pm in the church. Practice will begin promptly at 7:00 pm and continue to 9:00 pm.
    • There is a Prayer Service at 8:00 am on Thursday, December 12th in celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the gym.  All welcome to attend.
    • Progress Reports go home on Friday, December 13th. Hard copies will be given to all students in grades K-8.  Please review your child’s grades, sign the progress report and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Wednesday, December 18th.
    • Lessons & Carols is Friday, December 13th at St. Anthony Church located at 660 Florin Road. Call time for students is 6:15 pm and the concert begins at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Presale tickets are $5.00 for children (12 and under) and $10 for adults. Tickets at the door will be $15.00 for both children and adults. All students participating in the performance must wear their Academy dress uniform (green polo with logo, pants/skirt/jumper) along with black tennis shoes, black dress shoes or black flats only.
    • Students is 2nd grade are beginning their Sacramental preparations for Reconciliation and Eucharist.  If you wish your child (from any grade) to participate in both of these Sacraments, they must first be Baptized. Please send me an email if you are interested.

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    Since we just completed our annual Christmas Around the World celebration, I thought I would share some fun facts about each of the countries that were represented.  Here we go..

    Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten – Russia

    • The tea gets the smoky flavor because it picked up the smoke from the campfires along the land trade route. It took 16 months by caravan for the tea to reach Russia. I enjoyed the flavor of this interesting tea. There was definitely a smoky aroma!

    Kindergarten – Greece

    • Christopsomo means “Christ’s bread.” Every year, the tradition is to bake a loaf of bread out of special ingredients and putting a coin wrapped in foil inside the bread. The top of the bread is decorated with a cross, then baked. When the bread is done, on Christmas or New Year’s Day, the bread is blessed, then sliced into.  The person who pulls out the slice with the coin baked into it is said to have good luck for the upcoming new year. The bread at their booth was especially delicious!

    1st Grade – France

    • Pere Noel brings treats to the children who leave their shoes by the fire. Children make “santons” which are clay figures for the Nativity scene. Merry Christmas is Joyeux Noel in French. They go to midnight Mass and then have a big dinner after Mass that lasts all night. They have 13 desserts for Jesus and His 12 disciples. I saw the figures created by the students in the classroom. They did a beautiful job!!

    2nd Grade – Germany

    • The Christmas meal in Germany consists of Carp, goose, duck and roast pork. “Stollen” is a popular fruit bread that is eaten at Christmas. Gingerbread houses are thought to come from Germany. Christmas markets are very popular. They sell decorations, food, and glass ornaments. Christmas is called “Weihnachten” in Germany. The food at the booth was really tasty!

    3rd Grade – Mexico and Italy

    • In Mexico, Christmas is celebrated from December 12th to January 6th. From December 16th – December 24th, families perform the Las Posadas processions to celebrate when Joseph and Mary looked for somewhere to stay to give birth to her son Jesus. Nativity scenes, known as “nacimientos” are very popular. Christmas Eve is known as Noche Buena and is a family day. Most families attend midnight Mass know as Misa de Gallo. Poinsetta flowers are known as Noche Buena flowers. Children believe El Nino Dios (the baby Jesus) brings gifts (not Santa Claus). There was wonderful pozole and salsa at their booth!!
    • In Italy, Merry Christmas is Buon-Natale. The first Nativity play was performed in a cave by Monks in Italy. St. Francis of assisi and his followers acted in the first play in 1223 to remind the local population that Jesus was born for them, as he was born into a poor family like theirs and not to a rich family. The city of Naples has used cribs to decorate houses and churches since the 1020s, which is even before St. Francis of Assisi put on his play. One old fashioned custom is that children go out Carol singing and playing songs on shepherd’s pipes, wearing shepherds sandals and hats. It is common that no one eat meat on Christmas Eve. Often a light seafood meal is eaten and then people to midnight Mass which is known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes (Esta dei Sette Pesci). When people return from Mass, if it is cold, you might have a slice of Italian Christmas cake called Panettone, which is a dry, spongy cake and a cup of hot chocolate. On Epiphany night, children believe that an old lady called “Befana” brings presents for them.  Children put stockings up by the fireplace for Befana to fill. The sweets were really tasty I found at their booth on Friday.

    4th Grade – Ireland

    • Little Christmas is celebrated on January 6th when all of the Christmas decorations are taken down and it is considered bad luck to take them down before then. The Irish put a candle in their window for the whole night of Christmas Eve as a symbol to welcome Mary and Joseph. The celebrate St. Stephen’s feast day on December 26th, they do a Wren dance and have a parade. I loved the soda bread at the booth on Friday!!

    5th Grade – Australia

    • Australia is a country of 25 million people located in the southern hemisphere. They owe much of their cultural heritage to the United Kingdom since it was once part of the British Empire. Since it is in the southern hemisphere, Christmas is celebrated in summer and it is not uncommon for families to enjoy the holiday by having a barbeque, going to the beach, surfing, and playing outdoor sports such as soccer, volleyball, and cricket. Traditional Australian Christmas foods are ham, prawns and cherries. It is not an uncommon sight to spot Santa Claus surfing in the ocean on Christmas day! The ham was really delicious!!

    6th Grade – Spain

    • Christmas is celebrated differently in three regions of Spain.  It Catalonia “Tio Nadal” or “Caga Tio” (the pooping log) is found. Catalonians give it food to eat and a warm blanket. On Christmas Day, people sing and hit the log to help it digest in the hopes it gives out small gifts. In Basque, “Olentzero” is a magical man that delivers presents to children The remainder of Spain focuses on going to midnight Mass call “La Misa del Gallo.” Nativity scenes are displayed throughout Spain. Although December 25th is an important day as we await the coming of our Savior, Spaniards also celebrate epiphany on January 6th. Children receive all their gifts which are delivered by the three wise men.

    7th Grade – Japan

    • In Japan, Christmas is not a holiday. It is more like Valentine’s Day. Traditional Christmas dinner includes Kentucky Fried Chicken, which has strong connections to a 1972 marketing campaign. A common activity is to go the Tokyo Disneyland to see the decorations. Santa Claus is known as Mr. Santa. Their desserts were really memorable!!

    8th Grade – Philippines

    • The Parol is very popular during the Christmas season. It represents light and hope to all. Christmas celebrations begin in September. The first true Filipino Christmas cards came out in the 1950s. Artist Manuel Rodriguez Sr. These cards depicted drawings of Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and snow. The Philippines consist of about 7500 islands. There are 175 languages spoken, but the official languages are Filipino (based on Tagalog) and English. 11% of the population work overseas! The lumpia at the booth was absolutely wonderful!

    That is all for now Tiger families!! Stay tuned next week for more Tiger Teaching!!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra

    Principal

  • This week at the Academy... - Nov 26, 2019


    Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you had a wonderful week!! Here are a few reminders..

    • 3rd grade will be going on a Roads Scholars trip on Wednesday, December 4th. Please pray for a safe trip and a wonderful experience for the students.
    • See’s Candy sales ends on Tuesday, December 3rd. Please make sure all orders are in by then.
    • The SLE Focus for December is A Globally Aware Citizen and the Virtue focuses are Gratitude, Patriotism and Good Judgment.
    • Christmas Around the World is Friday, December 6th. The schedule is as follows:

    9:00-9:40-Session 1: Preschool, TK, 7th

    9:55AM 10:35AM-Session 2: 1st & 4th, Kinder & 8th

    10:45-11:25AM-Session 3: 3rd & 6th, 2nd & 5th

    11:40-12:15 PM – Presentations

    Each grade will have a booth sharing general information and Christmas celebrations of different countries. Set up will be on Thursday evening. If you can help with set up, please contact your room parents. If you are able to help your child’s homeroom teacher with any of the sessions, please let your room parent know as well. Teachers will be grateful for any assistance you can give and parent hours will be given too.

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    8th Grade – This past week 8th graders are learning about Atomic Structure of Atoms. They are learning about valence electrons, subatomic particles and their charges. They are creating foldables for each section they are learning about. Soon, they will know all about isotopes, ions, acids and bases. There are some inquisitive learners in Science!!

    All other classes – homeroom classes are focused on learning about the country they chose for Christmas Around the World. Come see what each class learned about on Friday!!
    That is all, for now, Tiger families!! Stay tuned next week for more Tiger Teaching!!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra
    Principal

  • This week at the Academy... - Nov 15, 2019


    Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you had a wonderful week!!  Here are a few reminders..

    • The Holiday Craft Fair is Sunday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  If your child brings a guest who does not attend St. Patrick Academy, they will receive a Casual Dress Pass!  Come out and bring your friends!!  Start your Christmas shopping early!!
    • Pee Wee Basketball continues this week with Grades 3 & 4 playing on Monday and Wednesday and Grades 1 & 2 playing on Tuesday. See your schedules for game times.
    • Make Up Fall Pictures are on Tuesday if your child(ren) need to retake their pictures. Be sure they come in dress uniforms (green polos) for the pictures.
    • Report Cards went home today with your students.  Please review, sign the last page and return only the signature page to your child’s homeroom teacher by Wednesday, November 20th. Contact your child’s teacher directly if you have any questions or concerns.
    • STAR Test results also went home with your student. These do not need to be returned, they are for your review only.  Again, please reach out to your child’s Math or Reading teacher directly if you have any questions or concerns.
    • There is an All school Prayer Service on Friday at 8:00 am in the gym.  SLE & Virtue Awards will be immediately following the prayer service.  Make sure students come to school in their dress uniforms for the prayer service. All are welcome to attend.
    • Christmas Around the World is scheduled for Friday, December 6th. Each class has chosen a country to explore and share with our community.  Parents – if you can help in making this event memorable, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher. All assistance is greatly appreciated and will earn you parent hours!!

    Unfortunately, this week I did not get a chance to visit classrooms.  Stay tuned next week for more Tiger Teaching!!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra
    Principal

  • This week at the Academy... - Nov 15, 2019


    Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you had a wonderful week!! Here are a few reminders..

    • The Holiday Craft Fair is Sunday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. If your child brings a guest who does not attend St. Patrick Academy, they will receive a Casual Dress Pass! Come out and bring your friends!! Start your Christmas shopping early!!
    • Pee Wee Basketball continues this week with Grades 3 & 4 playing on Monday and Wednesday and Grades 1 & 2 playing on Tuesday. See your schedules for game times.
    • Make Up Fall Pictures are on Tuesday if your child(ren) need to retake their pictures. Be sure they come in dress uniforms (green polos) for the pictures.
    • Report Cards went home today with your students. Please review, sign the last page and return only the signature page to your child’s homeroom teacher by Wednesday, November 20th. Contact your child’s teacher directly if you have any questions or concerns.
    • STAR Test results also went home with your student. These do not need to be returned, they are for your review only. Again, please reach out to your child’s Math or Reading teacher directly if you have any questions or concerns.
    • There is an All school Prayer Service on Friday at 8:00 am in the gym. SLE & Virtue Awards will be immediately following the prayer service. Make sure students come to school in their dress uniforms for the prayer service. All are welcome to attend.
    • Christmas Around the World is scheduled for Friday, December 6th. Each class has chosen a country to explore and share with our community. Parents – if you can help in making this event memorable, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher. All assistance is greatly appreciated and will earn you parent hours!!

    Unfortunately, this week I did not get a chance to visit classrooms. Stay tuned next week for more Tiger Teaching!!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra
    Principal

     
  • This week at the Academy... - Nov 8, 2019


    Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you had a wonderful week!!  Here are a few reminders..

    • Pee Wee basketball continues this week with grades 1 & 2 on Tuesday and Thursday and grades 3 & 4 on Wednesday. Thank you to those parents who are helping Mrs. Henderson make the experience a success for your children.
    • Casual Dress for $3.00 is on Wednesday for grades K-4 and Thursday for grades 5-8. Remember the money goes to help communities in our area. (CAFFE, Wellspring, WEAVE, etc.)
    • 8th graders will be attending Shadow Day at Cristo Rey on Wednesday, November 13th from 8:00-11:45 am. Parents please take your child directly to Cristo Rey and return them to the Academy when they leave the high school.
    • There is an Honor Roll Assembly on Friday, November 15th at 8:45 am in the gym.  All are welcome to attend. Report cards will go home on Friday at the end of the day.  Please review your child’s report card, sign it and return it to the homeroom teacher by Wednesday, November 20th.

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    Music – This week in music 3rd grade was with Mr. Tavianini learning a new song for Lessons and Carols. Students were learning their standing positions for the performance and were learning what “windows” are in reference to performances. They were also playing ping pong while learning the words to the song. Mr. Tavianini would begin a verse of music and students would say the following verse sending it back to Mr. T. They also reviewed what a meter is in Music as well.  Virtues of Patience, Good Judgment and Perseverance were notable in Music this week. 

    1st Grade – Ms. Cates was working on Math practice when I paid them a visit. Each student has a number at their table seat they had to work with. They were given a pack of cards with the direction of choosing a card at random.  Once a card was chosen, they created an addition problem using the number at the table and the card they chose.  There are some great math minds in 1st grade. Virtues of Self Control, Good Judgment, and Perseverance were seen in Math.

    6th Grade – In ELA with Mr. Steffens, students were creating sentences using their vocabulary words. Compound sentences were made and shared by students. They were also instructed to use contractions in their sentences as well. Mr. Steffens then collected their notebooks for grading and recording. 

    Well, that is all I have for this week. Stay tuned for the next edition of Tiger Teaching!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra
    Principal

  • This week at the Academy... - Oct 25, 2019


    Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you had a wonderful week!!  Here are a few reminders..

    • For the Holy Fun Run tomorrow – students can wear their PE shorts to participate. They will receive their t-shirts in the morning.
    • For the SPA Harvest Festival tomorrow evening (6:00 – 7:30 pm) students can come in all age appropriate costumes (no gory or bloody costumes allowed). All game and food booths will be set up on the blacktop near the gymnasium. There will be a costume parade during the evening. All booths will take tickets so be sure to visit the ticket table to purchase your food tickets and game cards. If your child is in Clubhouse, they will need to be signed out by a parent to go to the Harvest Festival. If you are having someone else sign out your child, please provide a note for Clubhouse records. Students WILL NOT BE DISMISSED WITH OUT A SIGNATURE.
    • Pee Wee Basketball begins on Monday with Grades 3 & 4 and Tuesday with Grades 1 & 2. Details on times have been shared on Schoolspeak. Let the games begin!!
    •  STAR #2 Testing continues this week.  Please make sure students eat breakfast before coming to school.
    •  8th grade girls will be visiting St. Francis High School to attend Shadow Day.  This is an all-day event so if your daughter is attending, please drop them off at St. Francis by 7:45 am and pick them up at 2:15 pm. Ladies are expected to wear their dress uniforms and do not have to return to the Academy when you pick them up.  Staff is praying they have a wonderful time!
    •  There is an All School Mass on Friday in St. Rose Church.  Mr. Luippold and his 7th graders will be leading us in prayer.  You are always welcome to attend! All students are to wear their dress uniforms (green polo with logo and pants/short or skirts/jumpers).
    • Friday, November 1st is a minimum day.  All students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm.  There is NO PRESCHOOL OR CLUBHOUSE.  Please make sure you have made arrangements to pick up your children at 12:30 pm.  K-8 students are picked up at the North Loop (Kavanagh) and Preschool/TK students (and their siblings) are picked up at the South Loop (Preschool side).

    Unfortunately, I was again out most of this week this week fighting strep throat, so I didn’t get a chance to go into classrooms. I am feeling much better now, so stay tuned for the next edition of Tiger Teaching!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra
    Principal

  • This week at the Academy... - Oct 18, 2019


    Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you had a wonderful week!!  Here are a few reminders..

    • Effective immediately, the Tiger Tales is being replaced with the Tiger Teaching as this comes out on a weekly basis and contains the same information as the Tiger Tales has in the past.
    • Progress Reports were due last Wednesday, October 16th to your child’s homeroom teacher. If you have not signed and returned them, please do so asap. 
    • STAR Testing #2 begins on Monday and will continue through November 1st. As always, please make sure your child(ren) eat(s) a good breakfast before coming to school! 
    • The Holy Run is on Friday, October 25th out on the football field. The schedule for running is as follows: 

    Preschool, TK, K, 1, and 2: 8:45 – 9:35 am (there are 2 tracks for them to run on)

    Grades 3 – 5: 9:45 – 10:35 am

    Grades 6 – 8: 10:45 – 11:35 am

    Parent Volunteers are needed to help with marking t-shirts and working in the Snack Bar out on the field.  If you available, please let the office know.  This is a good opportunity for Parent Hours. Forms will be available on the field for you to complete.

    • The SPA Harvest Festival is also on Friday, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Students may wear costumes to the Festival (not to school please). Please make sure all costumes are appropriate for all ages to see (no gory, bloody costumes)! Food and game booths will be set up. If you are able to help out your Room Parents, please contact them directly. Parent Hour forms will be available for you to complete.
    • The Pee Wee Basketball Jamboree is on Sunday, October 27th for grades 1-4. Mrs. Henderson will be sending out more information as to start times. If you are interested in earning Parent Hours, contact Mrs. Henderson directly. 

    Unfortunately, I have been out this week fighting a nasty cold so I didn’t get a chance to go into classrooms. Stay tuned for the next edition of Tiger Teaching!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra
    Principal

     

     

     

  • This week at the Academy... - Oct 11, 2019


    Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you had a wonderful week!! Before I share with you what I witnessed in our classrooms, here are a few reminders..

    1. Shadow Day for our 8th graders at Christian Brothers High School is Monday, October 14th. If your child is attending, please drop them off at CB in the morning and pick them up from CB. Students are to wear St. Patrick Academy dress uniforms and are to return to school after Shadow Day is done.
    2. Drama Club Audition are on Wednesday, October 16th from 3:10 – 4:00 pm in the Music Room. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Tavianini or Mr. Luippold.
    3. Students who have had perfect attendance and no tardies for the months of August and September will be receiving a Casual Dress pass next week.
    4. There is another volleyball tournament this week. If you want parent hours, please contact Mrs. Henderson.
    5. Remember the Tiger Store is open every Tuesday during morning recess.
    6. As an incentive for the Holy Fun Run…if every student raises at least $200 towards our goal, the Administrative Team (Ms. Cates and myself) will paint our hair, eyebrows, eyelashes and lips green along with some skin as well!!
    7. There is an All School Prayer Service sponsored by Ms. Moser and 4th grade on Friday, October 18th at 8:00 am in the gym. All are welcome to attend.
    8. Early dismissal on Friday at 1:30 pm.

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    7th & 8th Grade Math – In Mr. Gomez’s class, students took a quiz based on their homework from the night before, then corrected it. After going over their homework, they began to work on adding and subtracting like and unlike fractions with positive and negative numbers. Their “I Can” statement for the class was: “I can perform operations with rational numbers.” Students were engaged and were participating to questions and answers brought up in the classroom. Inquisitive learners were seen in Math!!

    7th Grade – In ELA, students were preparing to read “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.” Mr. Luippold handed out a worksheet with several questions for the students to respond to prior to the reading. Be sure to ask your 7th grader about the story – it is a great one!! Motivated learning was going on in ELA!!

    Well, that is all I have for this week. Stay tuned for the next edition of Tiger Teaching!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra
    Principal

  • This week at the Academy... - Oct 4, 2019


    Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you had a wonderful week!!  Before I share with you what I witnessed in our classrooms, here are a few reminders..

    1. The Holy Fun Run is kicking off on Monday. Please make sure to share the link to your families and friends so they can support our students here at the Academy.
    2. Progress Reports will be going home on Friday, October 11th. Hard copies will be given to grades K-8.  Please review them with your child(ren), sign them and return them to your child’s homeroom teacher by Wednesday, October 16th.
    3. After school clubs have begun.  Please be reminded that when picking up your child after their club has ended, they are either to go to Clubhouse or be picked up at the South Loop (Preschool side).  Students are NOT picked up at the North Loop (near Kavanagh).

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    7th & 8th Math – in Mrs. Serrano’s class, students were practicing using order of operations (PEMDAS) in solving equations.  Students took turns writing out the equation on the white board and then explaining the process is solving the equation. If a student was stuck, their classmates helped them out.  Once they were done practicing, they were given a worksheet for more review before their test next week.  Enthusiastic learning in Math class!

    5th Grade – students in Ms. Breech’s science class were sharing their posters on omnivores, carnivores, and herbivores.  Students also shared their personal experiences with their animals. They also answered questions from other classmates and Ms. Breech.  Determined and self-disciplined learning was going on in science!!

    Preschool – the theme in Mrs. Fiffick’s class was triangles.  Students were painting and creating beautiful works of art all about triangles. Check them out in the classroom next time you are at the Academy.  Other centers included a coloring station, an engineering station, a relaxation station and the Fun foam station.  I had lots of fun building snowmen with some of the little ones! In the background, classical music was being played which was extremely relaxing as well.  Our Preschoolers are inquisitive learners!!

    Transitional Kindergarten – Fall has arrived in TK! Students were coloring leaves, site words have a pumpkin and Halloween theme and students were reading and counting syllables at the reading center.  Ms. Laura and Ms. Stephanie have the room all ready for our pumpkin season!  It looks wonderful! There is all kinds of learning going on in TK at the Academy!!

    Well, that is all I have for this week. Stay tuned for the next edition of Tiger Teaching!

    Peace to you all, 

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra
    Principal 

  • This week at the Academy... - Sep 27, 2019


    Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you had a wonderful week and your conferences were a success!!  Before I share with you what I witnessed in our classrooms, here are a few reminders..

    1. Casual Dress in Wednesday for grades 5-8 and Thursday for grades K-4. The cost is $3.00.  The money raised goes towards non-profit organizations in our community (Wellspring, WEAVE, CAFFE, etc.)
    2. There is another volleyball tournament this week.  Contact Mrs. Henderson if you can volunteer at Admissions or the Snack Bar.  This is a great way to get your Parent Hours.  Be sure to complete a Parent Hour form and have Mrs. Henderson sign it then turn it into the office. Thursday and Fridays are also volleyball and football sites, so reach out to Mrs. Henderson if you can help her out.
    3. For grades K-2 Road Scholar trips, if you can drive not only your own child, but other students in the classroom, you will receive double parent hours!
    4. Friday, October 4th is a minimum day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm.  If your children are going to Clubhouse, be sure to send them with a lunch.
    5. Saturday, October 5th is our first St. Patrick Academy Community Service day for parents and students.  We will begin at 9:00 am and meet in Clubhouse and proceed from there. The day will end at 12:00 pm. More information will come next week on what supplies to bring.
    6. The St. Rose and St. Patrick Academy Fall Festival is on Sunday, October 13th from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. If you interested in volunteering for the Games booth (the Academy gets all the money from the games booth), send an email to Berta Serrato at Birdy2920@gmail.com Each family received raffle tickets for the Festival as well.  For each book sold, the Academy receives $5.00 (this $5.00 can also go towards your fundraising for the year).

     

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    8th Grade – Students in Mr. Luippold’s ELA class were reading Edgar Allen Poe’s “Cast of Amontillado.” Students took turns reading aloud and Mr. L led class discussions to check for understanding. The story includes multiple examples of foreshadowing. This is a wonderful story to spark the imagination. Inquisitive learning was going on in 8th grade.

     

    3rd Grade – This week in Mrs. Mota’s Math class, students were learning about place value using Sour Patch Kids. Students were given a worksheet and asked to create a place value chart. Once the chart was done, students were instructed to open their “Math tool bags (also known as the candy bag)” They were also directed to not consume their Math tools until the activity was completed.  They were tempted and so was I!  They then placed their sour patch kids per color on their place value chart and determine the value of the number of patch kids with their number value. They then totaled the numbers in each place value and wrote down the total value. They then wrote the number in standard form, expanded form and base ten form. Lastly, they compared their total number with 4 other students in their class.  Then they could eat their Math tools!  They were sourly delicious!!  Enthusiastic learning in 3rd grade!!

    Well, with this short week, that is all I have. Stay tuned for the next edition of Tiger Teaching!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra
    Principal

     

     

  • This week at the Academy... - Sep 23, 2019


    Parents and Guardians, 

    I hope you had a wonderful week!!  Before I share with you what I witnessed in our classrooms, I wanted to remind you..

    1. Parent-Teacher Conference week is September 23-26. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 all week. Students in grades 5-8 are expected to attend their conferences with their parents.  Parents is grades 5-8, make sure to bring your child to your conference as it is important for them to be present for this important conversation.
    2. The Scholastic Book Fair will be at the Academy from Monday through Thursday.  Please be sure to stop by and check out the new selections of reading material and school supplies available for purchase.  Mrs. Victorio is looking for volunteers to help out.  If you are available, please email Mrs. Victorio to schedule a time to get your parent hours!
    3. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, September 27th. This is a Professional Development day for teachers. Clubhouse and Preschool will be open.

    This week at the Academy...

    Kindergarten – This week, our Kinders were working on writing the letter A on their SuperKids ice cream paper. There was lots of practice for our littles making sure to put a “finger space” in between each new letter. Mrs. Berry was busy walking around to check on their progress. They then practiced writing site words for the Word Wall in the classroom.  They wrote out the words “and” and “the.” Lots of enthusiastic learning going on in Kinder!

    1st Grade – Today I watched first graders practice writing math problems using addends and dice.  Each student rolled the dice and wrote a math equation using the number they rolled.  They then rotated around the table and using the same procedure, wrote more math equations on their table mates papers. Once they returned to their own spots at the table, they solved the addition problems and wrote the sums on their papers.  Ms. Cates when around to check for completion of the problems and instructed the students to use their counters, found in their tool box, to check their work. Self-determination was the focus of this class! 

    5th Grade – During this class, Mr. Steffen and his students were reading out of “Giggles in the Middle.” Students were learning to identify dialogue and contractions in the passage they were reading. They were also defining the vocabulary words found in the text. Students learned the meaning of the words mortified, jocose, quell, and proximity. There next task was to create 5 sentences that used one of the vocabulary words along with a contraction.  They were instructed to underline the subject once and the predicate twice. Imagine the sentences they created using those new vocabulary words!! 5th grade was determined to complete this assignment.

    Technology – While I was visiting Mrs. Victorio and her 5th graders in Tech, once again, vocabulary was the focus of the day.  This time, students were reviewing the meaning of words, such as, folder, account, hyperlink, internet, digital citizenship, shortcuts, browsers and netiquette (which means network etiquette). After reviewing their meanings, students moved into their typing program for some practice. What a wide variety of learning in Tech this week!

    Transitional Kindergarten – On Friday, I spent the day with our TK class.  The day began with our All School Prayer Service.  It’s always a wonderful day to begin with an Academy family prayer. Once back in the classroom, TK littles said their own set of prayer (in English and Spanish). They then said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “God Bless America.” This was followed by the Earth Pledge. Ms. Laura has her students move into centers, while she did a reading activity at her learning center. Today, centers included playing in the apple orchard center, the apple coloring center, working with building and engineering center, and working with magnetic letters to create words. Earlier in the week, I was visited by TK after they watered Mary’s garden. They told me they had been working with apples – they conducted a science experiment to determine whether apples floated or sank.  They worked with Gala, Fuji and Granny Smith apples.  They could also tell me WHY apples either sank or float.  Next time you see a TK student, ask them why – they can tell you too what they learned.  They also took a survey to determine which flavor of apples were their particular favorite. Some students liked one type of apples over another, while other students liked them all!!  They also took their science a step further and tried dehydrated apples and bananas.  I love the fact that almost all of the TK students tried either a dehydrated apple or a banana or both!! These littles are not just faithful Catholics, but are also inquisitive learners!!

    Well, that is all I have for this week Academy community. Stay tuned for the next edition of Tiger Teaching! 

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra
    Principal

  • This week at the Academy... - Sep 13, 2019


    Parents and Guardians, 

    Just a few reminders..

    1. Parent Teacher Conferences are the week of September 23rd. If you have to reschedule your meeting day and/or time, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher.  If you need to meet with other teachers (specials, Math, Science, History, ELA – for grades 5-8), contact that teacher directly to set up a time to meet. The expectation is that every parent have a meeting with their child’s homeroom teacher to discuss their progress.
    2. Progress Reports went home today.  All students received a hard copy along with the STAR Test results.  Please review both documents, sign them and return them to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Wednesday, September 18th.
    3. Study Hall has begun and is for athletes who have practices beginning at 4:00 pm only. Students are not to go to Study Hall if they are siblings of athletes.  They are to check into Clubhouse. If your child is in Choir, their siblings must also check into Clubhouse.
    4. Be reminded that if your children are in Grades K-8 only, they must go to the North Loop for pickup.  The only parents who can pick up students at the South Loop are those who have children in Preschool and TK. The exception to this rule is if a Preschool student or TK student has a sibling in grades K-8. They can be picked up at the South Loop.
    5. There is an All School Prayer Service on Friday at 8:00 am in the gym.  SLE/Virtue Awards will be immediately following.  All are welcome to attend.

    This week at the Academy…

    3rd Grade – Students in Technology were discussing “How Technology makes our lives better.” There was a wonderful classroom discussion and many of the students contributed to the conversation. The conversation then changed to Rosetta Stone and Ms. Victorio explained what students will need in order to begin their language acquisition. We certainly have globally aware citizens and inquisitive learners ready to go in Technology!

    1st Grade – Students in Ms. Cates’ class were learning to count by tens using manipulatives. Diagrams were placed on the Document camera and students had to make a quick “guess” of how many dots were on the diagram.  They then had to recreate the configuration of the dots on their own diagrams at their tables.  They worked independently as well as with their “elbow partners.” It was lots of fun to watch as their mathematical minds were working. Lots of enthusiastic learning going on in 1st!!

    Mathematics – On this day, I watched Mr. Slater work with his 7th and 8th grade students on working with inequalities.  Students reviewed greater than, less than, greater than or equal to and less than or equal to. Students were using their white boards to demonstrate answers to the problems Mr. Slater was putting on the board. Clear evidence of determined and self-disciplined learning in Math class!

    2nd Grade – Mrs. Segovia was also doing Math with her littles when I walked in to her class.  Students were also learning the concept of greater than.  On their worksheet, students were determining whether one number on the page was greater than the number they rolled on a die. Working with partners, they were taking turns rolling the dice and if their number was greater than the number on the problem, they placed a check mark on their side of the worksheet.  If it wasn’t, they left it blank.  They were demonstrating taking turns and working together. Compassion, love and kindness were evident in this activity!

    Art – Ms. Gonzalez had her 8th grade students working on a drawing of what they did over the summer using water colors.  8th graders were busy this past summer! The paintings I saw were beautiful – we have talented students here at the Academy. Students in 8th grade went boating, to the movies, worked on projects at home, traveled in and out of Sacramento and went to parties.  Sounds like a lot of fun! There was plenty of enthusiasm in this Art class!

    4th Grade – Ms. Moser was working on teaching dialogue to her students during my visit. They read a passage about Disneyland (my favorite place) and students were listening and looking for dialogue. Students then identified where they thought they saw examples of dialogue in the passage.  They also reviewed what the criteria were for dialogue (quotation marks, who said it, and how they said it.) When they were done, students were given their narratives they are working on so they could add dialogue to their stories. They are determined to do a thorough job on their stories!

    Music – Today, I watched Mr. Tavianini work with 7th grade.  Students placed their chairs on musical bars that are taped on the carpet. Their Venn diagrams were returned to them while Mr. Tavianini discussed some of the items he noticed while correcting their diagrams. Percussion instruments were given to those students who requested them (cowbell, double bell, drum, and shaker). Students were working on the song “Marching in the Light of God.” What started out as singing, quickly changed as movements and sounds were added to their voices. Then in came the harmony – WOW!  Our students are amazing with what they can do!! Our Faithful Catholics have beautiful musical skills!! 

    Well, that’s all I have for this week.  Stay tuned for more Tiger Teaching next week. Have a wonderful, restful weekend. I pray this is the last weekend where our temperatures reach into the high 90s. I can’t wait for the autumn!!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra

    Principal 

  • This week at the Academy... - Sep 6, 2019


    Parents and Guardians, 

    Just a few reminders..

    1. Fall Pictures are Tuesday.  Please make sure your child(ren) come to school in dress uniform (as for Mass). Picture forms will go out on Monday.  Classroom pictures and individual pictures will be taken. Make sure students come to school with completed order forms.

    2. PRIDE will go home digitally on Wednesday.  Please make sure you read the information in the PRIDE. This is a form of communication from the Academy to our families of what is going on inside our campus.

    3. The Cookie Dough fundraiser ends on Wednesday.  Make sure students bring in their completed forms and hand them in to their homeroom teacher. Remember, fundraising is critical in order to keep tuition rates constant.  When more families participate, the school wins and parents can meet their fundraising goals.

    4. On Thursday, Popcornopolis (an Athletic fundraiser) begins. Please support our Athletic program and buy some delicious popcorn!! This fundraiser continues through October 4th!

    5. There is an All School Mass on Friday at St. Rose beginning at 8:00 am.  Mr. Steffens and his 5th graders are in charge of readings, offertory and prayers of the faithful. All are welcome to attend.

    6. Progress Reports will be going home on Friday with your students.  This year, we are sending hard copies to all grades (K-8). Please make sure you review the report, sign the report and return it to your child(ren)’s homeroom teacher NO LATER THAN Wednesday, September 18th.

    This week at the Academy…

    8th Grade – This week, all 8th graders traveled to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament to join all 36 Catholic school 8th graders in a baccalaureate Mass with Bishop Soto. It was a beautiful, reverent celebration. Mrs. Serrano and I were blessed to be a part of this special event. Our Faithful Catholics were reverent and participated wonderfully in the Mass. 

    Unfortunately, with this being a short week, I did not have a chance to get into the classrooms, but stay tuned for next week’s edition of Tiger Teaching!!  Have a restful weekend!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra

    Principal

  • This week at the Academy... - Aug 30, 2019


    Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you had a wonderful week!!  Before I share with you what I witnessed in our classrooms, I wanted to remind you..

    1. Don't forget to sell your Cookie Dough items!!  Fundraising is a primary component to keeping our tuition rates from going up and it also provides money for the wonderful programs we offer at St. Patrick Academy.

    2. Headphones are, once again, on sale in the Tiger Store for use with our Rosetta Stone program. Each set costs $15.00  The Tiger Store is open on Tuesdays during morning recesses in Clubhouse. The only color available is red.  Headphones will not be available for sale in the office.  

    This week at the Academy... 

    7th Grade - Students were working in Mr. Luippold's class on History. The focus was "What would cause the collapse of the Roman empire?" There were a variety of learning styles going on - independent activities, whole class discussions and small group conversations. It was an exciting class to witness! Plenty of enthusiastic and inquisitive learners in History!

    8th Grade - Students were in Theology class. The objective of the class was "We understand we are created in the image and likeness of God." Students were identifying qualities and characteristics in themselves and in their classmates that were images of God through class discussion and small group interactions. The next step was to create an image of themselves identifying those qualities that connected to God in paragraph form. Our 8th graders were demonstrating they are faithful Catholics along with compassionate, loving and kind community members. Way to Mrs. Serrano!!

     Kindergarten - Students in Mrs. Berry's class were learning about the letter C and the sound it makes. Images were provided on their worksheets of items that started with different letters of the alphabet.  The objective was to identify the picture and determine whether the word began with the letter C.  If the picture started with the C sound, students then wrote a "C" on the line next to the picture.  If it didn't, they placed an "X" on the line. Not only are our Kinders determined, and self-disciplined, but they are also enthusiastic and inquisitive learners too!!

    4th Grade - This time, I saw Mrs. Moser's class in the Science Lab learning about muscles of the human body.  The question was asked "Why does your biceps bulge?" Students raised hands to provide their educated guesses to the question asked.  There were some excellent responses given by 4th grade. After the group discussion, students watched a scientific video demonstrating and explaining how muscles work, what causes muscles to move and what these muscles do in terms of work for the body. The conversation then turned towards tendons and bone and how these also help muscles do their job.  Next generation science standards at work in 4th grade!!

    Music - Mr. Tavianini had 5th grade students today working with shakers while singing "Spirit, Come Down." Students were discussing ascending and descending scales as well as coordinating the movement of shakers while singing at the same time.  Great fine motor skills at work along with right and left brain exercises too. It was amazing watching students become more and more skilled in their combining instruments with song. They were definitely determined in learning the objective at hand. 

    Art - Students in Mrs. Gonzalez's 5th grade class were focused on line art.  They worked a project using lines and colors, of their choosing, to create an original art piece in their sketch books. What a great activity to encourage imagination and beauty, all with using only lines. Lots of enthusiastic learning going on in Art!!

    Well, that is all I have for this week Academy community.  Have a great 3 day weekend and we will see you all on Tuesday.  September is here and God will soon be providing us with cooler temperatures and leaves will be changing their colors as well!!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra
    Principal 

     

  • This week at the Academy... - Aug 23, 2019


    Parents and Guardians,

    How many times have you asked your children, "How was school?  What did you do?"  only to receive the standard responses of "School was fine, and we didn't do anything."  Although there are amazing things happening in the classrooms, students don't always share the learning that is going on.

    Each day, my goal is to walk out of my office and walk into classrooms to see what wonderful things are happening on our Academy campus. Each week, I will share with you what I have witnessed with the hope of giving you a weekly snapshot of the lessons and activities your children are experiencing.

    This week at the Academy...

    Preschool - Students were working in discovery centers. These included felt boards with different habitats and animals, art centers, and the cooking/kitchen center. They were learning to share, ask and say thank you.  Ms. Julie was making sure all her students were interacting with each other with compassion, love and kindness.

    Transitional Kindergarten - Students were "signing in" which meant they were recognizing their name in the name tags sitting on the table upon their arrival.  There were also center being set up by Ms. Stephanie (lemonade stand, gross motor center, counting center, writing center and a center focused on site words) Ms. Laura asked the question of the week which was "Are you wearing blue today?" to determine which students went to each center.  What a wonderful way to learn colors!! Littles are already learning to be enthusiastic and inquisitive learners.

    2nd Grade - Students were learning English Language Arts and were doing a review worksheet from the Superkids curriculum about long and short vowel sounds.  Mrs. Segovia chose students randomly by number and each student identified the picture and shared whether the vowel sound in the word was a long or short vowel sound.  Her class was definitely demonstrating that they are determined, self-disciplined individuals.

    3rd Grade - Students in Mrs. Mota's class were learning all about adjectives. They did whole class learning, as well as independent and group work. Students read sentences, identified the nouns and then the adjectives. What a class full of enthusiastic and inquisitive learners.

    Physical Education - Students in 5th grade went out to the field to practice passing and catching the football! Mrs. Henderson was checking in with all her students to observe and provide feedback on this activity. The directions were to aim for the Tiger on the shirt when passing the football. She was also observing their form while catching and passing. These students were determined and self-motivated individuals for sure!

    Mathematics 7th & 8th - In preparing for their algebra readiness exam on Monday, students in Mr. Gomez's class were reviewing integers and absolute value. Mr. Gomez was putting examples on the board and students were taking turns answering the problems as well as asking questions. Definitely enthusiastic and inquisitive learners in Math class.

    5th Grade -  Students were learning history with Mr. Steffens. The discussion centered around Christopher Columbus and what problems arose in discovering the new world.  There was some great discussion of his interactions with the king and queen of Spain and articles were brought into the discussion as well. It was a great class to witness! A great lesson for our globally aware citizens.

    5th grade - Again I saw them in action, this time with Ms. Breech and science.  They had done a science activity on Mass, Volume and Matter and were reviewing the concepts learned.  They also discussed states of matter and students provided examples of things that change from one state to another (ice, candles, etc.) Lots of inquisitive learning going on in Science class!!

    Well, parents and guardians, that is what I witnessed this week at St. Patrick Academy.  As you can see our Schoolwide Learning Expectations are in every classroom as well as during recess and in the lunchroom.

    Stay tuned for next week's edition of Tiger Teaching!  Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you all on Monday!

    Peace to you all,

    Mrs. Leslie M. Lastra
    Principal