Keith Prather – 5th grade

  • St. Michael School teacher: 10 years
  • Elementary Teacher for 20 years
  • Colleges attended: BA Elementary Education – Marietta College, OH; Masters of Education – Cal State – San Bernardino, CA.

Married to Sally. Has three children. Resident of Penn Yan since 1998. He enjoys golf, running, reading, word/math puzzles, outdoors, sports, spending time with family and friends.

Community involvement: President Penn Yan Youth Baseball and Softball; Board Member Penn Yan Jr. Mustangs Football; Head coach numerous youth sports teams; Bus Driver – Sunday mornings church route; Member Moose Club; Community Activist: Christmas for the Needy; CROP walk leader St. Michael School; YCRR supporter.

Grade 4 & 5 Newsletter – Week of 9/8

We are off and running! There is a lot going on in the classroom this first week. Please, refer to this document and your child’s agenda all week to stay in touch with assignments this week. I will outline what is going on for the week in this document every Monday. Sometimes, I will send reminders during the week on assignments and when tests will occur.

**Patriot Day is Wednesday, September 11. We will have a special morning prayer service honoring our First Responders. If you know anyone in police, fire or EMT services, please invite them. It will start at 9:00.

***Band Assembly this Thursday. I hope you will encourage your child to continue playing or to try an instrument this year!

**First School Mass is Friday, September 27th at 11:00. All are welcome

**Mark your calendars, Thursday, October 10th is Open House at 6:00.

ELA- There will be a writing assignment almost every two weeks. Their first assignment was to interview a fellow student and write a two paragraph report on them. The students have an outline of the assignment. We gathered information last week, and they have started their first drafts. The assignment is due Friday.

We will read the book “Stone Fox” as a whole class to start the year. There will be a spelling test on Friday. They received the words today. There will not always be a spelling test every Friday.

Also, students received their reading logs last Friday. They have to read 20 (4th graders) and 25 (5th graders) chapter books during the year. They simply read the book, and you sign off that they have read it. This will count as a test grade every semester. So, they need to average 5-6 books a semester to receive an A for that period.

Math- We will start the year with a place value unit in both grades. This will include numbers up to hundred million and down to thousandths, rounding and comparing numbers. Fifth graders will dabble in exponents as well. Every 7-10 days they will have a multiplication test. They have 10 minutes to complete 100 problems. Their best score each semester counts as one test grade. If they can complete it at 100% in less 6 minutes (4th) and 5 minutes (5th) this semester, they don’t have to take it any more. Each semester that time will decrease.

Science- We will begin a unit on the Scientific Method. Science Fair starts in two weeks. Have you thought about any ideas yet?

Religion- The first unit will focus on the order of Mass, a few prayers they need to memorize and the Liturgical year.

Social Studies- 5th grade will be working on a map skills unit, and they should start learning their 50 states. Their best score each semester will count as one test grade.

4th grade will be getting their New York state map that they will be tested on weekly. Start studying 10 minutes daily.

Have a great week!

Mr. Prather