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 1/20

We have a busy couple of weeks to close out January.
**Minimum Day Friday. Please, make plans for your child. Activity Center is open.
**Catholic School’s Week begins next Monday. We will move our dress down day from Wednesday (we are going to Mass in Rochester) to a day the students select. I will let you know. The idea is the students bring a $1 or more donation to school (we will use all the money to donate to a local charity), and they get to dress down that day. They need permission slips to school ASAP if they have not for Bowling and the Mass.
Monday- Bowling
Tuesday- Quiz Bowl (they may wear the proper colored team shirt on this day)
Wednesday- Mass in Rocheste
Thursday- Beach Day
Friday- Grandparent’s Day and Mass (11:00 AM) Please, let grandparents (or a substitute know). Mass at 11:00, lunch at the school to follow and then, games. Students may go home with their grandparents as long as you send a note to school or email.
**5th grade students need to sell their chicken ‘n biscuit tickets. Hand in money when the tickets are sold. We have a lot of former families that have asked about the dinner. So, if your child is having a hard time selling tickets, have them talk to me. If you can sell more than 10 tickets, that would be great!
Don’t forget to plan on helping (students and at least one parent) on Chicken n Biscuit Night. You can work the whole night (4-8) or take a shift (4-6) or (6-8). Dinner runs from 5-7, but we need to set up and clean up.
Also, every family is responsible for one dessert on this night.
ELA- Animal and money projects are due today. We will start an essay writing contest sponsored by the Catholic Daughters. It is due next Friday, January 31st. Students will begin in class brainstorming ideas, but the bulk of it needs to be completed at home. I am happy to proof read any drafts from the students. This will count as a grade and be judged for prizes as well.
Math- We are going to do fractions for another week. Then, we will do a unit on Geometry.
Religion- Students will discuss the 2nd Commandment this week.
Science- The Element Advertising Company project begins this week. Ask your child what element they purchased.
Social Studies- We (5th) wrap up our Native American unit this week. Legends are due today. The matrix they completed in class will serve as a study guide for the test next week. Ask your child which activity we did and region of the country we studied they liked best.
Have a great week!
Mr. Prather