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 5 Newsletter – Week of 9/18-9/22

**Students need to bring in an old t-shirt so we can make tie dyes by Friday.

**Mass next Friday, September 29th at 11:00. All are welcome.

**Band forms (checks made out to a spate company), golf club forms and school sweatshirts, t shirts, etc. forms need to be turned in this week with checks made out to the school.

ELA- Students will begin writing their short stories based on their interview with an adult. They have been given a check off sheet on items they should be including in the story. Please, take time to see how they are doing as the week progresses. This is a tough assignment. Students tend to want to tell what is happening rather than use details, description and dialogue to let the story unfold.

Math- We continue to review adding/subtracting, rounding and comparing numbers. We will move into decimals with all of the above concepts next week.

Social Studies- You should have your immigrant so you can begin conducting the interview. There are two more weekends remaining to work on this project.

**Students have a citizenship test on Thursday or Friday of this week. They need to pass 15 out of the 20 questions to become a citizen of the 5th grade classroom.

Science- We are exploring the scientific method through experiments and activities. Ask your child some of the activities we have completed. They have been given a study guide with the steps to the scientific method and vocabulary words. We have been discussing them in class. They should become with familiar with them as they prepare for their test in the coming weeks.

Religion- Students need to know the order of Mass and the two prayers they were given in week one. We will continue to discuss Mass this week.