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 12/11-12/15


**Can there really only be 14 days until Christmas? Take some time in the
next two weeks of Advent to do something with your family for friends, family or
members of our community.

**Students may wear festive Christmas hats in the classroom from now
until the break.

**Please, send in donated canned goods for the food drive. Our goal is 500!

**Students can decide if they want to bring in their snow gear before the
break, but please, make sure it is here after January 1.

**Science Fair presentations start Tuesday. We will draw for days that we
present tomorrow. Please, remind your child the presentation is a summary. They
do not have to read their research report, step by step directions, etc. Rather,
they should summarize their project while including brief descriptions of each

Bell Ringing this Friday: 4:00 – Ethan V.
5:00- Danny
6:00- Josh
7:00- Kaitlin and Charlotte

ELA– We will spend the next 2 weeks reading “The Cay” in class. There will be a
writing assignment and map project assigned on Friday of this week and due the
following Friday. Students need to bring a bandana or blindfold to school for
activities related to this book.

**Brochure due date has been extended until Wednesday.

Math– Students will review 2 x 2 digit multiplication and long division.

Science– bones test on Tuesday. Then, we will begin catapult projects!! I will
present ideas and put them in teams on Wednesday. We will begin building on
Thursday. If you have supplies to donate to the project, please, send them in
tomorrow or Wednesday.

Religion– We will spend some time discussing the seasons of Advent and

Social Studies– Students will continue to discuss the Native American regions of
our country. Ask them some of the activities they have done so far related to the

Have a great week and enjoy the snow!

Mr. Prather