Archive for September, 2013

We had our first opportunity to really meet with our class last night. Mrs. Rudolphi had a family issue and was unable to attend. My wife, Patty, pitched in to lent a hand.

We had 11 students present, with one more child who we know is part of the class, but was ill last night. I suspect we will pick up another four or five more in the coming weeks. Both Patty and I were extremely impressed with the students in the class. They were respectful, polite and well behaved. I realize this should be the norm, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Way to go, parents! Keep up the good work.

The good news is, if this trend continues, we will be able to plan a greater variety of lessons and more interesting activities than we could with a rowdier class.

We started by having them fill out a short information sheet (name, school, phone number, etc.). Then, I took a head-shot photo of each child. I will use them to create a cheat-sheet for Mrs. R and me to learn and remember names and faces.

Once that was out of the way, we anticipated there would not be time to teach a full lesson from our textbook. Instead, we have them a short quiz to get an idea of our starting point. They did very well. One student was able to list all seven Sacraments without a second thought.   We went over the quiz and talked about the questions and answers

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See y’all next week!

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Hello, 5th grade CCD parents!

Mrs. Rudolphi and I are looking forward to teaching your child’s CCD class on Wednesday evenings.

The 5th grade curriculum will focus on the liturgy and the sacraments. While we have some material to cover, including some memorization, we also hope to make the short time we will spend together rewarding and enjoyable for your child.

It has been our experience that, when they get going, 5th graders and full of interesting questions. If it has anything remotely related to God, the Church, religion, or living, we will talk about it.

Please understand I will have your child for less than an hour just once a week. You can do several things to help us make this a productive experience for your son or daughter.

  • Ask your child if we have given them a task to do during the week and assist them with it.
  • Please have your child to the school before 6:30 p.m.
  •  Please support us and encourage your child to come to CCD class willingly and with enthusiasm.

As we will be covering the sacraments, including matrimony and anointing of the sick, our class discussion may come in close contact to real-life events in your child’s life (death in the family, divorce, etc.) If there is something I should know in order to be appropriately sensitive, please tell me.

We have only three class-rules, and we hope you will help us reinforce these to your children.

1. Show up.

2. Participate

3. Don’t be a “jerk.”

(You might be surprised how well 5th graders understand Rule #3. It almost never requires any further explanation.)

You are most welcome to sit-in on the class at any time.

I hope you will stay abreast of what’s happening with your child on Wednesday evenings. To help you do so (and for the fourth year), I have created this blog/Web site.  I will try to keep it updated on a weekly basis with reports on the class activity and announcements. You might wish to bookmark this site for future reference.

The full rundown of last year’s class is here on the site, so if you would like to get an idea of what is ahead, you can look backwards and see.

The fifth grade class will be teaming up with the third grade to present the Christmas pageant. If things go according to plan, the pageant will be presented twice – once during the regular CCD class time and once at one of the Christmas Eve masses. When the dates draw closer, I’ll keep you apprised of scheduling. The biggest issue will be to coordinate the Christmas Eve reader-team with your family plans.

If you have not already done so, please provide me with your email address. (My email is below.) Last year, when we were trying to organize the Christmas pageant, it became glaringly obvious that trying to communicate with parents through the filter of a 10 or 11 year-old just doesn’t work. I will use the blog to communicate routine information. I’ll only use the email to notify you of things like schedule changes and the like.

As we have done for the past several years, we ask that you come to the classroom to pick up your child at 7:30 p.m. Please do not instruct your child to leave the building on his or her own and meet you in the parking lot. If you have a situation that makes it difficult for you to come into the building, like a sleeping baby, just let us know. One of us will walk your child(ren) to your car.

Feel free to contact Mrs. Rudolphi or myself for any reason. Our contact info is under the “About” tab at the top of this page.

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