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Saint Rita Catholic School

Preschool - Grade 8
3801 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22305

Summer Assignments and Supply Lists

Summer 2019


Embracing the Classical Method

We are excited to enter the Classical Method this
upcoming 2019-2020 school year!

Using the menu to the right, please note the Summer Assignments listed for your child(ren). These assignments are graded, and will help prepare your child(ren) over the summer for a successful new school year!

Please check out our Enrichment Opportunities page for some educational summer fun!

Rising Kindergarten


Click Below:

Rising Kindergarten Summer Letter 2019-2020

Pencil Grip Practice:
Pencil Grip

Rising First Grade


Click Below:

Rising First Complete Packet 2019-2020

 

Rising Second Grade


In keeping with our transition to the classical method of education, we encourage you and your children to do the following over the summer:

  1. Read!  The goal is to have your child read, or be read to, 20 minutes per day. As noted in one of the Transitional Times columns, one great way to do this is to use the practice of narration: You can use narration by having your children read a short story silently or aloud, and then have them recount what they read.
    Suggested Reading List: Rising 2nd Suggested Summer Reading
  1. Play! Play can involve going to museums, building castles, making mud pies, going on walks and listening to the birds, hiking, camping, or cooking with family or friends.  All of these experiences can build your child’s imagination and problem-solving skills. Flags are being raised between screen time and brain development, so we encourage you to limit screen time to less than one hour per day.  A preliminary study by the National Institutes of Health has found a correlation between children who spend two or more hours per day on screens, and lower reading and language arts scores.
  1. Pray!  Mass is the most important form of prayer and worship we can offer to God. Attending Sunday Mass also fulfills our most basic obligation outlined in the precepts of the Catholic Church. See https://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/sunday_mass.htm for more on fulfilling our Sunday obligation.
  1. “Do” Math! Rising 2nd Suggested Math Summer Packet 2019

 


 

Rising Third Grade


When purchasing your summer reading books, please consider using Amazon Smile and selecting St. Rita’s as your beneficiary!

In keeping with our transition to the classical method of education, we encourage you and your children to do the following over the summer:

  1. Read!  The goal is to have your child read, or be read to, 20 minutes per day. As noted in one of the Transitional Times columns, one great way to do this is to use the practice of narration: You can use narration by having your children read a short story silently or aloud, and then have them recount what they read.  All rising third grade students must read the following book (there is no assigned book report, but students need to be able to discuss the book when they return to school in August):

    Mandatory Summer Reading:
    Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
    ISBN: 978-0061124952
    3rd Grade Suggested Reading List for Extra Summer Reading

  1. Play! Play can involve going to museums, building castles, making mud pies, going on walks and listening to the birds, hiking, camping, or cooking with family or friends.  All of these experiences can build your child’s imagination and problem-solving skills. Flags are being raised between screen time and brain development, so we encourage you to limit screen time to less than one hour per day.  A preliminary study by the National Institutes of Health has found a correlation between children who spend two or more hours per day on screens, and lower reading and language arts scores.
  1. Pray!  Mass is the most important form of prayer and worship we can offer to God. Attending Sunday Mass also fulfills our most basic obligation outlined in the precepts of the Catholic Church. See https://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/sunday_mass.htm for more on fulfilling our Sunday obligation.
  1. “Do” Math!  Rising 3rd -8th grade students received individual letters with their report cards noting how your child did on basic multiplication fact fluency.  They also received a handout which included areas of mastery in mathematics and opportunities for growth. Both new and returning students can go here: 3-8 Summer Math Parent Letter 2019 for suggestions to increase math fact fluency.

Rising Fourth Grade


When purchasing your summer reading books, please consider using Amazon Smile and selecting St. Rita’s as your beneficiary!

In keeping with our transition to the classical method of education, we encourage you and your children to do the following over the summer:

  1. Read!  The goal is to have your child read, or be read to, 20 minutes per day. As noted in one of the Transitional Times columns, one great way to do this is to use the practice of narration: You can use narration by having your children read a short story silently or aloud, and then have them recount what they read.  All rising fourth grade students must read the following book (there is no assigned book report, but students need to be able to discuss the book when they return to school in August):

    Mandatory Summer Reading:
    Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
    ISBN: 978-0547328614
    4th Grade Suggested Reading List for Extra Summer Reading

     

  2.  Play! Play can involve going to museums, building castles, making mud pies, going on walks and listening to the birds, hiking, camping, or cooking with family or friends.  All of these experiences can build your child’s imagination and problem-solving skills. Flags are being raised between screen time and brain development, so we encourage you to limit screen time to less than one hour per day.  A preliminary study by the National Institutes of Health has found a correlation between children who spend two or more hours per day on screens, and lower reading and language arts scores.
  3. Pray!  Mass is the most important form of prayer and worship we can offer to God. Attending Sunday Mass also fulfills our most basic obligation outlined in the precepts of the Catholic Church. See https://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/sunday_mass.htm for more on fulfilling our Sunday obligation.
  1. “Do” Math!  Rising 3rd -8th grade students received individual letters with their report cards noting how your child did on basic multiplication fact fluency.  They also received a handout which included areas of mastery in mathematics and opportunities for growth. Both new and returning students can go here: 3-8 Summer Math Parent Letter 2019 for suggestions to increase math fact fluency.

Links and Documents

Rising Fifth Grade


When purchasing your summer reading books, please consider using Amazon Smile and selecting St. Rita’s as your beneficiary!

Mandatory Summer Reading:

The Door in the Wall by Margeritue de Angeli
ISBN: 978-0-440-22779-3

Pick One:

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
ISBN: 978-0395137192
The Illiad by Gillian Cross
ISBN: 978-0763678326
St. Benedict: The Story of the Father of the Western Monks by Windeatt
ISBN: 978-0895554277
Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
ISBN: 978-0486815671

For BOTH books:

In cursive, write a grammatically-correct 2–5 sentence summary of each chapter in your Reading Composition Notebook for 2019-2020 (given to you before you left school).

In cursive, make a list of 20 vocabulary words (words that you were unfamiliar with), and definitions for each book for a total of 40 vocabulary words. Include a picture representation of each vocabulary word. This list should be in the back of your Reading Composition Notebook for 2019-2020 (given to you before you left school).


Mandatory Summer Math:

3-8 Summer Math Parent Letter 2019
Maintain or achieve fluency in Multiplication Facts 0-12.
To Assess Fluency:
→ Visit website: webmathminute.com/online
→ Check that the assessment is set up as indicated in the image below. If you are able to get 45 or more correct, then you are fluent in your multiplication facts from 0-12!

Websites to Help Achieve Math Fluency:

Khan Academy

IXL


Mandatory Summer Religion Review

Use the following guide to review important aspects of our Faith over the summer:
Saint Rita Confirmation Study Guide 2019-2020


Middle School Supply List 2019-2020:

(Printable List: MS Supply List 2019)

Rising Sixth Grade


When purchasing your summer reading books, please consider using Amazon Smile and selecting St. Rita’s as your beneficiary!

Mandatory Summer Reading:

The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White
ISBN: 978-0007263493

Pick One:

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
ISBN:  978-1979531733
Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
ISBN:  978-0141329383
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
ISBN: 978-1615890019
Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Story of the ‘Dumb Ox’ by Windeatt
ISBN: 978-0895554208

For BOTH books:

In cursive, write a grammatically-correct 2–5 sentence summary of each chapter in your Reading Composition Notebook for 2019-2020 (given to you before you left school).

In cursive, make a list of 20 vocabulary words (words that you were unfamiliar with), and definitions for each book for a total of 40 vocabulary words. Include a picture representation of each vocabulary word. This list should be in the back of your Reading Composition Notebook for 2019-2020 (given to you before you left school).


Mandatory Summer Math:

3-8 Summer Math Parent Letter 2019
Maintain or achieve fluency in Multiplication Facts 0-12.
To Assess Fluency:
→ Visit website: webmathminute.com/online
→ Check that the assessment is set up as indicated in the image below. If you are able to get 45 or more correct, then you are fluent in your multiplication facts from 0-12!

Websites to Help Achieve Math Fluency:

Khan Academy

IXL


Mandatory Summer Religion Review

Use the following guide to review important aspects of our Faith over the summer:
Saint Rita Confirmation Study Guide 2019-2020


Middle School Supply List 2019-2020:

(Printable List: MS Supply List 2019)

Rising Seventh Grade


When purchasing your summer reading books, please consider using Amazon Smile and selecting St. Rita’s as your beneficiary!

Mandatory Summer Reading:

Johnny Tremain  by Esther Forbes
ISBN: 978-0547614328

Pick One:

Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
ISBN: 978-0898702682
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
ISBN: 978-0545477116
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
ISBN: 978-0547577111

For BOTH books:

In cursive, write a grammatically-correct 2–5 sentence summary of each chapter in your Reading Composition Notebook for 2019-2020 (given to you before you left school).

In cursive, make a list of 20 vocabulary words (words that you were unfamiliar with), and definitions for each book for a total of 40 vocabulary words. Include a picture representation of each vocabulary word. This list should be in the back of your Reading Composition Notebook for 2019-2020 (given to you before you left school).


Mandatory Summer Math:

3-8 Summer Math Parent Letter 2019
Maintain or achieve fluency in Multiplication Facts 0-12.
To Assess Fluency:
→ Visit website: webmathminute.com/online
→ Check that the assessment is set up as indicated in the image below. If you are able to get 45 or more correct, then you are fluent in your multiplication facts from 0-12!

Websites to Help Achieve Math Fluency:

Khan Academy

IXL


Mandatory Summer Religion Review

Use the following guide to review important aspects of our Faith over the summer:
Saint Rita Confirmation Study Guide 2019-2020


Middle School Supply List 2019-2020:

(Printable List: MS Supply List 2019)

Rising Eighth Grade


When purchasing your summer reading books, please consider using Amazon Smile and selecting St. Rita’s as your beneficiary!

Mandatory Summer Reading:

Unbroken [Young Adult Version] by Laura Hillenbrand
ISBN: 978-0385742528

Pick One:

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
ISBN:  978-0062363602
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
ISBN:  978-0064400022
Father Damien and the Bells by Elizabeth Sheehan
ISBN: 978-1586170332

For BOTH books:

In cursive, write a grammatically-correct 2–5 sentence summary of each chapter in your Reading Composition Notebook for 2019-2020 (given to you before you left school).

In cursive, make a list of 20 vocabulary words (words that you were unfamiliar with), and definitions for each book for a total of 40 vocabulary words. Include a picture representation of each vocabulary word.  This list should be in the back of your Reading Composition Notebook for 2019-2020 (given to you before you left school).


Mandatory Summer Math:

3-8 Summer Math Parent Letter 2019
Maintain or achieve fluency in Multiplication Facts 0-12.
To Assess Fluency:
→ Visit website: webmathminute.com/online
→ Check that the assessment is set up as indicated in the image below. If you are able to get 48 or more correct, then you are fluent in your multiplication facts from 0-12!

Websites to Help Achieve Math Fluency:

Khan Academy

IXL


Mandatory Summer Religion Review

Use the following guide to review important aspects of our Faith over the summer:
Saint Rita Confirmation Study Guide 2019-2020


Middle School Supply List 2019-2020:

(Printable List: MS Supply List 2019–8th Gr)