Quid novi?

Quid Novi? What’s New?


Welcome back and annum novum laetum (happy new year!) 

Hermes’ Face Contest!

We have a great new contest to start the new year! All students are encouraged to participate in the contest to draw Hermes’ face! The deadline is January 29 and it looks like a fabulous and fun opportunity! Go to http://georgeoconnorbooks.com to download the entry form!


Kindergarten

Welcome back and annum novum laetum! Kindergarten students read the story of Phaethon this week and then colored mini-books of the story. We continued reviewing the colors in Latin by playing a “slap the table” game with rainbow-colored cards!


First Grade

Welcome back and annum novum laetum!  First graders started the new year with the Iliad, retold by Nick McCarty. We learned the names and epithets of some important characters of epic, including fleet-footed Achilles, tall Hector, Paris, son of Priam; and Helen, who launched a thousand ships. We also talked about the epithets of some of the gods and goddesses we know well: Zeus, rex deorum; Hera, regina deorum; Hermes, nuntius deorum; Aphrodite, dea amoris. Next week we will be creating our own epithets!

 


Second Grade

Welcome back and annum novum laetum!  Second graders started the year with the Aeneid! We are going to be reading selections from two books, one by Penelope Lively and one by Emily Frenkl.

We also worked on classroom related words and mottoes in Latin this week!

Below, second graders quiz each other on classroom words.


Third Grade

Welcome back and annum novum laetum! Third graders have started preparing for the first chapter test and reading assessment, scheduled for Thursday, January 25! We completed a CAN-DO worksheet, assessing ourselves on whether we have met the objectives for the chapter or still need to keep working on them. Now we are hard at work on our first pre-test. All students who complete the pre-test for next week will have the opportunity to check it with an answer key so they have a study guide to help prepare for the test. We will also be taking a look at a list of more than fifty study strategies and choosing the ones that might work best for us.

Any student dissatisfied with a low score on the reading quiz still has the opportunity to schedule a consultation and a retake! Students should see Magistra to set this up!  Third graders are always invited to ask for teacher or peer help during Wednesday afternoon Bibliothecula Latina time!


Fourth Grade

Welcome back and annum novum laetum! Fourth graders began Chapter 5 this week. Expect talk of infinitive verbs at home! We are also hard at work on Chapter 4 Cogitationes. Final drafts are due next week!

Below, fourth graders reading & discussing new chapter objectives. What did we already know about infinitives? What can we learn by reading the objectives closely?

Fourth graders are invited to attend Latin lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays! Bring your binder and get (or give!) some extra help or come read a book from the Bibliothecula Latina!


Fifth Grade

Welcome back and annum novum laetum! Fifth grade began Chapter 8 this week. Expect talk of verb conjugations (not conjunctions!) at home! We are also hard at work on Chapter 7 Cogitationes. Final drafts are due January 19!

Below, fifth graders are exploring English words derived from our new vocabulary words using a variety of dictionaries because “using just one dictionary is like eating only one kind of cheese.”

— Steve Kleinedler, lexicographer.

Fifth graders are invited to attend Latin lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays! Bring your binder and get (or give!) some extra help or come read a book from the Bibliothecula Latina!

All Decatur fifth and sixth graders have been invited to participate in this year’s Illinois Junior Classical League Convention, to be held February 22-24, 2018 at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca!  This opportunity is entirely optional, but open to all fifth and sixth grade students!

Please click on the IJCL folder link for all necessary forms and information! Forms are due to Magistra by January 16, 2018. Please contact Magistra with any questions at nrcohen@cps.edu!

You can take a peek at last year’s convention here!


Sixth Grade

Welcome back and annum novum laetum! Sixth grade began Chapter 13 this week. Expect talk of verb tenses at home!

Sixth graders are invited to attend Latin lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays! Bring your binder and get (or give!) some extra help or come read a book from the Bibliothecula Latina!

All Decatur fifth and sixth graders have been invited to participate in this year’s Illinois Junior Classical League Convention, to be held February 22-24, 2018 at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca!  This opportunity is entirely optional, but open to all fifth and sixth grade students!

Please click on the IJCL folder link for all necessary forms and information! Forms are due to Magistra by January 16, 2018. Please contact Magistra with any questions at nrcohen@cps.edu!

You can take a peek at last year’s convention here!


Decatur Junior Classical League

All Decatur fifth and sixth graders have been invited to participate in this year’s Illinois Junior Classical League Convention, to be held February 22-24, 2018 at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca!  This opportunity is entirely optional, but open to all fifth and sixth grade students!

Please click on the IJCL folder link for all necessary forms and information! Forms are due to Magistra by January 16, 2018. Please contact Magistra with any questions at nrcohen@cps.edu!

You can take a peek at last year’s convention here!


The Latin Room

The Bibliothecula Latina was delighted to receive book donations this week! Thank you to Aurelia and Horatius (grades 2 and 6) and Maxima (grade 1) for donating these wonderful volumes!

The Bibliothecula Latina is open and doing a brisk business! Stop by and borrow a book! Want to donate a book to the Bibliothecula? There’s a wishlist right here: Magistra’s Bibliothecula Latina Wishlist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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