Determining Weight

Faithfulness saints recently became human balance scales. You know the kind I’m speaking of – the one that’s like a see-saw. Where two items are sitting on opposite sides and the heavier item is able to keep the lighter item up in the air. Got it? Well, our saints were those types of scales!

One at a time, saints were blindfolded, asked to extend their arms out to each side, and a household item was placed carefully in each hand. Then, they had to determine which of the two items was the heaviest. Can you picture their “scales” and items going either up or down? Finally, the blindfold was taken off and the packaging labels were compared. The customary units of measurement were read and compared. The metric units of measurement were read and compared. These measurements were written on the board so that we could see similarities and differences between all of our items. Our human balance scales were accurate five out of six times!

As a closing to our lesson, classmates had to work cooperatively to put these household items in order from the lightest to the heaviest.

We will be working with other units of measurement throughout the coming days. Saints have been assigned the task of reading labels around the house and collecting them for class. Labels will be needed for measuring weight, length, and capacity. How many can you help them find?

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Testing

This week’s blog contains more serious information than usual. Standardized testing begins next week. Faithfulness students will test each morning from Monday, April 20 to Friday, April 24.

CCA saints created a F.R.U.I.T. goal for every CCA student today in chapel. This F.R.U.I.T. goal is intended to assist them through this testing week. Their goal is to do their BEST on this standardized test each day from Monday through to Friday.

Action steps for achieving this goal include reading each question carefully, not spending too much time on one question, not rushing, eating a good breakfast, arriving to school on time, and choosing the best answer that they know for the question that is asked.

CCA saints will be asking for help to attain this goal. They’ll be seeking help from their Home, Church, and School. At home, family members can help by getting the saint up in the morning, providing a healthy breakfast, and arriving to school on time. Praying with each saint is another helpful step. Saints hope that their church family members will help by supporting them with encouraging words and praying for them to do their best. Saints expect their school to help by not giving extra homework during the testing week, providing sharp number 2 pencils, and making the school environment quiet. Again, prayers that students will do their best is also a supportive measure.

Look for this goal and the given action steps in the CCA cafeteria. You can find it “blooming” on the wall where it was planted as the saints created it.

Let your saint know that you’ll be doing your part to support this F.R.U.I.T. goal.

Praying that you’ll have a blessed weekend!

Field Trips and Special Guests

Faithfulness saints were detectives earlier this week as we took a field trip and never left CCA! With clipboards and pencils in hand, Faithfulness saints searched the school grounds to identify “The Good” and “The Bad” components that affect our environment. As a part of learning about our watershed, they’re more aware (observant) of water run-off and erosion. Some saints said they even investigated their own home environments to see what was happening on the home-front that may cause disturbing influences to the Chesapeake Bay (our watershed).

A special guest, Mr. Johnny Gower from Johnny’s Auto in Portsmouth (off of High Street across from Maryview Hospital), visited the Faithfulness and Goodness Fruit Stands today. He talked to students about recycling and how local, state, and federal guidelines influence the operation of his business. Many materials have to be handled in particular ways in order to protect our environment. Did you know that tires can’t be buried in landfills? They “float” up to the surface and are not biodegradable. Therefore, they’re collected to be stripped of their metal components, and then shredded to create rubber mulch that can be used in landscapes. In addition, oil can be recycled and used in special home heating sources. The most fascinating concept? Ask your saint about the part that contains enough electrical energy to knock a person across a room – you DON’T want to be a part of that connection!