11-15 Newsletter

Hello 3rd Grade Families!  I am so grateful for this time I am spending with our awesome 3rd graders!  We would love to have parents join us for our second 3rd grade class mass next week on Wednesday, 11/20!  Parents we are hoping to collect the student Comfort Kits before we go home for Thanksgiving Break.  Here is the link that explains what should be included in the kit.

Earthquake/Disaster Comfort Kits

This week students wrote letters to Mrs. O’Leary.  The purpose was to practice the art of persuasion…sharing an idea about how we can improve our school.   In Religion this week, students studied the Wedding at Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine.  In Reading this week, students completed reading Chapter 1 & 2 of The BFG by Roald Dahl.  Students are understanding the importance of character analysis using text evidence.  Character analysis helps us better understand the story.  Students are using FAST character traits to describe their character.  They were using adjectives to describe what characters are like through their feelings, actions, sayings and thinking.  Also students were reading non-fiction texts during Read to Achieve time related to the topic of forces and motions.  In Math, students were multiplying using the array strategy and created beautiful City Arrays.  They also played “I Spy” arrays in the classroom.  In Science, students described different types of forces as balanced or unbalanced and they explored different types of friction.  In Art, students completed a beautiful line design to share for Grandparents’ Day.  In Library, students were learning about elements of a story.

This quote of the week is from one of my favorite authors, and her birthday happens to be in NOVEMBER…
“A book, too, can be a star, explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
– Madeleine L’Engle

Food Drive + Helping the Homeless was a huge success! Thank you to all who participated.

Congratulations to the Star Student of the Week:  Zakayo Kithene

We have earned 40 Positive Poms! 10 more to go.

Books connected to our Student Learning Expectations:

  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman

*More on the Roald Dahl’s books here…https://www.roalddahl.com/home/kids

Please email with any questions @ ctraywick@st-johnschool.org

A Look Ahead to Next Week

Homework:  Bring in Comfort Kits, Permission form signed for the 11/26 Walk to the Post Office Class Field Trip. Read 20 minutes each night.

Library:   Please return any overdue library books so our readers can continue to check out and enjoy new books.

Math: Students will continue learning multiplication strategies.  Next week, we will focus on multiplying with a number line.   Students will create an Array of Sunshine!

Science: We will continue our science unit on FORCES.

Language Arts:  Students will continue the Book Study on The BFG by Roald Dahl and write a friendly letter to our Unbound student named Jose.

Upcoming Events:

Happy Birthday to You!  

Mae – November 11th  — Mia – November 30th

Tuesday, November 19 – SAVE THE DATE for St. John Families Help the Homeless, A Night of Education and Service, Egan Hall, 6:30-8pm

Wednesday, November 20 – School Make-up Portrait Day   8:30am – 3rd Grade Class Mass! Parents we hope you will join us!

Thursday, November 21 – Grandparents’ Day — NO Hot Lunch & DRESS UNIFORM

Monday, November 25 – 8:30am will be 3rd & 6th Grade Mass GENEROSITY

Wednesday – Friday November 27, 28, 29 – Thanksgiving Break

Newsletter 11-8-19

Hello 3rd Grade Families!  Thank you for all of your support in making this an awesome week!  I am looking forward to seeing some of you and your children tomorrow, Friday 11/8 at conferences! Remember, next week, we will not have school on Monday, 11/11 – Happy Veteran’s Day!  We aim to collect all student Comfort Kits before we have Thanksgiving Break.

Students delivered their 6th grade buddy letters this week, and we also wrote thank you letters to 8th graders.  The purpose of this letter was to thank them for all of their hard work in putting on an amazingly fun Halloween Carnival! In Reading this week, students began reading The BFG by Roald Dahl with a partner.   In Social Studies, students discussed the meaning of Veteran’s Day and how we can celebrate.   Also, students presented more Native American projects to their classmates. In Math, students were multiplying using the repeated addition strategy as well and drawing equal groups to represent a multiplication sentence.  In Science, students identified pushes and pulls in an outdoor lab and learned about how weak and strong forces can produce different motion/results.

Food Drive + Helping the Homeless are happening right now!  We have collection boxes in our room. Thank you to all who have participated.

Congratulations to the Star Student of the Week:  Sophie Kane-Yi

We have earned 25 Positive Poms!  25 more to go.

Books connected to our Student Learning Expectations:

The BFG by Roald Dahl  

More on the Roald Dahl’s books here…https://www.roalddahl.com/home/kids

Please email with any questions @ ctraywick@st-johnschool.org

A Look Ahead to Next Week: 11/4

Homework:  Bring in Comfort Kits, Permission form signed for the 11/26 Walk to the Post Office Class Field Trip. Math Multiplication HW due Tuesday 11/12. Read 20 minutes each night and complete daily practice on Homework planner Tues-Thrs.

Library:   Please return any overdue library books so our readers can continue to check out and enjoy new books.

Math: Students will continue learning multiplication strategies.  Next week, we will focus on solving multiplication through arrays.  We will also be able to arrange equal groups in ROWS and COLUMNS.  Students will create a city array!

Science: We will continue our science unit on FORCES.

Language Arts:  Students will continue the Book Study on The BFG by Roald Dahl.  They will also have Read to Achieve time.

Upcoming Events:

Happy Birthday to You!   Mae – November 11th & Mia – November 30th

Friday, November 8 – School not in session Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8:00am-3:00pm

Monday, November 11 – School not in session, Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 19 – SAVE THE DATE
St. John Families Help the Homeless, A Night of Education and Service, Egan Hall, 6:30-8pm

Wednesday, November 20 – School Make-up Portrait Day and 8:30am will be our Class Mass! Parents we hope you will join us.

Thursday, November 21 – Grandparents’ Day —— NO Hot Lunch &                                            DRESS UNIFORM

Monday, November 25 – 8:30am will be 3rd & 6th Grade Mass GENEROSITY

Wednesday – Friday November 27, 28, 29 – Thanksgiving Break

 

HW week of 11-12 to 11-15

Read 20 minutes each night

Math HW page (this was torn out and put in yellow folder) due on Tuesday 11-12

Please complete assignments Tuesday – Thursday in daily planner

Study Spelling words/Test on Friday

Return Permission Slip form

 

 

Homework 11-4 to 11-8

  • Read 20 minutes each night
  • Complete daily homework planner Monday – Wednesday nights (do not do Thurs)
  • Spelling Test will be Thursday
  • Math – 2 Multiplication homework pages will go home 1 on Monday, due Tuesday  11/5 and Thursday, due Tuesday 11/12

11-1-19 Newsletter

Happy Halloween, 3rd Grade Families!  Thank you for all of your help to make this an outstanding, festive week!  Next week, we will not have school on Friday, 11/8 as that will be a conference day.

Our students enjoyed creating spooky drawing with Ms. Kay in Art class on Wednesday.  They also loved seeing their buddies for a fun Halloween activity on Thursday. We enjoyed attending the Halloween carnival hosted by the Middle School!  In writing this week, our third graders wrote letters to their  buddies in Middle School.  The purpose was to inform and make connections.  Next week, we will learn how to fill out envelopes with the sender and recipient information.  In reading this week, students explored several books related to letter writing as well as one of my Halloween favorites.  Students illustrated and wrote about an imaginary broomstick (making a connection to the story).  They wrote about who would ride with them and what their destination would be.  In Social Studies, students presented Native American projects to their classmates.  This was such a great learning experience. In Math, students sharpened their regrouping skills, subtracted three and four digit numbers and checked their answer for correctness by using the inverse operation.

The Food Drive is happening right now!  We have a collection box in our room and we are collecting canned goods, packaged dry goods, wipes and other goodies.  Our participants this week –  thank you Dylan, Mae, Caelan, Mila, Jack.

Congratulations to the Star Student of the Week:  August Schrappen

We have earned 10 Positive Poms this week!   40 more to go! For their most recent Pom Party reward, students received a free homework pass and received an extra 30 minutes of tech time on iPads for playing educational games. Hooray for meeting our teamwork goal of 50 poms!

Books connected to our Student Learning Expectations:

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

Can I be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Please email with any questions @ ctraywick@st-johnschool.org

A Look Ahead to Next Week: 11/4

Homework:  Bring Permission form signed for 11/26 Walk to the Post Office Class Field Trip. Math Multiplication HW due Tuesday 11/5 and Tuesday 11/12.         Read 20 minutes each night and complete daily practice on Homework planner.  Spelling Test will be Thursday this week.

Library:   Please return any overdue library books so our readers can continue to check out and enjoy new books.  Students will have a make-up Library class on Wednesday, 11/6.

Math: Students will begin multiplication.  Next week, we will focus on solving multiplication through the REPEATED Addition strategy.  We will also talk about what the X stands for…The X stands for “groups of”.

For example: 4X2 means we have four groups of two.  Using repeated addition we will solve it like this: 4+4 = 8

Social Studies: Next week, students will finish sharing their Native American posters.

Science: We will begin our science unit on FORCES.

Language Arts:  Students will begin the Book Study on The BFG by Roald Dahl.  They will also have Read to Achieve time.

Upcoming Events:

Happy Birthday to You!   Mae – November 11th & Mia – November 30th

Saturday, November 2 – State of the Parish, Mass, 5pm                                            Sunday, November 3 – Daylight Savings Time State of the Parish, all Masses, 8:30am and 10:30am

Monday, November 4 – St. John Families Help the Homeless Collection Begins

Friday, November 8 – School not in session Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8:00am-3:00pm

Monday, November 11 – School not in session, Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 19 – SAVE THE DATE
St. John Families Help the Homeless, A Night of Education and Service, Egan Hall, 6:30-8pm

Wednesday, November 20 – 8:30am will be our Class Mass! Parents we hope you will join us.

Wednesday – Friday November 27, 28, 29 – Thanksgiving Break

 

 

10-25-19 Newsletter

Happy Fall 3rd Grade Families! Wow, what an awesome week this was.  Please check yellow folders to view some amazing third grade work!   No school on Monday, 10/28 or Friday, 11/8 as those are conference days. I look forward to spending this time with you and your child!

This week, students learned about inclusion and friendship through an engaging activity led by our Counselor, Chloe Shaw.     In writing, our third graders learned why we write letters and they also were able to identify the parts of a letter: greeting, heading, body, closing and signature.  In reading this week, students explored the culture (food, housing and tools) of the Northwest Native Americans.  In Social Studies, students learned about the Legend of the Dream Catcher, and then we created our own!  This was so fun! It was also great fine motor practice for our fingers and a good lesson to connect with growth mindset!  Also, students began sharing their Native American tribe poster projects, and we will continue to share them next week!

The Food Drive is happening right now!  We have a collection box in our room and we are collecting canned goods, packaged dry goods, wipes and other goodies.  We had three participants this week –  thank you Charlotte, Jimena and Stella!

Congratulations to the Star Student of the Week:  Dylan Schoonover

We reached our goal of another 50 Positive Poms!   Students voted, and the majority winners were to receive 1 free homework pass and extra 30 minutes of tech time on iPads for playing educational games next week. Hooray for teamwork!

Books connected to our Student Learning Expectations:

Dancing Drum by Terri Cohlene

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

The Day the Crayon’s Quit by Drew Daywalt

Grandmother’s Dream Catcher by Becky Ray McCain

Please email with any questions @ ctraywick@st-johnschool.org

A Look Ahead to Next Week: 10/28

Homework:  Read 20 minutes each night and complete daily practice on Homework planner.  Spelling Test will be Friday.

Library:   Please return any overdue library books so our readers can continue to enjoy new books!  Mrs. Longton has kindly helped us to reschedule our make-up classes for Wednesday 10/30 and on 11/6.

Art: Students will miss Art on 11/1 Friday due to All Saints Mass, so students will see Mrs. Kay next Wednesday, 10/30!  She is so excited to lead students in creating Halloween art.

Math: Students will be subtracting four-digit numbers with regrouping (focus will be on zeros) and without regrouping.

Social Studies: Next week, students will continue sharing their Native American Posters.

Language Arts:  Students will have Read to Self time, and practice the skill of re-reading to locate key details in Read to Achieve non-fiction articles.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, October 28th – Parent/Teacher Conferences  – 10am-8pm

Tuesday, October 29th – Late start 9:00am

Thursday, October 31st – Wear School Uniform – Students can bring a costume to put on OVER uniform clothes just before we go to the Carnival.

Friday, November 1st – All Saints Liturgy (Wear Dress Uniform)

Friday, November 8th – Parent/Teacher Conferences – 8am-3pm

 

Newsletter 10-18-19

What an awesome, busy week! Please check your child’s yellow folder as Progress Reports were sent home on Thursday.  The sign up for conferences has gone out, and I look forward to meeting with you soon!  Students really enjoyed the Jog-a-thon events and a Growth Mindset partner activity with Middle School Buddies on Friday!  With the Jog-a-thon events today, we were not able to attend library, so we will be going next week on 10/30.  In religion class this week, we completed the Virtus Touching Safety lessons. In writing, our third graders learned how to add examples (to support each reason) when writing an opinion paragraph.  We looked at a mentor text opinion paragraph written by Mrs. Traywick to share her favorite state to visit.  Students learned how to revise, or improve a draft, by adding more details.  One of my favorite strategies that students watched and then tried out (yay!) was expanding on an idea using a sticky note. We call this the “box and explode” strategy.  In reading this week, students continued to ask questions and locate the evidence/answers within the text.  Students are recording the questions and answers on sticky notes and sharing thinking with the class.  Students are also applying this reading strategy during our class novel read aloud, Buffalo Before Breakfast.  This week, we had fun turning and talking to share our thinking to answer this question: “How do we predict the story will end?”  Partners also discussed comprehension questions like, “Why were the Lakota moving on to a new place?”  We also compared and contrasted the Lakota tribe’s way of living (ex: school, transportation, homes, food, clothing, etc) during the 1800s with ours today.  “What are the differences and what are the similarities?” In Social Studies, students are starting to complete their poster projects and those will be shared next week!

Congratulations to the Star Student of the Week:  Skylar Aguila

Our class has earned 47 Positive Poms!

Books we connected to our Student Learning Expectations:

Buffalo Before Breakfast – by Mary Pope Osbourne
The Legend of the Blue Bonnet –  by Tomie DePaola

Please email with any questions @ ctraywick@st-johnschool.org

A Look Ahead to Next Week: 10/21

Homework:  Read 20 minutes each night and complete daily practice on Homework planner.  Spelling Test will be Friday.

Library:  With the Jog-a-thon events today, we were unable to get to attend Library, so we will be going next week. Friday, November 1st (All Saints Liturgy) AND November 8th (Conferences) we will also miss Library, so Mrs. Longton has kindly helped us to reschedule these classes for Wednesday 10/30 and on 11/6.

Math: Students will subtract three digit numbers with and without regrouping.

Social Studies: Next week, students will begin sharing their Native American posters and we will make an Ojibwe tribe artifact on Friday, 10/25.

Language Arts:  Students will have Read to Self time, and practice the skill of re-reading to locate key details in Read to Achieve non-fiction articles.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, October 22nd – Picture Day

Monday, October 28th – Parent/Teacher Conferences  – 10am-8pm

Tuesday, October 29th – Late start 9:00am

Thursday, October 31st – Wear School Uniform – Students can bring a costume to put on OVER uniform clothes just before we go to the Carnival

Friday, November 1st – All Saints Liturgy (Wear Dress Uniform)

Friday, November 8th – Parent/Teacher Conferences – 8am-3pm