12-6-19 Newsletter

Third graders are decking the halls this first week of Advent.  They are working hard in reading to identify the characters, setting, problem, solution and theme of fiction texts.  We also are discussing and reading about the main idea in an article called How to Spot a Hero.  Students also wrote about their everyday hero.  Lastly, students are continuing to explore character traits in the BFG through their feelings, actions, speaking and thinking. Students are understanding the importance of character analysis using text evidence.  Character analysis helps us with comprehending the story.  Students use FAST character traits to describe their character.  They use adjectives to describe what characters are like.  In Math, students are multiplying by 0 and 1.  Next week, they will make flash cards in school and learn 2s and 4s.   In Science students are using the engineering design process to solve problems, address a challenge or improve technology with magnets.

What are PEACEMAKERS?  These are monthly conversations 3rd graders are having about bullying. This occurs on Mondays at 12:30, and is led by Mrs Catherine Dahlgren.  If you would like a recap, here are our lesson synopses.

September – Our first conversation centered on friendship and respect. We discussed what makes a good friend and we revisited the St John recess policy of “Can’t say can’t play”. We also talked about what it means to be a good sport and how this applies to friendship. We read Nobody! By Erin Frankel.

October – Our second conversation revolved around tolerance – what it is, what it
looks and feels like and why it is an important value to practice. We read The
Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah.

November – This month’s topic was bullying (ask your student what the 4 criteria are). We discussed how bullies get their power, the difference between bullying and being mean, and what is our responsibility to stand up to bullying. We read Marlene, Queen of Mean by Jane Lynch.

 Congratulations to the Star Student of the Week:  Lila Exnicios

We have earned 50 Poms! Stay tuned for our party date.

Books we connected to our learning:

The BFG by Roald Dahl, Merry Christmas Curious George by Margret and H.L. Rey, Courdoroy and A Pocket for Courdoroy by Don Freeman

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, December 9 – Mass @ 9am Immaculate Conception — WEAR DRESS UNIFORM  —

Tuesday, December 10 – 3rd grade Hour of Code with MS Buddies

Monday, December 16 – Reconciliation Prayer 9-9:30. (School Uniform)

Wednesday, December 18 – Reconciliation for 3rd graders  (School Uniform)

3rd-5th Christmas Program Tuesday, December 17 @ 7pm. (DRESS ATTIRE TBD)

Friday, December 20 – Half Day of School