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

Newsletter 10-11-19

Happy Friday Parents! Students really enjoyed celebrating our 50 Positive Poms on Thursday with extra recess and bringing a stuffed animal to school.  If your student did not get to bring theirs in Friday, they can bring it on Monday next week.  In religion this week, we studied each verse of the hymn How Great Thou Art.  Students chose a verse to illustrate, and these are so beautiful.  In writing, our third graders continued sharing their published pet opinion paragraphs, and are working on their second “free choice” opinion paragraph.  In reading this week, students were asking questions and searching for those answers within the text.  Students are recording the questions and answers on sticky notes and sharing their success 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 discuss “What Would You Do?” with a partner.  Partners discussed if they would rather stay with Black Hawk and the Lakota tribe to attend school or would they return in the Tree House back to Frog Creek, PA.  Responses were very thoughtful and creative!  In Social Studies, students finished their Native American tribe research and started their poster projects

Congratulations to the Star Student of the Week:  Maddy Feeman

Our class has earned 25 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: 10/14

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

Religion:  Virtus lesson on touching safety

Math: Students will review the properties of addition and add 3-digit numbers with and without regrouping.

Social Studies: Next week, students will continue their posters that share information about Native American tribes.

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

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, October 12th – Happy Birthday Charlotte!

Wednesday, October 16th – Mass (Wear Dress Uniform)

Thursday, October 17th – Vision and Hearing Testing & Progress Reports

Friday, October 18th – Jog-A-thon incentive free dress day

Tuesday, October 22nd – Picture Day

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

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

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

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

Newsletter 10-4-19

Hooray for another great week! This week third graders did awesome with MAP testing, and everyone was responsible and kind.  In religion this week, we studied the Apostle’s Creed and the first three of the Ten Commandments.  Our third graders also shared their published pet opinion paragraphs, which were very convincing!  The illustrations also really grabbed our readers’ attentions.  In reading this week, we focused on asking questions before, during and after we read.  We also made great predictions as we are glued to our historical fiction text, Buffalo Before Breakfast.  Students will also continue working on answering chapter comprehension questions with a partner.  In Social Studies, students researched their Native American tribe using non-fiction texts and chrome books.  And…we had an awesome innaugural field trip to visit Tillicum Village on Blake Island!  Upon our return today, we shared totem pole designs and had time to reflect on the highlights through journal writing.  Enjoy the pictures! I will upload more from the trip as they come my way.

Congratulations to the Star Student of the Week:  Hudson Freeland

Our class earned 50 Positive Poms!  We are working our way to another 50, with only 21 to go! ***On Thursday, October 10, Students can bring in their favorite stuffed animal (must fit in backpack) to school and will have extra recess time.

Books we connected to our Student Learning Expectations:

Buffalo Before Breakfast – by Mary Pope Osbourne
Turquoise Boy: A Navajo Legend –  by Terri Cohleen

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

A Look Ahead to Next Week: 10/7

Homework:  Parents please review, sign and return the Touching Safety form by Monday, October 14th.  Check daily Homework in planner. Spelling Test will be on Thursday, October 10th (no school Friday).

Religion: We will study How Great Thou Art and students will write an acrostic poem with the word GREAT to describe God.  Also, we will have our 3rd grade CLASS MASS on Wed. 10/9/19 at 8:30am. Parents are welcome to attend!

Math: Students will be adding 3-digit numbers with and without regrouping.

Social Studies: Next week, students will continue researching and writing information about Native American tribes.

Language Arts:  Students will have Read to Self time, continue studying Buffalo Before Breakfast and practice the skill of re-reading in non-fiction articles.   Students will finish gathering information from print and digital sources on their Native American tribe and make a draft/sketch about how they want to organize their information and illustrations on their poster.   Students will then create their own poster using materials provided at school.  They are welcome to bring in additional materials for their presentations.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, October 6th – Endowment Dinner Hip Hop & Lobster

Wednesday, October 9th – 3rd grade’s Class Mass

Tuesday, October 10th – Class Pom Celebration! Bring a stuffed animal

Friday, October 11th – No School

Saturday, October 12th – Happy Birthday Charlotte!

Wednesday, October 16th – Mass (Dress Uniform)

Thursday, October 17th – Vision and Hearing Testing & Progress Reports

Friday, October 18th – Jog-A-thon incentive day

Tuesday, October 22nd – Picture Day

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

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

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

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