Newsletter 2-28-20

It’s hard to believe this is our last week of February! Students studied the three pillars of lent: almsgiving, prayer and fasting. They created Lenten Promise butterflies after reading and discussion.  Students are continuing their science writing about animal adaptations.  In Math this week students divided by 2, 5, 10 and 4!

Congratulations to Student of the Week: Riley Wade

Student of the Week (last week): Mila Wellnitz

Next week’s spelling words will have the prefix -re and -un.

Quote of the Month:                                                                                                          Love is the key to the problems of the world.  — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Positive Poms:  The students have 40 Positive Poms!

Happy Birthday this month!  Zakayo, Jack, Lila, Ethan and Sophie

Upcoming Dates:

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Thursday, March 5 @ 1:30 – School Musical

Friday, March 6 @ 2:30 – Stations of the Cross

Wednesday, March 11 @ 8:30 – Mass with our 6th Grade Buddies — Parents we would love for you to attend!

Thursday, March 12 – Field trip to Burke Museum ( Bring a SACK LUNCH)

 

 

Newsletter 2-21-20

Students enjoyed this sunny return to school after a nice, long Winter Break! They explored animal adaptations in Science with an in-class hands on learning field trip.  Students are posting their book titles on the Author’s Purpose is Easy as PIE chart.    Students completed a team activity where they read excerpts from texts and had to decide as a group if the purpose was to entertain, inform or persuade.  In Writing, students are drafting a second narrative fiction story.  We read the Misadventures of Sweetie Pie and explored examples of how Chris Van Allsburg used showing instead of telling.  Here is a website if you would like to peruse other books written by Allsburg. https://www.hmhbooks.com/chrisvanallsburg/. In Math this week we are continuing to explore Division! Students were solving story problems using division and multiplication. Next week we will focus on dividing by 2, 5, 3, and 10.  In Science we will start planning out the Animal/Plant Adaptation project next week.

Lent begins next week! One aspect of Lent we will be studying is that it is a time of Almsgiving, which involves giving to others.   Supporting our sponsored Unbound friend is the perfect way to begin the season. Please send $1 with your child on Ash Wednesday — that’s next Wednesday, February 26.  This can be a great opportunity to talk with kids about what Lent is and why we should reach out more than ever to people in need during this time. Thank you for helping give the gift of education to our Unbound friends!

Next week’s spelling words are: cities, cried, stories, puppies, hurried, flies, parties, tried, pennies, fried, carried, babies, countries, spied, ponies, pretty, very, libraries

Quote of the Month:                                                                                                          Love is the key to the problems of the world.  — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Positive Poms:  The students have 32 Positive Poms!

Happy Birthday this month!  Zakayo, Jack, Lila, Ethan and Sophie

Upcoming Dates:

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Wednesday, February 26th @ 9am- Ash Wednesday Mass, DRESS UNIFORM, Bring in $1 for our friend in Honduras.

Friday, February 28th – Stations of the Cross @ 2:30

Thursday, March 5 @ 1:30 – School Musical

Thursday, March 12 – Field trip to Burke Museum

 

Homework Week of 2-24

SPELLING: Test on Friday

MATH: Due on Monday, 2/24 – HW page 275-276

Due Tuesday, 2/25 – HW page 311-312

Due Wednesday, 2/26 –  HW page 319-320

Due Thursday, 2/27 – HW page 323-324

Due Monday, 3/2 – HW page 349-350

*****Monday, 3/2 – Multiplication & Division Test**************

READING: 10 min each night – Read aloud to practice fluency

OTHER: Return Burke Museum Field trip form

Homework week of 2-17

**No School on 2/17 and 2/18 **

SPELLING: Test on contraction words on Friday, 2/21

MATH: Due on WEDNESDAY 2/19– Division Practice page (this is from Consumable)

READING: 10 min each night – Read aloud to practice fluency

Newsletter 2-14-20

Students had a wonderful time making their Valentine bags as well as finishing out the day completing the Parent Art activity.  Students created a Cardinal in Wintertime using oil pastel and watercolor.  As we make our way through this festive month of February, third graders had a special visit from our Counselor, Ms. Shaw.  She informed the students about the fabulous Emotion Potion.  The Emotion Potion helps us several ways. First it allows us (when we are feeling upset about a situation) to stop and reflect about why we are upset.  Next it helps us to communicate and verbalize our feelings slowly, calmly and thoughtfully.  Students acted out various situations and practiced communicating their feelings with the potion, which goes like this: I FEEL…WHEN YOU…CAN YOU PLEASE…?  For example…I feel frustrated when you took my eraser without asking.  Can you please ask me to borrow it next time?

This week in Reading, third graders were learning that finding the author’s purpose can be as “easy as pie”… P = Persuade, I = Inform, E =Entertain.  Before and after we read a text we should think about and answer the question: Why am I reading this text? Why was this text written? What does the author want me to take action onknow about, or imagine after I read this text? We were keeping a pie chart to keep track of which books were written to persuade, inform or entertain.  From Scaredy Squirrel to All About the Polar Region…we are starting to see a good mix!  Students were using context clues to clarify the meaning of vocabulary words like gruesome, perambulator and forlorn with a buddy in our BFG novel study.  Students were locating the definition of the words, they are drawing pictures to show an understanding.  In Writing, students next week will be drafting a second narrative fiction story.  We will continue to work on how to capture the reader’s interest by showing instead of telling when we write.  We will do a mini author study on one of my most favorite writers, Chris Van Allsburg.  The mentor text will be The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.  Here is a website if you would like to peruse other books written by Allsburg. https://www.hmhbooks.com/chrisvanallsburg/

In Math this week we started our unit on Division! Students were learning how to use partitioning, drawing equal groups, using a number line and writing a number sentence in order to solve division problems.  Next week we will practice solving one and two-step division and multiplication word problems.  In Science we completed our study on six climate regions.  Next week, students will study plant and animal adaptions within these climate regions.  In Spelling, the focus next week is contractions.  Contractions are written with an apostrophe and the definition of contraction is “to shorten or tighten”.  The opposite is “to expand”.  Contractions can be very useful in speaking and writing.  Remember the famous story by Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham?  Read it and see if you can form contractions are you are reading this story. For example: “I do not like Green Eggs and Ham”.   The contraction you can make is….don’t.

Quote of the Month:                                                                                                          Love is the key to the problems of the world.  — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Positive Poms:  The students have 25 Positive Poms!

Happy Birthday this month!  Zakayo, Jack, Lila, Ethan and Sophie

Upcoming Dates:

https://st-johnschool.org/calendar/

Monday, February 17th – No School / Presidents Day

Tuesday, February 18th – No School / Winter Break

Wednesday, February 26th – Ash Wednesday Mass, Wear DRESS UNIFORM

Newsletter 2-7-20

Third graders had a busy week of learning.  In Religion we studied the story of the Good Samaritan. In Reading, students are clarifying the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials.  Next week students will look at the author’s purpose of writing a text and support the decision with evidence/details from the text.  Students took an assessment for 0-12 multiplication facts.  Next week we will begin our division practice.  In Science we described characteristics of the Temperate, Rainforest and Mountain climate regions.  Next week, students will study Desert, Mediterranean and Polar regions.  In Spelling, the focus is compound words. Our Fruit of the Spirit this month of February is LOVE!

Congratulations to the Star Student of the Week: Xavier Pelfrey

Positive Poms:  Students enjoyed the Chips + Science Theater party!   

Happy Birthday this month!  Zakayo, Jack, Lila, Ethan and Sophie

Upcoming Dates:  

Saturday, February 8th – Sweetheart Dance

Wednesday, February 12th – DRESS UNIFORM – St. Valentine Liturgy

Thursday, February 13th –  Pajama Day + Parent Art Activity + Valentine Party                                       (Valentine card swap is optional, please no food/candy)

Friday, February 14th – No School / Teacher Retreat

Monday, February 17th – No School / Presidents Day

Tuesday, February 18th – No School / Winter Break