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

 



 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 9-20

What a fun, productive week!  Thanks to all the families for their support with the Jog-a-thon and to the students for their school spirit and their performances out on the race course today.  This week, our class learned a plethora of new information during our name research presentations.  Students were asking on-topic questions and providing compliments to Name Research presenters.   Our class was so excited to meet their Middle School buddies!  They even had an opportunity to interview their buddies and collaborate on creating Jog-a-thon signs.

Congratulations to our Star Student of the Week:  Maisie Kindred

Hooray, we did it! Our class earned 50 Positive Poms! Great job, and stay tuned for details about the Positive Pom reward.

Books we connected to our Student Learning Expectations this week:

  • Arthur’s Pet Business
  • Buffalo Before Breakfast

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

A Look Ahead to Next Week: 9/23

Homework: Complete daily tasks written in homework planner.  Other homework is to read 20 minutes each night.

Religion: We will look at the Season of Creation as well as the Blessed Trinity.

Math: Students will complete Chapter 1 review on Monday to cover place value and ordering and comparing numbers in order to round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100.

Social Studies: Next week, students will begin their exploration of Native American tribes in the United States. We will use chrome books and non-fiction texts to research a particular tribe.

Language Arts & Reading:  Students will have Read to Self time, continue our class novel study on Buffalo Before Breakfast and read some really fun non-fiction articles about Pets to read during Read to Achieve time.  Students will also be revising, editing and publishing their opinion paragraphs.

Things to Note:
-Please send a snack with your child each day.

–Please encourage your student to be responsible with bringing Yellow folders and completing the homework daily.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, September 22nd @ 10:30am – 7th Annual Blessing of the Backpacks Mass Supporting the Broadview-Thomson K-8 Food Program

Monday, September 30th through Thursday, October 3rd – 3rd GRADERS will be MAP Testing

Monday, October 1st @ 6:30pm-9:00pm – Safe Environment Training

Friday, October 4th – Field Trip to Blake Island

Sunday, October 6th – Hip Hop & Lobster event

Friday, October 11th – NO School / Teacher Retreat

 

 

September 13th Newsletter

Thank you 3rd grade families and students for another amazing week of school.  We really enjoyed sharing and learning about our classmates through the All About Me project.  Also, students did a solid job identifying ways they can “stretch their brain” by using a growth mindset when faced with a new or challenging task.

Congratulations to our Star Student of the Week:  Nick Curalli

Our class has earned 42 Positive Poms! Great job

Books we connected to our Student Learning Expectations this week:

  • The Fantastic Elastic Brain
  • Mistakes the Worked
  • Stardust
  • Chrysanthemum

I look forward to another stellar week ahead of us and hope to see you at the Jog-a-thon on 9/20!  Please email with any questions @ ctraywick@st-johnschool.org.

A Look Ahead to Next Week: 9/16

Homework: Complete daily tasks written in homework planner.  Other homework is to turn in Field Trip form and read 20 minutes each night.

Religion: We will continue with the Fruits of the Holy Spirit-–Virtues in action. We will be reading about St. Teresa of Calcutta and St. Vincent DePaul showed the virtue of kindness.

Math: Students will be using place value and ordering and comparing numbers in order to round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100.

Social Studies: Students will be presenting their Name Research projects.

Language Arts & Reading:  We will visit the library each Friday.  Students will have Read to Self time, begin our class novel study on Buffalo Before Breakfast and read non-fiction articles in the Read to Achieve non-fiction program.

Curriculum Night: Thanks for those who attended Curriculum Night! If you were not able to make it, and would like a copy of the information discussed at Curriculum Night, please email me at ctraywick@stjohn-school.org. I will send home in your child’s yellow Homework folder.

Things to Note:
-Look for the Blake Island Field Trip information in Homework Folders.  Please review the information and return permission form next week.

-Please sign the St John School online student handbook.

-Send in Comfort Kits!

Upcoming Events:

Friday, September 13th – Welcome Back BBQ & Celebration, 5:30pm

Friday, September 20th – St John Jog-a-thon!

Monday, September 30th – Thursday, October 3rd – MAP Testing

Friday, October 4th – Field Trip to Blake Island

Friday, October 11th – NO School / Teacher Retreat

 

 

September 6th Newsletter

Thank you 3rd grade families and students for your hard work during this busy, first week back to school!  Students are learning about new and existing classroom and school procedures during these first few weeks through independent, whole group, partner and small group tasks.

Books we read and discussed this week:

  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee
  • I’ll Do it! Taking Responsibility
  • I Need a Hug

I look forward to another great week ahead of us and hope to see you at Curriculum Night at 7pm on Thursday, 9/12!  Please email with any questions @ ctraywick@st-johnschool.org.

A Look Ahead to Next Week: 9/9

Homework: Read 20 minutes each night and complete daily task in homework planner.  Other homework will be to complete the name research project (due Friday 9/13).

Religion: We will begin studying the Fruits of the Holy Spirit-–Virtues in action. We will discuss a different virtue and Saint each month. September’s fruit is Kindness and the Saints are St. Vincent DePaul and St. Teresa of Calcutta.

Science: We will learn about our fantastic, elastic brain and comparing growth vs. fixed mindset.

Math: Students will be using place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

Social Studies: Students will present All About Me bags.

Language Arts & Reading:  We will visit the library on Friday.  Students will have Read to Self time and receive introduction to the Read to Achieve non-fiction program.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, September 12th  Curriculum Night, 7pm

Friday, September 13th – Welcome Back BBQ & Celebration, 5:30pm

Friday, September 20th – St John Jog-a-thon!

Monday, September 23rd – MAP Testing Window Opens                                                  (Stay tuned for more on this.)

Friday, October 11th – NO School / Teacher Retreat