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