Weekly News

Week of May 20th

What a wonderful (and very short) week we had last week!  Thanks go to Parent Guild for lots of yummy goodies throughout the week, and the faculty and staff had a fabulous lunch for Teacher Appreciation on Thursday. Thanks to all for the beautiful flowers that we all enjoyed throughout the week.  Also, thank you to Mrs. Gorocica and students for the surprise thank you/appreciation notes that Mrs. Gorocica made into a very appreciated display on our classroom door.  We also enjoyed Spirit Week and survived it!

This is the last FULL week of the school year, and it is jam-packed!  We have STAR testing on Monday and Tuesday afternoon during Spanish/Tech time, so we only have Spanish on Wed. afternoon.  We also have our final DIBELS testing (reading fluency) on Tuesday.  We have 8:15am mass on Thursday with 6th  grade.

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We are learning about Praying as Jesus Did in Ch. 24.  We are looking closer at the words Jesus gave us in the Our Father.  There is NO test on this chapter.

Language Arts

In Spelling, we have 22 words that have prefixes -re or -un.  The test is on Friday.  We are rewriting our fractured fairy tales and also exploring point of view (1st and 3rd person) in some fractured fairy tales we are reading.  We are focusing on author’s purpose in our Journeys’ story about how volcanoes can cause changes.

Math

We are reviewing/learning many different things in Math this week.  We are reviewing division and its application for a test on Chs. 9, 10, and 11 on Wednesday.  We are also reviewing money and learning about plane figures as we start geometry.  We are using this knowledge to explore and create a tangram which the students are integrating art to make a creature out of this Japanese puzzle of shapes.  We are also learning how to estimate products and how to multiply 2 digit times 1 digit, so the students should still be practicing their mult. facts for this and their division test.  We move very quickly through math at the end as they now know multiplication which is so important in so many skills such as division, fractions, etc.

Science and Social Studies

We are starting our last chapter in Science (Ch. D2 on Water on Earth) to go along with our Ocean Unit.  We do not use our S.S. and Science books for this unit so the students are responsible for completing the tools/information needed and keep it in a folder which they will use to study from eventually. We are learning about oceans, continents, landforms, ocean careers, tides, vertebrates/invertebrates, shells, and fish vs. mammals this week.  We will complete our ocean studies next week and have a test which is scored for Science and Social Studies.  We also have our tidepools trip next Tuesday where we’ll use some of this knowledge to explore and interact with living things of the ocean.  It is a fun unit and the students enjoy learning many new things.

Tests this week

Wednesday-Math-Chs. 9, 10, and 11 (Division)

Friday-Spelling-22 words with -re and -un prefixes

Please look for more information about our field trip to the Cabrillo tidepools this week.  The permission slips to be signed as well as information for the designated drivers is going home.  The students (and parents) attending need to wear casual/play clothes (NO swimsuits) and sturdy tennis shoes (no sandals or surf shoes).  A light jacket and disposable lunch is needed.  Drivers should bring a cooler to store lunches of their group and a spread/towels to lay out for eating our lunches.  We are leaving between 8:45-9:00am and hope to be back by 2:15pm, traffic willing!  A flyer giving more information is going home on Tuesday this week.  Our trip is the day after Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 28th.  Please let me know if you plan to attend (must be VIRTUS certified), and if you have secured a spot with one of the drivers or need a spot.  Also, I would like to know if a group of parents are traveling together or you are going on your own.  Thank you-it is a day to remember!

Lastly, please make sure you help your student with their May reading log-family coupons.  They need to fill them out at home and get them signed and turned in.  Hope you are enjoying a month with lots of reading.

Enjoy your week!

Sue Arnold

 

Week of May 13th

Another week is over and third grade is zooming along!  This week is Spirit Week and do we have SPIRIT in third grade???  YES, we do!!!  Please check the school newsletter for what activities are happening each day-a lot of special free dress so be sure you check your student’s planner or check the school info.  We have our Spirit Games on Wednesday afternoon.  We also have noon dismissal on Thursday for Teachers’ Appreciation Day. On Friday, there is NO school due to the Auction set-up as the Parish Auction is this Saturday, May 18th.

A BIG thank you to our drivers/chaperones to the aquarium.  We had beautiful weather and the students enjoyed learning about ocean life and their habitat.  Also, thank you to all who helped with all the 2nd grade activities in regards to their first Holy Communion.

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We are finishing Ch. 23 and learning about the Beatitudes.  There is NO test on this chapter.

Language Arts

There is NO Spelling this week due to the short week.  In English, we have a pronoun test on Tuesday on subject, object, and possessive pronouns.  In Reading and Writing, we are reading fairy tales and learning how to write a fractured fairy tale.  We are also learning the process of how to write a research report by notetaking, prewriting, revising, and editing, so the students are able to write a 5 paragraph research report on their selected ocean life for their final book report due on Tuesday, June 4th.

Math

We are continuing to practice division facts by using various strategies.  We will have a test on Chs. 9, 10, and 11 next week on division.  We are also continuing with measurement using customary units to measure length, capacity, and weight.  Lastly, we are reviewing reading time on an analog clock to the nearest minute and about elapsed time.

Social Studies and Science

In Science, we have a test on Ch. D1 on Air as a Resource on Wednesday.  We are also starting our ocean theme unit which focuses on various topics in Science and Social Studies.

Tests this week

Tuesday-English-Pronoun test

Wednesday-Science-Ch. D1 on Air as a Resource

Lastly, next week is our final STAR tests for the year on Monday and Tuesday afternoon.  We also have DIBELS (reading fluency) testing on next Tuesday.  Please be sure your students are well rested and here for these final assessments.  Thank you.

I hope all the mothers had a wonderful day.

Sue Arnold

 

Week of May 6th

What a beautiful day for crowning Mary last week!  The students looked lovely, and it was so nice to see them honoring Mary and mothers. Thank you to all who attended and to Diana Vega and others who helped with the retreat set-up/clean-up.  Please post any pictures on Shutterfly so all can enjoy.

This week we have our field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific on Tuesday.  The students are to wear their SCHOOL UNIFORM (and should have a school sweatshirt as it might be cool in the morning down there) and bring a DISPOSABLE LUNCH.  Please remember that we are a NUT-FREE environment, especially on field trips.  We are NOT having PE on Tuesday due to the field trip.  Thank you to our drivers and pray for nice weather!

This week we also have 8:15am mass with 6th grade on Thursday and their are several activities/events that 3rd grade is helping 2nd grade with at the end of the week-breadmaking, Agape Luncheon, and First Communion.  Thank you to all who volunteered to make these occasions

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We are learning about the Beatitudes in Ch. 23 titled Living Our Faith.  There is NOT a test on this chapter.  We are also making First Communion cards to be given to our second graders.

Language Arts

In Spelling, we have 18 words using the suffixes -ful, -ly, and -er.  The test is on Friday.  In English, we are reviewing singular and plural possessive nouns and learning about possessive pronouns.  In Reading, we are finishing Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and the students are completing their Reading Response Journals (OJs) to be turned in with the responses asked for in showing understanding of the story.  We are also reading a fantasy story in our Journeys book and the comprehension strategy is on the actions of characters and how they affect the sequence of events.

The May book report is being explained this week and information is going home.  The students are to read a nonfiction informational book about an ocean life.  I have many books available for them to use, and there are many more in the school library that they can check out on Thursday.  They are creating a diorama of their ocean life in its environment and writing a mini-research report using a research note sheet that they are to complete and turn in as well.  We are learning about writing research reports this week in class.  Lastly, please help your students with their May reading log (the family reading coupons) so that we can celebrate the importance and joy in reading.

Math

We are learning about division rules when dividing with 0 and 1.  We are also reviewing all the division facts from 1 to 10.  They need to be practicing their multiplication facts daily to be proficient at their division facts.  They are having a division fact test on Friday.

Social Studies and Science

We are reviewing and having a test on Ch. 6 (People from Many Places) on Thursday.  We are continuing with our studies about the environment and Air as a Resource in Ch. D1 in Science.  The test should be next week on this chapter.  We are also getting an introduction to our ocean theme unit in S.S./Science by going to the aquarium this week.

Tests this week

Thursday-Social Studies-Ch. 6 (People from Many Places)

Friday-Spelling-18 words with suffixes -ful, -ly, and -er

Math-Division fact test

Lastly, next week is School Spirit Week so be sure to check the School website/Newsletter for various events.

Have a wonderful week and Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Sue Arnold