Weekly News

OCTOBER 16th

We are halfway through October and Halloween is approaching fast which marks the end of another month-time flies!  I know as I just passed another birthday.  Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers and your students celebrated it with me on Friday, making it a very special day.

This week brings some extra events such as school pictures on Wednesday.  Please be sure to have the students outfitted in their nicest SCHOOL UNIFORM.  We are scheduled for 10:00am, so we will have our recess inside right before so as they are not too messed up before they have their “mug taken”.  Also, the choir is scheduled to sing at a former HFS grandparent/hot lunch volunteer’s funeral on Tuesday.  Mr. Reed should have sent information about this and let the choir students know that it is on Tuesday at 10:00am, and they need to wear their SCHOOL UNIFORM if they are singing.  Please let Mr. Reed know if your choir student will NOT attend and sing.  I will be going to the funeral as well and Miss Davidson will remain with the rest of the class.  Lastly, we are having an earthquake drill on Thursday morning.

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We are learning about being a People of Prayer in Ch. 9. The test is on Friday.  We will go back to Ch. 8 on Saints at the end of the month in preparation for All Saints Day on November 1st.  We continue to pray the rosary every morning in honor of the Month of the Rosary.

Language Arts

This week’s spelling list focuses on long o sounds and there are 20 words again.  The test is on Friday.  In English, we are learning about singular and plural nouns.  In Reading, we continue with the theme of Traditions as we read about a young boy from the Southwest and his talents of riding and roping that have been passed down to him.  The comprehension strategy is classifying through use of a category chart.  We are also using the information from the family tradition paper that the students filled out to write a short narrative.

Math

This week we are learning how to round to the nearest 10s, 100s, and 1,000s.  We are also reviewing symmetry and using a geoboard app to understand the concept better.

Social Studies and Science

We are beginning a new chapter in Social Studies at the end of the week on Government, first looking at local government.  In Science, we are continuing to learn about living things and their adaptations, focusing on camouflage.  The test on Ch. A2 will be next week.

Tests this week

Friday-Religion-Ch. 9- People of Prayer

Friday-Spelling-20 words with long o sounds

Lastly, I am accepting Scholastic book orders thru Monday, Oct. 16th, and am placing the order on Tuesday morning.  Please be sure to get your order in if you want the books by the end of the month.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!

Sue Arnold

 

OCTOBER 9th

I hope everyone has recovered from the Fair.  This is the first time in many years that I did not make it to the fair, but I’m sure fun was had by all.  We look forward to some more fun this week in third grade as we move into October and closer to Halloween.  This week is a full week ending with School Mass on Friday, October 13th, led by the seventh grade.  The students need to wear their SCHOOL UNIFORM on Friday for mass.  There is no 8:15am mass on Thursday due to the mass on Friday.  We are also having a Banner Blessing at Assembly on Monday.  A BIG thank you to Denise Bilotta and Anne Chavez for creating our third grade banner celebrating our virtues of Gentleness and Comfort and our special connection with Mary and May Crowning.

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We are learning about the Church with a capital C, which is the people.  The test on Ch. 7 (we will come back to chapters 5 and 6 later in the liturgical year) is on Friday.

Language Arts

Spelling this week focuses on the long a and e sounds and the students have 20 words.  The challenge words added go along with topics we are studying in class.  The test is on Friday.  In English, we begin to learn about nouns-what are they?/common and proper nouns.  In Reading, we are beginning a new theme about Celebrating Traditions.  The students will also learn about a family tradition which they will turn into a short narrative paragraph.  We are also using Halloween as a basis for an activity on creating tongue twisters and exploring alliteration.

Math

We continue with using place value as we start Ch. 2 and learn about comparing and ordering numbers.  We continue to use our addition and subtraction skills to help with problem solving.  We are also exploring symmetry as we use Halloween creatures to create a symmetrical surprise.  We are learning about how to determine the lines of symmetry by using various shapes and folding them.

Social Studies and Science

In S.S., we are reviewing Ch. 7 on Citizenship for a test on Thursday.  In Science, we begin Ch. A2 about Adaptations of Living Things.

Tests this week

Thursday-Social Studies-Ch. 7 on Citizenship

Friday-Religion-Ch. 7 on The Church

Friday-Spelling-20 words with long a and e sounds

Have a wonderful week!

Sue Arnold

 

OCTOBER 2nd

Happy October! This week we ease into October as there is no school on Friday due to the Fair set-up.  The teachers/staff have a Professional Development Day, but the students (and you!) have the day off so you can be ready to have fun at the Fair over the weekend.  The rest of our school week is regular schedule with 8:15am mass on Thursday and all of our co-curricular classes through Thursday.

This week, we are learning about:

Religion

We are not starting any new chapters due to the short week and other tests that need to happen this week.  We are starting to pray the rosary every day, so the students may bring in a rosary.  We will also learn more about the different mysteries of the rosary.  The new Virtues of the Month are Prayerfulness and Faith as we celebrate October as the Month of the Holy Rosary.

Language Arts

There is no spelling words or test this week due to the short week.  In English, we are having a test on sentences-what is it?/types/subject/predicate/fragments/run-ons-on Tuesday.  We are also practicing how to write more complex sentences.  We will continue to do some reading assessments focusing on the when and where in a story and also understanding nonfiction passages. Lastly, we are learning and practicing our dictionary skills.

The students have a reading log for October that is coming home this week.  They need to keep it somewhere at home where they can remember to record books as they finish them this month.  It will need to be signed and returned at the end of the month.  Also, the directions/information about their first Reading Response Project (book report) is going home this week.  It is to be on any fiction book they read this month, and they will create a poster with information about the story elements on the back.  They need to follow the directions carefully, and it is due on Friday, October 27th.

Math

We are having a test on Ch. 1 on Place Value on Thursday.  We are also practicing different strategies for problem solving.  The students need to continue to practice their addition and subtraction facts.

Social Studies and Science

In S.S., we are reading/discussing Ch. 7 on Being an Active Citizen.  The focus this week is on conflict resolution and rights and responsibilities.  In Science, we have a test on Ch. A1 on Wednesday.  Books are coming home on Monday to help students study Monday and Tuesday night.  There is also a vocabulary sheet and answers to a chapter review done together in class going home on Monday to start the review.  On Tuesday, the students have a study guide to help complete the review process after we “play” a review game in class on Tuesday.

Tests this week

Tuesday-English-Sentences

Wednesday-Science-Ch. A1-Relationships Among Living Things

Thursday-Math-Ch. 1-Place Value

Have a super time at the Fair-I may see you!

Sue Arnold