Weekly News

Week of January 14th

Third grade is off and running in 2019!  This week brings a field trip to the Museum of the American West on Tuesday and some soggy weather.  The field trip is on rain or shine but may be cut short due to inclement weather.  We usually eat lunch after our docent-led tour and program in the morning and then go back into the museum to see other exhibits; however, that may change.  We will play it by ear, but the students need to still be in SCHOOL uniform and bring a DISPOSIBLE lunch on Tuesday. Thank you to those who are helping with this event.

We also have a SCHOOL Mass on Friday led by 1st grade, so students need to wear their SCHOOL uniform on Friday as well.  We will have PE, but NO PE UNIFORMS this week!  We do not have Thursday morning mass due to the school mass.  Also, there is NO school on Monday, January 21st, but there is school on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd.

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We are learning about the sacrament of Eucharist in Ch. 14 (The Bread of Life).  The test is on Friday.

Language Arts

In Spelling, we have 22 words with vowel + r sounds.  The test is on Friday.  In English, we are reviewing verbs and the test should be next week.  In Reading, we are learning about point of view and the author’s purpose as a comprehension strategy.  We are writing a myth to go along with a sand painting we are creating based on Navajo culture.

Math

We are reviewing number patterns using hundred charts as a tool to understand the relation of addition to multiplication.  We begin multiplication this week and start with our basic facts next week.

Science and Social Studies

In Science, we are continuing with Ch. B1 and learning about the Sun and how it affects the Earth.  In Social Studies, we are continuing with learning about the customs and traditions of various tribes and how to take notes from information about them.  We have our field trip to the museum to reinforce our Native American studies and are also creating a sand painting and myth in the Navajo tradition.

Tests this week

Friday-Religion-Ch. 14 (Bread of Life)

Friday-Spelling-22 words with vowel + r sounds

Stay dry and enjoy your 3-day weekend!

Sue Arnold

 

Week of January 7th

Welcome back and Happy 2019!   I hope everyone had a fantastic vacation.  I sure did!  I spent a lot of time with family, especially my 19 month old granddaughter from Nashville.  I am also looking forward to another granddaughter the beginning of next month (or sooner!) that I can enjoy right here in South Pasadena.  I also learned that I will be welcoming another grandchild in August sometime.  My family is growing, and I am feeling very blessed.  I hope you are feeling many blessings as well in this new year.

Hopefully, all are healthy again.  I know it took me a while to get over this bug.  Due to the many absences in the week before vacation, I postponed some tests and so we will be picking up where we left off before all the illness hit 3rd grade.  First, I do want to thank Diana Vega and Michelle Alexander for their help with our lovely Posadas celebration.  My thanks to all who helped or supplied goods.  We had quite a “journey” followed by a lively fiesta.  Also, thank you to all for your generosity.  Your donations certainly brightened up my season, and I also appreciate all the other gifts and treats I received.  Your continued support and thoughtfulness is a blessing!

This week should be pretty much back to normal.  We have PE on Tuesday and Friday morning and mass with 6th grade on Thursday morning at 8:15am.  Permission slips and information for designated drivers is going home this week for our field trip to the Museum of the American West on Tuesday, January 15th.

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We are using Epiphany to help us reflect on how we all shine.  Our Virtues of the Month are Justice and Mercy and will be discussed and practiced.  We are also learning about The Word of God in Ch. 13.  There is not a test on this chapter.

Language Arts

In Spelling, we have 22 words that focus on contractions.  The test is on Friday.  In English, we are continuing to learn about verbs and applying them correctly in our writing.  In Reading, we are reading a pair of Native American stories.  The comprehension strategy is evaluating and analyzing characters’ traits and actions.  A new reading log for January is going home and the December reading log (Christmas tree) needs to be signed and returned this week.  The January book report is being explained and the genre is mystery.  The directions have the students creating a cube that gives information about the setting/characters/problem (mystery)/solution (who did it and why).  They are also writing some clues to show how the mystery was solved.  The information is going home this week and the letter should be signed and returned.  It is due the end of the month.  We are also writing our Hopes for 2019 for our family, school, country, and world.  Finally, we are learning about idioms and illustrating the literal and real meaning of selected ones.

Math

We are reviewing for the Chs. 3 and 4 test that was postponed due to all the absences before vacation.  It includes computation of addition and subtraction, estimating sums and differences, properties of addition, and number patterns.  The test is on Wednesday.

Social Studies and Science

We are reviewing for and having the postponed S.S. test on Ch. 2 (Land and Its Resources) on Thursday.  We are beginning our unit on Native Americans to start preparing for our field trip to the Museum of the American West and our further studies and activities on this curriculum.  We are focusing on the Navajo of the Southwest, the Yurok of the Northwest, and the Cherokee of the Plains (originally of the Southeast).  In Science, we are starting Ch. B1 on Comparing the Sun/Moon/Earth.  We are also using the DKfindout website to learn more about Life in Space and show understanding of facts and opinions.

Tests this week

Wednesday-Math Chs. 3 and 4 (addition/subtraction)

Thursday-Social Studies-Ch. 2 (Land and Resources)

Friday-Spelling 22 words (contractions)

Lastly, if you haven’t had an opportunity to review your student’s 1st trimester portfolio given out at conferences, please take the time to go through it with your child and return the Parent Response Form included in it.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful first full week on 2019-cheers to a fantastic year!

Sue Arnold