Weekly News

APRIL 24th

Yes, it’s still April, but it is warming up and summer will be here before we know it.  I hope everyone had a wonderful and joyous Easter Break.  I spent my time on Cape Cod helping my parents prepare to move back to California in the Fall.  I had a great time going through memories and enjoying the Spring weather on the Cape.  Now, back to school and busy preparing for the final push to the end of the year- it will be here before you know it.  May is a very busy month in third grade so get ready!

Just a couple of FYIs before I move into this week’s schedule.  Our class mass and retreat is May Crowning on Friday, May 5th.  Please start getting out those beautiful 1st Communion dresses and lovely dress clothes for the boys.  The boys do not need a suit, but need dress slacks and shirt with tie and dress shoes.  I will be sending more information about this special celebration soon.  Also, we have our field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific on Tuesday, May 9th.  I will be sending home information about this field trip and our last one on Friday, June 2nd to the tidepools.  We are limited on the number of drivers needed for the Aquarium as we have a ticketed program.  We will use drivers that can take at least 4 students safely, hopefully five or more is ideal.  I will go with volunteers that have not had a chance to drive already first.  As for the tidepools, as many parents that want to go may as long as they have their VIRTUS certification up to date.  We will have limited drivers but can make room for all.  I will be send information about these field trips home this week to sign up for helping to drive and will confirm those who will be driving for each trip.  Please mark your calendars now!

This week we have 8:15am mass on Thursday with the 6th graders and may have our gardening project on Thursday afternoon.  Otherwise, it is a “normal” week.

We are learning about:

Religion

We are reading Ch. 21 about Witnesses of Faith and learning about some of our Christian role models.  There is no test.  We are also starting the Easter season and celebrating new life.

Language Arts

We are having a spelling test on words with o sounds.  There are only 18 words and the test is on Friday.  We are  continuing on with our Literature unit on Voyagers and learning about a family traveling to Korea.  The reading comprehension strategy is on predicting outcomes.  In English, we are learning about pronouns-subject and object pronouns.  The book report on a fantasy/sci-fi book is due on Tuesday, May 2nd.

Math

We are starting division and learning about it’s relationship to subtraction and multiplication.  Students need to be reviewing their multiplication facts as we will be having some division fact tests next week.  We are also learning about applying different operations to word problems.

Science and Social Studies

We are not starting a new S.S. chapter this week.  We will be learning about Economics next week.  In Science, we are celebrating Earth Week with various activities and also starting Ch. D1 in our book on Air as a Resource and learning about renewable, nonrenewable, and inexhaustible resources.

Tests this week

Friday-Spelling-18 words with o sounds

That’s it!  We will be amping it up next week with more tests so the students should be focused on getting back into their good work and study habits this week.

Enjoy your week!

Sue Arnold

 

APRIL 10th

Third grade is preparing for Easter (and Easter Break) as we go through Holy Week and remember what Jesus did for us.  We are reenacting the Last Supper on Wednesday and Holy Thursday has a student family activity planned to prepare Easter baskets to brighten another’s day and a prayer Service at 11:00am where the washing of the feet will be presented.  It is a noon dismissal on Thursday and no school on Friday as we begin Easter vacation.  The students return on Monday, April 24th.  We also have Meet the Masters activity on Wednesday morning this week.

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We are preparing for Jesus’ resurrection by focusing on the events leading up to it.  The Paschal Mystery is at the forefront of everything we are doing this week as we grow in our faith together.  We will begin our next chapter in our Religion book after the break.

Language Arts

There is no spelling test this week.  We are practicing sentence writing by using our parts of speech correctly.  We are finishing Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and the students are turning in their completed Reading Response Journal (OJ) with their final thoughts about the book and the characters in it.  We are also trying to use our cursive for more practice.

Math

We are preparing for division and learning about it’s connection to subtraction.  The students need to continue to practice their multiplication facts over the break so they are quick and accurate which will help with knowing their division facts when we return.

Social Studies and Science

We are having a test on Ch. 6 (People from Many Places) in Social Studies on Wednesday.  We are not beginning a new chapter in Science until after the break.

Tests this week

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

Please remember to return the Haiti boxes that the students have been collecting money in during Lent.  They are due on Wednesday.  Also, the students have been asked to bring in at least 6 plastic Easter eggs for the family activity on Thursday.

Have a wonderful and restful Easter Break.  I wish you and your families a blessed Easter.

Sue Arnold

 

APRIL 3rd

At least no “bugs” with the website this morning-yeah!

It was so nice to see so many of you at our Literature Tea last week.  A BIG thank you to Bridgette Klaus for organizing the tea part.  If you did not have the chance to see the lovely set-up, please check Shutterfly for pictures-it was such a special treat for the students.  I also thank all those that helped with set-up, especially Mara Jones and Monique Maling.  Thank you to those who helped serve and clean-up, and also those that supplied us with such yummy treats.  The students also enjoyed the many treats while watching a classic movie in the afternoon.  It was such a special day and the “characters” presented themselves beautifully.  What is even more exciting is how many came in the next morning and checked out many of the books they had heard about through their classmates’ interviews.   What a day we had making memories!

This week we have Meet the Masters lecture (Grant Wood) on Tuesday, 2:00pm dismissal on Wednesday, and NO 8:15am mass on Thursday due to School Mass on Friday led by Kindergarten.  Mass is at 9:30am on Friday and the students need to wear their SCHOOL UNIFORM.  We also have our last Living Stations of the Cross on Friday afternoon at 2:00pm.

This week we are learning about:

Religion

We are learning about Jesus’ death and resurrection in Ch. 5 and the test is on Friday.  We are also preparing for Holy Week next week.

Language Arts

In Spelling, we are having a test on 20 words that focus on the sounds found in the words tooth and cook.  The test is on Friday. In English, we are having a test on adverbs on Wednesday which also includes knowing to, too, and two.  In Reading, we are continuing with our book about Ramona and the students have an assignment related to our reading.  They are to interview a person over 65 to find out what it is was like in school when they were young.  We are finishing the book next week.  We are also starting a new theme in Reading in our Lit books about Voyagers which starts with a story about the Pilgrims and focuses on the comprehension strategy of making inferences.  Also, the students should be using their cursive writing as much as possible for practice now.

Math

We are having a test on Chapter 8 on applying their multiplication facts and knowing the properties of multiplication-associative, commutative, identity, and zero.  The test is on Tuesday.  The students need to continue to practice their mult. facts for SPEED and accuracy.

Social Studies and Science

We are having a test on Ch. C1 in Science on Thursday about matter-types, properties of matter, and changes in matter.  In S.S., we are learning about primary and secondary sources and the country of Brazil and its immigrants in Ch. 6.  The test will be next week.

Tests this week

Tuesday-Math-Ch. 8

Wednesday-English-adverbs

Thursday-Science Ch. C1 on Matter

Friday-Religion-Ch. 5 (Jesus is Risen)

Spelling-20 words with tooth and cook sounds

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the springtime weather.

Sue Arnold