Newsletter for the week of March 14th-17th

Newsletter for the week of March 14th-17th


March 14, 2016

Dear Third Grade Parents and Students,

I am so thrilled to be a part of the 3B community. We have had a fantastic first week and I am excited to continue to get to know you and your children. I know we will end this year well!

The students were leaders in helping me learn the routines and schedules at Holy Rosary and they have been very sweet as a class. I look forward to seeing them every day!  

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15th, we are going to decide upon “classroom agreements” and all sign our names under the agreements. We will do this in order to continue having a strong classroom community and so all students are confortable and confident in class. If you’d like, it’d be great to ask your children about these agreements tomorrow night. This will help them remember the agreements better and then you can hear about them also.

St. Patrick’s Day Mass: Thursday, March 17th at 8:45am, we have the opportunity to attend morning Mass as a school. This is a time for us to pause before the day begins and take time to be with God. Parents are welcome!

Free Dress Thursday to Wear GREEN! The children were AMAZING at dressing up for disco (thank you Parents J ), so I’m very excited to see their green outfits!

2nd Trimester Report Cards will go home Thursday as well.

NO School this Friday March 18th

Items Needed:

  • By Monday, March 25th each student needs to bring in an egg carton (one dozen) and 12 normal, plastic eggs. These will be used with our Passion Book project.   If you have any extra eggs cartons that we can use, please send them in as well. Thank you!

Apostles’ Creed:

The Apostles’ Creed is one of the prayers that 3rd graders are asked to memorize. We have already been practicing it a lot in class.

We will recite this prayer daily and students should practice it at home as well. They have a copy in the religion section of their filer that can remain at home. They need to have this committed to memory by March 24th and recite it to me for assessment on or anytime before that date. 

Lenten Service: The six weeks of Lent give us ample time and opportunity for service outreach. Pick and choose the activities that work for your family.

For the collections, all items need to be in by Holy Thursday, March 24th.

Here are the opportunities:


  • CHIEF SEATTLE CLUB: The 3rd grade is collecting gently used or new adult warm clothing to donate to Chief Seattle Club, a organization that specializes in assisting Native Americans.
  • CANNED FOOD COLLECTION: As a school we will be contributing to the HRS food pantry. Each students should bring a can a food (or more if they would like) to contribute to the pantry.



This week we will be:

Reading: This week we will be reading the informational text “A Tree is Growing”. We will be focusing on the target skill of “Text and Graphic Features” and identifying important concepts to focus on when reading informational text. Today we reviewed vocabulary and reiterated the importance of looking for: photographs and captains, graphics, such as diagrams, and identifying text structures and how information and ideas are organized. The rest of the week we will read the story as a class, partner read, use graphic features worksheets to better understand the information, and read small supplementary books on the topic as well.

Math: Students took the 8s test today. Retakes are tomorrow. They also learn the 9 facts today and will be test next Monday. This week we are working on elapsed time and a packet was sent home today and is due Thursday.

Language Arts: We will continue our new unit in language arts this week. Throughout Lent and Easter season, students will be writing and illustrating their own book on The Passion Story. After Easter, they will present these booklets to the Kindergarteners and First graders. Students work on their summarization skills. This is a wonderful project that the students seem to be enjoying!

Science:  This week we are working on leprechaun traps and we will incorporate simple machines into the project.

Social StudiesStudents are learning the history of totem poles and have read a totem pole story. This week the students will be writing their own totem pole stories in class. They will first write an outline of their story on a graphic organizer and then they will write their story after.

Spelling homework is due Wednesday and the test will be on

THURSDAY this week.


Birthday           anyone     sometimes        everything        homework        afternoon          airplane         grandmother something  without    himself     faraway    sunburned



Review: someone     cannot

Challenge words: scorekeeper                  everybody

This week’s star: Josh
Next week’s star: No start of the week since it is the week before Spring Break


Anna Quinn-Shea

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