Newsletter for Oct. 2-5


October 2, 2017


Dear Third Grade Parents and Students,


MAP Testing: This year our school has embraced a new standardized testing system chosen by the Archdiocese of Seattle called MAP: Measures of Academic Progress.  Students will take an online assessment for Language Arts, Reading, and Math 3 times this year, once each trimester, so that we can track and assess how to best support each student’s growth in third grade.  We are excited to see what data this assessment will provide and explore how to apply it to our teaching. More information about MAP testing will come home with your child today. The testing window is from September 25 – October 20.  Here is an online link you can explore to better understand this new testing format.

No School Friday: There will be no school on Friday because of teacher in-service.

Reading Log: The September reading log is due tomorrow (Tuesday) and the October log will be coming home with them tomorrow as well.

Lunches of Love: 3rd grade will be donating Lunches of Love in the month of October. We will have two turn in days, Friday, October 13th and Friday, October 27th. Your donation is very appreciated.

Here is some more information about Lunches of Love:


Thank you for making and providing a lunch for someone in need.

The items in the bag must be all NON-PERISHABLE.  (No fresh fruit or sandwiches)

Can of tuna/chicken/salmon (pull-top only!) or Vienna sausages (pull-top only!) Snack packs work great!

NO soups.


Ideas for lunches:

protein bar

fruit cup

juice box

chips – prepackaged

cookies – prepackaged


spoon (if not included with the non-perishable item)


Uganda Money: It is that time again for each student to bring in their monthly $1.00 to support our Ugandan students in their schooling. Only one dollar a month does so much!  Thank you for your generosity.

Math Game: There will be no math homework on Tuesday or Wednesday night this week. Instead a math game is coming home to practice multiplication. Students should play it twice and turn in the work that accompanies it by next Monday.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit: Students have been reciting The Prayer to the Holy Spirit. This prayer will need to be memorized by Monday, November 6th. Your child can also recite the prayer to me before this date, if they are ready. They can recite the prayer to me before school, after school or at recess.


Math: We continue to work on chapter 4-understanding multiplication. Students learn how to use arrays when multiplying. They will take the chapter 4 assessment on Thursday.

The math assessment from chapter 1 is coming home with your child tonight. Please review this with your child. Thank you!


Reading: We begin reading our first novel as a class this week. We read The Boxcar Children #1. We will focus on the skills of sequencing, character analysis, and setting. Students will practice oral reading skills through echo reading, partner reading and a reader’s theater approach. This is a fun story and one of which I’m sure most students will enjoy!


Social Studies: We continue to work on our Geography lapbooks. This week we focus on landforms and the different bodies of water.


Science: Students will continue learning about inherited traits learned behaviors in animals and plants this week.


Language Arts: We begin a persuasive writing unit. Students will learn how to state an opinion based on information gathered and how to organize an essay in a clear way that makes sense to the reader. This week, students begin gathering information about what makes a cat or dog a better pet.



Religion: This week 3rd graders will begin learning about the Bible and the Church community.


Spelling: The spelling homework is due on Thursday and the test will also be on Thursday. Our pattern this week is long O.


Spelling words:


load          opening          told     yellow     soak      shadow       foam       follow        glow              sold               window       coach   almost        throat


Challenge word: tomorrow


This week’s star: Lauren

Next week’s star: Nate B.


Have a great week!



Erin Meland

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