Newsletter for the week of Feb. 22-26

February 22, 2016



Dear Third Grade Parents,



Update on long-term sub:

I wanted to give you all some more information about the long-term sub, as my due date is fast approaching. We have made a final decision and have hired Anna Quinn Shea to finish out the year with 3B. I have met with her and she is very qualified and I feel absolutely comfortable with her taking over. She will be coming in at the end of the week to shadow me for the day and meet the kids. Your kids will be in great hands!


Here is a short bio about Anna:


Anna attended grade school at St. Joseph School, high school at Seattle Prep, and she received her BA from Seattle University. She received her Masters in Education from the University of San Diego. Ana’s work experience includes work as a youth counselor at a crisis center and several long-term substitute positions. She was a full-time teacher in grades 3 and 4 last year in San Diego. She has moved home to Seattle to continue her career in education. We are very excited to welcome Ana to Holy Rosary.


I plan to work until I go into labor. That being said, I don’t know what my last day will be but I am only 3 weeks away from my due date. I told Jennifer Kokkonnis that I would contact her when I do go into labor and then she can let you all know.


Thank you all so much for your support this year! I have had such an AMAZING 6 months with your children. It is going to be so hard to leave your sweet kids. I am going to miss them and you all so much!! I will definitely come back and visit a few times before the end of the year! Please let me know if you have any questions.




Native American Project: This is the last week to work on Native American projects. The kids have been working so hard in class! All visuals are due next Tuesday, March 1st. Oral presentation infromation was sent home last week.  Remember they can use their notes and books to help them write notecards to prepare for the oral presentation.  Students will not be bringing home the written pargraphs until after the oral presenations. Let me know if you have any questions. I can’t wait to see the final projects!


Lenten Confession/Mass: Tomorrow, 3B will be particpating in Lenten Confession. Students need to be in perfect uniform. We also have Mass on Thursday at 2:00pm so all students need to be in perfect uniform.


States Test: The North Central region test is this Wednesday. Students will be tested on the states and abbreviations. Also you can use the following website to study:


Choose the “Great Lake States” section and “Midwestern States” Section. These are the states they will be tested on.


St. Martin de Porres:

BROWN BAG FRIDAYS FOR ST. MARTIN de PORRES SHELTER began last Friday. Every year, as part of our Lenten Outreach, Holy Rosary School has provided lunches to the men at St. Martin de Porres shelter. Students are asked to bring a lunch or two and a toiletry item on designated Fridays during Lent. These lunches can be kept cold, so perishable food is fine. Thank you for your generosity.


Please keep the toiletry items separate from the lunches:

  • 26 – men’s socks
  • March 4 – disposable razors/shaving cream (sample size)
  • March 11 – travel size toothpaste and disposable toothbrush (singles)


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 are:


Reading: We share our Kamishibai stories with kindergarten or first grade. We also read Judy Moody Saves the World and focus on story structure (setting, characters and plot). Students also learn about the importance of protecting the environment and create recycling/ compost posters.


Math: Today students took the 6 facts test. We also learned the o and 1 facts. Students will be tested on these next Monday. Coming home tonight is the fractions assessment that we tookd on Friday. Please review this with your child.


We aslo beging our measurement chapter this week (chapter 11). We focus on measuring volume. Students will use piccolage on their iPads to demonstrate their knowledge of Liters and mililiters.


Religion: We do an examination of conscience today in preparation for our Lenten confession tomorrow.  We also continue our study of the Ten Commandments.


Science:  We spend the next few weeks reading from and doing activities related to our Scholastic News SuperScience magazines. Through it we will read about various physical and life science topics that are aligned to the common core.  Our next unit of focus will be heredity and animal habitats and adaptations so we will focus our energy on the articles related to those topics.  Students get to keep these informational magazines, so you’ll see them coming home as we finish them up!


Language Arts: Students finish their final drafts!


Social Studies: The North Central region states test will be on Wednesday. We also learn the next section of States in our GeoJourney.


Spelling: Assignment due Thursday. Test is on Friday.


age                 space              change          jawbone        jacket                        giant              pencil circle             once               large              dance             jeans              bounce          huge

challenge: excited


This week’s star: Vivian

Next week’s star: Nate


I hope you all have a great week!




Erin Meland






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