Newsletter for the week of Mar. 31-Apr. 4


March 31, 2014


Dear Third Grade Parents and Students,


Testing:  The third grade will be taking ITBS this week. It is important for the students to be at school to take the tests. Here are some helpful tips to discuss with your child:

* Plan ahead for a peaceful, unhurried evening and morning before the test.

* Make sure your child sleeps well, eats a healthy breakfast, brings a healthy snack, and gets enough water to drink.

* Be on time for school.  We take the ITBS tests first thing each morning so be at school by the first bell (8:15) so that students have time to settle in before we begin.

* Give an honest effort; take pride in yourself and DO YOUR BEST.

* Never leave an answer blank!


Items Needed:

  • By Wednesday, April 9th 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.
  • We are creating mini-ecosystems in science and are in need of 2-liter clear bottles.  If you have any, please send them in!


Picture Day:    Class pictures will be on Tuesday, April 8th.  A picture form was sent home last week.  Please return the form to school before the 8th .


Half Day:  Friday is a half-day for Auction set-up/Teacher in-service.


Report Card Envelopes:  Please sign and return report card envelopes by Friday.


Reconciliation:  Our Reconciliation was moved to this Thursday, April 3 (instead of today).  Students need to be in perfect uniform on Thursday.


April Birthdays:  Students with an April birthday should bring a picture for the birthday bulletin board.


Morning Lenten Mass:  On Thursday, April 3rd at 7:45am, we have the opportunity to attend morning Mass as a class.  This is a time for us to pause before the day begins to reflect on the Lenten season and take time to be with God. Students are welcome to sit with me or with their families.  Mass begins at 7:45, please do not enter if it has already begun.



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, April 17th.

Here are the opportunities:


  • UGANDA COLLECTION:  Throughout Lent, on any day, we will be collecting money for Uganda.  We encourage you to find ways for your child to earn this money through chores or good works so that they feel responsible for their donations.
  • DIAPER COLLECTION:  We will also be collecting diapers for Baby Corner throughout Lent.  Again, try having your child earn money to purchase diapers to donate.
  • CANNED FOOD COLLECTION:  As a school we will be contributing to the HRS food pantry.
  • BROWN BAG FRIDAYS FOR ST. MARTIN de PORRES SHELTER: 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.  Please keep the toiletry items separate from the lunches.  If you are interested in driving a few students to deliver the lunches one Friday in Lent, please contact Jennifer Hazzard in the school office.
    • April 11:  Men’s socks



This week we will be learning:


Language Arts: Students learn about conservation and complete a project related to the book, The Lorax.


Social Studies:  Students have a test on the Southeast Region tomorrow.  A neon green study guide was sent home last Tuesday.


Math: Today students took the 6’s test.  This week they will memorize the 7’s.


Reading:  Students read chapter 7 this week illustrating the main events from the chapter.


Religion: Students continue to work on their Passion Books this week.  They stories they summarize are:  Jesus is Mocked by the Soldier and Jesus Dies on the Cross.


Spanish– There will be a Spanish quiz on Monday, April 7th.  It is on home-room vocabulary.  Please see Ms. Myers’ website for more details at:


This Week’s Star:  No Star

Next Week’s Star:  Ryder


Spelling:   It is a review week this week.

Assignment due: Thursday, April 10th

Test on: Friday, April 11th.


The review list is below. Your test will include only 20, but you will need to study all of the words in order to be prepared. I will select words at random for the test, so you do not know which 20 I will choose! The best way to study for this is to do a little practice each night.


Directions: Choose 4 of the following spelling activities to do this week (try and do one activity each night). For each of the activities, choose 15 words to practice. With each new activity, you should practice a new set of words from the list. In this way, you will review most of them by the end of the week, and be better prepared for your test. Please turn them all in together.


Choice #1

See how many times you can write each word (correctly) in 1 minute. When you finish, count the words in 3 different ways:

* Which word did you write the most?

* Which word did you write the least?

* How many words did you write all together?


Choice #2

Choose 15-16 spelling words and write them on loose-leaf paper. Next to each spelling word, list any new words you could make by mixing up all or some of the letters. For example: people:  pop, pope, pep, plot, etc.


Choice #3

Draw a picture that shows the meaning of 15-16 of your spelling words and put the words on or by the objects.


Choice #4

Play “Dribble Spelling.” Spell 15-16 of your words out loud while dribbling a ball. (Just have your parents initial by this choice to show it’s complete.)


Choice #5

Write 15-16 of your spelling words in alphabetical (ABC) order A–Z. Then write them in reverse alphabetical order, Z–A.


Choice #6

Write 15-16 spelling words two times normally, and then one time in all capital letters. Example:  could, could, COULD


Choice #7

Write 15-16 spelling words normally. Then write each spelling word and draw a box around each vowel. Finally, write each spelling word a third time and draw a circle around each consonant. (Make sure you skip lines so you have enough room!)


Spelling Words:


myself      usually          knife      knee       except       especially

really      probably       about       cycle      accept       Apostles

temperature   envelope

Challenge: multiplication


February            large        heart             jeans              purple           jelly    juggle             sometimes      center        pencil                        silly                         circle           circus   chocolate

Challenge: Valentine


pair                hair                fair                 tired               stairs             stereo

America       rear                near               year               fear                clear

cheer             steer

Challenge: pharmacy


talk                walking        question        crawl             drawing

lawn              thaw              cause             wear          where

threw                        through        fault               awful

Challenge: encouragement


doesn’t           allow              choice                        loyal              power                        history          ate

eight              sugar             March                       weather        whether        division         guide

Challenge: vacation

greedy           feast                delighted                 guest              brilliant        appreciate    scolded      startled              distance       measured                 thunder        lightning      rejoice            Easter

Challenge:  resurrection


almost            also                though          thought       April                           immigrant             flour   flower             emerge                 independent     learned    butterfly        sunshine    country

Challenge:  ancestor


Have a great week!




Erin Meland