Newsletter for the week of March 7-11


March 7, 2016

Dear Third Grade Parents and Students,

There is a good chance that this will be my last week at school unless baby girl decides come late and then I may work a few days next week. I just wanted to take this time to THANK YOU all for a wonderful 6 ½ months together. I have LOVED getting to know you and your sweet kids. It has been a true blessing being their teacher and watching them grow this year. I am going to miss them all so much and will be back to visit. Thank you all for the constant support and kindness. I know that your kids will be in wonderful, capable hands and will thrive during these last few months of school. Please keep in touch!

The students did an amazing job on their presentations and projects last week! I’m so proud of all their hard work and it’s amazing to see how much progress we’ve made this year. Thank you for your support with these projects!


Morning Lenten Mass: Tomorrow (Tuesday), March 8th 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.


Projects: Native American projects need to come home on Friday. Students will receive their graded rubric on Friday as well!


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.


Friday Disco Theme Day: Students are encouraged to wear disco themed clothes on Friday in support of the auction this year!



St. Martin de Porres:

This is the last week of collection for St. Martin de Porres. Please keep tioletry items sepearte from lunches.

  • 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 will be:

Reading: We read The Albertosaurus Mystery and focus on how fossils tell us about the past. Our target skill is drawing conclusions. Students find evidence in the story and draw conclusions based on the evidence.

Math: Students took the 7s test today. They also learn the 8 facts and will be test next Monday on them. We continue to work on measuring to the nearest half and quarter inch. Students also begin reviewing telling time to the nearest minute.

Language Arts: We begin a 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 are very excited about doing.

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!


Social Studies: Students learn the history of totem poles and read a totem pole story.

Spelling: Homework is due Thursday and the test will also be on Friday.

mood              wooden          drew              smooth                      blue                 balloon         rue                 crooked         chew                       tooth                                       hooves        cool                 food                pooch


Challenge word: jewel


This week’s star: Eva
Next week’s star: Josh


Erin Meland

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