November 28, 2016
Dear Third Grade Parents and Students,
I really enjoyed meeting with you all last week for conferences, I am so proud of the work your kids are doing! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving break! I really enjoyed spending time with my family and eating some wonderful food. We have three weeks until Christmas break and the third grade will be busy, busy, busy!
Book Report: The book report is due this Wednesday. I can’t wait to see the finished products!
Reading logs: The November reading log is due Thursday and the December reading log will come home with your child on Thursday as well.
Christmas Poems: Students will be sharing their poem with the class on Tuesday, December 6th. They will be assessed on expression, voice, eye contact, and hand motions. I can’t wait to hear the poems!
Nativity Play: The parts will be chosen tomorrow and the scripts will be handed out! The students are VERY excited about this play! Students should be practicing their parts every night. The students may bring their scripts home to practice, but they must bring them back everyday to practice in class.
We will present our play on Wednesday, December 14th. Our performance will be at 9:45 am. All parents, grandparents and siblings under 5 are invited. I’ll give more information
regarding costumes and props soon. Parents and grandparents as well as preschool aged siblings are invited to attend. Sorry, siblings at Holy Rosary will not be able to attend, due to limited space.
The Christmas program is Thursday, December 15th at 6:30pm in the Church. Students are bringing home the lyrics for the songs today. These lyrics need to be practiced and memorized at home.
During Advent, as a school every class collects money and items to give to an organization and canned food for the Parish food bank. The third grade will be collecting monetary donations and purchasing a Christmas meal for 2 local families in need. During the Safeway field trip, students will price and purchase items that a family needs to purchase for a Christmas meal. We know this is a busy season with many financial pulls on families. If possible, consider donating any amount of money that makes sense for your family. We encourage you to find ways for your children to earn the money to donate as well by completing chores, etc. This is a great leadership opportunity for our class and a chance for students to live out Catholic social teachings.
Prayer Partner in Faith Family: We will be meeting in our Faith Families on Thursday and will pick our Advent prayer partners. Please remind your child that their homemade card and prayer for their faith-family prayer partner are due to me by Monday, December 12th! If you child does not know who their prayer partner is please tell them to see their Faith Family teacher!
The card should reflect time well spent. Include on your card:
TO: (Your prayer partner’s name)
FROM: (Your name)
A prayer that you have written
Artwork that you have drawn
Anything else you’d like to include.
Advent Calendar: We will be talking about Advent in class and the importance of the season. Your child will be bringing home an Advent Calendar with them today (on purple paper). There is an “activity” for them to do or phrase for them to reflect on each day. Your child can mark each day with a sticker or star. Thank you for helping your child with this special activity.
Reading: We continue reading the Boxcar Children. We read chapters 11, 12, and 13 and finish the book. This week we work on sequencing and main idea.
Math: We begin chapter 5-understanding division. This week we do hands-on division and focus on the concept of division as equal sharing. We also look at division as repeated subtraction.
Religion: We discuss the meaning of Advent, and what we can do to be more reflective on the real reason for the season, which is Jesus!
We continue to prepare for Christmas by learning more about †he events that preceded Jesus’ birth. We will be practicing our Nativity play all this week and next.
Science: Students compare and contrast the life cycles of polar bears and hermit crabs
Social Studies: Students learn the states in the Mountain region and Southwest region. We also begin our study of culture.
Spelling: Assignment is due Thursday and the test is on Friday.
joy point voice join oil coin noise spoil toy joint boy soil choice boil
Challenge word: destroy
No Star this week
Next week’s star: Ford