Newsletter for the week of September 8-12



September 8, 2014

Dear Families,

Welcome to our second week of school!! I look forward to meeting all of you at Back to School Night this Wednesday, September 10 at 6:30 pm in the gym. I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with your wonderful children!! Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. I will list reminders and planned activities. Don’t forget, you can find the newsletter on the Holy Rosary School website. 


Mass: We will have our first school Mass on Friday the 12th at 8:45am. Make sure your child is in perfect uniform.

Student Profiles: Please fill out and return these to me as soon as possible.

 Volunteer Opportunity: I would love to have a parent come in and monitor students on Fridays during lunch (12:25-12:45). During this time I have the chance to meet with Ms. Corrigan and Mrs. Helling to plan reading for the week. Responsibilities include: Monitoring students as they eat their lunch, reading to students, overseeing clean-up, and dismissing students for lunch recess. Let me know if you are available and interested in coming in and helping at this time on Fridays. Once I have a list of parents that would like to volunteer, I can create a schedule. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you so much for your support!

If you can’t do Fridays, there will be other opportunities for parents to volunteer in the classroom throughout the year.

SAFE Environment Training: All volunteers and employees at HRS must complete the Archdiocese Safe Environment training. Listed below is a upcoming training sessions:

 Holy Rosary – Tuesday September 16th in HRS School Hall 6:30pm.

Please register for class at:


This is the initial training so that you can accompany us on field trips or volunteer in any capacity. Once you have taken this training you only need to update your certification with a short module online once a year. Let me know if you have any questions.

Water Bottles: Your child is welcome to bring a water bottle to school filled with water only. They will keep these at their desks and can refill them during our break times. Please do not send their bottles filled with juice, sports drinks, etc. If spilled, they are harder to clean up and make the desks sticky.

Star of the Week: Please do not send treats in with your child when they are star of the week. This is a school-wide policy. Birthday treats are still ok!

Shoes for Fitness and Health: Our fitness and health days are Tuesday and Friday. For their safety, please make sure your child has athletic shoes with laces or velcro. Sandals, slip-ons, boots, and dress shoes will not be allowed and will result in your child sitting out for that class.

Paper headings: When students use loose-leaf (notebook) paper for an assignment in class or at home, they must use the heading learned in class. Also, third graders must use pencil on all written work. Red pen is allowed for correcting only.

Magazine sale: turn-in days are on Tuesdays. Let’s have everyone in 3B help our school reach the goal by selling at least 1 more magazine order than last year. Together, we CAN do it!!

The students are ready to plunge into the curriculum!

This week, we will be working on:

 Reading: Ms Corrigan is the reading specialist for 3rd grade. We are so fortunate to work with her during our reading time! Your children will get to know her well throughout the year because we co-teach reading together.

This week we will be reading our first story, A Fine, Fine School. We focus on the target skill of story structure. We use text evidence to discuss the setting, characters and plot.


Math: We are starting McGraw-Hill’s My Math this week! Our first chapter covers the concept of place value. Students will be working to answer the question: How can numbers be expressed, ordered and compared? Students will have math homework most nights.

 Language Arts: We discuss sentence structure and the difference between a complete sentence and a fragment. We work on writing sentences with correct punctuation and capitalization. Students will also review basic phonograms and practice manuscript handwriting.


Religion: Students are introduced to Sacred Story, a curriculum that we will be participating in this year. More information will come out in a later newsletter.. We will also be discussing Chapter 1 in our Religion books.

 Spelling: This week’s spelling list is below. Spelling homework was sent home today (it is a double sided sheet) and is due on Thursday. Students can turn it in any time it is completed. Our test will be on Friday.

 Spelling words:


crop                plan               thing             smell              shut               sticky               spent                      lunch             pumpkin      clock              gift                 class          skip                    swing


Challenge word: fantastic

Have a great week!!




Erin Meland