Friday, May 24th

Happy Memorial Weekend! I’m hoping you all enjoy a wonderful three day weekend. The students and I are having fun “Ending the Year with a Bang!”

MULTICULTURAL FAIR FOOD SIGN UP- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA5AA23A1FEC25-49587661-multicultural#/

Book Reports – NEXT WEEK! Presentations will begin on Tuesday. Students will bring their clothing in a bag and change before. These ones are SOO important to practice and thank you for helping the students prepare. Schedules were in your Friday folders last week.

End of Year Celebration -You are all invited to join us on Thursday at 1:30 for a class celebration in the library.

Academics

Literacy -This week we read a realistic fiction story about a girl and her grandma in Florida that helped us understand how hurricanes are formed. For writing we reviewed the friendly letter format and wrote letters to the second graders with some do’s and don’ts of third grade.

Religion -This week we concluded our month focus on Mary and the different apparitions. We learned specifically about the Miraculous Metal and all the symbolism, even an art project with that. Our Religion Book focused on the incarnation, as well as the annunciation.

Social Studies -We are thoroughly enjoying learning about Mexico and this week we made piñatas! I can’t wait to put everything together for the Multicultural Fair! Please see above Sign Up Genius to help with the food portion. All students should be here and able to commit to a 15 minute slot to represent their group project and explain the artwork, etc.

Science -We completed our weather and climate unit this week with a fun game and exploration on EPIC books.

Spanish -This week, we learned new vocabulary to describe personality. We played games like Simon Says and Spot the Difference to practice the new vocabulary. A link to the vocabulary on Quizlet can be found here for students to practice or share the vocabulary at home if they’d like.

Art -Students exploring Mexican mirror art will enhance their creations by adding paper foil embossing. Using aluminum foil and cardstock, they’ll apply glue to create textured surfaces, molding the foil to mimic traditional embossing. With a gentle touch, they’ll refine the detailing, capturing the essence of vibrant mirrors while fostering cultural appreciation.

Friday, May 17

Happy Friday! We love you, moms!! <3

**Family Life Books -It’s that time. Please return these gray books next week in order for you not to be charged for the replacement books. I have just a few returned as of now.

MAP Testing -We will complete the final two tests next week (Tuesday and Thursday) so you will find no homework once again. Please ensure the children are getting good sleep and healthy breakfasts.

Candy Donations – We will be making small individual piñatas to accompany our student and projects on Mexico. IF you are able, would you consider donating a bag or two of candy to go in them? I’ll disperse and purchase some but it would help to supplement.

**PLEASE SEE BELOW ABOUT SPANISH REQUEST -Packet is in your child’s Friday Folder.

Missoula Theatre – I’m so proud of the attendance of third graders in the play this year and I can’t wait to go see it! If your child is not in the production, it is a wonderful show to come watch and be there to support his/her classmates. Show times are Saturday at 1 and 3pm.

Book Reports -Students should be deep into their books and we talked about writing notecards and the expectations of this report in class. They should begin searching for clothing to help them “become” their person. ALL presentations must be in first person. Students are expected to practice, practice, practice for this one! Please reach out to me if you need any supplies for costumes. See your child’s Friday Folders for his/her assigned dates and more specific information.

Academics

Literacy -This week we read numerous stories on Mexico, and a nonfiction piece on weather. Reading across content! In writing students, independently wrote a paragraph on a portion of their group project on Mexico. This is the BEST time of year!

Math -We learned about measurement to the quarter inch, volume, and mass this week. We wrapped up with a test on measurement and will be moving into our next unit on geometry.

Science -We explored high wind speed, tornadoes, and the students were able to construct a home and explore ways to make it stronger to withstand the extreme weather.

Spanish -Last week, we had a visit from a traveling Our Lady of Fatima. Students learned that there will be a Marian Shrine built in Washington to create a permanent home for Our Mother. In their Friday folders, students will receive a packet asking for their ideas for the Marian Shrine. Please complete the parent’s ideas on the last page, and help your student complete their ideas on the other pages. Packets are due back by May 23rd. Thank you!

Social Studies -We are learning so much about Mexico! The students and I can’t wait to show you on the evening of Friday, May 31st. Please mark your calendars!

Religion -This week we talked about the month of May, focusing on Mary. We learned about various Marian apparitions through a beautiful book I have. We will look closer on the miraculous metal next week! We also learned about Saint Catherine of Sienna, the annunciation, and had an opportunity to go to Adoration.

Friday, May 10

I’m excited to see the students tonight and skate and PARTY! See you at 6pm!

Huge thank you to Koda, his father Dakota, and grandfather who came to share their culture and teach us about the Lummi and Native traditions. The students learned a blessing song, got to sample some amazing smoked salmon, and even fry bread!

Mother’s Day Cafe – All moms are invited to join us on Monday at 2:00. From poetry, stories, and writing, the students have so much to share, but we will crunch it in ;).

Book Report -Your child should be working through their biography/autobiography. Some are close to finishing or done already. As they finish, students will be creating notecards, and practicing, practicing, practicing. They will enter the classroom, in costume, acting as their person, speaking only in first person. These are fabulous!

Missoula Children’s Theatre -Next week is the week! IF your child is participating in this wonderful opportunity they will be excused from homework for the week. I can’t wait to see the production this year.

Multicultural Fair –Mark your calendars for Friday, May 31st. The students are working hard researching, and learning so much! Each student has a part in creating their display, writing, and educating us on a portion of the country of Mexico.

MAP Testing -This week we completed reading and science. The growth was truly amazing! I told the students they would earn a SI Star for each number above their projected growth. We had many students surpassing their growth number by more than 10 points. WOW!

Prayer Testing -We have finished breaking down our last prayer for third grade (Apostles Creed) and are now practicing it every day at school. Students are expected to master this, saying it to me for their cumulative prayer cards. Please practice this at home as well. Each child brought home a beautifully crafted cursive version this week.

Friday, May 3

What a week! Fun Run, field trip, projects, and lots of learning! The students are busily preparing for their special Mother’s Day Cafe, the Multicultural Fair, and so much more during this busy time of year. This is my all-time favorite month and I’m soaking up every minute with this group.

HUGE THANK YOU!!! The appreciation was felt, heartwarming, and so loved this week. What a great group of students, parents, and I appreciate all of you just as much! <3

SKATE BASH -Mrs. Russell, Coach Eager, and I are incredibly excited to celebrate this wonderful group of kids! The Rollerskating Bash is in the Assumption Gym and you will drop off excited, hungry, and happy kids at 6pm. We have skates and everything they need; helmets and pads if preferred! ALL PARENTS MUST FILL OUT THE FORM HERE: https://forms.office.com/r/mHPtW4zCcU 

If you know your child will not be attending I would really appreciate you letting me know as I’m planning a little additional surprise for this group.

Book Reports -NEW -This month students have selected a biography or autobiography book to read. Upon completion the students will dress up and become this person. This is truly one of my favorite projects and a great way to wrap up book reports in third grade.

MAP Testing -We will begin next week, testing on Tuesday and Thursday. For the next three weeks we will not have homework and this is due to testing and Missoula Children’s Theater the following week. Enjoy ;).

Mother’s Day Cafe -Come let us share our writing, poetry, and celebrate the most important ladies in our lives. Monday, May 13th, at 2:00pm. The students are working so hard to prepare a nice afternoon for you.

ACADEMICS:

Literacy -The class wrapped up their creative stories, and worked on their poetry books in writing. For reading we began a book on Weather and Climate, creating a great cross curriculum unit. We read a poem on clouds reflecting on figurative speech, specifically metaphors. We also read a nonfiction piece on the topic.

Math -Mathematicians began a unit on measurement, starting with time. This can be a difficult concept for students. Do you have any analogue clocks or watches the students can practice on? It’s great practical content, specifically elapsed time.

Social Studies -Students were able to meet in their groups for their Mexico research projects. We are in the early stage of gathering information.

Science -Scientists looked at weather data in three different cities and looked at patterns to determine which city would be best to hold a snow festival. We looked closer at the difference between weather and climate in our reading book as well.

Spanish – This week in Spanish, we practiced adjectives. We wrote a description of our pets and played “guess who” with describing words spoken only in Spanish!

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