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Friday, February 16, 2024

Welcome to the season of Lent! I absolutely love teaching the liturgical calendar and bringing our faith to life. This week we began with Mardi Gras (congratulations to Taylor who found baby Jesus in our King Cake), dove into the three pillars of Lent (fasting, praying, almsgiving), and even collectively made our class crown of thorns. Now, the students will be working to do nice deeds, sacrifices, and acts of kindness to “break off a thorn.”

Congratulations! Third grade won the Penny Wars! Hip Hip Hoorah! This must be the class to beat, as they won last year. Thank you for supporting Catholic Relief Services and the good work they do!

**Kind reminder: please leave all Rubix Cubes, and Pokemon Cards at home or reserved for after school. I observed third graders trading with fourth and middle schoolers and they are also seeping into the classroom again. Thank you for understanding.

Mount Baker Theatre – I’m hoping to find a family who might be willing to sponsor our class to attend a showing at MBT this year. There are some great shows this year that align with our curriculum, dinosaurs and even an Ellis Island one. If you or someone you might know would like to help us get there, please let me know. The cost is 8$ per ticket.

Book Reports -This month I start offering the students choices on how they want to present their books to the class. You should see the four options in your child’s Friday Folder tonight. They need to turn this page into me on Wednesday, when they return, and I will give them the directions and information on what I am grading.

Academics:

Literacy -This week we read about a community in North Dakota that worked together to save their town from a flood, and an article on the history of voting. We learned about how it used to be only white men, over 21 who owned land that could vote and how that evolved with African Americans and women. For grammar we are covering irregular verbs and the skill is cause and effect. In writing the students are now independently writing about his/her grandma or grandma in the same format we have used based on the information they have gathered through their interviews.

Math -We are whizzing through the chapter on division now that we know the strategies. It should move quickly now that they know their facts!

Religion -Lent! If you want a great resource, check out Holy Heroes, especially since we are going to be out of school for five days. (www.holyheroes.com). I’ve used this for years and the videos and resources are made by kids. They are engaging and appropriate for all age levels.

Science -After learning about dominant and recessive traits we flipped a disc to determine various traits of a monster. The students are plotting these traits on a Punnett Square and now creating a monster. So fun!

Social Studies -With our government unit we started learning about the three branches of government, their roles, and who is involved in each. We are extremely excited to visit Judge Jones, and also have our very own class election. Students have now nominated three candidates who have accepted this nomination and will begin the campaign next week. I can’t wait!

SpanishUna nota de Señora Anna- This week in Spanish, we drew our families in preparation for learning family vocabulary! We also had a small group of students lead our calendar and weather routine.

Finally, a huge thank you to Claudia Liu and her daughter Marina for sharing their traditions and customs around Chinese New Year. The students got to sample traditional foods, learn about the variations of how they celebrate in different parts of China, and even receive the famous lucky red envelopes with real treasures! So special!

Friday, February 9, 2024

Happy Friday! We had an incredible full week in third grade. We started off with Immigration Day. A huge thank you to all the parents who volunteered and all the work Sherry and Jessie put into that afternoon. The reflections the students shared this year were the best I’ve seen! They also worked really hard the remaining part of the week, and we wrapped up learning about Chinese New Years today.

Lunar New Year -I think it’s really important to celebrate the students, cultures, and traditions every year in my class and I love to invite families this month to come share traditions around Lunar New Year. If you have customs, clothing, traditions, and you’d be willing to be a guest speaker in our classroom this month, please let me know. I learned so much last year from the families that came in and shared with us and I know the students do as well!

Valentines Day -Please see Seesaw for a list of all the classmates in order to make sure all students are included in your planning and the handing out valentines. The room parents will plan a craft that afternoon, in addition to our passing out valentines. Check your email for the time and opportunity to come celebrate with us on Tuesday at 2:00.

Mardi Gras/Lent -I will be doing a small celebration for Mardi Gras with the students Tuesday morning, which will lead us into Lent on Ash Wednesday. Mass with the distribution of ashes will be Wednesday at 12:30 and all are welcome to join us for that service.

Family History Unit -All grandparent interview pages should be turned in on Monday, if they were not brought in today. This is our last essay for this unit and they are really getting those paragraph formations down.

We’ve had a great time learning about other Catholic School’s around our nation. We’ve compared, contrasted, and learned many new things, including some US geography!

ACADEMICS:

Literacy -This week we began our unit on government. We looked at a nonfiction text, identifying important and unimportant information and dove into our essential question, “Why do people participate in government?” Another skill we began this week is cause and effect, in addition to irregular verbs.

Math -Mathematicians wrapped up the division concept chapter with a test. We covered strategies and the relationship between multiplication and division.

Religion -Our chapter this week taught about the story of Adam and Eve and how God is infinite, never ending. We even learned the word “concupiscence!” Wow! In addition to our book, we were blessed with an opportunity to attend adoration.

Social Studies -Immigration Day! THANK YOU to all the volunteers and a special shout out to our room parents Sherry Christopherson and Jessie Lane! It was just amazing and their reflection letters from America back home were incredible. They were really able to take on those rolls and reflect on what it was like as an immigrant.

Science -This week our students learned about dominant and recessive traits. We began learning about Punnett Squares and had fun creating monsters with various traits. Next week we will look closer at acquired vs. inherited traits.

-This Sunday –SUPER BOWL PARTY! Join our amazing community as we support the 8th graders raising money for Washington DC, and spending time with friends! 2pm

Grandparent Interviews Due -Monday, February 12th

-Valentine’s Day/Mardi Gras -Tuesday. Free Dress – Red/Pink/White

-Curriculum Day for Teachers -Friday, February 16th (No School)

-Midwinter Break -Feb. 19-20

-Buy your auction tickets! March 2nd!! https://assumptionschool.ejoinme.org/growinggreatkidsauction

Happy Catholic Schools Week!

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year! There is nothing better than celebrating our Catholic school, and all those who make it so special. There is one more chance to earn a free dress pass for Monday this weekend by attending Mass at Assumption in your school dress uniforms. Open House is also on Sunday, so if you have any interested friends or family, please bring them between 11:30-1:30.

Book Reports -Thank you parents for your help with book reports this month. They were so creative and every year they impress me more. It was so fun to see the siblings who helped this time around too! I think the third graders have many books they want to read now, all so convincing! Students should be searching for their February book and those selections are due by Wednesday, February 7th.

Family History Unit -We are working through our second four-paragraph essay with our parents and grandparents are next. Please look for the interview sheets in your child’s Friday Folder today. These are due by Friday, February 9th. Again, please have the students doing the interviewing and writing and if needed they can email, call, Zoom, Text, as I understand many live distances away.

IMMIGRATION NEWS: This Monday!! Students who attended Mass in uniform last weekend or this weekend at Assumption will come in free dress, all others will come in regular uniform. ALL students will pack their immigration clothes, hats, suitcases, and three items and bring those to school to change into after lunch. The event begins at 12:30.

We still need volunteers! Grandparents, aunts, cousins, we need you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F49A5A929A5FB6-47214114-immigration?useFullSite=true#/

Academics:

Literacy -This week readers wrapped up a tale called Uncle Parrot’s Wedding. The students looked at plot, summarizing, and got a chance to partner read. In writing, the students wrote a paragraph about three items they will bring with them to Ellis Island, and continued with their parent essays.

*All spelling (words only) will be in cursive now. We will begin upper case next week, and have worked hard on how to connect letters into words. Initially this takes longer, but it will get easier!

Math -Mathematicians are in the middle of the chapter on division. We specifically looked at arrays, building division sentences from those, and other strategies when solving division problems. We are finished with timed testing in class, however we will still practice in other forms and I encourage you to do so at home as well!

Religion -Students should have their Prayer to the Holy Spirit memorized now, ask them to recite it to you. In addition this week we talked about what makes our school “Catholic” with several fun activities around Catholic Schools Week. So much to celebrate!

Science -We looked at an article on traits in ReadWorks and will be looking at dominant and recessive traits through a monster exploration next week.

Social Studies -Immigration wrap up and preparation! From writing, to practicing their family stories, the students were very busy practicing and getting ready for Monday!

SpanishUna nota de Señora Anna- This week in Spanish, we decorated paper cupcakes with our birthday and age in Spanish. We also sang Feliz Cumpleaños!

Friday, January 12th

Happy Friday! I hope you are staying warm. I know the students were rooting for snow this week, but I’m grateful we had this full week of learning before the three- day weekend.

Next week we will be diving into a unit on genetics, family history, and heredity. I’ll be sending home some items to collect data, as well as interview sheets for parents, and eventually grandparents. It is helpful for me to know (if I don’t already) any sensitive family situations so I can be aware of to help your child through the process.

Multiplication Games!

Academics

Literacy– This week we read about King Midas and his greedy ways. Students used text evidence to answer comprehension questions, identified similes, and looked at the plot of a story once again. In writing this week we wrote the second and third paragraphs of our self-essays and wrote a paragraph about their dreams (after learning about Martin Luther King Jr.)

Math– Third graders wrapped up the final unit on multiplication before diving into division. This is where it gets really important to know those facts!

Social Studies– This week we began a non fiction book on Ellis Island together. Students were also to get on a program called Readworks to read more about immigration at their reading level, covering comprehension and vocabulary as well. Next week the students will get their assigned roles and start learning about who they will become. I can’t wait! IMMIGRATION DAY IS FEBRUARY 5TH.

Religion -For religion this week we covered the dignity of every human, how we are created in the image and likeness of God, and the difference between body and souls. We learned more about the life of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, a great saint!

Science -This week scientists looked at the life cycle of mosquitos and made claims as to how they would prevent the

Art -Tangram Shape Art -Students will explore the world of tangrams, identifying and constructing shapes using their tangram sets. They will explore the impact of fundamental shape elements on both the final composition of the tangram and the visual art examples. The journey will unfold through a narrative, guiding students to craft geometric animals. 

SpanishUna nota de Señora Anna- This week in Spanish, we decorated days of the week, month, and season words to use on our classroom calendar. Then, we reviewed numbers 1-30 so we can talk about dates on the calendar.

Music – This week in music we are…Playing music in a variety of tempos, and reviewing sixteenth notes. Dancing the Sasha dance . Keeping a steady beat and learning a partner clapping activity in Japanese called O Mochi.

Read-In Fun!

Friday, January 5

Happy New Year! As hard as it was to come back from the relaxing break, I was sure grateful to see the students and get back to our school routines. It was fun to hear all about the adventures and magical experiences over break and I hope you all enjoyed your time as well.

I wanted also send a heartfelt thank you for all the generous, amazing Christmas gifts. Wow! I also had a couple that did not have names on them and I feel bad if you did not receive a thank you note from me. Know that I’m grateful and appreciate all of you!

Book Reports– Students have approved a fictional book with me and should be reading this book throughout the month. This report will be due on January 31st and more information will come home soon about this fun one!

Multiplication Facts– Students are expected to be practicing their facts every night, regardless of their other homework. I know many of you have helped with this and I appreciate your support. Laminated practice pages are to come back to school clean and ready to go every morning.

*Read In- Students are anxiously awaiting a date and I wanted to wait until I knew a couple of our avid readers and goal helpers were back, so the day will be Wednesday, January 10th. Students are allowed to bring stuffies, pillows, sheets, etc. for reading forts and we will have fun reading and celebrating all those 104 books posted.

Academics

Literacy– This week we learned about adverbs and how they tell us how, where, when, or why. They identified adverbs and sorted them and will combine them with adjectives next week when we do reading centers. We began a big writing project with the self essay and will be writing a series of four paragraph essays.

Math– This week we began looking at patterns, exploring a little algebra, and setting the stage for division. Please ask your child how they are doing with their multiplication facts.

Social Studies– This week began our unit on Immigration. We learned what the word meant, explored why some people might immigrate and read a fictional story called Molly’s Pilgrim. Next week we will dive into a nonfiction text to help us understand more about Ellis Island specifically.

Religion -For religion we talked about the liturgical calendar and it being the season of Christmas. We read a story called One Word and the students identified one word to help them be a better version of themselves in 2024 and reflected on that word. We wrapped the week up with the Epiphany and reading a Tomie dePaola story about the three kings and an activity.

Art -Tangram Shape Art -Students will explore the world of tangrams, identifying and constructing shapes using their tangram sets. They will explore the impact of fundamental shape elements on both the final composition of the tangram and the visual art examples. The journey will unfold through a narrative, guiding students to craft geometric animals. 

SpanishUna nota de Señora Anna- This week in Spanish, we practiced months of the year and reviewed our knowledge of days of the week, weather, and seasons. 

Think Outside the Box Thursday!

Friday, December 1st

December!!?? How can this be? It was great to be back at school this week with a full week off and it flew by! We are going to be cramming learning into every second over the next two weeks. I will also be out next T, W, and TH to participate in an accreditation visit to a Catholic school down in the Seattle area but the students will be in good hands.

Thank you for the food donations!

Academics:

Reading -We finished Readers Theater, and started our new book on various fictional stories, beginning with two Aesop’s Fables. We continued to focus on the skill of inferencing, talked about plot, and readdressed writing in complete sentences. When you see PQPA that is part question, part answer. Basically they are expected to restate the question in their answer.

Math -We took multiple days this week learning the distributive property with multiplication. We also focused on multiplying by 7. Students should be practicing their facts nightly and thank you for helping with this.

Science -This week we explored animal life cycles in a lesson called Birthday Buddies.

Religion -We completed our required lessons in our new Circle of Grace Program. I told them their homework was to learn their parents phone numbers (yes, many do not!) We also explored different levels of anger and how to deal with that emotion in our Second Step Program.

Music – This week in music class we are: Practicing keeping a steady beat with bean bags and the song Tap It Here. Completing Episode 6 Secret Chicken – the aural skills rhythm decoding series . Practicing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen for the school Christmas Program

Spanish Una nota de Señora Anna- This week in Spanish, we created a days of the week spinner to help us identify yesterday (ayer), today (hoy), and tomorrow (mañana). We can now identify the weather, season, and day of the week.

Upcoming Events:

This Sunday-Assumption Bazaar! Many of the students in our class have booths, so please stop by to support them. There are so many treasures, free pictures with Santa, and great community!

Reconciliation -Thursday, December 7th, 11am. All students will do an examination of conscience together and have the option of participating in the sacrament or simply talking to the priest (there will be two available).

Christmas Program -December 14th

Early Release -December 15th followed by Christmas Break!

Thank you for coming and providing an audience for our amazing readers, actors, and actresses. The kids had a blast!

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Happy Veteran’s Day! This week flew by and I hope you have a wonderful long weekend celebrating the veterans in your life. The prayer service was beautiful today and we also learned the history of the poppy through a story.

GRANDPARENT’S DAY -Students are busy and excited to celebrate their grandparents next Friday. A couple things to note; first, we are doing the Mass so unfortunately I’m asking that all students sit with me at Mass and not with their families. I know this is a bummer but with the parts and our ending activity, I need them all together. (We will meet in the classroom at 10:10 for our Mass at 10:30). Our class will also be doing a short little performance at the 9am program in the gym, and you are welcome to attend as well! They are excited to be on stage ;). Remember this is for grandparents OR grandfriends!

Multiplication Facts -It’s that time of year already! I’m going to be asking students to begin memorizing facts. This happens with YOUR help. We will be doing timed tests (yes, I know this does not work for all students) but it is important for all to be practicing both at school and at home. Students will be bringing a laminated piece of paper and a special pen home every night to practice whatever number they are on. All will begin with multiplying by 2’s next week. It’s really important that these go home and come back every day and remain in their binders. Bringing them back clean will prove to me they are practicing at home. Thank you for your help in this important part of the year!

ACADEMICS:

Math This week took unit three math test and the students did exceptionally well. We began learning multiplication facts now that we have the foundation. This week we learned 2’s and 4’s. We have songs and many strategies to build on.

Religion -It was an amazing week with all our guests for National Vocation Week. The students had great questions and truly listened with open hearts.

Literacy -For reading this week students worked on the skill of making inferences. We read in reading groups and are wrapping up the animal adaptations by creating our own imaginary animals with elements we learned about. For writing students are completing the writing process with their creative dino stories and also writing about when/if they become grandparents. They are working on adding details to their paragraph writing.

Music This week in music class we are:Completing Episode 4 Secret Chicken – the aural skills rhythm decoding series Creating a story using sound effectsLearning the song and dance Old Brass Wagon.

Spanish Una nota de Señora Anna- This week in Spanish, we learned the days of the week in Spanish. We learned a fun song to remember the days of the week, and practiced reading the days of the week with a color-by-day worksheet.

Art –Step-by-Step Turkey Drawing for 3rd Grade Objective: Students will learn how to draw a turkey step by step, focusing on basic shapes and lines, enhancing their drawing skills and creativity.

Friday, November 3, 2023

Wow, what a week! From Halloween and All Saints Day, to our field trip and Bakery Day! So many great memories made!

Book Reports -The pumpkins were amazing! Hopefully you had fun with this and now we are off in running in November. Please have your child choose a fiction story at their reading level. I’d like to approve these by Tuesday. We missed our library time but the students are now allowed to self check out in the library. YAY!

Vocation Week -Next week we are celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week. I’m so exited for this! We will have guest speakers from a variety of vocations; priests, sisters, brothers, deacons! You might even catch them playing with the students are recess. I think they are just as excited. They will visit the classrooms and answer questions.

ACADEMICS:

Math This week we explored arrays, cumulative property of multiplication, and wrapped up the week with our Bakery Array, putting all the knowledge into practice!

Religion -Students worked on their Saint PowerPoint and we attended All Saints Day Mass. The saint costumes were amazing this year! THANK YOU!

Science-This week students completed a science assessment on fossils and we wrapped up the unit. They are still working on their dinosaur stories and we will use next week to focus on the writing process.

Literacy -For reading this week students worked on making inferences, as well as main idea and supporting details. We read about camels and penguins and their structural adaptations.

Music This week in music class we are:Completing Episode 4 Secret Chicken – the aural skills rhythm decoding series Creating a story using sound effectsLearning the song and dance Old Brass Wagon.

Spanish Una nota de Señora Anna- This week in Spanish, we learned about the celebration of Día de los Muertos (Oct. 31-Nov. 2). We especially focused on the meaning of the ofrenda (alter to celebrate those who have passed on from this life) and the items it includes. We practiced the names of the items on an ofrenda by playing Bingo!

Friday, October 27th

Happy Friday! It was a great week in third grade and our paleontologists were hard on the job Thursday. It was fun to have parents in the room to join the learning.

VFW Essay -Please locate the permission slip in your child’s Friday Folder today, sign and return on Monday. I am going to have them complete these in class, however I unfortunately thought I would have more time to work on these with the students. We will see what we can do in a short couple days. Again, all you have to do is sign the form and we will do them in class.

Book Reports -Due Tuesday. Pumpkin, written portion, and ready to orally present and share. I can’t wait!

Field Trip– We will be departing Assumption on Thursday at 9:30. Thank you to all the drivers. As you know we have plenty of parents, so if you have decided this is something you may not attend, please know that we will be ok 😉 (Students will be in regular uniform for this day.)

Halloween/All Saints Day -Our amazing room parents Jessie and Sherry are planning our celebration and hopefully you got the volunteer sign up for that. All are welcome, Tuesday at 1:30. This will be an Orange and Black dress day. For All Saints Day, I encourage the students to dress up as a saint and they can wear that all day. If they are not dressing up Wednesday is a dress uniform day.

Literacy -We continued working on persuasive writing with a letter. In reading we looked at making inferences and wrapping up the second part of our animal adaptations unit. We continued to look at how good readers ask questions when they read.

Math -Third graders began exploring the concept of multiplication and how it relates to addition (repeated addition). We made equal groups and also looked at how to use a number line to help. This is an important chapter to grasp before we really start mastering those facts.

Social Studies -Students took a test on the location of the five oceans and seven continents. Ask them about the songs we learned to help with this!

Religion -This week we took our assessment on Chapter 3 and began our All Saints Day research. Students will be learning how to organize this in a PowerPoint presentation next week. See above for information on dressing up.

SpanishUna nota de Señora Anna-This week in Spanish, we matched types of clothing to weather and practiced writing weather words in Spanish. We also reviewed colors with a fall themed color by number!

Music – This week in music class we are: Completing Episode 3 Secret Chicken – the aural skills rhythm decoding series, Singing Old Joe Clark in 2 parts and Singing and adding instrumental accompaniment to the song Skin and Bones.

PE – Reviewed overhand throwing and catching cues. Practiced throwing and catching various sized balls. Played games using our throwing and catching skills called Catch Everything, Mat ball and Protect the Pin. 

Friday, October 20, 2023

Third graders did a wonderful job at Mass today. We will be doing the Grandparent Day Mass next month, and I assured the class that my goal is to get all kids reading on the microphone this year if they would like to do so!

Pumpkin Book Reports -Check Seesaw for sample pumpkins and ideas. Have fun! These can be either real or pretend pumpkins, just not carved. The written portion is in the student’s Friday Folders today! Please support your child in producing this as a final draft, with correct spelling, and neat handwriting. Pumpkins and reports are due on October 31st, Halloween! (I am told you can find cheap foam pumpkins at Hobby Lobby, thanks Tia!)

Reading Goal -Please encourage your children to read. Read aloud, read to a stuffed animal, read before bed, in the car, to a sibling, you name it! When they finish a book have them post a photo on Seesaw. We are 17 books into our 104 goal, set by the third graders. We want to have a Read-In!

All Saints Day – We celebrate on November 1st, however students will begin a research project and presentation on a chosen Saint. I will give them books and resources but feel free to discuss this at home in preparation. I do encourage my students to dress up as their saint that day, however it is not required. Something to think about as it approaches.

Field Trip -The amount of drivers and chaperones we have willing to attend is amazing! Thank you! Please look for an email from me regarding who is driving and who will be pairing up with another driver (obviously we don’t need 13 drivers, however I want to honor the wish to attend and there is not a limit this time.). If you wish to stay and not join us, just let me know. (Thursday, November 2nd, 9:30am-12:45pm). **Many need updated information in order to attend/drive.**

ACADEMICS:

Reading -Third graders learned about animal coverings and how these adaptations help animals survive. The concepts covered were asking questions, main idea and supporting details, and inferences. Grammar this week was verbs, specifically past, present, and future. In writing students published a paragraph including transition words on their favorite animal.

Social Studies -We wrapped up our geography lessons on map skills, specifically oceans, continents, lines of latitude and longitude, equator, and the prime meridian. Students put their knowledge into practice as they created their balloon globes.

Religion -We were busy planning our Mass and we also began chapter 3, beginning with the creation story.

Math -Students completed the chapter on data and building background knowledge towards multiplication and division. We examined pictographs, bar graphs, line plots, and more! I’m so excited to dive into the next chapter and the concept of what multiplication is! Students are continually practicing their math facts in class as well.

Music – This week in music class we are: Actively listening to the rhythm codes of Secret Chicken – an aural skills rhythm decoding activity  *Practicing singing the pitches do re mi, and learning a song using these pitches called Closet Key. *Practicing dynamics with the poem In a Dark Dark Room

SpanishUna nota de Señora Anna-This week in Spanish we learned weather vocabulary. We sang a song about the weather in each season and drew different types of weather. We will use what we have learned to discuss the weather and seasons at calendar time.

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