Terrific Third Grade January 10, 2020

Welcome to 2020! We are delighted to be back at school starting this new decade with your children.  There is so much to look forward to in the second half of the school year: Catholic Schools Week Activities, our relaxation program, Our Lady of Lourdes Mass,  2 field trips, STEAM projects, the chicken incubation project, plus lots of great reading, science, math etc.

Thanks: We both also want to extend our heartfelt thank yous for remembering us at Christmas with your thoughtful and generous gifts. We appreciated everything.

Religion:   Third grade will host the school Mass on February 11, the feast day honoring Mary as Our Lady of Lourdes. Please come and pray with us if your schedule permits. Previously we were  scheduled for February 26. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause anyone. Our January prayer is the The Prayer of St. Francis.  Students will  recite the prayer on January 31st.

Reading: We  are reading the very interesting novel,  The Year of Miss Agnes. This historical fiction book takes place in 1948 in Upper Alaska and refers to numerous items students read about before Christmas in the nonfiction selection, “The Athabaskans.” We are focused on learning about character through both dialogue and the character’s action and how a character affects the  sequence of events in the story.

Language: The January poem will be presented on January 27th.

Phonics:   Students are learning more suffix endings; what they mean and how to add them to base words.

Grammar: Students are learning and practicing numerous skills.  Next week’s quiz will contain questions about: adjectives that tell what kind,  forming a singular possessive word, writing irregular past tense verbs, identifying a sentence that shows present tense,  adding a comma and quotation marks around dialogue, connecting 2 simple sentences to make a compound sentence,  figuring out what a given word means,  using the suffix -ful, using the prefix re-, and writing a sentence correctly. The weekly quiz will be on Friday.

Spelling:  This week students will be studying words in unit 17 that writers use frequently.  They will practice sound letter patterns, synonyms, dictionary skills, proofread personal narrative, and use of context clues. The unit 17 test will be on Friday.

Math: We are now into chapter 6 understanding division. Students should always remember division is in the fact family with multiplication. If students know their multiplication  facts, then division will be easy!  On Friday we will have the weekly Simple Solutions Quiz.

Social Studies:  In chapter 3 students learned numerous reasons people move, what culture consists of, and  the benefits and disadvantages of ethnic neighborhoods.  They also learned about immigration, The Great Migration, and the contributions of some  immigrants. The  skill students learned in chapter 3 was  how to use the cardinal and intermediate directions. The chapter 3 test will be on Wednesday.  

Science:  In conjunction with our next unit on technology, its changes and improvements,  students have selected a topic on which to make a poster showing why something was invented,  how the chosen item was long ago, the improvements during the years and what the item is currently like.  On Tuesday,  students were given a paper listing all of the requirements.  The size of the poster should be the standard size of  22 x 28 inches.  The technology poster is due on Thursday, January 23rd.

Stress Reduction/Relaxation Program: We have scheduled Ms. Bower from Serenity Unlimited to instruct our students in simple ways to remove tension and to help them cope with stress with positive self talk. Ms. Bower has been presenting this great program to our students for the past 14 years.  The $6 fee for this 3 part program is due Monday, January 27th.

Cardinal College:  On Thursday, January 16th,   parent coach,  Jamie Strauss,  will be returning to St. Cletus to present the topic,    ” Building Independent Children, Self- help Skills, Responsibility  and Emotional Awareness.”  Besides getting great information, your child will receive a free dress down day if you attend! The program begins at 6:30 pm in the Father Gallagher room, Parish Center.

Catholic Schools Week:  A lot of fun activities will occur during Catholic Schools’ week.

Sunday, January 26th: Mass: 9:30 AM & Open House: 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM Please join us for Mass followed by an open house at the school for current and prospective families. St. Cletus students should attend with their families and wear their school uniforms.

Monday, January 27th: Crazy socks & shoes with uniform! Wear your uniform with any socks and shoes you’d like – just remember to be safe and if you have gym…gym shoes are required.

Tuesday, January 28th:  Dress as your favorite book character! Dress up and bring in your favorite book to help others see how you Learn and Succeed as a reader. Remember to be appropriate and if you have gym….gym shoes are required. Bring in a book to donate to those in need!

Wednesday, January 29th: Teacher Appreciation Day & Mass: 10:30 AM.  We will attend Mass together, and teachers will enjoy the FSA sponsored luncheon.

Thursday, January 30th:  Student Appreciation Day: Books, Board Games & Buddies! Teachers will find a time during the day to share some special time with their buddies to show how we Lead! Dress comfortably, according to the dress down code, to have some fun on the floor.

Friday, January 31st:  Red & White Day – Souper Day! We’ve got spirit, yes we do, we’ve got spirit how ‘bout YOU!? Students in grades 1-8, wear your assigned red or white color along with gym shoes for the red and white volleyball games, which take place throughout the school day. Spirit wear for everyone else! Bring in a can of soup to show how we Serve others.


Headphones/Ear Buds:  Please send in headphones or ear buds for your child to use when using the computer in class if they do not already have them. These will remain  in the back pack unless they are being used by your child.

Recess & Cold Weather, A reminder:  We try to have outside recess unless it is raining or snowing. In addition to a coat, please make sure your child has a hat and mittens for the cold days.

Lunch Volunteers:  Third graders still love to have their parents come to school for lunch and recess, and we do too! Please consider signing up for a day when you are available. Sign up on the parent page.