Tales of the Third Grade EVERYTHING

Hello Third Grade Families,

Our PBIS winner this week was Damian Hernandez.  Don’t forget that Students have MANY different opportunities in the classroom to earn PBIS tickets everyday.  Some of the ways are FULLY completing and turning in homework NEATLY and ON TIME.  Following ALL directions and NEATLY completing classwork assignments the same day.  Memorizing multiplication facts 0 to 12 (the students get 1 ticket for each set of facts memorized.)  There will be many more opportunities added through the year.

Preparations for the annual Spring Auction is underway.  The OLDEST or ONLY kids in school brought home an incentive flyer filled with LOTS of fun challenges and prizes if goals are met.  We read through the flyer and the list of incentives in class and the students were really excited with the possibilities.  The first Challenge is to have EVERY St. Cletus family register for the fundraiser by January 31st.  When we meet this goal the school children will take part in a special event.  Families should register for the event using this website: palooza2023.givesmart.com.  Once on the site click on Become a #Cardinalpalooza VIP.   So that I can keep track of the students / families who have signed up from third Grade the students will be bringing home a paper to be returned to school by the 30th.   

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ January Project Due Dates ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Monday January 9th:  Topic for Technology Project

Friday, January 20th:  January Prayer recited

Monday, January 23rd:  Poems recited

Friday, January 27th:  Technology Projects Due ~ Looking for poster board or a presentation board?  I saw then at the Dollar Tree off of Route 83.  

Sunday, January 29th:  Technology projects on display for Catholic Schools Week Open House.

Monday, January 30th:  Technology presentations begin and continue through the week.  Consider helping your child write information about their posters on index cards for their presentations.  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Fun things to remember ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Monday January 16th:  No School to celebrate MLK Day.  Enjoy the long weekend,

Tuesday, January 17th: All school Mass at 8:00.  PLEASE arrive at school on time so that we can be in our seats before Mass begins.  

Wednesday, January 18th: iReady 2nd “Reading” Diagnostic   BRING YOUR HEADPHONES!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 19th: iReady 2nd “Reading” Diagnostic  BRING YOUR HEADPHONES!!!!!!!


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What we are doing in class this week ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Religion:  The students will learn what the early Church was like and the responsibilities of those that worked for it were.

Science:  Our new chapter in Science is about the design process that inventors use as they develop new technology to assist in everyday life.  Please remember that the CHANGES in TECHNOLOGY PROJECT is DUE FRIDAY JANUARY 27TH,  Consider having your child write index cards to read as they talk about each section of their poster.    

Math:   The students will continue working to find the Perimeter and areas of different shapes as we complete the concepts in chapter 11.  The class will be reviewing the concepts of perimeter and area both in class and as homework.  This week the class will take the second diagnostic testing for iReady.  PLEASE be sure that your child brings their WORKING headphones everyday. 

Spelling: Since we have a four day week this week, the spelling list was sent home on Friday January 13th so that the students could begin studying the new words.  The words this week contain the SCHWA sound.  The SCHWA sound is a vowel sound in an unstressed syllable, where a vowel does not make its long or short vowel sound.

Examples of a schwa:

  • a: balloon.
  • e: problem.
  • i: family.
  • o: bottom.
  • u: support.
  • y: analysis.

Phonics:  This week the students will continue working with Consonant Digraphs and Blends as well as the rules that apply to them.  Examples of Consonant Digraphs are:  ch, ng, sh, th, tch and Consonant Blends are: br, cl, fl, scr, sp, spl, spr, st, str, sw

Reading:  Our story this week is called “About the Earth”  as we listened to the story last week, the students learned about the different characteristics of the earth’s surface.  As we reread “About the Earth” as a class, individually and with a buddy.  Each time the students will work on a different assignment to further their comprehension of the story.   




About the author

My name is Lisa Gearen. I started teaching at St. Cletus in 2003. I taught first grade for 14 years and now teach 3rd. I have a bachelors degree in Communication and a Masters in Elementary Education. I received both degrees from Concordia University. I also have an associates degree in Early Childhood Education as well as being a Certified Catechist.