LOVED THAT PROGRAM!

Hello,  Wow, the kids did an amazing job in their Night Before Christmas play.  They looked and sounded awesome.  We are really in the Christmas spirit now!

We are learning so much from our Presidential Visits.  Everyone has done a great job, and we are looking forward to more visits this week.

Just a thought, perhaps you could help your child remember to have enough approved books to carry their Book-It reading through the holidays.

We are looking forward to our field trip on Thurs.  The children are excited to experience a school day in the 1890’s.  Our spelling words this week reflect what the spelling words may have looked like then.

Thank you for sharing your child with me,

Sandy

CURRICULUM

Language Arts

We continue our unit from last week.  We will have assessments and do more small group reading.  Our vocabulary will focus on our spelling words.

Math

Work with multiplication continues.

Social Studies

Schoolhouse visit and Tucson History.  We will have a test over the first two lessons this week.  Look for a study guide tomorrow.

Handwriting

Whew, we finished all of the under curve letters and now are

learning the down curve letters.

Spelling: We will do a related activity on our field trip! No wow this week.

tableware

pendant

victorian

blacksmith

keepsake

vintage

artifacts

bonnet

pecan

herbs

prairie

history

traditional

educational

handkerchief

recite

outhouse

livestock

horseless carriage

dunce cap

 

 

Science

This week, students are continuing to explore temperature and water.  Students will build a bottle thermometer and conduct investigations to find out what happens when the thermometer is placed first in hot water and then in cold water. They learn that water expands when it is heated and contracts when it is cooled.

We will also observe that some objects sink in water and some float. Students are given an operational definition: objects float if they are less dense than water; objects sink if they are more dense. Students lower a vial of hot water and then a vial of cold water into a cup of room temperature water. They observe that the less dense warm water rises (floats), and the more-dense cold water sinks.

 

Vocabulary:  expand, contract, density

HELLO DECEMBER!

Hello,  I hope everyone had a nice weekend (I have no idea why this print is so bold and so large)!

We had our first Presidential visit on Fri.  President Kennedy shared a lot of information about himself, his family, and his Presidency.  We look forward to more  Presidential visits next week.

The Amazing Math Competition winners were:  1st place, Matthew and Kiara,  2nd place, Caitlin and Sam, and 3rd place, Zoe and Emma Clare.  Presley had the winning ticket in the Prize Box Drawing.

The children have a busy schedule this week preparing for St. Nicholas Day.  We will put out our shoes for St. Nick after lunch, and then wow superb head over to the Student Center for our 2:00 presentation.  I hope you all will be able to attend; the third graders are the stars!

Primary grades participate in Holiday Giving each December at St. Michael’s.  Our ministry work has collected for various needy organizations over the years; Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish,  Casa de los Ninos, Tucson International Alliance of Refugee Communities, the Diaper Bank and others.  This year we are collecting for the Tri-Nation Rotary Shoebox project.

This optional activity is a donated wrapped shoebox with much needed items that can put a smile on a boy or girl’s face in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico!  Your contribution of holiday wrapped shoeboxes (wrapped so it can be opened for inspection) should include the following basics and any added age appropriate items of your choice.

  • one piece of clothing age ranges/sizes; ages 2-4/size 4, ages 5-7/size 7 or M, ages 8-9/size 10 or L, ages 10-12/sizes 16 or XXL.
  • knit caps, gloves or mitts, socks, etc.
  • toothbrush and toothpaste, bar of soap
  • school supplies for school age children (pencils, crayons, erasers, notebooks or coloring books age based)
  • one small toy might be jump ropes, balls, stuffed toys, puzzles, dolls, care not battery operated and no toy weapons
  • candy for older children limited to one hard candy (like life savers and no melting chocolate)
  • Add a personal note in Spanish and a Photo, if you like.

IMPORTANT  Mark each box on the end either BOY or GIRL and AGE BRACKET with a fat black marker.  All items due December 15, 2017.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Thank you for sharing your child with me,

Sandy

CURRICULUM

Language Arts

This week we will be reading Rosie’s Reports, a blog to learn more about the plants of the Okapi Reserve.  In Grammar we will continue work with plural nouns and also learn about how suffixes  can change the meaning of words.

Math

We continue working with multiplication problems.

Social Studies

We started our Tucson History Unit.

Handwriting

We are nearing the end of the under curve lower case letters!

Spelling:  Plural Words Formed with-s,-es

acres

bananas

branches

bulbs

bunches

bushes

carrots

floods

labels

meadows

melons

messes

patterns

recesses

speeches

Watch-out Words

sew

so

sow

 

UPDATE

HELLO,  Just a reminder, only the Book Logs are due tomorrow.  The children bring their posters and props on the day they are signed-up to present.  If you haven’t signed up for a date for your child’s presentation, please do so on the outside bulletin board.

Thanks, Sandy

I HOPE YOUR HOLIDAY WAS AMAZING

Hello Everyone,  the break was great, now back to work!

I will be back in the classroom tomorrow at noon.  Mrs. Bly will handle the morning lessons.

Upcoming events include Book-It Due Thurs., Nov. 30th.  There will be a sign-up sheet on the outside bulletin board for presentation times.

St. Nicholas Day Program, Fri., Dec. 8th

Tubac Field Trip Thurs., Nov. 14th, 8:00-2:00  More details to come, driver sign-up sheet is on the outside bulletin board

Las Posadas, class Christmas Party, Thurs., Dec. 21st

Christmas Break Dec. 22-Jan. 5th

School Resumes wow attire  Mon., Jan. 8th   Dec. Book-It is also due then.

Thank you for sharing your child with me,

Sandy

CURRICULUM

Language Arts

Our main selection this week is the non-fiction article “A Protected Place.” In Grammar we will study Irregular Plurals and Count and Non-Count Nouns.

Math

Time for Chapter 4, Multiplication Problems.  If your child knows their multiplication facts this should be a relatively easy concept for them.

Social Studies

Tucson History begins!  This is always a favorite unit for the children.

Handwriting

Cursive continues!

Spelling:  Words with VCe Patterns and Words with Long and Short Vowels

alive

awaken

decorate

entire

grape

hike

lonely

mole

prune

quite

roses

spruce

stake

twice

volume

Watch-Out Words

rose

rows

die

dye

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Hello,  I hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful weekend.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, all of you have helped many people have a Thanksgiving Dinner and many more dinners to come!  As of Fri. the third grades collected $1,666 which was matched by  TEP.  With that total the Community Food Bank can provide 13,328 meals!  In addition, we collected 437 cans and boxes of food for the Church’s Food Pantry.  Mrs. Stalkfleet and I are overwhelmed by your generosity.  God Bless You All!

This is the time of the year to Count Our Blessings.  I am so thankful to all of the families for sharing their wonderful children with me.  I am thankful for our school and our school community, and of course I am so thankful for my family and friends.  My family will be spending Thanksgiving here in Tucson with us.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving,

Sandy

Resources for President Project

In Computer Class this week students were introduced to the database Biography in Context to browse possible sources for their President project. You can continue searching this database with your child by clicking on this page and scrolling down to the bottom:

https://www.azlibrary.gov/dazl/learners/high-school-and-junior-high

You will need to provide an Arizona zip code to get free access to the database.

While some of the reading materials in this collection are above grade level, you can help your student narrow his/her search by selecting the Advanced Search option at the top of the page and then selecting Basic or Intermediate under Content Level.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if I can be of assistance by emailing me at rhawes@stmichael.net.

Thank you,
Ms. Hawes

UPDATE

Hello,  Just a few more things you need to know:  This Thurs. is the matching date for TEP to match our money donations to the Community Food Bank.  If you are planning on making a cash donation please do so by Wed.

Report Cards will come home Fri.

Thanks, Sandy

HOPE YOUR WEEKEND WAS GREAT!

Hello,  The weather was beautiful for your long weekend, I hope you all enjoyed it.

The children worked hard counting the money from our Bake Sale and the grand total came to $438.00!  Thank you all so much for you help and contributions.  We are off to a great start collecting for the Church and Community Food Banks.  The third grade goal is 1260 cans and dollars.

Several of the children have found President books on a sight called Spirit of America; they seem to have a pretty good selection.  On the day Book-It is due, please have your child just bring in their book log.  There will be a sign-up sheet on the outside bulletin board to schedule a time for their presentation;  that is when they will bring their props or costumes or whatever!  Please do not send them early.  We are enjoying listening to our Paper Plate Pal presentations.

Next week looks pretty calm compared to the last two weeks, and we will be on our regular schedule.

Thank you for sharing your child with me,

Sandy

CURRICULUM

Language Arts

The main selection this week is entitled wow utter America’s Sproutings featuring Haiku poetry.  In Grammar the topic is singular and plural nouns.

Math

Multiplication and Division continue.  Congrats to Will who has moved onto his Division Facts!

Social Studies

We will soon be wrapping up Map Skills for a while and move on to the study of Tucson History.

Handwriting

Cursive continues

Spelling:   multisyllabic words

autumn

bamboo

couple

entrance

familiar

greenery

hobby

magnify

ordinary

poison

powder

properly

recognize

scatter

separate

Watch-Out Words

berry

bury

beet

beat