Class Calendar & Homework
On Wednesday we had a delightful time Skyping with Mr. Ball's Year 2 students from St. Barnabas Primary School in Northern England. We talked for an hour sharing information about our schools and countries, and asking questions at the end. This was our culminating project after exchanging Flat Friends by mail. See photos and video below from that Skype. Since our Flat Friends took a long time to arrive, they didn't have time to post a lot of photos before our school year ended. However, they are still in school for another 5 weeks so they will keep posting photos. You can visit THIS LINK to see the photos of your Flat Friends in the UK. What a perfect way to end our school year! Happy Summer and thanks for an awesome year!
As we wind down the school year I wanted to let you know a few things about the final week of school. Exams are finished and have all been marked. We went over them in class this past week and the children wrote their grades in their homework book. You can also see the grades on Option C. The children will be bringing home their workbooks and copybooks next week. Please note that their summer Math work for 4th grade is to do lessons in the Simple Solutions books so hang on to that. The other books can be used for extra summer practice to keep their skills sharp. I suggested that they pick one day a week over the summer and do some school work for 30 minutes or so rather then leaving it all for August.
Next week we will be finishing up some projects and cleaning up our classroom. Starting Monday, the children can bring in board games to play during the free time that they may have throughout the week. Tuesday is Field Day. The children should wear a white or red shirt depending on which team they were assigned to and their gym shorts or pants. They are forecasting warm weather so be sure they wear sun screen and they can bring in a water bottle and a hat if they want. We will be having a picnic lunch outside so they can also bring in a beach towel or blanket to sit on.
On Wednesday afternoon you are invited to come and watch the children perform 4 short Reader's Theater plays in the Cafeteria starting at 2:15 pm. We will have a little social after that. I got permission from Mrs. Di for the 3rd grade to dress down that day to wear clothes that go with their part. If all goes well, I am hoping to also do a Skype around 9 am with Mr. Ball's class in the UK that we exchanged Flat Stanley's with. Anyone who has a younger sibling in Kindergarten may attend their graduation on Wednesday morning. They should come to school at the regular time and I will send all of them over together before it starts.
Thursday is a regular school day. On Friday the students should not bring in school bags, just themselves. We will have Mass and I will give them their report cards. Please join us for Mass if you can. Dismissal is at 10:30 am.
Thank you for all of your well wishes about our trip to Italy and upcoming anniversary. We had a wonderful time and made many happy memories.
Thanks again for sharing your children with me this year! I really enjoyed my time with them and hope you all have a lovely summer.
The children looked awesome today and did a fantastic job sharing their information with the class! If you'd like to see their digital projects you can view them HERE. Be sure to look at the video and photos below. Thank you for all of your help!
Our Flat Friends have arrived at the Point Chevalier School in Auckland, NZ! The students have started taking them places and writing posts about it on their Kidblog. You can read them HERE. Our Flat Friends that we sent to England seemed to have gotten lost since they didn't arrive after a month so we sent a new set last week. Hopefully, they will arrive in time for them to spend time in the UK before our school year ends. This is Emily from NZ holding Caitlin's Flat Friend.
Each day in May, the students are taking turns bringing in fresh flowers for our Mary statue. We are enjoying the beauty and smell of Spring in our classroom to honor Mary!
As the school year winds down to a close, I wanted to keep you informed about some important happenings in 3rd grade. First off, just a quick reminder about the May Procession on Thursday, 5/11. The students will meet me in the classroom at 6:45 pm in their uniform. For the Spring Musical on Monday, 5/15, they will meet me in Church at 6:45 pm. They need to wear a black shirt and jeans for the Spring Show and they should wear it to school that day too. Famous Person Day is Thursday, May 18th. The children should come to school dressed as their famous person and be prepared to give a few memorized facts about them. Thank you for all of the home pictures with Flat Stanley!
The children in England and New Zealand are enjoying them. Unfortunately, our Stanley's have not arrived in their schools yet even though I mailed them on Holy Thursday 3 weeks ago. Please say a prayer that they arrive soon. You can see our photos on Kidblog and find links to the other schools' blogs there as well.
Secondly, in celebration of our upcoming 25th wedding anniversary, my family and I are taking a trip Italy at the end of this month. I will be out of school from May 23rd until June 2nd. I am very happy that Mrs. Nancy Filosa, our retired Kindergarten teacher, will be the substitute. Mrs. Filosa was recently the long term substitute for Mrs. Murphy in PreK4 so she is very familiar with the workings of our school this year. She will have her own school email address. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any daily information. I will be checking my emails sporadically while I am away. Mrs. Filosa will also post homework on the 3rd grade calendar like I usually do.
Exams will be given the week of June 5th so I will be here to give them. The children will not have exams for Science and Social Studies. They will have one more Chapter test in each of those subjects that will be given by Mrs. Filosa the week after Memorial Day. The 3rd grade exam schedule is listed below. I will be giving them a study guide before I leave. The students will also be doing several practice worksheets in class that will give you an idea of what the exam questions might look like. Keep an eye out for those to come home in their folder the week beforehand.
Grade 3 Exam Schedule
Monday, June 5th - Reading
Tuesday, June 6th - Religion
Wednesday, June 7th - Math
Thursday, June 8th - ELA
One last piece of information that I'd like to share is an invitation to attend our End of the Year Party and Plays. The students will be performing a few short Reader's Theater type plays for the parents on Wednesday, June 14th in the school cafeteria starting at 2:15 pm. After the short show, we will have a little social with food. Field Day is on Tuesday of that week, June 13th, so be on the lookout for information about that.
Please keep an eye on our 3rd grade calendar and website for any additional information. Thanks again for your continued help and support as we close up a wonderful year!
We have had several fun projects taking place in 3rd grade this Spring. Last month the children finished up a unit on the Ten Commandments by creating a new product that would help them keep a certain Commandment. They then created a commercial for that product and presented it in class. Another project we are working on is blogging. The children each have a Kidblog where they share their writing and other digital projects. We recently connected with two global classrooms: Mrs. Beara's class in New Zealand and Mr. Ball's class from the UK. All 3 classes are writing posts using the 100 Word Challenge weekly writing prompt and we are reading and commenting on each other's blogs. We have also mailed out Flat Friends to each of these classrooms and we will be receiving Flat Friends from them as well. Once we get them, we will take photos around school and home and post them on our Kidblog to share information about ourselves, our school and our country with the other 2 classes. They will do the same with our Flat Friends. We are excited to learn about these children and their countries! We are also hoping that we can culminate this project by having a Skype with each of these classrooms at the end of the year to speak to them in person. With the New Zealand class, that would mean coming into school at night. Be on the look out for more information on that later in the year. Another fun project that we did last week was another Breakout Edu which is an escape the classroom type of game. The topic was forces and the children had to work together to solve puzzles to unlock the box. Congratulations to the 2 teams that solved the puzzles and broke out in the 45 minutes allotted! We ended that fun activity by watching the forces at work when we put Mentos candy into diet soda. Check out the photos below of these fun Spring activities! Next month, the students will be working on a Famous Person project and coming to school dressed as that historical figure.