We are very busy in the third grade! The field trip to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe on the 15th was excellent. Thank you to Mrs. Kliman, Mrs. Mapp, Mrs. Eckardt, Mrs. Steele, Mrs. Overby and Mrs. Urrutia for driving us and chaperoning.
Grandparents Day was a wonderful celebration with families. I always get a little choked up when the students and grandparents serenade each other with, You Are My Sunshine. This is a good time to announce that next year, my daughter Stephanie, will be having a baby, my first grandchild. I am very excited to join this exclusive grandmother club. I hear it’s more fun and less stressful than being a parent!
The all school Mass on Monday the 21st was beautiful. The 3rd and 6th graders filled all the jobs of the Mass. From greeters, readers, singers, gift bearers and processional/recessional leaders. They were very proud of this accomplishment.
I hope you all had a family filled Thanksgiving. It was nice to have the days off to recharge and gear up for Advent. December is just 14 1/2 days long for us but very busy indeed.
Religion- Advent is our focus. Students are preparing for the birth of Christ while reflecting on gratitude and ways that they can give to others. The Advent service project will be to collect items for a homeless kit. An informational letter will come home to explain what will go into each kit. Please give what you can for this project. My goal is to have every student take home 2 kits each, to distribute to the homeless. This was a big hit last year, with many families creating more kits on their own.
Math– The students are finishing subtraction and beginning multiplication. Please keep a look out for worksheets to help with the memorization process. The students will memorize one set of facts at a time: 2’s, 3’s and so on.
Science– The students have started to learn the properties of magnets. They will learn the scientific method, conduct experiments and design their own engineering project using magnets. Please look around your house for magnets. Pay attention to how magnets attract and repel.
Reading/Writing– The students have started reading, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. They are getting a big kick out of this cigar smoking group of rough and tumble kids. Many laughs can be heard as we read aloud, on our own and respond in writing.