The Week of November 28th to December 2nd

Dear Parents,

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.

Thank you!

Mrs. Castillo

Week of November 14th

Dear Parents,

We are busy in the classroom. Here is an overview of the busy week to come.

Monday- A regular day with spelling and math homework, as well as reading homework.  Students completed an Achieve article today during reading. We talked about what we are grateful for in religion and we used subtraction skills to solve story problems in math.

Tuesday-Field trip day! This is a uniform day and please pack a disposable lunch. We will watch the play, The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe and then eat lunch at the Armory.

Wednesday-Class Mass with our 6th grade buddy class at 8:30. Please have the students wear their dress uniform. Also, we would love to have you join us! Meet at the church at 8:30 or at the class at 8:25.

Thursday- Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. Please arrive at 10:45 to pick up your child and take them over to Egan Hall. The students will eat with you and sing a few songs. I will lead them back to class, after they say their goodbyes. Please let me know if I need to give your child a friend to sit with. I want to make sure everyone has a great lunch.

Friday– This looks like a regular day to focus on the curriculum.

Please make a special note on your calendar, that the 3rd and 6th graders will be leading the all school Mass on Monday at 9:00. Please join us if you can.


The Week of November 7th


Dear Parents,

This is a short week because of the half day on Thursday and Veteran’s Day on Friday. That is why there is no spelling homework this week. We will continue spelling homework next week.

Homework-Please check spelling, capitalization and punctuation in the reading summaries each night. The students are working on correctly spelling each word and writing in complete sentences.

Religion- The students are preparing to lead Mass on November 21st for the whole school. To prepare for this important task, the students are memorizing responses so that they can be school leaders. Please practice responses with your child when you go to Mass. We are focusing on, Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. Also, kneeling after Hosanna and Making the sign of the cross over our foreheads, lips and heart in preparation for the gospel.

Reading-Please continue to make sure your child has a good fit book at their Lexile level each day. We have reading time each day in class. Along with fiction, the students are reading non-fiction texts from Achieve 3000, twice a week. Feel free to log into Achieve 3000 for additional non-fiction reading.

Math-Math facts for addition and subtraction are improving!! Thank you for reviewing these facts each night with your child. This will prepare them for multiplication.  Additional math work can be found on the Mathletics website. Feel free to add 15 minutes of Mathletics time to homework.

Looking Ahead:

Tuesday-November 15th-Field Trip to The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe, from 9:00 to 1:00. Please pack a sack lunch because we will be eating at The Armory at the Seattle Center. Please don’t send money with your child. We will not be purchasing lunch or drinks.

Thursday- November 17th-Grandparent’s and Special Friends Day-Lunch begins at 11:00 and ends at 11:45. Please plan on picking up students from the classroom around 10:45. If your child does not have a grandparent or special friend available, I will make sure they are eating lunch with a good friend.

Thank you for all of your support and excellent email questions.

Take Care!

Mrs. Lisa Castillo