The Week of September 25th to 29th

Dear Parents,

Here is a preview of the week:

Map Testing- Tests will be Monday and Wednesday morning for the 3rd grade. Please have your child eat a protein rich breakfast on those days. Expect tired minds and bodies on those days. Also, homework will be cut back to accommodate for a testing week.

Math- Students are rounding to the nearest ten and hundred while recalling the imporatnce of place value. Please review addition and subtraction facts from 1 to 20 until these facts are known “by heart”. The Students will need these skills for the next few chapters.

Religion- Have you heard about Growth and Fixed Mindsets? I bet your child has said, “But Mom, when you said that you couldn’t do that, you were using a fixed mindset!”  Simply put, growth means positive and fixed means negative. Here are a few examples you might hear from your 8 or 9 year old:

I can’t do this.  Becomes  This is challenging but I’ll keep trying.

This is too hard.  Becomes  I can always practice and try again.

I’m not smart.  Becomes  My brain is growing and I’m getting better.

I hate mistakes.  Becomes  I know when I make mistakes I am making new connections and learning.

Writing- The students are reading Native American legends and soon will write their own. They are investigating the parts of a legend and thinking about what problem they will solve with a legend. Such as, how the Navajo’s got horses for their people or how the rainbow was created.

Social Studies– Students are reading about North American native groups. Soon an assignment will be given to study one tribe and create a poster or report that tells all about these important people.

Reading– The students are choosing good fit books to read each day. On Friday they have the chance to check out books from the school library. We are taking a  break from reading Achieve 3000 stories becasue the computers are being used for Map testing. Students may still log in at home  to read and complete activities on Achieve. Each student is in a reading group and reads with a teacher 3 times a week. The books being read are Stuart Little, The Bad Beginning, The Chocolate Touch and Sleepy Hollow Sleepover.

Please continue to initial the homework planner and check that daily homework is complete and in the homework folder.

Thank you!

Lisa Castillo

The Week of September 18-22

Dear Parents,

The Jog-a-thon was such fun and very successful. Thank you for all of the support from parents as you cheered on the class, filled water, marked off laps and helped in every way possible. We couldn’t achieve these goals without your support.

Map testing will be in the morning on 9/19, 9/21 and 9/27. Please try to not schedule appointments at that time. A protein filled breakfast works well on these days.

Please check the curriculum update below for what’s happening in the classroom. Questions? Email me at the new address:

Religion- Students created posters to show their knowledge of Growth and Fixed mindset, parts of the brain and what they do, how to not interrupt and affirmations.

Math- Students are reviewing place value, comparing numbers, ordering numbers and addition/subtraction. Mathletics after homework is a great idea if your 3rd grader wants to do extra work.

Reading– Students are reading Achieve articles and completing activities to earn points and raise their Lexile scores. Letters came home to set goals for points and Lexile levels. A good goal for the first trimester is 250 points and a rise of 25 in the Lexile level. The best way to earn points and raise the Lexile reading level is to complete the Achieve articles and activities at the 75% or higher level 2 to 3 times a week.

Students are also beginning novels in small groups. Mrs. Manley and I are meeting, reading, discussing and assigning work for the small groups.

Social Studies- Students will begin the Native American unit after the Map testing is complete. Stay tuned for more information soon.

Writing- Students are beginning to use the writing process to explore their opinions. Should students wear uniforms or not? Students are learning to explain and persuade.

Thank you parents!

Mrs. Lisa Castillo


Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

Dear Parents,

I am excited to begin this exciting year with the Third Grade Explorers. This is an adventurous year of brain work through, hands on activities, field trips and rich interesting text books. The students will be using all of the knowledge learned in the primary years and apply that knowledge in a learning environment that is aligned to the Washington State Standards and the Archdiocesan Standards.

This Thursday, September 7th is Curriculum Night and I hope to see you there at 7:00. There will be a chance to listen to what the routine of third grade looks like and what will be taught. Please bring your queations too.

Jog-a-thon fundraising is well under way. Thank you for raising money and sending in the free dress coupons for your children. Please continue to raise money to help us meet the $60,000 goal for the year. If you would like to join us on September 15th, please look for a note from me about the running time of our third graders. I will let you know as soon as I know.

I know that supplies were difficult to find or orders were late. This can be frustrating but accommodations will always be made until the supplies can be purchased. Please email me any questions about the supplies and I can help you.

Thank you for signing the homework folder planning sheet each night. That helps me get the students back in the habit of doing homework and returnng the folders. If your child needs extra time on anything just write on the planner or send me an email.

I hope to meet you all on Thursday.


Mrs. Lisa Castillo