The Week of November 27th to December 1st

Dear Parents,

Report cards for the first trimester will be coming home in your child’s backpack. Please look it over with your child and discuss all of the growth and development. The Growth Mindset ideas come to mind when seeing how much the students have learned these last three months in the 3rd grade. “I can do difficult things. Feedback helps me improve. I don’t quit until it’s my best work.” are all concepts used in a growth mindset classroom.  Your children should be very proud of themselves. Please return the signed report card and the envelope. You keep one copy of the report card for yourself.

Scholastic book orders are due by Thursday, November 30th. Please remember to let me know if this is a Christmas present so that I can have you pick up the order from the classroom.

Last week the 3rd grade invited their pre-k buddies upstairs to the classroom. As part of our Achieve 3000 reading celebration, the students read and drew pictures with their little buddies. Thank you to the families that contributed juice, cupcakes, popcorn and rice crispy treats for the celebration.

The play Ada’s Violin, by Book It Theater, was a big hit last Tuesday. The students were touched by the true story of poor recyclers who create beautiful music from homemade instruments. On Wednesday the students will make instruments of their own. Stay tuned.


The students are beginning a weather unit in Science. They will be recording, graphing and learning all about the weather on the 7 continents. The students will create a rain gauge, a weather book and learn about the tools of a meteorologist. This is an especially good time of year to study weather in Seattle!

Math finds the students completing subtraction skills and beginning to investigate multiplication. Please continue to practice subtraction and addition math facts 1-20 so that they are known by heart. This skill will help tremendously when we begin memorizing multiplication facts.

Thank you for all of your continued teamwork and support. I appreciate all that you do for your child, the classroom and me.

God Bless! Look who visited St. John today!

Lisa Castillo


Monday November 13th to Tuesday the 21st

Dear Parents,

Grandparent and Special Friend’s Day was so much fun! The smiles on everyone’s faces showed the love and joy on that special day.  The student’s voices were beautiful. Thank you to all the parents who helped to make this a special event.

The students would like to invite you to a special all-school Mass on November 20th at 9:00.  We will be processing in with our 6th-grade buddies and sitting in the pews on the right side of the church, facing the altar. This Mass is special because the 6th and 3rd graders have prepared the welcome, readings, intercessions and will be bringing up the gifts. Please sit with us if you can. They are very proud of their preparations!

On Tuesday, November 21st, the Kindergarten through fifth grade will see a play entitled, Ada’s Violin, about a group of children who create beautiful music from instruments made from scavenged scraps found at the garbage dump.  The play begins at 1:45, join us if you can.

Each Friday in fall and winter students may bring slippers or fuzzy socks to wear during reading time. Slippers or fuzzy socks can come to school in a backpack and then they will return the same day. This is a fun way to get comfortable during reading time. Please don’t bring stuffed animals, pillows or blankets.

Our Reading Celebration will be on Tuesday, November 21st. Thank you for the contributions of food and drink to help us celebrate the hard work and accomplishments with the Achieve 3000 program.

Students are working hard on regrouping in subtraction in Math. Please continue to practice math facts by heart so that subtraction comes easily to your child. Flash cards, Mathletics, worksheets or other creative ways can help with the memorization process.

As we near Thanksgiving, the students are talking about gratefulness. What are you grateful for? It can be as small as a perfectly baked cookie from Chef Michael or as large as electricity that works on a cold and blustery day. This is a wonderful time of year for reflection. I am grateful for this inquisitive class of active 3rd graders. I am grateful for my family and my pets. Most importantly, I’m thankful for God’s continued love and guidance.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

God Bless,

Lisa Castillo

Please remember the food drive continues from November 1st to November 21st. Also, the Homeless kits will be made in Egan on Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 pm.


The Week of November 6, 2017

Hello Parents!

This week is full of educational and fun activities that I will expand here on the webpage. If you have ideas for the webpage, needs or content ideas, shoot me an email. Thank you!

The students are reciting the Our Father prayer to Senora Blanca in Spanish class. The students are earning a popsicle surprise next Monday for the completion of this prayer. Great job with your Espanol students!!

The challenge of making beds in the morning has been a big hit in class. Many students have completed the task and have received the special prize. Because of the high-interest level, the challenge has been extended for another week!! Please remember, this is a fun challenge but not required. I hope this challenge has given your child encouragement to complete a simple task and then build on that positive feeling throughout the day. If you have any other task challenge ideas let me know.

Grandparent and Special Friend’s Day will be this Thursday at 11:00 in Egan Hall. The playground will open for cars to park at 10:30. Please come right up to the classroom to gather your child for this special event. It is a special day and one I always look forward to because the children are so proud to have their special family members visit their school. If you are unable to have a grandparent or special friend come, you can come instead. If that doesn’t fit into your busy day, please let me know so that your child can sit with a friend in Egan.

Proud Grandpa of a future St. John student, class of 2031.

Friday is Veteran’s Day when we remember all veterans who served the United States. I hope you enjoy your day off with your family.

God Bless,

Lisa Castillo