January 22nd to February 2nd

Dear Parents,

This week we said goodbye to our Bishop Blanchet aid, Gianna, affectionately named, Greg or G. She was a wonderful addition to the classroom and very helpful to the students. The students made her a card. Her semester ended and we wish her well as she finishes her senior year at Blanchet. Go Braves!!

The students are excited about their weather investigations and the Power Point presentations they are creating in teams of 3 or 4. Each team will be ready to show their presentations on Catholic School Sunday. Please come to the church for the beautiful Mass at 10:30. Students should wear dress uniform or cultural dress. Following the Mass, come to the classroom to see all of the great work by the 3rd grade.

The STEAM activity this week is to create a rain gauge that can be placed in the school garden and around campus so that rain data can be collected and graphed. Each group will use materials to design and create a working meteorology tool. The students will use science, engineering, art and math to create the rain gauge. Look for these creative rain gauges around campus!

The students are investigating Kindness. Each day they are journaling about small and large ways they are showing kindness to those in their families, school and the larger community. This ties in with the school theme, “You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before all, that they may see your good works and give glory to our Father in heaven.” The classroom door is decorated with the warm sun shining with rays of kind acts. Come to Open House on Sunday, January 28th to see your child’s good works.

During snack time I’m reading a book called, Kindness Ninja, about a group of karate students on a secret mission to spread kindness in their community. Watch out for a “kindness ninja” at your house! You might be surprised by beds being made, more pleases and thank yous, dishes being washed and rooms being picked up!

Monday-Community DayFree dress and bring one can of food.

Tuesday-Volunteer DayCrazy sock day. Thank you to all the parents who volunteer many hours in the classrooms and school community. We appreciate you!!

Wednesday-Nation DayWear a favorite sweatshirt with your uniform. Sing patriotic songs and celebrate our great nation.

Thursday-Staff-Vocation-Teacher Daybring one flower and dress like a teacher.

Friday-Student Day- Free dress, Purple and Gold celebration

I hope to see you on Catholic School Sunday, January 28th at 10:30.

Take care and God bless.

Mrs. Lisa Castillo

January 3rd through January 12th

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the generous scrip gift and other gifts. I feel appreciated! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. January is a busy time and a focused work time in the 3rd grade. Your children have grown visibly from the beginning of the year! They are also very capable and excellent learners. The following curriculum break down will focus on the Archdiocesan standards and Schoolwide Learning Expectations that will be taught this month.

Class Mass- 8:30 on January 10th. Please join us in the church.

Field Trip- The field trip to The Seattle Children’s Theater is planned and coming up on February 15th. We will be seeing the classic story, The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. Please send in a check for $12 made payable to St. John School. If you would like to drive, please fill out the form that I sent out with the field trip form and pay $12 for yourself too.

Thinking Ahead- The always reverent and very important Catholic School’s Week Mass is on January 28th at 10:30. This kicks off Catholic Schools’ Week at St. John. If you would like to come into the classroom and speak about your vocation, please email me to set up a date and time. Thank you!

Again, thank you for your support in and out of the classroom. A special thank you goes out to the library helpers, art helpers, and room parents.

God Bless you and your family!

Mrs. Lisa Castillo

Religion– The students will learn the responses of the Mass and The Apostles’ Creed by heart. They will create mnemonic devices to help them remember what to say and when to say it. This is a fun way to be a Christ-Centered child who participates in the liturgy and faith traditions.

Math- The students are learning the how and why of multiplication by using blocks to represent numbers, creating arrays to represent numbers, using the Commutative Property to explain a multiplication rule and writing number sentences representing real-life multiplication situations. To ensure that the students meet or exceed Archdiocesan and Washington State standards they are also using flashcards and handouts to help in the memorization process. Please practice 10 to 15 minutes a night to help your child know the multiplication facts 0 through 12 by heart.

Writing– The students are sparking their imaginations by using a visual learning technique that I learned at the Seattle Art Museum teacher training, where they look at a photo or piece of art and then use the prompts of See-Think-Wonder. This process allows students to have a discussion, share ideas, write down ideas and form sentences to build a paragraph. It’s a very effective tool for taking writing from the brainstorming step to the publishing step in the writing process, which is an Archdiocesan and state standard.

Reading- The students are in reading groups to read novels at a challenging Lexile level. Each student shows they are Active Learners by meeting weekly to discuss and respond to reading prompts: Characters, Setting, Plot, Problems, Solutions and more. Our focus is on interesting vocabulary and projecting our voices in a group setting.  Reading with proficiency is a Schoolwide Learning Expectation.

Science- The students are investigating weather across 7 continents. They will research, take notes and create a Power-Point presentation to demonstrate what they have learned about weather. This investigation completes numerous state and Archdiocesan standards.