December 4th through 20th

Dear Parents,

This is a very busy time of year and I will update you here with all of the important details of this Advent season.

I had a conversation with a few students before Mass began on December 8th about the wonderfully warm heated floors. One student asked why heat floors? I said the practical answer, that it’s an alternate way to heat a room instead of a furnace. But one child said, “The warm floors must be for Jesus, because he wears sandals and his feet might get cold.” So precious!

Thank you to art moms, Ms. Howe and Ms. Kim, the students created beautiful water color images of flowers and shells after learning about Georgia O’Keefe.

Last week two students, Nika and Grace, brought in their violins to practice during music class. I asked them to play a few songs while the students ate a snack. It was a beautiful mini-concert in the classroom! Thank you to our young musicians!!


Our Advent service project will be to contribute toys to Toys for Tots. The deadline is a quick one, December 11th, this coming Monday. I will try to see if we can extend it to a later date.  A toy purchased this weekend for a needy child would be well loved. Thank you!

There is an Advent prayer service every Monday in the church at 8:30. Please join us in the church. If you are running late that day, come in the south side entrance.

This Friday is Mass at 9:00 for the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Please remember dress uniform and join us if you can. The class would love to have you sit with us, right side 5th row, facing the altar.

Holiday Concert- The Christmas concert for the third grade is on December 19th at 7:00. Please have your child dress in festive holiday clothes. Send them up to the classroom at 6:45 to meet me there and I will take them over to the performance. Coats should remain with you and the students will join you after the concert in Egan Hall.

Math– Students are investigating the meaning of multiplication. Please continue memorizing those addition and subtraction facts each night.

Reading/Writing– Students are enjoying, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! Many giggles and laughter can be heard as we read about the Herdmans. The students are responding to the reading by analyzing the plot, setting, problems and solutions. This is a great book for a character focus, as we read how Imogene changes over time. If you haven’t read this book in awhile, I highly recommend it for the humor and focus on the meaning of Christmas.

Science- The students are investigating weather around the world. Ask your daughter or son what the 4 types of erosion are. (ice, water, wind and gravity) We talked about the strength of a glacier and how it can pick up and move large boulders.

S.T.E.A.M.- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math are combined in activities that explore a challenge. Students work collaboratively to solve a problem. This week the students asked, How do we build a better bridge? Here are the results.

Christmas break begins on Wednesday, December 20th at noon. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your children. I will see you all again on January 3rd.

Look who came in for a visit.

Thank you for all that you do!

God Bless,

Mrs. Lisa Castillo