Thursday, April 19, 2018

4-19-18

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
4-19-18

Science
The third grade class is continuing to learn about force. In pairs the students constructed bridges to see how many pennies they would hold. Students used their knowledge of force in their designs.  After making bridge #1, students had a change at a redesign in making bridge #2 using what they learned from their first attempt. There will be pictures and videos coming.

Math
The class continue to learn about fractions. Students have learned about the names of equal parts of a whole, equal shares, unit fractions, and fractions of a whole.

Reading/Language Arts
This week students are reading the nonfiction narrative "The Foot Race Across America." This story followed runner Andy Payne as he completed a foot race from San Francisco to New York. The comprehension skill covered main idea and supporting details and analyzing and evaluating a story. The vocabulary strategy focused on the suffix -ion. Students were learning about abbreviations in grammar. The phonics skill covered the final syllables of -tion, -sion, and -ture.

Earth Day Clean Up
St. Malachy School will be doing their annual clean up on Friday, April 20th.  Third grade students will be raking along fences and buildings. Each third grader needs to bring rake and work gloves. Students may wear sweats on this day since we will be working outside. Friday, April 20th is a spirit hat day for $1. All students are asked to donate an additional $1 to cover the purchase of flower pots, soil, and flowers for the front entrance of the school.

Book Order
The book order is due back to school by Friday, April 20th. Please send cash or check (made payable to Scholastic) or submit online at Scholastic Book Clubs. One more book order will be sent home in May.
Biography Book Reports
The biography book report due date is quickly approaching. Projects are due back on Friday, May 4th. Please let me know if you have any questions. The Biography Bash is Friday, May 11th at 2:15 PM in the gymnasium. 

Important Dates
Friday, April 20th-Earth Day Clean Up
Friday, April 20th-Ties and Tutus Dance
Friday, April 27th-No School (Teacher Professional Development)
Wednesday, May 2nd-3rd/7th Grade Mass
Thursday, May 3rd-Lap-a-Thon
Friday, May 4th-Spirit Day
Friday, May 4th-Biography Book Reports Due
Friday, May 11th-Biography Bash at 2:15 PM
Friday, May 18th-Spirit Day 




Thursday, April 12, 2018

4-12-18

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
4-12-18

Reading/Language Arts
The Unit 5 Benchmark test results scores have been included in the take home folder. This copy is yours to keep.

Next week the third grade class will resume the reading series with lesson 26.

Science
Students are learning about force. The class has learned about motion, speed, and work.


Math
The next unit of study for third grade is fractions. Students will identify, read, and write fractions.

Book Order
An April book order has been included in the take home folder. It is due by Friday, April 20th. Orders can be submitted online at Scholastic Book Club using the code GRWrG or returned to school by cash or check (payable to Scholastic Book Clubs).

Biography Book Reports
Information about the biography book report projects was sent home last week. Your child received a packet last Thursday along with biography that was picked out. Please let me know if you have any questions. Projects are due Friday, May 4th. The Biography Bash for students to show off their projects is on Friday, May 11th beginning at 2:15 PM.

Important Dates
Friday, April 13th-Volunteer at Food Pantry
Wednesday, April 18th-Mrs. Burg at Tier 2 Literacy Meeting (Substitute)
Friday, April 20th-Earth Day Clean Up
Friday, April 27th-NO SCHOOL (Professional Development)
Wednesday, May 2nd-3rd/7th Mass
Thursday, May 3rd-Lap-A-Thon
Friday, May 4th-Biography Book Reports Due
Friday, May 4th-Volunteer at Food Pantry
Friday, May 11th-Biography Bash at 2:15 PM


Thursday, April 5, 2018

4-5-18

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
4-5-18

Science
The next unit the third grade will study is force and motion. 

Reading/Language Arts
This week third grade has been taking the Unit 5 Benchmark assessment. Please look for the results in next week's folder. Next week third grade will be taking Iowa Assessments next week, so the class will not be moving ahead in the reading series.

The class has also been reading Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. In this chapter book, a clever fox outwits three farmers.

The lesson 25 weekly assessment results have been included in this week's take home folder.

Math
Third grade will have a math test on Monday, March 9th over chapter 7 covering division. A review sheet has been included in the take home folder.


Reading Incentive Program
For the month of March, three students met the goal. Total minutes read was 3,493. Sadie read the most minutes with 2,075 total. Melanie, Taylor, and Sadie met the goal for March.  Congrats to Melanie and Sadie for meet the goal in all six months.

Iowa Assessments
St. Malachy School will be taking Iowa Assessments during the mornings of Monday, April 9th-Friday-Friday, April 13th. The PTO will be providing treats for the students for the students during the week. Students will need #2 pencils. No mechanical pencils will be allowed on the tests.

Biography Book Reports
Information packets are being sent home with each third grade student about a biography book report. Each student has chosen a biography to read. Students need to read the book, fill out the report form, and create on of the project ideas. Projects are due Friday, May 4th. Please let me know if you have any questions about this project.

Important Dates
Friday, April 6th-Spirit Day ($1)
Monday, April 9th-Friday, April 13th-Iowa Assessments
Friday, April 13th-Volunteer at Food Pantry
Wednesday, April 18th-Tier 2 Literacy Meeting (Substitute Teacher)
Friday, April 20th-Earth Day Clean Up and Spirit Day ($1)
Friday, April 27th-NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development)
Wednesday, May 2nd-3rd/7th Grade Mass
Thursday, May 3rd-Lap-A-Thon







Thursday, March 29, 2018

3-29-18

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
3-29-18

Math
The students in third grade continue work on division. Please continue to practice the basic facts at home. Students will have the chapter 7 test towards the end of next week.

Science
Third grade is in the process of preparing for a test covering physical and chemical changes. There will be a test over changes in matter on Monday, April 2nd.

Reading/Language Arts
This week third grade is read the selection"Mountains-Surviving on Mt. Everest." In this information text, the comprehension skill reviewed text and graphic features. Students also reviewed adjectives and adverbs that compare in grammar. In phonics, the students worked with suffixes of -less, -ness, and -able. Students also learned about analogies as a vocabulary strategy.

Next week third grade will be taking the Unit 5 Benchmark Assessment. Students will be also be reading a novel set aloud in class. Students will also be working on their writing skills. The class will not be moving ahead in the reading series.


Food Pantry
St. Malachy School is still accepting donations for our local food pantry. Items to donate include paper towels, toilet paper, and kleenex. Please have donations at school by Friday, April 6th.


Reading Incentive Program
March calendars are due back to school by Thursday, April 5th. The goal for the month of March is 500 minutes. Pizza certificates will be sent out then. March is the last month for the reading incentive program.

Iowa Assessments
St.Malachy School students will be taking Iowa Assessment Monday, April 9th through Friday, April 13th. Testing will take place during the morning. Students will need #2 pencils. No mechanical pencils are allowed. The PTO will provide treats for the students during the week.

Important Dates
Thursday, March 29th-Sedar Meal
Friday, March 30th-NO SCHOOL (Good Friday)
Wednesday, April 4th-Mrs. Burg at Technology Meeting (Substitute)
Friday, April 6th-Volunteer at Food Pantry
Monday, April 9th-Friday, April 13th-Iowa Assessments
Wednesday, April 18th-Tier 2 Literacy Meeting (Substitute)
Friday, April 20th-Earth Day Clean Up




Thursday, March 15, 2018

3-15-18

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
3-15-18

Spring Break
There is no school on Friday, March 16th due to parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, March 15th. Spring break runs from Monday, March 19th through Friday, March 23rd. School resumes on Monday, March 26th. I hope everyone enjoys their time off and comes back to school ready to finish the school year strong. My family and I are going on a cruise to Cozumel and Tulum, Mexico. The ship ports in New Orleans. I am excited for warm weather!

Fish Fry
Holy Spirit Church and St. Malachy School is hosting a fish fry on Friday, March 23rd from 5:30-7:00 PM. Volunteers are still needed to help with this event.

Sedar Meal/Crosswalk
The annual Sedar Meal will be on Thursday, March 29th. Following the meal, will be the Crosswalk from St. Malachy School to Holy Spirit Church. In last week's take home folder was a permission slip. Please return after spring break if you have not already done so. Students are asked to wear a white shirt on this day. A whole school photograph will be taken at the church.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Groundbreaking Ceremony

St. Malachy School had the groundbreaking for the new addition today after mass. The project is expected to be completed mid-September.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

3-8-18

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
3-8-18

Science
Third grade took a test over properties of matter on Thursday. Students will study about physical and chemical changes next.

Reading/Language Arts
This week's fantasy story "The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman" students read letters written between a niece, her uncle, and those who take Oliver on his journey from South Carolina to California.  The comprehension skill focused on sequence.  Students learned to look for clue words such as first, next, then, and last.  The vocabulary strategy covered on the suffixes or -er and -est.  In grammar the class worked on possessive nouns and pronouns. The phonics skills focused on the suffixes of -ful, -y, -ous, -er, and -ly.

The lesson 22 weekly assessments have been included in the take home folder. These are yours to keep.
Math
Chapter 7 will focus on division facts and strategies. Please continue to practice the basic facts at home.

Food Pantry Donations

St. Malachy School students and staff are collecting items during this Lenten season to donate to our local food pantry. Items to donate include toilet paper, kleenex, and paper towels. Please do what you can to help out this worthy organization.

Reading Incentive Program
Congratulations to Taylor, Melanie, Sadie, Rhett, Hank, and Donald for meeting the reading goal for the month of February. The most minutes read for the month was by Sadie with 1,420 minutes total. Total minutes read for the month February was 4,641 minutes.

The goal for the month of March is 500 minutes total. I encourage all students to read and record their minutes read during the month. March is the last month for the reading incentive program.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/teacher conferneces are scheduled for Thursday, March 15th from 1:00-5:00 PM and 6:00-9:30 PM. School dismisses at 11:50 AM. No hot lunch is served on this day. There is no school on Friday, March 16th.

There is no school from Monday, March 19th through Friday, March 23rd due to spring break. Classes resume on Monday, March 26th

Important Dates

Thursday, March 8th-PTO Meeting at 6 PM
Friday, March 9th-Spirit Day ($1)
Friday, March 9th-PTO Movie Night 6:30 PM
Thursday, March 15th-Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, March 16th-NO SCHOOL
Monday, March 19th-Friday, March 23rd-Spring Break
Friday, March 23rd-Fish Fry
Thursday, March 29th-Sedar Meal/Crosswalk
Friday, March 30th-NO SCHOOL (Good Friday)
Friday, April 6th-Spirit Day ($1)