Third grade is studying ecosystems. Students have been learning about the four types of forests.
Students are learning about the process of multiplication. Students have learned about equal groups and the number in each group. The students are also relating addition to multiplication.
On Monday and Tuesday of this week, third grade took the Unit 2 Benchmark 2 assessment. Please look for the results after Thanksgiving.
The class began lesson 11 this past Wednesday. Students are reading the nonfiction selection "Technology Wins the Game." The comprehension skill focused on sequencing. The phonics skill covered the vowel diphthongs oi and oy. Students worked on plural nouns in grammar. The lesson will conclude with the weekly assessment on Tuesday, November 21st. Students will also take the spelling post test and the packet will be due next Tuesday.
The lesson 10 weekly test scores have been included in the take home folder. These are yours to keep.
The field trip to the Des Moines Playhouse to see the performance of A Little House Christmas was wonderful. Here some pictures from the day.
Wednesday, November 22nd-NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development)
Thursday, November 23rd-NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Vacation)
Friday, November 24th-NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Vacation)
Thursday, November 30th-Mrs. Burg Absent from School (Personal Day)
The second annual STEM Night at St. Malachy was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came to check out the booths that engaged students in science, technology, engineering, and math. Thank you to all of the businesses, organizations, and groups that came to the event. The STEM committee appreciates your efforts to make this event successful. Also, thanks to A&G for the supplying the pizza slices. Overall, it was another great event at St. Malachy School!
Earlier in the week the third grade class took the chapter 2 test covering analyzing and interpreting data. Students have also been working on a school wide survey about favorite emojis and made online graphs.
Next week third grade will begin to learn about the process of multiplication.
Students took a test over animals this past week. Thank you to Matt, Heidi, and Taylor Rohrig for sharing their knowledge of pigs with the class this past Tuesday. Taylor taught the class how to notch their ears for identification purposes. The Rohrig family even brought pigs in so the students could see the ear notches firsthand. Governor Reynolds and Lt. Governor Gregg also stopped by to visit our class on this day. It is great to be able to show them what third grade is doing in science and how it relates to careers.
This week third grade is reading a biography called "Young Thomas Edison." The story primarily focuses on the childhood of Edison. Students worked on main idea and supporting details as the comprehension focus. The vocabulary strategy covered shades of meaning. Student identified the small difference in meaning between similar words and phrases. Students worked on the short o sound with the letters au, aw, al, and o. For the grammar skill, students learned about pronouns.
The lesson 9 weekly assessment results have been included in the take home folder. These are yours to keep.
The class will take the Unit 2 Benchmark test on Monday and Tuesday next week. We will begin lesson 11 on Wednesday, November 15th and end it on Tuesday, November 21st. We will also the class to get five days of the lesson in before break.
Veteran's Day will be observed at St. Malachy School on Friday, November 10th. Students are asked to wear red, white, and blue in honor of the veterans. This is also a $1 Spirit Day for the students. 3rd grade will be attending a program put on by the kindergarten and fifth grade students during the afternoon.
The first, second, and third grade field trip to the Des Moines Playhouse is Tuesday, November 14th. The bus for the trip leaves St. Malachy at 9:30 AM. Please have students come to school at the normal time. Students may bring hand held electronics for the bus ride. We will eat our sack lunches from 11:00-11:40 AM at the playhouse. The performance of A Little House Christmas will be from 12:00-1:30 PM. The bus will arrive back at St. Malachy School around 2:45 PM. I have all of the permission slips, but I am missing the seven dollars from a couple of students. Please get the money turned into me by Friday, November 10th.
Thursday, November 9th-STEM Night from 5:30-7:30 PM
Friday, November 10th-Spirit Day ($1)
Tuesday, November 9th-1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Field Trip
Thursday, November 16th-PTO Meeting 6 PM
Wednesday, November 22nd-NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development)
Thursday, November 23rd-NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)
Friday, November 24th-NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)
The Halloween activities were a success. From ghost and spider cookies, to the haunted house, to scary stories, to touching ooey gooey things, to a parade with costumes, it was fun time for all.
Please be aware shorts are not allowed in the months of November through February. According to the dress code shorts will be allowed in August, September, October, March, April and May. (Note: The bottom of the
short must extend to at least mid-thigh.)
Also a reminder about leggings according to the dress code policy that leggings may be worn as long as the bottom of the dress, skirt or shirt extends to at least mid-thigh.
Students in grades first, second, and third grade will be going on field trip to a performance of A Little House Christmas on Tuesday, November 14th at the Des Moines Playhouse. Permission slips were sent home in last week's take home folder. Please have the permission slip and $7 fee to cover the cost of the ticket returned to school by Friday, November 10th. The sign up genius will be sent via email on Monday, November 6th at noon. Two parents from third grade are needed to help chaperone. Volunteers will also need to pay the seven dollars to cover the cost of the ticket.
STEM Night at St. Malachy School is scheduled for Thursday, November 9th from 5:30-7:30 PM. There are some great vendors planned with hands on activities for the students to participate in. Please plan to attend this great evening of fun activities involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Students are learning about animal behavior. The class discussed instincts and learned behaviors. Students have also been learning about what happens when animals are not able to meet their needs. Students are researching about animals that are threatened, endangered, or extinct.
This week third grade read the folktale "The Harvest Birds" in which a young man has desire to live off the land. The townspeople doubt his abilities, but Juan Zanate believes in himself. With the the help of some "friends" Juan achieves his goal. The comprehension skill covered drawing conclusions. The vocabulary strategy focused on using context clues to figure out meanings. In grammar, student focused on using commas with words in a series and addresses. The phonics skills had students working on the silent letter of wr- and kn-.
The results of the lesson 7 weekly assessment have been included in the take home folder. These are yours to keep.
Students have interpreted data on a picture graph and a bar graph. The class continues to work on the basic addition and subtraction facts.
Halloween activities are scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday, October 31st. The Civics club will have activities for the students to participate in after lunch/recess. The parade will begin at 2:30 PM in the gym. Parents are more than welcome to come and watch the parade. Students have time prior to the parade to change into their costumes.
Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd from 1:00-5:00 PM and 6:00-9:30 PM. School dismisses at 12:10 PM on this day. There is no school on Friday, November 3rd.
Reading Incentive Program
The month of October is quickly coming to an end. Please return October reading calendars by Monday, November 6th. The goal for the month of October is 400 total minutes read.
November calendars have been included in the take home folder. The goal again is 400 minutes total read.
Students in first, second, and third grade will be attending a performance of A Little House Christmas at the Des Moines Playhouse on Tuesday, November 14th. A note with all of the details and a permission slip has been included in today's take home folder. Please return the permission slip and $7 to cover the cost of the ticket to school by Friday, November 10th. Students will also need to bring a sack lunch on the field trip. A sign up genius will be sent out on Monday, November 6th at noon for two third grade parent volunteers to chaperone this field trip. Volunteers will need to pay the $7 for the ticket to the performance.
Saturday, October 28th-PTO Vendor Fair
Tuesday, October 31st-Halloween Parade (2:30 PM)
Thursday, November 2nd-12:10 Dismissal
Thursday-November 2nd-Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, November 3rd-NO SCHOOL
Thursday, November 9th-STEM Night at 5:30 PM
Friday, November 10th-Spirit Day ($1)
Tuesday, November 14th-1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade Field Trip
Students are learning about analyzing and interpreting data. We have worked with tally tables and frequency tables.
The informational text read this week entitled "What Illustrators Do?" presented facts about the job of an illustrator. The comprehension skill covered text and graphic features. The vocabulary strategy focused on synonyms. The phonics skill covered three letter clusters (scr, str, str, and thr). Students worked on verb tense (present, past, and future) for the grammar skill.
The results of the lesson 6 weekly assessment have been included in the take home folder for parents to view. These are yours to keep.
The third grade class continues to learn about animals in science. Students have learned about birds, fish, and amphibians.
Third, fourth, and fifth grades have the mass scheduled for Wednesday, October 25th. Because of the number of students involved, not all third graders will have an assigned part. Please check your child's take home folder to see if your child has a part in the liturgy. There is a coffee and doughnut reception following the mass for third, fourth, and fifth grade parents and special guests.
Halloween will be celebrated at St. Malachy School on during the afternoon of Tuesday, October 31st. The Civics Club will provide activities for the students to participate in after lunch on this day. The parade begins at 2:30 PM. There will be time prior to the parade for the students to change into costumes. Parents are invited to come and watch the parade.
Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd. Times are from 1:00-5:00 PM and 6:00-9:30 PM. Please sign up for a time slot using the included link 2017 Fall Conferences. There is no school on Friday, November 3rd.
Thursday, October 19th-PTO Meeting at 6 PM
Friday, October 20th-Spirit Day
Saturday, October 21st-Spaghetti Supper
Wednesday, October 25th-3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Mass followed by a reception