Thursday, January 18, 2018

1-18-18

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
1-18-18

Reading/Language Arts
This week third grade students are reading the informational text "The Mystery of the Albertosaurus-Phillip Currie's Hunt in the Badlands." The comprehension skill focused on drawing conclusions. The vocabulary strategy covered the suffix -ly meaning "in a certain way." Students worked on the /j/ and /s/ sound and words with VCCCV in phonics. In grammar students continue to work with adjectives. Students used adjectives to compare by adding -er, -ier, -est, -iest, or adding more or most before.

The comprehension skill covered drawing conclusions. The vocabulary skill focused on the suffix -ly meaning "in a certain way." Students worked on the /j/ and /s/ sounds and VCCCV words in phonics. The grammar skill continued to work with adjectives. This week students are using adjectives to compare two nouns by using -er, -ier, and more and comparing more than two nouns by using -est, -iest, and, and most.

The lesson 16 weekly assessments have been included in the take home folder for your viewing.

Science
Students continue to learn about the solar system. The class has been learning about how the Earth and moon rotate and revolve.

Kysa Downing, from the ISU Extension Office, visited the third grade class this past week. Students made Sky Wheels for locating constellations.


                          


Math
Students will continue to work on multiplication in Chapter 5. We will be using the basic facts to extend knowledge of multiplication.

Coin Wars
The Creston High School FBLA is once again participating in Coin Wars to help raise money for veterans to attend the Honor Flights. Donations will be accepted from Monday, January 22nd-Friday, January 26th. All money brought to school will be placed in a class jar to be collected at the end of the week. The class with the most money will win a pizza party, and the second place winners will win a cookie party. Notes about this event have been included in the take home folder.

Bring a Friend to School
St. Malachy School is hosting a "Bring a Friend" Day on Wednesday, February 14th. There is no school at the public school on this day. The friend being brought to school must currently be in the same grade as the St. Malachy School. There is mass on this day, so guests will need to dress up. Hot lunch will be provided for guests, so no sack lunches. Notes were sent home in last week's take home folder pertaining to this event. On the back of the note is a form that needs filled out about the friend coming to school.

St. Malachy Foundation Dinner and Auction
Notes are being sent home the take home folder pertaining to the basket for the St. Malachy Auction that will take place on Saturday, March 3rd. This year grade bands (PreK-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th) are organizing one basket for the auction. Third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade will have a "Gardening" basket. Heidi Rohrig, Calista Purdum, and Danielle Steele are organizing the basket for our grade band. Donations for this basket are now being accepted. Items or cash/check donations are being accepted.  Items to donate for the basket may include gardening gloves, shovel, watering can, kneeling pad, bug spray, plant food, garden fertilizer, potting soil, hose, pots, seeds/bulbs, garden decor, gift cards, and wheelbarrow (to serve as the basket). These are just suggestions. Feel free to donate any other gardening type items.

Each individual class will still need a personalized silent auction item. 3rd grade will be doing a framed/canvas class photograph with a saying on it. Heidi Rohrig will be taking the pictures and putting it together. Monetary donations are being accepted to cover the cost of the silent auction.

Catholic Schools Week
St. Malachy School will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week from Sunday, January 28th-Friday, February 2nd. Many fun activities will take place during the week.  Mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit on Sunday, January 28th.  Notes went home in last week's take home folder looking for volunteers for this mass. Brunch will be served by the PTO following mass. Monday, January 29th is PJ/Comfy Clothes Day. Faculty and Staff of St. Malachy will be going to lunch at A&G. Students will need to bring a sack lunch (milk provided). Students will eat with their Advent Angels. Tuesday, January 30th is Tourist Tuesday. Students come dressed to school like a tourist (Hawaiian shirt, sandals, sunglasses, hats,  fanny pack, binoculars, camera, etc). During the afternoon, teachers and students will be participating in Minute to Win It games. Wednesday, January 31st is America/Superhero Day. There is NO mass on this day. During the morning is the Chamber of Commerce Coffee and during the afternoon students will be getting together with their Advent Angels to make valentine cards for servicemen and women. Thursday, February 1st is Blue/Gold Day. A field trip to Skate South roller skating rink has been planned. Please check the take home folder for the permission slip and information on the trip. Cost of the field trip is $10 (five dollars for transportation and five dollars for entry fee). Please return the permission slip and fee by Friday, January 26th. Parents are welcome to attend, but must provide their own transportation and pay the $5 entry fee at the rink. Friday, February 2nd is Dress Up Day. The Grandparents/ Special Guest mass at Holy Spirit Church begin at 1:30 PM. There will be a cookie and punch reception following mass.

Important Dates
Friday, January 19th-Spirit Day ($1)
Saturday, January 20th-Trivia Night 
Monday, January 22nd-Friday, January 26th-Coin Wars
Thursday, January 25th-PTO Meeting
Sunday, January 29th-Friday, February 2nd-Catholic Schools Week
Thursday, February 8th-Donuts with Dad
Friday, February 9th-Spirit Day ($1)
Tuesday, February 13th-Valentine's Day Party
Wednesday, February 14th-Bring a Friend to School
Thursday, February 15th-PTO Meeting





Thursday, January 11, 2018

1-11-18

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
1-11-18

Science
Third grade continues to learn about the solar system. Students have been researching information about the inner and outer planets. The class has also learned about comets and meteors.

Math
Third grade is finishing up chapter 4 that covers the factors zero through ten in multiplication. There will be a test on Friday, January 12th.
Reading/Language Arts
This week's humorous fiction story was "Judy Moody Saves the World." The comprehension skill focused on story structure such as setting, characters, and plot. Students learned about adjectives in grammar. The vocabulary strategy covered context clues. The class worked on words with -air, -ear, and -are in phonics.

The results of the Unit 3 Benchmark test have been included in the take home folder. These tests show how well students are applying the skills learned in the past five lessons.


Coin Wars
Creston High School FBLA will once again be sponsoring "Coin Wars" to raise money for Union County Veterans to go on honor flights. Each class fills a jar with money from Monday, January 22nd- Friday, January 26th. The class at each level with the most money collected will win a pizza party, and second place at each level with win a cookie party. Winners will be announced the following week.

Important Dates
Monday, January 15th-NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development)
Tuesday, January 16th-Mrs. Burg at Tier 2 Literacy Meeting (Substitute)
Friday, January 19th-Spirit Day ($1)
Saturday, January 20th-Trivia Night 

Sunday, January 28th-Friday, February 2nd-Catholic Schools Week






Thursday, January 4, 2018

1-4-18

Third Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
1-4-18

Reading/Language Arts
This week the third grade class is taking the Unit 3 Benchmark Assessment. Please look for the results in next week's take home folder. 

The results for the lesson 15 assessment taken before break have been included in the the take home folder.

Next week the class will jump back into the reading series with lesson 16. 

Science
Third grade is studying the solar system. Students will be learning about each planet, the sun, and moon.

Math
The class continues to work on multiplication. Students have interpreted patterns on a multiplication table. Students need to be practicing the basic facts using factors from zero through ten.

Winter Gear
During the winter months, students need to come to school with coats, hats, and gloves. When there is snow on the ground, snow pants and boots are necessary. If the temperatures or windchill are below zero, recess will be indoors.

Important Dates

Friday, January 5th-Spirit Day ($1)
Thursday, January 11th-PTO Meeting at 6 PM
Monday, January 15th-NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)
Tuesday, January 16th-Mrs. Burg at Tier 2 Training (Substitute Teacher)
Friday, January 19th-Spirit Day ($1)
Saturday, January 20th-Trivia Night


"When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."






Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

12-21-17

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
12-21-17

Math
The class has worked on different properties to help solve multiplication problems. Students have learned the Distributive Property and the Associative Property. Please practice the basic multiplication facts over the break. All of the students understand the process of multiplication. We are now working on the speed of knowing the problems. The factor of 7 seem to be the trickiest for the students to master.

Reading/Language Arts
This week third grade read the humorous fiction story "The Extra Good Sunday" from Ramona Quimby-Age 8. The comprehension skill focused on understanding characters through traits, motivations, and feelings. The vocabulary strategy covered using a thesaurus. Students also continued working on r-controlled vowels. The grammar skill focused on verb tense.

Last week's lesson 14 reading assessment results have been included in the take home folder.

Upon returning from Christmas break, the third grade class will take the Unit 3 Benchmark test. We will begin lesson 16 the week of January 8th.

Science
The class will be studying the solar system. Students have identified facts that they already know about space. 

Reading Calendars
December reading calendars are due back to school by Friday, January 5th to receive the award. January calendars will be sent home upon the students returning to school from break. The goal in January, February, and March increases to 500 minutes.

Important Dates
Friday, December 22nd-NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development)
Monday, December 25th-Tuesday, January 2nd-NO SCHOOL (Christmas Break)
Wednesday, January 3rd-Classes Resume
Friday, January 5th-Spirit Day ($1)
Friday, January 5th-3rd Grade Food Pantry
Thursday, January 11th-PTO Meeting
Monday, January 15th-NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development)


Thursday, December 14, 2017

12-14-17

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
12-14-17

Science
The third grade class has been learning about ecosystems where we find plants and animals. This week students completed the chapter review and study guide. There will be a test on Friday, December 15th. 

Students will next study about the solar system. 

Math
Students continue to learn the multiplication facts. Students have learned the about the factors of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10. Any extra help at home practicing the basic multiplication facts would be beneficial. The Distributive Property of Multiplication (6 X 7=(6 X 5=30) + 
(6 X 2=12, so 6 X 7=42) has also been introduced to the students.

Reading/Language Arts
In this week's informational text "Aero and Officer Mike-Patrol Partners" students learn about a police officer and his K-9 dog. The comprehension skill focused on author's purpose. Students also worked on the vocabulary skill of the prefixes im- and in-. In grammar students learned about pronoun-verb agreement. The class covered R-controlled vowel worked as a phonics skill.

The lesson 13 weekly assessment results have been included in the take home folder.

Third grade will be completing lesson 15 next week. It will be a shortened week due to no school on Friday, December 22nd. The spelling post test and weekly assessment will be taken on Thursday, December 21st.
Christmas Party
The third grade class will have a Christmas party after spelling and the reading assessment testing during the morning of December 21st. Students need to bring a sack lunch (drink provided) to eat with their Advent Angel in the gym. Caroling will take place from 12:30-1:00 PM. During the party, third grade will have their book exchange. A treat and drink will also be provided for the students. During the afternoon, the class will watch a movie with the fourth and fifth grade students. School is dismissed at the regular time and there is no school on Friday, December 22nd due to teacher professional development.

Important Dates
Friday, December 15th-Spirit Day
Friday, December 15th-Optional Sack Lunch
Thursday, December 21st-Sack Lunch (Required)
Thursday, December 21st-Class Christmas Party with Book Exchange
Friday, December 22nd-NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development)


There is no school from Friday, December 22, 2017-Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Classes resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.




Monday, December 11, 2017

Book Gift Exchange


Holiday Book Exchange
Dear Parents,
  I am excited to announce that our classroom will be holding a book exchange. As you know reading is so important and what better way to ring in the holiday season than with a new book! Your child should bring in a new book wrapped to exchange. Books should be suitable for a boy or girl and not exceed $10. We will play a fun game to exchange the books during our class party. The exchange will happen on Thursday, December 21st. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me. Thank you.