Thursday, September 21, 2017

9-21-17

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
9-21-17

Science
Third grade continues to learn about plants. Students have learned about the process of photosynthesis. A test over plants is planned for Monday, September 25th. Students have completed a chapter review over the material. As a class we are in the process of filling out a study guide. The information on the study guide will help prepare the students for test. The study guide will come home with the students on Friday.

Reading/Language Arts
This week third grade read the historical fiction story called Pop's Bridge. In this story, a young boys thinks his father has the most important part of the process of building the Golden Gate Bridge. After an accident occurs, the boys realizes that each of the jobs that the crew has are equally important to the completion of the project. The comprehension skill focused on compare and contrast. The vocabulary strategy was word families. Students learned about common and proper nouns in grammar. The phonic skills focused on long o words that have an oa and ow.

The results of the lesson 3 weekly assessment have been included in this week's take home folder. These are yours to keep. The weekly assessments are taken on the Chromebooks. The assessments test each child's understanding of the skills covered in class each week.

Math
Third grade continues to work on addition strategies. Students used the break apart strategy using place value to add three digit numbers. Before solving problems, students estimate the sum. Student also practiced addition problems following the standard algorithm for regrouping. 


Reading Incentive Program
During the months of October through March, the students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be participating in a reading incentive program. A calendar will be sent home each of these months. Please Keep track of the number of minutes your child reads each day. At the end of the month a parent needs to total the number of minutes read, sign the calendar, choose the reward if the goal is met, and return the calendar to school. The goal for the months of October, November, and December will be 400 minutes for the month. If a student has met the goal for the month, he/she may choose a reward of a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut or a free mini single topping pizza from Pizza Ranch. There will also be a reward each month for the third grader who read the most minutes each. The October calendar will be sent home in next week's take home folder. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Important Dates
Thursday, September 21st-PTO Meeting at 6 PM
Sunday, September 24th-PTO Color Run at McKinley Park at 2 PM
Friday, September 29th-Spirit Day ($1) and 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Friday, October 6th-Volunteer at Food Pantry in PM
Wednesday, October 11th-3rd Grade Mass
Friday, October 13th-Teacher Professional Development (NO SCHOOL)
Monday, October 16th-Professional Development (NO SCHOOL)








Thursday, September 14, 2017

9-14-17

Third Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
9-14-17

Math
Third grade has been using addition properties to add. Students were introduced to the Associative Property that states addends can be grouped in different ways and still get the same sum. Another strategy students using place value to add.

Please continue to work on the basic addition facts at home to improve fluency.

Reading/Language Arts
This week third grade read the realistic fiction story Destiny's Gift in which a young girl and a bookstore owner share a special friendship. Destiny senses something is wrong and learns that the bookstore may have to close because the rent of the bookstore has been raised for Mrs. Wade. Determined to save the store, Destiny rallies the community to help save the store. The comprehension skill focused on analyzing characters. The vocabulary strategy covered antonyms. Students worked on the long vowel pairs of ay, ai, ea, and ee. The grammar skill focused on compound sentences.

The weekly assessment results from Lesson 2 have been included in the take home folder. These are yours to keep. These tests show the students' understanding of the concepts covered during the week.

Just a reminder to parents and students, please remember to return the spelling pretest along with the missed words that have been written for homework. Both papers need turned in together.
 Science
As the class continues to learn about plants, students have been studying seeds. Student dissected bean seeds to find the seed coat, seedling, and stored food.

                                       



Book Order
A book order was sent home in last week's take home folder. Please have orders submitted online or returned to school by Friday, September 15th.

Important Dates
Friday, September 15th-Book Order Due
Monday, September 18th-NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development)
Thursday, September 21st-PTO Meeting at 6 PM
Sunday, September 24th-PTO Color Run at McKinley Park 2 PM
Friday, September 29th-Spirit Day ($1)
Friday, September 29th-2 Hour Early Dismissal (Homecoming)







Thursday, September 7, 2017

9-7-17

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
9-7-17

Math
This week third grade students have been estimating sums. Students have used been using the strategies of rounding and compatible numbers. The class has also started working on using mental math to add.

Students practiced basic addition facts online. Students can access the following website at home Flashcard Practice for additional practice.

Science
Third grade continues learning about plants. Students have been learning about the parts of a plant cell.

Reading/Language Arts
This week third grade read a fantasy selection entitled The Trial of Cardigan Jones in which a moose is put to trial and falsely accused of taking an apple pie. Students worked on conclusions and inferring for the comprehension strategy. The vocabulary strategy focused on using a dictionary/glossary. Students worked with long vowels with the VCe pattern. The class continued to work on dividing words into syllables. The grammar skill identified the four types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory).

The results of the lesson 1 weekly assessment have been included in the take home folder. These are yours to keep. These weekly tests assess your child's understanding of the concepts covered in class each week.

Dress Code
Just a reminder about dress code. If leggings are going to be worn, the bottom of the dress or skirt needs to extend to to mid-thigh. This is listed on the dress code for everyday, all year long expectations and under mass day. There is a copy of the dress code on the St. Malachy website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Highlights Magazine
In this week's take home folder are two order forms from Highlights. One of for the regular Highlights magazine and the other is for Puzzlemania. Please complete the order forms and return to school. Even if you do not intend to order, please return the order forms back to me. The class receives free materials based upon the number of returned order forms.

Book Order
A book order for September is in the take home folder this week. Orders may be placed by completing the order form and returning back to school with cash or check (payable to Scholastic Book Club). Online orders at www.scholastic.com can be placed by credit card. The classroom code is GRHFQ. All orders are due by Friday, September 15th.

Important Dates
Friday, September 15th-Spirit Day ($1)
Sunday, September 10th-Holy Spirit Food Fair at St. Malachy School
Wednesday, September 13th-Mrs. Burg Attending Tier 2 Literacy Class 
Monday, September 18th-Teacher Professional Development (NO SCHOOL)
Thursday, September 21st-PTO Meeting 6 PM
Sunday, September 24th-Creston Color Run sponsored by PTO
Friday, September 29th-2 Hour Early Dismissal




Thursday, August 31, 2017

8-31-17

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
8-31-17

Reading/Language Arts
This week third grade read the humorous fiction story called A Fine, Fine School. In this story, a principal thinks everything about his school is fine. He decides to have school on the weekends which then leads to school during summer vacation. The principal doesn't realize the students are missing out on the learning that takes place at home. In the end, the principal decides school should only be on the weekdays. The comprehension skill covered learning about story structure. Students identified setting, characters, and plot. The phonics skill covered short vowels and dividing VCCV words into syllables. The grammar skill focused on complete subjects and complete predicates.

The lesson 1 weekly assessment will be on Friday, September 1st. Students will be assessed on skills learned this past week. There will also be a spelling post test on Friday.

Math
Third grade starts the year with addition and subtraction. Students have been introduced to the Identify Property of Addition that states that the sum of any number and zero is that number (7+0=7). The Commutative Property of Addition that states that you can add two or more numbers in any order and get the same sum (3+4 = 4+3 and both equal 7). Students are also using place value to round to the nearest ten or hundred.

Please practice the basic addition and subtraction facts at home. Being able to solve basic facts will help students with larger problems that the third graders will be solving.

Science
Third grade is beginning the year learning about plants. There has been a discussion about plant parts and plant needs.

Social Contract

The third grade class will be having weekly class meetings. In our first class meeting of the year, students in third, fourth, and fifth grades developed a social contract. A social contract is an agreement of behavior. All of the students and teachers signed the social contract. The students know if they do not follow the social contract there will be consequences. You can find a copy of the social contract in my blog pages. Please discuss this contract with your child at home as you see necessary.

Important Dates
Friday, September 1-Volunteer at Food Pantry
Monday, September 4-Labor Day (No School)
Wednesday, September 6th-St. Malachy School Picnic (6:00 PM)
Friday, September 8-Spirit Day ($1)
Sunday, September 10-Holy Spirit Food Fair







Thursday, August 24, 2017

First Day of School

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
8-24-17

First Day of School Pictures
Here are some pictures from the first day of school. It was a great day for the third grade class.

                              


      
           
Take Home Folders
Take home folders were sent home with the students today. Please take a few minutes to look through them. There is a permission slip about walking to the food pantry once a month throughout the school year. Please fill out and return as soon as possible. Third grade's first time to volunteer will be on Friday, September 1st. Also, I still need some of the students technology contracts signed and returned. There are also a few students that need to still bring the $4 to cover the cost of the assignment book. Pictures forms were sent home at open house. Please return those by next Thursday. I would appreciate if you could please return the folders on Fridays.


Staying Connected
There are many ways I plan on communicating with parents. I have started a closed Facebook group (Burg's Buzz at St. Malachy School) to display pictures and post important information. I will also update my blog on a weekly basis. I will also send out emails as well. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Important Dates
Thursday, August 31st-Picture Day
Thursday, August 31st-PTO Meeting at 6 PM
Friday, September 1st-Volunteer at Food Pantry
Monday, September 4th-Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)
Wednesday, September 6th-School Picnic at 6 PM
Friday, September 8th-Spirit Day ($1)
Sunday, September 10th-Holy Spirit Food Fair



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welcome Back!

   Welcome Back!



  The 2017-18 school year is here! School begins on Thursday, August 24th. There will be mass at 9:15 AM. Please wear appropriate mass attire. This is also a PE day. Third grade will have PE with second grade from 10:45-11:15 AM. Students should have tennis shoes for PE class.

   I have created a closed Facebook group to keep parents informed of all of the great things happening at St. Malachy School. It is called Burg's Buzz at St. Malachy School. Please feel free to check it out!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Last Days of School

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
5-31-17

The end of another school year is upon us. Thank you for choosing to send your child to St. Malachy. I have enjoyed having your student in third grade. Each student has grown academically and behaviorally. I hope all families have a wonderful summer. I hope to make it to St. Malachy students' summer activities to watch them do what they enjoy. Please take some time over the next couple of months to have your child read to you and practice math problems. Any extra work done during the summer benefits your child for the next school year.

Music Program
The music program was a huge success! All of the students did a fantastic job of performing. Good job to all of the third grade students! A special thank you to Mrs. Stoner. We are so blessed to have such a great music teacher for our St. Malachy students.



Field Day
Students enjoyed an afternoon of fun competition complete with an obstacle course, poison pit, shoe pile/3 leg race, tug of war, and dodgeball.


 

 

 


Reading/Language Arts
A copy of the results of all six benchmark tests have been included in the take home folder.

Math
A packet of worksheets was sent home in the take home folder. These can serve as extra practice for your child to use this summer. Students workbook were also sent home. There are lessons for the students to complete that will help prepare them for 4th grade.


2016-17 St. Malachy School Year
Third Grade


                                     
                        First Day of School-August 2016                               Last Day of School-May 2017