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







Thursday, May 25, 2017

5-25-17

Third Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
5-25-17

Field Trip
The third grade class had a great time on their field trip to Jester Park. Our tour guide, Nikki, did a great job of showing us the nature the park has to offer.  Here are some pictures of our day.



Reading/Language Arts
This week students completed the Unit 6 Benchmark test. Please look for the results in the take home folder being sent home next Tuesday. Students are also taking an end of the year spelling test. There is one word from each lesson on the test. The pretest was given on Tuesday. The post test will be this Friday.

The lesson 30 weekly assessment results are in this week's take home folder.

Please continue having your child read over the summer. Students should continue to work on comprehension and fluency in the books they are reading.

Math
Third grade continues to learn about geometry. Last week students learned about polygons. One of the polygons learned about is a quadrilateral. This week students are classifying and drawing quadrilaterals.

Science
The class has learned about the scientists Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei, and Louis Pasteur. Students have taken notes about each scientist's date of birth, death, and accomplishments. There will be a quiz over the scientists' accomplishments on Friday, May 26th.

Students also discussed healthy living habits. Specially students learned about hair, skin, and nails.

Pizza Party
Third grade will be having a pizza party on Friday, May 26th during lunch. This is a reward for earning for the class earning the most money during Lap-A-Thon.

Last Week of School
There is no school on Monday, May 29th, due to Memorial Day. On Tuesday, May 30th, students will need to bring a sack lunch (milk provided) to school. Field Day activities will take place in from 1:00-3:00 pm on the 30th.Students should wear tennis shoes for outdoor activities. Students will clean out their desks on Tuesday morning as well. Please make sure students bring their book bags cleaned out to school on this day because they will be bringing their supplies home. On Wednesday, May 31st, mass will take place at 9:15 AM. There will be an end of the year assembly after mass. This a free spirit day for students. School will be dismissed at noon on this day and no hot lunch will be served. 


Important Dates
Friday, May 26th-Pizza Party Lap-A-Thon Reward
Monday, May 29th-Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)
Tuesday, May 30th-Field Day Activities 1:00-3:00 PM
Wednesday, May 31st-Mass at 9:15 AM
Wednesday, May 31st-LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (Noon Dismissal)











Thursday, May 18, 2017

5-18-17

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalahcy.org
5-18-17

Reading/Language Arts
The selection third grade is reading this week is "Saving Buster." In this realistic fiction story, a concerned boy comes up with a plan to help pay for his neighbor's service dog to get a needed operation. The comprehension skill covered drawing conclusions and questioning. The vocabulary strategy worked on compound words. Students worked on correct pronoun usage as the grammar skill. The phonics skill covered the schwa sound as words such as about, happen, and lemon.

The results of the lesson 29 weekly assessment have been included in the take home folder.

During the week of May 22nd, the third grade class will be taking the Unit 6 Benchmark assessment. Students will also be taking the end of the year spelling test. The list includes one word from each of the thirty lessons. The pretest will be on Tuesday, May 23rd. The post test will be on Friday, May 26th. There will be no packet next week.

Math
Third grade is working on geometry. Students have described plane shapes, identified right angles, less than right angles, and greater than right angles, identified polygons and their type of sides.

Science
Students are learning about scientists that shaped the world of science. The class has learned about Albert Einstein and Marie Curie.

Field Trip
The third grade class will be going on a "Wild 4 Wildlife" field trip at Jester Park in Granger, IA on Monday, May 22nd. Students will learn about Iowa's wildlife through hands on discovery. The bus will leave St. Malachy at 8:30 AM. The class will be at the park from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM.  During this time, students will go on a wildlife discovery hike, lunch, bird blind, elk/bison exhibit, and free time at the playscape. Students should be dressed for outdoor activities which may involve getting dirty. Long pants are recommended on this day. Tennis shoes should also be worn. Students should bring a sack lunch that includes a drink. The bus will be back to Creston around 4:30 PM. Hand held electronics are allowed during the bus ride. Cell phone usage will not be permitted by the students The parent volunteers include Calista Purdum, Melissa Ford, and Leisa Frey. If your child has not yet returned the permission slip and the $5 to cover the cost of the transportation, please return by this Friday. I look forward to an educational and fun field trip with the third grade class.


Last Week of School
There is no school on Monday, May 29th, due to Memorial Day. On Tuesday, May 30th, students will need to bring a sack lunch (milk provided) to school. Field Day activities will take place in from 1:00-3:00 pm on the 30th. On Wednesday, May 31st, mass will take place at 9:15 AM. There will be an end of the year assembly after mass. This a free spirit day for students. School will be dismissed at noon on this day and no hot lunch will be served.


Important Dates
Friday, May 19th-Volunteer at Food Pantry
Monday, May 22nd-3rd Grade Class Field Trip (Sack Lunch with a Drink)
Wednesday, May 24th-Mass at 9:15 AM
Wednesday, May 24th-Spring Music Concert
Friday, May 26th-Pizza Party Lap-A-Thon Reward
Monday, May 29th-Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)
Tuesday, May 30th-Field Day Activities 1:00-3:00 PM
Wednesday, May 31st-Mass at 9:15 AM
Wednesday, May 31st-LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (Noon Dismissal)






Friday, May 12, 2017

3rd Grade Class Field Trip

3rd Grade Field Trip
This year the third grade class will be going on a "Wild 4 Wildlife" field trip at Jester Park in Granger, IA on Monday, May 22nd. Students will learn about Iowa's wildlife through hands on discovery. The bus will leave St. Malachy at 8:30 AM. The class will be at the park from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM.  During this time, students will go on a wildlife discovery hike, lunch, bird blind, elk/bison exhibit, and free time at the playscape. Students should be dressed for outdoor activities which may involve getting dirty. Long pants are recommended on this day. Tennis shoes should also be worn. Students should bring a sack lunch that includes a drink. The bus will be back to Creston around 4:30 PM. Hand held electronics are allowed during the bus ride. Cell phone usage will not be permitted by the students The parent volunteers include Calista Purdum, Melissa Ford, and Leisa Frey. Volunteers will need to ride the bus and fully participate in all the activities during the day.  The cost of the trip is $5 to cover the cost of the public school bus transportation. Please complete and return the permission slip that were sent home in the take home folder along with the five dollars to school by Thursday, May 18th. I look forward to an educational and fun field trip with the third grade class.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
5-11-17

Science
The third grade class is learning about the six simple machines. Students have been locating real life objects that have each simple machine. Students also practiced recognizing simple machines. Students played online games to practice their recognition. There will be a test on Monday, May 15th.

Math
The class continues to work on perimeter and area. Students will end the year learning about geometry.

Please continue to practice the basic math facts at home during the summer. By the end of third grade students should be fluent in knowing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division basic facts.

Reading/Language Arts
This week third grade read the play "The New Heroes on the Team." In this selection,  a team of soccer players learn about teamwork and accepting a new player. The comprehension skill covered analyzing characters. The vocabulary strategy focused on un- and dis-. Students worked on prepositions in grammar.  The phonics skill stressed words that end in -er and -le.

The lesson 28 weekly assessment results have been included in the take home folder. Next week will be the last regular week of reading with lesson 30. The week of May 22nd there will be an end of the year spelling test and the unit 6 benchmark test.

Lap-A-Thon
Congratulations to the third grade class for earning the most money at Lap-a-Thon this year. The class will get a pizza party at the end of the year. Corey received the award for Most Money Earned. The lap winners are first place Jaxson, Matthew, and Marshall, second place was Kadley, and third place was Owen!  Way to go, third grade!


Third Grade Field Trip
The third grade has a field trip planned for Monday, May 22nd. Please refer to the note in the take home folder with all of the necessary information.

Mass
Third and fourth grade are in charge of the mass on Wednesday, May 17th. Parts have been included in the take home folder. Because of the number of students in both grades, not everyone has a part in this mass. We hope you are able to join us at the liturgy beginning at 9:15 AM.

Important Dates
Friday, May 12th-Spirit Day ($1)
Wednesday, May 17th-3rd/4th Grade Mass at 9:15 AM
Monday, May 22nd-3rd Grade Field Trip 
Wednesday, May 24th-Mass at 9:15 AM
Monday, May 29th-NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, May 30th-Field Day
Wednesday, May 31st-Free Spirit Day
Wednesday, May 31st-Mass at 9:15 AM

The last day of school is Wednesday, May 31st. School dismisses at noon on this day.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Money Smart Piggy Banks

Creston FBLA members visted the third grade classroom. They talked to the students about being money smart. Students decorated piggy banks.



 Third grades decorating their piggy banks.
More piggy banks to be decorated by the third graders.

FBLA members choose winners in different categories.
Marshall-Most Money Smart
Kenna-Most Creative
Jaxson-Random Name Drawn
All winners won a dollar to put in their bank.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

3rd Grade News
nburg@crestonstmalachy.org
5-4-17

Math
Students are learning about perimeter and area. Students need to know the difference between the terms and be able to calculate each one.

In the take home folders this week are some extra practice pages for the students. One of the packets focuses on multiplication and the other is on fractions. These would be great to use during the summer. The packets do not need returned to school.
Science
Third grade is learning about force and motion in science. Students are learning about motion, speed, gravity, and work.

Reading/Language Arts
This week third grade read "Becoming ANYTHING He Wants to Be." In this biography selection, students read about a blind man that climbed all seven summits in the word. In addition to this accomplishment, he was a skydiver, ran marathons, skied, scuba dives, and does ling distance bike riding. The comprehension skill worked on fact and opinion and visualizing. The vocabulary strategy focused on word roots. Students studied words with -augh and -ough in phonics. The grammar skill had students using commas.

The lesson 27 weekly assessment results have been included in the take home folder.


Book Order
A book order was sent home in last week's take home folder. All orders are due by Friday, May 5th. Please send cash or check (payable to Scholastic) to school or submit an order online at www.scholastic.com. The code is GRHFQ.

Important Dates
Thursday, May 4th-Lap-a-Thon (8:45-9:45 AM for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade)
Wednesday, May 10th-Mass at 9:15 AM
Friday, May 12th-Spirit Day ($1)
Wednesday, May 17th-3rd/4th grade Mass at 9:15 AM
Monday, May 22nd-3rd Grade Field Trip (More Information Coming Later)
Wednesday, May 24th-Mass at 9:15 AM
Monday, May 29th-NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, May 31st-Free Spirit Day
Wednesday, May 31st-Mass at 9:15 AM

The last day of school at St. Malachy is on Wednesday, May 31st.