March 12th Newsletter

Mrs. Manfred’s

Class News


March 12th, 2018

Important Information:

  • Spring conferences are quickly approaching.  These conferences are optional.  I will contact a few families I would like to touch base with.  If I don’t request a conference with you and you would like one, please email me at [email protected].  I would be happy to set one up.
  • During Lent, we are focusing on Social Justice as a school.  Our class will be working with our first grade buddies to collect personal hygiene items for Kira’s Kloset.  This is our class Social Justice Project.  Grades K-4 are doing class projects instead of individual projects this year.  We will then get together on Thursday, March 15th, to put together bags of hygiene items for the kids of Kira’s Kloset.  If you are able to donate, we would appreciate it!  The following are the items we are collecting:

Kids’  & Adult Toothpaste

Kids’ & Adult Toothbrushes

Kids’ shampoo/conditioner

Adult shampoo/conditioner

Thank you for your support!  Items are due by March 15th.

  • Please continue to collect Boxtops for Education.  Thank you!
  • Homework this Week:
  1. Math and Reading Logs
  2. Math Sheet
  3. Cursive Practice
  4. Spelling Words (Test Thursday)

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, March 15th, last day to turn in toiletries for Kira’s Kloset
  • Thursday, March 15th, Lenten Mass, 10:15
  • Friday, March 16th, Conferences, No School
  • Wednesday, March 21st, Walking Fieldtrip to Academy
  • Thursday, March 22nd, Class Pictures
  • Monday, March 26th, Insect posters due
  • Friday, March 30th, Stations of the Cross, 10:15
  • Sunday, April 1st, Easter
  • April 2nd through 6th, Spring Break

Curricular Information:

Math:  We have been adding and subtracting larger numbers by drawing place value blocks as a strategy.  We also compared fractions on a numberline and learned a strategy for multiplying by 9.  During Number Corner, we have been looking at graphs and clocks.  We are learning all different measurements of time and are continuing to work on elapsed time.  We are also collecting square feet and measuring the area and perimeter.


Writing:  We were able to begin publishing our pieces about our friends at the Academy this week.  We also continued to study cursive.


Religion:  We continued to learn the Creed.  We added hand motions to the last section.  We also highlighted words we didn’t know in the last section.  We took a few of those words and added them to our class cognitive dictionaries.  We also continued with our Lenten reflections.  In addition, we had a conversation about our class Social Justice project.  We discussed why it is important for us to create toiletry bags for the kids of Kira’s Kloset.


Social Studies:  We studied the world map.  We learned that there are five oceans on earth and labeled the continents.  We also looked at a close-up of the Bering Strait.  We learned that the Native Americans walked across a land bridge from Asia thousands of years ago.  We talked about how the Spokane River was important to the Spokans as well.


Science/Reading:  We continued learning about other insects in our Expert Groups.  We also shared our mealworm poems.  We created mealworm sentences using the parts of speech to create those sentences.  On Thursday, some students from GU came and did

science experiments with us.  It was a lot of fun!