October 1st Newsletter

Mrs. Manfred’s

Class News


October 1, 2018


*It’s hard to believe that October is upon us!  September flew by with lots of learning by this sweet class.


*Your wonderful children have earned a Pajama Day.  We will have this special day on Friday, October 12th.  The children may wear their pajamas to school that day.  Please keep in mind that they are appropriate for school.  The children must also wear tennis shoes (no slippers).  We have P.E. that day.  They can bring one small stuffed animal, one blanket, and some favorite books.  All must be able to fit in their backpacks.


*Homework:  It is due by the following Monday. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  1. Spelling Words (Test next Monday due to shortened week)
  2. Reading Log
  3. Math Log
  4. Double-sided math sheet


*Map Testing:  We will continue our MAP testing this week.  On October 1st-4th, we will complete our MAP testing.  Please try and have your child well rested for our MAP testing.  Let me know if you have any questions!


*The newspaper reporter from Kids News came and interviewed some of our students.  I drew their names out of a bucket to be fair.  Their quotes will be published in the November issue.


*Please collect “Box Tops for Education” for our school.  They are the little Box Top labels found on certain food items and products.  These labels earn cash for our school.  Thank you!


*Blessing of the Animals:  If you are able to meet us on the field at 2:30 with your pet on a leash or in a travel crate, please feel free.  If you are unable to meet us, your child can bring a picture of their pet to be blessed.

Upcoming Events:

  • MAP test, Monday, October 1st-Thursday, October 4th
  • Wednesday, October 3rd, Blessing of the Animals, 2:30
  • Friday, October 5th, Teacher In-service, No School
  • Wednesday, October 10th, Individual Pictures
  • Thursday, October 11th, All School Mass, 10:15
  • Friday, October 12th, Pajama Day
  • Friday, October 26th, Hallowfest


Curricular Information:

Math:  We took a survey of favorite types of pizza and used that data to create a bar graph.  We then analyzed that information by doing some subtraction problems to compare numbers.  We also created our own numberlines which we used to look at place value.  In addition, we continued to learn subtraction strategies.


Reading:  Mrs. Manfred continued assessing students individually on their reading.  We also used sticky notes to help us understand a story better.  Together, we read “How Many Days to America?” and used post-its to write down questions and connections.  We are learning to have inner conversations with stories which help our comprehension.


Social Studies:  We continued to learn about legends on maps.  We also learned about a compass rose and added them to our personal maps.  Look for these in the hall.


Religion:  We looked at the New Testament and learned about the Gospels and what a parable is.  We studied the “Parable of Talents” in the Book of Matthew and discovered that God has given each of us talents to use.  We also learned that we don’t all have the same talents and that it is ok to be different.  This week we also attended our first school Mass.  Instead of having Mass buddies outside of our classroom, I have paired each child with a buddy in here.  They are paired with someone they might not necessarily know that well.  My goal is for them to meet new children and be in conversation with them.  We will continue to grow this community all year long.


Writing:  We continued writing personal narratives this week.  We discussed and tried different ways to write a strong lead.  We talked more about adding dialogue and detailing action.  Your children are really enjoying writing time and especially our “Author’s Share” at the end.


Science:  We added information to our pictorial chart of water.  During this activity, we had a strong vocabulary discussion and we also learned how to take some notes.