December 10th Newsletter

Mrs. Manfred’s

Class News


December 10, 2018



*I just wanted to let you know that Ms. Ginger is graciously helping us with putting together simple costumes for our Christmas program.  We are so blessed to have her help us!


*Our first trimester is officially over and the report cards have been sent home today.  Please look for the yellow folder of work and the report card.


*Please send your children with warm winter coats.  We are walking over to the church a few times in the next few weeks and we still go out to recess.  Thank you!


*We will continue to have hallway Advent prayer each day.  If you arrive later than 8:35, you might be stuck and will have to wait until we are finished.  Please join us if you can!


*Please prayerfully consider donating to our school’s Annual Fund.  It makes an impact for your children.  The first class to have everyone donate will win a free dress pass and pizza/movie party.  One donation per family will go towards all of your children.  Thank you in advance!


*If you are planning on going on field trips this year, you must be Virtus trained.  Watch the volunteer section of the Monday News to see the scheduled Virtus trainings.  Please contact Aleisha Webb [email protected] for more information.  We will have a big one in the spring that I will need lots of help with.  Thank you!


*Christmas Program:

*Dress Rehearsal at church, 10:00, anyone is welcome to watch

*Program, 6:30 at church (Meet me in the class pews at 6:15.)

*Parking will be limited due to the GU game happening at the same time.

*There will be a cookie reception following the program in the school




  • Spelling (Test Friday)
  • Math Sheet (Due Monday)
  • Math Log (Due Monday)
  • Reading Log (Due Monday)

Upcoming Events:

  • December 10th, First Trimester Report Cards sent home
  • December 14th, Ugly Sweater or Sock Day (Uniform Bottoms)
  • December 18th, Christmas Program, 6:30 p.m., St. Al’s Church
  • December 19th, Advent Reconciliation
  • December 19th, Christmas Party (We are having a simple class party with cocoa, cookie decorating, and a movie. Please look for an email from Brianna Barbieri asking for donations.  Thank you!)
  • December 20th-January 2nd, Christmas Break
  • January 3rd, School Resumes

Curricular Information:

Math:  Lots of math is happening in here!  We started our December Number Corner with more learning about equivalent fractions and adding fractions.   We are also weighing the mass of objects in grams during Number Corner.  During our lessons this week, we looked at the multiplication strategy of doubling and began creating a multiplication table.  We also worked on multiplication and division story problems, ratio tables,  and rounding to 100.


Science:  What a week of Science!!  We are wrapping up our Water & Climate unit this coming week.  We watched a short video on the Water Cycle, as well as a video on the difference between weather and climate.  Ask your child about the fun Water Cycle Rap they danced to.  We also had the GU Science Methods group come and teach us about levees.  We did an awesome STEM activity where the students became engineers and had to design, build, and test levees.  Their levees had to withstand water for 90 seconds and the children were put into design groups.  They had to work together to buy materials (They had $10 of fake money to buy supplies).  So, they had to be resourceful and cooperative in order to make their levee work.  Ask your child about this awesome learning experience and look for the pictures on my website.


Religion:  What a wonderful season of the year!  We have been blessed with Advent learning and experiences all week and we will continue to do so until Christmas.  As an entire school, we have daily Advent prayer together.  This is such a wonderful part of our day in which we sing and pray together.  Each day, we have been lighting our own class Advent candle and reading from our Advent prayer book.  We have learned that Advent means “waiting or coming.”  We are waiting for God’s greatest gift, Jesus.  We began to learn about the Jesse Tree and are reading from the most beautiful story each day.  It is taking us through Jesus’ lineage and all of the stories in the Old Testament.  It has been awesome to then look for those stories in the Bible.  We are adding ornaments symbolic of these stories to our Jesse Trees daily.  Ask your child what the sun/moon, rainbow/ark, camel, and ladder represent.  On Thursday, we had all school Mass to celebrate the Immaculate Conception.  We later had a great class discussion on the Gospel reading of the Immaculate Conception.