Newsletter January 22nd

Mrs. Manfred’s

Class News


January 22, 2019


*I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing four-day weekend!


*We will have MAP testing all week this week.


*Thank you to Brianna Barbieri and Kelly Dvorak for putting our class auction project together with the children.  A lot of work went into this project and it is much appreciated!  It will be up for bid at our school auction on February 8th.


*Please consider attending our school auction on February 8th at 5:45 in the gym.  All of the money made goes towards helping our students at St. Al’s.  If you wish to go, you can RSVP on line at our website at or call 489-7825.  Thank you!  I hope to see all of you there!


*Thanks to Mrs. Mills’ hard work, our school received a grant to buy books for kids.  Your children all received a book to take home this week as well as we received books for our classroom library.  So awesome!


*Your wonderful kids earned their 20th point last week so we will enjoy a movie and popcorn treat this Friday.  It will be a nice reward after MAP testing all week!


*Special Persons’ Day Mass Schedule (Thursday, January 31st):

  • 8:30 a.m. Coffee & cinnamon rolls in Garco Gym
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome & presentation in gym
  • 9:30 a.m. Class time with kids
  • 10:15 a.m. Mass at St. Al’s Parish



Reading Log (Due Monday)

Math Log (Due Monday)

Math Sheet (Due Monday)

Spelling Test (Monday)

Upcoming Events:

  • Catholic Schools Week, January 27-31 (More info. to come)
  • Catholic Schools Week Parish Appreciation Masses (Please try to attend one of these in your uniform.): Sunday January 27th at 8:30 or 11:00
  • Special Persons Day and Mass, January 31st
  • Auction, Friday, February 8th, 5:45 p.m.
  • February 14th, Valentine’s Party (More info. to come)
  • February 15th, No School, Inservice
  • February 18th, No School, Presidents’ Day

Curricular Information:

Math:  We have been learning several subtraction strategies for larger 3-digit numbers.  We have been solving story problems using those strategies.  Through Number Corner, we have continued our work with fractions.  We are now comparing fractions and learning how to find equivalent fractions.  Ask your child what the word “equivalent” means.  We are also continuing our study of elapsed time.


Language Arts:  We are continuing our study of the features of Nonfiction texts.  This week we learned about captions and diagrams.  We added these to the books we are making.  During our guided groups, we are reading nonfiction books and using these features to help us understand what we are reading.  As a class, we are reading “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”  The children LOVE this book and often make me smile by chanting “One more chapter” if we are finished reading for the day.  😊


Writing:  We enjoyed reading the book, “Animals Say” which has several silly opinion pieces about animals.  We used that book to come up with silly opinion ideas to add to our own topic lists.  The children each chose a topic off of their list and outlined their paragraphs on a “Four Square” so they could turn these into another five paragraph essay.


STEM:  We had a great discussion about the Engineering design process.  We talked about where our world would be if the cell phone hadn’t been redesigned by engineers.  The children were very interested in the history of the cell phones I have owned.  We went back to our levee designs we created with the GU students before break.  We redesigned our levees and built new ones.  We tested them to see if our new designs worked to hold back a full water bottle for 90 seconds.  Ask your child if their group’s new design worked!  This activity was also great in that they had to work together in teams and compromise about their designs.


Religion:  We continued learning about the Trinity.  We completed our shamrock pictorial chart showing God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We spent time discussing each of these Persons.


Social Studies:  We learned about Martin Luther King Jr.  Mrs. Manfred went to Atlanta where MLK was born and raised.  She took pictures of MLK’s house and church and shared them with the kids.