Newsletter April 22nd

Mrs. Manfred’s

Class News


April 23, 2019


He Is Risen!


*Thank you to those of you who attended Math Night.


*Thank you for my donations!  I appreciate you!

*I am in need of a few more volunteers to attend our May 8th field trip to the Spokane House on the river.  I only have a few volunteers coming and would love to have a few more adults with me.  If you can, please make sure you have gone through the Virtus training through Aleisha Webb ([email protected]).  Thank you for those of you who are signed up!

*Please sign and return our field trip permission slip attached to our homework packet.  Your child won’t be able to attend if it is not signed.

*Mr. Barfield is hosting an incoming 4th-8th grade drama camp this summer at Gonzaga Prep.  It is a wonderful camp called “Cast of Characters.”  It is two weeks long in the beginning of August (5th-16th) and runs from 9:00-3:00 each day.  It’s reasonably priced at $250.  Go online to to register.  My older children have been a part of this camp for many years and I already signed Patrick up.  It’s amazing!



  • Cursive: Please encourage your child to try their best with neat writing. (Due Monday)
  • Math: Double-sided sheet (Due Monday)
  • Math Log: Please continue to have your child practice math facts (especially multiplication facts) each night.  It is so important for them to know their facts quickly. (Due Monday)
  • Reading Log: Please read for 15 minutes each night. (Due Monday)
  • Spelling Words: Test Friday

Upcoming Events:

  • April 25th, Easter Mass, 10:15
  • May 3rd, Living Rosary, 10:15
  • May 3rd, Noon dismissal, Teacher Inservice
  • May 8th, Field Trip to Spokane House
  • May 9th, Chapel Mass
  • May 16th, Marian Mass, 10:15
  • May 27th, Memorial Day, No School
  • May 31st, Fund Run


Curricular Information:

Math:  Multiplication and division are our world right now!  We are drawing pictures to help us solve our story problems.  We continued working with arrays (area model of multiplication) to solve multiplication problems and enjoyed playing an array game.  We began our timed quick checks of multiplication problems.  We will do one a week for the rest of the school year.  Please continue to practice multiplication facts at home.


Language Arts:  We learned how to connect what we already know (schema) to what we are learning when we read non-fiction.  The children are learning that it is important to make those connections so learning can happen.  After all, our goal when reading non-fiction is to learn!


Religion:  We have been experiencing and learning about Holy Week!  We continued our discussion of our Holiest days of the liturgical year.  On Holy Thursday, we read scripture and participated in washing of the feet.  I have a painting of the Last Supper that I also shared with the children.  On Good Friday, we put all of our learning from this week together as we watched our 8th graders perform a very moving Stations of the Cross.  We also did our class social justice project this week.  On Tuesday, Rita Waldref (Forrest’s grandma who works for St. Al’s church), came and spoke to our class on the difference between social justice and charity.  We learned that both are equally important and needed.  We then cleaned St. Al’s church on Thursday to give back to our parish.  We took what we learned from Rita’s talk and reflected on whether our church cleaning was more social justice or charity.  We wrote reflection opinion papers on this topic.  Please look for these on our hall bulletin board.


Science:  On Tuesday, we took an insect assessment and also released our beetles.  We had a little ceremony by the tree in the field and said a prayer for them.  Some students found them at recess the next morning and held them again.  We are excited to have new friends in our classroom.  We are currently watching our new caterpillars grow bigger and bigger!


Social Studies:  We continued our learning of Native Americans by viewing my pictures from my Montana trip.  I went to a museum in Helena that had a ton of Native American history.  We also began reading about Marcus Whitman, one of the first missionaries in our area.