Newsletter September 9th

Mrs. Manfred’s

Class News


September 9, 2019


*I feel truly blessed to be at St. Aloysius Catholic School teaching your children!  We are off to a great start in 3rd grade!  I look forward to seeing you all at Back To School Night on Thursday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m.  It will take on a different look this year than in years past.  We will not be meeting as a 3rd grade class.  Instead, we will have different breakout sessions on a variety of topics after the general session in the gym.  Please look for more information sent from the school on these changes.  Prior to the general session, there will be a Virtus training at 4:45.  Everyone who is planning on going on any field trips or volunteering at school with students must go through this training.  If you can’t make this one, there will be other opportunities this school year.  Please check the school news for more information.


*I have attached important back to school information regarding our class to this newsletter.  I have also posted this information on my website.  Please let me know if you have any questions!


*Look for the first day pictures I posted on my website!


*We will begin homework packets and weekly spelling tests next week.  Please refer to the attached information packet that explains these procedures.


*We are blessed to have Kelly Dvorak as our daily aide this school year.  She will be working with the students in math, reading, and writing.  We will also have a student teacher in our room this year.  Her name is Erin Beall.  She is from GU and is a wonderful addition to our classroom!


*PE is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Please have your child wear tennis shoes on those days.


*Family Homework and Name Homework both went home at the end of the week last week.  They are due anytime in the next few weeks at your convenience.  These fun activities just allow us to get to know your child better.


*Parents fill out and return the information about your child sheet that went home the first day.  This information helps me to get to know your child better.


*Please let me know if you did not get my welcome back group email.  I may have the wrong email for you if you did not receive it.


*Please see the “Fruit Salad” letter that is coming home today.  Thank you in advance for your donation of fruit this Friday!

Upcoming Events:


  • Thursday, September 12th, 4:45, Virtus Training for Volunteering (If you plan on going on field trips or volunteering this year, please attend one of the offered Virtus trainings. There will be other dates available too.)
  • Thursday, September 12th, 6:00 p.m., Back to School Night (parents only)
  • Thursday, September 26th, 10:15, Mass of the Holy Spirit at St. Al’s Church
  • Thursday, October 3rd, 2:30, Blessing of the Animals
  • Friday, October 4th, Diocesan In-service, No School
  • Wednesday, October 9th, Individual Student Pictures
  • Thursday, October 10th, 10:15, All School Mass
  • Friday, October 11th, Teacher In-service, No School


Curricular Information:

Math:  We created glyphs and bar graphs this week.  We also began learning some multiplication strategies during Number Corner and played a fun multiplication game together.  Ask your child what the multiplication rule for multiplying by one is.


Religion:  We began looking at the Old Testament.  We learned that God calls us by name and how important our name is.  We really understood this concept when we read the book, “Chrysanthemum,” together.  Whenever you get a chance, please do the “name homework” with your child.  We will be sharing these in class.


Social Studies:  We did a lot activities that promote community building within our classroom.  We talked about what makes a good classmate and how we can include others, especially at recess.  We also created a class promise to each other and put our self portraits around it.  We played the “Human Learning Continuum” game as well.  In this game, we learned that all of us are experts at something and beginners at other things.  We explored our differences.


Reading:  We learned all about how our classroom library works.  Your children were so cute when I was showing them all of my books.  They were cheering for their favorites!  We also talked about independent and partner reading.  I was able to begin assessing students individually on their reading as well!


Writing:  We took a baseline writing sample.  We also wrote “I Am” poems.  Look for these in the hall.