Newsletter September 16th

Mrs. Manfred’s

Class News


September 16, 2019


*Thank you to all of you who were able to make it to our Back to School Night!  We appreciate your partnership with us.


*Our school is getting new emails!  We are in the process of transferring our emails over to the new ones so please bear with us!  My new email is [email protected]


*Please continue to check my website for important information and pictures.  I will always post the newsletter as well as other key information.  I also will always post the spelling words for the week so you can access them if you don’t have the homework packet with you.


*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.  Also please return the name homework.  I am still missing a few of both sheets.


*MAP testing for 3rd grade is during the window of September 27 through October 3rd.  Please try not to schedule absences during that time-frame if you are able.  I totally understand if your child is sick.  We will make up any missed tests if a child is absent.  Also, please make sure your child gets enough rest during that week.  Thank you!


*Our homework and spelling tests will begin this week.  Please take the time to read the following homework instructions.  Let me know if you have any questions at all!



*Reading Log (Please have your child read at least 20 minutes every night either to you or

independently.   You may also choose to read to your child too.  Please mark down the minutes read on

the log.)

Due the following Monday


*Math Log (This is located on the other side of the reading log.  Please either help your child learn math

facts quickly by quizzing them or your child may practice math facts independently too.  Please try and

have your child practice math facts every night for at least 10 minutes.  Record the minutes on the math

log.  Start with addition and subtraction and then onto multiplication.  By the end of 3rd grade, the

children are required to fluently know their multiplication facts to 10.

Due the following Monday


*Math Sheet (This is double-sided and reflects our learning in class.)

Due the following Monday


*Spelling (The words are attached for the test Friday of this week.  Your child can study any way and

the sheet does not have to be returned to me.

Upcoming Events:


  • Thursday, September 26th, 10:15, Mass of the Holy Spirit at St. Al’s Church
  • September 27-October 3, MAP testing for 3rd grade
  • 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:  During Number Corner, we continued to learn two multiplication strategies (loop and group and ratio table).  Also during Number Corner, we created a class graph of our favorite pizza.  During our main lessons this week we completed addition tables that we are using as a reference tool in class.  We have been reviewing and learning many addition strategies.  The children will be practicing some of these in the homework this week.  We also took our baseline assessment.  It will give me a better picture of your child’s understanding of math.


Religion:  We continued our study of the Old Testament by meeting Ruth.  We learned how she came to know and believe in God.  We also shared our name homework.  It was so fun to hear how you all picked your children’s names.  They are truly gifts from God!


Social Studies:  We continued to get to know each other and explore how we can be positive classmates.  We read many books on friendship this week, as well as created discussion charts together.  We created a class “Important Book,” highlighting how we are each important.  At the end of the week, we enjoyed making friendship fruit salad.  We learned how it only takes one rotten banana to spoil the whole salad.  Ask your child to tell you how we related the fruit salad to being a good classmate.


Reading:  We began our first “I-Pick” lesson.  We are learning in these lessons how to choose books for independent reading that are just right for us.  I also continued listening to each child read individually during independent and partner reading time.


Writing:  We began our first writing unit of the year by composing a list of what “Third Grade Writers Do and Don’t Do.”  We also began our true story writing.  We created topic lists to keep in our writing folders.  We are using those lists to write true stories about what we know.  During grammar, we began our interactive notebooks.  We began with nouns this week.  Please ask your child what a noun is.