Newsletter October 21

Mrs. Manfred’s

Class News


October 21, 2019


*Thank you to all of the families who donated snacks to our class!  I appreciate the donations.  We are good for now on snacks.  I’ll let you know if we need more.


*On Wednesday, the children are taking their unit 1 math test.  We will review for the test in class on Monday and Tuesday by doing the pre-test together.  The children will bring the pre-tests home on Tuesday if you would like your child to do additional studying at home on Tuesday evening.  This is completely optional.


*You should have received an email from Ann Smith, a parent in our classroom.  She is our room parent, along with Sarah Schwering.  Ann and Sarah are organizing our class Halloween party.  She sent an email with a Google doc to sign up to donate items and/or to volunteer.  Thank you to those of you who have already signed up!


*Our class is scheduled to lead the All Saints/All Souls Mass at the parish on Friday, November 1st at 12:15.  Please join us if you can!


*Your sweet children have earned another party by earning 20 points yet again!  They voted to have a craft celebration this Friday afternoon.  Congratulations to them!


*We are in need of volunteers for Hallowfest!  Please sign up to volunteer on Track It Forward.  We are also still in need of candy donations.  Please turn in your donations at the front office.  Thank you!




*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

**There is a parent signature line at the top of the sheet.  Please sign.**



*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

**There is a parent signature line at the top of the sheet.  Please sign.**


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

Due the following Monday


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

the sheet does not have to be returned to me.)


*Math Test Wednesday (Study guide is going home on Tuesday.)

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, October 25th, Hallowfest
  • Thursday, October 31, Halloween Party, black and orange free dress
  • Friday, November 1st, All Saints/All Souls Mass, 12:15 at church, (Third grade is in charge of this Mass. Please join us if you are able.)
  • Thursday and Friday, November 7 & 8, Conferences, No School
  • Monday, November 11th, Veteran’s Day, No School
  • Friday, November 22nd, Picture Retakes
  • Wednesday, November 27th, Early Release 12:00 p.m., ELC closes at 3:00 p.m.
  • November 28-29, No School, Thanksgiving Break, ELC closed



Curricular Information:

Math:  We continued learning about liquid volume during Number Corner by adding 250 milliliters of water to our 250 milliliters of orange water.  We realized that we have half of a liter of water.  Ask your child how many milliliters are in a liter.  Also during Number Corner, we discussed right, acute, and obtuse angles.  We learned that right angles are 90 degrees, obtuse are larger than 90 degrees, and acute are smaller than 90 degrees.  During our main math lessons, we solved larger subtraction problems using a variety of strategies.  We had a chance to come up with our own strategies and share them with the class.  We are learning that we are a community of learners and can learn by listening to each other share.


Religion:  We practiced for our Monday Morning Prayer.  By teaching the school about the Parable of Talents, we deepened our own understanding of this parable.  Ask your child to tell you what this parable teaches us.  We also continued our Personal Safety discussions.


Social Studies:  We began creating our continent maps.  We learned about the 7 continents and the 5 oceans.


Science:  We enjoyed a fun experiment in which we measured the amount of water that a sponge could soak up.  We used balance scales and gram sets to measure the amount of water in the sponge.  We wrote our observations in our science journals and we discussed how the measurements changed as we added more water.  We also added the word “soak” to our science dictionaries.  Look for pictures of this experiment on my website.


Reading:  We continued meeting in small, guided reading groups as well as word work groups.  We also did a large group word work session.  Many of the guided reading groups are reading non-fiction so we are discussing the features of non-fiction books.


Writing:  We really focused on good paragraph writing with transitions.  We learned that we transition to a new paragraph when there is a new subtopic, new dialogue, or a new idea.  We also focused on writing in the lines neatly on notebook paper.  We are practicing starting at the margin and using the whole width of the line.  We also continued our grammar study of proper and common nouns, as well as singular and plural nouns.