September 10, 2021
“This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you.”
What a great first 6 days we have had in class! It’s a pleasure to teach your sweet children! It was great to see so many of you at our welcome back picnic. We are pretty lucky to be a part of this wonderful community!
- September 13, St. Al’s On-line Store Closes
- September 14-15, GU Nursing Students conduct Fall Screenings
- September 16th, Back to School Night, 6:00 P.M.
- September 17th, Fund Run Assembly (Kids wear old Fund Run t-shirt and uniform bottoms)
- September 22nd, All School Mass, 9:30, Join us if you can!
- September 24th, Fund Run Assembly (Kids wear old Fund Run t-shirt and uniform bottoms)
- September 30th, Fund Run Assembly (Kids wear old Fund Run t-shirt and uniform bottoms)
- October 1st, Fund Run
- Back to School Night: I look forward to seeing you at this adult only event next Thursday, September 16th. The evening will begin in the Garco Gym at 6:00. Then you will be invited to one of two sessions in our classroom and the learning fair in the gym.
- Fund Run is October 1st! Please look for information from the school and from our class newsletter regarding this fun event. Please return your child’s t-shirt/medical release form ASAP! Thank you to those who have returned yours!
- MAP Testing: Students in grades 3-8 do MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing three times each year. This test is done on-line on Chromebooks and will test language use, math, and reading. The following is our class schedule. Please try your best to have your child at school and ready (well rested) on the following days:
Wednesday, September 15th (Language Use)
Wednesday, September 22nd (Math)
Wednesday, September 29th (Reading)
- How to access my website:
- Go to stalsschool.org
- Go to the “For Students” tab and scroll to “Elementary Classes”
- Go to the 3rd/4th grade tab
- I will keep my website updated with news and photos.
- I have already posted some pictures on my website. Scroll to the bottom of the page, click on “Images from our Class,” and then the 2021-202 2file.
- Parking Lot: Please be aware that it may take extra time getting out at the end of the day. Thank you so much for your patience! Also, please remind your child to use the crosswalk when entering the lot. Thank you!
- Hot Lunch & Breakfast:
*Thanks to the USDA, every child can receive free hot lunch and breakfast through the school year.
*Hot breakfast is served in the cafeteria beginning at 8:00.
*Your child will sign up for hot lunch when they arrive for the day. They can also choose to bring a cold lunch.
- Please turn in these items from the first week in school:
- Family Homework Sacks
- “Introducing your Child” sheet.
- Name Homework
- Fund Run t-shirt/medical release form
- Please know that I am here for you. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected].
Highlights from our Week:
- Math: I teach two separate math lessons each day for 3rd and 4th The curriculum at these grades are different and build on each other. The 3rd graders are reviewing addition, as well as are learning strategies for multiplication. The 4th graders are moving on in their multiplication learning by multiplying larger numbers. They learned the vocabulary term, multiple, this week. Ask your 4th grader what that means. Both grades took a short baseline assessment too.
- Social Studies: We are really working on classroom community building.
- Religion: We are exploring the Old Testament and have heard from Isaiah, Abraham, and Ruth. We have learned that we are each important and can have a special relationship with God. He has called us each by name.
- Reading: We have learned all about our class library and how independent reading works. I have begun assessing the children in reading this week.
- Writing: We had a great discussion about what 3rd/4th grade writers do and don’t do since they are getting older. They wrote about their summers and also wrote an “I Am” poem for community building. These are in the hall on display. We also began our first writing unit on personal narratives (true stories).