December 3rd Newsletter

Mrs. Manfred’s

Class News


December 3, 2021



“When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place.”

-author unknown

Upcoming Events:

  • December 6th Ugly Christmas sweaters can be worn with uniform bottoms
  • December 8th Immaculate Conception Mass 12:15
  • December 13th Christmas socks may be worn with uniform
  • December 13th Report Cards and Assessments sent home
  • December 13th-14th Christmas program rehearsal at the church during school hours, time TBD
  • December 15th Christmas Program
  • December 17th Reconciliation at church, Red & Green free dress, Christmas Party
  • December 18th through January 2nd Christmas Break
  • January 3rd School Resumes


  • Homework packets went home today. They are due Friday, December 10th.
  • Spelling Test: Friday, December 10th

Important Information:

  • Christmas Party: I’ll send a google doc later this week with a sign-up for food. Thank you to the Wynne family for again providing individual gingerbread houses for our party this year!
  • Christmas Concert Class Colors: The students are being asked to wear their Sunday best and if they can wear it in their grade colors, that would be great. Thank you!

3rd:  Gold

4th:  White

Highlights from our Week:

  • Math: The 3rd graders learned some powerful mental math subtraction strategies for multi-digit numbers. The 4th graders continued to learn how to compare and find equivalent fractions. The 4th graders took a short quiz on equivalent fractions. Both groups wrapped up their November Calendar grids and began their December ones.
  • Religion: Advent has begun! We spent quite a bit of time learning about Advent on Monday. We even “lit” our first purple candle of hope. During Advent, our focus is the Jesse tree. We painted our own Jesse trees and began reading a beautiful book about this tradition in our church. During Advent, we will read a chapter from this book daily and hear the stories of Jesus’ lineage in the Old Testament. As we read, we will add ornaments that symbolize these stories to the trees we made. They are on display in the hall. We also attended a beautiful Mass on Thursday. Father Mai’s message was that we need to be grateful for what we have.
  • Reading: We continued with our guided reading groups and Words Their Way groups. We also began to study literary elements. We read “The Rag Coat” and looked at the setting and character attributes. We discussed how the characters’ attributes affected the plot of the story.
  • Writing: We explored verbs of being in grammar this week. We also began to write an essay on the true meaning of Christmas. We are writing this essay together as a class during guided instruction on the writing process.
  • Social Studies: We began a new unit on maps. We read “Me on the Map” and drew maps of our rooms at home. We will add key map features to these as we continue learning about maps in the next few weeks.