December 10th Newsletter

Mrs. Manfred’s

Class News


December 10, 2021



“Advent= Hope, Peace, Joy, Love”


Upcoming Events:

  • 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, 6:00
  • December 15th Christmas Program, 6:00 P.M.
  • December 17th Reconciliation at church, Red & Green free dress, Christmas Party
  • December 18th through January 2nd Christmas Break
  • January 3rd School Resumes



  • The students brought home the pre-assessment study guide for their unit 3 test on Wednesday, December 15th. Please take time to practice and study over the weekend. We will also review in class. These do not need to be turned in.
  • We are taking a break with packets and spelling tests until January.


Important Information:

  • Altar Servers: Father Lamanna mentioned needing more Altar Servers for weekend masses. If your 4th grade or older child is interested, please complete the form I sent home in their boxes yesterday. You can also contact the parish.


  • Masks: We need your child to bring a mask to school. Our supply is running low. Today (December 9th) we had over 50 kids ask for a mask. We have masks for students if their mask is damaged or lost but we need them to commit to remembering their mask each day. Thank you!


  • Christmas Party: I sent a Google Doc asking for food donations. Please bring them by the morning of the 17th. Thank you!!


  • Christmas Concert:


The K-8 Christmas program will be held on December 15, at St. Aloysius Church. It will begin at 6:00 pm. This will be an opportunity for us to praise, worship and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Many parents have asked what the process is for securing a seat for your family. The church will open at 5:00 pm, and at that time, you may enter and find your seats for the program. We ask that you not save seats. Seating will be determined on a first-come basis. There will be some rows reserved for classes and staff. 


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 continued to learn rounding of larger numbers, place value, as well as triple-digit addition & subtraction. During Number Corner, they continued to work on adding fractions and equivalent fractions. The 4th graders continued to work on converting fractions to decimals, mixed fractions, equivalent fractions, etc. During Number Corner, they continued to focus on geometry.


  • Religion: On Monday, we “lit” our second purple candle of peace as well as we read and prayed about the second week of Advent. We also reflected on St. Nicholas since his feast day was on December 6th. We continued to read the powerful stories from the Jesse Tree and discovered more of God’s Rescue Plan and Jesus’ lineage. This week we read about Joseph and his coat, Moses saving the Hebrews, Ruth, Samuel, and David. The time with this treasured book has become our favorite time during the day. On Wednesday, we went to the Immaculate Conception Mass at our church.


  • Reading: We continued studying literary elements. We reviewed last week’s lesson on “The Rag Coat” and by remembering the elements. We then read “The Legend of the Poinsettia” and reflected on the character’s attributes and the setting. The children were enamored with this beautiful legend.


  • Writing: We continued writing our essays on the true meaning of Christmas. This class writing has been an awesome reflection of our Advent learning during Religion.


  • Social Studies: We continued developing our map skills. We explored a map of Hawaii and answered questions about its legend. We also learned about the Compass Rose and added those to our maps of our rooms. We enjoyed playing a fun direction game as well. The students also loved seeing the plans for our house when we built it over 20 years ago. We discovered they are a type of map with a legend included.


  • Technology: We developed our map skills a bit more by exploring


  • Science: We were very fortunate on Monday to have a Zoom learning experience with an educator from the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge in Cheney. She had a wonderful interactive presentation for the kids about owls.