September 23rd Newsletter

Mrs. Manfred’s

Class News


September 23, 2022


“People wait all week for Friday, all year for Summer, all life for happiness…

Be happy today.”

-Author Unknown


Upcoming Events:

  • September 29th, Fund Run Assembly (Students may wear Fund Run t-shirts and uniform bottoms)
  • September 30th, Fund Run
  • October 5th, Blessing of the Animals, 2:15
  • October 10th, Evacuation Drill to 4th Memorial Church, 9:20
  • October 13th, All School Mass, 9:30
  • October 14th, No School, Teacher Inservice
  • October 17th, Our Class leads Monday Morning Prayer at 8:45 in Garco Gym (Join us if you can!)
  • October 20th, 3rd/4th Chapel Mass


Each Friday the children will bring home a homework packet that is due the following Friday. Their homework packet went home today and is due on Friday, September 30th. The following is included in the packet:

  • Spelling Words: Study these words for the test next Thursday because of Fund Run.
  • Reading Log: Read 4 nights for at least 20 minutes this week. Have a parent sign your sheet.
  • Math Log: Practice your math facts for at least 10 minutes on 4 different days this week.
  • 2-Sided Math Sheet: Please do all of the problems on both sides.


Important Information:

  • Altar Servers Needed: If your child is interested in becoming an Altar Server for St. Al’s Church, please contact Solveig Heidberg ([email protected]). Bailey and her sister, Brooklyn, were trained this weekend by Solveig, Father Dan, and my son, Patrick. See their picture above. It is a great way for children to become involved in the church and live their faith.


  • Fund Run:

Fund Run 2022 is set for Friday, September 30, 2022! Fund Run Letters have been mailed. Be on the lookout for yours to arrive this week! Continue to collect those pledges. Thank you!


¾ MAC Run Time: 10:30


  • MAP Testing: Please try your best to have your child at school and ready (well rested) on the following days:

Tuesday, September 27 (Reading)


Highlights from our Week:

  • Math: The 3rd graders continued to review addition & subtraction, as well as learn multiplication strategies. The 4th graders continued to review multiplication and division strategies. They also have been learning a new skill to all of them: converting mixed fractions to improper fractions. Both grades enjoyed learning new math games they can play together during their independent math time. Both grades will have their math test over unit 1 on October 5th. A study guide will go home next week.
  • Religion: We learned the 2nd Commandment from God. We have had some great discussions on how although these Commandments are from the Old Testament, they still apply to us today as God’s children. We also went to a beautiful Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday. Our choir students did a great job!
  • Reading: We continued learning how we use our inference skills (schema and text clues) to discover meanings of words in the texts we read. We continued to read an article on the Titanic to help us to practice this skill. We also began our Literature Circles this week! The children are learning how to be in a book club (Literature Circle) which enhances their understanding of the novels they are reading. They are learning roles for the Lit Circle discussions. This week they learned how to be the “Connector” and the “Illustrator.” The 4th graders began “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” and the 3rd graders began “Sarah Plain and Tall.”
  • Writing: We continued to write our narratives. We are really working on paragraph writing, connecting ideas, and the structure of the piece.
  • Grammar: Both grades really worked on sentence structure this week.
  • Science: We continued our study of “Soils, Rocks, and Landforms” with a few fun experiments this week. On Monday, we dissected and observed “mock rocks.” We were using our schema to see if we could guess what was inside as we picked away at them. We learned that rocks are made of different layers. On Wednesday, we learned about physical weathering of rocks as we broke granite and conglomerate rocks into smaller pieces. We learned that some types of rock are harder to weather than others.
  • Social Studies: In our small groups, we observed pictures of landforms in Washington State. The students made their observations and predictions of the landforms based on their schema (background knowledge). Then we had a big reveal of what the landforms actually were. We also read a book on how Washington was created millions of years ago and why there is such rich soil in the Palouse for growing wheat. Ask your child what they know about this.