April 24th – 28th

 

A Note From Mrs. Phillips

He is risen!!  I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter and are feeling refreshed after a week off!  I was eager to return and begin teaching again.  With only 29 more days to learn, we have a lot to pack in to the end of third grade!

In blue folders this week, you will receive a permission slip for our Saluda Shoals trip on Tuesday, May 23rd.  I am in need to at least 8 chaperones for us to be able to go.  You MUST be Virtus certified and cleared by Ms. Elliott.  Please let me know right away if you would like to attend as I have only had one parent respond.  This is a great field trip and even our very own Mrs. Preston will be canoeing with us this year!

In Class This Week…

Religion: The class will begin reading our new mystery novel titled “Break-In at the Basillica”.  The class will also learn about St. Mark and St. Catherine of Sienna this week.

Reading:  The class will take the Accelerated Reader tests for their novels early on this week.  We will then begin our poetry unit and discuss many types of poetry and read some of my favorite Shel Silverstein poems!

Language Arts: The class will continue adjectives this week.  There will not be spelling this week and in it’s place the students will have a writing assignment to complete by Friday.

Math:  The class will finish their work on multi-step multiplication and begin long division this week!  We will quiz on the multi-step multiplication on Thursday.

Science: The class will begin life science this week with what a cell is and the differences between a plane cell and an animal cell.

Social Studies:  The class will look more closely at the other 12 colonies and what they did to contribute to the birth of our nation.  We will finish the middle colonies this week.  As per other social studies units, the class is learning how to take notes and use a graphic organizer to write their facts on.

REMINDERS:

Thursday, April 27th- Final PTO meeting 5:30 in Neglia Hall

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

Tuesday, May 2nd- Midland’s Gives!!

Tuesday, May 9th- Art show at the Springhill Suites

Friday, May 12th- PTO Family Picnic

Monday, May 15th- May Procession/ Rosary

April 10th – 12th

This week is a short, but full week for our class.  So, instead of writing each subject area, I will tell you about each day.  During this week, we will continue to look at ourselves and how our Lenten journey is coming along.  We are almost to the end and I know each student has been working hard to show God just how much they love Him.  I welcome everyone to celebrate mass with us on Wednesday morning before we begin our retreat day.  This would be a lovely beginning for our retreat, for you to be with your child during this mass.  If you cannot make it, you are welcome to join us for Stations of the Cross from 12:00-12:30 in the church.  This is a parish and school prayer event.

Monday, April 10th- The class will tie up all loose ends including finishing our novels, testing on multiplication and division, and testing on energy.  Our class has many special areas on Mondays, so we will complete this in the afternoon.

Tuesday, April 11th- Field trip to the USC Horseshoe!  Mass dress uniform with walking shoes or sneakers please.  That means long pants and ties for the boys as well as jumpers for the girls.  We will leave around 8:45 and return to school around 2:30.  You will receive a menu on Monday to look at and decide on a proper lunch for your child.  Accommodations can be made for allergies.  This is always a favorite of the classes!

Wednesday, April 12th- Lenten Retreat Day.  This day will include mass, prayer, stations of the cross, and many activities with the 1st and 2nd grades.  If you would like to help this day, please email me before Monday.

REMINDERS:

Sunday, April 9th- St. Peter’s Day at the Fireflies

Thursday, April 13th – 21st- Easter Break!

Thursday, April 27th- Final PTO meeting 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Tuesday, May 2nd- Midlands Gives!!

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 9th- Art show at the Springhill Suites

Friday, May 12th- PTO Family Picnic

Monday, May 15th- May Procession/ Rosary

Friday, May 19th- Field Day!

April 3rd – 7th

A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Wow!  Only 36 more days of learning!  The class has a count down until they become fourth graders!  So much more to learn in those 36 days.  And a few more field trips to take.  On Tuesday, April 11th, the class will visit the University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe and enjoy a trip to a museum, lunch, and a deeper look at our history of South Carolina.  On May 23rd, the class will head to Saluda Shoals to canoe and learn about the environment of the river.  Eight chaperones are needed for this event, so please let me know if you are interested.  You MUST be Virtus cleared by Ms. Elliott in order to attend either of these field trips.

In Class This Week…

Religion: The class will continue reading our mystery novel titled “St. Peter’s Tomb”.  This novel has prompted many great religious discussions and class research into the locations and artworks in the book, not to mention the history of our patron saint and our Lenten journeys.

Reading:  The class is still working on the novels, I had wanted to finish last week, but they were asking many great questions and we were able to get deeper into each book.  I didn’t want to stop this train of learning!  So, we continue this week with the end coming soon.  I am pleased with their growth in both writing responses and asking questions about their reading.

Language Arts: The class will continue adjectives this week.  There will be spelling based on tricky plural nouns.  They will have a test this Friday.

Math:  The class continues their work on multi-step multiplication.  There will even be a fun Easter activity this week based on these multiplication problems!

Science: The class will finish with force and motion as well as magnets this week.  They will test on Friday.

Social Studies:  The class will look more closely at the other 12 colonies and what they did to contribute to the birth of our nation.  We will finish the southern colonies this week.  As per other social studies units, the class is learning how to take notes and use a graphic organizer to write their facts on.

REMINDERS:

Sunday, April 9th- St. Peter’s Day at the Fireflies

Thursday, April 13th – 21st- Easter Break!

Thursday, April 27th- Final PTO meeting 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Tuesday, May 2nd- Midland’s Gives!!

Tuesday, May 9th- Art show at the Springhill Suites

Friday, May 12th- PTO Family Picnic

Monday, May 15th- May Procession/ Rosary

March 27th 31st

A Note From Mrs. Phillips

I apologize for the late posting.  The internet in our home stopped working mid of last week and we are waiting on it to be fixed.  I am sure you can all appreciate that.  Also, our school internet had troubles the first part of this week.  I guess I was just the bad luck!  Thank you for understanding!

This is a great week for third grade!  We are working hard on learning many things and learning to stay focused even when we would rather be outside playing.  Trust me, we will get a little of that in as well.

In Class This Week…

Religion: The class will go back and revisit our Lenten promises and see how we are progressing.  In mass on Wednesday, we will have a special event where we welcome those who are becoming Catholic into our church, including one of our very own students and his family.

Reading:  The class is still working on the novels, I had wanted to finish last week, but they were asking many great questions and we were able to get deeper into each book.  I didn’t want to stop this train of learning!  So, we continue this week with the end coming soon.

Language Arts: The class will begin adjectives this week.  There will be NO SPELLING!

Math:  The class is working on multi-step multiplication!  It is very important to continue learning the multiplication facts and daily homework will be to complete their packet by Friday.  Copy and paste the link below to play a Kahoot! review game on the 3 through 6 multiplication facts.  Learning division will be much easier with fact recognition.

https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/42d3aeeb-dba2-4ec6-84d2-0f840baf8472

Science: The class will test on potential and kinetic energy on Friday.  We completed a fun playground science experiment on Monday!

Social Studies:  The class will look more closely at the other 12 colonies and what they did to contribute to the birth of our nation.  We will focus on the southern colonies this week.  As per other social studies units, the class is learning how to take notes and use a graphic organizer to write their facts on.

REMINDERS:

Monday, March 27th – Wednesday, March 29th 6th Grade in Washington D.C.

Sunday, April 9th- St. Peter’s Day at the Fireflies

Thursday, April 13th – 21st- Easter Break!

Thursday, April 27th- Final PTO meeting 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Tuesday, May 2nd- Midland’s Gives!!

Tuesday, May 9th- Art show at the Springhill Suites

Friday, May 12th- PTO Family Picnic

Monday, May 15th- May Procession/ Rosary

March 20th – 24th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Happy Spring!  Monday begins the new season of renewal and life.  Such a beautiful season to celebrate Easter in.  The class has been traveling on our Lenten journey for several days now with our final destination being Easter Sunday and Jesus’ resurrection.  I am proud of the way our students have been thinking of their Lenten promises and following through with them.  I urge you this Lenten season to pray.  Pray with your child.  Pray as a family.  Make prayer something that becomes a habit.  Walk with God.

In Class This Week…

Religion: The class will learn all about St. Joseph and what he did for Jesus.  His feast day is Monday, March 20th.

Reading:  The class will finish their novels this week!  They have been working hard and some reading will be assigned for homework this week in their books.  They have done a great job working in groups with this unit.

Language Arts: The class will finish verbs this week and test on Friday and we will continue our writing practice in our journals.  We will have a new spelling list concentrating on the /wh/, /sh/, and /th/ sounds.  Their test will be Friday.

Math:  The class is finishing division this week and will move onto multi-step multiplication!  It is very important to continue learning the multiplication facts and daily homework will be to complete their packet by Friday.  Copy and paste the link below to play a Kahoot! review game on the 3 through 6 multiplication facts.  Learning division will be much easier with fact recognition.

https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/42d3aeeb-dba2-4ec6-84d2-0f840baf8472

Science: The class will finish with potential and kinetic energy this week and complete a fun science experiment where they put this into use.

Social Studies:  The class will look more closely at the other 12 colonies and what they did to contribute to the birth of our nation.

REMINDERS:

Monday, March 20th- 2:00 dismissal

Monday, March 27th – Wednesday, March 29th

Sunday, April 9th- St. Peter’s Day at the Fireflies

Thursday, April 13th – 21st- Easter Break!

Thursday, April 27th- Final PTO meeting 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Tuesday, May 2nd- Midland’s Gives!!

Tuesday, May 9th- Art show at the Springhill Suites

Friday, May 12th- PTO Family Picnic

Monday, May 15th- May Procession/ Rosary

March 13th – 17th

 

A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Thank you for all your well wishes and prayers while I was out sick last week.  I continue to be on the mend and am glad to have a solid week to teach this week.  I look forward to getting a lot done!  On a separate note, the class is having some trouble with being kind, considerate and showing good listening skills, so this week the class as a whole will work on being a good friend to all and practice listening and following directions.  I know they can step up to this challenge and focus on what is important- learning.

I hope to see everyone at the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday!  I have been attending since we began marching as a school and can say it is a ton of fun.  We will meet on Devine Street and march down Devine Street, through Five Points showing off our school pride.  You are then able to peel off and stay in the festival grounds to enjoy the day if you choose to stay.  ALL CHILDREN MUST REMAIN WITH THEIR PARENTS.  You may NOT just drop off your child.  Be sure to wear your St. Peter’s green that day!

In Class This Week…

Religion: The class will learn all about St. Patrick and how he used the shamrock to teach about the trinity this week.  We will learn about his travels and all the good he did for the people of Ireland with a little St. Patrick fun thrown in.

 

Reading:  The class will read three more chapters in their novels this week.  We got a little behind while I was out last week, so we will catch up this week.  The students will use story cubes in their groups to help create meaningful conversations about what they have read.

Language Arts: The class will continue with the many forms of verbs and have a quiz on Thursday.  We will continue with our spelling lists this week focusing on the /j/, /ch/, and /tch/ sounds.  They will have their test on Friday.

Math:  The class will continue the 3-minute test.   The class will continue division this week.  It is very important to continue learning the multiplication facts and daily homework will be to complete their packet by Friday.  Copy and paste the link below to play a Kahoot! review game on the 3 through 6 multiplication facts.  Learning division will be much easier with fact recognition.

https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/42d3aeeb-dba2-4ec6-84d2-0f840baf8472

Science: The class will continue with energy and position.  We will focus on potential and kinetic energy this week and next, with a practical science experiment on the way!

Social Studies:  The class will test on the Carolina Colonies on Wednesday.  Be sure to study the guide your child completed in class.  Later this week, we will discuss the other 12 colonies and the contributions they made to teh settlement of America.

REMINDERS:

Saturday, March 18th- St. Patrick’s Day Parade!  More info to come!

Monday, March 20th- 2:00 dismissal

Monday, March 27th – Wednesday, March 29th- Sixth Grade trip to Washington D.C.

February 20th – 24th

A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Whew!  What a week third grade had.  Thanks to Ms. Slifco and Miss Priester for stepping in while I was out sick Wednesday and Thursday.  I know we will start off this week on a better foot.  This week and next the class will be finishing up units and quizzing and testing on various things.  Look below to see more, but most importantly, the class will receive a spelling list on Tuesday and be tested next Wednesday, not this week.  I am excited for our teacher conference on March 2nd and 3rd and I know I will bring back many great ideas for the classroom!

In Class This Week…

Religion: The class will learn all about St. Peter’s chair and the rock in which the church was built on.  The Feast of St. Peter’s Chair is Wednesday.  We will also begin to look at the seven sacraments, what they are, and why they are important.  Copy and paste the link below to see a virtual tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Chair.

http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_pietro/vr_tour/index-en.html

Reading:  The class will continue their novel studies this week.  Be sure to ask your child about the book they are reading!  Ask about the characters, the setting, and what their favorite part is so far.  It makes great dinner conversation!

Language Arts: The class loved verbs last week.  We used our spelling words to play verb charades!  Try this at home as it makes a fun way to study grammar.  We will continue with verb forms this week.  There will be a spelling test NEXT Wednesday (March 1st) based on easily confused words, but look for the list to come home Tuesday.

Math:  The class will continue the 3-minute test.  Each of the students will have 3 minutes to complete 50 problems.  I will then grade each for a score and each student will graph their results.  The class will begin division this week!  It is very important to continue learning the multiplication facts and daily homework will be assigned to keep the practice up.  Copy and paste the link below to play a Kahoot! review game on the 3 through 6 multiplication facts.  Learning division will be much easier with fact recognition.

https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/42d3aeeb-dba2-4ec6-84d2-0f840baf8472

Science: The class will review and test on heat on Wednesday.  Copy and paste the link below to play the Kahoot! review game to study.  We will then begin force and motion by starting with position words.

https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/90eaee6f-f49b-4324-a4a9-24d262572b79

Social Studies:  The class will continue with the Carolina Colony settlers this week.  The class will test on this next Wednesday.

REMINDERS:

Monday, February 20th- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 21- Re-registration packets in blue folders & Progress reports

Thursday, February 23rd- School Talent Show 6:00pm, Neglia Hall

Wednesday, March 1st- Ash Wednesday

Thursday & Friday March 2, 3- NO SCHOOL Teacher’s Conference

Wednesday, March 8th- Group picture day

Saturday, March 18th- St. Patrick’s Day Parade!  More info to come!

Monday, March 20th- 2:00 dismissal

Monday, March 27th – Wednesday, March 29th- Sixth Grade trip to Washington D.C.

February 13th – 17th

A Note From Mrs. Phillips

St. Josephine Bakhita said “The Lord has loved me so much: we must love everyone…we must be compassionate!”  St. Josephine was a slave from the country of Sudan who was freed and turned her life to God.  With this being African History month, I have decided to teach the class about those Africans who contributed to our Catholic faith.  We learned all about St. Josephine last week, as her feast day was February 8th.  This quote by her also shows what we are discussing all month long in our class- how we love each other and are compassionate to all.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching.  The class will not have a party, but the students will be able to pass out Valentine cards after lunch that day.  We will take the time to discuss who St. Valentine was and how Valentin’s Day came to be.  You can find a list of students in your child’s PIRATE binder.

In Class This Week…

Religion: The class will continue to learn about our African saints this week and look more closely at the first African priest.  We will also learn all about St. Valentine!

Reading:  The class is loving their novels! We are deep in to the new characters and learning all about the setting of each book.  Each group is using the post-it note process of questioning and responding to their reading and doing a great job.

Language Arts: The class needed a bit more practice with our pronouns, so we did not test until Friday.  We did not get to verbs as planned, but will begin them this week.  We will also continue working with our journal writing and sentence/paragraph structure.

Math:  The class has begun the 3-minute test.  Each of the students will have 3 minutes to complete 50 problems.  I will then grade each for a score and each student will graph their results.  We do this so the students can see their progress.  These tests will come home in the blue folder for you to see, but they are NOT graded for my grade book, only for my assessment purposes.

Science: We had so much fun with insulators and conductors, we never got to thermometers!  The class was able to see how insulation was made, how an ice maker makes and keeps ice cold, and how a thermos works.  So, this week we will work with thermometers and how to read them.

Social Studies:  The class will continue with the Carolina Colony settlers this week.  We will learn about how the slaves came to the Carolina Colony and their travels through Barbados.

REMINDERS:

Monday, February 13th- 2:00 dismissal

Tuesday, February 14th- Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 20th- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 21- Re-registration packets in blue folders & Progress reports

Thursday, February 23rd- School Talent Show 6:00pm, Neglia Hall

Wednesday, March 1st- Ash Wednesday

Thursday & Friday March 2, 3- NO SCHOOL Teacher’s Conference

February 6th – 10th

A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Another Catholic School’s Week in the books!  What a great one it was!  We were able to honor students, Mrs. Robinson, and our school history.  Thank you to all who participated last week.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching.  The class will not have a party, but the students will be able to pass out Valentine cards after lunch that day.  We will take the time to discuss who St. Valentine was and how Valentin’s Day came to be.  You can find a list of students in your child’s PIRATE binder.

In Class This Week…

Religion: The class enjoyed learning about Candlemas and St. John Bosco last week and this week we celebrate another great saint, St. Scholastica!  We will learn all about her and her life.

Reading:  The class is loving their novels!  Each group is responsible for reading a chapter and discussing i.  Each group is using the post-it note process of questioning and responding to their reading.  The class caught on quickly and is doing a great job.

Language Arts: The class will finish pronouns and test on Tuesday.  The class will begin verbs and what they are.  We will also continue working with our journal writing and sentence/paragraph structure.

Math:  MULTIPLICATION!!!  The name of the game!  Keep practicing at home each and every night.  The class will have a written test of the 0’s to the 3’s on Wednesday.  I will test individually this week for mastery.

Science: The class will continue work with insulators and conductors this week and how it affects temperature.  We will work on reading thermometers.

Social Studies:  The class began with the Lords Proprietors last week.  We will continue with the various settlers as the students complete a study guide.

REMINDERS:

Monday, February 13th- 2:00 dismissal

Tuesday, February 14th- Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 20th- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 21- Re-registration packets in blue folders & Progress reports

Thursday, February 23rd- School Talent Show 6:00pm, Neglia Hall

Wednesday, March 1st- Ash Wednesday

Thursday & Friday March 2, 3- NO SCHOOL Teacher’s Conference

January 30th – February 3rd

A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Happy Catholic School’s Week!  This is the week we are able to celebrate our faith and our education all in one.  I hope to see you join our festivities this week!  St Angela Merici was a nun from Italy.  She found a need for young girls to be educated, so she opened her home to them and began the order of the Ursuline Nuns.  It was this order that in turn, saw a need in Columbia, SC for a school and opened our very own St. Peter’s.  St Angela’s feast day was this past Friday and I know she is still guiding our teaching hands today.

Sunday: Showcase in Neglia Hall 9:30 – 12:30

Monday: Morning carpool treats for parents!

Tuesday: Open House 8:30 – 11:00.  Come visit the class your child will be entering next year!

Wednesday: School mass and awards ceremony after mass

Thursday: Alumni reception and recognition of Pam Robinson’s 20 years of service!

Friday: School spirit day!

In Class This Week…

Religion: The class will discuss Catholic Schools and the St. Peter’s Catholic School history.  The class will also learn about the Presentation of the Lord or Candlemas, which is Thursday, February 2nd.

Reading:  The class is now working in reading groups on various novels.  Each group is responsible for reading a chapter, discussing it, and then individually choosing a main idea or detail to write about.  These chapter summaries will then be mounted on a poster for each child.  At the end of the novels, each student will be required to write a book recommendation.

Language Arts: The class will finish with pronouns this week and be tested next Tuesday.

Math:  The class is doing well with their multiplication tables.  Be sure to study them each night.  We will continue with our practice and learn stage of these tables this week.  The class will finish these facts in class by the end of next week and we will move on to incorporate these tables into other math areas.

Science: The class will work with insulators and conductors this week and learn how heat travels through matter.  Another great science experiment to come this week!

Social Studies:  We have finished exploring South Carolina and now we are ready to settle the land!  The class will learn all about the people who came to settle South Carolina in our next unit.  We will begin with the proprietors of the Carolina Colony.

REMINDERS:

Sunday January 29th- Friday February 3rd- Catholic Schools’ Week!