December 11th – 15th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Almost there!  Almost Christmas!  Are you prepared?  Is your heart ready to receive the light?  The children are!

Come celebrate the season on Thursday at our annual Christmas Concert in the church.  What a great way to prepare your heart.  Students need to be in Neglia Hall at 6:30 in their mass uniform.

On Wednesday, we will celebrate a special school mass with Bishop Gugliemone.  Please be sure your child is in the proper mass uniform.

Next Monday, we get to visit Main Street Ice!  We will be taking the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders skating.  You are welcome to join us.  If you would like to skate, it is $8.  If you are chaperoning, but just watching, there is no cost.

The auction committee has asked for our class to provide items, just like last year, for a basket which will be auctioned off.  Our theme this year is movies!  There will be a note in Tuesday folders with more information.  Feel free to send in items at any time this week.

 

Religion: In religion this week, we will continue to discuss Advent.  We are combining our reading lessons with our religion lessons and creating a lapbook based on both Advent and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”.

Reading: The class will continue the novel “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” this week.  The students will have spelling words that are the same from last week.  Our test will be Friday, December 15th.  STAR homework due this Friday.

Language Arts:   The students will work on writing for Advent this week.

Math:  This week we will not have another packet.  We will continue to practice our 2’s through our 4’s and pick back up after break with our 5’s.  Please practice your facts over the holiday break.

Science: In science the students will continue climates around the world.  The students are enjoying learning about these more in depth.

Social Studies:  The students will learn about what it takes to be a good citizen.

 

REMINDERS:

 

Monday, December 11th- Field trip to Cardinal Newman to see “Honk Jr.”, 2:00 dismissal

Tuesday, December 12th- 6:00pm mass to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

Thursday, December 14th- Music Program in the church- 7:00pm

Monday, December 18th- Field trip to Main Street Ice

Wednesday, December 20th- Classroom Christmas party!, 11:30 dismissal

Wednesday, January 3rd- School resumes, mass day

December 4th – 8th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

So much going on these next few weeks.  We need to not forget the reason we have so many wonderful things to do and attend, which is the coming of our Lord.  The light of our lives.  As we celebrate Advent in the classroom, we will keep his light in side our hearts.

Please join us for the P.E. presentation in Neglia Hall on Thursday at 12:45!

The auction committee has asked for our class to provide items, just like last year, for a basket which will be auctioned off.  Our theme this year is movies!  There will be a note in Tuesday folders with more information.  Feel free to send in items at any time this week.

 

Religion: In religion this week, we will discuss Advent and what it means to us.  Our class was chosen to lead part of the Advent celebration for the school.  You might have heard them practicing a song this past weekend.  They wrote that!  We will also learn about the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and celebrate this mass on Friday at noon with the school.

Reading: The class will begin the novel “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” this week.  What a wonderful book that combines both our reading lessons and out Advent studies.  It is not the most reverent book (on purpose), but I assure you, the true meaning of what the author accomplishes is beautiful.  The students will have spelling words that will be for both this week and next.  Our test will be next Friday, December 15th.  STAR homework due this Friday.

Language Arts:   The students will continue possessive nouns this week.  There are so many to learn and practice.  I truly want to be sure the students understand this concept.  See Reading above for spelling note.

Math:  The class is doing a marvelous job with our multiplication.   We will complete our four’s this week and continue to test each day.  Math homework will consist of the packet sent home nightly.   Please keep this packet in the binders as we will also use the packet in class.  Please continue to use the xtramath.com website for basic fact practice each week.  I only ask for 2 nights, however your child can use this site each day for more practice.

Science: In science the students will continue climates around the world.  We will focus on each climate more in depth and complete reading comprehensions based on these climates.

Social Studies:  The students will finish the branches of our government and test on Thursday.

 

REMINDERS:

Wednesday, December 6th- Mass day

Thursday, December 11th- P.E. Presentation in Neglia Hall at 12:45

Friday, December 8th- Field trip to the Koger Center, Mass day for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception noon

Monday, December 11th- Field trip to Cardinal Newman to see “Honk Jr.”, 2:00 dismissal

Tuesday, December 12th- 6:00pm mass to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

Thursday, December 14th- Music Program in the church- 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 20th- Classroom Christmas party!, 11:30 dismissal

Wednesday, January 3rd- School resumes, mass day

November 26th – December 1st

 

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

I hope everyone enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving break with your family.  I know I did!  Monday begins a whirlwind of seasons.  It is good to remember our focus is learning, however learning may take many different forms.  We have a field trip, a music program, Advent activities, and many more different learning opportunities in the next few weeks.  Each activity will enhance what we are accomplishing in the classroom and I look forward to this time each year.

Religion: In religion this week, we will continue our month long lessons on the saints.  We were not able to finish by break, but we will finish the final copies this week.  Our saint book will be on display in the library when we are finished.

Reading: The class will focus on non-fiction comprehension this week.  We will learn more about various climates and our government.  We will use this informational text to continue our note taking lessons as well as finding answers in the text.  By tying in our science and social studies areas, the students will be able to dig deeper into each of these topics.

Language Arts:   The students will continue possessive nouns this week.  The class will have a spelling list based on more plural nouns and changing the y.  STAR homework will be due Friday and we will test on these words Friday as well.

Math:  The class is soaring through multiplication.  They have really taken to working with these facts well.  The class will complete our three’s this week.  Math homework will consist of the packet sent home nightly.   Please keep this packet in the binders as we will also use the packet in class.  Please continue to use the xtramath.com website for basic fact practice each week.  I only ask for 2 nights, however your child can use this site each day for more practice.

Science: In science the students will continue climates around the world.  We will focus on each climate more in depth and complete reading comprehensions based on these climates.  There will be a quiz on Wednesday.

Social Studies:  The students will finish the branches of our government and test on Thursday.

 

REMINDERS:

 

Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th- Thanksgiving Break

November 20th – 21st

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Happy Thanksgiving!

These two days we will focus on our multiplication facts 0, 1, 2 in math, finish our reader’s theater performances, continue with possessive nouns, review our three branches of government, and continue with climates.  In religion, the students are busily learning how to research our saints.

Below you will find a video Mrs. Smith, our Spanish teacher, would like your child to watch.  On December 1st, the students will be creating altars to Mary in the classrooms.

 

November 13th – 17th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

 

Our class had a wonderful week last week.  I couldn’t compliment the class enough on how well they were learning, asking questions, being insightful, acting in kindness, and using their good listening skills.  We are making progress in leaps and bounds.  For that, I am grateful.

Tim Miller to visit St. Peter’s!  We are excited we will have a local meteorologist visit to speak to third, sixth, and the K5 classes about all things weather.  How grateful I am!

Continuing our theme of being grateful, our class will put on another set of reader’s theater plays focusing on Thanksgiving.  Such a dramatic (in a good way) class we have.  Several budding drama majors possibly?  I have loved watching them take their roles and make it their own.  Such a treat for me.

In Class This Week…

Religion: In religion this week, we will continue our month long lessons on the saints.  Each student has been assigned two letters in which they will choose a saint that goes with that letter to research this week.  We will finish our research and writing our informational pages on each of these essays by Thanksgiving break.  The students have really loved learning about their chosen saints!

Reading: The class has LOVED acting out our readers theater.  We have some budding actors in our class!  This week, we will break into groups again to work on plays based on the Thanksgiving spirit.  We will then present these to the K4 class next week.

Language Arts:   The students will finish plural nouns and begin possessive nouns with this week.    The class will have a spelling list based on Thanksgiving words to compliment our reader’s theater parts.  STAR homework will be due Friday and we will test on these words Friday as well.

Math:  The class has begun multiplication.  This is a crucial point in our math curriculum in third grade.  I cannot stress enough to practice, practice, practice at home as much as possible.  We discussed learning our facts were just as important as learning our sight words in kindergarten.  This is a mathematical foundation to base many more lessons on in their years to come.  I love the School House Rock multiplication songs and how they also incorporate our religion into our math lessons.  I will post many here for you to watch with your student.   Please continue to use the xtramath.com website for basic fact practice each week.  I only ask for 2 nights, however your child can use this site each day for more practice.

Science: In science the students will begin climates around the world.  We will have a visit from Tim Miller of the WIS TV weather crew on Wednesday here to speak to the students about all things weather.  Such a great opportunity for us to ask questions of him and to learn about his career.

Social Studies:  The students will continue the branches of our government.

 

REMINDERS:

Monday, November 13th- 2:00 dismissal

Wednesday, November 15th- Tim Miller from WIS TV visits third grade!

Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th- Thanksgiving Break

November 6th – 10th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Thanks therefore be unto God for his unspeakable gift.  2 Corinthians 9:15

My gift is a wonderfully supportive group of parents and amazing children to teach.  Thank you for a lovely conference day.  I enjoyed speaking to each of you, even in a short time frame.  And thank you for sharing your children with me.  I continue to learn each day from them.

This month we will have a theme of gratitude.  Many of the activities we will do will incorporate this theme throughout.  I urge you to discuss gratitude and being thankful with your children at home.  This can make for some wonderful dinner or car ride discussions.

In Class This Week…

Religion: In religion this week, we will begin our month long lessons on the saints.  In November, each child will research a saint in class and we will create an A to Z saint book to be displayed in the library.  We will also discuss the 10 Commandments this week, as the first reading on Wednesday at mass will be about these.

Reading: The class will begin learning about reader’s theater.  The class will be broken into groups this week to work on and show a reader’s theater story based on gratitude.  We will then showcase our talents to another class.

Language Arts:   The students will continue with nouns this week.  We will focus on plural nouns and our spelling list will not include vocabulary, but will be all plural nouns.  STAR homework will be due Friday and we will test on these words Friday as well.

Math:  The class will finish subtraction and test on Tuesday.  We will continue our candy corn math this week for practice.  After subtraction, we will focus on how to solve word problems (puzzles) and strategies we can use.

Science: In science the students will finish their science lab on floods.  We will discuss lightening and hurricanes.  The students will test on weather hazards on Friday.  Check on Tuesday for a study guide in binders.

Social Studies:  The students will begin the branches of our government.  We will complete a study guide in class and discuss how a bill becomes a law.

 

REMINDERS:

 

Monday, November 13th- 2:00 dismissal

Wednesday, November 15th- Tim Miller from WIS TV visits third grade!

Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th- Thanksgiving Break

October 30th – November 3rd

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

 

Happy Halloween!  It was great seeing so many of our students in disguise on Thursday evening.  I wish everyone a safe and happy trick-or-treating night.

All Saint’s Day is Wednesday.  The school will be celebrating this special mass at 8:30 and I encourage all of you to attend with us.  You are welcome to sit with our class and your child.  I know they would love having you there.

Conference day is Friday.  If you have not already signed up for a conference time, please do so before Thursday.

 

In Class This Week…

Religion: In religion this week, we will discuss the origins of Halloween or All Hallows Eve and then begin our month long lessons on the saints.  In November, each child will research a saint in class and we will create an A to Z saint book to be displayed in the library.

Reading: The class has finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  There was applause and then groans that is was over.  The class truly seemed to enjoy this book.  This week, we will watch several clips from the original version of the movie and compare and contrast these to what we read in the book.  As we will not watch the movie in its entirety, I highly suggest a family movie night for you to watch it together!  Your child will be able to point out all the great things that make this story so unique.  I do have a copy of the DVD if anyone would like to borrow mine.

Language Arts:   The students will begin nouns this week.  There will NOT be spelling words this week.  We will resume our words next week.

Math:  The class will begin subtraction of three or more numbers.  There will be special homework in math this week.  Look for the “sweet” subtraction problems.

Science: In science the students will finish their science lab on floods.  We will discuss the floods in Columbia, SC in 2015 and the devastation that occurred in our state.  The class will also learn about weather radar and how that can help us.

Social Studies:  The students will finish coordinates, latitude, and longitude this week.  We will test on Thursday.

REMINDERS:

 

Tuesday, October 31st- Halloween!

Wednesday, November 1st- All Saints’ Day!

Friday, November 3rd- NO SCHOOL- Parent/Teacher conference

Monday, November 13th- 2:00 dismissal

Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th- Thanksgiving Break

October 23rd – 27th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

What a crazy week ahead!  Don’t forget our 2:00 dismissal on Monday, PTO Halloween Party on Thursday, and no school on Friday!  In between all those fun things, we have lots of learning to do in third grade!

I am still in need of any recyclable items for our science experiment this week.  If you have any, please send them in by Wednesday.

In Class This Week…

Religion: In religion this week, we will learn about how great God is!  We will write prayers to show how great he is!

Reading: The class will continue reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with chapters 25 – 30 this week.  The characters start getting into trouble as they try everlasting gobstoppers, lickable wallpaper, and more!

Language Arts:   The students will finish subject and predicates this week and test on Thursday.  NO spelling this week!  The class will begin nouns.

Math:  The class will finish addition with a test on Wednesday and begin subtraction of three or more numbers.

Science: In science the students will complete a science lab on floods.  The class is in need of small household recyclables such as toilet paper or paper towel rolls, tissue boxes, plastic wrap, duct tape for this lab next week.  Thank you!

Social Studies:  The students will continue learning about coordinates this week.

REMINDERS:

Monday, October 23rd- 2:00 dismissal

Tuesday, October 24th- Conference sign-up sheets available in the office

Thursday, October 26th- PTO Halloween Party! 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Friday, October 27th- In-Service Day (Enrichment Day if signed-up)

Tuesday, October 31st- Halloween!

Wednesday, November 1st- All Saints’ Day!

Friday, November 3rd- NO SCHOOL- Parent/Teacher conference

October 16th – 20th

A Note From Mrs. Phillips

 

We have our first field trip this week!  On Friday, Mrs. Preston has invited all the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade parents to have breakfast with her in the library from 7:30 until 9.  At nine, the class will begin our lessons with Dr. Mitchell in the classroom and then head out into downtown Columbia for our walk.  I welcome any Safe Haven trained parents to join us after breakfast on our field trip!  You will be fueled and ready to go!  The class will solve clues to gain each coordinate to plug into the GPS unit to then navigate us to our next stop.  There is quite a bit of walking involved, so I recommend each child have sneakers and a weather appropriate uniform on.  Please email if you have any questions.

In Class This Week…

Religion: In religion this week, we will continue the Rosary and will have the test on Tuesday.  We will learn about St. Luke, when we celebrate his feast day on Wednesday!  He is the patron saint of doctors and artists.

Reading: The class will continue reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with chapters 15-24 this week.  The characters start getting into trouble as they try everlasting gobstoppers, lickable wallpaper, and more!

Language Arts:   The students will finish subject and predicates this week and test on Friday.  We will have spelling and vocabulary this week and test on Thursday.  STAR homework is expected to be turned in with the minutes read and Xtramath completed on Friday.

Math:  The class will begin addition of two or more addends up to the 1000 place value.

Science: In science the students will have a quiz on weather tools Tuesday and learn about weather hazards this week.  Next week, we will complete a science lab on floods.  The class is in need of small household recyclables such as toilet paper or paper towel rolls, tissue boxes, plastic wrap, duct tape for this lab next week.  Thank you!

Social Studies:  The students will learn about coordinates, latitude, and longitude to prepare for our field trip on Friday.  The class will walk all over downtown Columbia learning how to navigate with a true GPS unit.  Many thanks to Dr. Mitchell from the USC Geography Department for helping us learn!

REMINDERS:

 

Wednesday, October 17th- Picture Day!

Friday, October 20th- “Coffee Break” Breakfast with Mrs. Preston 7:30am; GPS Field trip at 9am

Monday, October 23rd- 2:00 dismissal

Tuesday, October 24th- Conference sign-up sheets available in the office

Thursday, October 26th- PTO Halloween Party! 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Friday, October 27th- In-Service Day (Enrichment Day if signed-up)

Tuesday, October 31st- Halloween!

Wednesday, November 1st- All Saints’ Day!

Friday, November 3rd- NO SCHOOL- Parent/Teacher conferences

October 9th- 13th

A Note From Mrs. Phillips

This week we celebrate the rosary and our pets! The month of October is a month of Mary, and so we will celebrate the Rosary on Friday by having the students participate in the living rosary on the playground at 9:30am.  All are welcome to join us!

On Wednesday, we will have our annual pet blessing!  You are all welcome to join us with your pets (in cages and on leashes) on the soccer field at 2:30.

In Class This Week…

Religion: In religion this week, we will learn about the Rosary and the prayers that we pray in the Rosary. Test next Tuesday on the Rosary and its prayers.

Reading: The class will continue reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with chapters 14-17 this week.  The plot thickens this week as we learn more about our main characters!

Language Arts:   The students will finish the four different types of sentences this week and begin subject and predicates.  We will have spelling and vocabulary this week and the test next Thursday, October 19th.  STAR homework is expected to be turned in with the minutes read and Xtramath completed on Friday.

 

Math:  The class will continue decimals this week with the hundreths and subtracting decimals.  We will test on this on Thursday.

Science: In science the students will continue learn about weather patterns and the four seasons.

Social Studies:  The students will learn about our state symbols this week and test on the 6 regions on Friday.  They all have a study guide to use in their binders.

REMINDERS:

Wednesday, October 11th- Mass; Pet Blessing on the soccer field at 2:30

Friday, October 13th- Living Rosary on the soccer field 9:30am

Wednesday, October 17th- Picture Day!

Friday, October 20th- “Coffee Break” Breakfast with Mrs. Preston 7:30am; GPS Field trip at 9am

Monday, October 23rd- 2:00 dismissal

Tuesday, October 24th- Conference sign-up sheets available in the office

Thursday, October 26th- PTO Halloween Party! 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Friday, October 27th- In-Service Day (Enrichment Day if signed-up)

Tuesday, October 31st- Halloween!

Wednesday, November 1st- All Saints’ Day!

Friday, November 3rd- NO SCHOOL- Parent/Teacher conferences