December 2nd – 6th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving break. I spent quite a bit of time with several of our students while they performed at the Nutcracker. They did a beautiful job!!

These next few weeks will be long, but they will be packed with lots to do! We will keep in mind we are now in the Advent season and will work on preparing ourselves for Jesus’ birth.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will begin our discussion on Advent. We will combining our reading lessons with our religion lessons since the novel we will be reading is about the Nativity.

Reading: The students will be reading “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” these next few weeks. This is a delightful book about how several children who are dubbed ‘troublemakers’ find God and learn of his story. The students will create their first lapbook of foldables and fun while reading this book. These lapbooks help with fine motor skills as we will be cutting and gluing quite a bit, as well as helping them learn to write in a smaller font size.

Language Arts: The class will continue nouns this week, specificallymore irregular and possessive nouns. Also, our spelling test, focused on words from our novel, will be on Friday, December 13th. This is a two week set of words and the children must also know the definitions of each word. STAR homework due this Friday.

Math:  This week in math, we will work on various forms of addition and subtraction.

Science: We will continue our weather unit! We will learn about weather hazards and how we can prevent damage from them.

Social Studies:  The class will begin our South Carolina regions this week! Each student will be creating a study guide for the regions as we go along.

Reminders:

Tuesday, December 3rd- Progress reports issued

Thursday, December 5th- Field trip to Cardinal Newman to see their performance of “Once Upon a Mattress”

Monday, December 9th- Mass day!, 2:00 dismissal

Wednesday, December 11th- Mass day

Friday, December 13th- Field trip to the Koger Center

Monday, December 16th- Strength and Movement program- 1:00 in Neglia Hall

Thursday, December 19th- Christmas Concert! 7:00pm in the Basilica

Friday December 20th – 11:30 dismissal



November 18th-22nd

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

This week the class will finish Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. What a journey it has been! I know as much as the students wanted to read through the book quickly, they are already sad it is almost finished. Just two chapters to go.

On Friday this week, our class will have a special visitor. Dr. Carbone from the USC Geography Department will be at St. Peter’s to help the students learn more about weather through experimentation and data collection. Dr. Carbone is also a member of the St. Peter’s parish and is excited to spend Friday morning with our class.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this month, the class will discuss the various saints that are a part of our heavenly community. The students will be researching a saint and creating an in-class virtual project based on their saint.

Reading: The students will finish their journey with Mr. Wonka and Charlie this week. The class will complete an end of book essay and each will take the AR test for the book. We will begin our new novel after Thanksgiving break.

Language Arts: The class will continue nouns this week, specifically more plural nouns including irregular plural nouns. Also, our spelling test, focused on fun Thanksgiving words, will be on Friday. STAR homework due Friday.

Math:  This week in math, we will continue time and add in temperature. It ties in nicely with our science lessons on weather. In this series, we do not test until after we are finished the 10th lesson and we are on lesson number 6. I plan to test Tuesday of next week.

Science: We will continue our weather unit! We will learn about the water cycle and humidity this week. We will have a special visitor on Friday!

Social Studies:  The class will finish map skills and test on Friday.

Reminders:

Monday, November 11th- Veteran’s Day Parade; 2:00 dismissal

Tuesday, November 26th- Capella to sing at the Nutcracker

Wed-Fri November 27, 28, & 29- Thanksgiving Break



November 11th – 15th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

The weather is turning cold! Be sure to bundle up and send warm clothes for recess. Hopefully we will get outside despite the rain.

The class will be attending the Veteran’s Day Parade on Monday. PE uniforms please and dress warmly. All Safe Haven cleared parents are welcome to join us! Thank you to Mr. Miles for allowing our school to use your business to watch from.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this month, the class will discuss the various saints that are a part of our heavenly community. The students will be researching a saint and creating an in-class virtual project based on their saint.

Reading: The students will continue through Willy Wonka’s world this week. We are nearing the end of our journey. What will happen to Mike Teevee? Where will the glass elevator take us? We will answer these questions and more!

Language Arts: The class will continue nouns this week, specifically common vs proper and begin plural nouns. Also, our spelling test, focused on the /ow/ sound, will be on Friday. STAR homework due Friday.

Math:  This week in math, we will continue time and add in temperature. It ties in nicely with our science lessons on weather. In this series, we do not test until after we are finished the 10th lesson and we completed three lessons last week.

Science: We will continue our weather unit! We will learn various weather tools and how to use them properly.

Social Studies:  The class will continue map skills by working with latitude and longitude as well as coordinates more this week. It is important to understand how to read a map and what coordinates are and how to plot them.

Reminders:

Monday, November 11th- Veteran’s Day Parade; 2:00 dismissal

Tuesday, November 26th- Capella to sing at the Nutcracker

Wed-Fri November 27, 28, & 29- Thanksgiving Break



November 4th – 8th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this month, the class will discuss the various saints that are a part of our heavenly community. The students will be researching a saint and creating an in-class virtual project based on their saint.

Reading: The students will continue through Willy Wonka’s world this week. We will encounter a gun machine, square candies, and 100 squirrels! We are also working on our comprehension and how to phrase our answers in the best way by using our questions to help restate.

Language Arts: The class will continue nouns this week. Also, our spelling test, focused on the /oi/ sound, will be on Friday. STAR homework due Friday.

Math:  We will began our new math series- Saxon Math. Last week we focused on calendars, skip counting, and time. This week we will expound on those concepts even further. In this series, we do not test until after we are finished the 10th lesson and we completed three lessons last week.

Science: We will continue our weather unit! We will learn what weather hazards are and how we can protect ourselves and our homes.

Social Studies:  The class will continue map skills by working with latitude and longitude as well as coordinates more this week. It is important to understand how to read a map and what coordinates are and how to plot them.

Reminders:

Monday, November 11th- Veteran’s Day Parade; 2:00 dismissal

Wed-Fri November 27, 28, & 29- Thanksgiving Break



October 28th – November 1st

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

It was great to see everyone on Friday evening! You all looked spooktactular! This is always a family favorite. Also on Friday was a successful first field trip. Dr. Mitchell did a wonderful job teaching the students how to navigate around the city of Columbia. We walked 2.33 miles!

Thank you all for signing up for your conference on Friday. If you haven’t, I still have plenty of spots available! The signup sheets are in the front office.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will discuss the history of Halloween, All Saint’s Day, and All Soul’s Day and what makes these holidays uniquely Catholic.

Reading: The students will enter the chocolate room this week, among other great candy making rooms. This week we will focus on comparing and contrasting the characters by using their behaviors. We are also working on our comprehension and how to phrase our answers in the best way by using our questions to help restate.

Language Arts: The class will begin nouns this week. Also, our spelling test, the Halloween list, will be on Wednesday. There will only be spelling homework on Monday and Tuesday.

Math:  We will began our new math series- Saxon Math. Last week we focused on calendars, skip counting, and time. This week we will expound on those concepts even further. In this series, we do not test until after we are finished the 10th lesson and we completed three lessons last week.

Science: We will begin our weather unit! We will learn what a meteorologist is and does this week and why their job is important.

Social Studies:  The class will continue map skills by working with latitude and longitude as well as coordinates more this week. It is important to understand how to read a map and what coordinates are and how to plot them.

Reminders:

Thursday, October 31st- Halloween!

Friday, November 1st- NO SCHOOL – Conference Day; All Saint’s Day

October 21st – 25th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Halloween is soon approaching! And so is our Halloween PTO party! Be ready to have family, fellowship and lots of fun on Friday evening. It is $5 per person to cover the cost of dinner (which is pizza and salads) to be paid to the PTO. Come dressed in your favorite costumes, adults included!

Also on Friday, the 25th, we have our first field trip. Dr. Mitchell from the USC Geography Department will lead the students on a GPS adventure through downtown Columbia. PE uniforms with sneakers this day please!

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will discuss the rosary as we complete the living rosary on Monday morning as a school as well as finish our discussion on the 7 days of creation.

Reading: The class is well into meeting the characters that will take us through the chocolate factory. The class is enjoying our novel study very much! We are also working on our comprehension and how to phrase our answers in the best way by using our questions to help restate.

Language Arts: The class is finished with sentences and subjects and predicates. We will review this week and test on Thursday. Spelling words are our Halloween words! Our test will not be until next Wednesday. STAR homework will be due on Friday.

Math:  We will begin our new math series- Saxon Math. Look for a parent letter in Tuesday folders explaining this new series. Continue XtraMath twice a week for full credit. If you have questions about the program, please let me know.

Science: We will begin our weather unit! We will learn what a meteorologist is and does this week and why their job is important.

Social Studies:  The class will continue map skills by learning latitude and longitude this week. It is important to understand how to read a map and what coordinates are. Field trip Friday!

Reminders:

Friday, October 25th- PTO Halloween Party (5:30-7:00)

Friday, November 1st- NO SCHOOL – Conference Day



September 23rd – 28th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

This week in third grade, the class will work on writing, writing, and more writing! One of the main concepts I have seen that needs our attention is how to construct a GOOD sentence and turn that into a GOOD paragraph. While the students have wonderful flowing ideas, we need to learn proper writing conventions to showcase this wonderful ideas. Please practice this at home as well as reading aloud with your student.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will discuss how to pray. Why do we pray? and what makes up a good prayer. Does your family pray before meals? Or does your family have a prayer time? I would love to know!

Reading: The class has finished our author study on Tomie dePaola. The students loved reading all about him and getting to know his characters a bit more. Later in the week, the class will begin Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! If you have a book, please send one in for your child. I have several we can share. While this week we will look at the book as a whole, next week we will begin reading the chapters in class and completing comprehension questions with each chapter.

Language Arts: The class will continue work on what creates a good and complete sentence and in turn a paragraph. The students have a new spelling list based on “o” words this week. STAR homework will be due on Friday.

Math:  We will begin rounding this week! Continue XtraMath twice a week for full credit. If you have questions about the program, please let me know.

Science: We will continue learning about what a scientist is and does. We have our lab books set up and are busily putting our science assignments in them! Once a month (more if needed to study) I will send these lab books home for your viewing. This is why you will not receive many science or social studies activities in blue folders.

Social Studies:  The class will begin this year by learning about our South Carolina Regions. To begin our region study, the class will focus on map skills this week and next. It is important to understand how to read a map and what coordinates are.

Reminders:

Monday, October 14th- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 15th- NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 25th- PTO Halloween Party (5:30-7:00)

Friday, November 1st- NO SCHOOL – Conference Day



September 9th – 13th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

The best laid plans… I did have the best of intentions to get to everything I had mentioned last week. However, due to Hurricane Dorian and the continued Fountas and Pinnell testing, we did not get to much of it. This week, we have MAP Testing on both Monday and Wednesday mornings. So yet again, our regularly scheduled lessons will be put aside until we are finished. See the subjects below for more detail.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will discuss the Apostles’ Creed and its meaning. We will learn how we become to know God is one. We did receive Religion workbooks last week, so we will delve into those this week!

Reading: The class will continue our author study on Tomie dePaola! We will continue to read his books and understand their deeper meaning. Tomie dePaola was a devout Catholic and intertwines his stories with his faith. This week, the students will not connect the various stories they have read. We will compare and contrast settings, plots, and characters. I will continue assessing each individual student and their reading ability this week and next to ensure they receive the correct reading instruction in class. We are currently using the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment.

Language Arts: The class will continue work on what creates a good and complete sentence. The students will use the spelling list from last week and we will test on Friday. STAR homework is due Friday as well. After looking at their spelling assignments this past week, the class will also work on the concept of alphabetical order with our words.

Math:  We will work on place value and forms of numbers this week. The school has begun using a new math series, so please be patient as I learn this new series and all it entails.

Science: We will begin the year learning about the Scientific Method and the proper way to complete a science experiment. The class will set up Science Lab Books to be used in class and at home to study from. We will complete our first science lab this week! (Fingers crossed!)

Social Studies:  The class will begin this year by learning about our South Carolina Regions. To begin our region study, the class will focus on map skills this week and next. It is important to understand how to read a map and what coordinates are.

Reminders:

Monday, September 9th- MAP Testing

Wednesday, September 11th- MAP Testing after Mass

Monday, September 16th- 2:00 dismissal (aftercare available)

Tuesday, September 17th- PTO Meeting @ 3:30 in Gibson Hall- Free aftercare for all who attend

September 2nd – 6th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

The school year is starting off with a bang! Our first hurricane of the season is threatening our state. We stand with many as we pray for all those affected by this monster of a storm. If there is any change in the status of our school day I will notify you by the Remind App first, and then by email as soon as I am able. Thank you to all who have signed up for Remind and I highly encourage those who have not, to do so.

In your child’s STAR binder, we added an extra work packet for inclement weather. They are not to complete this unless asked by me to do so. Just keep it in there as a precaution.

MAP testing begins this week for the school, but our class will not test until next week. More information to come.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will discuss the Apostles’ Creed and its meaning as well as the Trinity. We will learn how we become to know God is one.

Reading: The class has begun an author study on Tomie dePaola! We will continue to read his books and understand their deeper meaning. Tomie dePaola was a devout Catholic and intertwines his stories with his faith. I will continue assessing each individual student and their reading ability this week and next to ensure they receive the correct reading instruction in class. We are currently using the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment.

Language Arts:   The students will begin this year learning how to write a letter. In backpacks on Friday, your student came home with a Friday Letters folder. Each Friday, your child will write you a letter about the week. Over the weekend, it is your homework to write back to them on the back side of that week’s letter. On Monday mornings, they will read your letter! I felt this was a great way to start each week! The class will also work on what creates a good complete sentence. The students will have a new spelling list this week and we will text on Friday. STAR homework is due Friday as well.

Math:  We will work on place value and forms of numbers this week. The school has begun using a new math series, so please be patient as I learn this new series and all it entails.

Science: We will begin the year learning about the Scientific Method and the proper way to complete a science experiment. The class will set up Science Lab Books to be used in class and at home to study from. We will complete our first science lab this week!

Social Studies:  The class will begin this year by learning about our South Carolina Regions. To begin our region study, the class will focus on map skills this week and next. It is important to understand how to read a map and what coordinates are.

Reminders:

Monday, September 2nd- NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)

Tuesday, September 3rd- After school clubs begin

Monday, September 16th- 2:00 dismissal (aftercare available)

Tuesday, September 17th- PTO Meeting @ 3:30 in Gibson Hall- Free aftercare for all who attend



August 25th – 29th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Our first full week is ahead of us! The students are in for a fun filled and packed week of reviewing from last year and beginning new units. What an exciting time to be a third grader!

I look forward to seeing each family on Tuesday evening at our Back to School Night. Please be sure to find a baby sitter for your children, as this is a parent only event. It will begin at 6:30 in Neglia Hall.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will discuss the parts of the Mass and proper Mass etiquette. We will practice Mass prayers and procedures at great length.

Reading: The class will work on small reading comprehension lessons this week. I will be assessing each individual student and their reading ability this week and next to ensure they receive the correct reading instruction in class. We are currently using the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment.

Language Arts:   The students will begin this year learning how to write a letter. In backpacks on Friday, your student came home with a Friday Letters folder. Each Friday, your child will write you a letter about the week. Over the weekend, it is your homework to write back to them on the back side of that week’s letter. On Monday mornings, they will read your letter! I felt this was a great way to start each week!

Math:  We will review concepts from last year and begin place value in class. The school has begun using a new math series, so please be patient as I learn this new series and all it entails.

Science: We will begin the year learning about the Scientific Method and the proper way to complete a science experiment. The class will set up Science Lab Books to be used in class and at home to study from.

Social Studies:  The class will begin this year by learning about our South Carolina Regions. As in science, we will set up and use a social studies notebook to be used in class and at home to study from.

Reminders:

Tuesday, August 27th- Back to School Night

Wednesday, August 28th- First school Mass- please wear Mass uniforms

Monday, September 2nd- NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)

Tuesday, September 3rd- After school clubs begin

Monday, September 16th- 2:00 dismissal (aftercare available)