Dear Parents, Sept. 17, 2018
Due to the delay of Friday, and some troubles I had on Wednesday with the testing site, we were unable to complete the MAP testing. Most students have completed the Reading part of the test, and are working on the Math section. There is still the Grammar/Language part to take. We will need to share the Chrome Books with the first and second grade (as well as with the other third grade), so I'm not exactly sure when we will be able to take them ~~ when and/or what days. I don't plan on having much of Social Studies this week (except to review and take the test over Newspaper #1 on Wednesday ~~ YES, WE WERE SUPPOSE TO TAKE IT LAST FRIDAY, BUT DUE TO THE DELAY THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN). If the homework gets off a little (mostly in Math) it will be because we were trying to make up MAP tests and Math class and homework got displaced. My number one rule as a teacher is: BE FLEXIBLE! Always check your child's assignment book to see what the homework is for that evening.
The following is a note from our "field experience" teacher:
My name is Cierra Smith. I am completing my field experience through Ashland University here at the Norwalk Catholic Elementary. My hopes are to have my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education by spring of 2019.
I am so excited to be working with your children and I thank you for allowing me to do so! Aside from my full-time college workload I also work full time, so I am very busy. When I do have spare time, I enjoy going to Cedar Point and spending time outdoors. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Besides the MAP testing we will discuss the following within:
RELIGION ~~ Due to MAP testing, the Chapter 2 test will be tomorrow. Your child received a "purple" study guide. As always, if it contains a parent signature, and returned on the day of the test, your child will receive 5 bonus points on the test. We will begin Chapter 3 on Friday, which discusses our "call to holiness."
Your child can always go to the following website to study for Religion: https://www.loyolapress.com/faith-formation/christ-our-life/christ-our-life-2016/parents-and-students/grades-1-8/grades/grade-3.
Spelling ~~ The second Spelling test will be given Thursday. This is the pattern that I would normally like to follow: The new words will be introduced on Friday. The Spelling assignment "3x each" will be a Monday night assignment, There will be a worksheet assigned on Wednesday, and the test will be given on Thursday. This can be off set due to "No School" days or "delays." I was a little disappointed in the way most students turned in their "3x each" for the second set of words. A "sample" ~~ using the first set of words was given to each student. Although it may seem rather "picky" of me, I would really like students to follow this format. Students turning in work WITHOUT a name or date, papers turned UPSIDEDOWN, as well as NOT SKIPPING lines or NOT NUMBERING their paper is just unacceptable at the third grade level. I want students to AIM FOR NEATNESS, and to CARE about the quality of their work. SO CALL ME PICKY if you wish. From now on, we will begin this assignment in class, so that I know that at least the paper is headed correctly.
Handwriting ~~ We never were able to introduce letters e and l, so we will do that this week. I would like to introduce and review at least 2 letters per week. Cursive letters, of course!
Math ~~ The third Simple Solutions quiz will be given on Tuesday. Most students received a "C" or higher on the first chapter test. There will be a retest on Tuesday for anyone who wishes to retake the test. (Those without a passing grade will be required to retake it.) Your child will receive the average of the first and second test scores. (This is what you will see in PowerSchool). If you signed the study guide the first time, no bonus points will be added to the second test, however, if you did not sign it, five bonus points will be added BEFORE the grades are averaged ~~ NOT AFTER THE AVERAGE! This RETEST will also be given on Tuesday (after the Simple Solutions quiz).
Social Studies ~~ I hate to give tests on Mondays, so the Social Studies test that was supposed to be given last Friday will be given on WEDNESDAY (just too many other tests going on tomorrow). We will review on Monday an/or Tuesday if time permits (Remember we are also squeezing in MAP testing.) Also REMEMBER: if your child gets you to sign their study guide, they WILL RECEIVE 5 BONUS POINTS on their test score. We have discussed EVERYTHING on the study guide, but some students are just learning that they need to listen, remember, and study. SIGNED STUDY GUIDES ARE ONLY ACCEPTED ON THE DAY OF THE TEST, NEVER THE NEXT DAY, OR AFTER FINDING OUT THAT YOUR CHILD COULD USE 5 EXTRA POINTS. We will start our study of Newspaper #3 next week. Miss Smith will present a Social Studies lesson on Friday.
Reading ~~ Check out Sr. Carolyn's website.
Grammar/Writing ~~ Check out Sr. Carolyn's website.
Science ~~ Check out Sr. Carolyn's website.
God bless all,
Dates to remember
Sept. 17 MAP testing Continues this week / Shop orders due @ 9am / Eucharistic Adoration
Sept. 18 Eucharistic Adoration visit by our class
Sept 19 ALL SCHOOL MASS ~~ students have been asked to wear their "Black Cross" T-shirt with uniform
pants that day. If they can't find it or it is too small ~~ please wear a "black uniform shirt" instead.
Sept. 20 Happy Birthday Ryleigh Mansfield-Bush
All School Picture in Courtyard with Paper Airplanes (this probably will affect Atrium times)
Sept. 21 Jeans Day w/ uniform shirt or flyer shirt
Sept. 28 NO School ~~ Teacher In-service