February 20-23

Hello Third Grade Families,

 

It was nice talking with many of you at conferences last week and I am excited for the week ahead.

 

In Religion, we will continue talking about Lent and what it means to us as Catholics. Students will need to know the first seven Stations of the Cross by this Wednesday, February 21st.  The stations students will need to know are italicised below.

  1. Pilate condemns Jesus to die

  2. Jesus accepts his cross

  3. Jesus falls for the first time

  4. Jesus meets his mother, Mary

  5. Simon helps carry the cross

  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

  7. Jesus falls for the second time

  8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

  9. Jesus falls for the third time

  10. Jesus is stripped of his clothes

  11. Jesus is nailed to the cross

  12. Jesus dies on the cross

  13. Jesus is taken down from the cross

  14. Jesus is placed in the tomb

 

In science, we are continuing to learn about ecosystems.  We will be completing an engaging experiment on Tuesday to learn more about how decomposers function in our environment. On Wednesday, the class will begin learning about food chains.

 

In Reading, students will be learning more about poetry and will be able to create their own poems by the end of the week.

 

Don’t forget that Spring Pictures are this Wednesday. There will not be a spelling list this week.

 

God Bless,

 

Miss Franklin



 

February 12-14

Hello Third Grade Families,

 

This week is very short with only two and a half days of school, but we will still be busy learning!

 

In Religion, we are discussing Lent and Ash Wednesday. Please continue practicing the Stations of the Cross with your children. The first seven stations will need to be memorized by Wednesday, February 21st and the second seven by Wednesday, March 7th. Students will not be asked to recite all fourteen stations at one time.

 

  1. Pilate condemns Jesus to die

  2. Jesus accepts his cross

  3. Jesus falls for the first time

  4. Jesus meets his mother, Mary

  5. Simon helps carry the cross

  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

  7. Jesus falls for the second time

  8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

  9. Jesus falls for the third time

  10. Jesus is stripped of his clothes

  11. Jesus is nailed to the cross

  12. Jesus dies on the cross

  13. Jesus is taken down from the cross

  14. Jesus is placed in the tomb

 

On Monday in science, we will begin our unit on ecosystems. We are learning about the different parts of an ecosystem, including organisms, habitats, populations, and communities. On Tuesday, we will begin discussing producers, consumers, and decomposers.Students will be learning about poetry in Language Arts.

 

Students will take a Math assessment on Tuesday. There is no spelling list this week.

 

I look forward meeting many of you during conferences on Thursday. Have a great week!

 

God Bless,

 

Miss Franklin

 

 

February 5-9

Dear Third Grade Families,

 

Hello! My name is Mary Kate Franklin and I am the student teacher working under Mrs. Lein this spring.  Since I begin teaching full time this week, I wanted to share a bit about myself with you. I grew up in Topeka and attended Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic School and Hayden High School.  My Catholic education has shaped me into the person I am today and I am very grateful to be teaching in a Catholic school this semester. Currently, I am a senior at the University of Kansas, Rock Chalk! I will graduate in May with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

 

Our focus this week in Religion is on Lent and I have activities planned to help students prepare for the Lenten season. We will also begin learning and studying the Stations of the Cross.

 

In Math, we just finished learning about perimeter, area, and volume. This week, we are studying weight and geometric solids.  Please continue reminding your children to practice their multiplication facts nightly as they set the foundation for many concepts we are learning.

 

In Science, students will participate in Mystery Science activities that will prepare them for the unit on ecosystems we are beginning soon. I love incorporating hands-on learning activities in the classroom and the students are responding well to the material.

 

Thank you so much for sharing your children with me! They are such a sweet class and make me laugh every day. I feel so blessed to be teaching them and learning from them. If you have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

God Bless,

 

Mary Kate Franklin

 

 

January 29-February 2

Happy Catholic Schools Week,

I wanted to remind everyone of the dress options for the week. Uniforms are always an option if your child does now want to participate in the daily option.

Monday--uniform bottom and Kansas sports team shirt

Tuesday --regular uniform day

Wednesday--jeans (long pants) and SMCS spirit shirt

Thursday--comfy day-- leggings, sweats (remember long shirts with leggings)-- no p.j.s, no slippers

Friday--regular uniforms

 

We will not have a spelling list this week so enjoy the extra time in the evening.

It is time to master the multiplication facts. Friday, Miss Franklin, presented the last group of facts. Please spend 5-10 minutes a day reviewing these. Mastery will make learning double digit multiplication and long division much easier. These will be taught this year.

We love using our white boards and dry erase markers to practice math but our supply is running out. Would you please send in black, thin dry erase markers?


Finally don't forget the 11:30 dismissal on Friday

Thank you for sharing your children with me. I am blessed to be a part of their education, but most especially to be part of their faith life.

God bless,

Theresa

January 22-26

Dear Third Grade Families,

I am excited for a full week of full school. It will be nice to get back into our routine. Thank you for helping with your child's routines at home. Last week we had 100% completion of math homework.

This week we will continue to study Kansas history. We will tie in our church history in this area, too.

Our focus in Religion continues to be on St. John Bosco.  We will finish our vocation studies and then it will be time to begin studying the Lenten season.

Last week we studied area, perimeter and angles in math.  We will build on this and learn about polygons this week. Don't forget to continue practicing the multiplication facts nightly.

Please remember the January book report is due Wednesday and students need to wear their green uniform shirt on Friday.

God bless,

Theresa

January 16-19

Dear Third Grade Families,

Last week your child brought home a non-fiction book and book report project. I hope they have begun reading the book so that they are not leaving the project to the last minute. The book report is due Wednesday, January24.

Miss Franklin is doing a wonderful job of student teaching. She is working with small groups, helping with classroom routines and will be teaching math this week. We will add a new subject each week until she is doing all the teaching. Please feel free to contact Miss Franklin or myself if you have any questions or concerns. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scholastic book orders are due this Wednesday.

God bless,

Theresa

January 8 - 12

Dear Third Grade Families,

Our new year is off to a great start! We jumped back into the routine and are embracing the last semester.

This month as part of our growth mindset studies we are learning it is important to have GRIT. This is an acronym for--

G --guts   hard work and determination

R--resilience   the ability to bounce back

I--integrity   doing what is right or honorable even it is hard or not popular

T-- tenacity  being  very determined

Having these four qualities will help all of us to learn new things and be successful. Identifying and praising these qualities encourages us to persevere in all we do.

Monday we will celebrate the Epiphany.

God bless,

Theresa

 

Mrs. Lein


Mrs. Lein
3rd Grade