In Religion, we are exploring the teaching of Jesus and how it is relates to our own personal lives. We also focus on prayer and reflection in our daily lives.
The Grade 3's are very fortunate to be able to participate in a wonderful rosary making activity in our classrooms. A group of ladies from the St. Patrick's Church CWL will be coming to Grade 3 on Friday March 6th to teach the children about the rosary and they will also help the children make their own rosary. A letter outlining all of the details will be sent home on Tuesday, February 18th. We are in need of volunteers to assist the children. Thank you in advance if you are able to help out.
We will begin Lenten Journey on Wednesday, February 26th @ 10:45am with our school-wide Ash Wednesday Liturgy. Our classrooms will reflect the teachings and lessons of this most important season: prayer, alms giving, and fasting.
In reading, there has been a big focus on carefully reading the questions posed, answering very precisely, and proving your thinking. The students are learning that you can prove your thinking in two ways: the words of the author and the pictures created by the illustrator (direct text references) and our own thinking (connections, reasoning, personal experience). So, when answering a question, students need to think: Where will I find the answer? In the words or pictures? In my head? In a combination of the two?
Please take a look at the Home Learning Link. You will see that the reading comprehension activities support what is mentioned above. Please help your child practice answering the questions thoroughly and with evidence and examples.
Moving on, the children are especially excited to explore multiplication......the "big kids math". We have just started looking at and practicing with a variety of different addition strategies. The repeated addition naturally leads us to our next units of Multiplication/Division and the exploration of growing and shrinking Number Patterns. We will do a lot of problem solving to reinforce the link between multiplication and division. The ultimate goal is to develop automatic retrieval of math facts, but it is critical to develop conceptual understanding of these operations. All fact retrieval is worked on through games and patterning (e.g. if we can count by 2's, we know the 2 times table!). We will also talk about doubling and halving, and using partial products to solve multiplication problems (e.g. 32X7 = 30X7 + 2X7 = 210 + 14 = 224).
1. Please ensure that your child's library books are returned to school each week. Our Learning Commons visits take place every Tuesday.
2. An extra pair of socks and mittens tucked away in your child's backpack is a great idea in this winter weather.
3. Please remember to sign your child's agenda each night. As well, keep up all the great work on the Home Learning Link. This is a great chance for you to see just how your child is doing and provides you with a great opportunity to improve, edit, and discuss the work together. Please remind your child to do only their best work and to maintain the standards set at school.
4. A FSL letter has been sent home. The letter contains important information regarding your child's French learning options for Grade 4. Please return it to school by February 28th.
5. Report Cards will be sent home on Thursday, February 13th.
6. Rosary Making Workshop for Grade Three students on Friday March 6th. A letter outlining specific details will be sent home on Tuesday, February 18th.
7. Our class is in need of kleenex and ziploc bags. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.
8. Congratulations to our February CGE award winners for Love. Bravo Janiah, Nicky, Aubrey and Evan.
Have a restful, rejuvenating long weekend. Happy Family Day!!
Thank you for your continued support.