Classroom News

Monday, 05-29-23

Happy Memorial Day!!! I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! It's hard to believe we only have 6 days left together?! On Friday, Mrs. Bucko delivered Phoebe's cards and gift basket. That smile says it all :) Our praying mantis egg case hatched on Friday. We will be releasing them tomorrow. We also completed our final i-Ready Diagnostics. Reports will be going home with report cards. Speaking of, Friday, 06-02-23 is the last day of the third trimester. Please make sure any missing work is completed by then. 

Just a reminder-Summer Birthdays can be celebrated any day except the last day of school please. 

This Week:
Tuesday-Golden Ticket Dress Down; Art; Spanish; Library
Wednesday-Gym; Music; Special Lunch-McDonald's; 8th Grade Clap Out
Friday-8:30 Mass hosted by 3rd grade-Join us if you can! 3rd grade Pizza/Popsicle party hosted by our wonderful Room Moms :)
Religion-Chapter 7- Jesus Teaches Us To Love
Spelling- None
Vocabulary Workshop-We finish up Unit 13 with a Test on Wednesday
Grammar &Writing-We are creating an End of the Year Sand Castle showcasing all the skills we learned and practiced this year
Math-We will be doing some mini-units on Multiplying and Dividing Bigger Numbers
Science-Mystery Science
Social Studies- We complete our Autograph page as well as our Third Grade Memory Books :)

Next Week:
Monday-Cleaning Day-please send in sponges and/or rags; Chalk the Walk; GAB Lunch (if you ordered)
Tuesday- Last Day of School! 10:00 Dismissal

Sunday, 05-21-23

Hello! Sorry for the late update. It was a BUSY weekend!
What a beautiful day for the Mother/Son baseball game today for all that attended. I hope you had a great time!

On Friday, we released our ladybugs and butterflies. Our beetles raced before they were released. Pics and videos to come! We took very good care of all our insects. We're expecting our praying mantis eggs  to hatch this week. 

I was blown away with the generous donations for Phoebe. Between our class and Mrs. Bucko's class, we raised over $300. We were able to get some toys, games, cards, puzzle books, art supplies, and stuffed animals for Phoebe as well as some gift cards for her family during this difficult time. Thank you for your generosity! There is a Prayer Service for Phoebe at St. Catherine of Alexandria at 6:15 tomorrow, Monday, May 22, 2023. Attend if you can!

Tomorrow, we will choose our Field Day team name. We came up with some interesting choices :) So, we'll see?! Please send in a plain red t-shirt if you haven't already. We will begin decorating them tomorrow. I have iron on L's I'll be ironing on. Other than that, students can bring in what they'd like to decorate with, but I would suggest Sharpies. I have a bunch I can share :) Thanks to the families who sent in extra t-shirts.  That was so so nice of you!! REMEMBER: No shirts can be ripped or cut in any way!!!

As we finish up our last 11 days in 3rd grade, we need to remember our best behavior, do our best work,  and finish out the year strong! We are finishing up our i-Ready Diagnostic in Reading and Math this week. I am so proud of the students' positive attitude about their i-Ready progress and lessons. 

Just a reminder- I will be placing the Scholastic Book order at the end of the day tomorrow if interested in ordering. Thank you to those who have ordered already! 

Thanks also for the extra classroom supplies and donations for extra supplies to get us to the end of the year! 

This Week:
Monday- GYM; We will view the Art Work in Kane Hall that was part of the Art Show; Spelling Pretest; RED Field Day t-shirts due; Healing Mass for Phoebe at 6:15 PM
Tuesday- Art; Spanish; Library; Chapter 7 TEST
Wednesday-All School 8:30 Mass hosted by 4th grade; Music; Grammar TEST on Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
Thursday-Grades K-3 Field Day
Friday-Spelling TESTHot Dog Lunch; 12:00 Dismissal
Monday- Happy Memorial Day! NO SCHOOL!

Religion-We continue our devotion to Mary as well as Chapter 7- Jesus Teaches Us to Love
Spelling-Our LAST unit is Unit 13 Vocabulary Workshop words; Pretest is Monday; LAST TEST will be Friday
Vocabulary Workshop-Unit 13
Grammar-We finish up Comparative and Superlative Adjectives and Adverbs with a SHORT TEST on WEDNESDAY; Next up; Subjects and Predicates; Then, we begin an end of the year Grammar/Writing Sand Castle
Reading-We continue Story Works
Math-We finish up Chapter 7- Statistics and Probability (Graphs) with a TEST on Tuesday
Science-Life Cycles
Social Studies- Scholastic News/Memorial Day

We will also be starting a digital 3rd grade Memory Book and Autograph page :)

Let's have a great week!!!

Sunday, 05-14-23

Happy Mothers Day! I hope you had a very nice day!
We are already halfway through May?! Only 15 more school days! So much to do, so little time!

Some students are in need of a few supplies to help us make it to the end. Please check if your child has enough pencils, crayons, glue, notebook paper, etc. Our classroom could use a few more boxes of Kleenex and Clorox wipes if anyone would like to donate ;)

Also, the last Scholastic book order went home on Friday. If you are interested, please order by Friday, 05-19-23. The link is: www.scholastic.bookclubs. Our class code is: YYRHG

Field Day is quickly approaching! Field Day events for 3rd grade take place on Thursday, 05-25-23. Room 212 is wearing RED t-shirts. We will be decorating t-shirts in school on Monday, 05-22-23. We will be decorating with markers. I have some Sharpies, but students are more than welcome to bring some in to decorate with. Please send in a RED  t-shirt by Monday, 05-22-23

We were sad to say goodbye to our chicks, but they were taken to several nearby farms. Chick pics to come! Our caterpillar pupa have been moved to their butterfly pavilion. We should have some adult butterflies emerging by the end of the week or so. Also, we have 16 adult beetles! Our praying mantis eggs have yet to hatch. 

This Week:
Sunday-Happy Mothers Day!!!
Monday-Gym; We begin our last i-Ready Diagnostic in Reading & Math; Spelling PRETEST
Tuesday-Art; Spanish; Library
Wednesday-Gym. NF Awareness Dress Down $1.00; Hot Lunch
Friday-8:30 Mass; Spelling TEST
Religion- We continue our devotion to Mary and begin Chapter 7- Jesus Teaches Us to Love
Spelling-PRETEST is Monday; TEST is Friday
Vocabulary Workshop-Unit 13
Grammar-Comparatives and Superlatives
Reading-We continue StoryWorks
Math-We finish up Chapter 7- Statistics and Probability
Science-Insect Life Cycles

Friday, 05-05-23

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I hope you had a nice week and have a nice weekend ahead. I was so sad to be out yesterday and today. I had to go back to the doctor for a pinched nerve/possible bulging disk. I got some new meds, and am feeling better already. I did receive a good report from Mrs. Cavanaugh :)

Have fun at the Derby party (if you're going)! With the Spring weather sometimes comes Spring allergies. I have noticed more headaches and stomach aches than usual. I'm wondering if some of it is allergy related-just a thought
Saturday-SCA Derby Party
Sunday-Attend Mass with your family
Tuesday-Art; Spanish; Library VW Unit 12 TEST
Wednesday-Gym; Music; Grammar TEST on Conjunctions
Friday-8:30 Mass/May Crowning; Graph project is due; Spelling TEST

Religion- We continue our devotion to Mary; Students will need their rosary every Tuesday in May. I do have extras to share. 
Spelling-Words with ar & or; TEST Friday
Vocabulary Workshop-We will finish up Unit 12 with a TEST on Tuesday
Grammar-We finish up Conjunctions with a short TEST on Thursday
Writing-The Best Part of Me :)
Reading-We continue StoryWorks
Math-We continue Chapter 7-Probability and Statistics; Graph projects are due Friday, 05-12-23. They are looking awesome so far!
Science-Life cycles continue

Sunday, 04-30-23

Good Morning! Happy Sunday! Congratulations to the second graders making their First Holy Communion yesterday. We made a shared Google doc card with well wishes last week :)

Our insect larvae finally arrived! Now in addition to  mealworms, our classroom is also home to ladybug larvae, praying mantis larvae, and caterpillar larvae. The students will be making observations daily while learning life cycle vocabulary through activities and games. We are also expecting the chicks to hatch Monday and Tuesday. What an exciting time in Spring!

No Friday Folders went home yesterday. I apologize. I've been dealing wit a bit of a back/neck issue, but am feeling much better and am catching up this morning.  I will send folders home next week. In them, you will find a few Earth Day activities. Please review and send back, so we can recycle them :)

Overall, behavior improved this week, but let's keep it up. I believe we have only 3 marbles to go. We can do it!!! Next week, we will have an unannounced fire drill, so we will review our procedure. Also every Tuesday in May, we will say a decade of the rosary as a devotion to Mary, so students should bring their rosary in. I do have plenty of extras to share. Our coloring contest this month is devoted to Mary. We will also be creating a Mary garden. We are busy busy!!!

Next Week
Monday-Gym; Spelling PRETEST
Tuesday- Art; Spanish; Library; Grammar Unit 2 Review TEST; BTB
Wednesday-Special Lunch- McDonald's; Gym; Music; Math Check Your Progress on Lessons 1-8
Thursday- Computers; BTB
Friday-8:30 Charger of the Month; Spelling TEST; 
Saturday- SCA Derby party-Have fun!

Religion-We focus on our devotion to Mary- Don't forget your rosary; We will also be taking an Archdiocese-wide Religion Assessment online
Spelling-Unit 12 Vocabulary Words
Vocabulary Workshop- Unit 12
Grammar-We finish up Unit 2 Review with a short TEST on Tuesday; Then, we begin Conjunctions
Writing-We will be starting a writing project called "The Best Part of Me" :)
Reading-We will be reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction in StoryWorks
Math-We continue Chapter 7- Statistics and Probability; We will have a Check Your Progress on Lessons 1-8 on Wednesday; We will also allow class time for students to ask their survey questions for the Graph project (due Friday, 05-12-23)
Science-We continue observing our life cycles
Social Studies-Cinco de Mayo

Monday, 04-24-23

Happy Monday! The countdown to summer bulletin board was up in the hall today- 30 days?! That's crazy to me?! There's still so much I'd like to do with our third graders :) But.... to do ALL the things we still want to accomplish, we have to stop the talking, focus on ourselves, listen to, and follow directions. It has been out of control, even after many reminders. I will be emailing parents of specific students when necessary. We are still trying to earn individual incentive punches on punch cards and trying to earn our last 36 marbles as a classroom team. Yes, our marble jar is back up to 36 marbles :( I am reminding all students that their behavior affects the people around them. I will really be  buckling down on behavior these last several weeks. I appreciate your support! 

This Week:
Monday-Gym; We had a Tornado Drill- it went well, but we will practice again; Spelling PRETEST
Tuesday- Art; Spanish; Library; "Meet the Author-Laura Martin Event at Trinity College at 6:30 PM
Wednesday-Gym; Music; Vocabulary Workshop Unit 11 TEST; Special Lunch- Culver's; 
Thursday-Computers; Chapter 6 Religion TEST; White Envelopes; 3rd Trimester Progress Reports Check-In on Power School- We will making our final growth goals of the year
Friday-8:30 All School Mass; Spelling Test
Saturday- The 2nd graders make their First Holy Communion! We made a Congratulations and God Bless You card!

Religion-Chapter 6- The Sacraments of Healing;  TEST will be on Thursday; Next week, we will also begin our devotion to Mary. Students can bring a rosary if they have one but I have plenty to s hare :)

Spelling-Words with r-controlled Vowels; We took the Pretest today; The final TEST will be  Friday

Vocabulary Workshop-Unit 11 will be tested on Wednesday

Grammar- We are still working on the Unit 2 Review; It's looking like our short test will be early next week

Writing-We are finishing up our Bio-Poems

Reading- We finished our Earth Day flip books today; We continue to read about life cycles on EPIC; We will also start Story Works 

Math-We continue Chapter 7-Statistics & Probability; We have almost learned the types of graphs. I will be sending a graph project information sheet home on Friday. The students have been thinking of what survey question they's like to ask their classmates ;)

Science- We are busy observing our mealworms. We are patiently waiting for them to go from larva to pupa to beetle. We also are expecting a shipment of praying mantis eggs, ladybug larvae, and caterpillars this week. So, we are busy learning life cycle vocabulary through videos, games, and activities. Pictures will be updated on our webpage soon!

Monday, 04-17-23

I hope you had a wonderful Easter and "Spring" Break! I hope Spring will make another appearance soon! I was so very excited to see so many smiling faces this morning. The kids were happy to see each other too! Today was a chatty day, but I know behavior/talking will be better tomorrow :) It is Mission Marbles time. They have been up and down and up and down.We have 24 to go!  Here's to a great week!

This Week:
Monday- Classes resume :) Room 212 Golden Ticket Dress Down Day; Gym; Spelling Pretest
Tuesday-Art; Spanish; Library
Wednesday-Gym; Music; Hot Lunch; 1:00 dismissal- Spirit Wear- There is After Care!
Friday-8:30 Mass; Spelling TEST

Spelling-VW Unit 11 Words; Pretest is Monday; Choice Board (Pick 3) is due Thursday; TEST is FRIDAY
Religion-Chapter 6-Sacraments of Healing
Vocabulary Workshop-Unit 11; Test will be early next week
Grammar-Unit 2 Review; Test will be early next week
We will be reading some poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month as well as reading about Earth Day and Spring
Writing- We will be writing Bio-Poems
Math-Chapter 7- Graphs
Science & Social Studies-Earth Day & Life Cycle Activities 

Thursday, 04-06-23

Hello! I want to wish you a wonderful Easter &Spring break with your family! I will be spending 6 days in Ireland with my dad and 4 siblings :) I will have limited access to my email, but message me if you need anything. I did send the new choice board home if anyone wants to get a head start, but it is not due until the Thursday after break.  If you haven't returned the Rice Bowls, you still can after break! Room 212 won a Golden Ticket raffle. We won a Dress Down Day. It is scheduled for Monday, 04-17-23. I will send another reminder ;)
Classes resume on Monday, 04-17-23. It will be nice to get back in the swing of things as we continue our last trimester of third grade and finish out strong! 
I told the kids if I got a good report from Mr. T. I would bring them a little surprise back from Ireland ;)
Have a great Easter!
The Week Ahead:

Monday, 4-03-23

Hello! Happy April! Only 3 1/2 days this week! This week, we will be focusing on Holy Week and Easter and finishing up some things :)  PowerSchool WILL be updated this week. I apologize-I had a glitch last week. One thing to note- the Frindle Quizzes have been on Google Classroom, so individual quiz results can be seen there. Ask your child to see them on Google Classroom. Our final Frindle TEST will be Wednesday, 04-05-23. I hope the kids enjoyed the book and their frindles!!
The Week Ahead:
Tuesday-Art; Spanish; Library
Wednesday-Gym; Music; KINDNESS BINGO #3 is due!
Thursday- Holy Thursday; Computers; 10:00 Mass; 11:30 dismissal

Religion-We fill be focussing on Holy Week and Easter activities; We are nearing the end of our Lenten journey; KINDNESS BINGO #3 is due Wednesday, 04-04-23
Spelling- None, although, I will give the new words and the choice board if students wish to get started early :)
Grammar- We will finish up Linking Verbs
Writing- Easter writing
Reading- We are finishing up Frindle  by presenting our new w words; we will take our final Frindle TEST on Wednesday, 04-05-23
Math-We finish Ch 6- More Multiplication & Division Facts with a short TEST on Tuesday, 04-04-23; we will also go on an Easter Egg Math problem hunt :)
Science-Mystery Science
Social Studies- If I were president...

Any questions, please let me know!
Friday, 03-24-23

Hello! I am so sorry for the late check-in this week and  for the late dismissal today. The kids were wound up!!! They did not want to leave?! ! It's been a crazy week! I hope you had a good one ;)  8 1/2  more days until Spring Break! As we continue in the third trimester, we will celebrate successes thus far and make our third trimester goals. 

In other news, the winners of the Young Authors Writing Contest at Trinity College were announced today. Avery Malburg, Mila Sabovic,  Lily Zayas, Jake Hollock, Allory Harmening, and Ava Mutnanskey will be representing St. Catherine of Alexandria School at the Conference on 04-26-23. However, all families are invited to attend a "Meet the Author" event the evening of 04-25-23. Save the date! More details to come!!!  Our writing was tremendous in many different ways.I loved the different genres represented. The creativity was amazing! The third grade will be celebrating our writing with an Authors' Tea  Writing Awards Ceremony in May. More details to follow. 
The Week Ahead:
Sunday- Attend mass with your family

Monday- Spelling PRETEST; Gym

Tuesday- Art; Spanish; Library; National Something on a Stick Day- thanks to Student Council for the popsicle treat and to SAB for another treat. We are so lucky!!!Grammar TEST on Helping Verbs; Reconciliation; Beyond the Books

Wednesday-Gym; Music;SCA Spirit Wear Dress Down; Soccer players should wear their jerseys for yearbook pictures. By the way!!! Today is the LAST day to order yearbooks. Check out the link in the Charger Check-In!!!

Thursday-Computers; Unit 10 Vocabulary Workshop TEST; Spelling packet due; Beyond the BooksFamily Literacy Night 6-7:30 PM. It should be a fun night!!!

Friday- National Crayon Day- 3rd grade can wear something YELLOW8:30 Mass; Charger of the Month; Living Stations 1:30 PM; Spelling TEST; FISH FRY

Saturday- April 1st????

Religion-We continue Chapter 6, Lent, and EASTER
Spelling-Digraphs; TEST FRIDAY
Vocabulary Workshop-We will finish up Unit 10 with a TEST on THURSDAY
Grammar-We finish up Linking Verbs with a very short TEST on TUESDAY
Reading-We are getting to the end of Frindle; Did you come up with a new word? Don't forget: Your new word project is due Monday, 04-03-23
Math-We continue Chapter 6- More Multiplication and Division; We have been having some flash card races. We are getting very fast!

PowerSchool will be updated over the weekend :)
Have a good one!

Mrs. Loewe
Monday, March 20, 2023

Happy Spring?!?! The weather is supposed to warm up a bit this week.  I' hope you enjoyed the extra day off! I hope you enjoyed the long weekend with your families! It was a busy busy weekend. I apologize this is late!. We had a fun week full of leprechaun traps, leprechauns, and rainbows. We are continuing to present our traps, spelling sentences, and Math story problems this week. Stay tuned for pics!

Saturday, 03-11-23

Good Morning! Happy Saturday! I hope you are off to having a wonderful weekend! Thank you for reviewing report cards and for signing and returning the envelopes. Please do so if you haven't yet. Third trimester grades can be entered into Power School starting Monday. The students and I were talking about how we will start getting ready for 4th grade since we are closer to 4th grade now than the start of 3rd grade, which seems crazy to me?! I've been explaining the 4th grade policies regarding behavior, homework, and responsibility. I've been pulling back on things like reading test questions aloud and directing students where to find text evidence. Of course, I am always there to guide them and answer questions, but our push this 3rd trimester will be towards a more independent, responsible student, who will be ready to make the transition to 4th grade smoothly when the time comes :)

Next week, our main focus is St. Patrick's Day. We will be writing about our leprechaun traps, which are due Tuesday, 03-14-23. I hope you're having fun making them. They look great so far! We will learn about rainbows through a close read and a Mystery Science lesson. We will be writing leprechaun word problems. We are also wrapping up our "Shenanigan Squad" coloring contest and have some fun games and activities planned. It will be a short, but fun week!!!

Sunday-Spring Ahead- clocks move ahead an hourAttend Mass with your family; Are you going to the parade? Look for me! 

Monday-Sweatshirt Day- Students may wear any sweatshirt (it does not have to be SCA) with their gym sweatpants; Gym; Spelling Pretest

Tuesday- Art; Spanish; Library; Leprechaun traps are due; Ch 6 Division Check in on lessons 1-6

Wednesday-Gym; Music; Hot Lunch-Great American Bagel; SHORT Chapter 5 Religion TEST

Thursday- Computers; SPELLING TEST (if we're ready); St. Baldrick's at 1:00 in the gym; Students can dress down in any St. Patrick's Day clothes, green/orange, and any cancer clothing; 

Friday- Happy St. Patrick's Day! NO SCHOOL!

Religion-We continue our Lenten journey and Kindness Bingo; We are also at the end of Chapter 5- Jesus Forgives and Heals; SHORT TEST will be on WEDNESDAY; Study guides will go home on Monday; And of course, we will learn about St. Patrick

Spelling-Words with Three-Letter blends; PRETEST MONDAY; TRST will be THURSDAY (if we're ready)

Reading- We will be reading about rainbows and leprechauns :) We'll also continue Frindle
 *See note below

Grammar- We continue Irregular Past Tense Verbs

Writing-Persuasive writing about our traps :) Be on the lookout for an email about the Young Authors Writing Contests winners ;)

Vocabulary Workshop-Unit 10

Math-We continue Chapter 6- There will be a Check-in on lessons 1-6 on Tuesday; We will be learning how to use a multiplication chart, which students can use for their QUIZ. 

Science-Mystery Science-How are rainbows made?

Social Studies-We will be sharing our President reports with Mrs. Bucko's class and vice versa

***A quick note about the Frindle quizzes on Google Classroom. We have been taking our Frindle quizzes on a Google Form. Please ask your child to show you their results. A couple things we could use some practice with (and continue to work on): 
*Reversing the question to write a complete sentence
*Being clear and detailed in your description. Partial credit is given on the short answers. 

These have been challenging, but I think we're getting the hang of it!
Thank you for everything you do! Thanks to the Benda family for some extra markers for our class :) Have a wonderful weekend! I have a feeling it's going to go by fast!!!

Mrs. Loewe
Today we celebrated an "unofficial" 3rd grade day by hosting mass, playing games, and reflecting on some of their "three" favorite things about this year in "third" grade. We learned how to say three in different languages. The third graders did a great job at mass today. Thanks to those who were able to join us :)

Just another reminder that 2nd Trimester Report Cards go home on Thursday, 03-09-23. We are making fantastic academic progress. However, I would like to see the third graders acting more responsible with behavior and homework. Way too. many reminders lately.  Talking/blurting out has been at an all time high :( We've had quite a few missing homework assignments :(I will be sending emails to notify you of any issues. Also, we will start preparing the students for some of the changes they will see next year in 4th grade. But for now...

Saturday-SCA St. Patrick's Day party
Sunday- 2nd Sunday of Lent-Attend Mass with your family
Monday-Gym; Measurement activity with 1st grade :)
Tuesday-Art; Spanish; Library; FSA meeting
Verb Tenses TEST; 1:00 Dismissal; Spirit Wear; After Care is available
Thursday- Computers; Unit 9 Vocabulary Workshop TEST; Stations of the Cross for K-4; 2nd Trimester Report Cards

Friday-8:30 Mass; SPELLING TEST

Religion- We continue our Lenten Journeys, Kindness Bingo cards and Chapter 5- Jesus Forgives and Heals
Spelling- Words with Silent Letters; Pretest is Monday; TEST is FRIDAY
Reading- We continue Frindle
Vocabulary Workshop-We finish up Unit 9 with a TEST on THURSDAY
Grammar-We finish up Verb Tenses with a short TEST on Wednesday ; Then, we begin Irregular Past Tense Verbs
Writing-We will begin preparing for our Leprechaun Trap writing; We will also be brainstorming oour goals for our third trimester. 
Math- Ch 6- More Multiplication and Division
Science-Sun. Moon, and Earth
Social Studies-We will be finishing and presenting our President projects with Mrs. Bucko's class

Thanks so much to the Malburg family for erasers, markers, crayons, and glue sticks for our classroom. 
Friday Folders did not go home today, I will send them home next Friday. However, Power School will be updated over the weekend. Just a reminder- If you are interested in ordering Scholastic books, please do so by Friday, 03-10-23. Thanks to those who have ordered already. Have a good one!
Mrs. Loewe
Saturday, 02-25-23

Dear Room 212 Parents, 
Happy Weekend! 
The kids picked their story they'd like to enter into the Young Author Writing Contest. I hate to ask over the weekend, but please take a few minutes to review the Editing Checklist that your child brought home yesterday. They have checked it over, but need your help. Please sign and return by Tuesday, 02-28-23., which is our deadline.  We also started our title pages. They are looking excellent!

Tuesday-Art; Spanish; Library; Division Quiz on Lessons 5-8
Wednesday-Gym; Music
Thursday-Computers; Chapter 5 Math TEST on Division; Happy Read Across America Day!!! We will be doing some fun Reading activities :)
Friday-8:30 Mass hosted by 3rd grade; Spelling TEST; Fish Fry
Saturday- SCA St. Patrick's Day party

Religion-LENT; We continue our classroom and individual Kindness Bingo cards; Chapter 5- Jesus Forgives and Heals
Spelling-VW Unit 9; Choice Boards (Pick 3) are due Thursday, 03-02-23; Test is Friday
Reading-We received rave reviews from the classes who saw the penguin play. Thanks for all the practice! We continue Frindle as well as our informational text Scholastic News
Vocabulary Workshop-Unit 9
Grammar-We jump into Verb Tenses
Writing-We will put the finishing touches on our Creative Writing 
Math-We are making such great progress on Multiplication Club; We will finish up Chapter 5-Division with a QUIZ on Lessons 5-8 on Tuesday; We hope to wrap up Chapter 5 with a Chapter TEST on Thursday
Social Studies-We are excited to work on our President projects in class as well as Chapter 6- A New Country is Born
Science- Sun, Moon, and Earth 

Thank you to the Duffner Family for a very donation of 180 sharpened pencils for our class ;) Looking Ahead- 2nd trimester Report cards go home Thursday, 03-09-23. Scholastic Book orders are due Friday, 03-10-23 (if interested) Any questions about anything, don't hesitate to ask! Have a great weekend!!!


Friday, 02-17-23

Dear Room 212 Parents, 
Enjoy the long weekend! Yesterday morning, we had a donut themed Marble Party where had a donut/juice while watching "Madagascar" because it went along with one of Scholastic News stories about new species of animals found there,  as well as our Penguin Plays :) We talked about ALL the positive ways we earned those marbles and that we "donut" ever stop trying our best to be our best self :) Let's fill our new marble jar with good listening, paying attention, working hard, and being kind to others!

Thank you to all who attended conferences yesterday! I added some photos to our photo gallery. Feel free to check it out :)

Next week, we will be doing a President project in conjunction with Mrs. Bucko's class as well as reading our Penguin Plays for several classes in P-8. We will practice again on Tuesday :)

Next week, we will also be preparing for Lent by having a 10:00 Ash Wednesday prayer service. All are invited to attend. We will be preparing our hearts as well to "Pray, Fast, and Give Alms".

Tuesday- Art, Spanish, Library; Burning of the Palms
Wednesday-Gym; Music; Possessive Noun TEST; Ash Wednesday Prayer Service at 10:00 AM
Thursday-Computers; Math Division QUIZ
Friday-8:30 Mass; Spelling TEST?

Religion- Lent; We will also finish up Ch 5- Jesus Forgives and Heals
Spelling- VW-Unit 9 words; The kids wrote them down yesterday if you'd like to preview
Reading- We continue Frindle 
Vocabulary Workshop- Unit 9
Grammar-Short TEST on POSSESSIVE NOUNS on Wednesday; Then, we begin Verbs
Writing-We will be choosing which story we'd like to proofread, edit, revise, and publish for the Young Authors' Writing Contest. 
Math-We continue Ch 5- Division; We will have another SHORT QUIZ on Thursday; We are rocking Multiplication and Division- so proud!
Social Studies-Presidents project in conjunction with Chapter 6- A New Country is Born
Science- Sun, Moon, and Earth

Busy, busy, busy!!! Some are still in need of pencils, erasers, crayons, and markers, and glue sticks. I don't know where they disappear to?

Have a great weekend!

Monday, 02-13-23

Happy Monday!!! I hope you had a nice weekend :) We started our morning going over our predictions and doing some Super Bowl Math. I hope the kids were able to share some facts they learned about the Super Bowl from their Google Slides assignment :)

This week is a short week,  jam packed with Valentines Day Dress Down Day for $1.00  and a Thursday morning marble party and early dismissal. Just  reminder- the students can bring Valentines and treats if they wish. There are 25 students in our class: 13 girls and 12 boys. Please be considerate of a dairy and peanut allergy. Please do not address individual envelopes.
Thursday is a 1:00 dismissal & Optional Parent Teacher Conferences. There is NO After Care!
Remember: There is NO school on Friday, 02-17-23 or Monday, 02-20-23. Enjoy the long weekend!

Tuesday-Happy Valentines Day! $1.00 Dress Down Day to benefit St. Baldrick's; Art; Spanish; Library
Wednesday- Gym; Music; Possessive Noun TEST
Thursday- Computers; Unit 8 Vocabulary Workshop TEST; Marble party :) 1:00 dismissal; Optional PTC; There is NO AfterCare
Friday- NO SCHOOL! Enjoy!

Monday- Happy Presidents' Day- NO SCHOOL!!! Enjoy!

Religion-Chapter 5- Jesus Forgives and Heals
Spelling- NONE
Reading- We continue Frindle.  We will also read one of my favorites Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch for Valentines Day.
Grammar-We will finish Possessive Nouns with a short TEST on Wednesday
Writing-We continue writing stories for the Young Authors Writing Contest. Our goal is to submit our second story by Thursday, 02-16-23 and our third entry by Wednesday, 02-22-23. Then, we will choose which entry we'd like to officially submit and work to proofread, edit, revise, and publish our final draft along with creating a title page and illustration. 
Vocabulary Workshop-We will finish up Unit 8 with a TEST on Thursday
Math-We continue Chapter 5- Division Facts and Concepts; We are rocking Multiplication Club!!!
Social Studies-We will be starting a Presidents Day project that will carry into next week as we continue Unit 3- Building a Government; Chapter 6- A New Country is Born
Science- Sun, Moon, and Earth

Monday, 02-06-23

Happy Monday!!!  I hope you had a nice weekend! I spent part of the weekend reflecting on what a nice Catholic Schools Week we had and how lucky & blessed I am to be part of the Charger community.We really had a nice Catholic Schools Week. I hope you did, too!!!

This week, is relatively "normal" with the exception of Wednesday's 1:00 Dismissal. There IS AfterCare available. 
We are back on the i-Ready path in Math and Reading. I am conferencing with each student to "data talk" about their 2nd Diagnostic results. :) We also started our Creative Writing project. There is a letter with more information coming home tomorrow. We are down to about 20 marbles, which means we may have a Marble Party in our near future IF we are mindful of our talking. We have been VERY chatty, especially in the morning. I am on the lookout for marble earners this week!!!

Looking ahead to Valentine's Day on Tuesday, 02-14-23:
Students CAN bring Valentines and/or treats if they wish. This is completely optional. However, please make sure Valentines and treats are brought for all our classmates. We have 25 students: 13 girls and 12 boys. Please be considerate of a peanut & dairy allergy if bringing treats. Please do NOT address envelopes. 

Monday- Gym
Tuesday- Art; Spanish; Library
Wednesday-Gym; Music; 1:00 Dismissal (After Care is available)
Thursday-Computers; Penguin Play QUIZ
Friday- 8:30 Mass

Religion- Chapter 5- Jesus Forgives and Heals; We will also be starting a Kindness Bingo in our room as we prepare for Valentine's Day :)
Spelling- NONE this week
Reading- We will perform our Readers' Theater plays for each other and a few other classes :) There will be a short QUIZ on the play Thursday, 02-09-23; We are beginning our new novel Frindle by Andrew Clements as well as completing Google Slides about Super Bowl LVII.
Grammar-Possessive Nouns
Writing-Creative stories
Vocabulary Workshop-Unit 9
Math-Chapter 5- Division Concepts and Facts
Science-We're finishing up our Mystery Science on "Where is the best place to build a snow fort? and starting Sun, Moon, and Earth
Social Studies-
Unit 3- Building a Government; Chapter 6- A New Country is Born

Cursive :) We will start with beginning strokes and lower case letters. 

Saturday, 01-28-23

Happy Saturday! I hope all the girls and their dads had fun at the Father/Daughter Dance :) Thank you for all the well wishes for Colin and understanding while I was out a few days this week. We were so busy finishing up our Winter i-Ready Diagnostic preparing for Catholic Schools Week. YOU are invited to attend the 9:30 Catholic Schools Week Mass on 9:30 AM on Sunday, 01-29-23 and Open House immediately after until 12 PM.  I look forward to seeing you if you are able to make it!

We have a fun week scheduled for Catholic Schools Week:

Sunday-9:30 Mass followed by an Open House until 12 PM
Monday-Happy 100th Day!!!We are writing letters to our community; Gym; Unit 7 Vocabulary Workshop TEST Wheel of Wisdom 1:30 in Gym
Tuesday-Dress Down for students; Art; Spanish; Library; Student raffles throughout the day; NO HW!!! FSA Skating party at Tinley Roller Rink 6:00-8:00 PM
Wednesday-Teacher Dress Down/Raffles/Lunch; Special Lunch-McDonald's; Gym; Music
Thursday-Family Appreciation/Surprises!!! Groundhog Day; Computers; Ch 4 Religion TEST
Friday-Spirit Wear Dress Down; FSA Hot Dog Lunch; Spelling TEST; Fun Friday Minute to Win It games-Thank you Student Council

Religion-We finish up Ch. 4- Jesus Prays with Us; TEST will be Thursday, 02-02-23
Spelling- Vocabulary Workshop Unit 8 Words; TEST is Friday
Vocabulary Workshop- Monday, 01-30-23 we will take a TEST on Unit 7, Then, we begin Unit 8
Grammar-Possessive Nouns
Reading-We will be doing a little Readers Theatre about PENGUINS, reading from our Story Works
Math-We continue MULTIPLICATION CLUB and begin Chapter 5- Understanding Division
Science-Mystery Science- What Weather is Best to Build a SnowFort
Social Studies-
Unit 3- Building a Government; Chapter 6- A New Country is Born

We have our first full week of school of 2023 ahead! Unfortunately, my son woke up with a fever this morning, so I will be out today :(

We are showing some excellent progress on our Reading and Math i-Ready Diagnostic! For the most part, the students are taking their time and doing their best. Results will be sent home after completion. The students are also tracking their own progress in their i-Ready folders :)

Thank you to all the kids who volunteered for the Catholic Schools Week Mass on Sunday, 01-29-23 at 9:30 AM. There will be a practice in school on Thursday, 01-26-23.

All are invited to attend and to come visit our classroom after :) We have been working hard on some special projects!

A couple reminders:

*Please sign and return White Envelopes, White Envelopes, and the lime green Progress Report form that verifies that you checked grades on PowerSchool. Thank you! Second Trimester Report Cards go home on Thursday, 03-09-23.
Tuesday, 01-17-23

*Some students are still in need of pencils and crayons.

*Book Reports are due Thursday, 01-26-23. How are they coming along? I can't wait to see them!

*Scholastic Book orders (if interested) are due by Thursday, 01-26-23 as well. 

This Week:
Monday- GymSpelling Pretest
Tuesday- Art; Spanish; Library; 
Wednesday- Gym; Music; 
Ch 4 Math TEST
Thursday-Computers; SHORT Concrete/Abstract Nouns TEST; Book Reports Due; Scholastic Book Orders due (if interested)

Friday-8:30 Mass; Spelling TEST

Religion-We will continue reviewing Ch 4 and will be getting ready to bury our Alleluias

Spelling-Unit 7 Vocabulary Workshop words; Pretest is today; TEST is Friday; Choice Boards are due Thursday
Vocabulary Workshop-Unit 7
Reading-We are focusing on nonfiction text features as we read Scholastic News; We will also be reading about Chinese New Year on EPIC
Grammar-We are finishing up Concrete and Abstract Nouns; There will be a SHORT TEST on Thursday
Writing-We will be doing some creative writing while discuss possible settings, characters, problem/solution
Math-Ch 4 Test on Multiplication is Wednesday; A Study guide will go home today. 
Science-Mystery Science/ Sun, Moon, and Earth
Social Studies-Current Events/Chinese New Year

Hello! I hope you had a nice 3 day weekend. Thanks for all the well wishes for my Dad. We received some good news on Friday :)

We have a short week ahead, but I wanted to post some reminders:

*Tomorrow is the deadline to let me know if your kids are interested in volunteering to participate in the Catholic Schools Week Mass on Sunday, 01-29-23 at 9:30 AM. If so, I will add their names to a Name Wheel to make it fair because we only need two volunteers for this Mass.

*Tomorrow is Hot Lunch!

*How is the book selection for the Book reports coming? Any questions, let me know! Book reports are due Thursday, 01-26-23.

*If you are interested in ordering Scholastic Books, the order is due by Thursday, 01-26-23.

*This week, we are taking the Winter Diagnostic for i-Ready in Reading & Math. Each student received their "Magic Number", which is their goal for this 2nd Diagnostic. We started with Reading. We are doing a little every day. Please check with your child to make sure they have working headphones/earbuds. 

*Progress Reports will be available in Power School on Thursday, 01-19-23. This just involves you checking Power School to check your child's averages in each subject. Any questions, let me know!

*"The Castle on Hester Street" is being moved to Friday, 01-20-23.

Thanks for all the supplies :) It is really appreciated!

Good night!

Mrs. Loewe

Thursday, 01-12-23

Hello! I just wanted to check in. Thank you so much for the donated supplies. I traded them for treats :)  Work Folders went home today, instead of tomorrow because I will be absent. I will be at a doctor's appointment with my Dad. PowerSchool will be updated over the weekend. Just a heads up- we are already almost half way through the 2nd Trimester. Progress Reports can be checked in PowerSchool on Thursday, 01-19-23.
Also going home today was Scholastic Book Order forms. If interested, please submit orders by Thursday, 01-26-23. Speaking of 01-26-23, that is the day the Blizzard of Books Book Report will be due. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Third grade is looking for volunteers for the Catholic Schools Week Mass on Sunday, 01-29-23 at 9:30 AM. We are looking for someone to carry our third grade symbol, a reader to describe the rosary, and a petition reader. Please let me know if your child is interested and you are going to be attending Mass that day. To be fair, I will put the names of the volunteers on a name wheel and pick volunteers that way. Please specify if your child is interested in a reading or non-reading part. 
Looking ahead:
Next week, we will begin the second i-Ready Diagnostic test in Reading and Math. We have discussed our new goals and did some mini-lessons this week to prepare and refresh. 

Friday (tomorrow, 01-13-23)- 8:30 Mass; Spelling TEST
Sunday- Attend Mass with your family
Monday- Happy MLK Day! NO SCHOOL!!!
Tuesday-Art, Spanish, Library
Wednesday-Special Lunch; Gym; Music; 
Thursday- Computers; Progress Reports will be available on PowerSchool
Friday-8:30 Mass

Religion-Ch 4- Jesus Teaches Us to Pray; We will also be discussing all the wonderful things about St. Catherine of Alexandria as we prepare to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. 
Spelling- NONE this week
Reading- i-Ready Diagnostic; We will finish up "The Castle on Hester Street" with a TEST on Wednesday as well as have time to read our Book Report books. We will also be reading about Martin Luther King Jr and the Chinese New Year. 
Grammar-We will be learning about Concrete & Abstract Nouns
Writing-We will be doing a little Catholic Schools Week writing as well as continue some creative writing
Vocabulary Workshop- Unit 7
Math-i-Ready Diagnostic; We continue Ch 4- as well as Multiplication Club
Science-We will begin our new unit on the Sun, Moon, and Earth
Social Studies-We continue Unit 3- Building a Government; Chapter 6- A New Country is Born

I expect a good report from the substitute tomorrow :)
Have a great 3 day weekend!

Mrs. Loewe

Monday, 01-09-23

Happy Monday!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! It kind of got away from me. I apologize for the delay in sending this information out.  I also apologize for the late dismissal today. We had a few issues in the hallway that we needed to discuss ;)
I have a couple requests:
*As a class, we are in need of Kleenex and Clorox wipes. Our supply is diminishing as we are battling germs and trying to stay healthy. If you are willing and able to donate any, we sure would appreciate it!
*There are many students who are in need of: pencils, red pens, crayons, markers, and glue sticks. Theirs have been used or have disappeared. Please ask your child what they need. Thank you!

This Week
Sunday- Feast of the Epiphany
Monday- Spelling PreTEST; Gym
Tuesday-Art; Spanish; Library
Wednesday- 1:00 Dismissal-Spirit Wear-There is Extended Care! Gym; Music
Thursday-Computers; Grammar TEST on Common & Proper Nouns; Work Folders will go home today
Friday-8:30 Mass; Spelling TEST

Religion- Ch. 4- Jesus Teaches Us to Pray
Spelling- Words with Long e; Packet is due Thursday; TEST is Friday
Reading-We are reading "The Castle on Hester Street"; TEST will be Wednesday, 01-18-23; Also, it's Book Report Time. I will be sending a Book Report home on Thursday, 01-12-23. It will be due Thursday, 01-26-23. Students can choose any genre book to report on, but it should be an appropriate book based on ability. More details coming on Thursday!
Writing- We will be doing some Creative writing 
Vocabulary Workshop- Unit 7
Math-We are busy busy busy. Multiplication Club has been "meeting" every day. We demonstrated mastery of 0's and earned an ice cream cone. Today, we showed mastery of 1's and earned our first scoop of ice cream :). Tomorrow is the 2's. Students will work at their own pace trying to show mastery of facts 0-12 in consecutive order. We will also be busy this week building our Array City. 
Science-We are finishing up Life Cycle of Plants; Our next unit is Sun, Earth, Moon, and Stars
Social Studies-We will focusing on the message of Martin Luther King, Jr. in a mini-unit;  We begin Unit 3- Building a Community Chapter 1- A New Country is Born

Wednesday, 01-04-23

Happy New Year!!! I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Classes resume tomorrow on Thursday, 01-05-23. Hopefully, your little ones are in bed and tomorrow morning is not so rough (on all of us)!!

Don't forget to charge Chrome books :) Please return signed White Envelopes and Friday Folders. 

I look forward to seeing the kids tomorrow. We'll share a favorite part of our break. We will get back in the swing of things with some fun review activities and games :)

No Spelling this week!

Any questions, please let me know!

Mrs. Megan Loewe

Wednesday, 12-21-22

Happy Christmas Break! I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy 2023! Thank you so much for all the kind words and thoughtful gifts. Your generosity is truly appreciated.

The day flew by with Mass,  Bingo, solving "The Mystery of the Selfish Elf", and cleaning out our folders and desks, so, we did not het to our Vocabulary Workshop Unit 6 Test today. We will review Thursday, 01-05-22 and take the test on Friday, 01-06-22. Sorry about that!

Work Folders went home today. Please review, sign, and return. All students can make corrections for additional credit on the Chapter 3 Subtraction Test. Students who need to pass Addition and Subtraction should try to continue XtraMath.  Students can read a good book :) OR Write a creative story. Have a great break!!! Classes resume on Thursday, 01-05-23. 

See you next year!!!

Mrs. Loewe

Saturday, 12-17-22

Good Morning! I was out yesterday with a sick boy at
home :(  I apologize, but the kids were in good hands!  Friday Folders will go home on Wednesday. PowerSchool will be updated this weekend. 

We have a short, but fun week ahead as we are finishing up our Advent activities. If you know your child will be absent this week at all, please let me know in advance, so I can send things home!!!

Please take a look at our busy schedule for special events/dress down days.

Sunday- 4th week of Advent
Monday- Students can wear Christmas hats and socks with their gym uniforms; 1:00 is our Classroom Christmas party. Students can bring non-dairy, nut free treats if the wish.
Tuesday- Students can wear Christmas pajamas's- no slippers though; Possible Marble party???
Wednesday- Students can go all out with Christmas gear; hats, necklaces, socks, shirts, etc!!! Mass; Bingo; 1:00 dismissal- There is NO After Care

Religion- We focus on love this 4th week of Advent
Spelling- NONE
Reading- We will read through our play "The Mummy's Curse" Thanks for ALL the practice!
Vocabulary Workshop- We will finish Unit 6 with a TEST on Wednesday, 12-21-22
Writing- We will be doing some Christmas Persuasive & Creative Writing
Grammar- We will continue Common & Proper Nouns
Math- We continue Multiplication. We will start Multiplication Club. Each student will decorate an ice cream cone. For each set mastered, they will add an ice cream scoop onto their cone. To show mastery, they must answer multiplication problems for each set in a minute and a half. We will start with 0, 1,2, 5, and 10's. We will also be constructing an Array City.

Also, we will be working in teams to solve "The Case of the Selfish Elf". Students will have to solve math problems to get clues to see which elf has been stealing Santa's cookies. 

Science-We will be studying, illustrating, and diagraming "The Life Cycle of a Christmas Tree"
Social Studies- We will continue practicing our Geography skills and track Santa's journey on the map

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! I look forward to a fun week :)

Mrs. Loewe

Sunday, 12-11-22

Hello! I hope you're having a great weekend! Great job to all the third graders. We had a really nice mass & Benediction on Friday, 12-09-22. We have celebrating so many feast days. Tomorrow, we will learn about Our Lady of Guadalupe. We also enter into the third week of Advent. Our focus will be on joy :)

A couple things I wanted to mention :)
*Mila is missing her SCA fleece. Please check tags to see if it got mixed up with someone else's.

*So many students are in need of new crayons, pencils, eraser, glue sticks, etc.  right now. Please check with your child. Those would make a great stocking stuffer :)

*Our Classroom Christmas party will be Monday, 12-19-22, students can bring dairy-free and peanut/nut-free treats to pass out if they wish :)

*Scholastic Book orders are expected to be here on Tuesday, 12-13-22
Thanks so much for All you do!!! Let's have a great week!
                                                                    Mrs. Megan Loewe

This Week:
Monday-GOLDEN TICKET DRESS DOWN- our class won a golden ticket dress down day for being so quiet in the hall!!! Yay!!!;  Band Concert @ 7PM in Church (if interested in attending)

Tuesday- Art; Spanish; Library; Beyond the Books; Christmas
Concert 1 & 7 PM in Church. Students should dress nicely and arrive no later than 6:45 PM to their classrooms.

Wednesday- Gym; Grammar Unit 1 Review TEST; 1:00
dismissal- NO Aftercare!

Thursday-Computers; Beyond the Books

Friday- 8:30 Mass; Spelling TEST

Religion-We continue celebrating Advent and preparing for Christmas

Spelling- Long i and u; TEST Friday

Reading- We will be practicing the play "The Mummy's Curse"

GrammarUnit 1 Review TEST on Wednesday; Then, we begin Common and Proper Nouns

Writing- We will be doing a variety of Christmas Writing, some Persuasive and some Creative as we prepare for a Young Authors' Writing Contest, which is in April. More info to follow :)

Math- We begin Chapter 4- Multiplication. We will be focusing on the different ways to represent multiplication. We will be constructing "Multiplication City" and will be starting Multiplication Club, which will consist of an ice cream cone as the base. For each set passed, students will add an ice cream scoop. Each set will consist of a timed multiplication test to show mastery of 0-12. Let's multiply!!!

Social Studies-We continue to study geography and will focus on different communities climates and traditions, including the North Pole!

Science-We will be finishing our study of the life cycle of a Christmas tree

Friday, 12-02-22

Happy December?! How is that possible? It's the most wonderful time of the year. and it's also the busiest. Look at next week, for example!!!

Sunday- 2nd Sunday of Advent
Monday- Vocabulary Workshop Unit 5 Test; Spelling Pretest
Tuesday- Feast Day of St. Nick; We will go to Confession at 9:30 AM
Wednesday- Santa's Secret Shop 9:35-10:05; Unit 1 Review Grammar Test
Thursday-10:00 Mass for the Immaculate Conception; Subtraction Quiz
Friday-Third Grade Mass at 8:30-join us if you can :) Spelling Test

Religion-ADVENT; We'll review Reconciliation
Spelling- Advent Words
Reading-We continue StoryWorks with a mixture of non fiction and fiction stories
Grammar-Unit 1 Review; SHORT Test is Wednesday; Then, we begin Common/Proper Nouns
Writing-Persuasive/Point of View Christmas Writing
Vocabulary Workshop-Unit 5 TEST is Monday; We'll begin Unit 6
Math-Subtraction- We're getting to the end
Science-Life Cycle of a Christmas Tree
Social Studies-We're reviewing some map skills

Thank you for the Scholastic Book order!

Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Loewe

Saturday, 11-26-22

I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and some quality time with your family over break. 

The Week Ahead:

Sunday- First Sunday of Advent
Monday-Gym;  Irregular Plural Noun Test
Tuesday- Art; Spanish; Library"All Aboard" Reading Test
Wednesday-Gym; Music

Wednesday, 11-23-22

Dear Room 212  Parents & Students, 
     Hello! I hope you're all enjoying the first day of our Thanksgiving break. Why was I awake at 6 AM?! Anyway, thank you so much for coming to Parent Teacher Conferences yesterday. It really was a pleasure :) I apologize if your conference felt rushed or if we didn't get to discuss something in particular. Feel free to message me if you'd like to continue our conversation.  We can chat more via email or phone call next week. 

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. I truly am thankful for each one of you and all your help, support, and cooperation. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

             Mrs. Megan Loewe

Sunday, 11-20-22

Next week:

Monday, 11-21-22- Gym

Tuesday, 11-22-22- Art; 10:00 Mass; 11:00 Dismissal; Parent Teacher Conferences in the gym. I look forward to meeting with you ;)

Wednesday, 11-23-22- NO SCHOOL
Thursday, 11-24-22- Happy Thanksgiving! Please know I am thankful for all of your cooperation and support. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family! Enjoy the break! Classes resume Monday, 11-28-22

Thursday, 11-17-22 Happy Report Card Day!!!

Today we received First Trimester Report Cards. You only need to sign and return the envelope. Inside that envelope, you can find a Pre-Conference Survey. Please complete and return by Monday if possible. Also, if you haven't signed up for Parent Teacher Conferences, please do so. I would love to check in with you in person to discuss your child's progress and see how things are going. 

A couple things I thought I'd mention...

*Please make sure your child is bringing a snack/water each day. I always have extras, but my supply has been depleting lately. Also, please make sure the snack is healthy. Morning snacks should really not be candy, chips, cookies, etc. 

*It looks like the cold weather is here to stay :( 
Please make sure your child is dressed warm enough or they will not be allowed to go outside for recess. They should be wearing long pants (sweatpants), heavy coats, hats, and gloves. Girls can wear leggings under their skirts. 

*Students are not allowed to communicate with other students using their St. Catherine School email accounts.

*I am sending a packet of Scholastic Book orders home tomorrow if anyone is interested in buying any books as Christmas gifts. I am also attaching a little note with ordering/delivery information.

*I will be sending Ofrenda. pictures home tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing your loved ones with us :)

*I will be updating 2nd Trimester PowerSchool grades after PTC on Tuesday, 11-22-22

*On Sunday, 11-20-22, we will be celebrating a 3rd Grade Family Mass at 9:30 AM. Thanks to all those who volunteered for a part. The students will be invited up to the altar to sing "Awesome God" after Communion. I hope you can join us!

I am very proud of the third graders' progress this first semester. We will be making 2nd Trimester goals for our Bravo Board! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Thank you!
                          Mrs. Loewe

Friday, 11-11-22

Happy Veterans' Day to you and yours! We celebrated a very nice mass this morning :) We also practiced some songs for the Family Mass hosted by 3rd grade on Sunday, 11-20-22 at 9:30 AM-Mark your calendars!  We had a full week of finishing our novel The Mouse and the Motorcycle. We compared the book and the movie :) We also launched mini marshmallows on the catapults we made a last week. We visited the Book Fair. They were so excited. See the After picture :) We also observed seeds and identified their parts.

Next week:
Tuesday- Art, Spanish, Library
Wednesday- Disguised Turkeys due; Gym; Music
Thursday- Computers; Report Cards go home!
Friday-Reading TEST

Religion- Saint Banners; Chapter 4- Jesus Teaches Us To Pray
None! We will play review games with previous words
Grammar/Writing- Irregular Nouns; We will write about our Disguised Turkeys
Vocabulary Workshop- Unit 5
Reading- We will read "All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine"
Math- Chapter 3- Subtraction; Please practice facts every night! FLASH CARDS! FLASH CARDS! FLASH CARDS!
Science- We continue Plant Life Cycles
Social Studies- We continue Unit 1- Communities


Sunday, 11-06-22

Hello! Happy November! I hope everyone survived this weekend's wind?! It's hard to believe that this Friday, 11-11-22, is the end of out first trimester! Report cards go home on Thursday, 11-17-22. 

This Week:
Monday- Gym; Spelling Pretest
Tuesday-  Art; Spanish; Library; 
Plural Nouns TEST
Wednesday- Gym; TEST on The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Thursday- Computers; Ch 2 Math TEST on Addition; We will visit the BOOK FAIR 1:30-1:55
Friday- Happy Veterans' Day; 8:30 Mass; Spelling TEST

Spelling- Long a; Pretest tomorrow; TEST Friday
Religion- We will be researching various saints and creating a saint banner on our lockers
Reading- We will be creating a Veterans' Day Flip Chart, finishing The Mouse and the Motorcycle (FINAL TEST on Wednesday) , and reading "All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine"
Grammar- We finish up Regular Plural Nouns with a TEST on Tuesday and begin Irregular Plural Nouns
Vocabulary Workshop- We begin Unit 5
Math- We finish up Chapter 2- Addition with a TEST on Thursday; We are also continuing to learn some MULTIPLICATION rules; Next up-Subtraction!
Social Studies


Sunday, 10-30-22

Twas the Night before Halloween...
I'm sure all the kids are gearing up for tomorrow!
Just a few Halloween reminders:
*Kids can wear their school appropriate costumes to school tomorrow. Please no masks or accessories!
*We will have our Classroom Halloween Party 10:45-11:45 AM. Thank you to Mrs. Sosnowski and all our parent helpers!!!
*You can send in dairy and nut free treats if you wish :)
*The Halloween parade will be at 1:00 PM- please join us if you can!
*Mrs. Bucko and I will be doing a Halloween STEM activity with both classes tomorrow morning
* We will try to get a little Halloween related schoolwork in as well!

This Week:
Monday, 10-31-22- Happy Halloween!!! Classroom party 10:45-11:45; Parade 1PM

Tuesday, 11-01-11- All Saints' Day; 10:00 Mass

Wednesday, 11-02-22-

Vocabulary Workshop Unit 4 TEST

All Souls' Day-COCOMarble Party (as long as we earn our last 3 marbles) Also, don't forget to send in any pictures of a loved one in a sandwich or freezer bag labeled with student's name for our "ofrenda" by Tuesday, 11-01-22

Thursday, 11-03-22- A "normal" day?? Math Quiz on Lessons 2.5-2.10 (Addition with Regrouping)

Friday, 11-04-22- 8:30 Mass; Spelling TEST

Spelling- Final e; Test Friday

Reading- We will be finishing up The Mouse and the Motorcycle

- Plural Nouns

Science- Life Cycles

Social Studies- Communities

Religion- Chapter 4

Vocabulary Workshop- We will finish up Unit 4 with a test on Wednesday, 11-02-22

Looking ahead- Report Cards go home on Thursday,, 11-17-22. PowerSchool will be updated shortly.

Have a great week!

Monday, 10-24-22

Dear Parents, 
Hello! The weekend was so beautiful-it seemed to get away from me!! Here is a breakdown of what we'll be working on this week in each subject :)

Spelling- Days of the Week; we get to use our upper case letters; Please pick 3 activities from the October Choice Board and complete by Thursday; Test is Friday

Reading- We continue The Mouse and the Motorcycle. We took a Quiz on Chapters 1-4 today. We will plan on finishing our novel by next week. We will also be reading about Bat &Spiders.

Grammar- We reviewed Pronouns today and will take a short TEST tomorrow; Them, we move on to Plural Nouns.

Vocabulary Workshop- We are finishing up Unit 4; we will have a TEST on Tuesday, 11-01-22.

Math- We are still reviewing Addition as well as learning some multiplication facts (0, 1, 2,5, 10, and 11) I am asking students to practice XtraMath every night at least 10 minutes. This does count as a homework assignment and should be completed.

Religion- We will say a decade of the Rosary tomorrow; Ch 3 Test is Thursday; Use pages 59 & 60 as a study guide :)

Writing- We will be finishing up "How to Carve a Pumpkin"

Science- This week, we continue Halloween experiments, including skeleton, bats, and spiders.

Social Studies- We continue to learn the differences between: urban, rural, and suburban areas.

Busy Busy! We also celebrate Red Ribbon Week this week. Today, we decorated our "Say BOO to Drugs" by sharing what we want to be when we grow up. Tomorrow is Dress Red, White, and Blue. Wednesday is Wear a Hat/Crazy Socks. Please bring in a roll of TP to wrap our Student Council reps as mummies on Friday!!!

Students can bring nut-free Halloween treats on Monday. We will have our classroom party on Monday, 10-31-22 fro 10:45-11:45. Students may wear appropriate costumes. Parade is at 1:00 PM. 

A lot of info...I know!

Please be on the lookout for an additional email tomorrow!

Let's have a great week!

Sunday, 10-16-22

Dear Parents, 
I hope you had a nice weekend :)

A couple students were asking if they could join choir. Here is the link to sign up if interested.
Speaking of the choir, they do such a nice job! We celebrated Mass on Friday with Fr. Dennis, who blessed us as we continue our school year. Our mass behavior has been spectacular!!! We usually earn a golden ticket from another teacher who is impressed with our good manners :)

PowerSchool is updated. So sorry for the delay. It was a busy week! Thank you for reviewing student grades,  signing, and returning the green Progress Report sheets!

This week, we will start our first chapter book, The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary. The read-aloud is available on Google Classroom by chapter. Students will receive a packet with vocabulary, comprehension questions, and skill practice. This and their book should be kept in a safe place.

In Math, we continue Chapter 2- Addition. We are reviewing addition facts, adding with and without regrouping as well as reviewing our rounding skills through games. We are also starting MULTIPLICATION this week as well!!!

In Grammar, we will be learning about Pronouns. We are also writing an Explanatory paragraph about "How to Carve a Pumpkin". We will begin Vocabulary Workshop- Unit 4. The third graders really have a great vocabulary knowledge. Very impressive. 

In Science, we continue the Life Cycle of Plants. We will examine the life cycle of a pumpkin. 

In Social Studies, we continue to learn about different communities. 

We will continue to say the rosary every Tuesday. We are finishing up a Rosary booklet as well as Chapter 3.

As you can tell, we are busy!  How's homework going? Please remind your children-when online homework is assigned, that is expected to be completed :) 

I appreciate all your help!

I look forward to another great week!

Mrs. Loewe

Monday, 10-10-22

Dear Parents, 
I hope you had a great 4 day weekend with your family! We started our long weekend with a fun-filled  Walk-a-Thon and dance party afterwards with an ice cream treat! Thank you, School Board, for such a fun event!

There is NO Spelling this week. We will be taking the Unit 3 Vocabulary Workshop TEST on Thursday. We continue Chapter 2 in Math reviewing Addition with and without regrouping. In Grammar, we will be reviewing Parts of Speech with a Fall Mad Lib activity. We will also be writing Explanatory Paragraphs on "How to Carve a Pumpkin".
For Reading, we will be exploring StoryWorks with a variety of stories of different genres. In Religion, we continue the Rosary and Chapter 3. 

October Beyond the Books begins tomorrow, 10-12-22. I will be out tomorrow, but I am leaving your children in good hands. I will be at a doctor's appointment with my dad, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer. Prayers appreciated :)

We continue our learning paths in Math and Reading i-ready. The students are doing an amazing job passing lessons :) 

Our marble jar is ALMOST full and we have been racking up the punches on our punchcards. I look forward to another great week!!!

Mrs. Loewe

Friday, 09-30-22

Dear Parents, 
Here is the recipe we followed today. The kids did an  amazing job: washing, peeling, slicing, and mashing the apples. We took turns adding the ingredients. Thanks again for donating the apples!
We also began constructing our apple trappers. We will test them on Monday and then re-design if necessary.
Next week, we will begin our devotion to the Rosary. If your child has a rosary you feel comfortable sending, please do so. If not, I have some extra.
Thanks you for all the Scholastic Book orders! They should arrive in 1-2 weeks. 
I will be updating PowerSchool over the weekend. Thursday, 10-06-22, besides being our Walk-a-Thon 
day, is also Progress Reports. There is not a separate paper report, but be sure to check PowerSchool to see where your child is at. Looking ahead- The first report card goes home on 11-17-22. 
We did not get a chance to practice our zoom, but will try to do that next week. 
One final thing- please make sure your child is bringing their key rings back and forth to and from school everyday. Thanks so much! 
Have a great weekend! 

Mrs. Loewe

Friday, 09-23-22

Hello! T.G.I.F.!!! We had a fun day meeting Fr. Ken at 8:30 mass today and ending our day with an SCA Pep Rally. I hope everyone has a great Homecoming weekend!

Looking ahead:
*We will be celebrating Johnny Appleseed this week with activities across the curriculum. When you are grocery shopping this week, would you mind picking up an apple for your child to bring in by THURSDAY for a special surprise? I would appreciate it!

Monday- Unit 2 Vocabulary Workshop Test

On Tuesday, students should start wearing school uniforms. Remember:we have GYM on MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS. 

Wednesday, 09-28-22- Chapter 2 Religion TEST

On Thursday, 09-29-22, students can bring in a dollar to dress down to support Pediatric Cancer. 

This Friday, 09-30-22, the 3rd grade will be hosting 8:30 mass. Please join us if you are able :)

Our class will also be practicing how to join a ZOOM call  (just in case it's necessary), learning about ADVERBS, reading about Johnny Appleseed, learning about the life cycle of an apple as we begin our LIFE CYCLE unit in Science. We will be starting Unit 1- Understanding Communities in Social Studies. 

The weeks are just flying by?! We have almost filled our punch cards and the marble jar :) I am so proud of our responsible and respectful behavior and how hard we are working in class and on homework! Thank you to YOU and your children! 

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, 09-18-22

Hello! Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes! I had a great day :) I challenged the kids to a 4 digit subtraction problem to figure out how old I was :)

Last week, we also did a fantastic job practicing our fire drill. We celebrated Roald Dahl Day and started our class read-aloud The BFG as well as "Dot Day" by reading The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. We practiced rounding in Math, Adjectives in Grammar, and found out where chocolate came from along with learning how to complete a turn in a Google Doc on Google Classroom. 

Looking ahead:

*Wednesday, 09-21-22- Dress "Up" for School Pictures 

The newly inducted Student Council has planned some fun activities for us this week, including:

*St. Catherine trivia questions throughout the week
*Thursday, 09-22-22- Dress in your favorite color
*Friday, 09-23-22- Dress in SCA Spirit Wear; All School Pep-Rally at 1:30 (OUTSIDE)

*Saturday, 09-24-22- SCA Homecoming

Also this week:
-We will change seats. 
-Now that we are fnished wit the i-Ready Diagnostic, we will start down our Learning Paths. We will be conferencing about strengths and goals and learn how to track our progress ;)
-We will have a short quiz on lessons 1.5-1.9 in Math on Wednesday, 09-21-22
-We will take our Adjective Quiz on Thursday, 09-22-22
-On Friday, 09-23-22, we will take the Spelling Test and Reading Test

We really are rolling along!!! How is homework going? I have been spot checking assignment books. Thank you for initialing them each night. 

Have a great week!

Sunday, 09-11-22

Hello! I hope you had a nice weekend, despite today's rain. We had a short, yet busy week last week. We took our first Math quiz as well as our first Vocabulary Workshop test. I think the students are transitioning well into 3rd grade. We will continue growth mindset activities to help us recognize that we can accomplish challenging things! We are earning our punches. Most are almost ready to claim a prize! Also, our marble jar is filling up. We have received many complements for our behavior in the hallways and at church. :)

This week, we will recognize 09-11 through a short informational text and learn about the Freedom Flag in this week's Scholastic News. We will also have our first Reading Assessment on the Wolf! story on Thursday. Students should read it every night this week. It is available online on the Wonders website. Our Spelling words this week will also be our new Unit 2 Vocabulary Workshop words. In Math, we will continue place value with rounding, money, and drawing a picture to solve a problem. Our Math centers will focus on Rounding games. In Religion, we begin Chapter 2- The Church Welcomes Us. In Grammar, we will take our short Verb Test on Monday and move on to Adjectives. 

Don't forget: Wednesday, 09-14-22 is a 1:00 dismissal. There is Extended Care available. Students can dress in St. Catherine Spirit wear. Beyond the Books also begins this week!  We will have a practice Fire Drill on Thursday. Thank you for checking, signing, and returning Friday folders each week! You are the best!!!
Let's have a good week!

Friday, September 2, 2022

Hello! I hope you have a great 3 day weekend and a wonderful Labor Day with your family and friends! As we look ahead to next week, it is important to note that we have been working hard these last three weeks and we have some assessments coming up next week. Normally, we don't have homework over the weekend, but I did ask the kids to review Unit 1 Vocabulary. We will have our Unit 1 Test on Tuesday. Don't forget the review games can be found on Google Classroom. We will also have a Math Quiz on Wednesday, which will cover workbook pages 1-3. 
Another exciting thing happening next week- We will be starting our first story in our Wonders book :)

Monday, August 29, 2022

Hello! Happy Monday!!! I hope you had a great weekend! Thank you so much for attending Back to School Night last Wednesday. It was so nice to meet so many of you! Thank you also for checking out our first Friday Folder. If you haven't, please review papers inside, remove, sign the log, and return. PowerSchool was updated with those assignments. 

This week, we will be taking the i-ready Diagnostic tests in both Reading and Math. We also begin Unit 1 in Spelling. Words are listed under the Spelling tab. We took the Pretest today. Students will have activities to complete for homework each night. The test will be Friday, 09-02-22. 

We will also have some homework on our Chrome books this week. We will be able to access Scholastic News and Vocabulary Workshop through Google Classroom.

We also continue to practice our classroom routines and procedures.  Any questions, just let me know!

Monday, August 22, 2022

YAY!!! I'm back!!! Today, the students and I finally got to  meet each other :) Thank you for sending in necessary paperwork and supplies. It is much appreciated!

We also went over some information from last week and practiced our morning procedures, turning work in, completing work neatly, how to be respectful of our classmates and teacher while they are talking, and the Marble jar. We took a little tour around our classroom, which will continue the rest of the week as we go through our daily schedules.

Tomorrow, students will receive their email addresses and Chromebooks/chargers from Ms. Soch. They will need to be charged tomorrow night and every night for the following day as we will be using them often. Also, if you have not brought in headphones/earbuds, please do so ASAP!!! Also, students will be receiving an invite to my Google Classroom. Any questions, please let me know!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Hello 3rd grade Parents & Students, 
Welcome to 3rd grade! I am so disappointed to be missing the first few days of school due to COVID, but I cannot wait to meet you next week! You are good hands with Mrs. Harris. Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Loewe

Monday, August 15, 2022

Hello, 3rd grade Parents and Students, 

My name is Megan Loewe. I am so excited to be back at St. Catherine of Alexandria to teach third grade as I begin my 25th year of teaching in Catholic education. As a student, I attended St. Bede the Venerable, Mother McAuley High School, and graduated from Saint Xavier University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. St. Catherine is where my teaching career began way back in 1998. I also taught third grade at St. Bede the Venerable for 16 years. I taught K-5 Title I Reading in Worth for 1 year. My last 5 years were spent at St. Christina. For two of those years, I taught second grade. The last three, I had a fifth grade homeroom, but ELA (Grammar & Writing) to 5th &6th grade.

Through my years in education, my philosophy of teaching has been to create a mutually respect between myself and my students while engaging them in their learning through fun and meaningful work.  

My husband. Michael, and I have been married for over 14 years. Our 9 year old son, Colin, attends 4th grade at St. Catherine. We are now completely a Charger family!!!

I look forward to a great year ahead!!!

Mrs. Megan Loewe