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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hi Parents,

I want you to be aware that it has come to my attention that students are using social media. I was surprised that this would happen in a primary grade so I feel it should be brought to your attention since it is routinely discussed in fifth grade on up. Please be mindful of what your child is doing online and what social media accounts he/she may have.  Please have a discussion with your child about appropriate uses for social media.

Also, as a reminder, grade 3 will be having Scantron testing this week. Please make sure your child is well rested and has a healthy breakfast. The testing begins at 8:30 so please make sure your child arrives at school on time.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Hi Parents,

First of all, I want you to know Scantron testing for the class begins on Monday, May 7, at 8:30 a.m. It starts out with reading and later in the week—Wednesday and Thursday we will finish reading and begin math. Please make sure your child is well rested and has a healthy breakfast. It is crucial your child gets to school on time that week. They can always do extra practice in the above areas on IXL before the test.

For the past few weeks we have been working on different concepts of geometry in Chapter 9 of the math book. We will finish up this week and then begin interpreting different types of graphs. We will also be working on probability.

In science we worked in groups to explore what causes change in motion by using string, paper clips, and washers. We also discussed distance, force, speed, friction, and gravity. This past week we discovered how energy is related to work by picking up different items and pushing against things. This week we will learn how levers and pulleys can make work easier.

In social studies for the past few weeks we have been discussing the three levels of government and what makes good citizens. Next, we will identify ways economics affects people, such as buyers and sellers, and when there is a scarcity of a desired product.

In religion we finished discussing ways to achieve peace and how the Paschal Candle is a symbol of the Resurrection.

Last Friday, we went to the computer lab to find facts for the individual research projects. The project was given out Monday, April 23, with the Draft due Thursday, May 3. The published copy is due Monday, May 7. We will then share them with the class.

We will be going on a field trip with second grade to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton on Tuesday, May 22.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hi Parents,

Last week was a short week with two snow days. In math we finished chapter 8 on different kinds of measurement. This week we will discuss decimals in tenths and in hundredths which is related to fractions; for example, 1/10 is the same as 0.1. In English we identified different verb tenses and verbs of being. In religion we finished the chapter on Palm Sunday and Jesus dying to save us. In Social Studies we discussed different regions of the country and tied it in with students finding out about regions when they picked a college team in the March Madness basketball tournament. This week in science we will discuss how forces move things.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hi Parents,

These past few weeks the class has been working on measurement in math. We measured objects in the classroom in inches, feet, and yards. We also did this using centimeters and meters. We made gallon guy and a booklet to reinforce measuring capacity. We used water to determine how many cups pints, and quarts would equal a gallon. We used grams and kilograms from the science lab to understand the mass of the objects. We then used the scales from the science lab to guess and check the mass in grams of items in the classroom. This coming up week we will tell time to the half hour, quarter hour, the hour, and to the minute. We will also find elapsed time and finish with how to use a calendar.

Earlier in the year I went over the concept of multiplying and over each multiplication table and had it written in the homework pad to work on it for 15 minutes each night using IXL. Third grade is crucial for the students to memorize the times table. I have moved forward in math thinking they were doing this. I am finding that some children have not been doing this with various excuses. Others have memorized the tables. Those who have not will have a difficult time as I move on to other areas of math where multiplication, addition, and subtraction are needed as the foundation. As a reminder anything we do in math can be reinforced at home using IXL.

In English we have been identifying irregular verbs and the different tense of verbs. We also learned the parts of a letter and used that information to write personal letters to a family member or relative to share with the class.

In social studies we have been identifying different regions of the country. We will then learn about our neighbors, Canada and Mexico. We are also doing two outside projects. One went home last week about Women’s History Month, and the other will be going home on Tuesday which incorporates March Madness (NCAA Basketball) with social studies.

In religion we discussed how Jesus came to give life. We also went to Mass on Friday and to the Stations of the Cross.

Just a reminder that our class will be going to the Scholastic Book Fair on Tuesday.

Have a good evening.

 

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Hi Parents,

Last week in math we used customary units to measure capacity. Students measured cups, pints, and quarts to see what would equal a gallon. We discovered that 16 cups equal a gallon in case you need that information for any upcoming events. We then measured ounces and pounds. The next day we measured length in centimeters, decimeters, and then meters. We used meter sticks to measure things in the classroom to get a sense of the length of things. Children could reinforce this at home by measuring things in the house with meter sticks or add 10 centimeters to a yardstick with cardboard to make your own meter stick. This week we hope to measure capacity in milliliters and liters. We will also measure mass with grams and kilograms. After that, we will tell time to the quarter hour.

In Social Studies we have been identifying different regions of the U.S. and their resources and landmarks of those areas.

The children received their new readers for the second part of the year and the first story Cook a Doodle Doo! is a funny fictional story that compares and contrasts parts of the story. After that story is a non-fiction article about bakeries.

In Science we will be studying water and how much of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. We will also talk about weather in the area.

In Religion we discussed miracles Jesus did and did a skit in the classroom about two great signs Jesus did. This week on Friday we will go to the 9:00 Mass and at 2:00 go as a school over to the Church for Stations of the Cross.

Have a good evening.

Anne Curran

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Hi Parents,

Last week in school we measured to the nearest quarter inch, half inch and three-quarters of an inch. This week we will learn about measuring in feet, yards, and in miles. Last week in reading the students worked on the skill of inferring what happened in a story. This week the strategy is story sequence. In social studies we have been using a different social studies book to learn about different kinds of maps—physical, elevation, and population maps. This week we will be learning about regional maps. The students are doing a great job on their presentations in the classroom for Black History Month.

Ms. Colter did an awesome job of giving the children a Valentine Party when we returned from the lunch in the Burgundy Room. Last Wednesday we received ashes at Mass for Ash Wednesday. This Friday we will go as a school to do the Stations of the Cross during Lent. The classes also have mission boxes to collect money for the needy.

Sincerely,

Anne Curran

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hi Parents,

Last Thursday, Maya, Payton, and Lindsey did a great job in the spelling bee in the gym for grades 3 through 5. Children asked if they could bring in posters for the Black History Month project which is due Friday. It is also a verbal presentation so they can do that or anything that helps them tell about their person. They can use whatever means they like.

I was off last Friday to watch my granddaughter who got a new sister early Thursday morning! I’m not sure who was at school Friday so I am including the Thursday letter below so everyone will see it.

Next week, beginning Monday, February 12, our class will be doing Scantron testing in reading and math. Please make sure your child is well-rested and has a nutritious breakfast since we might not have snack at the normal time due to the schedule.

On Wednesday, February 14, the class will exchange valentines. If your child wishes to participate they need to bring in a valentine for each child so as not to cause hurt feelings. Ms. Colter will be bringing in a valentine treat for the class during their lunch.

 The class has a project for Black History Month which is due no later than Friday, February 16th. Please check your child’s homework pad for instructions.

Since the third quarter has started it would be helpful if you checked your child’s pencil case for supplies. I have quite a few children who do not have scissors, glue sticks, crayons, red marking pen and pencils. They really need these to do their classroom work. It would also be greatly appreciated if you send in paper towels as I am down to the last roll.

Please keep your child home if they have a fever; last week I sent 3 children home who got sick during the day.

Thanks for all you do.

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February 4, 2018

Hi Parents,

We had quite a busy, fun-filled week celebrating Catholic Schools Week as well as Multicultural Week. On Monday, I experienced my first Minute to Win It with the school. The students had fun watching and participating in the events. On Tuesday, we enjoyed tasty foods from different cultures and on another day students wore clothes that represented their background.

In reading comprehension, we discussed Cause and Effect. The cause is the event that makes something happen. To identify the cause we ask why something happened and to identify the effect, something that happened because of an action, we ask what happened. I introduce it with something the class can relate to, such as no school (effect) because of snow (cause). This week we will infer with the next story, The Jones Family Express. We have to use clues and our background knowledge to figure out missing details.

In math we are getting near the end of chapter 6, which is multiplying and dividing. I cannot stress enough how important it is for the children to memorize the multiplication tables through the twelve times tables. They can practice writing them down on loose-leaf and saying it as they write them. You can also ask your child on the way to school some math facts. Another means is to use IXL. Personally, I think if you say it, write it, and say it again will be helpful for some of the children because we have different types of learners.

Last week in science we talked about weather and how to read a weather map. It would be helpful if they watched the weather a few times on television at home to understand it better.

Sincerely,

Anne Curran

January 15, 2018

Hi Parents,

Last week the class listened to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ‘s “I Have a Dream” speech and then wrote what their dream is for a peaceful world. We also used the speech as an introduction to the research project on Dr. King that is due tomorrow.

In reading we looked for inferences made by the author in Stone Soup. In the beginning of this week we will use the same story to find the problem and how it is solved before reading the next story, One Riddle, One Answer.

In math, we used manipulatives to compare and order fractions with like and unlike denominators. This week we will and subtract fractions with like denominators as well as problem solving. Just a reminder to let you know how important it is for your child to use the IXL website every night in addition to the regular math homework. These past few weeks they were supposed to have been going over the 6,7, and 8 times tables through 12. If you are having trouble getting to the site the steps are:

1      go to https://www.ixl.com/signin/stmarysmd

2      Enter your child’s username and password (which I gave to each child) and click “Sign in.”

3      Click on any skill. (I have a copy of each child’s username and password if they need it again).

In science, we will be discussing weather and in social studies communities as well as map skills.

Last Friday, grade 3 did a wonderful job doing the reading, intercessions, and carrying the gifts for the Mass on Peace and Justice.

Have a good evening.

Sincerely,

Anne Curran

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hi Parents,

I can’t believe it is almost Christmas! This past week the children did a great job when we went to Reconciliation. Those of other faiths, were free if they wanted, to ask the priest for a blessing. In math we finished chapter 5 which was dividing by 2,3,4, and 5. We also learned about symmetry with Christmas trees that the children made in class and brought home Friday. When a figure can be folded so that its 2 parts match exactly, the line along the fold is called a line of symmetry.

Over Christmas vacation please have your child do IXL for at least 15 minutes a day. They can go to the top of the screen and go to the different subject areas as well as Common Core for grade 3. Also, please help your child by going to the top of the screen to Recommendation for your child. This is a specific area where your child can get additional re-inforcement in areas needed.  IXL is such an awesome site to help your child advance in all the subject areas, except religion. Please make sure they take advantage of it over Christmas so they can maintain the skills they have been taught since September. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity at St. Mary’s school, so please take advantage of it.

It would be helpful if your child reads a chapter book that they are interested in over the Christmas break. It would be helpful if you ask them questions about what they read. For extra credit they can write a book report about it. It might convince another student to read the book.

When the children return from vacation we will resume with multiplication with the 6, 7, 8, and 9 times tables through 12 as well as dividing by those numbers. We will also go over geometry, fractions, and decimals as the year progresses.

The children are already filled with excitement for the anticipation of Christmas; it is such a wonderful time, so may you have a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Peace,

Anne Curran

December 10, 2017

 

Hi Parents,

Last week in religion we talked about Advent and the coming of Jesus. Each child did a Jesse Tree which shows symbols of people who waited for Jesus. We will be practicing in church on Monday and Tuesday for the Christmas Pageant which will be held in church on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

In math we used one and zero in division as well as divide by 2,3, and 4. This Friday we will have a math test on chapter 5 which covers multiplication and division (divide by 2 through 5) as well as multiplication and word problems.

This past week in science we covered newspaper with wax paper and then put drops of water on it to see how the water caused the letters to magnify. We related this to how seeing objects that are far away in space can appear closer with the use of a telescope. We also used globes and flashlights to show what causes day and night. I think we have some future scientists in our class!

In reading we are learning how to summarize a passage and find the author’s purpose in writing—to inform, entertain, or persuade. Sometimes they have more than one purpose for writing. The class wrote persuasive paragraphs or letters about their favorite book or author.

In social studies we are finishing up the lessons on communities that covers pages 72-101 in the textbook. A take home test is due Wednesday and students can use their books to find the answer which is also a reading strategy.

December 3, 2017

Hi Parents,

We began division last week an will continue it this week. The class will be learning about divisor, dividend, and quotient. They are understanding the concept of division as dividing to separate (finding the number of groups) and to share equally (finding the number in each group).

I integrated science with the reading last week because they both had to do with the planets in the solar system.. In science we will continue with what causes day and night along with the phases of the moon. In Social Studies we are learning about shared cultures in our country. In Religion  we finished the child safety lessons last week. A letter to the parents was sent home after we finished each lesson in your child's everyday folder. The class did a great job doing the holly leaves for the Advent bulletin board outside the classroom and in the classroom.

Grade 3 will shop at Kris Kringle on Tuesday from 9:45-10:15.

Have a good week.

Mrs. Curran

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hi Parents,

I hope you and your family are enjoying this beautiful weather. This coming up week in Math we plan to continue rounding to nearest 10; 100; and 1,000 and then work with counting money and making change. In Language Arts we will learn about writing a friendly letter and identify parts of sentences. In reading we will discuss communities and learn about habitats. We will continue to study about plants and seeds. Presently, we are observing 4 spearmint plants that have water, no water, light, and no light. Just a reminder, I told children to bring in a chapter book to have at their desk at all times and they are welcome to borrow books from the classroom library to read at home since reading is a skill I hope children will enjoy.

Week of September 11

Hi All,

Thank you for coming to Back to School Night on Thursday. I hope you had a nice weekend. This coming week we will begin a new story in the reader, Dear Juno. In Math we will review skip counting, place value with 4-digit numbers, comparing and orders larger numbers, and rounding. In social studies we will be talking about communities and in science it will be about plants. I will be posting the homework on the website but your child should have recorded it in their homework pad for you to check and initial. Just a reminder that PE Day is on Tuesdays and children need a chapter book in their desk for DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) on Wednesday. I will be sending the soft books home to be covered in clear contact paper this week.

Welcome to the new school year!

Hi Parents,

 I am excited to be the new third grade teacher at St. Mary’s. My name is Mrs. Curran and I would like to tell a little bit about myself. I taught third grade at St. Pius X School in Bowie for seventeen years and before that I taught third grade for three years and second grade for two years at St. Mark’s School in Hyattsville. 

I am looking forward to a good beginning with the students on Tuesday.

Mrs. Curran

3rd grade update- Week of April 10th

  • There are now two ways to contact me immediately using either the remind app or the Classdojo app. If you need more information to log in, please let me know.
  • Report cards were distributed on Friday, April 7th. Please sign the envelope and return it to school this week.
  • We will have a taco lunch on Wednesday, April 12th.
  • Thursday, April 13th will be a 12:30 dismissal.
  • We will not have school on Good Friday (April 14th).
  • Easter break will start on April 14th and conclude on Sunday, April 23rd. We will return to school on Monday, April 24th.

Math- We are starting a new chapter this week. This chapter will be on geometry. The math journal/maintenance will be due on Wednesday, April 12th.

Reading- The reading skill/ strategy is author's purpose. The grammar skill will be adverbs that tell you when or where. The tests will be taken on Thursday this week. The test will cover vocabulary, author's purpose, identifying adverbs that tell when or where, and the weekly spelling words.

Religion- We are finishing chapter 15 this week. This chapter will cover Jesus’ death. The test will take place on Wednesday. We have prayer service the Monday after the break (April 24th). I will be giving your child the prayer before they leave on break. Please practice it over the Easter break.

Science- We have started a new topic. This topic will be Structures of Life. We are learning about seeds. There will be a quiz we return from break. They will be observing a seed over the Easter break.

Social Studies- We are working on character education. This will include lessons on kindness, fairness, respect, etc.

Thank you for your support!

3rd grade update- Week of January 2nd

  • If you have not signed up for remind app here is the link: https://www.remind.com/join/94f8ed.
  • We will have a chicken nugget lunch on Wednesday January 4th.
  • We will have a variety lunch on Wednesday January 11th.
  • The second semester milk payment is due on Monday January 9th
  • Third grade will oversee the Mass on Friday January 13th. They will be doing the readings, petitions, and offertory gifts. Since not every child can get a part in the Mass, I will be picking names out of a hat. Please practice your child’s part with them at home next week. The other students may get an opportunity in the future.
  • The second quarter will end on Friday January 20th. Report cards will be distributed on Friday January 27th.

Math-  This week we will be starting division. The math journal entry/math maintenance was due on January 2nd. There will not be a math journal due on Thursday. They will get the next journal entry on Friday January 6th. Keep in mind that these assignments each count as a quiz grade. Missing one week ‘s assignment could seriously affect your child’s math grade.

Reading- The reading skill/ strategy is sequencing events of a story. The grammar skill will be combining predicates of two sentences into one using the word and. The tests will be taken on Friday this week. The test will cover vocabulary, sequencing, combining predicates, and the weekly spelling words.

Religion- We will start a new chapter this week. This chapter will cover how God is all-knowing and all-powerful. Later this week I will be selecting students to participate in Mass next Friday. The students will review their part for Mass next week.

Science- The students will conduct an experiment to discover light energy. We will be having a quiz on light and heat energy next week. There will a test on everything from this quarter before the end of the marking period.

Social Studies- We will play a game to review urban, suburban, and rural communities. The test will be on Thursday January 5th.

Thank you all of your support.

  • If you have not signed up for remind app here is the link: https://www.remind.com/join/94f8ed.
  • The last day for the NJHS Toy Drive is December 14th
  • Please sign and return your child’s mid quarter report as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.
  • The students will need to bring in their gifts for Secret Santa on Friday December 16th
  • We will have a variety lunch on Wednesday December 14th.
  • The Christmas Pageant will take place on Wednesday December 14th at 7pm. Students need to arrive in their “Sunday best” at the church at 6:45.
  • We will have a TAG day on Thursday December 15th and Pajama Day on Friday December 16th.

Math-  They will then take a multiplication test on Monday December 12th. The test will cover 0-12 times tables. The Tenmarks assignment must be completed by Monday December 12th. The assignments can be found on the website (tenmarks.com). The ninth math journal entry/math maintenance will be due on Thursday December 15th. This journal entry will need to be written into the composition book. Keep in mind that these assignments each count as a quiz grade. Missing one week ‘s assignment could seriously affect your child’s math grade.

Reading- The reading skill/ strategy is making inferences. The grammar skill will be future tense verbs in a sentence. The tests will be taken on Thursday this week. The test will cover vocabulary, making inferences, future tense verbs, and the weekly spelling words.

Religion- We will finish chapter 11. The test will be on Thursday December 15th. We will review on Wednesday December 14th.

Science- The students will conduct an experiment to discover light energy. Over the next few weeks we will be discussing different types of energy.

Social Studies- We will continue to work on the types of communities. This week we will discuss urban communities. The communities project will be due this Friday December 16th

 

3rd grade update- Week of December 5th

  • If you have not signed up for remind app here is the link: https://www.remind.com/join/94f8ed.
  • The NJHS Toy Drive goes till December 14th
  • The Blessings Bags need to brought to school by Friday December 9th
  • We will go to the Kris Kringle Shoppe on Tuesday December 6th
  • There will be a chicken nugget lunch on Wednesday December 7th
  • There will be another Krispy Kreme fundraiser starting on Thursday December 7th. The money will be due on Wednesday December 14th.
  • Mid-quarter will go home on Friday December 9th. Please sign and return them to school on Monday. Thank you in advance.
  • A permission slip will be going home to participate in Secret Santa. The slip is due on Thursday December 8th. The students will need to bring in their gifts on Friday December 16th
  • The Christmas Pageant will take place on Wednesday December 14th at 7pm. Students need to arrive in the church at 6:45.
  • We will have a TAG day on Thursday December 15th and Pajama Day on Friday December 16th.

 

Math- We will be finishing up multiplication in the next two weeks. The student will take a quiz on multiplication facts 7-12 on Wednesday December 7th. They will then take a test on Monday December 12th. The test will cover 0-12 times tables. If your child has not already begun their Tenmarks assignments, they must have them completed by Monday December 12th. The assignments can be found on the website (tenmarks.com). The eighth math journal entry will be due on Thursday December 8th. This journal entry will need to be written into the composition book.

Reading- The reading skill/ strategy is cause and effect. The grammar skill will be past tense verbs in a sentence. The tests will be taken on Friday this week. The test will cover vocabulary, cause and effect, past tense verbs, and the weekly spelling words.

Religion- We will start to work on chapter 11. This lesson will focus on the birth of Jesus. The test on this chapter will happen before Christmas Break.

Science- The students will conduct an experiment to discover light energy. Over the next few weeks we will be discussing different types of energy.

Social Studies- We will continue to work on the types of communities. This week we will discuss urban and suburban communities. The communities project that will be due on Friday December 16th

 

3rd grade update- Week of November 28th

  • If you have not signed up for remind app here is the link: https://www.remind.com/join/94f8ed.
  • The NJHS Toy Drive and Coats of Many Colors starts on Monday November 28th
  • There will be a pizza lunch on Wednesday November 30th
  • Friday December 2nd is a 12:30 dismissal.
  • Midquarters will go out on Friday December 9th.
  • Some of the students went home with Blessing Bags last week. Please fill them with the contents written on the letter found inside the bag and return them to school the week of Dec. 5th

Math- We will continue practicing multiplication facts starting with sevens. If your child has not already begun their Tenmarks assignments, they must have them completed by Monday November 28th. The assignments can be found on the website (tenmarks.com). On Monday, they will get a new math journal entry. The journal will be due on Thursday December 1st. This journal entry will need to be written into the composition book.

Reading- The reading skill/ strategy is setting. The grammar skill will be present tense verbs in a sentence. The tests will be taken on Friday this week. The test will cover vocabulary, setting, present tense verbs, and the weekly spelling words.

Religion- We will continue to work on chapter 10. This lesson will focus on making good choices that are pleasing to God. The test on this chapter will be on Thursday December 1st.

Science- The students will conduct an experiment to discover how heat change different states of matter by causing melting and evaporation. 

Social Studies- After grading the chapter 11 tests, it has come to my attention that half of the students failed the assessment. I am giving the students an opportunity to earn some points back. I will give the students their tests back on Monday. They will have an assignment on Monday to use the textbook and change the answers that they got incorrect. They will hand in the test on Tuesday morning. I will then regrade the test and the higher test grade will go into my gradebook. We will start a new chapter this week. This chapter will be about rural, urban, and suburban communities. The students will be getting a new project that will be due on Friday December 16th