Grade 3



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Welcome to 3rd Grade

Teacher: Ms. Elizabeth Tortora (




Hello everyone! As you all know, I will be filling in for Ms. Tortora while she is out.  It is such a pleasure to be in the classroom with your children. They are all so great to work with, and I look forward to continuing to do so in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be checking Ms. Tortora's email regularly and will respond as soon as possible to any questions or concerns.  

Reading: We are continuing this week with realistic fiction. This week’s story is "Good-Bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong". We will work on assorted writing and oral activities to accompany this. When we are finished with the story, we will work on Reader Response.  Our next selection links to social studies (poetry). We will be looking at "It's a Small World" by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. 

Grammar, Phonics and Writing: We will work on adverbs, vowel pairs, diographs and dipthongs. 

Spelling : There are 20 words this week, which includes 5 Challenge words. The list of words are: small, almost, always, because, straw, drawn, also, author, false, already, flaw, sausage, applause, walnut, lawn.  Challenge words: awesome, altogether, awning, faucet and laundry. We will work on these words throughout the week.  Friday will be our Spelling Test. 

Math: we will be relating multiplication & division and dividing by 2 and 5. We will also be learning how to choose the operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Please remember to do "Moby Max" at least 20 to 30 minutes per week at home. 

We are continuing with readings and our booklet on the Stations of the Cross for Lent. We will be learning more about Jesus's sacrifice for us.  We will also be working on some projects as well.  April 1st is Easter, we will rejoice in the promise and fulfillment of joy of Our Lord's resurrection. This Sunday was the fifth Sunday of Lent, March 18th.

Happy Saint Joseph’s Day!

As a reminder, this week we are starting school 15 minutes earlier.  The first bell will ring at 8:00 am, and the second bell at 8:15 am.

Report cards were sent home on Friday. If you have not yet done so, please return only the envelope back to the school signed. 

Wednesday March 21st is Spring Picture Day. No money is due at this time. Please wear your Sunday Best!

Friday March 23 students will be going to Confession.

Let's hope that last week was the last snow day for the school year!

Thank you,

Mrs. Meissenn

Hello everyone! I trust that we are all looking forward to "spring ahead", this snow is getting monotonous! This weekend we are changing our clocks ahead so I keep saying spring is around the corner. The class trip with 4th/5th grades to Northwest Park Maple sugaring station was great. We all enjoyed learning and seeing how sap from maple trees gets processed into delicious maple syrup...perfect for pancakes. Thank you Mr.Feeley for coming along with us. 

Reading: we are continuing with our realistic fiction selection "Suki's Kimono" and hope to finish this week. The students will have various writing, and oral activities about the story; a Reader Response at the end of the story reinforces comprehension skills and ties it altogether nicely. Our next reading selection links to social studies (expository nonfiction). Clothes:Bringing Cultures together, by Elizabeth Massie is an interesting piece and we will have writing across the texts that will include our spelling words for this week.

Spelling : Short List this week (15 total) No Challenge Words The list of words are: famous, overnight mention twist admire popular custom public moccasins berets Basque ponchos waterproof kimono wool. We will be working with these words all week . Friday is Spelling test day...first one for the new trimester.

Math: reviewing multi-step word problelms; continue with division and math vocabulary. Multiplication facts are important. Let's not forget "Moby Max" atleast 20 to 30 minutes per week done at home. 

*We are continuing with readings and our booklet on the Stations of the Cross for Lent. April 1st is Easter, we will rejoice in the promise and fulfillment of joy of Our Lord's resurrection. This Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent, March 11th...God Never Gives Up on Us.

Also, we are getting close to another favorite saint, St.Patrick. Wishing you all a happy St. Patrick's Day!! Wearin' of the green.....*Report cards will be issued on Friday, March 16th.


Welcome to a new week in Third Grade! We all enjoyed and learned so much about Dr.Seuss and his great characters. We celebrate reading everyday. The students thought many of his stories were just "seussational." (I did too) Please note we will be having our Book Fair this week. Students get 2 days to look and buy; they don't have to buy the first day nor both days. Most children shop and make a wish list on the first day. No matter how they do it, please have their money in an envelope with their name written on it. The fair supports our school. Thanks. Also, a reminder that we have our trip on Friday to the Sugar Maple House. Students must bring a bagged lunch w/a drink (no nut items of any kind) that day. 

Reading: our new story is Suki's Kimono by Chieri Uegaki....genre: realistic fiction. There will be some pre-reading activities before we start this selection. Students should enjoy the plot and storyline and will be surprised to find out what is special about Suki's kimono. The cultural tone and information is also quite interesting. Definitely a good read!

Spelling: (20 words) syllable patterns CVVC, CVV ...content words in our reading Words are: create medium piano idea radio video studio violin duo patio rodeo pioneer trio stadium audio Challenge Words: audience radiate cereal Creole recreation... Spelling test on Friday. We work with these words all week long.

Math: we will continue to review multiplication facts while working on simple division. (Division facts) Continue with word-problems, real world math and developing strategies to "think through" problems successsfully. * Let's not forget going on Moby Max (20 to 30 minutes per week) This assists the students with their math proficiency.

Religion: this is a daily part of our school life and during this season of Lent, we are reminded of the great sacrifice that Jesus did for us all.March 4 was the Third Sunday of Lent,and the focus is to embrace the law that leads to life. The 10 Commandments provides us with a guideline for how we are to reciprocate God's great love. Through Jesus' resurrection we all are is central to the new dwelling and the new earth. During this season of lent we reflect on the suffering and death of Christ. Let us all reflect !

** The Book Reports and wonderful posters came in right on time. Most of you didn't want/need the extra day although the weather was awful Friday. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to your child's total educational experience.March 6th. Open House in the evening at St.Bernard School...spread the word! Thanks.**



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