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Mrs. Sally Caulfield, Third Grade

Hello! My name is Sally Caulfield. I'm a third grade teacher and this is my 12th year at SJF. Three facts about me...1) I have been married for 29 years to my wonderful husband Andy. 2) I have two sons named Jake and Ryan and a dog named Libby. 3) I grew up in Wisconsin.

I can't wait to meet all of you and I know we are going to have a wonderful year together!!

The Week at a Glance for March 18-March 22

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

The Week at a Glance for March 18 -22

I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day weekend!  It was so nice to see the sunshine! Our St. Patrick’s Day play and songs during the Sunday mass were absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for those that were able to take part in this beautiful celebration! It was a great way to start our day!

This is what we will be doing in Room 219 this week…

Spelling – In unit 29, we will be working with contractions. The test will be on Friday.

Reading – We are continuing our work with the novel The Witches. We will also be working with the figurative language used in this novel along with the dialogue. The students will be finding quotes from the novel.

English – We will compare adjectives and work on articles in unit 9.

Math – We are having fun with fractions.  The mid-chapter quiz will be on Tuesday.

Social Studies – We are continuing our unit on government.

*We can wear a touch of red on Tuesday in honor of St. Joseph.

*Thank you for all of the birthday wishes!!

Have a wonderful week and I hope everyone is staying healthy!

XOXO Mrs. Caulfield

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The Week at a Glance for March 11-15

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

The week at a Glance for March 11-15

Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I am so proud of all of the St. Baldrick’s participants! Everyone was so generous! What an amazing community we live in!

This is what we will be doing in Room 219 this week…

Spelling – We will work on unit 28.  These words have –ed and –ing endings.  The test will be on Friday.

Reading – We will be doing a novel study for the next 2 week. Our story is called The Witches by Roald Dahl. The students still must read at least 20 minutes, each night,  from their own novel.  An AR must be completed by Friday. The students should be choosing books above their level now.

English – We are working on practice writing prompts. We will also continue our work on adjectives.

Math – We will begin chapter 8-fractions!  A timed multiplication test will be given on Tuesday with the retake on Thursday.

Social Studies – We are going to begin our unit on Government.

With spring around the corner, we’re hoping for better weather so we can get outside for recess!

Have a wonderful week!

*For those that are participating in the St. Patrick's Day mass on Sunday, I will meet you in the school foyer by the church at 9:00.  Mass is at 9:15.

XOXO Mrs. Caulfield

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The week at a Glance for March 4-8

Posted on Mar 04, 2019

The Week at a Glance for March 4-8

Hello! We are starting the third trimester off with a very chilly day, with hope of warmer weather soon! I can’t believe how fast the year is going.  This is going to be a busy week…

Spelling – We are working on unit 27.  With these words, the students will practice dropping the –e and adding –ing.  The test will be on Friday.

Reading – Our story is called The Woman Who Outshone the Sun, and the genre of this story is folktale.  The open book test will be on Friday.  The purpose of open book is for the students to write complete sentences and thoughts. An AR will be due by Friday.  Now that it is the third trimester, encourage your child to read books above their reading level. We are getting closer to 4th grade!

English – We will be working on adjectives.

Math – We will complete chapter 7.  The test will be on Thursday.

Science – The chapter 10 test will be on Friday.  The study guide will be filled out on Monday.

Religion – The students will complete a paper on St. Patrick.  We will also be creating a Lenten cross in class.

*Fat Tuesday – The students may dress in Mardi Gras colors.

*Ash Wednesday mass will be at 1:00. Please join us!

*Special lunch is Wednesday, for those who ordered.

*Report cards will go home on Wednesday.  Please sign and return the envelope the next day.

It really will be a busy week! Stay healthy and think warm thoughts!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

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The Week at a Glance for Feb. 25 - March 1

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

The Week at a Glance for February 25 – March 1

Hello!  It is already the last week of February and Friday is the last day of the second trimester.  Time is flying by! This is what to expect this week in Room 219…

Spelling – Unit 26 has words with double consonants.  The test will be on Friday.

Reading – Our story will be One Grain of Rice.  The genre of the story is folktale and it is a story involving math. The test will be on Friday. An AR must be completed by Friday.

English – We will continue to practice writing for the Aspire test.   We will move on to adjectives in English.

Math – We will continue our work with division in chapter 7.  The midchapter quiz will be given at the end of the week.  The students will also have a timed quiz on 9-10. Please encourage your child to do Reflex. I have seen huge improvement in the students that are practicing Reflex!

Science – We are continuing our work on chapter 10.  We will learn about physical and chemical changes.

 

*The special lunch forms are due by Wednesday.

*The book orders are due by Friday.

Have a great week!

XOXO Mrs. Caulfield

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The Week at a Glance for February 19-22

Posted on Feb 19, 2019

The Week at a Glance for February 19-22

Hello!  I hope you enjoyed the long weekend with your child!  This is what to expect this week in Room 219…

Spelling – We are working on unit 25.  These words have double consonants.  The test will be on Friday.

Reading – Our story is called Thundercake by Patricia Polacco. This is a realistic fiction story and we will focus on cause and effect.  The students must have an AR quiz completed by Friday.

English – We are going to do a practice writing sample for the Aspire test.  This will be a timed writing piece with no guidance.

Math – We will complete the chapter 11 review today.  The test will be on Wednesday.

Science – We are starting chapter 10 today.  This chapter is about the changes in matter.  We will also work on the 3 states of water.

Thank you so much for the kind Valentine gifts!  You are so kind! I hope you have a fantastic week!

XOXO Mrs. Caulfield

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The Week at a Glance for Feb. 11-15

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

The Week at a Glance for February 11-15

Hello! The students started their week by making Valentine’s cards for the sick children at Hope Hospital. They enjoyed working with their Prayer Partners on this lovely project. We are going to have a Valentine’s Day party at the end of the day on Thursday.  The students may be out of uniform for $2. Cards and treats may be brought in and handed out to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

This is what to expect this week…

Spelling – Unit 23 will be homophones.  The test will this Friday.

Reading – Our story is called Sam and the Lucky Money.  The genre of this story is realistic fiction and we are going to focus on setting. The open book test will be on Friday.  An AR must be completed by Friday.

English – The in-class unit 7 test will be on Tuesday. We will compare and contrast President George Washington and President Abe Lincoln.

Math – We are continuing our work with area and perimeter. We will begin our review at the end of the week.

Science – We have started the chapter on matter.  This week we will find out different ways in which matter can be measured.

Have a wonderful week!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

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The Week at a Glance for February 4-8

Posted on Feb 04, 2019

The Week at a Glance for February 4-8

Hello!  We survived the Polar Vortex and now we are enjoying a taste of spring! Everyday sure is different in Chicago!  This is what to expect this week…

Spelling – We are working on Unit 22.  These are more –r controlled words spelled with –air, -are, -ear, -ere, -eir. The test will be on Friday.

Reading – Our story is called Ananse’s Feast. This is a folktale and the students will look for the lesson in the story. The test will be on Friday. An AR will be due by Friday.

English – We will finish unit 7 this week..  The students will review be verbs, contractions, and suffixes.  The test will be early next week.

Math – We will continue our work with perimeter and area.  The retake for 7-8 will be on Wednesday. Practice Reflex!

Social Studies – We will complete our early communities and timeline work this week.

Science – We will begin chapter 9 in science – Matter.

Religion – We are adding prayers to our prayer book.

*I have jury duty on Tuesday and will not be in school.

Have a wonderful week!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

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The Week at a Glance for January 28 - February 1

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

The Week at a Glance for January 28 – February 1

Hello!  It was so nice to see you yesterday at our Mass and Open House! I am so thrilled that you took the time to share in the pride of your child’s Catholic education. We have wonderful activities planned for every day this week.  I am unsure if the weather is going to cooperate, so we will have to watch the news. Please be safe outside!

This is what to expect this week…

Reading – Our story is called Your Dad Was Just Like You.  This is a realistic story and we will work on generalizing. An AR will be due  by Friday after lunch.

Spelling – We are working on Unit 21.  These-r controlled words are spelled with –ear, -ir, -or, and –ur.

English – We are writing a 5 paragraph paper in class.  It is called Love Begins with Family.  We are also going to begin unit 7- Be verbs.

Math – We will be jumping ahead to chapter 11. This chapter is Geometry and we will learn all about perimeter and area. We will be having a timed quiz on 7-8 this week. Practice Reflex!!

Social Studies – We will conclude our work on early communities and timeline skills.

Science – The students will be giving their oral presentations about their animal in its habitat.  It is time to teach the class what they have learned!

*Individual raisin boxes are due by Wednesday for the Ronald McDonald house. If we don’t have school that day, you can send them in on Thursday.

*SAVE THE DATE – Our third grade field trip will be May22.

*I also wanted to tell you how blessed I feel to be your child’s teacher.  This class brings me so much happiness and the effort that they put into school is wonderful! Thank you and have a wonderful week!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

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The Week at a Glance for January 21-25

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

The Week at a Glance for January 21-25

Good morning!  I hope everyone had a fun and healthy 3 day weekend! 

This is what we will be doing in Room 219 this week…

Spelling – We will work on unit 20. These words have –r controlled vowels. The test will be on Friday.

Reading – We will work on the story Brave as a Mountain Lion. The students will read about a boy that has to face his fears.  The test will be on Friday.  This open book test focuses on the students writing their well-thought out answers in complete sentences. An AR will be due by Friday morning.

Math – We have been working on fact families and strategies for dividing in chapter 6.  The chapter will be completed and the test will be on Thursday.  We will not have a timed quiz this week.  Please encourage your child to practice Reflex.

Social Studies – We are working on early communities and Westward expansion.  The students will be working on a writing project in school.

Science – The Animal Project is due by Thursday.  Please read over all of the directions to make sure everything is complete.  The fact sheet, sloppy copy that has been edited, final copy (neatly hand written or typed with 5 indents), cover, project, and the index cards should be shown to me. The students will keep the index cards to continue practicing their oral presentation.

*Wednesday is dress up as your favorite teacher, high school or college for money for the Academic Team.

*I can’t wait to see you at 10:00 Mass on Sunday followed by Open House! This will kick off our week celebrating Catholic School’s Week!

Have a wonderful week and stay warm!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

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The Week at a Glance for January 14-18

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

The Week at a Glance for January 14-18

Hello!  The snow actually made it feel like winter is here! I hope you had a nice weekend.  Thai is what to expect this week…

Spelling – Out spelling unit is unit 19. These words have the –aw and –o sound.  The test will be on Friday.

Reading – Our reading the folk tale called Tops and Bottoms. The students will also work on summarizing what they have read. The test will be on Friday.  The students have been doing a great job completing their AR quizzes!

English – We will continue our writing on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Math – We are working on strategies for dividing in chapter 6.  The mid- chapter quiz will be on Tuesday and the timed quiz will be on 6-7 this week. Please encourage your child to practice Reflex math.  We have seen much success with the students that are practicing at least 3 times a week, until they reach the green light.

Social Studies – We have been learning all about early communities in America.  We will also work on map skills.

Science – The animal project the students have been so excited about has been handed out and gone over.  This project is due by Thursday, January 24th.

*The book orders are due by Friday, January 18th

*We do not have school on Monday, January 21st.

Have a wonderful week!

XOXO Mrs. Caulfield

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The week at a glance for January 7-11

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a great start to the New Year! I feel like all of the children have gotten taller and even look older!

I would like to thank all of you for the extremely generous Christmas gifts and kind messages.  You are so thoughtful and I am very blessed!

This is what to expect our first week of 2019…

Spelling – We will work on unit 17.  These words are words that writers often use.

Reading – Our reading story is called What Do Authors Do? The genre of this story is narrative nonfiction.  We are going to work on steps in a process.  An AR will be due by Friday morning.  We will continue reading the novel The One and Only Ivan.

English and Social Studies – We will be learning all about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the students will complete a writing project in class.

Math – We will begin chapter 6.  The students will understand division.  We will continue our work with fact families.

Have a terrific week!

XOXO Mrs. Caulfield

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The Week at a Glance for December 17 - 21

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

The Week at a Glance for December 17 – 21

Hello! It doesn’t seem possible that this is the final week of school for 2018! We have a busy week!

Spelling – We are going to take a break from the book and work on a Christmas list this week.

Reading – The students love the novel The One and Only Ivan.  We have worked on the meaning of first person, similes, and setting. 

English – The unit 5 test on verbs will be on Tuesday.  A take home test will be coming home on Monday.

Math – We will complete chapter 5 review and the test will be on Wednesday. We will take a break from the timed tests this week. The students will have a timed test on 5-6 when they return from break.

Science – The study guide was completed on Thursday and the test will be this Thursday.  Please have your child practice the writing portion of the test.  It is so important that they can put their thoughts and answers into complete sentences on paper.

*McAuley choir will be singing for us at 1:20 on Monday. 

*The school will be watching the kindergarten play on Thursday at 1:00.

*Join us on Friday at 11:30 for an all-school prayer/singing service!

*We will dismiss at 12:30 on Friday.  Your child may bring in a light lunch or snack that they can eat in the classroom.

Thank you so much for all you do!  I truly feel blessed to have such a loving group of students!  I hope you and your family have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday break!

All my love, Mrs. Caulfield  XOXO

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The Week at a Glance for December 10-14

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

The Week at a Glance for December 10-14

Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful long weekend! Two weeks until Christmas vacation and we are going to be busy!!

Spelling – We will be working on Unit 16.  These words have the schwa sound. The test will be on Friday.

Reading – We are working on the novel The One and Only Ivan.

English – We will review action verbs and their tenses.  We will also work on helping and irregular verbs.  The unit 5 test will be next week. We are also going to write an opinion paper in class.

Math – We are working on Chapter 5. This is a short chapter and the test will be given before break next week.  This week, the timed test will be on 4-5.

Science – We will begin chapter 4 in science. This chapter is about changes in ecosystems.

Have a great week!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

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the Week at a Glance for December 3-7

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

 

The Week at a Glance for December 3-7

Hello December!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend on the first weekend of Advent.  Please remind your child to highlight the completed activity on the back of their Advent wreath paper.  ‘Tis the season to do good for others!

This is what to expect this week…

Spelling – We will work on unit 15.  The test will be on Thursday this week.

Reading – We will read passages about Penguins, Pelicans, and Puffins and compare the different birds. An AR must be completed by Thursday this week!!

English – We will continue our work with verbs.  We are also working on a creative writing project.

Math – We have completed chapter 4.  A timed quiz will be on 3-4 this week.  Chapter 5 is still working on multiplication.  The students should be getting better and faster at their math facts.

Science – The chapter 3 test will be on Wednesday.

Special Notes

*Special lunch is on Wednesday is your child ordered.

*Book orders are due on Wednesday.

*The students will not have school on Friday because I have a religious retreat.

*Please know that I feel very blessed to be a teacher at St. John Fisher School. Feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns.  Your children are my number one priority!

Love, XO  Mrs. Caulfield

The Week at a Glance for November 26-30

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!  What a great time of the year to express our gratitude toward others.  This is what you can expect this week…

Spelling – We will work on unit 14.  These words have the soft G and C.  The test will be on Friday.

Reading – Our Reading story is called Night of the Pufflings.  This is a narrative nonfiction story.  The test will be on Friday.  We will also compare this story to a passage about puffins and penguins.

English – We will continue our work with verbs.  By now the children should be able to identify the verb in a sentence and tell if is past, present, or future tense.  There will be a quiz on Thursday.

Math – We will continue our work on strategies in multiplication.  The chapter 4 test will now be next Monday or Tuesday, due to the snow day. The timed multiplication quiz will be on 2 and 3.  The students will take the first quiz on Wednesday and the retake will be on Friday.

Science – We will complete Chapter 3 in science.  The study guide will be filled in on Thursday and the test will be next Wednesday.

Religion – We will work on Advent activities.

Book orders will be sent home this week. They will be due by Wednesday, December 5.  These make great gifts!  If you want to keep the order a secret, please let me know and we can arrange for a pickup of the books at the office.

Have a wonderful week!  

XOXO Mrs. Caulfield

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The Week at a Glance for Thanksgiving week

Posted on Nov 19, 2018

The Week at a Glance for November 19-20

 

 I would like to express how grateful I am for your children!  I feel very blessed to be their teacher. The students will dismissed at 11:30 today and tomorrow. Please join us for our prayer service at 10:30 on Tuesday.  I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love, laughter, and great food! 

XO Love Mrs. Caulfield

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The week at a Glance for November 12-16

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

The Week at a Glance for November 12-16

Hello!  It can’t believe we have completed the first trimester!  I really hope the rest of the year doesn’t go that fast!  This is what you can expect this week…

Spelling – We will work on unit 13.  These words have –ch, -sh, -tch- , -th, -wr, -ck.

Reading – We will continue with our comparison of two texts.  We are also going to work on poetry.  The students will close read two poems and they will have the opportunity to add a stanza to a Thanksgiving poem following the given pattern. An AR will be due by Friday morning.  The book must be a chapter book.

English – We will begin unit 5.  This is a unit on verbs.  The students will work on past, present, and future tense verbs.

Math – We will have our first timed multiplication quiz. The students will have 2 minutes to complete 25 problems.  We will do this twice and the best grade out of the two will be recorded.

Science – We are going back to science.  We will work on chapter 3 which is Living Things in Ecosystems.

Have a wonderful week.

XO Mrs. Caulfield 

 

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The Week at a Glance for November 5-9

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

The Week at a Glance for November 5-9

Hello!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  Congratulations to the entire third grade for winning the Mass Attendance Competition for the second month in a row! 

This is what you can expect this week…

Spelling – Our Unit 11 words have the long o sound.  The test will be on Friday.

Reading – Our story is called Tornado Alert.  We will be comparing our story to a news article called Tornado Drill. An AR quiz must be completed by Friday morning.

English – We are going to spend the next two weeks on creative writing.  We are going to begin with a writing projects about the Pilgrims.

Math – We will be moving on to chapter 4 in math.  Math facts must be practiced!

Geography – On Thursday, the students will have a test identifying the location of the continents and oceans.  Spelling counts on this test!  They must also know the cardinal and intermediate directions. The entire geography unit test will be on Friday.  The students should study from their interactive notebook.

Religion – We will continue working on our Prayer Booklet.  The Glory Be Quiz will be on Wednesday.

*We hope you can attend our Veteran’s Day Payer Service on Friday afternoon at 1:15.

Have a terrific week!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

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The Week ata Glance for October 29 - November 2

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

The Week at a Glance for October 29 – November 2

Hello!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  It is the week of Halloween and we will be able to feel the excitement in the air!

This is what to expect this week…

Spelling – We are going to work on a haunted word list!

Reading – Our story is Danger-Icebergs. An AR will be due by Friday morning.  The students have been doing a great job completing their AR quizzes! Many of the students have been reading a book over the weekend and are ready for their quiz on Monday.  This is a great reading habit!

English – We have completed unit 3 on nouns.  The test will be on Tuesday.

Math – We will finish chapter 3 and the test will be on Friday.  Practice multiplication flash cards! 

Social Studies – We will continue our work with geography.

Religion – We hope you can attend the All Saints Mass on Thursday at 1:00!

*The students may dress in their Halloween costume on Wednesday. They may also bring treats to share.  My wonderful Room Mother, Mrs. O’Connor, has arranged an exciting party beginning at 1:30.

Thank you for all you do!  I really do appreciate your children and you!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

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The Week at a a Glance for October 22-26

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

The Week at a Glance for October 22-26

Hello!  I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend.  Last week, the students finished the novel Stone Fox.  They had the opportunity to compare that novel to another novel. They loved the activities that we completed in the past weeks.  The students also wrote an extra chapter for the novel.  I was so proud of their creativity! They can’t wait for the next great read!

This is what to expect this week…

Spelling –We will work with unit 10 words.  These words have long –I spelled with –I and –igh.  The test will be on Friday.

Reading – Our story will be Guys From Space.  We will work on the skill realism vs. fantasy. The test will be on Friday.

English – We will continue our work with singular and possessive nouns. The test will be at the beginning of next week.

Math – We will continue with chapter 3. Please begin the flash cards for multiplication.  The students can work on the factors 1 and 2.

Social Studies – We are working on our Geography unit.  We are learning about the oceans and continents.

We loved our Prayer Buddy Mass!  The students sat with their buddy and proudly wore their necklaces.  They also learned a song.  We look forward to future masses with our buddies!

Have a wonderful week!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

The Week at a Glance for October 15-19

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

The Week at a Glance for October 15-19

Hello!  I hope you had a fun-filled fall weekend!

This is what to expect in Room 219 this week…

Spelling – The unit 9 words have the long –e sound. The test will be on Friday.

Reading – We have completed our novel Stone Fox. It was an emotional ending and the students have promised not to discuss this book with any other third grade student.  We are going to work on a creative writing project with this novel. We are also going to compare/contrast this novel with a novel I am going to read to the class. An AR will be due by Friday morning.

English – We will continue our work with nouns.  We will also work on a fun wiring project about a haunted house.

Math – We will begin chapter 3 on multiplication this week.  It is very important to have multiplication flash cards and to start practicing this week.

Social Studies – We are going to begin our geography unit.

*Special Notes*

*Picture day is Tuesday, October 16.

* The baby bottle is due Friday, October 19.

*Book orders are due by Friday, October 19.

* Our Prayer Partner Mass will be Friday at 1:00.  We would love it if you could join us!

 

“My favorite color is October”

Have a great week!  XO Mrs. Caulfield

Extra info for the week

Posted on Oct 09, 2018

Hello Room 219 families. 

*The science test is going to be on Thursday. October 11.  We were unable to spend Friday afternoon reviewing information, so I feel it necessary to add a day.

*Picture day will be Tuesday, October 16th

*Chapter 2 math test will be on Friday. October 12th.

Have a fabulous week!

The Week at a Glance for October 9-12

Posted on Oct 08, 2018

The Week at a Glance for October 9-12

Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful long weekend! Thank you so much for being patient and supportive during our soft lock down last Friday!

This is what you can expect this week in Room 219…

Spelling – We will be working on unit 8.  These words will have the long a sound.  The test will be on Friday.

Reading- We will finish our novel Stone Fox this week.  We will work on creative writing that will go with this novel. An AR test must be completed by Friday morning. 

English – We will continue our work on nouns.  This week our focus will be singular and plural possessive nouns.

Math – We will complete chapter 2 math this week.  The test will be at the end of the week.

Science – The chapter 2 study guide was completed last week in class.  The test will be this Wednesday.

Have a wonderful week!

XOXO Mrs. Caulfield

 

 

Extra news for 10-5

Posted on Oct 03, 2018

Dear Parents,

                I am so excited to tell you that the Third grade won the prize for having the most students attending mass! We can dress out of uniform on Friday, October 5th.  Have a great day!

Xo Mrs. Caulfield

The Week at a Glance for October 1-5

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

The Week at a Glance for October 1-5

Hello!  I can’t believe it is the first week of October!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy the nice weather.  This is what you can expect this week…

Spelling – We will jump to unit 7.  These words have vowel-consonant-vowel.

Reading – We will be doing a novel study for the next 2 weeks.  We will also compare and contrast passages. An AR test must be completed by Friday morning.

English – we will begin unit 3, which is nouns.

Math – We will continue with chapter 2.  This chapter is in all about understanding data from graphs.  We will work on picture graphs this week.

Science – We will complete chapter 2.  The students will be getting a life cycle project on Tuesday. The study guide will be filled out this week and the test will be next Wednesday.

*Special lunch is this Wednesday, if you ordered.

*School pictures will not be taken this week.

*We do not have school next week since it is Columbus Day.

I would also like to thank all of you for raising such kind and compassionate boys and girls.  They are a wonderful group of children!

Have a terrific week!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

 

The Week at a Glance for September 24-28

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

The Week at a Glance for September 24-28

Hello!  What a beautiful start to our Fall season!  I hope you made many fun outdoor memories over the weekend!

This is what you can expect this week…

Spelling – Our unit 5 words have the –ew and –oo sounds.  Our test will be on Friday.

Reading – Our story is called Fly Traps! Plants that Bite Back. The genre is narrative nonfiction, and we will be using graphic sources in this story. The students will see that this story goes along with our new chapter in science. An AR must be completed by Friday morning. 

English – We will be completing the rough draft of our four paragraph paper titled Growing and Changing. The students must write or type the final copy on Monday night. Thank you for sending in the beautiful photos for the cover page! We will continue with our creative writing this week.  The students will use their senses to describe Fall.

Math – We have completed chapter one.  The test will be Tuesday. Continue to practice basic math facts.

Science – We are going to move on to chapter 2.  This chapter is called Growing and Changing.  We will begin by looking at the life cycle of plants and then we will move on to the life cycle of animals.

 *Please contact me if your child needs extra help for any topic we are covering.  I am always in school early in the morning. Please send an email so I am aware they are coming in. Working together so your child can succeed is the number one priority.

I hope you have a fantastic week!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

 

 

The Week at a Glance for September 17-21

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

The Week at a Glance for September 17-21

Hello!  I hope you survived all of the Tilt-a-Wheel rides along with the numerous funnel cake requests!  What a beautiful weekend for Fisher Fest! 

This is what you can expect this week in Room 219…

Spelling – Our unit 4 words have the –ou and –oi  vowels.  The test will be given on Friday.

Reading – The reading story is a realistic fiction story and is called Allie’s Basketball Dream. The students will have an open book test on Friday.  They will be responsible for writing their answers using complete sentences and complete thoughts.  An AR test must be completed by Friday morning. 

English – We have completed unit 1.  The students will be bringing home a take home test on Monday.  The in-class test will be on Tuesday. We will be working on creative writing the remainder of the week.

Math – We will complete chapter 1.  We will review the strategies for adding and subtracting. The test will be at the beginning of next week.

Science – We will complete chapter 1 on Tuesday.  The study guide will be sent home and the test will be on Friday. 

Have a lovely week!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

 

The Week at a Glance for September 9-14

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

The Week at a Glance for September 10-14

Hello!  I know there will be much excitement in the air as our parking lot is transformed into a mini Great America!  This is what you can expect this week…

Spelling – The unit 3 words have the short u vowel.  The test will be on Thursday.

Reading – The genre of this week’s story,  Herbie and Annabelle,  is a play. The open book test will be given on Thursday. An AR test must be completed by Thursday morning.  Please encourage your child to take the test at the beginning of the week.  

English – We are writing examples of the four types of sentences.  The children are also identifying the subject and predicate in a sentence.

Math – We are going to be working on strategies for subtracting larger numbers.  Please practice math facts with your child.  Some students are still struggling with the basic facts.

Science – We will be learning what plants need to survive and the main difference between plants and animals.

*The students can dress in red, white, and blue on Tuesday.

*All book orders are due by Thursday.

Have a wonderful week!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

 

 

The Week at a Glance for September 4-7

Posted on Sep 04, 2018

The Week at a Glance for September 4-7

Dear Room 219 Families,

Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! These are some things you can expect this week…

Spelling – We are working on unit 2 words this week. These words will have the short o and short e vowels.  The test will be on Friday.

Reading – Our reading story is called Anthony Reynoso, Born to Rope.  We are going to learn all about the author’s purpose.  The open book test will be on Friday.  I hope you were able to discuss the test we took together as a class.  The students are graded on more than the correct answer.  They must be able to write their answer in a complete sentence.  The First AR test will be due by this Friday! 

English – We are working on identifying complete sentences and learning the 4 types of sentences.

Math – We will work on different strategies when adding larger numbers.

Science – The students learned about the scientific method last week.  This week we will begin learning about living things and what they need to survive.

*Our first all school mass will be this Friday at 1:00.  We hope you can join us!!

*Please don’t remove papers in the 8 pocket folder unless they are in the ‘notes home’ pocket.

Have a wonderful week!

XO Mrs. Caulfield

 

         

The Week at a Glance for August 27-31

Posted on Aug 27, 2018

The Week at a Glance for August 27 – August 31

Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are energized for our second week of third grade!  This is what you can expect this week…

Spelling – We will work on unit 1 in spelling.  The test will be on Friday.

Reading – Our reading story this week is Goldilocks.  We will focus on character during this story. We are going to complete the test together this week, so the student understands the expectations.

English – The students will work on identifying and writing the 4 different types of sentences.  Declarative – A statement that ends in a period.  Interrogative – A question that ends with a question mark. Imperative – This sentence gives a command and ends in a period. Exclamatory- This sentence shows excitement and ends in an exclamation mark.

Math – Practice adding and subtracting.  The tests will be returned on Monday, please sign and return by Tuesday.  A retake will be on Thursday and the best grade will be recorded.  We will also work on rounding this week.

Science – We will learn about living things and what they need to survive.

**I can’t wait to meet you on Thursday!  We will meet in church at 6:30.  I will be giving 3 – 20 minutes talks on life in third grade beginning at 7:00.

XO Mrs. Caulfield

 

The following is a look at the third grade curriculum. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns.  We are a team and I know it is going to be a terrific year!

August 2018

Dear Parents.

Welcome to Third Grade at St. John Fisher!  We are so excited for the new school year and the new growth that will be sure to happen over the next nine months in your child’s height, weight, and KNOWLEDGE!  We have much to accomplish!  At this time we would like to take the opportunity to share a quick glimpse of what you can expect regarding the 3rd grade classroom curriculum, schedules and procedures.

MATH – We use the GO MATH series - We know it can be challenging, but we also know that the core of our Math curriculum is the same as it has always been.  Students will become effective problem solvers by first understanding math concepts.  They should already be fluent in the basic facts of addition and subtraction - multiplication and division mastery is the goal by the end of third grade!  They need to know how to use computation skills and how to apply appropriate problem solving strategies.  How do we accomplish all of this???  With a lot of hard work, perseverance, and positive attitudes!  We will be incorporating manipulatives, extensive practice, technology, review, and nightly homework to help build the foundation for all future math classes.  We will also be preparing the students how to explain and show their work using the A.C.E. method in Math to help prepare us for the Aspire Test that will be given later in the year.  Anything you can do to encourage and assist your child in building their “real life” Math experience is greatly appreciated! 

READING – We will be exploring weekly stories, articles, passages,  and read alouds that incorporate lessons in vocabulary, phonics, fluency, literacy skills,  comprehension, extended response, and writing.  All students have a workbook and will use a notebook in Reading class.  Students will have Reading homework 2 to 3 nights a week.  We will be spending a great deal of time teaching the students how to use the S.L.A.M. method in responding to questions about their reading (reState question – Locate evidence – Add to the idea/Make a conclusion).  A weekly reading test or assessment will be given with the focus being on vocabulary building, comprehension, and writing.  Several novel studies and independent reading will also be included throughout the year.  Third graders are shifting from Learning to Read to Reading to Learn!

ENGLISH – In third grade, grammar, sentence structure, and parts of speech will be covered. Writing and writing and more writing will play a vital role in all subject areas. We will be working on opinion pieces, narratives, and informational types of writing. Simple informative research reports will also be assigned later in the year.

SPELLING – Each week your child will receive a new spelling list containing 15 unit words, 5 challenge words, and 5 core curricular words for a total of 25 words.  Spelling tests are given on Fridays.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL STUDIES – Science and Social Studies will be taught during each trimester, however they will not be taught at the same time. We will begin with a Science unit and when completed, we will move on to Social Studies. This format will continue for the duration of the year.  Third graders love learning about animals, matter, geography and our city, Chicago, among other topics.

RELIGION – The goal of our Religion program is to learn and understand more about our Catholic faith and values. Third Grade will attend mass each Wednesday. As students have just made their First Communion, Sunday mass attendance is strongly encouraged.  Please be the one to inspire and enhance your child’s relationship with God!

HOMEWORK – Homework is written in the assignment notebooks each day. Students are being taught and are responsible to use the notebook every day.   Please check your child’s assignment notebook each night and sign it.  When homework is incomplete or missing, students are held accountable immediately by losing minutes at recess depending on the assignment. You will be notified when your child is missing homework. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if there are any homework related problems. Outside of formal homework, your child should be reading 20 minutes nightly- this cannot be stressed enough for personal reading growth!

ACCELERATED READER – Each student is required to take at least 1 accelerated reading test each week at their reading level. This does count as homework and as a reading grade.

DISCIPLINE – The discipline policy this year is based on a demerit/ detention system. The students have been told how the program works, and you will always be informed when discipline problems arise. We appreciate your support in all disciplinary actions.

SPECIALS

Monday- Library/Art

Tuesday- Spanish

Wednesday- Mass

Thursday- Gym

Friday- COMPUTER

In conclusion, we will be studying and working on many new and exciting things this year. Third grade is a year of transition from the development of skills to the development of independence. It is a time for students to begin to assume responsibilities for their education and become life-long learners, but they definitely still require guidance from school and home.  Please be sure to review the Friday Folder each week with your child. It is the best method to monitor your child’s progress. Also be sure to check out our third grade blogs for weekly information. Thank you in advance for all your cooperation and support.

Sincerely, The Third Grade Teachers - Sally Caulfield, Therese Regnier, and Mary Ellen Schiavone

Welcome Back

Posted on Aug 21, 2018

Hello and welcome to third grade!  I am so sorry you are seeing this a little late, I was having Blogging issues!  I am so excited about the upcoming year. We are going to have a wonderful year together.  

Love, Mrs. Caulfield

 

 
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