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3rd Grade 2-15-19

Poetry Pals The 3rd grade Crusaders had yet another amazing experience with Poetry Pals on Wednesday at the Islamic Foundation School.  Many students commented on how different, but weirdly similar our faith, and practices are like our Muslim friends from IFS.   As teachers it is so cool to watch the kids have these “ah-ha” moments as they grow and learn. Some things they learned/observed is that they also use a stri
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3rd Grade Blog, 2-8-19

Math On Monday night students will be bringing home a chapter 9 review to complete for homework.  This assignment will help prepare them for the chapter 9 math test on Tuesday. (We understand that this is now the night of Crusaders Tonight.  We will allow students some time in class to complete this assignment, but can’t promise they will finish the entire thing.) This test will cover multiplication, the associative
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Cummings Mass 2-5-19

Cummings Mass Our class did an amazing job at Mass!  We had very little time to prep due to the polar vortex and a day off on Monday, but these guys pulled it off beautifully! Reader and Petitions      Gift Bearers Sibling Help A huge thank you to our siblings that helped by serving and singing today as well.
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3rd Grade 2-1-19

Poetry Pals On Tuesday your student will bring home a permission slip for our next Poetry Pals adventure.  On Wednesday, February 13th, we will be traveling to The Islamic Foundation School in Villa Park.  We will leave SFX by 8:30 and return around 1:45. On this day we are asking for students to bring a lunch from home to enjoy at ISF.  When packing this lunch please make sure that it is both nut and pork free.  For
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3rd Grade Help

Hi Parents!  We are starting a new unit of economics and we are in need of magazines, newspapers, and coupon booklets for an activity.  If you have any of these laying around and would like to donate them, please send them in as soon as possible.  We will be using these next week.  After cutting these items up, we will recycle them, so they will not be returned.  Thank you in advance for all your help.  
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3rd Grade Blog 1-25-19

Reading This week we began our character studies unit during reading.  We will be reading and analyzing Because of Winn Dixie by Katie DiCamillo as a whole group.  When your child reads at home you can help reiterate these lessons by asking the following types of questions. What are some personality traits the main character possesses? Can you name some secondary characters and their role in the story? Make a predict
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3rd Grade Blog, 1-18-19

Best Recess EVER! We have a recipe brewing for the best recess ever next week.  We are suppose to get several inches of snow this weekend and third grade has the field next week for recess.  The only two things that could ruin this “perfect storm” is lack of proper clothing and too cold temps. So, please make sure your child has snow boots, snow pants, a winter coat, gloves suited for playing in the snow, and a hat f
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3rd Grade Blog 1-11-18

Welcome Back!   We hope everyone had a peaceful and relaxing break.  We are ready to jump back in and get this new year started!   New Spaces When we returned on Monday we were greeted with a wonderful new surprise, a gorgeous new space!  We started Monday off with a prayer service in our new gymnasium to bless our new spaces. We then had a surprise guest speaker, Mr. Moser, Loyola Rambler Basketball Coach.  He
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3rd Grade Blog, 12-20-18

We would like to wish all of our families a Merry Christmas.  We hope you all have a peaceful and relaxing break, full of love and quality family time.   Poetry Pals On Wednesday we visited Solomon Schechter Day School with Poetry Pals.  The students enjoyed meeting their new friends. The fan gear they wore was amazing and definitely started the conversations.  On our trip we wrote group poems about where we com
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3rd Grade Blog, 12-14-18

Saint Lucia This week we learned about St. Lucia of Syracuse, the patron saint of the blind, whose name also means “light”.  We celebrated St. Lucia day through discussion and a short reading. We then learned how to weave a woven paper heart basket, a traditional craft from Scandinavia.  Hopefully when your third grader came home they hung it on the Christmas tree.   Field Trip Please do not forget about our tri
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Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program

Before we leave for winter break, your child will bring home a reading log from the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program. This program is open to children in grades K-6. Any child who independently reads or is read to for 6 hours and completes the reading log will earn one free admission to Great America. Completed forms should be returned to the school library no later than February 15, 2019. A replacement read
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SFX Alumna to Kickoff RED Campaign

We are happy to share that our RED campaign for the 2018-2019 school year will feature the theme “We are Changemakers.” The Respect Each Difference (RED) campaign, now in its 4th year, serves to help our students understand that our differences are to be celebrated and not judged. On Tuesday, December 18th, Erin Marie Nolan-Tella (pen name Erma Note and SFX’94) returns to Wilmette from her home in M
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3rd Grade, Week of 12-7-18

EPIC Math This week we “Raced to Zero” using dice and regrouping skills.  The students love playing games to help practice newly learned skills.  We also revisited subtraction bowling, subtracting all pins from 1,000 using both paper/pencil and calculators. Math Homework FYI On Friday students brought home their Chapter 5 Math Review.  This review homework assignment is due on Tuesday, the day on which we will have o
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3rd Grade Blog, 11-30-18

  Conferences We would like to take a moment to say thank you to everyone for making the time talk with us during conferences.  We loved having a chance to share all the growth we have seen over the few short months of 3rd grade. The kids are making big strides academically and socially and it is so nice to be able to share the successes and small stories from the classroom.  We can’t wait to see you all again i
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3rd Grade Blog, 11-16-18

Poetry Pals This week we began Poetry Pals on Wednesday.  We started off by taking a Pre-Program Survey that asked students about any friendships they may have with a person of different faiths.  The survey also questioned if students could name anything that Judaism, Christianity and Islam have in common. We then played a game, Who? What? Where?.  In this game students learned about different words, items of clothin
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3rd Grade Blog, 11-9-18

Poetry Pals This year third grade students at SFX will be participating in an interfaith and arts program called Poetry Pals.  The goal of this program is to help children of different faiths (Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim) learn more about one another.  Students will have the opportunity to learn a little about each faith, see the different holy spaces, and spend time with one another.  This program will encourage ch
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3rd Grade Blog, 11-2-18

    Halloween What a beautiful Halloween day with the bright sunshine and cool breeze! We loved seeing all of the creative costumes and smiles all around SFX.  It was fun teaching a stickman, gorilla, Christmas tree, wizards, and unicorns all day long! Thank you to our room parents for providing amazing snacks to go along with our viewing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. All Saints Day All Saints Day Ma
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3rd Grade Blog, 10-26-18

On Friday, October 29th, all students should have brought home a copy of their Saint Report that they have completed in class.  This report has been sent home so that students can practice reading it aloud.  Hopefully your child’s Saint costume is safety stored in his/her locker.  We will be using these costumes next week for a dress rehearsal. After Mass on Thursday, November 1st, all parents and family members are
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3rd Grade Blog, 10-19-18

All Saints Day On Thursday, November 1st, all third graders will march into church and lead Mass.  After Mass all parents and family members are invited to join us back in our classrooms for refreshments and reports.  Students will read their reports aloud and share all they have learned about their chosen Saint.   Religion Extra Credit (Optional) On Thursday students brought home a fun extra credit assignment t
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Laurie Keller Author Visit

We are very excited to have the opportunity to host award-winning author/illustrator Laurie Keller here at SFX on Thursday, Nov. 8. Her visit is made possible by our partnership with the Book Stall of Winnetka. Ms. Keller will be here promoting her hilarious new picture book, Potato Pants. She will be speaking with our Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes sharing how she generates the ideas for her books and
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3rd Grade Blog, 10-12-18

Another BUSY Week… Religion Congratulations!  You and your third grade student have successfully completed all the research for the Saint Project.  Now all you have to do is get a costume together! Remember costumes are due st SFX on Friday, October 26th.  At school we will be busy turning that research into a report that will be read aloud after the All Saints Day Mass back in the classrooms on November 1st. &
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Halloween Pictures

Hi!  We have a short week again next week so I thought it would be fun to turn our Crusader of the Week board into a Halloween Memory board.  Next Monday, October 15th, I am asking each child to bring in a picture or two of a past Halloween.  It can be of a past costume, pumpkin picking, carving Jack-O-Lanterns, basically anything that brings a smile and a fun memory to share.   I can’t wait to see all the
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3rd Grade Blog, 10-5-18

Blue Ribbon Award! What an exciting week at SFX!  As I am sure you have heard, we are once again recipients of the Blue Ribbon Award!  We celebrated with a school wide assembly on Monday afternoon full of blue ribbons, beads and blue glowing jewelry.  On Tuesday the celebration continued with “New Blue” shirts. Thank you to all of our parents! Being an amazing school takes a lot of work from administration, students,
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Follow up from Jon Agee author visit

What a great time we had on Tuesday with author/illustrator Jon Agee! The students were enthralled by his ability to draw while telling them the story of his new book, “The Wall in the Middle of the Book.”  He was such a nice man and really spent a lot of time talking with our students. Much thanks to the Book Stall for making this event possible. If your child would like an autographed copy of one of Mr.
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Saints Research Links

There are many resources available to complete your research for your saint project! In addition to books available at our school library and the Wilmette Public Library, here are several links with age-appropriate information. Happy researching!   Saint Stories for Kids   Saint Fun Facts   Christian Kids TV (YouTube channel with saint biographies)
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