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Art Update :: Graphic Novels

In anticipation of the upcoming visit by author Kirby Larson, we have begun to work on a collaborative Library and Art project! Second, third, and fourth grade students read the book “Two Bobbies” with Mrs. Sawyer over the past couple of weeks. The book tells the true story of a dog and cat that were left to fend for themselves during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and were eventually found/rescued. It
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3rd Grade Happenings

Parents, please remember that 3rd grade students will be taking the Aspire test the week of April 24th.  It is important that all students arrive on time with a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast.  During this week students will be tested in the areas of reading, math, english/writing, and science.  We have been working to prepare your child for this test since the first day of school, he/she is prepared and
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¡Hola!

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Tengo hambre/ I am hungry. We started our lesson reading the Spanish version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. During our reading students learned to express the feeling of being hungry. This book also helped us reviewing previous lessons such as numbers, days of the week, and colors. Our art project consisted in making a strawberry/fresa and a caterpillar/oruga.  Students really enjoy
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3rd Grade Happenings

  Parents, please remember that 3rd grade students will be taking the Aspire test the week of April 24th.  It is important that all students arrive on time with a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast.  During this week students will be tested in the areas of reading, math, english/writing, and science.  We have been working to prepare your child for this test since the first day of school, he/she is prepar
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Poetry Pals Open House

Thanks to support from the Make an EPIC Difference Fund, our students have taken part in a year-long interfaith partnership with Solomon Schechter School in Northbrook and Islamic Foundation School in Villa Park through Chicago non profit, Poetry Pals. Poetry Pals invites our 3rd grade families, along with SFX families across all grades, to join them for an Open House that celebrates all that our students have learne
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered Escucha/Listen. We read the book Escucha al Desierto/ Listen to the Dessert. While reading this book, students took turns in order to repeat the rhythmic sounds of this fascinating habitat at night. Our art project consisted in making big paper ears-orejas grandes, then students walked around the classroom asking if they could hear each other. Also, we worked on a portfolio activity i
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Happy Spring Break!

Happy Spring Break to all! Enjoy each other, relax, and have fun! Safe travels to all who are going away.  
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TOMORROW’S FIELD TRIP

Please have your children to school on time tomorrow. The bus is leaving promptly at 8:20 a.m. No pork in brown bag lunches.
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3rd Grade News

FIELD TRIP to the Islam Foundation School is Wednesday, March 22nd. WE ARE LEAVING PROMPTLY AT 8:20 A.M. PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILDREN HERE BEFORE THE 8:15 BELL. FRIDAY, MARCH 24th IS LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE SPRING BREAK – WE RETURN TO SCHOOL MONDAY, APRIL 3rd. Math: The third graders have completed Chapter 10 and will begin Chapter 11 continuing with Division/Multiplication. Guided Reading: Our students continue
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: jump/saltar. We read the book Salta Ranita Salta/ Jump Frog Jump.While reading this book students were exposed to repetitive questions such us: what should the frog do now? to which students responded: Salta ranita salta! Also, we worked on a portfolio activity in which students had to answer in Spanish to questions such as Can the table jump?/ Can the girl jump? Our art project cons
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered My House/Mi Casa We read the book Hogares/Homes. Through stunning photographs and simple text, students learned in Spanish about homes around the world, including how they are alike and different, special types of homes, and how homes provide shelter. Our art project consisted in labeling a house in order to comprehend and use the words puerta/door, ventana/window, techo/roof. Home En
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Around the World in Art!

First through fourth graders are starting to “take a trip” in art class… we’re going to travel the world! We have begun by taking a verrrrrrry long plane ride to the continent of Asia, first landing in India. Students learned about some cultural practices in India, as well as a traditional art used with Henna dye, called Mendhi.   Students were asked to think of something they associated
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3rd Grade Update

               Math This week we started chapter 10, division.  In this chapter students will learn how to relate division to multiplication as well as how to solve division problems using repeated subtraction.  It will be very beneficial to students to continue memorizing multiplication facts NIGHTLY for speed and accuracy to help in learning division. Reading In reading we have continued to assess children on their
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered MEXICO! On Monday we had our Fiesta at Nick’s restaurant! It was a great success. Students did an amazing job by using their best Spanish in order to communicate with each other. They really experienced the environment of a Mexican Fiesta (Nicks was decorated according to the occasion). Also, we danced to a very traditional Mexican Folklore: El Jarabe Tapatio (Please check 3rd Twitter
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Girls on the Run

SFX is thrilled to offer Girls on the Run to all 3rd-5th Grade girls this spring! This year’s coaches will be Jessica Brock, Andrea Cortesi, Moira Gorman-Fisk  and Christine Pace. Girls on the Run is an after school program that includes lessons designed to encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Throughout the season, girls make new friends, build confidence and celebrate all tha
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3rd Grade Notes

Important Dates: 2/27 Spanish Field Trip to Nick’s Restaurant 3/1 Ash Wednesday 1:45pm Dismissal (Uniform day) ASPIRE: We will being to prepare for the ASPIRE test in school. The ASPIRE test will occur April 24th-28th. MATH: We have finished up Chapter 9: Multiplication and will move onto Chapter 10: Division. Even though we are finished with multiplication your student should still practice multiplication flashcards
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SFX Showcase Flags!

All of SFX has been working very hard on creating some beautiful artworks to auction off at Showcase! Check it out!! Students have discussed and learned about the paintings of American artist Jasper Johns. Johns was a member of the U.S. military, and his unique painting materials and iconic subjects help to make him very well-known in the art world! Both works below are painted by Johns with a material called “encaus
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Poetry Pals

Children from Solomon Schechter and the Islam Foundation School will be our guests Wednesday, February 15th from 9:30-Noon. Parents are welcome!
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Post

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Limpio/Sucio, Clean/Dirty. We read the book Harry: el perrito sucio/dirty dog. Harry is a happy perro who is blanco with negro spots. He loves everything except for taking baths. When bath time comes around Harry corre away and has loads of fun getting sucio. Before he knows it he has changed from a perro blanco with black spots to a perro negro with white spots. Harry starts to miss
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Art Room :: Jim Dine Hearts just in time for Valentine’s!

Jim Dine and his Heart Art! 1st Grade  1st graders learned about Jim Dine and his beautiful painted (and sculpted!) hearts. We tied these artworks to Valentine’s Day, which is quickly approaching, and also discussed warm and cool colors. 1st graders then created a heart cut-out, helping to develop fine motor skills, and used a chalk printing technique to color them. Students chose either warm or cool colors for
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3rd Grade Notes

A warm thank you to our parents who prepared dinners for the faculty to celebrate Catholic School’s Week. We are so touched by your kindness. We know how busy you are with your families, and yet you took the time out to do something special for us. Congratulations to all of our SFX students who performed in the Talent Show! Your children made thank you notes for you this week. Check their backpacks if you haven
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Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

Hola! This past week we celebrated: Semana de los Colegios Católicos/ Catholic Schools Week. Our activities consisted in learning Spanish vocabulary related to such a wonderful celebration such as: Dios/God, misa/mass, colegio/ school, etc. This activity not only helped us reviewing previous lessons such as days of the week, seasons, and colors; but also help 4th and 5th graders to practice their Spanish reading and
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Art Room Update

We are currently beginning a new project that is not only going to be AWESOME, but is going to help out our school! More details to come on how the project will evolve and what it will be used for, but here are some of the beginning steps ::  Students in grades 1-4 have discussed and learned about the paintings of American artist Jasper Johns. Johns was a member of the U.S. military, and his unique painting materials
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Kindness in the Art Room

To follow up from my post last week, I wanted to post a few pictures of the small yet amazing gifts of kindness created by our students! Last week was Kindness Week, though we talked about the idea that kindness should be shown/given/celebrated ALL the time! Students created small gifts of kindness—a pick-me-up phrase on a post-it note, a silly drawing, a quick joke, a warm fuzzy, etc.—and selflessly donated them to
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3rd Grade Update

Important dates and information: 1/29- Open House and beginning of Catholic Schools Week 1/29 – 2/3: Catholic Schools Week (see the News-blast for more information) 2/10 – No School For Valentine’s day we will be celebrating in our homerooms with valentine’s and bag decorating. Please have your student bring a valentine for every student in their homeroom. (Cummings: 17 students, Oberlin: 18 students and
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