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E-Learning for Mrs. Head, Monday, March 23, 2020

Hello, wonderful families! We have made it through one week of e-learning! Thank you for your patience and feedback as we journey through this very strange new reality together. Below I have included some (optional) fun “out of the box” activities to break up the days at home. Additionally, this week we are adding spelling back into the normal routine. See below or the Google Doc for further guidelines. P
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Laetare Sunday

Happy Laetare Sunday, third grade! Today is the fourth Sunday of Lent, which means we are over halfway through Lent! Be sure to log on and watch Mass online since we cannot gather together right now at SFX. As you watch Mass from home, use this handy Bingo board to keep track of what you see at church each week! Church_Bingo
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Ideas for Friday and the Weekend

Happy Friday!  I am sure some of you are excited for a learning day off, but some may be wondering, “How do I fill the time?”.  Below are some SUGGESTED activities to keep the brains active over the three days.   RELIGION If you didn’t do this yesterday – Make a special card for your dad. (You can also make cards for other dads in your life – grandpas, uncles, coaches, etc – and mail the
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E-Learning for Mrs. Head, Thursday, March 19, 2020

Good morning, families! Happy St. Joseph Day! Three days of e-learning are behind us! I am so impressed with the kids and their ability to adapt to our very strange, new normal. Thank you for your patience and thoughtful questions as we navigate the changes together. Thank you as well for your support in getting Seesaw up and running. Our kids were very creative with their word choices! The math interviews were very
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E-Learning for Mrs. Head, Wednesday, 3-18-20

Good morning, families! Two days of e-learning are behind us! I am so impressed with the work I am receiving. Remember to send me any work in bold below (in purple on the Google Doc). Yesterday, you should have received an email from me with the access information for Seesaw. Please let me know if you did not receive it. There are two short, fun assignments on Seesaw. Our goal right now is to get familiar with the Se
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E-Learning for Mrs. Head, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Dear Families, We made it through day 1! 🙂 Thank you for sending me pictures of the completed student work. Remember that work in bold below (in purple on the Google doc) should be submitted daily by taking a picture and sending it to me. Work not in bold should be kept in a folder/your Sidekick until we return to SFX. Yesterday, you should have received an email from IXL with your chil
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E-Learning Plan for Mrs. Head’s 3rd Grade Class (Monday, March 16)

Dear Families, Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move our learning from the penthouse of SFX to your homes! Each day I will post the specific plan for the day’s goals and assignments on the blog. That being said, I know that each family will have a different look than a typical school day over the next few weeks. I have also included the plan for the next two weeks of school on this Google Doc to gi
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3rd Grade Blog, 3-6-2020

John Schu This week we had a chance to meet yet another amazing speaker, John Schu. He spoke about….BOOKS!  He pulled the students (and adults) right into several plots and got all the kids excited about reading!  Kids were excited to hear about books they could check out in the library, buy from Scholastic book orders and even look for on the shelves of their classrooms. Several students walked away with signed book
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3rd Grade Blog, 2-28-2020

  Candace Fleming This week we had a chance to meet and hear from author Candace Fleming, thanks to the EPIC Fund. She talked about her book Giant Squid. She walked us through her writing process, all the way from finding a topic that interested her, completing research from reliable sources, writing SEVERAL rough drafts (written and typed), illustrations (from her husband), and finally, a published book. Hopefu
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Towervale Event Coming to SFX

We are thrilled to announce that SFX will play host to an exciting Towervale event here on campus on Tuesday, March 10th. Towervale is an intriguing new book series by Patrick Carman that incorporates reading and video gaming. Carman is a well-respected children’s author and the Towervale event is interactive and promises to entice our most reluctant readers with the fusion of reading and gaming. The series is
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3rd Grade Blog, 2-21-2020

Poetry Pals  The Poetry Pal trip to the Islamic Foundation School was informative and a great learning experience.  The kids had an opportunity to work in their color groups to create a skit based off the poem they wrote together over the last two sessions.  We also got to tour their holy space, mosque, as well as listen to their Imam, religious leader.  Our next Poetry Pals experience will be held at Saint Francis X
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3rd Grade Blog, 2-14-2020

We had such a fun day with our Valentine Celebration!  The kids LOVED looking at all their valentines, learning about St. Valentine, playing games, creating crafts, and spending time with their friends.  Thank you, once again, to our room moms for getting all of our fun treats. Poetry Pals  Our upcoming trip for Poetry Pals is planned for next Wednesday, February 19th.  We will be going to the Islamic Foundation Scho
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3rd Grade Blog, 2-6-2020

  Poetry Pals  Our next trip for Poetry Pals is coming up fast!  On Wednesday, February 19th we will be going to the Islamic Foundation School to learn about our Muslim friends and their faith.  Since the Islamic Foundation School is so far away, Villa Park, we will be joining our new friends for lunch. We are asking all students to pack a nut and PORK free lunch for this trip.  (Example lunch items would includ
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3rd Grade Blog, 1-31-2020

Wow, what an amazing and fun week!  We had a Poetry Pals field trip, talent show, and celebrated Catholic Schools Week! Catholic Schools Week was a blast!  We had so much fun wearing our P.J.’s, fan gear, and crusader colors to school.  On Tuesday we enjoyed completing service projects with our communities. We even had daily raffles and fun surprises as well.  I mean, just check out these smiles! Poetry Pals  On Wedn
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3rd Grade Blog, 1-24-2020

Catholic Schools Week Just a reminder that Catholic Schools Week starts this Sunday!  We invite you all to attend 9:30 Mass with us at SFX on Sunday. Anyone that wears their school uniform to Mass will be presented with a Dress Down Pass when you join us back in our classrooms.  In our classrooms, you and your child will participate in a Scavenger Hunt, allowing them to show off everything they have been doing in the
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3rd Grade Blog, 1-17-2020

Math Facts As you continue to work on memorizing your multiplication facts for speed and accuracy, throw a challenge to your child.  See if your child can turn their multiplication facts around into division facts.  We have been learning about fact families in class.   Winter Weather This week students were able to play in the snow during recess.  Remember to pack snow pants, boots, a coat and gloves for fun in
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3rd Grade, 1-10-2020

We hope that everyone had a joy filled and relaxing break!  Just a reminder, Quarter 2 ends on January 24th. Can you believe we are almost half way through the year already?   Multiplication Facts Congratulations to all the kids that practiced math facts over the break and earned a homework pass!  That extra practice is noticeable as we begin division and multiplying multi-digit numbers. Please find a way to wor
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Intramural Basketball

Thank you to the many parents who have registered their K-3 students for the upcoming season of Intramural Basketball in the St. Joseph Gym. Online registration is now closed. However, parents still interested in late sign ups are invited to email Mike LaRaviere at mlaraviere@gmail.com. While only one spot remains in our K-1 Girls session, we seek additional registrations for our 2nd-3rd Grade Girls program. Boys ses
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3rd Grade Blog, 12-21-19

Follow The Star We wrapped our 2019 up with a beautiful prayer service, Follow the Star.  What a wonderful tradition that reminds us all about the true meaning of this season.   Christmas Math Challenge Over the Christmas break, students may participate in an OPTIONAL Christmas Math Challenge.  We are challenging all third graders to practice their basic math facts for 15 minutes on 12 of the 16 days of break. 
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3rd Grade Blog, December 13th

Christmas Shop The students had a great time shopping for family and friends this week at the SFX Christmas Shop.  We hope you all love the treasures they found, wrapped and placed under the tree! Cookies & Cocoa On Friday our third graders participated in Cookies & Cocoa.  We all gathered with friends and rotated through the three third grade classrooms.  With Mrs. Zavattero students made Reindeer Food. Whil
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3rd Grade Blog, 12-6-19

Advent Prayers Every Monday during the month of December the entire school community gathers in the gym for an Advent Prayer Service at 8:15, right after the first bell.  We enter the gym peacefully and prayerfully.  The entire school sits in a circle around the advent wreath, where we are lead through the service by middle school students.  This is an amazing opportunity to start off the day and week in the right fr
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3rd Grade Blog, 11-22-19

Conferences We are looking forward to meeting with everyone next week during Parent/Teacher Conferences.  We enjoy getting to sit and chat about your child. We can’t wait to tell you all about what we see in the classroom/school setting and share the growth we see in your child.  If you haven’t done so already, please return the Pre-Conference forms. This paper will help us use the time wisely and keep our conversati
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Mrs. Head’s Class Fun Run Days

We loved the Boosterthon Glow Run last week! We have been tracking character traits on our class tree and earning some rewards along the way. One of our rewards was a crazy sock day. Mrs. Head’s class will have a Crazy Sock Day on Thursday, November 21st. Thank you so much for supporting the Glow Run and ALL that you do to support us here at SFX!
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3ed Grade Blog, Friday, 11-15-19

Boosterthon Fun Run Thank you for all the help at home by having your child log into Funrun.com and gather pledges.  All of your help and donations will make a difference here at SFX! We had a BLAST at the Glow Run!  The kids were smiling, dancing, and cheering for a solid hour!     Recess What a fun and snowy recess on Monday! Social Studies We are starting a new unit in social studies, government. We will discover
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3rd Grade Glow Run Updates

SFX Glow Run Families, The SFX Glow Run is tomorrow! Thank you to all of our families who have been working hard to raise funds for our school. We truly appreciate your support! There is only one day left in the program. That makes tonight THE LAST NIGHT FOR PLEDGING before the SFX Glow Run. We are currently at 31 states, and we are trying to get pledges from ALL 50 STATES!! Would you consider reaching out to one or
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