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.
Please do not forget about our trip to Solomon Schechter Day School on Wednesday, December 19th. All students will need to bring a lunch from home on this day. Below is a letter they asked us to share with you about the upcoming trip. Remember, we are asking students to wear their normal SFX uniform and add a “fan item”. This will help encourage conversations with our new friends. Fan items could be a pair of Notre Dame socks, a horse necklace, a Cubs shirt, a soccer headband, or similar.
Follow The Star
On Thursday we will be participating in Follow The Star. Permission slips for this annual event went home earlier this week. Please return these signed permission slips as soon as possible, if you haven’t already done so. Remember that your child will be outside for 40 – 60 minutes on this day as we search for Baby Jesus. Be sure to send your child to school in appropriate winter attire (winter coat, gloves, hats, boots).
This week students have been working hard to create their final product for their social studies presentations next week. We had a lot of students chose to create posters. We had a few brave souls who chose to create a brochure or wrote a song to perform in front of their classmates about their chosen topic.
In math this week, students designed and created board games to review both addition and subtraction skills. They had to come up with a name for their game, rules, all the pieces, and a game board. After making these games this week, next week we will take a day or two to play them.
In writing students have been busy writing a fiction narrative, short story. We have been busy creating characters, a problem and a solution. Students rehearsed their pieces to a buddy and then wrote a fast and furious rough draft. In the upcoming weeks we will work on leads, character development, and creating suspense. The kids are really enjoying using their imaginations!
December 19th – Poetry Pals field trip to Solomon Schechter Day School
December 20th – Follow The Star, 1:45 Dismissal
January 7th – Return from Christmas Break
January 7th – Pizza Day
January 9th – Box Top Dress Down Day
January 21st – No School, MLK Day
January 22nd – 3rd Quarter Starts
January 23rd – Birthday Celebration
January 28th – February 1st – Catholic Schools Week