Lion King!

Tucson Presidio 1848

Thank you parents for volunteering to drive and chaperone on three field trips this winter.  We couldn’t do it without you!  Most recently, during our Tucson Presidio Field Trip, the children were immersed in learning about life as a child in early Tucson.  Pictures of last Friday’s field trip are posted on the classroom blog; click on Field Trips on the menu bar.  If you have additional pictures and would like to see them posted on the blog, please, send them my way.  Coming up, we travel to Ft. Lowell and learn more about the life of soldiers in the old pueblo.

I appreciate the time parents make for parent teacher conferences.  I enjoy speaking with you about your student’s academic and social school experiences.  Families are such an important part of a child’s attitude toward school.  Thank you for teaming up with me to support and advocate for your child.  I look forward to seeing continued growth in your children.

Six third graders are performing in St. Michael’s production of Lion King January 26-28.  Our classmates, Makenzie, Emma, and Lily would love to see you in the audience enjoying their performances!  Tickets are available online at stmichael.net and in front of the school before 8:00am and after 3:10pm.

Reminders

January 23; Math test chapter 4 and chapter 4 vocabulary quiz

February 2; Field Trip- Ft. Lowell Museum

February 12; Edible Car Race

February 12; Reading Log and Project due

February 13; Mardi Gras Pancake Lunch and relaxed dress

February 15; STEM Night 5:30-7:30pm

February 19-23; Rodeo Break-NO SCHOOL

February 16; Second Trimester ends

March 23; Field Trip to Sweetwater Wetlands

 

 

Service

Thank you, parents, for meeting with me last week.   We had positive conversations about support and advocacy for third graders’ academic growth.  Conferences continue through the 19th.  If you have not yet signed up, there are many time slots still available.

The students are setting academic goals that will emphasize their awareness of an area where they can deepening their understanding. Included in the goal setting will be answers to how they will accomplish the process of learning and how they will know when they get there.  Finally, the goals will express why they are important to them.   These goals will be displayed on a classroom bulletin board.

Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize for leading the black struggle for equality in the United States.  He said the prize was not just for him, but for “all men who love peace and brotherhood.”  This week, third graders will learn about his life and and why we celebrate his life with a national holiday.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has inspired millions of people to serve and give back to their communities. Join them by finding a volunteer opportunity in your community this year.  Third graders volunteer each month to help St. Michael’s church prepare lunch bags for Casa Maria.

Spelling Words are from this week’s reading materials about Martin Luther King Jr.  The list is posted on the 3A Classroom blog.

Reminders

January 15; No school- MLK Jr. Day of Service

January 16-19; Parent Teacher Conferences

January 18; Tucson History Test on pages 5-8

January 19; Field Trip- Tucson Presidio’s Friday at the Fort

January 23; Math test chapter 4 and chapter 4 vocabulary quiz

February 2; Field Trip- Ft. Lowell Museum

Welcome 2018

Happy New Year and welcome back to school!  There are many exciting St. Michael’s reasons to look forward to January 2018.  First, Mystery Box book report presentations are always a student favorite. Then, our field trip downtown to the Presidio mid-month offers students many hands-on activities. Finally, St. Michael’s theater production of Lion King opens on January 26th!

Mystery Box presentations will keep us guessing!  Presenters share the mystery genre story using five items that represent important plot events.  Each item is revealed by the presenter after three clues are given.  Students enjoy guessing possible answers to the clues before the presenter reveals an object in their mystery box as they tell the story to classmates.

Presidio San Agustin Museum is a re-creation of the Tucson Presidio built in 1775. We will travel back in time to learn about life as early Tucsonans. Students will experience a child’s life in Spanish Colonial Tucson through hands-on activities. They engage in daily activities like soldier’s drill, Colonial era household chores, Colonial era games and much more.  Mrs. Baxter of the Tucson Presidio Trust Foundation visits third graders prior our field trip, in order to prepare us for experiencing the fort.  She will mesmerize the children through her excellent story telling and use her stories to help the children know what to expect and what is expected of them while at the fort.  Field trip drivers are needed and a sign-up is available on the classroom bulletin board.

Parent teacher conferences are slated for January 11-19.  I look forward to meeting with each family and sharing student’s mid-trimester progress and discussing how best to support continuing academic growth for your child.  A sign-up is posted on the classroom bulletin board.  If the available time slots don’t work with your schedule, let me know and we can arrange a time that will work.

Reminders

January 8; Reading log and Mystery Box project are due 

Lion King opens January 26th!

January 11 – 19; Parent Teacher Conferences

January 15; No school- MLK Jr. Day of Service

January 19; Field Trip- Tucson Presidio’s Friday at the Fort

February 2; Field Trip- Ft. Lowell Museum

 

Happy Holidays

Thank you for your generous donations to the Shoebox project during this busy holiday season.  You’re donations provide holiday spirit to many needy Nogales families.

I wish you a holiday season full of the spirit of faith and the gift of time for everyone in your family and network of friends.  Enjoy traditions, delicious foods, the beauty of nature, and the benefits of rest.

Memorable!

Our charter field trip to the Tubac schoolhouse was a wonderful success.  Thank you, parents for your support and effort in helping us prepare authentic lunches and costumes.  Thank you parent drivers for sharing your day with us.  The children looked and behaved in an authentic manner as 1880s school children.  Well, maybe too well behaved!   There weren’t many opportunities for lashes or the dunce cap as we progressed through lessons. They embraced their role playing and respected their experiential learning. After a boisterous lunch under mesquite trees,  jacks, marbles, and jump ropes were popular recess activities in the school yard.  We finished our day with a professional photo shoot by Amy Haskell, aka Presley’s mom.  She used an old fashioned box camera and explained that this might be the children’s first photo using film. Before we left, Miss Black led us on a tour of the museum which displayed artifacts from Tubac’s rich history.

Next week, students participate in several St. Michael’s traditions.  First, a classroom celebration on Wednesday is led by room parents.  Then on Thursday, we attend Las Posadas and Lessons and Carols.  Las Posadas is a recreation in the Spanish language of the bible story when Joseph and Mary search for shelter at an inn.  Lessons and Carols celebrates the birth of Christ through Bible Verses and Hymns. Characters in these events are represented by a member(s) from every grade. Luke Brown is our representative to play the part of “sheep”.  All are welcome to come and join in any of these treasured traditions.

Reminders and Looking Ahead

January 8; Reading log and project are due 

January 11 – 19; Parent Teacher Conferences

January 15; No school- MLK Jr. Day of Service

January 19; Field Trip- Tucson Presidio’s Friday at the Fort

February 2; Field Trip- Ft. Lowell Museum

 

Science

Continuing our unit, Water and Climate,  this week students freeze water in vials and in syringes to observe that water expands when it freezes.

They also observe that a volume of liquid water has a greater mass than an equal volume of ice. They predict the behavior of ice in water, and explain the observation that ice floats in liquid water because ice is less dense than water.

Tubac Schoolhouse

Thank you, third graders, for an amazing performance Friday afternoon!  You were all stars!  I heard each student say their lines clearly and each song was energetic and beautifully sung.    Your hard work during rehearsals showed in the fine performance by everyone. BRAVO!

This week is all about preparing for our Thursday field trip.  Children have assumed new names from the 1880s and most have put together their costume.  Students will learn about the geography of the Arizona Territory and Santa Cruz River Valley.  They will practice arithmetic tables, which look very different from tables used today. This week’s spelling reflects words from The American Spelling Book, dated 1809.  School rules, punishments, and common remedies will be reviewed before our trip. Please, refer to the information letter posted on the home page of our classroom blog for additional information regarding suggestions for lunch foods or ideas for costumes.

Last week’s busy schedule delayed our weekly language arts assessments.  We will finish them early in the week.  A study guide for Tucson History pages 1-4 will be provided to help students prepare for their first history quiz on Friday.

Reminders

December 11; Language Arts Assessment

December 14; Field Trip to Tubac, AZ school house

December 15; Tucson History quiz pages 1-4

December 15; Holiday Giving Ends

December 20; 3A Holiday Celebration at 2:00

 

 

Science

This week, students are continuing to explore temperature and water.  Students will build a bottle thermometer and conduct investigations to find out what happens when the thermometer is placed first in hot water and then in cold water. They learn that water expands when it is heated and contracts when it is cooled.

We will also observe that some objects sink in water and some float. Students are given an operational definition: objects float if they are less dense than water; objects sink if they are more dense. Students lower a vial of hot water and then a vial of cold water into a cup of room temperature water. They observe that the less dense warm water rises (floats), and the more-dense cold water sinks.

 

Vocabulary:  expand, contract, density

 

Holiday Giving

Primary grades participate in Holiday Giving each December at St. Michael’s.  Our ministry work has collected for various needy organizations over the years; Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish,  Casa de los Ninos, Tucson International Alliance of Refugee Communities, the Diaper Bank and others.  This year we are collecting for the Tri-Nation Rotary Shoebox project.

This optional activity is a donated wrapped shoebox with much needed items that can put a smile on a boy or girl’s face in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico!  Your contribution of holiday wrapped shoeboxes (wrapped so it can be opened for inspection) should include the following basics and any added age appropriate items of your choice.

  • one piece of clothing age ranges/sizes; ages 2-4/size 4, ages 5-7/size 7 or M, ages 8-9/size 10 or L, ages 10-12/sizes 16 or XXL.
  • knit caps, gloves or mitts, socks, etc.
  • toothbrush and toothpaste, bar of soap
  • school supplies for school age children (pencils, crayons, erasers, notebooks or coloring books age based)
  • one small toy might be jump ropes, balls, stuffed toys, puzzles, dolls, care not battery operated and no toy weapons
  • candy for older children limited to one hard candy (like life savers and no melting chocolate)
  • Add a personal note in Spanish and a Photo, if you like.

IMPORTANT  Mark each box on the end either BOY or GIRL and AGE BRACKET with a fat black marker.  All items due December 15, 2017.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Reminders

December 4; Holiday Giving Begins

December 6; December Reading Project instructions and Log come home

December 8; Language Arts Unit 3 Assessment

December 8; St. Nicholas Day Program at 2:00pm in the Student Center

December 14; Field Trip to Tubac, AZ school house

December 18; Holiday Giving Ends

December 20; 3A Holiday Celebration at 2:00

Love and Logic

November 29th, I am attending a one-day education workshop in Phoenix.  Mrs. Corrado, my substitute, will spend the day with your children.  Over the years, she has been my go-to teacher when I have scheduled professional development during a school day.  I trust her teaching and classroom management knowing your children will have a good day with her.  I look forward to returning with fresh resources to aid my efforts in providing my best teaching for your kiddos.

 

The Love and Logic program provides the following overview…

Techniques for Teachers, Educators and Administrators to Save Time and Energy

Positive techniques for maintaining calm and effective classrooms   

Today’s educators are faced with a dizzying array of competing demands related to implementing new curricula, student testing and other mandates. At the same time, most are seeing ever-increasing numbers of students with significant emotional and behavioral problems, a challenge to manage and maintain a peaceful, positive and effective classroom.

Teachers need simple and effective tools that don’t require them to implement still another new and complex “program.” That’s why we at Love and Logic have devoted the last four decades to distilling complex theory into a menu of simple yet effective tools.

Findings drawn from research-based principles:

  • Respect, appreciation and love prevents potential problems
    When students feel respected, appreciated and even loved by their teachers, they are far more motivated and cause far fewer problems.
  • Freedom to problem-solve and make decisions fostersmotivation
    Students are far calmer and more motivated when their teachers allow them to make choices and solve their own problems within limits. 
  • Focusing energy on problem prevention is rewarding
    Successful educators focus most of their energy on simple tools for preventing misbehavior or keeping it small…rather than trying to provide consequences for every problem.
  • Showing empathy and compassion is effective
    When consequences are necessary, effective educators provide them with sincere empathy or compassion.

Quite simply, we’re in the business of helping teachers do what they love:  Teach and enjoy their students!

Reminders

November 30; Presidential Profile Poster and Reading Log are due

December 4; Holiday Giving Begins

December 8; St. Nicholas Day Program at 2:00pm in the Student Center

December 14; Field Trip to Tubac, AZ school house

December 18; Holiday Giving Ends