Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Students are bringing home a note explaining the homework due tomorrow. They are to work on a booklet we're completing on Native Americans.  There are websites to use as references.  If students are not able to finish in 20-30 minutes, they can finish in class tomorrow.  Please help your child remember to return this booklet as it will be graded. Thank you!!!



Monday, June 6, 2016

Dress Down Day

Tomorrow, June 7th, 3rd graders have earned a dress-down day for collecting the most box tops!  Great job!!!

Homework for this week is attached.


Final Week of Hard Core Learning!!!

Good Morning,
This is it! Our final push! We'll be very busy wrapping up units in all areas of the curriculum. No spelling words for my reading group this week. Students will be taking a final spelling assessment to see where they are at for next year.  Stay tuned for the homework sheet I'll be posting later today

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Classroom News

Hi Everyone,

So sorry for sending out Pike Place permission forms last minute!
Please check with your child that they have the signed paper in their backpack tomorrow morning.

Any child who has a birthday during the summer months may bring in a treat for the class to share before the last day of school. I will be giving out birthday bags to those students. Please send an email to let me know your plans.  Thank you!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Final Weeks of School

Welcome back after a long weekend. Hopefully you all had a relaxing weekend full of family time, cook-outs and laughter!

As we approach our final weeks of school, end of the year assessments will be given in math, reading and writing.  These are not assessments students need to study for.  Most are individual, one-on-one, measures of year-long, third grade learning.

Mrs. Ferguson's reading group will have their final spelling words to study this week. We will be doing a 2-part, end-of-the-year test next week.

There will be a Math test on Chapter 19, Area and Perimeter, this Thursday. Students will need to study for this test and should bring their books home for extra study support. I will also send a practice test home on Wednesday (which will not need to be returned).

On Wednesday our class will travel to Pike Place Market from 9:15- 12:30.  This is an extension of our Social Studies curriculum on the history of Seattle and its varied cultures that make up our great community.

Attached is the homework.
Have a great week!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Week of May 23rd

This week we're finishing up Chapter 19 in math, Perimeter and Area.  Students will take their test June 2nd.  This Thursday is Red Nose Day. Students can wear red or a 'Shirt of Hurt' (check the school website for official information).

In Science we are studying structures of life. Last week students  built their own terrariums using the plastic water bottles they brought in.  Today we observed and noted changes.  Students were able to experience first-hand, the water cycle process.

The Pike Place Market field trip is scheduled for June 1 during morning hours. I will be finalizing the list of drivers/students. Please email me with any changes of chaperoning. Have a good week.



Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Hi Parents,
The following is an email that Derek Mitchell will be forwarding to you.

Regarding the Pike Place Market field trip, it is scheduled for June 1st. We'll be leaving at about 9:15 and returning in time for lunch. Any parent that wants to attend is welcome to so, I'm planning on all the parents who returned the field trip form a few weeks ago, to chaperone.  If you did not return a form and would like to attend just send me an email so I can plan cars accordingly. 

The author research and compare/contrast reports are on hold until further notice. We've been completing so many projects that we have a little too much on our plates. I'll send a note home next week with more updates on this subject.
Thanks so much for all your support!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

I hope all our 3rd grade moms had a relaxing day enjoying their families! I had a wonderful weekend with my daughter in Minneapolis!

This week we have a visit from our Pike Place Market tour guide to help us prepare for our field trip in June.   Wednesday is jam packed-  3rd grade Mass at 9am and the Symphony at 12:15.  We'll be leaving the building around 11:15 and returning by 2pm.  Please have your student bring a lunch that day, as we will have to eat before we leave.

Thanks for sending in water bottles last week. We have extra if your student forgot theirs.  We'll be planting terrariums to coincide with our science unit on Life Structures.

My reading group is beginning a new novel study this week, Maniac Mageeby Jerry Spinnelli.

In writing we're working on the proper form of a friendly letter.  Since our whole class just finished up Glory Be, everyone is drafting a letter to the author, Augusta Scattergood.

Last week, on Thursday, we celebrated completion of  Glory Be with a '60's party.  Students ate a Pop-Tart (first produced in 1964), listened to music by the Beatles and Elvis, and danced the Hully Gully and the Peppermint Twist.  We also watched a presentation of popular trends during the 60's and played a memory game afterwards.  It was an enjoyable time!

Math Club will be held on Thursday (no class on Wednesday) at 7:45am.  A Sumdog challenge of multiplication and division facts has been set up.  Please have your student arrive on time. I will be at the front door by 7:40am.

Attached is the homework lists for the week.



Monday, April 25, 2016

Week of April 25th

 We are finishing our work on fractions. The chapter test will be on Wednesday.

This weekend I have been out and about in Seattle, snapping pictures of notable places and objects to use in a fun learning activity for our Social Studies unit on our Emerald City!

Homework is attached. Have a great week!



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Math Club

Math Club this week will be a review of the work we're doing in fractions.  Math Club begins promptly at 7:45am.  I will be at the front door by 7:40am.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

This Week

Hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend.

Homework is attached. You'll notice a couple of important dates coming up that I've added.  Wednesday, April 27th we will have the chapter test on Fractions and Friday, April 29th, Book Review #1 is due. If your student has misplaced their papers, please have them talk to me about getting another set.  Also, check in with your students to make sure they've chosen and are reading the 2 books they need for this project. Please contact me with any questions.

We started our Seattle Unit last Friday. Students will be researching the 'Emerald City's' history, cultures, goods and services.

This week grades 3,4,5 will be assembling the Hope Care Kits for the homeless in partnership with the Bread of Life Mission in Pioneer Square. Money was raised by the classes in February.  Teacher volunteers will be handing out kits in the Ballard area.

Have a great week!



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Math Club

Math Club this week will be a review of bar modeling using the 4 operations.  Math Club is held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45-8:15.  See you there!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

This Week...

Attached is the homework for this week along with my reading group's spelling activity sheet and study notes for a Science test we'll be having on Wednesday.  My reading group will also have a vocabulary quiz on Thursday based on the words from Glory Be .  All words, for both Science and Glory Be can be found on spellingcity.com.

Celebration of Learning is being held this Thursday evening. We hope you will try to attend. Students will be showing you around their classrooms and sharing work they've been doing throughout the year. Because of this event there will be no homework that night.

Have a great week




April Book Report

This month students will be reading 2 books by the same author and completing work related to these texts.  Some of the work will be done at home and some will be finished in the classroom. Because there are several standards (and therefore, extensive work) covered in this project, this will be our final book report for the year. More detailed information will be coming home this week.  By now, your students should have chosen the author and books for this project.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Change in Homework

There was a change in homework for tonight because of technical difficulties. Students will be completing a bar modeling review worksheet instead of fractions. I will save the fraction worksheet for Monday.

In Math Club next week we'll continue to work on bar modeling using the four operations. Thanks to all parents who supplied snacks for us! Math Club is scheduled on Wed. and Thurs. mornings from 7:45-8:15.  I will be at the front door by 7:40 to let students in.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

One More Thing!

Don't forget!!! Tomorrow is Math Club at 7:45am. This week's topic is Bar Modeling.

3rd Grade Mass

Hi Parents! Just a reminder that 3rd Grade is hosting school Mass tomorrow, April 6th at 9am. We hope you can join us!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Book Reports Due

Just a reminder book reports are due tomorrow.  If you child has misplaced the form, have them see me in the morning.

For tonight's homework, I asked students to write about their favorite exhibit at the Pacific Science Center and to also draw a picture.  They should have brought home their Writing notebooks to complete this assignment.

Have a good night!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Homework Week of April 4th

Welcome Back! Hope everyone had a restful and joyful Spring Break!
We are starting the week off with a field trip on Monday afternoon, to Pacific Science Center:    'Math Moves' exhibit.

This week's spelling lists have been posted on Spelling City and attached is the April newsletter, homework and spelling activity schedule. Have a great week!




Friday, March 18, 2016

Holy Week

As we enter Holy Week, students will be asked to continue focusing on their lenten promises.  They will study the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary by reading each of the corresponding scriptures.  On Friday, all students will meet to meditate on the 14 Stations of the Cross at 11:15, followed by dismissal at noon.

On Monday of this week, a note and permission form will come home with information on a field trip to the Pacific Science Center for the Math Moves exhibit. It is scheduled for April 4th, the Monday after Spring Break. Third, fourth and fifth grade classes will be attending. Please return the forms by Wednesday, March 23rd indicating if you are available to chaperone.

On Wednesday, April 6, our class will be hosting a School Mass at 9am. Students will be chosen and given their reading assignments so they can practice during Spring Break. We hope you'll be able to attend.

Math Club is off to a great start. We got down to the nitty-gritty of long division, pulling apart the how and why and solidifying strategies. This Wednesday will be the last class on long division. No Math Club on Thursday.  Thanks to all who brought snacks for us!

Attached is the homework. Highlights include Chapter 9 Math test on Thursday.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Look at this Week

The last trimester has begun. Hard to believe we are already at this point of the school year!  Report cards will be going home Thursday.  Students have worked very hard and made great academic gains during the 2nd trimester. They should all be very proud of themselves!

This is a 4 day week (no school Friday), so Mrs. Ferguson's reading group will have their spelling test on Thursday. Also, on Thursday, our class has earned a free dress day! Please have your student wear something green for our St. Patrick's Day party, scheduled for the afternoon.

On Friday a note went home with information about a morning Math Club I'll be teaching for those students who are needing extra practice solving problems using the four operations and Singapore math strategies.  Please return the permission form by Tuesday of this week if your child will be attending.

The third grade will be hosting a school mass on Wednesday, April 6th, following Spring Break.  If your student is chosen as a reader, I will send home a copy of what they'll be reading next week, so they can practice during our time off.

Attached is my reading group's spelling activity list.  I will post the homework schedule tomorrow morning.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Classroom Happenings (And Homework!)

So sorry! I forgot to attach the homework for this week.
Our class has been under attack by a cold virus the last 10 days, me being the latest victim, so please excuse my fogginess.
Students will begin to put together their February, Mystery book report project this week. Please make sure your child has their mystery book in class.
March reading logs, newsletter, and book report form will come home on Friday. The March book report will be due Tuesday, April 5th.



Monday, February 29, 2016


The first week of March brings us to a new book report genre. This month, students will enjoy choosing their choice of book to complete a report. Ms. Bonjrada and I will help those who are undecided.  Homework is attached. Have a great week.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Spelling Activities

Forgot to include spelling homework for my reading group.


This Week's Overview and Homework

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

This Thursday my Reading group will have a vocabulary test on the words from the Martin Luther King Jr. novel we've been reading. We will finish the book this week and move on to 'Glory Be'. You can access all the words on Spellingcity.com (link located on this blog).

We had a lot of fun on Friday afternoon as we proved that, although gas is invisible, it really does exist! We watched balloons fill with air as we dumped Poprocks into soda bottles with the balloons attached.  We have another fun gas experiment planned for this week.

Tomorrow, all students will be introduced to 'Book Club'.  Each student will have a partner who will be reading the same book. This months' books are about Rosa Parks. Vocabulary and themes are aligned to the MLK novel we are reading.  I'm very excited that students will be taking another step toward becoming independent readers.  Social skills will develop as partners dissect plot lines and analyze characters. Other benefits in a collective literary experience include increased comprehension and exposure to varied points of view.

During this Lenten season I'm sharing prayers and reflections of Mother Teresa. Each Monday we list our focus for Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving over the next  five days. Last week we fasted from complaining, we prayed for people who have not been treated with thoughtfulness and we tried to 'give away' (almsgiving) at least ten beautiful smiles a day.  Students kept charts to track their smiles.  This week we will fast from saying anything unkind, pray for one of our classmates who especially needs our prayers, and give or show a special kindness to a classmate or family member, focusing on those who are grumpy or uncaring.  Please encourage your student to continue these practices at home and over the weekends.

           "Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and             happier."         - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Here is the homework for this week.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable mid-winter break and is re-energized for more learning!  We have much packed in for a mini week of school.  Wednesday we have 'Families' and early dismissal (2:15pm).  On Friday we have a test in Math on Chapter 7- Multiplication.  You can access the student textbook right from this blog by clicking on the Math in Focus link.  Also, on Friday, my reading group will have a spelling test and in Science, we'll be conducting experiments using chemical reactions to help us better understand force and motion and changes in matter.                       Homework for this week is attached.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Day and Other News

Over the next 2 weeks we have just 6 days of school, optional parent conferences, Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day.   Whew!!!  So, first of all, since Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, we need to have a Valentine's Day celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 9.  This will be a mini-party (no parent volunteers needed).  Students may bring in a small box or container to decorate in school to hold their Valentines' cards.  I will supply a treat and other activities .  To replace this party, our room parents will be planning a St. Patrick's Day Party in March.  If you're interested in helping
 please contact - Stefani Arya   stefani@nwlabel.com or Derek Mitchell   hiderek@comcast.net   .

Next, for Mrs. Ferguson's Reading group- Students will receive their Spelling lists on Tuesday.  The tests will not be held until Friday, February 19th.  I will also hand out the list of spelling activities not due until that Friday.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Change in Homework

I've had to make a few alterations to homework and lesson plans for this week.  There will be no Social Studies quiz on Thursday. It will be rescheduled for next week.  Also, check your child's agenda for daily homework updates.
Thank you!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

This Week's Homework

In recognition of this week's Catholic Schools Week celebration. Homework will be light.  Students have done an amazing job getting our classroom ready for the open house scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, January 31st.

Our raffle prize on Friday was given to the entire class- No HOMEWORK on Monday.  Needless to say, students were ecstatic!

We will have a social studies quiz on Thursday on Unit 4 'Who Runs Our Government' and 'Important US Documents'.  This will be an open notes test.  Since the beginning of the year, in our CIA literature study units (both Mrs. Bradley and Mrs. Ferguson), we have been focusing on citing evidence from the text to expand students' knowledge in all areas of comprehension text structures. We've been practicing this skill by carrying it over to informational text as well.  The assessment is not only on the information learned, but also, on how well students are able to find and cite evidence to prove their answers.

Mrs. Ferguson's Reading group: 
* No TURN-IN spelling activities this week.
* MLK Vocabulary test will be during the week of February 8th


Catholic Schools Week

A week of exciting events await the students during Catholic Schools Week 2016!  Third, fourth and fifth grade students have partnered up to express this year's Catholic Schools Week theme: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.  Each day we'll target these concepts, making connections to our Catholic Faith.  Attached is a list of daily activities.

Following the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, Our Lady of Fatima School will hold an open house for families of current and prospective students.  If your schedule allows, please come and visit our classroom. Students have been working very hard preparing the room.  They have several pieces of work on display to show all they have been learning and the KNOWLEDGE they're gaining! The open house will be held until 1:00pm.

On Monday, students may dress up as their favorite role model.  When choosing a role model, encourage your children to focus on the character traits of Jesus.  This is a perfect opportunity to read the bible together, as a family.  Refer to Ephesians 5:1-2, John 13:13-16, and Acts 20:35. We'll be exploring this concept further in religion with a lesson to broaden our KNOWLEDGE on how Jesus is our role model.

Tuesday students are asked to wear their class colors. Third grade's color is GREEN!  Students will experience the joy of giving and SERVICE by participating in the bake sale scheduled.  The funds will benefit the Bread of Life Mission in Seattle.  Thanks to all for volunteering your time and baked goods. I'll be sending out an email to parent volunteers with details about Tuesday's event.

Wednesday is Grandparents Day when we celebrate our families sharing with us the gift of our FAITH !  A special program has been planned by Mr. Bradler.

Thursday we celebrate each other and give thanks to God for the gift of friendships and community.  We will express our FAITH and KNOWLEDGE by strengthening our bonds with one another through fun and amusing events planned.  Students may wear their their favorite PJ's and bring 1 blanket and/or pillow.   They will participate in a 'Read In', and watch the inspiring movie, 'Inside Out', with the entire OLF student body.

Finally, on Friday, we celebrate our staff, faculty and volunteers with more enjoyable activities planned.  We'll dance, have crazy hair, wear blue, and top it all off with a volleyball game;       Students vs. Faculty.  (Go Teachers!!!)

Looking forward to a fun and spiritually enriching week!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Vocabulary Test

Mrs. Ferguson's Reading Group-  The vocabulary quiz on words from the novel study 'Martin Luther King Jr.' scheduled for this week, will be cancelled.  The quiz will be held next Thursday.  The words will be posted on Spellingcity.com

Monday, January 25, 2016

Chapter 6 Math Test Tomorrow

I didn't copy the Chapter 6 Review Test for the students so please have them refer to page 184 in their hardcover Math books which everyone should have brought home. They can read the questions and write their answers on a piece of notebook paper.  Tomorrow's test will be focused on assessing if students know strategies to find answers to multiplication and division problems of 6,7,8 and 9.  Don't forget!!! You can always access several chapter resources and the student book by clicking on the Math in Focus icon on the right.  Have a great night.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hi Everyone,

Here's the homework for the coming week.  Highlights: Tuesday, Chapter 6 math test, Wednesday, Mrs. F's reading group will have a vocabulary quiz from MLK Jr. novel.  You can access the words for studying at spellingcity.com . Friday- Mrs. F's group spelling test. Have a great week!


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Chapter 6 Math Test Postponed

The chapter 6 math test, originally scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 22, will be moved to Tuesday, Jan. 26 so we can spend a few more days working on division concepts.

Monday, January 18, 2016


Hope everyone had a restful weekend! Attached is the homework for this week.  There will be a math test on Friday of this week, Chapter 6- multiplication and division.  Also, Friday is a non-uniform dress day.  Thanks to all who sent extra supplies in.  Your generosity is very much appreciated!!!


Friday, January 15, 2016

Bad News, Good News!

Apologies!!! We were so busy today I neglected to hand out next week's spelling words to my reading group.  The good news is you can access the words on spellingcity.com and I've attached the spelling activity list.  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Next Week's Spelling

Since we have only 4 days of school next week, I will be giving my Reading group their spelling list on Friday so students have more time to complete activities and study the words.  Don't forget, if your child has misplaced their word list, you can always find the the sorts on spellingcity.com. Look for the link on the right hand side of my blog.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Homework for the Week of January 11

I hope you all enjoyed the weekend; especially Sunday's sunshine! Attached is the homework. Also attached is the Spelling Activity worksheet for Mrs. Ferguson's Reading Group. I'll be changing the activities each week to keep it fresh and fun, but the format will stay the same.   Directions can be found at the top of the page. Please email me if you have any questions.  Have a great week!



Thursday, January 7, 2016

Friday's Social Studies Quiz

Students brought home their social studies notebooks to read over their vocabulary words they will have a quiz on tomorrow.  It will be an open note test.  They can also find the words and definitions on Spellingcity.com.

Monday, January 4, 2016

A Heads Up for this Week!

An explanation for this week's spelling activities for Mrs. Ferguson's reading group, will come home today with students.  I've also attached a copy down below.

Students will also be bringing home information about book reports for January. This month's genre is 'Historical Fiction'.  Reports will be due February 2nd or before.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had an enjoyable and restful Christmas break.  I'm looking forward to getting back  in the classroom and back to a routine.  I've attached the January newsletter and homework for the week.  Don't forget, you can access many supports to the curriculum by clicking on the titles in the 'Useful Links' section of this blog.