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

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 . 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 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 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

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.