Weekly Newsletter

October 21-November 1

Posted by [email protected] on November 4, 2019 at 6:15 PM

A Long Break followed by Halloween

I hope that everyone enjoyed the long fall break that we had in October. I didn’t write a newsletter for that week, as the week was so short. With that being said, we certainly had a lot of fun celebrating over the course of the short week. 

This past week the students had a BLAST at our Halloween party. Thank you so much to our two incredible room parents, Colleen Kenney & Katelyn Klein, for organizing such a fun event!

Just a reminder that the weather is getting chillier. Please help remind your child to bring his/her hats and gloves to school. As a primary unit, the kids must have hats and gloves if the temperature gets below freezing. I have some spare items at school, but it’s always better if the kids have their own items. Also, boots and snow pants are required once snow appears on the ground. Let’s work together to make sure that every child has a fun and warm recess. Thanks!

This week the students finished their first Positive Puzzle of the school year. The students will be voting how how they want to celebrate their good behavior.  Once a decision is made, I will email you all with a date for our celebration, as well as more information! 

Here is what we did in third grade this week:


Over the last two weeks, the students finished their fourth math unit of the school year. The kids reviewed the unit material and then took a test at the end of the week, Throughout this unit, students have learned that multiplication and division are related operations by writing fact families and by using known multiplication facts to learn division facts. This week the students used what they knew about multiplication and division facts to solve multi-step word problems and problems with hidden questions.

The students are familiar with problems with hidden questions, as they were introduced to them during our second unit of the school year. While problems with hidden questions can be challenging, looking at these types of problems advances students understanding of everyday problems that can be solved with different operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). The kids also develop good thinking habits that continue to help them persevere in working through problems, making sure to have a plan to solve and check problems!

Here is a sample question with a hidden problem: Two girls and two boys went to the festival. The total cost of their tickets was $20. Each child paid the same amount for a ticket. What was the cost of each ticket?

The first thing that we do is reread at the problem. Then we answer the following questions: What do I need to find? What do I know? What’s my plan for solving the problem? What else can I try if I get stuck? How can I check that my solution makes sense?

In the above question I first need to figure out how many children are attending the festival. I know that there are 2 boys and 2 girls, so I can add 2 + 2 = 4 to establish that there are four children. From there I can solve $20 ÷ 4 (children) = $5 per ticket.

Here is a sample word question with a hidden problem that you can try at home. Encourage your child to use the strategies learned at school: There are 5 players on a basketball team. In a game, 4 players scored 6 points each. The team scored a total of 34 points. How many points did the other player score?

At home remember to practice your child’s math facts as fact families! This will help him/her develop the confidence when working toward mastering the above skill!

Social Studies:

The last two weeks of social studies have been filled with excitement and new learning opportunities.

This week the students learned about a fishing community in Japan called Ine (EE-nay). The students learned that people around the world build their communities near natural resources. During our lessons, we “traveled” to Ine and learned about the plants and animals that live in the ocean and how they are important to the people who live there.

We also MADE paper before our fall break. The students have learned many different ways that we can recycle and reuse different materials. We took recycled paper and ripped the paper into small bits and placed them into a blender with water. This created our pulp mixture. Once our pulp mixture was created we put the pulp into our wooden mold. The mold included a screen and base to prevent the pulp from exiting the mold. After the pulp was evenly distributed throughout the mold, we lifted the mold up and waited until most of the water had drained from the new paper sheet. We then used a sponge to soak up the water.

This past week the students completed our unit on communities and geography. We did a review in class on and then took our test. The test average for both 3A and 3B was a 93%, which is fabulous! Make sure to ask your child how he/she did.

Our next unit focuses on the history of different communities. We will learn about Native American communities, the settlers of Jamestown, and also early inventors who developed key inventions for our country. This will lead nicely into our inventor’s unit in science later this winter.

Science with Ms. Schuenemann:

In science this week, students learned that not just people can change the traits of animals over time- nature can too! When the environment changes, like the introduction of a new predator, some organisms survive well and reproduce, some have traits that help them survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Over time, most offspring will be born with the traits that help them survive well. This is because offspring inherit their traits from their parents- and the ones that survive well and reproduce!

To help with their understanding, students carried out an investigation by using a model to simulate the introduction of a predator species on Lizard Island. Students simulated multiple generation of lizards, analyzing and interpreting the data after each one. They used this data to engage in an argument from evidence to support their claim about how the offspring change from the original lizards.

Reading / Writing:

This week the students completed our mystery unit. The students read a variety of different mystery stories and also wrote incredible mysteries based on the Mysteries of Harris Burdick. I will be printing these stories off to be laminated and sent home. In the meantime, check out the hallway, as many of the stories are in the hallway.



Throughout the course of each year, the Church celebrates the saving work of Jesus Christ in a cycle of feasts and seasons. For example, during the Advent and Christmas seasons, the Church recalls and celebrates the mystery of the Incarnations, from the Annunciation to Epiphany. These feasts commemorate the beginning of our salvation story.

This week the students learned about the different seasons of the Church. In order they are Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Three Days, Easter, and Ordinary Time. If you, as an adult, want to read information regarding the liturgical year, please read chapter 1168 in a Catechism of the Catholic Church. That paragraph, as well as the paragraphs that follow explain the different celebrations as the explanations behind each season.


Last week’s list of spelling words was very challenging as it dealt with silent letters. While this week’s list is not quite as challenging, it does still require at home practice. Please make sure to encourage your child to practice his/her spelling list every night of the week. Even if your child finishes his/her spelling packet the words should still be practice every night. Thanks! Continue to use www.spellingcity.com as resource for your child’s weekly spelling list. Here are our new words: 

  • New Words: clown, round, bow, cloud, power, crown, thousand, crowd, sound, count, powder, blouse, frown.
  • Review Words: house, found
  • Challenge Words: mountain, coward, applause, familiar 

In Conclusion:

Make sure to check out our photo gallery for more pictures from this week and last week (since we had a short week this acts as a newsletter for two weeks). Thank you again for a wonderful week. It is truly a joy having your children in my class. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Mrs. Robyn Bernecker

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Love in Every Word, Respect in Every Action, Confidence in Every Heart.

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