Weekly Newsletter

November 4-8, 2019

Posted by [email protected] on November 11, 2019 at 6:35 PM

Celebrating our Veterans

Thank you to everyone who came and helped us honor our veterans today! This past week the students discussed all of the ways that we can thank the men and women for their service. While we should be showing thanks everyday, Veteran’s Day is a great day for us to think creatively about how to give back to those who have protected our country.

  In addition to discussing how we can give thanks, a wonderful book called The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael was shared with me the other day. The book follows Moina Belle Michael, who is a schoolteacher from Georgia. She wanted to help the soldiers who entered World War One: “Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today.” (book synopsis) If you’re interested in learning more about the book, check out the following video! It’s a mini trailer for the book. It’s definitely worth the four-minute viewing and would be a fun video to share with your kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ftFEFfKUrU

Here’s what we did in third grade this week:


This week the students finished our fifth unit of the year! Unit 5 focuses on applying strategies to achieve fluency with multiplication and division facts within 100. The work in this unit moves students forward and toward knowing (from memory) all products of two 1-digit numbers by the end of third grade.

On Monday the students used the multiplication table and the Distributive Property to find patterns in factors and products. For example, by working with the table, students readily see patterns emerge from all multiples of 2 and multiples of 9. The students used their knowledge of facts (and the Distributive Property) to see these patterns.

Becoming adept in the use of the multiplication table gives students another tool to use, not only to see patterns but also to help them become more proficient in recalling multiplication facts. Here are some questions (with answers) that you can ask your child. These questions will help him/her review what was learned this week:

How can a multiplication table help you find products that equal 48 when added together? (ANSWER: The table helps me see that as one factor increases, the other factor decreases. In [6 x 0] + [6 x 8] = 48, the sum of the products is 48. In [6 x 1) + [6 x 7] = 48, the sum of the products is also 48.

When looking at a multiplication table, what do you notices of multiples of 2 or 4? (ANSWER: When multiplying by 2, the product increases by 2 as the other factor increases. When multiplying by 4, the product increases by 4 as the other factor increases. Also, all of the products are even numbers)

What pattern do you see in the columns and rows of a multiplication table when 0 is a factor? (ANSWER: When 0 is a factor, the product is 0)

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/Science:

During the months of November and December, the students will be completing a monthly project within our social studies and science units. Both our social studies and science units focus on the different influential and important people, inventors, and inventions that helped make our country (and world) great. In Social Studies the students will travel back to the formation of our country and learn about how different inventions, tools, and technology helped America thrive. In Science, the students will learn about the engineering process.

Ms. Schuenemann and I worked together to come up with a project that encourages and teaches good researching skills, writing, independent thinking, and personal creativity. During this project the students will research one inventor and one invention that he/she invented. The kids will research their inventor’s life, education, and how he/she came up with his/her important invention.

On Friday the kids were sent home with a packet of information regarding the project. It mentions how this is BOTH an in-class and at-home project. While at school the students will research the inventors and inventions, takes notes on their findings, create an advertisement for the invention, and also make a poster showcasing what was learned. At home the students will be required to EITHER make a model of the invention chosen or draw a diagram of the invention.

While you look through the packet of information, keep in mind that this project was designed mostly to be an at-school project. We will be providing the posters, materials for the advertisements, books, and educationally appropriate websites for research. The only reason why a child would need to do the research, poster, or advertisement at home is if he/she is not able to stay focused enough to get it done in class OR if the inventor is too advanced for our school-wide database. Should that problem arise, either Ms. Schuenemann or I will communicate with you directly.

Ms. Schuenemann and I have already heard so many wonderful comments, ideas, and creative thoughts coming from the mouths of the kids. We know this is going to be a project to remember.


This week the students learned about the four marks of the Church, which are its special characteristics. At Mass, as we pray the Nicene Creed, we profess our belief in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church. The four words (one, holy, catholic, apostolic) are the four marks or chief characteristics of the Church. They stand out as benchmarks when Catholics demonstrate a oneness that welcomes diversity and works for unity with other Christians.

We also talked about how the popes and bishops are the successors of the Apostles. A fun activity that you can do at home is the have the kids create Apostle “trading cards.” As a family you can give your child 12 trading card-sized rectangles cut from poster board. Together, as a family, design a trading card for each of Jesus’ twelve Apostles. Each trading card should include the name of the Apostle, an illustration, and any additional biographical information. As a family, you can also talk about how each Apostle helped the Church grow.


Our newest reading and writing unit focuses on the non-fiction genre. WHAT IS NON-FICTION? Nonfiction books tell us facts and information about the world around us. They can cover any topic, so long as it’s about something that really happened or something that really exists! Often times we associate nonfiction texts as textbooks; however, they can come as picture books, newspapers, magazines, chapter books, etc. This month the students will be reading two books: one chosen by me and one chosen by them! This past week we read the beginning of the chapter book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.” This book is based on the life of a real little girl who lived in Japan from 1943-1955. She was in Hiroshima when the United States Air Force dropped an atom bomb on that city in an attempt to end World War II. Ten years later, she passed away as a result of radiation from the bomb. While this story has moments of sadness, Sadako’s courage made her a heroine to children in Japan. Below are some questions you can ask your child to check for reading comprehension this week:

  • What is Sadako’s favorite sport/activity? How do you know this is her favorite sport/activity?
  • What is Peace Day and why does Sadako celebrate it?
  • What happens when Sadako runs in her relay race (both positive and negative)?
  • Why do you think Sadako refuses to tell her parents that she is feeling dizzy?


To connect to our nonfiction reading unit, this month the students are writing personal narratives, or memoirs, in class. Each child will be asked to pick a very specific moment or experience in his/her life that provokes strong memories, feelings, and senses. We will be using the writing process to pre-write, write a first draft, edit, and ultimately publish our work. As a family, you can discuss some memorable moments or experiences. This will help your child generate a good topic for his/her personal narrative.


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 practiced every night. Continue to use www.spellingcity.com as resource for your child’s weekly spelling list. This week we are on Unit 2: Lesson 10, which focuses on the “a” vowel sound in the words talk and crawl.

In Conclusion:

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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