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Weekly Schedule
Monday – Spanish
Tuesday – Spanish
Wednesday – Gym
Thursday – Art (please send in an art smock if you haven’t already)
Friday – Music and Computer

Helpful Links
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Scholastic Reading Club
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Weekly Letter for March 27th

Posted on March 28, 2017

March 27, 2017

Dear Families,

Thank you all so much for meeting with me last Tuesday to discuss your child’s progress.  I am very proud of the student’s work and I know you are as well.  The last remaining months of this school year promise to be exciting ones!

Reading – This week we are starting the second part of our Geography unit: Map Skills. The students will be learning about the different parts of a map such as the compass rose, the map key and the title.  We will take a look at different maps and even make one of our own!  Students will also be taught  vocabulary such as city, state, country and continent.  Please review your address with your child!

Spelling/Phonics – This week we are working with words that have “ow” like cow and brown.  Please use the spelling packet to study the spelling and sight words each night.  There will be a formal assessment on Friday.

Math – This week we will be finishing up Chapter 8 Double Digit Addition.  The students have learned various strategies and we will continue to practice them and review all this week.  The assessment will take place next Tuesday, April 4th.  Please keep in mind that the assessment will closely mirror the study guide and it should be used to help your child review.

Religion – The class has been spending the last several chapters learning about several sacrament: Baptism, Penance and now the Eucharist.  In Chapter 22, the students learn that we celebrate the sacrament of the Eucharist during Mass.  Also, that during this sacrament we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus.  There will be a test on Chapter 22 on Friday, March 31st.  I will send the book home starting on Wednesday so that you can read over the chapter with your child.


  • Scholastic Book Order – Please place your order or send it in by Friday, March 31st.


If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.


Mrs. Van Buskirk

Weekly Letter for March 6th

Posted on March 8, 2017

March 6, 2017

Dear Families,

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a nice weekend with your families.

Reading – Our American Symbols unit is coming to an end this week.  The students are completing their informational text writing about the symbols we have studied over these past several weeks.  Our next unit will be Geography.  The students will learn about the different types of landforms that can be found in the United States and they will also learn map skills.

Spelling/Phonics – This week we will be working on two more ways to make the long I sound: ie and igh.  The class will get plenty of practice with these words during Word Work and Literacy Activity.  Please spend time each night reviewing these words.  There will be formal assessment on Friday.

Math – This week, we are finishing Chapter 7 Comparing Numbers.  The final lesson deals with the students using mental math to give a number that is 10 more and 10 less than a given number.  For example, 23 is 10 less than 33 and 43 is 10 more than 33.  We will review all the lessons from the chapter and a study guide will be sent home on Wednesday.  The assessment will be given on Friday, March 10th.


 Have a wonderful week!


Mrs. Van Buskirk


Weekly Letter for February 27th

Posted on March 1, 2017

February 27, 2017

Dear Families,

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed the winter recess.  The students were happy to see each other and share all the fun things they did while on vacation.  There is a lot going on this week as usual!

Reading – We are finishing up our unit on American Symbols this week.  The students will be learning about the Liberty Bell and the White House.  They will be finishing up their informational texts about the symbols they have learned about throughout this unit.

Our comprehension focus for this unit has been finding the main idea.  Students will practice using details from the story to identify the main idea. We will be practicing this skill during shared reading and guided reading for the next several weeks.  You can help at home by asking your child to tell you the main idea of the book they are reading.


Phonics/Spelling – This week the student will be learning about two other ways to make the long o sound: oa and ow.   Please be sure to review the words each night.  There will be a formal assessment on Friday.

Math – Before the break, we began Chapter 7 Comparing Numbers.  The students will learn how to determine which number is greater than and which number is less than.  They symbols for greater than and less than will also be introduced.  We will also using mental math to write numbers that are 10 less and 10 more than a given number.

Religion – During Chapter 17, the students have learned about the sacrament of Baptism.  We discussed the many important symbols of the sacrament: water, the white garment and the candle.  We also know that we become members of the Church at Baptism and receive grace (God’s life in us).  If your child has been baptized, please send in one picture from that day.  These pictures will be used in a classroom display and will be returned to you.  Please send in the picture by Friday, March 3rd.  There will be a formal assessment on Thursday, March 2nd.  I will be sending home the book starting on Tuesday, so that you can review the chapter with your child.

Wednesday, March 1st is Ash Wednesday.  This day marks the beginning of the Lenten Season.  Our class will be attending a prayer service at 10:30 in St. Anastasia Church where they will receive ashes.

Have a wonderful week!


Mrs. V


Weekly Letter for February 6th

Posted on February 7, 2017

February 8, 2016

Dear Families,

Thank you all for encouraging your children to participate in last week’s Catholic School’s Week activities.  They seemed to enjoy every day and were so well-behaved!

Reading – This week we are beginning our next unit: American Symbols. We will be learning about the Pledge of Allegiance and several patriotic songs this week. This ties in nicely with our class trip on Wednesday.  The students will be enjoying the show “Let’s Freedom Ring”.  During this show they will learn about the history of such songs as “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

Spelling/Phonics – This week the class will learn about other ways to make the long a sound: “ai” and “ay”. Please study these words each night as well.  There will be an assessment on Friday.

Math – This week we are continuing our work with tens and ones.  The students will be learning how to read, write and model numbers up to 120.  I will also continue reviewing how to find numbers on a number chart, how to count forward and how to count by 10’s.

Valentine’s Day – On Tuesday, February 14th we will have a small Valentine’s Day celebration in class.  The students will have the opportunity to give out valentines to their classmates.  My only rule is that there must be a valentine for every student. During this week, the students will have a chance to decorate a “mailbag” to hold their valentines.


  • School is closed for Winter Recess from Monday, February 20th – February 24th.  Classes resume on Monday, February 27th.
  • Please send in the permission slip and payment for our class trip by tomorrow.   Students should wear their gym uniforms and sneakers.

Have a great week!


Mrs. Van Buskirk










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