Catholic Schools Week Schedule

 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2019 SUNDAY, JANUARY 27TH: Celebrating Your Parish 

  • • FAMILY MASS & Presentation of Confirmation Candidates– 10:00 AM 
  • • OPEN HOUSE- 11:30-1:00 PM 
  • o Visit your child’s 2019-2020 classroom 
  • o Penny Wars begin 
  • o 12:30 PM- State of the School Address 
  • o 2019-2020 Registration 
MONDAY, JANUARY 28th: Celebrating the Nation 

  • • TGIM 
  • • Wear red, white, and blue 
  • • Assembly featuring Government leaders: Secretary of State Jesse White 9:30, Alderman Waguespack 9:45, Alderman Hopkins 10:00, Joe Berrios 10:15, Toni Berrios 10:30 
  • • Mountain Terrain project with Mrs. Randall 
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29TH: Celebrating Vocations 

  • • PreK-4th make cards for Fr. Anthony 
  • • Feed My Starving Children 5th – 8th 
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30TH: Celebrating Your Students 

  • • Pajama Day 
  • • Eat lunch with friends 
  • • No homework/tests 
  • • Meet with Faith Buddies 
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31ST: Celebrating Your Community 

  • • Dress down in athletic/play wear 
  • • Jump Rope for Heart 
  • • Write to Big Shoulders (6th-8th), Empower Illinois (2nd-5th), and community donors (PK-1st) to thank them for supporting Catholic Schools. 
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST: Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers 

  • • Staff appreciation lunch and dress down 
  • • Students write notes to teachers and staff 
  • • Teachers vs. Student Volleyball game at 1:45 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND: Celebrating Families 

  • • Share a prayer for families and write about your family time together this weekend. 
  • • Art coloring contest 

Welcome to the 3rd grade Blog!

This week in 3rd grade…..

Math:  Yesterday the students took their Unit 4 Math test and started a new unit today, FRACTIONS!!!  We will also continue to have weekly test on multi-digit addition/subtraction. I also encourage your students to continue to work independently on  https://xtramath.org and https://www.prodigygame.com (please let me know if you need another copy of your login).

Language Arts:  We are working on identifying the components of narrative writing with daily writing prompts. Also, we’re learning to identify specific details from the story based on predictions. Lastly, they are working on how to understand and revise writing by studying other authors. I will send home the students typing login later this week.  The students will work on this independently at home https://st-stanislaus-kostka.typingclub.com.   

Reading:  The students are currently being reassessed and will be assigned a new reading level. Furthermore, they are learning how to best retell a story to better be able to write their own story.  We also began a new class read aloud, “Bridges of Terabithia”.  

Social Studies:  We are learning about different communities.  More specifically we discussed understanding money choices and budgets, farm communities.  The students will have an open book test on Friday.

Science: Next week we will begin a unit on Rain Forest as part of our service learning project.

Miscellaneous:  As you all know, the third grade classroom has beautiful windows with a great view.  However these great windows are very drafty.  We have checked the heating system and everything is working properly, it is simply a draft.  Please send your students to school with an extra layer during these extra cold days.  The students brought home both their progress report and Aspire scores and their Thursday Folder.  The Aspire scores will be added to the students leadership binders. If you would like an additional copy, please send me a message.

Important dates:

Friday 1/25- Movie Night

Sunday 1/27- First day of Catholic Schools Week! Family Mass and Open House.

Thursday 1/31-Monday 2/4- Mrs. Young will be at a conference out of the building.  I will leave the substitute with lesson plans.  You can also reach me at anytime through email, lyoung@ststanschicago.org or dojo.

Thank you to all of your children for participating in Bully Prevention Week two weeks ago!  I was able to go into each classroom on Monday and open a discussion on anti-bullying and friendship.  In every class the students were very engaged and eager to learn.

 

One topic we didn’t discuss in class was cyber bullying; which is very real and quite relatable given the access kids have to technology.  In this day and age, taking all electronic devices from our children is not realistic so being involved in your children’s use of devices is essential.  Please read the attached article for some thought-provoking insight from Melinda Gates.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/08/24/melinda-gates-i-spent-my-career-in-technology-i-wasnt-prepared-for-its-effect-on-my-kids/?utm_term=.e7096f9ae863

Bully Prevention Week

National Bully Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign to unify communities around the country to stand up against bullies.  This week St. Stan’s will be taking part in this campaign and celebrating Bully Prevention Week. We have numerous fun and age appropriate activities planned for Pre-K to 8th grade.  Some of the activities include a door decorating contest and creating a unity chain of friendship.  Also, on Wednesday the students will be given an orange awareness ribbon to wear as we come together as a community to rally around this important issue and unify against bullies.

Shifting gears a bit, 7th and 8th grade students please consider signing up for St. Ignatius College Prep STEM Exploration day, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saint-ignatius-college-prep-stem-exploration-day-tickets-37462578581

Please reach out if you have any questions lyoung@ststanschicago.org.  I will be updating my blog regularly please come back and visit!

Welcome to my new school blog!

My name is Mrs. Lisa Young and I am the school counselor at St. Stan’s.  I love my job and working with all students pre-K to 8th.  I was born and raised in New Orleans and moved to Chicago with my husband in 2005.  I have two sons, 10 and 7, and a fur baby who is 7 months old.  Being a former teacher and a mom, I can relate to the teachers struggles but also understand both the amazing joys and challenges of raising children.

 

The goal of a professional school counselor is to serve a vital role in maximizing student achievement.  All students achieve success in different ways and my goal is to ensure students are able to reach their highest potential both academically and social emotionally. As the school counselor, I strive to incorporate leadership, encouragement and collaboration by promoting equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students.

 

Often there is a negative connotation with someone working with a counselor.  This year I would like to dispel all of the myths and get to know each St. Stan’s family.  The biggest myth is that I only work with special education or children with “problems.”  Starting my third year at St. Stan’s I can assure you I love working with all students and I am yet to meet a “problem child.” I will continue to update my blog weekly but always feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. lyoung@ststanschicago.org or 773-278-4560