Class 3A

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Ms. Johnstone

Adventure Awaits in 3A

A Note from Ms. Johnstone:

The children were assigned a Mystery Skeleton book report as part of their reading grade this trimester.  They all presented their projects to the class this past week.  it was fun for them to see the projects and hear about the mysteries their classmates had read about!

The children also presented their “Me Islands” this week.  I could tell they all had fun using their imaginations to create different themes and places on their map.  This was a great way to show what they were learning in social studies.

The children did an in-class technology-based assignment research assignment last week in Social Studies that correlated with our reading unit.  The students were tasked with making two Google slides about a landmark and presenting them to the class.  The children did a fabulous job on this activity and it was a wonderful experience for them to use this technology and present it to the class.

Test folder will come home weekly with papers to sign and send back and papers to keep at home.

Please pack a small dry snack daily, that your child can keep on their desk in the morning until snack time.

Many Blessings,

Ms. Johnstone

Our Class Wish List on Amazon is listed below: (Please note that some items (e.g.; tissues, wipes, bandaids, etc.) may reflect purchased numbers from last year.  I increased the numbers to reflect the needs for this year.  Thank you so much for all of the purchases for our class already!!  We are truly blessed!!

Amazon Wish List

Important Dates:


Monday, November 27, 2023: No School Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, November 28, 2023:  First Trimester Ends

Friday, December 1, 2023Advent Prayer Service 7:50 am. School yearbook picture retake day

Wednesday, December 6, 2023:  Happy St. Nicholas Day, NJHS Lollipop delivery today, Report Cards go home today

Thursday, December 7, 2023:  Santa Shoppe, Fall fundraiser pick up in the Cafeteria from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., Special Olympics Casual Day $1 or more for the Knights of Columbus

Friday, December 8, 2023: 8:15 a.m. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass, Pretzel Day

Tuesday, December 12, 2023:  8th Grade Academic Bowl

Thursday, December 14, 2023:  Band Concert 12:45 and 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 15, 2023:  Confessions 9:00 a.m.; Christmas Concert at Main Church

Monday, December 18, 2023:  NDHS Reading with Santa PreK to 2nd

Friday, December 22, 2023:  Christmas Prayer Service (8:00 a.m.) Followed by Class parties. 11:00 a.m. Dismissal


Our Focus:


Unit 1: God Calls Us to Faith The children will realize they are called to be one of God’s holy people. They will desire to live like Jesus.

Chapter 5: Jesus Calls Us to Follow  True disciples of Jesus listen to his Word and walk in his way.  In this chapter, the children hear how Jesus called the Apostles, the disciples, and Paul. They learn that Jesus calls them, too, to follow his way of love and to share in his mission of leading all people to God.


Language Arts: Unit 2

The Big Idea: 

Unit Essential Question: What Does it take to solve a problem?

Concept: Figure it out

Essential Question: How do people make government work?

Stories: Every Vote Counts & Vote


Genre: Expository Text

Comprehension Strategy: Reread

Comprehension Skill: Author’s Point of View

Vocab Skill: Prefixes

Vocab:  Candidates, convince, decisions, elect, estimate, government, independent

 Use workshop and unit papers in multi-pocket folder to study for reading tests.

Grammar: Nouns

Writing & Convections:  Friendly Letter

Math: Subtraction

Science:  Scientific Tools, Science Safety & Scientific Method

Social Studies: American Symbols, Geography, Parts of a Map, Landmarks, Local Community, Government, Elections & Voting


Test Schedule (Subject to Change)

Thursday, November 30, 2023:  Math Test Chapter 3

Friday, December 1, 2023:  English Noun Test Part 2, (Singular & Plural Possessive Nouns)

Looking Ahead:

Tuesday, December 5, 2023:  Religion Test Unit 1 



Special Schedule 3A:  2023-2024 

Physical Education:  (Mrs. Blasi) Please wear a gym uniform and sneakers.  Monday

Library:  (Mrs. Lytwyn) Tuesday

Art:  (Mrs. Waltz)  Tuesday

Music:   (Mrs. Vin0viskis)  Wednesday

Spanish: (Senora Acuna)  Thursday



Helpful Websites

Religion Text Christ Our Life

Wonders Reading Resource:
Login Information will be taped in your child’s Homework Book at the beginning of the year
Please use the site to review stories, skills, & vocabulary at home.

Math Text Sadlier Connect

Username: Sadlier student    Password: ReadyToLearn!

First in Math

  • Login Information will be taped in your child’s Homework Book at the beginning of the year

Ways to practice counting change with your child at home:

Mr. Nussbaum Counting Change Online Game 

Fun Brain Change Maker Online Game


  • Login Information will be taped in your child’s Homework Book at the beginning of the year

Spelling City


*More parent information can be found online at

Social Studies Study Guide for Maps & Globes