Class 3A

waving with forest critters

Ms. Johnstone

Adventure Awaits in 3A

A Note from Ms. Johnstone:


We will wrap up unit 3 with Chapter 14 in Religion and continue learning about Lent.  Our unit test will Tuesday, March 21st.  We will start Unit 4, Chapter 15.

We starting Unit 4 in our reading program this week.  The comprehension strategy this week is asking and answering questions to become better readers and the skill is author’s point of view.    We are learning about irregular verbs in English.  We are working on a our persuasive writing assignment.

We are continuing Chapter 8 in math learning about measurement. We are also working in Chapter 6 with more multiplication and division facts.  Please make sure you are practicing facts daily with your child.  Facts we have learned so far are multiplication 0-8 and division 0-5.

We are working on unit on simple machine in science.  The students presented their leprechaun traps this past week, which included a simple machine, unfortunately we did not catch a leprechaun but the traps were all clever, colorful, and designed with great imagination!!  We will have a quiz on simple machines Thursday, March 23st.  In Social Studies we are learning about American symbols, they will have their final assignment for this unit due on Friday, March 31st.  This is a writing/ research assignment they are to be working on in class.

The children all did a fabulous job on their biography book projects.  It was a great experience for them to talk in front of their peers.

We are in need of tissues and clorox wipes!  If you can please send in a box and or container or two with your child it would be appreciated!

Our class has an Amazon wish List if anyone is able to contribute to the classroom we would be so grateful.  If you are able to contribute the link is below.  Thank you to the families that have purchased items for our class!

Amazon Wish List

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

Many Blessings,

Ms. Johnstone

Important Dates:

Friday, March 24, 2023:  Mass 8:15am, Stations of the Cross

Wednesday, March 29, 2023: COGATS Grades 3, 5, 7

Thursday, March 30, 2023: COGATS Grades 3, 5, 7

Friday, March 31, 2023:  Mass 8:15am, 12:40pm Living Portrayal of the Stations of the Cross, COGATS Grades 3, 5, 7

Wednesday, April 5, 2023: Noon Dismissal or No School to Be determined 

Thursday, April 6, 2023: No School, Holy Thursday 

Friday, April 7, 2023: No School, Good Friday

Monday, April 10, 2023: No School, Easter Monday

Tuesday, April 11, 2023: No School

Friday, April 14, 2023: Mass 8:15, HawkWalk Money Due

Monday, April 17, 2023: ITBS Testing Grades 2-7 begin

Friday, April 20, 2023: Mass 8:15, Pretzel Day

Monday, April 24, 2023: HawkWalk Spirit Week!

Friday, April 28, 2023: Mass 8:15, HawkWalk!!

Our Focus:


Unit 3: God’s Plan Is a Plan of Love

The children will realize what God’s kingdom is like. They will appreciate God’s plan that enables us to belong to the kingdom. They will be familiar with some of Jesus’ parables and miracles and their meanings.  

Chapter 14: God’s Kingdom Is a Kingdom of Love

The children deepen their understanding of God’s kingdom as they review this unit. Realizing that true service of God includes keeping the commandments, they are inspired to live the spirit of God’s kingdom by loving others as Jesus has loved them.

Unit 4: Jesus Brings Us to the Kingdom of God

The children will deepen their understanding of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection. They will appreciate being members of the Church and will try to be good members.

Chapter 15: Jesus Suffered and Died for Us

 Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem for the feast of Passover was honored with palms and hosannas. Still, Jesus was saddened by many people’s refusal to accept him as the promised Messiah. The children learn that Jesus offered himself as the sacrifice of the new covenant, which we celebrate at every Mass. They consider the sufferings of Jesus during his agony in the garden, his arrest and trial, and his Crucifixion and Death. They learn that by submitting to these sufferings in obedience to his Father’s will, Jesus conquered sin and death. The children are encouraged to model Jesus when they face trials and to be inspired by the hope of enjoying a share in Christ’s glory.

Lent:  The Children will learn that Lent is a season of New Life and penance.  We will talk about Lenten practices can help us open our hearts to prepare for Easter.  We will talk about how to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Language Arts:  Unit 4:

The Big Idea:  Meet the Challenge

Unit Essential Question: What are different ways to meet challenges?

Concept: Choices

Essential Question: What choices are good for us?

Stories: Nail Soup & Stone Soup

Genre: Folk Tale

Comprehension Strategy: Ask & Answer Questions

Comprehension Skill: Author’s Point of View 

Vocab: Aroma, expect, flavorful, graceful, healthful, interrupted, lucious, variety

Vocab Skill: Root Words

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

Grammar: Verbs; Irregular Verbs

Writing & Convections:   Persuasive & Opinion Writing

Math: Measurement Chapter 8  & Chapter 6 More Multiplication & Division

Science:  Simple Machines

Social Studies:  American Symbols



Monday, March 20, 2023: 20 Minutes Reading or 20 minutes on Wonders site, 20 Minutes, Practice Math Facts 1-7X, & Division Facts 1-5, Math Wkb. Page 95, Spelling Words 2x Each on Theme Paper in cursive with St. Janes Heading,  English Wkb. Page 58, Study for Unit 3 Religion Test

Tuesday, March 21, 2023: IXL 20 minutes assigned  LA Skills, Practice Math Facts 1-7X, & Division Facts 1-5,  Spelling Wkb. Page 94, Math Wkb. Page 96, English Wkb. Page 59,  Study Vocab on Simple Machines

Wednesday, March 22, 2023: 20 minutes on First in Math, Practice Math Facts 1-7X, & Division Facts 1-5, Math Quiz on Skills Tomorrow,  English Wkb. Page 60, Math Wkb. Page 97, Study Vocab on Simple Machines Quiz tomorrow

Thursday, March 23, 2023:  IXL 20 minutes assigned  Skills  Science Skills or Social Studies Skills, Practice Math Facts 1-8X, & Division Facts 1-5, English Wkb. Page 61, Math Wkb. Page 66, Study Spelling words Test Tomorrow, March Spelling Activity

Friday, March 24, 2023: Over the weekend 20 Minutes Reading or 20 minutes on Wonders site, IXL 20 minutes each assigned  LA Skills & Science or Social Studies Skills, 20 minutes on First in Math, Practice Math Facts 1-8X, & Division 1-5  Facts daily, Reading Test Nail Soup Tuesday, COGATS Next Week


Test Schedule (Subject to Change)

Tuesday, March 21, 2023: Religion Unit 3 Test

Thursday, March 23, 2023: Quiz Science, Simple Machines Vocab, Math Quiz on Skills

Friday, March 24, 2023: Social Studies American Symbols Writing/ research Project Due (In Class Project), Spelling Test


Looking Ahead:

Tuesday, March 28, 2023: Reading Test Unit 4 Week 1 Stone Soup

Wednesday, March 29, 2023:   Math Skills Quiz, COGATS BEGIN

Friday, March 31, 2023: Social Studies American Symbols Writing/ research Project Due (In Class Project)



Special Schedule 3A:  2022-2023 School Year

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

Spanish: Wednesday (Senora Acuna)

Library: Tuesday (Mrs. Lytwyn)

Art: Tuesday (Mrs. Waltz)

Music:  Wednesday (Mrs. Vin0viskis)

Health: In class

Computers: Friday (Mrs. Salvemini)


Helpful Websites

First in Math

Christ Our Life

Sadlier Connect

Username: Sadlier student    Password: ReadyToLearn!


Fast and Fun Math week 5

*More parent information can be found online at

Wonders Reading Resource:
The login information is taped in your child’s planner.
Please use the site to review stories, skills, & vocabulary at home.

Social Studies Study Guide for Maps & Globes