Class 3A


Ms. Johnstone

Adventure Awaits in 3A

A Note from Ms. Johnstone:

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  This was an excellent time to spend with family and friends celebrate the Birth of Jesus, and bring in the New Year with joy and hope for a great year ahead!  I was overwhelmed by the generosity of gifts and treats from all of you!  I want to thank all of you for the wonderful class gift, it was a perfect combination of all of my favorite things!  The children were all so cute and happy to watch me open the gifts, I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful class!

We will be reviewing Chapter 9 on Monday and will have our Unit 2 Test on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.  We will start Unit 3, Chapter 10 this week.

We are reading poetry this week, focusing on author’s point of view and the comprehension strategy re-reading.  We will have our Spelling test on Tuesday, January 10th and the Reading Test On Wednesday, January 11th.  This is the last section for this Unit, We will be having the Unit 2 Test on Friday, January 13th.  This month we will be learning how to write a personal narrative.  We are continuing to write our personal narrative story.  We are learning about possessive pronouns in English.  We will be having a possessive pronoun test this week or early next week, date TBD.

We will start Chapter 5 on Division and Chapter 6 More Multiplication.

We are working on a science unit on the scientific method. We will also be learning about science tools, and safety procedures in a lab.  In Social Studies we will be learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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:

Sunday, January 29, 2023:   Opening of Catholic Schools Week, 10:00am Mass at St. Janes Church.  11:30am-1:30pm Open House.  Come see our school and bring a friend!  11:30am-1:00pm Scholastic Book Fair in Chapel.  1:00pm Band Concert in Chapel.  

Monday, January 30, 2023:  Dine to Donate- Keystone Pub.  (See Flyer attached to Parent Weekly email from Mrs. OKula for Information about event)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023:  Family Rosary Night in the Chapel at 6:30pm

Wednesday, February 1, 2023:  International Potluck Janer Celebration 6:00pm-7:00pm-More Information to Follow Stay Tuned

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 10: God Created People to Share His Life

This chapter deepens the children’s awareness that God created human beings to share in his divine life. God gave us the gift of grace so that we might be with him forever. They learn that the first human beings fell from grace when they sinned and that, through sin, evil entered the world. The children gain a deeper appreciation of both God’s goodness and the evil of sin, and they become more aware of Jesus’ presence with them at all times, helping them live his life.

Language Arts:  Unit 3:

The Big Idea:  

Unit Essential Question: 

Concept: Leadership

Essential Question: How can one person change the way you think?

Stories: Jane’s Discovery & Finding Lincoln

Genre: Historical Fiction

Comprehension Strategy: Visualize

Comprehension Skill: Cause & Effect

Vocab:  Amazement, bravery, disappear, donated, Leader, nervous, refused, temporary

Vocab Skill: Idioms

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

Grammar: Verbs

Writing & Convections:   Personal Narrative Writing & Catholic School Special Writing Project

Math: Chapter 5 Division & Chapter 6 More Multiplication

Science:  Scientific Method, Scientific Tools, Lab Safety



Monday, January 30, 2023: No Homework

Tuesday, January 31, 2023: Math Wkb. Page: 58 odd, Math Quiz on Skills Tomorrow, English Wkb. page 41, Test in Religion tomorrow Chapter 11, Practice LA skills on IXL for 20 minutes

Wednesday, February 1, 2023:  Math Wkb. Page: 59 odd, English Wkb. page 42, Spelling words 2x each on theme paper in cursive,   First in Math 20 Minutes , Read for 20 minutes or Wonders Site

Thursday, February 2, 2023: Math Wkb. Page 60 odd, Spelling February choice activity, Spelling Test tomorrow,  Practice LA skills on IXL for 20 minutes

Friday, February 3, 2023 20 Minutes Reading or 20 minutes on Wonders site, 20 Minutes  IXL LA Skills, 20 minutes on First in Math, Practice Math Facts X1-6, & Division 1-2


Test Schedule (Subject to Change)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023: Religion Chapter 11 test, Math quiz on Skills

Friday, February 3, 2023: Spelling Test

Looking Ahead:



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