Welcome to third grade. This year, students will have many new experiences. Third grade students will begin using hardcover texts for Social Studies, Language arts and science. They will learn to transpose information from text to paper. They will have a little more homework and responsibility. We will also continue to live our school wide learning executions of Respect, Responsibility, Reverence and become Life-Long learners.
Week of April 10th
If you are available every other Tuesday to read with a small group of students, please let me know.
Every Friday @ 10:30-11:30 Math games
Language Arts -
Compare and contrast... Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Journeys mystery story/comprehension/lesson
Math - Students Should Be Practicing their Multiplication Facts Every Night
Number Corner ( fractions)
Review of Area and Perimeter ( homework packet)
* this will be our last week of multiplication mad minutes... after the break we will begin division which should take us to the end of our year together.
**Remember to have your child practicing math facts as much as possible.. xtramath, mathletics or other apps/games your child enjoys
Chapter 4 - Jamestown/colonies
Phillip Lolonis, ASW
East Bay Center for Anxiety Treatment & Prevention
2223 Santa Clara Ave, Suite B5, Alameda, CA 94501
510-748-0637 Ext 3
Dear St. Philip Neri Parents,
I hope this email finds you well. My name is Phillip Lolonis and I wanted to introduce myself as your children’s mindfulness teacher in Ms. Turner’s class.
I grew up in the East Bay and attended De La Salle High School in Concord, and currently work for the East Bay Center for Anxiety Treatment and Prevention in Alameda. The focus of the mindfulness class is quite simply the literal translation of mindfulness — remembering. You remember to bring your mind/thoughts back so you can better concentrate on your schoolwork, be less distracted and more considerate of your fellow classmates.
One of our early methods we learned was the STOP technique. S stands for Stop, T stands for Take a deep (belly) breath, O stands for Observe the body (a short or long body scan, head to toes), and P stands for Proceed (continue with what you were doing with single mindedness). Doing this exercise throughout the day for anywhere from 20 seconds to 3 minutes at a time builds resilience and the ability to self regulate when we so desperately want to shout out, cross talk, or just act plain goofy at the wrong time!
You have wonderful children who are eager to learn, and I hope practicing mindfulness will be helpful to them now and in the future. If you have any questions about these exercises, please send me an email. I'll also be following up with my own progress reports and asking for feedback from your children. Future emails will also include links to more articles or apps that you may find useful to learn about mindfulness for yourself. (Your child will model what they see, so why not give it a try?)
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t make the connection between mindfulness and spiritual contemplation. The teachings of Thomas Merton, a Cistercian monk, whom Pope John Paul singled out as one of four great Americans during his speech before Congress in 2015, understood the power of present moment silence has on a mind, giving it the ability to see the beauty of what lies within each of us.
Recommended reading and links
· This is a great article for us all and explains some mindfulness methods from Dr. Rick Hanson, a neuroscientist: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/03/well/mind/the-year-of-conquering-negative-thinking.html
· Research on Mindfulness in Elementary Schools. https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/05/10/the-mindful-child/?mwrsm=Email&_r=0
· UCLA mindful awareness research center. Mindfulness information and free guided meditations. http://marc.ucla.edu/
· www.headspace.com A mindfulness app that gives you 10 free sessions!
Phillip Lolonis, ASW, PPSC
PE- Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Music- Tuesday and Thursday
Spanish - Tuesday and Friday
Garden - Thursday
Library - Friday
Thursday April 13th is a minimum day
April 11th - Reconciliation
April 11th - Dine and Donate at Spin Pizza
April 12th - Art Docent
April 14-21 Easter Break
April 24 - April Birthday Free Dress, Fun Run Kick-Off and Earth Day Movie at Alameda Theatre
April 26 - Art Docent
May 3 - May Crowning ( Kinder and 3rd)
May 4 - Spring concernt/Art Display
May 5 - Minimum Day
May 8 - Fun Run
May 9 - Third Grade hosts Communion Breakfast for Second Grade
May 19 - Talent Show 1:00-3:00
May 22 - Birthday Free Dress
May 26 - Feast of Saint Philip Neri Mass, Minimum Day
May 29 - Memorial Day/No School
June 2 - 8th Grade Graduation
June 8 - Last Day of Third Grade... 4th grade here we come!!!
Other Teacher websites that involve our class
Spanish (Señora Panameño-Bailey) Physical Education (Mr. Croft) Music ( )