Newsletter 

 

 

 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 

Volunteer opportunities:

 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

 

 Social Studies-  

Chapter 4 - Jamestown/colonies 

Religion

Lent

Mindfulness

 

 

Phillip Lolonis, ASW

East Bay Center for Anxiety Treatment & Prevention

 

2223 Santa Clara Ave, Suite B5, Alameda, CA 94501

510-748-0637 Ext 3

www.eastbayanxiety.com

 

 2/7/17

 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!

 

Sincerely,

 Phillip Lolonis, ASW, PPSC

phillip@eastbayanxiety.com

 Specialty classes:

PE- Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Music- Tuesday and Thursday

Spanish - Tuesday and Friday

Garden - Thursday

Library - Friday

  

 Reminders:

 

Thursday April 13th is a minimum day

 

Calendar

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 (                            )