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 February 21st 

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

 

On -Site Field Trip  March 3rd

I am in need of at least 1 or 2 other parents to support this activity.  Please contact me if you are available from 12:40-2:35 

 

 

Language Arts -

 

Essential Question: Why is it important to grow food crops?

Reading: Tops and Bottoms

*character and theme

Grammar: Quotations

 

 

Math - Students Should Be Practicing their Multiplication Facts Every Night

Foundation for multiplication/strategies

Fractions

Multiplication Properties

Modeling multiplication products

Area and Perimeter

 

 

Social Studies-  

The life of the Anazazi

 

Religion

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

 

 

 

Jesus teaches us how to forgive and heal   

 

 Specialty classes:

PE- Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Music- Tuesday and Thursday

Spanish - Tuesday and Friday

Garden - Thursday

Library - Friday

  

 

 Reminders:

 

 Comprehension test on Friday February 24th

 

Calendar

February 24 - End of Second Term

February 27 - February Birthday Free Dress

February 28 - Mindfulness

March 1 - Ash Wednesday All School Mass

March 3 - On Site Field Trip/ Laurence Hall of Science

March 10 - No School/ Professional Development

March 22 - Young Author Faire Books due to me

*please read guidelines before turning them in!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Teacher websites that involve our class

Spanish (Señora Panameño-Bailey)  Physical Education (Mr. Croft) Music (                            )