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  1. 1. Welcome to 3 rd Grade St. Hilary Mrs. Alison Montemarano
  2. 2. About the Teacher <ul><li>Thank you for your warm welcome to St. Hilary – I am honored to be teaching in this wonderful school! </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude from Holy Family University, certified in Elementary and Special Education </li></ul><ul><li>Council Rock and Neshaminy School Districts </li></ul><ul><li>Archdiocese of Philadelphia - Religion & sacrament preparation since 1995, St. Ignatius, Yardley PA. </li></ul><ul><li>I love my family, married 26 years, proud mother of three sons. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Our Mission Statement Catholic Schools form students to be full and practicing members of the Church, are centers of evangelization that call all to live fully the message of Jesus Christ, and are centers of academic excellence that rigorously prepare students to be life-long learners and contributing members of the global community.
  4. 4. Our Goals <ul><li>To create a school and classroom environment in which students are safe – </li></ul><ul><li>The Peace Program . </li></ul><ul><li>To help students develop a love of learning and enhance self confidence and responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide opportunities for students to: </li></ul><ul><li>Develop strong academic skills </li></ul><ul><li>Learn effective communication skills through reading, writing, speaking </li></ul><ul><li>and listening. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think critically, creatively and solve problems. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborate with one another. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possess self-esteem and motivation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand how to obtain and use information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have access to differentiated instruction based on their individual needs. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Our Schedule <ul><li>8:30 – 8:40 Prayers, Pledge & Homeroom Activities </li></ul><ul><li>8:40 – 9:25 Math </li></ul><ul><li>9:25 – 10:30 English Language Arts/Reading </li></ul><ul><li>10:30 – 10:45 Snack/Recess </li></ul><ul><li>10:45 – 11:30 Specials </li></ul><ul><li>11:30 – 12:25 ELA/Writing, Phonics, Grammar, Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>12:25 – 1:20 Lunch/Recess </li></ul><ul><li>1:20 - 1:55 Religion </li></ul><ul><li>1:55 – 2:45 Social Studies (M/W/F) </li></ul><ul><li>1:55 – 3:05 Science (Ts/Th) </li></ul><ul><li>3:05 – 3:15 Pack-up, Prayers, Dismissal </li></ul>
  6. 6. Common Core Standards http://www.catholicschools-phl.org/parent-resources/elementary-curriculum <ul><li>English Language Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Macmillan McGraw-Hill Reading Anthology, Children’s Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Practice Book, Spelling, Phonics and Phonemic Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop http://vocabularyworkshop.com/green Simple Solutions English </li></ul><ul><li>Cursive Handwriting </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Macmillan McGraw-Hill Math Connects http://macmillanmh.com </li></ul><ul><li>Simple Solutions Math </li></ul><ul><li>Religion </li></ul><ul><li>Finding God – Grade 3 http://FindingGod.org </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Specials: Gym (Monday), Art (Tuesday), Music (Wednesday), </li></ul><ul><li>Library/Computer (Thursday), Spanish (Friday) </li></ul>
  7. 7. 3 rd Grade Homework <ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>English Language Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Reading (60 minutes per week – Reading Log) </li></ul><ul><li>Religion </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies and Science – studying for tests </li></ul><ul><li>Archdiocesan Guideline is 60 minutes for 3 rd grade. </li></ul><ul><li>No written homework will be assigned over a weekend </li></ul><ul><li>All assignments will be posted on our class web page. However, students are required to copy their homework in a copybook. Please sign the homework book, “No Tears” policy, please write me a note if there is a problem w/the homework. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sainthilaryschool.com </li></ul>
  8. 8. Report Cards & Assessments <ul><li>Report cards will be distributed 3 times a year, conferences are held in late November. </li></ul><ul><li>All tests and projects will be sent home for parent signature and returned to school. </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Progress </li></ul><ul><li>Marks are determined by tests, class work, homework, class participation, independent and group projects and a variety of assessment practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Non-numeric for 3 rd Grade on a sliding scale from Outstanding to Unsatisfactory performance. </li></ul>
  9. 9. First Communion <ul><li>9/15 Parent Meeting Parish Center </li></ul><ul><li>9/29 Class trip to the Shrine of Mother </li></ul><ul><li>Katherine Drexel, Bensalem PA </li></ul><ul><li>(Drivers are needed) </li></ul><ul><li>10/01 First Communion Retreat Day </li></ul><ul><li>10/10 Eucharistic Service Project with our </li></ul><ul><li>8 th Grade Prayer Partners </li></ul><ul><li>“ Feed the Hungry” </li></ul><ul><li>(Volunteers are needed) </li></ul><ul><li>10/14 First Communion Practice </li></ul><ul><li>10/15 First Communion Liturgy </li></ul>
  10. 10. Highlights of Third Grade….. <ul><li>Person on the week: every Friday a student will be nominated as the Person of the Week, they will be told a week in advance so they are ready. </li></ul><ul><li>They should complete the poster provided and can bring in photos and keepsakes to share with the class (See bulletin board for example). </li></ul><ul><li>Class Trip in the Spring to Lancaster, PA </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Gingerbread House to be entered in a competition at Peddler’s Village in late November (Volunteer Sign-up Sheet) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Communication <ul><li>Transportation: Please send me a note if your child is not going home in his/her usual manner…. Please do not send this via e-mail during the school day. </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail will not be checked during the school day, I will get back to you as soon as possible within 24 hours. </li></ul><ul><li>First Friday Liturgies : Parents and siblings are always welcome and encouraged to join us in prayer – send in your prayer requests! </li></ul><ul><li>Social Outreach : Lots of ways for families to help others – Thank you for your generosity! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Just one more thing before you go…. <ul><li>Birthdays : Can send in a snack to share at lunchtime. </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Folder – goes home everyday, tests will be sent home for signature & returned. </li></ul><ul><li>Scholastic Books & trip money – please do not send cash. </li></ul><ul><li>Peace Program – please read & sign the yellow form. </li></ul><ul><li>Please write back to your child on the back of their letter to you. Thanks! </li></ul><ul><li>Check out our High-Flying Kites and Nate the Great puppets. </li></ul><ul><li>100 Book Challenge, Student’s desk. </li></ul><ul><li>Class Library (work in progress) </li></ul>
  13. 13. In Conclusion <ul><li>Success will be achieved when the teacher, parents and students work together. Thank you for coming to Back to School Night. </li></ul><ul><li>Any questions or concerns, please contact me as soon as possible, e-mail or send a note in the Blue Folder, I will be happy to help in any way I can. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>“ A young child, a fresh uncluttered mind, a world before him – to what treasures will you lead him?” </li></ul><ul><li>Gladys M. Hunt </li></ul>