Mrs. Toritto
Dear Families, 

      I hope that everyone had a good weekend and that all the children are feeling healthier!  We have one more week until winter vacation.  Let's hope it's a good one!  Most of the class is doing great with their reading logs.  If your child is not up to 12 books in the reading log, please encourage him/her to catch up.  It will make things easier in June when they have already completed their 25 books.  Congratulations to Alexis who was the first in the class to reach 25!  

      This week we will be starting fractions.  After multiplication and division, these chapters tend to be a bit more challenging.  It is important that the children read carefully and use their fat math books to help them with homework.  Please also continue to work on multiplication facts every day.  Multiplication March Madness is just around the corner. We will be having quizzes regularly to test the 0-12 times tables.  

      Our story this week is "The Extra Good Sunday", a chapter from Ramona Quimby, Age 8.  The children will be focusing on finding details in the story that tell the actions, motivation, and characteristics of the main characters.  The children will also be given an opportunity to make their own cooking videos for extra credit.  These can be emailed to me to be shown to the class.  

      In ELA we will be continuing to work on verb tenses.  It is so important for the children to practice using the different rules for past, present, and future tense.  Please encourage them to use a variety of verbs in their spelling sentences as well. 

      I am looking forward to hearing everyone's presentations this week on their immigrant interviews.  We have had many interesting discussions over the past few weeks about the groups of people who have created our American communities.  It will be great to hear the stories of today's immigrants to end our unit.

      Our next religion chapter is about vocations and how different people are called by God to use their talents to serve the Church in different ways.  We will be learning about how some people are called to be priests and deacons and some are called to religious life.  We will also be discussing ways that we can use our own talents to serve others and participate in our parishes.

      I hope that everyone has a great week!
                                                                               Mrs. Toritto