Mrs. Toritto

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November 16, 2018

Dear Families, 
Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope that everyone enjoys the day and you are all able to spend time with your families.  We are very blessed.  It is nice to have a day to give thanks to God!

We have a short week, so we will not be reading a story from the textbook.  We will be reading a book called Balloons Over Broadway which tells the very interesting history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!  I hope that the children will share with you some of the things that they learned and perhaps even watch some of the parade this year!

We will be continuing our multiplication unit in math.  The children are doing great with learning about the different strategies for multiplying.  Now it's time for them to start practicing and memorizing!  We will start with an assigned set of times tables each night, but they should also be practicing with games or flash cards every day.  Starting in December this practice will be recorded on a daily calendar.  The more they practice, the easier math will be!

We have learned a lot about the Native American culture and how the early colonial communities interacted with the North American tribes.  We will start reading about the colonists in Jamestown and how they used their natural resources to survive.  We will also learn about how they solved their problems in order to help their community to grow.  Don't forget there's extra credit for any family who sends me a video of the family doing the Native American rain dance!

We are learning about the early Church in religion and have discussed the many ways that the early Christians were like us.  Most importantly, they prayed together and received the Eucharist.  It is really great when the children attend Mass and are able to discuss what they experienced in church with the class.  

I hope everyone has a great week.  We are grateful for all that you do for our school!
Mrs. Toritto

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