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Starting Monday, March 16, all learning at St. Matthias School will be done remotely. For third graders this means:
- Every morning, Monday through Friday, Ms. Crimmel and Miss Allegro will each post on their classroom websites work for the students to complete. Some of the work will be in books the students brought home but some will need to be done online.
- Additionally, both teachers will be online from 9AM until 12 Noon each day Monday through Friday. If students or parents have questions, they may email the teachers. Teachers will return emails as quickly as possible. After 12 Noon teachers will continue to check emails but it may take a while longer for a response.
- Each day, students should also check the website of the specials teacher that they would have visited that day to see if there is an assignment for that class.
This is new for all of us. We will need to practice patience. We will all be okay and we will continue to learn, just in a different format. Be safe and remember that God has endless love for us.
Letter from Ms. Brett:
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Saint Matthias School Students,
As we move ahead totally conscious of the need to safeguard the health and well being of our students and the community, I offer some ideas for your review. The Department of Health is the decision making agency to direct schools/school districts to close in light of the Coronavirus. I have worked closely with the Franklin Township leadership team comprised of Superintendent, Dr. Ravally and the principals and supervisors of Franklin to design a plan of action approved by the Department of Education in the event of possible closure. St. Matthias School’s plan for continued learning at home is aligned with the approved plan prepared with Franklin Township Schools. As is our procedure in early dismissal closures, delayed openings and school closures in the event of inclement weather, we will continue to use Franklin’s plan for closure in light of the Coronavirus.
Students in our early learning grades will be guided in their at-home learning plan as directed on the Teacher’s Pages on our website. The students in grades four through eight will receive their communication using the google platform. It is expected that students spend at least one hour a day engaged in the learning experience outlined on the teacher’s page and/or google.
I have offered some extended activities that may enhance learning in the home. The learning experiences I have outlined below are not required but rather a way to enhance the learning already planned by individual teachers.
My suggestions to enhance learning includes but are not limited to:
Using books such as Katherine Applegate’s Wishtree as a family read-aloud. Another suggestion for a family read-aloud would be R.J. Palacio’s book, Wonder. These particular books are terrific reads for any person from 7 to 70. Just a few chapters a day followed by some rich discussion is tremendously valuable to any age person. At the same time we are strengthening our comprehension strategies of character development, vocabulary, visualization, impact of setting and solutions to challenges in life. Al of these strategies strengthen a students’ ability to comprehend text. Visit Storylineonline.com for some great reads from members of the Screen Actors’ Guild.
In the area of Religious Development, reference to the following Lenten gospel messages would initiate very rich conversation. Take time to read, reflect and respond.
Monday 3/16 Luke 4:24-30
Tuesday 3/17 Matthew 18:21-35
Wednesday 3/18 Matthew 5: 17-19
Thursday 3/19 Luke 11:14-23
Friday 3/20 Mark 12:28-34
Monday 3/23 John 4: 43-54
Tuesday 3/24 John 5:1-16
Wednesday 3/25 John 5:17-30
Thursday 3/26 John 5: 31-47
Friday 3/27 John 7:1-2,10, 25-30
In the area of math, it is beneficial for all students to have practice time with their math facts. The students need a general understanding of the four basic operations, but drill will bring efficiency to their more sophisticated tasks in math as they progress.
I would strongly suggest that the students go to www.firstinmath.com everyday and use the 4 numbers in the four operations to come up with the sum/product of 24. The mental gymnastics are worthwhile for all students, grades 3-8. Students in 3-8 are also encouraged to do the problem of the week at mathcounts.org. This particular problem could be solved as a family team.
During the month of April, we will be celebrating Poetry Month. I would like to celebrate a Poem in My Pocket during the lunch periods in April. Students are invited to come to the microphone during lunch period and share a poem they had researched or a poem that they crafted themselves. This learning at home time would be a great jumpstart for this project.
The Scholastic Publishing Company has designed some terrific at-home learning modules for this particular time. Visit www.scholastic.com/learnathome to find most appropriate materials for all grade levels.
All about your teacher- Hi! My name is Miss Allegro and I have been teaching here at St. Matthias for 25 years. I have taught 8th grade, 4th grade and now 3rd grade. Prior to coming to SMS I taught high school, junior high and elementary school. I love to teach and think it is great to learn something new everyday! I am currently teaching math, social studies and science to all third grade students and religion to my homeroom students. Look for science labs, projects about Native Americans and Presidents, and lots of math solving strategies this year! If you have questions about anything - please send a note or email. Thanks!
Food Bank - We collect food for the Franklin Food Bank each week in the third grade. Things needed are: pasta, sauce, cereal, rice, tuna fish, soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly. Please No glass containers. Any extra items such as boxed mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, baby food or toiletries would be welcome. Thanks!
As of 1/22 we have collected 66 pounds of food.