February 27

Lent is Here

On Tuesday Feb. 25th, the smell of pancakes wafted through our school hallways as we were celebrating Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras or Pancake Tuesday! Perhaps you, too, were eating pancakes on Tuesday.

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It’s a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins.

Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Historically in the old days, there were many foods that Christians would not eat during Lent such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods. So that families wouldn’t be wasteful, they would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that would go bad over the next 40 days.

Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday because they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.

In addition to indulging in some pancakes, students were asked to reflect on what this year’s Lenten Promise might be. How will we behave more like Jesus?

What is your Lenten Promise this year?

 

December 20

Merry Christmas!

It is a bit hard to believe we have arrived at the Christmas holidays. Where has time gone?

We spent some time in our class recently discussing the true meaning of Christmas and why it’s so important to keep the Christ in Christmas. What is this time of year REALLY about? How do we stay connected with God when things are so hectic all around us?It’s important to slow down and be mindful of the true reason for the season.

I hope you and your families have a joyous Christmas together, surrounded by good food and lots of love.

We will see each other and connect again in the new year.

Warmly,

Mrs. R. Sullivan

 

December 16

3rd Week of Advent–Joy

Today, we gathered once again as a faith community in our gym where Mrs. Rudy’s class led our school in a beautiful liturgy. There was singing, praying, and most of all, celebrating the fact that as we light the PINK candle, we are reminded there is only 1 more Sunday before Christ’s birthday. We light a pink candle because it is the liturgical color for joy.

Advent is a time of preparation for the birth of our Saviour.

How can we prepare our hearts for Him?

What would Jesus want us to do for others at this time?

 

September 25

What is Heaven like?

A visit to Mass last week prompted a discussion in our own classroom about heaven. During Father John’s homily, he was asking what we all thought heaven was like.

Children’s ideas and thoughts about heaven is always so interesting…and often beautiful.

There are so many questions about heaven that even adults have such as…

  • Where is heaven?
  • Will there be other children in heaven?
  • What does heaven look like?
  • How do I get to heaven?
  • How long do I stay in heaven?

We’ve been reading together a lovely picture book called Someday Heaven by Larry Libby. It helps answer some of those difficult questions.

Have a peek at our students’ ideas of what they think heaven might be like…

April 1

Spring Has Arrived!

After March Break, time always seems to fly. We are in the season of Lent, moving closer to Easter. The students in our class have been working incredibly hard on their school work. We have been diligently studying and practicing our times tables. Mrs. Sullivan has been impressed!

As a class, we’ve been pushing ourselves to strengthen our Word Study test scores overall and the results have been outstanding!

Several students have been challenging themselves to achieve silver certificates in Mathletics. Wow! Who will earn the first gold?

We continue to move along nicely in our newest writing unit called Realistic Fiction where we are gathering ideas.

Take a look at some of the activity in our room as of late:

What do you like the best about Spring?

March 5

Our Lenten Promise

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It’s a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins.

Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Historically in the old days, there were many foods that Christians would not eat during Lent such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods. So that families wouldn’t be wasteful, they would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that would go bad over the next 40 days.

Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday because they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.

In addition to indulging in some pancakes, students were asked to reflect on what this year’s Lenten Promise might be. How will we behave more like Jesus?

January 23

What is Empathy?

At our school, we are focusing on one particular virtue each month. A virtue is a type of morally good behaviour or character.

The virtue this month is EMPATHY. So, what is empathy? What does it mean to be empathetic?

 

Today, we read a book introducing this word and what it looks like. Students learned what it means to put ourselves in someone’s shoes. We shared examples of how we have shown empathy for others in our own lives. We had lots to talk about!

If you’re still not sure what empathy is, take a look at this short video made by 8th graders from Kalispell Middle School in Montana, U.S.A.

January 18

What Makes a Good Friend?

Friendship is such an important part of Grade 3 life. Not only is it important to us now, but all through our lives. We lean on our friends in good times and in bad. Friends lift our spirits when we are sad, they celebrate with us when something great happens, and they lend a hand when we need help.

In class, we’ve had great discussions surrounding friendship. What is a friend? Here is what our classmates had to say…

We compared friendship to a flower. In order for a flower to grow and flourish, we need to water it, give it light, plant it in good soil. This is similar to what we need to do to nurture a friendship .We must take care of our friendships the way we would a flower.

We’ve also read a couple of books about friendship. There are so many great ones out there.  Here are the 2 we read:

What other qualities would you add to our list about what

makes a good friend?

December 10

Advent–a time to prepare

Advent is important because the advent season is the time leading up to Christmas. Advent means ‘a coming’.  Of course, during Advent, we are anticipating Jesus’ birth.

We light the candles in a special order: Purple, purple, pink, purple, and finally white. The first purple candle means the Candle of Hope. The second purple candle is lit as it symbolizes the Candle of Preparation. The third candle is pink and it represents the Candle of Joy. The fourth candle in the Advent Wreath is another purple candle. It stands for the candle of Love. The final candle is called the Christ Candle which is white. The light represents Jesus who is the light of the world.

This is a beautiful way to represent our Lord, Jesus Christ.

How do you prepare for Christmas?

Do you have any family traditions?

November 9

How Do We Define Peace?

Our class has been talking a lot about peace. What does it look like on the schoolyard? In our homes? In our country?

How can we be peacemakers

not peacebreakers?

If we’re not sure where to find peace, we know we can always seek it in Jesus. After all, Jesus is peace.

Listen to what grade 3 students have to say about what peace means to them…

Have a beautiful weekend.