FACULTY / STAFF
Miss Cristina Castaldi
3rd Grade Teacher
I am so excited to be teaching 3rd grade at St. James School. This is my fourth year teaching, and I am so excited to be sharing this year with you. I look forward to helping your children grow academically, spiritually, and socially.
Some facts about Miss C…
- I received my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Miami University. No, not the sunny Miami, Florida. Miami University in Oxford, Ohio!
- I attended St. James from kindergarten to 8th grade.
- I attended St. Viator High School.
- My favorite color is Turquoise.
- I’m scared of dogs.
- I love Chinese food.
Newsletters and Reminders
**Please make sure your child has packed their recorder for Music every Friday. They will need these for music class.
Scholastic book orders were sent home. You can order online at scholastic.com/readingclub, where you’ll find a wide selection of quality children’s books that are just right for your child.
Class Code – P72DY
Order Due Date – 11/5/18
Thursday, November 8th is an Early Dismissal Day. Students will be dismissed at 1:30.
Parent/Teacher conference schedules went home with your child (or older sibling) Friday. Please make sure you have received it as Parent-Teacher conferences are Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th. If you are unable to make the conference, please let me know so we can reschedule.
What happens if I forget my homework or forget to do/complete my homework?
1 point is taken off the assignment and the assignment is to be completed during recess that day. A homework notice will go home notifying parents that the student stayed in. Homework Notices must be return the following day and sign by both parent and student.
When is homework considered late?
Homework is to be turned in first thing in the morning (preferably before the bell), otherwise it is considered late.
I missed a day (or days) of school, how much time do I have to make up my assignments?
The amount of days missed will be equivalent to the amount of days given to make up the assignment.
Where can I pick up absent work?
Absent work can be picked up in the SJS office by 3:30pm.
Upcoming Assessments and Due Dates
- Monday, Nov. 5- Reading Log Due
- Wednesday, Nov. 7- Chapter 3 Math Test (Subtraction Vocab Quizlet)
- Thursday, Nov. 8- Session 9 Religion Quiz (Review Game), Weather Test (Weather Vocab Quizlet)
- Friday, Nov. 9- No School
Third graders should be reading at least 20 minutes per night (including weekends). This can be independently, with a parent/family member, on audio book, etc. When a reading log is assigned, please help your child fill out the worksheet. Students will have week to complete a reading log. One box should be completed daily.
Please remind students that practicing fact fluency is a daily assignment– even if it is orally practicing a few problems in the car while driving to soccer practice. *Rocket Math sheets can be used to practice fact fluency.
If you are looking for ways to practice fact fluency, I recommend the following strategies:
- Rocket Math app
- Math Cards app
- Oral practice
- Flash cards
- IXL or Xtra Math
- Dad’s Worksheets for Rocket Math: Rocket Math Practice Sheets
When religion quizzes are approaching, students are encouraged to access the “Finding God” website and complete the given “Interactive Review Game”. I offer all students who complete these games during quiz week an extra credit point on the open-book assessment. If completing the game, please be sure that my email is entered so that I can receive confirmation of completion. Should you ever experience issues with email input, please feel free to send me an email, note, or screenshot of the activity.
My e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
***Please be sure to check your child’s assignment notebook daily. They will write down their homework assignments each morning upon arrival.