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Miss Cristina Castaldi

3rd Grade Teacher

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ABOUT ME


I am so excited to be teaching 3rd grade at St. James School.  This is my fifth 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 an Apple Certified Teacher!

CURRENT NEWS


Newsletters and Reminders

 

Before Winter Break, students were given a coupon for a free $5 Scholastic book from me!  Please remind students to fill out the coupon for their chosen book of $5 or less and return them to me as soon as possible!  
https://clubs.scholastic.com/

Catholic Schools Week is January 26th- January 31st. 

 

FAQ’s

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.

HOMEWORK


Upcoming Assessments and Due Dates

  • Wednesday, January 29- Jake Drake: Know-It-All Quiz
  • Thursday, January 30- Spelling Unit 18 Test

 


Reading    

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.

 

Math

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

 

Religion

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: ccastaldi@stjamesschoolah.org

 

***Please be sure to check your child’s assignment notebook daily. They will write down their homework assignments each morning upon arrival.

CLASSROOM PHOTOS


We had an absolute blast learning about Native Americans at The Grove!
         


Cultural Arts was so much fun!

    


  

We love coding!


     

We love books talks!