Miss Cristina Castaldi

3rd Grade Teacher



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!


Newsletters and Reminders

STEM Club Jr. is open for enrollment! Students have a paper copy of the class flyer in their Friday Folder. Click here to view the flyer digitally. If you are interested in enrolling your third grader, please send in the signed enrollment flyer ASAP. This class is limited to 30 students (grades 3-5) and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. 
Please complete the new digital form for Pizza with a Purpose by Wednesday, September 18. Due to the volume of our order and restrictions with our vendor, no late orders will be accepted.  Please reach out to Mrs. Bridges, Ms. Tomko, or Mrs. Long with questions!
Scholastic Book Orders have been sent home.  You can order online at scholastic.com/readingclub.  Orders are due by Friday, September 20th.  

Class Code – P72DY
Order Due Date –  9/20/19


Field trip forms for The Grove were sent home today in Friday Folders. Please sign and return the form with the payment no later than Wednesday, Sept. 25th.  The field trip to The Grove will take place on Tuesday, October 1st. Please be sure to not order Quest lunch for Oct. 1st as we will be arriving back to SJS past our scheduled lunch hour.


Picture day is on Monday, September 30th.  Next week students will receive order forms for picture day and more instructions on what to wear.  Spirit wear has been moved from Sept. 30th to Monday, October 7th.


If you would like to order Special Lunch for your child, you can do so by clicking the following link (Order Special Lunch).  Special Lunch begins in October!



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

  • Tuesday, September 17-  Math Chapter 1 Test (Vocab. Quizlet)
  • Wednesday, September 18-  Science Topic 3: Lesson 1 Quiz
  • Thursday, September 19-  Reading Vocab Quiz
  • Friday, September 20- Spelling Unit #3 Test and Religion Session #4 Quiz (Review Game)



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: 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.


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!