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
School will be in session on Monday January 21st.
There will be no school on Monday, February 4th.
Third and fourth grade will be making the blankets during Catholic School Week, but we need your help in advance. We are in need of 2 yard pieces of fleece or monetary donations. If you are able to donate fabric, please send in two coordinating pieces of fleece (one patterned piece and one solid colored piece). Please send all donations no later than Wednesday, January 23rd. Thank you for your support!!
Scholastic Book Orders have been sent home. You can order online at scholastic.com/readingclub. Orders are due by Friday, Feb. 1st. Before break, each student received a holiday book coupon for Scholastic. This coupon is good for any book that is $5 or less and must be used by June 2019. If you are unable to access the website, please write the name of the book on the coupon and send in to me. I will take it from there!
Class Code – P72DY
Order Due Date – 2/1/19
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, Jan. 14– Author Study Packet #1 Due
- Thursday, Jan. 17: Religion Session #15 Quiz (Review Game)
- Friday, Jan. 18: Reading Vocab Quiz, Spelling Unit #14 Test and Midterm
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: email@example.com
***Please be sure to check your child’s assignment notebook daily. They will write down their homework assignments each morning upon arrival.