Weekly Newsletter


Weekly Newsletter

December 18, 2017

There will not be a Reading and Spelling Test this week. The information below applies to the story Juno.  We will read Juno when we return from our winter break.

Unit 3 Essential Question:  What does it mean to be creative?

Weekly Question:  In what creative ways do we communicate?

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Comprehension Skill:  Draw Conclusions

Phonics Skill:  Vowel Patterns o, oa, and ow

Conventions:  Verbs with singular and plural nouns

In CAFE we are learning how to Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, and Word Work.  CAFE stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary.  This is being incorporated with the Reading Street Stories. Students are learning the program a little each day with foundation lessons in each area.



In Mathematics, we are in Topic 7, which has been focusing on teaching place value along with mental math strategies for subtracting. Students participate in Math Stations once a week to practice different skills, working together, and the ability to read directions and problem solve.  Please make sure your child continues to practice math facts regularly.  Remember, students should be going on the Reflex Math at least three times a week.

In Science, we are still in our first unit on The Physical Properties of Matter.  Student have learned what Matter is, the attributes of solid, liquid, and gas, and how matter can change from one state to another. After Christmas break we will be learning about magnets.



In Social Studies, we will be starting Unit 2 in Social Studies which focuses on the geography of our world to include the seven continents, the major oceans, mountain ranges, and the major rivers.  Students will also learn how important it is to protect our natural resources.

In Religion we have started Chapter 9, which is about The Great Commandment and the Ten Commandments.  During this time we also will be focusing on the Advent Season and will do projects and activities that help prepare us to celebrate the Birthday of Jesus. As part of our preparation in the season of Advent, we are reaching out to those in need.  We are collecting change to give to the Worcester County Food Bank.  The change should come from the students, not the parents.  By this I mean students should take the money from their piggy bank, their allowance, or from other money they have earned.  It does not have to be a big amount.  For example, if a student earns $1.00 a week, they could contribute .25 cents.  I would like your child to decide how much they would like to contribute.  This has been a wonderful way for students to make a difference and realize their own power to help.

In Penmanship, we are reviewing print letters in the D’Nealian format.  This will help us when we begin cursive.  We will start learning how to read in cursive in December.  After students can read cursive we will begin learning how to write in cursive.

Test dates will be on the Google Calendar under About and also under each topic in the Stream section.

Please email or write me a note with any questions or concerns.


Mrs. Grady


Spelling Words

Spelling Words for 

Phonics Skill:  

Two frequency words are always on the Spelling Test.  

Students are not told ahead of time which two words they will be tested on.

The frequency word options for this upcoming test are:







*Please note, that on the Spelling Test number 15 is a challenge word and number 16 is a challenge sentence.  If students get one or both of these correct it will add points to their test or cancel out another wrong answer on their test.  The will, however, never lose points on a challenge word or challenge sentence.                                                                                                         



Our Lady of the Valley Regional School | 75 Mendon Street - Uxbridge, MA 01569 | 508-278-5851

Fax: 508-278-0391 | Email: principal@ourladyofthevalleyregional.com



It is the policy of Our Lady of the Valley not to discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, nation of origin, or religion in its admission decisions, educational programs, services, activities, or employment.