Mr. DiLorenzo's Class
Responding to the Teaching Mission of the Catholic Church and embracing our Catholic identity,
St. Mary's Visitation School strives to inspire, encourage, and challenge each student in its care, spiritually, emotionally, physically, and intellectually within a Christ-centered environment.
1. Follow directions the first time given.
2. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
3. No bullying or put-downs.
4. Listen when somebody is talking.
5. Use your own materials unless you get permission.
1. Verbal warning
3. Behavior rubric write up and email home
4. Office visit/phone call home
My name is Jon DiLorenzo and this is my 19th year in education. I am very pleased to be teaching 3rd/4th graders at Saint Mary's Visitation School. I have over 11 years of experience in working with these two particular grades and I am excited to be working with my new students.
I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in English/Language Arts with Elementary Distributed Minor. I recently taught 3 years of 4th/5th grade at Black River School in Holland. I have taught at various schools throughout Grand Rapids. I am a few classes shy from my master’s degree which is Educational Differentiation. I am very excited and eager to work with not only my students, but fellow teachers and parents as well. There is so much to be learned from one another!
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Jessica, and my son, Carson. Jessica is a Radiology Systems Administrator at Metro Health Hospital. Carson is a senior at East Kentwood High School. I love playing and watching all kinds of sports. I really enjoy watching my son, Carson, play baseball. I also enjoy hiking. I am a huge fan of food, not only eating it, but cooking it as well. I am also a huge fan of reading. I really love a good book that I can get lost in.
I am very excited to start my second year here at Saint Mary's Visitation School and can’t wait to see what the future has in store!
I am asking that students read for 20 minutes nightly, Monday through Friday, unless they have school work to complete. I would also like them to get their planner signed nightly please. I would also like the students to get into the habit of asking you to sign the planner, not you asking to sign their planner. I know this may take some getting use to, so if you need to ask for the planner until they get into the habit of remembering, then that is perfectly fine. Thank you!
Work that is not completed in the classroom will be sent home as homework. Students should not have more than 30 minutes of homework on any given night. If a student has homework, then they are not required to read for the 20 minutes.
Students will have monthly homework in the forms of Practical/Spiritual Life Bingo and Book Reports.
If you are looking for additional work, I would suggest giving your child a practice spelling test each Thursday night that we have spelling. Studying basic math facts, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, using flash cards or computer games/programs is another idea. Knowing these basic math facts will greatly improve your child's math skills!
Practical/Spiritual Life Bingo Due Dates
September - October 4th
October - November 1st
November - December 6th
December - January 10th
January - February 7th
February - March 6th
March - April 3rd
April - May 1st
May - June 2nd
Genres and Due Dates
September (Free Choice) - October 7th
October (Realistic Fiction) - November 4th
November (Historical Fiction) - December 2nd
December (Fantasy) - January 6th
January (Traditional Literature) - February 3rd
February (Science Fiction) - March 2nd
March (Mystery) - April 3rd
April (Informational) - May 4th
May (Biography/Autobiography) - June 1st
Bingo Information and Due Dates
February 23, 2020
Parent Teacher Conferences:
Due to the busy schedules, and the ongoing communication between teachers and parents, Spring Conferences are optional on Mar. 5-6, 2020. You will receive a Spring Conference form from your child(ren)’s teacher on Friday, Feb. 21st. Please fill out and return your form by Wednesday, Feb. 26th. We apologize for any inconveniences this quick turn around has, but it is occurring due to SMV Staff starting something new for the Spring Conferences.
Tuesday, February 25th, is Donuts with Dad at 7:00 a.m.
We have Mass two days this week. Ash Wednesday Mass at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26th and our regular school Mass on Thursday, February 27th, at 8:00 a.m. We also begin Stations of the Cross this week on Friday, at 8:45 a.m.
February's book project will cover the science fiction genre. The February book project, Ten Important Questions, is due on Monday, March 2nd. I have shared an email with the February Book Project and there is also a copy attached to my web page. The attachment has excellent science fiction book recommendations for your child. Please let me know if you have any questions.
The February Practical/Spiritual Bingo sheets are due on Friday, March 6th.
Mass and Stations of the Cross Schedule:
Feb. 26: Ash Wed. Mass @ 9 am
Feb. 27: Normal 8 am Mass
Feb. 28: Stations at 8:45 am
From Feb. 27-April 2: all normal Friday Masses are transferred to Thursdays at 8:00 am
From Feb. 28-April 3: Stations will be held at 8:45 am
Stations will end on April 3, and normal Friday Masses resume on April 17 at 8:00 am.
We have the Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. The following students have parts in the Mass: Adena will be reading the introduction, Ellie will be doing the first reading, Clayton will be doing the second reading, Joe and Alayna will be reading our petitions, and Elsie and Dylan will be presenting the gifts.
We will not have a spelling test this week due to our shortened week.
Clayton Avery will be our next Star Student for the weeks of March 2 - March 13. Please have pictures and the question sheet filled out by Friday, February 28th please.
What We Are Learning:
3rd: Begin Two Dimensional Shapes and their Attributes
4th: Begin Adding and Subtracting Fractions with like Denominators
Math Test Monday, February 21st
Continue The Albertosaurus by T.V. Padma
Grammar and reading and writing activities
Continue informational essay
No spelling test this week due to the shortened week.
Spelling Test 18, Friday, March 6th
Finish a unit on weather and climate
Continue STREAM Unit on Weather
Michigan History - Begin Chapter 4: Becoming a State
Chapter 19: Jesus Gives His Life for Us
Chapter 19 Open Book Quiz on Thusday, February 27th
Star Student Schedule
Please have questions answered and pictures (no more than 10 please) sent in by the Friday before your child’s scheduled star student date. Please send in pictures that you don’t mind me putting a pin through to attach to the bulletin board. Thank you!
Noah - September 9 - September 20
Luke - September 23 - October 4
Virgil - October 7 - October 18
Joe - October 21 - November 1
Max - November 4 - November 15
Adena - November 18 - December 6
Alayna - December 9 - December 20
Emery - January 6 - January 17
Taylor - January 20 - January 31
Zack - February 3 - February 14
Elsie - February 17 - February 28
Clayton - March 2 - March 13
Abby - March 16 - March 27
Ellie - March 30 - April 17
Emma - April 20 - May 1
Gage - May 4 - May 15
Dylan - May 18 - May 29