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.

Rules:

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.

 

Consequences:

1.  Verbal warning

2.  Check

3.  Behavior rubric write up and email home

4.  Office visit/phone call home

Classroom Rules/Consequences

About Me!

     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!

Homework

  • 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

Book Report/Project

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

December Bingo Board

December Book Project

Class News

December 1, 2019
 
Parents,
   

Thank you for attending conferences.  If you have any further questions about anything we discussed, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  Thank you!

Monday, December 2nd, is a Color Day.  Students may wear jeans for a $1 donation. 

The November book project will be due on Monday, December 2nd.  There is a description of the November book project on my web page (see above).  The students will be creating an advertisement on a poster to sell their book.  They will need to persuade their classmates to read the book through their poster, as well as give a 1 to 2 minute speech in front of the class.

November Bingo sheets will be due on Friday, December 6th.  I will be giving out the December Bingo sheet on Tuesday, November 26th.  I will also post it to my web page in case you need an extra copy.

December's book report will cover the fantasy genre.  Here is a link that I shared with the students with some suggested books: 

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/461.Best_Children_s_Fantasy

I will talk about this more with the students on Monday.

Classroom News:

I have added pictures of the Balloon Race 500 to the pictures section.  Be sure to check them out!

Students have received a social studies review sheet on Wednesday, November 20th, to study for the test on Wednesday, December 4th.

Alayna Huff will be our next Star Student for the weeks of December 9 - December 20.  Please have any pictures and the question sheet filled out by Friday, December 6th.

The following students have parts in our Mass on Friday, December 6th, at 8:00 a.m.: Dylan will be reading our introduction, Noah will be reading our first reading, Adena and Emma will be reading our petitions, and Virgil and Abby will be presenting the gifts.

We will also be attending Adoration and Benediction on Friday, December 6th.


What We Are Learning: 

Mathematics:

3rd Grade: Begin Division Unit     4th Grade: Begin 2-Digit Multiplication Unit

Test on Wednesday, December 11th.

ELA:

Read the story, Kamishibai Man by Allen Say. 

Work on spelling, grammar, handwriting, and begin informational essay

Spelling:

Unit 9 spelling lists

Spelling test on unit 9 will take place on Friday, December 6th.

Science:

Begin a unit on weather and climate

Social Studies:

Michigan History - Gifts from the Tribes

Review sheet given on Wednesday, November 20th.

Michigan History Test on Wednesday, December 4th!

Fair Vs. Equal

Religion:

Chapter 9: Loving God Most of All

Chapter 9 Open Book Quiz on Tuesday, December 3rd!

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

Star Student Questions

Spelling Lists

3rd Grade List

1. clown                     Review

2. round                     1. house 

3. bow                        2. found

4. cloud                       

5. power                   Challenge

6. crown                   1. mountain 

7. thousand               2. coward

8. crowd

9. sound

10. count

11. powder

12. blouse

13. frown 

14. pound

4th Grade List

1. spark                15. hairy   

2. prepare             16. compare

3. cheer                 17. alarm

4. tear                   18. harsh

5. scarf                 19. upstairs

6. scare                 20. square 

7. repair 

8. earring                Challenge

9. scarce                 1. weary 

10. weird               2. startle

11. sharp                3. appear

12. rear                  4. barnacle

13. spare                5. awareness

14. gear

5th Grade List

1.  June                       11.  authenticity

2.  Massachusetts       12.  criticize

3.  single                    13.  ethnicity    

4.  novel                     14.  publicity

5.  horizon                 15.  elasticity

6.  eagle                     16.  voyage

7.  recent                    17.  persecution 

8.  ancestor                 18.  pilgrim

9.  walrus                    19.  compact

10. escape                   20.  agreement

School News

Specials Schedule

Monday:  Music 1:20 - 1:50

                Physical Education 1:50 - 2:20

Tuesday:  Library 9:30 - 10:00

                Computer Lab 12:30 - 1:15

                        

Wednesday:  Religion 10:50 - 11:35

                                   

Thursday:  Father Derda 9:15 - 9:35 (biweekly)

                  Music 1:20 - 1:50

                  Physical Education 1:50 - 2:20           

Friday:  Religion 10:50 - 11:35

              Art 1:00 - 1:50

              Reading Buddies 

          

Upcoming Events​​​​

  • Nov 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

  • Dec. 2 - Color Day

  • Dec. 9 - Mass @ 9 am

  • Dec. 10/11 - Secret Santa

  • Dec. 13 - Playgroup

  • Dec. 16 - Spirit Day

  • Dec. 19 - Christmas Program

  • Dec. 23 - Jan 3 - Christmas Break -        No School

Pictures

3rd Grade Reading Buddies

October 25, 2019

Fire Barn Field Trip

October 18, 2019

Henry Ford Field Trip

October 2, 2019

Walkathon

September 17, 2019

Class Pictures

September 2019

Math Table

October 2019

Harvest Festival

October 2019

Thanksgiving Feast Food Prep

November 2019

STREAM Activity:

Balloon Powered Car

November 2019

Contact Us!

St. Mary's Visitation Catholic School

2455 - 146th Avenue SW

Byron Center, MI 49315

616-681-9701  Ext. 201

secretary@smvschool.org