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

February

Book Project

February

Bingo Board

Class News

February 23, 2020
 
Parents,
    

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.

Classroom News:

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: 

Mathematics:

3rd: Begin Two Dimensional Shapes and their Attributes

4th: Begin Adding and Subtracting Fractions with like Denominators

Math Test Monday, February 21st

ELA:

Continue The Albertosaurus  by T.V. Padma

Grammar and reading and writing activities

Continue informational essay 

Spelling:

No spelling test this week due to the shortened week.

Spelling Test 18, Friday, March 6th

Science:

Finish a unit on weather and climate

Continue STREAM Unit on Weather

Social Studies:

Michigan History - Begin Chapter 4: Becoming a State

Religion:

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

Star Student Questions

Spelling Lists

3rd Grade List

1. age                    Review

2. space                1. nice

3. change              2. place

4. jawbone                       

5. jacket                Challenge

6. giant                  1. excited

7. pencil                2. gigantic

8. circle

9. once

10. large

11. dance

12. jeans

13. bounce

14. huge

4th Grade List

1. glance               15. chance   

2. judge                16. notice

3. damage             17. ridge

4. package            18. manage

5. twice                19. palace

6. stage                 20. bandage 

7. carriage 

8. since                  Challenge

9. practice             1. fringe

10. marriage          2. average

11. baggage           3. fleece

12. office               4. fragrance

13. message           5. excellence

14. bridge

5th Grade List

1.  California              11.  forgetting

2.  scowl                     12.  expelling

3.  cougar                   13.  rubbing    

4.  encounter              14.  equipping

5.  soldiers                 15.  regretting

6.  exodus                  16.  winning

7.  silent                     17.  slamming

8.  running                 18.  inherit

9.  knitting                 19.  gene

10. stopping               20.  chromosome

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​​​​​
Feb. 25 - Donuts w/Dad
Feb. 25 - 5/6 Grade Symphony
Feb. 26 - Ash Wed. Mass @ 9 am
Feb. 27 - Mass @ 8 am
Feb. 28 - Stations at 8:45 am
Mar. 2 - Color Day
Mar. 5-6 - Spring Conferences (optional)
Mar. 5 - Mass @ 8 am
Mar. 6 - 1/2 Day
Mar. 6 - Stations @ 8:45 am
Mar. 6 - Playgroup @ 10 am
Mar. 8 - Pancake Breakfast
Mar. 1 - Mass @ 8 am
Mar. 12 - Girl Scouts
Mar. 12 - LCAB mtg
Mar. 13 - String
Mar. 13 - Stations @ 8:45 am
Mar. 16 - Spirit Day
Mar.17 - Touching Safety
Mar. 17 - Gr. 5/6 Byron Manor

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

Fair Vs. Equal

December 4, 2019

Surprise Pancake Breakfast

December 20, 2019

Auction Project

February, 2020

Catholic Schools Week

January 27 - 31, 2020

Catholic Social Teachings Escape Room

January, 2020

Contact Us!

St. Mary's Visitation Catholic School

2455 - 146th Avenue SW

Byron Center, MI 49315

616-681-9701  Ext. 201

secretary@smvschool.org