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

April

Book Project

April

Bingo Board

March

Book Project

March

Bingo Board

Class News

March 8, 2020
 
Parents,
    

Our Lansing Field Trip is quickly approaching.  I sent an email out earlier last week asking if you would be interested in attending.  If you plan to attend, could you please let me know by Monday, March 9th, as the beautiful people of Lansing need an exact count for tour purposes.  Thank you! 

Family Life booklets were sent home on Friday in a big yellow envelope.  Please let me know if you do not find it.  One booklet was sent home per family.  Please be sure to fill out the slip and return the book when you are finished with it.

Donations: We are in need of classroom snacks.  We are also in need of Kleenex.  We are having a crazy year with all this sickness going around and have gone through almost all of our facial tissues.  If you are able to send either of these things in, I would greatly appreciate it.  Thank you!

Monday, March 9th, students may wear an appropriate shirt/sweatshirt with words with their uniform bottoms.

On Tuesday, March 10th, we have the pleasure of having Mrs. Searle present the Stations of the Cross.  This will take place in the church at 1:00 p.m.  You are invited to attend if you can make it.

March's book project will cover the mystery genre.  The March book project, Mystery Puzzle, is due on Friday, April 3rd because of spring break.  I have shared an email with the March Book Project and there is also a copy attached to my web page.

The March Practical/Spiritual Life Bingo sheets are due on Friday, April 3rd.

Mass and Stations of the Cross Schedule:

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

No Mass on Thursday, March 26th!  We will have Mass at St. Stans on Wednesday, March 25th at 9:00 a.m. for the Feast of the Annunciation.

Stations will end on April 3, and normal Friday Masses resume on April 17 at 8:00 am.

Classroom News:  

Abby Fein will be our next Star Student for the weeks of March 16 - March 27.  Please have pictures and the question sheet filled out by Friday, March 13th please.


What We Are Learning: 

Mathematics:

3rd: Finish Two Dimensional Shapes and their Attributes

4th: Finish Adding and Subtracting Fractions with like Denominators

Math Test Monday, March 16th

ELA:

Two Bear Cubs  by Robert D. San Souci

Grammar and reading and writing activities

Continue informational essay 

Spelling:

Spelling Test 19 will be given on Monday.

Spelling Test 19, Friday, March 13th

Science:

Finish a unit on weather and climate

Continue STREAM Unit on Weather

Social Studies:

Michigan History - Begin Chapter 5.

Students will receive a chapter 4 social studies review sheet on Tuesday, March 10th.

Social Studies Test on Chapter 4 will take place on Tuesday, March 17th

Religion:

Chapter 21: The Holy Mass

Chapter 21 Open Book Quiz on Tuesday, March 10th

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. mood                Review

2. wooden            1. blew

3. drew                 2. foot

4. smooth                       

5. blue                  Challenge

6. balloon             1. loose

7. true                   2. jewel

8. crooked

9. chew

10. tooth

11. hooves

12. cool

13. food

14. pooch

4th Grade List

1. colorful             15. neatness   

2. weakness          16. speechless

3. movement         17. statement

4. endless             18. wasteful

5. truthful             19. penniless

6. illness               20. treatment 

7. cheerful 

8. useless               Challenge

9. beautiful            1. numbness

10. restless            2. ailment

11. clumsiness       3. resourceful

12. pavement        4. cleanliness

13. peaceful          5. appointment

14. fondness

5th Grade List

1.  sense                      11.  editing

2.  Canada                  12.  entering

3.  substitute               13.  exiting    

4.  famous                  14.  limiting

5.  giant                      15.  suffering

6.  colonel                  16.  threatening

7.  improving             17.  speculating

8.  upsetting               18.  property

9.  exciting                 19.  representation

10. branches              20.  suffrage

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​​​​​
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

Mar. 19 - Mass at SS @ 9am
Mar. 20 - String
Mar. 20 - Stations @ 8:45am
Mar. 25 - Muffins w/Mom
Mar. 25 - Mass @ 9am
Mar. 27 - End of 3rd Quarter

Mar. 27 - Stations @ 8:45am
Mar. 27 - Strings

Mar. 28 - 1st Communion Retreat
Apr. 2 - Mass @ 8am
Apr. 3 - Playgroup @ 10am
Apr. 3 - Stations @ 8:45am
Apr. 3 - Stings
Apr. 6 -13 - Spring Break
Apr. 14 - Color Day

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

616-638-8708 (Through Closure)

bschlosser@smvschool.org