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
December Bingo Board
December Book Project
December 1, 2019
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:
I will talk about this more with the students on Monday.
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:
3rd Grade: Begin Division Unit 4th Grade: Begin 2-Digit Multiplication Unit
Test on Wednesday, December 11th.
Read the story, Kamishibai Man by Allen Say.
Work on spelling, grammar, handwriting, and begin informational essay
Unit 9 spelling lists
Spelling test on unit 9 will take place on Friday, December 6th.
Begin a unit on weather and climate
Michigan History - Gifts from the Tribes
Review sheet given on Wednesday, November 20th.
Michigan History Test on Wednesday, December 4th!
Fair Vs. Equal
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
3rd Grade List
1. clown Review
2. round 1. house
3. bow 2. found
5. power Challenge
6. crown 1. mountain
7. thousand 2. coward
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
8. earring Challenge
9. scarce 1. weary
10. weird 2. startle
11. sharp 3. appear
12. rear 4. barnacle
13. spare 5. awareness
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
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
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