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
March 8, 2020
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.
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:
3rd: Finish Two Dimensional Shapes and their Attributes
4th: Finish Adding and Subtracting Fractions with like Denominators
Math Test Monday, March 16th
Two Bear Cubs by Robert D. San Souci
Grammar and reading and writing activities
Continue informational essay
Spelling Test 19 will be given on Monday.
Spelling Test 19, Friday, March 13th
Finish a unit on weather and climate
Continue STREAM Unit on Weather
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
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