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GRADE 3 - 2020-2021

GRADE 3 - In-Person                 

Instructor: Ms. Mary-Beth Hoxie

Textbook: Faith & Life Series by Ignatius Press - Book 3 "Our Life with Jesus"

First Penance for "Catch-Up" Kids: Saturday, May 1st, 2021 @ 3PM

March 29, 2021

First Communion Mass: Saturday May 8th, 2021 @ 11AM

RULES/REGULATIONS:

  • Face Masks MUST be worn at all times when ENTERING/EXITING/SITTING IN THE PEWS.
  • Face Masks may only be removed TEMPORARILY when receiving Communion AFTER Fr. Green has placed the host in your hand.
  • There are hand sanitizing stations at the entrance of Church.
  • The TOTAL number of people allowed in their designated pews from the same family is 16 (There will be overflow chairs in the back of Church) for First Communion. There are only 12 First Communicants which allows us the higher number of guests.
  • Each student/family will be assigned their own three pews.
  • Students will not be processing in/reading/bringing up gifts/processing out.
  • Students are to come in with their families and sit at the end of the pew near the main aisle.

DRESS CODE:

  • Boys:
    • Suit or Dress Pants with Blazer* (Can be ANY color, black, white, grey, navy)
      • *Suit Jackets are optional if parents just want shirt & tie
    • Dress Shirt with collar and tie (Can be ANY color)
    • Dress Shoes and Socks
    • NO JEANS, T-SHIRTS, OR SNEAKERS
    • NO ROSARIES OR BIBLES (THEY ACT AS A DISTRACTION AT MASS)

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  • Girls:
    • First Communion Dress (Normally white)
      • Should cover the shoulders and be a reasonable length, preferably "tea-length". We dont want students tripping and getting hurt.
    • Gloves (Optional, but must be removed before Communion)
    • Veil (Optional)
    • Stockings, socks (Optional)
    • Dress shoes
    • NO JEANS, T-SHIRTS/PANTS, OR SNEAKERS
    • NO ROSARIES OR BIBLES OR PURSES (THEY ACT AS A DISTRACTION AT MASS)

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GENERAL RULES/REGULATIONS:

    • Photography is strongly discouraged during Mass. It creates a distraction and forces people to move about the building.
    • No one will be meeting down in the Parish Hall before or after Mass.
    • There will be no reception after Mass.
    • Chewing gum is inappropriate for Church. Disposing of gum under a pew or on a pew is a safety hazard. NO GUM.
    • Students/parents who are symptomatic should refrain from attending and schedule another time/date to receive with Fr. Green and Mr. Burns.

28 February 2021

FIRST COMMUNION ANNOUNCEMENT

IMPORTANT DATES:

First Communion:  Sunday, May 8, 2021 @ 11:00AM

FIRST COMMUNION PACKET (CLICK HERE)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As First Communion is quickly approaching (May 8th, 2021 @ 11AM), I have compiled this four page packet (click here) to help the students review and learn the most important concepts from class. This will be very helpful if you have fallen behind on the material, since you can use the book and look up the answers. Please try to have the students answer to the best of their ability.

In-Person First Communion Practices will be held in April (See dates above) and there will be a review of the material at the First Communion Practices. The practices will take place in church on the dates listed above. Packets are due by the day of the second practice, April 18, 2021.

Health and Safety Regulations will continue to be in effect for these practices and I would ask that a parent be present as well. Both Fr. Green and myself will be fully vaccinated by the end of March which will allow us to hold these practices with less anxiety/concern. Instructions for First Communion attire & protocol will be forthcoming. Please continue to watch this webpage and review the Parish Bulletin for upcoming announcements.

Stay Safe & God Bless You!

- Mr. Burns, Director of Rel. Ed.

20 SEPTEMBER 2020:

LETTER TO PARENTS ABOUT SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS (CLICK HERE)

DEAR GRADE THREE PARENTS/GUARDIANS,

Third Grade will be operating as an In-Person class with health and safety precautions in place, unless otherwise permitted or circumstances change. Once Registered (click here for registration form), students in Grade 3 will attend class each week (see master calendar below) from 9:45-10:45AM in the Church Hall. It is crucial that we have the cooperation of everyone involved, so that these students are not delayed in receiving their Sacraments. We hope that the textbook, activities, and curriculum provided are useful.

It is ESSENTIAL that the 3rd Grade Students have knowledge of all their Basic Prayers, understand God’s Law (particularly the Ten Commandments), and understand the Concepts of Sin, Forgiveness, Sorrow for Sin, and the Sacrament of Penance. They should also know that the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ and see the Mass as both a Sacrifice and Sacrament where Christ is offered (as on the Cross) and given to us in the Blessed Sacrament.

Repetition of prayer (especially before bed each night) is the best way for students to learn. Crucifixes, Images of the Sacred Heart, Our Lady, & the Saints are also recommended visual aids for their prayer/learning development. The Staff and Teachers here at St. Martha's look forward to working with you closely so that this can be a fruitful academic year despite the many difficulties.

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Below are resources for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:

(PLEASE PRINT OUT ALL PAPERWORK BELOW) - TEXTBOOKS WILL BE PROVIDED

MASTER CALENDAR FOR ALL GRADES (CLICK HERE)

CURRICULUM FOR GRADE 3 (CLICK HERE)THIS IS THE CURRICULUM WHICH MS. MARY BETH HOXIE WILL BE FOLLOWING IN THE CLASSROOM. PARENTS/GUARDIANS MAY FIND THIS HELPFUL TO TRACK STUDENT PROGRESS & TO CONTINUE LESSONS IN THE EVENT OF AN INTERRUPTION OR ILLNESS.

GRADE 3 ACTIVITIES (CLICK HERE) - THIS PACKET CONTAINS ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS TO DO AT THE END OF EACH CHAPTER. CHAPTER NUMBERS ARE LISTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORKSHEET. PLEASE IGNORE "LESSON" NUMBERS. *

CATHOLIC PRAYER PACKET (CLICK HERE) THIS PACKET CONTAINS VARIOUS PRAYERS/DEVOTIONS THIRD GRADE STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE MEMORIZED. THERE ARE SOME DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE PACKET AND THE TEXTBOOK (EITHER VERSIONS OF THE PRAYERS ARE FINE) **

HOW TO MAKE A GOOD CONFESSION (CLICK HERE) - THIS IS A GUIDE ON THE METHOD/MANNER OF GOING TO CONFESSION **

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE (CLICK HERE)THIS IS A SAMPLE EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE TO HELP STUDENTS RECALL THEIR SINS BEFORE GOING TO CONFESSION **

UNDERSTANDING THE MASS - SACRIFICE & SACRAMENT (CLICK HERE) - THIS IS A VISUAL AND WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF THE CEREMONIES OF THE MASS, THE MEANING OF THE MASS, THE PARTS OF THE ALTAR/SANCTUARY, & HOLY DAYS/MAJOR FEASTS OF THE CHURCH YEAR **

*Actitivities Taken from the Faith & Life Series Activity Book # 3 by Ignatius Press- no copyright infringement intended 

**Taken from The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism - no copyright infringement intended