Melissa Lauterwasser, Third Grade

Week of 11/17/14

  • Please email me if you are interested in joining me for Camp North Pole on Dec 22 & 23rd.
  • Friday is a dress down day for $1. The theme is Crazy Hair Day.'s       11. girls
2. brothers         12. girl's
3. uncle's           13. girls'
4. uncles          14. mine
5. sister's           15. yours
6. sisters
7. sisters'
8. man's
9. men's
10. child's
Challenge words:  1.tease 2. friendship  3. polite 4. wiggle 5. nuisance
1.beyond - past
2. collection- similar items chosen to save
3. mustache- something, usually hair, between the nose and lips
4.seriously- thoughtfully
5. fastened- attached
6. cartwheel- handspring that turns sideways
Simple Solution- Lesson #41
Math- workbook 29
Sci- worksheet
Soc. St.- ch 3 Quiz Wed.
Spell- contract/test friday
Vocab- quiz Thursday
Simple Solutions- Lesson #42
Math- workbook 30
Soc St- Ch 3 quiz tomorrow
           - worksheet
Spelling- contract/test Friday
Vocab- quiz Thurs.
Simple Solutions- Lesson #43
Math- workbook 31
Spelling- Contract/test Friday
Vocab- quiz tomorrow

WEEK OF 11/10/14

  • Please be advised there is no school on Tuesday November 11, 2014. 
  • Environmental Club meets Monday, November 10, 2014       11. howl
2. proud       12. growl
3. however  13. bounce
4. count       14. fountain
5. crowded 15. sound
6. around
7. south
8. loud
10. shouted
Challenge words: 
1. special
2. trust
3. companion
1. firm- stern or comanding
2. confident- sure of oneself, certain
3. comfortable- at ease in mind or body
4.approach- to come close to
5. equipment- the things needed or used for a particular purpose
6. program-  structured course of activities or training
7. appointment- arrangement for a meeting at a specific time
Simp Sol- Lesson #37,38 (37 should have been done in school)
Math- Workbook pg 27,28
         - Ch 4 quiz Thurs.
         - Unit 1 test Fri.
Spelling- Contract, test Friday
Vocabulary- quiz Thursday
Soc. St.- Ch. 3 quiz next Wed.
Simp Sol- Lesson #39
Math- textbook pg 101
         - Ch 4 quiz Thurs.
        - Unit 1 test Fri.
Spelling- Contract
               - test Friday
Vocabulary- quiz tomorrow
Soc. St- Wkst
             -Ch 3 quiz next Wed.
Simp Sol- Lesson #40
Math- textbook pgs 102/103
         - Unit 1 test Fri.
Spelling- Contract
               - test Friday
Soc. St- Ch 3 quiz next Wed.
Soc. St- -Ch 3 quiz next Wed.


In science class, we have been learning about photosythesis. Below are some links students may use to help them study for Monday's quiz. 

For a video we created, please click HERE.    **Please be advised, the video is "unlisted". It can only be found by clicking the link. The video will not come up in a public search. **

Lyrics to the song

Photosynthesis is a process that's so cool
Plants use light and water to make their own food!
Chlorophyll and gas, called carbon dioxide
Help to form a healthy plant 
that makes its food inside!
OHHH... Plants make food, yes they do
Mix some water, gas, and light, 
it's easy just like this. 
OHHH....Plants make food, yes they do
Oxygen is made!
Just like that the sugar forms 
and plants will save the day!!   HEY!






WEEK OF 11/4/14

  • Tuesday is a dress down day for $1. The theme is Red, White and Blue.
  • Science Chapter 2 quiz next Monday, Nov 10th. 
  • Thursday is also a dress down day for $1. This dress down day will go to support the Athletic Association. The theme is School Colors. 
  • Please be sure that your child is sent to school in proper uniform. Papers were sent home reminding everyone of the proper uniform. Students not in proper uniform will be given 1 Warning. After the first warning, students will begin to receive recess detention. After 2 recess detentions due to improper uniform, students will no longer be allowed to particpate in dress down days. Those students will also be calling their parent to bring them their proper uniform. 
1.joyful     11. soil
2. choice    12. loyal
3. voice    13. boiled
4. joint   14. destroy
5. moist    15. pointy
6. spoil
7. royal
8. annoy
9. noise
10. employ
Challenge words: 
1. earthquake
2. volcano
3. hurricane
1. brunch- a meal that comes between breakfast and lunch
2. peaceful- calm and quiet
3. omelet- eggs that are beaten with other ingredients and cooked
4.erupting- blowing out lava, rocks, and gases from a volcano
5. lava- hot, melted rock that pours from an erupting volcano
6. escape-  to get away from danger
Simple Solutions- Lesson # 33
Spelling- Contract, test Fri
Math- Wkbk 23
Vocab- Quiz Thurs.
Sci- Quiz Thurs. 
Simple Solutions- Lesson # 34
Spelling- Contract, test Fri
Math- Wkbk 24
Vocab- Quiz Thurs.
Sci- Quiz Thurs
Soc. St.- Wkst
Simple Solutions- Lesson # 35
Spelling- Contract, test Fri
Math- Wkbk 25
Vocab- Quiz Thurs.
Sci- Quiz Thurs
Simple Solutions- Lesson # 36
Spelling- Contract, test Fri
Math- Wkbk 26
Vocab- Quiz Thurs.
Sci- Quiz Thurs
     - worksheet
Soc st- wkst

WEEK OF 10/27/14

  SPELLING WORDS     11. excite
2. stage      12. force
3. huge      13. range
4. fence   14. ginger
5. price      15. giraffe
6. police
7. office
8. engine
9. badge
10. pencil
Challenge words: 
1. creature
2. strange
1.curious - full of questions
2. collapsed- fell
3. marine- found in the sea
4.delicate- easily  broken
5. creature- animal
6. survived- lived
Simple Solution- Lesson 29
Spelling Contract/test Friday
Math- Xtramath
Simple Solutions- Lesson 30
Spelling Contract/Test Friday
Math- Workbook pg 20
Vocab quiz Thursday
Simple Solutions- Lesson 31
Spelling Contract/Test Friday
Math- Workbook pg 21
Vocab quiz Thursday


October 22, 2014

Dear Parents,

                Please take note of the following excerpt from the school handbook regarding uniforms and dress code. A copy of the school handbook may be found on the school website. This excerpt is from pages 18 & 19. We will be enforcing the dress code effective immediately. Please be sure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Miss Lauterwasser


Dress Code

Children must come to school dressed neatly and in uniform. Students who are not in proper uniform will receive disciplinary action and may be asked to go home and return in proper uniform. Haircuts must be neat and orderly. For boys, hair should be cut above the eyebrows, above the collar and without large masses of hair on the top, sides, or back. Girls should not have hair in their eyes and the hair color should be natural looking. No feathers, excessive braiding, extensions or coloring may be worn.

Students may not write on their own or other’s arms, legs, or clothing. No fake tattoos may be worn to school by any student.No make-up or finger nail polish may be worn. Small earrings no larger than a quarter which are not dangling are permitted for the girls and only one earring per ear. Boys may not wear earrings. Girls and boys may only wear one bracelet. Girls may wear no more than twosmall rings. One simple necklace may be worn by girls. All jewelry must be simple and appropriate. The principal reserves the right to determine what is appropriate.

Dress down days are special privileges for students. Students who consistently do not wear the proper school uniform will not be permitted to participate in dress down days. Students must follow the guidelines for dress downs outlined here. Skirts and shorts may not be more than two inches above the knee. Shirts must cover the shoulders and the belly and not be low cut. Students may not wear flip flops or open toed shoes. Jeans and pants should not be skin tight nor should they contain holes.

All uniform items must be purchased from Flynn and O’Hara Uniform Company, located at Kohl’s Plaza, Holmdel, NJ

Girls in Grades K-4
Plaid Jumper*
Khaki Shorts or Pants with belt**
Blue Oxford or Blue Polo
Cardigan Sweater or Sweater Vest
Navy Blue Knee Socks with Jumper
Navy Blue Crew Socks with Shorts or Pants
Blue oxford and jumper must be worn on Mass days and special occasions


All Boys
Khaki Shorts or Pants with belt
Navy Blue Pants with belt**
Blue Oxford with tie or Blue Polo
V neck Sweater or Sweater Vest
Navy Blue Crew Socks with Shorts or Pants
Fleece may only be worn in winter months by grades 6-8
Blue oxford with tie must be worn on Mass days and special occasions (with sweater in cold weather)

* The length of the jumper or skirt shall not be more than 2 inches above the knee
** Boys and Girls in Kindergarten and First Grade do not need to wear a belt

School gym uniform
MTRS T-shirt (light blue)
Navy blue sweatshirt
Navy blue shorts
Navy blue sweatpants
White Socks
Sneakers (solid colored sneakers with white or black laces)
No light up sneakers

WEEK OF 10/20

  • Friday is a half day.
  • Please contact the secretary in order to sign up for Parent-teacher Conferences which will be held Thursday and Friday.
  • Monday night is McPTA night. Head over to McDonalds between 5 and 8 pm. A portion of your purchase will be donated to the school.
  • If your child is having trouble with their math workbook on Monday or Tuesday, please click HERE for an explanation.

1.shot     11. batch
2. chance 12. hitched
3. match 13. sharp
4. watch   14. mush
5. showed 15. speech
6. shock
7. pushed
8. such
9. crash
10. chew
Challenge words:  1. medicine  2. equipment   3.crutch  4.nurse
1.splinters - sharp, thin pieces that have broken off something
2. telegraph- a device used to send words in code from one place to another
3. trail- a path through wilderness
4.guided- led others to where they needed to go
5. drifts- large piles of snow heaped up by the wind
6. temperature- the measure of how hot or cold something is
Simp Sol- # 25
Spelling- Contract/test Friday
Math- Workbook page 18, ODDs only
Vocab- quiz Thursday
Soc St- quiz tomorrow, finish classwork, test Thurs.

Simp Sol- # 26
Spelling- Contract/test Friday
Math- Workbook page 18, EVENS only
Vocab- quiz Thursday
Soc St-  test Thurs.

Simp Sol- # 27
Spelling- Contract/test Friday
Math- Workbook page 19
Vocab- quiz Thursday
Soc St- test Thurs.

WEEK of 10/13

  • I appreciate everyone's cooperation during my absence. I am thankful for all of the emails I have received from parents checking in with me. I am feeling better! Thank you for your concerns and offers for help!
  • Vocabulary quiz has been moved to Friday. Spelling test and Simple Solutions quizzes will still be Friday
  • Friday is a mismatch dress down day for $1.
  • PLEASE be sure your child is logging onto xtramath using the password given by me this year. I was unable to link the accounts. If your child is not logging on to this year's program, I am unable to see their progress and I am unable to see if they have logged on. 
  • PLEASE be sure to return all order forms for the Student Treasures book TOMORROW. Forms MUST be returned EVEN if you do not wish to purchase a book. If you do not return the form, your child's story cannot be published in the book. 

WEEK OF 10/6

  • Xtramath is homework. Your child needs to be logging in 5 times a week. It takes 10 minutes, and strongly builds their math fact skills.
  • Please be checking to make sure your child completes their homework every day.
  • Please be sure to read the School Handbook. Too many students are not coming into school in proper uniform. This is unacceptable.
  • please be sure to visit and sign up to recieve updates from the 3rd grade classroom.
  • Metamorphosis website for review for quiz can be found HERE. Be sure to watch the video as well as play the games.
  • Cell part review can be found HERE
  • As a faith in action project, we are collecting toiletry items to be placed in goodie bags to be distributed at Lunch 
    Break in Red Bank. Please see the flyer located on the web site for a list of suggested items. Collection boxes are 
    located in each classroom. We would like to make the goodie bags before 10/31. Any questions, please contact Mrs. 
    Patrizio at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  •  The 2nd grade is coordinating this month’s social justice project. They will be putting together goodie bags for 
    deployed troops. They are asking for donations of individually wrapped candy of any kind. Please see the flyer on the 
    school’s webpage for more information.

1. least   2. fast  3. just  4. burst  5. strip  6. stick  7. strike  8. artist  9. almost  10. student  11. strong  12. start   13. blast  14. straw 15. street
CHALLENGE WORDS  *   1. events  2. competition   3. stroke  4. teammate  5. distance  
1.ancient - very old
2. host- one who provides the place for an event
3.stadium- an arena or building with rows of seats built around a field
4.compete- to take part with others in a contest of skill
5. earned- gained as the result of effort
6. record- the best performance in a competition
7. ceremonies- formal acts performed in honor of an occasion
8. medals- small, flat pieces of metal given as awards.
Simple Solutions- Lesson #16
Math- Wkbk 12
Science- quiz Wednesday
Spelling- contract, test Friday
Vocab- quiz Thursday
Simple Solutions- Lesson#18
Math-wkbk 13
Science- quiz Wednesday
Spelling- Contract, test Friday
Vocab- quiz Thursday
Simple Solutions- Lesson #19
Math- wkbk 14
Soc st- Worksheet
Spelling- contract, test Friday
Vocab- quiz tomorrow

WEEK OF 9/29

  • Xtramath is homework. Your child should be doing Xtramath every night. It takes 10 minutes. Students have from Monday-Sunday to log on 5 times. This site has been proven to increase children's math fact skills. Please have your child log on 5 times a week. They will receive a 0 if they do not log on.
  • Please be sure to check your child's assignment pad every night. This accountability will help your child learn to be responsible students. 
  • If your child is absent on a Friday, please make sure they copy their spelling and vocabulary words off the website over the weekend. We will not have additional time in class to copy them down.
  • This week, the Scholastic book fair is set up in the cafeteria. Please stop by and purchase some books for your child. Students will be going with their library class on Tuesday. Please send your child to school with money on Tuesday if you would like them to make a purchase.
  • Friday is Grandparent's Tea and mass. Girls should come to school in jumpers, and boys should be wearing ties. Students should have their hair brushed and look appropriate for mass. 
  • Friday is a half day. School gets out at noon. Students should be picked up by 12, or they will be sent to aftercare.

1. tight 2. while 3. show 4. stone 5. bright 6. whole 7. window 8. time 9. follow 10. close 11. flight 12. tide 13. grow 14. broke 15 below
CHALLENGE WORDS  1. basketball 2. coach 3. forward 4. dribble 5. guard


1. professional- doing somehting as a job
2. familiar- known well or recognized
3. captain- the leader of a group
4. pretended- made believe
5. aimed- pointed one thing at another
6. monitor- a person who watches over something


Simple Solutions- Lesson #13
Math- Worksheet, quiz Thurs 10/2
Spelling- Contract, test Fri
Vocab- Quiz Thurs
Soc. St.- Ch 1 quiz Monday 10/6


Simple Solutions- Lesson #14
Math- finish classwork (pg 40), Ch 2 quiz Thursday
Spelling- Contract, test Fri
Vocab- Quiz Thurs
Soc St- Ch 1 quiz Monday 10/6

WEEK OF 9/22

  • Thursday, 9/25 is school picture day. Students must wear their PROPER school uniform as outlined in the Family Handbook. Boys should wear ties and button down shirts.Sweaters should be worn as well.
  • Please remember to visit . Remind is an app that allows me to send out reminders to your cellphones, without sharing our phone numbers. It is similar to the School Reach, but only for our class.
  • Please remember to sign your child's assignment pads. Many parents have not been signing, and many students have been missing their homework.
  • Not doing homework WILL affect your child's grade. Please be supportive in encouraging them to complete all of their assignments. It is important that they learn to be responsible.
  • Third grade is the first year that parents have access to the Parent Portal. You should have received an email directly from the Diocese with your log-on information. Please check your SPAM folder as your email provider may have sent it to that folder. The email will come from GENESIS SIS. Please let me know if you have not received an email by Friday so I can contact the Diocese. 
  • If you have a child that is interested in Cub Scouts, please check out this flyer by clicking HERE. 


1.easy   2. grade   4. late  5. seat   6. saved   7. pail  8. these  9.reach  10. name    11. raise  12.leave  13.gain 14. theme 15. scream
Challenge words: 1.mystery  2. solve   4.found  5.investigate  
1.detective - a person who solves mysteries
2. specific- exact
3. positive- completely sure
4. case- a mystery or problem a detective is working   to solve
5. returned- brought back
6. definitely- surely
7. assistant- a person who helps someone do a job
Spelling- Contract, test Friday
Science-quiz tomorrow
Vocabulary- quiz Thursday
Simple Solutions-Lesson 9
Math- workbook pg 7
Spelling- Contract, test Friday
Vocabulary- quiz Thursday
Simple Solutions-Lesson 10
Math- workbook pg 8
Spelling- Contract, test Friday
Vocabulary- quiz tomorrow
Simple Solutions-Lesson 11
Math- workbook pg 9
Spelling- Contract, test tomorrow
Simple Solutions-Lesson 12
Math- workbook pg 10
Soc. St-Worksheet
Religion- worksheet

Week of 9/15/14

WEEK OF SEPT 15, 2014


  • PTA meeting 9/16, 7pm
  • Back to School night to follow PTA meeting

Spelling Words

1. slip 2. fish 3. pick 4. rocks 5. lunch 6. gift 7. thing 8. inch 9. truck 10. pond 11. grand 12. stamp 13. belt 14. lend 15. checked
Challenge words: 1. frown 2. expression 3. surprised 4. emotion 5. smirk


1. stubborn- headstrong or unyielding
2. grumble- a muttered complaint
3. mumbled- said in a low, unclear way
4. exploded- burst apart
5. darted- moved swiftly
6. streak- a quick flash of movement
7. languages- systems of sounds and symbols used to communicate ideas


Math- workbook pg 5, quiz Thurs.
Simple Sol- Lesson 5
Spelling- contract, test Fri
Vocabulary quiz Thurs.
Finish classwork from writing (if not finished)

math- quiz thursday
Simple Sol- Lesson 6
Spelling- contract, test Fri
Vocabulary quiz Thurs
Sci quiz Tuesday

math- quiz thursday
         -textbook pg 23 in notebook
Simple Sol- Lesson 7
Spelling- contract, test Fri
Vocabulary quiz Thurs
sci- quiz Tues

math- wkbk pg 7
Simple Sol- Lesson 8
Spelling- contract, test Fri
Soc st.- Worksheet
Sci- quiz Tues

Sci- worksheet
     - quiz Tuesday 


Last week I sent papers home for Scholastic. Please send any orders in by Monday. Just a heads up, we must have $20 worth of orders in order to get free shipping. This month we are at $11 so far. Please let your child place some orders. The more orders we place, the more points we can get, and the more things I can get for the classroom. 


Thank you!

Week of 9/8/14


  • Please be sure to check and intial your child's assignment pad every night.
  • Spelling tests are Fridays.
  • Vocab quizzes are Thursdays.
  • Please check your child's folder for a note regarding Xtramath.
  • Information regarding Spelling contract can be found by clicking HERE.

Spelling Words

1. sat 2. felt 3. last 4. send 5. next 7. went 8. hand 9. stand 10.past 11. from 12. jump 13. socks 14. dish 15. thump
Challenge words: 1. else 2. guest 3. attention 4. heard 5. listen



 Workbook pg 1
Xtramath signup
Book covers
Spelling- contract



math- workbook pg 2
simple solutions- Lesson 2
spelling- contract, test Friday
vocabulary -quizThursday 



math- workbook pg 3
simple solutions- Lesson 3
spelling- contract, test Friday
vocabulary -quizThursday



math- workbook pg 4
simple solutions- Lesson 4
spelling- contract, test Friday

Xtra Math

Dear Parents,

Today I sent home a flyer with directions for a website called Xtramath. Xtramath is a website where students can increase their accuracy and speed in various math facts. Students who have already used this site will be able to link their previous work to this year’s program.  Students in third grade are requiredto log onto Xtramath 5 times in 7 days (Monday-Sunday) for a homework grade. Students can log onto the website on any Ipod, Ipad, computer, tablet, or other smart device.  If your child does not have access to one of those devices, they may use the computers in the classroom. They are able to use them during snack, recess, before and after school. Please contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.


-Miss Lauterwasser


Just a friendly reminder that we have people allergic to almonds, pecans, walnuts and shellfish in our class. Please do not send any products containing those items for snack. Students may have them for lunch, but cannot eat them in the classroom. Thank you for your understanding. 

Week of 9/2


  • All Summer Choice projects should have been completed  by the first day of school. Students who have not handed work in by Friday will start getting points deducted.
  • Notebooks and assignment pads must be purchased through the school. Notebooks are $1.50 each, and the assignment pad is $5. 
  • All other school supplies should be brought in asap.
  • Please have your child bring in 4 book sox at your earliest convienance. 



  • Monday- Gym
  • Tuesday- Library
  • Wednesday- Spanish
  • Thursday- Music & Art
  • Friday- Computers & Music


Hello parents and students,


For those of you who do not know me, please let me introduce myself. My name is Miss Melissa Lauterwasser. You can call me Miss L or Ms. L or Ms Lauterwasser. or Miss Lauterwasser. This is my third year at MTRS, and my third year teaching third grade.Prior to MTRS, I taught preschool, and toddlers at a local daycare center. I have my bachelor degree in Elementary Education, Psychology, and Early Childhood Education. I am currently certified to teach PreK- 5th grade in the state of NJ. I have really enjoyed teaching and am very grateful to continue my career at MTRS. 

I look forward to getting to know each and every child in my class and helping them succeed to their greatest potential. Third grade is a great year filled with lessons, learning, and lots of responsibility. We will work together to not only allow your children to reach success academically, but to reach or their potential in all aspects. I look forward to a wonderul year together.

Please feel free to reach out to me at any time. My email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .


God Bless,

Miss L

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