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 Hello and welcome friends of Mrs. Ward (A.K.A. Miss Jodi),                  

 Many of my friends already know that I have been teaching at St. Athanasius school for 18 years as the First grade teacher, WOW! that is a long time.  I loved teaching first grade for all those years but it was time for a change in Mrs. Ward's teaching career and what a change it is, now I am teaching Third grade!  I am super excited about this opportunity and can not wait to begin this next phase in my life. Beginning my 19th year of teaching at St. A's how amazing, time has gone by so fast!  I am truly blessed to have been working here for all these years.  It has been God's plan for me to be a teacher at St. A's and now he has opened a new door for me.  It is still my philosophy to teach using a variety of teaching techniques that can reach and help all the students in my class.  I motivate my students through routines, procedures, hard work and an attitude that I instill in them that they can do anything as long as they try!  All the students who have walked through my door were OWLS; Outstanding, Wonderful, Learners!  From first to third and beyond, any student of mine will always be one of Mrs. Ward's owls!  

Education FACTS about Mrs. Ward:

Graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Child Psychology in 2002

Taught in the School District of Philadelphia in 2002-2004 

Became the First grade substitute at St. Athanasius School in November 2004, became permanent First grade teacher May 2005. 

Teaching for 20 plus years! 

FAVORITES of Mrs. Ward:

Favorite Types of Movies; Romantic Comedies and Sports Related 

Favorite Movie: A League of Their Own

Favorite Sitcom: Friends

Favorite Music: I love Motown and Country music 

Favorite Singer: Elvis Presley( I've been to Graceland and it was awesome!) Garth Brooks (Country singer).

Favorite Hobby: Watching reruns of the sitcom Friends with my husband Eric and baking!

Favorite Food: Pizza and French fries

Favorite Animal: Lion and an Owl

Favorite Color: Green

I like the Philadelphia Sports teams especially the Phillies and Flyers. I have found a new likeness for football and yes, my favorite football team is of course the Eagles! Which makes my husband happy, he loves the Eagles! I like to travel and see new places and experience new things. 

I am blessed with a wonderful husband, parents, 1 older brother, and a sister-in-law who have two terrific kids, my niece Emilee and nephew DJ.  

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 2023-2024 Welcome Letter - Summer Assignments - Supply List

Supply Fee $35.00 due to Mrs. Ward paid in CASH by Friday 9/22


Welcome Back Letter: sent home on September 5, 2023

Dear Third Grade Families,
Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! I am super excited to have the opportunity to be part
of your child’s education once again as their Third grade teacher! It is my hope that third grade
will be a productive year of learning and growth for your child. With our partnership and
working as a team, we can make this school year a terrific success!

Attached to this letter you will find a packet of papers that need to be completed. The
“Student Information-Tell Me About Your Child” sheet and the “Dismissal for Grade 3
Students” sheet. Please take the time to fill out the sheets and return them with your child
on Wednesday Sept. 6th to Mrs. Ward. The information that will be recorded is very
important for me to know, every student is expected to return BOTH sheets.
Please take note, CAR Line has returned and all explanations of the Dismissal Lines are on the
Dismissal sheet. I must know how each student will be going home.

Here is some information that you may find helpful as we begin a new school year;
Back to School Night will be on Wednesday September 13th @ 6:00 pm, I strongly encourage
ALL parents to attend the Back to School Night. A lot of important information will be
discussed regarding the school and what is to be expected of each student this year in the third

Communication with Mrs. Ward: Please contact me using my school email address:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Emails will be returned within 24 hours. Emailing me works the best!

Class Web Page: Please use the class web page found on the school’s website
go to Classroom and scroll down to Grade 3. Here parents will find a variety of information
pertaining to just Grade 3. More information will be provided at Back to School Night!

Google Classroom: Another great communication tool that I will be using posting information
pertaining to just Grade 3. More information will be provided at Back to School Night!
Supplies: Student’s school supplies have already been purchased for them.

The Supply Fee for all students is paid only in CASH and please pay the exact amount, change
can not be given unless paid in the school office. Please send in the Supply fee in an envelope
with your child’s name on it. The amount due is $35.00, paid no later than Fri. 9/22
The only supplies the students are responsible for having are; (1) pair of safety scissors, (4)
sharpened pencils with erasers (NO mechanical pencils are allowed)
The students will not need markers, pens, colored pencils or any other items for school supplies.
Supplies that are sent in will be sent home with the students.

The safety scissors and pencils are to be brought in no later than Monday 9/11.
Cleaning supplies: All students are asked to provide to the classroom the following items; (1)
roll of paper towels, (1) container of Clorox wipes, (1) container of hand sanitizer and (1)
box of tissues. These items are very important and needed throughout the school year. Please
be generous! Thank you in advance for your cooperation. The Cleaning supplies can be brought
in throughout the month of September.

Summer Reading project, Math &amp; Cursive Packets:
The Math and Cursive Packets due on Tuesday Sept. 5th
The Summer Reading Project due on Monday Sept. 11th

Breakfast/Snack/Lunch: The Breakfast program begins on Tues. Sept. 5th
Please refer to the school’s handbook regarding these programs. Students may bring in one
small, healthy snack to be eaten during morning recess time.

**Uniforms: Students are to be dressed in their full school uniform (including footwear)
everyday. Gym day for grade 3 will be on Fridays.
Please adhere to the school’s handbook for proper uniform and dress codes.

I look forward to working with you again and can not wait to begin a tremendous year of
learning with you and your child!
Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.
God Bless You
Mrs. Ward 




 Grade 3: Weekly Homework Sheet -Week of 5/20/24


Monday’s Homework 5/20:Field Trip money and permission slip due on Tues.

Grammar: Complete JNB page 211 complete the bottom #’s 1-6.

Reading: Complete Read Theory 2 stories and the quizzes.

Math: Time test on Tuesday, complete 2 My Path Lessons/Play FIM for 30 minutes.

Parent’s Signature:_______________________________________________________



Tuesday’s Homework 5/21: Purchase show tickets/Pretzels sold for $1.00

Grammar: Complete JNB page 212

Reading: Complete Read Theory 2 stories and the quizzes.

Math: Complete 2 My Path Lessons/Play FIM for 30 minutes

Test folders sent home sign and return on Wednesday.

Parent’s Signature:_________________________________________________

Wednesday’s Homework 5/22: Purchase show tickets!/Show at 7p.m. 

Grammar: Complete JNB page 214

Reading: Complete Read Theory 2 stories and the quizzes.

Math: Complete 2 My Path Lessons/Play FIM for 30 minutes.

Parent’s Signature:__________________________________________________

Thursday’s Homework 5/23: No school on Friday or Monday!

Religion: Study! Study guide in “SG” copybook test will be on May 31st study over the long weekend!

Parent’s Signature:________________________________________________

*May 22nd Spring Show @ 7pm students singing “Hakuna Matata” wear animal print, brown, red, orange, black, white, pink, silver,  polka dots or stripes clothing. Look up the Lion King movie for other ideas on how to dress. Dress for the show and arrive no later than 6:30 p.m.

Calendar: April showers, bring
MAY flowers!

5/1: Social Studies Research paper due

5/1: Snack cart

5/3: 11:45 dismissal

5/6: Book Fair

5/7: Test folders sent home/Book Fair/Kebabs sold $1.00

5/8: Test folders returned/Book Fair

5/9: Vocabulary study guide sent home in "SG" cb/Snack cart

5/10: $2.00 dress down day/Gym wear gym clothes if the $2.00 is not brought in

5/12: Happy Mother's Day!

5/14: Pretzels sold $1.00

5/16: Vocabulary Test/Snack cart

5/21: Math Test on Time/Pretzels sold $1.00/Test folder sent home

5/22: Spring Show at 7 p.m./Cares closed/Test folder returned

5/23: Religion study guide sent home in "SG" copybook

5/24: No school

5/27: No school-Happy Memorial Day!

5/28: Test folder sent home

5/29: Class trip to Elm Wood Zoo/Test folders returned

5/30: Snack cart

5/31: Religion test/Gym day





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