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Update for March 27-31  

Hi Patriot Families! This will be a big week with the wax museum projects coming in!!  I'm so excited to see the display boards and speeches that the students have prepared.  I hope you are all able to come out and enjoy the event on Thursday, March 30th from 6:30-7:30pm. Let me know if you have any questions about our schedule for the week!

*Please send in peanut butter for the CHEW project this week!!  Each class is trying to receive 30 jars in donations!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, March 27:

  • 2 Day (Robotics with Miss Allie)
  • Monday Morning Meeting
  • New homework sent home

Tuesday, March 28:

  • 1 Day
  • Display boards due for Wax Museum Project!

Wednesday, March 29:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)
  • End of the 3rd Quarter

Thursday, March 30:

  • 5 Day (STEM Lab)
  • Night at the Museum from 6:30pm until 7:30pm *Students should arrive at 6:15 to find where their board has been set up.
  • Snack money due!

Friday, March 31:

  • 4 Day
  • Final Day for Yankee Candle Fundraiser
  • Homework due
  • Vocabulary quiz

*Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 5: CiCi's Night
  • April 10-14: Spring Break!

Weekly Focus:

Reading: We will continue reviewing our standards that we have covered through Study Island weekly tests.  Students are also continuing to go back to RtA standards to show mastery, and they are doing a fabulous job!  We will begin flex grouping on 4 Days to allow students who need to pass additional standards to learn from a different teacher in a small group to see if they can improve their skills.

Grammar: We are working our way through another set of cursive letters.

Writing: We have finished up our research essays and will begin shifting to opinion writing for the final grading period.

Math: We will conduct a brief study of number patterns in our math rotations this week.

IMPACT Project: Display boards should be completed and brought to school on Tuesday, March 28th!

*New vocabulary words will go home on Monday to be studied for the quiz on Friday.

Homework:  Reading homework will be given on Monday to be completed and turned in on Friday.  Students will copy down their new spelling words on Monday.  Students should complete 4 activities by Friday.

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for March 20-24  

Hi Patriot Families! I hope you have all enjoyed your weekend and are looking forward to the official start of spring this Monday!  Let me know if you have any questions about our schedule for the week!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, March 20:

  • K Day (MakerSpace--students will be working with Mrs. Craig to complete a portrait for their Wax Museum project!!)
  • New homework sent home

Tuesday, March 21:

  • 5 Day (STEM Lab--students will finish wax museum research here at school and meet with me about their speeches before taking everything home to prepare their display boards to be turned in)
  • Chick-fil-A Night

Wednesday, March 22:

  • 4 Day

Thursday, March 23:

  • Early Release at 12:20pm
  • Snack money due!

Friday, March 24:

  • 3 Day (WAVE Day)
  • Homework due
  • Vocabulary quiz
  • Spelling Test

*Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, March 28: Display Boards due for Wax Museum
  • Thursday, March 30: Third Grade Wax Museum at 6:30pm!

Weekly Focus:

Reading: We will continue reviewing our standards that we have covered through Study Island weekly tests.  Students are also continuing to go back to RtA standards to show mastery, and they are doing a fabulous job!  If you are able, please allow your child to access Study Island at home so they can practice before attempting a passage.  They are given time in class, but the extra practice will help them feel more confident as they do their passages.

Grammar: We will review subjects and verbs.

Writing: Students will continue working on their research paper on Zimbabwe (the country they have been learning about in Cultural Awareness).

Math: We will work through understanding word problems about area and perimeter.

IMPACT Project: We will meet about speeches this week and portraits will be done during MakerSpace on Monday, 3/20.

*New vocabulary words will go home on Monday to be studied for the quiz on Friday.

Homework:  Reading homework will be given on Monday to be completed and turned in on Friday.  Students copied down their new spelling words on Friday.  Students should complete 4 activities to prepare them for the spelling test on Friday.

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for March 13-17  

Hi Patriot Families! Don't forget this is the weekend to SPRING forward an hour!  It seems ironic considering the chance for a wintery mix, but maybe the beautiful spring weather will be coming soon!  We have about 3 weeks remaining in the third quarter so it's time to work hard before we hit the home stretch!!  Let me know if you ever have any questions!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, March 13:

  • 5 Day (STEM Lab)
  • Monday Morning Meeting (with the kickoff for the Yankee Candle Fundraiser!)
  • New homework sent home

Tuesday, March 14:

  • 4 Day

Wednesday, March 15:

  • 3 Day (WAVE) - remember to wear tennis shoes!
  • Spelling Test

Thursday, March 16:

  • 2 Day
  • Snack money due!
  • Spring Pictures, sibling pictures, and class pictures!! *Don't forget your payment if you wish to purchase!!!*
  • Music Performance at 6:30pm!!

Friday, March 17:

  • 1 Day
  • Homework due
  • Vocabulary quiz
  • St. Patrick's Day -- wear some green!!

*Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Thursday, March 23: Early Release at 12:20pm
  • Tuesday, March 28: Display Boards due for Wax Museum
  • Thursday, March 30: Third Grade Wax Museum at 6:30pm!

Weekly Focus:

Reading: We will continue reviewing our standards that we have covered through Study Island weekly tests.  Students are also continuing to go back to RtA standards to show mastery, and they are doing a fabulous job!  If you are able, please allow your child to access Study Island at home so they can practice before attempting a passage.  They are given time in class, but the extra practice will help them feel more confident as they do their passages.

Grammar: We will review adjectives and work on cursive writing.

Writing: Students will begin a new research paper on Zimbabwe (the country they have been learning about in Cultural Awareness).

Math: We will continue learning about Area and making sure students recognize the difference between perimeter and area when solving basic problems and more complex word problems.

IMPACT Project: We will work on finalizing our 2 sources to include on our display boards during our STEM Lab time this week and we will be preparing our speeches this week.

*New vocabulary words will go home on Monday to be studied for the quiz on Friday.

Homework:  Reading homework will be given on Monday to be completed and turned in on Friday.  A new spelling list will go home on Wednesday (after the test).  Students should complete activities on Monday and Tuesday to prepare for their test and then use their new list to complete activities on Wednesday and Thursday.  This will give them a total of 4 activities to turn in on Friday.

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for March 6-10  

Hello!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend and is refreshed and ready to work hard throughout March!  Please let me know if you have any questions about the schedule for the week ahead!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, March 6:

  • 4 Day
  • Monday Morning Meeting
  • New homework sent home

Tuesday, March 7:

  • 3 Day (WAVE) - remember to wear tennis shoes!
  • Spelling Test

Wednesday, March 8:

  • 2 Day

Thursday, March 9:

  • 1 Day
  • Snack money due!
  • 3rd-5th Grade Dance!! (3:30 until 5:00) Payment of $5 and permission form due back by Wednesday, 3/9!

Friday, March 10:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)
  • Homework due
  • Vocabulary quiz

Weekly Focus:

Reading: We have officially finished all of our RtA standards for the year.  Now we will begin going back and tackling additional passages so students can master as many standards as possible before the EOG rolls around.  If there are particular standards that students are struggling with, they will meet with me or the TA to do additional practice passages on those standards.  Also, students have been assigned activities on Study Island for any standards not passed so they can practice at home.  We will continue reviewing all standards so they are fresh in everyone's mind and students will have weekly tests on Study Island with practice questions for all standards.

Grammar: Students will complete an activity on adjectives this week.

Writing: Students will complete their paper on the country they have been researching and prepare to write a research paper on their own.

Math: We will introduce Area on Monday and begin working through basic area problems this week before getting into difficult shapes for perimeter and area.

IMPACT Project: Most students have finished their timeline and graphic organizer and they have been sent home.  We are working on speeches together and will complete our sources next Monday, March 13th at the STEM lab.

*New vocabulary words will go home on Monday to be studied for the quiz on Friday.

Homework:  Reading homework will be given on Monday to be completed and turned in on Friday.  A new spelling list will go home on Tuesday (after the test).  I am only requiring 3 activities to be turned in on Friday! :)

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for February 27 - March 3  

Welcome to Read Across America Week!!  Look out for the fun days planned so your child can dress up and participate :)  Please let me know if you have any questions about the schedule for the week ahead!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, February 27:

  • 3 Day (WAVE)
  • Spelling Test!
  • DRESS LIKE YOUR FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER (but wear tennis shoes for WAVE day!)
  • New homework sent home
  • Midterm reports go home

Tuesday, February 28:

  • 2 Day
  • WEAR A SHIRT WITH WORDS

Wednesday, March 1:

  • 1 Day
  • WEAR AS MANY STRIPES AS YOU CAN!

Thursday, March 2:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)
  • Snack money due!
  • BRING YOUR FAVORITE DR. SEUSS BOOK TO SCHOOL TO READ!

Friday, March 3:

  • 5 Day (STEM Lab)
  • Homework due
  • Vocabulary quiz
  • DRESS UP AS WHAT YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP!

Weekly Focus:

Reading: This week we will tackle our last RTA standard for the year!  This standard requires students to analyze 2 different paragraph or 2 different sentences and determine how they are connected (through comparing, contrasting, cause and effect, or sequencing).  I will also be putting an assignment on Study Island for Making Connections.

Grammar: We will continue working our way through cursive writing.

Writing: Students will complete daily writing responses in full paragraphs.

Math: We have wrapped up division and will be moving on to area and perimeter.

Science: We will be wrapping up the solar system this week with a few more facts and another small quiz on Friday.

*New vocabulary words will go home on Monday to be studied for the quiz on Friday.

Homework:  Reading homework will be given on Monday to be completed and turned in on Friday.  The new spelling list will be passed out on Monday and there should be 4 spelling activities turned in Friday.

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for February 20-24  

It's a full week this week as we get back in the groove after a long weekend.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the schedule for the week ahead!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, February 20:

  • Monday Morning Meeting
  • 2 Day
  • New homework sent home

Tuesday, February 21:

  • 1 Day

Wednesday, February 22:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)

Thursday, February 23:

  • 5 Day (STEM Lab)
  • Snack money due!

Friday, February 24:

  • 4 Day
  • Homework due
  • Vocabulary quiz

Weekly Focus:

Reading: This week we will tackle the RTA passages for Main Idea.  We will continue checking in during our lessons about how to best answer these questions and completing practice questions.  There is also an activity on Study Island for extra practice.

Grammar: We will continue working our way through cursive writing.

Writing: Students will complete daily writing responses in full paragraphs.  We will use this skill to begin research papers soon!

Math: Students did very well on their division assessment this past week.  We will look at a couple more types of questions before a final assessment this week.  The test will most likely take place on Friday, February 24th.  ***Students MUST be practicing multiplication facts.  If students know those facts, division will come much more easily to them.  Students are able to practice their facts in math rotations multiple times each week, but unless they are constantly being drilled, the facts won't stick.  Thank you for your cooperation to help make your child successful.

Science: We will continue looking into the parts of the solar system and talking about characteristics of planets and the sun.

*New vocabulary words will go home on Monday to be studied for the quiz on Friday.

Homework:  Reading homework will be given on Monday to be completed and turned in on Friday.  The new spelling list will be passed out on Monday and there should be 4 spelling activities turned in Friday.  The spelling test will be next MONDAY, February 27th!

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for February 13-17  

This week is a short week for students!  Please pay careful attention to the dates below and let me know if you have any questions about the schedule for the week ahead!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, February 13:

  • Monday Morning Meeting
  • 5 Day (STEM Lab)
  • New homework sent home
  • Honor Roll/Principal's List Ceremony at 2:15pm

Tuesday, February 14:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)
  • Valentine Celebration (Your child can bring a bag or box to hold the valentines they receive as well as their valentines for the class)

Wednesday, February 15:

  • 3 Day (WAVE)
  • Spelling Test

Thursday, February 16:

  • Early Release at 12:20pm

Friday, February 17:

  • No School for students!

Weekly Focus:

Reading: We will continue learning about main idea.  This skill is very difficult and will require lots of effort and higher order thinking.  Students will need to find evidence from each paragraph in the passage that proves their main idea is appropriate.

Grammar: We will continue working our way through cursive writing.

Writing: Students will complete daily writing responses in full paragraphs.  We will use this skill to begin research papers soon!

Math: This week we will continue learning about division.  ***Students MUST be practicing multiplication facts.  If students know those facts, division will come much more easily to them.  Students are able to practice their facts in math rotations multiple times each week, but unless they are constantly being drilled, the facts won't stick.  Thank you for your cooperation to help make your child successful.

Science: We will continue looking into the parts of the solar system and talking about characteristics of planets and the sun.

*No vocabulary words this week!

Homework:  Reading homework will be given on Monday to be completed and turned in on Thursday.  There will be 2 spelling activities due Wednesday (the day of the spelling test!).

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for February 6-10  

We're off to a great start for the 3rd quarter of the school year!  You should have seen some assessments come home with your child on Friday to be signed and returned.  Thank you for everyone who returned report card envelopes, filled out IMPACT project slips, and signed up for a conference this week.  If you have not done those things, please be sure to do that as soon as you can!  Conferences are taking place this week from Monday through Thursday so don't miss the window to come in and hear how your child is doing!  Let me know if you have any questions about the schedule for the week ahead!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, February 6:

  • 4 Day
  • New homework sent home
  • Parent Conferences

Tuesday, February 7:

  • WAVE Day
  • Spelling Test
  • Parent Conferences

Wednesday, February 8:

  • 2 Day
  • Parent Conferences

Thursday, February 9:

  • 1 Day
  • Snack money due
  • Parent Conferences

Friday, February 10:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)
  • Vocabulary Quiz
  • Math Quiz

Upcoming events!

  • Thursday, February 16th: Early Release
  • Friday, February 17th: No School

Weekly Focus:

Reading: We will continue our reading standard about academic vocabulary.  Most students are doing very well with this standard in our whole-group and small-group lessons and when completing the RTA passages.  Students who have struggled will be pulled in small groups to continue practicing this skill.  Background knowledge is extremely helpful when answering these questions so any vocabulary practice at home or reading challenging books will help them expand vocabulary and be more successful with this skill.

Grammar: We will continue working our way through cursive writing.

Writing: Students will complete daily writing responses in full paragraphs.  We will use this skill to begin research papers soon!

Math: This week we will talk about the concept of division.  Students will understand what division is and how to solve problems using a picture.  ***Students MUST be practicing multiplication facts.  If students know those facts, division will come much more easily to them.  Students are able to practice their facts in math rotations multiple times each week, but unless they are constantly being drilled, the facts won't stick.  Thank you for your cooperation to help make your child successful.

Science: We will be looking into the parts of the solar system and talking about characteristics of planets and the sun.

*Students did VERY well with the vocabulary from last week.  They will receive 5 new words on Monday to complete activities with those words for homework and take a quiz on Friday, 2/10.

Homework:  Reading homework will be given on Monday to be completed and turned in on Friday. For spelling, students will do an activity on Monday to prepare for Tuesday's test.  They will then receive new spelling words on Wednesday to complete 2 more activities by Friday (for a total of 3 activities).

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for January 30 - February 3  

We are back a regular schedule with a full week of school!  I am also happy to say that we have completed our mid-year benchmarks so the students won't have to feel the pressure of added assessments this week.  Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday and the envelope will need to be signed and returned ASAP.  I hope to put together the conference schedule and send it out to you at the beginning of this week!  Let me know if you have any questions about the schedule for the week ahead!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, January 30:

  • MMM (Grades 3-5)
  • WAVE Day
  • Spelling Test
  • New homework sent home

Tuesday, January 31:

  • 2 Day
  • Report Cards go home

Wednesday, February 1:

  • 1 Day

Thursday, February 2:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)
  • Snack money due

Friday, February 3:

  • 5 Day (STEM Lab)

Upcoming events!

  • Monday, February 6th: Conferences begin
  • Thursday, February 16th: Early Release
  • Friday, February 17th: No School

Weekly Focus:

Reading: We will begin a new reading standard about academic vocabulary.  For these specific questions, students will be asked the meaning of words in a passage, but there will not be obvious context clues present.  Students will need to use reasoning skills to determine the meaning of the word without the guidance of context clues.  This standard requires higher order thinking and using the process of elimination to determine the correct answer choice.

Grammar: We will continue working our way through cursive writing.

Writing: Students will complete daily writing responses in full paragraphs.  We will use this skill to begin research papers soon!

Math: This week we will briefly review subtraction with borrowing.  I have noticed many students often getting confused on this skill so we will be talking about it in class and students will have a subtraction test on Friday.

Science: Solar System

In lieu of an idiom, students will be given 5 vocabulary words to study and will have a short matching quiz on Friday with those words.  This will become a regular occurrence each Friday!

Homework:  Reading homework will be given on Monday to be completed and turned in on Friday.  Students will receive a new spelling list on Tuesday and should have 3 activities completed by Friday.

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for January 25-27  

We're kicking off the 3rd quarter of school with a 3-day week!!  We'll also be completing some county benchmarks on the computer so attendance will be very important so we can get all these assessments completed during the expected time frame.  Let me know if you have any questions about the schedule for the week ahead!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, January 23:

  • NO SCHOOL (Teacher Workday)

Tuesday, January 24:

  • NO SCHOOL (Teacher Workday)

Wednesday, January 25:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)

Thursday, January 26:

  • 5 Day (STEM Lab)
  • Snack money due

Friday, January 27:

  • 4 Day

Upcoming events!

  • January 31: Report Cards go home!

Weekly Focus:

Reading: **We will continue completing benchmark mCLASS assessments this week!!**  Students are doing very well and showing so much improvement since the beginning of the year.  I'm so proud of them!!

Grammar: We will continue working our way through cursive writing and adjectives.

Writing: Students will complete daily writing responses.  These responses have translated to their mCLASS written comprehension questions and caused many students move up multiple book levels! Yay!

Math: We will touch on capacity and mass and how to decipher which units should be used to measure various containers.

Social Studies: We will wrap up historical figures.

Idiom: “Beat around the bush” – to waste time and avoid answering a question.

Homework:  No reading homework will be assigned this week due to it being a short week and the many assessments.  I hope students are able to relax and rest as they prepare for this important benchmarks.  Students will need to complete 2 spelling activities to turn in on Friday to help them prepare for our spelling tests next Monday!

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for January 16-20  

Hello Patriot Families!  I hope you all have enjoyed your long weekend and are gearing up for anonther long weekend with your student after the remainder of this week!  Benchmark assessments got off to a great start and I look forward to seeing the progress continue this week!  Let me know if you have any questions about the schedule for the week ahead!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, January 16:

  • NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King, Jr Day)

Tuesday, January 17:

  • 4 Day

Wednesday, January 18:

  • 3 Day (WAVE)
  • Spelling Test

Thursday, January 19:

  • 2 Day
  • Snack money due

Friday, January 20:

  • 1 Day

Upcoming events!

  • January 23-24: Teacher Workdays (No school for students)

Weekly Focus:

Reading: **We will continue completing benchmark mCLASS assessments this week!!**  We will review how to use context clues to infer the meaning of words in a text.

Grammar: We will continue working our way through cursive writing and contractions.

Writing: Students are finishing up a "how to" piece of informative writing and will be completing an informative writing benchmark sample this week.

Math: We will continue learning about elapsed time.  Students will be given 2 of 3 pieces and need to find the missing piece.  So far they have been given the start time and end time and have found the elapsed time.  This week, they may be given the start time and elapsed time and find the end time.  They can use their timeline to help in any circumstance.

Social Studies: We will learn about more historical figures who have helped impact our world.

Idiom: “Beat around the bush” – to waste time and avoid answering a question.

Homework: Reading homework will be sent on Tuesday and will be due on Friday. For spelling, students need to prepare for the test on Wednesday.  On this test, students will be asked to spell the contraction for "will not" and will write "won't" on their paper.  This test will count for a grammar grade AND spelling grade!

PBL Project:  Students have begun a project in class about how to respect our environment.   Some students have elected to make something useful out of items that would typically be thrown away.  Other students are making a poster to encourage people to recycle.  The third option is to research why it is important to recycle and present your findings to the class.  Students will be given time in class this week to work on these assignments.  I know many students who are making something useful wished to work on it at home.  If those items can be turned in by this Friday, January 20th, that grade will count as a science grade for this grading period.  However, it can be turned in any time up until January 27th.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for January 9-13  

Brrr!!  Please make sure your child is dressing warmly this week until these chilly temperatures go away!  Let me know if you have any questions about the schedule for the week ahead!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, January 9:

  • Monday Morning Meeting
  • 3 Day (WAVE)
  • Spelling Test
  • Science Olympiad practice
  • Middle of Year benchmark window opens!! (*Please make sure your child is getting lots of rest and coming to school ready to try his/her best!)

Tuesday, January 10:

  • 2 Day

Wednesday, January 11:

  • 1 Day

Thursday, January 12:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)
  • Snack money due

Friday, January 13:

  • 5 Day (STEM lab)

Upcoming events!

  • Monday, January 16: NO SCHOOL
  • January 23-24: Teacher Workdays (No school for students)

Weekly Focus:

Reading: **We will begin completing benchmark mCLASS assessments this week!!**  We will continue learning about standard RI3.3.  We will read informational text and focus on cause and effect relationships and sequencing historical events and scientific concepts.  We will complete practice passages and begin our RTA passages on this standard.

Grammar: We will continue working our way through cursive writing!

Writing: We will continue with our writing responses about nonfiction text.

Math: We will continue our study of time.  Students should be familiar with time vocabulary (half past, quarter past, quarter to, etc.).  We will work through the concept of elapsed time this week.

Social Studies: We will learn about more historical figures who have helped impact our world.

Idiom: "Last straw" - the last event that makes someone refuse to continue.  This will be assessed on our spelling test on Monday, January 9th.  New idiom: “Beat around the bush” – to waste time and avoid answering a question.

Homework: Reading homework will be sent home on Monday.  The reading homework and 4 spelling activities will be due on Friday, January 13th. *A new spelling list will go home on Monday!  The new list will be a contraction list.  On the test, students will be asked to spell the contraction for "will not" and will write "won't" on their paper.  This test will count for a grammar grade AND spelling grade!

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for January 2-6  

Welcome back, Patriots!  I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2017!!  We'll be pushing full steam ahead on Monday to get back in the swing of things as we finish up the last few weeks of the second grading period!  Let me know if you have any questions about the schedule for the week ahead!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, January 2:

  • Monday Morning Meeting (K-2)
  • No WAVE Day
  • Science Olympiad practice

Tuesday, January 3:

  • 1 Day

Wednesday, January 4:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)
  • Fraction Test
  • CiCi's Pizza Night

Thursday, January 5:

  • 5 Day (STEM Lab)
  • Snack money due

Friday, January 6:

  • 4 Day

Upcoming events!

  • Monday, January 9: WAVE Day and Spelling Test!
  • Monday, January 16: NO SCHOOL
  • January 23-24: Teacher Workdays (No school for students)

Weekly Focus:

Reading: We will begin learning about standard RI3.3.  We will read informational text and focus on cause and effect relationships and sequencing historical events and scientific concepts.  We will complete practice passages and begin our RTA passages on this standard.

Grammar: We will begin working our way through cursive writing!

Writing: We will continue with our writing responses about nonfiction text.

Math: Monday and Tuesday will be heavy review days on the fraction concepts we learned before Christmas Break.  After reviewing for a couple days, we will test on fractions on Wednesday. (*This date may change depending on attendance and how the review is going in class!  Check your child's agenda throughout the week for any changes!)

Social Studies: We will learn about historical figures who have helped impact our world.

Idiom: "Last straw" - the last event that makes someone refuse to continue.  This will be assessed on our spelling test on Monday, January 9th.

Homework: Reading homework will be sent home on Monday.  The reading homework and 4 spelling activities will be due on Friday, January 6th. *A new spelling list will go home on Monday!

*Let me know if you need anything throughout the week!*


Update for December 12-16  

It's beginning to look at lot like CHRISTMAS!!  This is our last week before Christmas Break!  We'll see everyone back on January 2nd!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, December 12th:

  • Monday Morning Meeting (full school)
  • K Day
  • MakerSpace
  • Science Olympiad practice

Tuesday, December 13th:

  • 5 Day

Wednesday, December 14th:

  • FIELD TRIP TO TRYON PALACE
  • *Students MUST be on time or they will miss the bus!!  We will leave the classroom to load the buses promptly at 8:30am.  Don't forget your lunch!!

Thursday, December 15th:

  • 3 Day (WAVE day)
  • Spelling Test!

Friday, December 16th:

  • 2 Day
  • Christmas Celebration
  • Holiday Sing Along at 1:30 (until about 2:30...you can check your child out afterwards!)

Upcoming events!

  • December 19th - January 1st: Christmas Break

Weekly Focus:

This week will be a whirlwind of activity!  With all of the special events, we will be squeezing in as much content as we can.  In math, we will continue learning about fractions to make sure students feel comfortable with fractions on a number line and the concept of equivalent fractions.  In reading, we will finish up our study of folktales, fables, and fairy tales.  I will also work on pulling RTA passages for standards that students have not passed.  Hopefully we can get some of these standards knocked out before the break!  Our classtime will be limited so make sure students are practicing spelling words each night at home for their spelling test on Thursday (WAVE day)!

*Students will still have homework this week that will be due on Friday.  If you know your child will not be in attendance on Friday, please make arrangements to have homework completed and turned in on Thursday! :)  Thanks!


Update for December 5-9  

It's another full week at Stateside!  Let me know if you have any questions regarding these announcements!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, December 5th:

  • Monday Morning Meeting (3-5)
  • 5 Day
  • Science Olympiad practice
  • Santa Shop (9-2)
  • Canned food drive!

Tuesday, December 6th:

  • 4 Day
  • Santa Shop (9-2)
  • Canned food drive!

Wednesday, December 7th:

  • 3 Day (WAVE day)
  • Spelling Test
  • Last day to send in canned food for the food drive!
  • Santa Shop (9-2)
  • CiCi's Pizza Night

Thursday, December 8th:

  • 1 Day
  • Snack money due
  • Santa Shop (9-2)

Friday, December 9th:

  • 2 Day
  • Last day of Santa Shop (9-2)

Upcoming events!

  • December 12th: Full school MMM
  • December 14th: Field Trip to Tryon Palace
  • December 16th: Stateside Sing Along
  • December 19th - January 1st: Christmas Break

Weekly Focus:

Reading: We will continue learning about standard RL.3.2 where we will read fables and folktales and try to identify the lesson or central message of each story.  We will complete more RTA passages on this standard towards the middle of this week.

Grammar: We will continue learning about and identifying action verbs and linking verbs.

Writing: We will continue with our writing responses about nonfiction text.

Math: We will continue our chapter on fractions!!  This week's focus will be fractions on a number line and equivalent fractions.  **Please continue practicing multiplication facts at home daily!**

Science: Extra Credit project due by Friday, December 9th!

Social Studies: We will begin a new unit of study on historical events and figures from our area.

Idiom: "Actions speak louder than words." - will be assess on our spelling test on Wednesday, 12/7!

Homework: Reading homework will be sent home on Monday.  The reading homework and 4 spelling activities will be due on Friday, December 9th. *A new spelling list will go home on Wednesday (WAVE day)


Update for November 28 - December 2  

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  We have 3 short weeks until Christmas Break so we will be keeping very busy until then.  Please read these updates carefully and let me know if you have any questions!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, November 28th:

  • 4 Day
  • Dogs for Dads at 6:30pm
  • Science Olympiad practice

Tuesday, November 29th:

  • 3 Day (WAVE Day)

Wednesday, November 30th:

  • 2 Day
  • Last day to send in permission slip and payment for the Tryon Palace field trip!

Thursday, December 1st:

  • 1 Day
  • Snack money due

Friday, December 2nd:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)
  • Science quiz on Respiratory, Digestive, and Nervous systems

Upcoming events!

  • December 14th: Field Trip 
  • to Tryon Palace
  • December 19th - January 1st: Christmas Break

Weekly Focus:

Reading: We will begin learning about standard RL.3.2 where we will read fables and folktales and try to identify the lesson or central message of each story.

Grammar: We will begin learning about and identifying action verbs and linking verbs.

Writing: We will continue with our writing responses about nonfiction text.

Math: We will start our next chapter on fractions!!  **Please continue practicing multiplication facts at home daily!**

Science: We will wrap up the human body by looking at the nervous system and the digestive system.  Students will take a quiz on Friday, December 2nd on the nervous, digestive, and respiratory systems!

Homework: Reading homework will be sent home on Monday and a new spelling list will be passed out on that day.  The reading homework and 4 spelling activities will be due on Friday, December 2nd.


Update for November 21-25  

Happy Thanksgiving Week!  We will have 2 full days of school before the break begins for students to eat lots of turkey and spend time with the family and friends they are so thankful for.

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, November 21st:

  • Monday Morning Meeting (3-5)
  • K Day (MakerSpace)
  • *Parents Night Out forms are due!

Tuesday, November 22nd:

  • Dogs for Dads forms due!
  • 5 Day
  • Chuck E. Cheese Night

Wednesday, November 23rd:

  • Teacher Workday (NO school for students!)

Thursday, November 24th:

  • NO SCHOOL
  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Friday, November 25th:

  • NO SCHOOL

Upcoming events!

  • November 28: Dogs for Dads event at 6:30pm
  • November 30: Permission slips and payment due for Tryon Palace field trip
  • December 2: Parents Night Out

Weekly Focus:

We will spend our short 2-day week completing Thanksgiving-themed math and reading activities!  Students will not be assigned any homework this week and they will not receive new spelling words until after the break.  (The upcoming list is posted under the "Current Spelling List" tab if they want to get a head start studying!)  I will reserve the end of our day on Tuesday for a classroom Thanksgiving celebration beginning at 2:00pm.  If you would like to send any treats, please just let me know!  Thank you!

 


Update for November 14-18  

It's almost THANKSGIVING BREAK!  This is our last full week of school before our short week next week!  Students will have several assessments this week so please make a note of these dates carefully!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, November 14th:

  • Monday Morning Meeting (K-2)
  • PTO Meeting (9am)
  • 5 Day (STEM Lab)

Tuesday, November 15th:

  • 4 Day
  • Girls on the Run
  • Chick-fil-A Night

Wednesday, November 16th:

  • 2 Day (We switched WAVE days with 2nd grade!!  Ours will be on Thursday of this week!)

Thursday, November 17th:

  • 3 Day (WAVE!)
  • STEM Fair (5:30-7:00pm)
  • Snack Money due

Friday, November 18th:

  • 1 Day
  • 3rd Grade Honor Roll/Principal's List Ceremony at 2:15pm! *Your child received an invitation last week if they are being recognized!
  • Goldfish Snack Day

Upcoming events!

  • November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break!

Weekly Focus:

Reading:  We will wrap up our study of figurative language this week with exploring similes and metaphors.

Writing: We will complete daily writing assignments using our writing rubrics to ensure we are giving complete answers with multiple details each time we write.  We will also begin brainstorming informative writing this week.

Grammar: We will begin a study of verbs this week.

Idiom of the Week: “Easier said than done” – It’s easier to say you’ll do something than to actually do it.  This will be assessed on the spelling test on Thursday, November 17th!

Math: Students will learn about how bar graphs and pictographs are alike and different.  They will also learn about line plots.  There will be a test on these graphs as well as tally charts and frequency tables on Friday!  *Students will also continue taking timed multiplication quizzes.  PLEASE make sure your student is practicing their multiplication facts at home!  I am looking to see improvement in speed and accuracy!

Science: This week we will wrap up the muscular system and learn about the circulatory system.  My plan is to have a quiz on Friday that covers the skeletal, muscular, and circulatory systems before we move on to learning about 3 more body systems!

Homework: New reading homework will be sent home on Monday to be completed and turned in on Friday.  Since our spelling test takes place on THURSDAY of this week, students will only need to complete spelling homework on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in preparation for the test.  *This means only THREE activities need to be completed this week!*

Please let me know if you need anything throughout the week! :)


Update for November 7-11  

This will be a busy week at Stateside!  Please read these updates carefully!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, November 7th:

  • Monday Morning Meeting (Full School)
  • 2 Day
  • Report cards go home!! Please sign and return the envelope!

Tuesday, November 8th:

  • 1 Day
  • Girls on the Run

Wednesday, November 9th:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)

Thursday, November 10th:

  • Early Release at 12:20pm!
  • Veterans' Day festivities!  Wear your red, white, and blue!!!

Friday, November 11th:

  • NO SCHOOL!

Upcoming events!

  • November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break!

Weekly Focus:

Reading:  We will continue looking at nonliteral text and how to use context clues to determine the meaning of idioms in fiction and nonfiction passages.  Students will begin RTA passages on this skill and also complete homework on this skill.

Writing: We will complete daily writing assignments using our writing rubrics to ensure we are giving complete answers with multiple details each time we write.

Grammar: We will finish talking about sentence types and how to combine sentences.  We will have a grammar assessment on Wednesday, November 9th!

Idiom of the Week: “Easier said than done” – It’s easier to say you’ll do something than to actually do it.  This will be assessed on the spelling test on Wednesday, November 16th!

Math: Students will continue working on multiplication tables.  Some students are struggling to complete 40 facts in 3 minutes.  Please make sure your child is practicing these facts at home daily!!  I was just at Dollar Tree and they have flashcards available for $1 if you would like to pick some up.  There are also resources available online or you can make your own flashcards.

Science: This week we will focus on learning about the muscular system!

Homework: New reading homework will be sent home on Monday.  Students will continue to complete 1 spelling activity each night to turn in on Thursday.  There will only be THREE required activities since it is a short week!

Please let me know if you need anything throughout the week! :)


Update for October 31 - November 4  

Welcome to November!!!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, October 31st:

  • Wear a costume for $1
  • Monday Morning Meeting (3-5)
  • 1 Day

Tuesday, November 1st:

  • K Day (MakerSpace)
  • Girls on the Run
  • Rachel's Challenge presentation

Wednesday, November 2nd:

  • 5 Day
  • Field Trip to see the Tortoise and the Hare (loading buses at 10:30!)
  • CiCi's Pizza night

Thursday, November 3rd:

  • STEM Fair meeting at 6:00pm
  • Snack money due
  • 4 Day

Friday, November 4th:

  • All reading and spelling homework due
  • 3 Day (WAVE)
  • Spelling Test
  • School Geography Bee at 9:00am

Upcoming events!

  • Thursday, November 10th: Early Release at 12:20pm
  • Friday, November 11th: NO SCHOOL (Veterans' Day!)

Weekly Focus:

Reading:  We will begin practicing the skill of using context clues to understand the meaning of vocabulary words and figurative language.  Students have been practicing this skill for their homework and this will be the next skill assessed through RTA passages.

Writing: We will work on short writing tasks using our writing rubrics as we prepare to switch gears to informative writing during this grading period.

Grammar: We will learn how to correct run-on sentences and correctly put 2 simple sentences together into a compound sentence.

Idiom of the Week: "Taste of your own medicine" - something that you've done to others is now happening to you.  This will be assessed on the spelling test on Friday!

Math: We will continue learning about different types of graphs and how they are used.  Students will also continue working on their 2, 3, and 4 times tables to prepare for a quiz this week!

Science: We will continue learning about body systems this week!

Homework: New reading homework will be sent home on Monday.  Students will continue to complete 1 spelling activity each night to turn in at the end of the week.

Please let me know if you need anything throughout the week! :)


Update for October 24-28  

It’s Red Ribbon Week!  Check the schedule closely for the dress-up days :)

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, October 24th:

  • Wear as much RED as you can!!!
  • Monday Morning Meeting (everyone)
  • K Day (MakerSpace)

Tuesday, October 25th:

  • "Too bright for drugs" day!  Wear bright colors and accessories
  • 5 Day (STEM lab)
  • Girls on the Run
  • Chuck E Cheese Night

Wednesday, October 26th:

  • Spirit Day!  Wear red, white, and blue
  • Make-up Picture Day (*you can bring spirit clothes to change into after your picture!)
  • 4 Day

Thursday, October 27th:

  • Team up against drugs - wear sports jerseys!
  • Snack money due (lollipops)
  • 3 Day - WAVE
  • Spelling Test!

Friday, October 28th:

  • Put a sock on drugs - wear crazy socks!
  • All reading and spelling homework due
  • 2 Day

Upcoming events!

  • Monday, October 31st - Pay $1 to wear costumes to school (You can still wear costumes if you don't have the money!)
  • Monday, October 31st - End of the first 9 weeks
  • Wednesday, November 2nd - Field trip to see The Tortoise and the Hare

Weekly Focus:

Reading:  We will finish looking at illustrations in non-fiction text to see how they can help us understand some difficult passages.  We will complete 2 more RTA passages on this skill.  Students did VERY well on the first one!  Yay!!  These passages are very important and are good practice for the Reading EOG!  We will be completing passages each week so attendance is very important!

Writing: We will finish our rough drafts and complete final drafts of our narratives about a vacation we've taken.

Grammar: We will learn how to identify the subject and predicate in different types of sentences and correct run-on sentences.

Idiom of the Week: "Don't judge a book by its cover." - Don't decide how you feel about something because of how it looks.  This will be assessed on the spelling test on Thursday!

Math: We will continue multiplication this week.  We will rotate through centers to focus on answering facts QUICKLY.  A lot of students struggled with time when completing their 5 and 10 times tables.  They are required to answer 40 facts in 3 minutes so they need to have these memorized!!  In class, we will use pictures to prove why our answers to these facts are correct.

Science: We will begin learning about body systems this week!

Homework: New reading homework will be sent home on Monday.  Students will continue to complete 1 spelling activity each night to turn in at the end of the week.

Please let me know if you need anything throughout the week! :)


Update for October 17-21  

It’s Book Fair Week!  Be sure your patriot dresses like a pirate on Monday to kick off the book fair.  Also, please plan to attend Literacy Night on Monday from 5:00 until 7:00pm!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, October 17th:

  • Dress Like a Pirate (but leave ALL weapons at home!)
  • Book Fair!
  • Literacy Night (5-7pm)
  • 4 Day
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 18th:

  • WAVE Day!
  • Book Fair!
  • Spelling Test
  • Chick-fil-A Night
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Girls on the Run

Wednesday, October 19th:

  • Book Fair!
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 20th:

  • Early Release at 12:20pm
  • Snack money due

Friday, October 21st:

  • All reading and spelling homework due
  • Book Fair closes at 1:00pm

Upcoming events!

  • Monday, October 31st - Pay $1 to wear costumes to school
  • Monday, October 31st - End of the first 9 weeks

Weekly Focus:

Reading:  We will look at illustrations in non-fiction text to see how they can help us understand some difficult passages.  We will also continue completing Read to Achieve passages.  These passages are very important and are good practice for the Reading EOG!  We will be completing passages each week so attendance is very important!

Writing: We will use our writing rubric to write about geography and picture cards.

Grammar: We will learn how to identify the subject and predicate in different types of sentences.

Idiom of the Week: "Don't judge a book by its cover." - Don't decide how you feel about something because of how it looks.

Math: We will continue multiplication this week.  Students did very well on the quiz that included 0 and 1 times tables.  They should now focus on multiplication facts for 5 and 10.  They are required to answer 40 facts in 3 minutes so they need to have these memorized!!  In class, we will use pictures to prove why our answers to these facts are correct.

Social Studies: We will have a test on Geography on Wednesday!!  Please make sure you review the material with your student on Monday and Tuesday.  We have been reviewing in class so students should be well-prepared by Wednesday.

Homework: New reading homework will be sent home on Monday.  Students will continue to complete 1 spelling activity each night to turn in at the end of the week.

Please let me know if you need anything throughout the week! :)


Update for October 10-14  

It’s a short week since Matthew visited town!  Be sure to end the week by coming to the Fall Festival from 5:30 until 8:00 on Friday night!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, October 10th:

  • NO SCHOOL!

Tuesday, October 11th:

  • NO SCHOOL!

Wednesday, October 12th:

  • Spelling Test***
  • Fire Safety Presentation (9:00-11:00)
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 13th:

  • MakerSpace
  • Snack money due (unless you paid for popcorn last week!)
  • Girls on the Run
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 14th:

  • STEM lab
  • All reading and spelling homework due
  • Fall Festival!! (5:30-8:00pm)

Upcoming events!

  • Monday, October 17th - Field Trip money due for the Tortoise and the Hare!!
  • Book Fair: October 17-21
  • October 17th: Literacy Night (5:00-7:00pm)
  • October 18th: Chick-fil-A Night
  • October 20th: Professional Development (Release at 12:20)

Weekly Focus:

Reading:  We will discuss how illustrations help us understand the story better.  We will also continue completing Read to Achieve passages.  These passages are very important and are good practice for the Reading EOG!  We will be completing passages each week so attendance is very important!

Writing: We will discuss our writing rubric and how to make sure we are fully answering questions with multiple details.  We will also continue working on narrative writing.

Grammar: We will learn how singular or plural nouns in a sentence affect our verb.

Idiom of the Week: "Hit the nail on the head" - Meaning: "to do or say something exactly right."  Your child will be asked to explain the meaning of this idiom on their spelling test next Tuesday, 10/18! (*We did not get to explore this idiom last week so it will not be on assessed on our spelling test on 10/11)

Math: We will begin multiplication this week!  We will look at what it means to multiply and some ways pictures can help us solve multiplication problems.  Students should be practicing multiplication tables at home.  You will see a letter come home about rewards your child will receive by knowing his/her multiplication facts!!

Social Studies: We will continue discussing the five themes of geography and how geography affects us.  We will also continue looking at maps and how to read them properly.

Homework: Look for the new spelling and reading homework on Tuesday!  Since we did not have school on Monday, the homework will be abbreviated.  Students will still have until Friday to complete it.

Please let me know if you need anything throughout the week! :)


Update for October 3-7  

Hello, October!!  Lots of activities are taking place so be sure to put them on your calendar!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

Monday, October 3rd:

  • Monday Morning Meeting
  • Last day to turn in Charleston Wrap orders!

Tuesday, October 4th:

  • No special events

Wednesday, October 5th:

  • Picture Day!!
  • MakerSpace

Thursday, October 6th:

  • Sibling Pictures!
  • STEM lab
  • Snack money due (50 cents)
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 7th:

  • Star Wars Reads Day!  Students may wear Star Wars t-shirts or dress like a character from the movies
  • All reading and spelling homework due
  • **Watch for weather alerts**

Upcoming events!

  • October 10-13: Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • October 14th: Fall Festival! (5:30-8:00pm)
  • October 17th: Literacy Night (5:00-7:00pm)

Weekly Focus:

Reading:  We will continue talking about characters and character traits.  We will also begin completing Read to Achieve passages.  These passages are very important and are good practice for the Reading EOG!  We will be completing passages each week so attendance is very important!

Writing: We will discuss our writing rubric and how to make sure we are fully answering questions with multiple details.  We will also continue working on narrative writing.

Grammar: We will continue learning about irregular plural nouns and how singular or plural nouns in a sentence affect our verb.

Idiom of the Week: "Hit the nail on the head" - Meaning: "to do or say something exactly right."  Your child will be asked to explain the meaning of this idiom on their spelling test next Monday, 10/10!

Math: We will continue our chapter on Addition.  This week we will discuss how to estimate sums and use models (flats, tens rods, and units) to help us add.  We will also use the basic method to solve addition problems with 2, 3, and 4-digit addends.

Social Studies: We will discuss the five themes of geography and how geography affects us.

Homework: Look for the new spelling and reading homework on Monday!  As usual, students should complete 4 spelling activities to turn in on or before Friday.  Also, students need to be sure to complete the reading homework directions for Monday-Thursday so that all 4 activities are completed and turned in on Friday.

Please let me know if you need anything throughout the week! :)


Update for September 26-30  

Welcome to another week!  Please read the reminders carefully and mark important dates on your calendar!!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

  • I hope to send out a SignUpGenius towards the beginning of this week for you to sign up for parent-teacher conferences!  We will use these conferences to discuss the information I have gathered through assessments during these first few weeks, as well as the information you will see on the interim report that goes home this Thursday.  If you have any concerns about what you see reflected on that report, please feel free to discuss them with me at our conference!
  • Monday, September 26th - Federal cards sent home (please fill out and return ASAP!) and permission slips for our first field trip will be sent home!  Check your child's homework folder for these important documents!!!
  • Tuesday, September 27th - MakerSpace Day and LAST day of reading assessments
  • Wednesday, September 28th - STEM lab to work on our Patriotic projects!!  Please remember to wear as much RED, WHITE, and BLUE as you can!! :)
  • Thursday, September 29th - Snack money due (50 cents) and Interim reports go home!
  • Friday, September 30th - WAVE Day and spelling test on list 3

Weekly Focus:

Reading:  We will analyze characters and character traits within stories and passages.

Writing: We will work on forming narrative writing.

Grammar: We will look at plural nouns and some of the common irregular plural nouns.

Idiom of the Week: "Better late than never" - Your child will be asked to explain the meaning of this idiom on their spelling test on Friday!

Math: We will continue our chapter on Addition.  We will discuss commutitive, identity, and associative properties of addition and look at specific patterns when adding.  Since we have been reviewing addition facts, we will use those basic facts to help us add mentally and add larger numbers.  Please make sure any homework is completed each night so we can review it in class before moving on.  Thank you!  *Specific homework assignments can be found in the "Homework" tab on my website!*

Science/Social Studies: We will switch our focus to Social Studies as we begin working on our IMPACT projects that take a closer look at patriotic holidays, men, and women who have influenced our community and world.

Homework: Weekly spelling and reading homework will be sent on Monday.  Specific homework details can be found under the "Homework" tab on the webpage.  Please make sure your child's agenda and homework folder come back to school each day!!

Please let me know if you need anything throughout the week! :)


Update for September 19-23  

Welcome to another week!  Please read the reminders carefully and mark important dates on your calendar!!

Reminders/Important Events this week:

  • Monday, September 19th - We will discuss the U.S. Constitution in observance of Constitution Day which was Saturday, September 17th!  We will also go to the STEM lab to begin researching patriotic symbols and holidays for a special project during this first 9 weeks.
  • Tuesday, September 20th - Math Test on Place Value and Rounding!!
  • Wednesday, September 21st - WAVE Day!  We will also have a spelling test on list 2!
  • Thursday, September 22nd - Early Release Day!  Please let me know ASAP if there will be any transportation changes for your patriot due to the early release.
  • Friday, September 23rd - Force and Motion Test!
  • Any snack money (50 cents) should be sent by Thursday, September 22nd!

Weekly Focus:

Reading:  We will continue practicing looking in the text to find answers to comprehension questions.  Students are doing very well with oral comprehension!  I would really like to focus on written comprehension this week and make sure students are always stating facts from the text in their answers to make them complete!

Writing: We will brainstorm ideas for our narrative writing.

Grammar: We will start looking at parts of speech this week and talk specifically about types of nouns over the next few days (common, proper, singular, plural, irregular).

Math: We will review Place Value and Rounding on Monday for a test on Tuesday.  A review sheet will be sent as homework on Monday that will help students prepare for the test!  After WAVE day on Wednesday, we will begin a new chapter on Addition on Thursday.  Please make sure any homework is completed each night so we can review it in class before moving on.  Thank you!  *Specific homework assignments can be found in the "Homework" tab on my website!*

Science: We will wrap up our study of Force and Motion this week by talking about Sir Isaac Newton and the force of gravity.  Students had a preview of what gravity is during our Friday afternoon snack so they should be ready to expand that knowledge and get ready for our test on Friday!

Homework: Weekly spelling and reading homework will be sent on Monday.  Specific homework details can be found under the "Homework" tab on the webpage.  Please make sure your child's agenda and homework folder come back to school each day!!

Please let me know if you need anything throughout the week! :)


Update for September 12-16  

This will be a big week for our third grade patriots!!  We will continue our reading assessments (one-on-one assessments with me in class), and we will also take the BOG (Beginning-of-Grade test) on Wednesday, September 14th!  Please make sure your child is getting plenty of rest so they are prepared to focus and do their best on each of these tests!

Weekly Focus:

Reading:  We will continue working on how to answer questions by going back into the text to find answers.  Students should focus on answering the question and stating how they know their answer is correct.  For example, if the question asks, "What happened to the sheep?"...an acceptable answer would be, "The sheep were eaten by the wolf because the boy had lied so many times that no one came to help.  As students use the strategies of visualizing and making connections, they will improve comprehension and their ability to answer these questions completely.

Writing: We will begin discussing and practicing narrative writing.

Math: We will continue our chapter on Place Value.  This week's focus will be rounding numbers to the tens place and the hundreds place.  Please make sure homework is completed each night so we can review it in class before moving on.  Thank you!  *Specific homework assignments can be found in the "Homework" tab on my website!*

Science: For the next couple of weeks, we will be discussing Force and Motion.  Students will continue learning about how forces affect speed and how friction impacts an object.

Homework: Weekly spelling and reading homework will be sent on Monday.  A math homework sheet will be sent home on Monday and Thursday (I will let you know if this changes...with WAVE day and the BOG, we will probably not have time to complete a new lesson on Tuesday or Wednesday!).  Please make sure your child's agenda and homework folder come back to school each day!!

Reminders:

  • There will be a full school Monday Morning Meeting on September 12th!
  • Tuesday, September 13th is WAVE Day!  We will also have a spelling test and practice for the BOG!
  • Wednesday, September 14th is the BOG!!!  Eat a good breakfast and come to school well-rested!
  • Any snack money (50 cents) should be sent by Thursday, September 15th!  If you sent money last Friday, I have held on to it to count it for this week :)
  • Friday is MakerSpace Day!
  • Fees ($6) should be paid as soon as possible if you have not paid them already!
  • Please send in any paperwork that has not be returned.
  • Please send in any supplies that have not been sent!

Please let me know if you need anything throughout the week! :)


Snack! 9/9  

Don't you LOVE popcorn?!

Don't you LOVE when your principal pops it for you?!

Students may purchase bags of popcorn popped by our very own Mr. Strope for only 50 cents per bag!!  The bags of popcorn will be delivered on Friday afternoon.  ALL purchases must be made on THURSDAY (September 8)!  I cannot accept popcorn money on Friday. 

*Friday snacks will be a weekly occurrence so stay tuned to hear which snack will be available next week!


Update for September 5-9  

Happy long weekend, Patriots!  I hope everyone is getting plenty of rest to get ready for our next week in third grade!  Please remember there is no school on Monday, September 5th!

This week we will begin our main content in each of our core subjects.  Also, reading benchmark assessments will begin on Wednesday, September 7th.  Please make sure your child is getting plenty of rest so they are prepared to focus and do their best! 

Weekly Focus:

Reading:  We will be discussing reading strategies and how to ask and answer questions using the text.  This is an important skill, and students should be able to find evidence to support any answers to questions about a passage.  We will also begin Daily 5 centers during our reading time so students will be working with their spelling words, working on writing skills, reading independently, reading with a buddy, and listening to reading.

Grammar: We will work with our first spelling list so students can begin recognizing spelling patterns.  A spelling test will be given each 3 day, and homework will be in your child's homework folder.  You will see a spelling menu and your child will be able to choose the activity he/she would like to do each night.  Please make sure activities are completed and turned in on Friday!

Writing: We will begin discussing and practicing narrative writing.

Math: Our first chapter will be on Place Value.  This week we will look at standard form, expanded form, word form, comparing numbers, ordering numbers, and naming the value or place a digit falls in.  Homework is meant to reinforce the topics we talk about in class.  If a child does not grasp a particular topic, it is difficult to build upon it.  Please make sure homework is completed each night so we can review it in class before moving on.  Thank you!

Science: For the next couple of weeks, we will be discussing Force and Motion.  Students will understand what happens when a force acts on an object, how speed is related to time, and how gravity affects objects on Earth.

Homework: This week we will begin having nightly homework.  In your child's homework folder on Tuesday, you will see an outline for reading and spelling homework throughout the week, as well as a page of math homework from our math textbook.  The reading homework will explain which activity should be completed each night with the included passage.  The spelling homework will be a "Spelling Menu" that has a variety of tasks.  Each task is given a point value (1 or 2 points), and students should choose a different task each night of the week that will ultimately add up to 5 points by Friday.  Since this is a short week and students will only have 3 days to complete the assignment, only 4 points are necessary this time.  Please let me know if you have questions!  The math homework will be completed nightly and brought back to school so I can ensure students have completed it and we can go over it before beginning a new lesson.

Reminders:

  • Fees ($6) should be paid as soon as possible if you have not paid them already!
  • Please send in any paperwork that has not be returned.
  • Please send in any supplies that were not sent last week!
  • Thursday is a K Day--that is MakerSpace day for third grade!

Please let me know if you need anything throughout the week! :)


Update for August 29 - September 2  

The first week of school is here!!  Our main focus this week will be to set up procedures and learn how our classroom will operate this year.  We will have lots of time to get to know each other through games and activities.  I will also give students some classwork assignments so that I can see where their strengths are and how we can improve in other areas.  Our first WAVE day will be this Friday, September 2nd.  Also, please remember that there will be no school next Monday, September 5th (Labor Day).  Please don't hesitate to contact me throughout the week if you have any questions!

  • Monday, August 29th: First Day of School!  Bring your supplies and any forms that you have filled out from Open House.  Make sure your child has a lunch (or knows if they are purchasing school lunch) and a snack.  Your student will go home in the way you specified on the form at Open House.  If you're not sure what you put down or need to change it, please send a note, call the school, or email me.
  • Tuesday, August 30th: Please be sure you have signed my classroom information slip that will go home on Monday so your child can earn Patriot bucks on Tuesday!
  • Wednesday, August 31st: 5 Day--We will go to the STEM lab on 5 Day!
  • Thursday, September 1st: 4 Day--Uninterrupted learning for us!
  • Friday, September 2nd: 3 Day--WAVE Day!

 

*Some of you asked at Open House if there were any items that we could use in our classroom.  If you would like to send in something extra, I would greatly appreciate packages of thin dry-erase markers and some extra folders (the vinyl/plastic ones with pockets).  Thank you!!


Wow!!  

What a great turnout at Open House!!!  I'm so glad that I was able to meet so many of you.  Please let me know if there is anything you need before I see everyone on Monday.  Also, if you did not have your bus information before dropping by the classroom, you can go ahead and send me a quick email and I will put that information on the forms you filled out.  I will probably try to send out a test email over the weekend to make sure I have entered them all correctly.  If you do not receive an email before Monday, please send one to me so I can save your address correctly.

First Day of School Facts

What should I send with my child on Monday?

  • supplies (if you haven't already brought them)
  • lunch (or make sure they know if they're getting a lunch from the cafeteria)
  • completed forms from the packet you were given at Open House
  • snack
  • a signed and dated note--only if transportation has changed from what you filled out for me tonight (I will send your child home in the way that is specified on the form you filled out.)

What time should they get to school?

  • I will greet students at the door between 8:00 and 8:25am

Will they have homework?

  • No homework will be given during the first week, but they WILL have a packet with a tearoff to sign and return.  Students who return the slip on Tuesday will earn Patriot bucks!! :)

Welcome!!  

Welcome, Patriots!!

Now that I have seen your names on my class roster, I can't wait to put a face to all of those names!!  I look forward to seeing all of you at Open House on Thursday, August 25th, between 3:00 and 7:00.  Please drop by, say hello, and check out Room 404!  Feel free to bring supplies with you to Open House so you don't have to tote them with you on the first day.  If you need anything before then, please call the school and let me know!  I can't wait to kick off the school year with all of you.

Parents, at Open House, please be prepared to give me some information to help make this year go as smoothly as possible!  I would love to get your mailing address, email address, and the best phone number to reach you.  Also, I will ask about your child's first day transportation and his/her typical transportation for the year.  This information is very important so I can make sure your child makes it home safely each day! If you have any other tidbits of information that you feel I should know about, I'm here to listen.  I look forward to meeting you soon!

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Kight

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