• Weekly News

    Posted by KATHY CHILDS on 4/26/2019

    We have a very productive week back after a restful Spring Break! Please have your calendars handy as we want to share some important dates and information.

    SOL News:

    As everyone knows, the SOLs are soon upon us. While we all believe firmly that this is just a test, and doesn't determine your child's value, we do want to make sure everyone is prepared so they can feel successful. We do everything in our power to make the time around the test positive and encouraging. But, we need your help!

    Please note the SOL dates on your calendar. Reading is Friday, May 10th, with Math on Friday, May 17th. 
    We are providing breakfast for students and asking for your donations. Room Parents or teachers will be in touch shortly if they haven't already.
    SOL Stars- SOL Stars were sent home earlier this week for you to fill out with encouraging messages for your child and others. Please return those sometime next week so we can display them prior to the SOLs.

    Other reminders:
    Please return pictures or picture money (or a combination of the two) as soon as possible.

     

    Math- We have finished up our units on time and measurement. We are spiraling back to assess retention of concepts taught earlier in the school year. Your support in reviewing at home is appreciated. Some students just need reminders to activate prior knowledge and learned skills.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- Students are becoming test taking experts! They have learned to brain dump concepts for both fiction and nonfiction. The next step is roadmapping. As they read the story they highlight important information and take notes about the story in their roadmap. Amazingly, when it comes time to answer the questions, most of what they have "predicted" would be asked is already written out in their notes. This increases their confidence and their accuracy on the questions that follow. Reading passages for a test is a different skill than reading for pleasure! Have your child explain what they have learned and walk you through the process. They are really quite good!

    Word Study-  Words were sent this week and the assessment will be given next Friday, May 3rd.

    Coding/Content- Each student has chosen a different topic from the year to turn into a Scratch Project! We look forward to sharing our projects to review and teach others. Over the next few weeks we will be learning about soil as well as economics in Ancient Civilizations. Stay tuned for more information.

    Important Dates-

     Friday, April 26th- PTA Movie Night

    Friday, May 10th- Reading SOL

    Friday, May 17th- Math SOL

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by KATHY CHILDS on 4/5/2019

    We have spent a lot of time preparing for our Epic Build Showcase. Your children have many exciting projects to share. Third grade will attend the opening ceremony in the gym from 8:30-8:55. We will be in our wing with projects on display from 9:00-10:00. Please plan to stop by sometime during that window. You are welcome to take your child to visit others projects around the school after they have presented.

    Camp STEAMovation- Early bird registration pricing gyaranteed until Spring Break. Don't wait- sign up today! Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- We have become measurement experts over the last few weeks! Students have learned how to measure length, determine the best tool for measurement, and analyze the relationship between cups, pints, quarts, liters, and gallons. Next week students will focus on time and temperature. Thank you for your support in reinforcing real life math concepts at home.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week, we have started our new unit on test taking. Students are learning to put on their "test taking hats" to rock the test. Ask your child to tell you about their brain dump! Everyone has learned how to road map and find the important elements of a story. Finding these elements and learning what types of questions to expect, builds confidence and readiness for the test. Students have wrapped up fairy tales and will write their third and final personal narrative next week. Brainstorm those "special moments" that may serve as a great story.

    Word Study-  Words were sent this week and the assessment will be given next Friday, April 12th.

    Coding- We have been coding our Makey Makey circuits for an interactive display on Tuesday. We can't wait for you to see them!

    Important Dates-

     

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase 9:00-10:00

    Monday, April 15th- Friday, April 19th- Spring Break- ENJOY

    Friday, April 26th- PTA Movie Night

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by KATHY CHILDS on 3/22/2019

    We are excited to wrap up another great week. Look for the field trip reminder coming home with your child today. Next week all classes will be completing MAPS testing between Tuesday and Thursday. Thanks for making sure your child gets a good night of sleep and eats a healthy breakfast!

    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- The students are now experts in geometry, so challenge them to identify shapes you see when you are out! Next week, we will be moving into measurement. We are excited to begin our exploration of length, capacity, area, perimeter, and volume. 

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week, students have been diving into traditional literature by reading folktales, fables, and fairytales. We have had so much fun reading the classic stories such as Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood. We have learned how to spot the elements in this genre that makes it different from the fiction we are used to reading. In the coming weeks, the students will be incorporating these elements into their own writing as they write a spin on a classic tale. 

    Word Study-  There will be no word study the week of March 25th.

    Content- Students are finished researching health, and they are polishing the fine details on their boards. We are so proud of all of their dedication to this project, and we look forward to seeing you at the Epic Build on April 9th. 

    Coding- Students have been working hard to complete their Scratch game as an extension of their PBL Health Project. This week in Innovation Lab, the students planned out their interactive display for the Makey Makey component of their PBL, and it has been exciting to see the Makey Makeys in action! Ask your student about the unusual objects they are using as conductors to complete their circuits. 

    Important Dates-

    Monday, March 25th- Third grade field trip to Morven Park

    Tuesday, March 26th-28th- MAPS testing for all 3rd grade students (reading and math)

    Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st- Teacher Workday and Staff Development/ Student Holiday

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by KATHY CHILDS on 3/15/2019

    We are so excited that Spring is finally here! We have enjoyed getting some much needed exercise outside this week. I hope you all enjoy the weekend.


    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- This week, students have learned all about Geometry. Your child is becoming a polygon expert! They should be able to name all of the shapes with 3-10 sides and explain what makes a polygon. They have also learned how to combine shapes to make one larger polygon. Ask them to show you how to use their bodies as a point, line, line segment, and ray. All classes will assess next week and move on to our measurement unit. Stay tuned for lots of practical ways you can support your child in learning measurement at home!

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week we have wrapped up our unit on nonfiction. Students have had exposure to many types of nonfiction and have worked researching all about their PBL health topic. Classes are in the middle of tpying their information on Wixie and organizing material to create their presentation boards. They look forward to sharing them with you during the Epic Build on April 9th. Next we will move into fables, folktales, and fairy tales in both reading and writing.

    Word Study-  Students received new words this week. The assessment will be March 22nd.

    Content- Our ecosystem posters and projects are nearly complete. Students should be able to thoroughly explain the components of the food chain and give specific examples from their ecosystem. Soil is up next in science. We will kick off our unit with our field trip to Morven Park on March 25th. If you have not signed and returned your child's permission slip, please do so as soon as possible.

    Coding- Everyone is hard at work creating a Scratch game as an extension of their PBL Health Project. You are welcome to check out these projects online at home. All games will be displayed during our next Epic Build. Next week in Innovation Lab students will begin coding their Makey Makeys as another extension of our PBL and coding. 

    Important Dates-

    Monday, March 25th- Third grade field trip to Morven Park

    Tuesday, March 26th-28th- MAPS testing for all 3rd grade students (reading and math)

    Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st- Teacher Workday and Staff Development/ Student Holiday

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by KATHY CHILDS on 3/8/2019

    Thank you so much for coming out and supporting our third grade program last night! We are so proud of all of their hard work.

    We want to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Lins, Karyn Norton, Emily Ledford, and Dr. and Dr. Shah! You provided a wealth of information for our students during their research. We can't wait to see their finished products!

    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- This week, we focused on collecting and graphing data using bar graphs and pictographs. We talked at length about the different labels on a graph and the differences and similarities between the two. Next week, we will be moving into geometry where we will focus on the names of different shapes, the different kinds of lines, and area and perimeter. Home extension: Have your child use a ruler or measuring tape to find the perimeter of a surface. Try finding the perimeteres of two different surfaces and compare them!

    Reading and Writing Workshop- We discussed and applied several different nonfcition tools to help us get the most important information from our nonfiction books. Students will continue to learn new skills to add to their nonfiction toolbox, and will apply those skills while they proceed with their animals and health research. 

    Word Study-  The students had their word study test today, and they will be given new words on Monday. Thank you for your continued support at home as you practice the words with your child.

    Content- The students have been working hard on creating their ecosystem poster. So far, they have drawn their habitat and have learned about the different parts of the food chain as well as adaptations. Next week, we will focus on populations and communities, and the students will finish their posters by attaching their animals that pop out.

    Coding- Students have finished their Minecraft games, and began brainstorming their games for their PBL extension activity. Their challenge is to create a game that will teach others about their health topics. 

    Important Dates-

     

    Fri, Mar 8th- Volleyball game against Emerick at Loudoun Valley 

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase

    Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st- Teacher Workday and Staff Development/ Student Holiday

     

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by KATHY CHILDS on 3/1/2019

    Yay for a five day week! It was great to get in a full week (minus a few hours) of learning and fun. 

    Thursday, March 7th- 3rd Grade Music Program 1:30 and 6:30

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase (THIS IS A NEW DATE)

     

    ASEP Sign Up ENDS TODAY- All of your favorite third grade teachers are offering sessions and would love to see your children there. Please sign up at https://rhes.ptboard.com/
    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- We have had a productive week learning about probability. Students had fun finding out which events were more likely. Although sometimes our outcomes aren't always what we predict. Next week we head into graphing, focusing mainly on bar graphs and pictographs. Students will learn to create and analyze graphs. Home extension: Have your child survey their friends and family and draw their own graph. Then have them create questions based on the data.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- Students are digging deep into the world of nonfiction while learning important research skills. Reading and writing are all connected to our science unit on animals as well as our health PBL. They are researching in books and using databases to find information about their ecosystems and their health topics. Your child is becoming an expert and should have information to share with you about what they are learning.

    Word Study-  Students received new words this past Monday. The assessment will be Friday, March 8th. Thank you for your support in reviewing the words at home.

    Content- Students are focusing on researching a specific ecosystem. Within that ecosystem they are learning about the animals focusing on a food chain. Students are creating their own ecosystem, complete with pop-out animals, to demonstrate their understanding. 

    Coding- Students are finishing up their Minecraft games and preparing for their PBL extension activity. In their research groups, students are challenged with creating a game to teach others about their health topics.

    Important Dates-

     

    Thur, Mar 7th-  3rd grade music program- 1:30 assembly/ 6:30 program

    Fri, Mar 8th- Volleyball game against Emerick at Loudoun Valley (flier coming soon)

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by KATHY CHILDS on 2/22/2019

    We have learned to be very flexible with the weather and scheduling lately. We are thankful we could all be back in school together today! We have updated the curriculum information below but with only two days in school this week, it is very similar to the last week's news.

    A few important dates to highlight:
    Tonight is BINGO- Please come and have fun with your family! Doors open at 6:00 and the first game starts at 6:30.
    Program date change- Our third grade program has been pushed back one week with a new date of Thursday, March 7th with show times at 1:30 and 6:30. We hope to see all of you there.

    ASEP Sign Up- Session 3 is rapidly approaching. All of your favorite third grade teachers are offering sessions and would love to see your children there. Please sign up at https://rhes.ptboard.com/
    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (mcondon1@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

     

    Math- Given our weather this week all classes will be assessing fractions early next week before moving on to probability. Students should be able to explain the difference between numerator and denominator. They should also be able to draw and explain the area, set, and measurement model when given a fraction. Students have learned to add and subtract fractions with like denominators and compare fractions when models are present. We are always working to make real world connections and appreciate your support in this area. 

    Reading and Writing Workshop- All classes have started digging into Research in reading. Students are in groups and researching a specific animal. Ask your child to share what they are learning through this research. Students will directly apply their research skills during our exciting PBL unit (with the kick off postponed to next week). Mark your calendars for March 26th as we plan to combine the 3rd and final Epic Build with our PBL Showcase. More information will be sent as the event draws nearer!

    Word Study-  Words were assessed today and new words will be sent on Monday. Thank you for your support in helping your child review at home.

    Content- Students are finishing up their research on their civilizations. All students tackled some big questions. How has my civilization changed over time? What did the civilization invent that still impacts our lives today? How did humans adapt to life in their civilization? Talk to your child about what they have learned through this process.

    Coding- Our Epic Build is well underway. Students are learning how to mimic Minecraft movement in Scratch. Students will be introduced to a new project that will be integrated with their upcoming PBL. More to come!

    Important Dates-

     

    Fri, Feb 22nd- BINGO night (see flier coming home in today's Friday folder- we hope to see you there)

    Thur, Feb 28th- Chat N Chew

    Thur, Mar 7th-  3rd grade music program- 1:30 assembly/ 6:30 program

    Fri, Mar 8th- Volleyball game against Emerick at Loudoun Valley (flier coming soon)

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by KATHY CHILDS on 2/15/2019

    We just finished up another great week. Make sure you mark your calendars for our third grade program on February 28th. Your children will perform for the school at 1:30 with another community program that evening at 6:30. Ms. Jones will be in touch with more information as we get closer to the event!

    Math- We are deep into our learning of fractions. Students should be able to explain the difference between numerator and denominator. They should also be able to draw and explain the area, set, and measurement model when given a fraction. We are always working to make real world connections and appreciate your support in this area. In the next week they will continue comparing fractions as well as adding and subtracting them.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This has been a big week of transition as we have finished our mystery units and are heading into our unit on research. Ask your child to share their mystery idea? Did they think to include a red herring? Each child has read multiple mystery books throughout the unit and should have a lot to share. Next week students will begin researching animals, and then extend their knowledge as we prepare for our upcoming PBL. After our kick-off midweek, stay tuned for more information.

    Word Study-  Words will be assessed next Friday, February 22nd. These words are homophones, so the meanings are as important as the spellings of the words. 

    Content- Students are now in research groups delving deep into an ancient civilization. Students have analyzed maps to see how their civilization has changed over time. They are focusing on understanding what contributions those civilizations have given that still impact us today. Next week they will extend their thinking as they research adaptations humans made to survive in each civilization.

    Coding- Our Epic Build is well underway. Students are learning how to mimic Minecraft movement in Scratch. Ask your child to show you their progress at home.

    Important Dates-

     

    Mon, Feb 18th- President's Day- no school

    Thur, Feb 21st- Moveable Monday

    Fri, Feb 22nd- BINGO night (see flier coming home in today's Friday folder- we hope to see you there)

    Thur, Feb 28th- Chat N Chew/ 1:30 assembly/ 6:30 program

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by KATHY CHILDS on 2/8/2019

    We accomplished a lot with five full days of school! It was great to get back into our routine and make a lot of forward progress in our curriculum. Make sure you mark your calendars for our third grade program on February 28th. Your children will perform for the school at 1:30 with another community program that evening at 6:30. Ms. Jones will be in touch with more information as we get closer to the event!

    Math- This week all students wrapped up patterns and began learning about fractions. Students have had time to explore with fraction blocks, helping them draw conclusions and test their thinking. We will continue to learn about area, set, and measurement models in the coming weeks. Anytime you have a chance to work in real-life use of fractions into conversation would be beneficial. Are you using a recipe? Can you talk about what fraction of something exists in your house?  

    Reading and Writing Workshop- We are using the next few days to finish up both our reading and writing mystery units. Students have become excellent detectives as they track suspects while looking for motives and trying not to be distracted by red herring clues. (Ask your child to tell you all about red herring clues!) 

    Next week we will begin our research unit as we gear up for our next PBL Unit. Stay tuned for more information as well as our expo date!

    Word Study-  Assessments were given today and new words will be sent home on Monday. The next assessment is Friday, February 22nd.

    Content- Thank you for sending in pictures and work samples from younger years. We had a great time looking for similarities and differences from then and now. Students then transferred their knowledge to analyze maps of the United Sates over time. In the coming week they will work in groups to research China, Egypt, Greece, Mali, and Rome. They will focus on how the civilizations have changed, but how their contributions have impacted our lives today. 

    Coding- This week all students began work on their third Epic Build program. Ask your child to explain how we are combining Minecraft and Scratch!

    Important Dates-

     

    Tues, Feb 12th- 9:30- Assembly: Draw Your Destiny

    Thur, Feb 14th- Heart Healthy Run after school (send a note if you would like your child to stay after and attend)

    Mon, Feb 18th- President's Day- no school

    Thur, Feb 21st- Moveable Monday

    Fri, Feb 22nd- BINGO night (see flier coming home in today's Friday folder- we hope to see you there)

    Thur, Feb 28th- Chat N Chew/ 1:30 assembly/ 6:30 program

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by KATHY CHILDS on 1/11/2019

    Welcome back and Happy New Year! We have had a very productive three days jumping right back into learning. We hope all of you had a restful break and some much needed family time. 

    Math- This week and next we are wrapping up our unit on multiplication and division. While we do encourage students to work on memorizing facts, we are focusing more on their conceptual foundation. If given a word problem or real life scenario, can your child tell you whether you should add, subtract, multiply, or divide? Students will be working on strategies to solve and eventually create their own problems illustrating their knowledge of these concepts. Students have also learned multiple ways to illustrate and solve each problem. These ways include a number line, set, area model, and array. Ask them to demonstrate for you!

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week we are building excitement as students prepare to enter our mystery book club units. Next week all students will be reading a mystery book with their book clubs. They are also finding a "just right" book in the same genre to be reading in their free time. Next week students will also begin opinion writing, which will be a short unit before they begin writing their OWN mysteries. Stay tuned for more information! 

    Word Study-  Word study words came home this Wednesday. The next assessment will be Friday, January 11th. We appreciate your support in practicing these words at home.

    Content- All groups are working on presenting their Wixie projects in class over the next few days. Ask your child to log on to Wixie at home to show you their project. (Find Wixie through go.lcps.org) Throughout this project students have also learned to use the Rand McNally online atlas. This is a great resource for learning more about areas of interest in our world.

    Next week all classes will begin learning about simple machines. They also have an exciting project/invention coming. This will be a joint effort between science class and Innovation Lab. More information will be shared next week.

    Important Dates-

    January 4th: LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR ASEP programs

    January 7th: PTA Meeting

    January 9th/10th: Donuts with Dads

    January 15th: Epic Build Showcase (begins at 8:30- third grade time will be announced soon)

    January 18th: Student holiday/ teacher workday

    January 21st: Student holiday/ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

     

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