We are excited to wrap up a wonderful four days in third grade. We spent a lot of time this week working on routines and expectations. We have also jumped right in with reading and math. Students are building reading stamina and we appreciate your support. Please have your children read each evening for 20 minutes. Have them tell you about what they are reading! Make sure they don't read like curmudgeons (have them explain that to you).
    As we all enjoy a four day weekend and get ready for another four day week, we have a few announcements to share.
    MAP Testing- Each fall, winter, and spring 2nd-5th graders at RHL take MAP testing. This measures their growth on a continuum in both reading and math. This is great data as we tailor our instruction to better meet their needs. All 3rd grade classes will take the tests on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Testing will begin soon after announcements, so please have your children fed and to school on time with their fully charged computer.
    Picture Day- Thursday, September 5th is Picture Day. This is usually House Color Day, but we will skip it just this once for picture day. Picture forms were sent home this week. If you would like to purchase, please do so online or send in money in the envelope provided.
    House Sorting Assembly and First House Meeting- Our house color system is back and better than ever. All returning students rejoined their houses today and welcomed kindergarteners and new students. Ask your child to tell you all about it!


    Parents- We have had a fabulous first two days working to build classroom community and relationships as well as establish routines and procedures. This week we just have a few reminders for next week. Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd are holidays. Enjoy the long weekend.

    Indoor recess: When it is raining or there are extreme temperatures we will be inside for recess. If you have any games to donate they would be greatly appreciated. Ideally they would be games or activities that can be completed in ten to fifteen minutes.

    Sweatshirts: Even though it is hot outside, our classrooms can get quite chilly. Your child may want to consider keeping a sweatshirt in the backpack.

    Earbuds: If you haven't sent it earbuds, please do so as soon as possible. These will be important as we begin using computers next week.

    Simple Snacks: An optional snack is combined with morning recess. Please send something you child can eat quickly and with little mess. We are allergy aware and prefer that you send in snacks without nuts.

    Forms: Thank you to filling out and returning the four technology usage forms. There is one more for Digital Readworks being sent today to return on Monday.

    Computers: Your child will be bringing a computer home starting on Tuesday. These computers should be charged each evening and returned to school each day. If you would like to purchase a case for your child’s laptop, it is the Lenovo ThinkPad 11e fifth generation. This is completely optional but some parents have been asking for this information.