October 25, 2019
This has been a big month for third grade. The Epic Build was nothing short of EPIC! A huge thank you to all of the families that supported not only your child, but other children in the school as well. The students were so excited to show off their hard work with their Scratch projects. We hope you enjoyed the sneak peek to the memorials as well. If you were unable to make it, we totally understand. Ask your child to log in at home and show you their masterpiece.
Another high this week was our field trip to Morven Park. The clouds parted and the day was nothing short of beautiful. The students had a great introductory lesson to our soil unit that will take place in the spring. Ask your child to share their magic soil mixture. They learned about the pros and cons of clay, sand, and rocky soil as well as the benefits of adding humus on top. Get your child involved with any planting you do at home. They are the experts! Does anyone compost? This would be a great family project to get some top soil ready for the spring.
As the weather turns cooler, please make sure to send sweatshirts and jackets as we will be going outside for recess most days. Our area tends to be on the windier side, so feel free to send additional items to stay warm. We also recommend labeling the inside tag on jackets so when items are left outside they can be returned to their rightful owner.
Math- This week students added subtraction with regrouping to their skillbank. This has been a challenging skill for many students and one that requires a lot of teacher support and continued practice. Students will continue to refine these skills while reviewing place value, rounding, and addition as we wrap up the quarter in the next week. The more you can do to bring these skills into real life situations at home, the more your child can see the value and importance of them.
Xtramath.org- Students spend 2-3 minutes in class daily building up their fact base. It is a quick and easy “no frills” program. If your child routinely spends time on their devices in the evening, we would love for you to add this to their nightly routine.
Reading and Writing Workshop- Students continued to investigate traits of the main and supporting characters. They dig deep into the motives and this week were introduced to the story mountain, which is a predictable story element for all fiction stories. Students have been practicing this thinking while reading picture books with themes and complex thoughts. Your child should be reading for part of their nightly homework. Have them read aloud to you and then talk about their understanding from the story! Have them share and practice their knowledge.
This week in writing we are working on a paragraph about the significance behind our veteran memorials. Students are going back to basics working on sentence writing and understanding correct capitalization and punctuation. These are important skills that are sometimes lost when they get into longer story writing. Next week they will write letters to veterans to thank them for their service. Do you have any opportunities for your child to write at home? Even a grocery list or a letter to a family member gives them a reason and real life purpose for writing.
Word Study- New words were sent home this week. The assessment will be next Friday. We appreciate you practicing and sorting at home.
10/28- Staff Development Day (student holiday)
10/31- Crazy Hair Day (moveable Monday schedule)
11/1- 3rd grade Fall Party 1-2pm
11/1- Spooky Sock Hop
11/4-5- Teacher Workdays (student holidays)
11-6- Last day of Wednesday ASEP Classes
11/11- Veteran’s Day Assembly and 3rd Grade Performance- 9:00am
Book Fair Begins, Spirit Day (wear red, white, and blue)
11/12- Picture Day Make Up, Last Tuesday ASEP, Family Night at the Book Fair, Family Bowling Night
11/18- Third Grade Chat N Chew8/29/19We 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.