Thursday, January 5, 2017

January 6th

I hope everyone had a great Christmas break and is feeling rested and ready to take on the new year! I appreciate all of our wonderful parents who were able to come out and help with the winter party. I have heard how successful it was and appreciate all that you do! As some of your students might have already told you, my husband and I are expecting our first baby this July so we definitely had an exciting holiday sharing that news with our families!

Reading- This week, we reviewed Daily 5 expectations. Next week, we will learn a few close reading strategies to help us  become better at comprehending what we read. 

Math- We are continuing our unit on multiplication and will begin memorizing facts. I am using multiplication sweets to hopefully motivate students to learn their facts. With each set they master, they will earn ice cream scoops. At the end of the year we will have an ice cream party! To help learn facts along the way, students will make flash cards to use here at school and at home. Although the only homework Beulah Ralph officially requires is the reading log, if I notice that your child is struggling with memorizing facts I will suggest they practice for homework as well.  The class has been hard at work in ST math. So far, we are at 47% as a class! 

Science- This week, we focused on the water cycle. Next week we will look at how the water cycle and erosion effect the world around us.  

Writing- We have began our introduction into informational writing! Next week, Mrs. Fitch will lead a workshop for the entire 3rd grade on how to choose a topic and become a master researcher. 

January reading logs will be due the 31st. Our school recently teamed up with Pizza Hut and all students who turn in a completed and signed log will receive a coupon for free pizza!

The week of January 23rd we will focus on the word responsible. On Friday, the 27th, students will dress up for career day. As a grade level, we would also love to have a few parents come and talk to the kids a little about their career. If you are interested, please let me know! 

Upcoming dates:
January 13th- Matching color day, everyone wear red!
January 16th- School not in session
January 17th- 3rd grade lunch with the principal
January 20th- School wide spelling bee, hat day
January 27th- 3rd grade citizen of the month assembly, career day
January 30th- Field trip to the public library
February 3rd- neon color day, wear something bright!
February 6th- School not in session
February 10th- Progress reports, Probelm solver day- bring in a puzzle to complete
February 13th- parent/teacher conferences
February 14th- Valentine's Party
February 16th- parent/teacher conferences
February 17th- school not in session


Specials for the next two weeks:
1-9  Art                    1-16 No school
1-10 Media               1-17 Media
1-11 PE                   1-18 PE
1-12 Music               1-19 Music
1-13 Art                    1-20 Art

Congratulations to M.J.   for being chosen as this month's citizen of the month!

Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2

Reading- During small groups this week, we read Wacky Weather. On Friday, we wrote down facts from the book, discussed background knowledge about weather and made inferences combining the two.

Math- We have began our unit on multiplication. Currently, we are focusing on multiplication terms and how it is the same repeated addition. We will continue exploring multiplication and in January will begin memorizing facts. The class has been hard at work in ST math. So far, we are at 37% as a class! 

Science- We concluded our unit on citizenship and American symbols with having each of the kids present their American symbol project to the class. We have now began a unit on weather. 

Writing- We have been hard at work on a project the kids are making to give as a present for Christmas.

I will be absent December 19 and 20 so please return December reading log on Friday the 16th.

Upcoming dates:
December 8- Planetarium field trip at 1:00
December 9- Lunch with the principal
December 14- Citizen of the month assembly
December 16- My last day before winter break
December 20- Winter party

Specials for the next two weeks:
12-5  Media                    12-12  PE
12-6  PE                        12-13 Music
12-7 Music                     12-14 Art
12-8 Art                          12-15 Media
12-9 Media                      12-16 PE

Congratulations to Allie for being chosen as this month's citizen of the month!

Friday, October 28, 2016

October 28th

Reading- During small groups this week, we talked about character traits and making inferences using fun Halloween themed passages.

Math- This week, we discussed how to sort data into graphs. We also made a timber wolf/owl pictograph to display in the hallway as well as sorted our boo mix into a bar graph. Next week, we will do a four day unit over time. After Thanksgiving, we will begin multiplication. The class has been hard at work in ST math. So far, we are at 22% as a class! 

Social Studies- Next week, students will choose and American symbol to research in class. They will put together a presentation to present to the class in the upcoming weeks.

Writing- Students have been hard at work on their personal narratives. Next week, they will begin typing a final draft of their personal narrative.


Please make sure you are looking through Friday folders and signing them.
Completed reading logs can be turned in next Tuesday. 

Upcoming dates:

October 18th- 3rd grade lunch with the principal
October 19th- Early release day
October 25th- October Citizen of the month
October 28th- Reading logs due, Fall party (please be on the lookout for emails from Anne Gilmore regarding party info and how you can help). :) 
October 31st- No School
November 4th- Progress reports
November 7th- Parent/Teacher conferences
November 8th-No School
November 10th-Parent/Teacher conferences
November 11th- No School
November 14th- Veterans/Grandparents Day Celebration at School
November 15th- Picture re-take day
November 16th- symphony field trip and PTA meeting
November 17th- Music program
November 22- Thanksgiving celebration

Specials for the next two weeks:
11-1 PE                     11-7 PE
11-2 Music                 11-9 Music
11-3 Art                     11-10 Art
11-4 Media                    

Congratulations to Kaylee for being nominated by her peers for Citizen of the month!


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Learning about service learning today as a grade level and brainstorming ideas!




Saturday, October 15, 2016

October 14th

Reading- During small groups this week, we went over several comprehension strategies as we read. Some of these included predicting before and during reading, using the pictures to help us gather information we didn't receive from the text, inferring, and summarizing. 

Math- This next week we will conclude unit 3&4 Subtraction with a test on Friday. I will send home a review on Monday so they have plenty of time to practice. The class has been hard at work in ST math. So far, we are at 16% as a class! 

Social Studies- This week we talked about different ways you can become a citizen and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. We also compared and contrasted local and state leaders. Next week, we will dig into the different branches of government. 

Writing- Students have been hard at work on their personal narratives. Our goal is to have a finished story by parent/teacher conference time to show. 

Celebrations: The class earned a goal of 1,500 class Dojo points. They voted on a pinata party. I purchased a pumpkin pinata and decided we would wait and bust it open during the fall party in two weeks. If you would like to help fill the pinata, please send small bags of candy/toys. Thanks! 

Please make sure you are looking through Friday folders and signing them.
Completed reading logs are due by October 28th!

Upcoming dates:

October 18th- 3rd grade lunch with the principal
October 19th- Early release day
October 25th- October Citizen of the month
October 28th- Reading logs due, Fall party (please be on the lookout for emails from Anne Gilmore regarding party info and how you can help). :) 
October 31st- No School
November 4th- Progress reports
November 7th- Parent/Teacher conferences
November 8th-No School
November 10th-Parent/Teacher conferences
November 11th- No School
November 14th- Veterans/Grandparents Day Celebration at School
November 15th- Picture re-take day
November 16th-PTA meeting

Specials for the next two weeks:
10-17 Art                     10-24 Media
10-18 Media                 10-25 PE
10-19 PE                     10-26 Music
10-20 Music                 10-27 Art
10-21 Art                    10-28 Media

Friday, October 14, 2016

We enjoyed our visit from CPS nutrition services today! Mrs. Dana taught us about the 6 essential nutrients our body needs on a daily basis and healthy sources we can get those from. 



Wednesday, October 12, 2016