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WEEK OF 10/9/17  

Parents,

A few quick reminders:

*IF YOU HAVE NOT RETURNED YOU CHILD’S FEDERAL CARD, PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY!

*IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON HAVING YOUR CHILD ATTEND THE FIELD TRIP TO THE “BILLY GOATS GRUFF”, PLEASE RETURN THEIR PERMISSION SLIP.  I WILL ONLY BE REMOVING PERMISSION SLIPS FROM THEIR BINDERS, IF THEY HAVE MONEY IN THEIR MONEY POUCH INCLUDED.  IT IS EASIER TO DO IT THIS WAY, BUT WE WILL NEED TO INFORM THE CAFETERIA ABOUT HOW MANY LUNCHES WE MAY NEED. 

*WE WILL BE HAVING OUR FALL FESTIVAL, THIS FRIDAY THE 13TH, FROM 5:00-7:00PM.  IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ANY CANDY DONATIONS FOR OUR BOOTH/CLASSROOM, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND THIS WITH YOUR CHILD.  THESE WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED!

*LAPTOPS- IN AN EFFORT TO ASSIST OUR FRONT OFFICE, IF ANYONE HAPPENS TO HAVE A RECEIPT FROM THEIR SCHOOL FEES/LAPTOPS AND WOULDN’T MIND EITHER; MAKING A COPY, TAKING A PICTURE, OR SENDING IT DIRECTLY TO ME (TO BE RETURNED), THIS WOULD ASSIST ME IN HELPING OUR FRONT OFFICE AND DETERMINING THOSE THAT WILL BE THE FIRST TO RECEIVE THEIR LAPTOPS.  THESE SHOULD BE GOING HOME AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK, IF THEY HAVE BEEN PAID FOR. 

*THOSE THAT ATTENDED OUR OPEN HOUSE, WERE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIGN UP FOR A CONFERENCE.  THESE CONFERENCES ARE REQUIRED, BEFORE THE GRADING PERIOD ENDS.  I WILL BE SENDING OUT A LIST OF TIMES THAT ARE STILL AVAILABLE, IN A SEPARATE EMAIL.

*PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY SNACKS THAT ARE NOT DRY OR WOULD REQUIRE A SPOON.  SINCE WE DON’T HAVE A TIME THAT IS STRICTLY DEVOTED TO SNACK, THIS SHOULD PREVENT ANY DAMAGE TO OUR CLASS/TESTING MATERIALS/LAPTOPS.  ALSO, STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE ANYTHING OTHER THAN WATER IN CLASS.  NO JUICES!

*IF YOU WOULD EVER LIKE TO RESPOND TO AN EMAIL OR EMAIL ABOUT ANY INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT SIMPLY REPLY TO THESE CLASS EMAILS.  EMAILS CAN GET “BURIED” THAT WAY.  PLEASE JUST START A NEW, DIRECT EMAIL. 

 

Hopefully everyone was able to enjoy the extra time with their families yesterday.  Though this will be a shorter week, we will still be trying to cover as much as possible and play catch-up in the process. 

This week in class:

Math- Students will be Using and Making Picture Graphs and Bar Graphs.

Reading- We will continue reading from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and focusing on how to Ask and Answer Questions.

Word Study- Due to our short week, there will be no Word Study classwork.

Writing- We will continue looking at the writing process and making gradual steps in completing their Family Narrative, as well as some fundamental rules of sentence structure.

Science- Students will continue looking at the Phases of the Moon, The Sun and Its Planets.  Students will also be receiving Moon Calendars to keep up with for the next month.  If you need to make copies of these, feel free to do so.  Students will need to keep up with these for the next month and will be counted as a quiz grade.  SO, PLEASE HELP THEM KEEP UP WITH THESE!

Social Studies- Students will begin looking at The Physical Environment, as well as learning The Continents and Oceans.

IMPORTANT DATES:

OCT. 13TH- FALL FESTIVAL (5-7PM)

OCT. 19TH- EARLY RELEASE DAY (12:00)

OCT. 24TH - OCT. 27TH- BENCHMARK TESTING AND RED RIBBON WEEK!

OCT. 24TH- EVENING CONFERENCE NIGHT

OCT. 31- GRADING PERIOD ENDS

 


WEEK OF SEPT. 25-SEPT. 29  

Parents,

*As a reminder, Federal Impact Cards were sent home today with students.  Please fill these out and return with your child tomorrow. 

*On Wednesday, students will have their Fall pictures taken, so please remember to have them dress accordingly, if you choose to purchase any photos.

*Interim Reports will be going home with students on Thursday, so please sign and return them with your child on Friday.

This is the final week of our Beginning of the Year Assessments, so we should be getting back/starting a more “solid” routine. 

This week, in class:

Math- Students will be learning how to Estimate Differences, Use Place Value to Subtract, and Model Addition and Subtraction Problem Solving.  We will be reviewing on Thursday, for our Chapter Test on Friday. 

Reading- Though we will be testing, heavily this week, we will also be looking further into Asking and Answering Questions.  This will be of great importance throughout the year, but will also aid in our preparation for our upcoming Read To Achieve Passages.

Word Study- We will be focusing on the Long O Pattern- oa, ow, o_e.

Writing- We will be continuing our Writer’s Workshop and completing steps in creating Personal Narratives.

Social Studies- We will continue with Maps and Globes by Finding Our Location and looking at The Physical Environment.

Science- We will begin focusing on the Phases of the Moon along with The Sun and Its Planets.

 

IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS:

9/5- FEDERAL CARDS GO HOME

9/27- PICTURE DAY

9/28- INTERIM REPORTS GO HOME


Week of Sept. 18th-22nd  

Parents,

*Thursday, September 21st, will be an Early Release Day, so please plan accordingly.  School will dismiss at 12:00p.m.  On Early Releases, students will be required to eat in the classroom.  Please, DO NOT PACK ANYTHING WITH NUTS OR ANYTHING THAT IS NUT BASED, AS WE HAVE SEVERAL ALLERGIES IN OUR CLASS THIS YEAR AND WANT TO KEEP OUR ENVIRONMENT SAFE!  Also, if your child is a lunch boxer, please make sure to send them with any utensils they may need, as well as something to drink. 

*Please make sure your child has a water bottle for the classroom on a daily basis.  We do not have a water fountain in the classroom and students will not be allowed to go into the hallways during class.

As we have now completed our B.O.G. testing, we will continue with our reading assessments over the next couple of weeks.  These results will be discussed during upcoming conferences that will need to be held after we receive them, but before report cards go home, which will be November 7th

These assessments can take a great deal of time and will certainly impact our curriculum pacing, but should gradually begin working toward an “official routine”.

This week in class:

Math- Students will be learning how to Use Properties to Add, such as The Break Apart Strategy and using Place Value.  Students will also be learning how to Estimate Differences.

Reading- As a great portion of this time will be used for assessments, student will be continuing/finishing up Horrible Harry activities, as well as an assessment on Thursday.  We will begin looking at our how to Ask and Answer Questions, a standard that will be used throughout the year.

Word Study- As our schedule has become tight and have been extremely limited on time during the day, students may begin seeing more Word Study as homework, but our goal is to “try” and provide an opportunity to work on some of these activities in class.

Writing- This has been a slow process, but students will continue working on Writer’s Workshop stages, in order to create Personal Narratives.

Grammar- A lengthy process, but students will be learning more about the parts of speech, with a focus on Subjects and Predicates.

Social Studies- We will be discussing how to Use Maps and Globes, Finding Locations, and Physical Environments.

Science- We will be discussing How the Earth Moves and begin the Phases of the Moon.

 

Important Dates and Reminders:

9/21:  Early Release Day (12:00p.m.) and Fundraiser Kick Off!

9/25:  Federal Impact Cards go home

9/27:  Fall Pictures/Strawbridge

9/28:  Interim Reports go home


Week of September 4th-8th  

Parents,

Week one is officially in the books and we already had our first 2 hour delay.  Hopefully, we will have minimal effects from this upcoming hurricane next week, but we will embrace whatever happens.  I typically try to send out a weekly email that will update everyone on current school and classroom happenings.  You will also be able to visit my CFIES web page as well.  This site will also have much of the same information, but will have links to various forms you may wish to print out and a page just for weekly homework assignments.

I will be sending/forwarding out a few emails about this upcoming week’s school activities.  If you could, please respond as needed, but feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Last week was primarily a getting to know you period, which focused heavily on our rules and procedures for the classroom and school.  Your child is now a 3rd grader and should embrace it!  They have worked hard to get here and will be utilizing the skills they have learned, in order to evolve and thrive in this truly fundamental year in their educational experience.  This will be unlike any previous year, as our curriculum is fast and rigorous.  My goal is to prepare your child for our expectations and have them become second nature to them.  If we apply the strategies that are being taught and can accept that we will have to “put in the work”, we will move through our lessons faster and have more time for being the KIDS they truly are.  My efforts will be to make learning fun for everyone and to build not only a strong class, but a strong team that will support one another in creating responsible citizens in our school and our society.  I hope this will be a joint effort, as I would greatly appreciate your support.

This week:

*STUDENTS WILL BE RECEIVING A GRADE OF ZERO IF THEY DO NOT HAVE THEIR HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS COMPLETED AND READY TO BE TURNED IN ON THE FOLLOWING DAY.  PLEASE REVIEW YOU CHILD’S DAILY AGENDA AND INITIAL AT THE BOTTOM OF THAT DAY.  I WILL AWARD BYRD BUCKS TO THOSE WITH PARENT INITIALS AND COMPLETED ASSIGNMENTS.  I WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING PARTIAL WORK ON ASSIGNMENTS, NOR WILL I GIVE PARTIAL CREDIT.  PLEASE ASSIST YOUR CHILD AS NEEDED!

*I WILL ALSO BE SENDING OUT A WEEKLY HOMEWORK SCHEDULE THAT SHOULD ASSIST YOU IN TRANSLATING THE DAILY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS IN STUDENT AGENDAS.

*ALSO, WE HAVE SEVERAL STUDENTS IN OUR CLASSROOM THAT HAVE NUT ALLERGIES.  PLEASE, DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD WITH A SNACK THAT HAS NUTS OR ANYTHING THAT IS NUT BASED, SUCH AS PEANUT BUTTER!  STUDENTS MAY HAVE THESE ITEMS AT LUNCH, BUT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM. I REALIZE THIS MAY BE AN INCONVENIENCE, BUT THIS IS FOR THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF OUR STUDENTS.  THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.

Math- We have been reviewing 2nd grade concepts with a focus on place value and ordering numbers.  This week, students will be using properties to explain patterns on the addition table, learning how to round numbers, and how to use compatible numbers and rounding to estimate sums.

Reading- Students are currently reading, Horrible Harry Moves up to Third Grade.  Everyone received their chapter book questions earlier last week and should be completing these as assigned.  When written response questions are assigned in their Reading Journals, students should store their Journals, questions, books, R.A.R.E. book marks, in their Reading Folders.  Each of these items should return back to school daily.  Failure to return these items will be fined.  This is to ensure that students will not only receive credit for completing their homework, but to be successfully prepared for class.  We have been completing 1-2 examples together in class and students should use these examples to assist them in completing their homework assignments.

Word Study- Students will be receiving their spelling lists tomorrow and completing a variety of activities throughout the week.  These activities should be completed in class, but if students do not finish their assignments, they will need to be completed for homework and TURNED IN THE FOLLOWING DAY.  Spelling lists are usually provided on Mondays, but due to our holiday, students will be receiving them tomorrow and be preparing for a TEST ON FRIDAY!

Writing- Students willbegin learning about the writing process through our Writer’s Workshop strategies.  We will discuss what writers write, what good writers do, and the steps they use to complete a published work.  This will be an ongoing effort in the classroom and works will not be going home, until they are completed in class.

*Something you can do to assist your young writers at home is to work on handwriting!  Though this is something that will be discussed in class, the more you can do to help your child stay within the lines of wide ruled paper and use space in between each word, the faster they will be able to notice and appreciate well-structured paragraphs. 

Social Studies/Science- We will typically be alternating daily with our Unit Studies.  In Social Studies, students will be learning the differences between Maps and Globes, map skills, continents, oceans, etc.  In Science, students will be learning about the Earth, Sun, and Moon.  Again, these are Unit Studies, so it will take at least a couple of weeks to complete each area of focus.  Students will not have homework in these subjects, but will be receiving study guides to focus their awareness toward what they will be tested on.  Feel free to review these early and often with your child.  These will most likely go home next week.

I will apologize in advance for the amount of emails that you will receive this years, as well as the length of some of my updates.  Again, these are meant to keep you informed of events that could impact your child and help us better support them.  Thanks so much!  Now, lets start off a GREAT YEAR with a GREAT WEEK!

There will be an upcoming email sent out about Military Deployment Group, Thursday’s 1:1 Parent Night, and FERPA procedures- if you wish to NOT have your child’s picture in the yearbook or recognized for Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, etc.

Upcoming Events:

9/7- 1:1 Parent Information Night (Grade 3-5) 5-6:00pm and 6-7:00pm

9/13- BOG test administration for 3rd Grade

9/20- Fundraiser Kick Off

9/21- Early Release Day

9/25- Federal Impact Cards go home

9/27- Fall Pictures/Strawbridge

9/28- Interim Reports go home


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