• Kahl Class News Week 23

    February 18-21

    Did you know... 

    *At Star Elementary, all classrooms use common curriculum and familiar language to provide instruction that builds upon each other year after year.
     
    *At Star Elementary, Teachers post learning intention/lesson goals for each lesson in their classrooms.
     
    *At Star Elementary, the Principal completes formal and informal evaluations multiple times a year on each staff member. This provides feedback for growth opportunities.
     

     

    Dear 3rd Grade Families ~ Thank you to all the parents who donated snacks or volunteered time for the Valentine's Day party. It was a huge success and the students had so much fun passing out valentines. 

      ____________________________________________

    Tid Bits
    Getting Home Arrangements. 
    Please contact the office before 3:00 pm with a change in getting home arrangements for your student. The office is bustling the last hour of school and they cannot handle the volume of requests and notify students after 3 o'clock. If there's a change, please call the school before 3 pm.
     
    Monday Folders
    Please make sure that Monday folders come back to school on Tuesday. It seems some folders are missing altogether and important papers and student work is ending up at the bottom of student backpacks. 
     
     
    Water Bottles
    Please have your student bring a reusable water bottle to drink from throughout the day. These students play hard outside and staying hydrated during the day makes a difference. We have a water cooler in the portable and students do not have a drinking fountain readily available.
     
    Reading is a super power! 
    Reading is the foundation of learning. Your student should be reading 30 minutes each day to practice fluency and expression. Please provide an environment that promotes reading. Be sure to ask them questions about what they are reading too. Who's in the story" What's happeningnow? What will happen next?Where is the story taking place? Why are the characters doing what they are doing? Asking questions like these will produce thoughtful readers and will help your reader to have better compfehension while they read. Give it a try! I bet your student will love that you are interested in what they are reading!

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. We are getting really good!  Please practice facts 2 - 9s with your student. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

    Important Dates   

     

    February 17 - No School - President's Day

    February 18 -21 - iStation Assessment

    February 26 - Boise Philharmonic Field Trip to Morrison Center

    February 28 - No School Grades K-12 Collaboration

    March 20 - No School Grades K-8/End of Third Quarter Grades K-12

    March 23-27 - Spring Break - No School Grades K-12

    March 30 -  School Resumes 

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: February 18-21

    Math:  Engage NY  Unit 5 Fractions

    We are well into learning about fractions.  Please click here to follow along with the lesson 8-12 this week. Below are the standards that will be taught during this unit. 

    Learning intentions will be mastered when students can do the following tasks proficiently

    I can...

    * Represent a whole into equal parts with pictorial representations.

    * Represent fractional parts of a whole.

    * Partition and shade fractional amounts within a whole. 

    * Idenitify fractional units and decompose fractions as addition equations.

    Please review math problem sets that come home. Circled items are "must do" problems that are completed in class. Uncircled items are "may do" problems that are done for fast finishers. These items can always be done at home for additional practice. 

    Continue to support your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts using card games, computer games, and flashcards. Having a solid foundation in multiplication math facts will help them to solve math problems quickly and be able to relate to real world applications using math. 

    ELA and Reading: Story of the Week

    The Albertosaurus Mystery: Philip Currie's Hunt in the Badlands and Finding Fossils for Fun

     

    For the next two weeks we will be using the text below and doing a cross curricular study of fossils. See below for the weekly skills in reading. 

     

    Spelling: words with /j/ and /s/

    1. age

    2. space

    3. change

    4. jawbone

    5. jacket

    6. giant

    7. pencil

    8. circle

    9. once

    10. large

    11. dance

    12. jeans

    13. bounce

    14. huge

    15. nice

    16. place

    17. excited

    18. gigantic

     

    Writing: 

    This week w will continue to develop our informational writing skills. We will be  reading and taking notes about Native Americans in the 1700's. We will learn about what they ate, how they farmed, and where they lived.  

    I can write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

     
    Social Studies: Unit: Civics and Government
    I can...
    * Explain why communities have laws.
    * Identify and explain the basic functuntions of local governments
    * Identify the people or groups that make, apply, and enforce laws in the community. 

  • Kahl Class News Week 22

    February 10-14

    Did you know support is provided to teachers continually enhancing their pedagogical skills through reflection and professional growth plans in the following ways: 
     
     
    • Teacher to Teacher Observations – teachers jump on the opportunity to observe each other where they learn new classroom practices and get feedback.  

    • Weekly Collaboration - Every Wednesday, teachers meet to discuss student successes and struggles and instructional strategies on how to teach every student.  

    • Goal Setting – SMART Goals and Professional Learning Plans are set at the beginning of each year, discussed throughout the year, and reflected on at the end of the year. Our school sets a Building-level goal, Grade-level goal, and each person sets a Personal Goal.  

    • Continuous Professional Development - West Ada offers teachers numerous opportunities for professional development throughout the year. These include year-round professional development training opportunities, district-wide videos, and evening classes held at our district office. Teachers also attend weekly staff meetings on topics for Educational Support, Mental Health Support (teachers and students), and Testing Preparedness. Our school also has an on-site instructional coach that works together with teachers to support student needs .

    • Grade-level Teams - Each grade-level team plans together and supports each otherallowing each teacher to continually learn from his/her team and reflect as a team 

     

     

    Dear 3rd Grade Families ~ Valentine's Day is here. Please have your student bring valentines and their boxes or bags to school on or before Friday, February 14th. Our Valentine's Day celebration for Friday, February 14th at the end of the day. We will be enjoying tasty treats and exchanging Valentine's day cards. I am hoping to have a sign up sent out to you by the end of the weekend.

    Here is the Sign up link: Click here to volunteer or bring a snack.

     

      ____________________________________________

    Tid Bits
    Getting Home Arrangements. 
    Please contact the office before 3:00 pm with a change in getting home arrangements for your student. The office is bustling the last hour of school and they cannot handle the volume of requests and notify students after 3 o'clock. If there's a change, please call the school before 3 pm.
     
    Monday Folders
    Please make sure that Monday folders come back to school on Tuesday. It seems some folders are missing altogether and important papers and student work is ending up at the bottom of student backpacks. 
     
     
    Water Bottles
    Please have your student bring a reusable water bottle to drink from throughout the day. These students play hard outside and staying hydrated during the day makes a difference. We have a water cooler in the portable and students do not have a drinking fountain readily available.
     
    Reading is a super power! 
    Reading is the foundation of learning. Your student should be reading 30 minutes each day to practice fluency and expression. Please provide an environment that promotes reading. Be sure to ask them questions about what they are reading too. Who's in the story" What's happeningnow? What will happen next?Where is the story taking place? Why are the characters doing what they are doing? Asking questions like these will produce thoughtful readers and will help your reader to have better compfehension while they read. Give it a try! I bet your student will love that you are interested in what they are reading!

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. We are getting really good!  Please practice facts 2 - 9s with your student. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

    Important Dates   

    February 14 - Valentine's Day Party 2:30 - 3:30 pm

    February 17 - No School - President's Day

    February 18 -21 - iStation Assessment

    February 28 - No School Grades K-12 Collaboration

    March 20 - No School Grades K-8/End of Third Quarter Grades K-12

    March 23-27 - Spring Break - No School Grades K-12

    March 30 -  School Resumes 

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: February 3-7

    Math:  Engage NY  Unit 5 Fractions

    We had our first lesson in fractions this week. Click here to follow along with Lessons 1-4. The videos are very helpful when trying to suppprt your child, so please click above to see what your student is learning in class.  Please review math problem sets that come home. Circled items are "must do" problems that are completed in class. Uncircled items are "may do" problems that are done for fast finishers. These items can always be done at home for additional practice. 

    Continue to support your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts using card games, computer games, and flashcards. Having a solid foundation in multiplication math facts will help them to solve math problems quickly and be able to relate to real world applications using math. 

    ELA and Reading: Story of the Week

    Judy Moody Saves the World and My Smelly Pet

     

     

    Spelling: control r words /air/ /ear/ /are/ 

    1. air

    2. wear

    3. chair

    4. stairs

    5. bare

    6. bear

    7. hair

    8. care

    9. pear

    10. pair

    11. share

    12. near

    13. ear

    14. beard

    15. buy

    16. year

    17. earring

    18. compare

    Writing: We will identify the characteristics of an explanatory essay. Students will see and exemplar of explanatory writing and the following components: topic sentence, examples of facts, details, and definitions, other related information, and a concluding sentence.  

    Social Studies:  Unit: Civics and Government

    * Describe services commonly and primarily provided by governments for the community.
    * Explain why communities have laws.
    * Identify and explain the basic functuntions of local governments
    * Identify the people or groups that make, apply, and enforce laws in the community. 

  • Kahl Class News Week 21 

    February 3-7

    Did you know...new teachers are required to attend professional development instructional courses to learn about our district-wide model, common language for talking about teaching, and have access to written documents modeling our district-wide model of instruction.  All teachers ​are given the opportunity to attend continuing education courses to enhance their performance in learning the components of our district-wide model of instruction.

     

     

    Dear 3rd Grade Families ~ Valentine's Day is almost here. Class lists will be coming home this week and I have begun planning a Valentine's day celebration for Friday, February 14th. As always, our party will be at the very end of the day. We will be enjoying tasty treats and exchanging Valentine's day cards. 

    If your child wants to make a box or bag to collect their valentine cards from the class, please have them make it at home and bring it in on Friday, Feb 14th. We will be decorating bags in class, but if they have a special project in mind, they can make it at home and bring it in.  ____________________________________________

    Tid Bits
    Monday Folders
    Please make sure that Monday folders come back to school on Tuesday. It seems some folders are missing altogether and important papers and student work is ending up at the bottom of student backpacks. 
     
     
    Water Bottles
    Please have your student bring a reusable water bottle to drink from throughout the day. These students play hard outside and staying hydrated during the day makes a difference. We have a water cooler in the portable and students do not have a drinking fountain readily available.
     
    Reading is a super power! 
    Reading is the foundation of learning. Your student should be reading 30 minutes each day to practice fluency and expression. Please provide an environment that promotes reading. Be sure to ask them questions about what they are reading too. Who's in the story" What's happeningnow? What will happen next?Where is the story taking place? Why are the characters doing what they are doing? Asking questions like these will produce thoughtful readers and will help your reader to have better compfehension while they read. Give it a try! I bet your student will love that you are interested in what they are reading!

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. We are getting really good!  Please practice facts 2 - 9s with your student. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

    Important Dates   

    February 14 - Valentine's Day Party 2:30 - 3:30 pm

    February 17 - No School - President's Day

    February 18 -21 - iStation Assessment

    February 28 - No School Grades K-12 Collaboration

    March 20 - No School Grades K-8/End of Third Quarter Grades K-12

    March 23-27 - Spring Break - No School Grades K-12

    March 30 -  School Resumes 

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: February 3-7

    Math:  Engage NY Unit 4 - End of Module Assessment and Unit 5 Fractions

    We will be finishing Unit 4 on area this week and starting our fraction unit. Click here to follow along with Lessons 1-4. The videos are very helpful when trying to suppprt your child, so please click above to see what your student is learning in class.  Please review math problem sets that come home. Circled items are "must do" problems that are completed in class. Uncircled items are "may do" problems that are done for fast finishers. These items can always be done at home for additional practice.

    Continue to support your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts using card games, computer games, and flashcards. Having a solid foundation in multiplication math facts will help them to solve math problems quickly and be able to relate to real world applications using math. 

    ELA and Reading: Story of the Week

    The Extra-good Sunday and Imagine a Recipe

     

     

    Spelling: control r words /or/ /ur/ /ir/ /er/

    1. nurse

    2. work

    3. shirt

    4. hurt

    5. first

    6. word

    7. serve

    8. curly

    9. dirt

    10. third

    11. worry

    12. turn

    13. stir

    14. firm

    15. her

    16. girl

    17. perfect

    18. hamburger

    Writing: We will identify the characteristics of an explanatory essay. Students will see and exemplar of explanatory writing and the following components: topic sentence, examples of facts, details, and definitions, other related information, and a concluding sentence.  

    Social Studies:  Unit: Civics and Government

    * Describe services commonly and primarily provided by governments for the community.
    * Explain why communities have laws.
    * Identify and explain the basic functuntions of local governments
    * Identify the people or groups that make, apply, and enforce laws in the community. 

  • Kahl Class News Week 20

    January 27 - 31

     

    Did you know.. that teachers look at five areas that impact student education?  The five areas are cultivating a learning climate, planning with a purpose, instructing with intention, assessing with a system, and impacting student learning.  Together these are called the “West Ada Way.”  The foundation of these five are discussed throughout our professional development and our collaboration days, in order to facilitate success for all students!

     

    Dear 3rd Grade Families ~ we are working hard to show what we know and students will be writing goals to challenge themselves in reading and math. Please take the time to have a conversation about their goals for reading and math and how you can support them at home. Please have students study spelling words and practice cursive daily. Practice really makes a difference! 

    ____________________________________________

    Tid Bits
    I-station Update
    We did really well on January I-station testing! Results will be in Monday folders ready for you to review. If you have any questions or concerns, I am always available.
     
    Guest Speakers on Tuesday
    We will have some of our local police officers and their K-9 partners coming in to talk about how they serve our community.
     
    Reading is a super power! 
    Reading is the foundation of learning. Your student should be reading 30 minutes each day to practice fluency and expression. Please provide an environment that promotes reading. 

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. We are getting really good!  Please practice facts 2 - 9s with your student. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

    Important Dates   

    January 28 - Special Guest Speaker - Local Law Enforcement including a K9 unit

    February 28 - No School Grades K-12 Collaboration

    March 20 - No School Grades K-8/End of Third Quarter Grades K-12

    March 23-27 - Spring Break - No School Grades K-12

    March 30 -  School Resumes 

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: January 27-31

    Math:  Engage NY Unit 4 - Geometric Measurement

    Module 4: Geometric Measurement- understanding concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition. Students started out using a concrete model to build area using 1 inch and 1 centimeter cubes. They are now moving into drawing rectangles and solving for area in a more abstract way. (Area can be modeled at home by using square shaped crackers or cereal. This type of practice is not only fun but delicious!). Please review math problem sets that come home. Circled items are "must do" problems that are completed in class. Uncircled items are "may do" problems that are done for fast finishers. These items can always be done at home for additional practice.

    Continue to support your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts using card games, computer games, and flashcards. Having a solid foundation in multiplication math facts will help them to solve math problems quickly and be able to relate to real world applications using math. 

    Module 4 Tips for Parents

    ELA and Reading: Story of the Week

    Aero and Officer Mike and Kids and Critters

    We are continuing to use these texts for this week as there is such value in its content.

    See the focus wall below for the skills that will accompany stories of the week. 

      

    Spelling: contractions

    1. I'd

    2. he's

    3. haven't

    4. doesn't

    5. let's

    6. there's

    7. wouldn't

    8. what's

    9. she's

    10. hasn't

    11. couldn't

    12. he'd

    13. they're

    14. can't

    15. isn't

    16. we're

    17. weren't

    18. aren't

    Writing: We will identify the characteristics of an explanatory essay. Students will see and exemplar of explanatory writing and the following components: topic sentence, examples of facts, details, and definitions, other related information, and a concluding sentence.  

    Social Studies:  Unit: Civics and Government

    * Describe services commonly and primarily provided by governments for the community.
    * Explain why communities have laws.
    * Identify and explain the basic functuntions of local governments
    * Identify the people or groups that make, apply, and enforce laws in the community. 

  • Kahl Class News Week 19

    January 21-24

     

     

    DID YOU KNOW!

    Did you know...as part of Star Elementary's building safety, all visitors entering the building must be buzzed in, scan ID in the office, sign in through the raptor system and wear a badge with their picture.  Proper identification and school safety are very important to us in keeping our students safe.  Remember...if you have not registered with the raptor system please do so the next time you are in the building.

     

     

     

    Dear 3rd Grade Families ~ we are working hard to show what we know and students will be writing goals to challenge themselves in reading and math. Please take the time to have a conversation about their goals for reading and math and how you can support them at home. Please have students study spelling words and practice cursive daily. Practice really makes a difference! 

    ____________________________________________

    Tid Bits
    Report Cards
    Parents will have access to report cards for the first semester on January 20th through Power Schools. 
     
    I-station is this week!
    Students will be taking the Istation assessment in the computer lab this week. Please be sure they are at school on time, eat a good breakfast and have gotten a good night's sleep for their day of testing. Look for results in Monday folders next week.
     
    Reading is a super power! 
    Reading is the foundation of learning. Your student should be reading 30 minutes each day to practice fluency and expression. Please provide an environment that promotes reading. 

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. We are getting really good!  Please practice facts 2 - 9s with your student. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

     

    Important Dates   

    January 20 -  Martin Luther King, Jr./Human Rights Day - No School Grades K-12

    February 17 -  Presidents’ Day - No School Grades K-12

    February 28 - No School Grades K-12 Collaboration

    March 20 - No School Grades K-8/End of Third Quarter Grades K-12

    March 23-27 - Spring Break - No School Grades K-12

    March 30 -  School Resumes 

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: January 21-24

    Math:  Engage NY Unit 4 - Geometric Measurement

    Module 4: Geometric Measurement- understanding concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition. Students started out using a concrete model to build area using 1 inch and 1 centimeter cubes. They are now moving into drawing rectangles and solving for area in a more abstract way. (Area can be modeled at home by using square shaped crackers or cereal. This type of practice is not only fun but delicious!). Please review math problem sets that come home. Circled items are "must do" problems that are completed in class. Uncircled items are "may do" problems that are done for fast finishers. These items can always be done at home for additional practice.

    Continue to support your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts using card games, computer games, and flashcards. Having a solid foundation in multiplication math facts will help them to solve math problems quickly and be able to relate to real world applications using math. 

    Module 4 Tips for Parents

    ELA and Reading: Story of the Week

    Aero and Officer Mike and Kids and Critters

    See the focus wall below for the skills that will accompany stories of the week. 

    Spelling: vowel + /r/ sounds

    1. horse

    2. mark

    3. storm

    4. market

    5. acorn

    6. artist

    7. March

    8. north

    9. barking

    10. stork

    11. thorn

    12. forest

    13. chore

    14. restore

    15. dark

    16. story

    17. partner

    18. fortune

    Writing: We will identify the characteristics of an explanatory essay. Students will see and exemplar of explanatory writing and the following components: topic sentence, examples of facts, details, and definitions, other related information, and a concluding sentence.  

    Social Studies:  Unit: Civics and Government

    * Describe services commonly and primarily provided by governments for the community.
    * Explain why communities have laws.
    * Identify and explain the basic functuntions of local governments
    * Identify the people or groups that make, apply, and enforce laws in the community. 

  • Kahl Class News Week 18

    January 13-17

     

    DID YOU KNOW!

    As a staff, we collaborate on Wednesday mornings to create safe learning environments inside and outside of school.  As part of our collaboration we build partnerships with community members such as the Terry Riley Clinic for counseling, Star Police Department and the YMCA Safe Routes to School presentations in health classes.  Parents please remind your child(ren) about crosswalk safety.  Always wait for a crossing guard, when possible, or the crosswalk light to be green when crossing.  Also, don't forget to look both ways before entering the crosswalk!

     

     

     

     Baby It's Cold Outside! 

     

    Dear 3rd Grade Families ~ we are back in full swing in the portable, working hard and taking care of business. We walk back and forth from the playground to our classroom and it can be down right cold on our journey. Please make sure your child is prepared for cold weather by wearing a winter coat, hat and gloves to school.  

    ____________________________________________

    Tid Bits
     

    Early Release and School Closure

    Early Release at 1:25 pm on Friday, January 17th and no school on Monday. January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Enjoy the long weekend! 

    Snack Shack Next Week, January 13-17

    The PTO is running a Snack Shack! Remember to bring a quarter for spending at last recess each day! Bonus: pay a quarter to wear a hat on Friday, too!

    School Supplies Donations

    Thank you for the donations. We are set! 

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. We are getting really good!  Please practice facts 2 - 9s with your student. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

     

    Important Dates   

    January 6, 2020 School Resumes

    January 13-17 PTO Snack Shack; Friday 1/17 - Hat Day

    January 17, 2020 Early Release @ 1:25 pm Grades K-12

    January 20, 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr./Human Rights Day - No School Grades K-12

    February 17, 2020 Presidents’ Day - No School Grades K-12

    February 28, 2020 No School Grades K-12 Collaboration

    March 20, 2020 No School Grades K-8/End of Third Quarter Grades K-12

    March 23-27, 2020 Spring Break - No School Grades K-12

    March 30, 2020 School Resumes 

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: January 13-17

    Math:  Engage NY Unit 4 - Gemetric Measurement

    Our next unit of study is Module 4: Geometric Measurement- understanding concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition. Continue to support your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts using card games, computer games, and flashcards. Having a solid foundation in multiplication math facts will help them to solve math problems quickly and be able to relate to real world applications using math. 

    Module 4 Tips for Parents

    ELA and Reading: Story of the Week

    Tops and Bottoms and Goodness Grows in Gardens

    See the focus wall below for the skills that will accompany stories of the week. 

     

    Writing: We are wrapping up our opinion piece before we tackle informative writing essays. 

    Social Studies: We are finishing up a unit in Geography. The students will be learning to: 

    * describe a specific location on a map using the following terminology: globe, continent, country, state, county, city/town, and neighborhood

    * interpret a map by using the title, key/legend, scale, cardinal directions and symbols. 

    * use a map to locate waterways, landforms, cities, states and national boundaries using standard map symbols

    * use a physical map to explain how geographical features played a role in the settlement of our community


  • Kahl Class News Week 17

    January 6-10

     

     

     

     Welcome Back from Winter Break! 

     

    Happy 2020! 

    Dear 3rd Grade Families ~ Happy New Year! 

    I hope you had an amazing break spending time with people you love and making some fun memories with your family! This week we will be setting goals, getting reacquainted and, of course, getting back to learning! We will revisit classroom expectations and set new goals for reading, writing and math. 

    ____________________________________________

    Tid Bits

    School Supplies Donations

    Looking for donations to help support the learning and responsibility in our classroom. Any donations would be greatly appreciated! Here is what we need:

    *dry erase markers  

    *Clorox wipes

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. We are getting really good!  Please practice facts 2 - 9s with your student. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

     

    Important Dates   

    January 6, 2020 School Resumes

    January 17, 2020 Early Release @ 1:25pm Grades K-12

    January 20, 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr./Human Rights Day - No School Grades K-12

    February 17, 2020 Presidents’ Day - No School Grades K-12

    February 28, 2020 No School Grades K-12 Collaboration

    March 20, 2020 No School Grades K-8/End of Third Quarter Grades K-12

    March 23-27, 2020 Spring Break - No School Grades K-12

    March 30, 2020 School Resumes 

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: January 6-10

    Math:  Engage NY Unit 4 - Gemetric Measurement

    Our next unit of study is Module 4: Geometric Measurement- understanding concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition. Continue to support your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts using card games, computer games, and flashcards. Having a solid foundation in multiplication math facts will help them to solve math problems quickly and be able to relate to real world applications using math. 

     

    ELA and Reading: Story of the Week

    Technology Wins the Game and Science for Sports Fans

    See the focus wall below for the skills that will accompany stories of the week. 

     

    Writing: We will be completing one more opinion piece before we tackle informative writing essays. 

    Social Studies: We are finishing up a unit in Geography. The students will be learning to: 

    * describe a specific location on a map using the following terminology: globe, continent, country, state, county, city/town, and neighborhood

    * interpret a map by using the title, key/legend, scale, cardinal directions and symbols. 

    * use a map to locate waterways, landforms, cities, states and national boundaries using standard map symbols

    * use a physical map to explain how geographical features played a role in the settlement of our community


  • Kahl Class News Week 16

    December 16-20

     

     

     3rd Grade Winter Program is Here! 

    Wednesday, December 18th at 3:00

    Parent, Family & Friends

    Season's Greetings Parents! 

    Please join us in celebrating the season by attending the 3rd Grade Winter Program on Wednesday, December 18th at 3:00 in the gym. Students are ready to showcase what they've been working on in music! Hope to see you there!  

     

    December 16-20 Spirit Week

    • Monday - Festive Sweater Day (wear your favorite holiday sweater - it can be ugly, festive, or cute)
      • Compliment Day - Find someone to compliment today...and everyday
    • Tuesday - Rudolf or Elf Day
    • Wednesday - Favorite Holiday Movie or Book character day
    • Thursday - Holiday Hat or Festive Hair Day
    • Friday - Pajama Day (remind students to be prepared for the weather)

    ____________________________________________

    Tid Bits
     
     
    Holiday Party **volunteers and donations needed**
    Our holiday is next Friday, Decmeber 20th from 2:30-3:30. We will be watching a movie and enjoying hot chocolate and snacks. Please consider donating items or joining us to celebrate getting to Winter break. I will need volunteers to set up and monitor the snack table and hot chocolate station. Look for a sighn up later today.  Please email me click here if you are interested in volunteering for this event.
     
     
    Holiday Book Exchange
    Please have your child bring a gently used or new book wrapped like a present before Thursday, Decmeber 19th. No names on wrapped books please. Students will choose numbers and pick a book to unwrap or they may "steal" somebody else's (like white elephant style). By the end of the exchange, each student will have a book that they can take home and enjoy over break. 
     
     

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. We are getting really good!  Please practice facts 2 - 9s with your student. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

     

    Important Dates   

    December 18 - 3rd Winter Program at 3:00 for parents, family and friends

    December 19 - Winter Book Exchange in the classroom

    December 20 - Holiday Party (2:30-3:30)

    Dec. 23rd-Jan 3rd - Winter Holiday Break

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: December 13-20

    Math:  Engage NY Unit 6 Measurement and Data Lessons 8-9 end of module assessment

    Module 6 is well under way and the focus will be on collecting data and using graphs to organinze data. The students are collecting and graphing data using a variety of graphs to include: scaled bar graphs, picture graphs, and vertical tape diagrams. They are learning what needs to be labeled on a graph and how to answer questions using their data. Please use the study guides with your child to be ready for the Module 6 test on Thursday.

    Data Collection Study Guide 1

    Data Collection Study Guide 2

    ELA and Reading: Story of the Week 

    Target Skill

    *Sequence of events and using transistion words

    *Story Elements

    *Vocabulary

    Target Strategy

    *Summarize

    Grammar - Review nouns and verbs

    Spelling: prefixes -less. -ness

    1. painless 
    2. sickness 
    3. sadness 
    4. helpless 
    5. thankless 
    6. kindness 
    7. hopeless 
    8. darkness 
    9. fearless 
    10. thickness 
    11. careless 
    12. goodness 
    13. spotless 
    14. softness 
    15. useful 
    16. weakly 
    17. breathless 
    18. eagerness 

    Writing

    The students have learned all the lower case cursive letters and are beginning to write in cursive, so I will be expecting their spelling dictation sentences to be written in cursive by January. We have about 12 more capital letters to learn. We will be starting another opinion writing piece this week.

     

    Social Studies: We are beginning a new unit in Geography. The students will be learning to: 

    * describe a specific location on a map using the following terminology: globe, continent, country, state, county, city/town, and neighborhood

    * interpret a map by using the title, key/legend, scale, cardinal directions and symbols. 

    * use a map to locate waterways, landforms, cities, states and national boundaries using standard map symbols

    * use a physical map to explain how geographical features played a role in the settlement of our community


  • Kahl Class News Week 15

    December 9-13

     

     

     Winter Break is Almost Here! 

    Hello Parents! 

    Thank you for being an important part of your student's educational team. It is important to stick to a routine during this hectic time of year, so please continue to have your student read 20 minutes each day. It really makes a difference! 

    Tid Bits

    Save the Date! *3rd Grade Holiday Program*

    Wednesday, December 18th at 3:00

    Parent, Family & Friends

    ____________________________________________

    Arizona **UPDATE**

    My sister is in remission and ready for transplant and I will do another round of bloodwork in early January to see if I can still be her donor. I should know something in mid January and have some type of timeline then. As always, keep us in your thoughts and prayers. When I know more, I will pass it along.
     
     
    Holiday Book Exchange
    As we gear up for the holiday season, I'd like to do a book exchange with the class on Thursday, December 19th. Please have your child bring a gently used or new book wrapped like a present. No names on wrapped books please. Students will choose numbers and pick a book to unwrap or they may "steal" somebody else's (like white elephant style). By the end of the exchange, each student will have a book that they can take home and read over break. 
     
    Winter Celebration
    It's party time again. Yesterday, I had a class meeting to discuss our winter celebration and this is what was decided. The kids would like to do a hot chocolate and movie party with a snack table. A sign up genius will be sent out sometime next week. Our party will be on Friday, Dec. 20th from 2:35 - 3:40 pm. Please email me click here if you are interested in volunteering for this event.

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. We are getting really good!  Please practice facts 2 - 9s with your student. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

     

    Important Dates   

    December 18 - 3rd Winter Program at 3:00 for parents, family and friends

    December 19 - Winter Book Exchange in the classroom

    December 20 - Holiday Party (2:35-3:40)

    Dec. 23rd-Jan 3rd - Winter Holiday Break

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: December 2-6

    Math:  Engage NY Unit 6 Measurement and Data Lessons 4 - 8

    Module 6 is well under way and the focus will be on collecting data and using graphs to organinze data. The students are collecting and graphing data using a variety of graphs to include: scaled bar graphs, picture graphs, and vertical tape diagrams. They are learning what needs to be labeled on a graph and how to answer questions using their data.

     

     

    ELA and Reading: Story of the Week - Amos and Boris

    Target Skill

    *Sequence of events and using transistion words

    *Story Elements

    *Vocabulary

    Target Strategy

    *Summarize

    Students will take a reading assessment that includes 2 passages and answer questions about the text. This will be a paper test and stduents will be working independently on this. It will cover several of the skills that we have been working on in the past 5 weeks.

    Grammar - Review nouns and verbs

    Spelling: prefixes re-, un-, in words with VCCV pattern

     

    1. unfold 
    2. rejoin 
    3. untie 
    4. reheat 
    5. unfair 
    6. unclear 
    7. repaid 
    8. rewrite 
    9. unhurt 
    10. recheck 
    11. unlucky 
    12. unwrap 
    13. reuse 
    14. unsure 
    15. reread 
    16. unsafe 
    17. unbuckle 
    18. unknown 

    Writing

     The students have learned all the lower case cursive letters and are beginning to write in cursive, so I will be expecting their spelling dictation sentences to be written in cursive by January. We have about 18 more capital letters to learn. We will be starting another opinion writing piece this week.

     

    Social Studies: We are beginning a new unit in Geography. The students will be learning to: 

    * describe a specific location on a map using the following terminology: globe, continent, country, state, county, city/town, and neighborhood

    * interpret a map by using the title, key/legend, scale, cardinal directions and symbols. 

    * use a map to locate waterways, landforms, cities, states and national boundaries using standard map symbols

    * use a physical map to explain how geographical features played a role in the settlement of our community


  • Kahl Class News Week 14

    December 2-6

     

     

     Happy Thanksgiving! 

    Hello Parents!

    Happy Thanksgiving! 

    Tid Bits

    Save the Date! *3rd Grade Holiday Program*

    Wednesday, December 18th at 3:00

    Parent, Family & Friends

    ____________________________________________

    Arizona **UPDATE**

    There has been a delay in my sister's stem cell transplant. It looks like it will be postponed until some time in March or April. There are no plans for me to head to Arizona, so I will be here at school doing what I love! 
     
    Thank you for your support and good thoughts. I means the world to me. 

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. We are getting really good!  Now we are practicing 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s on a daily basis to really get these patterns down. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

     

    Important Dates   

     

    December 2 - Back to School  

    December 6 - NO School - Teacher Collaboration Day

    December 18 - 3rd Winter Program at 3:00

    December 20 - Holiday Party (2:40-3:40)

    Dec. 23rd-Jan 3rd - Winter Holiday Break

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: December 2-6

    Math:  

    Engage NY Unit 6 Measurement and Data Lessons 1-4 

    We are moving forward to Module 6 and the focus will be on collecting data and using graphs to organinze data. This module only has 9 lessons, so we will be able to finish it before the break and possible start another module.

    ELA and Reading: We are continuing this story this week.

    Spelling: Vowel sound in talk - aw, al, o

    1. talk

    2. cross

    3. awful

    4. law

    5. cloth

    6. cost

    7. crawl

    8. chalk

    9. also

    10. raw

    11. salt

    12. wall

    13. lawn

    14. always

    15. soft

    16. small

    17. often

    18. strawberry

    Writing: Opinion Writing

    We are continuing to write opinion responses and opinion essays. Some of the students are finished with their first essay and beginning their second on their own.

    Social Studies

    Social Studies: We are beginning a new unit in Geography. The students will be learning to: 

    * describe a specific location on a map using the following terminology: globe, continent, country, state, county, city/town, and neighborhood

    * interpret a map by using the title, key/legend, scale, cardinal directions and symbols. 

    * use a map to locate waterways, landforms, cities, states and national boundaries using standard map symbols

    * use a physical map to explain how geographical features played a role in the settlement of our community

     

     

     

     

     


  • Kahl Class News Week 13

    November 18-22

     

     

     Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

     Hello Parents!

    I can't tell you how much I just love being in 3rd grade! I am amazed at how much these kiddos have learned and grown since I met them in August! What blessing to have the opportunity to be a part of their learning and educational journey. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing student with me! My heart is full.

    Tid Bits

    Food Drive - Thank you for the non-perishable food donations to support Star Food Bank. The impact of sharing a little impacts so many in our community. 

    Arizona **UPDATE**

    I wanted to let you know that there has been a change in my sister's stem cell transplant plan. I am NOT traveling to Arizona on Saturday and Christine's transplant has been put on hold for the time being. A blood test result for me that was done in early November was not checked thoroughly and was found to be questionable a few days aga, so her treatment had to be postponed. Another round of blood work was done at the beginning of the week to double check and confirm their findings in Arizona and to see if I am still able to be the donor. Those results have not been shared with me yet. I am beyond devastated with these recent events but I am happy to be in the classroom, a place where I love, next week. I will be sharing this news with your student today. 
     
    Thank you for your support and good thoughts. I means the world to me. 

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. We are getting really good!  Now we are practicing 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s on a daily basis to really get these patterns down. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

     

    Important Dates   

    November 18-22 -  I-Station Testing in Computers this week

    November 25-29 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break

    December 2 - Back to School - 

    December 6 - NO School - Teacher Collaboration Day

    December 20 - Holiday Party (2:40-3:40)

    Dec. 23rd-Jan 3rd - Winter Holiday Break

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: November 18-22

    Math:  

    Engage NY Unit 3 Lessons 15-21, End of Module 3 Assessment 

    Students continue to work with the concepts of multiplication and division using the array model, tape diagram, communitive and distributive properties, determing the unknown number ( 3 x b = 6) and applying these concepts and strategies to word problems. We are moving into higher numbers for multiplication using 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s. Please practice at home.

    Engage NY - Tips for Parents

    ELA and Reading: We are continuing this story this week.

    Spelling: No Spelling this week

    Writing: Opinion Writing

    Students will be finishing writing an opinion piece.

    Social Studies

    We are starting a Social Studies Unit on Geography

     

     

     

     

     


  • Kahl Class News Week 12

    November 11-15

     

     

     

     

     It Takes a Village...

     

    Hello Parents!

    Thank you so much for a wonderful Halloween party and to all the parents that participated by donating, volunteering and participating in the Halloween Festivites! A good time was had by all! The food, activities and art project was enjoyed by all the 3rd graders and I could have not done it without you.

    Tid Bits

    Food Drive Thank you for the non-perishable food donations to support Star Food Bank. There is still time to bring items in. Please bring in any non-perishable foods for our food drive through November 15th. The class with the most donations earns a pizza party! 

    Arizona **UPDATE**

    Part 1 of the transplant process is done and I have been cleared to be my sister's donor and I have dates for stem cell collection and transplant.  

    My sister is in molecular remission, YAY!, and is ready to start her final chemotherapy treatment on November 13th.  I will fly to Arizona and start injections on 11/16 to stimulate stem cell production and collection would occur on Noember 20th. I will come back to Idaho on 11/23/19 and will be back in the classroom after Thanksgiving break. These injections allows my body to over produce stem cells at a rate of 500% normal production and then will be collected by infusion and then given to my sister via infusion. She will be given my stem cells the same day they are harvested from me. Modern medicine is truly incredible. 

    Once stem cells are collected, my part in the process is done and I can get back to the business of 3rd grade. I am so very thankful for all your support and kind words. They truly meen so much to me.

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. We are getting really good!  Now we are practicing 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s on a daily basis to really get these patterns down. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

     

    Important Dates   

    November 18-22 - Mrs. Kahl in Arizona for stem cell transplant

    November 18-22 -  I-Station Testing in Computers this week

    November 25-29 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break

    December 2 - Back to School - Mrs. Kahl will be back

    December 6 - NO School - Teacher Collaboration Day

    December 20 - Holiday Party (2:40-3:40)

    Dec. 23rd-Jan 3rd - Winter Holiday Break

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: November 11-15 

    Math:  

    Engage NY Unit 3 Lessons 10-15 and Module 3 Mid Module Assessment

    Students continue to work with the concepts of multiplication and division using the array model, tape diagram, communitive and distributive properties, determing the unknown number ( 3 x b = 6) and applying these concepts and strategies to word problems. We are moving into higher numbers for multiplication using 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s. Please practice at home.

    Engage NY - Tips for Parents

    ELA and Reading: We are continuing this story this week.

    Spelling: pattern - ow, ou (down, mouse)

    Dictated spelling test on Friday using 10 of the words below.

     

    1. clown

    2. round

    3. bow

    4. cloud

    5. power

    6. crown

    7. thousand

    8. crowd

    9. sound

    10. count

    11. powder

    12. blouse

    13. frown

    14. pound

    15. house

    16. found

    17. mountain

    18. coward

    An opinion writing piece will be modeled and discussed.

    Writing: Opinion Writing

    Social Studies

    We are starting a Social Studies Unit on Geography

     

     

     

     

     


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    Kahl Class News - Week 10

    October 28 - November 1

     

     

     

     Happy Halloween!

     

    Hello Parents!

    Thank you so much for coming to Parent-Teacher Conferences! It is one of my favorite times of the year. It was great to have the opportunity to discuss celebrations and struggles in the classroom! I hope it was just as meaningful for you too. You are such an important part of the educational team and I love that we were able to spentd some time together discussing your student. 

     

    Halloween Party! and SPIRIT WEEK - Thank you so much for the overwhelming response to volunteering and donating items to our Halloween celebration. The students are so excited to wear costumes and celebrate! Here is our schedule for the afternoon:

    2:20 - 2:30 Halloween Parade around the track

    2:30 - 3:45 Halloween celebration in the classroom. There will be 4 rotations to keep students busy - Halloween Bingo, Halloween craft, cookie decorating and snacks.

    Just a friendly reminder - For our celebration, please no masks, weapons or face paint. Save all that cool stuff for trick or treating on Halloween night. This is an academic learning day and we will be learning and working all day up to the party.

    Spirit Week- October 28th - November 1st 

    • Monday - Spread Kindness like Confetti
      • Introduce Kindness Week and tell students to try to find 3 or more students to be kind to. If someone is kind to you, give them a "shout out" on a post it note, then put it on the windows of computer lab, in the hall
    • Tuesday - twin day
    • Wednesday - crazy hair or hat day
    • Thursday - Halloween (no weapons or gore, masks or face paint)
    • Friday - Spirit Wear Day (Any school colors OR your favorite team sport t-shirts or sweatshirts)
      • (Per PTO) The can earn stallion bucks for traditional Star Stallion gear or if they participate with spirit week wearing any team gear

    Class Tid Bits 

    Food Drive - Thank you for the non-perishable food donations to support Star Food Bank. There is still time to bring items in. Please bring in any non-perishable foods for our food drive through November 15th. The class with the most donations earns a pizza party! 

    Arizona Bound **UPDATE**

    I will be heading to Arizona for a preliminary health screening on Thursday, October 31st and will return Sunday, November 3rd. I should be back in the classroom on Monday, November 4th.

    I have tentative stem cell collection dates that are dependent on my sister's course of treatment. She is currently being prepped for stem cell transplant and the next big course of action for her is a final, aggressive chemotherapy treatment. If all goes as planned, I will fly to Arizona and start injections on 11/9/19 to stimulate stem cell production and collection would occur on 11/13/19. I would come back to Idaho on 11/16/19 and hopefully be back in the classroom on 11/18/19. These injections allows my body to over produce stem cells that are collected by infusion and then given to my sister via infusion. If all goes well, she will be given live stem cells that won't need to be frozen. 

    I will be out of the classroom on 11/8/19 thru 11/14/19, returning on 11/18/19. If there are any "hiccups" these dates might change slightly. If that occurs, I will update you.

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. In unit 1, the focus was 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s and we have gotten really good!  Now we are doing 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s on a daily basis to really get these patterns down. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts: 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

     

    Important Dates   

    Wednesday, October 30 - Picture retakes

    Thursday, October 31 - Halloween Party (More to come on this next week)

    Thursday, October 31 & November 1 - Mrs. Kahl is in Arizona

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: October 28 - November 1  

    Math:  

    Engage NY Unit 3 Lessons 4-7

    Students continue to work with the concepts of multiplication and division using the array model, tape diagram, communitive and distributive properties, determing the unknown number ( 3 x b = 6) and applying these concepts and strategies to word problems. We are moving into higher numbers for multiplication using 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s. Please practice at home.

    Engage NY - Tips for Parents

    ELA and Reading: We are continuing this story this week.

    Spelling: Slient letters - wr, kn 

    Dictated spelling test on Friday using 10 of the words below.

    1. itch

    2. wreck

    3. knee

    4. patch

    5. wrap

    6. knot

    7. watch

    8. knife

    9. stretch

    10. write

    11. knew

    12. knock

    13. match

    14. wrong

    15. know

    16. catch

    17. wrinkle

    18. knuckle

    Writing: Opinion Writing

    An opinion writing piece will be modeled and discussed.

    Social Studies

    We are starting a Social Studies Unit on Geography

     


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    Kahl Class News - Week 9

    October 21-23

     

     

     

     Parent Teacher Conferences!

     

    Hello Parents!

    I hope you've all had a wonderful week! Parent Teacher Conferences are this week. I am excited to chat with you about your child's progress in 3rd grade! Students are encouraged to attend. We will be sharing data binders and visable learning that is happening in the classroom.

     

    Halloween Party! - Thank you to the parents that have contacted me to help with the Halloween Party. Please email me if you are interested in helping plan or volunteering for the Halloween Party. It will be on Thursday, October 31st 2:30-3:40. I will be out of town, heading to Arizona, so I will miss this event. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated! 

    Class Tid Bits 

    Food Drive - Thank you for the non-perishable food donations to support Star Food Bank. There is still time to bring items in. Please bring in any non-perishable foods for our food drive through November 15th. The class with the most donations earns a pizza party! 

    Arizona Bound **UPDATE**

    I will be heading to Arizona for a preliminary health screening on Thursday, October 31st and will return Sunday, November 3rd. I should be back in the classroom on Monday, November 4th.

    I have tentative stem cell collection dates that are dependent on my sister's course of treatment. She is currently being prepped for stem cell transplant and the next big course of action for her is a final, aggressive chemotherapy treatment. I would start injections on 11/9/19 to stimulate stem cell production and collection would occur on 11/13/19. I would come back to Idaho on 11/16/19 and hopefully be back in the classroom on 11/18/19. These injections allows my body to over produce stem cells that are collected by infusion and then given to my sister via infusion. If all goes well, she will be given live stem cells that won't need to be frozen. 

    So, if all goes as planned, I will be out of the classroom on 11/8/19 thru 11/14/19, returning on 11/18/19. If there are any "hiccups" these dates might change slightly. If that occurs, I will update you.

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    We are continuing to practice skip counting with multiplication and we are progressing into higher numbers. In unit 1, the focus was 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s. Our next unit introduces 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s. Memorizing facts is a skill these students will need to have for 4th grade and beyond. Please practice multiplication facts with your child.

    Here are some skip counting videos that we do in class and to help your child begin learning multiplication facts 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

     

    Counting by 6s

    Counting by 7s

    Counting by 8s

    Counting by 9s

     

    Important Dates   

    Wednesday, October 23 - Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences 

    Thursday, October 24 - No school for students - Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Friday, October 25  - No school – Last Day of 1st quarter 

    Wednesday, October 30 - Picture retakes

    Thursday, October 31 - Halloween Party (More to come on this next week)

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: October 21 - 23  

    Math:  

    Engage NY Unit 3 Lessons 3-5

    Students continue to work with the concepts of multiplication and division using the array model, tape diagram, communitive and distributive properties and applying these concepts and strategies to word problems. We are moving into higher numbers for multiplication using 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s. Please practice at home

    Engage NY - Tips for Parents

    ELA and Reading: We are continuing this story this week.

    Spelling: 

    We took the Spelling Test on Friday, so no spelling this week

    Science 

    We are wrapping up our unit on climate and weather. An assessment will be given on Tuesday. 

     


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    Kahl Class News - Week 7

    October 8-11

     

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    Hello Parents!

    I hope you've all had a wonderful week! I can't believe it's already October, time has flown and it has been wonderful getting to know your kiddos.   

    Class Tid Bits

    Jog or Walk is scheduled for October 15th. Our time is 11:00 - 11:50. Packets went home yesterday. . 

    Food Drive - Please bring in any non-perishable foods for our food drive through November 15th. The class with the most donations earns a pizza party! 

    On a Personal Note **UPDATE**

    In May, my younger sister was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and she has been going through chemotherapy and has been a true warrior the past 4 months. She is getting ready for stem cell transplant and we are hopeful that this transplant will keep her leukemia away for good. About a month ago, I was approached to be tested to be a potential donor for my sister. At the beginning of last week, I was informed that I am a full match and I agreed to be my sister’s donor.  

    I will need to travel to Phoeniz, Arizona to do the stem cell harvesting there. I don’t have a date yet, but I know it should be sometime around the end of October. I will be gone for about 7-10 days and it will all be outpatient for me. I have never done anything like this before, but I feel so blessed to give my sister the gift of life. Last week we talked as a class about me helping my sister. Students were very receptive and encouraging. It looks like I will be out the beginning of November. Dates have not been secured yet and once I know I will forward that information on to you.  

    Weather 

    The weather is starting to change, and it can be quite chilly in the morning. Sending your student in layers helps them to be prepared for any weather conditions. Please consider sending your child with a sweatshirt or jacket on these chilly, fall days. 

    Water Bottles 

    We have a water cooler in our classroom. Please send a water bottle with your child so they can hydrate throughout the day. It helps learning and keeps students healthy!   

    Skip Counting and Multiplication

    Here are some skip counting videos to help your child begin learning multiplication facts 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Getting Home Changes 

    If your student is getting home a different way than they normally do and you know ahead of time, please send a note with them to school. This note gets taken to the office and recorded and given back to me. Notes are best especially if Lisa or I are out for the day, the information is given to the guest teacher and someone in the office knows of your plans. If you do send an email, it should be sent to me and to Lisa Storkan in the office, so we are both aware of your student’s plans for getting home. 

     

    Important Dates   

    Monday, October 7 K-12 Collaboration – No school for students 

    Friday, October 11 Scholastic Book Online Orders Due    scholastic.com/bookclubs  Class Code: HYNJY 

    Tuesday, October 15 Jog or Walk (during Specials time from 11:00-11:50) 

    Wednesday, October 23-24 Parent-Teacher Conferences – More information to  follow 

    Friday, October 25 No school – Last Day of 1st quarter 

      

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: October 8 - 11   

    Math:  

    Engage NY Lessons 18-21 and End of Module 1 Assessment 

    Students continue to work with the concepts of multiplication and division using the array model, tape diagram, communitive and distributive properties and applying these concepts and strategies to word problems.

    ELA and Reading:

     

     

    Spelling: 

    We will be learning the Long i vowel patterns (ie, igh) this week and completing an assessment on Friday using 10 of the words in written dictation sentences. The skills that will be assessed each week on this assessment are spelling in context, capital letters at the beginning of the sentence, and correct punctuation in the sentence. 

    Science 

    We will investigating natural weather disasters by doing a STEM activity -Building a Wind Proof building. Students will be using what they know about weather and will engineer a wind proof structure. 

     


  • Kahl Class News - Week 6 

    September 30 – October 4 

     

    Hello Parents!  

    Thank you to all who participated in the Star Carnival! It was a huge success! So many families were there, and a good time was had by all. 

    We have been busy collecting data for ELA and Math and putting it into student data binders. These binders will be showcased during student led conferences in October for parent-teacher conferences. More information will follow as we get closer to conference time. There will be a sign up genius that will be sent out later in the month for you to select a time.  

     

    On a Personal Note 

    In May, my younger sister was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and she has been going through chemotherapy and has been a true warrior the past 4 months. She is getting ready for stem cell transplant and we are hopeful that this transplant will keep her leukemia away for good. About a month ago, I was approached to be tested to be a potential donor for my sister. At the beginning of last week, I was informed that I am a full match and I agreed to be my sister’s donor.  

    I will need to travel to Phoeniz, Arizona to do the stem cell harvesting there. I don’t have a date yet, but I know it should be sometime around the end of October. I will be gone for about 7-10 days and it will all be outpatient for me. I have never done anything like this before, but I feel so blessed to give my sister the gift of life. I plan on telling my students soon once I have more details. I’m sure they will have lots of questions.  I do have a guest teacher lined up and will be in my class the entire time I am away. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I’d be happy to chat with you.  

     

    Weather 

    The weather is starting to change, and it can be quite chilly in the morning. Sending your student in layers helps them to be prepared for any weather conditions. Please consider sending your child with a sweatshirt or jacket on these chilly, fall days. 

     

    Water Bottles 

    We have a water cooler in our classroom. Please send a water bottle with your child so they can hydrate throughout the day. It helps learning and keeps students healthy! 

     

    Class Tidbits   

    Here are some skip counting videos to help your child begin learning multiplication facts 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

     

    Getting Home Changes 

    If your student is getting home a different way than they normally do and you know ahead of time, please send a note with them to school. This note gets taken to the office and recorded and given back to me. Notes are best especially if Lisa or I are out for the day, the information is given to the guest teacher and someone in the office knows of your plans. If you do send an email, it should be sent to me and to Lisa Storkan in the office, so we are both aware of your student’s plans for getting home. 

      

    Important Dates  

    Tuesday, September 30 Picture Make Ups 

    Monday, October 7 K-12 Collaboration – No school for students 

    Friday, October 11 Scholastic Book Online Orders Due 

                                                                                             scholastic.com/bookclubs  Class Code: HYNJY 

    Tuesday, October 15 Jog or Walk (during Specials time from 11:00-11:50) 

    Wednesday, October 23-24 Parent-Teacher Conferences – More information to  follow 

    Friday, October 25 No school – Last Day of 1st quarter 

      

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: September 30 – October 4   

    Math:  

    Engage NY Lessons 15-21 and End of Module 1 Assessment 

    Students continue to work with the concepts of multiplication and division using the array model, tape diagram, communitive and distributive properties and applying these concepts and strategies to word problems. 

    Reading:  

     

    Spelling: 

    We will be learning the Long i vowel patterns (ieigh) this week and completing an assessment on Friday using 10 of the words in written dictation sentences. The skills that will be assessed each week on this assessment are spelling in context, capital letters at the beginning of the sentence, and correct punctuation in the sentence. 

    Narrative Writing 

    We will be writing a narrative writing piece where we break down each paragraph and write a 5-paragraph story that includes story elements, introduction and conclusion paragraphs and juicy details.  

     


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    Kahl Class News - Week 5 

    September 23 -27 

    Star Carnival 

    Star Carnival is today! You can buy tickets at the door. We are still in need of volunteers to oversee some of the games. (50 spots are available, and they are 1 hour and 15 minutes long). Please consider volunteering your time. This is a big fundraiser for Star PTO and the money made from this event supports some amazing activities at our school. Thank you for supporting Star Elementary! Come by and see me at the cake walk from 4:15-5:30!  

     

    There are still positions that need to be filled. Please consider volunteering your time. 

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    Class Tidbits  

      

    Here are some skip counting videos to help your child begin learning multiplication facts 

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

    Counting by 4s   

    Book Orders- Did you know you can order books through Scholastic Reading Club anytime!! Just go to www.scholastic.com/bookclubs  and use my class code HYNJY . When you order books for your student through our class book orders, you will help the class earn more books for our library!  Online orders only, please. Any checks or cash will be returned. Follow the instructions on the back of the catalog or just get online. Thank you for your book orders. I will be adding books to our class library because of you!   

    Getting Home Changes - If your student is getting home a different way than they normally do and you know ahead of time, please send a note with them to school. This note gets taken to the office and recorded and given back to me. Notes are best especially if Lisa or I are out for the day, the information is given to the guest teacher and someone in the office knows of your plans. If you do send an email, it should be sent to me and to Lisa Storkan in the office so we are both aware of your student’s plans for getting home. 

      

    Important Dates  

    Friday, Sept. 20  Star Carnival  

    Tuesday, Sept. 24 Picture Day 

    Tuesday, October 15 Jog or Walk (during Specials time from 11:00-11:50) 

      

    What Are We Learning?    

    This Week: September 23-27th   

    Math:  

    Engage NY Lessons 11-15 

    Students continue to work with the concepts of multiplication and division using the array model, number bond model and practice skip counting.  

    Reading:  

      

    Spelling: 

    We will be learning the Long o vowel patterns with week and completing an assessment on Friday using 10 of the words in written dictation sentences. The skills that will be assessed each week on this assessment are: spelling in context, capital letters at the beginning of the sentence, and correct punctuation in the sentence 

     

    Science: Climate and Weather 

    We will be discussing climate and using a climate decoder to determine why places are hot or cold on our planet. 


  • September 9, 2019  

    Kahl Class News - Week 3 

      

    Another great week!  

    We are having fun learning and growing as learners in portable 2. We just finished an art project that was paired with the book, Only One You. We painted rock fish to symbolize the uniqueness of all of us in our classroom family. Math and reading routines are taking shape and we are starting to get into an academic groove.   

      

    Class Tidbits  

    Homework - Students should be doing 30 minutes of homework per night. This should include studying spelling for spelling test on Friday, multiplication math facts 2s and 3s  

    and, most importantly, reading. Reading is the cornerstone of learning in all subjects and practicing for comprehension and fluency will help your student be more successful as they grow as a learner.   

    Here are some skip counting videos   

    Counting by 2s 

    Counting by 3s 

      

    Book Orders -  Did you know you can order books through Scholastic Reading Club anytime!! Just go to www.scholastic.com/bookclubs  and use my class code HYNJY . When you order books for your student through our class book orders, you will help the class earn more books for our library!  Online orders only, please. Any checks or cash will be returned. Follow the instructions on the back of the catalog. Thank you for your book orders. I will be adding books to our class library because of you!   

      

    Open House - I look forward to seeing you at this event on Thursday, September 12th from 6-7:30. There will be three, twenty minute sessions for you to choose from to visit our classroom, meet me and learn about grade level goals for the year. Session times will be: 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00.  

    Parents only need to come to one session as all materials covered will be the same. 

      

    Getting Home Changes - If your student is getting home a different way than they normally do and you know ahead of time, please send a note with them to school. This note gets taken to the office and recorded and given back to me. Notes are best especially if Lisa or I are out for the day, the information is given to the guest teacher and someone in the office knows of your plans. If you do send an email, it should be sent to me and to Lisa Storkan in the office so we are both aware of your student’s plans for getting home. 

      

    Important Dates  

    Tuesday, Sept. 10 - Star Spirit Wear orders due   

    Thursday, Sept. 12  - Back to School Night/Open House - 6:00, 6:30 or 7:00   

    Friday, Sept. 20 - Star Carnival - More information coming soon! 

    What Are We Learning?   

      

    This Week: September 9-13th  

    Math:  

    Engage NY Lessons 6-10 

    Students continue to work with the concepts of multiplication and division using the array model, number bond model and practice skip counting. 

    Reading:  

    Essential Question: Why are courts an important part of our government? 

    Lesson 2 

    Anchor Text: The Trail of Cardigan Jones(Fiction-Fantasy),  You Be the Jury (Informational Text)  

    Comprehension Skill  

    Conclusions 

    Author’s Word Choice 

    Comprehension Strategy  

    Predict/Infer 

    Spelling - Long Vowels ( a, e, i, o, u) 

    spoke price 

    mile erase 

    save ripe 

    excuse broke 

    cone flame 

    invite life 

    cube rule 

      

    Grammar - Kinds of Sentences   

    Writing:  

    Narrative writing: Dialogue   

    Focus Trait: Conventions  

    Science: Climate and Weather 

    We will be discussing climate and using a climate decoder to determine why places are hot or cold on our planet. 


  • Week 2 September 3-6

    Greetings Parents! 

    Wow! We’ve had the most amazing week! Lots of getting to know you activities and learning how to get things done in 3rd grade! I hope you all had a wonderful week with your students back in school with a regular schedule and are enjoying a long weekend!  

    Class Tidbits  

    Homework- Students should be doing 30 minutes of homework per night. This should include studying spelling for spelling test on Friday, multiplication math facts 2s and 3s and, most importantly, reading. Reading is the cornerstone of learning in all subjects and practicing for comprehension and fluency will help your student be more successful as they grow as a learner. 

       

    Book Orders- Did you know you can order books through Scholastic Reading Club anytime!! Just go to www.scholastic.com/bookclubs  and use my class code HYNJY . When you order books for your student through our class book orders, you will help the class earn more books for our library! Online orders only, please. Any checks or cash will be returned. Follow the instructions on the back of the catalog.Thank you for your book orders. I will be adding books to our class library because of you!  

     

    Open HouseI look forward to seeing you at this event on Thursday, September 12th from 6-7:30. There will be three, twenty minute sessions for you to choose from to visit our classroom, meet me and learn about grade level goals for the year. Session times will be: 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00.  

    Parents only need to come to one session as all materials covered will be the same. 

     

    Important Dates 

    Monday, Sept. 2 - Labor Day, no school 

    Wednesday, Sept. 4 - PTO Meeting in the Library at 4 pm 

    Thursday, Sept. 12 - Back to School Night/Open House - 6:00, 6:30 or 7:00  

    Friday, Sept. 20 - Star Carnival - More information coming soon! 

     

    What Are We Learning? 

    This Week:September 4-7th 

     

    Math: 

    Engage NY Lessons 3-6 

    Students have already been introduced to the concept of multiplication and now will be learning about division.  

     

    Reading:  

    Essential Question: How is learning at school different from learning at home? 

     

    Lesson 1 

    Anchor Text: A Fine, Fine School (Fiction),  One-Room Schoolhouses (Informational Text) 

     

    Comprehension Skill 

    Story Structure 

    Analyze Illustrations  

     

    Comprehension Strategy 

    Summarize 

     

    Spelling - Short Vowels 

    crop lunch 

    plan pumpkin 

    thing  clock 

    smell gift 

    shut class 

    sticky skip 

    spent swing 

     

    Grammar- Simple sentences  

    Writing:  

    Narrative writing: Descriptive paragraph   

    Focus Trait: Elaboration  

     

    Science:Climate and Weather 

    This unit develops the idea that observing clouds and other weather clues around us, we can predict the daily weather and make sense of why places on earth look and feel a certain way.