• May 30, 2021

We are down to the last eight days of school, and we are still continuing to learn new skills and concepts. We've been exploring shapes and angles along with learning about economics. We have some fun things planned for these last two weeks, so hang on for the ride and enjoy the fun with your kids. Thank you again for supporting your child and me, as we worked hard through the changes and challenges of the year.

## Snack Shack Next Week

Students can bring quarters for a snack next week! Here are the snacks each day:

Tuesday - Marshmallows

Wednesday - Candy Canes

Thursday - Popcorn

It's going to be HOT the last two weeks of school. Please send a water bottle or cup with your student to school. The water fountains are not available to students.

June 1 - Devices, chargers and cases will be staying at school (please check to make sure your child has all of these items)

June 4 - Day of Awesomeness (outside fun - so please remember sunscreen and water bottles)

June 10 - Last day of 3rd grade, FULL DAY, Bell Schedule (Bring in board games to play with each other)

June 1-4

Math

Engage NY Unit 7 - Geometry and Measurement Word Problems

In Module 7, students will get intensive practice with word problems, as well as hands-on investigation experiences with geometry and perimeter. Students will solve one-and two-step word problems, classify shapes based on their attributes, learn what a tessellation is, study perimeter and area, and end with a review of Grade 3 fundamental skills.

I can....

• Solve problems involving the four operations, andidentify and explain patterns in arithmetic.
• Represent and interpret data.
• Geometric measurement: recognize perimeter as anattribute of plane figures and distinguish betweenlinear and area measures.
• Reason with shapes and their attributes

Module 7 - Parent Tip Sheet

We wil be working on building our understanding of collecting data, graphing it and using line plots. This is a 9 lesson unit so it will go quickly. Thank you for your continued support of your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts by 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. This skill is vital for math applications in 4th grade.

We will be using Social Studies content for reading during our testing weeks. The focus will be on Economics: What's a producer? What's a consumer? What is a want and need?

Spelling Words -No Spelling for the rest of the year. YAY!!!

Social Studies: Economics

I can...

• Explain the concepts of supply and demand and the role of the consumer and producer.
• Explain how land, natural resources, labor, trade, and/or technology affect economic actives in the local community.
• Describe the purposes and benefits of savings.

Science - Power of Flowers

I can...
• Develop models to describe thatorganisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
• Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

•

It's been a busy week full of finishing up testing and seeing how much growth was made for the year academically. Your kiddos are super proud of themselves and I hope you are, too. We talked a lot about what these tests mean and how they don't determine who you are, but what you have learned and what you still might need to learn. Your children showed a lot effort, confidence, and stamina while working these past few weeks. Thank you for all the support that you gave them with notes, posters, and love. They appreciated all the BRAIN FOOD that you sent in as well.

## Friendly Reminders:

Devices

• Devices will be kept at school starting June 1st until the end of the school year (June 10th).
• Students need to bring their laptop, charger and case to school. Please clean the outside of the laptop, including stickers, and the sticker off of the charging cord before your student brings it back to school on June 1st.
• I will be labeling all cords and devices with removable tape.
• I will be checking in computers with your student using a laptop inspection form to report any damage or loss.
• Our final day with computers will be June 10th.

•  Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case. We will continue to wear masks in the classroom and inside the building for the remainder of the year. Mask wearing outside and at PE is optional.

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the front office knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office with a phone call. Thank you.

___________________________

May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

June 1 - Devices, chargers and cases will be staying at school

Tuesday June1 -- crazy hair/hat day
Wednesday June 2 -- "Future You" Day (Career Day)
Thursday June 3 -- Decade Day (dress up in your favorite decade like the 60's hippie or 90's grunge
Friday June 4 (Day of Awesomeness) -- Star Stallion spirit wear or Red/White/Black (Our last Friday of the school year!!)

Monday June 7 -- Hawaiian/Beach Day
Tuesday June 8 -- Sports Day (wear your favorite sports team or your own team gear)
Wednesday June 9 -- Tie- Dye Day
Thursday June 10 - Devices turned in at school (Last day of school) --Your Future is Bright Day (wear bright colors and sunglasses)

May 24-28

Math

Engage NY Unit 7 - Geometry and Measurement Word Problems

In Module 7, students will get intensive practice with word problems, as well as hands-on investigation experiences with geometry and perimeter. Students will solve one-and two-step word problems, classify shapes based on their attributes, learn what a tessellation is, study perimeter and area, and end with a review of Grade 3 fundamental skills.

I can....

• Solve problems involving the four operations, andidentify and explain patterns in arithmetic.
• Represent and interpret data.
• Geometric measurement: recognize perimeter as anattribute of plane figures and distinguish betweenlinear and area measures.
• Reason with shapes and their attributes

Module 7 - Parent Tip Sheet

We wil be working on building our understanding of collecting data, graphing it and using line plots. This is a 9 lesson unit so it will go quickly. Thank you for your continued support of your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts by 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. This skill is vital for math applications in 4th grade.

We will be using Social Studies content for reading during our testing weeks. The focus will be the history of Star, Idaho and the cultures and people that have built our community.

During the testing weeks ahead, we will be reviewing grammar, reading and writing rules and concepts that will support students during testing.

Spelling Words - Suffixes -less and -ness

(Please have your child keep working on strong sentences with their spelling words in cursive.)

1. painless

2. sickness

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

Social Studies: The History of Star, Idaho

I can...

• Investigate the history of my community
• Compare differenct cultural groups in the community including their distinctive foods, clothing styles and traditions
• Indentify reasons for voluntary and involuntary movement of people to and from my community

Science - Animals through Time - Animal Survival and Heredity

I can...
• Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago
• Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similiar organisms

• May 17 - 21

We are almose there with finishing up the state testing for the year. Yeah! We have 2 more to go this week. Thank you for all delicious treats for our kiddos. We start each testing morning with some brain food and a few moments to focus on getting our thoughts down on paper.

Please make sure your student has a good night's rest before each test, eats a healthy breakfast that includes protein and comes to school on time and with a positive attitude. Your role in testing is so important for your student's success!

• ## ISAT Testing Schedule & Treats

Thank you for all the snack donations! It made our testing days that much better!

Testing Schedule

Testing Schedule - Testing to begin at 9:30 am, please have your student to school on time. It sets the tone for the day and it will help them settle in before testing begins.

5/19/2021 Wednesday - ELA CAT

5/20/2021 Thursday - iStation-May

Friendly Reminders:

•  Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case. We will continue to wear masks in the classroom and inside the building for the remainder of the year. Mask wearing outside and at PE is optional.

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the front office knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office with a phone call. Thank you.

___________________________

May 5 - 19 ISAT Testing Window for 3rd grade

Testing Schedule - Testing to begin at 9:30 a.m.

5/19/2021 Wednesday - ELA CAT

5/20/2021 Thursday - iStation-May

May 20 - Final iStation Assessment for the year

May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

June 10 - Last day of 3rd grade

May 17-21

Math

Engage NY Unit 6 - Measurement and Data

Module 6: Collecting and Displaying Data - End of Module Assessment

I can....

• Draw a scaled picture graph and a bar graph to represent a data set with several catergories
• Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch

Module 6 - Parent Tip Sheet

We wil be working on building our understanding of collecting data, graphing it and using line plots. This is a 9 lesson unit so it will go quickly. Thank you for your continued support of your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts by 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. This skill is vital for math applications in 4th grade.

We will be using Social Studies content for reading during our testing weeks. The focus will be the history of Star, Idaho and the cultures and people that have built our community.

During the testing weeks ahead, we will be reviewing grammar, reading and writing rules and concepts that will support students during testing.

Spelling Words - Words to Know, part 3 (3rd grade words to know)

(Please have your child keep working on strong sentences with their spelling words in cursive.)

1. fewer

2. camel

3. private

4. because

5. stiff

6. travel

7. obey

8. pear

9. works

10. locate

11. include

12. pair

13. draw

14. human

15. you've

16. idea

17. talk

18. chief

19. didn't

20. royal

Social Studies: The History of Star, Idaho

I can...

• Investigate the history of my community
• Compare differenct cultural groups in the community including their distinctive foods, clothing styles and traditions
• Indentify reasons for voluntary and involuntary movement of people to and from my community
Science - Animals through Time - Animal Survival and Heredity
I can...
• Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago
• Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similiar organisms

•

WE have one test down and four more to go! Students have blown me away with their commitment to do their best and shine on their ISAT testing.  Thank you for all that have signed up to donate motivational treats on our testing days. They really do make a difference! Please make sure your student has a good night's rest before each test, eats a healthy breakfast that includes protein and comes to school on time and with a positive attitude. Your role in testing is so important for your student's success!

## ISAT Testing Schedule & Treats Needed

Students have been "training" in preparation for the ISATs and it's their time to shine! We will have a total of 5 tests, spread out over 2.5 weeks. This will include our final Istation test for reading. Tests will be administered in the morning and should be done before lunch, with exception of the ISAT Writing performance test and Math performance test. These tests tend to take longer due to the writing components. On testing days, I like to provide treats with motivational phrases to help students begin with a positive attitude and work with a great mindset. Thank you for providing the treats and we now have plenty of great items that people have signed up for. You are amazing families!

Testing Schedule

Testing Schedule - Testing to begin at 9:30, please have your student to school on time. It sets the tone for the day and it will help them settle in before testing begins.

5/12/2021 Wednesday - Math - Performance Test

5/13/2021 Thursday - Math CAT

5/19/2021 Wednesday - ELA CAT

5/20/2021 Thursday - iStation-May

On testing days, it is important that students get a good night's rest, have a healthy breakfast with protien (brain food), come with a positive attitude and be on time!

Friendly Reminders:

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the front office knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office with a phone call. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case.

Folders

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. PLEASE....do not take any papers out of the white and blue folders. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders are for students only.

Devices

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.
____________________________________________

May 5 - 19 ISAT Testing Window for 3rd grade

Testing Schedule - Testing to begin at 9:30

5/12/2021 Wednesday - Math - Performance Test

5/13/2021 Thursday - Math CAT

5/19/2021 Wednesday - ELA CAT

5/20/2021 Thursday - iStation-May

May 20 - Final iStation Assessment for the year

May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

June 10 - Last day of 3rd grade

May 10-14

Math

Engage NY Unit 6 - Measurement and Data

Module 6: Collecting and Displaying Data

I can....

• Draw a scaled picture graph and a bar graph to represent a data set with several catergories
• Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch

Module 6 - Parent Tip Sheet

We wil be working on building our understanding of collecting data, graphing it and using line plots. This is a 9 lesson unit so it will go quickly. Thank you for your continued support of your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts by 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. This skill is vital for math applications in 4th grade.

We will be using Social Studies content for reading during our testing weeks. The focus will be the history of Star, Idaho and the cultures and people that have built our community.

During the testing weeks ahead, we will be reviewing grammar, reading and writing rules and concepts that will support students during testing.

Spelling Words - Words to Know, part 2 (3rd grade words to know)

(Please have your child keep working on strong sentences with their spelling words in cursive.)

1. yawn

2. through

3. other

4. fuel

5. tennis

6. straw

7. knife

8. mixture

9. thief

10. chew

11. wanted

12. what

13. walks

14. use

15. father

16. boil

17. needle

18. you're

19. clapped

20. they're

Social Studies: The History of Star, Idaho

I can...

• Investigate the history of my community
• Compare differenct cultural groups in the community including their distinctive foods, clothing styles and traditions
• Indentify reasons for voluntary and involuntary movement of people to and from my community
Science - Animals through Time - Animal Survival and Heredity
I can...
• Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago
• Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similiar organisms

• Hello AMAMZING Families!!

We have been waiting all year for this! Testing begins on Wednesday, May 5th and we are so ready! Thank you for all that have signed up to donate motivational treats on our testing days. They really do make a difference! If you haven't signed up yet, I am sure there are some slots that need to be filled. You can find the link below. Please make sure your student has a good night's rest before each test, eats a healthy breakfast that includes protein and comes to school on time and with a positive attitude. Your role in testing is so important for your student's success!

## ISAT Testing Schedule & Treats Needed

Students have been "training" in preparation for the ISATs and it's their time to shine! We will have a total of 5 tests, spread out over 2.5 weeks. This will include our final Istation test for reading. Tests will be administered in the morning and should be done before lunch, with exception of the ISAT Writing performance test and Math performance test. These tests tend to take longer due to the writing components. On testing days, I like to provide treats with motivational phrases to help students begin with a positive attitude and work with a great mindset. If you would like to help by providing treats, please click here to sign up.  Treats will need to be sent or dropped off at school by April 27th (except for fruit & cheese), so that I can prepare each treat with motivational messages. If you are interested in preparing treats with tags, please email me so we can coordinate! Any help would be SOOOO appreciated!

Testing Schedule

Testing Schedule - Testing to begin at 9:30, please have your student to school on time. It sets the tone for the day and it will help them settle in before testing begins.

5/05/2021 Wednesday - ELA - Writing Performance Test

5/12/2021 Wednesday - Math - Performance Test

5/13/2021 Thursday - Math CAT

5/19/2021 Wednesday - ELA CAT

5/20/2021 Thursday - iStation-May

On testing days, it is important that students get a good night's rest, have a healthy breakfast with protien (brain food), come with a positive attitude and be on time!

Friendly Reminders:

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the front office knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office with a phone call. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case.

Folders

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. PLEASE....do not take any papers out of the white and blue folders. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders are for students only.

Devices

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.
____________________________________________

May 3 - Kindergarten Registration

May 5 - 19 ISAT Testing Window for 3rd grade

Testing Schedule - Testing to begin at 9:30

5/05/2021 Wednesday - ELA - Writing Performance Test

5/12/2021 Wednesday - Math - Performance Test

5/13/2021 Thursday - Math CAT

5/19/2021 Wednesday - ELA CAT

5/20/2021 Thursday - iStation-May

May 20 - Final iStation Assessment for the year

May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

June 10 - Last day of 3rd grade

May 3-7

Math

Engage NY Unit 6 - Measurement and Data

Module 6: Collecting and Displaying Data

I can....

• Draw a scaled picture graph and a bar graph to represent a data set with several catergories
• Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch

Module 6 - Parent Tip Sheet

We wil be working on building our understanding of collecting data, graphing it and using line plots. This is a 9 lesson unit so it will go quickly. Thank you for your continued support of your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts by 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. This skill is vital for math applications in 4th grade.

We will be using Social Studies content for reading during our testing weeks. The focus will be the history of Star, Idaho and the cultures and people that have built our community.

During the testing weeks ahead, we will be reviewing grammar, reading and writing rules and concepts that will support students during testing.

Spelling Words - Words to Know, part 1 (3rd grade words to know)

(Please have your child keep working on strong sentences with their spelling words in cursive.)

1. finally

2. launch

3. meal

4. puzzle

5. clapped

6. their

7. riddle

8. knew

9. cruel

10. count

11. lawn

12. dream

13. fluid

14. wrapping

15. said

16. lace

17. nurse

18. female

19. noise

20. cute

Social Studies: The History of Star, Idaho

I can...

• Investigate the history of my community
• Compare differenct cultural groups in the community including their distinctive foods, clothing styles and traditions
• Indentify reasons for voluntary and involuntary movement of people to and from my community
Science - Animals through Time - Animal Survival and Heredity
I can...
• Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago
• Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similiar organisms

• April 26-30

We had so much fun today running, skipping, dancing, and laughing on our Fun Run!  THANK YOU so much for all the support you have given this year to help our school buy new music instruments, PE and recess equipment, and many other items for the children. We are hopeful that our new reader board will be purchased soon.

Please take a look at the calendar below for important dates that are coming up! Also, there is a link for opportunities to sign-up to bring testing treats for the students on our testing days.

## ISAT Testing Schedule & Treats Needed

Students have been "training" in preparation for the ISATs and it's their time to shine! We will have a total of 5 tests, spread out over 2.5 weeks. This will include our final Istation test for reading.  Tests will be administered in the morning and should be done before lunch, with exception of the ISAT Writing performance test and Math performance test. These tests tend to take longer due to the writing components. On testing days, I like to provide treats with motivational phrases to help students begin with a positive attitude and work with a great mindset. If you would like to help buy treats they will need to be sent or dropped off at school by April 27th (except for fruit & cheese), so that I can prepare each treat with motivational messages. If you are interested in preparing treats with tags, please email me so we can coordinate! Any help would be SOOOO appreciated!

Testing Schedule

Testing Schedule - Testing to begin at 9:30, please have your student to school on time. It sets the tone for the day and it will help them settle in before testing begins.

5/05/2021 Wednesday - ELA - Writing Performance Test

5/12/2021 Wednesday - Math - Performance Test

5/13/2021 Thursday - Math CAT

5/19/2021 Wednesday - ELA CAT

5/20/2021 Thursday - iStation-May

On testing days, it is important that students get a good night's rest, have a healthy breakfast with protien (brain food), come with a positive attitude and be on time!

Friendly Reminders:

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the front office knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office with a phone call. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case.

Folders

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. PLEASE....do not take any papers out of the white and blue folders. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders are for students only.

Devices

• Please charge devices nightly. We are still using them everyday! Please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.
____________________________________________

April 30 - ENY Module 5 Assessment

May 3 - Kindergarten Registration

May 5 - 19 ISAT Testing Window for 3rd grade

Testing Schedule - Testing to begin at 9:30

5/05/2021 Wednesday - ELA - Writing Performance Test

5/12/2021 Wednesday - Math - Performance Test

5/13/2021 Thursday - Math CAT

5/19/2021 Wednesday - ELA CAT

5/20/2021 Thursday - iStation-May

May 20 - Final iStation Assessment for the year

May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

June 10 - Last day of 3rd grade

April 26-30

Math

Engage NY Unit 5 - Fractions as Numbers on a Number Line Lessons, End of Module 5 Assessment on Friday

Module 5: Fractions as Numbers on a Number Line - We will be continuing our work with fractions this week. Videos to support learning are on TEAMS. I highly encourage your student to review concepts of fractions it support your student's understanding of fractions. Please review math problem sets that come home.

Thank you for your continued support of your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts by 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. This skill is vital for math applications in 4th grade.

ELA and Reading: We will be using the reading strategies, spelling and grammar components of this lesson for the week.

Spelling Words (prefixes - re-, un-)

(Please have your child keep working on strong sentences with their spelling words in cursive.)

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

16. unsafe

17. unbuckle

18. unknown

Writing: (continuing)

This week we will continue to develop our informational writing skills. We will be reading about life in 18th-Century America through journals and articles. We will learn about how it was like for children growning up in this era. Students will be organizing information with a graphic organizer and begin writing their individual writing pieces.

• I can write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Science - Weather & Climate
I can...
• I can represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
• I can obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
• I can evaluate the quality of a solution that reduces the impact of a weather-related hazard.

•

Spring is HERE!

April 19-23

Happy Friday! The kids really enjoyed their pj day today. We have just about hit our goal in class with 100 stars for being on task and active learners. So, the kids will be deciding what they would like for their 30 minutes of celebration time. We have discussed playing an outdoor game, art activity, pj / movie, and show and tell.  This Wednesday the students will be taking their April i-Station assessment. It is always helpful to get good rest the night before and have a great breakfast that morning. I appreciate all the support that you have given your child this month in trying to reach their goals as we approach the end of third grade. If you have not seen those goals, please ask them to share the yellow sheet with you. It was sent home last week.

## Fun Run:

Thank you for all of the donations we've had so far! Our school is 45% to our goal to purchase a new, digital reader board. Way to go! The fun run will be next week during school hours.

Friendly Reminders:

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the front office knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office with a phone call. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case.

Folders

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. PLEASE....do not take any papers out of the white and blue folders. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders are for students only.

Devices

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.
____________________________________________

April 21 - istation Assessment

April 23 - Star Elementary Fun Run

May 3 - Kindergarten Registration

May 5 - 19 ISAT Testing Window for 3rd grade

Testing Schedule - Testing to begin at 9:30

5/05/2021 Wednesday - ELA - Writing Performance Test

5/12/2021 Wednesday - Math - Performance Test

5/13/2021 Thursday - Math CAT

5/19/2021 Wednesday - ELA CAT

5/20/2021 Thursday - iStation-May

May 20 - Final iStation Assessment for the year

May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

June 10 - Last day of 3rd grade

April 19-23

Math

Engage NY Unit 5 - Fractions as Numbers on a Number Line Lessons 5-10

Module 5: Fractions as Numbers on a Number Line - We will be continuing our work with fractions this week. Videos to support learning are on TEAMS. I highly encourage your student to review concepts of fractions it support your student's understanding of fractions. Please review math problem sets that come home.

Thank you for your continued support of your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts by 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. This skill is vital for math applications in 4th grade.

ELA and Reading: Story of the Week

Spelling Words (suffixes - er, -ly, -ful)

(Please have your child keep working on strong sentences with their spelling words in cursive.)

1. singer

2. loudly

3. joyful

4. teachers

5. fighter

6. closely

7. powerful

8. farmer

9. quickly

10. careful

11. friendly

12. speaker

13. wonderful

14. truly

15. hopeful

16. safety

17. listener

18. calmly

Writing: (continuing)

This week we will continue to develop our informational writing skills. We will be reading about life in 18th-Century America through journals and articles. We will learn about how colonists traveled many different ways in America.  Then I will model and help students organizing information with a graphic organizer to get ready to write individual writing pieces.

• I can write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Science - Weather & Climate
I can...
• I can represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
• I can obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
• I can evaluate the quality of a solution that reduces the impact of a weather-related hazard.

• April 12-16

This week starts the fun run fundraiser! Please log in and take a look at what is going to happen and participate as you can. The kids are getting excited about it. I have sent 2 emails about this event, but if you didn't receive them, you can read the information below and be up to speed.

We will also continue to discuss individual student data and set goals for reading and math, this week. Most of the students have discussed where they are at using the 2 online programs that we use, but a few are still waiting to meet with me. This goal sheet will be coming home for you to look at and discuss a plan with your child to meet their individual goals at the end of the year.  Thank you for all the wonderful support you have given your child and me this year!!

I also wanted to thank all of the parents who were able to send in dry erase markers, paints, pencils, etc. for the students to use for the remainder of the year. You truly are a blessing!

Star Elementary Fun Run
1. REGISTER your student(s) on funrun.com today. It takes 30 seconds!
2. SHARE with 5 family/friends using the SHARE tools on funrun.com (Facebook, Text Message or Email) Students will earn rewards just for sharing from funrun.com.
3. ENCOURAGE your student to have fun and enjoy the Fun Run!

Here is a quick video overview of our fundraising program.

• All families can support our school by either sharing on funrun.com
• Students can receive rewards when parents share from funrun.com!
• All students can participate in the Fun Run
• This fundraiser comes with an incredible character development program for students where they’ll be learning about the importance of teamwork, care, courage, grit and celebration.

We are working hard to make this fundraiser safe, fun, and successful for everyone!

Registration Opens - Today!
Register on FUNRUN.COM, Share, & Celebrate Star Elementary!
Fundraiser Kick Off - 4/12
Event Day - 4/23

__________________________________________

Friendly Reminders:

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the front office knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office with a phone call. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case.

Folders

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. PLEASE....do not take any papers out of the white and blue folders. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders are for students only.

Devices

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.
____________________________________________

April 12 - Fun Run Kick Off

April 21 - istation Assessment

April 23 - Star Elementary Fun Run

May 3 - Kindergarten Registration

May 5 - 19 ISAT Testing Window for 3rd grade

Testing Schedule - Testing to begin at 9:30

5/05/2021 Wednesday - ELA - Writing Performance Test

5/12/2021 Wednesday - Math - Performance Test

5/13/2021 Thursday - Math CAT

5/19/2021 Wednesday - ELA CAT

5/20/2021 Thursday - iStation-May

May 20 - Final iStation Assessment for the year

May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

June 10 - Last day of 3rd grade

April 12-16

Math

Engage NY Unit 5 - Fractions as Numbers on a Number Line Lessons 5-10

Module 5: Fractions as Numbers on a Number Line - We will be continuing our work with fractions this week. Videos to support learning are on TEAMS. I highly encourage your student to review concepts of fractions it support your student's understanding of fractions. Please review math problem sets that come home.

Thank you for your continued support of your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts by 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. This skill is vital for math applications in 4th grade.

ELA and Reading: Story of the Week

Spelling List:  words with the final "y" (change the "y" to an "i" and add ed or es)

1. cities
2. cried
3. puppies
4. hurried
5. stories
6. flies
7. parties
8. tried
9. pennies
10. fried
11. carried
12. babies
13. spied
14. ponies
15. pretty
16. very
17. countries
18. libraries

Writing:

This week we will continue to develop our informational writing skills. We will be reading about life in 18th-Century America through journals and articles. We will learn about how colonists traveled many different ways in America.  Then I will model and help students organizing information with a graphic organizer to get ready to write individual writing pieces.

• I can write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Science - Weather & Climate
I can...
• I can represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
• I can obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
• I can evaluate the quality of a solution that reduces the impact of a weather-related hazard.

•

April 5-9

Happy Friday! I hope you all enjoy have the opportunity to getoutside and enjoy this gorgous weather this weekend. I know that I will be spending most of my weekend at the ball field. It is one of my favorite times of the year.

The weather is warming up quickly and with that we need to hydrate. Please make sure that your child comes everyday with a water bottle filled with cold water since we do not have access to water fountatins, yet.

This week your student will be looking at where they started as 3rd graders and where they are now in reading and math. We will be setting goals for the final weeks of 3rd grade to finish strong and we will be celebrating student growth. I am so proud of how hard they have all worked to get to this point. They have made a tremendous amount of growth. Please be sure to ask your child what their goals are and how you can help them.

__________________________________________

Friendly Reminders:

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the front office knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office with a phone call. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case.

Folders

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. PLEASE....do not take any papers out of the white and blue folders. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders are for students only.

Devices

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.
____________________________________________

Tid Bits:

FUN RUN!! I sent home a link for you to join in on this fundraiser and a flyer went home with your child last week.

Star Elementary Fun Run
1. REGISTER your student(s) on funrun.com today. It takes 30 seconds!
2. SHARE with 5 family/friends using the SHARE tools on funrun.com (Facebook, Text Message or Email) Students will earn rewards just for sharing from funrun.com.
3. ENCOURAGE your student to have fun and enjoy the Fun Run!

Here is a quick video overview of our fundraising program.

• All families can support our school by either sharing on funrun.com
• Students can receive rewards when parents share from funrun.com!
• All students can participate in the Fun Run
• This fundraiser comes with an incredible character development program for students where they’ll be learning about the importance of teamwork, care, courage, grit and celebration.

We are working hard to make this fundraiser safe, fun, and successful for everyone!

Registration Opens - Today!
Register on FUNRUN.COM, Share, & Celebrate Star Elementary!
Fundraiser Kick Off - 4/12
Event Day - 4/23

April 6 - Spring Pictures

April 9 - No School for students K-8

April 12 - Fun Run Kick Off

April 21 - istation Assessment

April 23 - Star Elementary Fun Run

May 3 - Kindergarten Registration

May 5 - 19 ISAT Testing Window for 3rd grade *Specific testing days will be available at a later date

May 20 - Final iStation Assessment for the year

May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

June 10 - Last day of 3rd grade

This Week: April 5 - 9

Math

Engage NY Unit 5 - Fractions as Numbers on a Number Line Lessons 5-10

Module 5: Fractions as Numbers on a Number Line - We will be continuing our work with fractions this week. Videos to support learning are on TEAMS. I highly encourage your student to review concepts of fractions it support your student's understanding of fractions. Please review math problem sets that come home.

Thank you for your continued support of your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts by 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. This skill is vital for math applications in 4th grade.

ELA and Reading: Story of the Week

Sarah, Plain and Tall and Wagons of the Old West

Spelling List: words with -ed and -ing

coming             changing

swimming         joking

dropping           loved

tapping             gripped

taping               tasted

invited              making

saving              stopped

stared              freezing

planned           scared

Writing:

This week we 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. Then we will be analyzing a student model and organizing information with a graphic organizer to get ready to write individual writing pieces.

• I can write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Science - Weather & Climate
I can...
• I can represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
• I can obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
• I can evaluate the quality of a solution that reduces the impact of a weather-related hazard.

• March 29-April 2

Dear Families,

I hope that you are enjoying your week at home and finding the joy in everyday activities. You truly are amazing students and parents and I have enjoyed so much about this year. The students have put their hearts into learning as much as they can thus far and I look forward to seeing them soar their way into 4th grade.

I do hope they shared their beautiful tulips that they drew with you and their wonderful meeting they had with Mayor Chadwick on Friday. It was great to have him join us via Teams and share about our fantastic community. The students came up with quite a few questions for him and a few that he answered with a chuckle! We will also be welcoming a new student into our class family this Monday and look forward to getting to know him.

Please continue to encourage your child to log onto their Imagine Learning and i-Ready programs at home when possible. I have seen a few students putting in 20 to 30 those extra minutes and it is really helping them close some learning gaps. As I said earlier, I'm so proud of all the students for their hard work and dedication to learning this year.

As we enter the month of April, your student will be honing their skills as readers, writiers and mathematicians to prepare for ISAT testing in May. Please be sure that your student is reading at least 20 minutes each school night and taking the time to discuss what they are reading with you. It is the foundation to all learning and it is the best gift you can give your child.

________________________________________________

Friendly Reminders:

If you have absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the front office knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office with a phone call. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case.

Devices

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.

Water Bottles
• The weather is warming up, especially in the afternoon. Your students are thirsty!  Please send a reusable water bottle with your student daily. These students play hard outside and staying hydrated during the day makes a difference. We do not have access to water fountains here at school.

March 29 - School Resumes and Early Release at 2:10

April 1 -  Completed Roaring Reader Forms Due

April 9 - No School for students K-8

April 21 - istation Assessment (IRI Monthly State Reading Assessment)

May 5 - 19 ISAT Testing Window for 3rd grade *Specific testing days will be available at a later date

May 20 - Final iStation Assessment for the year

Math

Engage NY Unit 5 - Fractions as Numbers on a Number Line Lessons 1-5

Module 5: Fractions as Numbers on a Number Line - We will be starting our first lesson in fractions this week. Videos to support learning are on TEAMS. I highly encourage your student to review concepts of fractions to support your student's understanding of fractions. Please review math problem sets that come home to see where you can help your child in areas of need. I am always here to answer questions as well. If you are interested in having a copy of the homework sheets that work on fractions or any other skills, please let me know. I am happy to print those off for you and your child to work on at home.

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

Informational Writing & Spelling and Grammar

This week will be using informational text passages for our reading focus. We will be using spelling, language and reading strategy components on our focus wall, but not the text that is listed below.

Spelling:

taught          caught

thought        fought

rough           daughter

laugh            tough

bought          through

cough           enough

ought           brought

sought          naughty

draw             was

Writing:

This week we 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.
Science - Weather & Climate
I can...
• I can represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
• I can obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
• I can evaluate the quality of a solution that reduces the impact of a weather-related hazard.

•

We are almost to our week off for Spring Break. First off, I want to thank all of you who took the time to speak to your child about their behavior and how to be respectful and responsibile students while at school. It has made a difference and I will continue to send home the yellow behavior slips for you to sign if needed. This weekend begins Daylight Savings Time and that always proves to be a challenge as the days become longer. I encourage you to keep your student on a normal school day routine as they adjust ot the time change, too.

Also, we have been using dry erase markers like crazy and my stash has been wiped out. Please send a few dry erase markers for your student to put in their overflow container, so when theirs runs out they have a back up or two. We use our dry erase markers several times a day and they dry out fast! We also have a few kids who have lost their scissors and need those replaced as well. We did a bit of painting today and their were several students who did not have a pallet of paints. If you could please provide that for your child, that would be great! Thank you for sending these important learning tools with your student.

____________________________________________

Friendly Reminders:

Absences

• If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the front office knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office with a phone call. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case. Several kids are needing two masks a day with the warmer weather happening.

Devices

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.
Water Bottles
• The weather is starting to warm up, especially in the afternoon. 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 do not have access to water fountains here at school.

Homework(Mon-Thurs.)-highly encouraged:

Reading - 20-30 minutes per night

Math - Multiplication fact flash cards to memorize facts

Spelling - study weekly spelling words each day for test on Fridays

March 15 -19 - WAEA Children's Fund Coin Drive

March 18 - ENY Module 4 End of Module Assessment

March 22-26 - Spring Break - No School

April 1 -  Completed Roaring Reader Forms Due

April 8 - No School for students K-8

This Week: March 15-19

Math:

Engage NY Unit 4 - Geometric Measurement Lessons 15-16, Review and End of Module Assessment

Module 4: Geometric Measurement- we are wrapping up area and mulitplication this week. We have been doing alot of learning and exploration with area and perimeter. This week's focus will be on word problems and using the break apart method and distributive property to determine the area of irregular shapes. End of Module Assessment will be on Thursday, March 18th. Please review math problem sets that come home. Supporting lessons can be found on TEAMS under the math channel.

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

Life on the Ice and The Raven: An Inuit Myth

Spelling: compound words:

birthday            without

anyone              himself

sometimes         faraway

everything         sunburned

homework         daylight

afternoon          someone

airplane            cannot

grandmother     scorekeeper

something         everybody

Writing:

This week we 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.
• March 8-12

I want to thank you for helping your child read, write and practice math facts at home. The students are really beginning to show growth in all areas consistently. They are so proud of themselves for what they are accomplishing and sharing that with each other. It is rewarding to see them so excited about their learning and truly caring about their growth.

Also, we have been using dry erase markers like crazy and my stash has been wiped out. Please send a few dry erase markers for your student to put in their overflow container, so when theirs runs out they have a back up or two. We use our dry erase markers several times a day and they dry out fast! We also have a few kids who have lost their scissors and need those replaced as well. We did a bit of painting today and their were several students who did not have a pallet of paints. If you could please provide that for your child, that would be great! Thank you for sending these important learning tools with your student.

____________________________________________

Friendly Reminders:

Absences

• If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the front office knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office with a phone call. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case. Several kids are needing two masks a day with the warmer weather happening.

Devices

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.
Water Bottles
• The weather is starting to warm up, especially in the afternoon. 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 do not have access to water fountains here at school.

Homework(Mon-Thurs.)-highly encouraged:

Reading - 20-30 minutes per night

Math - Multiplication fact flash cards to memorize facts

Spelling - study weekly spelling words each day for test on Fridays

March 8-19 - iStation Assessment

March 22-26 - Spring Break - No School

April 1 -  Completed Roaring Reader Forms Due

April 8 - No School for students K-8

June 4 - Day of Awesomeness

This Week: March 8-12

Math

Engage NY Unit 4 - Geometric Measurement Lessons 11-15

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. Supporting lessons can be found on TEAMS under the math channel.

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

Two Bear Cubs and Whose Land is It?

Spelling: words with /oo/ wood and spoon

mood        wooden

drew         smooth

blue          balloon

true          crooked

chew         tooth

hooves      cool

food          pooch

flew           foot

loose         jewel

cruel

Writing:

This week we 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.

•

We are continuing to learn and grow in 3rd grade. Please make sure your student is prepared with a good night's sleep and learning tools ready for learning on Monday.

Also, we have been having several conversations lately about being respectful in the classroom, during specials and respecting school rules on the playground and around our school. Some of my third graders don't think these rules apply to them. I need your help to reinforce that rules apply to everyone to make our learning environment and playground safe for all. Students are expected to act respectfully, responsibly and make safe choices while they are here at school. Thank you for being the most important part of this educational team.

____________________________________________

Friendly Reminders:

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the school knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office with a phone call. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case.

Folders

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. PLEASE....do not take any papers out of the white and blue folders. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders are for students only.

Devices

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.

Homework(Mon-Thurs.)-highly encouraged:

Reading - 20-30 minutes per night

Math - Multiplication fact flash cards to memorize facts

Spelling - study weekly spelling words each day for test on Fridays

Tid Bits

If your child is sick or has symptoms that are related to COVID, please contact the office of your child's absence. If you only email me and I am out, the office will not receive that important information and that could be problematic. They are doing their best to track and monitor illnesses within our school. Feel free to always include me in an email to keep me informed, but the office always needs to know. Thanks!

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.

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 do not have access to water fountains here at school

• March 1 - ENY Mid Module Assessment

March 15 -19 - iStation Assessment

March 22-26 - Spring Break - No School

April 1 -  Completed Roaring Reader Forms Due

April 8 - No School for students K-8

This Week: March 1-5

Math

Engage NY Unit 4 - Geometric Measurement Lessons 9-12 and Mid Module Assessment

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. They are learning to use the AREA algorithm of length x width = area.

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. The skip count songs are on TEAMS under the math channel.

ELA and Reading: Story of the Week

A Tree is Growing and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Spelling: words with /k/ and /kw/

shark

check

queen

circus

flake

crack

second

squeeze

quart

squeak

quick

coldest

Africa

Mexico

black

thank

correct

question

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.

Thank you for helping make our valentine's day special. Things may be different this year, but these kids sure love everything that we are trying to do for them and with them. I love their mindset, that things don't always have to happen the sameway to be special. They really had fun opening their cards and saying thank you to each other. We will also continue to focus on what kindness looks and feels like this next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

February 4-26 - Food Drive - Bring in non-perishable foods for our school food drive, all donations are for Star Outreach.

March 15 -19 - iStation Assessment

March 22-26 - Spring Break - No School

April 1 -  Completed Roaring Reader Forms Due

April 8 - No School for students K-8

This Week: February 22-26

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. Sometimes we do not finish all the problem set and you are welcome to help your child completed that at home and learn with them. I love letting my own children teach me what they are learning at school. They actually get super excited to be the teacher! :)

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

•

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.

•

February 16-19

Happy Valentine's Day and President's Day to you all! I hope you are enjoying the snow! There is no school on Monday. The enjoyed being able to work on a couple of different art activities on Friday and passing out all their valentine's. They are looking forward to bring them home on Tuesday.

Thank you for taking the time to check your child's backpack and folders. I had several students turn missing items in, finish their opinion writing, and show me work that they needed to redo. It really does take all of us to support each other in helping your child be successful. I have seen many of the students begin to hold themselves accountable for their missing work and it is great to see that they are starting to take responsiblitly. I'm very proud of them.

Thank you for the generous donations to our virtual fundraiser for Star Elementary PE and Music programs! This fundraiser was a HUGE success!

## UpComing Events

February 4-26 - Food Drive - Bring in non-perishable foods for our school food drive, all donations are for Star Outreach.

February 15 - No School - President's Day

February 15 -17 - iStation Assessment (most likely on Wed.)

March 22-26 - Spring Break - No School

April 1 -  Completed Roaring Reader Forms Due

April 8 - No School for students K-8

Friendly Reminders:

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the school knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office. Thank you.

If your child is sick or has symptoms that are related to COVID, please contact the office of your child's absence. If you only email me and I am out, the office will not receive that important information and that could be problematic. They are doing their best to track and monitor illnesses within our school. Feel free to always include me in an email to keep me informed, but the office always needs to know. Thanks!

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case. The weather is causing some of the kids to be extremely wet after recess and it is not comfortable to be in a wet face mask.

Folders ~Awesome job with folders! Keep it up!

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. If you and your child make the choice to take papers out of the white and blue folders at night to work on skills, please make sure they get back into the folder before coming to school. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders contain their math and ELA skill pages for the week.

Devices ~ Cords and Laptops

• This week, several students forgot to charge their computers and/or forgot their chargers. If you can please help your child get back into the routine of charging their device overnight, that will really help us in the classroom. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school.
Water Bottles - HELP!
• Several students are coming to school without 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 do not have access to water fountains here at school.

Homework(Mon-Thurs.)-highly encouraged:

Reading - 20-30 minutes per night

Math - Multiplication fact flash cards to memorize facts

Spelling - write your words in strong sentences and study each day (Spelling City)

This Week: February 16-19

Math

Engage NY Unit 4 - Geometric Measurement

Module 4: Geometric Measurement- understanding concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition. Students will start out using concrete models to build area using 1 inch and 1 centimeter cubes. They will then move 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! Sometimes we don't finish all the problems in the problem set for the day and I ask the students to finish at home, that is their responsibility to do that. It is never more than 20 minutes worth of work. I'm also trying to help them communicate more with you about what they are doing in class and if they need support that you can provide. We've had BIG DISCUSSIONS about being an active learner and knowing what they need as a learner.

Continue to support your child's understanding of multiplication by memorizing their multiplication facts using card games, computer games (Imagine Learning Math Facts), 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

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Writing: We will be wrapping up opinion writing this week and some of the students who have already finished will be writing a persuasive letter to someone.

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.
• ## Feb. 8- 12

Valentine's Day is almost here! I hope that you have been busy having fun making/getting your cards ready! Class lists were attached to the email last week. Our Valentine's Day celebration will look a little different this year. We will not be having a traditional party like we've had in the past, but students will be passing out Valentines to classmates. Students are encouraged to bring Valentine cards and individual pre-packaged treats (optional) to share with classmates. Cards and treats (individually wrapped only)will be passed out in class on Friday, February 12 and students will take them home on the following Tuesday, allowing these items to sit for a few days. We will open and read cards on Tuesday during our class day.

*We will be decorating bags in class for them to hold all of their valentines.*

Also, please check your child's backpack and folders for any papers coming home that need to be corrected and returned, looked over to discuss progress, or to celebrate their success!

## UpComing Events

February 8-12 *Spirit Week*

February 12 - Bring Valentine cards to pass out in class

February 15 - No School - President's Day

February 15 -17 - iStation Assessment

March 22-26 - Spring Break - No School

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Friendly Reminders:

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the school knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case.

Folders ~Awesome job with folders! Keep it up!

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. PLEASE....do not take any papers out of the white and blue folders. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders are for students only.

Devices ~

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.

Homework(Mon-Thurs.)-highly encouraged:

Reading - 20-30 minutes per night

Math - Multiplication fact flash cards to memorize facts

Spelling - study weekly spelling words each day for test on Fridays

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Tid Bits

If your child is sick or has symptoms that are related to COVID, please contact the office of your child's absence. If you only email me and I am out, the office will not receive that important information and that could be problematic. They are doing their best to track and monitor illnesses within our school. Feel free to always include me in an email to keep me informed, but the office always needs to know. Thanks!

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. There are skip counting videos on our Teams Page.

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 do not have access to water fountains here at school

## UpComing Events

February 8-12 *Spirit Week*

February 12 - Bring Valentine cards to pass out in class

February 15 - No School - President's Day

February 15 -17 - iStation Assessment

March 22-26 - Spring Break - No School

Math:  Module 2: Place Value and Problem Solving with Measurement - If you want to follow along with the lessons, you can have your student log into TEAMS to view Lessons 13 - 18. We continue to apply units of measurement and capacity to math. We will also be practicing adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers..  Please continue to have your child work on either i-Ready nightly or use flash cards to practice their multiplication facts.

• Module 2: Continue to learn about measurement  - grams and kilograms
• Keep practicing multiplication and division facts
• Keep practicing addition and subtraction facts

Science:  Invisible Forces

In this lesson, students will explore the surprising properties of magnets and experiment with an invisible force that acts at a distance. In the activity, Magnet Discovery, students use ring magnets and common objects to discover the push and pull of magnets and how magnets attract certain types of metals.

Writing: We will be wrapping up our opinion writing piece on Cats or Dogs: Which One is Better? by writing our final drafts.

Opinion Writing The students will be learning to use sources to write an opinion piece:

* introduce the topic, state an opinion, and list three reasons for their opinion

* explain the reasons that support their opinion by using information from a text

* use linking words and phrases to connect the reasons to their opinion

* end with a concluding statement or paragraph

ELA and Reading: No Story of the Week

We will be completing a mid-year, Unit 3 Assessment on ELA, Grammar and Reading concepts. Passages from these assessments will be used as reading materials and students will be showing what they have learned during the first half of the year. Look for graded assessments in your student's red folder in the near future,

There will be a spelling test and spelling words will go home on Monday, as usual.

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Feb. 1-5

Hello Families ~ Valentine's Day is almost here. Class lists will be coming home this week and our Valentine's Day celebration will look a little different this year. We will not be having a traditional party like we've had in the past, but students will be passing out Valentines to classmates. Students are encouraged to bring Valentine cards and individual pre-packaged treats (optional) to share with classmates. Cards and treats (individually wrapped only)will be passed out in class on Friday, February 12 and students will take them home on the following Tuesday, allowing these items to sit for a few days. We will open and read cards on Tuesday during our class day.

*We will be decorating bags in class.*

Also, please check your child's backpack and folders for any papers coming home that need to be corrected and returned, looked over to discuss progress, or to celebrate their success!

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Friendly Reminders:

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the school knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case.

Folders ~Awesome job with folders! Keep it up!

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. PLEASE....do not take any papers out of the white and blue folders. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders are for students only.

Devices ~

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.

Homework(Mon-Thurs.)-highly encouraged:

Reading - 20-30 minutes per night

Math - Multiplication fact flash cards to memorize facts

Spelling - study weekly spelling words each day for test on Fridays

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Tid Bits

If your child is sick or has symptoms that are related to COVID, please contact the office of your child's absence. If you only email me and I am out, the office will not receive that important information and that could be problematic. They are doing their best to track and monitor illnesses within our school. Feel free to always include me in an email to keep me informed, but the office always needs to know. Thanks!

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. There are skip counting videos on our Teams Page.

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 do not have access to water fountains here at school

## UpComing Events

February 8-12 *Spirit Week*

February 12 - Bring Valentine cards to pass out in class

February 15 - No School - President's Day

February 15 -17 - iStation Assessment

March 22-26 - Spring Break - No School

This Week: February 1-5

Math:  Module 2: Place Value and Problem Solving with Measurement - If you want to follow along with the lessons, you can have your student log into TEAMS to view Lessons 8-12. We are currently learning about kilograms and grams.  Please continue to have your child work on either i-Ready nightly or use flash cards to practice their multiplication facts.

• Module 2: Continue to learn about measurement  - grams and kilograms
• Keep practicing multiplication and division facts
• Keep practicing addition and subtraction facts

Science:  Invisible Forces

In this lesson, students will explore the surprising properties of magnets and experiment with an invisible force that acts at a distance. In the activity, Magnet Discovery, students use ring magnets and common objects to discover the push and pull of magnets and how magnets attract certain types of metals.

Writing:

Opinion Writing The students will be learning to use sources to write an opinion piece:

* introduce the topic, state an opinion, and list three reasons for their opinion

* explain the reasons that support their opinion by using information from a text

* use linking words and phrases to connect the reasons to their opinion

* end with a concluding statement or paragraph

ELA and Reading: Story of the Week

The Extra-good Sunday and Imagine a Recipe

• Jan. 25-29

Hello families,

In the coming weeks, it will be National Kindness Week (Feb.15-19). We will be discussing kindness throughout the weeks. Hopefully, we can spread lots of kindness everywhere in the month of February.

Tid Bits:

* Reminder to keep logging your Roaring Readers - Free Pass to Roaring Springs!

Every year, students have the oportunity to earn a free pass to Roaring Springs! They just have to read 800 minutes between now and April 1st. The reading logs will be due to the teacher on April 1st.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case.

Folders:

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. PLEASE....do not take any papers out of the white and blue folders. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders are for students only.

Devices:

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.

Homework(Mon-Thurs.)-highly encouraged:

Reading - 20-30 minutes per night or fluency sheet practice

Math - Multiplication fact flash cards to memorize facts

Spelling - study weekly spelling words each day for test on Fridays

## UpComing Events

January 26 & 28 Snack Shack - Bring a quarter for 1 snack each day

Monday - Marshmallows

Tuesday - Popcorn

Wednesday - Candy Canes

Thursday - Cereal

Friday - Extras from the week

January 29 - End of 1st Semester, Grades Finalized

February 15 - No School - President's Day

February 16 - Valentine Cards will be coming home

March 22-26 - Spring Break - No School

## Curriculum

#### Next Week

Math :

• Module 2: Review Time and complete 2nd assessment (Test on Wednesday)
• Module 2: Continue to learn about measurement grams and kilograms
• Keep practicing multiplication and division facts
• Keep practicing addition and subtraction facts

ELA Skills:

* I can ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of an informational text.
* I can use text features and search tools to locate information relevant to a given topic.
* I can summarize the text.
* I can have my own point of view and understand the author's point of view of a given story.

Writing:

Opinion Writing The students will be learning to use sources to write an opinion piece:

* introduce the topic, state an opinion, and list three reasons for their opinion

* explain the reasons that support their opinion by using information from a text

* use linking words and phrases to connect the reasons to their opinion

* end with a concluding statement or paragraph

Science:  Lesson 3

In this lesson, students will learn about friction (the force that slows you down on a playground slide). In the activity, The Great Slide Challenge, students work in groups of four to test which materials have the most friction and which materials have the least friction. Each group makes a model of a slide using a stack of books and a piece of cardboard, and makes "sliders" out of different materials.

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No school on Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ~ Enjoy the day off with your family!

Wow! We took Istation reading assessment on Wednesday and we are 85% proficient! Our goal is 80% by the end of the year. All that reading at home is paying off! Now we need to focus on learning spelling patterns to bring our score up! We can do it, team! Keep up the good work and thank you for your continued support at home and being such an important part of this educational team! I could not do what I do without you!

Friendly Reminders:

If absences or going home plans change, please call the office to inform them. This will ensure that the school knows of your plans. Emails sometimes do not get to me or the front office if we are out for the day. Always notify the office. Thank you.

• Please send your child with clean face mask daily along with a back up, just in case.

Folders:

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. PLEASE....do not take any papers out of the white and blue folders. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders are for students only.

Devices:

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.

Homework(Mon-Thurs.)-highly encouraged:

Reading - 20-30 minutes per night or fluency sheet practice

Math - Multiplication fact flash cards to memorize facts

Spelling - study weekly spelling words each day for test on Fridays

Tid Bits

If your child is sick or has symptoms that are related to COVID, please contact the office of your child's absence. If you only email me and I am out, the office will not receive that important information and that could be problematic. They are doing their best to track and monitor illnesses within our school. Feel free to always include me in an email to keep me informed, but the office always needs to know. Thanks!

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.

Important Dates

January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

January 20 - Iready Testing (2 days)

January 29 - End of Second Quarter

February 15 - President's Day - No School

March 22-26 - Spring Break - No School

Math:  Module 2: Place Value and Problem Solving with Measurement - If you want to follow along with the lessons, you can have your student log into TEAMS to view Lessons 6-9. We are currently learning about elapsed time and measurement.  Please continue to have your child work on either i-Ready nightly or use flash cards to practice their multiplication facts.

This week we are focusing on writing an opinion piece using sources, which pet is better, cats or dogs? We will be using articles and reading materials to form a solid opinion and using that proof in our writing.

We wil be using some of the Focus Wall targets to hit spelling, grammar and reading strategies. We will not be using the anchor text this week.

Grammar - Subject-Verb Agreement

Spelling Contractions

Writing:  Opinion Writing The students will be learning to use sources to write an opinion piece:

* introduce the topic, state an opinion, and list three reasons for their opinion

* explain the reasons that support their opinion by using information from a text

* use linking words and phrases to connect the reasons to their opinion

* end with a concluding statement or paragraph

Science:

The students are learning about invisible forces. This week we will be constructing a bridge and seeing how strong it is by holding a many pennies as possible.

Please send you student in with 30 pennies for this activity. We will need about 400. Pennies will be returned or donated in the spring for our annual penny drive.

• January 11-15

What a great week we have had getting back into a routine and welcoming our new student into out class family! This week we will be watching our reading progress grow by taking iStation, conintue learning about elasped time and doing our best learning! We will be revisiting classroom expectations and setting new goals for reading, writing and math. Thank you for your continued support at home and being such an important part of this educational team! I could not do what I do without you!

Friendly Reminders:

Folders

• Folders - Red, white and blue folders go home daily. PLEASE....do not take any papers out of the white and blue folders. These are working folders for students and they use the papers in them daily. When papers are taken out and left at home, I am scrambling to get students additional copies. The only reason why these folders are going home is to be prepared in the event that we go back to alternating schedule or remote learning.
• The red folder is for parents that contain completed work and correspondence from school or me. Blue and white folders are for students only.

Devices

• Please charge devices nightly. I have limited outlets for students to charge here at school. Also, please send laptop and charging cord with students daily. Charging cords and laptops should be kept together.

Homework(Mon-Thurs.)-highly encouraged:

Reading - 20-30 minutes per night (Imagine Learning or from personal books)

Math - Multiplication fact flash cards to memorize facts

Spelling - study weekly spelling words for test on Fridays

Tid Bits

If your child is sick or has symptoms that are related to COVID, please contact the office of your child's absence. If you only email me and I am out, the office will not receive that important information and that could be problematic. They are doing their best to track and monitor illnesses within our school. Feel free to always include me in an email to keep me informed, but the office always needs to know. Thanks!

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.

There are some skip counting videos that we do in class on TEAMS in the math channel. Have fun!

Important Dates

January 13 - I-Station Winter Assessment

January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

January 29 - End of Second Quarter

February 15 - President's Day - No School

March 22-26 - Spring Break - No School

Math:  Module 2: Place Value and Problem Solving with Measurement - If you want to follow along with the lessons, you can have your student log into TEAMS to view Lessons 5-7. We are currently learning about elapsed time and there will be a mid module assessment on Friday.  Please continue to have your child work on either i-Ready nightly or use flash cards to practice their multiplication facts.

• I can tell and write time to the nearest minute using a clock.
• I can solve word problems involving elapsed time.

ELA and Reading: Story of the Week:

Target Skill

*Point of View

*Theme

*Vocabulary

Target Strategy

*Visualize

Grammar - Quotation Marks; Idioms

Spelling:homophones

Writing:  Opinion Writing The students will be learning to:

* introduce the topic, state an opinion, and list three reasons for their opinion

* explain the reasons that support their opinion

* use linking words and phrases to connect the reasons to their opinion

* end with a concluding statement or paragraph

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Jan. 4 -Jan. 8

I wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy holiday break. Learning has been in full swing this year, and I look forward to seeing all the kids back in 2021 ready to continue what they have already accomplished thus far. I'm so proud of their personal accomplishments!

Continued Learning at Home:

iReady - Continue getting 60 minutes per week

Imagine Learning - Continue getting 75 minutes per week

Play Outside - This is very important for mental health!

Tid Bits

If your child is sick or has symptoms that are related to COVID, please contact the office of your child's absence. If you only email me and I am out, the office will not receive that important information and that could be problematic. They are doing their best to track and monitor illnesses within our school. Feel free to always include me in an email to keep me informed, but the office always needs to know. Thanks!

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.

Important Dates

January 4 - School Resumes

January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

January 18-22 - I-Station State Assesment Winter Score

January 29 - End of Second Quarter

February 15 - President's Day - No School

March 22-26 Spring Break - No School

After Winter Break:

Math:  Module 2: Place Value and Problem Solving with Measurement - Videos to go along with the lessons - CLICK HERE

* I can tell and write time to the nearest minute using a clock.

* I can solve word problems involving time.

ELA Skills:

Story of the Week - Technology Wins the Game

*  I can explain how key details support the main idea of a text.

*  I can determine the main idea of an informational text.

* I can read, define and use suffixes when speaking and writing. (less, ness, ful)

*  I can use nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives,and adverbs correctly when speaking and writing.

*  I can use regular and irregular plural nouns when speaking and writing. (y to i add es, es, s, change the word)

*  I can spell words with the sounds of oy as in joy (oi/oy).

Writing:  Opinion Writing The students will be learning to:

* introduce the topic, state an opinion, and list three reasons for their opinion

* explain the reasons that support their opinion

* use linking words and phrases to connect the reasons to their opinion

* end with a concluding statement or paragraph

Science: We will begin a new unit on Invisible Forces. (Forces & Motion, Magnetism)

• Dec. 14-18

Here we are, the final week before Winter break. Our class is bustling with learning and projects! Please remember to have your student read every night and practice multiplication facts or watch skip counting videos on Teams. We are working hard to have these facts memorized to prepare for 4th grade (Yep, I'm already thinking about that!) Thank you for all you do to foster success for your 3rd grader!

The next newsletter will be posted when we return from break. I hope that you all have a safe, healthy and happy holiday break enjoying time with each other.

~ Holiday Hugs to you all! Mrs. Wells

Tid Bits

If your child is sick or has symptoms that are related to COVID, please contact the office of your child's absence. If you only email me and I am out, the office will not receive that important information and that could be problematic. They are doing their best to track and monitor illnesses within our school. Feel free to always include me in an email to keep me informed, but the office always needs to know. Thanks!

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.

Important Dates

December 15 -Istation testing

December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break

January 4 - School Resumes

January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

January 29 - End of Second Quarter

February 15 - President's Day - No School

March 22-26 Spring Break - No School

Math: We will finishing up Module 3 and take the End of Module Assessment this week.

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

Grammar - Review nouns, verbs and pronouns

Spelling:Double Consonant Words

Writing:  Opinion Writing The students will be learning to:

* introduce the topic, state an opinion, and list three reasons for their opinion

* explain the reasons that support their opinion

* use linking words and phrases to connect the reasons to their opinion

* end with a concluding statement or paragraph

Social Studies: 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

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December 7-11

The students have been enjoying writing ways to spread joy to the world as part of our classroom door decortion. You have all done such a wonderful job of raising kids with such kind hearts. I truly am blessed to be their teacher this year. Also, thank you for being an important part of your child'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 30 minutes each day and practice multiplication facts. It really makes a difference! Everyone has been working hard to learn new concepts, complete quality work, and all while being kind to each other.

If your child is sick or has symptoms that are related to COVID, please contact the office of your child's absence. If you only email me and I am out, the office will not receive that important information and that could be problematic. They are doing their best to track and monitor illnesses within our school. Feel free to always include me in an email to keep me informed, but the office always needs to know. Thanks!

This week our class will be reading a story called Amos and Boris. This story is not in the Journey's Textbook, so the students will have a copy that needs to stay at school. Amos the mouse and Boris the whale are a devoted pair of friends with nothing in common, except good hearts and a willingness to help their fellow mammal. They meet after Amos sets out to sail the sea and finds himself in extreem need of rescue. And there will come a day, long after Boris has gone back to a life at and Amos has gone back to life on dry land, when the tiny mouse must find a way to rescue the great whale.

ELA and Math:

Spelling - We will be working on words that the students have been struggling to spell correctly in their writing and on the i-Station assessment. Some of the words are sight words and some will be uncommon vowel sound words. So, please try to spend a bit of extra time helping your child practice this week.

Reading - We will be learning more about main idea and details and theme/central message of the the story.

Writing - We will begin writing an opinion piece that gives reason whay they would choose to go to the mountains or the beach. I will be modeling how to brainstorm and organize their opinion and reasons for that opinion.

Writing:  Opinion Writing The students will be learning to:

* introduce the topic, state an opinion, and list three reasons for their opinion

* explain the reasons that support their opinion

* use linking words and phrases to connect the reasons to their opinion

* end with a concluding statement or paragraph

Math - We will be complete Lesson 11, which is solving word problems with one and two step operations. On Tuesday, the students will complete the mid-module for unit 3. Please review the test when it comes home to see where you can provide support for your child.

Social Studies - We will continuing to learn about landforms and the differences/similarities between political and physical maps.

Specials Calendar:

Monday- Library

Tuesday - Music

Wednesday - Computer

Thursday - P.E.

Friday - Health

Imporatant Dates:

Dec. 21- Jan.1- Winter Holiday Break

Jan. 4 - School Resumes

Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

Jan. 29 - End of Second Quarter

Feb. 15 - President's Day - No School

March 22-26 Spring Break - No School

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Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Just a couple of housekeeping things to start off with.

-Please make sure your student is dressed for the weather.  We will go outside for each recess unless it is less than 20 degrees or raining.

-Please send a full water bottle each day with your student.  This helps control out of seat time while in the classroom.

-Please charge devices at night.  It is understandable to forget once in a while, but we have limitted charging stations and when more than two students have low batteries it can be difficult to maintain safety guidelines.  We use computers off and on throughout the day.

-Please have your student show you all their work coming home (found in red, blue or white folders), so that you can continue to support them with concepts they are needing help with.

-Early Release Day - Ever Monday@2:10pm (There are no more Early Start Days on Wednesday.)

Last couple of days to order ~

## Book Fair! Now through November 30th

Are your kids in need of a good pandemic book? Well you're in luck!

It's that time of year, the leaves are falling, the weather is cooling off, the kids are asking about BOOK FAIR!  This year our Fall Book Fair will be online.  The attached flyer has all the details, but here are the basics:
• The online Fair is open NOW until the end of November.
• www.fundraise4books.com
• School code: Books4Star
• All orders can be shipped to the school and will be delivered to your student.
• If you order \$35 or more, you can choose free shipping to your home.
• You can purchase gift certificates for teachers to use to buy books for their classroom.

Spelling - We will be learning about the "o" sound this week. Here are the combinataions: /o/ /au/ /aw/ /al/

Spelling Tests - We have been transitioning from traditional spelling tests to editting tests.  In order to be considered "on grade level" students must spell words correctly in writing. Please have your child work on writing strong sentences using their spelling words each week.

ELA - During the final week of this unit, we'll think about how technology helps us share ideas and be creative in new ways.We will explore the question, "What important traits must an inventor have?" In the biography, Young Thomas Edison, students will learn about one of the world's most brillant inventors. They will also read the informational text Moving Pictures, which explains moving technology old and new.

* Comprehension Skill: Main Idea and Details - tell important ideas and details about a topic.

*Comprehension Stratagy: Summarize -tell the important parts of the text in your own words.

* Vocabulary - Shades of Meaning- We call these words synonyms, but they have varying degress of meaning.

* Writing - complete another narrative piece and discuss what opinion responses are in literature.

Math - The students will continue to learning how to decompose and distribute in multiplication and division to solve problems, learn to use the associative property in multiplication, and begin memorizing all multiplication facts 0-12. If you want to follow along witht he lessons, you can click HERE to view the start of Lesson 9. The students will be taking their mid-module assessment this week as well. Please take the time to review their work, so you know where to support them at home.

Social Studies - The students will be learning to:

* 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

Nightly Practice:

1. Imagine Language and Literacy or i-Ready Math (20 minutes)

2. Spelling Practice (Strong Sentences)

3. Reading aloud to someone and discussing the vocabulary/story.

Specials Calendar:

Monday- Library

Tuesday - Music

Wednesday - Computer

Thursday - P.E.

Friday - Health

Imporatant Dates:

Dec. 21- Jan.1- Winter Holiday Break

Jan. 4 - School Resumes

Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

Jan. 29 - End of Second Quarter

Feb. 15 - President's Day - No School

March 22-26 Spring Break - No School

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I'd like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! I do hope that you get the chance to reflect on everything that you are thankful for during the next week and throughout the year, as we often get so busy we forget to tell those that we are thankful for them and why. So, with that, I feel SO incredibly blessed this year to have such caring parents, loving students, and a support in place that helps us all be successful everyday here at school. I could not do this job without YOU! So, thank you!

It's that time of year, the leaves are falling, the weather is cooling off, the kids are asking about BOOK FAIR!  This year our Fall Book Fair will be online.  The attached flyer has all the details, but here are the basics:
• The online Fair is open NOW until the end of November.
• www.fundraise4books.com
• School code: Books4Star
• All orders can be shipped to the school and will be delivered to your student.
• If you order \$35 or more, you can choose free shipping to your home.
• You can purchase gift certificates for teachers to use to buy books for their classroom.
If you are having trouble clicking the links in the email or flyer, hold CTRL at the same time you click on the link.

This week, we will be learning to understanding cause and effect, main idea, and retell those key details in a story. We will also be taking our iStation monthly assessment on Wednesday and completing our HMHOne online assessment with the weekly skills.

Reading: This week, we will continue reading stories about Kamishibai. Click HERE to find the story on Think Central and read it at home. It is a form of Japanese street theatre and storytelling that was popular during the Depression of the 1930's and was popular until the advent of television during the twentieth century. Kamishibai was told by a kamishibaiya who travelled to street corners with sets of illustrated boards that they placed in a miniature stage-like device and narrated the story by changing each image.

The ELA skills that we will be learning are below:

Math: The students are learning to use the distributive property to decompose larger numbers and solve problems. If you want to follow along with the lessons, you can click HERE to view Lessons 5-9. Please continue to have your child work on either i-Ready nightly or use flash cards to practice their multiplication facts.

Writing:  Opinion Writing The students will be learning to:

* introduce the topic, state an opinion, and list three reasons for their opinion

* explain the reasons that support their opinion

* use linking words and phrases to connect the reasons to their opinion

* end with a concluding statement or paragraph

Social Studies: 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

Specials Calendar:

Monday- Library

Tuesday - Music

Wednesday - Computer

Thursday - P.E.

Friday - Health

Imporatant Dates:

Nov. 23-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Dec. 21- Jan.1- Winter Holiday Break

Jan. 4 - School Resumes

Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

Jan. 29 - End of Second Quarter

Feb. 15 - President's Day - No School

March 22-26 Spring Break - No School

• November 9 -13

Thank you all for taking the time to meet with me to discuss your child's progress and how to help them be successful this year. We all have a lot of work to do, but together we can do GREAT things! I believe that every child can learn and grow daily with consistent support at school and at home.

Please read carefully:  Due to all children coming back into the building we have some changes happen.

* No snacks will be allowed from now on. So, please make sure that your child comes to school with a good breakfast.

* Masks will be required to be worn all day and at every recess. (Kids can take a break if needed, using the appropriate designated spots outside.)

* We will be eating lunch from 12:20 -12:35. Recess will be from 12:35-1:05.

* There will be NO late start Wednesday's from now on.

* Early Release Monday's starting Nov. 16th (2:10pm)

* Picture Retakes - Nov. 16th @ 11:00am

This week, we will be reading a story called, The Harvest Birds.  In this story, we will ask, "What do traditional tales tell/teach readers about life?" We will read about how a young man, Juan, listens to nature to achieve his dream. We will also read the folktale Treasure about a poor man that follows his dream, but end up finding it in his own home.

Here are the skills for the week:

* We will work on using details in the story to drawing a conclusion about the main character and about the message of the story. We will also learn the difference  between literal and non-literal meanings within the text as we are reading.

* We will make some predictions as we are reading and infer what we think the message of the story is.

* Please continue to have your child READ nightly for 30 mintues. They can use their own book, Epic, or our library site.

* I have been discussing the importance of using the program Imagine Learning Language and Literacy every day for at least 30 minutes at home. It is a wonderful program that works at their level to help them improve skills vital to learning how to read more complex material.

Spelling/Grammar:

*  Recoginizing and spell words with unexpected consonants (kn, wr, itch, etch, atch).

*  Use commas in a series with verbs. We will continue to learn about the different verb tenses as well.

*  Write strong sentences (who, what, where, when, how and why). Example:  Yesterday evening, our family enjoyed watching the fireworks at the park in Star.

Writing:

* Write a narrative by typing in a word doucument that they can edit, revise and publish with support from peers and the teacher. This narrative will be found in the cloud in documents on their computer for you to see and help them as well. They are still learning how to add dialogue and more specific language/words to their work. Please feel free to help them at home type their story and revise with you.

Math:

* We will begin Module 3: Lessons 1-4. Click HERE to follow along with the lessons they will be learning and to support them along the way. Coming home you will see a parent letter explaining this module and what you can do at home to support your child.

* We will be using 6, 7, 8, and 9 of the multiplication facts during this module. I encourage you to work with your child on using the skip count method to start memorizing these facts. Flash cards are another great way to practice memorizing their facts.

Social Studies:

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

Specials:

Monday: Library

Tuesday - Music

Wedenesday - Computer

Thursday - P.E.

Friday - Health

• November 2-6

This week, Team 1 will be at home learning on Monday and Team 2 will be at school on Monday. There will be NO SCHOOL on Tuesday. Then, on Wednesday, Team 2 will be at home learning and Team 1 will be at school. I am still waiting to hear back from a few of you whether you'd like to meet on TEAMS or just have a phone call. Please let me know by Tuesday, Nov. 3, so that I can be prepared. I'm looking forward to meeting with you either way. Your child will be bringing home a copy of the information that I discuss with you during conference time the following week.

Spelling/Grammar: The spelling skills is working three letter clusters (spr, str, scr, and thr). There will be no spelling test this week. We will simply be learning the patterns and practicing these words.

Writing: The students will publish their narrative writing piece. Please continue to have your child write stories at home and work on editing and revising together. They are beginning to see the steps it takes to publish a piece of writing. They are still learning how to add dialogue and more specific language/words to their work.

* The students will read the story, "What do Illustrators Do?" in their Journey's Book this week. They have a vocabulary sheet to write the definitions that are found the glossary of their book. We have looked at it just a couple of times, so they may need your support on that to get started.

* Please continue to have your child READ nightly for 30 mintues. They can use their own book, Epic, our library site, or choose a book from my class books.

* I have been discussing the importance of using the program Imagine Literacy and Learning every day for at least 30 minutes at home. It is a wonderful program that works at their level to help them improve skills vital to learning how to read more complex material.

Math:

*The students are finishing up their assessment on Module 1 and we will be reviewing it in class. Please continue to have your child work on memorizing their multiplication and division facts. They can use flash cards, Xtra Math, write them down in their math journal or find a fun way to work on them. I have shown them a couple of strategies that they can use to help them with their skip counting, but the videos are on the teams page for them. We are focusing on 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Social Studies:

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

•  October 26-30

Since we had a short week, we will be working on the some of the same skills this week using the leveled books that go with Bat Loves the Night. I have showed the students where to find these leveled books on Teams and in their Think Central app on District Apps.

Two progrmas that your child may be asking to use at home are: Imagine Learning and Literacy (Reading) and iReady Math (Math) These programs are designed to work and teach your child at their level of learning and progress them through the grade levels. WE are using them daily in the classroom and the kids are growing and excited to see their growth!

* I would encourage your child to complete ONE ZEARN LESSON each night, practice writing their spelling words or use Spelling City, and READ for 30 mintues.

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

Water fountains have been disabled and students need to bring their own water to school . Please send a water bottle with your child so they can hydrate throughout the day. It helps learning and keeps students healthy!

The 6 Characteristics of Fluent Reading Are:

1. Pausing: noticing punctuation for meaning
2. Phrases: grouping words for meaning
3. Stress: stressing words to convey meaning
4. Intonation: rise/fall, loud/quiet to reflect the meaning
5. Rate: reading to help the listener understand the text: not too fast, not too slow
6. Integration: putting it all together for meaning

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Spelling Practice Activities:

1. Write all words in alphabetical (ABC) order.
2. Divide each word into syllables.
3. Write the words and circle all the vowels.
4. Write the words and circle all the consonants.
5. Write words neatly in pen.
6. Make a set of flash cards to study.
7. Have a family member quiz you on your words.
8. Draw a picture and hide ten or more spelling words in the picture.
9. Write each word with a dictionary definition.
10. Take a practice quiz.
11. Cut letters from a magazine to spell your words.
12. Write a story using all of your spelling words.
13. Type all words 3 times.
14. Write an antonym (opposite) for 10 of your spelling words.
15. Write a synonym (same) for 10 of your spelling words.

This week, we will continue reading Bats in the Night and the other leveled books that go with this story. The students will explore the question: "What makes bats interesting and useful?" In this narrative nonfiction story they will learn about the characteristics of bats and read a poem with vivid descriptions of bats.

Here is what we are learning in ELA next week:

Spelling:

We will be learning more words with short and long vowels 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. Spelling test will be on Thursday and Friday!

Writing: We are finishing up our personal narratives and digging into opinion writing. I encourage you to work with your child on writing stories, researching and writing informational paragraphs, and writing opinions at home. The more written language they are exposed to, the easier it becomes for them to write.  They will begin typing many of their written pieces soon, since all of their ISAT ELA is completed on a computer at the end of the year. The more exposure to typing stories the better.

Math:  I encourage you to either work with your child on learning the 2's, 3's, and 4's using flash cards, playing card games, or Xtramath to help them begin to memorize their facts. They are truly growing in their math problem solving while working with multiplication and division. They will be bringing home their Mid-Model Assessment this week to show you what they are learning. We will be completing Lessons 19-21 this week and taking the End of Module Assessment. Please take a look at what they are bringing home and have them show you how to work through the problems. They should be using the math language: communtative property, quotient, factor, product, array, tape diagram, R-D-W process, and CUBES.

Social Studies:

We are beginning a new unit in Geograph that will last three to four weeks.

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

Specials:

Monday: Library

Tuesday - Music

Wedenesday - Computer

Thursday - P.E.

Friday - Health

Important Dates:

October 31st - No formal Halloween Celebration, but we will discuss as a class something fun... drawing!

November 3rd - NO SCHOOL (K-12)

November 4-5th - Parent/ Teacher Conferences (See link above)

Evening slots on the 4th and Day & Evening slots on the 5th.

November 9th - Retake Picture Day (details to come)

November 9th - End of 1st Quarter

• Fall is such a beautiful time of the year! Enjoy the colors!

October 19-23 (NO SCHOOL on MONDAY for Students)

The weeks are just flying by right now. I am so proud of all the students for stepping up and being leaders in the classroom and during specials. Last week, we received glowing marks from music for their visiable learning and respect. They are truly engaged and learning all that they can right now. I am seeing so much growth in math and in their ability to speak/write in complete thoughts when answering questions. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful bunch of eager learners.

Two progrmas that your child may be asking to use at home are: Imagine Learning and Literacy (Reading) and iReady Math (Math) These programs are designed to work and teach your child at their level of learning and progress them through the grade levels. WE are using them daily in the classroom and the kids are growing and excited to see their growth!

* I would encourage your child to complete ONE ZEARN LESSON each night, practice writing their spelling words or use Spelling City, and READ for 30 mintues.

* Fund Raiser:  The fundraiser has been extended until Thursday, October 22.

This week, we will begin reading Bats in the Night on Monday. The students will explore the question: "What makes bats interesting and useful?" In this narrative nonfiction story they will learn about the characteristics of bats and read a poem with vivid descriptions of bats.

Here is what we are learning in ELA next week:

Writing: We are finishing up our personal narratives and digging into opinion writing. I encourage you to work with your child on writing stories, researching and writing informational paragraphs, and writing opinions at home. The more written language they are exposed to, the easier it becomes for them to write.  They will begin typing many of their written pieces soon, since all of their ISAT ELA is completed on a computer at the end of the year. The more exposure to typing stories the better.

Math:  I encourage you to either work with your child on learning the 2's, 3's, and 4's using flash cards, playing card games, or Xtramath to help them begin to memorize their facts. They are truly growing in their math problem solving while working with multiplication and division. They will be bringing home their Mid-Model Assessment this week to show you what they are learning. We will be completing Lessons 16-20 this week. Please take a look at what they are bringing home and have them show you how to work through the problems. They should be using the math language: communtative property, quotient, factor, product, array, tape diagram, R-D-W process, and CUBES.

Social Studies:

We are beginning a new unit in Geograph that will last three to four weeks.

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

Specials:

Monday: NO SCHOOL

Tuesday - Music

Wedenesday - Computer

Thursday - P.E.

Friday - Health

Important Dates:

October 31st - No formal Halloween Celebration, but we will discuss as a class something fun...

November 3rd - NO SCHOOL (K-12)

November 4-5th - Parent/ Teacher Conferences (See link above)

Evening slots on the 4th and Day & Evening slots on the 5th.

November 9th - Retake Picture Day (details to come)

November 9th - End of 1st Quarter

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October 12-16

As the weather starts to cool off, please have your child dress for the weather in the morning time. We want them to be dressed warm enough to play outside comfortably. Our first month of school has been very different, but so much fun getting to know each other and learning multiplication and division, learning our digital tools, creating a family in our classroom, and reading, reading, reading! Thank you again for all your support. We only had a few kids with computers not charged on Wed., Thurs., and Fri. I do remind them everynight to charge their computer and bring a water bottle. I just love these kids! You are wonderful parents and thank you for sharing them with me this year.

Two progrmas that your child may be asking to use at home are: Imagine Learning and Literacy (Reading) and iReady Math (Math) These programs are designed to work and teach your child at their level of learning and progress them through the grade levels. WE are using them daily in the classroom and the kids are growing and excited to see their growth!

I would encourage your child to complete ONE ZEARN LESSON each night, practice writing their spelling words or use Spelling City, and READ for 30 mintues.

During the final week of Unit 1, we will explore the question, "What are the traits of a hero?" In the biography, Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburg Pirates, students will read a tribute to this extraordinary athlete whos contributions transcended the playing field. Students will also read two poems about baseball.

This week our ELA skills are:

Spelling: We will be learning the Long i vowel patterns this week and completing an assessment on Friday using 10 of the words in sentences. The skills that will be assessed are: spelling in context, capital letters at the beginning of the sentence, and correct punctuation in the sentence. I will be asking for strong sentences using plural nouns since we have been practicing that skill.

Writing:  The students are working on completing their personal narrative. They will be revising and editing their piece. Some of the students have chosen to type their pieces and some of chosen to write their pieces.

Math:  I have introduced Xtramath to the students for practicing their basic mulitiplication facts at home. I encourage you to either work with your child on learning the 2's, 3's, and 4's using flash cards, playing card games, or Xtramath to help them begin to memorize their facts. They are truly growing in their math problem solving while working with multiplication and division. They will be bringing home their Mid-Model Assessment this week to show you what they are learning. We will be completing Lessons 11-15 this week. Please take a look at what they are bringing home and have them show you how to work through the problems. They should be using the math language: communtative property, quotient, factor, product, array, tape diagram, R-D-W process, and CUBES. Here is the link to Lesson 11-15 if you need it.

Social Studies: We are beginning a new unit in Geograph that will last three to four weeks.

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

Specials:

Monday- Library

Tuesday - Music

Wednesday - Computers

Thursday - PE

Friday - Health

Important Dates:

October 31st - No formal Halloween Celebration, but we will discuss as a class something fun...

November 3rd - NO SCHOOL (K-12)

November 4-5th - Parent/ Teacher Conferences (Information and Sign Up to come)

Evening slots on the 4th and Day & Evening slots on the 5th.

November 9th - Retake Picture Day (details to come)

November 9th - End of 1st Quarter

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September 28-October 2

Week 3 is in the books! The students are doing a great job of being flexible, learning how to solve their own problems, and taking some ownership of their work. As most of you know, WASD has planned for all 3rd grade students to return to the classroom on October 5, 2020. There will continue to be safety protocols in place like social distancing and wearing masks in the classroom. Students will still be bringing devices and charging cords back and forth to school. Thank you for the overwhelming support at home to keep your student in a routine and learning away from the classroom. Students need consistency to do their best learning.

Starting next week, students will be held accountable for work done on remote learning days. These are school days and they have assignments just like when they are in the classroom. Students need to bring their red folder with assignments in them. Please BE SURE to have your child put their work back in their fold everyday after working on it.

Our Specials for this week: 11:30-12:20

Monday T1– Library

Tuesday T2 - Music

Wednesday T1– Computer

Thursday T2– P.E.

Friday T1– Health

Curriculum:

I am learning how to use a graphic organizer for story structure to write a summary with transition words.

I am learning how to form a compound sentence by combining 2 sentences using a conjunction.

I am learning spelling patterns to help with reading and word attack skills

• Anchor Text: Destiny's Gift (realistic fiction)
• Comprehension Target Skill: Character Traits, Theme & Story Structure
• Vocabulary Strategy: Antonyms
• Grammar: Compound Sentences
• Spelling: Long a and Long e spellings (see Spelling Tab for list)
• Team 1 will test on Friday, Oct. 2nd and Team 2 will test on Monday, Oct. 5th

Math – Skills

I am learning how to mulitply and divide to 100.

• Multiplication
• Assessment on Lessons 4-6
• Team 1 - Monday, Sept. 28th
• Team 2 - Tuesday, Sept 29th

Writing - Skills

I am learning how to write a narrative writing piece that includes story structure elements.

• Personal Narrative Writing - We will start with creative writing in writing personal narratives (Character, Setting, & Plot)
• We will also continue to use CUPS to edit our spelling sentences and our story writing.

C-capitalization

U-usage (Does it make sense?)

P-punctuation

S-spelling

• September 21-25

What a fantastic week we had getting to know each other a bit better and learning the expectations of being in school and learning at home as well. This has been a full week of learning and the kids are thriving! This week we discussed the importance of being more independent and completing work at home and in class. Most of the work that your child is completing right now is practice. We will begin taking some grades soon. So, please continue to support your child on finishing their weekly work (ELA packet, 30 minutes of silent reading, practicing their multiplication facts (xtra math, skip counting videos, or flash cards), journal writing prompts, and reading assignments). Thank you to all the parents and students for putting in a lot of effort and working as a team. I am seeing some amazing work being turned in and I couldn't be more proud of my 3rd graders and their families navigating this new normal.

Link to the district website with the schedule for Team 1 & Team 2  returning back to school.

What should my student bring on school days?  In addition to regular school supplies, students will need the following items at school:

* Quick word (yellow booklet)
* Reading textbook (either leave it at home or at school- e-book is available as well)
* Red folder

Snack/Water:  We do not eat lunch until 1:05 and the work we do in class makes students hungry. Please send a healthy snack with your student each day. Students will need to bring a filled water bottle each day. Proper hydration promotes learning. For health and safety purposes, the water fountains are turned off in the building.

Lunch: We will have lunch in the classroom.  At Star Elementary students do not have access to a microwave.  Please pack lunches that are easy to eat and clean up.  *We do not call home for forgotten lunches.*  The cafeteria will have one lunch choice and one milk choice right now. The students will be playing outside with their mask on for the lunch recess.

The district is also providing curbside delivery for At Home Families as well. If you are interested in that please know that the meals do need to be preordered so they can prepare the right amount. Please call the office (208-855-4110)and order your child's hot lunch.

Will students be socially distanced in class?  Desks are spread 6 feet apart in groups of 2.  Team 1 students will sit in the left desk and Team 2 will sit in the right desk of each pairing.  Desks will be wiped down each evening.  This is so that we can implement “mask breaks” where students are allowed a few minutes throughout the day to work seated without a mask.

Before School Procedures:  Students will line up in the back of the school.  Parents will drop students off at the front of the school and will be unable to accompany their students to the playground.  Look for your teacher’s name.  Teachers will meet students behind the school and then walk them to class (Room 9) using the outside door. Please remind your student to keep that 6 feet apart in their mind to follow social distancing while lining up.

After School Procedures:  Students will not walk in front of the school after school. They will need to walk around the school for parent pickup. 3rd grade and 5th grade line up for busses on the farm side of the school while other grades line up on south side.  This will cause some students to line up on opposite sides of the school as their sibling(s).  Please teach students to make sure they see their brother or sister on the bus.  ***Allow for extra time on the first few days of school.***

What do we do on our remote learning days?  We will have morning meeting check-in for students that are learning online.  Please note that we will be gathering students behind the school and walking to class.  Plan on meeting beginning around 9:25am on Teams  On TEAMS, a remote learning checklist for week will be posted in the General Channel. There will be ONE banner for both TEAM 1 and TEAM 2 that has their assignment checklist attached.  Please have students complete as much of it as possible and bring any work to school.  At school students will receive some hard copies of work to be completed.  Our goal is to introduce as many lessons as possible through TEAMS to prepare for the possibility of moving back into the RED category. Please have the conversation with your child about whether they prefer hard copies of their work and writing in a notebook, or turning in their assignments on TEAMS.

Attendance on Remote Learning Days: Students who have logged into TEAMS will be counted as present. Students are still in school when they are on remote learning days and are expected to complete the work that has been assigned. Students who don't check in at morning meeting will be marked absent. Teachers have the ability to see who has logged in each day even if we are not in a meeting.  The only exception is if there is connectivity issues at home. If this occurs, please email your classroom teacher and your student will be marked as present.

Our Specials for this week: 11:30-12:20

(Remember if you are at home, you are logging into your special as well during this time.)

Monday T2 - Library

Tuesday T1 - Music

Wednesday T2 - Computer

Thursday T1 - PE

Friday T2 - Health

3rd Grade Supply List - Thank you for sending supplies with your child.

Curriculum:

I am learning how to use a graphic organizer for story structure to write a summary.

I am learning how to identify and write the 4 types of sentences.

I am learning spelling patterns to help with reading and word attack skills.

Story- The Trial of Cardigan Jones (Fantasy) This is a fun story about a moose wrongly accused of eating a pie.  Through this story we will review story structure, summary writing, and introduce inferencing.

* Fall Ready Assessments (done in class)
* 4 Types of Sentences (exclamation, question, command, and statement)

Spelling List (see Spelling Tab for list)Long vowels

Team 2 will test on Friday, Sept. 25th and Team 1 will test on Monday, Sept. 28th

Math – Skills

I am learning how to mulitply and divide within 100.

I am learning how to represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.

I am learning how to solve for the unknown factor.

We will continue to use equal groups, arrays, and number bonds (look in the math channel on TEAMS for examples) to solve multiplication and division problems.

* Reviewing addition and subtraction (with reprouping)
* Fall Ready Assessments (done in class)

Writing - Skills

I am learning how to write a narrative writing piece that includes story structure elements.

Narrative Writing - We will start with creative writing with personal narratives (Character, Setting, & Plot)

• September 13, 2020

Hello Families,

Our first week of school went as well as it could with all the technology issue that we had.  The kids did a fantastic job of interacting and following along to navigate and understand how to use Teams. We still have a lot of learning to do.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend. On Friday, I sent out an email with a few important attachments that I felt you needed to have before the weekend. I appreciate all the support you have given me and your child over the past week. It has certainly been a unique situation for all of us. I LOVED being able to see the faces of your kiddos and getting to know them in the short three days. I look forward to deepening that relationship over the next few months.

September 14th, the schools will be in YELLOW and Team 1 will start on Monday at school, while Team 2 will work from home, independently on Teams. I will be having a live Teams Meeting in the morning at 9:45am and again at 1:15pm so that I can greet, and touch base will all students. Then on Tuesday, Team 1 and Team 2 will swap. If you are not sure what team your student is on, you can check Power School. Students are required to wear masks while in class. Students that are working from home, are expected to be logged into Teams at 9:05 a.m. and begin working the assignments found on "Posts" of our Teams General Page. I will have a banner for Team 1 with an assignment checklist and a banner for Team 2 with an assignment checklist. ALL assignments will be in the tab across the top in General Channel-Assignements. I will update it daily for this week.

Does my student need to wear a mask?  Each day your student is in school they must wear a mask.  Any concerns regarding this must go through the school nurse or principal.

What should my student bring on school days?  In addition to regular school supplies, students will need the following items at school:

• Computer with charging cord
• Quick word (yellow booklet)
• Red folder
• See separate note for supplies to bring home and leave at school.

Will my student get recess?  Students will have recess.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Snack/Water?  Students will need to bring a filled water bottle each day.  Please send an individual snack with your student each day.  The water fountains are turned off in the building. The students will be allowed to take off their masks for both recesses morning and afternoon.

Lunch: We will have lunch in the classroom.  At Star Elementary students do not have access to a microwave.  Please pack lunches that are easy to eat and clean up.  *We do not call home for forgotten lunches.*  The cafeteria will have one lunch choice and one milk choice right now. The students will be playing outside with their mask on for the lunch recess.

The district is also providing curbside delivery for At Home Families as well. If you are interested in that please know that the meals do need to be preordered so they can prepare the right amount. Please call the office (208-855-4110)and order your child's hot lunch.

Will students be socially distanced in class?  Desks are spread 6 feet apart in groups of 2.  Team 1 students will sit in the left desk and Team 2 will sit in the right desk of each pairing.  Desks will be wiped down each evening.  This is so that we can implement “mask breaks” where students are allowed a few minutes throughout the day to work seated without a mask.

Before School Procedures:  Students will line up in the back of the school.  Parents will drop students off at the front of the school and will be unable to accompany their students to the playground.  Look for your teacher’s name.  Teachers will meet students behind the school and then walk them to class (Room 5) using the outside door. Please remind your student to keep that 6ft apart in their mind while lining up.

After School Procedures:  Students will not walk in front of the school after school.  3rd grade and 5th grade line up on the farm side of the school while other grades line up on south side.  This will cause some students to line up on opposite sides of the school as their sibling(s).  Please teach students to make sure they see their brother or sister on the bus.  ***Allow for extra time on the first few days of school.***

What do we do on our remote learning days?  We will have morning meeting check-in.  Please note that we will be gathering students behind the school and walking to class.  Plan on meeting beginning around 9:45am on Teams and then again in the afternoon at 1:15pm. On TEAMS, a remote learning checklist will be posted in the General Channel. There will be a banner for Team 1 with their assignment checklist and a banner for Team 2 with their assignment checklist.  Please have students complete as much of it as possible and bring any work to school.  At school students will receive some hard copies of work to be completed.  Our goal is to introduce as many lessons as possible through TEAMS to prepare for the possibility of moving back into the RED category.

District APPS Rapid Identity

Attendance on Remote Learning Days: Students who have logged into TEAMS will be counted as present.  Teachers have the ability to see who has logged in each day even if we are not in a meeting.  Please email your homeroom teacher if you experience connectivity issues.

Our Specials for this week:

Monday – Music

Tuesday - Music

Wednesday – Computer

Thursday – PE

Friday – Health

1. #2 pencils sharpened  (Half at school/Half at home)
2. Watercolor paints    (Bring to school)
3. Earbuds or headphones  (Keep at home/ we have a class set and they will not be shared)
4. Crayons/Colored Pencils/Markers  (Bring to school)
5. Scissors  (Bring to school)
6. Large pink eraser  (Half at school/Half at home)
7. Large glue sticks    (Half at school/Half at home)
8. White school glue  (Bring to school)
9. Dry erase markers  (Bring to school)
10. Folder (2 Pocket)   (Bring to school)
11. Wide ruled composition notebooks  (2 at school)
12. Ruler with standard and metric   (Keep at home)
13. Wide ruled paper    (Half at school/Half at home)
14. Pens (black or blue, red)   (not needed at this time)
15. 3 Ring Binder   (Keep at home)
• recommended for all grade levels:  backpack, hand sanitizer, facial tissue

Curriculum:

• Story- A Fine, Fine School (Humorous Fiction Story)
• Story Structure/ character, setting, plot
• Fall Ready Assessments (done in class)
• Simple Sentences
• Spelling List (see attachment)short vowels
Team 1 will test on Friday, Sept. 18th and Team 2 will test on Monday, Sept. 21st

Math – Skills

• Multiplication
• Fall Ready Assessments (done in class)

Writing - Skills

• Narrative Writing - We will start with creative writing in writing personal narratives (Character, Setting, & Plot)

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October 5-9

Hello Families!

Wow! It's hard to believe that it is October already. Your children are growing so much as independent learners and role models for each other. I am really enjoying all of them and their unique personalities. We are going to have such a great year!

There will be NO Halloween celebration this year at school. Luckily, Halloween falls on a Saturday and families will get to celebrate how they want to at home.

REMINDERS:

* Fundraiser packets are coming home on Monday!

* If you are dropping off your child for school, please use the new parking lot in front of the new building.

* The parking lot in front of the older building is for buses only.

* After school when picking students up, please stay in line and do not form two lines.

* Children will not be allowed to cross traffic to get into parent cars.

* You need to continue to pull forward while waiting for their children to get into their cars.

* The line must continue to move forward allowing the cars behind them to pull into the parking lot.

During reading, we have been discussing what it takes to be a responsible citizen and how we can all be proactive in our community to make it a great place to live. This week, we explore the question "Why is everyone's role on a project important?" In the historical fiction selection, Pop's Bridge, a boy learns about teamwork while watching his father help build the Golden Gate Bridge. The informational text, "Bridges", offers an illustrated overview of different types of bridges.

On Friday, the students will be taking an assessment over the skills taught this week. Please go over the assessment when it comes home with your child. It is important that you know and they know what skills they are mastering and still working on. I will often pull individual kids and review their assessment, but I can't get to every child every week.

Our ELA skills for this week:

Spelling:

We will be learning the Long o vowel patterns this week and completing an assessment on Friday using 10 of the words in sentences. The skills that will be assessed are: spelling in context, capital letters at the beginning of the sentence, and correct punctuation in the sentence. I will be asking for a couple compound sentences since we have been practicing that skill.

Math:

We will continue multiplication and division using tape diagrams, arrays, and grouping to model different word problems. I do see some of the children beginning to show a struggle with understanding the different ways of modeling a problem (arrays, groups, or tape diagram). If you are seeing papers coming home with, "work on at home, fix, redo, please support at home" you can always follow this link to Module 1: Lessons 8, on You-Tube and work through the problems with your child. If you feel like your child needs extra practice, I can also email or make copies of the homework packet to do at home. Continue to have your child log onto Zearn and complete a lesson a night.

Important DATES:

Monday, Oct. 5 - Picture Day! Fund Raiser BEGINS

Friday, Oct. 16 - Fund Raiser DUE DATE

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Wells

• September 4, 2020

Welcome to 3rd Grade!  My name is Connie Wells and I will be your child's 3rd grade teacher this year.  Throughout the year you may receive communication from other 3rd grade teachers at Star Elementary, but I will be your student's primary teacher and source of communication.  To find out more about me please visit the homepage.

What To Expect

What to expect:  On Sept. 8 one parent will accompany each student their classroom to pick up a computer and meet the teacher face to face.   Parents and students will use the outside entrance to each classroom.  Our classroom is on the north side of the school (farm side) and there will be a sandwich board with our class name on it.  Parents and students must wear masks inside the building.

What you will get:  Students will receive a laptop and charging cord, information with passwords, a schedule, district supply list, and other materials.  Please bring a backpack or bag to carry materials home.

Wednesday, Sept. 9:  This will be our first day of virtual learning.  The goal of this week will be to build an online community where students feel comfortable communicating virtually while learning the online tools.  We will doing lots of question and answering , scavenger hunts, and exploring our learning platforms.  We will also be building learning stamina while actively gauging the need for breaks.  School-wide lunch will be from 12:20-1:00.

How to set-up a learning area:  Over the next few days, take some time to set up a learning area with your student.  Students will be expected to be available from 9:05-2:45 each day.  We will not be online the entire time; students will be online and have break out/independent work sessions.  Have a designated spot where your student can have the computer ready, but also have space to work.  Students will also need supplies; notebooks or paper and pencils, etc.  A list will be provided at device pick-up.

Attendance:  Attendance will be taken throughout the day.  Please let me know if your student will not be in attendance at certain times.  I will have office hours daily at 2:45. This is a time I will be available for questions or to meet with students and parents who have missed a session.

Concerns:  Please email me with any concerns you have.  All medical concerns will be forwarded to our school nurse.