Last Week of School

Third Grade Awards Ceremony is Thursday at 8:15. You may sign your child out after the ceremony. Thursday and Friday are early release days, school dismisses at 12:00 for the Intermediate campus.

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THIS WEEK

Thursday students will take a multiplication test. This is the exact same test they’ve been taking. It’s 100 questions with times facts 0-10. Each one left blank or incorrect is worth one point. Students scoring a 90 or higher will remain or be added to the “No Homework Club” and will not have MATH homework for the FOLLOWING TWO WEEKS.

Math and reading homework are due Friday.

School House Rock Program will be Friday at 9:00 parents and family are invited to attend. Students are to dress in 70’s attire. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Richey.

April and May “Coming Soon”

Math and Reading Common Assessments will be next week on Tuesday and Wednesday (11th and 12th).  These will be a grade in the grade book. Students may bring a room temperature water and healthy snack both of these days.

Easter Party for third-grade is 4/13 from 9:30-10:30. You may check your child out afterward. A large plastic egg was sent home for you to decorate and fill for our Egg Exchange”. We are also asking that you send $2 for us to purchase the donuts, milk/orange juice, and fruit.

NO SCHOOL! April 14th and 17th are school holidays.

Last day to turn in Box Tops is April 28th. We were in second place last time lets see if we can win it this round. =)

STAAR tests are May 8th and 9th. Please get a good night sleep the nights before and eat a healthy breakfast full of protein, not sugar.

Field Day is 5/16. More information to follow.

The third-grade awards ceremony is 5/25 at 8:15. There is an early release that day and 5/26.

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3-24-17

We have had a great week in math! All TEKS have been covered and each day we reviewed a previously learned skill. This week we focused on place value, elapsed time, 2D and 3D shapes, money, multiplication, and story problems. Whew, we reviewed a lot!

Wednesday we played a fun game of Kahoot to test our knowledge of recognizing and counting change. Students had a blast and I really enjoyed it as well. If you’re not familiar with Kahoot it is similar to an online quiz show.

Thursday was our multiplication test to review all facts learned. Students who scored a 90 or higher are now part of the “No Homework Club”. For the next two weeks, these students will not have math homework. We will continue to retest every two weeks to ensure students are learning and retaining their facts. At any time, students can be added or removed from the “No Homework Club”. Congratulations to those who made it.

Today, all three math classes created an original story problem. Students drew cards to determine what setting, operation, and number to include in their problem. From there they had to create a rough draft, final draft, and illustrate. The stories were so creative and I enjoyed reading them. We will finish these up next week.

Don’t forget Tuesday is the third-grade field trip. Please remind your child not to bring his/her backpack to school with him/her on Tuesday. We will leave promptly at 8:15 so students need to be at school no later than 8:00. Buses will not wait for tardy students. We will arrive back st the school by 2:30. Parents attending the zoo trip may take their child home with them but must sign their child out with their child’s homeroom teacher. ALL LUNCHES MUST BE COMPLETELY DISPOSABLE.  We will not pack anything back up onto the bus. If you are chaperoning or accompanying your child to the zoo, please send your lunch to school with your child so that we may carry it for you. Caldwell Zoo does not allow outside food or drinks into the zoo and you will be asked to dispose of it at the front gate. Anyone chaperoning (walking with kids not their own) are entitled to a 20% discount off their admission ticket. Just be sure to tell them you are a chaperone when paying at the front gate.

Have a blessed weekend!

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3-3-17

Just a few quick reminders.

Next Tuesday is our Math Benchmark and Wednesday is the Reading Benchmark. I am also beginning parent/teacher conferences next week.

We are low on a few classroom shared supplies so as an incentive students who bring any needed items can receive a class pass (hat, shoes off, gum, stuffed animal, etc.). Your child is familiar with these.

Here is a list of needed items:
Expo markers (4 or more pack, any colors)
Quart baggies (slider close is preferred)
Black Sharpie markers (fine point, 4 pack)
Pink or yellow highlighters (4 pack)

Thanks for all you do and have a great weekend!

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2-28-27

Homework this week is a multiplication and division review worksheet. There is a front and back side of the sheet. All homework is due by Friday (completed and correct) to receive credit. Friday will be a multiplication review test for all facts 0 through 10. There will be 100 facts and your child will have 15 minutes to take the test. This will be a grade in the grade book.

I am still in need of a few more zoo chaperones. I have such a wonderful group of third graders this year, this might would be the easiest field trip you’ll ever do! Any adult is welcome to attend our trip. Please let me know if you are able to help and I will send home a background check with your child for you to fill out.

Soon a note will be coming home about parent conferences. I would like to meet with as many parents as possible. Please be thinking of a day and time that will work for you within the next few weeks.

Next week will be Math and Reading Benchmarks. Just FYI.

Have a blessed week!

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2-22-17

Nominations for Gifted and Talented 1st – 5th grades are now being accepted for the 2017 – 2018 school year.  Forms are available in the Primary and Intermediate offices.  All nominations are due by Friday, March 10, 2017. For any questions, please call Lauren Secord at 903.291.2182.

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2-21-17

Tomorrow is an early release day. Intermediate students will be dismissed at 12:00. Students will not switch classes but will remain with their homeroom teacher all day. Lunch and Enhancement times will be adjusted accordingly and it is asked that parents do not eat lunch with their child on early release days.

Math homework this week is two pages from their Go Math student workbooks. The content covers 2D and 3D shapes, which is a review from the past few weeks. Homework is to be completed at home, although students sometimes are able to work on a problem or two during the school day. My policy is that homework is to always be checked by an adult before it is turned in on Friday. I do not take a grade-book grade on homework but I do check it, mark what is wrong, and hand it back to the student to be corrected and returned the next day.

Today a note went home about the upcoming third-grade field trip. We will be taking the grade level to Caldwell Zoo in Tyler. Sign the bottom portion of the note and keep the top for your record. A chaperone request will go home with your child later this week. Ideally, I would love to have seven or more chaperones to join us at the zoo. You do have to complete and pass a criminal background check to be a chaperone but may accompany your own child at the zoo without one. You just won’t be able to walk with other students.

Academic grades have been updated in Skyward so please feel free to check those often. There is one assignment titled “Quizlet” that we have not completed yet so do not worry if that shows as missing. We are getting to that later this week. I will let the kids study in class as much as needed. Please note that this Quizlet Quiz is separate from the vocabulary test they take in Reading.

Scholastic book orders went home today with any child in my homeroom that requested one. Orders are due at the end of this month and if you choose to order online our code is GZBJ8.

Thanks for all you do parents and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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2-15-17

Tomorrow will be our Common Assessment in reading. Students will not switch classes tomorrow and will stay the entire day with their homeroom teacher. Your child is allowed to bring a non-messy, healthy snack and room temperature water (so it doesn’t “sweat”). Students will not go to Enhancements tomorrow and lunch time will be at 12:00.

Please ensure that your child has a restful night of sleep tonight and a full, healthy breakfast in the morning. I know that they will do well and all I ask is that they do their best and show their work.

Your child will take their spelling test with me tomorrow so don’t forget to review and study those words as needed tonight.

Remember here is no paper homework this week. Students are to be reviewing all multiplication facts 0-10. There will be a test on Friday and no retake will be available since this is a review.

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2-14-17

Today was such a great day! The kids had a wonderful time passing out and receiving Valentine’s Day cards. Their boxes and bags were so creative. I enjoyed seeing them and how each child put a little bit of their own personality into it.

Tomorrow will be our Common Assessment in math. Students will not switch classes tomorrow and will stay the entire day with their homeroom teacher. Your child is allowed to bring a non-messy, healthy snack and room temperature water (so it doesn’t “sweat”). Students will not go to Enhancements tomorrow and lunch time is adjusted by an hour (10:30).

Please ensure that your child has a restful night of sleep tonight and a full, healthy breakfast in the morning. I know that they will so well and all I ask is that they do their best and show their work.

There is no paper homework this week. Students are to be reviewing all multiplication facts 0-10. There will be a test on Friday and no retake will be available since this is a review.

I hope you have a great week!

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11-8-16

We have so many exciting things going on this week! Today we completed our 3rd grade Election PBL. The kids and staff voted for either the Chocolate (Kit Kat and Hershey) or Chewy (Sour Patch and Gummy Worms) party. Mrs. Rock (Sour Patch) and Mr. Camp (Kit Kat) did a great job serving as our two presidential candidates. The votes are in and later this afternoon the students will hear the candidates acceptance/concession speech. Thank you so much to our two administrators for helping us out. The students, and myself, really enjoyed hearing their campaign speeches this morning in the gym. Be sure and ask your child when you see him/her who won the election.

The purpose of our PBL was to educate our third graders in what it takes to be elected into office. The students chose committees to serve on and have been working hard for their chosen party to help get them elected. Some of the committees that students served on were; making posters and commercials (they used an app called Chatterpix), writing speeches, making buttons, constructing and decorating the polling booths, and making a campaigning word wall complete with vocabulary and definitions.

Here is a picture of Mrs. Buck and myself after we casted our votes. I know, I know, no pictures at the polling booth. =)

Rock the Vote 2016

Rock the Vote 2016

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