April 3, 2016 Update

Dear Third Grade Families,

I hope that everyone enjoyed the changeable weather on Saturday!  

Last week the students worked hard on PARCC practice, fractions, writing their personal narrative, and creating carts in science to improve performance in distance traveled.

Academics this week:  

ELA:  April is National Poetry Month!  Poetry will the our next genre study.  This week we will enjoy children’s poetry from many poets including Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein.  We will be using Love That Dog for reading and writing beginning April 11.  Students do not need their own copy, but they are invited to secure their own copy. Core words are:  course, front, American, space, inside, ago, sad, early, I’ll, learned.  Content words are:  engineer, constraint, gravity, prototype, mass.  In Writers’ Workshop, students will finish up their personal narratives on the chromebooks and study adverbs in grammar.  

Math:  In Math we will review for the Math PARCC and then we will continue with our study of fractions using Eureka Math.  Students will receive math homework Tuesday and Wednesday.  Students are doing fantastic with their Rocket Math multiplication and division.  Keep practicing!

Science:  This week students will design new carts that can perform certain tasks or “tricks”.  We will have one more car show on Monday.  So, if you still have a Pinewood Derby car collecting dust on the shelf, dust it off and send it in!

Gardening:  Last week students planted lettuce in a cold frame.  We hope that we can harvest in time to include this in the May Farm to Table.  We are going to assemble four more cold frames very soon with the help of Soulee’s mom.

PARCC:  The English-Language Arts test, Part 1 will take place on Monday from 9:40 – 11:30 and Part 2 will be on Friday at 8:15.  Students will be taking the pencil and paper in third grade this year.  Last Friday we “tried on” our testing seating arrangement and welcomed students from another class who will test with our students.  Be sure that your child gets a really good night’s rest and a nice breakfast prior to the tests.  Comfy clothing is a great idea too.  
  
Parent Workshop:  April 6, 2016

“Your mind is a garden.  Your thoughts are the seeds.  You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.”  As teachers and parents of young children, we want our children to grow flowers, not weeds! How can we plant more flower seeds and fewer weed seeds? New research supports that students with growth mindsets experience more success.  What is a growth mindset and how can we nurture it?  A growth mindset helps our children identify new strategies and approaches to solving problems, both in school, at home, and in the community.  Join PCCS teachers for an hour of information, sharing, and growth as we examine this compelling concept.

  • April 6, 6:00: Parents of third and fourth graders
  • April 13, 6:00: Parents of fifth through eighth graders
  • May 18, 6:15 Parents of  Kindergarten through second grade

Meet us in Muir Hall, Comstock Building.  Please RSVP to Cynthia McGovern at cmcgovern@pccharterschool.org.

Date to Remember:
4/4  Earth Week shirt orders due
4/5 Green Challenge Assembly
4/6 Early Release
4/14  Mrs. McG to San Antonio for Air Force Boot Camp graduation!!  
4/15  Teacher Institute, No school for kids
4/18  Earth Week
4/20 Early Release
4/21  Field Trip to Hasting’s Lake FP, Lindenhurst

Enjoy the week!

Cynthia McG