August 29, 2015 Update

Dear Third Grade Families,

Summer is slowly slipping away…enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

Use your camera to capture images of family and friends.  Good photos can be used for writing ideas.  So, take some interesting photos to reflect on the fun times.

Apostle Islands Chris

Our past two weeks at school have been fantastic.  Students are learning the routines and procedures quickly.  Other than a few technology glitches, we had a productive week.  Looking forward to many more!


Lunch:  Please remember that we rotate the warming up of lunch items between “even” and “odd” numbered students.  Remember that waiting for the other group to have their turn may cause a waiting child to rush through lunch and not finish.

Nut Procedure:  The school has a procedure to accommodate learners with severe allergies.  Please do send a morning snack that has nuts or peanuts.  Please limit your nutty lunch entrees because the procedure becomes difficult when many children have nuts.

Dress Code:  The school has a dress code and we need to be sure that students are dressing for modesty and activity.  Closed-toe shoes and socks are a must.  Spaghetti straps must be covered by a jacket or sweater.  Girls should wear shorts under a dress or skirt.  Slippers are required in the classroom.


ELA:  This week in Readers’ Workshop, we are planning to use Wayside School, Book 2 to compare and contrast to A Bad Case of Stripes.   We will consider theme, characters, and point of view as we discuss and write our ideas.  I will introduce the next Daily 5 option:  Work on Writing.  So far we have practiced Work on Words (spelling) and Read to Self.  I have also begun to assess reading with the Fountas and Pinnell benchmarking system.  Spelling (Word Work): All students are assigned to a skills group based on the Words Their Way assessments that they completed last week. Students will bring home their Spelling notebook and a new set of cards to use this week.  Use the guide taped in the notebook and on your child’s assignment notebook to follow up on daily spelling.  This week’s Core Words and Content Words will be listed in your child’s assignment notebook.  We will launch Writers’ Workshop this week using mentor texts to guide our discussion on narrative form.  Your child will bring home a Writers’ Journal that he or she will use for ideas, rough draft stories, and mini lesson notes.  Expect homework in writing on Monday and Tuesday.  We will continue with cursive this week; however due to internet strength issues, we do not plan to keyboard.

Math:  Last week we worked hard on place value, value, telling time, rounding to 10 and 100, and expanded form. We will continue with these concepts this week, adding depth and complexity.  Students will practice using new strategies to break apart numbers in order to estimate sums and then to find the final answer.  Expect homework on Thursday.

Science:  This week in our Properties of Light unit we will be experimenting with waves, identifying the characteristics of waves, understand that light can also be generated by chemical reactions, identify the parts of the eye and how light is transmitted to produce images on the retina, and we will learn about Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb.

Specials:  This week is an Early Release on Wednesday, so Spanish and Art will be shortened.  All other special times remain unchanged.

Curriculum Night:  Curriculum Night begins is Tuesday, September 1, from 6:00 -7:00.  We will meet in Muir Hall to review third and fourth grade curriculum, then move to the rooms for the classroom specific information.

Early Release:  Wednesday will be our first “regular” early release.  Snack is 20 minutes long and students may bring something to warm up.  (Consider the even/odd procedure…)

Dates to Remember:

  • 9/1     Curriculum Night, 6:00 – 7:00
  • 9/2     Early Release
  • 9/8     Green Challenge Assembly, 8:15 in the gym
  • 9/8     NWEA testing: ELA
  • 9/10   NWEA testing: Math

Looking forward to seeing you all at Curriculum Night!

Cynthia McGovern