Update March 18, 2018

Dear Third Grade Families,

One week closer to Spring Break!  We will be completing PARCC testing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings this week.  Please do your best at home to stress to students that this test is not something to fear, they are prepared and showing their best work is the way to go!  They have learned so much this year and they should be very proud of their hard work.

Housekeeping:  Weather-wise it looks pretty decent this week.  It looks like a chance of showers on Friday, so keep an eye on the reports.  Students will take home all non-essentials from their lockers and tubs this week.  Please wash and return extra clothing, keep the snow gear at home!  FINALLY!!

Academics this week:

Administration put a PARCC  testing schedule in place for the entire school, so some subjects will skip days or be shortened.  Our SNACK will be at 10:25 ish on T, W, Th.

Thursday, March 22, is World Water Day.  Students in third and fourth grades are participating in short, 30-minute stations to recognize this event.  For more information on World Water Day, please see the school-wide newsletter.

Literacy:    In Readers’ Workshop, students are going to read three articles on ReadWorks, answer questions, and write a short response.   All of the articles were chosen to reinforce inferring skills. Guided reading groups are about half way through Five Smooth Stones and they will probably finish up the first week of April.  In Grammar this week students will work on review of commas in a series, irregular past tense verbs, and correct use of apostrophes. Spelling Core words are:  gave, order, open, ground, cold, really, table, remember, tree, course.  The Content words are:  militia, Lexington, Concord, signal, lanterns.  Students will continue to work on their Colonial America books in writing.  The topic changed to a focus on the importance of the apprenticeship system in Colonial America.

Math:  We will continue with our work on Polygons this week.  We will start off with measuring with unit cubes, which are one centimeter by one centimeter.  This will give a concrete reference to the centimeter.  We will then move on to working on area and perimeter in the same lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday.  On Thursday and Friday we will be back on the geoboards experimenting with fractional representations, first with halves, and then with other base fractions.  We will have Work Places on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday if time allows.  Homework is scheduled for Monday only at this point in time.  IXL practice is FF-13, FF-15, FF-17, and Y-8.  If your child has completed these, please have him or her work on the same skill at fourth grade, or choose a third grade skill that is not mastered yet.

SS:  This week our SS is shortened.  We will have two sessions:  one on the Battle of Lexington and Concord and one on the Declaration of Independence.

On Friday students will be attend the school production of The Lion King on Friday morning.  There will be a repeat performance on Friday night for families.

Please check with Specials teachers for their individual updates.

Dates to Remember:

3/19:  Band (changed due to testing)

3/20, 3/21, 3/22:  PARCC ELA testing, am

3/22:  World Water Day

3/23:  Lion King Play, evening

3/26-3/30:  Spring Break

4/1:  April Fool’s Day, no school

4/4:  Green Team Cooking and Planting with Herbs workshop, after school

4/12:  Third and Fourth Grade math night

Have a wonderful break!  Be sure to relax, because the next two months are always very busy at PCCS!

Warmly,

Cynthia McG