Weekly Roundup-Week Ending January 11, 2019

Hello!

Just when we were getting back into the swing of things, it’s beginning to look like we’re in for a little more wintry weather! With the wind chill driving temperatures below freezing, we were able to get some much needed movement indoors with an old classic, musical chairs. The kids put a hilarious spin on it by creating a second game that ran consecutively and no one could be eliminated while playing, It was definitely a win-win for all!

On Monday we had a technology lesson with Mr. Clough, extending our study of Greece and Rome. The kids found the Parthenon in Greece and Colosseum in Rome then added pins along with photos of each. I sent a Greece study guide to you earlier this week and a study guide for Rome home today.

 

 

 

 

 

In reading we continued with nonfiction reading and introduced “functional texts”. These are the pieces of literature that we use daily; recipes, brochures, programs, menus and etc. We’ll keep plugging away at it. In the meantime, be sure to infuse questions into your conversations, functional texts are available. In math we began working on telling time to the minute and had daily doses of multiplication and division word problems. The kids wrote multiplication and division problems and had their peers solve them. They really enjoyed writing the stories.

Stay warm and don’t forget to use MobyMax this weekend!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Jan. 21st-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)
  • Jan. 22nd-25th-SCA Spirit Week
  • Jan. 25th
    • End of Quarter
    • Family Honor Roll Sheets Due
    • PAW Achievement
  • Jan. 27th
  • Jan. 28th-Student Holiday
  • Jan. 29th-PTO Meeting
  • Jan. 31st-PTO Spirit Night @ Zaxby’s
  • Feb. 4th-Scholastic Book Orders Due

Weekly Roundup-Week Ending January 4, 2019

Happy New Year!

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday break. This week we continued our work on reference materials and nonfiction texts. We explored atlases and encyclopedias in the classroom and library. It’s amazing to think that we had to use both regularly back in my day! We’ll continue with nonfiction reading next week and begin working on letter writing. Students may use MobyMax at home for extra practice by logging into Clever. Reading time on analog clocks, along with elapsed time will be our focus in math next week. Please check out the blog for any links that may help your child master any troublesome skills. In Social Studies we’ll be working on the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome.

Since we’ve ended our novel study of Winn Dixie, we’ll move on to one of my new favorites, Boy: Tales of Childhood, by Roald Dahl. He is the author of Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and more! “Boy: Tales of Childhood, published in 1984, is a funny, insightful and at times grotesque glimpse into the early life of Roald Dahl. In it, he tells us about his experiences at school in England, the idyllic paradise of summer holidays in Norway, and the pleasures and pains of the local sweetshop in Llandaff, Wales.” source: roalddahl.com

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Jan. 11th-Picture Makeup Day
  • Jan. 21st-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)
  • Jan. 22nd-25th-SCA Spirit Week
  • Jan. 25th
    • End of Quarter
    • Family Honor Roll Sheets Due
    • PAW Achievement
  • Jan. 27th
  • Jan. 28th-Student Holiday
  • Jan. 29th-PTO Meeting
  • Jan. 31st-PTO Spirit Night @ Zaxby’s

 

Weekly Round up-Week Ending December 19, 2018

Happy Holidays!

Thank you so much for your gifts! They were all so thoughtful and I’m sure that I’ll make good use of them all. I also appreciate your contributions to our winter party;  treats, paper products and time spent helping out for our Winter Party. You guys took care of it all! #firsttimeever! I’m blessed to have you! Here are pictures from our busy day. Enjoy your much deserved break. Enjoy your families and friends. See you next year!

Our class spelling bee winner is first runner up for Trevvett! Way to go!

Thank you for your generous gifts!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Dec. 20th-Jan. 2nd-Winter Break (no school)
  • Dec. 21st-First Day of Winter
  • Dec. 25th-Christmas
  • Dec. 26th-Kwanza Begins
  • Dec. 27th-Amire’s Birthday
  • Jan. 1st-New Year’s Day
  • Jan. 11th-Picture Makeup Day
  • Jan. 21st-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)
  • Jan. 22nd-25th-SCA Spirit Week
  • Jan. 25th
    • End of Quarter
    • Family Honor Roll Sheets Due
    • PAW Achievement
  • Jan. 27th-Great Kindness Challenge Begins
  • Jan. 28th-Student Holiday
  • Jan. 29th-PTO Meeting
  • Jan. 31st-PTO Spirit Night @ Zaxby’s

 

Weekly Roundup-Week Ending December 14, 2018

Wow! The snow and snow days were very unexpected! There are a few updates to the schedule next week.  Also, check the table below with our party details.  We are lacking a couple of things. Please message me via Remind if you’d like to contribute. Mr. Holscher, our P.E. teacher has planned some “wintry” physical activity for next week too. You may check out his blog here. Also, Mrs. Bushey, our school counselor has winter coats for anyone who’d like to have one.

  • Tues., Dec. 18th
  • Wed., Dec. 19th
    • Wear Pajamas
    • Winter  Basketball Game (8:00am-9:00am)
    • Classroom Party 1-2pm
  • Dec. 20th-Jan. 2nd-Winter Break (no school)
  • Dec. 21st-First Day of Winter
  • Dec. 25th-Christmas
  • Dec. 26th-Kwanza Begins
  • Dec. 27th-Amire’s Birthday
  • Jan. 1st-New Year’s Day

Weekly Roundup-Week Ending December 7, 2018

Hi families!

We had an exciting day today! If you were not aware, we’ve been reading a novel, Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo, in addition to our regular reading curriculum. The book is about a 10 year old girl, whose live changes after finding a stray dog and making him her own. When Opal, the main character, meets and makes new friends, she brings them all together during a party with pickles, “Dump Punch”, egg salad sandwiches and lozenges (we had Werther’s Originals 🙂 ). Our culminating activity was a duplication of the party in the book. Students practiced measuring capacity and using functional print, with our “Dump Punch” recipe, (orange juice, grapefruit juice and caffeine free lemon-lime soda), watching the movie and comparing the movie with the book in their reading response journals. We will wrap up measurement next week and move on to geometry. Every student pitched in to make it fun.  They even volunteered to clean! Here are pictures from the week.

After reading a Scholastic News article and answering questions about flu season, we began a narrative writing about a time we’ve been sick. The students began self and peer editing today. I know I’ve told you all before, but they are really great teammates! Next week, we will focus on revising to make our writing more lively and descriptive.

 

This week we also completed the winter NWEA MAPS reading assessment their growth was outstanding. You will notice a formative assessment grade for NWEA in reading. This score is based on a Henrico County grade equivalency chart. I’m looking forward to seeing the end result in the spring.  We’ll be completing the NWEA math assessment on December 14th. Please be sure to utilize this site for enrichment activities.

 

Note:  There are enrichment links for virtually every third grade standard on our class blog site. Please be sure to take advantage of it along with Moby Max.

Upcoming Dates

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  • Wed., Dec. 12th
    • Scholastic book orders due 
      • Online Class Code LLLDT
    • School Spelling Bee
  • Thur., Dec. 13th
    • SCA meeting
  • Fri., Dec. 14th-NWEA MAPS Math Test
  • Winter Fun Week!
    • Mon., Dec. 17th
      • bring a winter blanket
      • 1:00pm-2:00pm
        • winter movie streamed from library 
        • candy cane ice-cream cup provided  
    • Tues., Dec. 18th
      • wear holiday colors
      • Tacky Faculty Fashion Show (1:00pm-2:00pm)
      • PTO Meeting and Holiday BINGO
        • 6pm-7pm
    • Wed., Dec. 19th
      • wear pajamas
      • winter  basketball game (grades 2-5) (8:00am-9:00am)
      • classroom party 1-2pm
  • Dec. 20th-Jan. 2nd-Winter Break (no school)
  • Dec. 21st-First Day of Winter
  • Dec. 25th-Christmas
  • Dec. 26th-Kwanza Begins
  • Dec. 27th-Amire’s Birthday
  • Jan. 1st-New Year’s Day

Weekly Roundup-Week Ending November 30, 2018

Hi everyone!

I hope that you had plenty of time to rest and enjoy your family and friends over fall break. Fortunately, the kids got back into the swing of things easily. Before our break, we celebrated the students’ accomplishments during our class awards ceremony.  Here are pictures from our ceremony. This week, we completed a math summative assessment. If your child completed the assessment, her/his grades are already posted.  Please be sure to check Powerschool for your child’s grade.  You should also check it next Friday, December 7th to see your child’s interim grades.

Our trip to the Science Museum of Virginia was great! I really appreciate you sending in the permission slips and payments expeditiously. I’d also like to thanks those parents who took great care of the kids during the day. We toured the museum exhibitions, attended a hands on classroom lesson on simple machines and viewed an iMax movie in the dome on insect adaptations.  Here are more pictures (and videos) from the field trip.

Upcoming Dates

  • Sat., Dec. 1st-PTO Skate Night
  • Sun., Dec. 2nd-Hanukkah begins
  • Wed., Dec. 5th-Santa Waffle Dinner
    • 4:30pm-7:30pm
  • Thur., Dec 6th-NWEA MAPS Reading Test
  • Wed., Dec. 12th-Scholastic book orders due 
    • Online Class Code LLLDT
  • Fri., Dec. 14th-NWEA MAPS Math Test
  • Tues., Dec. 18th-PTO Meeting and Holiday BINGO
    • 6pm-7pm
  • Dec. 20th-Jan. 2nd-Winter Break (no school)
  • Dec. 21st-First Day of Winter
  • Dec. 25th-Christmas
  • Dec. 26th-Kwanza Begins
  • Dec. 27th-Amire’s Birthday
  • Jan. 1st-New Year’s Day

Weekly Roundup-Week Ending November 16, 2018

Hi everyone!

We had a great week! We started out with a trip to Hermitage High School for our PAW achievement. In reading we worked on identifying problems and solutions and completed a weekly assessment. We used a book, After the Fall-How Humpty Dumpty got back up Again, for practice.  They loved it. The grades are on Powerschool. In math we worked on different models of multiplication.  I sent a study guide home with our child earlier this week. Since next week is a short week, will test in math on the following Thursday. We discussed veterans and Veteran’s Day and complete a 5 question activity. Here are a few pictures from the week.

Dates to Remember

Please don’t forget to check your child’s folder daily! There are lots of things there! Enjoy your weekend!

  • Fri., Nov. 16th-PTO Spirit Night Panera
  • Mon., Nov. 19th
    • Field Trip Money due ($17.00)
      • Please contact me via Remind, if you need help.
    • Picture Day
  • Tues., Nov. 20th
    • Report Cards Sent Home
    • Classroom Award Ceremony
  • Wed., Nov. 21st-Fri., Nov. 23rd-Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)
  • Sun., Nov. 25th-Theresa’s birthday
  • Wed., Nov. 28th-Field Trip
  • Fri., Nov. 30th-Scholastic Book Orders Due (online code LLLDT)

Weekly Roundup-Week Ending November 9, 2018

REPEAT! We did it again!

Our class won the third grade P.E. Award for most points earned in a month!

It was such a pleasure to meet with all of you this week! I absolutely love every minute spent with your kids. If you were unable to keep your appointment time, I sent a little note home in your child’s folder. Please contact me via Remind to reschedule.

This week, we completed our math benchmark, covering all of the skills taught over the last nine weeks.  They did amazingly! Remember to use Powerschool to check their grades for online tests, as you will not see a hard copy in their graded work, as well as for weekly for grade updates. I typically leave missing work scores empty until returned, but I will begin inserting a score of 50 for any missing work not returned within two weeks, to remove any confusion. Any missing work may be completed before the close of the nine weeks (January 25th). Graded work cannot be completed at home, withstanding major medical issues. With that, please encourage your child to work diligently to complete any unfinished work.

This week, we moved on to representing multiplication in sets and arrays.  I will be sending home the study guide pictured to get you ahead of the game. In reading we are working on identifying problems and solutions in texts, story elements (characters, settings and etc.), affixes and roots and sequencing events in writing. Our reading benchmark, will be on Thursday. We’ll be working on ancient civilizations In Social Studies.

Please don’t forget to check your child’s folder daily! There are lots of things there!

Enjoy your weekend!

Dates to Remember

  • Mon., Nov. 12th-Fri., Nov. 16th-Christmas Mother Canned Food Drive
  • Mon., Nov. 12th-PAW Achievement
  • Tues., Nov. 13th
    • Veteran’s Day Program
    • Jayden and Makayla’s birthday
  • Fri., Nov. 16th-PTO Spirit Night Panera
  • Mon., Nov. 19th
    • Field Trip Money due ($17.00)
      • Please contact me via Remind, if you need help.
    • Picture Day
  • Tues., Nov. 20th
    • Report Cards Sent Home
    • Classroom Award Ceremony
  • Wed., Nov. 21st-Fri., Nov. 23rd-Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)
  • Sun., Nov. 25th-Theresa’s birthday
  • Wed., Nov. 28th-Field Trip
  • Fri., Nov. 30th-Scholastic Book Orders Due (online code LLLDT)

Weekly Roundup-Week Ending November 2, 2018

Hi everyone!

We’ve had another great week! The kids who participated in the Big Blast fundraiser enjoyed a great party and several kids brought sweet treats to me after Halloween. 🙂 Thank you for helping our school, by participating in the fundraiser. Did your kids tell you that I won a $50.00 restaurant gift card in the “Positive PAWs” drawing today? We were all overly excited! …and yes, I danced like Beyonce.

Big Blast Costume Bouncy Party Participants

We had another technology lesson with Mr. Clough. The kids worked on creating a slideshow about the land and water features in continents, inserting pictures and adding transitions. He also reviewed the Henrico Learner Profile with the kids. Click here for more information on the HCPS Learner Profile.  My hope is that they will be pretty savvy with Google applications before receiving the classroom Chromebooks next month. Each child will have her/his own personal computer to use in the classroom. Here are photos from the week.

In math, we are working on patterns, addition and subtraction.  Both are works in progress, but I’m sure we’ll get there soon. In reading, we will be working on character traits. Next week, we will have our math test. As usual, I’ll send a study guide. Our test day is Thursday each week. When we receive the computers, it may change to a different day.

  • Don’t Forget…
    • Please check your child’s folder daily and remove anything that doesn’t need to be returned.
    • Conferences are next Thursday, November 8th.  If you need to make changes to your conference time, please contact me via Remind.
    • Field trip payments for the Science Museum are due soon. You may pay online using this link. The cost is $17.00 for students. If you would like to chaperone, please check the box on the bottom of the permission slip.
    • The Scholastic Book Fair is being held in the library next week! It will be open on our conference night.  The kids’ wish lists were sent in their folders today. Here’s a link to the parent videos in English and Spanish.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Sun., Nov. 4th-Daylight Savings Time ends. Fall Back!
  • Nov. 5-9th-  Book Fair
    • Wed., Nov. 7th 2:45 – 4:00pm
    • Thur., Nov. 8th 4:00 – 7:30pm
  • Mon., Nov. 5th-End of Nine Weeks
  • Tues., Nov. 6th-Election Day-Student Holiday
  • Thur., Nov. 8th-Parent Teacher Conference Night
  • Mon., Nov. 12th-Fri., Nov. 16th-Christmas Mother Canned Food Drive
  • Mon., Nov. 12th-PAW Achievement
  • Tues., Nov. 13th
    • Veteran’s Day Program
    • Jayden and Makayla’s birthday
  • Fri., Nov. 16th-PTO Spirit Night Panera
  • Mon., Nov. 19th-Picture Day
  • Tues., Nov. 20th
    • Report Cards Sent Home
    • Classroom Award Ceremony
  • Wed., Nov. 21st-Fri., Nov. 23rd-Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)
  • Sun., Nov. 25th-Theresa’s birthday
  • Wed., Nov. 28th-Field Trip
  • Fri., Nov. 30th-Scholastic Book Orders Due (online code LLLDT)