3rd Grade Newsletter

September & October

Mark Your Calendar


  • Topic 2 Math Test: September 26th
  • COGAT Testing: October 4th-6th
  • National Walk to School Day: October 5th
  • PTA Picnic: October 6th from 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Parent Conferences: October 10th (this is a holiday for students)
  • Topic 3 Math Test: October 11th
  • Fire Prevention Posters: Due Wednesday October 12th

  • Barksdale PTA Color Run: October 25th

  • Field Trip to Perot Museum: October 31st (more information to come)

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Think Through Math

We are so excited to introduce this resource to our third graders. They are loving it so far!


What is TTM?


Think Through Math personalizes student learning with unprecedented levels of differentiation, explicit instruction, meaningful practice, unparalleled motivational tools, and unlimited access to LIVE, state-credentialed teachers.


Because Think Through Math is web-based, your child can access the program from any computer that is connected to the Internet, whether at school, home, or the library. The program is proven to increase math proficiency when implemented 2 to 3 times each week or about 90 minutes each week.


A few recommendations: (you must follow these steps exactly in order to access TTM from home!)


Logging in At Home:

  1. From your browser, go to https://clever.com/in/pisd
  2. Think Through Math works best in Chrome, Firefox or Safari.
  3. Click Log In With Active Directory.
  4. Login to the program using your student's network username and password.
  5. Click the TTM Button to start the program.
  6. The Think Through Math program opens to the student dashboard.
  7. EXPLORE and LEARN!


Optional TTM Rewards:


Think 30 Club:

Students who complete 30 lessons on TTM and turn in their certificate to their teacher will get their name on a star that is located in their math teachers room.

Think 60 Club:

Students who complete 60 Lessons on TTM and turn in their certificate to their teacher will get a free "eat with your math teacher" lunch pass and 100 tickets.

Think 90 Club:

Students who complete 90 lessons on TTM and and turn in their certificate to their teacher will get to use art materials at school to decorate a ceiling tile in their teacher's math classroom. (see pictures below)

Think 120 Club:

Students who complete 120 lessons on TTM and turn in their certificate to their teacher will get their name announced at the end of year assembly and an additional 100 tickets!

Barksdale Color Run

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Fun Run Incentives!

· Top Class for donations – Free Dillas catering for their class

· Top Grade for participation – Extra Recess

· Top Grade for donations – Extra Recess

Fall Family Picnic

We hope to see everyone there!
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BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

Your child brought home a Barksdale Elementary BYOD Agreement. Please review the document and decide whether or not you want your child to participate. Please check yes or no, sign it, and return the form ASAP. Participating is completely optional. We will let you know when we officially begin and students may begin bringing their devices.


Helpful Hints:

-Please send labeled headphones with your child.

-Restrict Youtube.


**Here are some APPS we would like you to download on your child's devices before they begin to bring them in:


APPS to Download:

  • QR Code Scanners (there are some free ones out there that work really well)
  • Bedtimemath.org
  • Brainpop
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Form
  • Google Doc
  • Google Sheets


  • APPS to help your child study math facts.
  • Some examples of APPS we have used in the past to practice math fact fluency:
  1. Quick Math
  2. Sushi Monster
  3. Math Flash Cards
  4. Math Monsters-Bingo

Barksdale Triathlon

Is your child interested in participating in the Barksdale Triathlon?


Each year the students at Barksdale are given the opportunity to participate in three optional projects sponsored by the PTA. Any student that participates in all three projects will earn a triathlon trophy. Please look for more information from PTA regarding the three projects. Here are the dates so you can be on the look out.



  1. PTA Reflections due October 27th
  2. Science Fair Projects due Jan 11th
  3. Bronco Press Books due April 26th
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Bus Riders:

Please remember that students may only ride home on the bus they are assigned to ride by the school district. Students may not go home with a friend or another student on another bus. Thank you for helping us make sure students arrive home safely each day.

Math Tests:

When a math test has been graded by your child's math teacher, we will send it home. Please sign your child's math test in the "parent signature box" and have your child bring it back the following day.


Thanks so much!

Field Trip to the Dallas Perot Museum:

If you are interested in volunteering or going on field trips, you MUST fill out a NEW security clearance form for the 2016-2017 school year. They are available online through the PISD website. Please make sure you complete that now so that you can go with us!


We have scheduled our field trip to the Dallas Perot Museum! It will be Tuesday, October 31st. More information about parent chaperoning is to come! Stay tuned! :)


Address: 2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201

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Lunch Visitors:

Due to our large enrollment and crowded cafeteria, the school will be able to accommodate one adult per family once a semester for lunch. Please plan accordingly. Thank you for your cooperation. Our lunchtime is from 11:45-12:15.

CogAT Testing

Please read the following letter from Mrs. Rodriguez regarding cogAT testing,


This testing will take place in class on October 4th-6th in your child's homeroom class.

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what parents should know about cogat

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FC Dallas Spirit Night

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Box tops!

Help raise funds for Barksdale by collecting and turning in Box Tops. The Box Tops Fall collection deadline is Friday, October 21!
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Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Barksdale PTA every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/75-2642260, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to support Barksdale!

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Kroger Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards® makes fund-raising easy..all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Click here for information on how to link your Kroger Rewards Card to the Barksdale PTA!

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