3L Weekly News

Week Ending April 24, 2015

This week in...

Reading: we read an information text titled The Albertosaurus Mystery by T.V. Padma. The story is about how difficult it is to find clues that assist in the understanding of how meat-eating dinosaurs, like the Albertosaurus once lived. During this story, we reviewed vocabulary terms and worked on the target skill: drawing conclusions and the strategy: visualize. Students quickly realized that drawing conclusions is just like inferring!

Math: this week practiced identifying factors of specific numbers. We learned that understanding the factors is important because it will help us determine if a number will divide evenly. We extended this learning and applied it to money by dividing certain amounts between a given number of people. Additionally, we began multiplying double digit numbers using two methods: the partial-products and lattice. During this time, we began with 2 digit multiples of 10. I have been encouraging all students to use their favorite method to solve and check with the other method they know.

Writing: this week we spent time reviewing the components of good narrative writing. After we wrote our own pieces. We also worked on our biography projects. During this week, we discussed the difference between a thin, boring fact, and a thick, exciting fact. We used this discussion to help us identify “beefy” facts. Our goal was to give the reader a better understanding of the person each child studied. We will continue working on these over the next few weeks.

Check This Out!

1. Twitter:

  • I have recently started tweeting on Twitter! You can find our pictures via #centralschoolpride, @mlipski1, or @CentralES1 (Mrs. Simkus' Central page)
  • https://twitter.com

2. Moby Max: This is a great enrichment tool for Math and Language Arts.

3. Typing Agent: **This is a GREAT tool to help your child with his/her typing skills!

4. Multiplication



  • We did not begin spelling last week because PARCC testing falls on a Day 6. We will pick up with spelling on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. We will have our assessment on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.


  • It is important that students are studying their multiplication facts each night. It not only helps build good study habits, but also builds stamina and quick recall! While it is great students are using strategies such as repeated addition and drawing pictures, these facts must be known by heart. Students can check out my eBoard for additional practice with this skill.


  • Please continue to assist your child in packing up all homework in order to ensure it comes back to school. A great strategy is to have your child check off each assignment after it is completed and placed back in his/her Take Home Folder.

Important Dates for 3L

Happy Birthday to:

  • Eva
  • Please check our eBoard and contact me if your child would like to celebrate his/her birthday in school.

Poet of the Week:
  • Owen: Friday, May 1
  • Will: Friday, May 8
  • Poems must be submitted for teacher approval before a student presents!!

Star of the Week:

  • Brooke: April 27-May 1
  • *Posters will come home one week before your child's scheduled date.

Guest Reader:

  • Megan Griffault Monday, May 4 @ 8:40 am
  • Schedule is attached to my eBoard under Guest Read Aloud

*Click the link below to my eBoard for additional details!


Central Events

April 2015

April 27, 28, 29 PARCC

May 2015

May 6 PAC Meeting 3:10 pm Art Room 191

May 4-8 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8 CS SPIRIT DAY Wear your gear!

May 20 Scholastic BOGO Sale APR

May 20 PTA Meeting 7:30 pm Library

May 26 Spring Concert 7:30 MS Aud

June 2015

June 4PTA Information Night

June 5 K End of Year Program

June 5 CS SPIRIT DAY Wear your gear!

June 8-12 Spirit Week

June 11 5th Grade Remembrance 6:00 pm APR

June 12 Awards Assembly

June 12 Spring Social

June 17 Field Day

June 17 5th Grade Swim Party (Rain Day June 18)

June 17-19 Half Days for Students 12:30 Dismissal

June 19 Last Day of the 14-15 School Year

Important Documents

None at this time.

Specials This Week:

Monday is a Day 5:

  • Health

Tuesday is a Day 6:

  • Gym

Wednesday is a Day 1:

  • Spanish and Music

Thursday is a Day 2:

  • Gym and Library

Friday is a Day 3:

  • Art

A Word from Third

None at this time.