Campers' Chronicle

Mrs. Donnay's 3rd Grade Classroom Newsletter 12-6-15

Mark Your Calendar

Jan. 22 - Ugly Holiday Sweater Day OR Non-Uniform Day

Dec. 23 - Jan. 1 No School

Jan. 21 - End of Quarter 2

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What a week!!

Upper School Buddies

Last week was tons of FUN! Recently, we received and wrote letters to our ninth grade buddies. On Wednesday, we finally got to meet our buddies for the first time! It was a lot of fun. We knew them a little bit because we had read about them in their letter. However, during our first meeting, we asked them interview type questions to get to know them even better. We also made some very creative paper snowflakes together! it was an enjoyable experience. Throughout this school year we will be meeting up with our buddies every few weeks to spend some time with them and know them even better.

Marathon Celebration Day!

On Thursday we had our Marathon Celebration Day!! It was a day packed with excitement! We started off the day watching the movie Monsters Inc. and ended the day with two hilarious Minnesotan guys that sing and dance on our favorite GoNoodle brain break website. The kids were so funny, energized, and LOUD! if you haven't done so yet, check out and prepare to watch your children have lots of silly fun singing and dancing!


Thanks for encouraging your child to get their planner signed and fill out their reading log!

Cough Drops

I am more than happy to help your child with cough drops at school. Did you know that cough drops are considered medicine? Medicine must be kept and distributed by our school nurse and parent permission must accompany it. For time’s sake, I am able to keep a student’s cough drops in my desk, but we must have a note from you."


If your child is going to be absent anytime in the next two weeks, please let me know in advance if possible.

Peek at the Week

LANGUAGE ARTS - We will continue our reading unit on money when we read about a some children and a lemonade stand. In small groups, students will be creating their own lemonade stand and try to persuade the second grade students to buy lemonade from their stand. Each second grader will vote on the best lemonade stand pitch! It is sure to be a lot of fun. Please remind your child to study their vocabulary words at home. A few study Ideas are: flashcards, draw pictures, write words in sentences, or come with a definition in their own words. Currently, we are finishing up our writing opinion papers.

HISTORY - Students have been studying about Early Americans. So far, we have learned about the people who lived in Beringia (the frozen land bridge between Asia and Canada during the Ice Age), the Inuits, the Anasazi, and the mound builders. We will be wrapping up the unit this week so please look in your child's planner for the study guide and test date. I want to make sure we are prepared before I set the date.

SPELLING - Unit 3 Lesson 3 - Check out to practice spelling words.

Character Education

Each month students should bring in examples of the monthly character trait to hang on our class bulletin board. December's trait is HONESTY!


Tell me about the Early Americans.

Who were the Anasazi?

Where did the early Inuits live? Does that group of people still live there today? What is their life like?

What are key words that help describe what you mean when you tell or write your opinion?

What does honesty mean? Why is being honest important? Give examples of how you are honest on a daily basis.

***Bring an example of HONESTY in the media and bring it to class to hang on the bulletin board.***

Reflex Math

Click on this link to use Reflex Math and practice math facts! Your child has their own login and password. Please email me if you need this information again.

Spelling City

Click on this link to use to practice spelling words. The week's list unit and lesson name is on the top of the spelling sheet in your child's planner.

Lower School General Information Website

Please find any forms, calendars, background check forms, spirit wear days, etc on this webpage.


Planners MUST be signed every night. Your child should be responsible and showing you their planner and completed homework each day. Please encourage them to read, study their spelling and vocab words, and use Reflex Math even though something isn't "due" the next day. Their tests reflect their effort. Even if your child does well without studying, you are helping your child create good study skills! Please see the document I created as a tool to help your child with time management throughout the week. Thank you!
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