September Newsletter

Ms. Looney

We're Off to a Fantastic Start in Third Grade!

We are having a wonderful time learning in third grade! I can't believe how much we have accomplished in just a few weeks. We have adjusted well to our daily routines and worked together to develop a positive classroom community. Our September newsletter highlights the amazing things happening inside our classroom. Your children are truly wonderful and they bring me many smiles each day we spend together.

Reading Workshop

We began the school year discussing our summer reading and revisited "The Keeping Quilt" by Patricia Polacco. Students shared their special family traditions and designed a quilt square to add to our third grade class keeping quilt. Students are creating presentations in computer class about their favorite Polacco book. We are enjoying our class read aloud, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. An unexpected discovery has taken place too - we are finding a lot of math in this novel! Hmm...there may be a reading fair project on the horizon that involves finding math, science, and/or social studies in a favorite novel! Stay tuned for more details!

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Writing Workshop

We spent the first two weeks of school setting up our writing workshop routine and getting organized. Students enjoyed decorating and personalizing their writer's notebooks. We generated ideas for writing by making a map of our hearts. This week we started writing descriptive color poems. Students are learning to add vivid details and description to their writing. We will learn our new word study activities and undercurve cursive letters.

We collaborated on Our first class poem today!


We are learning about number patterns, how numbers are related, what tools to use in math and how to use them, money, and elapsed time. Our Unit 1 math progress check will be on Friday, September 18th. Students should continue to do 15 minutes of Reflex Math for homework each night. They are welcome to do more if time permits!
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Third Grade Is Going Global

In Social Studies, we have learned about our place in the world and started studying the continents and oceans. Students will have a social studies quiz Wednesday, September 16 on the continents and oceans. They need to demonstrate understanding of location and correct spelling and capitalization! In the next few weeks students will choose one continent to research and present their research at school. This continent project will be a collaborative effort and they will work in partners or small groups of three.

International Dot Day

I love read aloud time and sharing stories with my students. For several years I have started the school year by reading "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds to my students. "The Dot" is a story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to "make her mark". Reading this book creates a platform for my students and I to have valuable discussions about our own unique abilities, what it means to try our best, and that taking risks and making mistakes is a natural part of learning. On September 15 we will focus on creativity, collaboration and inspiration in our classrooms by using the book, "The Dot". Tuesday, September 15 will be a no uniform day where students will wear clothing with dots or that has a dot on it. I look forward to working with my third grade students to "make our mark" on International Dot Day!
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The Global Read Aloud

I am excited to share that my third grade class will participate in The Global Read Aloud project this school year. The Global Read Aloud project kicks off on Monday, October 5th and takes place over a 6-week period. We will read A Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and collaborate with a third grade class at Davis Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. I connected with the classroom teacher, Ms. Michele Shapiro, through twitter #GRA15. She has a class of 18 students, 11 boys and 7 girls - very close to my 10 boys and 7 girls! We are excited to read this book with our classes and make as many global connections as possible. Ms. Shapiro and I have already thought of ways to connect our students and their thinking (Skype, twitter, email, etc.). She suggested using padlet and when I told her I was not familiar with it, she responded: "I love using padlet because it is very easy. It is pretty much a place to ask a question and then have people respond right on the same page. You can add a picture or video too! Here is an example of how I used it with the students’ parents for a discussion question:"

I love this type of collaboration and I am excited for my students to share ideas with Ms. Shapiro's class and hopefully a few more classes across the globe! You can learn more about The Global Read Aloud in the link below.

Lower School Conference Day Sign Up

Lower School Conference Day is Friday, October 2nd. I look forward to meeting with each of you to discuss your child's progress in school. Conference sign up will open on Friday, September 18th in PTC Wizard.

I am also available to meet the week prior to conference day. Please email me if you would like to meet during one of the additional times I have available.

Additional conference times:

Monday September 28 "D"


Tuesday September 29 "E"




Wednesday September 30 "A"



Thursday October 1 "B"




Friday October 2

Sign Up on PTC Wizard

Join Remind

You are invited to join our classroom "Remind" group by following the link below. Remind is a safe and easy way for teachers to connect instantly with parents. You can receive Remind updates by push notification, text message, or email. Please choose the option that you will check most frequently so you do not miss any important reminders about homework/tests, upcoming events, or projects.

Text @esdpa to 81010

If that does not work, try texting @esdpa to (832) 850-2230 instead.

Important Dates

Tuesday September 15 - International Dot Day (dot clothing allowed)

Thursday September 17 - Back to School Night 4:30-6:00

Friday September 18 - Lower School Conference Day Sign Up Open (PTC Wizard)

Wednesday September 21 - International Peace Day

September 22-23 - Lower School Picture Day

Thursday September 24 - Elizabeth Anne Worsham Visiting Author, Grace Lin 12:45-1:30

Wednesday Sept. 30 & Thurs. October 1 - Lower School Pumpkin Patch & Book Fair

Thursday October 1 - Marathon Kids Family Run 7:00

Friday October 2 - Lower School Conference Day

Monday October 5 - Our Class Global Read Aloud Begins (Fish in a Tree)

Wednesday October 7 - Lower School Eucharist

Friday October 9-12 - Fall Break - Enjoy!

Friday October 23 - Spooktacular Carnival

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Happy Birthday Colin! - August 15th

Happy Birthday Lyle! - August 18th

Happy Birthday Betsy! - August 31st

Happy Birthday Sophie! - September 8th

Happy Birthday Hutch! - September 14th