Mrs. G's Classroom News

September 9, 2016

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Classroom Management

Wow! We had a fantastic first week. I am exhausted, but so happy to have such a great group of kids to work with this year. Thank you all who came to Curriculum Night/Open House on Thursday evening. It was great to meet everyone. If you weren't able to make it, or you would like a copy of my presentation please see below:
Here is our tentative daily schedule:

8:55 - Check in and agendas

9:10 - Writing Workshop

10:00 - Math

10:50 - Recess/Snack

11:10 - Reading Workshop

12:20 - Lunch

1:05 - Word Work

1:15 - RTI

1:40 - Word Work continued

2:00 - Science/Social Studies

3:00 - Special

3:45 - Ready for home

3:55 - Dismissal

We will have media center on Tuesdays around 11:20 am and computer lab on Fridays at 10-11am. Please keep checking my home page on my website found at and notice the color-coded calendar that is frequently updated with events, homework, special, and other happenings!

A LONG note about snacks :) - A student in your child’s class has a severe allergy to milk, egg and peanuts as well as a serious allergy to shellfish and tree nuts (which include almond, Brazil nut, cashew, chestnut, filbert/hazelnut, macadamia nut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, walnut and sometimes coconut). A child with an allergy can suffer a reaction merely by touching a food allergen. Therefore, we are putting the following safety guidelines into effect:

• Please do not send any egg, nut or shellfish products to be eaten as snacks in the classroom. As most children will probably be bringing fruit, vegetables or healthy dairy snacks, you will typically only have to inspect the labels of any healthy/whole grain sides. Obviously, our allergic student will not eat the dairy products and we will take great care in keeping them away from him. Please turn this paper over for some great snack ideas!

• We will not be doing any classroom projects that involve potential allergens. Please do not send any of these projects into the classroom with your child.

• Birthday snacks are a special time for children, but can be a difficult time for the food-allergic child. He/she will always have a separate special snack and we will be extremely careful about keeping food in our own space. Your child may bring whatever treat he/she would like on his/her special day.

• We will try to keep the food at holiday parties to a minimum. We must be extremely careful about the ingredients in all of the food items. If I am unsure about an item, I will not be able to serve it to all the children. Please do not enclose candy or other treats with holiday cards that may contain milk, eggs, nuts or shellfish.

• If your child ate something with milk, eggs, nuts or shellfish for breakfast, I would greatly appreciate your making sure that his/her hands are washed with soap and water before leaving for school.

This is a learning process for all of us, but I trust that you understand how deeply important it is to respect and adhere to these guidelines. If throughout the course of the year you have any questions or concerns about food-allergy-related issues, please do not hesitate to contact me through my email.

Here is a list of snack ideas that are usually safe for all of the children in our class (please check labels to make sure!):

Preferred Daily Snacks:

• Fruit kabobs

• Whole pieces of fruit: bananas, apples, pears, plums, grapes, berries, etc..

• Cut-up vegetables: carrots, celery, sliced peppers, broccoli, snap peas, cucumbers, etc..

• Raisins and other dried fruit, prepared without oils

• Canned fruit in fruit juice

• Unsweetened applesauce

Other ideas for “sides” or “extras”:

• Some fruit leather strips

• Annie’s organic bunny fruit snacks

• Smoothies made from fruit and juice (no yogurt)

• Honeymaid Graham crackers

• Pop chips

• Stacy’s Pita Chips (plain or cinnamon sugar)

• Bagels (Thomas brand – original, cinnamon/brown sugar, blueberry & whole wheat)

• Ritz crackers (no ritz bitz)

• Wheat thins

• Triscuits (original flavor)

• Teddy Grahams (honey, cinnamon, chocolate chip, and chocolate flavor)

• Saltines (plain or multigrain)

• Keebler club crackers (original or multigrain)

• Keebler Scooby Doo Graham Cracker Sticks (cinnamon or honey flavor)

• Barnum’s Animal Crackers

• Quaker Rice cakes (apple cinnamon)

• Cheerios (plain or multigrain)

• Rold Gold pretzels (thins, sticks, tiny twists- plain flavor only)

• Oreo cookies

• Lunchmeat (check for additional ingredients), chicken/turkey breast strips…

Common UNSAFE snacks (please avoid):

• All granola bars

• All goldfish crackers, Cheez-its

• Hostess snacks

• Doritos

Class Dojo was a big hit with the kids this week! We love this behavior management program. They loved earning those positive points! Please compliment your child this weekend on a their Class Dojo report that is going home in their Friday folders today. Next week all points will be cleared and we will start over again!

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Writing Workshop

We experienced a pre-write this week so I can get an idea where students are with their skill level in writing. They wrote for more than 10 minutes and Wednesday, and I think their hands and fingers hurt because it had been so long since they have written anything! We also talked about generating ideas for personal narrative stories and came up with lists relating to people, places and events in our lives.


We worked on lessons 1-1 and 1-2 this week. We reviewed how to use a number grid and what a student reference book is used. Many students were excited to learn that the student reference book is always available to them via the internet with their Every Day Math Online log ins. If you get the chance, please check out the link to see the online portion of this awesome curriculum. You can go to: Click on Mrs. Giannandrea and use your child's username and password located in the inside cover of their agenda.

Reading Workshop

We explored Mrs. Giannandrea's library this week. We learned how to get books out and put them back in the right location. We also took the DAZE reading assessment which will help determine what RTI groups all third graders will be placed in this first trimester. Next week we will find out who our reading workshop partners are, go to the media center for the first time and start our reading workshop lessons.
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Word Work

We did not start our word work program yet. On Monday next week look for a list of words and letter coming home to you explaining the concept of the week. I'm excited and a little nervous to use this new curriculum. I will make sure it turns out beneficial to your student!

Science / Social Studies

Mrs. Allen and I are team teaching with these two subjects. Every other day your child will have a social studies and science lesson. I am starting with science and Mrs. Allen will be teaching social studies. It will be fun to shake it up a bit and I know my students will love learning from Mrs. Allen. She is wonderful!