3rd Grade Newsletter

Monday, September 13 - Friday, September 24, 2021

The Role of the Learning Coach

We appreciate all the support our Learning Coaches provide each day! You play a vital role in helping your student grow academically.


  • Learning Coaches should read and respond to emails daily.
  • If your student is absent, please email all of your student's teachers.
  • Make sure student is attending live Class Connects and completing daily lessons in the OLS.
Role of the Learning Coach

As a learning coach, you play an important role in your student's education. Take some time to read through what your job as a Learning Coach entails.

Student Spotlight

If you would like to be featured in a future newsletter for our Student Spotlight, please complete this form. You will need to be logged into a Google account if you are not already. (Directions to make a Google account can be found here.) Be sure to complete the media release form below if you have not done so already!

Announcements & Upcoming Dates

Reminder: Log in Every Day!

As a reminder, students are expected to be schooling 5 days a week Monday-Friday. Even though we don't have live classes on Fridays, please make sure that your student is still logging in to their OLS account to complete any assignments that are on their daily plan for that day and to check for any emails or announcements from your homeroom teachers.

Quarter 1 TGAs

Each quarter, students will be assigned 3 Teacher Graded Assignments (TGAs)- a

Math TGA, a Writing TGA, and a Writing Work Sample. Teacher Graded Assignments are worth 30% of your grade in Math and ELA. These TGAs are an opportunity for students to apply the skills they are learning in classes and lessons and for teachers to provide individualized feedback. It is vital that students complete these and turn them into Seesaw each quarter. See below for information on the 1st quarter TGAs.

Writing Work Sample-was due in Seesaw September 8th

  • Students will read two stories, "Into the Woods" and "The Dark Woods." Then, compare & contrast how Jack and Annie act throughout both stories, providing text evidence from both stories to support your answer.
  • See attachment below for directions and click here to watch a video explaining the Writing Sample.

Math TGA- due in Seesaw September 17th

  • Big Ideas-Mini Project from Math Unit 1, Lesson 15- Creating Mystery Pictures
  • This lesson is assigned on the daily plan and will be worked on in Math class on Wednesday, September 15th. It will need to be uploaded to Seesaw by Friday, September 17th at 5:00 pm.
  • See attachment below and click here for a video explaining the Math TGA.

Writing TGA- due in Seesaw September 22nd

  • Final draft of your Personal Story from ELA Unit 1, Lesson 14.
  • You will be working on your personal story in ELA Unit 1. The final draft will need to be uploaded to Seesaw by Wednesday, September 22nd at 5:00 pm.
  • See attachment below and click here for a video explaining the Writing TGA.

Join a Club!

Our social clubs are now available for students to sign up! Check back frequently because new clubs are being added.

Happy2Help Desk

Come in and get your questions answered! The link will be listed as optional on your Class Connect schedule on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30-12:30.

Media Release Form

OVCA is focused on providing a safe virtual learning environment. With this in mind, we ask that a legal guardian complete the below survey for each student enrolled with OVCA. The media release form includes two sections: Photograph, Testimonial and Interview Release, and Face to Face Platform (webcam) Usage School-Guardian-Student Compact. You will be given the choice to accept or decline each opportunity.

Together we can help students reach their full potential through personalized learning this year! Thank you for taking the time to complete this form.

NewRow Support for Families

If you need assistance with Class Connect sessions and have already tried the Quick Tech Check, powered by Newrow, you can contact the Newrow Support Line at (877) 847-1169. Representatives are available to answer questions and troubleshoot any issues that students may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

As always, if you are experiencing an issue with the Online School or any K12 application, you can contact K12 Customer Support at (866) 512-2273 or visit Help.K12.com.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • September 17: Quarter 1 Math TGA due in Seesaw
  • September 22: Quarter 1 Writing TGA due in Seesaw
  • September 24: No School

Course Information


As we wrap up Unit 1 of ELA, we will be learning all about narrative writing, and students will write their personal story. We will be working on correct sentence structure, transition words, grammar, and other important writing skills to build students' writing stamina as we work towards writing multiple paragraphs.


In math, we will continue to work on rounding and estimating as we wrap up Unit 1 and move to Unit 2.

Tips & Tricks for Helping Your Student with Rounding

Before bringing out the activities and games, it’s important to build a solid foundation for understanding. Try the following strategies to begin:

Modeling open number lines

An open number line is one that is blank, so that you and your student can add numbers to the line as needed. The best way to start is by modeling rounding using two-digit numbers and showing children how to round to the nearest ten.

Working with your child, ask him or her to think of a number being rounded, and ask what comes before and after that number, and fill in only those two numbers. For example, if a student volunteers the number 74, write in 70 and 80, but do not fill in the numbers in between just yet.

Next, ask kids to write in the selected number—which is in this case 74—in the appropriate spot on the line. Finally, ask the student if the number they wrote down is closer to the 70 or the 80 on the line. In doing this, not only will they have direct practice with place value, it offers them a visual way to understand the concept, rather than by memorizing a simple trick!

Helpful Math Links:

Rounding game

Estimating/Rounding Game

Printable flashcards

Online flashcards

Fact fluency game


Students are expected to work for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week in MindPlay. They should be completing these lessons independently, as it adapts to their level.

In order to complete the lesson, students need to click the "Open MindPlay" link inside the course and actively work for 30 minutes in MindPlay before marking the lesson complete in the OLS.

Foreign Language

If you are enrolled in a foreign language course (Spanish, French, or German), the due dates are incorrect in the OLS. Please reference the calendars below for the lessons to complete each week.

Mr. Thomas & Mrs. Ratzloff's Corner

If your child has a disability, special education can help your child learn, develop social skills, and enjoy school again.

Special Education Information:

  • You will work as part of a team along with others from the school to develop an Individualized Education Program or IEP.
  • The IEP is developed by the IEP team at a meeting. An IEP is good for one year. It can be changed anytime during the year in another IEP team meeting.
  • The IEP team has a very important job. You will want to attend the meetings to be part of all the decisions about your child.
  • You know your child best. The IEP team needs you!

7 Mindsets Corner

The 7 Mindset Monthly Theme for August and September is "We Are Connected!" Check out the 7 Mindsets Parent Newsletter here for ideas and activities for this month's theme.

Tips & Tricks for a Successful School Year

  • Class connect attendance is extremely important in addition to completing online coursework. Please prioritize attending class, including Morning Meeting, every day and email all teachers if you know you are going to be absent. Communicate with your homeroom teacher about any scheduling conflicts.
  • Create a family schedule to stay on track with all students' class connects.
  • Come to class prepared. Be sure to eat, use the restroom, do chores, etc. before or after class connects. Log in to class a few minutes early with your materials and be ready to start on time.
  • All assignments require 80% mastery in order to be marked complete. Click here to watch a video showing how to retake an assessment. If you run out of attempts, contact your homeroom teacher.
  • Watch recordings of any missed class connects. Click here to see how to access recordings.
  • Clear out browser cache, cookies, and history daily to ensure that your computer runs smoothly with Newrow. Click here for instructions. Shut down your computer each night.

Important Websites

OVCA Hub (School Website)

You can find current and past newsletters as well as district information on this site.

IT Support

If you are experiencing technical issues, please use the link above or call 866-512-2273 to submit a ticket.

Teacher Contact Information