3S Sensations

Week of 12.7.15

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A Note from Ms. Salazar

Thanks to everyone who came out last Sunday to support EH at Barnes & Noble. (Special thanks to Mrs. T for snapping some pictures & sending them!) 3S won third place with our Barnes & Noble drink poster! Check out the Pink and Blue Cloudaroo poster below!

Student Led Conferences

Conferences will begin each week. Just a reminder that your child should come with you to conferences this year. They will be telling you about their progress and sharing work samples!


Your child participated in the Hour Of Code this week. Celebrated all across the world, students learned about Computer Science and were able to solve coding puzzles involving some of their favorite characters. We even helped our Buddies do some of their own coding! The link to the activities is on my Eboard & students should have their log in information taped to the inside of their HW books. To learn more click here. Enjoy!

Colder Weather& Indoor Line Up

With the approach of colder weather, it is always very important that children are dressed properly, including winter coats, hats, and gloves. If the wind chill factor is 15 degrees or lower, students will enter the school for morning line up (8:20 a.m.) If there are no staff members outside, students should enter the building to line up. Just a reminder, no students are to report to school before 8:20 a.m. CHANGE: Third Graders will now line up in the Library instead of the APR.

Appreciating Differences Day: December 14

As we continue our theme of Respect (yourself, each other, our school) your child is invited to wear his/her favorite outfit on Monday, December 14 in celebration of our Appreciating Differences Day.

Classroom activities and discussions will help students understand that differences are something to admire, respect, and enrich our lives making us a community of learners.

Important Upcoming Dates

12/14 Appreciating Differences Day**

12/15: Report Cards Available in Genesis 330 PM. Grades 1-5

12/16: Afternoon Conferences, 1230 PM Dismissal For Students**

12/17: Evening Conferences, Regular School Day for Students

12/17: School Store, 1150 AM-1240 PM

12/18: Morning Conferences, No School For Students

12/21: Evening Conferences, 1230 PM Dismissal For Students

12/22: Blue Ribbon Pep Rally, 1030 AM, APR

12/23: Half Day For Students, 1230 PM Dismissal

12/23 1230 PM-1/3: Winter Break

**For more information please see Mr. Bissinger's ENews

Spotlight Student!

Student Led Conferences

By Izzy & Lila

You know how teachers give you information about how we'redoing in school? Well now we are! That is what Student Led Conferences are. We are seeing how we are doing and then we'll tell you. We have checklists on certain important subjects. The checklists we completed are Math, Reading, Writing, Science, and Work Habits. We also did reflections. Reflections are where we write what we need to work on and what we are really proud of. Then we think of a plan to work on something we need to work on. We will also show evidence of the things we are proud of. We hope you enjoyed our article!

Students working together to come up with an improvement plan!

The Magic In Reading

By Sammy & Luke

Are you ready to read about reading? Well that's what you're going to do!

A ‘’RACE’’ is a way of answering a question about a book. The ‘’R’’ stands for ‘’Restate The Question.’’The “A’’stands for “Answer The Question.” The ‘’C’’ stands for ‘’Cite The Source.’’ The “E” stands for “Explain.” And that's a ‘’RACE!!!’’ Also there is a conclusion. A conclusion is an idea that the reader has to come up with based on what happens in the story. you can use the text and pictures to help you make a conclusion. For a graphic organizer, you need 3 details to help you make a conclusion. Last, there is comparing & contrasting. Comparing is looking at something and telling the things that are the same and different. It is kind of like pros and cons. Hope you liked reading about reading!

Writing Workshop

By Maria & Ryan

Writing writing is so fun

Writing writing you're number one!

This week we worked more on our nonfiction books. We brainstormed more details and examples about our topic by thinking about our topic in different ways. For example, if you are writing you can organize your info into pros and cons. Pros is what is good about your subtopic. And cons is the not so good parts of your subtopic. We also used boxes and bullets, cause-effect, and problem-solution.


By Steven, Robert, and Liam

This week we did some estimating with money and multiplying. The first thing we did was estimate to the nearest 10 cents. For example, $3.66 rounds to $3.70. The next thing we did was the Distributive Property. For example, 5x1.30 would be 5x100 and 5x30. Then we had to add to find the total. We used it to help us figure out problems. It was awesome. Another awesome thing we did was number stories. It was amazing. We also did parenthesis. One thing we learned was where to put parenthesis in number models. The parenthesis mean you need to do that part first. Then we multiplied with them. Last but not least we played multiplication basketball and had to find dfiferent ways to score 10. For example:

If I scored one 3-point basket, three 2-point baskets, and one 1-point basket that would equal 10 points:

(1x3) + (3x2) + (1x1) = 10

We hope you liked our math journey!

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Gramamr - Commas

This week in 3S we have been learning about lots of things such as writing, math, reading, and student led conferences. Do you know the one thing we missed? You guessed it. Grammar!

In grammar we learned all about commas. There are 3 times that you would use commas. The first one is in a series of nouns or verbs. For example, I would write Eleanor , Aviva, Margo, and Anna. I would add 3 commas. Also if I wrote: pencils, paper, markers, and paint. I would write 3 commas. But you cant mix nouns and verbs in one series. If you did that it would look like this: Aviva, runs, Anna, and marker. That would not make sense. You can mix them if it's a phrase: Eleanor washes the dishes, does the laundry, and cleans up her room.

The second way of using a comma is after a transition word. For example:

First, I went to the store.

Then, I bought a pair of shoes.

Finally, I went home.

There are way more transition words than that. Those were just examples.

The third way to use a comma is before or after writing dialogue. For example: "I'm going to her house," I said. Or: My mom said, "Be back by dinner."

Thanks for reading and I hope you learned a lot about commas and our wonderful week!