Campers' Chronicle

Mrs. Donnay's 3rd Grade Classroom Newsletter 2-1-16

Mark Your Calendar

Feb. 6 - School Carnival

Feb. 11- Valentine's Day Party & 100th Day of School

Feb. 11- Service Day - Look for more information to come soon!

Feb. 12 - No School - Professional Development Day

Feb. 19- Book Club Due

March 12 - Heart of the Arts

Peek at the Week


This week we will be starting a new Imagine It reading unit all about the Universe (which will be our next science unit after we finish learning about Rome). We will be reading both fiction and non-fiction.

This past week each child was placed in their new guided reading group. Our class is doing an amazing job in guided reading! Each group of students is working on specific skills they need to pass each level. If your child has not passed a STEP 12, please look for the STEP level parent guide to come home this week. Please continue to help your child at home when they are reading. Ask them questions and encourage them to write their answers with full complete answers that explains their thinking. Writing the answers to comprehension questions is the area where most students still need to grow in order to pass their next level.

Students who have passed a STEP 12 are working on reading non-fiction books. Specifically, students are learning more about the parts of a non-fiction book: the table of contents, headings, the glossary, the index, and how to use these tools to find information. We are also focusing on how to make inferences using the facts they are reading. Students are also reading fiction books in mini book club groups.


Students are loving learning about Rome! This coming week we will focus on The Punic Wars against Carthage, the rise and fall of Julius Caesar, and The Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra. We will also be discussing the interesting painting showing Caesar at the Rubicon River before he invades Rome.

We are also in the process of learning about the Roman Twelve Tables of Law though a seminar. Last week we learned about the differences between Roman patricians (wealthy government and army leaders) and plebeians (poor citizens). Through our seminar we will discover who created the Twelve Tables of Law, who these laws benefited, and if and how these Laws are similar to the United States Constitution.


Each month students should bring in examples of the monthly character trait to hang on our class bulletin board. February's trait is Perseverance. Ask your child how they can show perseverance at school and at home.


What were the Punic Wars? Who did Roman battle against? Why?

Who is Julius Caesar? How did he change Rome?

How is perseverance related to having a growth mindset?

Give examples of times you have shown perseverance. What are some things coming up that having perseverance will help you?

Are you checking your math homework before you turn it in?

Did your planner get signed?

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

What's going on in MATH?

Ganz: Division Answers with Zero, Finding Information to Solve Problems, Geometric Transformations, Fraction of a Set

Yannarelly: Adding numbers with more than three digits, checking one-digit division, subtracting numbers with more than three digits, word problems about equal groups, one digit division with a remainder.

Donnay: creating and using a numberline with mixed numbers, measuring with a ruler to the nearest quarter inch, fractions.

Candy Grams

SCPA Lower School Families: There’s no better way to express your love for your little one than a special note for Valentine’s Day along with a little treat. That’s right, Candy Grams are back for Valentine’s Day! Sales start Monday, January 25th at school or online on FeePay for $2.50. Proceeds go to support the Upper School Prom.


Drop Everything and Read Day was a really fun filled day! Students enjoyed listening to parents read, built forts to read in, made bookmarks, and enjoyed lunch and recess in the classroom in their pajamas.

Thank you to the parents who read to the class!

Ms. Schollmeier, Ms. Ledbetter, Ms. Smith, Ms. Stella, Ms. Karetov

Valentine’s Day & Service Day

Valentine’s Day & Service Day

Thursday, February 11th

Your child may bring in a decorated bag or box on February 11th. If your child is bringing Valentine’s cards, please make one for every student in the class. A class list will be sent home when the day gets closer. At our party we will pass out and open Valentine’s cards and make a craft.

Service Day

National Honor Society is proud to sponsor the All-School Service Day on Thursday, February 11. Service Day allows students in Lower and Middle School the chance to work with Upper School students on a variety of service projects that help the community and various global organizations. The third grade is being asked to donate PAPER TOWEL ROLLS. Thank you for the rolls that have already been coming in. They are going to a great cause!

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SCPA Service Day Video
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.