3rd Grade Newsletter

Monday, August 2- Friday, August 13, 2021

Welcome Back 3rd Graders!

We hope you had a great summer break! Your 3rd grade teachers are so excited to start a brand new school year. We are going to have a GREAT year! Learning coaches, please be sure to take a few minutes to read through the newsletter so that you and your student are set up for success to start the school year. We look forward to seeing you all in classes and in Meet the Teacher Sessions before school starts!
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.

Teacher 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

Meet the Teacher-August 4th & 5th

Come and meet your teacher and some of your classmates! This will start at your ELA class time (either 9 or 12:30). Your class schedule and meet the teacher class connect sessions will be viewable in your OLS soon.

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, 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

  • August 4-5: Meet the Teacher
  • August 10: First Day of School! Please remember to attend the morning meeting at 8:45!
  • August 23: NWEA Begins in Live Classes

What We're Doing


This year in ELA, we will be working on:

  • Main Idea
  • Summarization
  • Inferencing
  • Writing
  • & so much more!

We will be reading so many great stories and books in your classes and OLS lessons. Be sure to keep your curriculum materials in a safe and accessible place so you are ready to use them in class.

It is so important to get into the habit of reading for at least 30 minutes every single day! If you don't already do this, start today! Find books on Big Universe through the OLS or at your local library. Learning coaches, click here for some tips to help your 3rd grader with reading.


Some of the things we will focus on in math this year are:

  • Multiplication
  • Reading and writing numbers in different forms (standard, word, expanded, etc.)
  • Solving real-world problems
  • Fractions
  • and so much more!

It will be essential to have a good foundation of fact fluency, so be sure to practice your addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts every day!

Dollar Tree stores are an economical place to find math flash cards. A great math activity is to make your own flash cards.

Practice spelling number words, like zero through nineteen, twenty through ninety, hundred, thousand and million.

3rd grade math tips: Here's how to help your student

  • Discuss math class at home. Encourage your third-grader to talk about the math concepts that they are learning at school. Don’t just ask, “How was math today?”
  • Model good math behavior. Speak positively about math and reward effort, rather than grades or ability.
  • Talk through math problems. If your child is struggling with math problems, have them read each problem out loud slowly and carefully so your child can hear the problem.
  • Highlight real-life math problems. Continue to find as many opportunities as possible to highlight math problems in real life.

Helpful Math Links:

Printable flashcards

Online flashcards

Fact fluency game

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 to 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

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  • Angie Foust, Title IX Coordinator, afoust@okvirtual.org, (405) 259-9478 ext 2069, 1160 S Douglas, Midwest City, OK 73130
  • Additionally, you may contact the Office of Civil Rights by calling 1-800-421-3481.