Campers' Chronicle

Mrs. Donnay's 3rd Grade Classroom Newsletter 9-4-15

Mark Your Calendar

Sept 4 and 7- No School

Sept 11- Root Beer Party

Sept 14- Start Day of Clip & Save Competition

Sept 18- Spirit Wear Day

Oct 5- Picture Day

Oct 9- No School

Oct. 14- Marathon Day

Oct 15-16 No School

An Awesome First Week

We successfully completed the first week of school!! It was a week full of fun games and activities to build community, math placement assessments, reading, writing, map drawing, new textbooks, creating classroom expectations, and more! We are really enjoying our time together! Everyone in our class has such a personality!

This week we started reading Horrible Harry Moves to Third Grade, which the students are really enjoying. We also discussed and read books about our SCPA core character traits. In small groups we created posters for each trait and shared them with the class. Next week, we will have our first Paideia seminar about character traits and friendship using what we reviewed this week and the wonderful story Amos and Boris as our text.

Peek at Next Week

We will begin reviewing mapping symbols and keys, the compass, landforms, world rivers, oceans and continents throughout the next two weeks. Third graders will be making a map of their dream playground using their mapping skills. They will create a key using symbols and draw their map to scale. Students will also review the world's oceans and continents and study some major rivers. (See the songs below to review oceans and continents. There will be a test on Sept. 18.)

We will begin our first reading unit about friendship. The first story we will read is called Rugby and Rosie. We will also learn about nouns, synonyms, antonyms, and cause/effect. The next couple weeks we will continue to review our reading workshop routines and work on building stamina.

Math class will officially begin on Wednesday. Students will be placed into their groups and begin the first lesson. We will focus on how to complete homework assignments using the textbook and paper homework sheets. Please check in on your child's math homework while they are still learning to transfer the problems on to their paper from the book.

STEP Level Information and Reading Log

On Thursday, I sent home each child's STEP level information and parent guide. Please use these ideas at home to help your child pass their next STEP level. If you have any questions please email me.

It is your child's responsibility to read 20 minutes a day for homework. As third graders, students will be graded on this homework. Please sign your child's reading log each night.


What are the world's oceans and continents?

Give examples of cause and effect.

What are some of the world's largest rivers? What do you know about them?

How can you make new friends in your class?

Find examples of respect in the media and bring it to class to hang on the bulletin board.

Root Beer Float Night

Friday, Sep. 11th, 6pm

4260 Stagecoach Trail North

Stillwater, MN

Parent Group would like to welcome back lower school children and their families on Friday September 11 6-8pm on the school playground.

Donation of gift cards to Cub or Walmart are appreciated to help fund the event. If you would like to donate, please drop these off in the lower school office by Wednesday September 9.

Hope to see you then!

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. Type in "Donnay" in the teacher box and find this week's list.

Lower School General Information Website

Please find any forms, calendars, background check forms, spirit wear days, etc on this webpage.

Seven Continents Song
The Five Oceans Song for Kids