Mrs. McDaniel's Memo

Friday, September 25th

Student Behavior

This class has become beyond chatty over the past week. I will begin to change my behavior system in class. I will send an email next week with details about the new procedures. Please talk with your child again about talking to other and following directions quickly.


Third grade students across Zionsville have access to a web based program called Scoot Pad. This is a great place for students to practice spelling, reading, math, and writing. They can earn "coins" to improve the look of their page and put toward other perks or games. There are eBooks that they can read too. I am asking that student spend a little time each week on Scoot Pad. There is an app that you can upload so it works on smart devices too. Below is the link. Starting in October I will send home a Scoot Pad calendar. Students will earn a surprise if they complete a given set of minutes. Look for this in your child's folder.



We continue to work on our Daily 5 stations. Please know that students have 3 stations that they visit each Monday- Thursday. The stations that your child might need to finish at home for homework would be: writing, grammar, and poetry. Students need to stay on track and work independently while I read with a small groups.

It is important to stress with your child about staying focuses and on task. All station work is due on Fridays. If you find on Thursdays they are bringing homework home in terms of literacy that is a clue that they are socializing instead of working during this time. I had a handful of students working at recess today due to their incomplete station work. Students have more than enough time to complete these activities in class.


This week we took time to write a fall narrative about what they like to do when it gets cold. These will be hanging in the hallway very soon.

Home Writing Journals-

Don't forget that September's Home Writing Journals are due next Thursday.


We have had a detailed focus on nouns over the past two weeks. We will wrap it up next week with collective and abstract nouns and then move on to the 4 types of sentences.

Dates to Remember


28th- Parent conferences begin

30th- Jog-a-Thon


1st- Home Writing Journals are due

2nd- Jog-a-Thon rain date (if needed)

7th- Walk to school day

8th- Dad's Donuts

15th- Picture retakes

16th- Fall parties at 2:00

17th- 24th- Fall Break

26th- Red Ribbon Week

30th- Hat day

Parent / Teacher Conferences

I look forward to seeing everyone at conferences over the next few weeks.

Monday, September 28th

8:00- Natalie

8:15- Juliana

3:30- Stephanie

3:45- Danielle

4:00- Caroline

4:15- Ely

4:30- Alex

Tuesday, September 29th

8:00- Kaitlyn

8:15- Samia

3:30- Morgan

4:00- Maggie

4:15- Rebecca

Monday, October 5th

8:00- Nick

8:15- Elyse

3:30- Sam

3:45- Mattheo

4:00- Amy

4:15- Kira

Thursday, October 8th

3:45- Audrey

Tuesday, October 13th

3:30- Helena

5:15- Cooper

Thursday, October 15th

8:15- Tyler

4:30- Carley

5:00- Joey

5:15- Max

5:30- Jonathon

Empy Slots

I still have a few empty slots for both gym and classroom volunteers. Please sign up to help. Your children love having parents come in to teach gym.


Wednesday is our annual Jog-a-Thon. Students will get their shirts early next week to wear the day of the event. Make sure that students wear comfortable running shoes. We will participate in the afternoon starting at 1:20. Water will be provided. It might be a good idea to apply sunscreen that morning or have your child wear a hat.

Don't forget to send in your donations for this fundraiser.