Third Grade Cardinal Chronicle

September 4, 2015

Mrs. Johnston's Class

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Field Trip!

Our first field trip form is coming home today. Please check your child's homework folder. Please sign and return the paperwork by Friday, September 11th. We would love to have you along to volunteer!!

Scholastic Book Orders

Our first scholastic book order is coming home today! This is a great inexpensive way to build your home library and keep your child excited about reading! Order online on the website below to easily choose the book you would like without sending in forms or checks. Our class code is GPQ9M.

Happy Shopping & Reading!

Orders due by Sept. 16th.

Volunteer In Our Classroom!!

I'm using VolunteerSpot to organize classroom volunteers this year.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Upcoming Dates to Remeber

  • Monday, Sept. 7th- Labor Day...NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, Sept. 11th- 1/2 day for students- dismissal at 12:00
  • Friday, Sept. 11th- Spirit Day- HSE Royals
  • Thursday, Sept. 24th- Field trip...information sent home on Friday
  • Friday, Sept. 25th- Grandparent's Day

This Week's Special Area Classes

  • Monday- No School
  • Tuesday- Day 1 Art
  • Wednesday- Day 2 PE
  • Thursday- Day 3 Music
  • Friday- Day 0- No specials/half day

What's Happening in Mrs. Johnston's Class


  • This week we will continue introducing our reading workshop and daily 5 activities.
  • Students will continue learn about strategies when reading independently.
  • We will continue talking about small moments in the books that we read and relate that to our own lives and our writing.
  • Students will continue working on daily 5 as I get to know each of them better as readers. :)


  • We will test over place value at the beginning of the week.
  • We will begin reviewing our addition and subtraction strategies and learn about the different properties.
  • We will continue with math workshop where the students practice math alone, with partners, and in groups while I get to know the students better as mathematicians.


  • We will continue writing our small moment stories this week.
  • We will concentrate on adding feelings and emotions to our story.
  • We will work to make sure our stories have a beginning, middle, and end.


Background Checks & Anti-bullying Video

If you want to volunteer, chaperone fieldtrips or eat lunch in the cafeteria, guests must have an approved background check on file and complete the Anti-bullying video. Background checks are good for 3 years. If you have questions about your background check, contact the TCE office.

Visitors Lunches Starts After Labor Day, Tuesday, September 8th

Visitors with approved background checks plus viewed the anti-bullying video may come in to lunch after Labor Day. There is a ten visitor maximum so please call the TCE office at 594-4310 by 9:30am on the day you would like to come in for lunch.

Book Fees Have Been Posted on Skyward

Parents can view book fees on Skyward now. Payments are due September 15th. Make checks payable to TCE and note it is for book fees. Or families can use the eFunds payment option in Skyward. It takes about 10 days to post book fee payments on the Skyward account. Families interested in the Free/Reduced program must apply each year. For more information about Free/Reduce program which covers cafeteria and book fee assistance, please review your child’s 1st Day Folder. If you have questions about the Free/Reduced program, please contact Pat Lines in the TCE office.

Snack Attack Snack Drive starting Monday, Aug 24th

Snack Attack provides TCE students in need with a sack of healthy snacks to take home on Fridays to help them through the weekend until they can return to school on Monday for a hot meal.

Our Dad’s Club is sponsoring our Snack Drive starting Monday, Aug 24th. Please consider donating individually wrapped snack items. Bins will be located outside of the school office. Suggested items include: granola bars, pudding, popcorn, fruit cups, crackers, etc.

If your child is in need and would appreciate receiving these weekly bags of snacks, please contact our school counselor, Mrs. Jackie Fiesbeck, at 594-4310 or The recipients of Snack Attack remain confidential.

It’s a great day to be a Cardinal and support our students! Thank you for considering a donation of a snack item to our Snack Drive!