Third Grade Cardinal Chronicle

September 16, 2016

Room 23 with Ms. Grubbs

We have had a great week in 3rd grade!

We have watched caterpillars go into their J and form their chrysalis, watched the chrysalis transform from green to brown to transparent, and watch the butterfly hatch out of its chrysalis, dry its wings and begin to fly!! We then released several butterflies out into nature! It was truly amazing!!

RED FOLDERS: The first two pockets of the red folder are yours to clean out!! Most kids have chose to label these 2 pockets--Keep at Home and Return to School. PLEASE do not clean out the other pockets in their folders!!! Most papers in the back of the folder are resources we need for learning or things we are continuing to use in class. Thank you!

As many of you have noticed, we began exploring Seesaw Friday. :) This is going to be your child's portfolio of what they are doing in class. I apologize that videos or pictures might not have seemed educational, but per our learning of technology, we are suppose to give kids a chance to explore, as I do not know all their is to know about this app!

I did ask them to record or take a picture and provide a caption or recording of what they were doing in Math Workshop that day. Some kids did this, others did not. :) There is a blocker for me to approve what is posted, I will just have to see how this goes.... live and learn!

Your child might have come home and told you I was out Friday afternoon. Well, I had been nursing a tooth ache since Tuesday. Needless to say, it wasn't getting better. By lunch Friday, I couldn't take the pain and went to my dentist. I then ended up at the endocrinologist office having a root canal! UGH--- It was horrible. So I apologize you are just now receiving the newsletter... that is my excuse. :) I hope you had a better weekend than me!

Flyers for the DQ Fund Raiser Night went home this week. You do not have to have the flyer to participate on Monday from 4-9. Hope to see you there!

This Week's Related Arts

Monday- Day 4-Music

Tuesday- Day 5-Art

Wednesday- Day 6- PE

Thursday- Day 1-Music

Friday- Day 2-Art

Fall Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences this year at TCE will continue to be Student Led Conferences! Student Led Conferences are taking place in places like Noblesville, Nebraska, and even New Zealand! This is a movement that is taking place in the world – not just at TCE! These conferences allow your child to be an important part by having them share their accomplishments and help create goals for the year. Of course, if time is needed to speak just as adults, this time can be set.

Teachers will be sending out directions on Friday, September 23rd for parents to sign up electronically for a conference date between Monday, October 3rd and Wednesday, October 19th. We can’t wait to celebrate your child’s learning with you!

House Keeping

If something pressing, like a last minute dismissal change, comes up during the day, please be sure to contact the office. The third grade team has prep in the morning. Since we are busy with the students during the day, we often wont have another chance to look at email until after dismissing students.

As part of our commitment to professionalism, we strive to respond to weekday emails within 24 hours and weekend emails before the end of the day on Monday. If this time period has passed and you feel your email may have been overlooked by mistake, please feel free to follow up.


Students in grades K-6 just completed taking the beginning of the year Northwest Evaluation Association’s (NWEA) assessment. These tests determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of math and reading. Your child’s individual student report, reflecting this year’s beginning scores will go home next Friday.


We will be reviewing the properties of addition and practicing fact families. We will be doing subtraction with regrouping up to 1,000. This sometimes can be more difficult because there are lots of steps involved. We encourage practicing a few problems each night at home.

We will be learning new fact fluency games and using our new math vocabulary in our discussions.


We have completed two novels already- Because of Winn Dixie and Frindle - both authors Andrew Clements and Kate DiCamillo are ones to keep at the top of your lists!!

We began reading Matilda by Ronald Dahl.

Miss Lukas will begin teaching our reading lesson Monday! She will be discussing the genre of Non fiction with Biographies. Kids will be researching, creating a timeline, discussing non fiction features, and sharing information they learned.

We will begin our reading groups as well.

Writing/Word Work/Spelling

We will continue to go from a big moment to a first small moment. We will discuss strong beginnings, word choice, and sequence of events.

Vocabulary- Test on Thursday Sept. 22nd

Spelling- A new word list will be coming home Monday--- Next test Thurs. Oct. 29th

From Mr. Cushman

The 2015 Liger XC Mile will take place on Thursday, October 13th at Hamilton Southeastern HS!! This race/run/walk is for ALL K- 6th grade students in the Hamilton Southeastern School District. School team scores will be kept for intermediate and elementary competition.

$16 Entry includes t-shirt with all competitors’ names on the back, listed by school! And the always awesome LIGER Logo! Medals for top 5 finishers in each grade- both male and female. Ribbons for all Finishers.

· Online with shirt by Monday Oct 10th, 11:59PM.

· Same day registration available at race site: $20 –limited number of shirts on race day.

Why: To promote health & fitness throughout the district, and introduce the lifelong sport of running.

Where: Hamilton SE High School Cross Country Course---South side of the school property adjacent to the tennis courts and soccer fields. Registration/packet pick-up on soccer fields, or inside closest school entrance if extremely poor weather.

What: 1 mile Cross Country run for ALL Hamilton Southeastern Schools. K-6th graders. Races will run in succession.

Predicted schedule:

Packet Pick up and same day registration 4:00-5:00PM (Arrive Early!)

5:00 K, 1, 2 Female

5:15 k,1,2 Male

5:30 3,4 Female

5:45 3,4 Male

6:00 5,6 Female

6:15 5,6 Male

The Course: The 1 mile grass course will run the perimeter of the elevated practice fields between the H.S. and Fall Creek Intermediate, including the grassland area. NEW WIDER start this year!!

Results will be posted at

Awards Medals for top 5 finishers in each grade, for each male and female. Ribbons for all Finishers.

Send in Pictures!

We would love for each student to bring in pictures to help personalize our classroom. Pictures can be of family, pets, friends, vacations, hobbies... anything that brings a smile to your child's face. Please do not send in more than five pictures. I will return the pictures at the end of the year but please know that classrooms are unpredictable places. Please do not send a family heirloom photograph. I will be stapling these photos. Thank you!

Mark Your Calendar...

September 23: PTO Movie Night from 6:30-8:30pm - Information will come home in September.

September 30th: Grandparents' Day at TCE!

As you may already know, Grandparent’s Day is celebrated around the United States in the month of September. We would like to honor grandparents on Friday, September 30th by inviting them to TCE for a special Grandparent’s Day! The event will take place from 9:10-11:35, with each grade level hosting a specific time slot. During this special visit, the grandparents will get a chance to see your child’s classroom and do some memorable activities with your child. Below is the timeline for the days’ activities.

9:10-9:50 Kindergarten

9:35-10:15 3rd Grade

10:00-10:40 1st Grade

10:30-11:10 2nd Grade

10:55-11:35 4th Grade

As you can see there might be an open slot as you wait for another grade level. The PTO will be hosting a waiting room at TCE for that open time period. Refreshments will be served and student work will be on display. Due to the wonderful turn out, and the high number of students we have this year, we are requesting no visitors for lunch that day. Thank you for your understanding! We look forward to this special event!


Thank you for responding to the Third Grade Snack Permission Slip. Please remember to send only




Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish (any variety)

We must stick to this list to keep our students safe from severe food allergens.

Students may also bring water bottles with lids.

Class donations of individually packaged, approved snack items for students who occasionally forget snack are always appreciated.

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Textbook Fee and iPad Rental Fee Information

  • By Friday, September 2nd the textbook and ipad rental fees will be visible on Skyward and you will receive a Skylert message. The payment deadline is September 16, 2016.

  • You may pay now via efund option through the Skyward Family Access or make checks payable to TCE. Please allow 10 working days to see the payment posted to your account.

  • Please contact Pat Lines, TCE Treasurer, at 594-4310 if you are interested in a payment plan or want information about our Free and Reduced Cafeteria/Book Fee Assistance Program.

Third Grade Book fee $69.83, iPad Rental Fee (if applicable) $90

Safe Visitor Background Checks for our Volunteers, Lunch Guests, and Study Trip Guests

ANY PERSON visiting or volunteering at any of our HSE schools must complete a criminal history check and an anti-bullying webinar EVERY 3 YEARS.

If you already have a child attending HSE schools, and have completed a background check within the last 3 years, you should have received an email notification from “Safe Visitor Solutions” including your ID card with a special bar code that can be printed or scanned directly from your SMART device. You will need to present your I.D. badge at each visit to our school.

For FIRST-TIME or RENEWING applicants, please use the following link to begin the new process:

~The cost is $13 to be paid by credit card at the time of application.

~You will receive an e-mail notification and your Safe Visitor I.D. card when clearance is received. Most are processed within 5 business days.

~If you have questions about your status, you may contact HSE Schools Receptionist Vicki Foutty by e- mail at:

TCE will begin welcoming visitors and volunteers after Labor Day!