Third Grade Cardinal Chronicle

September 16, 2016

Room 24 with Mrs. Black

Today is the last day to be a part of our September Scholastic Book Order. When you purchase books for your child, Scholastic gives our class points to spend on books and other classroom supplies. If you are interested, you can still make an online purchase tonight at with the code HYCP6. I will place the class order this weekend. I am so excited for our first Book Box Delevery Day Celebration!

We are proud of our participation in the Preamble Challenge 2016. Please scroll through this newsletter for pictures.

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!

Have a great weekend!

This Week's Related Arts

Monday- Day 4 Art

Tuesday- Day 5 P.E.

Wednesday- Day 6 Music

Thursday- Day 1 Art

Friday- Day 2 P.E.

Making the Grade in Third Grade

Students are making a shift from learning how to read to learning from their reading. There is an important transition in third grade to letter grades. In order for students to keep up with the rigor of third grade, they will need to take responsibility for good study habits.

Students should read for pleasure every night. We ask that they also regularly practice spelling and vocabulary words, and review math concepts.

Learning is fun! We encourage students to explore, experiment, wonder, create, and learn from mistakes. Thank you for supporting their curious natures and academic progresses from home.

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.


We are now using Seesaw and Socrative on a daily basis. Students document and share their learning on Seesaw and are able to take quizzes and polls on Socrative.

We ask that you please download the free apps, Seesaw and Socrative onto your child's iPad if you have not already done so.

Please feel free to contact me if you need any help.

This Week at a Glance

Math: Students will practice adding and subtracting with and without regrouping through 1,000. We will continue to review rounding.

Daily 5: List 2 of our first round of vocabulary words will go home on Monday. Our first vocabulary test will be on Thursday.

Writing: We are going to use mentor texts to inspire our writer's craft this week. Students will continue drafting personal narratives and collaborating with a writing partner.

Class Read Aloud: Ida B


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.


Special requests: We would love to have a few more exercise balls please. Many of the students LOVE sitting on the medium sized exercise ball (approx. 55 cm). Turns out, they are only $7.97 on

Room 24-Maker Space Items (gently used or recycled items are fine!)

Cardboard tubes, cereal and other small card-stock boxes, pipe cleaners, beads, straws, Popsicle sticks, yarn, cups, disposable pie tins, felt/fabric scraps, foam stickers and sheets, paint, Legos, Lincoln Logs, Marble Run Games, K'nex or similar "snap together" building toys... Let your imagination run wild- If it can be used to build and create, we will make great use of it!


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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!

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