3rd Grade Newsletter

Monday, August 30- Friday, September 10, 2021

The Role of the Learning Coach

We appreciate all the support our Learning Coaches provide each day! You play a vital role in helping your student grow academically.


  • Learning Coaches should read and respond to emails daily.
  • If your student is absent, please email all of your student's teachers.
  • Make sure student is attending live Class Connects and completing daily lessons in the OLS.
Role of the Learning Coach

As a learning coach, you play an important role in your student's education. Take some time to read through what your job as a Learning Coach entails.

Student Spotlight

If you would like to be featured in a future newsletter for our Student Spotlight, please complete this form. You will need to be logged into a Google account if you are not already. (Directions to make a Google account can be found here.) Be sure to complete the media release form below if you have not done so already!

Announcements & Upcoming Dates

Quarter 1 TGAs

Each quarter, students will be assigned 3 Teacher Graded Assignments (TGAs)- a

Math TGA, a Writing TGA, and a Writing Work Sample. Teacher Graded Assignments are worth 30% of your grade in Math and ELA. These TGAs are an opportunity for students to apply the skills they are learning in classes and lessons and for teachers to provide individualized feedback. It is vital that students complete these and turn them into Seesaw each quarter. See below for information on the 1st quarter TGAs.

Writing Work Sample-due in Seesaw September 8th

  • Students will read two stories, "Into the Woods" and "The Dark Woods." Then, compare & contrast how Jack and Annie act throughout both stories, providing text evidence from both stories to support your answer.
  • We will be working on this in ELA classes on Thursday, September 2nd. It will need to be uploaded to Seesaw by Wednesday, September 8th at 5:00 pm.
  • See attachment below for directions and click here to watch a video explaining the Writing Sample.

Math TGA- due in Seesaw September 17th

  • Big Ideas-Mini Project from Math Unit 1, Lesson 15- Creating Mystery Pictures
  • This lesson is assigned on the daily plan and will be worked on in Math class on Wednesday, September 15th. It will need to be uploaded to Seesaw by Friday, September 17th at 5:00 pm.
  • See attachment below and check the next newsletter for a video explaining the Math TGA.

Writing TGA- due in Seesaw September 22nd

  • Final draft of your Personal Story from ELA Unit 1, Lesson 14.
  • You will be working on your personal story in ELA Unit 1. The final draft will need to be uploaded to Seesaw by Wednesday, September 22nd at 5:00 pm.
  • See attachment below and check the next newsletter for a video explaining the Writing TGA.

Join a Club!

Our social clubs are now available for students to sign up! Check back frequently because new clubs are being added.

Happy2Help Desk

Come in and get your questions answered! The link will be listed as optional on your Class Connect schedule on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30-12:30.

Media Release Form

OVCA is focused on providing a safe virtual learning environment. With this in mind, we ask that a legal guardian complete the below survey for each student enrolled with OVCA. The media release form includes two sections: Photograph, Testimonial and Interview Release, and Face to Face Platform (webcam) Usage School-Guardian-Student Compact. You will be given the choice to accept or decline each opportunity.

Together we can help students reach their full potential through personalized learning this year! Thank you for taking the time to complete this form.

NewRow Support for Families

If you need assistance with Class Connect sessions and have already tried the Quick Tech Check, powered by Newrow, you can contact the Newrow Support Line at (877) 847-1169. Representatives are available to answer questions and troubleshoot any issues that students may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

As always, if you are experiencing an issue with the Online School or any K12 application, you can contact K12 Customer Support at (866) 512-2273 or visit Help.K12.com

Important Upcoming Dates

  • September 6: No School-Labor Day
  • September 8: Quarter 1 Writing Work Sample due in Seesaw
  • September 17: Quarter 1 Math TGA due in Seesaw
  • September 22: Quarter 1 Writing TGA due in Seesaw

Course Information


As we continue Unit 1 of ELA, we will be finishing up our author study of Japanese-American author and artist, Allen Say. We are reading 3 of his books and learning about the historical fiction genre. Be sure to locate these books in your ELA materials and bring them to ELA class with you!

We will also begin to learn about narrative writing and will write our own personal story about a meaningful experience in your life, which will be your first quarter writing TGA. We will be learning about the components of narrative writing and will work to develop our writing skills.


In Unit 1 of Math, we will be working on number sense, comparing & ordering numbers, as well as rounding numbers. Our focus will be on understanding the value of numbers and being able to read, write, and understand numbers in different forms. Be sure that your student is completing the Activity Book pages with every lesson to get the practice to master the skills.

Helpful Math Links:

Printable flashcards

Online flashcards

Fact fluency game


Students are expected to work for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week in MindPlay. They should be completing these lessons independently, as it adapts to their level.

In order to complete the lesson, students need to click the "Open MindPlay" link inside the course and actively work for 30 minutes in MindPlay before marking the lesson complete in the OLS.

Mr. Thomas & Mrs. Ratzloff's Corner

If your child has a disability, special education can help your child learn, develop social skills, and enjoy school again.

Special Education Information:

  • You will work as part of a team along with others from the school to develop an Individualized Education Program or IEP.
  • The IEP is developed by the IEP team at a meeting. An IEP is good for one year. It can be changed anytime during the year in another IEP team meeting.
  • The IEP team has a very important job. You will want to attend the meetings to be part of all the decisions about your child.
  • You know your child best. The IEP team needs you!

7 Mindsets Corner

The 7 Mindset Monthly Theme for August and September is "We Are Connected!" Check out the 7 Mindsets Parent Newsletter here for ideas and activities for this month's theme.

Tips & Tricks for a Successful School Year

  • Class connect attendance is extremely important in addition to completing online coursework. Please prioritize attending class, including Morning Meeting, every day and email all teachers if you know you are going to be absent. Communicate with your homeroom teacher about any scheduling conflicts.
  • Create a family schedule to stay on track with all students' class connects.
  • Come to class prepared. Be sure to eat, use the restroom, do chores, etc. before or after class connects. Log in to class a few minutes early with your materials and be ready to start on time.
  • All assignments require 80% mastery in order to be marked complete. Click here to watch a video showing how to retake an assessment. If you run out of attempts, contact your homeroom teacher.
  • Watch recordings of any missed class connects. Click here to see how to access recordings.
  • Clear out browser cache, cookies, and history daily to ensure that your computer runs smoothly with Newrow. Click here for instructions. Shut down your computer each night.

Important Websites

OVCA Hub (School Website)

You can find current and past newsletters as well as district information on this site.

IT Support

If you are experiencing technical issues, please use the link above or call 866-512-2273 to submit a ticket.

Teacher Contact Information