3rd Grade Newsletter

July 17, 2020

Brain Boost Available NOW in the OLS

We are very excited to announce that our new and returning managed public school students will be able to participate in the Brain Boost Summer Enrichment program. The program is for students in grades K–12. The goal of this new program is to offer a fun and engaging in-platform experience within the Online School, especially for newly enrolled students to give them time to experience our platform before regular school starts in the fall.

Students in kindergarten to sixth grade will participate in the courses using Stride Math and Stride ELA. In these courses the students will earn coins to play fun and educational math and language arts games. There are different kinds of games, including Stride Academy, Space Coaster, and Koofu’s Quest. The Introduction to Stride video will show students how to access Stride, how to answer questions, where to find Stride games, and more. Any coins, badges or star points earned over the summer will carry over into the school year, giving those students a pool of earned items to utilize as of the first day of school.

Log in TODAY and check it out!

IF you have any trouble accessing Brain Boost, you may contact out Customer Care team set up directly for Brain Boost at (855) 688-4109 or via email by clicking here.

Summer Tips and Tricks


Reading at least 20 minutes per day is a great way to increase reading fluency. If you don't already, start getting into the habit of reading a book you love for at least 20 minutes a day!

Check out your local library or access the Big Universe Library through your quick links in the OLS to find fun new books to read on your level. The summer reading list has several suggestions of books that you can read this summer.


Fact fluency is going to be SO important in 3rd grade. Try to spend about 10-15 minutes per day working on your math fact fluency (addition, subtraction, & multiplication). These concepts will be foundational to the work we do in 3rd grade, so it's important to start practicing these now. There are so many ways to practice your fact fluency! Check out the links below for some resources.

Printable flashcards: https://bit.ly/3c9lPGg

Online flashcards: https://bit.ly/2ZJn9NC

Fact fluency game: https://bit.ly/3gnSA6d

Summer Reading Challenge

Barnes and Noble offers a free summer reading program where kiddos can read any eight books throughout the summer and record them in the Summer Reading Journal (link below). Bring the completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between July 1st and August 31st, 2020 to earn a free book.


Tips for a Strong Start in 3rd Grade

Summer is moving quickly and before we know it, we will be starting school again! Now is a great time to start getting organized and prepared for a successful school year.

Here are some things that you can do before school starts to ensure a smooth transition into the school year:

  • Set up a designated workplace for each student. Ensure that it is in a place that is free from distractions, where students can focus on their schoolwork during the day.
  • Make sure that your technology is working and that you have everything you need, including a computer, a working headset with a microphone, and a webcam. If you need assistance with technology, be sure to contact tech support at https://www.help.k12.com/s/ or at (866)512-2273.
  • Once you receive your materials from K12, check to make sure that you have received all the necessary materials for each student.
  • Familiarize yourself with the OLS on both the learning coach and student side. The student view of the OLS is new this year, so take some time learning how to navigate it before school starts.

If you follow these tips, you will feel more prepared and confident as school starts next month. We are excited for a GREAT year!

Awesome Websites to Check Out


Educational games with lots of different subjects and skills.

National Geographic Kids

Fun informational videos from National Geographic.

TIME for Kids

Interesting informational articles that students can read independently or families can read together.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Summer Vacation: May 22 - August 11
  • Teachers Return: July 27
  • August 12th: First Day of School Year 20-21

Please note that the free immunizations clinic initially scheduled for August 7th near our Midwest Office has been canceled due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

2020-2021 School Year Calendar

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Important Websites

Online Learning School (OLS)

Access Big Universe through the "Quick Links" in your OLS.

IT Support

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

3rd Grade Teachers