Third Grade News!

Week of May 9

Joako Fargo

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Dear Crozet Families and Friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's day, and got to spend time with at least one mother that is special to you. I felt very lucky to spend another mother's day with my mom and grandmother, and to see some of my girlfriend's that have recently become mothers.

This week in the Tuesday folder you may find a reminder from Lifetouch studios requesting payment for Spring pictures. If you get this reminder, please either return your pictures or send in the payment inside the provided envelope. Thank you!

We survived our first SOL! I was so proud to see students applying all of the strategies they practiced all year, and taking breaks when they needed. Everyone took their time, and stayed relaxed! A huge round of applause goes out to these kiddos for doing what it takes to ROCK THE TEST!

Our next and final SOL will be Math, and it will be taken in two parts; next Tuesday and Wednesday. If your child will not be here please let me know so that we can schedule a make up date. More information about the Math SOL can be found below.

Please note that this will be the last week of Word Study homework! Word Study journaIs will be due this Friday! Also due this Friday is the Math SOL Review, pictured below. I hope you have a great rest of your week!



Math Homework: Due Friday!

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One down, one to go!

Third Grade Warming up for SOLs!

A New look for the Math SOL:

We're excited for Third graders to try out a brand new format for the Math SOL this year. This test is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT), which the Virginia Department of Education describes as "part of the Virginia Department of Education’s continuing efforts to improve the testing experience for students. "

If you are curious about the CAT Math test format, check out the practice items and video at this link found on the Virginia Department of Education's website.

If you are interested in reviewing practice items at home, here is the link to archived tests from the past 5 years! Pace yourself!


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Critical Thinking & Collaboration in Math

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Making 3D Shapes

A fun Maker project, "How many vertices, faces and edges does your 3d shape have?"

Save Our Ecosystems !

This week we will be connecting our animal projects to our County-wide Performance based task(PBT), which challenges students to research an ecosystem of their choice and create a public service announcement to raise awareness about a problem it is currently facing. The public service announcement can be in the form of a poster, brochure, slideshow, video, or students can submit their own suggestion to be approved.

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Genius Hour Shares

We are currently working on proposals for our last 4 weeks of Genius Hour. Genius Hour has been a special time of the week, where I have seen students take tremendous risks, follow their dreams and pursue their interests. I have really enjoyed seeing them in action, and am always amazed to see what they can create. I will be creating an iMovie of all of our Genius Hour projects from start to finish, and will share it out as soon as it's complete. Ask your child what makes them a genius.

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Aspiring Artists

I hope you were able to stop by the Fashion Square mall last week to see the Albemarle County Visual Arts Festival, featuring amazing art from all grade levels. We're super proud of Chloe and Caitlin for having their original art showcased.
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Field Day is fast approaching...

To keep the focus on unity and teamwork, I have a couple of ideas planned. I'd love to make t shirts with the kiddos with print out decals and fabric markers. If you are able to send in a white t-shirt (or a couple) for this event, it would be much appreciated! Also, if you are interested in helping create t shirts, please email me and we can set a time/date!

Another idea I had is to have at least 30 minutes of play on Field Day. Since the Global Day of Play, they've been begging for more time to build, play games, and have unstructured time to just play. Please send in any games, toys, building materials, etc, on Field Day! Thank you so much!

Save These Dates

May 13- Creative Writing Workshop with Elliot's grandmother, Ms. Massie

May 17 - Math SOL Part 1

May 18 - Math SOL Part 2

May 21- Armed Forces Day

May 31- Field Day