3rd Grade Newsletter

February 8th-12th


1. Progress reports will be coming out on Monday!

2. 3rd grade Valentine's parties will take place Friday, February 12th from 9:45-10:45. Parents are welcome to attend. Please be on the lookout for information coming home soon from your room parent or teacher!

3. Don't forget that Monday, February 15th is a student holiday- no school!

We are looking forward to another great week at Beck!

The Third Grade Team

Learning Targets

A Learning Target is the desired goal of each task in which your child will actively be involved. In addition, it engages your child in reflective evaluation of their own performance.

Readers Workshop:

We will review strategies for identifying cause and effect relationships so that I can identify how one even leads or connects to the next. I'll know I have it when I can use cause and effect relationships to infer what will happen next.

Integrated Social Studies and Writer's Workshop:

We will use historical documents to explore the contributions of Harriet Tubman so that we will be able to develop an opinion about the essential question. I'll know I have it when I can write an essay that explains my opinion about what Harriet Tubman's greatest achievement is and provide evidence from the documents to support my thinking.

Math Workshop:

We will use mental math so that we can use the standard algorithm to add numbers. I will know I have it when I can use the standard algorithm to solve problems involving regrouping the tens place.


We will analyze characteristics of planets so that I can understand what makes each planet different. I will know I have it when I can create an invention that will help us overcome an obstacle with living on a different planet.

*Earth and Space Part 2 Assessment Thursday!*

Upcoming Events

Feb. 12th- Valentine's Day Parties (look for more information coming home soon!)
Feb. 15th- Student Holiday, no school
Feb. 19th- Father Daughter Dance 6-8pm at Byron Nelson High School
Feb. 25th- Techno Expo at NWHS. We will be on "Benchmark Schedule" this day. Please see below for the schedule. 3rd graders will take a full-length reading comprehension benchmark on this day (released STAAR assessment from a previous year). Scores will be shared with parents following the assessment. Scores are for data collection purposes so that teachers can design instruction that best meets student needs. They will NOT be used as a grade for the six weeks.

Save the date:


Chik Fil A Spirit Night - March 1 from 5-8pm

Spring Book Fair - March 3-10

Open House & Art Fundraiser Reveal - March 8

Blue Ribbon Week - March 7-11


Chik Fil A Spirit Night - April 5 from 5-8pm

General PTA Meeting (voting in new 2016-2017 PTA Board) - April 5

Talen Show Auditions after school Thursday, April 7th and Friday, April 8th)

Beck Elementary Musical "Aladdin" at BNHS on Friday, April 15th @ 7PM

Music Fundraiser, Skate Town 4-6pm & Cane's Chicken Spirt Night 5-9pm, located near SkateTown - April 19

Spring Family Night - April 29


Birdies for Beck Golf Tournament - May 2

Chik Fil A Spirit Night - May 3 from 5-8pm

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 2-6

Beck Talent Show at BNHS Friday, May 6th @ 6:30PM

Muffins with Moms - May 6

Talent Show - May 6

Field Day - May 20

Bechmark Schedule Days

We have a few up-coming days that will have a different schedule than normal due to benchmark assessments. Those days are:

Feb. 25th, March 2nd, and March 10th

On these days 3rd graders will have lunch from 11:45-12:15 and recess from 12:15-12:45.

They will have specials at the end of the day from 1:35-2:30.
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Beck Father Daughter Dance!

Please click the link below for more information on how to purchase tickets!

Father Daughter Sock Hop Information
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Time to Order A Yearbook!

You can order your yearbook at www.yearbookordercenter.com our school code is - 14403 OR you can order by phone at 866-362-7750. You can also pay with cash or check made payable to Beck PTA. Yearbook orders are due by March 4th. They are $20 or $25 with a name printed on it.
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Congratulations to our UIL Participants!

We are so proud of all of our 3rd graders who competed at the UIL competition last Thursday! Congratulations to the following 3rd graders who placed in their division:

Music Memory 3rd Grade: 2nd place in the district goes to Cameron Bryson and 3rd place in the district goes to Matheus Suarez!!

Oral Reading 3rd Grade: 2nd place in the district goes to Corinne Thomas!!

Spelling 3rd Grade: Rohan Soni tied for 1st place in the district, and Rohan Verma received 4th place!

We are SO incredibly proud of all of our students who participated in the UIL competition. For a full list of results in all grade levels, please see the UIL website (found on the Beck homepage under the Extracurricular tab).
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Winter Weather Information

As we move into January, we'll probably be experiencing some chilly weather! Please make sure that your child comes to school with a coat, gloves, and scarf when necessary for outdoor recess.

Also, please see the following attachment that helps to answer some FAQ's about "Staying in The Know When it Snows"!

Winter Weather School Information

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested at volunteering at Beck? Please take a moment to fill out the Volunteer Background Check found HERE.

*Please note that all chaperones for field trips must have a completed volunteer background check on file.

Teacher Contact Information

Brytnei Rocha: brocha@nisdtx.org
Kelley Schemmel: kschemmel@nisdtx.org
Emily Stovall: estovall@nisdtx.org
Tracey Kiplinger: tkiplinger@nisdtx.org
Becca Hubbs: rhubbs@nisdtx.org
Maggie Bell: mwalsh@nisdtx.org

Transportation Changes

To ensure your child's transportation changes are met each day, please contact the front office or email Beckelem@nisdtx.org and CC your child's teacher with the changes. It would be best to notify us as early in the day as possible.


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