3rd Grade News
Ms. Ramsey's Weekly Newsletter Friday, September 16th
Now that students are a full month into the school year, the uniform policy outlined in the student/parent handbook will be more closely monitored. We had a random check- up by Mrs. Campbell yesterday. She complimented our class....and we had a dress down day! I apologize for not sending an email to inform you. I have just moved and did not have internet access at home!
Common dress code violations include:
- Non-uniform jackets (all jackets worn in the classroom should only be uniform)
- Non-uniform pants
- High school students not wearing their oxford shirts
- Non-uniform shoes
A link to Lands End, our uniform supplier, is included at the bottom of this newsletter. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Thank you for your cooperation. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Accelerated Reader, Lexile Levels, and AR Reflection Logs
Many students have done a few online AR tests after reading books higher than their level and have failed (70% and below). This provides evidence they did not fully comprehend the book on their own. An 80% or higher shows true independent comprehension. We do many reading activities in class, and I use higher leveled text to challenge them. HOWEVER, when they are reading alone (in their head), they are to read at the level I gave to them. As the year goes on, their Lexile/ AR level will rise, and thus they can read higher books later on. Thank you for your help in advance.
I am combining August and September logs. This means they are required to read 4 books, complete 4 reflection logs, and 4 AR quizzes. (Normally it is only 3) They have time to read/ test/ and reflect in class. They can also read at home, but logs and AR tests are completed at school.
Possible Point Deductions on Monthly AR Reflection Logs:
1. Incomplete logs
2. Late logs
3. Conventions—Poor Penmanship, punctuation, grammar, capitalization, or spelling errors
4. Content: Insufficient amount of detail in book summary
5. Score of below 80% on any of the three online AR quizzes---> (This will not apply this time because students were reading books above their level)
Mark Your Calendar:
September 19- Dress like a Pirate for $5.00 donation to our CURE fundraiser
September 23- Unit 1 Review HW packet due, Unit 1 Benchmark Test in Reading and Language Arts, Wordly Wise Lesson 2 Quiz
September 24- River's Alive Community Service Cleanup Day (email firstname.lastname@example.org to participate)
September 30- August and September AR logs due (4 books total)
October 11- Research a State project due (see FSA connect and take-home folder)
Coins for A Cure
September is Children's Cancer Awareness Month, and FSAPS is doing our part! “COINS FOR A CURE!” is a month-long fundraising initiative that will benefit children’s cancer research and a local non-profit charity, CURE. Our goal is to raise $1,000 for the CURE foundation and their childhood cancer research. Each grade has a beautiful change jar, and students are encouraged to bring in spare change and fill our third grade jar! Jars will be counted at the end of each week and then a final count will happen at the end of the month. The class that collects the most coins will win a dress down day and special party. We will find out who the winning grade level is at the end of the month on the 29th at a school wide pep rally. Together we can make a difference!
Maker Faire and Science Festival
This year, Atlanta is hosting two big events that will greatly benefit our students - the Maker Faire Atlanta and Atlanta Science Festival.
Any student who visits one (or both) of these events will receive 10 extra bonus points on one of their science tests for each visit.
To qualify for these extra credit points, please send photos of students at the event to me at email@example.com. Dates and details follow:
Maker Faire Atlanta – October 1 – 2, 2016
Atlanta Science Festival – March 15-25, 2017
Stay Connected with Our Class
What are we learning??
READING AND ELA: Rewview Week
All skills in Reading and ELA review
CHARACTER EDUCATION: Kindness
SCIENCE: Chapter 2: Technology and the Design
How can and does technology affect our lives?
VOCABULARY: engineer, technology, work, wheel and axel, wedge, lever, inclined plane, pulley, screw, design process, research, prototype
SOCIAL STUDIES: Physical Map of USA
Bodies of Water: Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, 5 Great Lakes
Rivers: Mississippi River, Ohio River, Rio Grande River, Colorado River, Hudson River, and St. Lawrence River
Mountain Ranges: Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountains
Other: Great Plains, Atlantic Coastal Plain
Worldly Wise Lesson 2 Words (We learn and practice these for 2 weeks!)
SYMBALOO EDU RESOURCES
Ms. Ramsey's 3rd grade Resources
Elementary Science Resources
Grades 3-5 Resources
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