3rd Grade Newsletter

Monday, February 1- Friday, February 12, 2021

On-Track Calendar

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What assignments do I turn in to my teacher?

Many times the OLS will instruct students to turn in assignments that do not have to be turned in. The only assignments that must be turned into your homeroom teacher are those that have "TGA" or "Writing Sample" beside it on the On Track Calendar.

Student Spotlight

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NewRow Support for Families

If you need assistance with Class Connect sessions, 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

3rd Quarter TGAs

As a reminder, there are 3 different Teacher Graded Assignments assigned each quarter- a

Math TGA, a Writing TGA, and a Writing Work Sample. Teacher Graded Assignments are worth 30% of your math and ELA grades. (See Grading Category Weights attachment under BOTC above). These TGAs are an opportunity for students to apply the skills they are learning in classes and lessons and for teachers to provide feedback. It is vital that students complete these and turn them in on Seesaw each quarter. See below for information on the 3rd quarter TGAs.

Quarter 3 Math TGA-was due in Seesaw January 15th

  • Big Ideas: Mini-Project-Arrays in Your World from Math Unit 5, Lesson 11
  • We will begin working on this in class during the week we return from winter break (January 6th-8th). You will need to turn in your final project to Seesaw by Friday, January 15th at 5:00 pm.
  • Click here to watch a video explaining the Quarter 3 Math TGA.

Quarter 3 Writing TGA-was due in Seesaw January 21st

  • Research Report from ELA Unit 5 and 6.
  • Students started working on their research reports during ELA Unit 5, and will be completing them in Unit 6. You will need to upload your final report (from ELA Unit 6, Lesson 10) to Seesaw by Thursday, January 21st at 5:00 pm.
  • See attachment below and click here to watch a video explaining the Quarter 3 Writing TGA.

Quarter 3 Writing Sample-due in Seesaw February 19th

  • Respond to a passage-"Astronomy"
  • We will begin working on this in ELA classes the week of February 8th. Students will complete it and it will need to be uploaded to Seesaw by Friday, February 19th at 5:00 pm.
  • See attachment below and click here to watch a video explaining the Quarter 3 Writing TGA.


Unit 8-What Do You Think? & Opinion Writing

In Unit 8, students will be reading several different nonfiction articles and learning about components of nonfiction and opinion writing. We will also be beginning to take a look at opinion writing skills to prepare for writing an opinion essay in the 4th quarter.

Note About ELA Lessons:

ELA lessons are meant to take around 90 minutes-2 hours to complete. Please ensure that students are completing all parts of each ELA lesson. If you find that your student is having trouble getting through the lesson all at once, try taking breaks after each section of the ELA lesson.


Unit 8-Shapes

In Unit 8, we are learning about geometry through shapes. While the OLS lessons will be covering 2-D shapes, Oklahoma Academic Standards for 3rd grade cover 3-D shapes as well. There will be some additional lessons this unit through extra content as well as through Seesaw, particularly in the second half of the unit. Additional lessons will be on the BOTC as well as in your daily plan on the OLS. Please ensure that your student completes these lessons, as they are required and cover essential content from the Oklahoma Academic Standards for 3rd grade.

Unit 9-Area

In Unit 9, we will be continuing our study of geometry through learning about area. Students will learn concepts, formulas, and how to measure area. Multiplication fact fluency is an important skill as we learn about area, so make sure that your student is practicing their multiplication facts daily!

Helpful Math Links:

Area Game

2-D & 3-D Shapes Game

Printable flashcards

Online flashcards

Fact fluency game

Exact Path & MindPlay

Students should be working weekly in Exact Path for math and MindPlay for reading. These programs are designed to meet students where they are and give them the instruction they are ready for.

We will also be using Exact Path to progress monitor skills that we are working on in classes and lessons. Be sure to check into Exact Path weekly for assignments to progress monitor the skills you have been working on. We are excited to see the amazing growth that students will make this year!

There have been some questions with MindPlay lessons not being marked complete in the OLS. Please click here to watch a video about how to get those lessons to be marked as complete.

Tips & Tricks for a Successful School Year

  • Class connect attendance is extremely important in addition to completing online coursework. Please prioritize attending class 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 to be ready to start on time.
  • Stay on track each day by following the Bison On-Track Calendar.
  • 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.

Bison Mindset Minutes

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Science Fun with Ms. Monday

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • February 15th: No School-President's Day
  • February 16th-19th: Interim Live in Classes-Alternate Schedule
  • February 19th: Quarter 3 Writing Sample Due Uploaded to Seesaw
  • February 25th: No Classes-Teachers in PD
  • February 26th: No Classes-Teachers in PD
  • March 1st-5th: Read Across America Week
  • March 8th-12th: Parent Teacher Conferences

Important Websites

Bison On Track Calendars and Newsletters

You will be able to find current and past Bison On Track Calendars and Newsletters on the school website.

IT Support

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

In Case You Missed It

Teacher Contact Information

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