Noticias de la Semana

April 4 - 8, 2016

Academic Update

Math: I love graphing yes, I do........I love graphing, how 'bout you?!?! Cheesy cheer aside, we are starting graphing this week! In Tema 20, we'll learn about surveys and organizing data, pictographs, bar graphs, line graphs, and coordinate pairs.

Literacy: There are some item samplers that are available for our use on the Chrome Books here at school. We will be working on these samplers to help students become familiar with the tools available to them during MCA testing as well as reviewing test taking strategies. Some students may have already been exposed to the item samplers in Genius Hour. This is a great opportunity for them to teach other students how to use the available tools!

Intercambios: Yes!! We are finally on one of my favorite units in social studies........ancient Egypt!! We'll be spending the next 8 days or so discussing daily life, pyramids, pharaohs (King Tut), mummies, the Nile River. So fascinating!

Spelling: Instead of a spelling list, we'll be reviewing some vocabulary words that could show up on the MCA tests. I'll attach the list of words to the e-mail. You are not required to practice these at home! It's more of an FYI type of thing. However, if you would like to review them at home, feel free to do so!

MCA Letter!

Dear Parents (and family members),

As you know, our students will be taking the very important Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) next week. When I think about how much they have had to learn in third grade, I’m very proud of the effort and dedication so many of them have put forth.

As parents, you have been a very important and very powerful influence on how your child has progressed. For this reason, I am asking that you (and even other members of your family) take a few minutes to write a short letter of support and encouragement to your child. He or she will read it just before the testing begins.

After the message is written, please place it in an envelope and seal it. If you need an envelope or paper let me know and I will send some home with your child. Please keep this confidential! I will collect the envelopes as they are returned. Your child will unseal the envelope and, as previously stated, read your message(s) before beginning the first test. Then, he or she will be able to refer to it each morning before our testing sessions begin. Your encouraging words will help your son or daughter stay confident and positive each day!

You may write your own personal message, or if you prefer, you may use any of these phrases in your brief message.

  • Have confidence in yourself!
  • Believe in yourself!
  • I’m so proud of you!
  • Take your time. Don’t give up.
  • We know you can do a good job when you really try!
  • You’ve studied hard all year, so you should do well!
  • We believe in you!
  • We know you can do this!
  • Be relaxed. Stay calm.
  • Be confident in your own abilities!

As always, thank you for your continued support!

These letters are due next Tuesday, April 12th! Our first testing date is Wednesday, April 13th.

Monday Smile :-)

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