3rd Grade Newsletter

Monday, April 5- Friday, April 16, 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

If you would like to be featured in the newsletter, please email a photo of your student schooling to Emily Marks at emarks@okvirtual.org. Be sure to complete the media release form below if you have not already!

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

4th 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 4th quarter TGAs.

Quarter 4 Writing Sample-due in Seesaw April 15th

  • Respond to passages- "Skylark"/"Caleb's Story" (click the link to go to the passages or see the attachment below). These passages are not included in an OLS lesson, you will need to download them from the newsletter.
  • This assignment is on the BOTC on April 8th. Students will need to respond to the writing prompt and turn in their completed work sample to Seesaw by April 15th at 5:00 pm.
  • Click here to watch a video explaining the writing work sample.

Quarter 4 Writing TGA-due in Seesaw April 23rd

  • Persuasive Essay (Opinion Writing) from ELA Units 9 and 10.
  • Students will start working on their opinion essays during ELA Unit 9, and will be completing them in Unit 10. You will need to upload your final essay (from ELA Unit 10, Lesson 19) to Seesaw by Friday, April 23rd at 5:00 pm.
  • See attachment below and click here to watch a video explaining the TGA. Make sure to complete your daily lessons and attend ELA RDL classes to stay on track.

Quarter 4 Math TGA-due in Seesaw May 7th

  • Big Ideas: Mini-Project-World Flags from Math Unit 12, Lesson 10
  • The project is assigned on the BOTC on May 5th and students will need to turn in their completed project on Seesaw by Friday, May 7th at 5:00 pm.
  • Click here to watch a video explaining the Math TGA.

Free Tutoring Through OVCA!

We are excited to announce our school’s new Tutoring Initiative! OVCA will offer personalized academic tutoring based on your child’s needs with an emphasis in the subjects of English Language Arts (Reading/Writing) and Mathematics.

At this time, our new tutoring program will be completely virtual through an online service called TutorMe. Through this program, your child will be able to access a tutor at any time of the day to work on any subject. While the emphasis will be in math and reading, tutors for all subjects are available. The tutor will work with your child’s curriculum to help them improve their grades and gain confidence. The focus of tutoring is to equip your child with different methods of learning so they can have life-long skills in how to best solve problems for assignments, homework and projects.

Tutoring Sign-Up Link


Please contact Allison McCartney, our OVCA Tutoring Manager for more information amccartney@okvirtual.org


Unit 10-Weather, Weather Everywhere & Opinion Writing

In ELA Unit 10, students will be reading several articles about the weather from the magazine K12 World: Weather, Weather Everywhere. This magazine was provided with the ELA materials you received at the beginning of the year. We will be learning about many different features of nonfiction as we learn about different kinds of weather. At the end of Unit 10, students will also be completing their Opinion Essay, which will be turned in as their Quarter 4 Writing TGA.

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, including the workbook pages. 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 11-Equivalent Fractions & Comparisons

In Unit 11, students will build on their study of fractions by learning about equivalent fractions and comparing fractions. We will be learning to recognize the same part of a whole by using fraction strips and models.

Helpful Math Links:

Fraction Strips Online Manipulatives

Fractions Game

Equivalent Fractions 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.

Book Club with Mrs. Waller

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Bison Mindset Minutes

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • April 15th: Quarter 4 Writing Work Sample due in Seesaw
  • April 23rd: Quarter 4 Writing TGA due in Seesaw
  • May 7th: Quarter 4 Math TGA due in Seesaw
  • May 10th-May 14th: EOY NWEA
  • May 26th: Last Day of School

Hola! Bienvenidos a nuestra escuela!

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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

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Teacher Contact Information

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