3rd Grade Newsletter

Monday, May 3- Friday, May 14, 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!

NWEA MAP Screener-May 10th-May 19th

Beginning on Monday, May 10th, we will be taking the End of Year NWEA MAP Growth Screener to measure students' growth for this year. Each student will be invited to one class per day at 10:00, 12:00, or 2:00. Please be sure to attend your class each day and be on time. During the screener, make sure that students are in a quiet area with no distractions. This screener is for us to see what students know and have learned this year. Learning coaches should not assist students in any way with this screener, other than to troubleshoot technology issues. We are excited to see the growth you have made this year!

7 Mindsets Survey

Beginning Monday, April 19th, you will receive an email from the K12 research group with a link to complete a survey for the 7 Mindsets. The survey should take you around 8 minutes to complete with 21 questions. K12 aims to continue to provide the highest quality education, and your responses help make that possible. Any information you give will be kept strictly confidential and will be reported in collection along with the feedback of others. Please take the time to answer honestly; there are no right or wrong answers.

If you need help with the survey, please don’t hesitate to ask your Learning Coach, a caring adult in your life, and/or OVCA Teachers and support staff (CFAs, Admin, School Counselors). We are here to assist you!

End of School Year & Returning Items

Our last day of school is Wednesday, May 26th. Do not return materials prior to this date.

K12 will provide prepaid UPS shipping labels to return materials to you. Labels will be sent prior to the first day of school. Materials can be sent back in any box, not just the boxes you received them in. If you need additional prepaid shipping labels, go to www.k12.com/support and select Click Here to Request UPS Return Labels found on the right hand side. Note: If you are returning to OVCA for the 2021-22 school year, do not return your computer.

To find out which materials should be returned, learning coaches should log in to their OLS account.

  1. Click the Learning Coach's name, located on the top-right of the home page.
  2. Click the My Info link.
  3. Select the student name, and then the "Orders" tab to see a list of all material orders.
  4. Select the order number that you would like to view.
  5. Scroll down to Course Materials to view a summary of your order; this includes a list of the materials provided for each course, the kit name/SKU number, the order status, and tracking information.
  6. Click the arrow (>) to see the items provided in each course kit.
  7. Use the icons (next to each item) and the Return status listed below, to determine which materials will or will not need be returned once the course and/or School Year is complete.

If you have any additional questions, please visit our help website available here.

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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

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-was 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-was due Thursday, April 29th

  • 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 Thursday, April 29th 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 6th 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 13- Lessons Learned

In Unit 13 of ELA, students will be reading stories that include a moral. We will be reviewing aspects of fiction and learning how characters' actions affect the plot and theme of a fiction text.

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 12- Measurement: Time and Length

Unit 12 of Math will be all about learning to measure time and length. Students will learn how to read a digital and analog clock as well as tell elapsed time. Students will also learn to measure length using different units.

Helpful Math Links:

Interactive Clock to Practice Telling Time

Telling Time Game

Measurement 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

  • May 7th: Quarter 4 Math TGA due in Seesaw
  • May 10th-May 19th : EOY NWEA- switch to alternate schedule for remainder of year
  • May 26th: Last Day of School!

Alternate Schedule

Beginning with the NWEA starting on May 10th, we will be switching to our alternate schedule for the rest of the year. Each student will be invited to one class time a day at 10:00, 12:00, or 2:00. Please be sure to attend each day!

Hola! Bienvenidos a nuestra escuela!

Mi nombre es Sonia Gaytan, Asesor Familiar Comunitario

Si necesitas ayuda en español puedo ayudarte.

Puede enviarme un correo electrónico a sogaytan@okvirtual.org

Puede enviarme un mensaje de texto a 405 345 6018

Puedes llamarme a 405 259 9478 ext. 3150

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.

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Teacher Contact Information

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  • Angie Foust, Title IX Coordinator, afoust@okvirtual.org, (405) 259-9478 ext 2069, 1160 S Douglas, Midwest City, OK 73130
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