Third Grade Cardinal Chronicle

February 5, 2016

Mrs. Johnston's Class

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Upcoming Dates to Remember

Feb 1-19th- Pennies for Patients

Feb 5th- Family STEAM Night

Feb 12th- Valentine's Day Party

Feb 15- No School

Feb 16- Flex Day

Future Dates:

ISTEP applied skills- Beginning of March

IREAD- Mid March

ISTEP multiple choice- April

Caring By Sharing

This year the third grade will be doing a "caring by sharing" campaign to celebrate Valentine's Day. We would like to put together care packages for a local organization that helps the homeless in the Indianapolis area. If you would like to donate to this cause, please send see below for the items we will be collecting.

Bousman: 2pk adult tube socks
Krapinski: reg. Size deodorant- antiTransp.
Grubbs: toothpaste/brush
Johnston: wet wipes

Muegge: small lotion/lip balm

Thank you for helping our children see the happiness of helping and caring for others.

Pennies For Patients

Thorpe Creek Elementary students will be taking part in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program from February 1-12. During this program, students will collect money to support LLS’s mission: to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Students will learn about service, leadership, philanthropy and how they can make a difference by changing patients’ lives. TCE has its own online giving page that students, parents and faculty can share with friends and family:

Thank you in advance for helping LLS to create a world without blood cancers!

For more information on the Pennies for Patients program, please visit

Activities for the second week:

Feb. 8th – bring in more spare change throughout the week

Next Week's Special Area Classes

  • Monday- Day 5 PE
  • Tuesday- Day 6 Music- bring recorders!
  • Wednesday- Day 1 Art
  • Thursday- Day 2 PE
  • Friday- Day 3 - Music

Here's What's Happening in Mrs. Johnston's Class


  • We will continue learn about figurative language and look for it in our everyday reading.
  • We will continue working on test taking skills...what good reader's do ALL the time.
  • We will begin NEW small reading groups. :)
  • Students will continue to learn about strategies when reading independently.
  • We will continue our daily 5 activities where we will read, write, and do word work.


  • Students will continue to find equivalent fractions using a number line.
  • We will be comparing, adding and subtracting fractions.
  • We will also be investigating mixed numbers on a number line.
  • We will continue with math workshop where the students practice math alone, with partners, and in groups while I get to know the students better as mathematicians.
  • We will continue to solve real world problems using many different strategies that we have learned through exploration and through watching others.


  • We will be looking at how to respond to a question about a reading passage.
  • We will learn how to compare and contrast two stories or articles based on similar topics.
  • We will continue to write about topics of our choice.


We will continue to learn about sound and light! Next week we will begin to do some activities to give us that hands-on connection with both sound and light.

Genius Hour

If you can imagine it... you can explore it!! We continue to study topics of our choice during Genius Hour of best times of the week! The students have started exploring how to make things...they first must research it and write about it, they then need to make it and present about it. They are having so much fun they don't even know they are learning! :)



Hello TCE Parents!

We are doing an amazing job this year! We have collected over


Box Tops and

Labels for Education since June! (WOO-HOO!)

To help motivate you and your children to continue to collect and submit these valuable pieces of cardboard and labels, I’d like to remind you all about a series of contests that have been implemented. Please see below for the details …

Each student who turns in Box Tops and / or Labels for Education will be entered into a drawing, of which 3 lucky students (chosen at random) will receive a goodie bag! The top collector will also be awarded an amazing prize! As an added bonus, I will keep track of what was turned in by who so that the class with the most submitted by the end of the year (for each grade!) will receive something special!

Please be sure that the Box Tops and Labels for Education are taped on their respective pages (or that they are in a sealed baggie) and that your child’s name, grade and teacher’s name is put on the page. Thank you, in advance for your efforts!

Winter Contest (December - February)

Collection Deadline: Friday, February 19th

Winners announced: Friday, February 29th

Spring Contest (March - May)

Collection Deadline: Friday, May 12th

Winners announced: Friday, May 19th

I will be picking up the Box Tops and Labels for Education on Friday afternoons so please feel free to turn in your sheets as you complete them and I promise to keep a running total for your child!

Background Checks & Anti-bullying Video

If you want to volunteer, chaperone fieldtrips or eat lunch in the cafeteria, guests must have an approved background check on file and complete the Anti-bullying video. Background checks are good for 3 years. If you have questions about your background check, contact the TCE office.
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