Third Grade Thoughts

Weekly News from Glenhope 3rd Grade! (Volume 15-16,Issue 21)

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Valentine's Day Party

Our classroom Valentine parties are next Friday (2/12) from 1:45-2:45. Our wonderful classroom parents have been busy working to make sure we have a wonderful time. This week, we sent home class lists so that your children can begin preparing their Valentines.


As a reminder, we are unable to have siblings at our holiday party. Also, if you have signed up to bring food, please make sure the label indicates no tree nuts or peanuts. Tree nuts also include coconut (as stated by the FDA in 2006). We also ask that you make sure to bring store bought food (nothing homemade). Thank you!


All food requested by our classroom parents has been signed up for, but it looks like we are still in need of volunteers to help set up the party and volunteers to help serve food. Please click on the link below to sign up if you are available to help. We appreciate you!


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d4bacaa2aa31-glenhope2

Save the Date

Wednesday, February 10th

-Old Red Field Trip


Friday, February 12th

-Valentine Party (1:45-2:45)


Monday, February 15th

-student holiday (no school)


Wednesday, February 17th

-early dismissal 11:45

-student-led conferences


Thursday, February 18th

-early dismissal 11:45

-student-led conferences

You Say It's Your Birthday...

- no upcoming birthdays!
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How are we growing our brains next week?

Math

-fractions


**nightly Math HW - practice fun facts

**weekly Math HW Lonestar Math (given out Monday, due on Friday)


Reading

-character traits


**nightly Reading HW - read for at least 20 min.


Writing

-cursive writing

-adverbs

-essay writing


**20 min Spelling City weekly

**Spelling sheet due Friday


Science

-weather; Sun & the solar system


Social Studies

-state government

3rd Grade STAAR Information

This year 3rd graders will be taking the STAAR Reading and STAAR Math tests. Here are the test dates:


Monday, May 9th

-STAAR Math


Tuesday, May 10th

-STAAR Reading



At Glenhope, we don't believe in the "drill and kill" method as some other schools may do, therefore, we don't teach to the test. Instead, we follow the state of Texas curriculum standards (TEKS) which are aligned to the STAAR test. We work hard to develop students to become lifelong learners, global citizens, problem solvers, and effective collaborators.


We do understand that they will have to take this test and we do not want them to feel uncomfortable with it. Throughout the remainder of the year, we will sparingly give students reading and math STAAR passages. The purpose is for them to become familiar with the format and also learn helpful test taking strategies. Last week, students took the 3rd grade released STAAR Reading from last year and this week, they took a math test that was similar to the STAAR Math that was given last year. We wanted students to get a sense of what the test would actually be like and also give ourselves a chance to gauge where they all are currently. We can now move forward with the understanding on how to better help them prepare over the next three months.


We are unable to send the practice tests home but will have them available for you to view in a few weeks at student-led conferences. If you would like to know how your child did on the practice STAAR tests before then, please let us know and we'd be happy to give you the information.

Student-Led Conferences

The district has set up our student-led conference dates for February 17th & February 18th. Please be on the lookout for a sign up coming home next week so that you are able to sign up for a time to meet with your child!
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Visiting Old Red!

Our field trip to The Old Red Museum and Courthouse in Dallas is almost here! Here are some important details regarding our trip:


1. Trip date: Wednesday, February 10th

2. We will be departing school at 9:00am and returning approximately at 2:00pm

3. Students will need to bring a snack lunch to school that day (the cafeteria can make a sack lunch if needed)

4. Students will need to wear comfortable shoes, a gator shirt OR green/blue, and at least a light jacket

5. 20 chaperones will be joining us on the trip, which makes about 1 chaperone for about 4 students


We are so excited!

Oh, the Places We'll Go as a 1:1 Campus!

We've had a lot of iPads dying on children at school recently...please help your child remember they should be charging it every night!

Growth Mindset: Class Dojo Episode 3!

Here is the 3rd episode of Class Dojo's growth mindset series. It discusses the power of "YET." We hope you enjoy!

Big Ideas for the classroom: Growth Mindset - Episode 3/5

Stay in the Loop!

Make sure you connect to the 3rd grade Facebook, Twitter, and Remind accounts to received the most up-to-date news!


For Remind:

text @glenhope3 to 81010


For Facebook and Twitter:

click the gray buttons above!


Email:

-Mrs. C. Lee (carrie.lee@gcisd.net)

-Mrs. J. Lee (julie.lee@gcisd.net)

-Miss Hayes (christina.hayes@gcisd.net)