Third Grade Cardinal Chronicle

September 18, 2016

Cottage 1 - Barry Bunch :)

We had a great time celebrating International Dot Day on Thursday with Mrs. King's class!

Have a great week!

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Making the Grade in 3rd Grade

Students are making a shift from learning how to read to learning from their reading. There is an important transition in third grade to letter grades. In order for students to keep up with the rigor of third grade, they will need to take responsibility for good study habits.

Students should read for pleasure every night. We ask that they also regularly practice spelling and vocabulary words, and review math concepts.

Learning is fun! Unhomework is designed to give choices that get their brains active, but are fun at the same time. We encourage students to explore, experiment, wonder, create, and learn from mistakes. Thank you for supporting their curious natures and academic progresses from home.

Fall Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences this year at TCE will continue to be Student Led Conferences! Student Led Conferences are taking place in places like Noblesville, Nebraska, and even New Zealand! This is a movement that is taking place in the world – not just at TCE! These conferences allow your child to be an important part by having them share their accomplishments and help create goals for the year. Of course, if time is needed to speak just as adults, this time can be set.

Teachers will be sending out directions on Friday, September 23rd for parents to sign up electronically for a conference date between Monday, October 3rd and Wednesday, October 19th. We can’t wait to celebrate your child’s learning with you!

Bi-Weekly Word Study

Students should have received their Week 5/6 list Friday. It is also in the Spelling/Vocab folder on their blackboard account- they should be able to find it! The test will be this Friday, September 23rd.


uni- one

bi- two

tri- three

quad- four

oct- eight

Commonly Confused Words



This week's quizlet:

Mark your calendar

September 19th: PTO Dine to Donate at Dairy Queen from 4-9PM- no flyer needed! The related arts teachers will be there from 5-7 :)

September 23rd: PTO Movie Night from 6:30-8:30pm - Information will come home soon.

September 30th: Grandparents' Day at TCE!

October 7th: 1/2 Day for Students

October 12th: Picture Retake Day

October 13th: Liger Mile

Week at a Glance

Math- Addition and Subtraction Strategies- focus on subtracting across zeros and word problems.

Social Studies- Maps

Writing- Writing about small moments/Journal writing. Drafting and revising their writing to include more detail.

Reading- Characterization, starting reading groups- ask your child their reading group name :)

Reading Comprehension quiz THURSDAY. Math/Grammar weekly checks FRIDAY. Spelling and Vocabulary FRIDAY.

This Week's Related Arts

Monday- Day 4 Music

Tuesday- Day 5 Art

Wednesday- Day 6 PE

Thursday- Day 1 Music

Friday- Day 2 Art

Classroom Volunteers!

Thank you so much to those that already signed up! I promise I will be adding more soon, so be on the lookout in future newsletters.

I'm using to organize volunteer opportunities for the year!

**MAKE SURE you have your background check/bullying webinar already completed and your Safe Visitor ID to bring with you before you sign up to volunteer!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the link to see our SignUp on (different opportunities are below)

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Copy Helpers (Friday afternoons):

Reading/Language Small Groups (Tues/Weds afternoons):

***Safe Visitor Background Checks for our Volunteers, Lunch Guests, and Study Trip Guests

ANY PERSON visiting or volunteering at any of our HSE schools must complete a criminal history check and an anti-bullying webinar EVERY 3 YEARS.

If you already have a child attending HSE schools, and have completed a background check within the last 3 years, you should have received an email notification from “Safe Visitor Solutions” including your ID card with a special bar code that can be printed or scanned directly from your SMART device. You will need to present your I.D. badge at each visit to our school.

For FIRST-TIME or RENEWING applicants, please use the following link to begin the new process:

~The cost is $13 to be paid by credit card at the time of application.

~You will receive an e-mail notification and your Safe Visitor I.D. card when clearance is received. Most are processed within 5 business days.

~If you have questions about your status, you may contact HSE Schools Receptionist Vicki Foutty by e- mail at:

From Mr. Cushman- LIGER MILE

The 2016 Liger XC Mile will take place on Thursday, October 13that Hamilton Southeastern HS!! This race/run/walk is for ALL K- 6th grade students in the Hamilton Southeastern School District.School team scores will be kept for intermediate and elementary competition.

$16 Entry includes t-shirt with all competitors’ names on the back, listed by school! And the always awesome LIGER Logo! Medals for top 5 finishers in each grade- both male and female. Ribbons for all Finishers.

· Online with shirt by Monday Oct 10th, 11:59PM.

· Same day registration available at race site: $20 –limited number of shirts on race day.

Why: To promote health & fitness throughout the district, and introduce the lifelong sport of running.

Where: Hamilton SE High School Cross Country Course---South side of the school property adjacent to the tennis courts and soccer fields. Registration/packet pick-up on soccer fields, or inside closest school entrance if extremely poor weather.

What: 1 mile Cross Country run for ALL Hamilton Southeastern Schools. K-6th graders. Races will run in succession.

Predicted schedule:

Packet Pick up and same day registration 4:00-5:00PM (Arrive Early!)

5:00 K, 1, 2 Female

5:15 k,1,2 Male

5:30 3,4 Female

5:45 3,4 Male

6:00 5,6 Female

6:15 5,6 Male

The Course: The 1 mile grass course will run the perimeter of the elevated practice fields between the H.S. and Fall Creek Intermediate, including the grassland area. NEW WIDER start this year!!

Results will be posted at

Awards Medals for top 5 finishers in each grade, for each male and female. Ribbons for all Finishers.

Snack Attack

Snack Attack provides TCE students in need with a sack of healthy snacks to take home on Fridays to help them through the weekend until they can return to school on Monday for a hot meal. Please consider donating individually wrapped snack items to this effort. Bins are located outside of the school office or students can bring donations to the classroom. Suggested items include: granola bars, pudding, popcorn, fruit cups, crackers, etc.

If your child is in need and would appreciate receiving these weekly bags of snacks, please contact our school counselor, Mrs. Jackie Fiesbeck, at 594-4310 or The recipients of Snack Attack remain confidential.

It’s a great day to be a Cardinal and support our students! Thank you for considering a donation to either of these causes!

Grandparent's Day

As you may already know, Grandparent’s Day is celebrated around the United States in the month of September. We would like to honor grandparents on Friday, September 30th by inviting them to TCE for a special Grandparent’s Day! The event will take place from 9:10-11:35, with each grade level hosting a specific time slot. During this special visit, the grandparents will get a chance to see your child’s classroom and do some memorable activities with your child. Below is the timeline for the days’ activities.

9:10-9:50 Kindergarten

9:35-10:15 3rd Grade

10:00-10:40 1st Grade

10:30-11:10 2nd Grade

10:55-11:35 4th Grade

As you can see there might be an open slot as you wait for another grade level. The PTO will be hosting a waiting room at TCE for that open time period. Refreshments will be served and student work will be on display. Due to the wonderful turn out, and the high number of students we have this year, we are requesting no visitors for lunch that day. Thank you for your understanding! We look forward to this special event!


Thank you for responding to the Third Grade Snack Permission Slip. Please remember to send only

-fruit -veggies -cheese -Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish (any variety)

We must stick to this list to keep our students safe from severe food allergens.

Students may also bring water bottles with lids.

Class donations of individually packaged, approved snack items for students who occasionally forget snack are always appreciated.

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Textbook Fee and iPad Rental Fee Information

As of Thursday afternoon, book fees have been posted in Skyward. Please allow 10 days to see any payments posted in your Skyward Account. If you have any questions, contact Pat Lines at 594-4310 or

Third Grade Book fee $69.83, iPad Rental Fee (if applicable) $90

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Our Third Grade Team