3rd Grade Newsletter

October 17th- 21st


1. Thank you so much for your participation in our only school-wide fundraiser of the year, Beck Bulldog Blitz!! We hope your enjoyed watching your student go through the obstacle course! We will be continuing to collect any remaining donations this week! Our goal is for each classroom to raise $1,500. The money is used to pay for field trips, buses, and other needs of the classroom.

2. Coming home this week are UIL Permission Slips. If your student is interested in trying out for UIL, they will need to fill out and return the signed permission slip to Ms. Schemmel in room 310. Make sure that they rank their top 3 teams that they are interested in making! If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Schemmel at kschemmel@nisdtx.org.

3. Red Ribbon Week is coming up October 24th- 28th. Here is a list of the dress up days:

Monday: Red ribbon spirit day- Wear red from shirt to shoes!

Tuesday (This is also picture day): Give drugs the boot- wear boots

Wednesday: Join the Fight Against Drugs- wear camo

Thursday: Team Up Against Drugs -wear your favorite team jersey/shirt

Friday: wear your favorite/ silly hat

We are looking forward to another great week at Beck! As always, please contact us any time with questions.

The Third Grade Team

Learning Targets

A Learning Target is the desired goal of each task in which your child will actively be involved. In addition, it engages your child in reflective evaluation of their own performance.

Writers Workshop:

We will learn how to give our beginning of year pieces a “makeover” so that we can learn how to improve our personal stories. I’ll know I have it when I can revise my lead, details, and closing based on my writing goals.

Readers Workshop:

We will learn close reading skills so that we can deeply understand the text. I’ll know I have it when I can use reading strategies to help me fully understand the big ideas in a non-fiction text.

Social Studies:

We will learn how communities in the past met their needs so that we will understand how communities have changed over time. I’ll know I have it when I can explain information about Ancient Egyptian communities and compare their culture and community’s characteristics to my own community.

Math Workshop:

We will read analog and digital clocks so that we can determine the time. I know I have it when I can tell time in a variety of ways and solve word problems involving elapsed time.


We will investigate the differences between a push and a pull so that I can understand how a push and pull are a force. I know I have it when I can describe what a force is.

**Matter Summative Assessment Tuesday!**

2nd 6 Weeks Character Trait


Treat others with respect

Follow the golden rule

Be tolerant and accepting of differences

Use good manners, not bad language

Be considerate of the feelings of others

Don't threaten, hit, or hurt anyone

Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Having empathy for others

Class Dojo Discusses Empathy

Below you will find a video from Class Dojo. It discusses having empathy at school through the example of Mojo. It is very engaging and the students love to watch Mojo learn new things! Having empathy is a great way to be respectful to our classmates, especially when working in groups. This would be a great opportunity to watch the video with your student and discuss what Mojo is feeling and how he deals with these feelings.
Empathy for students - Episode 1/3

Take a Peek Inside Our Classrooms!

Below you will find a link to our 3rd grade blog! This will be updated each week by your teachers. It will give you a peek inside our classrooms and what we have been working!

Specials Blogs

Below you will find links to our amazing specials blogs! This is a great way to stay current with what is happening in the specials classes and what is coming up! Be sure to check them out.

Upcoming Events

October 24th- October 28: Red Ribbon Week

October 25th: Picture Day

October 27th: NISD Ag Barn Field Trip

November 1st: UIL Try Outs (2nd and 3rd Grade)

November 2nd: UIL Try Outs (4th and 5th Grade)

November 4th: End of the 6 Weeks

November 7th: Beginning of the 6 Weeks

November 16th: JA in a Day

November 17th: Night of No Limits

November 21st- 25th: Thanksgiving Break

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested at volunteering at Beck? Please take a moment to fill out the Volunteer Background Check found HERE.

*Please note that all chaperones for field trips must have a completed volunteer background check on file.

Teacher Contact Information

Maggie Bell: margaret.bell@nisdtx.org
Kelley Schemmel: kschemmel@nisdtx.org
Brytnei Rocha: brocha@nisdtx.org
Becca Hubbs: rhubbs@nisdtx.org
Emily Stovall: estovall@nisdtx.org
Corinne Hawbaker: chawbaker@nisdtx.org
Dan Flank: dflank@nisdtx.org
Jillian Phillips: jillian.phillips@nisdtx.org

Transportation Changes

To ensure your child's transportation changes are met each day, please contact the front office or email Beckelem@nisdtx.org and CC your child's teacher with the changes. It would be best to notify us as early in the day as possible.


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