Third Grade Cardinal Chronicle

January 29, 2016

Mrs. Johnston's Class

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Upcoming Dates to Remember

Feb 1-19th- Pennies for Patients

Feb 2nd- "2-2 Tuesday" - wear your tutus or your number 2's

Feb 3rd- Global Play Day- bring your games and toys (non electronic)

Feb 5th- 1/2 Day for Students

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

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 first week:

Feb. 1st - bring in pennies

Feb. 2nd –bring in nickels

Feb. 3rd– bring in dimes

Feb. 4th– bring in quarters

Feb. 5th – bring in dollars (each student who brings in a dollar will receive a paper penny to put their name on and it will be displayed in the school)

Activities for the second week:

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

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.

Next Week's Special Area Classes

  • Monday- Day 1 Art
  • Tuesday- Day 2 PE
  • Wednesday- Day 3 Music- Bring Recorders!
  • Thursday- Day 4 Art & Library
  • Friday- Day 0 - 1/2 Day

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.


  • We will continue learning about fractions. We will learn about dividing shapes in to equal parts....halves, thirds, and fourths.
  • We will continue to look at parts of a whole and learn about numerators and denominators.
  • 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.


  • This week we will learn about using conjunctions (and, or, but, because, etc) in compound and complex sentences.
  • We will also be doing some on demand writing- what do you do when someone gives you a topic to write about?
  • 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! :)


Family STEAM Night

Get excited and mark your calendars for our first TCE FAMILY S.T.E.A.M. NIGHT on Friday, February 5th from 5:30-7:30pm. STEAM is an educational term to describe real world opportunities for students to learn with science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. At the TCE FAMILY STEAM NIGHT, TCE students and their family members of all ages are welcome to come and participate in a variety of unique, educational STEAM experiences. Participants will travel as a family (children with their adults) to share in the learning process! Pizza will be available in the cafeteria for families to purchase. More details will be forthcoming! We hope you plan to be there!

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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