3rd Grade Newsletter

Wednesday, January 6th-Friday, January 15th, 2021

On-Track Calendar

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What assignments do I turn in to my teacher?

Many times the OLS will instruct students to turn in assignments that do not have to be turned in. The only assignments that must be turned into your homeroom teacher are those that have "TGA" or "Writing Sample" beside it on the On Track Calendar.

Student Spotlight

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Welcome Back!

Happy 2021! We hope you had a wonderful winter break were able to relax and spend some time with family and friends. We are excited for all that 2021 will bring!

Adjusted Schedule & Attendance Prizes!

We will have an adjusted schedule from January 6th-8th. All students will be invited to one class per day and teachers will be holding optional office hours from 12pm-1pm that you can drop in to if you have any questions. Check your class connect schedule for your scheduled class time. There will be some prizes and rewards for attendance that week, so make sure to attend your class!

Honor Roll Assembly

On Friday, January 8th, we will be holding our Honor Roll Assembly at the beginning of each class to celebrate students who earned Honor Roll and Academic Excellence for the 3rd quarter.

3rd Quarter TGAs

As a reminder, there are 3 different Teacher Graded Assignments assigned each quarter- a

Math TGA, a Writing TGA, and a Writing Work Sample. Teacher Graded Assignments are worth 30% of your math and ELA grades. (See Grading Category Weights attachment under BOTC above). These TGAs are an opportunity for students to apply the skills they are learning in classes and lessons and for teachers to provide feedback. It is vital that students complete these and turn them in on Seesaw each quarter. See below for information on the 3rd quarter TGAs.

Quarter 3 Math TGA-due in Seesaw January 15th

  • Big Ideas: Mini-Project-Arrays in Your World from Math Unit 5, Lesson 11
  • We will begin working on this in class during the week we return from winter break (January 6th-8th). You will need to turn in your final project to Seesaw by Friday, January 15th at 5:00 pm.
  • Click here to watch a video explaining the Quarter 3 Math TGA.

Quarter 3 Writing TGA-due in Seesaw January 21st

  • Research Report from ELA Unit 5 and 6.
  • Students started working on their research reports during ELA Unit 5, and will be completing them in Unit 6. You will need to upload your final report (from ELA Unit 6, Lesson 10) to Seesaw by Thursday, January 21st at 5:00 pm.
  • See attachment below and click here to watch a video explaining the Quarter 3 Writing TGA.

Quarter 3 Writing Sample-due in Seesaw February 19th

  • Respond to a passage-"Astronomy"
  • We will begin working on this in ELA classes the week of February 8th. Students will complete it and it will need to be uploaded to Seesaw by Friday, February 19th at 5:00 pm.
  • See attachment below and click here to watch a video explaining the Quarter 3 Writing TGA.


Unit 6-Myths & Informative Writing

In Unit 6, students will be learning all about myths and will be finishing up their research report. We will be reading several myths from the Expeditions in Reading book. It will be important for students to stay on track with their reading, so they are prepared to discuss it in RDL classes.

Note About ELA Lessons:

ELA lessons are meant to take around 90 minutes-2 hours to complete. Please ensure that students are completing all parts of each ELA lesson. If you find that your student is having trouble getting through the lesson all at once, try taking breaks after each section of the ELA lesson.


Unit 6-Division Equations and Strategies

We will be continuing to learn about division in our lessons and RDL classes. As we continue to work on division, students should be practicing their math facts daily, in order to develop and maintain their fact fluency. Set aside 15 minutes each day to work on your multiplication facts. Check out the links below for some resources to help with multiplication and division!

Khan Academy Division

Printable flashcards

Online flashcards

Fact fluency game

Exact Path & MindPlay

Students should be working weekly in Exact Path for math and MindPlay for reading. These programs are designed to meet students where they are and give them the instruction they are ready for.

We will also be using Exact Path to progress monitor skills that we are working on in classes and lessons. Be sure to check into Exact Path weekly for assignments to progress monitor the skills you have been working on. We are excited to see the amazing growth that students will make this year!

There have been some questions with MindPlay lessons not being marked complete in the OLS. Please click here to watch a video about how to get those lessons to be marked as complete.

Tips & Tricks for a Successful School Year

  • Class connect attendance is extremely important in addition to completing online coursework. Please prioritize attending class every day and email all teachers if you know you are going to be absent. Communicate with your homeroom teacher about any scheduling conflicts.
  • Create a family schedule to stay on track with all students' class connects.
  • Come to class prepared. Be sure to eat, use the restroom, do chores, etc. before or after class connects. Log in to class a few minutes early to be ready to start on time.
  • Stay on track each day by following the Bison On-Track Calendar.
  • All assignments require 80% mastery in order to be marked complete. Click here to watch a video showing how to retake an assessment. If you run out of attempts, contact your homeroom teacher.
  • Watch recordings of any missed class connects. Click here to see how to access recordings.
  • Clear out browser cache, cookies, and history daily to ensure that your computer runs smoothly with Newrow. Click here for instructions. Shut down your computer each night.

Bison Mindset Minutes

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Science Fun with Ms. Monday

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 4th-5th: No School-Teacher Work Days
  • January 6th: First Day of 3rd Quarter
  • January 6th-8th: Adjusted Schedule
  • January 8th: Honor Roll Assembly in Classes
  • January 15th: Quarter 3 Math TGA Due Uploaded to Seesaw
  • January 18th: No School-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 21st: Quarter 3 Writing TGA Due Uploaded to Seesaw
  • February 15th: No School-President's Day
  • February 16th-22nd: Interim Live in Classes-Alternate Schedule
  • February 19th: Quarter 3 Writing Sample Due Uploaded to Seesaw

Important Websites

Bison On Track Calendars and Newsletters

You will be able to find current and past Bison On Track Calendars and Newsletters on the school website.

IT Support

If you are experiencing technical issues, please use the link above or call 866-512-2273 to submit a ticket.

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Teacher Contact Information

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