News From Room 116

April 2016

Spring Is Here??!

Fourth quarter is upon us! It certainly doesn't feel like spring out there with this crazy weather! Please remind your students to dress appropriately for the weather. Many students have been outside for recess feeling cold because they did not wear an appropriate coat to school. We do go out EVERY DAY, unless it is raining.

We begin PARCC testing next week. All tests are administered on computers. Third graders will be tested in the following areas:

English/Language Arts: April 12, 13, 14 (12:45-2:30)

Math: April 18, 19, 21, 22 (8:45-10:00)

During that testing, it is vital that your student get plenty of sleep, eat a good breakfast each day, and arrive to school on time. Please try to avoid taking your child out of school for appointments or other activities during testing, as well. Also, a few encouraging words (maybe a note in your student's assignment book?) from you each day will help your student do their best. Thank you for your support during this time.


In math, we are beginning our unit on polygons.

Students are still taking multiplication and/or division timed quizzes several times each week. It is very important that students practice their math facts each day at home for at least 10 minutes. There are many websites that can be used for facts practice. Other ideas for practice are: flash cards, writing facts out on paper, playing dice games for practice, even being quizzed by a parent or older sibling in the car is a great way to learn those facts!

Students have been introduced to the website to help them strengthen their math skills. They are able to access this at home, as they do have their own username and password in their assignment notebooks. Below is a list of topics students should practice, as they relate to our current and past units of study.

IXL Topics:



Understand Multiplication

Understand Division

Estimation and Rounding (P1-P2)

Fractions (W9-W13)

Geometry (V1-V6, V8-V12)

Data & Graphs (T1-T15)

Time (S1-S7)


In reading, we will be starting to listen, as a whole group, to Because of Winn-Dixie. Students will listen to an audio recording of the book (following along in a copy of the book), and we will discuss important vocabulary, character development, and answer questions regarding the story.

Please make sure your child reads every day at home for at least 30 minutes. You can view their progress toward AR goals, and see how they did on all AR tests taken at school by visiting the Murphy School website, navigating to "Students," then "Renaissance Place." You can log in with your child's username and password, which are in their assignment notebooks. Fourth quarter goals have been set, and students should be working to reach those goals.


Mrs. Van Horn's class continues to go to Mrs. Rooney for Science on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Currently, they are studying animal adaptations. Students will continue with Science three times per week until the end of the year.


We have finished our unit on opinion/persuasive writing. We have just begun information writing. Students have chosen a topic on which they are an "expert", and will write their own non-fiction books during the fourth quarter.

Important Dates

4/12 - 4/22: PARCC Testing

Friday, 4/15: Report cards distributed

Friday, 4/29: No School - Teacher Inservice

Friday, 5/6: In School Field Trip - NALCO "Science Is Fun!" Demonstration