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I hope this newsletter find you well! I wish you all a safe and relaxing Spring Break next week. The following are a few reminders and updates.
Passwords: I sent home your child's new log-in password today. They were asked to tape it into their agenda on today's date, 4/6. As you heard yesterday, their birthdate will not longer work as of today.
Field Trip: We will have a field trip coming up on May 10th to the Mission Trails Regional Park. I will send home chaperone letters at the end of April.
SBAC testing: Our class is scheduled to start testing April 26th and test weekly through May 19th. This will consist of multiple tests in the areas of math and English Language Arts. I will send out a more formal schedule when we return from Spring Break.
Our Vacation to Mars 3rd grade play performances are scheduled for May 19th at 9:00am and May 20th at 2:00pm. The students are so excited about this play as we are just beginning to learn the songs. All parts have been assigned and if your child has a speaking role, they should be practicing their lines at home.
Book Orders: I will be submitting the last book order on April 22nd. If your child has not already used their free book coupon, they will want to do so this time. They are allowed to pick any book $5 or under from any catalog. I will remind them in class as well if they have asked me to hold their coupon from them.
Yearbooks: Don't forget to preorder your yearbook online! The cost is $25. The last day to do this is Friday, April 8th. Go to: www.memorybook.com/parentpay and enter the pay code: 77891 to order your yearbook online. After pre-sales the cost will increase to $30.
Vacation to Mars Performance
Please join us May 19th or 20th to take a trip through the Solar System!
Please make sure your child is practicing and passing their flashcards. Time is running out to have facts fluently mastered by the end of the year!
We have started learning cursive. The students are very motivated to learn this new style of writing. It will be important for them to practice the letters they have learned frequently. There are also many websites and apps that have tutorials to review if they are struggling. We are teaching the D'Nealian formation of cursive.
Vacation to Mars Performance
A Day in the Life of a Third Grader
Battle of the Books is going strong! The kids are absolutely loving this activity and I have seen more motivation to read than ever! All of their Battle books are counting for our Read Across America goal and the Principal's Reading Challenge as well. Be sure to ask them regularly about the books they are reading. This will help with comprehension and let you know about their reading progress. All books should be recorded in their reading logs.
Language 4 Today continues to be a great review of skills of all standards in reading and writing. We continue to take weekly quizzes to check progress.
Our writing genre for 3rd trimester is informative/explanatory writing. We have been working on the reason and structure of this type of writing for the past 2 weeks. The students will be starting an informative report on a planet upon their return from Spring Break. Our writing and science will be closely tied together for the remainder of the year.
We are finishing up our unit on geometry and measurement this week. We will start the unit 6 test tomorrow. Our next unit will be on fractions. This is typically one of the hardest units for 3rd graders. It is helpful for you to point out fractions in the "real world" in order to help them see practical application of this concept. Fractions truly are all around us!
We are also wrapping up our STEAM rotations in 3rd grade. For the remainder of the year the class will learning, studying, and researching about our solar system. They will become experts on a planet and go through the process of completing a research paper. There will also be a creative component to this unit in which the students will pick a project to do at home to represent what they have learned. There will be more detailed information about the space reports/projects coming home soon.
I have been so impressed with the presentations happening during Academic Sharing. The students are really improving their presentation skills and are teaching us about very unique topics that otherwise would not be taught in 3rd grade. We are learning so much from each other! Please remember that your child has the entire schedule in their binder and they are responsible for being prepared on their scheduled day. Thank you for all your support as well!
This year is going so fast and I appreciate all you have done to help with the success of your child in 3rd grade.