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Mrs. Chalk & Mrs. Oduyoye's 3rd Grade Newsletter Jan. 8


Please join us in welcoming Anmol Khanna to Mrs. Oduyoye's Homeroom. Anmol and his family relocated from Kings School District. We, here at Montgomery, are looking forward to getting to know Anmol and his family.

Chisato Nishiyama

We don't often highlight one student in our newsletter, but we wanted to celebrate Chisato Nishiyama's accomplishments so far this year. Chisato joined our Montgomery family in August, as a very shy little girl, who spoke very little English. Check out the video of Chisato sharing a little bit one of her favorite books, Frog and Toad, while she was student of the week in December.

Findlay comes to Montgomery Elementary

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In the age of technology, we are encountering a rising need to teach and implement new solutions to learning. We are excited to ease communication between teacher-student and parent-teacher through email. Your child has been taught how to use their email, and perform safe searches, using Google, which they will need for this project. We have taught, discussed, and shown strategies of Digital Citizenship. In the Thursday folder, your child has brought home an additional booklet about internet safety. We HIGHLY recommend you to read through this booklet and discuss any part that you feel may need additional review and/or support for you in your home.

We have encouraged ALL students to refrain from emailing each other at this time, and to leave emailing between teacher and student. Using the Sycamore email, students will ONLY be able to email other Sycamore email addresses, and will NOT be able to receive emails from outside web addresses. So if you try emailing your child, it SHOULD block your mail, and will NOT show in their mailbox. This will help eliminate any outside companies or people having the ability to contact our children. This restriction will not be lifted until they move beyond elementary school. We encourage parents to write down their child's email and check periodically, as needed. Their email is their student, and their password is listed in their planner (mt####).

Here are some websites for additional digital citizenship content;

Writing Workshop

A paragraph is a group of related sentences that develop a central idea. A paragraph is indicted by indentation, starts with a topic, or introduction sentence, and ends with a concluding sentence; both describing the main idea of the paragraph. The sentences in the middle are examples and details of the main idea-often the most difficult sentences to construct when writing! We are going to use the "STOPLIGHT" strategy to help organize these thoughts ad sentences.

What is a Stoplight Paragraph?

  • Introductory/topic sentences are green sentences. When we think of a stoplight, GREEN means "GO"! The introductory sentence is going to tell us what the paragraph is going to be about.
  • The next few sentences are example sentences, which are YELLOW. When we think of the stoplight, yellow means "SLOW DOWN!" When writing example sentences, slow down and think "Why?" Why is the introductory sentence true?**
  • The conclusion sentence is a RED sentence. When we think of a stoplight, red means "STOP!" The conclusion restates the main idea of the paragraph, and ties the whole thing together.
**There can be as many yellow example sentence and/or detail sentences in a paragraph as you like-as long as they tell why the first intro sentence is true.

Working in our Writing Notebooks: Parts of a Paragraph


Genre means the type of art, literature or music characterized by a specific form, content and style. For example, literature has four main genres; poetry, drama , fiction and non-fiction. All of these genres have particular features and functions that distinguish them from one another.

Reading Notebooks

Students did a great job on 1890s projects, check out the video below.


The Little Free Library is now accepting donations!

Our Little Free Library is accepting donations of any new or gently used books that your family no longer reads. Please send them in with your child to school. They can be dropped off outside of Mrs. Barrometti's Room (212). In order for this to be a success, we need plenty of donations for the children to choose from. Remember, once it is up and running, your child will be able to choose books to take home and keep. We will be accepting donations all school year to keep the library replenished.

Thank you so much for your support in keeping every child reading!

Students had a chance to participate in the Hour of Code.

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. Check out

Snapshots of Our Learning

Countdown Tournament!

Unit 3- Exploring Multiplication

Students build on what they know about addition and subtraction to solve and represent multiplication and division stories. Students use drawings and number sentences to represent solution strategies and reasoning.

  • Complete open number sentences involving multiplication (e.g., × 4 = 4 + 4 + 4 and
    × 4 = 4 × 3; × 4 + 1 = 13 ). (Algebra 3)
  • Represent multiplication and division problems in stories, drawings, and number sentences.
  • Multiply and divide using mental math strategies (e.g., reasoning, repeated addition).
  • Solve two-step word problems involving multiplication and division.
  • Represent solution strategies for problems involving the multiplication facts using number sentences and drawings. (Algebra 4)
  • Represent solution strategies for problems involving multiplication facts for the 5s and 10s using number sentences and drawings.

We will resume our lessons in trailblazers next week. We will start with "Making Teams" and work through to the "Multiplication and Division Stories Workshop." Please continue practicing flashcards and/or using

Sequence of Units in Trailblazers

If you would like to review work or see what is coming, you are always welcome to log into the website and access the digital lessons or ask your child to bring home their text book. Vocabulary should be reviewed and is located in the math journal. The DPPs (Daily Practice Problems) can also be reviewed and brought home after completion in class.

Unit 8: Exploring Multiplication Patterns

Unit 10: Exploring Multiplication and Division

Unit 13: Multiplication, Division, and Volume

Unit 9: Parts and Wholes

Unit 11: Analyzing Shapes

Unit 12: Measurement and Patterns

No Fact Practice Needed for these 3! They mastered multiplication/division fact fluency!


All students have been promoted to multiplication. They should be using to practice at least 3 days per week. If your child needs a paper copy of multiplication facts because you don't have internet access, please contact Mrs. C.

Earth Science - EARTH's RESOURCES


Earth’s resources can be used for energy. Many of Earth’s resources can be used for the energy they contain. Renewable energy is an energy resource, such as wind, water or solar energy, that is replenished within a short amount of time by natural processes. Nonrenewable energy is an energy resource, such as coal or oil, that is a finite energy source that cannot be replenished in a short amount of time.


Prior Concepts Related to Energy from Earth’s Resources PreK-2:

Wind is moving air, water and wind have measurable properties, and sunlight warms the air and water.


Grade 3 Concepts

  • Distinguishing between renewable and nonrenewable resources through observation and investigation is the emphasis for this content statement.
  • Different forms of energy
  • Wind turbines, electrical circuit or solar panel models can be used to demonstrate different forms of energy and the source of the energy.
  • The conservation of energy-Some of Earth’s resources are limited.
  • Specific energy sources in Ohio are introduced, such as fossil fuels found in Ohio, new energy technologies, and the development of renewable energy sources within Ohio.
  • Ohio must be compared to other states regarding energy sources.


Future Application of Concepts

Grades 4-5: Energy is explored through electrical energy, magnetic energy, heat, light and sound.

Grades 6-8: The formation of coal, oil and gas, kinetic and potential energy, thermal energy, energy conservation, energy transfer (includes renewable energy systems) and additional examination of nonrenewable resources are studied.


Thank you very much to all who donated to our holiday party. It was the best I have ever attended! Also, a special thanks to the volunteers for making it all happen! The smiles will surely reward your efforts!
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A Big Thank You to Mrs. Willis for coming in to teach the boys and girls about the many winter celebrations are that observed by our Montgomery families.


Thanks for all of your well wishes and inquires from the kids this week about Megan's team in the Disney Showcase. They were the U15 champions in their division.

Mrs. Oduyoye

On December 13th, my daughter, Maya, had a chance to bake cookies and go caroling with a few of her classmates. You might recognize a few former Montgomery students.

Upcoming Events


8th-Second quarter ends

11th- Teachers' Records Day-No school

12th MAP Reading Test-starts at 10:50

BAT(Basic Aid Training) Chalk- 1:30-2:30 Oduyoye 2:30-3:30

13th MAP Math Test-starts at 10:50

BAT(Basic Aid Training with Fire Department) Chalk- 1:30-2:30 Oduyoye 2:30-3:30

14th- PTO Meeting

BAT(Basic Aid Training) Chalk- 11:00-12:30 Oduyoye 1:30-3:00

15th- Report cards are Distributed

18th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-No School

29th- Carnival 5:30 to 9:00

29th-Second emailed picture and graphic organizer #2 is due at school (Findlay Project)


12th-Valentine's Day-class card exchange

15th-President's Day-No School

26th-Third emailed picture and graphic organizer #3 is due at school (Findlay Project)


10th-PTO Meeting

16th-Spring Picture Day

17th-3rd grade Music Performance-details to come

18th-end of 3rd quarter

21st-25th-Spring Break

31st-Fourth emailed picture and graphic organizer #4 is due at school (Findlay Project)

Do You Know Your City? (click the name to go to website)

Taft Museum of Art - Free on Sundays!

The Taft Museum of Art is one of the finest small art museums in America. A National Historic Landmark built in 1820, the Taft is home to an extensive art collection.

Cincinnati Superlatives

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Check out this website to find up-to-date information on the highlights and happenings in our GREAT city!