Ms. Ballard's 3rd Grade News

October 9, 2015


Reading - We have been working hard establishing rituals and routines of reading. We will begin working on summarizing text in the next few weeks, as we write book reviews.

Writing- The students continue to create entries in their Writer's Notebooks several times a week. We have been working on using and recognizing parts of speech, sentence structure, and punctuation.

Homework - It is expected that the students read at least 20 minutes five days a week. Additionally, they receive math homework Monday through Thursday. Please check and sign your child's homework notebook each day. The notebook is filled out each day as a tool to help the students develop organizational skills. I check each notebook after they have filled it out to make sure everything it is complete. Feel free to leave me a note or email me with any questions or messages you may have.

Weekly Homework - Third graders receive weekly homework assignment on Wednesdays, due the following Wednesday. These assignments are based on something that we are studying at school. Most weeks the students will have several options to choose from for their weekly homework. I encourage the students to have fun and challenge themselves. There will always be a project based component as an option. Please enjoy assisting your child with these projects.

Puppets Are Coming

One of the many highlights of third grade at Capitol Hill is puppet making with our visiting artist/puppeteer, Margo. The students have been designing astronauts, aliens, or robots in anticipation of transforming them into puppets starting next week. If you are available on Wednesday, October 14 from 8:30 - 11:00 to help us from the heads and hands, please let me know. Many thanks!
Information will be sent home on Monday -- Your child will bring a puppet bag home on Mondasy. In the bag will be the design he/she has been working on (to be completed and returned by Wednesday), a letter explaining the costume design, and a pattern. When the costume is complete, please send it back to school in the bag. Many thanks!
Can you help sew puppet customs? If so, please let me know. If you are not able to sew a pattern for your child, I will find someone to do it for you.

This project will be part of our solar system and poetry units of study.

Art AdventureParents Needed!

Would you be interested in teaching art appreciation to our class before our trip to MIA in December?
Art Art is a program of the Minneapolis Institute of Art to bring art and culture out of the museum into the classroom. The museum provides themed groups of art with helpful teaching tools and props. At Capitol Hill, parent volunteers present the pieces of art to the classrooms and then the classes take a field trip to see the art live and in person.

If you are interested in participating as a Picture Person in the classroom, please contact Cassandra Lasley as soon as possible by filling out this form: or sending an email to:

Grandparents' Day

Grandparents' Day was a great success. The third graders did a wonderful job performing two sweet songs. When the grandparents came to the classroom they shared their memories of third grade. Everybody enjoyed comparing schools -- now and then!


Throughout the school year we will be studying mindfulness through yoga and the MindUp curriculum in order to teach the students social, emotional and self-regulatory strategies and skills. This month we discussed brain anatomy and how to self-regulate in stressful situations.

After School Programs (EDL)

Class assignments and bus information were sent home today, October 9. Please look for the information on salmon colored paper in your child's Capitol Hill folder.

Classes are held from 3:00-5:15pm on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays:

Oct. 13, 20, 22, 27, 29
Nov. 10, 24
Dec. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17
Jan. 5, 7, 12, 14, 21, 26, 28
Feb. 2, 4, 9, 11,16, 18, 23, 25
Mar. 1, 3, 8, 22, 24, 29, 31
Apr. 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
May 3, 5, 10, 12

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 13 - After school program begins

Wednesday, October 14 - Puppet making workshop -
October 15 & 16 - No school - Education Minnesota (MEA)
Friday, October 23 - School Picture Day (fliers were sent home on Wednesday)

Friday, October 23 - Fall Festival (Information on the CH website)

Friday, October 30 - No School -- Report Card/Conference Prep Day

Friday, November 6 - Rondo Library Field Trip (rescheduled from earlier date)