3rd Grade Newsletter

Monday, August 16- Friday, August 27, 2021

Congrats on a GREAT First Week!

We have officially finished our first week of 3rd grade! It was a great week and we want to thank our students and Learning Coaches for working hard to make it to classes and complete your Online Learning course! If you have not yet completed the Online Learning course, please do so ASAP to learn all about the OLS.

Beginning Monday, August 16th, you will have 3 live classes per day Monday-Thursday: Morning Meeting, ELA class, and Math class. Be sure to check your OLS for your Class Connect schedule. Your teachers are looking forward to seeing you everyday and watching you grow this year!

Role of the Learning Coach

As a learning coach, you play an important role in your student's education. Take some time to read through what your job as a Learning Coach entails.

Student Spotlight

If you would like to be featured in a future newsletter for our Student Spotlight, please complete this form. You will need to be logged into a Google account if you are not already. (Directions to make a Google account can be found here.) Be sure to complete the media release form below if you have not done so already!

Announcements & Upcoming Dates

NWEA MAP Growth Screener- Starts August 23rd

Beginning August 23rd, students will be taking the NWEA MAP Growth Screener live in our regular classes. The NWEA Map Screener is much like an eye exam. No one is telling you what to see, only you are telling the doctor what you see. In the same way, the NWEA MAP Growth assessment is an opportunity for students to state what they "see" in Math and Reading. The first score of the year sets the goals for the school year. In order to get the most accurate data, students will complete the screener in live classes, completely independently with no help.

MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that kids take three times per school year in live class connects. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time.

Teachers can use the score to inform instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.

Before we take the screener in class, you can take a practice test using the link below. The username and password are grow.

Lyla's Explains MAP Growth
NWEA Information & Practice Test

Username: grow Password: grow

Happy2Help Desk

Come in and get your questions answered! The link will be listed as optional on your Class Connect schedule on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30-12:30.

Media Release Form

OVCA is focused on providing a safe virtual learning environment. With this in mind, we ask that a legal guardian complete the below survey for each student enrolled with OVCA. The media release form includes two sections: Photograph, Testimonial and Interview Release, and Face to Face Platform (webcam) Usage School-Guardian-Student Compact. You will be given the choice to accept or decline each opportunity.

Together we can help students reach their full potential through personalized learning this year! Thank you for taking the time to complete this form.

NewRow Support for Families

If you need assistance with Class Connect sessions, powered by Newrow you can contact the Newrow Support Line at (877) 847-1169. Representatives are available to answer questions and troubleshoot any issues that students may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

As always, if you are experiencing an issue with the Online School or any K12 application, you can contact K12 Customer Support at (866) 512-2273 or visit Help.K12.com

Important Upcoming Dates

  • August 23: NWEA Begins in Live Classes
  • September 6: No School-Labor Day

Course Information


In Unit 1 of ELA, we will be doing an author study of Japanese-American author and artist, Allen Say. We will be reading 3 of his books and will learn about the genre of historical fiction. Be sure to locate these books in your ELA materials and bring them to ELA class with you!


In Unit 1 of math, we will be working on Number Sense, Comparing & Ordering Numbers, as well as Rounding Numbers. Our focus will be on understanding the value of numbers and being able to read, write, and understand numbers in different forms. Be sure that your student is completing the Activity Book pages with every lesson to get the practice to master the skills.

Helpful Math Links:

Printable flashcards

Online flashcards

Fact fluency game


Students are expected to work for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week in MindPlay. They should be completing these lessons independently, as it adapts to their level.

In order to complete the lesson, students need to click the "Open MindPlay" link inside the course and actively work for 30 minutes in MindPlay before marking the lesson complete in the OLS.

Mr. Thomas & Mrs. Ratzloff's Corner

If your child has a disability, special education can help your child learn, develop social skills, and enjoy school again.

Special Education Information:

  • You will work as part of a team along with others from the school to develop an Individualized Education Program or IEP.
  • The IEP is developed by the IEP team at a meeting. An IEP is good for one year. It can be changed anytime during the year in another IEP team meeting.
  • The IEP team has a very important job. You will want to attend the meetings to be part of all the decisions about your child.
  • You know your child best. The IEP team needs you!

7 Mindsets Corner

The 7 Mindset Monthly Theme for August and September is "We Are Connected!" Check out the 7 Mindsets Parent Newsletter here for ideas and activities for this month's theme.

Tips & Tricks for a Successful School Year

  • Class connect attendance is extremely important in addition to completing online coursework. Please prioritize attending class, including Morning Meeting, 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 with your materials to be ready to start on time.
  • 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.

Important Websites

OVCA Hub (School Website)

You can find current and past newsletters as well as district information on this site.

IT Support

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

Teacher Contact Information