News From the Nest

Friday, April 8th

PARCC Prep

As our 4th quarter begins, so does our PARCC testing. We will begin testing next Tuesday and continue until Thursday of the following week. Students will be taking one test each morning on the Chromebooks. We have used a limited amount of class time to practice taking these assessments on the Chromebooks to help students become accustomed to the program they will be using. If you would like to have your child practice at home, the practice test can be found at http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/. These can be completed and graded right online.

Please help your child to be ready to do their best next week by encouraging them to eat a healthy breakfast, getting a good night's sleep, and arriving at school on time. We will beginning these tests first thing in the morning!

READING

We took the final assessments for our Communities unit this week. Some of these assessments made it into the Friday Folders, but unfortunately some did not get in there! If your child's test was not in their folder, I will send it home on Monday.

Our next reading unit incorporates science as we begin our unit on Forces and Motion. We will read various articles and books during this unit. This should tie in nicely with many of the Genius Hour projects the students are working on. It also will help prepare the students for our field trip to Museum of Science and Industry later in the month.

WRITING

Students worked on adding additional features to their informational writing pieces. Next week students should be able to work on their finals and bring them home to share with parents.

MATH

Students took the Attributes and Partitioning Polygons pretest this week and we started our looking at quadrilaterals and their attributes. We also started a new online program called Tenmarks. This is an excellent resource for practicing and mastering math skills. I am able to assign class assignments, individual assignments for extra practice or challenge, and they can also take assessments on the site. I am excited to incorporate this into our guided math time this last quarter.


Students can also continue to practice multiplication and division facts on xtramath.org and/or IXL.com.

GENIUS HOUR (STEM)

Students started their research for their Genius Hour projects this week. Next week, some students may be ready to begin working on their projects and some students will still need to do some research. This is such an excellent opportunity for these third graders to independent in their learning. It's been exciting to watch!

A Few Reminders...


  • Signed Friday Folders due Monday, April 11th
  • Reading Logs due Monday, April 11th
  • Field Trip permission forms (in Friday folders) due next Friday - no money needed!
  • Report Cards will come home Friday, April 15th.
  • Read-A-Thon info in Friday folders (April 15-24)
  • PTO Donation Drive - April 13 & 14 - see not in Friday folder for details

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In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 provides a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.