Mrs. Flynn's Classroom Newsletter
October 12-15-Parent Teacher Conferences
October 14-Picture Retakes
October 16-No School
October 19-23-Acts of Kindness Week
October 30-Halloween Parties, Halloween Parade, and Hoot & Howl
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent -Teacher conferences will be held the week of October 12-15. This year conferences will be virtual rather than in person. Parents may choose between a phone or video conference. Please click on the following link to sign up for a time. Make sure you choose either phone or video conference.
School will be in session for students October 12-15. No school on October 16.
It's so important during this time of no visitors in our schools that we stay connected. Please be sure to sign up for a time. We would like to have 100% participation.
In the Classroom
We've had a few full weeks of our curriculum and students are getting our routines down. Even though I am not assigning worksheet homework - students are expected to be reading at least 20 minutes each night, practicing math facts, and spelling words. This year Accerlerated Reader, also known as AR, is not building wide, but up to the teacher if they would like to implement. These last few weeks I observed students and only a few seem to be reading at home and most are picking up a book in the classroom and or the school library and then returning it unread. As a class and during library we have discussed good fit books. When students take the STAR test they are given a reading zone that should be not too easy and not too challenging. THey use that zone to pick out a book to read.
What I want to use AR for:
- Accountability for reading - knowing they are reading at home. They become better readers when they read.
- Comprehending - students take a quiz to show they are understanding what they are reading.
What I don't want AR to do:
- Have students more concerned about a goal and flying through a book just to take a quiz and losing the enjoyment of reading.
Most books are AR books - you can go to www.arbookfind.com and type in the title of the ook or its bar code and come up with the book level. During library checkout, they are allowed to check out three books. I've asked them to pick out one that is at their level. They are also allowed to pick a book from my classroom library as well. Our third-grade website has a page about AR - with information on how you can log in from home to view their progress. Their AR log is also in their homework folder behind the notebook paper.
Pizza Hut Bookit - I signed our class up for the Pizza Hut Book it program - when the students have met their reading goal - number of minutes in a month- they receive a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. This starts in October. I am doing the digital version - a flyer went home explaining it in more detail.
There is a reading log section in their planner to record the title of the book and the number of minutes read. I won't count the minutes unless the title is included. It can be a book, article, even a website article - but the title should be listed along with the number of minutes read.
Epic - getepic.com is an online ereader. Some students have used Epic to read at home. It's free during the day for teachers and Epic has offered a free option for parents - you don't have full access to all the books. I sent flyers home - if you are interested let me know and I will get you the details. If you opt for the full library there are tons of books however I am unsure of cost.
Scholastic Book Club I'll submit a monthly order and send flyers home - you can also go online to view the available digital flyers to choose from - it is a great way to build a home library. We still haven't received last months order - I checked their tracking and it took a wrong turn in KC and went to Ohio then to Indianna. I'm hoping it arrives soon. This isn't usually how it goes.
The next order is due on October 16th and should be here before Halloween.
The link to order - https://orders.scholastic.com/KW2WY
Previous - but helpful information
1. Letter grades - third grade starts receiving letter grades for their classwork and tests. The best way to monitor is to make sure you have your Infinite Campus login. Not only can you monitor their grades, but you can check their lunch account and receive important messages from the school and district - for example -picture day information. If you don't have or have issues with login in - call the office at 913-294-8040 and they will help you to get in.
2. Homework: The third grade team decided that homework was to read at a minimum of 20 minutes a night and to work on math facts throughout the week. In their planner is a reading log section for each day - students should write down the title of the book and the number of minutes read each day and have a parent sign the planner. Students are able to check out three books from the library they can take home and are able to read books in the classroom from my library - if students are reading a chapter book from my library they may take it home.
3. Late Work/Missing Work - I'll mark assignments as missing if they are late - this helps me track work if a student has fallen behind. As long as it is not a test, students can take uncompleted work home to get caught up. If the student doesn't take the work home and is falling behind - they will work on it during recess. Students only spend one recess a day working on late work - they won't miss both of them.
4. Assessments - The students took the Star test - reading level test - this week and were given their reading level zones - their zone is considered a just right fit - not too easy - not too challenging. Next week on the 8th and 9th we are taking the reading and math MAP test. This is the assessment that students in the district take from 1st thru 12th grade. We use the data to see where a student's needs are and then use interventions to help fill that need.
5. Extra Credit - Students have ample opportunity for extra credit in the classroom. Anything extra they do at home - spelling practice, writing out math problems, extra educational online activities, and such. Students either bring in the work that was done - or if it was online have them write in their planner what they did have a parent sign off on it. Students have bookmarked the educational sites we use in the classroom if they login to chrome with their school account. I've also had them listed in our Google Classroom. The students have labels in the back of their planner with their google login info and xtra math (math facts) log
6. Third Grade Website - Our grade level website has information and tons of resources. The school newsletter is embedded on the first page so you always have access to it. On our communications page, each of our stories is listed with the strategies and skills for that week along with the story read aloud. At the beginning of the week, the students will write in their planner with the unit, week, and title of the story. They will also include the Unit and lesson number for math and chapter and lesson for social studies.
7. Birthday Treats Birthday treats are now required to be store-bought and individually packaged. At this time we are not allowed homemade treats. Visitors are not allowed in the building so the students will need to be able to carry the treats into school. Some ideas of what we've done so far - ice cream treats, chips, candy bars - other ideas: granola bars, fruit snacks, and crackers. UPDATE Cupcakes and donuts are allowed if they are store bought. I will use gloves to pass out to students - students will not be able to pass out any treats.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above items.