3rd Grade Newsletter

September 19th - 23th


1. Monday, September 19th at 6 pm, is our Watch DOGS kickoff. Please join us in the Beck Cafe for pizza and information about the program and how to sign up.

2. Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our curriculum night last Tuesday. If you were unable to attend, you can find all of our PowerPoints and handouts on your student's homeroom teacher's webpage.

3. Fall parent teacher conferences will occur October 4th and 5th from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Be on the look out for a sign up form from your student's teacher in the next couple of weeks.

4. Permission forms went home Thursday for Our First Annual Bulldog Blitz. Please sign and return this form to your student's homeroom teacher by October 4th.

5. Please communicate any transportation changes in writing by proving a note in your child's planner or folder or emailing beckelem@nisdtx.org.

5. Information came home about how to join the Beck PTA!! You can also join online by visiting www.beckpta.com. We hope you will consider joining and supporting our school!

We are looking forward to another great week at Beck! As always, please contact us any time with questions.

The Third Grade Team

Learning Targets

A Learning Target is the desired goal of each task in which your child will actively be involved. In addition, it engages your child in reflective evaluation of their own performance.

Writers Workshop:

We will explore the planning and drafting stages of the writing process so that we can begin to develop an understanding of what good writers do. I’ll know I have it when I can create an engaging lead, interesting ending, and include sensory details in my draft.

Readers Workshop:

We will identify ways to monitor our comprehension when reading so that we can fully understand the text. I’ll know I have it when I can ask questions, activate my background knowledge, stop and review, and use reading strategies.

Social Studies:

We will learn how to use map features so that we can access information from maps. I’ll know I have it when I can use a legend, scale, and compass rose to find information on maps.

Math Workshop:

We will review and extend addition strategies so that we can efficiently combine two and three digit numbers. I know I have it when I can find an appropriate and efficient addition strategy for me.

Module 2 Newsletter


We will observe properties of an object I can’t see so that I can identify what object may be inside the closed can. I know I have it when I can identify multiple items based on the object's properties.

Upcoming Events

September 19th: Watch DOGS Kickoff 6:00 pm

September 22th: Character Day

September 30th: End of the 6 Weeks

October 3rd: Beginning of the 2nd 6 Weeks

October 4th: Bulldog Blitz Permission Forms DUE

October 4th and 5th: Parent teacher conferences

October 7th: Early Release at 11:40 am

October 10th: No School

October 11th: 1st 6 Weeks Awards Ceremonies @ 12:15 pm

October 14th: Bulldog Blitz Fun Run

Character Day- September 22, 2016

Character Day is a day celebrated in 96 countries, bringing awareness to thinking about our character. It uses science to highlight the importance of developing character strengths, such as resilience, grit, empathy, courage, and kindness. This would be a great dinner conversation to have with you family. At Beck, we discuss character daily and model how having good character can impact their lives and academics.
"The Science of Character" - new 8 min Cloud Film
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Our campus goal is 98% attendance every day. We appreciate your support in helping us reach this goal by scheduling doctor's appointments, vacations, and other activities outside of the regular school day. If your child is sick we certainly understand and encourage you to keep them home for the day. Please send a note or email beckelem@nisdtx.org if you child will be out sick. Thank you!!

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested at volunteering at Beck? Please take a moment to fill out the Volunteer Background Check found HERE.

*Please note that all chaperones for field trips must have a completed volunteer background check on file.

Teacher Contact Information

Maggie Bell: margaret.bell@nisdtx.org
Kelley Schemmel: kschemmel@nisdtx.org
Brytnei Rocha: brocha@nisdtx.org
Becca Hubbs: rhubbs@nisdtx.org
Emily Stovall: estovall@nisdtx.org
Corinne Hawbaker: chawbaker@nisdtx.org
Dan Flank: dflank@nisdtx.org
Jillian Phillips: jillian.phillips@nisdtx.org

Transportation Changes

To ensure your child's transportation changes are met each day, please contact the front office or email Beckelem@nisdtx.org and CC your child's teacher with the changes. It would be best to notify us as early in the day as possible.


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