10/17 MATH TEST THIS FRIDAY. We are reviewing this week!
- Did you have fun at the carnival? I thought the turnout was great!
- I was lucky enough to see our boys play football on Saturday morning. I loved it!! Keep me posted on other sporting events. I love to show up and see the kids.
- We will do a practice AIR test this week to get used to the state online testing site. This will give the kids a chance to maneuver around the tools prior to doing the real AIR test next week. This is the state reading test that shows if our kids are on track with reading.
- Speaking of testing, the MAPS reports were not available on conference night but will be sent home soon.
- Our mass is this Friday at 8:15. We hope you will join us in the greatest form of prayer.
- On Wednesday we will have an assembly from The Energized Guyz in the afternoon and we will also meet with Fr. Norm. We meet with him about one time per month to listen and learn about various aspects of our faith.
- Thanks for all of the September online book orders. It is now time to place orders for October. I will submit the orders on 10/30. Here is the link: https://orders.scholastic.com/Q8J6Y
- Thanks to all the supportive parents that attended conferences. I appreciate your help in this journey!
- See you at the carnival. I work 2-4 at the wristband station.
- There is homework over the weekend! A cursive practice was sent home.
- Math test on unit 1 on Friday, 10/20. Our next unit is graphing and data.
- Carnival this coming Saturday. Did you order your wristbands? We would love to win that ice cream party!
- Our class mass is on 10/20. We hope you will join us at 8:15. We will practice this week and parts will come home for you to practice as well. Only about the first five kids in our roster will participate in this first mass.
- Thanks to everyone who offered to help with our Halloween goodies. I appreciate this more than you will ever know.
- Reading logs will be due on Thursday this week and count towards your learner's reading grade.
- Did you sign up for a conference yet? I will have MAPS results to share with you.
- Reminder: If you did not turn in your PHOTO RELEASE page at the start of the year, I cannot post pictures of your child. I am missing this from a few families.
- Regarding grades: This will be the first time you see A, B, C type grades on a report card. Previously the children have had S, N, and U type grades. In my class, I grade most of their work, including homework so if you see A and B, that is a great indicator that you child is doing well. If you see a C, that is an area where improvement is needed. Often times students get lower grades in Language Arts. This is mainly due to capitalization and punctuation errors in their writing. This will take practice. DON' T BE ALARMED but feel free to remind them at home to use these things when writing. Conduct, religion, science and social studies grades look great.
- Reminder: we will have a substitute tomorrow. She will give a spelling test so please be sure to study.
- Sign up for a conference time if you have any questions or concerns.
- A cheer-leading sign up page went home last night with each girl.
- Reading logs will be given for next week and they should be returned on Thursday. They will be worth six points next week due to the shortened week.
- Many students do not have even one point in AR yet. Please remind your learned to take the AR quiz after completing their book!!
- Have a wonderful weekend. I know I will. Jaimee arrived late last night and there is nothing like having your child at home!
- It is important for your learner to practice spelling words each night. Monday's homework of 3x each is simply not enough to master the words for a test on Friday. Also, words spelled with capital letters will be marked wrong. We only need capital letters for proper nouns. I keep reminding them during the test but some are still overusing capital letters. This is costing a lot of points!
- Congratulations to Noah Bradley who already has over 10 AR points.
- We will likely be doing Halloween activities with the 4th and 5th graders. More information coming soon.
- Each month I will email a SMORE newsletter. This is to help with our ongoing effort to keep all parents informed. One will be coming today!!
- Grades are updated regularly. Please check Headmaster often!! Missing work is recorded as a zero. Sometimes this happens because a student does not follow directions and puts the work in their own mailbox instead of turning it in. If you see something come home without a grade, you may want to send it back in and have your child ask me if I needed it.
- Are you coming to the carnival on 10/14? I will be working at the registration table from 2-4.
- Conference sign ups coming soon. They are not required but I will be here from 3-8 if you would like to meet.
- Check out the new pictures on the St. Vincent de Paul Feast Day tab above.
9/29 Well, we made it through September. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to work with these children. They amaze me each day with their reading and bright answers.
- I will be pulling an AR report soon. Several of the children have told me that they have not done ANY AR yet. Although it is not required, I do encourage it and since they are reading for 20 minutes each night they should have taken at least one quiz by now!
- During each week we work on lessons in our new SIMPLE SOLUTIONS workbooks for math and LA. We go over them each Friday and correct our answers and discuss questions. They are doing well with completing the work and checking their answers!
- BEHAVIOR: During both of our Technology classes this week the children have been too talkative and not listening to Mr. Oravec. Two students had their dog moved today for this reason. I was in the lab with them to help get them ready for the MAPS testing next week and they all should have been following his directions and logging in to the test site. Many were not on task and three adults were in there trying to help. PLEASE remind your learner that their conduct grade is taken every day. When a dog moves down, they only get one point for that day, not three.
- Thanks for all of the book orders. I did use points to order some more free books for our class.
- SHOUT OUT to the Lann family for providing popsicles on Tuesday. The children were thrilled and so was the teacher!!
- Have a wonderful weekend!
- Book orders for this month are due tomorrow. You can order online using our classroom code: https://orders.scholastic.com/Q8J6Y
- All students should be ATTEMPTING to use cursive in their daily work. I have noticed that many are printing when they have nice handwriting. Cursive will be required after 10/31. I will remind them at school and please help remind them at home. Practice makes perfect.
- In Reading we are beginning to learn about character traits. We can describe a character by their actions, not just by their looks. You can practice at home with a book they are reading. Ask, "What character trait does that character display?" ( curious, sneaky, empathetic for example.) Then have your child tell you WHY they chose that trait.
- In Language Arts we are working on writing complete sentences. This includes using a capital letter, spacing, and punctuation. Each Friday on the spelling test I will have them write one full sentence using one of our given words. One sentence is worth 3 points. I will do this each week. Simply forgetting a capital letter or a period will make that grade a 2/3 rather than 3/3. We will be moving into paragraphs soon. Please remind your child to use capital letters and periods. This is a critical standard for writing success.
- In Religion we are working on learning all the rituals of a Catholic Mass which include properly blessing ourselves, saying prayers, saying responses after the priest and learning the Apostle's Creed, which teaches what we believe. You can help at home by modeling these things each Sunday in mass. Part of what makes a Catholic Church a great place to worship are the rituals that have been handed down from generation to generation. We have learned that all Catholic churches do these things no matter where we travel.
- Has your child told you what their engineering project is?
- A huge thank you to the CHAMBERS family for providing Popsicles today. I provided them last Friday and Mrs. Meeker provided some last Thursday. HOW FUN!!
PAJAMA DAY ON TUESDAY!
- We made it even though we are so hot. Please remember to send a water bottle with your learner each day as well as a snack. I already have some "repeat offenders" who are not bringing a snack each day.
- Homework on Monday will just about always be 3x each for spelling. A lot of learners earned a HOMEWORK PASS this week so many will probably opt out of that this coming week.
- Math fluency is a critical skill. Can you child add and subtract quickly? You may need to brush up with some flash cards, especially in the area of subtraction.
- We are learning about the scientific method. Ask your learner to think up some great science questions when they are outdoors.
- Remember to check grades often. Don't wait until conference time to discuss concerns. You may ask any time.
- Have a wonderful weekend. See you at mass.
9/21 Picture day tomorrow. Dress up!
9/20 BIG NEWS!! We won the dollar challenge with the most paper money brought in so we get a Pajama Day. It will be on Tuesday 9/26. Pajamas or sweat suits are acceptable. I told the kids they could bring in a small stuffed animal also to keep on their desk. HOW FUN!!
- Picture day is Friday. The children may dress up. Order forms went home last Friday.
- Did you return the WHITE form that allows your child to use our computers? If not, no ipads will be used until it is returned.
- Cursive writing is required in third grade. I will go easy with this expectation until the end of October. After that ALL WORK must be in cursive. This is the standard from the Diocese of Cleveland.
- THANKS SO MUCH to the Brubaker family for donating a large stack of new books to our classroom library. Your kindness and generosity is overwhelming!
- The children did pretty well with mass this week. I had to leave with a sick student and they managed to get communion without any prompting. If you could please help remind them at home about not playing with their hair at mass that would be great. I left mass with 2 pony holders from kids playing. I have asked them to keep their hands folded rather than playing "BEAUTY SHOP."
- Thanks for all the reading logs. When you turn these in, this is my written guarantee that you are hearing and seeing your child read during the week. As we all know, " it takes a village to raise a child."
- Picture day 9/22
- Scholastic Book sale next week! Flyers went home yesterday.
- I am not taking a grade for spelling this week. I just want to see their abilities. NEXT WEEK COUNTS!
- Have a great weekend. ( If your child plays sports, let me know. I will try to attend a game when possible!)
- Check out the new SAVING FRED pictures from today's experiment. There is a new tab above.
- Book fair for us will be on TUESDAY at 8:55.
- Login information went home tonight for the Headmaster site.
- CHECK OUT THE BEEKEEPING TAB ABOVE!
- Grades are now being posted. In third grade we put POINTS into the system and the system assigns a letter grade. I do not give letter grades. I give possible points such as 11/15 or 9/10. All grades are updated weekly so if you see something that is a concern or does not seem quite right, LET ME KNOW. Weekly behavior/conduct grades will typically be out of 15 points. Mass is typically 10 points. Timed math facts are points based on how many problems are on the page. On Monday there were 44 addition problems so that was worth 44 points. Please check the grades regularly so you don't have any surprises at report card time. If you don't have a login for the grade book site you will get that from Mrs. Meeker.
- We will have morning gathering on Mondays only. On Tuesday through Friday the children will report to the gym if they arrive before 7:45. After that, students will be directed to go up to the classroom. Bellwork time will be from 7:45 until around 8:30. Each day there will be an assignment to complete.
- Remember to bring a snack every day!
- Thanks for all the supplies that you sent in. Our Kleenex cupboard is fully stocked.
- Birthday treats are always welcome and we will celebrate birthdays in the afternoon. You will want to be sure your learner has a REGULAR snack even if you are sending in a birthday treat for the class. NO NUTS PLEASE!!
- I will be conducting a brief reading assessment this week for each child. This will help me plan instruction.
- REMINDER: This site is updated daily. CHECK BACK OFTEN!
First week 9/7 and 8
- I will provide the snack for the first week of school. Your child should bring a small snack each day starting next week. We will have a brief snack time each day before we begin our Math time. Snacks should not require a spoon and should be something that can be eaten quickly while doing work.
- Reading logs will be sent each Monday and will part of their nightly required reading. These will be returned each Friday and will count towards their reading grade. It is critical that you see and hear your child reading daily and that you read to them as well.
- Typically each child will have reading and math homework each night and occasionally science, social studies or religion will be required as well.
- The homework during the first few days will be limited as we work into our regular routine.
- Our school day begins promptly at 8:00. Students arriving after 8:00 will be marked tardy.
- We will participate in Scholastic Book Orders. Every time you purchase books for your child, I earn points towards books for our class. Here is the link to order online. You may order at any time. https://orders.scholastic.com/Q8J6Y Just copy and paste that into your browser! Last year I bought numerous sets for our room!
- WATER BOTTLES ARE OK! Your child may bring a full one to school to keep at their desk.
- We go to mass every Friday and ties are required. Please wear them to school tomorrow!
- We will begin AR soon. It is NOT too early to begin reading a book that you will use for an AR quiz.
- Next week I will begin to do some quick assessments for reading and math to see what groupings I need to make for instruction.