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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Welcome August 2017

Dear Parents,
      Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. I'm excited to kick off a new year with some new and fabulous learners!! We'll spend the first couple of days learning rules and procedures, then we'll jump right into our curriculum.

Upcoming Events:
August 17th...................Begin Math Chapter 2--Represent and Interpret Data
August 17th...................Begin CKLA Unit 1--The Wind in The Willow/Writing Narratives
August 21st...................Begin teaching multiplication facts and begin manuscript review
August 25th..................Me Museum due--presentations from 1:30 to 2:30 (parents are invited to stop by and check it out)
August 28th..................Volunteers begin helping
September 4th...............Labor Day--no school
September 5th...............Begin Cursive Instruction

Class Schedule:
Monday 12:30-1:30...............Library & Music
Tuesday 2-2:45......................Art
Wednesday 9:30-10...............Music
Wednesday 12:30-1:30..........P.E.
 
Welcome to Third Grade!!!

 

Homework:

·         Reading: 20 minutes of reading and 3-5 minutes of reading response every school night for 10 points per day (1 extra credit day is available each week as well).

·         Writing: A homework packet will be sent home each Monday (and should be brought back and forth between home and school each day for the week). The packet includes steps to completing a paragraph. The work is broken down into nightly assignments that should take no more than 5-10 minutes with the final product due on Friday. Students will also be given a few minutes of class time each day to get started on these daily assignments. Students have the opportunity to earn 10 points for each writing section completed with the final product (completed paragraph) being given 20 points for a total of 50 points per week.

·         Math Review: Included in the homework packet will be a quick math review page on the back of the writing pages. This work should take no more than 5-10 minutes and can also be started in class if students have extra time. 50 points are allotted to math homework each week.

·         Completing homework (reading, writing, and math) each night is an important extension of the classroom.  Please check over your student’s homework each night. This will ensure that your student gets some extra one-on-one from you if needed and also helps to keep you informed of how well your child is managing and understanding 3rd grade concepts.

·         Spelling: The first spelling list will be sent home 4-6 weeks into the school year. A list of words to use for practice will be sent home on Mondays. The test will be on Friday.

·         Keyboarding: We will begin our keyboarding review within the first full week of school. This is a very important life skill that will also help students on the tests at the end of the year. I plan to block out 2-3 sessions of time per week to dedicate to keyboarding skills, however, proper practice at home is always a bonus for your child.

·         Cursive Writing: We will begin cursive writing in September after students have reviewed and practiced proper print technique! The work will be done at school, but practice at home is always encouraged.

·         Times Tables: We will also begin times tables right off the bat and I plan to have all the facts from 0-12 taught within the first 4 to 6 weeks of school. We will continue to practice the facts in class, however. It is essential that students continue to practice these facts at home regularly in order to pass them off throughout the year.

·         Powerschool: Please visit Powerschool regularly to stay informed of your child’s class standing. If you need access information, Mrs. Griffith has all that information at the office. I will also send home grade printouts periodically as well as give printouts to the students regularly in order to keep them informed of how they are doing in class. In order to participate in our quarterly 3rd Grade Thrills activities, students need to have 80% or above on their progress reports.

Volunteers:

·         We’d love helpers. Morning helpers are needed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday from 10-10:30. After noon helpers are needed Mondays from 1:40-2:10 and Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday from 12:40-1:10

Organization:

·         Organizational skills are reinforced in 3rd grade. Each student is responsible for his/her own work. If a child’s assignment is missing, he/she can visit the “Extras” cubby to find a copy. If the extras are all gone, the child is responsible to find a makeup assignment and get it approved with the teacher before completion. I am not able to make extra copies for individual students. If this becomes a chronic problem for a particular student, I will be contacting the parent to collaborate on a plan to solve the problem.

Class Blog: http://www.mrssherratts.blogspot.com

·         Most questions will be answered in the monthly newsletters, which can be found on our class blog. I also send emails of extra items that may not have been included in the blog.

Attendance:

·         Attendance is crucial to the success of each child. Please do what you can to schedule lessons and vacations outside of school time. If you need to pick up your child during school hours, please check them out at the office first.

Behavior Policy and Procedures:

·         Each child is expected to demonstrate good behavior each day. Students are expected to follow the teacher’s directions promptly and with a good attitude. They are expected to treat others with respect and take responsibility for their own actions. As students display expected behaviors they will earn stars on the Legend Board in order to earn prizes and move closer to the top of the board. Students will also earn various “bonus activities” throughout the week to celebrate their accomplishments.

·         Students not demonstrating expected behaviors will meet with the teacher one-on-one and practice expected behaviors during part of their break time.

·         If a student continues to show unexpected behaviors, student’s seat will be moved away from classmates.

·         If issues persist after sufficient interventions have been put in place, parents will be contacted and referral to the Skill Building program will be submitted.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. It’s much easier to deal with issues as they come up rather than waiting and hoping they get better on their own. I am open to suggestions and appreciate feedback.

I look forward to working with you and your child this year, and I’m excited for the wonderful year to come!!! Thank you for your added support!

 

Bev Sherratt

         

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 14, 2016

    September 14, 2016

     Finally, our first blog of the year!!!! It's taken a bit of time (3 weeks to be exact) and we've covered lots of information so far, gotten to know each other better, and learned some very important rules and procedures.
     We're off to a great start having already worked on place value to the millions and adding and subtracting concepts. We've also briefly covered many of the multiplication facts--0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, and 11. We'll continue working on the other facts as well.
     We just finished up our first language arts unit which was a study of classic tales including the story of The Wind in the Willow written by Kenneth Grahame in 1908. We also worked on reading skills as the class read various classic stories from our small readers.
     The students have also had various opportunities to practice their writing skills as we've implemented the strategy Think-Write-Pair-Share (T.W.P.S) and worked on daily journal entries.
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 Please Note:

**If you have not signed and returned the "Acceptable Use Policy" or E-signed by going to the school home page, please do so as soon as possible. Students are not allowed to use computers until a new policy is signed each year. We'll begin working on the computers as early as this Friday.
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Upcoming Curriculum:

Language Arts:    
--This week we will begin unit 2 in language arts.  This unit is a fun one and includes Rattenborough, a spunky little mouse/narrator who will take us on a non-fiction adventure as the students learn about classification of animals. 
--We will also review the parts of a sentence including the subject, predicate, nouns, verbs and adjectives. 
--We will be working with prefixes -un & -non and suffixes -ed & -ing. 

Spelling: 

--Our first spelling list will come home next week. Students will write their list each Monday and bring it home to study and we'll have our tests on Fridays.
 
Math: 
 

--We will end chapter 1 Monday or Tuesday of next week and begin chapter 2 on Wednesday or Thursday. 
--We'll continue reviewing ways to add larger numbers mentally and using regrouping to add numbers up to 1,000.  We'll also continue our review of subtracting 3 digit numbers using regrouping. 
--Throughout chapter 2, students will learn about and review graphs, including picture graphs, bar graphs, horizontal and vertical bar graphs, and graph scales and keys
 

Science/Social Studies: 
 

--The language arts program we are currently using lends itself very well to many of our science and social studies concepts. The last unit was a great example of communities (other units will cover this concept in more detail) and the current unit helps students to explore classification of animals.
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Upcoming Events:

September 21st        Hearing Screenings (K-3)
September 23rd       Fall Pictures 

Weekly Schedule:

Monday: Library & Music
Tuesday: Art
Wednesday: Music & P. E.  
 

Monday, January 4, 2016

January 2016

MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016






Dear Parents, 
     Welcome back and Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a wonderful break. I had a restful holiday filled with family, friends, and lots of joy. Thanks again for the wonderful donations for our classroom party and games/supplies for our classroom.  
   We still need paper cardboard rolls that come from paper towels rolls, toilet paper rolls, the end of aluminum foil, etc for a project in this month. If you can send any of these items in, that would be great.
Curriculum
Math--We will finish chapter 6 this week and test on Wednesday. We will then move on to chapter 7 where the students will learn more about division facts and strategies.

Times Tables
Thank you to the parent helpers who have been able to work with the students one-on-one. Each Friday  your child has the opportunity to pass off a new set of multiplication facts, so  please study times tables with your child each day in order to prepare them.

Homework
Please take a few minutes to check and initial your child's homework each night. 
This helps me immensely. Checking the work also gives you a better understanding of the concepts we're working on in school and whether or not your child is understanding those concepts.

CKLA
We're on unit 4 which focuses on Ancient Roman Civilizations

Spelling
Please help your child study their words each week. We'll have a spelling test every Friday.

Keyboarding
Although we have finished our keyboarding lessons, we will continue practicing those skills a couple times each week.

Unit Study (Science/Social Studies)
Science- Along with our Roller Coaster activity, we will be learning about Force & Motion for our science lessons.
Social Studies-As we move through our units and look ahead a bit (actually, Mrs. Holmes needs the credit for looking ahead), I'm discovering that the CKLA program is doing a great job of covering many, if not all of the 3rd grade social studies units.

Upcoming Events...


Friday, December 4, 2015

December 2015

Parents,
    Happy Holidays to all!! I hope your Thanksgiving break was full of fun, family, and adventure!! We're staying busy here in the 3rd grade. We've been working our way through lots of curriculum and are now at the end of math chapter 5 and will begin chapter 6 on Monday (chapter 6 should take about two weeks). We've also been working on finishing up our cursive and keyboarding lessons, and I'm happy to say, we're almost to the end of instruction and ready for lots of practice. We continue to move along in the CKLA program and are currently working on unit 3. Unit 3 has been very interesting as we've studied the human body.  Mrs. Holmes shared a fabulous writing idea with our class, and the students are now enjoying their time writing about a day spent at Santa's Workshop. We're using this writing prompt to discuss parts of a narrative story.
     As you can tell, our days are full  of learning,  hard work, and fun. I can't express in words what a joy it is to have a part in the lives of such precious little people.  I'm truly grateful to you and your sweet children.
Here's to continued joy throughout your holiday season!

P.S. We need paper cardboard rolls that come from paper towels rolls, toilet paper role, the end of alumanim foil, etc for a project in January. If you can send any of these items in, that would be great.


Curriculum

Math--December 6-18th
Monday        6.1 Problem Solving-Model Division
Tuesday        6.2 Size of Equal Groups
Wednesday   6.3 Number of Equal Groups
Thursday      6.4 Model with Bar Models
Friday           6.5 Algebra--Relate Subtraction and Division
Monday        Mid-Chapter Checkpoint
Tuesday        6.6 Model Arrays
Wednesday   6.7 Algebra_Relate Multiplication and Division
Thursday      6.8 Algebra-Write Related Facts
Friday           6.9 Algebra--Division Rules for 1 & 0

Times Tables
Thank you to the parent helpers who have been able to work with the students one-on-one. Each Friday  your child has the opportunity to pass off a new set of multiplication facts, so  please study times tables with your child each day in order to prepare them.

Homework
Please take a few minutes to check and initial your child's homework each night.

CKLA
We're on unit 3  The Human Body: Systems and Senses

Spelling
Please help your child study their words each week. We'll have a spelling test every Friday.

Keyboarding
We're on our last couple of lessons, then we'll begin lots of practice. 

Unit Study (Science/Social Studies)
Snacks 
Students are allowed to bring a healthy snack to school to eat at their morning break. They are not required to do this, but some students are very hungry at this time and have a hard time concentrating on their work.

Have a super week!!!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Sherratt

Upcoming Events...

December 18th   Christmas Party
December 18th Christmas Break Begins

Monday, October 12, 2015

October 26-November 6

Parents,
    Third Grade Thrills were a BLAST!!!!! I am so proud of all the hard work the students put forth in order to make it to the celebration on Friday!! We had a great time and especially loved the Thriller dance--Thanks to Tami Farish from Cedar High who sent three of her dancers to our school to volunteer as our Thriller dance instructors. We also appreciate Mr. Shirley who shared his wonderful artistic talents as he taught the 3rd grade students how to draw a portrait. Hopefully we'll put those new skills to use this week during our Halloween celebration.
   You should find a Q2 final grade printout in your child's folder tonight. Please look over the grades, sign, and return by Friday of this week. You should also find the first of our 3rd grade spelling lists. Please read the information included. I'll try my best to have our class ready to take the test this Friday...EEEEKKKKK, it's going to be tough to fit all the great info. in from the CKLA program this week.
     Speaking of CKLA, there is some very valuable information to be taught from the program this week. We'll be discussing prefixes, suffixes, nouns, verbs, and adjectives all this week. Not to mention a ton of comprehension skills and review.



Curriculum

Math--October 26-November 6
Monday        3.7  Multiply by 1 and 0
Tuesday        Review
Wednesday   Chapter 3 Test
Thursday      4.1  Multiply with 2 and 4
Friday           4.2  Multiply with 5 and 10
Monday        4.1  Multiply with 3 and 6
Tuesday        4.4 Algebra--Distributive Property
Wednesday   4.5 Multiply by 7
Thursday      4.6 Algebra--Associative Property of Multiplication
Friday           Mid-Chapter Checkpoint

Times Tables
 Thank you to the parent helpers who have been able to work with the students one-on-one. Each Friday  your child has the opportunity to pass off a new set of multiplication facts, so  please study times tables with your child each day in order to prepare them.

Homework
I would love some extra help!!! If you would begin checking your child's homework as you help them work through it each night, that would be an immense help to me. When your child turns in homework, it should have a parent, older sibling, grandparent etc. signature. The signature tells me that it has been checked over. I don't have enough time to check everything, and it is helpful if I can see it's already been corrected.

CKLA
We've moved on to unit 2. This unit focuses on animal classification as well as grammar, spelling, and morphology.

Keyboarding
We're continuing to work on keyboarding skills and have made it through our first seven lessons. 

Unit Study (Science/Social Studies)
 Right now, keyboarding will take up our "Unit Study" time. As soon as this program ends, we will be hitting science especially hard. We've been able to fit Social Studies into other subjects during the day.

Snacks 
Students are allowed to bring a healthy snack to school to eat at their morning break. They are not required to do this, but some students are very hungry at this time and have a hard time concentrating on their work.
 
Have a super week!!!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Sherratt

Upcoming Events...

Oct. 28-30              Red Ribbon Week
                                   ***Wednesday--Assembly
                                   ***Thursday--Wear bright colors
                                   ***Friday--P.J.s and Crazy Hair
Oct. 30                   Halloween--Party in the PM
Nov.  5                   Mrs. Sherratt gone for training
Nov. 20                  Mrs. Sherratt gone half day for training
Nov. 25                  Thanksgiving break begins

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 9th

Parents,
    We all seem to be adjusting to our great new year in 3rd grade. The students are working hard to establish some great routines with homework and I'm seeing super results. Almost every child has returned his or her reading log every day, as well as homework assignments.  Way to go kids!!!! BTW, thanks for making sure to sign and return grade printouts last week!!
    I have taught all the times tables from 0 to 12 along with some songs and a few tricks to help students remember the facts. While we are continuing to review addition and subtractions facts, it would be very helpful for you to begin practicing multiplication facts at home as well (we're practicing at school too).
     You should have seen homework from the GoMath program (and 1 multiplication page) last week. Expect to see math homework Monday through Thursday. We'll take Fridays off!!
    We're continuing to work out the kinks in our new language arts program. So far the students seem to be enjoying our first story, "The Wind in the Willow."
     The "Me Museum" was a hit! I loved seeing the fun items the students brought in. My only regret is that I didn't have more time to talk with students longer about their items.
    Hopefully you were all able to access the information needed to sign PowerSchool forms from the message I pasted below...
     Mr. Oldroyd sent a Powerschool clarification (I'm just copying and pasting for you--hope it helps)...
"If parents are going in to sign permission forms on Powerschool, which they all should unless they don't have internet access, they do not need a user name and password from the school. They need the user name and password they came up with when they created the account. Here is a district link that has the Powerschool Parent Portal and the Powerschool Parent Portal account creation instructions. Please let the parents of your students know this. "

http://irondistrict.org/powerschool


Curriculum

Math--September 8 - September 18
Tuesday:      1.4   Mental Math Strategies for Addition
Wednesday: 1.5   Using Properties of Addition
Thursday      1.6   Use the Break Apart Strategy to Add
Friday           1.7   Use Place Value to Add
Monday        Mid Chapter Checkpoint
Tuesday        1.8   Estimating Differences
Wednesday   1.9   Mental Math Strategies for Subtraction
Thursday       1.10 Use Place Value to Subtract
Friday            1.11 Combine Place Value to Subtract

     What sweet kids you all have. Thanks for letting me spend my days with them

Sincerely,
Mrs. Sherratt

Upcoming Events...

September 9         Mrs. Sherratt gone for district meetings
September 11       Book orders due
September 12       Back to School Bash @ Aquatic Center from 6:30-7:30
September 14       Health Screening
September 16       Hearing Screening
September 16       Mid-term
September 25       Spring Pictures
Sept. 28-Oct. 2     S.E.P. Week--out at 2:30 daily
Oct. 9                   Parent Helpers Begin from 8:45 to 9:30 on Fridays

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Parents,
     Can you believe we're almost a full week into the school year?? We've been very busy over the past few days. The students have been working hard to learn the rules and procedures for our classroom. They've all been so willing and excited to learn new third grade things and I'm impressed with how quickly they're catching on. Woohoo Third Graders!!
     Thanks you all for the donations you supplied for our classroom and for all the volunteers who are ready to help out in the classroom (Times table help from 9-9:30 on Fridays will begin the first week of October).  I appreciate your help immensely!!!
     You've probably seen the reading log coming home this week...the kids are working hard to get in the habit of reading each night and returning the reading log to school each morning. They should be reading for 20 minutes and writing about their reading for 5 minutes each night.  They need at least three sentences written each day. The reading log is worth 10 points per day for a total of 50 points per week.
     We are currently working on learning/reviewing multiplication facts and place value concepts. We will begin working in the GoMath workbooks once we're finished with the review. You can expect to see homework come home once we've started the GoMath work.
     The new language arts program is going okay. We're just getting our feet wet with this program, so as I learn more and become more comfortable with the program, I'll keep you informed.
     Mr. Oldroyd sent a Powerschool clarification (I'm just copying and pasting for you--hope it helps)...
"If parents are going in to sign permission forms on Powerschool, which they all should unless they don't have internet access, they do not need a user name and password from the school. They need the user name and password they came up with when they created the account. Here is a district link that has the Powerschool Parent Portal and the Powerschool Parent Portal account creation instructions. Please let the parents of your students know this. "

http://irondistrict.org/powerschool

     I'm so grateful to have your sweet child in my class this year! Thank you for all of your added support.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Sherratt

Upcoming Events...

August 28             Me Museum presentations
September 1         Kindergarten begins 
September 7         Labor Day Break
September 11       Book orders due
September 12       Back to School Bash @ Aquatic Center from 6:30-7:30
September 14       Health Screening
September 16       Hearing Screening
September 16       Mid-term
September 25       Spring Pictures
Sept. 28-Oct. 2     S.E.P. Week--out at 2:30 daily