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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

Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26th

Dear Parents,
       I'm afraid this school year is going to be over in a blink. I'll be sad...your kids are spectacular. I hope the month of January has gone well for each of you.
       During the first two weeks of the month we were pretty busy practicing for the program the 4th grade classes were in charge of. Every one of the students were wonderful and the program was a success.
      We've also spent a fair amount of time working on the SAGE Interim tests. The interim test is meant to give students the opportunity to become familiar with the testing procedures and allow time for extra improvements. (Our official SAGE Writing test dates are 2/11 and 2/18 with the remaining testing to be held in April.)
      Mr. Macklin has also been a positive influence in our classroom this month as he taught the students about violence prevention and drug and alcohol prevention.

CURRICULUM:

Math: Chapter 8 test went very well and we're now working on chapter 9 concepts.
Chapter 9:
1/22  9.1--Relate Tenths and Decimals Homework:171, 172
1/26  9.2--Relate Hundredth and Decimals Homework: 173, 174
1/27  9.3--Equivalent Fractions and Decimals Homework: 175, 176
1/28 9.4--Relate Fractions, Decimals, and Money Homework: 177, 178
1/29  9.5--Problem Solving/Review Homework: 179, 180
1/30  9.6--Add Fractional Parts of 10 and 100 Homework: None

A note from Mrs. Coonen:  There is homework help in the library on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:00.  Parents are expected to pick up their students promptly at 4:00.

Spelling: Lis #15 Bonus Words: atmosphere & meteorologist 


Science: The students had a great time using their engineering design skills to create their own water cycle chambers, they are testing today and we'll move on to weather in the next few days.

Report: Students should be working on a biography about an ancestor. Those reports are due on or before February 27th.

DATE TO REMEMBER:

1/26  Movie Night   Show times 5 and 7
1/30  Homework Club (eat lunch in the classroom with Mrs. Sherratt)
2/11  SAGE Writing Assessment--day 1
2/13  Midterm
2/18  SAGE Writing Assessment--day 2
2/16  No School--President's Day
2/23  Green Ribbon Week
2/27  Biography Reports Due


Monday, January 12, 2015

January 12th

Dear Parents,  
     I can't believe we're already into the second week back from our fabulous holiday break. Speaking of the holiday break, thank you all for the thoughtful gifts. Not only do I feel a bit spoiled and very blessed  to be apart of these wonderful kid's lives, I also get gifts of appreciation from them. Best job EVER!!!
    Oh how the time flies when you're having fun (and working hard)!! We kicked off the new year with some great work last week. One of the more impactful and positive highlights from last week was the change in homework. The students are now bringing home math homework each night, Monday through Thursday (if they don't complete it in class), and we're checking it together each morning. We also established a homework club that the students are excited about (If your curious, ask your student to explain this to you.) I can already see how beneficial this has been for the students as many of the concepts are solidified for the them as we work together in class. This way of doing homework has also motivated some of the students to stay more focused during their regular math time in order to take advantage of a bit of extra time in class for homework, and time to ask me questions they may have about the homework. Thank you for your support in this change, from this end it has been very positive.

CURRICULUM:

Math: Chapter 7 test is scheduled for Monday, January 12th.
Chapter 8 is a short one...
1/13  8.1--Multiples of Unit Fractions Homework:155, 157, 158
1/14  8.2--Multiples of Fractions/Mid-Chapter Checkpoint Homework: 159, 160
1/15  8.3--Multiply a Fraction by a Whole Number Homework: 161, 162
1/16  8.4--Multiply a Fraction or Mixed Number by a Whole Number Homework: None
1/20  8.5 Problem Solving/Review Homework: 167, 168
1/21  Chapter 8 Test

Spelling: Lis #14 Bonus Words: evaporation & condensation (repeat words)

Reading/Writing: We've been working on sequencing and summarizing as well as journal writing in response to reading. I have also seen some great growth in reading this year, so keep working hard at home each day. The students have been working on an informative writing piece about water conservation and we will continue to do lots of writing in preparation for the Sage writing test that's coming up shortly. We've also been working on parts of speech and grammar.

Science: Thank you for sending in 2-liter bottles. We still need more, so if you've got any, keep 'em coming!  We will finish our studies of the water cycle shortly and begin talking about weather.

Report: Information to come

DATE TO REMEMBER:

1/16   MLK Assembly--Dress
1/19  MLK Day--no school
1/19-1/23  Guest speaker--drug prevention
1/26  Movie Night 
1/30  Homework Club