Good afternoon families,
It's a new month, so here are our February updates!
Parent-Teacher Conferences: We have winter conferences on February 2nd and 9th. Please check the time you signed up for to make sure it still works for you. If you need to switch your time, please let me know as soon as possible. Here is the sign-up!
Field Trips: We still need one more chaperone for our February field trip to Tryon creek on February 23rd. If you or a family member is interested in joining us, please sign up here We also need three more chaperones for our April trip!
Valentine's Day: If your child would like to bring valentines for the class, they are more than welcome too. Here are some reminders about valentines at our school:
Battle of the Books: BOB battles will begin on February 20th. To help your child with this at home, you could talk with them about the books they are reading for the battles, ask them questions about the books, download audiobooks, quiz them on the title and author of the book, and encourage reading at home. This is a fun way to help encourage students to read other genres of books, try things out, and read read read!
Family Reading Night: Our annual celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday is coming up! Please join us for Family Reading Night on Thursday, March 1st, starting at 6:30. At 7:30, join us in the cafeteria for birthday cake, the staff vs. student BOB battle, AND a PTA auction.
Please note that folks MUST sign up beforehand, and children MUST be accompanied by an adult in each session. Younger siblings are also welcome (just be sure to sign them up, too!). Sign ups will open next week, so be looking for the announcement.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: During the school day, children may dress as their favorite literary character (some restrictions apply). Teachers will clarify expectations for their class, but your child should 1) bring a copy of the book, 2) be prepared to read a favorite passage out of it, and 3) be able to engage in regular learning and physical activity in their costume. While comic books, Disney books, and graphic novels are great fun to read, we request that your child choose a more "literary" literary character.
Fidgets: I have noticed that more students are bringing fidgets to our classroom. Here are the guidelines for fidgets in our classroom:
-They need to be smaller than the palm of your hand (fit in your hand)
-No fidget spinners or distracting fidgets
-No silly putty, gooey substances, sand, clay, or slime.
-If you bring a fidget, use it for yourself, do not pass it around the room to others.
Thank you for helping students with these rules. It helps us focus on our work!
February 2nd and 9th: Parent Teacher Conferences
February 15th: 6th grade performs Julius Caesar
February 19th: No School, President's Day
February 20th: BOB Battles Begin
February 22nd: All-School Assembly
February 23rd: Field Trip Friday
Good evening third grade falcon families,
Here are a few updates for the next two weeks!
Field Trip Friday: This week on Friday (January 19th) we will be going to SCRAP and the ReBuilding Center. Please make sure your child has a lunch, snack, water bottle, and jacket. We will be connecting to our Native American and Ecology units by discovering the importance of reusing!
We also need more chaperones for our February and April field trips! If you are available, please sign up here. If we don't have enough chaperones, I will have to cancel those trips. Thank you!
Projects: Native American projects are due next week on January 25th. There will be no presentations, just turning in completed projects. Students will have some time to share with classmates, but no need to plan to come in that day! If your child decides to change projects, that is fine. If they decide to take the test instead of a project, please let me know as soon as possible so I can get their study guide printed and given to them on Tuesday, January 30th. Thank you for all your help with projects!
Math: Our last two Math tests had low average scores, so we will be going through some review for the next week. The concepts students are struggling the most with will be addressed and we will go over each piece until the class catches up. For homework, you will see some worksheets instead of using the book for problems. Tomorrow will be Rounding and Place value. Thursday will be Decimals and Percents. We will take our next test on Wednesday, January 30th and see how our review has improved our math scores! If your child is interested in additional practice at home, here are some resources:
Conferences: Winter Parent-Teacher conferences are on Friday February 7th and Friday, February 9th. If you need to sign up or want to check the sign-up for your time, here it is.
Hello third grade families!
Welcome back from Winter Break! Here are some updates for the next few weeks and beyond...
Battle of the Books: Battle of the Books has begun! If you are not familiar with this program, each class in grades 3rd-8th are given the same list of 30 books to read in 7 weeks. The book lists were released today, and I will distribute books tomorrow for students to read as well as bookmarks with the titles to memorize. Each student will be required to read at least two of the books, but more are encouraged. On February 20th, the battles will begin. Our class will "battle" another class by answering questions from the books. Sticks are given out for answers so that the same students aren't answering all the questions. We get points for each battle, then it moves on to the final battle. Books are welcome to be taken home, but please bring them back promptly since we only have one copy of each book! This is a fun way to encourage students to read! You are more than welcome to read along with them or read aloud to them as well.
Native American Assessment Project: We began our Native American unit today and students were handed out yellow papers about potential projects they may create. As I mentioned in the beginning of the school year, there are no required take-home projects. This project is an option in which your child can choose from a "menu" of projects to create for their final assessment of this unit. If they would not like to make a project, they can instead take the final test on January 25th. All projects are also due that day. Please take the time this week to read through the options with your child and then sign the bottom of the form and return to me by January 8th. If your child knows they just want to take the test instead, you can write that on the form as well. This will be a creative way for students to demonstrate their knowledge about Native Americans. Projects do not need to be presented in front of the class, just to me so I can see that it includes all the parts. If you have questions for me about these projects (and accommodations, which I am more than happy to provide), please let me know.
Sign-up for Winter Conferences: If you haven't had a chance to sign up for your winter conference, here is the link again. These meetings are especially important as we look at growth made and goals to work together towards.
Battle of the Books List:
(can also be listened to on audiobook, checked out from your local library, on e-readers, etc.)
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
El Deafo by Cece Bell
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast
Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J.
Tougias and Casey Sherman
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff
The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Hidden Figures Young Reader's Edition by Margot
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural
Revolution by Ji-li Jiang
June Peters, You Will Change The World One Day
by Alika R Turner
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
George by Alex Gino
I Survived: The Eruption of Mount Saint Helens
1980 by Lauren Tarshis
Dirt Bike Racer by Matt Christopher
Profiles: Tech Titans by Carla Killough
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 1 The
Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery
that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff and
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Apple Tree: Bilingual English and Mandarin
Chinese Books for Kids by Jane C. Thai
Martina Una Cucarachita Muy Linda by Carmen
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline
Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six
Pioneering Naturalists by Jeannine Atkins
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant
Child by Francisco Jiménez
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity
with Empathy by Maria Dismondy
No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits by Jordan Romero
Here is the "menu" for our Native American projects (on yellow form)
Assessment Choice Menu:
In order to demonstrate mastery of the unit objectives for the Native American unit, you may choose from the activities listed below. You will choose activities that must total at least 8 points. All activities are due on Thursday, 1/25/18.
3 Points: Remembering and Understanding
Have a wonderful evening!
Happy Winter Break third grade families!
I hope everything is going well so far! I just had a few things to post before the break gets underway...
Winter Break Homework: Our Winter break homework this year is to read 8 different times and record it on the blue reading log that your child brought home. There are spots for 10 different times. You can guess about how many minutes they read. Our other homework is to do two lessons in Math and our regular Riggs homework. I am e-mailing a copy of the reading log in case it got lost on the way home!
Winter Conference Sign-up: Our winter conferences are on February 2nd and 9th from 8:00am-3:30pm. The link is now live here to sign up for conferences. If none of these times work, please let me know so that we can meet to discuss your child's progress so far this year.
Brain Dissection Pictures: Here are our brain dissection pictures from Wednesday! I posted them all on our Google Photos and I will post a few on Class Dojo as well! The students all touched a sheep brain and correctly identified its parts!
Conflict Resolution: As conflicts with friends have come up this year, we have put together a conflict resolution chart in our classroom and discussed ways to deal with conflicts at school. I am sharing this so that if you want to reinforce this model at home, you may:
Step 1: Stay calm (breathe)
Step 2: Talk about the conflict (Use I statements such as "When you___, I feel____")
Step 3: List possible ways to settle the conflict
Step 4: Agree on a way to settle the conflict (You may need adult support)
As we went through this process, some of the students decided in Step 3, that they would just avoid the friend (such as not sit next to them, not talk to them, not play with them) for a certain amount of time. We talked as a class this past week about how we can list more positive choices so friends don't feel left out. If your child comes to you at home with questions about this conflict process or about another conflict you would like to discuss with me, please let me know!
New Core Knowledge Unit: Our Core unit for January will be a History unit about Native Americans. If you are interested in which tribes, I listed them under the Core Knowledge tab above. If you or anyone you know would like to be a guest speaker for this unit, please let me know!
Have a wonderful break! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
-- Miss Devlin
Happy December third grade families!
Before we look at these last two weeks of school in December, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who attended the Viking Feast last week. And an extra special thank you and shout out to Mrs. Shepard and Mrs. Bradbury for helping set up the feast!
Field Trip Updates: Our January field trip will be on January 19th to SCRAP and the ReBuilding Center as we focus on conservation and recycling (connected to our Ecology unit). Our February field trip will be a Forest in Winter exploration at Tryon Creek on February 23rd. We have enough chaperones for our January trip, but we only have two so far for February. If you are available to join us in February (or in April), please sign up here.
Astronomy Camping Trip: Don't forget to mark your calendars for June 2nd as our Stargazing overnight camping field trip will be that night! Every student needs to be accompanied by an adult, but if you want to help bring other students whose parents cannot make it, that would be wonderful too. We will be camping together at Milo McIver park in their Kingfisher group tent camping spot. If you would like to camp with an RV instead, there are a few other Standard hook-up spots available. They won't be available for long, so reserve quickly if you want to bring your RV and camp separately from our group tent site. Here is the link
Brains! Our Core Knowledge unit for December is the Nervous System. In this unit, students will be able to touch and dissect a real sheep brain! The sheep brain has been ordered and it should arrive next week. If it does, we will plan to dissect during the week of Dec 11th-14th.
Picture Request: If anyone took pictures or videos they could share from our Viking Feast and plays, could you upload them to our Google picture site, or e-mail them to me? Thank you!!
Typing Club: Our class has been practicing typing every week for 20 minutes in the computer lab on a website called Typing Club. Students have been asking if they can practice more at home. If your child would like to practice at home, they can log on here. They should know how to log in, but if they forget-their username is just their first name and then the first initial of their last name. There is no password. This is completely optional for students who want to practice typing at home.
Volunteering: If you are interested in helping clean our classroom, please sign-up on this website. I know that after school on Thursday can be a busy time, so if you would like to come on a Friday or another day, please let me know and we can arrange that. Thank you!
Have a wonderful December!
Hello third grade families,
Thank you to all the families who have met with me at conferences so far! If you haven't met with me yet and want to check/change your time, the sign up is here. Here are some announcements and upcoming events to be aware of as we move into November.
Sock Hop: The sock hop is tomorrow! If you would still like to pre-order, please have your child bring their order form with their money by tomorrow morning. Your child may wear their fun socks all day. If they have pre-ordered, I will release them straight to the Sock Hop after school. You can meet them in the gym. The dances will start with Kindergarten (and go up from there) after we all get settled in the gym and students have had time to dance in their socks! Please remind your child that we are dancing and not sliding all over the floor! Thanks!
Jogathon: Thank you to everyone for supporting our jog-a-thon this year! You are welcome to bring those forms and the money in after you collect it. They are due by November 9th. If you have pictures from the event to share, please share them in our Google Photos album.
Vikings: On Monday, we will start to study the Vikings in History. On November 21st, we are holding a Viking feast at 2:15pm. Students will be putting on a Viking play after the feast as well. All are welcome to join us! On Monday, you will receive a list of Viking dishes to sign up for and cook. Students are expected to help cook the dish at home. If this is too much work, please let me know and we can find an alternative for your family. I could also use more help setting up the feast, so if anyone is interested in helping that day, please let me know.
Field Trip chaperones: I have confirmed our field trip in April and would love volunteers to chaperone that trip as well. We will be going to Tualatin Riverkeepers with the 2nd grade class. This ties into our Core Knowledge unit on Rivers. If we have time, we will also volunteer at Scouter's Mountain with 2nd grade. We could also use more chaperones for our February field trip. The sign up is here.
I can't believe we are already finished with our Rome Core Knowledge unit! Time is flying by. On Wednesday, we will begin our next unit: Human Body (skeletal and muscular systems). We will study more of the body systems this year, but these are the first two. We had a wonderful time on our field trip day at OMSI going to the Pompeii exhibit, then participating in gladiator games at school.
Pictures: I have put together a Google Photos album which is a collaborative album with everyone who has the link. Please keep this link private to only CHPCS families in our grade. When you log on, you can add your own photos. These are also shared with Mrs. Marlatt for the yearbook. Please check this out and also add your own photos from the field trip, Mad Tea Party, and so on as the year goes on. Thank you!
Harvest Festival: Our 11th Annual Harvest Festival is this week on Thursday from 6:00-7:00. Come celebrate the turning of the season with music, games, and a baking contest! We have the gym as an option in case of rain. We would also love volunteers to help run some more booths! If you are interested, you may contact me or Mrs. Adams for more details.
Book Fair: Our fall book fair runs this week every morning (M-Th) from 7:45am-9:00am, and 2:30-4:30pm. It will also be open during the Harvest Festival this Thursday from 6-7pm.
MAP Testing: Third graders will be MAP testing this Wednesday, October 11th with the new Chromebooks in our classroom. We will not have Riggs or Math homework that night because we are testing all day.
Jogathon: Please continue to get pledges for Jogathon! Our Jogathon is on Thursday, October 26th. If you need a new Jogathon form, ask me or the office for a new one! Thanks!
Sign-ups: I e-mailed these out again last week, but here are our current sign-ups:
Field Trip Chaperones: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0444abaa2aa2fd0-third
Parent-Teacher Conferences: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0444abaa2aa2fd0-fall2
Cleaning the Classroom: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0444abaa2aa2fd0-3rdgrade
Wow! It's really feeling like fall out there! I guess it's a good time to start thinking about the Harvest Festival, Jogathon, and more!
Volunteer Sign-Up Thank you to everyone who filled out the volunteer form. I am putting the vacuuming schedule into a sign-up genius so you can sign up for specific days to come clean. If you filled out a form or are interested in helping with small group tutoring, reading with students, in class speaking, etc, I'll send an e-mail and we can figure out times that will work. Link to Sign up Here
Photo Permission I have received photo permissions for Class Dojo, but I have not received the list of website/etc. approval yet, which is why I cannot share pictures on this website. If you would like to see pictures, I will be sharing a lot more on Class Dojo soon. Only families with accounts in our class will be able to view photos on Class Dojo as well, so it keeps the pictures more private.
Riggs Homework: We have officially started our Riggs words, which means your child will have 5-6 words a night. For homework, they are expected to write each word three times neatly, then write one sentence per word. Missed words need to be practiced on the back of their paper three times each. Their words should be written in their planner so that they don't need to bring their Riggs notebooks home. As mentioned before, this should take about 15 minutes. If it is taking way longer than that, please let me know by writing it in their planner, on their homework, or sending me an e-mail.
Math Homework: On most Thursdays, students will have two lessons of Math to do for homework. This means they have two sets of at least 30 minute homework to work on. If it is taking them longer than 30 minutes for one lesson, move on to the next one. Occasionally, your child will have an "Investigations" homework, which comes after each Math test. This will be a worksheet (like tonight) that goes along with problems in the book.
Mad Tea Party and Ancient Rome: Our end-of-the-month family celebration will be next Thursday, September 28th at 2:30pm. We will be celebrating reading Alice in Wonderland with tea and croquet. That day during Core Knowledge, we are making a traditional Ancient Roman dish, which we will eat with our tea as well. Because of the tea party, we won't have a family celebration about Rome. This will be our combined celebration. Our Ancient Rome unit will end on October 6th with our field trip to the Pompeii exhibit and Gladiator Games at school.
Jogathon Forms: The Jogathon is on Thursday, October 26th. Please have your child bring their Pledge sheets to school by Monday October 23rd. This means you still have lots of time to fill out those pledge sheets! If you lost your form or never received one, there are extra in the office and I have a few extra as well. You can also turn them in sooner!
Harvest Festival: The Harvest Festival is on Thursday, October 12th. Baking contest forms will go out soon as well as more information!
It's the first full week of school and we've got lots to do! Thank you to everyone who stopped by on Back-to School Night. I sent home forms today for those who missed it and an updated the Bonus Field Trip Save the Date as well. If you received a white Class Dojo form today, please sign and return it. This is so I can post pictures of your child on Class Dojo. Only parents from our class will be able to see them!
Field trips: Our first field trip of the year will be October 6th. We are going to OMSI with the 6th graders (who are also studying Ancient Rome) to see the Pompeii exhibit, then we will return to campus for Gladiator games with Mr. Weaver. I have enough chaperones for this trip, thank you! I am still waiting to hear back from two different trips, but here is what I have so far for field trips this year:
Conference sign-up: I have the conference sign-up on Sign-up genius (link). If you signed up at Back to school night, your name should be on there already. If you need to change your time, please e-mail me to let me know.
Picture Day: Our day for school pictures is October 3rd. We will take them at 9:30am. We are using the same photographer as the past few years, Apple of My Eye photography. If your child is absent that day, we will find out the make-up date later.
Mad Tea Party: You are invited to our Mad Tea Party! We will play croquet, drink tea at the Queen of Hearts' tea party and wear fun hats! This will be our celebration for finishing reading Alice in Wonderland. The party will be on September 28th at 2:30.
Cursive Italics: One thing I forgot to mention at Back to School Night is that in 3rd grade, students start to learn how to write in cursive italics. As you may have noticed from your child's homework tonight, italic cursive looks different (less loopy) than traditional (D'Nealian) cursive. We will be starting our Riggs words next week, but our transition to italic cursive is a slow one. Students will be expected to write everything in italic cursive starting in December.
Hello Third Grade Families,
I am so excited to teach your children this year! I know it will be a wonderful year of learning and fun. Here are some upcoming events and details before the year starts:
1. Open House: If you would like to visit our classroom before school begins , please stop by on Thursday, August 31st from 3-4pm in the third grade room. If you already have your school supplies and would like to drop them off early, you are welcome to bring them during this time. It would be great to see you before school starts!
2. Supply Drop-off: If you have your supplies ready and would like to drop them off before the first day of school, you may also stop by on Tuesday, September 5th from 3-4pm.
3. First Day of School: Our first day of school for first grade is Wednesday, September 6th. Doors open to our classroom at 7:45 a.m. each morning. Students should arrive in our classroom at least 5 minutes early each morning to prepare for our school day which begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. I will greet students at the door. If you would like to meet with me, please e-mail me and I will be more than happy to set up a conference. It would be best if I could focus on greeting students at the beginning of the day.
4. School Uniforms: Students are expected to be in full uniform for their first day of school. Our uniforms have changed a bit this year. Students may now wear socks and shoes of their choosing. They may also have painted nails and their hair colored. If any of these become a distraction in the classroom, the students will be asked to no longer wear that item. (For example, no light-up shoes, please!) If you would like to look through the uniform closet before school starts, please let me know.
5. Fidgets: Please do not send your children with fidget spinners. They have become more of a toy than a tool for learning. I have a box of other fidgets available and flexible seating in my classroom this year, which can help students who need more movement.
6. Healthy Snacks and Lunch: Our healthy snack policy is one reason many families love Cascade Heights! A fresh bottle of water and snacks like pretzels, whole wheat crackers, low sugar, low fat yogurt, fresh vegetables, or fruit will help minds and bodies work their best. We also strive to be "zero-waste" which means we do not impact the environment by throwing away packaging each day. A cloth sandwich wrapper rather than a Ziploc bag, a permanent water bottle that can be washed each day rather than disposable water bottles. We study the importance of protecting our earth and we want to practice what we teach. Our school has a "pack it in, pack it out" policy, where every student brings home what they did not eat in their lunch. In third grade, we have a morning snack, lunch, and then an option for an afternoon snack during recess. Please pack accordingly; we work and play hard and need lots of nutritious food! If you are in need of reusable Tupperware or sandwich containers, please let me know.
7. Back To School Night: Mark your calendars! Back to School Night is Thursday, September 7th from 6:30-7:30 PM. This event is an important time to come and learn about the classroom procedures, rules, policies, and general schedule. I will also have a conference sign-up, field trip chaperone sign-up and instructions for signing up for Class Dojo.
8. Supply List
I am using Mrs. Gausman's supply list from last year.
3 reams of paper has been changed to 1 ream of paper.
1 Art supply item has been changed to 1 Sharpie
(I realize these are last minute changes, whatever you bring will be extremely helpful. Thank you!)
1 handheld pencil sharpener
1 Red & 1 Green plastic folder
3 wide rule spiral notebooks
24 ct Crayons
16 ct Colored pencils
1 pair of scissors
Zipper pencil pouch (no pencil boxes)
1 Reusable water bottle w/pop top
1 1" 3-ring binder with clear-view cover (no color preference)
2 packs- 5 tab dividers
12 count glue sticks
3 doz Ticonderoga pencils
4 doz blue or black ballpoint pens (no clicky pens, please!)
1 package card stock paper (white or any color)
1 ream white copy paper
1 black Sharpie
1 post-it notes
3 dozen dry erase markers
12 ct Crayola markers
girls- 1 lg tub antibacterial wipes
(1) 70 page wide rule Spiral notebooks
1 folder with pockets
(1) 70 page wide rule Spiral notebooks
1 folder with pockets (not red or green, please)
1 package of pens (black, blue, or red)