Only 6 more weeks! Or 24 days left...but who's counting? ;) Here are a few updates and things to be aware of before the school year is up!
Smarter Balanced Testing: We will take the state tests starting on May 7th and continuing through May 10th. It helps the whole class if everyone is present and on time for these tests. The opt-out form was sent by Mrs. Macy to the whole school via e-mail yesterday. If you have any questions about state testing, please let me know.
MAP results and Portfolios: We ended up taking the MAP tests at an in-between time between Winter and Spring, so they came back with incorrect calculations on the students' percentages. I have recalculated these and will be sending them home with students' portfolios on Monday. Students will also receive their grades for their Animal Research on Monday. This will be a good time to check in with your child about supports they may need during the last month of school and perhaps over the summer as well.
Last Field Trip Friday: Our last field trip is a canoe trip up the Willamette River together in a Native American replica canoe on May 18th. Students will be able to help paddle past locations that "transport them back in time as they slide past old Indian village locations and settler town sites." The National Historic site at Willamette Falls Locks helps bring perspective to development near the end of the Oregon Trail. Students get personal experience in understanding river ecology by doing on-shore experiments and activities. This trip connects to our Native American unit as well as our Rivers and Ecology Core Knowledge unit. Please make sure your child is present as this is a special learning experience for the whole class.
Stargazing Campout: Our campout will take place on Saturday, June 2nd. If you joined with Mrs. Gausman in the past, it will be the same set-up. If this is your first time joining, here is the deal. This is a family event where siblings are welcome and camping is optional. If you cannot stay overnight, you are still more than welcome to join for dinner and stargazing. This is not a field trip, so families are in charge of watching their own children, or carpooling and sharing the responsibility.
We will be at the Kingfisher Camp site at Milo McIver park. Our reservation starts at 4pm, so you can arrive any time between 4pm and 6:00pm to set up tents and the children can play in the field. Our potluck dinner will be at 6:30, so please arrive by 6:00 in order to help set up and bring your food to the table (potluck sign-up coming soon.) We will have some downtime before dusk (+~8:50), when we will head up to the upper field with astronomers from the Rose City Astronomers. After the stargazing, you are free to leave or camp at the campsite. We have the reservation just for Saturday night.
I will send an e-mail closer to the date with sign-ups. I think it should be another fun campout! Thank you for your support!
Thursday April 26th: All School Assembly (8am)
Monday, May 7th: State testing (Smarter Balanced) begins
Thursday, May 10th: Night of the Notables (for Middle School, but fun and informing:)
Friday, May 18th: Field Trip Friday (Canoe trip, last field trip!)
Thursday, May 24th: All School Assembly (8am)
Saturday, June 2nd: Third Grade Astronomy Campout (arrive any time after 4pm, dinner at 6:30)
Monday, June 4th: Diffendoofer Day/Field Day
Tuesday, June 5th: Last Day of school/Woodstock (instead of USO Show)
Endangered Animals Research and Coin Drive! The students have been doing an amazing job so far on their research! The packets sent home before Spring Break were due today. We will be continuing our research at school. Our final projects will be on display on April 20th (Field Trip Friday) from 3:00-3:25pm in the cafeteria. Families are welcome to attend! Students in our class have become very interested in helping save the endangered animals, so we brainstormed with the class and came up with a coin drive. Starting tomorrow until April 30th, we will have a jar outside the office to collect donations for the World Wildlife Fund. Some students suggested having bake sales and lemonade stands. I told them they are more then welcome to ask their parents about this and bring any money they make to the coin drive. Thank you for all your help. This coin drive is 100% student led and created!
Spring Music Concert The spring Music concert is next week on Thursday, April 12th! Students will have a practice concert during school hours (1:00 at Camp Withycombe) and then the evening concert will be at 6:30pm at Camp Withycombe. For the evening performance, your child may wear uniform or Black slacks with a black or white collared shirt, Black knee length or longer skirt with a black or white collared shirt, Black dress that is knee length or longer with short or long sleeves. Please arrive by 5:45. Every adult in the car needs a valid photo ID to show at the gate (not just the driver, every adult in the car). Thank you for supporting our music program!
Field Trip Fridays: Our field trip this month is a shared field trip with second grade to Tualatin Riverkeepers on Friday, April 20th. We will return after lunch and have our endangered animal showcase for parents and families to view. Our last class field trip is May 18th and we will go on a canoe trip up the Willamette River in Oregon City. Then, we have our stargazing campout on June 2nd.
State Testing: The SBAC state testing begins in third grade. Students will be tested in May of this year. I will update you when we have firm dates on which days students will be tested. If you have any questions about state testing or accommodations, please let me know.
Thursday, April 12th: Music Concert at Camp Withycombe (1:00 and 6:30)
Friday, April 20th: Field Trip Friday and Endangered Animal Showcase (3:00-3:25)
Thursday, April 26th: All School Assembly
Friday, May 18th: Field Trip Friday
Happy Spring Break families!
I hope you all are having a great week. Here are just a few updates as we go into our break.
MAP Testing: Students took the MAP test this past week and almost everyone has completed it. Once we all complete the test, I will send scores home. Because we took the test in March instead of May, their scores reflect the Spring averages without all of the weeks of instruction. I will recalculate for weeks of instruction and send a letter home explaining what your child's scores mean. We decided to take the test now so that we can find the gaps and focus on what students need to learn before the school year ends.
Save the Date! Please make sure to save the date for our End of the Year Astronomy Camp-out! It will be on the evening of Saturday, June 2nd! As the date gets closer, I could use help with coordinating carpooling if someone wants to help with that. Students will be camping with their families and siblings are more than welcome to join! I will also send a sign-up for food for our barbecue potluck. Thank you!
Homework: Just a reminder: As I mentioned in my previous post, after Spring Break, students will need to turn their homework in or they will be working on it at recess (if it is more than 1 day late.) Thank you for all your support in helping your child with their homework!
Endangered Animal Research Project: Students brought a research packet home today that is due Wednesday, April 4th. This includes drawing their animal and answering the questions on the sheet. It should not take more than an hour or so to complete. If your child would like to change their animal, please e-mail me and I will let you know if that one is available. The rest of the research will happen at school. All families are invited to our Endangered Animal Exhibit on Friday, April 20th from 3:00-3:25 in the CHPCS lunchroom. This will be during our Field trip Friday. I hope you can join us!
Wow! It's almost March! Here are the updates for our class this next month:
Family Reading Night: This Thursday is Family Reading Night and our Dr. Seuss' birthday celebration. During the school day, students may wear book character costumes to school instead of uniform. Please make sure that costumes are BOOK characters (if it's a movie, it came from a book first, no superheroes, Star Wars, Minecraft, or the like) and that your child has read the book. Also, they should be able to participate in all their classes (including PE). Thursday night we have our Family Reading Night from 6:30-8pm. Afterwards there will be a Students vs. Staff Battle of the Books battle and a PTA Auction! Sign-ups are required before coming to the event! Here is the sign-up!: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0D4FA5AF23A20-family2
New Core Unit and Field Trip: Our Core Knowledge Unit for the next month is US History: Thirteen Colonies. We will be going on a field trip to the Aurora Colony on Friday, March 16th. Thank you to those parents who signed up to chaperone. I could use a back-up chaperone for that trip in case someone needs to cancel again like last week! If you could be our back-up, please e-mail me or sign up here.
Homework: I gave a reminder to the class about completing homework at home. For Math, we always start our homework at school, but students need to work on this at home for at least 30 minutes a night. For those students who finish their problems in class, I circle the problems they got incorrect and they need to work on those. So, your child should not come home saying they don't have math homework unless we had a test that day. For Riggs, students may complete their sentences in class, but they need to work on writing their words neatly three times with all the markings. Missed words are part of their Riggs homework too. I let the class know that we are getting stricter on homework completion after Spring Break in order to be prepared for 4th grade. This means that if students forget their homework at home or do not complete it, they must bring it the next day. If they do not, they will be working on it during the third recess. Please make sure to check your child's planner each night to help with this. Thank you!
New Pictures: I updated our class album with pictures from our small group light reflection project, our play-doh ear models, and our field trip to Tryon Creek. Here it is!
Health Standards: We will continue to address third grade health standards in class. These topics include: preventing the spread of diseases, healthy relationships, consent, bullying, different kinds of family structures, healthy and unhealthy behaviors, sources of support, managing conflict, personal boundaries, and personal health goals. We will be working through social stories and examples in class.
Thursday, March 1st: Family Reading Night
Friday, March 16th: Field trip to Aurora Colony
Monday, March 19th: Staff vs. Middle School Basketball Game
March 26-30th Spring Vacation
April 12th: Spring Concert (K-8)
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.