Monday, December 2, 2013

Newsletter 12/2- 12/20

What a beautiful time of year! I'm so excited to get our social studies "Customs Around the World" unit started! We will be studying customs from South Africa, Germany, Italy, Japan and many others!
We are lucky enough to have our own Mrs. Karmeli make a presentation to the students about the country of Japan! If anybody else has firsthand knowledge of a different culture, please let me know. We love to have parents share with the students!

Math- We are just starting Chapter 5, which is continuing on with multiplication skills. We plan to finish this chapter up before we break for the holiday.  When we return, our math study will concentrate on division.
Times Tables- We have taken a little break from our times tables pass-offs. We will resume pass-offs and pick up on our 10's, 11's & 12's. As always, please run through these whenever possible.

Daily 5-
Read-To-Self- We usually do about 10-15 minutes of this daily.
Word Work/Spelling- We will have spelling packets/tests through the next 3 weeks before we break.
Listening- Our class read-aloud is currently "The Candy Shop Wars II" Our next class book will be "The BFG".
Writing- Hurray! I'm so happy about the writing that the students have been producing. They have been writing an informative writing piece about their perfect Thanksgiving. Next will be a narrative written about a day spent at Santa's workshop.  Their writing skills have been improving every day!
Read-to-Someone- We will begin this strategy in the next week or so.

Keyboarding- After the break, we will begin working in the computer lab. The students will have 20 keyboarding lessons. Each lesson will have a half-page of typing homework (starting on lesson 3).

Science- Also after the break, we will be learning about the moon and simple machines.

Music/Art: We will proceed with regular Art and Music classes which complement our studies in the regular classroom.

Volunteers: We will only have volunteers through this week because of our crazy schedule. Thank you for all you do!

Holiday Sing-around-the-tree/Assembly Schedule:

December 17th- 11:10 am- CHS Madrigal Singers
December 17th- 2:30 pm- Sing-Around-the-Tree
December 18th- 10:00 am- Sing
December 19th- 1:45 pm- Sing
December 20th- 1:30 pm- Sing

On Friday, December 20th at 2:30 p.m. will be our Christmas Party.
We have quite a few items that are not covered so far. If you are willing to bring anything, please let me know. Thank you so much for helping with these parties! The students have a great time!
Here is the list:

One dozen cookies: Sherry Bistline
One dozen cookies: Katie Murray
One dozen cookies: Amy Barrick
One dozen cookies: Lisa Deming
One dozen cookies: Jodi Williams
Boxed drinks: Jamie Dennison
Boxed drinks: Michelle Orton
Boxed drinks: Nina Barnes
Napkins: Juli Martin
Holiday Candies: Rachel Bishop
Holiday Candies: Jennifer Davis

Thank you again for everything! Have a wonderful holiday season!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Newsletter 11/19- 11/26

Here is some important information for the next few weeks:

Battle of the Books Read-a-thon: On Monday, December 16th, the students have a chance to join Mr. Oldroyd in the gym for a Read-a-thon! In order to qualify for the Read-a-thon, the students must complete 2 book reports focusing on 2 battle books for their grade level. Several weeks ago, I sent home the 3rd grade list that highlights 4-5 books for your student to focus on.  They are welcome to read more than that if they wish. Today, I am sending home two samples of book report outlines that the students may use for their books.

Reading Volunteers: Thank you to our reading volunteers! They are accomplishing great things with our students! We will not have volunteers come in next week because of the holiday. We will cancel volunteers that last week before Christmas vacation also.

Harvest Holiday: We will not be holding school next Wed., Thurs., or Fri. for our Thanksgiving break. We'll see the students back on Monday, December 2nd.

Spelling: No spelling list for next week.

Times Tables: Keep up the great work on times tables. We will continue passing the children off throughout the next several weeks.

Our Thanksgiving Party will be held next Tuesday, November 26th at 2:30 p.m. The following people have signed up for refreshments on that day. If you aren't able to bring your item, please just let me know and we'll work it out. Thank You!!

Thanksgiving Party Sign-ups:

Apple Slices: Nina Barnes
Chips: Krista Corry
Chips: Carolyn Forshee
Cheetos: Juli Martin
3 cans of olives: Amy Barrick
Cheese Cubes: Marney Garrett
One jar of Pickles: Carolyn Forshee
One jar of Pickles: Jamie Dennison
One jar of Pickles: Natalie Haley
Boxed Apple Juice: Katie Murray
Boxed Apple Juice: Brittany Houston
Boxed Apple Juice: Michelle Orton
Napkins and Plates: Lacey McGarvey

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Newsletter 10/29 - 11/8

Here's our plan for the next couple of weeks:

Math- We just finished Chapter 3 and will be starting Chapter 4 today.  Please watch for your child's test on the last Chapter. Generally, they did very well and are understanding the concept of multiplication. Chapter 4 is still dealing with multiplication with the focus on facts and strategies. I assume we will sail through this chapter just as we did the last. I am sending home 3 pages of homework that deal with practicing math facts. This homework will cover the whole week and will be due next Monday.
Times Tables- We have had some wonderful mothers in to volunteer their time for pass-offs. The students are working on their 5's and 10's right now.  Next will be 11's and 12's.

Reading/Language Arts- We are continuing our "Framing Your Thoughts" program.  By next week, the students will be ready to start their first writing assignment. We will have them write an informative paper on their perfect Thanksgiving.
Daily 5- We have built our class Read-to-Self stamina to 30 minutes. We are also continuing Word Work, Read-Aloud/Listening, and Writing as stated above.
Mountain Language- If you aren't familiar with our Mountain Language board, you will be surprised with the language skills your child is acquiring through this program. They practice phonics, sentence structure, analogies, and ABC order just to name a few.

Science/Social Studies: We are getting ready to tackle our unit on cultures throughout the world.  Although we are studying various geography topics throughout the year, the current concept we will address is Social Studies Standard 2 Objective 1: Evaluate key factors that determine how a community develops. During this unit, we will discuss the elements of culture (language, religion, customs, artistic expression, and systems of exchange). We will also describe how stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture. If you have first hand knowledge experience, and information about a specific culture, please let me know. It is fun to study this unit during the holiday season, as we are able to introduce many fun customs that are completely foreign to our students.

Art- The students are completing their weaving projects that tied in to our math base ten study. We can't wait to see what the next project is!!

We have been a little short-handed with our reading volunteers.  If you are able to help out on Tuesday or Thursday mornings at 8:50- 9:30 am, please let me know.

Thursday we will have our Halloween Party. The party will take place from 2:30- 3:30. Here is the sign-up for those that are contributing:

One dozen glazed donuts: Lisa Deming
One dozen glazed donuts: Carolyn Forshee
One dozen glazed donuts: Rachel Bishop
1/2 Gallon Sherbet(any flavor): Alisa Petersen
1/2 Gallon Sherbet: Erin Gregerson
One 2-liter Sprite: Sherry Bistline
One 2-liter Sprite: Tasha Seegmiller
One 2-liter Sprite: Juli Martin
One 2-liter Sprite: Katie Murray
Cups, Spoons & Napkins: Erin Gregerson
The party will be at 2:30 p.m. If you would like to send in your item with your student, I will make sure to put it where it needs to go. Also, for those bringing donuts, it's very important to 3rd graders that they all get the same kind. Plain glazed donuts seems to be the favorite.
If you run into a problem, please let me know and we'll make sure it's covered.
Thank you for your donation to our classroom party!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Newsletter 10/7 - 10/18

Hello! Thank you for meeting with me last week.  I found it very enjoyable and worthwhile!
Here is the information for the next couple of weeks:

Reading Volunteers: Looking at the calendar, Oct. 22nd will be the best day to start with volunteers because of Fall Break.  If you are a Tuesday volunteer, please come in that day at 8:50 - 9:30 a.m.  If you are a Thursday volunteer, please come on the 24th at that same time. Thank you in advance for your service!

Math: I'm so thrilled with the results of our Chapter 2 test.  The students have worked hard and we are finally getting into the swing of this new math program. Thank you for being such great sports! We have started Chapter 3, which is titled "Understanding Multiplication".  The students already have a great jump-start on this concept!
Times Tables: We have started our pass-offs.  The students have been passing off 0's, 1's & 2's.  Next will be 5's and 10's.
Mountain Math- We will start our "Math Wall" this week. This is another opportunity for the students to practice 3rd grade core skills.

Reading/Literacy:  The students have been heavily engaged in our Daily 5 program.  They are spending their time in "Read-to-Self", Word Work, Listening (Read-Aloud- Candy Shop Wars II), and Writing.  Many foundational skills are being taught through our "Framing Your Thoughts" program, which I explained at SEP's.  We have also incorporated our Guided Reading Groups on Mondays that include a "Close Reading". Each Close Reading will aid in furthering the students' comprehension skills.

Unit Study- Our current unit study will focus on "Living & Non-Living".  In this unit, the students will classify living and non-living things in an environment. They will also describe the interactions between
living and nonliving things in a small environment.

Social Studies- Communities- We are trying to reschedule our fieldtrip to Parowan in the spring months when it is warmer. We will pick up where we left off at that time. In the meantime, we will introduce our geography unit.

Art- Mrs. Petersen is starting a new weaving project that aligns with our math unit- learning about base ten, arrays etc.

Music- The students will continue working on seasonal music along with many other skills.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I've left anything out.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Newsletter 9/23- 10/4

The next couple of weeks are extremely busy at South Elementary! As your child may have told you, our fieldtrip on Thursday has been canceled due to the lack of available buses. We are looking ahead to see if we can find an open day to reschedule.  In exchange, the students have a very exciting alternative activity. Today they will get to attend an assembly where they will meet Tyler Whitesides.  He is the author of "The Janitor"series books.
My schedule is also crazy this week.  I am missing a couple of days for teacher trainings and surgery for my son on Thursday.  We have excellent substitutes that work well with 3rd graders and will continue on with our regular curriculum.

Daily Schedule:

-Bell Work/Journals
-Word Work (Spelling Packet)
-Tyler Whitesides Assembly
-Daily 5/ Read-to-Self
-Math (Bar Graphs)
-Times Tables (9's)

-Bell Work/Journals
-Framing your Thoughts
-Music with Mrs. Leavitt
-Daily 5/ Read-to-Self
-Math (Bar Graphs cont.)
-Early Out

-Bell Work/Journals
-Daily 5/Read-to-Self
-Times Tables (9's)

-Bell Work/Journal
-Spelling Test
-Daily 5 (Read-to-Self)
-Art with Mrs. Petersen

The students will be let out at 2:30 pm during the week of Sep. 30th- Oct.4th (even on Wed). I am really looking forward to meeting with you all.  If possible,  have your child come with you to attend their SEP.

Have a great week!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Newsletter 9/9 - 9/20

Hello! Sorry to have skipped the newsletter last week! Here is information that will cover this week and next.  If you have questions throughout the two weeks, please feel free to contact me.

Math- Math is throwing the teachers for a bit of a loop.  We are continually meeting and training on this new math program.  This "Go Math" method is proving to be very beneficial to our students. It follows the Utah Core, which causes for greater concentration on fewer subject areas. As the students progress through the grades, each concept will have been taught more fully. Each subject is taught including many different methods to complete the task. It is really testing the teachers to think outside the box! Thank you for your time and patience while working on the homework.  Just a suggestion- If the particular math assignment your child is working on is taking more than a half hour to complete, please just set it aside to complete at a later time.  Since the students already have 25 minutes of reading each night, more than a half hour of other studies may frustrate them.  The homework assignments are all due 2 days after they are sent home.  

Spelling- Spelling words sent home on Monday, test on Friday.  If your child misses school on a Friday, I just leave it up to you to give them the test at home.  If you have lost the list, the blog will have the words printed there. Once your child has completed the test, just have them hand it in to me.

Cursive Writing- The students have been working on their cursive lowercase letters in class. They have completed their first ten and have had them graded.  On the progress report, you will notice that there are 100 points possible.  That is ten points per lowercase letter.  If your child has not been completing the work in class, they have points deducted.  The students are able to take the books home if they would like to make up the points.

Keyboarding- The students will be learning to keyboard in January, when we have consistent use of the computer lab.

Daily 5- We have started working on "Read-to-Self", Word Work, Listening & Writing.  Read-to-Someone will come as the year progresses.  We will begin a "big" writing project after we spend a few more weeks on "Framing Your Thoughts".

Language Arts- Weekly parts of speech lessons, focusing on: nouns, verbs & adjectives.  Guided Reading groups including "Close Reading" lessons.  Students are learning to pull information from the texts and make inferences independently.

Unit Study- We just finished our "Heat & Light" unit.  Our new unit of study is from our Social Studies curriculum, which is focused on the study of Iron County.  We have a field trip scheduled to Parowan on Sep. 26th, where we will visit many Iron County Historical sites. Please let me know if your child will be bringing a lunch from home. Otherwise, I will order them a school lunch for that day.  The food choices are sunbutter sandwiches or a meat sandwich. We will leave the school at 9:00 a.m. and be back by 3:20 p.m.  After we finish this social studies unit, we will alternate back to science.  The next science unit is on "Heat & Light".  We will continue alternating this way throughout the year.

Art-  The students have been working on shadow puppets in preparation for their "Fables" plays.  It is amazing to see the students' creativity at work!

Music- The students are getting music instruction twice a week.  If you have questions about that curriculum, shoot Mrs. Leavitt an email and she will let you know what's happening for that week.

Book Orders- Due this Friday. It is so simple to order online. Please consider using this process if possible.

Thank you for your support!  My students are the best!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Newsletter 8/26 - 8/30

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Here is our plan for this week:

Bell Work: When the students arrive each day, they have a half page of Language Arts and a half page of Math to complete. If the time is wasted, the Bell Work scores on the progress report will reflect it.  If it becomes a chronic problem, I will be notifying you and a plan will be set up.

Math: We are still working on Chapter 1 in our Go Math program. The topic is "Addition & Subtraction".  Rounding and Place Value are topics also included in this chapter. Thank you for your help on the homework.  It will be so beneficial for the students to review the skills we learned in class each evening.
Times Tables:  We will begin times table pass-offs next week.  The students need to be studying their 0's, 1's, 2's and 5's.  Here is the order we will be teaching the times tables: After 5's will be 10's, 11's, 12's, 9's, 3's, 4's, 6's, 7's and end with 8's.  I know that this seems crazy, but there is a method to my madness. Let me know if you would like me to explain the process.

Language Arts/Literacy- "Framing Your Thoughts"- This program focuses on developing solid sentences.  Right now, the focus is on subjects and predicates.  Soon we will move onto predicate enhancers and predicate mobility.  Our Daily 5 system will be introduced this week and will include Read-to-Self, Read-to-Someone, Word Work(Spelling Packets), Writing and Listening. In a few weeks we will begin Mountain Language and mini lessons on the parts of speech.

Spelling: List number one will be sent home today.  Test will be on Friday.

Unit Study-  Our unit studies throughout the year will consist of Social Studies lessons and Science lessons.  Right now, we are learning about heat and light.  The students will be rotating through all the 3rd grade teachers classes during all of our unit studies. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Cursive- We have finished 6 lowercase letters and will continue working through our books. After all of the lowercase are finished, we will start the uppercase.  If the students are having a hard time finishing the work in class, I will be sending it home.

Homework: Please review and sign your child's homework.  I don't have time enough to check all of the homework everyday, so it is very helpful if I know you've already gone over it.  The students will get a small reward periodically when they bring back their folder and signed homework.  Also, it is crucial that the students bring their folders back and forth everyday.  If they have lost their school folder, any folder will work as a substitute.

Art: The students attended art class for the first time last Friday.  Mrs. Petersen has created art lessons that go along with our heat and light unit.  The students will love making shadow puppets and performing plays based on the book Fables!

Music: The students go to music on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  We now have two "Mrs. Leavitts"! Melissa Leavitt's daughter-in-law is teaching half of the music classes during the week, while Melissa is working on the formation of the new childrens' community choir.  They will be receiving the same excellent instruction as usual.

Thank you for your help!  I have a wonderful bunch of students and I look forward to seeing them in class everyday!

Monday, August 19, 2013

August 19th- 23rd

We made it through our first few days of school! The students have transitioned very well and are already working hard.  Here are the items we have worked on so far:
Cursive- We have already finished learning to write cursive letter "i" and "t".
Times tables- Working on 0, 1, & 2.  Flashcards will be coming home this week.  Please spend 10 - 15 minutes a night on the times tables. Next week, I will start passing off each childs' times tables.
Reading- Reading charts are being sent home today in folders.  Please have your child read 25 minutes every school night.  Charts need to be handed in on Sep. 2.
Spelling- I've decided to hold off another week before sending spelling home.  I don't want to overwhelm the students!
Homework will begin next week.  Watch for a homework packet next Monday.

A heartfelt thank you for the donations made to our class.  It makes a big difference!

Here is our schedule of special classes throughout the year:

Tuesdays- 10:30 - Music
Wednesdays- 10:00 - Music
Thursdays - 12:30 - Library
Fridays- 10:00 - P.E. & 1:15- Art

Parents volunteers will begin the first of October.  Most information will be sent as the time draws closer.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Newsletter May 6, 2013

Testing seems to going well. Thank you for your support during this process!
Here is the schedule for the next couple of weeks before school gets out:

5/6-  Take home books collected for the year

5/7- Dibels testing- Mrs. Holmes class- 10:45 am

5/17- Battle of the Books

5/20- Reading Celebration- 3rds @ 9:45 am

5/21- Field Day-  *We are in need of a couple of volunteers for this day.  Two for the am and two for the pm.  I don't have the exact times yet, but it usually runs from 9:30- 11:30 for the am and 1:00 - 3:00 for the pm.  If you would be able to help out on this day, let me know.  Thanks!

5/23- Memorial Day Assembly

5/24- Last Day of School

Last day of school- Although I don't have the exact schedule for the last day of school, I will give you the information that I do have right now.  Usually, we have our "Meet the new Teacher" on the last day of school around 9:30 am.  After that we will be cleaning up, signing year-books, watching a video yearbook and having a party.  For our party, I usually like to give the students a chance to spend their last store money on a few raffles.  I have already purchased a couple of items, but if you have something you could send in as a donation, it would be much appreciated.  Items that I have used in the past are: decorative bags, games, stuffed animals, crafts and $5 gift cards.  Please do not feel pressured to do this, it is strictly optional.

Last Day of School Party Sign-ups:

Popcorn- Gina Cutler
Popcorn- Jamie Hunt
Red Vines- Amanda Giles
Red Vines- Rachel Hunt
Boxed Drinks- Laurie Anderson
Boxed Drinks-
Boxed Drinks-
Napkins- Carrie Horton

Thank you for a wonderful year!  I love your children and will miss them so much.  Thank you for your support this year!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Newsletter 4/15 - 4/26

Sending a thank-you to all of our great parent volunteers!  It has been a bonus for the students to have one-on-one help!  Your efforts are very much appreciated!

Testing-  We will begin practice testing this Friday.  On May 2 we will begin our official testing.  I will include the complete testing schedule below.  Please have your students here on the testing days, unless they are sick or you run into an emergency.  It is hard on the students when they have to make-up tests when they return.

Testing Schedule:

Friday, April 19th @ 1:00 pm/ Practice Language Arts 1
Tuesday, April 23rd @10:30 am/ Practice LA2
Monday, April 29th @ 10:30 am/ Practice Math 1
Tuesday, April 30th @ 2:30 pm/ Practice MA2

Official Testing Schedule:

Thursday, May 2nd @ 9:00 am/ LA1
Friday, May 3rd @12:30 pm/ LA2
Monday, May 6th @ 12:30/ MA1
Wednesday, May 8th @ 9:00 am/ MA2

*The third grade program is still planned for Tuesday, April 30th @ 2:00 pm in the school gym.  Families of the students are all invited.

Battle of the Books will be held on Friday May 17th.  Keep up the great work on your reading assignments!

Monday, May 20th will be the Reading Celebration.  The third grades will attend from 9:45-10:25 am.  That is, if we read the 1,000,000 minutes!  1,500,000 minutes will get Mr. Oldroyd to kiss a pig!

If you have any questions, please let me know.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Newsletter 2/1- 2/12

Hello Parents!
I hope you had a great break!  We are back with a big push to prepare for end-of-levels.  Here is our schedule of studies for the next couple of weeks:

Math- Measurement is the chapter we are studying right now.  The students are learning all about customary and metric measurement.  They will also learn more about area, perimeter and time.  The last chapter for the year will be on Data, Graphs, & Probability.  Please watch for alternative homework that will be sent home to prepare for our testing.  They will be in the form of cumulative reviews.
Thank you for your help with this!
Times Tables-  We still have opportunities to pass off times tables.  If your child is ready, they will need to let me know at school so I can pass them off.  We are also playing times tables games and reviewing the times tables every chance we get.

Language Arts/Reading- Continuation of Mountain Language, grammar lessons and small reading groups.  Daily 5 writing will also continue with our "Seasons" assignment.  The students are going through the writing process with a peer conference, teacher conference and three revisions before being published.  The published work will be typed in the computer lab.  I am so proud of the writing my students are producing!  After the writing assignment is completed, the students will return to the Read-to-Self and Read-to-Someone.  The word work and listening skills are continually being addressed on a daily basis.

Vocabulary-  We will continue vocabulary for one more week after this one.  At that point, we will study the whole list of words and play games to reinforce the words learned throughout the last several months.

Unit Study-  Mrs. Bradford just finished up a fabulous unit on force, gravity and simple machines.  She is now teaching a unit on the moon.  We will then study health and finish with a social studies geography unit.

Music- We are planning to have a 3rd grade musical program in the gym on April 30th at 2:00 p.m.
The students learn so much in their music class with Mrs. Leavitt and we would love to show off their skills to the parents.  We hope to see you there!

Art- We will be working on a few more art projects before school ends.   One of the favorites we will work on is the perspective drawing.

*Parent Volunteers- We will only have two more weeks for volunteers due to testing.  Thank you so much for your help this year.  It has made such a difference!

Monday, March 25, 2013


Just wanted to congratulate the winners of the science fair, writing contest and yearbook cover submissions.
The science fair winners from our class were 1st place- Reagan Anderson, 2nd place- Ellie Nakken.  All of the entries were awesome and deserve recognition!
The yearbook cover entry winners were Ericka Marchant & Millie Harrison.  Millie's submission will be printed on the yearbook.  Congrats girls!
The Magic of Writing contest winners were McKenna Westwood and Millie Harrison.  So proud of these great writers!
We have our Spring Break coming this week.  There will be no school on Wed., Thurs. & Fri.
Have a wonderful and safe break!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Newsletter 3-11 - 3/26

Hello!  It was so good to meet with you this last week!  This class has been so great!  I would like to recognize our two spelling bee representatives this year.  McKenna Westwood took 1st place in the school competition and Millie Harrison took 2nd place.  These two students deserve a big hand.  They studied so hard and represented our class very well!

Here is an update for the next couple of weeks:

Math- We are in the middle of learning about fractions.  We will probably finish in the middle of next week.  The next unit will be on Measurement (Customary & Metric).  Please be watching for practice worksheets that will be coming home for homework.  These pages will prepare your children for End-of-Levels which will be at the end of April.

Times Tables- If your child has times tables they would like to pass off, encourage them to let me know and I'll make sure to find a time to meet with them.  At this point we are working to get everyone done with all 1-12.

Daily 5- We will be tackling another 4-Square Writing assignment in the next week.  The students have become awesome writers and are actually asking to do another assignment!  Have I mentioned that I love my job?!?!  We will also continue the Read-to-Self, Word Work, Read-to-Someone & Listening.

Keyboarding- We finished all 20 lessons.  No more keyboarding homework, but I would encourage you to look up some keyboarding games or apps for your child to practice on at home.  This skill is now very crucial and should be practiced as much as possible.  Thanks for your help!

Cursive- Still chugging along.  We should have all letters completed in the next few weeks.

Vocabulary-  I'm sorry about the inconsistency with vocabulary over the last couple of weeks.  We will plan to get back on schedule and have our test this Friday along with the spelling test.

Unit Study-  Hallelujah!  We have a new and awesome student teacher named Mrs. Kirsten Bradford.  She will be teaching our next science unit on Force, Motion & Simple Machines.  The students are really looking forward to this fun science time!

Looking ahead to the Easter party which will be held Tuesday, March 26th.  Here are the people that signed up to bring an item for this party:

Little Debbie Snacks:  Jamie Hunt
Little Debbie Snacks:  Jodi Corser
Little Debbie Snacks:
24 candy-filled plastic eggs:  Rachel Hunt
24 candy-filled plastic eggs:  Jennifer Edwards
24 candy-filled plastic eggs:  Sydney Nakken
24 candy-filled plastic eggs:
Boxed drinks:  Michelle Twitchell
Boxed drinks:  Gina Cutler
Boxed drinks:  Sydney Nakken
Napkins and Plates:  Carrie Horton

Thank you again for your generosity!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Newsletter (2/4 - 2/15)

Here's another update for the next couple of weeks.

Math- Watch for the Chapter 9 test coming home in the next day or two.  You are welcome to help your child make up the missed questions if you would like.  We have just started working on our Solids and Shapes unit.  In this chapter, we will be discussing lines and angles along with shapes.  There are many new vocabulary words for the students to learn.  Here are some of them:  right angle, obtuse, acute, perpendicular, parallel, intersecting, point, and rays.  Some of the terminology for solids include: polygon, parallelogram, trapezoid, rhombus, cylinder, cube, pyramid, cone, quadrilateral,  vertices, and all of the names of the basic shapes.

Times Tables-  We have covered all of the times tables and are working on getting all of our students passed off on their remaining times tables.  Wednesdays are our usual pass-off days.

Reading/Literacy- Daily 5 continues as usual.  I have also been benchmarking the students the last couple of weeks.  You will be receiving a note at the end of this week updating you on your child's grades and reading levels.  They have all made great progress!

Spelling & Vocabulary- Same as usual.  Both tests on Friday.

Keyboarding-  We just completed lesson #9.  The lessons will be concluded at lesson #20.  I really appreciate your help at home.  This skill is crucial to this generation of students going through school!

Valentines Day Party will be held on Thursday, February 14th.  The students are welcome to send in small valentines for one another.  If they decide to do this, please make sure there is one for every student.  It is very devastating for a child to be left out.
Here is a list of the people who signed up for the party:

Sugar Cookies (un-frosted Lin's, 1 doz. heart-shaped)- Heidi Webster
Sugar Cookies (same as above)- Jennifer Edwards
Sugar Cookies (same) - Kris Slack
1 Container Pink Frosting- Sydney Nakken
1 Container White Frosting- Jamie Hunt
Small Candy for decorating- Gina Cutler
Small Candy for decorating- Amanda Giles
One gallon milk- Jodi Corser
One gallon milk- Dawn Spencer
Napkins & plates- Sydney Nakken
Cups and plastic knives- Rachel Hunt

A million thank you's to those contributing items!!

Here is our list of students for our Valentine exchange:


Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Newsletter 1/22 - 2/1

Welcome back after a nice, long weekend.  Here is an update of things to come over the next 2 weeks:

Keyboarding-  We have scheduled the computer lab on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  There will be a keyboarding assignment sent home on these nights in addition to the regular homework.  Each keyboarding homework will be worth 20 points.

Daily 5- No changes from the last 2 weeks.  But I do encourage you to support your child in the South Elementary writing contest.  It is not mandatory, but we have such great writers that would represent our 3rd grade very well!  If you need the rules sent home or emailed, please let me know.

Vocabulary- As you probably noticed, I forgot to send the vocabulary cards home until the end of last week.  The students will be tested on the 4 new words this Friday.  Sorry about the mix-up!

Math- We're finishing up our chapter on Patterns and Relationships.  Next chapter will be on Solids and  Shapes.

Times Tables-  All times tables are now being passed off.  Our regular pass-off day is Wednesday.  If your child is ready on another day, please send a little note to let me know they are ready.  I'm pleased with the work the students are doing at home!

*Book Orders-  I have sent home a couple of book orders today.  They will be due on Tues., Jan. 29th. I have included my teacher code and encourage you to order online if possible.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Newsletter 1/7 - 1/11

Happy New Year!  I hope your holidays were wonderful! I loved spending time with my family, but am so glad to be back with my 3rd graders!  This is what you can expect over the next 2 weeks:

Parent Volunteers-  We will start back up on Jan. 15th and will be on our regular schedule.

Math-  New math chapter on patterns and relationships.  Mountain Math once a week.

Times Tables- Wednesdays will be our designated pass-off days.  We are trying to finish up 4's, 6's, 7's & 8's.  Flashcards will be coming home for the last couple of pass-offs.

Daily 5 Literacy-  Since we have concentrated heavily on writing, we will spend more time on Read-to-Self, Read-to-Someone, Listening and Word Work.  During this time, we will be working on small guided reading groups and independent reading with a teacher.

Vocabulary- Four new words will be coming each week.  Test on Fridays.

Spelling- During the week we will be participating in word work activities that use our current spelling words.  Test on Fridays.

Cursive- We have finished all of the lowercase letters and will begin the uppercase this week.

Keyboarding-  Will take the place of our unit study for the next month. We have a whole new system for our computer lab and it will take a week or so to work out the glitches.   After the keyboarding unit, we will be studying the moon.

*Just a reminder- Please take note of the first annual writing contest at South Elementary.  The details were sent home before Christmas.  If you need additional instructions, let me know.
-Also remember to keep working on Battle of the Books and Spelling Bee, if your child is interested.

Thank you for everything!  I appreciated every note, gift and word of kindness you and your students gave me at Christmastime.