March 25rd, 2018

Parents,

Happy Spring Break! I hope everyone will enjoy some time off from our regular routines and appreciate your time with family. We are entering quarter 4 and heading down the homestretch of third grade.

Field Trip

All of 3rd grade will be going on a field trip to see “Clementine”. Information will be sent home after Spring Break. You can mark your calendar for April 24th.

Congratulations

Congrats Ellie and Kathryn, our Good Jaguars!

Please download the “Key Note” and “Stop Motion” app if your child has an Apple device. We will be using these when we return from break. We had some fun testing them out this week.

Resource Schedule

Monday – Day B

Tuesday – Day C

Thursday – Day D

Friday – Day E

Important Dates

3/26 – 3/30 – Spring Break

4/10 and 4/11 – FSA ELA (reading) State Testing

4/13 – Poetry Jam, parents welcome to attend (still confirming with admin)

4/13 – 5th Grade Kickball Game

4/23 – Clementine Field Trip

Week of May 7 – FSA Math State Testing

Tests/Quizzes

Thursday, 4/5 – Vocabulary Lesson 1-10 Review

We will be spending the week reviewing skills and doing FSA test taking strategies. We will also review all the vocabulary from lesson 1-10 and test them on Thursday.

Writing

We will continue with Poetry. The children have really loved writing their own poems. After break, we will continue to write different poems and choose one to publish. We hope to have a poetry jam on Friday, April 13th. I need to confirm the date with admin due to testing. We will invite parents to come watch their child perform between 8:45-9:45 a.m.

Math

We will begin Geometry and learn characteristics of polygons and quadrilaterals. Shapes in different categories can share attributes and the shared attributes can define a larger category (ex: quadrilateral). We will recognize rhombuses, rectangles and squares as examples of quadrilaterals and draw examples and non-examples of them.

Science

We will begin our unit on Energy. We will learn basic forms of energy such as light, heat, sound, electrical, and mechanical.

The secret word is “poetry jam”. Please have your child whisper it in my ear Monday morning.

Susan Baker

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Feb. 9th, 2018

Parents,

We had a great week and covered lots of material. It seems the kids are all healthy and free from the “yuck” that has been going around.

Julie McKitterick and Maria Chrissovergis are organizing our Family Fun Day basket. If you can contribute \$10 towards the “outdoor fun” basket (with a video drone!!!), that would be awesome. Please send contributions to me no later than Friday, Feb. 16th in an envelope labeled “FFD Basket”.   If you have any questions or additional ideas, please contact Juli at [email protected] or Maria at [email protected].

Interims

Interims were published today, so please go on HAC to see your child’s progress. You will not see any science grades, because we haven’t assessed this new unit yet.

FSA (Florida Standards Assessment)

FSA is coming up – April and May. I have sent out some information regarding this state test. However, if you would like a better idea regarding sample questions or any other information, please use the link below. I will also begin to send home some review packets in the next few weeks.

https://fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/

FSA Information

3rd grade English Language Arts: April 10th (Session 1) and April 11th (Session 2).

https://fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/paper-based-practice-test-materials.stml

3rd grade Math: Week of May 7th (Session 1 & 2) at:

TIDE

The kids are almost done with their passion projects and we will present them in class next week. I will send home their Power Points for you to see. They are incredible. The children really enjoyed working on these.

Congratulations

Principal’s Club members

Thank You

Thanks to everyone who donated items for our Valentine’s Day party! Please have the children bring their cards when they are ready! All party items should be here Wednesday in the morning if possible.

Thanks to Purva and her parents for the awesome Mad Science volcano.

Valentine’s Day Party

Our party will be Feb.14th at 12:30. All parents and siblings are welcome to join us.

Resource Schedule

Monday – Day D

Tuesday – Day E

Thursday – Day F

Friday – Day G

Important Dates

2/12 – Family Knight! (no homework)

2/14 – Valentine’s Day Party, 12:30 – 1:30

2/19 – No School, Presidents Day

2/27 – Principal’s Club Math Test

3/28 – WOW Wednesday

3/10 – Family Fun Day

3/16 – Teacher Planning Day

3/26 – 3/30 – Spring Break

Tests/Quizzes

Wednesday – Test on Science: Properties of Matter

Thursday – Vocabulary Lesson 8 Quiz

We are finishing up the Point of View standard. We will move onto comparing and contrasting the most important points and key details presented in two different texts on the same topic.

The children enjoyed our novel study on Stone Fox and are creating their “cereal box book reports” in class. They are fabulous.

We will continue with “Flash Light Friday”, so your child may be asking you for batteries for the classroom flashlights! We love this!

Writing

I thought we would be done with our animal research, but we are still in the final stages of publishing. We hope to begin sharing our work with our “Author’s Chair” by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Math

Next week, we will work on understanding equivalent fractions. We will begin with comparing fractions with the same denominator, then fractions with different denominators.

For those who are still working towards the “Principal’s Club”, we will test again Feb. 27th.

Science

We will continue with properties of matter next week and we’ll test on Wedneday. I will send home a quizizz game to help review for the test. A study guide will be sent home this week.

The secret word is “Family Fun Day”. Please have your child whisper it in my ear Monday morning.

Have a great weekend.

Susan Baker

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January 26th, 2018

Parents,

It has been a busy week with many things going on. We had a tornado, fire, and lockdown drill today along with a Jaguar Assembly! Then to end Literacy Week, we had “Flashlight Friday”, which the kids LOVED. Therefore, as you can imagine, it was a little wild.

Congratulations

Dunkailo, Purva, and Billy were chosen at the Jaguar Assembly for “Using walking feet and safe hands to show respect”.

Congrats to Kathryn for Honorable Mention in the MLK poster contest.

Congrats to Dunkailo, Purva, and Billy

Thank You

Special thanks to the Chrissovergis family for donating extra back up snacks.

Thanks to Grandma Vivian for being our guest reader. She read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. We had some great conversations about being “selfless”.

Thanks to Mrs. Lamkin for organizing the sign up for our upcoming class party. (coming soon)

Grandma Vivian reading The Giving Tree

Valentine’s Day Party

Our party will be Feb.14th at 12:30. All parents and siblings are welcome to join us. We will exchange cards, enjoy a chocolate fountain with fruit, and play a game. Mrs. Lamkin will be sending out a sign up soon.

TIDE

The children are working on their “Passion Projects”. We have been going to the computer lab to create Power Points to present them. You may have heard them ask you to donate to their favorite organization or “adopt” an animal. I am teaching them that they are our future leaders and can make a difference in the world. I hope you will support them in their passion. Many children joined in groups so it would only be a few dollars each. Ask your child about it.

Resource Schedule

Monday – No School

Tuesday – Day E

Thursday – Day F

Friday – Day G

Important Dates

1/29 – No School, Teacher In-Service

2/12 – Family Knight! (no homework)

2/19 – No School, Presidents Day

Tests/Quizzes

Wednesday: Math Facts 8x Quiz

Thursday: Spelling Quiz

Group 1 List 20

Group 2 List 31

Group 3 List 57

Group 4 List 87

Friday: Reading Test (Maybe) or Monday 2/5

Friday: Math Test – All Multiplication Facts

In reading, we will continue to describe the logical connections between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text. We will use comparisons, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence. We will also hear and discuss expository nonfiction books using schema and wondering/questions to make sense of the book. We will also identify what we learned and refer to the text to support our thinking.

Writing

We are still drafting our animal research projects. This week we will focus on adding illustrations and captions, interesting introductions, and endings that wrap up the report. We will also revise and proofread with our partners.

Math

Friday we had a great time with “Distributive Doctor”. We will learn distributive property, associative property and commutative property then move onto finding the area of linear shapes.

Mrs. Baker performing surgery

Science

We will begin our unit on Matter. We will look at the properties of matter (size, shape, color, texture, hardness). The following week, we will also discuss mass and volume of matter.

The secret word is “distributive property”. Please have your child whisper it in my ear Tuesday morning.

Have a great weekend.

Susan Baker

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January 13th, 2018

Parents,

I hope everyone enjoys this three-day weekend coming up as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a great weekend to start thinking of ideas for our MLK posters.

Next week we will be working on our animal research and doing a nearpod for math and a quizizz game for social studies, so children should bring their devices every day charged and ready to go.

Report cards will be published Friday on HAC (no paper copies). Please go on HAC now and make sure you see all the grades and let me know if you have any questions or find mistakes.

Thank You

Special thanks to Maria Chrissovergis for our Greek New Year’s cake. What a great way to start the week! Ellie was the lucky one who found the coin inside.

Resource Schedule

Monday – No School, MLK

Tuesday – Day F

Thursday – Day G

Friday – Day H

Important Dates

1/15 – No School, MLK Day

1/24- MLK Posters due

1/29 – No School, Teacher In-Service

2/19 – No School, Presidents Day

Tests/Quizzes

Tuesday: Math Facts Test (all facts covered so far)

Wednesday: Math Facts 6x Quiz

Thursday: Spelling Quiz

Group 1 List 19

Group 2 List 30

Group 3 List 56

Group 4 List 86

MLK Poster

I encourage every student to complete a poster. If they can’t do it at home, Please let me know and I will allow your child to work on it in class. Posters are due Jan. 24th. If you want your child to work on it at school, you will need to return the blank poster to me by Jan. 22nd.

In reading, we will continue with informational text. We will describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.  We will also focus on hearing and discussing expository nonfiction books and use wondering and questions to make sense of the book, while referring to the text to support our thinking. We will test Thursday or Friday.

Writing

We have been working with a partner to do animal research together. Each student will write and publish an informational report about the animal and learn research skills like taking notes, categorizing information by subtopic, and conducting effective internet searches. They will learn about features of expository text such as illustrations, captions, and table of contents. This will continue through mid-January.

Math

We are learning to solve two step word problems using the four operations. I hope to test on Friday.

Math Facts

We have tons of fun playing “knock out” in class to learn our facts. We also played a new game, “quiz, quiz, trade”. These have made learning math facts motivating and exciting. Tuesday we will TEST to review all the facts so far with a focus on the 3’s, 4’s and 9’s. This will count as a test grade. A practice test went home Friday. We will test the 6’s this Wednesday. Most all the children have earned their belts, but they are getting harder! It’s important we practice a few minutes every day. All we have left are the 6’s, 7’s and 8’s! (in this order). Those who have mastered all their facts will be honored at the Principal’s Club Pizza party in February!

Social Studies

We have been learning how government gains power from the people and how it is established through a written constitution. We will also learn and describe how government is organized at the local, state, and federal levels. We plan to make an interactive lap book to go along with the unit that will help as a study guide.

The secret word is “taxes”. Please have your child whisper it in my ear Monday morning.

Susan Baker

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