Our new novel is AWESOME! The main character got three wishes. Every 3rd grader got 3 wishes yesterday...here is what they wished for:
To get $100 To be funny To get EVERYTHING To be able to FLY To be able to speak in all the languages of the world To be able to make anything in the world To go and see my dog that died To have a photographic memory To have super powers To see my Aunt who passed away For my vision to be perfect in both eyes To see through the eyes of someone with special needs To have all the cats and baby goats in the world To be able to publish a book I have written To be able to do a backflip To end cancer Meet my Grandma again To be a singer To be a gymnast To be a dog whisperer To hang out with my whole family more To feel what it feels like to ride a wheelchair To be able to spend the night with Melody (main character in a novel) To have size 14 feet To play basketball for Notre Dame To be able to say something to my grandpa that passed away To be very smart To help To become a doctor that would cure cancer To be cool To be happy To have a friend To be a dog To be a book To do a back walkover To cure my grandmother of cancer
SMARTY PANTS UNIVERSITY IS COMING!!! BEGINS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH!!
As our chance to shine (passing the IRead test) approaches, we will use the days leading up to March 17 and 18 as super powered training days! We made Victory Towels to declare our goals and to inspire our best efforts.
Basically, I clear my lessons plans of just about everything except Math and Language Arts/Reading. Our days will be challenging and empowering! I promised my students that I will do EVERYTHING possible to make sure they are fully prepared!
SAVE THE DATE!!!! State mandatory testing for all 3rd graders, the IRead-3, will take place on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18. This is the week right before Spring Break. The first day of Spring Break is Friday, March 20th. Please do NOT plan to leave for Spring Break early! We have a history of excellent success with this test, and THIS class must stay ready to carry on this tradition! Recent NWEA scores predict promising results!
A note about E-Learning:
My E-Learning assignments are designed to be super user-friendly! Students should be able to manage ALL of it on their own from start to finish. As I put in grades for the recent past E-Learning day (Feb.6th), it makes me sad to see how much grades are dropping for some students because they are either doing the assignments poorly OR not even doing them at all. Please don't let your child turn helpful skill practice and easy A's into unnecessary F's.
Thanks to a local business donation, 3rd grade is now equipped with some math tools - Compasses! More classroom pictures to come if my technology will cooperate! I sent several and these were the only ones that made it.
Updates for the week of Feb. 18-21
Valentine's Day Make-up Event: Students may bring in Valentine's items they already made or purchased (If they didn't, please don't feel like you have to - I have plenty to provide.) for Tuesday. We will briefly enjoy these at 2:00 and then plunge right back into our novel reading. We must maximize every learning minute from now until the March 17 and 18 state testing for third grade.
All goodies and art supplies are taken care of by room party moms and myself. No need for each student to purchase cards and candy for the class. We will create Marvelous Mail to exchange with one another here at school. So relax...ahhhh.
Be checking to make sure the swim suit still fits! Swimming unit for Gym class will begin February 12.
If your child has come home with such crazy stories as "my teacher put an "Out of Order" sign on herself" or "my teacher put duct tape over her mouth"...it's true. I am challenging them to figure things out for themselves more and more so they are less reliant on me. Sometimes we can "help" children too much. Confidence and strength come from trying and doing things ourselves. This can be true at home as well. Inspire them to grow by not helping so much. This is really the path to confidence.
As long as the weather cooperates, this 3rd nine weeks is my favorite quarter of the year! Students have matured into full push third graders and I am super excited about some of the most dynamic and adventurous units of the year!
No spoilers...but be watching my Weebly for some super exciting news any day now!!! Update: We were gifted a classroom set of the exciting novel, The Crossover!!! Student requested and grandmother supported...I LOVE THIS!
Mrs. Joslyn joins our Social Studies unit Monday afternoon to educate us about "Candidates and Campaigns." We hope to use this to hold elections for Mayor of Creaturetopia soon! How cool is that?!
GRADED ASSIGNMENTS STAMPED "MAY CORRECT" CAN BE RESUBMITTED FOR RE-GRADING AFTER CORRECTION. THIS MUST TAKE PLACE WITHIN A WEEK'S TIME AND MAY ONLY BE CORRECTED ONCE.
Ways that 3rd grade girls can better match school uniform codes:
1. Hair bows may be navy, black, white, or red and be 4" in. or smaller in bow size.
2. Religious necklaces, such as crucifixes and other religious medals, may be worn under clothing.
3. Shoe color on Mass days - dress shoes should be brown, black or navy
Fruit snack donations welcomed - our October supplies is down to the last box. Currently 9 students out of the 14 take advantage of donated morning snacks.
Please check your child for head lice on a weekly basis. There is a product that you can spray like hairspray to provide a quick shield of protection and prevention each morning. I am taking advantage of this strategy for myself each morning. I get it at Walgreen's.
You have been asking if there are ways to help provide for the third grade class in an effort to reduce the burden on my personal budget (teachers buy A LOT for the classroom out of their own pocket!). Here is an opportunity...
Go online line to teacherspayteachers.com/Gift-Card. I am making purchases very frequently to purchase supplemental teaching material. My email is email@example.com
Thank you for all the ways you support me and St. A!
Thank you for the generous snack and pretzel donations! We have a generous supplies that will take us through November. Munching pretzels as we devour our novel every day at 2:00 is a favorite!
Students are also enjoying the snacks they are bring from home. Third grade parents ROCK!
Easy-cheesy communication tool! I send out helpful reminders and quick updates via REMIND 101 many times throughout the year. Sign up for these helpful tidbits to be sent to your phone by texting the message @a7c6fc to 81010. If you have trouble with 81010, text the message to (442)888-6005.
No phone? Go to rmd.at/a7c6fc to sign up for email messages 2019-2020 3rd grade.
Our school staff met after school was dismissed for the summer and decided a change in our student uniform policy was in order to better reflect the needs and interests of our students and their respective families. The changes that follow are being announced now, so that you have the summer to prepare for the 2019-20 school year.
Girls Changes/Additions: Non Mass Day - Plain navy blue skort/no buckle/doesn't need to be pleated /may be 2" from knee versus previous standard of 1" Shoes - Sperry type shoes now allowed as well/colors expanded to include all shades of brown including khaki and tan Gym shoes - may have accent colors excluding neon colors Headbands - no larger than 4" wide/no prints or designs/colors may include red,white,navy,green,yellow,black,or combo of these
Girls NonUniform Days: Leggings allowed with the exception that their shirts, sweatshirt, or sweater must cover their backside Straight leg jeans are allowed Shorts or spandex shorts may be worn that are mid-thigh, but their shirt, sweatshirt, or sweater must cover their backside
Boys Changes/Additions: Gym shoes - may have accent colors excluding neon colors
Additional Notes: -Mass Day uniform remains the same -Non uniform days will be scheduled by staff once every 9 week grading period / 4 x school year (Catholic Schools Week, Picnic Day, + 2 more) -Students will be out of uniform for filed trips as well unless otherwise specified (Catholic Schools Week, Picnic Day, plus two more) -Tall black/brown boots are not allowed to be worn during the school day. Boots may be worn to school, but then students must change back into uniform shoe
>Water is welcomed in the classroom in containers that will not "accidentally" spill >Students may bring a snack for afternoon milk break - healthy and snack-sized please
>Public Library visits on Fridays afternoons - thank you for your help in returning books as needed!
Exciting Book Recommendation for Parents!
I am a HUGE fan of taking advantage of any and all the latest brain development discoveries! This is a resource that has dramatically empowered me as a parent and an educator based on some pretty awesome brain development insights.
Book Title: The YES Brain: How To Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, And Resilience In Your Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. Checkout what page 9 of the book's introduction has to say about the advantages of these insights: "How would life at your house change if your kids were better at responding to everyday situations-conflict with siblings, turning off electronics, following directions, homework struggles, bedtime battles- from a Yes Brain instead of a No Brain? What would be different if they were less rigid and stubborn and the could better regulate themselves when things don't go their way? What if they welcomed new experiences instead of fearing them? What if they could be clearer about their own feelings, and more caring and empathic toward others? How much happier would they be? How much happier and more peaceful would the whole family be? That's what this book is about: helping develop a Yes Brain in your kids by giving them the space, the opportunity, and the tools to develop into people who openly engage with their world and become fully and authentically themselves. This is how we help children develop mental strength and resilience." I will be using some of the wisdom of the insights in this book as an educator and even be teaching the students some basic understandings of how they can develop a Yes Brain. I ordered my copy for Amazon. I highly recommend it!!!!!!!!