May 19

The BUZZ ~ 5/21 – 5/23

Can you BEE-lieve it?  Third grade is coming to an end!  If you’re like me, you’re thinking…boy, that was fast.  I don’t think I’m ready to say good-bye to this sweet class of mine.   Nor am I really ready for my oldest, Anna Jean, to graduate on Friday from Allatoona High School, but I am reminded that we raise our children to be confident people who are ready to tackle life’s challenges.  I hope I have helped your child conquer some of their personal challenges this year.  It has been a privilege to be their teacher and to help them grow!  Take a look below for some very important information pertaining to the last three days of school.

 

MONDAY:  Let’s try this again.  I certainly hope we’ll have “Fun in the SUN!”  We will have the 3rd – 5th field day on Monday.  The activities begin at 9am.  If you are volunteering that day in the morning, please meet us upstairs at 8:55am in the bus port area.  I will bring the children to you.  I will have multiple copies our event schedule so that you can help us go from station to station.  This is a low-key, fun day for everyone.  Here are some other important reminders:

  1. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.
  2. Wear a t-shirt the color of your team.
  3. Bring extra clothes to change into because you’ll get WET! Bring a TOWEL, too!
  4. Sunscreen should be applied before school. (I’m not allowed to apply it.)
  5. Hats and sunglasses are allowed, but you must keep up with them. ; )
  6. Bring a lunch if you didn’t purchase one from school.
  7. Bring at least one water bottle labeled with your name.
  8. Good sportsmanship is a MUST!  Smile and have fun.

FIELD DAY TEAMS:  Yellow: Brooklyn, Brooke, Taylor, Toby, Finn, Christian, Luke

Blue: Jenna, Rachel, Carsyn, Will, Gabe, Ryan, Owen

Green: Claire, Kyleigh, Jasmine, Kolin, Nathan, Sam, Simon

BACKPACKS?  Please DO NOT pack your binder for the rest of the year.  I would bring your backpack full of extra clothes, a towel and a water bottle.  If you prefer, you can bring a string bag.

 

PIZZA PARTY

Monday for lunch, we’ll have pepperoni and cheese pizza to celebrate the hard work the children put in this year learning their math facts.  I am really, really proud of how they’ve worked to reach their goals this year.  Yes, this is on Field Day, so if you’re bringing  your lunch from home and plan on  eating pizza, too…just don’t overload your lunchbox.  You may want to be sure to pack some fruit or veggie sticks!

 

TUESDAY:  REMEMBER, Tuesday is a half day!!!  Here is a reminder list for Tuesday:

  1. BRING YOUR BACKPACK!  Keep your binder at home, but you’ll need your backpack for loading up more items.
  2. Bring your yearbook!  Third grade has schedule a yearbook signing time for this day.
  3.  My class has a memory book at school and students will use this for autographs if they don’t have a yearbook.
  4. DISMISSAL: 12:30pm

WEDNESDAY: OUR LAST DAY IN THE HIVE!

  1. DO NOT bring your backpack today!
  2. If bringing your lunch from home, bring a disposable lunch bag and a disposable water bottle.
  3. If not bringing your lunch, a sack lunch will be provided.
  4. DISMISSAL: 12:30pm

LEADERSHIP NIGHT was a success!  The third grade wax museum was full of past and present famous Americans who have let their light shine.  I was thrilled to see so many of my students participating!!!  A third of my class showed up for this creative display of human accomplishments.  I am so proud of the following  students for going above and beyond!

Finnegan Dean as John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Claire Radicchi as Jane Goodall

Brooke Simmons as Sacagawea

Will Felder as Jackie Robinson

Rachel Boeger as Sacagawea

Brooklyn Dimsdale as Pocahontas

Jasmine Richardson as Gabby Douglas

 

Secret Word: Summer!

 

May 13

The BUZZ ~ 5/14 – 5/18

THANK YOU for a wonderful Teacher Appreciation week!  I so enjoyed the extra hugs, smiles, gift cards, flowers, notes, chocolate, homemade cards, and basket full of goodies. I truly am grateful for all of the love shown to me last week. Thank you for your generosity!

FIELD DAY is THIS Wednesday!  You are welcome to join us as we walk from station to station.  Please send me an email if you can help me with crowd control that day.  You may come for the entire day or for a part of the day.  It is up to you!  Please read the following reminders for this extra fun day.

  1. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.
  2. Wear a t-shirt the color of your team.
  3. Bring extra clothes to change into because you’ll get WET! Bring a TOWEL, too!
  4. Sunscreen should be applied before school. (I’m not allowed to apply it.)
  5. Hats and sunglasses are allowed, but you must keep up with them. ; )
  6. Bring a lunch if you didn’t purchase one from school.
  7. Bring at least one water bottle labeled with your name.
  8. Good sportsmanship is a MUST!  Smile and have fun.

FIELD DAY TEAMS:  Yellow: Brooklyn, Brooke, Taylor, Toby, Finn, Christian, Luke

Blue: Jenna, Rachel, Carsyn, Will, Gabe, Ryan, Owen

Green: Claire, Kyleigh, Jasmine, Kolin, Nathan, Sam, Simon

LEADERSHIP NIGHT

*Don’t forget!  If you’d like to participate in our 3rd grade leadership presentation, you must choose a famous American and prepare a 20 second presentation for our WAX MUSEUM.  I cannot wait to see your creativity!

Yearbooks were distributed last week.  If you didn’t pre-order one, you may still purchase one.  The extra yearbooks will be on sale Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 7:15 – 7:45am.  The cost is $35. Be in line early!  They will go fast.

*Yearbook signing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22nd.  Please remind your child to bring their yearbook on that day.  I will have autograph books on hand for children who didn’t purchase a yearbook.

READING: Nonfiction, One Well, fluency readings

WRITING: Letters to future 3rd graders!

CURSIVE:  Putting it all together

MATH: REVIEW!!!

SOCIAL STUDIES: Government

HEALTH: Bike & Water Safety


May 15 Cow Drop
May 16 3-5 Field Day
May 18 Leadership Night and Wax Museum
May 19 Trout Release
May 22-23 EARLY RELEASE
May 23 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Secret Words: Water Stations!

May 6

The BUZZ ~ 5/7 – 5/11

August 2017: Stuffed Animal Day!

Take a look at those little faces!  Time truly does fly.  I can’t believe that we only have a few weeks left of school.  This group has been so enjoyable to teach every day.  (Okay, I’m getting sentimental.)  With less than 20 days left, I am desperately trying to review, review, review.  I want to give as many chances for the children to master the standards.  If my teaching seems a little disjointed, it is merely because I am recognizing an area that needs more attention and focusing on that one area.  For instance, in math for this nine weeks, there are many standards to cover and review!  For that reason, I will have the children working on a math packet next week for a grade while working with students individually.

Wednesday, May 16th is 3 – 5 Field Day!

Please let me know if you are available to help me guide the children from station to station.  I’ll need folks simply help with crowd control, bathroom breaks, water bottle duty, etc.  I also know that Coach Troskie really needs volunteers as well.  Please check out how to sign up here:

 

WHEN IS THE FINAL Scholastic Reading Inventory and the Math Inventory?  These online assessments help us get another picture of how your child is performing.  My class will be taking the RI this coming Thursday and the MI on Friday.  Please encourage your child to do their best!  Thank you!

 

Calling all volunteers!  Mrs. Allen needs YOU!

Please copy and past this link to sign up to help with the books swap:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48a8ad29aaf58-book2

What’s the book swap?  This next week, children may bring in one or two books from home to swap!  They will deliver these books to the media center next week where they will get a coupon to “shop” the following week.  The next week, students will bring their coupon to the library and trade it in for a “new” book.  Remember to only send in books that are in good shape.  Also, a child may swap a chapter book for another chapter book, etc.  This is just in time for summer reading.

SUMMER READING!  Biblionasium is the online reading log for the summer.  Our class met with Mrs. Allen for the introductory lesson for this year’s summer program.  The children were so excited!  I love to see the enthusiasm for reading build.  Foster this love for reading at home this summer!

 

Reading:  One Well book study, fluency checks!

Writing: Finishing up original stories & persuasive letter

Math: Review of all skills, focusing on 2-Step problems

Social Studies: 3 Branches of Government

*Remember to work on your WAX MUSEUM project!

 

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
May 4-11 Cow Drop Sales
May 8 ChickfilA Night 5-9pm
May 9 Muffins With Mom A-L
May 10 Muffins With Mom M-Z
May 15 Cow Drop
May 16 3-5 Field Day
May 18 Leadership Night and Wax Museum
May 19 Trout Release

 

April 29

The BUZZ ~ 4/30 – 5/4

 

Field Trip to Amicalola Falls tomorrow!

Our long awaited trip is tomorrow.  Please read the following reminders:

1. Bring a sack lunch if you did not sign up for a school sack lunch.
2. Bring a water bottle labeled with your name.
3. Wear your YELLOW 3RD GRADE SQUAD class tshirt.
4. Dress appropriately for the weather – including gym shoes.
5. Do not bring your backpack, binder, or etc to school that day.
Parents – please remember to pick your child up in the back bus port area of the school at 3pm. I will send out messages on Class Dojo if we will be late.  If your child will be attending asp that day please send in a note letting me know.

 

FIELD DAY IS COMING!

May 16th is Field Day!  In order for that huge event to be successful, Pickett’s Mill needs YOU!  Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering that day.  I will need help with the class that day.  Let me know if you are able to help for a half day or a full day.  I’ll be happy with any help you are able to provide.

 

Reading: One Well / Getting the “gist” of nonfiction

Writing: Creating original stories / narratives

Spelling: Week 25

Grammar: Prefixes, suffixes, & roots

Math: Equivalent fractions

Social Studies: Introduction of Government

 

April 30th 3rd Grade Field Trip
May 4-11 Cow Drop Sales
May 8 Chick fil A Night 5-9pm
May 9 Muffins With Mom A-L
May 10 Muffins With Mom M-Z
May 15 Cow Drop
May 16 3-5 Field Day
May 18 Leadership Night and Wax Museum
May 19 Trout Release

April 22

The BUZZ ~ 4/23 – 4/27

We are back at it!  Testing is over, and we are back to learning and growing.  Thank you so much to all of you who brought in special snacks and surprises.  I used them every day before and after testing.  The children did appreciate the extra parent notes and daily surprises. You should have heard the grumbles as I handed out their homework sheet last Friday!  We are back on schedule and back on our usual routines.  Yay!

Spring FLING!:  Join us this Friday for our annual Spring Fling at Allatoona High School.  I will be participating in the staff dunk tank that evening.  Mrs. Douglas said she’d match the amount we raise during our dunk time to be used for extra classroom supplies!  It’s a WIN-WIN!  I’ll be waiting in the dunk tank at 7pm and then I close out the night at 8:20pm!  Come and TRY to DUNK ME!

DONATIONS NEEDED: Student Council is having a Peanut Butter Blast Food Drive to benefit Sweetwater Mission in Austell. The drive will be going on the week of April 23-27 and we’re asking for donations of:
1. plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly
2. boxes of macaroni and cheese
3. juice boxes

You can visit this link for more information about Sweetwater Mission.  https://www.sweetwatermission.org/.

 

HAVE YOU REGISTERED?  Envelopes were sent home last Tuesday and were due this past Friday.

If you haven’t registered your child for school next year, please do so soon.  Thank you!

 

Weekly Curriculum

Reading:  One Well / Getting the Gist

Writing: Narratives: Original Stories

Math: Adding & Subtracting within 1,000, 2 step word problems

Spelling: Week 24 on spellingcity.com

Science: Finishing up HEAT!

 

April 24 Menchies and Moe’s Night 4-9pm
April 27 Spring Fling 5:30-8:30
April 30th 3rd Grade Field Trip
May 4-11 Cow Drop Sales
May 8 ChickfilA Night 5-9pm
May 9 Muffins With Mom A-L
May 10 Muffins With Mom M-Z

 

Secret word for your child to share with me either Monday or Tuesday: Insulation

April 13

The BUZZ ~ 4/16 – 4/20

I am so proud of how our students worked during testing.  Did you ask them how it went?  Did they say the test was hard?  If so, they’re correct.  I could almost see their little brains turning and turning.  We all persevered!!!  It really was very challenging for them  to read all of the passages and answer all of the questions.  Please do make sure your child continues to go to bed in a timely manner, eat a healthy breakfast, and be at school on time.  The students will take the math portions on Monday and Tuesday.  Remember if you’d like your child to be exposed to sample test questions, you can have them practice the following:

www.gaexperienceonline.com
*Click on the green “Test Practice” icon
*Click on the green “EOG Spring Main” section
*Click on “EOG Test Practice”
*Click on “Standard Online Tools”
*Click on “Grades 3-5”
*Follow the rest of the appropriate prompts

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Due to circumstances out of our control, we may need to cancel our 3rd grade field trip to the Georgia Capitol, due to the building possibly being closed that day. Rest assured, the third grade teachers are working diligently to come up with an alternative field trip. We will be sending home more information as soon as we are able to make the arrangements. Please be advised there is the possibility of it costing a few more dollars depending on what we are able to arrange. A new permission slip will be sent home to reflect these changes.

 

What’s the news?  The 3rd graders get to sing at the Allatoona High School baseball game on Thursday, April 19th.  Students should meet Mrs. Grebe at the AHS baseball part at 5:30pm and will sing at 5:50pm.  Please contact Mrs. Grebe is you have any questions.

Donations NEEDED

Student Council is having a Peanut Butter Blast Food Drive to benefit Sweetwater Mission in Austell. They drive will be going on the week of April 23-27 and we’re asking for donations of:
1. plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly
2. boxes of macaroni and cheese
3. juice boxes

You can visit this link for more information about Sweetwater Mission.  https://www.sweetwatermission.org/.

 

April 16-17 Milestone Testing
April 19 3rd Grade Sings at AHS
April 20 Student Registration Forms Due
April 20 Sparkles Family Night 4-9pm
April 24 Menchies and Moe’s Night 4-9pm
April 27 Spring Fling 5:30-8:30
April 30th 3rd Grade Field Trip

April 6

The Buzz ~ 4/9 – 4/13

Hello all!  I hope you are all enjoying your spring break 2018!  I wanted to go ahead and complete my blog so that you are completely aware of the upcoming events.  We will be very busy the week we get back from break.  MILESTONE testing will begin on the Tuesday 4/10.  Here are some very important tips for testing that will help your child during this time.

1. Go to bed early the night before
2. Eat a healthy breakfast
3. Arrive to school as close to 7:15 as possible
4. NO DEVICES brought to school those days….. this includes SMART watches!!

Third grade will be testing on the ELA portion the first week (T,W,Th), with make ups on Friday.  The following week, students will take the math portion of the Milestone test.  If your child would feel better about practicing beforehand, they may go onto the following site:

Please visit this website if you would like to complete some Milestone practice tests. www.gaexperienceonline.com/
*Click on the green “Test Practice” icon
*Click on the green “EOG Spring Main” section
*Click on “EOG Test Practice”
*Click on “Standard Online Tools”
*Click on “Grades 3-5”
*Follow the rest of the appropriate prompts

Please help me surprise your children!  On Monday, your child will bring home an envelope with a sheet of paper for your to fill out.  You’ll write a note of encouragement for your child for each testing day.  Send these back in on Tuesday and I’ll be sure they receive a note from you.  On Monday I’ll give them a special treat to start off our testing, but I’d love for each child to get a little note from YOU the rest of the week and next!  This is your homework, so please take time to do this for your kiddo.  THANKS!

(Below is the link if you’d like to get a head start!)

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READING: Review Reading strategy: UNRREAL!

(U- Underline title, N- Number paragraphs, R-Read questions first, R-Read passage,

E-Eliminate wrong answers, A-Answer, L-Look back for evidence)

WRITING: Point of View from a favorite book character

MATH: Attributes of Shapes / Review Time

SCIENCE: Heat continued!

 

No homework sheet will be sent home this week.  There will be no spelling test on Friday.

HOWEVER…  there will be the scheduled TIMED TEST on Friday!

So, practice those facts and then relax, play, and enjoy time with the family.

2nd-6th Spring Break
11th Talent Show Auditions
10th-19th Testing for 3rd-5th
20th Sparkles Night
24th Menchies and Moes Night
26th Spring Fling

Secret Word: conductor

 

March 25

The BUZZ ~ 3/26 – 3/30

We’re not quite there yet, folks!  We’ve got FIVE days left before our big spring break.  I need the children to stay focused and continue to work hard learning new 3rd skills and reviewing “old”  ones.  Please continue to make sure your child is getting enough sleep, eating a good breakfast, and working on their homework at home after school.  Reading 20 minutes a night, practicing spelling patterns, and working on multiplication facts are the requirements for this week.  They can do it! Report cards were  sent home on Wednesday.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the meaning of 3rd  standards or your child’s grades.  Keep reading to find out what’s happening in the HIVE and the MILL for the week!

 

THANK YOU!:  Thank you for all of the wonderful books you donated to our classroom last week.  They were all greatly appreciated.  You should have seen the children’s eyes as I highlighted each new title.  Thank you for continuing to support our classroom library.

 

WE NEED MATERIALS!: We are going to do a fun science experiment on Wednesday and could use some clean recyclable materials please (no glass). Boxes, egg cartons, plastic tubs, Styrofoam, and etc would be great.

This experiment involves heat and insulation so we could also use bubble wrap, newspaper, a roll of aluminum foil, a roll of paper towel/toilet paper, or other things like that as well please!

 

 

TESTING IS COMING!!!  We have one week in school, one week for break, and one day before the MILESTONE testing begins.  Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 10th.  They will be testing from Tuesday to Thursday on ELA (English & Language Arts) with make-ups on Friday.  The following week, the students will have the Math portion on Monday and Tuesday.  Stay positive and upbeat during this time for your child.  Encourage them to slow down, take their time, and do their best.  I will be assuring them that they are ready!  Let’s work together to keep the stress level low during this time.  I’ll send home reminders the closer we get to those days.  I just wanted to keep you aware of the schedule.

READING: How to read and write a well-written response

WRITING: Practicing point of view: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd person

SPELLING: Week 21 / Yellow – 2 syllable words

GRAMMAR: Sentence structure

MATH: Elapsed time & intro. to attribute of shapes!

SCIENCE:  HEAT – STEM challenge this week!

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
March 26-30 Eggstravaganza
March 29 3rd Grades Sings @ AHS
April 2-6 SPRING BREAK!

Secret Word: Insulation ; )

March 19

The BUZZ ~ 3/19 – 3/23

We had a wonderful week last week! One of my favorite days was our 7 Habit Rotation day on Wednesday, our half day.  Each third grade teacher took one of the seven habits and planned a lesson reinforcing the habit.  Each class rotated to a different classroom for 20 minute increments.  It was a nice break to our usual daily schedule, and the students learned a lot about how to live a balanced life.  My teenage girls are former pirates, and I can tell you that we all STILL use the 7 Habit language to this day.  Are you being PROACTIVE?  Did you BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND?  Ask your child  to share some of the lessons learned. These lessons will hopefully make a positive impact!

CHANGE!  There will be no spelling to study for homework!  Please use this  “extra” time to do one of the following:

* Practice math facts longer           * Ask your child to share what they’re reading!    *Have a book talk!

*Reinforce reading skills such as making connections, cause & effects, and comparing & contrasting

 

BOOK FAIR IS OPEN!  The book fair will be open all week. You can send money with your child if you would like to and I will send them to the media center to shop. The book fair closes at noon on Friday.

 

Reading: Understanding reading passages AND continuing cause & effect

Grammar: Subordinating Conjunction practice / Working on sentence structure

Writing: Learning how to write a well-written constructed response.

Math: Telling Time /  Elapsed Time

Social Studies: Wrap up British Colonization: The People!

MPORTANT DATES COMING UP
March 15-23 Book Fair
March 20 Zaxby’s Family Night 5-9pm
March 26-30 Eggstravaganza
March 29 3rd Grades Sings @ AHS