January 21

The BUZZ ~ 1/22 – 1/26

Hoping to have 5 days in a row this week!

I feel like I should say, “Welcome Back!”  It’s been a weird winter for sure.  Will there ever be a normal routine?  I certainly hope this week we’ll all get back on track.  With that said, I know it is going to be hard to transition back into a real schedule.  Children will be sleepy and possibly teachers, too.  Coffee will be my friend this week! I do plan on simply continuing the lessons I had planned for last week.  Look below to view the outline for the week.  Finally, get those kiddos to bed as best as you can!  Tomorrow morning will come so early.

HABITAT PROJECTS:  Due this Friday, January 26th!  (There was a typo in my last blog!) Hopefully, everyone received the graphic organizer for gathering research that was mentioned in the packet.  I sent it via email last week.  Below is a link for one if you haven’t printed it out yet.

GA Habitat Graphic Organizer-zxgi9y

SPELLING & TIMED TESTS: These will resume Friday!  Another website to help your child practice their facts is iknowit.com.  It is colorful and has a character at the bottom of the screen that dances and changes when your child gets a correct problem.  The code is hive, the username is their class number (they know it!), and their password is their name.  Let me know if you have any questions.

SECRET WORD:  If you’ve checked the blog, your child can tell me the secret word for a treat.  The word is the one from last week: equality.

 

~ WEEKLY CURRICULUM ~

READING: Character Traits

WRITING: Opinion writing:

“Would you want to experience a BLIZZARD?”

GRAMMAR: Comparative and Superlative Adverbs

SPELLING: Week 18

MATH: Fractions (part of a whole and a set)

SOCIAL STUDIES: Georgia Habitats

 


January 22 Jump Rope for HEART / rescheduled
January 26 Dioramas Due
January 26 Hat Day
January 31 Science Fair Projects Due 3-5 Grades

January 16

The BUZZ ~ 1/15 – 1/19

Here comes another four day week!  Last week was very productive.  We began learning about our Georgia habitats, learned the difference between a comparative and superlative adjective, and started our fraction unit.  I have been emphasizing how important it is for students to choose a “just right” book using their Lexile level as a guide.  I caught several students reading WAY below their levels and several students reading WAY above their levels.  I am working extra hard to make sure the class is following directions, but I would love some help at home with this as well.  Talk to your child about what books they’re  reading.  Ask them if they are understanding  what they’re reading.  I LOVE reading to the class.  Currently, we are reading the book, Because of Win-Dixie.   Ask them about this book as well!

FIELD TRIP!  This week be on the look out for a chaperone and reminder letter.  February 9th, the third graders are heading to the Booth Museum in Cartersville for an interactive American Indian program.

Georgia Habitat Projects:  Packets were sent home last Friday explaining this nine weeks’ at-home project.  They are due on Friday, Jaunary 29th.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Secret word:  If your child remembers to tell me the secret word, they’ll receive a treat.  This week the word is EQUALITY.

 

~ WEEKLY CURRICULUM ~

READING: Character Traits

WRITING: Opinion writing!

GRAMMAR: Comparative and Superlative Adverbs

SPELLING: Week 18

MATH: Fractions

SOCIAL STUDIES: Georgia Habitats

 


January 15 NO SCHOOL
January 18 Five Guys Night
January 26 Dioramas Due
January 26 Hat Day
January 31 Science Fair Projects Due 3-5 Grades

January 7

The Buzz ~ 1/8 – 1/12

Well, we are back to it!  Thursday and Friday of last week were hard for most of us.  Some students had a tough time getting back on track for two days.  Hopefully, we’ll all feel better this week adjusting to our usual routine.  Please be sure your child is fed, here on time, and getting enough sleep at night.  Third grade is hard!  There is so much I am required to cover and assess.  I need children to be at their best! Thank you for helping me and supporting your child.

SINCERE THANKS!:  I just want all of you to know how very thankful I was for the outpouring of Christmas gifts from the children.  I did tell the class that the only gift I expected was a smile and hug. : )  The other gifts are just “icing on the top.”  I truly appreciate the homemade goodies, gift cards, thank you notes, and other wonderful surprises like jewelry and candle holders.  I can enjoy a coffee, a chicken biscuit, mexican dinner, and a shopping spree all thanks to you!

P.A.S.S.: This stands for Public Library, Access for, Student Success!  Your child’s student number now counts as their library card!!!  Please check out the website and the PowerPoint for more information. Talk about a Win-Win!

The direct link to the PASS page is http://www.cobbcat.org/librarypass/ .

Check out this PowerPoint for more information https://tinyurl.com/y7njp9d7

READING HOMEWORK:  Starting tomorrow, your child will bring home a reading  log for the week. They need to be reading 20 minutes per night on average.   If your child has a conflict one night, then they can catch  up and read 30 minute for  two nights to make up for the night missed.  In  all, your child should be reading at least 100 minutes per week at home. Why read so much?  Studies show that to improve reading skills, you must practice reading.  I always tell my class, “The more your READ, the better reader you will BEE!”

 

 

READING:  Integrating Science (Animal Habitats) / Main Idea

Read Aloud:  Because of Winn-Dixie (Character discussion)

WRITING: 3rd Quarter focus – Opinion Writing

SPELLING: Week 17: Irregular verbs

GRAMMAR: Comparative & Superlative Adjectives

(Ex. Big, Bigger, Biggest)

MATH: Fractions!

SCIENCE: Georgia Habitats

 

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
January 15 NO SCHOOL
January 18 Five Guys Night
January 26 Hat Day
January 31 Science Fair Projects Due 3-5 Grades

 

  • If your child tells me the following secret word Monday morning, they’ll recieve a treat!: FOOTBALL!

 

 

 

 

January 4

The BUZZ ~ 1/4 – 1/5

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break!  Mine was filled with visits with family and friends, a trip to Cape Hatteras, N.C. (BURR!), and a meaningful Christmas.  But, now it’s time to head back and start our 3rd nine weeks together.  I can’t wait for the students to learn about  Georgia Habitats and British Colonization!  This nine weeks will be fun, but also challenging.   Please make sure your child is getting enough sleep and eating a healthy breakfast so their minds are prepared for the learning ahead.  Thank you and… WELCOME BACK!

REPORT CARDS:  This Friday, you’ll child will bring home their 2nd nine weeks report card. Please let me know if you have any questions.

COBB LIBRARIES: We are so excited to announce a partnership with the Cobb County Library system that allows all students to utilize the library using their Student ID#! Students can check out books, dvds, and other resources without a library card, all you’ll need to know is your student id#! The direct link to the PASS page is http://www.cobbcat.org/librarypass/

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
January 15 NO SCHOOL
January 18 Five Guys Night
January 26 Hat Day
January 31 Science Fair Projects Due 3-5 Grades

December 18

The BUZZ ~ 12/18 – 12/22

    is COMING…

 

This week is a short one!  Monday is our only full day.  Tuesday and Wednesday, are half days!  I cannot believe how the time has flown by.  Please do let me know if you are planning on checking your child out early or leaving for a trip before Wednesday.  Thank you!

I MADE IT!:  Thanks to the children’s votes, I’ve officially made it on the reindeer lineup.  Our Reindeer Dash is scheduled for Monday at 1:30pm.  I’ll be prancing through the hallway to the Christmas music, smiling all of the way!  Thank you for supporting our school with your donations!

WE ROCK!:  This past week, we finished our individually painted rocks for our school’s rock garden.  They will be sprayed with a protectant and place in the rock pathway soon.  Be sure to have your child point our THEIR rock sometime.  I love the message this project sends…”There’s only one YOU!”

READING:  Do you want your child to increase their vocabulary?  Their comprehension?  If you answered, YES, then have them read!  Reading is the best way to grow better readers.  I am sending home a “Time for Kids” magazine this week and the children get to bring home THREE books from the library over the break!  They can also continue to use RAZ-Kids online.  Have them read an article or story and discuss it with you.  Encourage them to make connections!  I will also send home a special holiday reading challenge to encourage reading over the break.

READING: Reader’s Theater: Working in a group

*We’ll also be watching the movie, “Shiloh” as a

culminating activity for our read aloud! (Compare / Contrast)

WRITING:  MUST finish animal research papers!

MATH: Completing the Math Inventory

SCIENCE: Erosion / Weathering

Important Dates Coming Up
December 18 Reindeer Dash
December 19-20 EARLY RELEASE
December 20 3rd Grade Holiday Party 8-9:30am
December 21 – January 3 HOLIDAY BREAK
January 4 STUDENTS RESUME CLASSES

December 11

The BUZZ ~ 12/12 – 12/15

I hope you all enjoyed the winter wonderland over the weekend

and the snow day yesterday!

Looking ahead:  Our class party is coming up.  Mrs. Dimsdale, our room mom, sent out a Sign Up Genius link for you to bring in an item for a grade level breakfast.  Check it out!  We’ll need you to make this a success!

Student gifts:  On Monday, December 18th, the students will be giving each other little gifts.  They do not have to be wrapped.  We are simply placing the gifts in a gift bag for each student to take home.  Think of this like a Valentine’s Day box, but instead…a Christmas baggie!  You may choose to write names on the treat bag items or simply write, “From: Joe.”  It is simply up to you and your student.  This is strictly optional.  Please do not spend a ton on this!

REINDEER DASH!:  Would you like to see me parade around the school like a reindeer?  Cast your vote for the teacher you’d like see dressed up by donating 25cents in the mornings from 7:15 to 7:50 in the front lobby.

“Baby, it’s cold outside!”  Please be sure you child is coming to school with a jacket.  We will be going outside for fresh air when we are able.

Employee of the MONTH:  Has a faculty member gone above and beyond?  Are you amazed by the kindness of the administration? office staff?  custodial staff? lunch room service?  teachers?  If so, you can nominate an employee of the month by going to the Pickett’s Mill website and clicking on the link.  All those who are nominated get placed in a drawing for the month and a winner selected. : )

Opportunity for those who love to build with LEGOS!:

Notice that the first place winner receives $100!

Reading: Nonfiction continued

Writing: Animal Research informational paper

Grammar: Irregular verbs

Math: Division strategies

Science: Fossils!

Important Dates Coming Up
December 11-15 Reindeer Dash Collection
December 18 Reindeer Dash
December 19-20 EARLY RELEASE
December 20 3rd Grade Holiday Party 8-9:30am
December 21 – January 2 HOLIDAY BREAK

December 3

The BUZZ ~ 12/4- 12/8

Pickett’s Mill is SYNERGIZING!

Rock Garden:  This past week, the class listened to the special story, Only One You, narrated by Mrs. Douglas, Mr. Watson, and Mrs. Gurski.  The book encourages the main character to be themselves!  What a wonderful message.  Students and faculty will work on creating a one of kind rock to place in our new school rock garden.  Students will choose a rock on Monday and begin painting their rocks starting  Tuesday morning before the 7:50 bell.

Gifts for classmates:  We have 2 1/2 weeks left before our next  break!  The last week of school, I’d like to have the children give gifts to each other.  I will provide a special bag for each child, and the students will get a chance to go around and deliver something small to each bag!  When I mean small…I mean small.  Please don’t spend a ton of money.  They’ll just be happy to get a bag filled with goodies!  Items they’d enjoy: bubbles, coloring books, candy, stickers, etc.  (Think goodie bag treats!—Dollar Store, Target, Walmart)  You may bring these items in whenever you are ready.  Class exchange will happen on Tuesday, December 19th.

Reading Inventory:  The students will be taking the Scholastic Reading Inventory on this Friday.  This test will provide us with their latest Lexile level.  I will send home results the following week.

BONUS:  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  Please share the following secret word with your child, and they’ll receive a fun treat! (RUDOLPH)

Reading: Asking & Answering questions

Writing: Informational writing

Grammar: Regular verbs & Irregular verbs

Prefixes & Suffixes

Spelling: Week 16, adding -ed

Math: Word Problems-Focus on Division

Social Studies: Finish Explorers

Science: Fossils

Important Dates Coming Up
December 5 Chick-fil-A Night
December 8 Bingo Night
December 11-15 Reindeer Dash Collection
December 18 Reindeer Dash
December 19-20 EARLY RELEASE
December 20 3rd Grade Holiday Party 8-9:30am
December 21 – January 2 HOLIDAY BREAK

November 26

The BUZZ ~ 11/27 – 12/1

It’s time to get back to it!  Who has looked at their calendar?  (Okay, I have.)  We have 3 and a half weeks until our big winter break.  There is so much to cover in that amount of time.  Please make sure your children are well rested, well fed, and on time for school each day.  I need them at their best, because there is still a lot to cover in the 3rd grade curriculum.  Thank you for supporting your child’s education and growth at home.

 

The students didn’t receive a homework packet before leaving on the last Friday.  There will be one given out tomorrow.  Please note that the packet is due on Friday.  Homework consists of 20 minutes of reading each night and practicing another skill such as math facts, spelling words, or another worksheet reinforcing skills taught.  Let me know if you have any questions.

EXPLORER PROJECTS:  We simply ran out of time last Friday for presentations.  I will be giving the students a chance to review their presentations before we begin giving them this week.

 

Reading: Main idea & key details

Writing: Begin animal research: Informational

Grammar: Verbs continued, Begin prefixes & suffixes

Spelling: Week 15 (adding -ing)

Math: One step multiplication word problems AND

(Properties: Commutative, Associative)

Social Studies: Explorers!

 

Save the DATE!

November 20-24 NO SCHOOL – THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 5 Chick-fil-A Night
December 8 Bingo Night
December 11-15 Reindeer Dash Collection
December 18 Reindeer Dash
December 19-20 EARLY RELEASE
December 20 3rd Grade Holiday Party 8-9:30am

November 21

The BUZZ ~ 11/20-11/24

Thankfulness: (noun) Warm friendly feelings of gratitude

As I sit visiting with my family in North Carolina, I am reminded of my career choice. My mother is a retired high school art teacher, and I vowed I wasn’t going to be an educator. My mother loved being a teacher, but I saw all of the behind the scenes work and decided the teaching profession wasn’t for me.  Boy, was I wrong!  Once I realized that teaching  was in my blood, I’ve never been happier. I am giving  thanks for each of your children that are in my class this year.  I love teaching them and helping them grow as people.  I am thankful for Pickett’s Mill, thankful for teaching, and thankful for you!

~ May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! ~

November 20-24 NO SCHOOL – THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 5 Chick-fil-A Night
December 8 Bingo Night
December 11-15 Reindeer Dash Collection
December 18 Reindeer Dash
December 19-20 EARLY RELEASE
December 20 3rd Grade Holiday Party 8-9:30am

 

November 11

The BUZZ ~ 11/13-11/17

It’s Almost Turkey TIME!

We have one full week left before our Thanksgiving break.  Let’s make it count!  Please continue to make sure your child arrives to school on time, is well fed, and rested so that we can use these last 5 days to the fullest.  The children are finishing up their veteran letters this week.  I’ll show them how to address the envelopes, and the letters should be in the mail soon.  Thank you for giving me names and addresses.  I know the letters will be after Veterans Day, but I think they’ll all still be pleasantly surprised.

EUROPEAN EXPLORER PROJECTS:  Projects are due this Friday, November 17th.  Please be sure your child isn’t waiting until the last minute.  The only additional homework this week will be to study their spelling words and math facts for their tests on Friday.

THANKSGIVING LUNCH:  3rd grade’s Thanksgiving lunch is being served on November 14th.  You are more than welcome to come enjoy some turkey and dressing in the cafeteria with your child that day.  If you’re planning on coming, please prepay by either sending in the money in a labeled envelope or by paying online: www.mypaymentsplus.com. Thank you!

Did you know that more than 45,000 kids experience homelessness each year in GA?  This is National Homeless Youth Awareness Monty.  The PMES Lighthouse Team wants to do something about helping those children in need.  They are parnering with the CCYA and sponsoring an event called, “The Pajama Pant Challenge!”  This Friday, if students donate a $1, they may wear their pjs to school.  It’s a win-win!  Kids wear their pajamas and we help kids in need.  All proceed benefit The Center for Children & Young Adults.

READING:  Poetry Review

WRITING: Publishing the HOW-TO writing & veteran letters

GRAMMAR: More Verbs!

CURSIVE: Gg, Hh continued

SPELLING: Week 14: Adding -ing

SOCIAL STUDIES: European Explorers!

Important Dates Coming Up
November 14 Thanksgiving Lunch K, 2nd, 3rd
November 14 Menchie’s and Moe’s Night
November 17 Explorer Project DUE! PJ Day with $1 Donation
November 20-24 NO SCHOOL – THANKSGIVING BREAK