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

 

March 11

The BUZZ ~ 3/12 – 3/16

Colonial America

Has your child shared with you what they’re learning in Social Studies?  We are learning about the three regions of colonies that were established: New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies.  I find all of this history very fascinating!  I wish we had a ton of time to cover more than just the basics. Please do ask your child what a colonial child would have done for fun back then.  They all seemed to be amazed that children could entertain themselves without having technology. I had to remind them that I grew up without it!  (Okay, if you count Atari, then I guess I had something.)

Something awesome happened this week!  Last week, we began comparing and contrasting fiction books.  We looked at their characters, settings, plots, and themes.  I read Strega Nona and Strega Nona Takes a Vacation.  When we went to the media center this week, many students checked out more Strega Nona books out of sheer excitement.  I’ve been reading these during our read aloud times, and we’ve been having wonderful literary discussions.  The excitement for books is growing! (Also, thank you to the Claire Radicchi who brought in another fun Strega Nona book!)  We are really enjoying these beloved characters and the plots of each story.

 

WACKY TACKY DAY is on March 14th! Bring in $1 and dress in your wackiest and tackiest attire! This fundraiser will be benefiting Drops of Dew which is an organization one of our 2nd grade teachers, Ms. Folsom, works with in Haiti. This money could be used to purchase curriculum, supplies, food, and/or help with teachers’ salaries. Drops of Dew currently pays 4 teachers’ salaries, which is $50 a month. Feel free to donate more than $1 too if you’d like! Click here for more information http://www.dropsofdew.org/

There are even PRIZES involved!

  • Winning class: ice cream party
  • Teacher of winning class: gift basket of goodies from Love Street

 

Reading: Comparing & Contrasting  / Cause & Effect

Writing: Opinion paragraphs continued

Grammar: Conjunctions!

Spelling: Week 22: Adding -ing, -s, -ed to words ending in y

Cursive writing is BACK!

Math: Using a ruler & different graphs

(We will be ready to cover TIME next week!)

Social Studies: British Colonization

 


March 14 Wacky Tacky Day $1
March 14 Early Release Day
March 15-23 Book Fair
March 16 80’s Glow Dance 6:00-7:30
March 20 Zaxby’s Family Night 5-9pm
March 26-30 Eggstravaganza
March 29 3rd Grades Sings @ AHS

Secret word: Colonists

March 5

The BUZZ ~ 3/5 – 3/9

We had a good week back from our break last week.  It didn’t take long to settle into our routine.  We finished reading, Peter Pan, and completed our read aloud, Because of Winn-Dixie.  This week, we’ll focus on some culminating activities in reading for both books.  We’ll continue to look at the story elements of characters, setting, plot, and point of view, and theme.  Please ask your children about both of these wonderful fiction stories!

I do hope your child told you that we read several books, enjoyed reading our “Time for Kids” magazines, and listened to three administrators from Allatoona High School read stories on a computer link.  For fun, we had lunch in the classroom and continued to watching the movie, “Charlotte’s Web,” during out indoor recess time.  Of course, we enjoyed all of this in the comfort of our pajamas.  Woohoo!

FUN FUNDRAISER:  Mark your calendars!  On March 14th, PMES will enjoy a Wacky Tacky Day!  With the donation of $1, your child can dress in their wackiest outfit!  This fundraiser will benefit Drops of Dew which is an organization one of our 2nd grade teachers, Ms. Folsom, works with in Haiti. This money could be used to purchase curriculum, supplies, food, and/or help with teachers’ salaries. Drops of Dew currently pays 4 teachers’ salaries, which is $50 a month.

There are even PRIZES involved!

  • Winning class: ice cream party
  • Teacher of winning class: gift basket of goodies from Love Street

IDENTIFICATION, PLEASE: In an effort to keep our students as safe as possible please ensure you bring your photo identification whenever you come in to the building. Our wonderful front office staff will ask to see your id in order for you to check your child out, eat lunch with them, and things of that sort.

 

 

COATS & JACKETS:  We have had several students lose their cold weather gear this year.  We all do it!  We leave items behind, only to find out they’ve disappeared when we go back and look for them.  To help identify items, could you please write your child’s name on the tags of their items?  I do believe that many children assume they’ve picked up the correct coat, only to realize later that it isn’t their belongings.  I do remind children all of the time to get their coats when leaving the playground and P.E.

 

READING:  Culminating Activities for Peter Pan & Because of Winn-Dixie

WRITING: Opinion writings– Should children use smartphones?  Should children

have homework?  Should animals be placed in zoos?  What’s your opinion?

SPELLING:  Week 21:

monkeys, relays, trays, sways, guys, okays, parties, ladies

babies, duties, berries, stories, once, book, hear, stop

GRAMMAR:  Continued practice with conjunctions

MATH: Measuring! Lengths & TIME

SOCIAL STUDIES: British Colonization

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
March 7 Lakepointe Family Night 4-9pm
March 14 Wacky Tacky Day $1
March 14 Early Release Day
March 15-23 Book Fair
March 16 80’s Glow Dance 6:00-7:30
March 20 Zaxby’s Family Night 5-9pm
March 26-30 Eggstravaganza
March 29 3rd Grades Sings @ AHS

Secret word for Monday or Tuesday: Jamestown

 

 

February 15

The BUZZ ~ Winter Break AND 2/26-3/2

BEE HAPPY!

Another winter break has arrived.  Children can sleep in (or not), play nicely with their siblings (or not), and you all can enjoy family time (YES).  I sent home a winter break reading challenge.  This is an optional assignment, although I would be tickled pink if all of the students completed it.  Each marshmallow on their sheet is worth 10 minutes.  The idea is they complete the marshmallow instructions, cut it out, and then glue it in their hot cocoa mug.  After they are finished (100 min.), they can decorate their mug.  I plan on displaying these in the classroom to reward the students who went above and beyond during their time away from school.

Please don’t forget we do return to our normal schedule on Monday, February 26th. Normally, I give out homework packets on a Friday and they are due the following Friday.  The week we return, I’ll hand out a new reading log and the assignments.  It will simply be to study spelling words and math facts.  I discussed the importance of turning in homework packets on time and completed.  This includes the 100 minutes on their logs.  Everyone said they understood!  Win-Win!  Children read, increase vocabulary and the teacher is happy!

Thank you to Mrs. Dimsdale for sending in cookies on Valentine’s Day.  This was the class reward for our behavior bee making it to the hive this week!  Also, thank you, Mrs. Dimsdale for the Clorox wipes.  We have been disinfecting every day at the Mill.

 

 

     A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!

      I thoroughly enjoyed all of my teacher love on Valentine’s Day!  I received cookies, chocolate, hugs, smiles, cards, Fun-Dip, and MORE!

I felt appreciated, and I truly am thankful for a wonderful class and thoughtful parents.

 

LEADER of the WEEK:  All of our students have had a chance to be the Leader for the HIVE.  Now, the students will be voting on their new leader by nominating someone and then writing a sentence to support why this student should be chosen as Leader.  Students get to be on the lookout for leadership qualities in others and share their opinions, which is a current writing standard.

 

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd:  Students are allowed to wear their PAJAMAS!

 

 

Reading: Continue with Peter Pan novel study

Strategies in Reading: Comparing & Contrasting

Writing: Opinions!  Finish movie reviews & favorite GA habitats

Grammar:  Coordinating / Subordinating Conjunctions

Spelling: Homophones List 2:

dough, doe, flee, flea, heard, herd, know, no,

pane, pain, scent, cent, sent, tow, toe, waste, waist

Math: Measurement & Line Plots

Social Studies: British Colonization

 

February 19-23 WINTER BREAK
February 28 Spring Pictures
March 2 PJ DAY – Read Across America

 

*Secret word for students to share with me: colonization ; )

 

 

 

February 12

The BUZZ ~ 2/12 – 2/16

A HUGE thank you goes out to all of the chaperones that joined us on the Booth Museum tour— Mr.Boeger, Mrs. Radicchi, Mrs. Peterson, Mrs. Dimsdale, Mrs. Simmons, Mrs. Bronk, and Mrs. Foley!  It was such a wonderful learning trip.  I know the adults learned as much as the children.  Mrs. Rooke’s class was split between the other 5 third grade classes, and she roamed around the museum observing all of the groups.  She was able to report that the overall behavior from our  Pickett’s Mill leaders was terrific!  Were they excited children?  Yes.  Six rotations of interactive learning was fun-filled and challenging for hungry students.  I felt they did well.  I certainly hope your child shared some of our day with you.

We have one more week of learning before we begin our February break!  I sent home a homework sheet last Friday with the assignments of studying for the homophone spelling list (on the page), practicing their facts, and reading 20 minutes every night.  There will no extra worksheets this week!

GRADED PAPERS:  Be on the look out for graded papers coming home throughout this week.  Remember, if your child receives a “1” on a paper, I need you to sign it and return it.   Thank you.

VALENTINE’S DAY!  Remember to have your child bring in a decorated box or bag for their treats this Wednesday.  We’ll be giving out Valentines during the day.  Also,  please note that Brooke’s name has an “e” at the end. There was a typo on my class list. Thank you!  FYI: You do not have write names on the Valentine cards.  This is optional.

BOOK DRIVE: The PMES Student Council is asking for DONATIONS OF USED BOOKS to support the American Kidney Services, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds generated from donations to offer direct financial assistance to kidney patients throughout the nation. Download this flyer for more information. 2018 book drive flyer
                                                            When:  Monday, February 12 – Friday, February 16
                            Where:  Donation boxes will be available in the Media Center for grades k, 1, and 2,

and in Mr. Verity’s room for grades 3, 4, and 5.

 

READING: Novel Study – Peter Pan

(Context clues, story elements, character traits, figurative language)

WRITING: Blizzard opinion final copies

GRAMMAR: Coordinating Conjunctions

SPELLING: Homophones

MATH: Fact Families (multiplication / division)

HEALTH: Respiratory & Circulatory health

 

February 14 Candy Grams Delivered
February 14 Donuts with Dad A-L
February 15 Donuts with Dad M-Z
February 19-23 WINTER BREAK
February 28 Spring Pictures
March 2 PJ DAY – Read Across America