September 17th – September 21st

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What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: M: PE, T: PE, W: Art, Th: Music, F: STEM
  • We continue ITBS testing this Monday and Tuesday
  • Please remind your child to wear comfy gym clothes on Monday since they will be running in the pacer.
  • On Friday we will be having lunch 12:07-12:37 and enrichment 1:20-2:05
  • Hope everyone enjoys their Fall Break off from school next week!

Spotlights

  • Way to go Naomi and Quinn for reaching our 1st 9 weeks AR point achieving goal!!
  • Education Galaxy Status
    • Star Racer: Birame
    • Space Robot: Asher, Julia, Marc, Benjamin, Elim
  • Thank you Frey Family and Concha Family for sending in healthy snacks during our testing days last week
  • Thank you Puchner Family for sending in multiplication flash cards

Math

Multiplication and division problem solving skills

Reading

The class has done a great job recognizing character traits and providing supporting evidence from the text explaining traits.  This week we will continue this skill as well as asking/answering questions.  Your child should be reading 20 minutes each day at home to promote good reading habits.  We go to the library once a week to check out books and students are also free to go check out new books whenever they finish their library books.  Now with students reading chapter books it is important that they read one book at a time and I highly encourage them to read the same book at school that they read at home.  It is your child’s responsibility to bring their book home and to school each day.  When they are reading multiple chapter books at the same time, they may lose comprehension from the books.

Writing

We hope to complete our fantasy narrative writing this week before Fall Break.  We will also have some fun with adding similes to our writing.  This year we will learn some fun figurative language terms that can add some new flavor to our writing 🙂

Grammar

Plural Noun spelling rules – your child has worked hard with a partner on creating a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the rules.  They will present their PowerPoints to their peers this week.

Social Studies

Constitution / Branches of Government

Science

We will conclude our unit on soil.  Last week we had fun sorting rocks by hardness, streak, luster, and texture in the science lab.


International Day of Peace

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Friday, September 21s

Next Friday, September 21 is the International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”).  Peace Day is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.  To celebrate this wonderful day, Kincaid staff and students are participating in several activities.

  •      Teachers will be delivering lessons and activities to promote kindness and acceptance.
  •      Students and staff are encouraged to wear “Peace” themed clothes to school. Break out your tye-dyes, headbands, bellbottoms etc. to celebrate peace at Kincaid and in our larger world.
  •      Ms. Rausch will create “Pinwheels for Peace” with all students to display outside on the front lawn.  These pinwheels will be put out on the afternoon of September 20th. You and your student are welcome to view the display on the evening of September 20th or on September 21st.

September 10th – September 14th

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What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule M: PE, T: Art, W: Music, Th: STEM, F: Math
  • We have a lesson in the Science Lab on Wednesday.
  • On Wednesday we will also have a guidance lesson with Mrs. Weitnauer.
  •  ITBS testing begins this Thursday and Friday.  It will continue into next Monday and Tuesday.  The test is much longer than the CogAT.  Please make sure your child gets good sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and comes to school on time.
  • The Kincaid Fall Festival is Friday from 6:00 to 8:00.

Spotlights

  • Way to go Birame for achieving Space Racer states on Education Galaxy!!  He’s collected 40 Stars!!
  • Congratulations Marc and Julia for earning Space Robot status on Education Galaxy!!
  • Thank you McMahan Family, Brandt Family, and Frey Family for sending in special healthy treats for the class during testing last week!!
  • Thank you McNally Family for sending in extra band-aids and multiplication flash cards!

Math 

Purpose of division (equal shares) and division strategies

Writing 

Fantasy Narrative writing – the kids are getting very creative with this one 🙂

Grammar

Continuing plural noun spelling rules

Reading 

Character traits focus and providing ‘evidence’ to support character traits.

Science 

Soil


September 4th – September 7th

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What’s happening this week?

  • Hope you enjoy your Labor Day weekend!  There will be no school on Monday
  • Enrichment Schedule: T: Music W: STEM Th: Math F: PE
  • On Tuesday we will learn about bus safety with S.O.A.R (Safe Orderly and Respectful) program.  CCSD transportation will provide stations for your child to learn about danger zones, bus behavior, street crossings, and evacuations.
  • We will have CogAT Testing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  To ensure the best testing preparation for your child, please be sure that your child gets good sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and comes to school on time.

Spotlights

  • Great job Kaimi for going ABOVE AND BEYOND by creating your very own rocks and minerals PowerPoint at home through Office365!
  • Congratulations Andrea, Declan, Birame, and Marc for reaching their AR goal for the quarter!  Keep up the great reading!!
  • TOP AR Point Achievers
    • Kaimi 83.0 points (no, that’s not a typo – way to go!!!)
    • Elim 66.6 points (no, that’s not a typo – way to go!!!)
    • Marc 10.5 points
    • Declan 10.5 points
    • Andrea 8.7 points
  • Thank you Maleiko Family for your donation of multiplication flash cards!!

Classroom Needs

Multiplication Flash Cards – we will be working in small groups/partners to practice fact fluency of our multiplication facts throughout the school year and the more flash cards we get the more small groups we can create 🙂

Math

Continuing our unit on understanding what multiplication is (equal groups, arrays, repeated addition).  We will also begin learning what division is – diving amounts into equal parts, repeated subtraction, etc..

Grammar

Plural Nouns spelling rules (beach/beaches, pony/ponies, play/plays)

Writing 

Narrative Writing – we will be having fun with a little imaginative writing this week

Science

Layers of Soil

The students had a fun time creating PowerPoints on Office365 to share their knowledge of rocks and minerals last week!  You can ask your child to access their Office365 account from home to show you their PowerPoint.  I was very proud of their hard work!!  We practice our speaking/presenting skills by presenting our work in front of our class.  They were very respectful to each other and gave each group a sweet round of applause 🙂


August 27th – August 31st

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What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: M: STEM, T: Math, W: PE, Th: PE, F: Art
  • There is early release on Wednesday.  Students will be dismissed at 12:20
  • Picture Day is on Wednesday!  All students will have their picture taken for the yearbook.
  • On Thursday we will have a lesson from National Park Services on rocks and minerals

Spotlights

  • Way to go Asher for achieving Space Robot status on Education Galaxy!!
  • Check out these SUPER READERS – Kaimi already has 64.AR points & Elim has 48.7 AR points!!  We will have an AR Celebration at the end of the quarter for the students that reach our AR Goal.  Who will be joining Kaimi and Elim? We have plenty of time to take those AR tests!!
  • Great job Birame, Andrea, Micah, Quinn, and Elim for being in the TOP 10 Skills Practice for Rounding!  Birame and Andrea are also in TOP 10 of school playing in the nation!!
  • Awesome job, Andrea, Elim, Kaimi, Julia, Marc, and Birame for achieving TOP 10 Skills Practice for Plural Nouns!

Classroom Needs

  • Multiplication flash cards
  • Red or blue pens

Reading Focus Skill

Character Traits

Writing 

Peer editing our personal narrative celebration writing and completing our final draft 🙂

Math

What is multiplication?  equal groups, repeated addition, arrays – review from last year

Grammar

Spelling of Plural Nouns – when to add -es/-s

Science

Rocks & Minerals


August 20th – August 24th

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What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: M: Math, T: PE, W: PE, Th: Art, F: Music
  • We have a counseling lesson from Mrs. Weitnauer on Wednesday.
  • On Friday we have a Just Eat It lesson from Well Star.

Homework 

  • Our weekly homework expectation of writing one summary in their homework journal begins this week.  Students should have brought their journal home on Friday and it is due this coming Friday.  It may be turned in sooner.  They are to write a summary on a book that they have read at home.  They are well aware of the expectations.
  • A math sheet will continue to come home for daily math practice.
  • Education Galaxy Expectations for the Week: My Study Plan (Language Arts: Nouns; Math: Rounding and Add and Subtract Within 1000).

Spotlights

  • Way to go Birame, Mattie, Sophie, Kaimi, and Marc for achieving TOP 10 at our school for Skills Practice: Rounding on Ed Galaxy!! Birame and Mattie also got TOP 10 in the Nation listing currently!!  Keep up the good work 🙂  Looks like our class in the only one playing Skills Practice: Plural Nouns, so lets keep dominating those rankings too!!
  • AMAZING JOB!!  Kaimi already has 44 AR points and Elim already has 38.7 AR points for the school year!!!

Reading

  • We will discuss the different reading genres this week.  Students will also be responsible for keeping track of a reading log to track their personal reading.
  • Reading Comprehension Strategies: showing evidence in asking/answering questions

Writing

Last week we began writing a personal narrative story.  We learned about different ways to begin our stories and having fun with bold beginnings.  We also paired up into peer editing partners to assist our peers in the writing process.  This week we will complete our writing and have lessons on using supporting details in our writing.

Grammar / Spelling

Plural noun spelling rules (adding -es to words that end in ch, sh, x, s)

Math

Reviewing addition and subtraction strategies

Social Studies 

Map Skills / Civics

Science

Rock and Minerals

Class Pictures

We had fun completing our first STEM project this year….engineering the tallest free standing figure using only 5 pipe cleaners.  It was all about the team work!

We have some twins/triplets in our classroom this year 🙂


August 13th – August 17th

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What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: M: PE, T: PE, W: Art, Th: Music, F: STEM
  • On Monday we will go to the library to checkout new books.
  • Our class will have a lesson in the Science Lab on Wednesday
  • We have library orientation on Thursday.
  • Parent Night is Thursday at 6:30

Spotlights

Thank you Mrs. McNally for your AMAZING copying and sorting skills!!

Reading

Asking and answering questions / Character Traits

Writing

Narrative Writing

Grammar

Nouns Review (common/proper, singular/plural/irregular plural, possessive, collective, abstract/concrete)

Math

Addition Strategies (commutative property, identity property, associated property) ; continued rounding review

Social Studies

Map Skills / Civics


Our School Counselor

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This week, Mrs. Weitnauer came to visit our class. The children learned about her job as our school counselor. Mrs. Weitnauer was excited to meet our new students, and to remind our returning students about school counseling at Kincaid. Mrs. Weitnauer will be visiting our class every three weeks.  Lesson topics will include friendship, conflict resolution, study skills, responsibility, career awareness and safety skills. Please contact [email protected] or by phone (770) 578-7238 if you ever need to discuss your student with her.


August 6th – August 10th

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We had a great first 3 days of 3rd Grade!

What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: M: PE, T: Art W: Music Th: STEM F: Math Lab
  • Students will be bringing home a math sheet every afternoon except Friday for homework.  It is your child’s responsibility to complete the sheet each night and return it to school.
  • Students should also be reading each day at home.  We will be checking out books from the library on Monday.  
  • We will meet Mrs. Weitnauer our school counselor on Tuesday.  She is the counselor for the upper grades at Kincaid 🙂

Spotlights

Thank you so much for the donations of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and extra snacks for our snack bin!!

Classroom Needs

  • 1 inch binder to be your child’s writing portfolio for the year 🙂
  • page protectors

Writing

Personal narrative writing

Social Studies

Implementing our classroom structure for the year with our 3rd grade curriculum (Branches of Government introduction, Economics).  We will be revisiting economics and branches of government vocabulary throughout the year.

Your child may have mentioned getting a ‘pay check’ each week.  I look forward to this being a fun way to encourage your child’s responsibility in the classroom.  You will sign your child’s weekly pay stub that will be sent home each Monday (beginning Monday, August 13th) that will include a base salary pay with potential bonuses for going above and beyond….with potential deductions for behavior that impacts their work.  Students will learn about opportunity costs, supply, demand, taxes, and much more with their salary.

Regarding the branches of government, we will write ‘bills’ to pass as ‘laws’ for the classroom.  Students will see how checks and balances work within the three branches of government as we role play this throughout the year…..should be tons of fun and I might see some creative ‘bills’ written to change our classroom environment.

Math

Place Value & Rounding

Reading

  • Summarizing (somebody, wanted, but, so, then), Identifying character traits
  • I will also be assessing your child’s reading level.

Grammar 

Nouns Review – what are all the types of nouns we learned last year? common, proper, possessive, singular, plural, irregular plural nouns.  We will review them as well as begin discussing abstract nouns.

Classroom Pictures

Little inside recess creativity 🙂


July 30th – August 3rd

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What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: W: STEM, Th: Math Lab, F: PE
  • Lunch time is 12:32

Spotlights

  • Thank you all for coming in with your big smiles on Meet and Greet!  I know it was a quick hello for many of you since 2nd grade.  I am looking forward to a great year!!
  • Thank you Mrs. Frey for volunteering to be our class room mom!!  You have MANY, MANY parent volunteers as well 🙂

Classroom Needs

  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Germ X
  • 1 inch 3 ring binder for your child’s writing portfolio – similar to 2nd grade, this year we will collect your child’s writing samples in a binder to share with you at the end of the school year.  It is such a fun keepsake and the kids love looking back at all their creative writing 🙂
  • page protectors
  • Snack bin donations