October 1st-5th

I hope everyone had the best Fall Break! My husband and I spent the week relaxing on the beach. I cannot wait to see all my third grade friends in the morning and hear all about their eventful week!

Thank you to Mrs. Allen for joining our class for Breakfast with a Book Friday morning! 

Homework for this week will be the same as last week with a Weekly Reading Menu, Typing Log, and math daily homework. The math homework will consist of 2 step word problems, that we are beginning on Monday. I will also send home a copy of the model steps they use to solve a word problem!

Units of Study for the upcoming week:

Reading– We will be using textual clues and figurative language to ensure deeper meaning in our reading.

Writing– Our mini-lessons this week will focus on continuing the editing and revising process through our drafts of our small moments. This upcoming week, we will work hard to edit and revise our stories more independently and work towards publishing our small moment.

Social Studies– We are continuing our study on Economics, learning about goods and services and opportunity cost. 

Orton-Gillingham– This week, we will be learning about r-controlled vowels (-er, -ur, -ir).

Math– We will begin our problem solving unit, and will work on solving two step word problems through addition and subtraction. We will be using the 8 step model to solve and dissect word problems. I will send home a copy of this strategy with their homework 🙂

Specials for the Week Ahead:

Monday- Computer Lab

Tuesday- Music

Wednesday- P.E.

Thursday- Maker Space

Friday- STEM Lab (also Atlanta Falcons spirit wear day!)

 

Have a great week!

  • Tess Field

September 17th-21st

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We made it through another week of testing last week, and are excited to wrap up our last two days of testing tomorrow and Tuesday!

We will continue IOWA testing tomorrow (9/17) and Tuesday (9/18). Tomorrow will be mathematics and computations, and Tuesday will be Science and Social Studies. As a reminder, please ensure your child eats a healthy breakfast, gets a good night sleep, and arrives to school before 7:50 a.m. If anyone would like to volunteer to bring in a special treat for us to enjoy on Tuesday to celebrate the end of testing (cupcakes, cookie cake, etc), that would be great!!! Just please email me ASAP and let me know if you and your child would like to do this! All students have worked incredibly hard, and the IOWA tests are long testing days. A special treat on Tuesday would really make their week! 🙂

Another Scholastic Book Order form will come home tomorrow in Monday’s Communication Folder. I will submit this month’s book order on Friday, September 21st, and your child’s books will be here waiting on them when they return from fall break! Last month, our class’s order was over $150, so each child in the class received a brand new free book! We were also able to purchase many new books for our classroom library. I have never seen the students more excited!

Homework for this week will be the same as last week with a Weekly Reading Menu, Typing Log, and math daily homework. 

Units of Study for the upcoming week:

Reading– We will be using textual clues and figurative language to ensure deeper meaning in our reading.

Writing– Our mini-lessons this week will focus on continuing the editing and revising process through our drafts of our small moments. This upcoming week, we will work hard to edit and revise our stories more independently and work towards publishing our small moment.

Social Studies– We are continuing our study on Economics, learning about goods and services and opportunity cost. On Monday, we will learn about the Constitution on the United States in observation of Constitution Day!

Grammar- This week, we will be learning about digraphs (sh, th, wh, ch, ph). Digraphs are two consonants that combine to make a new sound.

Math– We will continue our problem solving unit, and will work on solving two step word problems through addition and subtraction. The students are using the CUBES strategy to solve word problems. A copy of this strategy will be sent home tomorrow in your child’s homework packet. We will test word problems on Friday, September 22nd!

Specials for the Week Ahead:

Monday- STEM Lab

Tuesday- P.E.

Wednesday- Guidance

Thursday- Art

Friday- P.E.

 

Have a wonderful week!

  • Tess

Additional Homework

In addition to your child’s weekly homework packet, I will also be attaching a “typing log”, to ensure your child knows their typing skills. At this point in third grade, it is not common that all 3rd grade students are fluent typers. However, this year, third grade students will be taking the Georgia Milestones test in April on the computer, which means they will be typing all of their responses.

Between then and now, your child needs to be practicing typing on the computer as much as they are able to. It is very important that your child is familiar with their typing skills. From now on, I will include a “typing log” to most homework packets, to ensure all children are practicing as much as they can.

Our computer lab teachers have many typing practices and resources on their classroom blog. Please visit eastsidees.com , click on “staff blogs and emails” , click on “other staff members’ blogs” , and under “Specials” click on “Computer Lab”. On their page, click on “typing” and scroll down to “3rd grade”. Practice the different typing activities and record on your log daily! If you do not have access to the Internet at home, please let me know ASAP! Thank you!!!

September 10th-14th

This week, we will begin IOWA testing on Thursday, and will test Thursday and Friday. Your child worked extremely hard last week during testing. Please make sure your child is well rested tonight and eats a healthy breakfast, as this week’s IOWA tests are a little longer than the CogAT tests last week. Please note that during these testing days, we will not be getting to each subject everyday.

I would like to extend a huge “thank you” to the Griffith family for sending in a fun “end of testing” snack to enjoy on Friday, to celebrate the ending of CogAT!

I would also like to say CONGRATULATIONS to all students who ran to be our Student Council representative last week. All five students worked incredibly hard on their posters and speeches, and I couldn’t be more proud of all of them. The class and I said we wished we could vote for all 5 of them, but… congratulations to Matt Perez for being nominated as our Student Council representative!

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Reading- This week, we will continue to use Stone Fox as our anchor text to practice our reading skills whole-group. Students will continue using strategies that can help them figure out tricky words and context clues.

Writing- We will continue working on personal narratives with a focus on writing from inside a memory and revision.

Social Studies- We will begin our quick unit on goods and services, and civics.

Grammar/OG- We will learn about capitalizing titles in books, movies, etc.

Math- We will begin this week by learning our subtraction strategies. We will then move into using addition and subtraction to solve one or two step word problems.

Specials:

Monday- P.E.

Tuesday- Computer Lab

Wednesday- Music

Thursday- P.E.

Friday- Maker Space

 

Thank you for all you do,

Tess Field

September 4th-7th

Hi everyone! Happy Labor Day weekend!! 🙂 I am the biggest Alabama football fan, so I was so excited football was back on this weekend, as I’m sure many others were too! Yay!

I am sure your kids have told you, but as of Friday afternoon, East Side is now a Cobb County STEM certified school!!! As a school, we have worked incredibly hard on this certification for years, and have had our third and final county walk-through this past Friday. It is truly because of your students hard work throughout the STEM process that made this happen! I took a video of when Mrs. Clark came on the announcements to announce the certification in the middle of the day on Friday, but the video is too large to post on the blog. If you check out my Twitter page, you will see the CUTEST reaction to the announcement from my sweet class!

Please read the weekly progress report, sign, and return to school on Wednesday. The folder will come home on Tuesday because we are out of school on Monday. In this folder, your child MAY bring home a Student Council Nomination Form. If you see this in your child’s folder, it is because your child would like to participate and “run” to be our class’s Student Council Representative. If they bring home a form, please talk it over with your child, see if it is something they can truly participate in. The students will give their speeches on this Friday morning and we will vote for our representative!

A letter regarding the upcoming IOWA and CogAT tests was sent home last week. This letter explained the dates of testing and reminded parents to ensure your child is getting a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast throughout the testing weeks. This upcoming week, we will be testing CogAT Wednesday-Friday (9/5-9/7). Next week, we will be testing the IOWA test from Thursday-Friday (9/13-9/14), and the following Monday-Tuesday (9/17-9/18). Please make sure your child is on time to school each day of testing as we will begin promptly at 8:00 AM. Please note that during these testing days, we will not be getting to all subjects throughout the day.

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Reading This week, we will continue to use Stone Fox as our anchor text to practice our reading skills whole-group. Students will learn strategies that can help them figure out tricky words and begin to use context clues.

Writing– This week, students will learn how to be the captains of their own stories, as they begin publishing their narrative independently. We are working hard on the editing and revising process, and have enjoyed writing in our drafting booklets.

Social Studies– We will continue our study on the 3 branches of government, learning about their roles and responsibilities for the national and state government. With your child’s homework packet, I will send home a Government Study Guide on Tuesday, and we will assess on Friday, Sept. 7th. Please ensure you are studying this at home.

Math– This week, we will focus on addition and beginning the subtraction strategies, subtracting 3 by 3 digits. Our mini-lessons and number talks will focus on the best and most efficient strategies to use for individual problems.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday- NO SCHOOL. Happy Labor Day!

Tuesday– STEM Lab

Wednesday- P.E.

Thursday– Guidance

Friday- Art

Have a great week and end of your long weekend!

-Tess

STEM Day & Early Release Reminder

As a reminder, all students need to have their cereal box (or similar sized box) and 3 rocks in to the classroom by tomorrow for our upcoming STEM project! If your child has not yet brought these items in, please ensure they do tomorrow! It is important that every child have these materials. 🙂

Also a quick reminder that tomorrow is Early Release. We will dismiss at 12:30. There are no BEST clubs tomorrow!

Thank you all for your kind words regarding my announcement today. Your incredibly loving and supportive emails absolutely made my day. I am so lucky and fortunate to have such an amazing group of students AND parents in my classroom that I know are genuinely excited for me. Thank you all again. I know this class will be the most special! This was their excited face when I we played “hangman” this morning and the phrase ending up reading “I am having a baby!” 🙂

August 27th-31st

I hope everyone had a great and relaxing weekend! I would like to extend a big “thank you” to Xuhong Su for joining our class on Friday for Breakfast with a Book! The students really enjoyed listening to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Another huge “thank you” to Mrs. Buettner for making copies for our class on Friday! That is always a huge help to the teacher and is greatly appreciated!

Important Announcements:

This Tuesday, we will be going on our first field trip to the Booth Museum in Cartersville. If you are interested in chaperoning, and haven’t already, please e-mail me! You will need to meet us at the museum and pay your own way in. Our class will be split among other classes in third grade, so please e-mail me before/on Monday if you are planning on joining, so I can plan groups accordingly!

I will not be in the classroom tomorrow, Monday the 27th 🙁 I will be in a Building Team Leader meeting. For the field trip on Tuesday, because I will not be there Monday to tell them, please make sure your kids know to to bring their lunch in a brown paper bag/big Ziploc bag with their name on it, or they will be purchasing a sack lunch from the cafeteria. We will be eating AT the museum on Tuesday. Also, our class t-shirts are in. As a grade level, we will be handing these out to our classes Tuesday morning before we leave on the field trip. Your child will go to restroom and change into their class t-shirt before we leave, so please let them know that! They will bring it home and it is theirs to keep 🙂

Please don’t forget that this Wednesday, August 30th is EARLY RELEASE. The students will be releasing at 12:30. If you have changes in transportation for how your child will go home that day, please send in a note with your child that morning!

On Friday, August 31st, we will be having our county STEM walk-through. We will be completing a project on classifying rocks. For this project, every student needs to bring in a cereal box (or similar sized/shaped box) along with 3 rocks! Please have your child send in these materials by Thursday, August 30th (preferably by Wednesday). Please ensure their name is on their box and their 3 rocks are in a baggie with their name on it!

I will be placing Scholastic Book Orders this Friday, August 31st. Please make sure all orders are in before Friday at noon!

Please don’t forget to look for your child’s “Friday letter home” today and write back to them! They love taking their notebooks out on Mondays and seeing a letter back from you.

Tomorrow, Weekly Progress Reports will come home in your child’s Communication Folder, along with their Monday Folder information and work. Please read the weekly progress report, sign, and return to school on Tuesday.

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Reading We will continue practicing to making deeper and higher level predictions, recalling important character traits, a characters’ motive and using what we already know about the character to make these predictions. The students are loving our new book Stone Fox.

Writing– This past week, your child chose one small moment from their entries. This week, we will be working on adding more to those entries, concentrating on editing our pieces to ensure our story is told like a storyteller, and editing in partnerships to ensure their story is being told how they want it to be told.

Social Studies- We will continue learning about the 3 Branches of Government and the roles and responsibilities of each branch.

Science We will introduce rocks and minerals, with a emphasis on classifying rocks by their physical appearance.

Math This week, we will focus on addition and subtraction strategies, adding/subtracting 3 by 3 digits. Our mini-lessons and number talks will focus on the best and most efficient strategies to use for individual problems. 

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday- P.E.

Tuesday- Booth Museum Field Trip

Wednesday- Music (Early Release)

Thursday- P.E.

Friday- Maker Space (STEM day)

Have a wonderful week and, as always, please feel free to reach out to me for anything!

Tess Field

August 20th-24th

I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend! 🙂

I would like to extend a HUGE “thank you” to Jill Perez for joining our class for Breakfast with a Book on Friday! The kids loved the books and really enjoyed their special donut 🙂 P;ease be sure to sign up for Breakfast with a Book on Friday mornings on our class Shutterfly page under “volunteers”.

Tomorrow, Weekly Progress Reports will come home in your child’s Communication Folder, along with their Monday Folder information and work. Please read the weekly progress report, sign, and return to school on Tuesday. In this folder, you will find your child’s Picture Day order form! Please send these in ASAP, as our picture day is THIS Wednesday, August 22nd. We will be taking our pictures after we have P.E. and lunch, so please keep that in mind when you are picking out outfits! I will make sure they go to the restroom before and can brush their hair and “fix up”, so girls are welcome to bring brushes.

If you have not already returned your child’s field trip permission form and payment for our field trip to the Booth Museum, please do so this week!

Homework for this week will remain the same, with the Weekly Reading Menu and the math homework that aligns with what we will be learning this week. When your child is completing the math homework, please ensure they are showing ALL work on the following “My Work” page. I will be checking their strategies, etc. Also, please keep in mind that this week we will be introducing addition strategies, where they will be learning expanded form, number line, base ten, etc., and they may still be learning as the week goes on!

Please don’t forget to write back to your child in their Friday Letter Home notebook! They wrote great letters home to you guys, and they really look forward to reading your letters back to them!

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Reading Readers will be checking themselves as they read for comprehension and we will continue to work towards our third grade reading goals. We will also continue reading our new anchor text called “Stone Fox” by John Reynolds Gardiner.

Writing The students are very excited to continue working on their “small moments” and true stories. This week, we will focus on how to revise our original story to add in “more”, and also engage in rehearsing our “storytellers” voice through our stories.

Social StudiesWe will continue our unit on the 3 Branches of Government, learning about checks and balances, and the roles/responsibilities of each branch.

Math– We will begin our unit on adding/subtracting within 1,000 with different strategies.

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday- Maker Space

Tuesday- STEM Lab

Wednesday- P.E.

Thursday- Guidance

Friday- Art

As always, please reach out to me for ANY questions/inquiries you may have!

-Tess Field

August 13th-17th

Happy Sunday!! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

-It was so nice to see so many of you at Open House Thursday night. Please be sure to return your child’s Class T-Shirt order form with the payment as soon as possible. We are trying to get them in quickly, so we can ensure we have all t-shirts before our first field trip! Typically, the shirts run a bit small, so please consider ordering a size up from what you typically would.

-Also, please consider sending in the class dues for your child into school in an envelope labeled with Jill Perez. I believe they are asking $25. If you have any questions for her, her email is: [email protected] .

-A new Homework Packet will be sent home on Monday.  It will be due Friday.  If your child didn’t turn his/her homework packet in last week, please encourage them to have it ready to turn in Monday.

-I will send home Monday folders tomorrow. In your Monday folder, you will find a permission form for our field trip to the Booth Museum. We will be going on August 28th. We are allowed to have up to 3 parent chaperones, but they will need to meet us at the Booth Museum in Cartersville, and pay their own way in. If you are interested in chaperoning, please e-mail me! It will be first come, first serve 🙂

-Also in Monday folders, I am sending home a new Math Strategy example problems. I gave this out on Thursday evening at Open House. I accidentally placed the wrong pile out, and am sending home a corrected version tomorrow. Please trash your previous one, and keep this one. It will be on a blue paper in your child’s Monday folder. This is only a resource for you to help them with their math strategies!

-Our Friday Letter Home came home in your child’s backpack on Friday afternoon. Please take time to read your child’s letter, and respond back on the back of their current letter. This will be their same routine every Friday, so please get into the habit of trying to check every weekend so they will be excited about opening their notebooks next week and seeing a letter back from their parents. It truly is one of the best parts of their week. They have so much fun with it!

Upcoming Units of Study for the week ahead…

Reading– Students will begin to “build a reading life”, in which they will set goals for their third grade reading. We will also be setting up systems to share books in the classroom.

Writing– As we begin writing Small Moment entries on a person/place, we will also be working on our “storytellers voice” to ensure our stories are being written how we want them to sound.

Social Studies– We will begin our Civic & Government unit, where we will be learning the three branches of the government and describing each of their main responsibilities.

Math– We will be rounding to the nearest 10’s and 100’s and adding/subtracting within 1,000. I will introduce Guided Math centers and students will settle into a routine of completing a “number talk”, whole group lesson, and centers/strategy groups!

Specials for the week ahead…

Monday- Art

Tuesday- P.E.

Wednesday- Computer Lab

Thursday- Music

Friday- P.E.

I would also like to thank everyone for your extremely generous donations to our classroom. I have been completely overwhelmed by all of your support as the year began. I truly feel so fortunate to have all of your children, and I know it is going to be the best year yet. I love them all already!!!

-Tess

 

 

Open House

Hi everyone! This is just a reminder that Open House is tonight at 6:00pm. We all will meet in the cafeteria prior to the classroom.

Also, we have our first field trip at the end of August, and have a quick turnaround for our class t-shirts. I will give out an order form tonight, along with a payment envelope. If you have the $11.00 in cash or check (made out to East Side Elementary) tonight, I will be collecting payment envelopes and order forms!

Can’t wait to see you all tonight!

-Tess