Thursday, November 10, 2022

Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who have served our country. I know we have several family members ,including parents who are veterans, and we are so grateful for your service. In third grade we are going to carry over our Veteran’s Day lessons into next week and beyond as we prepare our care packages for our Service Learning Project.

I know this is a busy time of year and we are all asked a lot in terms of donations so the following is of course optional, however, if you are able I put a list of items to include in your child’s Friday Folders. Last year I purchased most items at the dollar store so this is a great place. All of these donations will be combined with our Halloween Candy donations, their letters and art in a shoe box. If you have empty boxes at home, we would love those! I have some, but not 23!

IMMIGRATION DAY: Please mark your calendars for December 7th at 1pm. More information on how you can help is on the way (Sign-up Genius) but we NEED parent assistance to make this a successful experience for the students so please block out the afternoon if you are able.

Bakery Day -(Math Review)

Reading – This week we wrapped up our Unit on Animal Adaptations in reading/science. They learned a lot and I’m proud of the scores they received on the first independent assessment they took today.

Writing –We continue to work on the story structure and our dinosaur stories. They are working through the writing process and are having fun becoming a dinosaur!

Math-Today we took the test on multiplication concepts after a fun review yesterday. If you haven’t checked out Seesaw, you can find more pictures there. Next week we will start diving into strategies and begin the memorization of facts starting with 2’s facts.

Religion-Students are really enjoying learning PowerPoint and taking off. Our goal is to be ready to present the final one by next Thursday.

Social Studies– This week we began the book, Molly’s Pilgrim and looked at the essential question of why someone might Immigrate. We first had to define the word Immigration and had some great discussions already, along with personal family immigration stories. How cool!

Art – Queen’s Guard

In this lesson, students will focus on symmetry as they use lines to create the symmetrical flag of the United Kingdom and guard.

November 18th -Grandparents Day (Event begins at 9am in the gym)

Book Fair -Starting Next Week!

Bring Food for the Human Food Chain -Donation Requests in your Wed. Newsletter

November 23rd -Early Release

Friday, November 4th, 2022

Thank you for taking time to meet with me during our parent-teacher conferences this week. I enjoyed having the students there and able to hear about their successes and set goals together. This is an amazing group of kids and I really appreciate the parent support. I am truly blessed! ❤️

We are entering a very busy time of year! There are a lot of events coming up important pieces of information so I hope to keep you informed. Please check the “reminders” section at the bottom of this letter.

Our third grade service learning project involves a connection with the Whidbey Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor. We will be putting together care packages and writing letters. I like to do this in November for two reasons. First, it is Veteran’s Day and we have already been talking about who veterans are and how important they are to us and our country. And second, the children have SO much candy and I know some parents are eager to find an alternative to the consumption of all that sugar ;). We’d love any donations of Halloween Candy for these boxes. In addition to candy, I’ll put together a list of items and more detail soon. I just wanted to catch the Halloween candy window.


Literacy- This week we read about structural adaptations on penguins, while making mental images and practicing with the skill of inferences. We will take this to apply to two different types of camels next week and wrap up the unit on animal adaptations. For writing we moved from the prewrite on our dinosaur stories to the rough drafts. Creative writing is so fun at this age!

Math– We explored the concept of multiplication in equal groups, arrays, and number lines. Their eagerness and excitement about multiplication is so fun! I love it!

Religion– This week we took our saint research and began putting it in our PowerPoint slides. Students learned how to copy and paste images from the internet and spell check when their words are underlined in red. They finished two of the five slides and are loving this!

Science/Social Studies- We continued with fossils and after learning the oceans and continents, we focused in on the United States and the regions of the US in our map/geography unit. These regions will help us this spring with our Native American study.

-Veteran’s Day Mass -This TUESDAY at 8:15. Please invite all family members and friends to be honored at this special Mass.

-SCOUTS -Please wear your uniforms on Tuesday!

-Bring your Halloween Candy Donations

-Canned food donations begin for the HOPE HOUSE HUMAN FOOD CHAIN

-No School, Friday, November 11th

-Grandparents Day -November 18th

Friday, October 21, 2022

Happy Friday! It was a busy week in third grade and the students worked hard. We are beginning some bigger class projects in the next few weeks, in addition to some fall/Halloween themed fun next week.

October Book Report: Students are bringing the written portion of their pumpkin report home tonight. Please note that the character trait page is OPTIONAL and available for students who want to work towards the 4. The written story map is required to be completed in his/her best third grade writing, and will accompany the pumpkin. These can be turned in at any point next week, Monday-Friday. We will share them as they come in and put them on display. I will be able to get pumpkins this weekend for anyone who might need one, please let me know by TONIGHT!

Field Trip Next Week: I am so grateful for the abundance of drivers and volunteers! I reached out to the coordinator and confirmed there is not a capacity issue and we can bring as many chaperones that we want ;). I will however be consolidating cars so we can carpool. If you have a preference on another parent to ride with please let me know, otherwise I’ll just pair up and let you know ASAP. I also have directions, parking information, and times that I will get you early next week.

Math Review Centers
Thank you, parents!! It’s so fun having you in the classroom again!

Reading- This week we completed our first Benchmark Assessment online. These are quite challenging so I will guide them through the first few. We are reading about animal coverings and how they help animals adapt to their environments.

Writing- We wrapped up another paragraph and they are getting the hang of the format -topic sentence, supporting sentences, wrap up sentences, in addition to indenting and how to save documents on 365. Students are starting their dinosaur stories and got a chance to hear some of my students stories from last year, which was fun!

Math This week we wrapped up Unit 2 and took the assessment on Friday. This was all on data and guiding them into the introduction of multiplication.

Religion For religion we dove deeper into the Bible and went on a Bible Quest! It was fun to see how quickly they learned the format of the Holy Book and how to use the table of contents. Ask them at home about this!

Social Studies- We will wrap up the unit on map skills soon! Students are able to now locate all five oceans and all seven continents. We rotated through some centers to review this week and will end with a fun balloon project. I can’t wait!

Science- So much to learn on fossils! We will be making our own dinosaur fossils next week with plaster of paris and clay. We’ve had opportunities to use a few computer programs to dive deeper into this concept. Freckle is a great one if you want to look at home.

Music –

  • Reading the poem In A Dark Dark Room to practice musical dynamics  
  • Singing a song using sol, mi and do pitches and playing a game with the song 
  • Using classroom instruments to play along to Hobgoblin by Robert Schumann  

Art –

Directed drawing and proportions. Students drew cats inside pumpkins and learned about proportion in a composition.

Weekly News -October 7, 2022

First, thank you for taking the time to help prepare your children for our Mass today. They did such an amazing job, and I’m so proud of them.

There are a lot of important pieces of information in your Friday Folders today along with all the hard work your children have been doing in class. Please make sure you empty the folders, notice your child’s goals, and also sign the folder.

-New Seesaw Codes -I’m so sorry but they have changed this app and I’m realizing that the code I gave you does not offer all the capabilities that I like to use in Seesaw. For example, when your child is sick, it is nice for me to be able to post work in the Activities tab for them to complete at home. This new code will allow you all the other capabilities. Thank you for having patience with me.

-XtraMath -You will find all the information to log in at home. The progress the students are making in class is amazing, however some students are still having trouble with accuracy. It’s not all about speed. I do not award improvement stars unless they are getting yellow or green, meaning they are getting the math facts correct. This is an easy thing to practice at home and it only takes 4-5 minutes!

-Finally, you will find the opt-out form for the safe environment class I will be teaching. Please only sign this if you DO NOT want your child to participate.

**Next Wednesday -Please look for the field trip form for our October 27th trip to Lynden, and a signature page for the VFW essay that we will be dong IN CLASS.**

OCTOBER BOOK REPORT – We are all excited about this one :). Students will be studying the character in their book and creating a fun pumpkin. I’ll put some sample photos in Seesaw but please do not start the actual pumpkin yet (we want them all on display at the end of the month with no rotting)! Also, they will have a written portion on character traits and a story map, which will come home next week. Students were to tell me their book by today.

Math: This week we moved to applying all the mental math strategies we learned from addition to subtraction. We also reviewed addition and subtraction with regrouping, along with regrouping across zeros, which can be a challenge.

Social Studies: In social studies we wrapped up the general map skills with a fun Barefoot Island project. We began learning about the five oceans and will move into the continents next week.

Science: For our fossil unit we made mold fossils this week, which was fun. Students compared the bread and gummies to how fossils are formed in real life!

Religion: This week we practiced for our Mass in the church. We learned about Saint Francis and also celebrated the feast of our Guardian Angels. Students each created their own angel with the prayer. We also wrapped up our unit on the Mass by playing a class Jeopardy game. It’s funny how many don’t know the game jeopardy 😉

Art: The 3rd graders finished their grumpy monkey by adding watercolors to the background and started working on their spooky artwork.


  • Singing and reading do mi and sol pitches on a music staff  
  • Improvising on classroom percussion instruments in a rondo 
  • Beginning to work in groups with the song Shake the Papaya – groups will create motions to go with the song, and each student will compose a 16 beat rhythm pattern to play in the rondo with their group 


-No School, Friday, October 14th (Staff Retreat)

-Free Dress, Thursday, October 13th

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