Newsletter for the week of Jan 4-8

January 4, 2016

Dear Third Grade Parents and Students,



Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a nice Christmas break with your families. I’m so happy to see the third graders again and am ready to get 2016 started!


Native American Project: Today, a packet explaining the Native American Project will be sent home with your child (purple).  Please go over this packet with him or her. In it you will find an explanation of the written, visual and oral aspects of the project, a timeline, rubric and guidelines for how to support your child with this project.

The first deadline is: January 13th – Students need to choose a tribe to study and bring 2 age appropriate books on the tribe to school. (See the packet for information on appropriate research materials. These books will remain at school until all research is completed).


Multiplication/Division Facts: Students have learned about the concept of multiplication and division. It is now time for them to learn the 0-12 basic multiplication and division facts. Students will focus on one fact a week. This week, students will learn their 2 multiplication and division facts. These facts need to be practiced a little bit every night. A letter with more information about this will be coming home with your child tonight. Please review the letter and return the bottom section to school by Wednesday. Thank you!


Tests Coming Home: I will be sending home the Division test today. Please review these with your child.


3B Prayer Service: We will be leading the Friday prayer service on Friday, January 22nd at 8:30 in the school hall.


Reading Log: The December reading log needs to be turned in by tomorrow. I will hand out the January reading logs today. These will be due Tuesday, Feb. 2nd.



Reading: We read Yonder Mountain: A Cherokee Legend; our target skill is compare and contrast.   Students will create a graphic organizer to describe the meaning of the different symbols in the story. We also read about the Trail of Tears and discuss its significance.

Math: Students begin memorizing their multiplication and division facts this week. A letter will be sent home today explaining the multiplication/division plan. We begin with our 2s facts tomorrow. For students to succeed, it is crucial that they practice their facts daily at home.

We also begin chapter 10 on fractions.


Science:  Students experiment with magnets to determine their strengths and how they levitate effectively.


Social Studies: Students read about the Northwest Coast Native Americans.  We also go over the North Central Region States in the GeoJourney.

Religion: This week we will discuss about Jesus as the Good News, Chapter 7 of our Religion book. We will also talk about Parables. Children will be able to recognize that because we are disciples of Christ, we too are called to share “Good News of Jesus Christ.”


Spelling. Homework is due Thursday and the test will be on Friday.


Language Arts: Students work on a goal setting project for the New Year. We also begin learning note-taking techniques in order to prepare for our Native American project.


I’d                   he’s                 haven’t         doesn’t           let’s                there’s

wouldn’t       what’s                       she’s               aren’t                        hasn’t                        couldn’t

he’d                they’re


challenge word: we’re



Next week: Liz


Have a great week!






Erin Meland



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