Newsletter for the week of Sept. 18-22

September 18, 2017


Dear third grade families,

The children are adjusting well to third grade. They are getting used to using their assignment notebooks and filers as well as daily homework. I’m impressed with their enthusiasm, organizational skills, and great attitudes! Thank you for your patience in working with them these first weeks back to school. I know how hectic it must be for you as parents, and I think you are doing an amazing job!


Magazine orders:

Our goal is to have 100% of 3B participate! If everyone can sell one, we will have a special class reward.

Picture day: Individual picture day is tomrrow (Tuesday). A picture form was sent home last week. Students can wear fress dress for pictures.

Scholastic Book Orders: I will be sending home scholastic orders today. If your child would like to make a book order, please make sure that these are in to me by next Tuesday, September 26th.

Here are the steps to order online:

  1. VISIT
  2. ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (NKP72)
  3. SHOP and find the books you want
  4. SUBMIT your order


Filers: In class, students file classwork in the subject sections of their filers. Those papers should remain in the filers until we clear them out in class. We keep papers in the subject sections for referral or completion at a later time. Corrected papers (homework and classwork) sent in the “important papers” file can be taken out and kept at home. Papers that need to be completed or returned to school will be in the homework section.

Volunteer Opportunity:

I would love to have a parent come in and monitor students on Fridays during lunch (12:25-12:45). During this time I have the chance to meet with Ms. Corrigan and Mrs. Uding to plan reading for the week. Responsibilities include: Monitoring students as they eat their lunch, reading to students, overseeing clean-up, and dismissing students for lunch recess. Let me know if you are available and interested in coming in and helping at this time on Fridays. Once I have a list of parents that would like to volunteer, I can create a schedule. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you so much for your support!


So far I have had not volunteers, so please let mw know if you are able to help.



Reading: We are reading The Trial of Cardigan Jones. Our target skill this week is drawing conclusions. Students will read the story and will tie story details together to figure out what is going to happen.

Math: Students continue to work on place value. We are half way through this chapter. This week we focus on rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 and begin to review place value concepts in preparation for the chapter 1 test which will be next Tuesday, September 26th.

A place value game will be coming home on Wednesday for students to play.

Science: This week students will begin to learn about inherited traits and learned behaviors, identifying these in both humans and animals. They will complete several activities working on identifying and classifying these.

Social studies: Last week, students were given their GeoJourney (used for learning the states) and learned the first section of states. These books need to be kept in their social studies section of their filers. We being our study of geography and learn the continents and oceans.

Digital Citizenship: Last week we learned about our digital footprint and how you have to THINK before posting. This week, we learn specific strategies to stay safe online. We also begin posting on our class instagram account as a group in the next few weeks!
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Religion: Chapter 1 – We will talk about the Creation Story

Children will be able to

–       describe how we see the beauty and goodness of God within creation,

–       understand that all people are made in the image and likeness of God, and

–       understand that God creates freely and out of love.


Language Arts: Students complete a writing activity where they choose any animal for a pet and describe the pet in detail. We focus on using good word choice and descritpive adjectives when describing their pets.


Spelling: Spelling homework is due on Thursday. Our test will be on Friday. The spelling pattern this week is VCe.


spoke                        mile               save               excuse                      cone              invite                 cube          price             erase             ripe                           broke                        flame

life                  rule


Challenge word: surprise


This week’s star: Connor

Next week star: Ronan


Have a good week!




Erin Meland

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