Sunday, August 20, 2017

Week 1: August 21st - 25th


Welcome to Third Grade!
We are excited  for a new school year and ready for the FIRST day of school!  

REMINDERS:

  • If your child did not purchase school supplies, he or she will need $5.00 to purchase a planner from the front office.  Third graders keep track of daily homework in planners.  This will be a great organizational tool for your child to learn to use this year. 
  • Third graders need to go to the gym before school begins each day. They are welcome to walk to our classrooms at 7:50am. 
  • Children will be counted tardy if they arrive after 7:55 A.M.
  • Children will be counted absent if they arrive after 9:15 A.M.
  • You are welcome to escort your child to class on the first day of school, but please allow him or her to enter the room independently.

·         Please send a healthy snack and a reusable water bottle daily. We have snack time each morning after specials.   Due to peanut allergies across the grade level, we ask that you send peanut free snacks and lunch items this year.

·         Your child’s lunch number will be the same as it was last year. We will have lunch numbers available for any child who might have forgotten. We eat lunch from 11:55-12:25 daily.

  • Dismissal is at 3:00 P.M.  If your child will be picked up in a car in parent pick up, you must write his or her name on a piece of large yellow paper. Please write your child’s first and last name as large as you can on the paper. This will help the teacher on duty to see and call your child’s name in a timely manner.
  • It can get chilly in the classrooms. Please send a light jacket, sweater or sweat shirt in your child’s backpack so that he or she will be comfortable. Remember to write your child’s name on the tag inside so that it can be returned if lost.

Reading and Writing:We will begin to establish expectations and routines for Reading and Writing Workshops this week.  In a workshop model, students are gathered for a quick lesson on a targeted skill or idea,.  Then, students are launched into independent work time where they get to try these skills on for size.  Finally, we close with a time to share and reflect on our learning.

We will work to organize our materials for Workshop.  One of the most fun activities we will complete this week is crafting our Writer's Notebook.  Students will need pictures, stickers, magazine cut outs, and paper to create a cover for their composition notebook that reminds them of experiences, family, friends, interests that they may choose to write about this year.  Materials should be sent to school by Thursday.

 Here's where we need your help this week:

  • Gather pictures and materials to help your child build his or her Writer's Notebook
  • Share your favorite literature (books, magazines, poetry) with your child
  • Talk about your favorite moments from summer vacation (BIG and small)
  • Establish home routines for nightly reading  
Spelling:  We will administer the Words their Way Spelling Inventory this week to collect information.  This inventory helps us see what your child knows about letters and sounds and how they work together.

Social Studies: Our first unit in Social Studies is Community.  This week we will get to know those in our classroom communities and create class contracts that explain how we want to work and live together this year.

Math: In math this week, we will begin setting up our math journals that we will use daily for word problems. We will discuss thing about ourselves that involve numbers: shoe sizes, address, phone numbers, age, number of family members, etc. Starting on Tuesday through the rest of the week, we will be jumping into place value. We will review standard form, word form, expanded form, and odd/even. On Thursday and Friday, we will spend time practicing how to round numbers to the nearest 100. We will review these concepts later in the first nine weeks as well. We will not have any math homework this week. 

Science:  During our science time this week, we will set up our interactive science journals. We will create a table of contents that will help us stay organized this year. We will brainstorm types of scientists in our world and your child will have the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of a scientist. On Thursday and Friday, we will discuss lab safety and complete a gallery walk with science tools. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy New (School) Year!

This Friday, August 18th,  from 10:30-11:25am, is Meet The Teacher at HCE.  Come meet your teachers and see your friends, new and old.  
  
Parents, below are some helpful things we would like you to read, complete or join to make our year successful!
  
·       Please check with your homeroom teacher to complete the google form that will help everyone transition to a new school year.  She will also have a link to the homeroom app that will give you a sneak peek into our classrooms.  

·       You can also sign up for remind.com texts from third grade teachers through this link-- rmd.at/thirdhce  We promise not to flood your phones with texts, but rather will use this as a way to send important information and reminders about classroom events.

·        Use the FOLLOW BY EMAIL box along the right hand side of the site to help get updates straight to your inbox!  Providing your email address means that the site will email you each time we update this page.  

·      Make sure that your child's homeroom teacher knows the way he or she will go home each day.  If you have a different way for your child to go home on the first day of school, please send a hand written note. 
 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sweet Summertime

Almost fourth graders and parents,

Are you having as much fun this summer as your third grade teachers?  We hope you are filling your days with fun and adventure!  We can't wait to hear about all about it and hug your necks as soon as August rolls around!!

Below are some suggestions for ways to keep your brain as busy as your body.  

READING MATTERS:
MATH PRACTICE:




Monday, May 29, 2017

Week 38: May 30th- June 1st


Happy Last Week of School!


It's hard to believe we are starting our last week of school together.  Thank you for all your love and support you've shown your child as well as us this year. We are truly grateful for you all!  We wish you a happy, safe, and fun-filled summer!  

Please see below for the last few events we have together as a grade level: 

Monday, May 29: SCHOOL HOLIDAY

Tuesday, May 30: Students will visit all six third grade classrooms this day to take a virtual field trip across the United States.  They will come home with a memory scrapbook and tales of wild adventures during our travels!

Wednesday, May 31:  HCE Talent Show held in the Cafeteria from 10:20-10:50. 

Thursday, June 2:  Last Day of School!!  End of year celebration and pizza in our classrooms.  This is an early dismissal day.  


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Week 37: May 22nd - May 26th

Please read below for NEW and ADDITIONAL information about some of our end of year events!  We very much look forward to seeing you this week with all of our fun events on campus!  Thank you for your continued support of your child and grade level. 


We need your HELP with the chariot race.  As of TODAY (5/21) we NEED  20 more wagons to make chariot races happen!

Please email or use the sign up genius link IF you either own a wagon we can use, or have a wagon we can borrow.


Monday, May 22: PUBLISHER'S PICNIC.  Please make plans to join your child in the third grade courtyard from 12:00-12:30.  They will share with you much of their work from this school year.  It's a great time to see the growth they have made this year and celebrate their success.  Because this is a school-wide event, you will want to get here early.  
Tips on things to bring that will make the time more special:  Smiles, a blanket or chairs to sit, a lunch with your child's favorite things, and plenty of water as it is to be hot and humid.

Tuesday, May 23:  One of our own HCE mothers, Lisa Eicher, will be joining us to inform our third graders about her motivations behind and experience training and participating in ANW (American Ninja Warrior).  "Ninjas Don't Count Chromosomes" shirts will be available for purchase.  Please keep an eye out for an email from your classroom teacher regarding this opportunity.   

Wednesday, May 24:  WITS Anthology Celebrations will be held today.  We are sure thankful for our wonderful and talented WITS writer, Mrs. Cion.  We ask that you come share our celebration experience with us this Wednesday in the HCE Library.  Every child will share one of their published writing pieces from their WITS experience this year.  Please see below for times for each homeroom class:

9:05-9:50:  Jackson Homeroom
9:50-10:35:  Rozzell Homeroom
10:35-11:10:  Duncan Homeroom
11:25-12:10:  Ford Homeroom
12:30-1:15: Badrak Homeroom
1:15-2:00:  Scott Homeroom 
  
  
Thursday, May 25- CHARIOT RACE DAY!   
Chariot races will take place on the field.  Parents and families are encouraged to attend.  Please make sure to get to school early to check in at the front office before heading to the field.  The race will begin at 8:30.  It’s a short but fun celebration, so don’t be late!
AND
4th Nine Weeks Recognition Ceremony:  From 10:20am-11:00am, we will be giving awards for Honor Roll, Attendance, 30 Book Challenge, and a End-of-Year award that all students will receive. 

Friday, May 26:  Winds of Time Assembly at 9:00a.m You will want to make sure you get to school on time that day to get a good seat.  We will provide students with Roman costumes for this occasion.  They will either be dressed as a Roman Senator, Roman Soldier, or Roman Goddess.  Students parade to the hard top from our classrooms for our assembly.  Each grade level speaker will teach the audience about the civilization for which they spent the last weeks studying.  The ceremony closes with a song sung by the entire school.  Finally, we walk around the hallways of the school and back to our classroom.  It’s a great KODAK moment!

Monday, May 29: SCHOOL HOLIDAY

Tuesday, May 30: Students will visit all six third grade classrooms this day to take a virtual field trip across the United States.  They will come home with a memory scrapbook and tales of wild adventures during our travels!

Wednesday, May 31:  HCE Talent Show held in the Cafeteria.  Time TBD. 

Thursday, June 2:  Last Day of School!!  End of year celebration and pizza in our classrooms.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Week 36: May 15th - May 19th

Check out all of these fun and important things
we will do and learn the last few weeks of school---

Winds of Time:  We are in full swing studying Ancient Rome! 

Tuesday, May 16- AUCTION WINNERS will be TEACHER FOR THE DAY.  We have six lucky kids who will be helping us teach your child's classes for the day!

Thursday, May 18 - We will have a speaker come and share with us his knowledge and artifacts from Ancient Rome.  Thursday evening, Art Gallery Night will be held in the HCE Cafeteria from 5-7pm.

Friday, May 19 - HCE Summer Reading Book Swap.  Students will participate in a school-wide book swap. We hope they come home with a book that gets them excited about reading over the summer.
Friday May 19, is also Bike to School Day
    • Important -If your child is going to participate in this event after school he or she will need a change of transportation note. 

Monday, May 22- PUBLISHER'S PICNIC.  Please make plans to join your child in the third grade courtyard from 12:00-12:30.  They will share with you much of their work from this school year.  It's a great time to see the growth they have made this year and celebrate their success.  Because this is a school wide event, you will want to get here early.  
Tips on things to bring that will make the time more special:  Smiles, a blanket or chairs to sit, a lunch with your child's favorite things, and plenty of water as it is to be hot and humid.

Tuesday, May 23:  One of our own HCE mothers, Lisa Eicher, will be joining us to inform our third graders about her motivations behind and experience training and participating in ANW (American Ninja Warrior).  

Wednesday, May 24:  WITS Celebrations will be held today.  We are sure thankful for our wonderful and talented WITS writer, Mrs. Cion.  
  
Thursday, May 25- CHARIOT RACE DAY!   
Chariot races will take place on the field.  Parents and families are encouraged to attend.  Please make sure to get to school early to check in at the front office before heading to the field.  The race will begin at 8:30.  It’s a short but fun celebration, so don’t be late!
AND
4th Nine Weeks Recognition Ceremony:  From 10:20am-11:00am, we will be giving awards for Honor Roll, Attendance, 30 Book Challenge, and a End-of-Year award that all students will receive. 

Friday, May 26:  Winds of Time Assembly at 8:30a.m.  You will want to make sure you get to school on time that day to get a good seat.  We will provide students with Roman costumes for this occasion.  They will either be dressed as a Roman Senator, Roman Soldier, or Roman Goddess.  Students parade to the hard top from our classrooms for our assembly.  Each grade level speaker will teach the audience about the civilization for which they spent the last weeks studying.  The ceremony closes with a song sung by the entire school.  Finally, we walk around the hallways of the school and back to our classroom.  It’s a great KODAK moment!

Monday, May 29- SCHOOL HOLIDAY

Tuesday, May 30 - Students will visit all six third grade classrooms this day to take a virtual field trip across the United States.  They will come home with a memory scrapbook and tales of wild adventures during our travels!

Wednesday, May 31 - HCE Talent Show held in the Cafeteria.  Time TBD. 

Thursday, June 2- Last Day of School!!  End of year celebration and pizza in our classrooms.