October 14, 2019

Welcome back from fall break.  My week was all about relaxing and spending time with  family and friends.  I am refreshed and ready for school on Monday.  Seeing the students and hearing about their break will be a highlight for me as we reassemble to the routines and procedures of third grade.

I have added November and December slots for volunteering during our Language Arts block.  Please, join us by signing up here.

Every October, I recall a description of the autumn weather in Tucson as Onion Weather.  In the early morning when temperatures are cool, or even ‘chilly’, layers of clothing may be necessary.  The classroom may also be quite cool first thing in the school day, requiring an extra layer such as a sweater or vest after outerwear is removed.  As the sun climbs and the temperature rises, a layer or two is peeled away, especially during recess and PE.  Then, as daylight fades and the sun no longer warms us, layers are added on again.

With Onion Weather in mind, the extra layers worn in the classroom must follow uniform guidelines that are found in the Student/Parent Handbook.  lost-and-foundThe peeling off of clothing layers also seems to coincide with an increased abundance of clothing items in the Lost and Found bins. Third graders are managing the Foundations Courtyard Lost and Found.  We check items for labels that identify owners.  Then, we return it.  If it’s not labeled, we hang it up on the Lost and Found clothing rack making it easy for families to look for misplaced items.  Students enjoy making deliveries to return items.  However, we discover that most items are not clearly labeled and the volume of clothing, lunch boxes, water bottles, and jackets  grows and grows.  Please, help us help you.  Make sure all clothing and personal items are clearly labeled.  

Reminders

  • October 18th; Grandparents and Grand-friends Day
  • October 20th; Episcopal School Sunday
  • October 31st; Halloween Party and Parade
  • November 8th; Field Day and noon dismissal
  • November 11th; No School
  • November 20th; Noon Dismissal
  • November 22; Tucson Presidio “Friday at the Fort” field trip
  • January 24; Tubac School Room field trip

Spelling List Words with Short e

  1. central
  2. connect
  3. correction
  4. element
  5. enemy
  6. everywhere
  7. exception
  8. exist
  9. insect
  10. messy
  11. pester
  12. several
  13. stem
  14. upset
  15. whenever

Watch-Out Words

  • ant
  • aunt
  • deer
  • dear

October 14, 2019

Student Highlights from the week before Fall Break

  • Wednesday’s Chapel Story with the the phrase “…How many toes does a fish have?”
  • Vision Testing
  • Letters to grandparents in Art class
  • PE flag football game
  • Science food chains
  • Silent Reading genre books
  • Biography posters
  • Technology Tinker Cad
  • BAKE SALE $ for CFB
  • Personal Narratives
  • See Saw posts

Final Bake Sale results are not yet available.  However, we’re close to $300 for the Community Food Bank.  Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in the many opportunities this week.  Bakers, sellers, set-up, take-down, and cheers made the bake sale very special for the students. We couldn’t do it without your gifts of time and joyful spirit!   We also learned that $1 donated to the Community Food Bank equals four meals with the CFB’s buying power.  Additionally, TEP will match our cash donation!

Reading logs for the monthly reading are stapled into students’ assignment notebooks.  The first entry should be their genre reading; a fiction story with an animal as a main character.  I will check the logs weekly to see what they are reading.  When students select their books for their reading log, they may look up the points while at school or use http://arbookfind.com. Mr. Gould found an iphone/ipad app that lets you scan the book’s barcode to look up its ZPD Accelerated Reader level and point value. It links to the ARbookfind database, and the points and levels seems to be accurate.  It’s not 100%, but when it does work it can save a lot of time.  Here’s the link if you’re interested: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/points-scan/id1087200658

Spelling List Words with Short e

  1. central
  2. connect
  3. correction
  4. element
  5. enemy
  6. everywhere
  7. exception
  8. exist
  9. insect
  10. messy
  11. pester
  12. several
  13. stem
  14. upset
  15. whenever

Watch-Out Words

  • ant
  • aunt
  • deer
  • dear

September 30,, 2019

Student Highlights This Week

  • Playing board games with the kindergarteners
  • Technology coding, tinker cat, and 3D modeling
  • Flag football in PE
  • Pinocchio play was funny and cute
  • Volleyball during PE
  • Birthday cupcakes on Monday
  • Eegee’s with Evan on his last day before moving to Texas
  • Multiplication and division stories
  • Science animal cards and learning about their environment
  • Music visit from Freddy, the
  • Creating Bake Sale Posters

This Friday, third graders’ annual bake sale benefits the Community Food Bank.  We are very excited to sell sell sell baked goods.  Most items are priced at $1.  Pies, cakes, and loaves are priced higher.  Please, prepare your donation for easy handling.  Ideas include but are not limited to wrapping in cellophane or placing in Ziplock baggies.  If you haven’t yet signed up, please, click here. https://www.signupgenius.com/findasignup

Language Arts unit 1 assessments will finish early this week.  Look for them in Wednesday’s Eagle Express.  The balance of the week in language arts will include unit 1 review of concepts needing more study, spelling words and biography projects prepared in class.  Last week, students read about Nelson Mandela, Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Franklin D. Roosevelt.  More research will take place this week while students prepare informational posters.  We will begin presenting our finished products on Friday.

Our Monthly Reading program information comes home in Wednesday’s Eagle Express.  Students set a reading goal for the month and will prepare a creative project about one of their reading books from an assigned genre.  Additionally, students will use their ZPD to assist with their selection of books.  Look for more  details Wednesday.

Our Language Arts unit two begins after break.  The theme is Nature’s Balance and the BIG question we’ll explore is “What happens when nature looses its balance?”  The first reading selection, When the Pigs Took Over, is a humorous story.  We will compare and contrast characters’ words at the beginning of the story and at the end, as well as what the characters learn.

Calendar

  • Progress Reports come home this week
  • October 4th; THIRD GRADE BAKE SALE
  • October 18th; Grandparents Grand-friends Day
  • October 20th; Episcopal School Sunday
  • October 31st; Halloween Party and Parade
  • November 8th; Field Day and noon dismissal

September 23, 2019

Scholastic Book Club book orders in September earn our classroom the most bonus points compared to the rest of the year.  You may browse online or the in the book club magazines that were distributed Thursday evening.  Please, if you plan to order, complete your order by Sept. 27th.  Susie Huerta Rojas, Kyle’s mom, manages the orders for our class.  If you have any questions, let her know.  Thank you in advance for your book orders.  

Thank you for attending this week’s evening activities.  It’s enjoyable for me to visit with parents in a casual, social setting and build our relationships.  If you were unable to attend Thursday’s event,  your child will bring home a folder early next week.  It contains information from students’ teachers and the bookclub magazines/order forms mentioned above.

Thank you for responding to two Sign-up Genius opportunities.  I look forward to your volunteering to help in the classroom and at the bake sale.  Your support is a valuable part of our success.

Students’ Highlights this week

  • PE warm ups and Tower of Takedown game
  • Early Dismissal
  • Science learning about adaptations of animals from long ago
  • Our Music class taught a new song titled Mud
  • Map Skills explored map keys
  • Collaborated with partners and created Math Array posters
  • Dissected cactus fruit in Science
  • Math Arrays game helped us identify facts we know and are working on
  • Looked at and drew a plant root in Science
  • Wrote and received positive notes between classmates

Calendar

  • October 4th; Bake Sale by Third Grade
  • October 18th; Grandparents/Grand Friends Day
  • November 22nd; Field Trip

Spelling Words with Digraphs ch, tch

  1. approach
  2. catch
  3. change
  4. charming
  5. chosen
  6. coach
  7. ditch
  8. itching
  9. latch
  10. pitched
  11. pouches
  12. reach
  13. riches
  14. searching
  15. watchful

Watch-Out Words

  • this
  • these
  • that
  • those

September 16, 2019

Student Highlights This Week

  • Learning new PE games Tag and Bump, then Save the Statue
  • Seeing success in a Technology typing game when levels are higher and using code.org
  • Exploring shading in Art and creating cactus cards
  • Feeling confident about the first Science quiz on seeds
  • Language Arts assessments felt more comfortable
  • Creating Math posters of equal groups
  • Learning how to post on See Saw, a digital journal
  • Preparing 500 Casa Maria lunch bags

I look forward to Back to School Night on Thursday at 6:00pm.  We will chat about third grade goals and expectations and get better acquainted.  Your children are excited for you to attend and have a few surprises for you to see during your visit to the classroom.

Calendar

  • September 17; Classroom Pictures; official school uniform; red and khaki, required
  • September 18th; Individual Pictures; grades K-4
  • September 18th; Noon Dismissal
  • September 19; Back to School Night; grades K-4
  • October 4th; Bake Sale by Third Grade
  • November 22nd; Field Trip

Spelling Words with short i and short u

  1. awful
  2. citizen
  3. conduct
  4. decision
  5. disagree
  6. establish
  7. hectic
  8. inquire
  9. interrupt
  10. opinion
  11. results
  12. submit
  13. success
  14. suggestion
  15. witness

Watch-Out Words

  • could have
  • should have
  • would have
  • might have

Science Quiz on Friday

3rd graders will have a quiz this Friday, September 13.  They will receive a study guide on Wednesday and there will be a review.  The quiz is on our seeds unit that we have been working on and students are encouraged to take their journals home to study.  Please ask your student if they have their journal in their backpack so they can review before the quiz on Friday.
Thank you,
Mrs. Jamison

September 9, 2019

Students share their weekly highlights during Friday’s Closing Circle and many are bulleted below.  This list offers possible entry points for lively conversation.  Please, encourage your child to share what’s happening in our classroom with you.

  • vocabulary assessment confidence
  • spelling pretest success
  • finding multiplication relationships between 3s and 6s
  • CREW privileges
  • Increasing our reading time during SSR
  • typing practice in technology
  • Dynomath Magazine option
  • “I’m spying on you.”
  • Happy to Help illustrations

Wednesday, Finished Work folders will come home in the Eagle Express.  It contains the previous week’s  assessments.  The Finished Work folders will have graded work that has been recorded in my grade-book and finished work from enrichment teachers. Occasionally, I will write a note on a paper and will request review, correction, or completion. Typically, those notes have already been attended to by the student. My initials and/or a strike through mark on the paper confirms that it is finished work.  If my initials aren’t there, students know that I expect requested corrections or completions returned with in a week.

Mark Your Calendar:

First, a Field Trip is scheduled for November 22nd to the Tucson Presidio downtown.  This field trip is the launching event into our study of Tucson’s History.  Second, the Annual Third Grade Bake Sale, to benefit the Community Food Bank, is scheduled Friday, October 4th before school, during lunch, and if anything is left, after school. Watch for a Sign-up Genius coming soon.  Thank you in advance for your support.

  • September 17; Classroom Pictures; official school uniform; red and khaki, required
  • September 18th; Individual Pictures; grades K-4
  • September 18th; Noon Dismissal
  • September 19; Back to School Night; grades K-4
  • October 4th; Bake Sale by Third Grade
  • November 22nd; Field Trip

Spelling for the Week Beginning September 10, 2019

Words with Short a and Short o

  1. advice
  2. bothered
  3. busybody
  4. common
  5. conference
  6. dollars
  7. honest
  8. jobless
  9. manage
  10. model
  11. onward
  12. problem
  13. promise
  14. satisfy
  15. transform

Watch-Out Words

  • you’re
  • your
  • eye
  • I

 

 

Schedule change!

Classroom picture is 9/17 and individual pictures are 9/18.

School pictures were moved from September 24, 25, and 27th and are rescheduled for the following days:

Tuesday, September 17        Classroom Pictures; uniform required
Wednesday, September 18   Individual Pictures, K-4; Free Dress
Friday, September 20           Individual Pictures, 5-8; Free Dress
Thank you and make sure to update your calendars.

September 2, 2019

Highlights shared by students this week

  • playing a card game called Mafia
  • PE class was inside and they enjoyed playing Hula Hut
  • Lemonade Stand Poster Competition; Erin won the popular vote
  • Science class studied seeds that are sprouting
  • Technology taught cool things;  changing letters’ color, exploring different fonts and highlighting text
  • ‘Summer Reading Favorites’  posters were group made and are published in a circle book.
  • Weekly Writing and receiving of hand written positive notes between classmates.
  • Two birthday celebrations; Nikolas and Camilla

Week of September 2, 2019;  Spelling Words with Short a and Short o

  1. action
  2. bonds
  3. chance
  4. confident
  5. doctor
  6. example
  7. follow
  8. grand
  9. happen
  10. humanity
  11. longing
  12. outstanding
  13. possible
  14. talent
  15. tasks

Watch-Out Words

  • a  while
  • awhile
  • accept
  • except

August 26th

When it comes to learning …

Movement trumps sitting

Talking trumps listening

Images trump words

Writing trumps reading

Shorter trumps longer

Different trumps same

With only a few intake conferences left to complete this week, I thank you for your valuable insights about your children. If you haven’t yet signed up for an intake conference there are several appointment times available this week.   Please, let me know if the available times are not convenient and we can arrange a time that works.

Students have met their enrichment teachers and learned many routines and procedures in all their classrooms.  This week we build on this foundation continuing to develop relationships and academic stamina.  The Lemonade War finishes this week with a study of the main characters.  We will write about their personality traits’ similarities and differences.  Math begins an exploration of things that come in groups.  Look for a family letter about our first math unit along with homework which will be assigned two to three times a week.

This week Wednesday, Finished Work folders will come home in the Eagle Express.  It contains the previous week’s  assessments. Occasionally, I will write a note  requesting review, correction, or completion. Typically, those notes have already been attended to by the student. My initials and/or a strike through mark confirms that it is finished work.  If my initials aren’t there, students know that I expect requested corrections or completions returned with in a week.

Students should always have a refillable water bottle in class and a hat for time spent outside!  Our goal is 100% voluntary participation wearing hats and having refillable water bottles at school!  We can do it!

Reminders
  • August 26th – August 30th; Parent Teacher In-take Conferences
  • September 2nd; No School, Labor Day
  • September 18th; Noon Dismissal
  • September 19; Back to School Night
  • September 24; Classroom Pictures
  • September 25th; Individual Pictures grades K-4