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Sunday, October 2, 2022

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

 

Thank you to everyone for all the donations and Acts of Kindness during the Raise Craze.  The Raise Craze ends on October 3rd and the students are very excited to see if they will earn a dress of choice day and Ninja Nation party. If you would still like to donate, please sign your student up at https://my.raisecraze.com/app2/join/AQ647AW.

 

Absences, Homework, and missing assignments

Though we appreciate knowing when your child will be absent in advance, please know that we generally do NOT give out homework in advance.  There are a few reasons for this: (1) most assignments follow a lesson, and when a student is absent, he/she has not learned what is needed to complete the homework, and (2) any homework given in advance of an absence is due on the day the student returns.  If there are any questions (because they haven't had the lesson yet) or rework is needed, then the assignment become 'late' and the score is reduced. 

Likewise, a student is entitled to 2 days for each day absent to complete the missed work, which gives ample time to review the lesson and complete the work.  For example, if your child is out for 2 days, then 4 days are given to complete the missed assignments.  What a deal!

Also remember that when your child is absent and an assignment was due, he/she will receive a Missing notification in IC and a 0 for the assignment, but it will be corrected once the work is turned in and graded.

 

Photo Retake and Make-up Day

If you would like to have your student retake their school photo or you were unable to go before the school year started the day to take these photos will be October 6th.

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

We will be conducting conferences ONLY in math class this trimester, on Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13, from 4:30 pm until 7:00.  These are only 15 minute blocks, so we can only accommodate 20 students over the two days.  Please be sure to sign up early as once the blocks are full, that is all the conferences we will be scheduling.

 

Please, ONLY sign up for conferences for your child's MATH teacher.  If you sign up for a teacher other than your child's math teacher, your slot will be deleted and you might miss out on conferences.  Thanks for your understanding.

 

Clemence: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DACA72FABFCC07-parentteacher

Ferree: Mrs. Ferree's Conference Sign Up

Newman: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448A8AA28A3F49-msnewmans6

Sells: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084DA5AF28AAF85-2223

Thielk: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F49AFAA2FA3FAC61-fall1

 

 

Nut Free Snacks

Recently, we have had many students coming to school with snacks containing nuts or nut butters.  Due to life-threatening nut allergies, we cannot have any nuts in our classrooms or at recess for snack.  This includes Nutella.  However, students may have nut containing products in their lunches. Thank you so much for keeping our students safe.

 

Logging into Go Math at home

We are fortunate to have an online resource to support our Go Math curriculum.  It is located at www-k6.Thinkcentral.com, and we simply refer to it as Think Central at school.  If you or your child is not familiar with the site, please go take a tour of it.  It provides online tutorials of the actual lessons we are learning in school, as well as support materials such as videos, step-by-step problem solutions, and even a 'copy' of the workbooks we use at school (This last one is great when your child forgets the homework assignment).

To log in, simply go to the website referenced above.  The system will ask for login credentials, so if your child doesn't know/remember them, this is what you will need to input.

STATE: Colorado

SCHOOL DISTRICT: Private School

SCHOOL: American Academy, Castle Rock (not MB)

USER ID: student email address (Last name + first&middle initial @aak8.org

PASSWORD: 6-digit student ID (what we call the lunch number)

 

 

Kickboard

We will be utilizing Kickboard this year to reward and remind kids about behavior choices.  Accounts should be set up with your child's AA email address as the user ID and their lunch number as the password. You will be sharing this account with your child, so please be sure your child is with you when you do this. There is an access code to enter when you sign up on the portal.  If you need that code, your child's homeroom teacher can provide it for you.  Please use the link below.

 

The URL is https://parents.kickboardforschools.com/home/signin

 

Homework Folders

You may have noticed your child bringing home two folders, a red one and a yellow one.  We will be consolidating the folders so there will only be a red folder coming home each day.  This folder will contain any homework that needs to be completed, as well as any graded assignments or important information for you.  If all works out as planned, your child should have all homework in one pocket of the folder, and any take home materials in the other side.  Please be careful that you don't remove any school work that doesn't have a grade or checkmark on it, as those still need to be turned in.

 

Specials Information

MB Elementary Music News | Mrs. Nelson

MB Elementary PE News | Ms. Bauer

MB Elementary Tech News | Mrs. Brown

MB Elementary Art News | Mr. See    

 

Weekly Plans

Below you will find what each teacher/subject is focusing on. 

Standard Math: Standard math classes are continuing to work on multiplication. Please practice multiplication facts at home with your students.  Flash cards are a great way to help them work on their facts.  

Ferree AG Literacy: Next week we will continue working on story elements using a short story Lana and Miguel's Park. We'll continue to work on subjects and predicates and writing complete sentences. Spelling homework will be due on Thursday and we'll have our test that day as well. Please have your child start choosing his/her book for their first book report (details are coming home today in your child's red folder).

Ferree AG Math: The students are loving starting to learn about multiplication. It's fun to see them realizing how addition and multiplication are related! We'll continue to work on chapter 3 with multiplication next week.

Clemence/Newman Literacy: Next week, students will compare and contrast The Wind in the Willows book to the movie by using the parts of the writing process.  We will also begin our mystery unit by learning about the elements of a mystery.  Please be advised that no new spelling words will be given this week.

Sells Advanced Math: We took the Chapter 6 test today and the kids seem to be getting into the swing of things in my math class.  After using the Go Math Online Interactive tool for this chapter, I feel the kids show more growth with the pencil and paper method, but at least we have experience with the online version if needed.  Chapter 7 starts Monday.  Fractions!

Sells Science: Yay!  We finally get back to science after a month of STEM excitement.  We will be learning how to collect data, create bar models, and analyze data in preparation for our first big investigation.  We will be spending a few weeks learning Go Math Chapter 2, which we use for this unit.  Don't be confused if you see homework coming in the red folder for Chapter 2 math, when your child is on another chapter for math class.

Thielk History: We have taken our vocabulary quiz on the words we are using to talk about geography, students will be making corrections early next week. We also started US Geography this week. We are getting close to finishing this unit and working on an individual end of unit project that will be done in class.

 

 

 

Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Clemence

Ms. Ferree 

Ms. Newman

Mr. Sells

Ms. Thielk

 

 

 

 Upcoming Events     

 

October 6

Photo Make-up Day

October 12

60 minute delay start

October 12 and 13

Conferences

October 14

Teacher Work Day - No School

October 17 - 21

Fall Break

 

Saturday, September 24, 2022

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

 

We have made it through another week of school. Even though it was a shorter week we have been busy learning and trying our best in school.

 

Absences, Homework, and missing assignments

Though we appreciate knowing when your child will be absent in advance, please know that we generally do NOT give out homework in advance.  There are a few reasons for this: (1) most assignments follow a lesson, and when a student is absent, he/she has not learned what is needed to complete the homework, and (2) any homework given in advance of an absence is due on the day the student returns.  If there are any questions (because they haven't had the lesson yet) or rework is needed, then the assignment become 'late' and the score is reduced. 

Likewise, a student is entitled to 2 days for each day absent to complete the missed work, which gives ample time to review the lesson and complete the work.  For example, if your child is out for 2 days, then 4 days are given to complete the missed assignments.  What a deal!

Also remember that when your child is absent and an assignment was due, he/she will receive a Missing notification in IC and a 0 for the assignment, but it will be corrected once the work is turned in and graded.

 

Photo Retake and Make-up Day

If you would like to have your student retake their school photo or you were unable to go before the school year started the day to take these photos will be October 6th.

 

Raise Craze Fundraiser

We have kicked off our Raise Craze fundraiser that lasts through September. This fundraiser is all about acts of kindness. Your child should have brought home a flyer explaining what the fundraiser is and how to set up their account to start working on acts of kindness.  The fundraisers asks that each child send emails to family members and close friends, so online registration is required.

The link to register is www.my.raisecraze.com

And the group code is AQ647AW for Motsenbocker

Our goal as a school is to raise $55,000 to buy STEM curriculum, classroom supplies, and fund appreciation events for our students.   Please encourage your child to perform random acts of kindness, and ask family and friends to donate to a worthwhile cause, your child.

If you need a copy of the Raise Craze flyer, please email your child's homeroom teacher.

 

Logging into CLEVER at home

Please visit the IT support page on AAK8.org to see how to help your student get logged into Clever at home, Student Clever LoginWe also have lots of helpful tips there along with student log in help for different sites they may need access too.

 

Kickboard

We will be utilizing Kickboard this year to reward and remind kids about behavior choices.  Accounts should be set up with your child's AA email address as the user ID and their lunch number as the password. You will be sharing this account with your child, so please be sure your child is with you when you do this. There is an access code to enter when you sign up on the portal.  If you need that code, your child's homeroom teacher can provide it for you.  Please use the link below.

 

The URL is https://parents.kickboardforschools.com/home/signin

 

Homework Folders

You may have noticed your child bringing home two folders, a red one and a yellow one.  We will be consolidating the folders so there will only be a red folder coming home each day.  This folder will contain any homework that needs to be completed, as well as any graded assignments or important information for you.  If all works out as planned, your child should have all homework in one pocket of the folder, and any take home materials in the other side.  Please be careful that you don't remove any school work that doesn't have a grade or checkmark on it, as those still need to be turned in.

 

Specials Information

MB Elementary Music News | Mrs. Nelson

MB Elementary PE News | Ms. Bauer

MB Elementary Tech News | Mrs. Brown

MB Elementary Art News | Mr. See    

 

Weekly Plans

Below you will find what each teacher/subject is focusing on. 

Standard Math: Standard math classes are finishing or have finished chapter 1 and will be moving onto Chapter 3: multiplication.  Please practice multiplication facts at home with your students.  Flash cards are a great way to help them work on their facts.  

Ferree AG Literacy: Next week we will finish our first Novel, The Wind in the Willows. We will be watching the movie on Thursday, September 29th and will compare and contrast the book and the movie. Students will be allowed to bring 2 of the following items for the movie: blanket, pillow, or small stuffy. We will also be working on main idea and key details. Spelling homework is due on Thursday and we will also have our spelling test that day as well.

Ferree AG Math: Next week we will begin chapter 3 on multiplication. Please be sure you are going over your child's math homework each night to help reinforce and practice what we learn in class each day.

Clemence/Newman Literacy: Next week, we will culminate our novel study of The Wind in the Willows on Thursday, September 29th, by watching the movie and comparing and contrasting the difference between the two. Students will be allowed to bring 2 of the following items for the movie: blanket, pillow, or small stuffy. We will also be working on sequencing a story, creating story maps, and adverbs. Students will have a spelling test on Wednesday, September 28th, and their homework will be due that day as well.

Sells Science: We will be spending the remainder of September in STEM class, so no science will be taught.  But when we return, we will start our weather and storms unit.  NOTE:  Students who had absences are working on finishing their missing assignments, so don't panic over their poor grade, it should get fixed as soon as the work is completed and turned in.

Thielk History: We have worked on understanding maps and things on a map. We have also learned our vocabulary for the unit and will be having a quiz over it next week on Monday or Tuesday. Students should have received a study guide to help them study for the quiz. We will continue our unit on World geography by moving into United States geography some before our end of unit project.

Sells Advanced Math: Finished Chapter 6 mid-chapter quiz.  This chapter will be done entirely online so the kids can get accustomed to the tools and benefits of our Think Central website.  Tests and quizzes will still be done on paper to allow students to make corrections.

 

 

Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Clemence

Ms. Ferree 

Ms. Newman

Mr. Sells

Ms. Thielk

 

 

 

 Upcoming Events     

 

October 6

Photo Make-up Day

October 12

60 minute delay start

October 12 and 13

Conferences

October 14

Teacher Work Day - No School

October 17 - 21

Fall Break

 

Friday, September 16, 2022

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

Alright!  We are a full month into the new school year and the kids are getting accustomed to their new teachers, classes, and routines.  There has been a lot of learning going on so far and we are very excited about the potential of this group of third graders.  Please read on to see what we have been doing.

 

Back to School Night

Thank you to all the parents who joined us at Back to School Night yesterday. It was great to see and meet you all. If you missed it, don't be sad, we have uploaded the PowerPoint presentation to the third grade page on the AA Motsenbocker website. 

Go to AAk8.org/Campuses/Motsenbocker/Third Grade/Downloads to view the slides. 

Or simply click this link:

https://mb.aak8.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=828099&type=d&pREC_ID=1335867

and select the "Back to School 3rd 2022" label.

 

Raise Craze Fundraiser

We have kicked off our Raise Craze fundraiser that lasts through September. This fundraiser is all about acts of kindness. Your child should have brought home a flyer explaining what the fundraiser is and how to set up their account to start working on acts of kindness.  The fundraisers asks that each child send emails to family members and close friends, so online registration is required.

The link to register is www.my.raisecraze.com

And the group code is AQ647AW for Motsenbocker

Our goal as a school is to raise $55,000 to buy STEM curriculum, classroom supplies, and fund appreciation events for our students.   Please encourage your child to perform random acts of kindness, and ask family and friends to donate to a worthwhile cause, your child.

If you need a copy of the Raise Craze flyer, please email your child's homeroom teacher.

 

Logging into CLEVER at home

Please visit the IT support page on AAK8.org to see how to help your student get logged into Clever at home, Student Clever LoginWe also have lots of helpful tips there along with student log in help for different sites they may need access too.

 

Kickboard

We will be utilizing Kickboard this year to reward and remind kids about behavior choices.  Accounts should be set up with your child's AA email address as the user ID and their lunch number as the password. You will be sharing this account with your child, so please be sure your child is with you when you do this. There is an access code to enter when you sign up on the portal.  If you need that code, your child's homeroom teacher can provide it for you.  Please use the link below.

 

The URL is https://parents.kickboardforschools.com/home/signin

 

Homework Folders

You may have noticed your child bringing home two folders, a red one and a yellow one.  We will be consolidating the folders so there will only be a red folder coming home each day.  This folder will contain any homework that needs to be completed, as well as any graded assignments or important information for you.  If all works out as planned, your child should have all homework in one pocket of the folder, and any take home materials in the other side.  Please be careful that you don't remove any school work that doesn't have a grade or checkmark on it, as those still need to be turned in.

 

Specials Information

MB Elementary Music News | Mrs. Nelson

MB Elementary PE News | Ms. Bauer

MB Elementary Tech News | Mrs. Brown

MB Elementary Art News | Mr. See    

 

Weekly Plans

Below you will find what each teacher/subject is focusing on. 

Standard Math: Standard math classes are finishing or have finished chapter 1 and will be moving onto Chapter 3: multiplication.  Please practice multiplication facts at home with your students.  Flash cards are a great way to help them work on their facts.  

Ferree AG Literacy: Next week, we will continue reading our novel Wind in the Willows. We'll work on story maps and continue reviewing parts of speech including pronouns and adjectives. Spelling homework went home today and is due next Thursday when we will also have our spelling test. 

Ferree AG Math: We are finishing up our first chapter in math and getting into a good routine in class and with homework. We will take our chapter 1 test on Monday. Please be sure you are going over your child's math homework each night to help reinforce and practice what we learn in class each day.

Clemence/Newman Literacy: Next week, we will finish our novel study of The Wind in the Willows. We will be looking at different types of writing and learning how to find main ideas and details within a text.

Sells Science: We will be spending the remainder of September in STEM class, so no science will be taught.  But when we return, we will start our weather and storms unit.  NOTE:  Students who had absences are working on finishing their missing assignments, so don't panic over their poor grade, it should get fixed as soon as the work is completed and turned in.

Thielk History: We have finished our unit on Canada and taken our test and made corrections as a class to get points back, no matter what grade we got the first time. We also talked about the importance of trying our best on any test or project to show what we have learned. We started our unit on World Geography as well. Finally, we celebrated Constitution Day on Friday in class with fun activities about the constitution and why it is important.

Sells Advanced Math: Finished Chapter 5 and began Chapter 6, Division.  This chapter will be done entirely online so the kids can get accustomed to the tools and benefits of our Think Central website.  Tests and quizzes will still be done on paper to allow students to make corrections.

 

 

Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Clemence

Ms. Ferree 

Ms. Newman

Mr. Sells

Ms. Thielk

 

 

 

 Upcoming Events     

 

September 23

Teacher Work Day – No School

October 12

60 minute delay start

October 12 and 13

Conferences

October 14

Teacher Work Day - No School

October 17 - 21

Fall Break

 

 

Friday, September 9, 2022

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

 

We have made it through another week at school! Even though it was a shorter week we have been doing a lot of learning.

 

Back to School Night

Thank you to all the parents who joined us at Back to School Night yesterday. It was great to see and meet you all. You know got to experience what a day is like for your third grader and learn more about what they are doing and learning in class. The PowerPoint presentation will be available on the third grade Motsenbocker page on the AA website.

 

Raise Craze Fundraiser

We are getting ready to start our Raise Craze fundraiser at school. This fundraiser is all about acts of kindness. Your child will be bringing home a paper explaining what the fundraiser is and how to set up their account to start working on acts of kindness.

 

Kickboard

We will be utilizing Kickboard this year to reward and remind kids about behavior choices.  Each week, your child will be given a paycheck with the prior week's earnings, and be able to purchase reward certificates throughout the year.  Next week, we will be determining what the rewards will be, so ask your child what he/she is most excited about saving Rebel Bucks to buy!

Accounts should be set up with your child's AA email address as the user ID and their lunch number as the password. You will be sharing this account with your child, so please be sure your child is with you when you do this. Please use the link below.

 

The URL is https://parents.kickboardforschools.com/home/signin

 

We are responsible third graders and keep track of assignments with planners

We will be using daily planners in each of our classes this year.  Your child puts important information into their own planner each day during class.  If you are interested in what he/she worked on each day, or what homework might be due, please ask your child to see the planner pages for this week.  There shouldn't be any blank boxes in the planner after this week, so if you see some, ask your third grader what should have been put in the box.

 

Specials Information

MB Elementary Music News | Mrs. Nelson

MB Elementary PE News | Ms. Bauer

MB Elementary Tech News | Mrs. Brown

MB Elementary Art News | Mr. See    

 

Weekly Plans

Below you will find what each teacher/subject is focusing on. 

Standard Math: Math classes are continuing to work through chapter 1. In this chapter, we will focus on rounding, estimating, and addition and subtraction within 1,000.

Ferree AG Literacy: This week we will continue reading our novel Wind in the Willows. We'll start to learn about the parts of a paragraph including topic sentences, key star ideas, examples, explanations, and a conclusion. We'll also be focusing on nouns. Spelling homework started today and is due next Thursday, when we will also have our first spelling test of the year.

Ferree AG Math: This week, we will continue to work on rounding and reviewing multi-digit addition and subtraction.

Clemence/Newman Literacy: Next week, we will continue our novel study of The Wind in the Willows. We will also be reviewing the writing process and discussing more parts of speech. Spelling homework went home on Thursday and will be due back on Wednesday, September 14th. They will also have their first test on that day.

Sells Science: We will be spending the remainder of September in STEM class, so no science will be taught.  But when we return, we will start our weather and storms unit.

Thielk History: We have been finishing our learning on our unit about Canada. We have been comparing and contrasting the United States and Canada. Students should have the study guide for the Canada end of Unit test that will either be on September 12th or September 13th. Help your child to study the information by quizzing them on the information.

Sells Advanced Math: Finishing up with Chapter 5 with a review and test next week (Wed).  Be sure your child is teaching you something new that was learned in class each day.

 

 

Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Clemence

Ms. Ferree 

Ms. Newman

Mr. Sells

Ms. Thielk

 

 

 

 Upcoming Events     

 

September 23

Teacher Work Day – No School

October 12

60 minute delay start

October 12 and 13

Conferences

October 14

Teacher Work Day

October 17 - 21

Fall Break

 

Friday, September 2, 2022

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

We have made it through the beginning of the year testing and the students are back into the swing of school!  We have had a great time learning all about them over the last few weeks.

 

Back to School Night

Please join us on Thursday, September 8, from 5:00-6:00 for Back to School Night. You will have the opportunity to walk through your child's daily schedule, meet the third grade teachers, and learn about what your student will be learning in each of their classes this year.
 

Kickboard

We will be utilizing Kickboard this year to reward and remind kids about behavior choices.  Each week, your child will be given a paycheck with the prior week's earnings, and be able to purchase reward certificates throughout the year.  Next week, we will be determining what the rewards will be, so ask your child what he/she is most excited about saving Rebel Bucks to buy!

Accounts should be set up with your child's AA email address as the user ID and their lunch number as the password. You will be sharing this account with your child, so please be sure your child is with you when you do this. Please use the link below.

 

The URL is https://parents.kickboardforschools.com/home/signin

 

 

PG Movie permission forms

If you have not turned in your PG permission form yet, please be sure to get that to your child's homeroom teacher so we can determine who is allowed to watch PG movies.  This half-page form was provided during Open House, so, if you don't have the form or don't remember if you turned it in, please contact your child's homeroom teacher to get another copy.

 

We are responsible third graders and keep track of assignments with planners

We will be using daily planners in each of our classes this year.  Your child puts important information into their own planner each day during class.  If you are interested in what he/she worked on each day, or what homework might be due, please ask your child to see the planner pages for this week.  There shouldn't be any blank boxes in the planner after this week, so if you see some, ask your third grader what should have been put in the box.

 

Daily schedules

In third grade, the students rotate between the different classrooms for math, literacy, science, and history, as well as specials.  So your child will have classes with at least three of the third grade teachers, and possibly all four of us.  Your child's daily schedule is glued to the inside cover of their planner if you are interested in seeing what classes he/she goes to each day.  

 

Specials Information

MB Elementary Music News | Mrs. Nelson

MB Elementary PE News | Ms. Bauer

MB Elementary Tech News | Mrs. Brown

MB Elementary Art News | Mr. See    


 

Weekly Plans

Below you will find what each teacher/subject is focusing on. 

Standard Math: We have begun working on Chapter 1. In this chapter, we will focus on rounding, estimating, and addition and subtraction within 1,000.

Ferree AG Literacy: We have finished our testing and we are moving into our first novel study, The Wind in the Willows. We will discussing personification as well as reviewing nouns, verbs, and complete sentences.

Ferree AG Math: This week, we will be working on rounding and reviewing multi-digit addition and subtraction.

Clemence/Newman Literacy: Beginning of the year testing is complete! This week, we will continue discussing personification and story elements and begin our novel study of The Wind in the Willows. We will also review nouns, verbs, and complete sentences. 

Sells Science: We completed studying the human body and senses and learned about nerves, how they, along with the brain, control our voluntary muscles, that move our skeleton.  We also realized there are involuntary muscles that work without us telling them to.  Ask your child about all this.  We will be spending the remainder of September in STEM class, so no science will be taught.

Thielk History: We have been continuing our learning on Canada this week. We learned about the money they have, their flag, the population in Canada, and started learning about the geographical regions in Canada. Next week students will be getting a study guide for the Canada end of Unit test that will either be on September 12th or September 13th.

Sells Advanced Math: We started our first chapter, #5, this week after I evaluated the class' knowledge of earlier chapters.  So, we are learning about algebra and practicing our multiplication facts, which by mastering helps with algebra and division.  The kids are doing well but realizing they have to adapt to my way of advanced instruction.  I think it will be a good year for them.

 

 

Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Clemence

Ms. Ferree 

Ms. Newman

Mr. Sells

Ms. Thielk

 

 

 

 Upcoming Events     

 

September 5

Labor Day – No School

September 8

Back to School Night

September 23

Teacher Work Day – No School

October 12 and 13

Conferences

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 26, 2022

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

Welcome back!  We have had a great week to kick off the year as the kids seem very excited to get to work.  So far they have been a great bunch to get to know, and we are excited to see what we can accomplish with them this year.  This is the first newsletter of our weekly offering where we will be giving you important information from the past week as well as the weeks to come. However, this will be the only newsletter we are sending to your email address as they will be posted to AAMB Third Grade website each Friday following this. 

 

What we did this week

We had a great week and are so excited for how amazing this year will be, for your child as well as the teachers.  We introduced the class schedules and began rotating to classes on Tuesday. Speak with your student to find out all of the things they learned this week, and ask them what they think about getting to visit all the classrooms.

 

Back to School Night

We will be sharing a PowerPoint presentation with you on Thursday, September 8, to give you some insight on what is going on in third grade, including walking through their daily schedule so you get to meet each teacher.  Watch for further details.
 

Kickboard

We will be utilizing Kickboard this year to reward and remind kids about behavior choices.  Each week your child will be given a paycheck with the prior week's earnings, and be able to purchase reward certificates throughout the year.  Next week we will be determining what the rewards will be, so ask your child what he/she is most excited about saving Rebel Bucks to buy!

Watch for more information next week on how to access Kickboard from home to see how your third grader is doing each day.   

 

PG Movie permission forms

If you have not turned in your PG permission form yet, please be sure to get that to your child's homeroom teacher so we can determine who is allowed to watch PG movies.  This half-page form was provided during Open House, so, if you don't have the form or don't remember if you turned it in, please contact your child's homeroom teacher to get another copy.

 

We are responsible third graders and keep track of assignments with planners

We will be using daily planners in each of our classes this year.  Your child puts important information into their own planner each day during class.  If you are interested in what he/she worked on each day, or what homework might be due, please ask your child to see the planner pages for this week.  There shouldn't be any blank boxes in the planner after this week, so if you see some, ask your third grader what should have been put in the box.

 

Daily schedules

In third grade, the students rotate between the different classrooms for math, literacy, science, and history, as well as specials.  So your child will have classes with at least three of the third grade teachers, and possibly all four of us.  Your child's daily schedule is glued to the inside cover of their planner if you are interested in seeing what classes he/she goes to each day.  

 

Specials Information

MB Elementary Music News | Mrs. Nelson

MB Elementary PE News | Ms. Bauer

MB Elementary Tech News | Mrs. Brown

MB Elementary Art News | Mr. See    


 

Weekly Plans

Below you will find what each teacher/subject is focusing on. 

Standard Math: We spent the week working on the Beginning of Year math test to get a gauge for where the kids skills were compared to Third Grade standards.  This test was not taken for a grade, but is used to understand a starting point for our math knowledge.

Ferree AG Literacy:  I've loved starting to get to know all my literacy students! This week we've been focusing on rules and procedures in our classroom. We've also been getting to know each other and conducting some beginning of the year assessments. Additionally, we've started to review the four kinds of sentences (Declarative, Interrogative, Imperative, and Exclamatory) and have been reading a book called How Coyote Stole Summer. We'll continue our story and work with the four kinds of sentences next week.

Ferree AG Math:  I have a wonderful group of students for my math class and have enjoyed getting to know them this week! We've gone over the rules and procedures for our class this week and started some beginning of the year assessments. We also discussed our hopes and dreams for this year in third grade in math.  We'll continue assessing next week and also begin chapter 1 with rounding numbers.

Clemence/Newman Literacy: We have enjoyed spending the week getting to know the students.  This week, we have been working on beginning of the year testing, read a Native American folktale called  How Coyote Stole the Summer and we reviewed the four types of sentences. Next week, we will continue our beginning of the year testing and start our review of the parts of speech.

Sells Science: We began studying the human body and senses in respect to how we use them to play table tennis (ping pong).  We even tried our hands at playing the game in our classroom to better understand what we were learning.  We only have 2 weeks to complete this unit before we spend the month of September in STEM class.

Thielk History: We began studying our unit on the country of Canada this week. We watched a fun video to help us remember the provinces and territories in Canada. We also labeled a map of so we know learn where the provinces and territories are

Sells Advanced Math: After taking the Beginning of year test, we reviewed our answers to understand any problems that were misunderstood or missed.  The kids did a pretty good job, especially considering this test includes all the third grade standards and skills.  We then began reviewing the chapter 3 test together since the kids got through chapter 4 of third grade last year.  We will begin with lessons in chapter 5 next week.

 

 

Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Clemence

Ms. Ferree 

Ms. Newman

Mr. Sells

Ms. Thielk

 

 

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Labor Day – No School

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Back to School Night

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