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Grade 3 News

Friday, October 4, 2019
Dear American Academy Parents,

Happy fall! As we enter the final week before our first big break of the year, we have so much to do the reinforce all the learning we did since the beginning of the year. You will have a chance during conferences to learn more about our math curriculum but feel free to ask about other classes and we will do our best to answer your questions. Have a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Fall Break Starts on Friday, October 11
Just a reminder that there is no school this coming Friday. Enjoy your 10 day break.

Parent/Teacher Conferences on October 9th and 10th
We are looking forward to seeing all of you at conferences next week. Please check sign up genius for any openings if you have not signed up for a conference. This conference is for conferencing with your student's math teacher.

Newsletters for Third Grade will start being every two weeks.
We have realized we may be inundating you communication so we will begin sending newsletters out every other week following this newsletter. Our next newsletter will be on October 25.

Late Start day on October 8
Just a reminder on Tuesday, October 8, we will have a late start. The carpool will start at 9:35am that day and class will start at 9:55am.

Save the Date: Fall Carnival October 26, 2 - 5 pm.
Mark your calendars for a fun family event full of games, balloon twisters, face painters, snacks, and this year. . . a Spooky Hallway! Costumes optional, more details to follow. As a volunteer-run event, we could also use some fun-spirited volunteers to help us. Take a look at the Sign Up Genius for opportunities, or contact Krystal Augustini with questions.
MB Fall Carnival volunteers
MB Fall Carnival Food Donations

Grades in Infinite Campus
Your student should have a number of grades input to Infinite Campus (IC) so you, as parents, are able to review your child's progress throughout the year. Please be aware you may receive emails from the IC System when your child has missing assignments or has a failing grade in a subject. Please do not reply to these emails, but send the subject matter teacher an email if you have questions or concerns.

When the teacher inputs an assignment into IC, you will see a TO DO list for your student. This just means an assignment is coming up, but hasn't necessarily been assigned by the teacher yet. Please pay more attention to the emails regarding MISSING assignments. This gives you notification that work was due and your child did not turn it in.

A good rule of thumb: Check IC and your email each and every day.

Accessing Go Math from home
We have started using the online Interactive Student Edition of Go Math in class which gives your child access to tools and practice sets. We are encouraging our students to utilize the tools available when they need more practice with certain skills, so your child might want to use the home computer to get on the site.

There are a few details you will need to access Go Math from home. (we have been practicing at school but third graders sometimes need reminders)

Login District: Private School
Login School: American Academy Charter Sch, Castle Rock 80108
Login User Name: your child's "last name first and middle initial" (should be in planner)
Login Password: your child's 6-digit "lunch number", ie. 123456

Now you have what you need for some happy mathing. Ask your child to give you a tour of the site.

Yearbooks are now on sale now!
This year’s book costs $20 but if you purchase your yearbook by September 30th, you get 15%! To order your yearbook, go to enter our school’s passcode 1014323184062819. Don’t delay and order your yearbook TODAY!

Attending a school event? Did you get some good pictures? Please feel free to share photos with our yearbook staff. We love getting photos from our parents! Please upload photos from Grade 3 using this link. You can also share photos through the TreeRing Yearbook app on your iOS devices. (Sorry, currently there isn’t an app for Android phones.)

Upcoming Plans for Each Class

Literacy – Ms. Mitchell
This has been a great week in literacy. We have started reading Sarah, Plain and Tall, and the kids are enjoying the book. We are having great discussions about the book. The students have spelling and DLI this week and we will take a test on Monday. There will be no new spelling list on Tuesday, October 8. We will resume spelling words after fall break. The students will be getting their book reports on Monday and they will be due on November 4. They will get to chose a final project to do their book report on. The students will need to pick a Chapter book to read. The book will need to be one that they can read on their own.

Literacy – Ms. Newman
The students have been having a great time in literacy working on their Sarah, Plain and Tall quilt. Hopefully, we will finish it up next week. Students will not have spelling or Spelling City until after Fall break. We are working on writing compound sentences using their spelling words that students had a hard time with to practice spelling. Students will begin working on their first book report on Monday, and they will be due on November 4. The students will need to pick a chapter book to read on their own and will be allowed to chose a final project to do their book report on.

History – Ms. Wambold
It has been a great week skyping with my nephew Laramie from Canada with two of the history classes and listening to your student present their Canadian Region Poster! I've learned so many details and facts from the presentations! Next week, we start our World Rivers Unit. We will also be incorporating our World Geography Unit within the Rivers Unit. I will be asking for volunteers to bring in large pumpkins the week after Fall Break for an interactive group activity. We need 22 pumpkins for the geography globe activity. Be looking, too, for a project sheet coming home sometime this next week for a playdough river system. This project will be done in class for a test grade.

Science – Mr. Sells
We finished out this week talking about weather fronts and the causes of weather as a lead-in for next week's effort to become Jr. Meteorologists. We will learn weather symbols next week and each team will study a weather map and create a weather forecast for their map that will be presented to the class. We will be having an end of unit test on Thursday as the science classes will be in STEM starting immediately after fall break.

Ability Groups – Ms. Avila
This week we have been preparing to write our first summary paragraph. I am proud of the students hard work and excited to see their paragraph when they are finished on Monday. Next week we will be focusing on character development in our story Destiny's Gift. Students will take what we learn about character development and write a description about Destiny (the main character). Please continue to have your child work on Spelling City. They should also practice writing their spelling words several times each week. Tests are on Monday!!

MB Specials Updates:
Please visit the respective links below to see what your child is experiencing in specials programming!





Daily Schedule
The daily schedule for third grade looks like this:

8:00 – Homeroom Attendance
8:13 – Math Class
9:25 – First Class (Literacy*, History, or Science)
10:16 – Recess and Snack
10:41 – Second Class (Literacy, History, or Science)
11:32 – Lunch and Recess
12:20 – Specials (Music, Art, PE, or Technology)
1:08 – Third Class (Literacy, History, or Science)
1:55 – Fourth Class (Literacy, History, or Science)
2:50 – Study Hall
3:00 – Pack-up
3:35 - Dismissal

* Literacy classes are ‘double classes’ so if your child has morning literacy, that class will be the First Class AND Second Class.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 8 Late Start Day at 9:55 a.m.
Oct 9 & 10 Parent Teacher Conferences (evening)
Oct 11 No School
Oct 14 - 18 Fall Break
Oct. 26 Fall Carnival at MB
Nov 1 No School
Nov 15 End of Trimester 1 grading period

For more event dates, please visit the Event Calendar on For questions or concerns about an event date, please contact Trish Cummings.


Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Avila
Ms. Mitchell
Ms. Newman
Mr. Sells
Ms. Wambold