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Grade 3 News

Friday, December 6, 2019 
Dear American Academy Parents,
Happy Friday, we hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. We have finished our benchmarks and I-ready testing, the kids are so happy. As we approach are largest break of the year, your third grader will be working hard to finish work and projects so he/she will be able to truly relax and enjoy the holiday season. So, we will be working especially hard until December 19.
Winter Break
December 20- January 6. Back to school on Tuesday, January 7. Have a wonderful break.
Book Fair
Our winter book fair is in full swing and will end on Wednesday December 11. The book fair hours are 7:30am -5pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and the following Monday and Tuesday. The Book Fair and Holiday Boutique will be on Saturday, December 7th from 9:00am till 1:00pm. On Wednesday December 11 the book fair will be open from 7:30am- 12:00pm.
Winter Party
Our winter party will take place on December 19, 2019 from 1:30pm-2:30pm. 
Order your Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Shirt
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day will be on Thursday, January 9th.  A special school store is open to order our “Backs the Blue” shirts for staff and students. Orders must be submitted by Friday, December 13th.  A portion of the shirt sales go to the Fallen Officers Fund.
Homerooms will be collecting donations towards the Fallen Officers Fund.  The homeroom that collects the most donations will be a part of the media presentation of the check to the Fallen Officers Fund.
Please check Kickboard daily…
… to see how your student is doing each day. This program provides great feedback for when your child is on-task, going above-and-beyond expectations, being a great AA citizen, or sometimes making a decision that can be learned from. Your daily discussion with your child about behavior can really help us maintain a learning community that is conducive to growth. If you don't have access to Kickboard from the app, please contact the Dean of Students, Robyn Hunt, for assistance in getting you connected. Thanks for your ongoing support.
Original Works
Original Works orders are in the house. We'll be sending them home soon so that folks get them in time for the holidays, even those who are leaving for holiday travels before Winter Break begins. Kiddos will receive their orders from homeroom teachers at the end of the day on Friday, December 13th. Please let them know to keep these precious products safe on the way home. If you need yours earlier, just reach out via email and I'll make a delivery to your art genius' homeroom ASAP

Links for Classroom help and activities
Our wonderful Grade-level parents have set up a few sign-up links for various volunteer or fun opportunities in our classrooms. Please bookmark these links as we will be taking them off the newsletter after December:
Friday Lunch Bunch:
Upcoming Plans for Each Class
Literacy – Ms. Mitchell
Next week will be an exciting week in literacy. we will be starting a new novel called Wind in the Willows and will be learning about personification, precise language and idioms. We also continue writing narratives and informatives. We will be focusing on summaries, predications and main ideas and details. Spelling activities will be due on Monday. Please send back assignment sheet and activities.
Literacy – Ms. Newman
Wow! This has been a busy week in literacy! We have been working on and finishing our winter writing benchmarks and our i-Ready reading diagnostic. We have also been reading Wind in the Willows and talking about our key vocabulary words. In spelling, students will not be using Spelling City for homework. They should have brought home their spelling homework sheet that gives them 15 activities to choose from. They need to choose four activities to complete and bring the assignment sheet back along with their completed work on Monday. Next week, we will be con

History – Ms. Wambold
We are continuing are Rome Unit. On Dec. 17 and 18, students will be constructing a Roman Housing Project/Test in class. I will be sending home all the information on Monday, Dec. 9. Please read all about the project/test informational sheet and rubric that your student should have in their 7 pocket take home folder. History Rotations 1 and 3 will construct their houses on Tues., Dec. 17 and Rotations 2 and 4 will construct their houses on Wed., Dec. 18. We will be using two class periods on each day to work on and finish their houses. The teams must finish on the one day for this project. The students will be divided into teams and will have a team worksheet to write down materials that they will need to bring. THIS WILL BE AN IN-CLASS PROJECT FOR A TEST GRADE!
Science – Mr. Sells
We began our first major science investigation, magnetism, this week and will take the remainder of 2019 to complete it. Our ADI process is very intensive and takes quite a bit of practice and problem solving to master, so we will be doing double classes on Monday through Thursday for the next 2 weeks so we won't disrupt our learning process with transitions. We will be double blocking in coordination with the history classes, mentioned above. This week we took our Guiding Question and determined the data we need to collect then created an investigation process. The kids ended the week recording their results and analyzing them using graphs. Next week, we will create our presentation boards and engage in presenting them and using peer feedback to make improvements.
Ability Groups – Ms. Avila
We have officially completed Sarah Plain and Tall!! I am so proud of how hard the students have worked this trimester. After break we will be doing all of our winter benchmark assessments and then we will begin Wind in the Willows.

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
Dec. 4-11 Book Fair
Dec. 19 Winter Party
Dec. 20- Jan. 6 Winter Break
Jan. 9 Back the Blue

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