We had a great beginning to our year! The slideshow shows brain breaks of dancing and yoga, taking our reading inventory on the computer, lunch and wonderings.
-Our classroom newsletter will be posted to this blog the first day of every week for our parents. This information, THIRD GRADE NEWS, will let you know what will be happening during the coming week, sprinkled with some review from the previous week. Hopefully you have already subscribed to the blog using the subscription button on the right sidebar beneath the castle picture, which will ensure that you receive each post to your email.
-The student Kidblog will be where you will go to see the homework and student writing. Salem has adopted the guide of using ten minutes of homework for each grade level, meaning that third graders should have no more than 30 minutes of homework a night. (If your child ends up having more than that on a consistent basis, please let me know so we can work together to solve the problem.)
-The bulk of our homework this year will be time spent reading, however it will also include math practice, extra class research, memory, spelling, etc. At the third grade level I would hope that reading at home has already become a habit. If not, now is a great time to MAKE it a habit!! (Remember: TODAY A READER-—TOMORROW A LEADER!) We will be recording our reading accomplishments each morning on a Google Drive document, as well as BiblioNasium.com. (More info coming soon!) If for some reason your child cannot spend the required time reading (Little League, Angel game, sister’s performance at Performing Arts Center, etc.), please write me a short note explaining when you plan to make up the time (tomorrow, this weekend, etc.). This week we are building our stamina so the time for the reading assignment may seem scant. Next week the minimum time required will be at least 15 minutes. (If you already read more than 15 minutes a night, first: Good for you!!!; second, please continue your original habits!)
-A music contract from Mrs. Busch went home last Thurs. with the dates for singing in church and for musicals. Please return it with a parent signature ASAP. (Keep the schedule and just return the signed agreement statement.)
-Check out the Scholastic Book Club order form coming home on Tuesday. This order has an excellent selection of books from which to choose, all at a very reasonable price. To place your order online from home, click here: Scholastic Book Club. Our activation code is: GQNWD. If you would like to order the old-fashioned way, you may send the order form and a check to our classroom. I will keep the order open until the morning of Sept. 9. With each order, our class earns Scholastic bonus points to use to improve our own class library! And every order made online earns our classroom library new books, as well as a gift certificate for more books for the student who orders!
–COMPUTERS: Laptops are new to many of us and learning how to use them doesn’t always come easily. Please expect frustration and misunderstandings as we struggle through learning all the hundreds of new “clicks” your child is being shown. I promise that as time goes on they will become VERY fluent. Remind them often that frustration is part of learning and that in order to learn something well, it needs to be practiced over and over. Compare it with learning to play the piano. Nobody sits down to a piano for the first time and plays a symphony.
– Mark your calendar for these important events:
- -Labor Day—Mon, Sept. 7—no school
- -Back to School Night—Tues, Sept. 8@6:30–Come ask everything you ever wanted to know about third grade
- -School Opening Service–Sun, Sept 13, 10:30–join us after church for BBQ and fellowship
I’m looking forward to our first full week together. If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com