Announcements
The students are invited to wear Christmas pajamas on December 19th. They are also encouraged to bring in a Christmas book to share.


The students will be attending a performance of the NUTCRACKER at the Civic Center on December 16th. Please be sure to return the permission slip.

Kids' Club is scheduled for December 21 at 2:00.

We are continuing to collect BOX TOPS!

Mrs. Volk is open for tutoring this school year. If interested, please contact her directly atann.volk@vmbulldogs.com

Click here for a direct link to I-Ready. I-ready is an awesome site to encourage your child to visit. Two days per week for 15 minutes each will help your child academically.
I-Ready

Click here for a direct link to Epic, a reading site for kids. EPIC

Click here for a direct link to ConnectedED, a math site aligned to our math curriculum.ConnectEd

Click here for a direct link to xtramath, a math site for math fact practice. Xtramath
Each child has a PIN number to put in and...
...you will need your teacher's email:
ann.volk@vmbulldogs.com
amy.garrison@vmbulldogs.com
amanda.wright@vmbulldogs.com

LITERACY:


We are continuing to use the Journey's curriculum. This encompasses spelling, reading, grammar, and writing. The students will be taught in whole and small groups. We will also be using Scholastic News and trade books. Please keep in mind that we are not doing a traditional Monday-Friday schedule. We are rotating every 6 days or so on a new unit so things like Spelling tests will be given 5 days after the list is sent home, unlike the typical "Friday test." If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher.



MATH:

This year we are continuing to use the Everyday Math series. Next week we will be completing Lessons 4-10 and 4-12. This unit focuses on measurement and geometry. The Home Links were sent home.
We will also start to prepare for our unit and cumulative assessment. We hope to have this unit assessed before the break.



Science with Mrs. Garrison:

Mrs. Garrison will be teaching Science for all three sections of third grade. Students will rotate out every four weeks. We continued with Stormy Skies this week by making world climate maps.


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Social Studies with Mrs. Volk:

Mrs. Volk will be teaching Social Studies for all three sections of third grade. Students will rotate every four weeks. We will start out the year learning about Native Americans, Settlers in Jamestown, and Salem, MA. I will finish up with my class and start with Mrs. Wright's class on December 15th.


Writing with Mrs. Wright~

I am your child's third grade writing teacher. I hope to instill a passion and love for writing amongst all third graders. We'll be writing opinion pieces, informative/explanatory texts & narratives this year. I'll use explicit instruction to teach Anita Archer's Summary Writing Strategy with my homeroom section. Please let me know if you have any questions as to what we're practicing in writing class.



MRS. VOLK:


Our party is scheduled for December 22nd from 12:30-1:20 with 10 minutes left for clean-up. All volunteers have been emailed. Thank you for helping with this party. We appreciate it!

The December reading calendar has been sent home. Please remember that your child set their own goal. Encourage them to meet or exceed their reading goal.

Remember the math HomeLinks. We will be completing lessons 4-10 and 4-12 next week, also preparing for the unit assessment.

Miss V's last day was today. We had a little party to celebrate the completion of her student teaching. Thank you for helping to make this day special for her.

You can always place an order on-line, but please know it won't be received by Scholastic until I finalize it. You can access Scholastic from here...Scholastic Our class code is GXPY2. You are also welcome to send the order back to school with a check written out to Scholastic for me to place your order. Please contact me with questions.
IF you ever want to purchase books as gifts, just let me know in an email (I'm a great secret keeper), and I'll let you know when they arrive.
Book orders have arrived.

Our class is completing a STEM project with Mrs. James. We discussed what resources help communities thrive. We also discussed what goods and services Van Meter offers and what the students think Van Meter needs in order to become a larger, thriving community. The students are engineering a community out of graham crackers, icing, and other delicious snacks. After our construction is complete, the students will skype with another group of students and share their communities with each other. This is a delicious crowd pleaser! We will continue to post pictures of our construction phase and will post pics of the completed community.
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Project brainstorming, project research, and project construction.

An HOUR OF CODE. Thank you to a few of Mr. Mendoza's 5th graders for helping us code.
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MRS. GARRISON


If you wish to do the Homelinks in Math we will be doing lessons 4-10 through 4-12.


Our Winter Party will be December 22 from 12:30-1:30.

Our spelling test will be on December 13. I will be adding challenge words to those students that have a 100% on their pretest.

Book orders were due and have been sent in. You can always place an online order through Scholastic Book Clubs, but please keep in mind that it won't submit until I finalize it with orders I receive at school. You can log on hereScholastic and use our class code N9TPR. You also can send a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs and I can place the order here at school.


Try to encourage reading at home! We are sharing the good books we are reading each morning trying to build on the love of reading!

Thank you all for your support and have a great week!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have!amy.garrison@vmbulldogs.com



Mrs. Wright:

  • Our next spelling assessment over homophones will be administered on Tuesday, December 13th.
  • Fluency practice- each Monday your child will receive a 2-sided handout which will help your child practice his/her fluency at home. Monday through Thursday your child will read the passage to you for 1 minute. Please record how many words per minute your child read in the box provided. You will also note how many mistakes he/she read. This sheet also has comprehension questions on the back. Your child will need to turn this sheet in on Friday mornings with both sides completed. The next passage assigned is titled Goodnight Farm.
  • Reading calendars- The goal is for your child to read 20 minutes per day outside of the school setting. Your child will record his/her minutes on the December reading calendar. The December reading calendar is due on Wednesday, January 4th.
  • December Scholastic Book orders- due on Monday, December 12th.
  • THANK YOU to parents who have extra time in their schedules to come into our classroom and volunteer. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
  • Grades will be continuously updated on Infinite Campus. Feel free to email me with any questions regarding Infinite Campus.
  • Our class loves XtraMath. It's a website that will help build math fact automaticity. Students can use their yellow sheets (on the back of their blue take home folders) to locate their pin #'s. My email address is needed to login. It's amanda.wright@vmbulldogs.com
  • The weather is constantly changing. Please have your kids dress accordingly for outdoor recess. Thank you!

Please let me know if you have any questions in regards to the above information! ~Mrs. Wright