Announcements

We are still collecting box tops!

Please be sure to ask to see the CARNIVAL information that was sent home this week. Each class has a different basket theme and parents are encouraged to provide an item for the basket. The baskets will be auctioned off at the VMEPC Carnival. All of the money raised goes back to the elementary, so please be sure to support this fun event!

Mrs. Volk's basket theme is YOGA!
Mrs. Garrison's theme is UNI, Iowa State, and Univ. of Iowa
Mrs. Wright's theme is ALL ABOUT SPORTS

NO School on Monday, the 20th. Teacher inservice!

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. Over the next two weeks we will be finishing up Unit 6 and preparing for both the unit assessment and the cumulative assessment. We hope to have unit 6 wrapped up the week spring break. This would be a good time to use the Home Links if you haven't already.
This would also be an excellent time to really start working on those basic math facts - addition, subtraction, and multiplication! Math life will be so much easier and stronger for the students if they are fluent in their math facts. Spending 5-10 minutes a day can greatly improve the automaticity of math facts. Xtramath is an easy way for the students to practice and can be accessed by clicking the link above. If you don't have internet or computer access at home flash cards are also a great thing to use.


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 will be focusing on the different climates of the world again this week.


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. Mrs. Garrison's class has a few more days with me and then my class will be back in the social studies classroom.


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 Mrs. Volk's class. Please let me know if you have any questions as to what we're practicing in writing class.



MRS. VOLK


February's calendars were sent home on the first with a new goal set by your child.

Book orders have been placed. They should arrive next week.
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.


MRS. GARRISON


We will be doing Growth Monitoring through iReady about every two weeks for all students. I will no longer be sending home weekly graphs for fluency if you were used to that. Let me know if you have any questions about this!

Don't forget to sign up for SeeSaw so you can see some of your child's work! I'm trying to include a little of both Math and Reading.


Math Homelinks will be lessons 6-9 through 6-11.

Our spelling test will be on February 21. I will be adding challenge words to those students that have a 100% on their pretest.

We were able to add several new books to our classroom library! 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 words spelling the /k/ and /kw/ sounds (Lesson 18) will be administered on Tuesday, Feb. 21st.
  • 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. This week's new sheet is titled, "Lightning".
  • 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 February reading calendar. The February reading calendar is due on Tuesday, February 28th.
  • 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.
  • 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, thoughts, and/or concerns. ~Mrs. Wright