We made it through our first week of school!!! We have more routines established and are ready to roll on through the rest of our year!
Now that we have learned most of our procedures and have had a chance to "acclimate" to them, we will begin to reinforce those expectations and procedures that we have learned. Last week, I tried to give positive Dojo points to students. If you notice your child get a negative point at some point in the year, this means they have had a verbal warning (or sometimes maybe more than one) and they are still continuing on with that behavior. We all need reminders to carry out the expectations that are expected of us and sometimes have a small consequence. I try to make a note on Dojo with the negative point but sometimes it happens at a time where I can't enter it. If you ever have questions about a situation and I will contact you if a behavior is concerning or is beginning to become consistent.
Here is what we are up to this week:
Writing- We will be setting up our writer's notebooks and collecting ideas to write about.
Math- We will complete our first Topic and review the VERY basics of multiplication. We will review in class Wednesday and take the assessment on Thursday. These assessments are much like the ones last year. I will send home a voluntary review Tuesday.
Reading- We will finish up talking about Daily 5 expectations and building up our reading stamina. We will begin meeting in groups next week.
Social Studies- Discuss and identify parts of a map and how to use them to read a map. We will also learn various types of Maps and the 8 border states of Missouri.
Aug 28- Early Out
Aug 29- Fundraiser Kickoff - watch for packets to come home
Friday, Sept 1- NO SCHOOL
Monday, Sept 4- NO SCHOOL
The first couple of days of the new school year are SO exciting but I am always happy to get those days down and routines back in place. I was worn out! We had a lot of fun the first couple of days! I hope your kiddos (and their parents!) get some much needed rest this weekend!
At Meet the Teacher Night, you had a sheet on your desk to sign up for something called "Class Dojo". You may or may not be familiar with this tool. If you are not, this is a way you can see how the day is going. Mainly, I use it for our class behavior management system. Students can earn points based on work habits and behaviors. It's easy to share for the special class teachers to see and it's easy for you to check in if you have a question about the day.
It has some really other cool features that I TRY my best to use. ;) I can post class photos that are private to our class (or the parents signed up), I can send class reminders, and you can message me. I like that feature a lot but if you have an urgent need, please email me instead. I sometimes won't see the Dojo messages before I see my email. If you have a transportation change, please call the office at 417-742-3469.
Students are welcome to bring their own snack to eat during one of our morning work times. We have quite a bit of time between breakfast and lunch (lunch is at 11:50) so the purpose of the snack is to help them stay focused. Because of this, we ask that the snack is a healthy snack. Some suggestions of easy healthy snacks are: fruit, popcorn, crackers, granola bars, trail mix.
Please do not send sugary drinks or snacks. Students should only have water to drink during the snack. If they happen to bring something a little too sweet or sugary, don't worry, I don't keep it and eat it myself...I just ask that they save it for lunch. ;)
Monday, August 21 is the day of the Solar Eclipse.( I'm sure you haven't missed that since it's quite the news maker right now!) Dr. Jarvis was so generous and provided protective eyewear for the district. On Monday, we will learn about the solar eclipse and then have the chance to outside and experience it. We will emphasize to the students the importance of NOT looking up at the sky at all without their protective eye glasses but if you could emphasize it at home as well, that would be extremely helpful! Their safety is our main concern but this is such an amazing teachable moment. I am very excited for Monday!
*Early Out Mondays*
Just a little reminder that Mondays are the district's early release days. Students release at 3:10pm and teacher will have professional development.
I am just as excited for next week as I was for the past two days! Next week, we will get into what will look like our regular routine! On Monday I will send home a sheet with some more information about 3rd grade and what to expect this year!
Aug 21- Solar Eclipse
Aug 25- T-shirt order and money due
September 1st- No School - Teachers in meetings
September 4th- No School
WELCOME TO THIRD GRADE!!!!!!
I am SO excited to be your teacher for the 3rd grade and I CAN NOT WAIT to meet you next Tuesday at Meet the Teacher Night!
I wanted to take just a second to tell you how excited I am for this year and to introduce you to our blog! I will use this throughout the year to post important updates, reminders, and announcements. I try to update it about once a week but there are weeks where we there isn't much going on or they are short weeks OR there are weeks you will beg to not see my name come across your email saying there is another blog post. I will always send a new post out through email. There will be a link in the email that will take you directly to the new post.
Meet the Teacher Night is next Tuesday, August 15th from 6:30-7:30. This isn't something you need to stay for the entire time. Stop in, meet me, unload school supplies, and fill out some paperwork. :) If you need quick access to a school supplies HERE is this list.
We are going to have such a great year. I am kind of partial but I think 3rd grade is THE BEST grade! :)
Enjoy your last few days of summer!!!
Mrs. Letterman is a third grade teacher at Willard East. This is her fourth year in Willard, but her sixth year to teach third grade!