Week of January 6, 2020

Welcome Back! I hope your break was just what you, your third grader, and your family needed to get rested and renewed to begin 2020!

Here is an update from third grade:

Homework Reminder:
Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. This is a great way to build responsibility in your third grader. 

Writing: We continue working on informational writing. We are learning to use different text structures and will be using one to organize and write about a topic.

Math: We continue working on measurement, elapsed time, and word problems. We will be learning about graphs in upcoming lessons.

Reading: Today we set goals as writers and made a plan to reach our goals. We have been working on reading a nonfiction text and identifying the main idea and details so we can teach about the topic.

Social Studies: Today we began learning about the Economics of Michigan. We will learn about natural, capital, and human resources.

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Please help your child remember to pack one healthy snack for our morning snack time. 

• Today we talked about ways to stop the spread of germs and sickness. It’s that time of year! We talked about covering our cough, washing hands with soap and water, and not sharing straws, drinking glasses, and utensils. Please help your child remember these healthy habits as well. Thank you!

• In our class, we talk a lot about being mindful. We talk about being a mindful learner and reflecting on our growth and setting new goals for ourselves. We have talked about being mindful of others by showing respect and also being mindful of our own emotions and knowing when we need to use some calm down strategies. We watched this video today to remind us of strategies to use when we need to calm down. These are great strategies for your third grader to use at home, too!

Happy Holidays!

Parents,

Just a few things before we head into Holiday break:

Last week I stopped by Love INC to drop off a bag of socks, gloves, hats, and mittens that our class collected. They were so grateful for this donation! Thank you so much for your participation. Here is a picture of the bag I dropped off:

Homework over Holiday Break: I will not be sending a reading/math fact log over break. Please help your child to continue the routine of reading and math fact practice over the next two weeks. It will be crucial to keep this routine as it is important for our third graders to keep building on their progress even over a break from school. Thanks for your help in your third grader’s success!

Polar Express Party: We had a great time at our Polar Express party yesterday. Thanks so much for all the volunteers and donations. We appreciate it and couldn’t do it without all the help! Check out this video of some pictures:

**On Monday, January 6, our class will have P.E. so please remind your third grader to have their gym shoes at school. I know some students brought their shoes home.

 

I hope you have a wonderful Holiday break filled with family, friends, fun, and some rest! I look forward to starting a new year and new learning with our third graders on January 6th!

-Ms Van Arkel

 

 

Third Grade Polar Express Party!

Parents,

We have been hard at work as a Third Grade Team getting all the details set for the big Polar Express Party! As a reminder, the party will be next Thursday, December 19th from 9-10:30 am. 

Each classroom teacher will be able to have ten parent volunteers (40 total volunteers for the grade). We will be prioritizing parents who were not able to be a part of the Halloween party or class field trip; if we have fewer than ten interested parents who were NOT a part of either of those events, we will do a “lottery” like drawing for the remaining parents interested. Unfortunately due to how large this event is in a small space, we will not be able to have any parents except those who have been confirmed by the teacher as volunteers come to the party. Thank you for your understanding in this!

Please note that parent volunteers will need:

1) To have a background check filled out

2) To be to school by 8:30 am the day of the party

3) To have alternate plans for younger siblings (because there are already 100 students and 44 adults all in one space!) 

Please email us about interest in volunteering by the end of the school day this Friday, December 13th. Please also consider helping out by signing up to donate party supplies on the Sign Up Genius HERE, as well. This can also be found on the blog. 

Thanks so much – we are looking forward to next Thursday!

The Third Grade Team

 

 

 

Week of December 9

Here are a few things to know from third grade:

Holiday Shop: Our class will visit the holiday shop on Monday, December 16. You will find a note coming home in your child’s folder tonight. If your child plans to make a purchase, please send the money in the envelope. Thanks!

Candy Cane Sale:       
The 5th Grade Candy Cane sale continues until the 18th. If your child plans to buy a candy cane, please send in $1.00. Thank you!

Social Studies Quiz and Test: We are learning about how people modify and adapt to the environment. We will have a short quiz on Thursday. A review page will come home on Tuesday.   We will have our Geography unit Test next Wednesday.

Homework Reminder:
Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 

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Our donation box is filling up!

Our Class Making A Difference:
As we enter the winter months, we realize that not everyone has access to warm socks, hats, gloves, or mittens. These are essential items for a Michigan winter! Our class would like to bless others by collecting these items to then be donated to area shelters and/or food pantries so they can be distributed to those in need.

If you are able, please send in new socks, hats, gloves/mittens. All sizes, kids through adult!
We will collect items through December 16. I will plan to drop the items off, but if you have a
place in mind and would be willing to do a drop off, please let me know!

 

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COMING UP:
December 12: Holiday Program     Click HERE for more details.
December 13: Early Release- dismissal at 12:15pm
December 16: Holiday Shop
December 19: Classroom Holiday Party  9:00am- more details to come this week! 

 

GEORGETOWN HAS HOLIDAY SPIRIT:
Holiday Spirit Days December 16-20

Dec. 16– wear red and green
Dec. 17– wear a holiday hat (antlers, elf, Santa, etc.)
Dec.18– wear a scarf, hat, and/or holiday socks
Dec. 19– pajamas and slippers
Dec. 20 – wear a holiday sweater

 

Candy Cane Sale!

The annual fifth grade candy cane sale is officially here!

The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities. This year the sale runs from Wednesday, December 4 through Wednesday, December 18.The cost for each candy cane is $1.00, and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you for your support, and happy holidays!

Update: Week of December 2

Here is an update of our learning in 3rd grade:

Writing: We are publishing our persuasive speeches and look forward to sharing our pieces with our classmates on Friday. This week, we will also begin a new writing unit: The Art of Information Writing. We will learn strategies to write in a way that teaches our reader.

Math: We have started our third math unit and we have studied measurement with inches, half inch, quarter inch as well as liquid volume with gallons, quarts, pints, cups, liters, milliliters. We will move into time and elapsed time as well. Please check with your child about what math facts they will be working on this Friday for their practice page.

Reading: We have learned so many strategies for reading mystery books and we are learning that these strategies can be used with all fiction books. We have learned what it means to read with our mind on ‘high-alert’ and be an active reader. We will be moving into our next unit and will learn new strategies for reading informational text.

Social Studies: We continue our study of Michigan geography and this week we will learn about the natural resources in Michigan.  

Homework:
Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 

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Our Class Making A Difference:
As we enter the winter months, we realize that not everyone has access to warm socks, hats, gloves, or mittens. These are essential items for a Michigan winter! Our class would like to bless others by collecting these items to then be donated to area shelters and/or food pantries so they can be distributed to those in need.

If you are able, please send in new socks, hats, gloves/mittens. All sizes, kids through adult!
We will collect items through December 16. I will plan to drop the items off, but if you have a
place in mind and would be willing to do a drop off, please let me know!

 

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COMING UP:
December 12: Holiday Program     Click HERE for more details.
December 13: Early Release- dismissal at 12:15pm
December 16: Holiday Shop
December 19: Classroom Holiday Party  9:00am- more details to come next week! 

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We had a great day at the GRAM last week. Check out the video!

Update: Week of November 11

Writing: We continue working on our persuasive speeches. We are learning about how we write to our audience while using convincing words.

Math: We have been working on 2 step word problems. These can be tricky! Today, we started our math review for our test on Wednesday. The review will come home tomorrow. Please help your third grader by going over word problems and continuing to practice multiplication facts.

EXAMPLES TO PRACTICE: 
1. The pet shop had 8 cages of mice, with 4 mice in each cage. 5 mice escaped. How many mice were left in the pet shop?

2. I baked 47 cookies, but 7 were burned and thrown away. The rest were shared equally among 8 people. How many cookies did each person get?

Reading: We continue our study of mystery books. Our third graders are becoming great detectives and are using helpful strategies to solve the mysteries in their books. We have learned about using a chapter timeline and collecting clues and suspects. They are becoming great thinkers as they read!

Social Studies: We started learning about the vegetation and climate of Michigan.

Homework:
Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 

A FEW REMINDERS:

WINTER GEAR: Please remember to send all the winter gear with your third grader. It is so helpful if it is labeled with your child’s name, too! We still have recess on cold and snowy days and the playground gets wet. Thank you for your help with this!

SNACK: Our class has one snack break in the morning. Please pack your child a healthy snack to support their learning. Please make sure the snack is separate from their lunch and that your child knows where the snack is placed in their backpack. Thank you!

BIRTHDAYS: If your child chooses to share something with the class on their birthday, our policy is no food. Your child can bring in items such as stickers, pencils, bookmarks, erasers, etc. to share with the class or you may choose to donate a book to the class. Thank you!

MOBYMAX: Please help your child remember to log on MobyMax to practice their math facts. Some students have made it to their multiplication and division facts! YAY!! Keep up the great work!

COMING UP:

Friday, November 15: Early Release- dismissal at 12:15pm.

PE CARES canned food drive through November 21. Keep sending in those canned goods!

November 26: field trip. I will be contacting those whose names have been drawn to attend as a chaperone.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Wednesday, Nov. 20.  – note the change for our class to Tuesday, not Monday.

Scholastic Book Fair: November 18-22. Our class will preview on Nov. 19 and purchase on Nov. 21.

Holiday Program: December 12- more details to come!

 

 

P.E. CARES

The annual P.E. C.A.R.E.S food drive will be starting on November 6.  We are asking for your help by bringing in non-perishable food items for Love Inc. in Hudsonville.  Food items to consider are canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, baked beans, black beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.
 (please no ramen noodles)
The food drive will continue until Nov. 21.  We will be keeping track of how many items each class brings in for the food drive.  The class with the most items at the end of the day on Nov. 21 will win a bowling trip to Hudsonville Lanes and a P.E. C.A.R.E.S t-shirt.
This is a great opportunity for our students to care for their community, thanks for sharing in this service project with us at Georgetown.
Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering

Update: Week of November 4

Here’s what’s happening in third grade:

Writing: We continue working on our persuasive speeches. We have developed a thesis and are working on organizing information.

Math: We have been working on 2-step word problems. Continue practicing multiplication facts at home. Right now we are planning for our math test sometime next week.

Reading: We continue to use strategies to read mystery books. Today, we talked about using a timeline when our book gets confusing. This helps to check our comprehension.

Social Studies Homework: We have been learning about the Landforms and Bodies of water in Michigan. Your child has homework due Wednesday. It was sent home today. They should read the Bodies of Water page and complete the rest of the chart. They should study for our Landforms/Bodies of Water quiz on Wednesday. They will need to name the landforms and Bodies of Water in Michigan and be able to name an example of each.
Example:
1. Mountains- Huron Mountains
2. Bays- Grand Traverse Bay

Homework:
Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 

Field Trip Note: A field trip note was sent home on Friday. It should be returned on Monday, Nov. 11.

Update: Week of October 28

Hi Third Grade Families,
Here is an update of our classroom learning:

Writing: We have been learning about persuasive writing. Our third graders have been learning about writing a thesis statement and using reasons and explanations to support their opinion. They have been learning writing strategies to address their audience as they write, too!

Word Study: In our word study groups, we work on sorting our word cards. We spend time learning about spelling patterns, vowel patterns, word endings, etc. We work with our words on an eight day rotation!

Math: We are in the middle of unit 2 and we are working on 2 step word problems. It will be important for your third grader to build their confidence in their basic multiplication facts so they can apply what they know to the 2 step problems.

Reading: We are into our mystery unit and we are having a lot of fun. Each third grader was delivered a mystery envelope last week. They soon learned that the envelope revealed their mystery chapter book they would be reading. Each student has been reading and collecting clues and noticing the suspects in their books to solve their mystery. The class even got a visit from a detective during one of our reading lessons!  🙂

Social Studies: This week we are learning about the landforms and bodies of water in Michigan.

Conference Times: Please look in your child’s homework folder for your conference time. Those were sent home today. 

Homework:
Reading and Math Fact Log due every Monday.
Please help your child remember to sign on the days they read and practice facts. 

Fun at the Football Game: We had a great time cheering on Jackson and the varsity football team last Friday! Go Eagles!!

Book Order: If you plan to order from the Scholastic Book Order, please do that by tonight. Thank you!

Fall Party: Our fall party is on Thursday. We will only be able to have 8 parent volunteers for our party. I have contacted our 8 volunteers. If you signed up to donate, please send in your item by tomorrow. thanks!
If your third grader will be bringing a costume to wear, please send it in a bag labeled with your child’s name. Please no blood, weapons, etc. thank you!

Looking forward to a great week in third grade!