Category Archives: News from Ms Van Arkel

Week of October 16

Parents,
Here are a few things to know for this week:

  • Culver’s Night tonight 5-8pm!
  • A new homework packet will be coming home today. It is due next Monday, Oct. 23. A spelling pre-test with a new spelling word list should come home as well. These words should be practiced for the spelling test on Friday.
  • We will have a social studies quiz on Wednesday. We are learning about how people, goods, and ideas move. A review will come home home on Tuesday.
  • We have library on Wednesday. Please remind  your third grader to return their books so they will be able to check out new ones.
  • School Pictures were sent home today. Retakes are October 26.
  • Multiplication Fluency Practice: On Fridays (and sometimes more often) we assess multiplication fluency. This helps the students to know their own progress with learning their facts. Students will be given a multiplication fact page one fact group at a time. We have already completed the 1’s facts and the 2’s facts. Some students will be moving on to the 3’s facts. Some will keep practicing the 2’s.  Your child has a graph where they are keeping track of their progress so they know what to continue working on. Ask your child what facts they are working on for this Friday!

Thank you!
Ms Van Arkel  🙂

This Week….

  • A new homework packet will be coming home today. It is due next Monday, Oct. 16. A spelling pre-test with a new spelling word list should come home as well. These words should be practiced for the spelling test on Friday.
  • Our math test will be tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 10). We reviewed in class today and the review page should be coming home tonight.
  • We have library on Wednesday. Please remind  your third grader to return their books so they will be able to check out new ones.
  • Jet’s Pizza night is Thursday!
  • Friday is an early release day. Dismissal is at 12:15pm.

Math Test Coming Up!

Parents,
We will be having our Unit 1 Math Test next Tuesday or Wednesday. It will be depending on how we do with our review on Monday. I will be letting you know!
This unit has covered multiplication and division and understanding how they relate. Please refer to my previous post HERE.

In preparation for the test, it will be so important to practice multiplication facts with your child. They should be able to show multiplication in a few different ways by using repeated addition, arrays, and area model. We have been working on these concepts in class and as part of weekly homework packets.

We have also learned the distributive property of multiplication. For example, we can find the area of the whole rectangle below by using  7 x 3 = 21.
We can also break the large rectangle into two smaller rectangles (red and white).
Then we find the area of each smaller rectangle and add.

example:  (5 x 3) + (2 x 3) =
15   +    6       =  21

Thank you for your support!

Ms Van Arkel  🙂

This Week…

  • A new homework packet went home today. It is due next Monday, Oct. 9. A spelling list should come home as well.
  • We have library on Wednesday. Please remind  your third grader to return their books so they will be able to check out new ones.
  • Just a friendly reminder about snacks: Please help your child to pack one healthy snack for our morning snack time. We do not have a lot of time so just one snack works best. Students may have another snack at our afternoon recess if they wish.
  • There will be a PTC meeting this Thursday, Oct. 5 in the library from 6:30-7:30pm.
  • This Friday is Popcorn Friday!

THANK YOU!
Ms Van Arkel   🙂

3rd Grade News: Week of September 18

Parents,

A few things to know this week:

  • A homework packet is coming home today. It is due next Monday.
  • You will see a spelling list coming home. We are reviewing short vowels. These should be practiced throughout the week in preparation for the spelling test on Friday. 
  • We have been learning about the landforms and bodies of water in Michigan. We reviewed today and will have a quiz on Wednesday. Students should be able to name a few landforms and give examples and name a few bodies of water and give examples.
  • Picture Day is on Thursday. A packet went home today. 
  • Our Super Hero themed WALK-A-THON is this Friday, September 22. This is our one and only fundraiser for our school. Read our school blog to find out more information. Thank you for your donation toward our school! Donations are due on Monday, September 25.

Thank you!