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3rd Grade Update

Hello Families,
A few things to keep you informed:

Homework: Please remind your child to return their math fact and reading log each Monday. A new one will be coming home tomorrow. I was not at school today as was not able to get one sent home.

Turkey Trot Information
Please read the information about the Turkey Trot on our P.E. teachers page.

Update from Mr. Waldie:
Please make sure you have checked the school blog for an update from Mr. Waldie.

Have a great week!
Ms Van Arkel

Update: Week of October 14

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

Friday, October 18 –Early Release: Dismissal is at 12:15pm

Friday, October 25— Football Game- more details to come!

Tuesday, October 29— Turkey Trot
Tuesday, October 29— Picture Retakes

Thursday, October 31— Fall Party- I have contacted our volunteers and will be sending an email out regarding donations. Please note: only the volunteers that I have contacted, will be able to attend the party due to space concerns with classroom activities and parking.

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

  • MATH: 5 minutes of Multiplication Fact Practice/ 5 days a week.
    • Use flash cards, MobyMax, or Flash to Pass app
    • It is really starting to become apparent which kids are regularly going over their math facts and which kids are not. PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 20 minutes of reading/5 days a week

We did our first practice page on Friday. The practice page will be coming home today. As your child passes each quiz, they will move to the next multiplication fact.  For example, if they passed the 5s quiz, this Friday they will take the 2s quiz.  If they did not pass the 5s, they will take it again this Friday. Each student will be working at their own pace and tracking their own progress. Please help your child practice their math facts so they can be successful on their practice page on Friday.

Art Prize 2020

  • The K-12 HPS ART DEPARTMENT  is excited to submit a collaborative piece for ArtPrize 2020. Hudsonville students will work to create an art piece titled “20/20 Vision.”GOAL:  Achieve 100% student K-12 participation.WE NEED YOUR PERMISSION to allow your child to participate in the project.Click here to fill out the permission survey.Mrs. Chmura is also asking for donated pieces of wood for the 2020 ART PRIZE entry.  Read this blog post for more details.


Today in class, we started our Michigan Geography unit. We began by thinking of some facts we already know about Michigan. Then we did some exploring by looking at the map of Michigan. We had a great time looking closely at the map. Each partner group contributed a question that we hope to answer during our studies of Michigan.



Update: Week of October 7

Last Friday, we ended the day with a teamwork activity. Each team was given some straw constructors and was given a challenge of building a structure. First, they had to come up with a plan to build their structure. In the time given, each team learned that their plan changed a few times, but each team built their own unique structure. We had a lot of fun with this group activity!

**You will see a new Reading/Math Fact log in your child’s folder. Please remind your third grader to sign it when they complete their reading and fact practice. This should be returned next Monday, October 14.

Here’s What We’ve Been Learning:
: We are finishing our drafts this week and have been working on strategies for revision. We will be working on finishing final drafts by Friday.

Math: We continue our lessons with multiplication and division and word problems. We will review this week and plan to take our test on Friday. A review page will come home.
This week will start our practice pages. Beginning Friday, we will take our first multiplication quiz on 5s. Our curriculum teaches them in this order:  5s, 2s, 10s, 9s, 3s, 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s. As your child passes each quiz, they will move to the next multiplication fact.  For example, if they pass the 5s quiz on Friday, next Friday they will take the 2s quiz.  If they don’t pass the 5s, they will take it again the following week. Each student will be working at their own pace and tracking their own progress.

Multiplication Practice:
Please help your child practice their multiplication facts in the following ways: 

* Flash Cards- these should be coming home each night in your child’s folder. Pick out the specific facts your child needs to work on.
* MobyMax: We are currently working on review of addition and subtraction facts, but your child will move on to multiplication very soon.
* Another great tool is an app called, Flash to Pass.  It’s free and can be downloaded on most devices.  On this app, students can practice one specific grouping of facts.  This is different from Moby Max because they are all mixed together.

Reading: We continue to work on building a reading life and working toward our goals. We are using reading logs to keep track of our progress and we are making sure that we are choosing good-fit books and finishing the books we start. We have been making sure we focus as readers so that we can talk about our books when we meet with a partner.

Social Studies: We are finishing our Growth Mindset and character trait lessons and next week we will begin our Michigan studies with our first unit: Michigan Geography. 

Monday, Oct. 7- Culver’s Night 5-8pm—–A % of the earnings from 5-8pm go to our PTC fund which provides money for class field trips, learning software, library books, classroom books, parent/child events, and much more.
Thursday, Oct. 10– Jet’s Pizza Night—- make sure you mention our classroom when ordering.
Friday, Oct. 18-Early Release

Thank you!  🙂




Update: Week of September 23

Hi Parents,
Here is what we have been learning in third grade:
Writing: We are working on writing true stories (personal narratives). We have been learning strategies to help us think of ideas and have been looking at mentor texts to know how to start our story with an interesting lead. We have been working with a partner to rehearse our story and have started to draft.
Math: We have learned the 5s, 2s, 10s, 9s, and 3s multiplication facts. You should see these flash cards come home in your child’s yellow math fact folder. Each fact is a different color. Have your third grader choose a color (fact) to work on each night for at least 5 minutes. Understanding the multiplication facts is very important for learning our math concepts for the rest of the year.
Reading: We have been learning about ways to make reading the best it can be. We have talked about reading as if books are like gold, choosing good-fit books, and setting goals for our reading time. We will be working on making book recommendations for each other. Please help your third grader begin the habit of reading for at least 20 minutes/five nights a week. In a few weeks a reading log will come home to help track reading time.
Social Studies: We continue to study character traits and Growth Mindset. We have been using lots of read aloud books to guide our discussions. We have also learned about the parts of the brain and how they help us learn, remember, make choices,  and regulate emotions.
Here are a few books we have really enjoyed reading:
*HOMEWORK: Two (math) pages of homework were sent home tonight. These should be completed tonight and returned tomorrow (Tuesday 9/24)
*Spirit Week:
Don’t forget spirit week this week!
Tuesday-crazy/mismatched socks
Wed.- Crazy hair
Thurs.-picture day
Friday- Blue/Gold day!
Please make sure you have completed a background check form. This is required for you to attend classroom parties, volunteer in the classroom, field trips, etc. The form will need to be filled out each year and can be found HERE.
Walk•A•Thon will take place this Friday (9/27). Third graders will walk at 9:45am. This is our only fundraiser for our school. If you haven’t donated for WALK•A•THON, get your money in by Friday or next Monday.  This money funds all of our special student based activities for the year.  THANK you in advance for your support!
Our first winner of the contest is: BROOKLYNN!! She chose a MobyMax bag as her prize. Way to go, Brooklynn! Our contest continues for two more weeks.
*Turkey Trot 2019 Registration is now open!   Deadline to Register is October 9, 2019.
Use this link to register  https://bit.ly/2QvvmOW
and click on the PE link to learn more about the Turkey Trot Race.
I am really enjoying working with this group of third graders. They are awesome and I am so proud of their hard work!
Ms Van Arkel .  🙂

3rd Grade Update

We have been working hard in third grade! We continue to learn lessons of growth mindset, SOAR expectations for the classroom and school, and goal setting for the year!

REMINDER: EARLY RELEASE is tomorrow. Dismissal is at 12:15pm.

Third grade homework consists of reading 20 minutes five nights a week and multiplication fact practice for 5 minutes, five nights a week. We have been talking a lot about goal setting to help us get better at reading and math facts. Lots of our third graders have made action steps to practice facts and read at home as a way to reach their goal. Don’t forget to log on to MobyMax to practice math facts, too!

MobyMax contest:
Students can earn points when they pass levels on MobyMax. When they earn 200 points, they earn a ticket toward the raffle.

As you see school work coming home there may be  a number grade (3,2,1) on some of them.
Use this as a guide:
3- proficient
2- progressing
1- beginning


Next Week is SPIRIT WEEK:
Monday (23rd): Pajama Day
Tuesday (24th): Crazy/Mismatched Socks
Wednesday (25th): Crazy Hair
Thursday (26th): Picture Day (dress your best!)
Friday (27th): Blue and Gold

SEPT. 26: picture day

SEPT. 27: Walk- a- Thon

OCT. 29: Turkey trot .  More information can be found HERE