Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Seesaw: Your Child's Digital Portfolio

Dear Families,
This year we are using Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. I'll also use Seesaw to send you messages and reminders. Seesaw is private; you'll only see posts created by your child.
Please Sign Up Now
  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/946-763-264
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child
After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.
Thank you for supporting your child's learning!

P.s. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the 'Sign in' tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Field Trip & Music HW

Music Homework, Due Tomorrow 9/19
Students received a white paper to complete and turn into music tomorrow. I will be placing them in Mrs. Petty's mailbox per her request. Click here for another copy if it didn't seem to make it home. 

Students also wrote this reminder in their planners as well. 








The cost is $15

In order for your child to participate in this field trip/program you must register (includes online permission form)  & pre-pay on-line by going to: RevTrak > Elementary Schools > Elementary Schools E thru L > Gold Rush > Field Trips. The RevTrak link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click hereRegistrations MUST be completed by 2 days prior to your field trip. 
  •  Online registration is for your student only- please do not register yourself or younger siblings.
  • Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register. 
  • No refunds

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Weekly Reminders: 9/11-15

Classroom Snapshot


We are still creating the foundation of multiplication so we can understand what multiplication is which will then help build fluency with our facts. Students worked in pairs exploring different arrays that represented multiplication facts. They labeled the sides, then found the product. Afterwards, they sorted these arrays into categories to find commonalities between the facts and look for patterns.



We had a self-proclaimed spellbinder {a speaker who can captivate an audience} come and speak to our third graders about life in the 1800s. She brought artifacts, specifically toys,  to help bring history to life.   



UPDATES

CLASSROOM 🎒

Homework, Due Monday Morning 9/18
Just Reading/Math Log this week. 

While we work out kinks for math homework {the website decided to go through an update}, this week you can choose to improve your typing skills on Dance Mat Typing {link on homework page}. I highly recommend giving this a shot as kids will be using their typing skills all year long! I've added a reflection to the reading/math log this week about the website. 


You'll also notice on that 'Homework' tab that I've listed typical questions that are asked of me and my answer. 





Field Trip to the Plains Conservation Center, 9/19
Our field trip to Plains Conservation Center is on Tues, Sept 19

Please have your child wear tennis shoes, sunscreen and bring a sack lunch and water bottle that day.



The cost is $15

In order for your child to participate in this field trip/program you must register (includes online permission form)  & pre-pay on-line by going to: RevTrak > Elementary Schools > Elementary Schools E thru L > Gold Rush > Field Trips. The RevTrak link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click hereRegistrations MUST be completed by 2 days prior to your field trip. 
  •  Online registration is for your student only- please do not register yourself or younger siblings.
  • Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register. 
  • No refunds
Scholastic Book Orders, Due Online by 9/30
What a great, and cost-effective way to build your home library. Click here or the 'Scholastic Book Orders' tab on the blog for more information.  



TECHNOLOGY 💻



Mrs. Fleet and I had the opportunity to co-teach together, in my classroom, this week. We continued to practice and utilize accessing Google Classroom, finding Google Drive and creating a Google Document. 

With those tools, students took on the role as a historian and explored some of the artifacts that have been brought in. They are using the scientific process to write down their observations and questions to learn more about these pieces. Eventually, these notes will help guide further research. 

What is Google Classroom? Here is a two minute video snapshot that explains what this amazing tool is. 



SCHOOL✏

School Updates
Access weekly updates about GRE by reading the Principal's Blog. 

Check out quick posts from Gold Rush by following them on Facebook! 



COMMUNITY📌


Create Your Own Graphic Novel
Graphic Novels are growing in popularity as a type of book for students to read. The Highlands Ranch library is hosting an event where your child can create their ownClick here to learn more! 





WORLD🌎

Want some creative ways to practice math facts? 
Click here to read an article published by Scholastic Teacher Magazine {Back to School 2017 Issue} that you could try at home. 


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Weekly Reminders: 9/4-8

CLASSROOM SNAPSHOT


Teaching students to have a growth mindset is such a trending topic in education these days, as it should be. Have you read or explored the work of Jo Boaler? She has some great insight about this topic as it relates to math. I had the chance to travel and experience her workshop in January 2017. 

After discussing what a growth mindset was, I had kids write down something negative they may have thought about themselves when it came to math. I then had them cross it off and write what they can think positvely if they thought ever pops up again. 

I took each of their pictures and I'm going to print and glue them on their math notebooks as a constant reminder of the great work they are capable of doing. 





UPDATES

CLASSROOM 🎒

Homework, Due Monday 9/11/17
For our typical weekly homework, there are two parts: A Reading/Math Log and Math Pages. 

On Tuesday, I trained students as to how to complete the other half of the online homework; the math pages.

This will be completed using the online program, GoFormative. I chose this program because:
-there are many digital tools that students can use to solve and show their work for each of the problems
-students have to login to access, which means it automatically saves their work as they go 
-students can come back to the math work multiple times during the week; it doesn't have to be completed in one sitting
-the ability to insert videos & pictures/resources to help support math work
-the organization of how work is turned in


All the homework is digital and I've had great success over the past 3 years. Click here to read the benefits of online homework that I curated for you. 


The homework links can be accessed by clicking here or on the 'Homework' tab of the blog. All the work needs to be submitted by Monday morning. 

You'll also notice on that 'Homework' tab that I've listed typical questions that are asked of me and my answer. 




3rd Grade Monthly Newsletter
See an overview of what we are learning in 3rd grade on the '3rd Grade Newsletter' tab of the blog or by clicking here



Spelling
We will soon be starting our direct spelling instruction here in 3rd grade. Click here to read more how we will be implementing Words Their Way and Fundations to best serve our kids. 





Field Trip to the Plains Conservation Center, 9/19
Our field trip to Plains Conservation Center is on Tues, Sept 19. The cost is $15

In order for your child to participate in this field trip/program you must register (includes online permission form)  & pre-pay on-line by going to: RevTrak > Elementary Schools > Elementary Schools E thru L > Gold Rush > Field Trips. The RevTrak link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click hereRegistrations MUST be completed by 2 days prior to your field trip. 
  •  Online registration is for your student only- please do not register yourself or younger siblings.
  • Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register. 
  • No refunds



TECHNOLOGY 💻



Using technology takes a lot of patience and the kids are quickly realizing that. Before freaking out and thinking that the tool is "broken", we've been talking about strategies that can be used when tech issues arise. These are strategies I actually use in my own life! 




SCHOOL✏

School Updates
Access weekly updates about GRE by reading the Principal's Blog. 

Check out quick snapshots from Gold Rush by following them on Facebook! 


Student Council
Here are some important dates for that (that concern only 3rd grade)

Monday, September 11th- Friday, September 15th- Class Representative Elections (run by classroom teachers)

Tuesday, September 19th- First Student Council meeting


Western Night
A white Pony Poop Deed was sent home with your child today {9/7} to help support Western Night and the chance to win a gift card to Castle Rock Outlets. 


Digger Dash
Envelopes for donations were passed out Friday. {9/1}




COMMUNITY📌

Digital Safety Event 
Arapahoe Public Libraries is hosting an event you can sign-up for to discuss the topic of being a smart, digital citizen. They have events for both kids and adults. This goes along perfectly with our Digital Citizenship week. 





WORLD🌎

Want some creative ways to practice math facts? 
Click here to read an article published by Scholastic Teacher Magazine {Back to School 2017 Issue} that you could try at home. 









Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Weekly Reminders 8/28-9/1

SNAPSHOT
 



We have planners in 3rd grade!
The kids were very excited to explore their brand new, student planners that will help them stay organized with important information throughout the year. 

As a class, we wrote down class/school events and reminders for the week (we are working up to multiple week planning). They then wrote down any personal events they have planned outside of school. 

On the front inside cover, students glued in the homework expectations that are also posted on the blog for immediate access. 

At the end of each school day, they are to write at least one thing that they learned. 

Please initial your child's planner each night to keep up with the daily events. I will be checking these on Mondays when homework is due. {Tuesday if we don't have school.} 



UPDATES

CLASSROOM 🎒

Homework, Due Tuesday Morning, 9/5/17
We're going to try one more week of completing JUST the Reading/Math Log so students can feel confident in doing that work. 

The homework links can be accessed by clicking here or on the 'Homework' tab of the blog. All the work needs to be submitted by Tuesday morning {since we have no school on Monday, you get an extra day.}


You'll also notice on that 'Homework' tab that I've listed typical questions that are asked of me and my answer. 



OPTIONAL: Bring in an artifact to help support our Social Studies Unit, {Due 9/5}
If you are able, please have your child bring in an artifact for the museum to study at school and bring it in by Tuesday, September 5th.  This artifact could be any item that represents history. Click here for more details.



Tech Contract {Due 9/1}
Please make sure to discuss the importance of being a strong digital citizen both in and out of school along with proper device care.

Students brought home a contract for you to discuss together & sign.  {Here is an extra, just in case!} 

Please have them bring it back to school by Friday, September 1 so they will be able to use the technology in class. 



Scholastic Book Orders, {Due online by 8/31}
Scholastic offers a wide variety of books for children of all ages at a great price. All purchases help benefit our classroom so we can have current books that our class enjoys. 

Please click the 'Scholastic Book Orders' tab on the blog for the class code and ordering information. 



Spelling
We will soon be starting our direct spelling instruction here in 3rd grade. Click here to read more how we will be implementing Words Their Way and Fundations to best serve our kids. 



Cogat Testing, September 6-8
A letter was emailed to parents by the office. Click  HERE if you need to reference that again
 
Please ensure that your child 
Testing times:
3rd - 8:45
5th - 11:00



Missed Back to School Night? 


Here is a link to the presentation. I will also be posting info on the classroom blog home page and 'Class Info' tab throughout the year with important information. 



Field Trip to the Plains Conservation Center, 9/19
Our field trip to Plains Conservation Center is on Tues, Sept 19. The cost is $15

In order for your child to participate in this field trip/program you must register (includes online permission form)  & pre-pay on-line by going to: RevTrak > Elementary Schools > Elementary Schools E thru L > Gold Rush > Field Trips. The RevTrak link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click hereRegistrations MUST be completed by 2 days prior to your field trip. 
  •  Online registration is for your student only- please do not register yourself or younger siblings.
  • Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register. 
  • No refunds


TECHNOLOGY 



  

During reading, we've been focusing on our reading stamina and keeping track of our thinking as we read. To help us better comprehend nonfiction text, we've been noticing text features, both in print & digital sources, and the purposes of them. 

We are continuing to successfully log into our Chrome Books and learning about the proper care for them. Learning how to use a keyboard is a big deal in 3rd grade!


SCHOOL✏

Student Council
An informational meeting was held on Tuesday, as noted in last week's electronic Thursday folder. If your child is interested in running for the position of class representative, I can send them up to the teachers running the club to grab further info. 

Here are some important dates for that (that concern only 3rd grade)

Monday, September 11th- Friday, September 15th- Class Representative Elections (run by classroom teachers)

Tuesday, September 19th- First Student Council meeting


Digger Dash
Envelopes for donations will be passed out Friday. {9/1/17}


School Updates
Access weekly updates about GRE by reading the Principal's Blog. 

Check out quick snapshots from Gold Rush by following them on Facebook! 



COMMUNITY📌

K-12 Educational Resources Through Douglas County Public Libraries
Did you know that your local library has tools to support academics throughout the year? 

Read their blog post on what they have to offer you are your child! 



WORLD🌎

Need a little pep talk? Check out what Kid President has to say for Back to School.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Weekly Reminders 8/21-25

CLASSROOM SNAPSHOT

  

We had a really fun time learning all about Solar Eclipses on Monday and viewing the event for ourselves! 



UPDATES

CLASSROOM 🎒

Homework, Due Monday 8/21/17
For our typical weekly homework, there are two parts: A Reading/Math Log and Math Pages. 

On Wednesday, I trained students as to how to complete half of the online homework; the Reading/Math Log. {I will train them about the second half next week.} 

It's all digital and I've had great success over the past 3 years. Click here to read the benefits of online homework that I curated for you. 

The homework links can be accessed by clicking here or on the 'Homework' tab of the blog. All the work needs to be submitted by Monday morning. 

I created a quick video showing & explaining the Reading/Math Log, which you can view here. 

You'll also notice on that 'Homework' tab that I've listed typical questions that are asked of me and my answer. 



Digital Citizenship Week & Tech Contract {Due 9/1}
We had a great week discussing what it means to be a strong digital citizen when using technology at school and at home. On Friday, your child will be bringing home a technology contract {here is an extra, just in case!} for you to discuss together and sign. 

Please have them bring it back to school by Friday, September 1 so they will be able to use the technology in class. 



Spelling
We will soon be starting our direct spelling instruction here in 3rd grade. Click here to read more how we will be implementing Words Their Way and Fundations to best serve our kids. 



Cogat Testing, September 6-8
A letter was emailed to parents by the office. Click  HERE if you need to reference that again
Please ensure that your child 
Testing times:
3rd - 8:45
5th - 11:00


Missed Back to School Night? 


Here is a link to the presentation. I will also be posting info on the classroom blog home page and 'Class Info' tab throughout the year with important information. 



Field Trip to the Plains Conservation Center, 9/19

Our field trip to Plains Conservation Center is on Tues, Sept 19. The cost is $15


In order for your child to participate in this field trip/program you must register (includes online permission form)  & pre-pay on-line by going to: RevTrak > Elementary Schools > Elementary Schools E thru L > Gold Rush > Field Trips. The RevTrak link can be found on GRE’s website under Parent Info or click hereRegistrations MUST be completed by 2 days prior to your field trip. 
  •  Online registration is for your student only- please do not register yourself or younger siblings.
  • Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register. 
  • No refunds



SCHOOL✏

School Updates
Access weekly updates about GRE by reading the Principal's Blog. 

Check out quick snapshots from Gold Rush by following them on Facebook! 



COMMUNITY📌

K-12 Educational Resources Through Douglas County Public Libraries
Did you know that your local library has tools to support academics throughout the year? 

Read their blog post on what they have to offer you are your child! 



WORLD🌎

25 Fun Facts About the 2017 Solar Eclipse 
Here are some cool things to know according to Astronomy Magazine to keep the curiosity and conversation flowing at home.