Friday, November 17, 2017

Got Legos?



Have extra Legos that you no longer play with? Our STEAM lab will gladly take them off your hands!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weekly Reminders 11/13-17


                   
For our science unit, we are learning about Rocks & Minerals. Naturally, a lot of questions have arisen from this study as we have been exploring this toping during Reading. Students have been writing down things they are still wondering about rocks and added them to our "Wonder Wall". I then pulled some common/tough questions we haven't found answers to yet. Students have then been reading to find and infer about those questions and also asking more questions along the way!

As quoted from Stephanie Harvey,in which we base our reading instruction from: "Curiosity spawns questions. Questions are the master key to understanding. Questions clarify confusion. Question stimulates research efforts. Questions propel us forward and take us deeper into reading." {Strategies that Work, page 125}





Thank You for those of you who were able to come in for our Celebration of Learning! I apologize again that I wasn't able to speak like Arial from the Little Mermaid. {I hope Ursula gives me my voice back tomorrow!} If you weren't able to make it, students brought home a lime green scavenger hunt that they can complete with you at home. Click here if you need an extra copy. 



UPDATES

CLASSROOM 🎒
Did you know that every weekly email is posted on the classroom blog? It's there for your reference just in case! 

No Homework, but extra break homework will be sent home on Friday {11/17}

You will be click here to access or it's on the 'Homework' tab of the blog once it's posted on Friday. 




3rd Grade November/December Newsletter Sent Out  {11/13}
Check your inbox and/or the '3rd Grade Newsletter' tab of the blog. 



Spelling Update- No New Words This Week 
As a 3rd grade team, we decided to hold off from the new list this week and will restart after break. We will be analyzing student data and shuffle kids around based on what they need academically. 


Ms. Meredith's Rock Concert, 12/7 
More information will be sent out via email by Mrs. Petty, the music teacher.

Extra Resources
Want to dive deeper into the content we are learning daily? On the 'Resources' tab of the blog, you can access materials I have curated for you in each content area. I will keep updating as the year goes on. 




TECHNOLOGY 💻

Student Accountability During Worktime
On Monday, you should have seen this image pop up in your child's Seesaw Journal. I explain the purpose of this sheet and how students will fill this out after our larger work times to stay accountable and continue to build their independence. 

You will find more information while listening to the video I recorded. 

Need to link up to your child's Seesaw account? There can be up to 10 family members/child. 

  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


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! 

Other notes are also sent home straight to your inbox by way of the Digital Thursday folder.  



No School, Thanksgiving Break
11/18-26
Fun Fact: I grew up in Highlands Ranch but all my family moved away to Utah during my second year of teaching. I'll be heading out to visit my family part of the time which will be awesome. I hope you all enjoy your time off as well!



COMMUNITY📌

Douglas County SD Apple Awards
Nominate your favorite teacher for their outstanding work. Click here to submit your nomination. 

Submissions will be accepted until December 22nd. 



WORLD🌎

5 Crockpot Ideas
The days are getting colder but the busy-ness isn't! Here are some crockpot recipes that might inspire you! 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Weekly Reminders 11/6-10


CLASSROOM SNAPSHOT


Last week we had a great time during our Halloween Party that the kids planned. They, of course, had a blast. Thank you to everyone who helped out. A special thanks to the Szymanski family for partnering with Home Depot and donating the cute pencil baskets that the kids painted. 





The Gemologist experience was quite a hit. She explained the difference between a rock and a gem and the many ways you identify them. Students "mined" for their own and had to classify their findings based on their color, hardness and other qualities. 



UPDATES

CLASSROOM 🎒
Did you know that every weekly email is posted on the classroom blog? It's there for your reference just in case! 

Homework, Due Monday Morning, 11/13/17
You can click here to access or it's on the 'Homework' tab of the blog. 



Spelling
Will administer the test on Friday 11/10. New spelling patterns will start next week. 


Extra Resources
Want to dive deeper into the content we are learning daily? On the 'Resources' tab of the blog, you can access materials I have curated for you in each content area. I will keep updating as the year goes on. 


Ms. Meredith Post Trick-or-Treating
Have extra candy? I will happily take it off of your hands and use it to refresh our candy jar. 




TECHNOLOGY 💻

With our most recent co-teaching time with Mrs. Fleet, 3rd grade we connected their study of data collection to the creation and analysis of Google Forms. Third grade teams crafted different question types to gather lots of information about their topic. Once they looked at their results, groups had to revise the way their question was asked in order to get the specific type of data they were hoping for. In addition, when looking at their results, students analyzed how the data could be represented in different graph types and how to interpret/draw conclusions about the data once it is collected.



SCHOOL✏


GRE Hat Day, 11/10
We are planning a hat day to collect money to help with the turkey drive for the Denver Rescue Mission (DRM). 


GRE Book Fair & Volunteers, 11/13-17
A portion of the sales helps supports the GRE library. 

If you are available to help next week, click here for the sign-up of times. 


Digger's Thanksgiving Feast, 11/15
Come into our class from 11:40-12:10 to celebrate some of the work we have done. Then, meet us in the cafeteria from 12:10-12:30 for the Thanksgiving Feast!  

Are you free to Volunteer that day? Click here for more information. 


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

Other note are also sent home straight to your inbox by way of the Digital Thursday folder.  

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





COMMUNITY📌

Douglas County SD Apple Awards
Nominate your favorite teacher for their outstanding work. Click here to submit your nomination. 

Submissions will be accepted until December 22nd. 




WORLD🌎

5 Crockpot Ideas
The days are getting colder but the business isn't! Here are some crockpot recipes that might inspire you! 







Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Spelling 10/30-11/10

If you click right here, you will find the spelling patterns for ALL of the 3rd grade.


A paper copy was also sent home, I sent a separate email today {11/1}  and it's also linked on the blog under the 'Class Info' tab. 

The spelling test will be given 11/10


In 3rd grade for our spelling rotations, we will be work on the same words/patterns for two weeks. We do spelling Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays for 30-minute time blocks. That means they have 5 days to practice the words and on the 6th day, they take the test in their spelling class. 

If you need a refresher on how we teach spelling, feel free to read our letter about this topic. 

Thank you for your ongoing support at home!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Tomorrow in Ms. M's Class {10/31}

Party Sign-Up
Our final menu sign-up is ready and can be accessed here.  If you are able, please sign-up for an item to bring the morning of the party. 

Halloween Parade & Party Info {as mentioned on the Principal's Blog}
Halloween is right around the corner and students are already asking how we will celebrate at Gold Rush.  Halloween breakfast parties will be held on Tuesday, October 31, from 8:40-9:30 AM.  It is recommended that party treats be balanced with both nutritious options and sweets.  Our school parade will follow at 9:30-9:45 AM.  The parade route is included below.  Students who do not wish to participate in Halloween activities can rejoin the class at 9:45 AM.  We will resume with a normal school day schedule at that time.

We encourage students to be creative with their costumes, but safety remains our number one priority.  Please adhere to the following guidelines when selecting a costume:

* Students should come dressed in their costume and bring a change of clothing.

* Costumes cannot be demeaning, offensive or promiscuous.

* Face paint, face masks, and weapons are not permitted.


Holes 
We have just finished reading the novel Holes in class.  On the afternoon of the 31st, we will be watching the movie in class. The move is 111 minutes long and is rated PG.  

For more information you can click on the link below:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Gemologist Sign-Up

On November 6th, we will be having a Gemologist come to Gold Rush and teach 3rd graders about rocks and minerals. She will teach the students how to identify and classify gems in their unpolished state. The kids will each be able to take home all the gems they find. The cost per student is $12.00. Please follow the steps below in how to sign up and pay for your student to participate. 




How to Sign Up:
•   In order for your child to participate in this program you must 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 here.
•   Registrations MUST be completed prior to the presentation.

•   Please send your registration receipt in with your child to give to his/her teacher.

Free/Reduced students will have the option of selecting "no payment" but must still register. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Weekly Reminders 10/23-27





SNAPSHOTS

  

Students are finishing up publishing their very best, personal narrative. To help with separating paragraphs, students cut up their published piece and glued each section on a separate page, then illustrated. 




We finally completed the last step of our Halloween Menu Party Planning by working in groups. Students compiled data from their individual surveys, shared what they noticed and created a group survey question to help plan the menu. Our final choices are a little strange, but it's what they came up with!


UPDATES

CLASSROOM 🎒
Did you know that every weekly email is posted on the classroom blog? It's there for your reference just in case! 

Homework, Due Monday Morning, 9/25/17
You can click here to access or it's on the 'Homework' tab of the blog. 


Halloween Party Sign-Up, 10/31
During math, students have been gathering, organizing and analyzing data to plan our Halloween Party decorations and food menu. 

{Want to learn more about our current unit? Click here for the parent letter.}

Our final menu sign-up is ready and can be accessed here.  If you are able, please sign-up for an item to bring the morning of the party. 



Spelling Test Friday, 10/27
As mentioned in my email/blog post last week, the spelling test for the past two weeks' spelling rule will be given. 



October Scholastic Book Orders {Due 31st}
Click here to access the 'Scholastic' tab of the blog to be redirected to the ordering page. Books have no tax AND free shipping to our school! Every dollar spent is a dollar I can spend for classroom library books to keep relevant and interesting material for the kids. 



Backpack Folder
Notice papers flying around in your child's backpack? We use the plastic folder that was on the kid's school supply list for a desk folder. I've noticed some kids have invested in another folder for just their backpacks to keep track of papers going home which has helped them stay organized. 


Chapped Lips & Dry Hands
WIth the change of weather, I've been noticing a lot of kiddos with dry lips and hands. If you wouldn't mind placing a chapstick and/or lotion in their backpack so they can quickly refresh, that would be great! 


Upcoming Gemologist [In-school], November 6
Look for further information coming up soon!




TECHNOLOGY 💻


GetEpic.com
Have you heard your kid talk about some awesome, colorful eBooks that they've read in class? This free-for-school resource, Epic Books, has provided a way to have access to awesome reading material. 

When we were reading nonfiction and fiction materials about the past and present, I was able to create differentiated book collections that correlated with each student's topics, then send them the collection that was appropriate for their reading level. 

They also have comprehension quizzes for most books, word clarification and read-to-me options for some books. 

While this is free for school use, they do have an app for at home use for a low monthly cost. 



SCHOOL✏

Halloween Parade & Party Info {as mentioned on the Principal's Blog}
Halloween is right around the corner and students are already asking how we will celebrate at Gold Rush.  Halloween breakfast parties will be held on Monday, October 31, from 8:40-9:30 AM.  It is recommended that party treats be balanced with both nutritious options and sweets.  Our school parade will follow at 9:30-9:45 AM.  The parade route is included below.  Students who do not wish to participate in Halloween activities can rejoin the class at 9:45 AM.  We will resume with a normal school day schedule at that time.

We encourage students to be creative with their costumes, but safety remains our number one priority.  Please adhere to the following guidelines when selecting a costume:

* Students should come dressed in their costume and bring a change of clothing.

* Costumes cannot be demeaning, offensive or promiscuous.

* Face paint, face masks, and weapons are not permitted.



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📌

Come see Ms. Meredith at the Chicken Shack!
I will be volunteering and serving up some fried chicken next week, Tuesday 10/24 to help support our school. Come and visit me and eat some yummy food!



WORLD🌎
Kids Safe WorldWide has some great tips for you to go over with your kids when it comes to Trick-or-Treating. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Weekly Reminders 10/16-20

CLASSROOM SNAPSHOT


  


Welcome back! I hope you all had a nice relaxing Fall Break! I spent part of my time in Albuquerque, New Mexico where I saw the Balloon Fiesta. The other part of my time, I went to Colorado Springs where I hiked and got to enjoy the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. 




The kids presented their little 'museum' presentations to our other 3rd grade classes this week. They were so proud of their hard work!



During math, students have been gathering, organizing and analyzing data to plan our Halloween Party decorations and food menu. 

Want to learn more about our current unit? Click here for the parent letter. 



UPDATES

CLASSROOM 🎒
Did you know that every weekly email is posted on the classroom blog? It's there for your reference just in case! 

Homework, Due Monday Morning, 10/23
You can click here to access or it's on the 'Homework' tab of the blog. 


Spelling 
Graded spelling tests from the past two week's lessons were sent home this week. A paper letter with the next two weeks words were sent home as well, I sent a separate email with the digital version and ALL the letters are posted on the 'About' section on the blog. 


October 3rd Grade Newsletter
Sent an email earlier today and also found on the '3rd Grade Newsletter' tab.



Chapped Lips & Dry Hands
WIth the change of weather, I've been noticing a lot of kiddos with dry lips and hands. If you wouldn't mind placing a chapstick and/or lotion in their backpack so they can quickly refresh, that would be great! 



Upcoming Gemologist [In-school], November 6
Look for further information coming up soon!





TECHNOLOGY 💻



We tried this new {to them} tool, Readworks.org. As a teacher, I am able to assign leveled, short articles to students that also include comprehension questions and vocabulary work that pertains to that story. We started with reading different fiction stories about sugar and candy. 


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📌



Come see Ms. Meredith at the Chicken Shack!
I will be volunteering and serving up some fried chicken next week, Tuesday 10/24 to help support our school. Come and visit me and eat some yummy food!




WORLD🌎

Have the Best School Year Ever!
I am subscribed to an online Teacher Community, We Are Teachers, and they so kindly sent me this great newsletter for tips to use at home, which you can view here. I will send home the paper, color copy home as well.