September Update

MATH
In math our first unit is understanding equal groups.  This unit focuses on students’ understanding of multiplication as combining equal groups. Students will be writing, representing, and solving multiplication problems in context. They will be identifying the number of groups and the number in each group (the factors), and the total number (the product). Students will also understand the relationship among skip counting, repeated addition and multiplication.  Lastly, we will build on the inverse relationship between multiplication and division.  


LITERACY

Reading comprehension refers to the ability to acquire meaning from written text. When students enter third grade, they are now reading to learn. Our reading curriculum relies heavily on comprehension strategies instruction. That is, students use a variety of strategies to apply before reading, during reading, and after reading in order to make the most meaning from a text. In reading our first strategy we will be working on is, activating our schema with building our knowledge through different types of connections and making sure that we are choosing books that are at their level.

For Writer’s Workshop we will be focusing on Personal Narratives. Students will learn to take everyday events of their lives and stretch them out into a well-structured story. Students are learning that in order to do their very best to communicate these stories they need to create a plan, then apply that to their writing. 

SOCIAL STUDIES
For our social studies unit we started our learning with comparing communities from the past to the present. We have discussed museums, and the importance of preserving and learning about history through objects and others research. We are excited to see how students analyze artifacts  to reflect the importance of the past and its role. Students now have an understanding of what makes a community.  We will be exploring local history that will allow students to grasp how communities change overtime. It will be fun for the students to get a hands on experience with the Plains Conservation Center.  They will learn about a modified homestead, one room school house, and daily chores that happened in the “good old days”.  Thank you for your support in helping your child choose an artifact to research for our class museum.


DATES TO REMEMBER
September 4: Labor Day-No School
September 6-8: CogAT Testing
September 15: Western Night
September 19: Field Trip to the Plains Conservation Center (9:30-2:00Students need to bring a sack lunch and be prepared to be outside for most of the day).
September 27: Parent Teacher Conferences
September 29: Digger Dash
October 5: Parent Teacher Conferences

Important Beginning of the Year Info


Monday, August 7th: Meet Your Teacher
Families are welcome to visit their classroom on Monday, August 7, and drop off school supplies.  We want to ensure that families are able to spend time with the teacher in a small group setting so we ask that you sign up for one times by clicking here for our online scheduler.  The online scheduler will be available July 17th through July 31st and the password is digger.  Each time slot is reserved for a maximum of six students.  
Thursday, August 10th :  First Full Day of School
The first full day of school for students in grades K-5 is Thursday, August 10th.  Students will meet their teachers on the front blacktop on the first day of school for an opening flag ceremony.  Each teacher will have a sign with her name on it.  On the second day of school students will enter the building through the front door on their own between 8:20-8:30 and walk directly to their classrooms.
Click here for the 2017 2018 Conventional Calendar
Click here for information regarding the Rolling Start to the School Day
Click here for general drop off and pick up procedures.
Wednesday, August 16th : Back to School Night for Parents Only
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 16th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 6:05-6:35 PM & 6:40-7:10 PM.  
Thursday, August 17th or Friday, August 18st : 1 Assessment Hour
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, each child will come to school for one hour only on either August 17th or August 18th to complete reading and math assessments.  
Click here for the online conference scheduler between July 17th – July 31st to select your assessment day and time.  The password is digger.