Bridgman Elementary School

"Together, challenging our children to succeed."

***Ms. Jewell’s Third Grade***

June 8, 2017


     Once again, I am amazed that the school year has flown by and I am writing my last newsletter!  I have certainly enjoyed working with your kids this year.  They are a very bright and energetic group of students, and they bring a lot of insight to their studies. 

     I have included a pamphlet from the National PTA that gives an overview of what your kids will learn in 4th grade in both math and language arts.  In addition, I have included math fact review sheets and would recommend that the students keep reviewing math facts, especially multiplication and division facts, over the summer.  It would also be helpful to review addition and subtraction facts from time to time to keep those fresh in their minds.  I have included a list of websites below that include websites for math facts practice.

     In regard to reading, I would encourage your kids to read anything they are interested in, whether it’s comic books (which are great for dialogue, pausing, and intonation in their reading), magazine articles, or books to read just for fun.  Have your kids read aloud to you so they can continue to practice their fluency (reading like they talk).  Ask your children questions about what they have read; Who were the characters?, Where did the story take place?, What was the problem in the story?, and How did they solve the problem? If it is an informational book, ask them what the main idea was that the author was trying to communicate?  Why do they think the author wanted to write about the topic (e.g. Olympics, animals, etc.)?  What was the author trying to teach them or persuade them to do?  A great website for this is www.englishforeveryone.org.  I have also included a Summer Reading Informational Guide that has a reading chart you might like to use.  The Bridgman Library’s Summer Reading Program is always a great way to keep your kids engaged in reading too!

      Studies have shown that when kids read as few as six grade-level books in a summer, they can help “fend off summer reading loss and maintain the reading gains made during the previous school year” (Instructor magazine).  One way to determine if a book is at the appropriate reading level for your child is to use the “five finger rule”.  If your child cannot read more than five words on the page, he or she should choose an easier book to read.

     Students can also use the spellingcity.com website to review spelling words.  Cursive handwriting pages of the spelling words can also be printed out.

     I am so thankful for the privilege of teaching your children, and grateful that they have supportive parents who encourage them throughout every stage of their lives.  Thank you for all of your help this year with parties, classroom activities, and field trips.  I have no doubt that your kids will have a great year in fourth grade!  Just a reminder that report cards will be mailed to you on or about June 15th.


Websites for Practice















http://www.englishforeveryone.org/Topics/Reading%20Comprehension.htm (scroll down to grade level)



Have a Wonderful Summer!


Math Help on the Chromebook

Lost your Family Letter?  You can access the letters on your child’s Chromebook.  Go to ConnectEd and click on “EM @ home”.  There are a number of resources here for both you and your child.  ConnectEd should be bookmarked on your child’s Chromebook.


AR Goal


Our fourth marking period AR goal is 10 points, with 85% comprehension. It is also our goal that students read about a 50% mix of both fiction and non-fiction.  Students have until June 9th to reach their goal. My goal in using AR is to have the students engage in reading of their choice and to set a goal and work to reach it.  Students can read their AR books for Book-It/Reading Log minutes.





Book-It will begin the beginning of October.  Students are encouraged to read 15 minutes, 5 days a week to meet their monthly goal of 300 minutes.  It might be a good idea for students to keep their Book-It form in their homework folder unless your family has a safe place at home to post it.  With our Accelerated Reader program, almost every book counts for AR points and can be used toward Book-It reading minutes.  If you want to be sure a book is Accelerated Reader you can log on to ARBookFinder.com. The students should have this site bookmarked on their Chromebooks.



 Snack/Water Bottles


The students are welcome to bring a healthy snack to eat mid-morning (granola bars, fruit, yogurt, etc. are all great “brain foods”).  If your child brings something like applesauce or yogurt, please send along a spoon.  We usually take a bathroom/snack/water break around 9:30 each day.  If you send along a water bottle, please make sure it has a cap or lid.  No juice is allowed in our rooms to avoid spills and stains on the carpet, desks, and assignments! Our lunch is at 11:15.


Homework/Spelling Words


Students will have math homework (usually a Home Link) Monday – Wednesday.  Thursday – Sunday nights are a great time to review and practice math facts .  Thursday nights they will have their spelling test to study for in preparation for Friday’s test.  They will take their spelling pretests on Mondays.  The pretest is also their spelling list for the week and helps the students see which words they already know, and which words they need to work on during the week.  I will send the pretest/list home on Monday.

     There are two websites available where the kids can practice their words through games and tests:  macmillanmh.com (type in Michigan, then go to Students, Reading, click on the third grade textbook and it will bring up the story and unit we are on, then go to Spelling activities).  The other site is spellingcity.com (click on Find a List, type in my name as Barb Jewell, and then click on the list – the first list is at the bottom.  To confirm the kids are using the correct list I always put the spelling pattern in the comment section.  It should match up with what is printed at the top of their spelling pretest/list.  I also try to have the unit and week of spelling printed on the pretest.

       I have added a few “bonus” words each week to our spelling pretest.  The idea behind these words is to provide students with an extra challenge.  Students will not be penalized for missing these words.  They cannot hurt their grade, only help it.





Specials Schedule/Library


We have specials each day from 12:40 – 1:35.  Each week we will rotate through Art, Gym, and Music.  Our library day this year will be on Monday morning at 10:10.  Please have your students bring back their library books so they can check out new books the following week.  




 Student Absences


The office has asked us to remind parents that if your child is going to be absent from school, please contact the office rather than the teacher.  In this way the office receives the information and doesn’t make unnecessary phone calls home if the student is absent.  





                                               Make Up Work
Students who miss school work due to illness or other absence will be given their make up work upon return to school.  If your student misses a spelling test, he/she is expected to make up the test the day he/she returns to school unless there has been an extended absence (3 or more days).



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Thank you for all you do to support your child’s learning, from helping with homework, to listening to them read, to bedtimes, and good breakfasts. It all makes a difference!

Websites for Practice



 I consider it a great privilege to be entrusted with teaching your children.  Please feel free to call me if you have questions or concerns.  My phone at school is 466-0326 and my email is bjewell@bridgmanschools.com