Mrs. Harvey's Message Board

WEEK OF 6/3/19

Our Mendota History field trip to Fort Snelling is on Tuesday. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather, including appropriate footwear for hiking (no flip flops) and sunscreen for a full day outside. Due to the extreme flooding and resulting closure of Fort Snelling State Park, some activities and our picnic lunch have been moved back to Mendota, but we will still be able to see Pilot Knob Hill in the morning and Historic Fort Snelling in the afternoon.  Thank you to the many volunteers who are coming with us on this day of learning and fun!  If you signed up to chaperone the trip, check your email Monday evening for more information about our day.

Yearbooks were sent home in last week's Wednesday folder, but may come back to school this Wednesday, June 5 for signing.

Dreambox, Freckle, XtraMath and Read Theory accounts will be open all summer!

A reading company called Capstone is providing students with
FREE online access to their books this summer. Access thousands of books right now by going to and enter:
        Username: capstonesummer
        Password: interactive19
I'll send a letter home with more information.

Our last day of school is Wednesday, June 5.  We will dismiss at 2:15.  

Congratulations to our new fourth graders!

Thank you for a wonderful year!  

I have enjoyed working with so many fabulous families.  Enjoy your summer!

WEEK OF 5/27/19

If your child has signed up to be in the Talent Show, there are two rehearsals after school this week (Tuesday 5/28 and Wednesday 5/29 at 2:15).  The Talent Show is this Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. and Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.  Parents and family members are encouraged to attend!

We have completed our spelling for this year - there is no spelling this week or next.

Please send two paper grocery bags to school with your child before Friday - one for locker clean out and one for desk clean out.  (Remember those winter boots you haven't seen for months...?!)

Have extra grocery bags? Send more for families that don't use the paper variety. Thank you!

WEEK OF 5/20/19

On Wednesday, we will be treated to a concert from the Friendly Hills Middle School music department.

Ready? Set? Go!  The annual Track and Field Meet is this Thursday, May 23 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Mr. Holtz has already asked for parent volunteers to help run the events, but you are also welcome as a spectator!  Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather - including sunscreen for an hour and a half outdoors.

WEEK OF 5/13/19

We are beginning our Mendota History unit.  Minnesota's roots begin right in our backyard! The children will learn about the rich history of our area including the Dakota people, Zebulon Pike's landing on Pike Island, Henry Sibley and the fur trade, and the importance of Fort Snelling (both the fort itself and the land within the state park). This unit culminates in an end-of-the-year field trip to Fort Snelling.  We will need about 6 parent chaperones for this field trip. If you are interested, keep Tuesday, June 4 open.  We will be sending more information home in this week's Wednesday Folder, and you may indicate your willingness to help out on that form. Students will need to bring a bag lunch from home or order a box lunch from our kitchen.  Box lunches will need to be ordered by Wednesday, May 22 - watch for the form in the Wednesday folder.

WEEK OF 5/5/19

This Thursday, we are headed to Orchestra Hall to enjoy the "The Tin Forest" a musical retelling of Helen Ward's beloved children's book, in which an ugly junkyard magically grows into a beautiful forest. Thank you to Ms. Koester for arranging this outstanding arts experience for our third graders.

The Mendota Carnival is coming!  It's this Friday, May 10 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

We are still in need of carnival volunteers! Click this link to sign up:

We are also in need of baked goods (store bought). Individually wrapped is best - Little Debbie, Hostess, etc. Send items to school with your child. Thanks for your help to make our carnival a huge success!

All third graders will participate in the first of three Continental Math League (CML) meets this week.  CML is a nationwide mathematics problem-solving opportunity, and is presented in a 30-minute quiz consisting of six problems.  The quizzes are challenging for the students, although problems usually do not require above grade level computational abilities.  They do, however, require more advanced problem-solving abilities. CML is not part of our Go Math curriculum, but rather, a supplemental enrichment piece.  The scores on the quizzes are not part of the report card, although they are recorded.  The top-scoring third grade students (after all three meets) will be recognized at the end of the school year.

WEEK OF 4/29/19

Exciting news! Our class has been asked to pilot one of three new English Language Arts Curriculums that the district is considering for adoption next year. We have been given Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Into Reading. The biggest change you will notice will undoubtedly be the spelling homework piece. The new spelling program is based off of the Words Their Way program that we have currently been using, so there will still be pieces of the homework that will look the same, but the routines will be slightly different. Your child will be given explicit directions in school each day, and remember that you can always check my homework webpage for clarification.

Student enrollment surveys were sent home in the Wednesday folder last week. Please return your survey by May 1 so that we are able to plan for next year. Thank you!

April is Autism Awareness Month.  Please join in the support for autism by wearing blue this Tuesday, April 30.

On Tuesday afternoon, we will be making our third trip to Dodge Nature Center! Our trip will focus on the Sounds of Nature and does include an outdoor hike. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather, including boots/hikers for muddy trails!

Reminder:  There is no school for students

this Friday, May 3.  Teachers will be having

a Professional Development day.

WEEK OF 4/22/19

This week we celebrate LiveGreen Week.  We will learn recycling, water conservation, and energy awareness tips.  All are encouraged to wear green on MONDAY to promote living a green lifestyle!

Our Global Kindness Project begins this week! Our LiveGreen Team will be holding
a fundraiser to help replant the rainforests of Costa Rica. They will be selling parrot keychains after school on April 23, 24, and 25. All proceeds will go to an organization called Kids Saving the Rainforest. Donations are accepted as well and will be tax deductible.

Math MCAs (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments) will occur first thing in the morning on Thursday and Friday this week. Please make sure your child is well rested and in attendance on those days. There is much research to support the many brain benefits from drinking water, so please send a water bottle filled with water on testing days.  A special snack will be provided by the PTA on testing days.

EEK OF 4/15/19

Is Mother Nature done playing her tricks on us? Snow pants are now optional, but
mud boots are once again a requirement for recess.

Reading MCAs (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments) will occur first thing in the morning on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Please make sure your child is well rested and in attendance on those days. There is much research to support the many brain benefits from drinking water, so please send a water bottle filled with water on testing days.  A special snack will be provided by the PTA on testing days.

Math MCAs are scheduled for April 25 - 26.

Please ask your child if his/her
headphones or earbuds are working and if they know where they are...

Students will be able to use their own headphones or earbuds for the math MCAs next week. We will provide headphones for anyone who does not have their own set. 

WEEK OF 4/8/19

The playground has dried up nicely!
Mud boots are no longer required.

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) begin next week.  We will have two days of reading testing (April 17 and 18) and two days of math testing (April 25 and 26).  It is important that the children are well rested and in school on those days.

Third quarter report cards will be sent home in the Wednesday folder on Wednesday, April 10.

WEEK OF 4/1/19

It's spring - which means the weather can do whatever it wants from day to day. Please make sure your child still has warm clothing for recess because some days it's downright chilly!
Snow pants are no longer required, but your child should continue to wear his/her boots
- even after all the snow melts because the playground will be MUDDY for weeks. With boots, we are able to keep the mud out of the classroom. Thank you for your help with this!

This week
we are collecting items for
Jack's Basket, a nonprofit organization that gives a basket filled with baby gifts and resources about Down syndrome to new or expectant parents of a child with Down syndrome. The mission of the basket is simple: to celebrate every child born with Down syndrome and congratulate the family with gifts, support and resources. Please send items such as baby blankets, bibs, burp cloths, pacifiers, and other baby gifts to school all week.

Mendota will be celebrating
World Down Syndrome Day on Thursday, April 4!  Rock Your Socks (wear crazy socks) on Thursday to celebrate!

Got a talented kid?  Talent Show evaluations will take place Thursday, April 4 from 2:15 - 3:15 in the music room.  Students should bring full lyrics to any song that will be part of his/her performance.  The Talent Show itself will be on Friday, May 31.

WEEK OF 3/18/19

The third grade music concert is this Tuesday, March 19 at 6:45 p.m.  Students should arrive at 6:30, dressed in his/her best dress-up clothes, hang outdoor clothing in his/her locker, and report to our classroom at 6:30.  (If you are already here for the 1st grade concert or arrive before 6:30, please keep your child with you in the gym until 6:30 - do not let them run around in the school.)  Parents may pick up their child directly from the stage following the show.  All are invited to stay for dessert at 7:15 p.m. If you are unable to attend the evening concert, or want to see the show twice (!), there is an afternoon performance for the school children that begins at 1:00 p.m. I'm sure you have been hearing the songs burst from the children at random moments as I have - I'm very excited to see the show!

Remember that there is no school this Friday, March 22 because we have reached the end of third quarter.  Teachers will be using the day to prepare report cards.

Spring Break:  Friday, March 22 - Friday, March 29.

School resumes on Monday, April 1.

The week after Spring Break, we will be collecting items for Jack's Basket, a non profit organization that gives a basket filled with baby gifts and resources about Down syndrome to new or expectant parents of a child with Down syndrome. The mission of the basket is simple: to celebrate every child born with Down syndrome and congratulate the family with gifts, support and resources.  Please prepare to send items such as baby blankets, bibs, burp cloths, pacifiers, and other baby gifts to school the week of April 1 - 5.

WEEK OF 3/11/19

While there's nothing "special" going on this week, we have another wonderful week full of learning ahead of us!  Here's what we are currently working on in all of our classes:

Reading - book clubs, vocabulary, cause & effect

Writing - rough draft of information text animal report, cursive handwriting

Math - beginning measurement (time, length, volume, mass)

Science - correct placement of the phases of the Moon while orbiting Earth

Social Studies - last week of Junior Achievement

WEEK OF 3/4/19

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, March 19 - Music Concert, 6:45 p.m.

Friday, March 22 - No School for Students, End of Quarter 3

Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29 - SPRING BREAK

A Note from the Office:

If your child is out of school for any reason (home sick, out for a doctor's appointment, going to be out for a family vacation, etc.) please call and leave a voicemail on the attendance line (651) 403-8007 rather than (or in addition to) sending an email. Many families send emails, but if Nancy Schwartz is out for any reason, there is no one to receive the email. On the other hand, there is always someone to monitor the attendance line. This is very important to us as we are keeping track of over 400 students each day. Thank you!

WEEK OF 2/25/19

It's Spirit Week!


Join in the fun and show your school spirit!

  • Tree Book Day
  • wear GREEN day
  • all school DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) day
  • watch the Red Oak in the lobby "grow"
  • Celebrate Your Differences Day
  • Cougar Time
  • The Lorax Day
  • dress like your favorite Lorax character (or any Seuss character)
  • Truffula Tree snack

WEEK OF 2/18/19

A HUGE THANK YOU for your generous donations to our MOVIE NIGHT raffle basket and for making it a tremendous success!  So many items were sent in at the last minute, that we were able to fill two baskets!  Your support of our school is truly appreciated! If you'd like to view the many tempting classroom raffle baskets, they are on display in the front lobby of the school and will be raffled off at the PTA Silent Auction at Southview Country Club on Saturday, March 9.

On Friday, we are headed to Dodge Nature Center to begin our next science unit, Structures of Life.  We will study skeletons, which provide structure, protection, and movement.  We will analyze bones from different animals to compare them, assemble an animal skeleton, and dissect sterilized owl pellets.  Watch for a baggie full of goodies to come home after this trip!

WEEK OF 2/11/19

THANK YOU to the families who donated items last week for our Silent Auction Family Movie Night raffle basket.  It looks like we will have a great basket!  Look for our basket displayed in the front hallway of school soon!

Parent Teacher Conferences continue this Tuesday, February 12. I am looking forward to meeting with each of you to discuss how we can best work together for the continued success of your child.

We're having a "Pizza Party in your PJs" Valentine's Day Party this Thursday, February 14.  Students may bring their valentines to school Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Students may wear their PJs to school on Thursday and bring a robe, slippers, and a stuffed animal. (No pillows or blankets, please.)

Cocoa Fridays just wouldn't be the same without the... cocoa! Because we're making 30 cups of cocoa each week, we go through nearly one large can of cocoa every Friday. We are down to our last can. If you would like to donate a can of cocoa to support Cocoa Fridays, it would be greatly appreciated by 29 little ones who never want to see the snow (and thus, our Cocoa Fridays) disappear.

Reminder:  There is no school for students next Monday, February 18 - President's Day.

WEEK OF 2/4/19
Due to the multiple school closing days last week, last week's Message Board notes will apply this week.

REMINDER - Please send MOVIE NIGHT Raffle Basket Items to school by this TUESDAY!

WEEK OF 1/28/19

This week we will begin a five week Junior Achievement program.  Junior Achievement develops and implements programs designed to help students acquire the knowledge and economic reasoning skills to make sound financial decisions.  The third grade unit is called Our City, and will include lessons on zoning, paying taxes, understanding the difference between needs and wants, bank accounts, entrepreneurs, and analyzing the role of the news media and technology within a community.  The program is volunteer taught by a member of our local community.

Thank you for signing up for Parent Teacher conferences.  If you haven't already done so, please click the link below and find a time that works for your family:

Thank you for your donations for our classroom raffle basket for the Silent Auction! There is still time to donate to our FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT themed basket.  All items need to be sent to school by Tuesday, February 5 - one more week to donate!  Suggestions for the basket include:  family movies, popcorn, movie snacks, popcorn dish sets, blankets, bean bags chairs, or a gift card to a movie theater or store that sells movies.  Cash donations will also be accepted and used to purchase theme items. Thanks again for your donation!

WEEK OF 1/21/19

Welcome to Third Quarter!  

I cannot believe we are already halfway through the year. The start of a new quarter always brings the sense of a fresh start.  The classroom has been refreshed with a new seating arrangement, new AR goals have been set, and the excitement of "starting over" is in the air.

Parent Teacher Conferences are taking place soon!  (Thurs. Jan. 31, and Thurs. Feb. 7)  Have you signed up for a conference time yet?  

If not, sign up now using the following link:

Just a reminder that our classroom raffle basket for the Silent Auction has a FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT theme.  All items need to be sent to school by Tuesday, February 5 - which only gives us two weeks to donate!  Our class has only received two donations so far - we need some help! Suggestions for the basket include:  family movies, popcorn, movie snacks, popcorn dish sets, blankets, bean bags chairs, or a gift card to a movie theater or store that sells movies.  Cash donations will also be accepted and used to purchase theme items. Let's fill our basket and make it highly sought after in the raffle!

Join us for our fifth annual Family Engineering Night on Friday, January 25 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  The evening will be filled with fun and exciting engineering activities for the whole family.

WEEK OF 1/14/19

PTA After School Enrichment Classes
begin this week!

Just a reminder that there will be no school for students this Friday, January 18 as well as Monday, January 21 and Tuesday, January 23. On Friday, teachers will be participating in a Professional Development Day, Monday is the Martin Luther King holiday, and Tuesday is our End of Quarter Day which means that teachers will be working on report cards. School resumes on Wednesday, January 23. Can you believe we are already halfway through the school year?

Is your child getting to school just a little bit late?  Remember, if your child arrives after 7:45, you will need to come into the office to check them in.  Attendance is taken promptly at 7:45, and if your child arrives after that time, a parent or guardian needs to sign them in.  At that time, they have already been marked absent. If you do not check them in at the office, the absence may not get changed to a tardy.  Please also remember that 3 tardies = 1 unexcused absence. Thanks for your help with this!

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT is the theme of our classroom raffle basket to be auctioned off at this year's Silent Auction on Saturday, March 9.  An informational letter came home in last week's Wednesday folder.  Items need to be sent to our classroom by Tuesday, February 5.  Suggestions for the basket include: movies for all ages, classic movies, new movies, cartoons, blankets, pillows, bean bags, popcorn maker, movie projector, popcorn, movie snacks, popcorn dish sets, stuffed animals, or a gift card to a movie theater or store that sells movies.  Cash donations will also be accepted and used to purchase theme items.  Let's fill our basket with goodies and make it very desirable at the raffle!  This should be an easy one to fill, and generate lots of interest amongst Mendota's youngsters!

WEEK OF 1/7/19

The end of Second Quarter is coming soon! (Thursday, January 17) How is your son/daughter doing on his/her AR goal? Remember, this quarter each child needs to meet two goals: a point goal and a book level goal. Children grow more in reading when they are reading "just right" books.

All third and fourth grade students will take a qualifying pretest for the Mendota Geography Bee this week.  The top 10-15 third graders will advance to the schoolwide Geography Bee.  Parents of qualifying students will be notified so that they can plan to attend the Bee, which will be held at a later date.  The top placing fourth grade student will take a written test for the chance to advance to the state level competition.

Here are some fun and helpful geography sites:

WEEK OF 12/17/18

As the culminating activity to the roller skating unit in PE, the third and fourth graders will be roller skating at Wooddale Fun Zone this Friday.  Rollerblades may be brought from home or rented at the rink for an additional $4.00.  A wristband for the Play Zone may also be purchased for $3.00. Children may bring spending money for snacks or the arcade.

Winter Break: December 21 - January 3.  School resumes on Wednesday, January 3, 2019.

WEEK OF 12/10/18

A huge THANK YOU to the Mendota PTA for sponsoring the artist-in-residence program again this year.  The children have finished their time with local poet Susan Marie Swanson and enjoyed writing snapshot and portrait poems. Look for your child's poetry folder to come home this week in the Wednesday folder.

Because of your generosity during our Thanksgiving Food Drive, we met our goal and earned an all-school
PJ Day on Friday, December 14. Children may wear their PJs and bring a small stuffed animal (must fit inside backpack) to school this Friday.

WEEK OF 12/3/18

On Wednesday, we are headed out for our first field trip to Dodge Nature Center.  This trip to Dodge will give us time inside the "Star Bag," an inflatable planetarium, where we will learn more about the stories of the constellations.  At Open House, you signed one permission slip that covers all three trips to Dodge Nature Center, so you will not see a separate permission slip coming home for this trip.

Introducing... Cocoa Fridays!  The first Friday after the first snowfall brings a warm and happy tradition to my classroom - Cocoa Fridays!  Each Friday, the children will be treated to some warm cocoa to sip as they devour delicious books during our silent reading time!  Participation is optional, but students who would like to participate should bring a mug to school by Friday.  The mug will remain at school until the warm weather returns in the spring.  (I hope it goes without saying that you shouldn't send your best mug on the off chance that it may break.)  If you would like to send some cocoa to school to support our little "Coffeeshop in the Classroom," I am looking for donations of the large cans of cocoa (not the individual packets).  It's rather sweet to see them all sipping and reading. :)

WEEK OF 11/26/18

We are very fortunate to have time with local poet Susan Marie Swanson over the next two weeks!  During her residency, Susan Marie will work with all students at Mendota. She is a wonderful resource in helping children appreciate and write amazing poetry.  We are so happy to have her in our school. Thank you PTA!

As we find ourselves in the midst of this gift-giving season, please consider the gift of books for your child.  At the beginning of the school year, I gave the students a reading survey. One of the questions on the survey was, "I enjoy receiving books as gifts" and every student in the class answered YES!  Looking for great ideas for gift books for your young reader? Check out

WEEK OF 11/19/18

There is no school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week.  Enjoy Thanksgiving Break!

December book orders are coming home early (in this week's "Tuesday" folder). If you are ordering books as gifts, let me know. I will notify you when the books arrive, and we will figure out a secret delivery method. December book orders are due Dec. 3. Also in this week's "Tuesday" folder, the children will be receiving their Birthday Book book order coupon from me - watch for it and make sure that it doesn't end up in the trash can or recycling bin! As my birthday gift, your child may select any book (worth up to $5) from one of the book orders. The coupon may be used this month, or saved and used on any book order for the remainder of the year.

WEEK OF 11/12/18

Welcome to Second Quarter!  First quarter is behind us.  The routines of a new year have been learned, and we are continuing to build a strong and respectful learning community in Room 38.  As we look ahead, we will focus on the fresh start that comes with each new quarter. The students will set goals for themselves, and the AR goal will be expanded to two areas. The children will still be expected to meet their point goal, but will also need to meet a book level goal.  This goal should be realistic and achievable for students who are reading books that have been selected from his/her assigned AR color.

We are collecting food for our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for Neighbors, Inc.  We are looking to collect these specific items - although a suggested day is listed, students may bring them to school any day this week:

Monday: stuffing mix, boxed potatoes, boxed white rice, tortillas, boxed Rice-a-Roni

Tuesday: small containers of applesauce, fruit cups, Cheeze-its, Goldfish crackers, fruit snacks

Wednesday: spaghetti and egg noodles, canned spaghetti sauce, boxed brownie mix, boxed cake mix, and frosting

Thursday: canned vegetables (peas, green beans, corn), chicken flavored Ramen noodles, chicken broth, salsa, canned tomatoes

Friday: cream of mushroom soup, canned chicken, canned turkey, canned tuna

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Patterson (

or 651.403.8021

First Quarter report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, November 20 in the Wednesday folder.

WEEK OF 11/5/18

Congratulations and Job Well Done to all of the students who learned their lines, dance moves, and song lyrics in just one short week and entertained the entire school on Friday afternoon and all the parents, grandparents, and friends on Friday evening.  We were incredibly impressed with the dedication and excitement all week long. A huge shout out to the parents who were able to volunteer - working with students to run their lines and helping adjust costumes or apply make up.  We couldn't have done it without you! We are so fortunate to work in a community of so many dedicated parent volunteers.


There will be no new spelling this week due to the short week. We will use the three days this week to get caught up with spelling that may not have been completed last week during the play.

PTA Enrichment Classes begin Monday, November 5.

On Wednesday, we will celebrate Veterans Day with an all-school assembly at 9:30 (parents are welcome to attend).

No school for students on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 - 9 (Professional Development and End of First Quarter).

WEEK OF 10/29/18

We are thrilled to be able to offer Sleeping Beauty, a PTA-sponsored residency of the Prairie Fire Children's Theatre group for our third graders!  

The theatre troupe will be working with the students every day this week, and the children will be ready to perform Sleeping Beauty for you on Friday, November 2 at 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

Watch for an information sheet to come home with your child on Monday, but here are a few basics you need to know:

COSTUMES - Prairie Fire Theatre provides all costumes, but some items will be needed from home. On Friday, all cast members will need to bring/wear a pair of shorts and a t-shirt of a neutral color for underneath their costume.

HAIR - everyone will need to bring anything they need for their hair. Specifics on hairstyles will be discussed throughout the week.

SHOES - any shoes with a back will work. (Avoid flip flops and tennis shoes with blinking lights or wheels.)

PAPER GROCERY BAG - on Friday, bring anything you need for your costume in a large, brown paper grocery bag with your name and character name on it.

We are all looking forward to an exciting week of drama!

Due to our full-time residency with Prairie Fire Theater this week, we will be [very briefly!] celebrating Halloween on Wednesday, October 31  with a short Halloween activity. Students may not bring/wear costumes to school, but may wear a fun Halloween themed t-shirt or Halloween colors. (The good news is that all third graders will get to wear a costume for the play all day Friday at dress rehearsal and at the two performances.) I know how much students love to show off their Halloween costume, however, so I did tell the students that I would make a "Halloween Parade" slide show of them in their costumes. Please send me a picture of your child when they are all dressed up for Halloween trick-or-treating so that everyone will be included in our digital parade! Thanks for your understanding and help with this!

WEEK OF 10/22/18

Are you getting stuck while trying to help your child with his/her math homework? Try this tip from one of the parents I met with during Parent/Teacher conferences: Before this parent sits down with her child to work on math homework, the parent searches the daily math lesson on YouTube. One of the first hits is typically a video of a teacher explaining the lesson. A quick 5 minute tutorial (for you as parent-teacher) can help you to understand how the concept was presented to your child in school, and make homework help go a little smoother. (For example, first navigate to the YouTube site, then type Go Math 3rd Grade Lesson 1.10 into the search bar.) I thought that was a great idea to pass along!

School pictures will come home this week. Retake day is this Thursday, October 25.  If you are not satisfied with how your child's school pictures turned out, send the photo packet back to school with your child (dressed and ready to take new pictures) on Thursday.

WEEK OF 10/15/18

There will be no spelling this week due to the short week.

Parent-Teacher Conferences continue this week:

Tuesday, October 16  3:00 - 8:30 pm

This week we have a short week of school due to the

Minnesota Teachers' Convention.

No school for students:

Thursday, October 18 - Friday, October 19.

WEEK OF 10/8/18

Looking forward to meeting with you at Fall Conferences!
Your conference time is either this Thursday, October 11 or next Tuesday, October 16.

The Book Fair is coming!  Our class will preview the Book Fair on Thursday, October 11.  Students will bring home a "Wish List" that day of the books they saw at our preview.  Please spend time with the quality literature at the Book Fair when you are here for conferences, at Breakfast with a Buddy, or Lunch with a Loved One.  Both Breakfast (7:00 - 7:45 am) and Lunch (11:00 - 11:20) events extend an invitation to family members to come and browse the Book Fair with your child.  Both events are on Friday, October 12. If you wish to order a school lunch for Lunch with a Loved One on Friday, October 12, please RSVP to the Mendota kitchen at  The cost of a school lunch is $3.90.

Wondering what DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3, and DAY 4 mean when written in your child's planner for Spelling homework? Your child carries a sheet in the red folder (in his/her planner) explaining the word work for each day of the week. You can also find it here Spelling Sort Homework on our website. On that webpage, you will also find the word lists for each color group if you ever need to reprint your child's spelling words.



We are thrilled to be able to offer a PTA-sponsored residency of the Prairie Fire Children's Theatre group for our third graders!  The theatre troupe will be coming to school on Monday, October 29, working with the students every day that entire week, and the children will be ready to perform for you on Friday, November 2 at 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm. Also - we will need a few volunteers to help make this week a success!  Because the third grade teachers are still instructing in their classrooms for the first half of the week, we rely on parent volunteers to chaperone the children rehearsing in the gym, supervise groups of children as they walk quietly from their classroom to the gym, and run lines with our lead actors/actresses.  Watch for a volunteer email from me in the next week or two to see if there are times when you would be able to help out. Thank you!

WEEK OF 10/1/18

Conferences are coming up soon:  

Thursday, October 11  3:00 - 8:30 pm

Tuesday, October 16  3:00 - 8:30 pm

You should have already received an email from PTCFast to sign up for a time online.  (This is the same way you signed up for Reading Assessments in August.) Please let me know if you have not received an email with the link.

Thank you for your support of our Walk-a-thon! The third graders will walk this Thursday (October 4) from 11:30 - 12:30. Parents are encouraged to come and walk with their child! Our rain date is Wednesday, October 3.

Remember that there is no school for students this Friday, October 5 due to a teacher Professional Development Day.

If your child is going to have different end-of-the-school-day plans rather than their usual routine, please let me know about it ahead of time, if possible. However, I realize that sometimes plans need to change in the middle of the day. If that is the case, please call the office (403-8000) and ask them to relay the message to me. Because I am with students for the majority of the day, I am not able to answer the phone or check message until after school - which is often too late to assure that your child has headed in the right direction. Thank you!

Also, if you know your child is going to be absent, please notify me ahead of time, as well as the office on the attendance line (403-8007) or email Nancy Schwartz, our school secretary  This helps the office staff tremendously as it reduces the number of phone calls that need to be made.  Thank you.

WEEK OF 9/24/18

Picture Day is this Wednesday, September 26.  If you haven't already, please send completed order forms to school with your child, or complete your online order.

This Friday, children are encouraged to
wear their Mendota Spirit Wear or our school colors (red/gold).

Has your child been absent and you are wondering what he/she needs to complete to get caught up?  Did you know I have a homework page on this website?  On the yellow banner on the left hand side of this page, you should see a link to Mrs. Harvey's Homework Page, which will answer all of those questions!

Accelerated Reader (AR) begins this week!  Students will be given their AR color and an AR reading goal.  This year, AR goals increase in intensity from second grade goals:

1st Quarter - point goal

2nd Quarter - point goal AND book level goal

3rd Quarter - point goal, book level goal, AND % correct goal

4th Quarter - same as 3rd Quarter

WEEK OF 9/17/18

PTA after school enrichment classes begin this week.  I have a list of which students are in which classes, and I do remind the children right at the end of our school day, but it is also a good idea for you to jot a note in your child's planner so that they remember their enrichment classes.  Most third graders are very good at remembering and getting themselves to their after school classes.

Please remind your child to bring his/her
library books back to school on Mon

Reading MAP Testing is on Tuesday (9/18) and Math MAP Testing is on Thursday (9/20) this week.

Thank you for going over the math homework with your child each evening! Corrected papers are sent home as soon as possible so that you and your child can have conversations about the corrections to improve his/her math sense.

WEEK OF 9/10/18

Please remind your child that I will be checking the  RED reading folder each Monday.  Reading calendars should have the number of minutes recorded for each day, a total at the end of the week, and parent initials.

Remember that I check the student planners daily.  I am looking for your child to write the title of the book he/she read for homework and parent initials each day.  The planner is also a great place for you and I to jot quick notes to each other as needed.

Spelling (which we call Word Work in school) begins this week!  We use the Words Their Way curriculum, which is personalized to the way that each child interact with words - some look for patterns within words, others notice syllables, etc. Because of this, word work instruction will be differentiated, which means different students will be working on different things each day. Watch your child's planner and Word Work notebook carefully - soon your child (and you!) will be in the Word Work routine.

Math homework also begins this week. Watch your child's planner for more information.

WEEK OF 9/3/18

On Tuesday, the first day of school, you should see your child's At Home Reading Calendar come home in his/her RED folder (clipped into his/her 3-ring binder - keep it in the binder).  Students should read 20 or more minutes per day and record the number of minutes read on his/her daily calendar.  He/she should record the TITLE of the book(s) read in the READING section at the bottom of the planner. On the weekend, have your son/daughter add up the total number of minutes they have read.  You should double check his/her addition, then add your initials. I will check the calendars each Monday in school.

Starting Tuesday, your child will also be bringing home his/her Student Planner each evening.  This will quickly become a very important tool for your student, as well as for you and I.  You should check your child's planner each evening for the day's homework assignments (also found on this web page: Mrs. Harvey's Homework Page).  My initials at the bottom of the page indicate that your child has filled his/her planner out correctly for the day.  I will check the student planners daily. I am looking for 2 things to be added each evening: 1. At the bottom of the planner, your child should record the title of the book he/she read for homework.   2. Sign with parent initials at the bottom of the daily column. I am looking for both items - recorded each day.  This is also a great place for you and I to jot quick notes to each other as needed.

Book orders will come home once a month in the Wednesday Folder. You have the option of ordering online or filling out the paper copy and sending it back to school with your child. Either way, the books will be delivered to our classroom so that your child may begin reading his/her new books the moment they arrive. Click here to access the Scholastic Website. I also have a link to Scholastic in the Hot Buttons section on our homepage as well as under the Browse Our Site yellow banner which is always available on the left hand side of our website.

If ordering online, our classroom code is HQCC8.

WEEK OF 8/27/18

Hello and welcome to my Message Board! It was wonderful to meet so many students and families last week during reading assessments. I was impressed by the effort I saw from each and every student that I met with, and I am very excited to begin the new school year!

Mendota's Open House is this Wednesday, August 29 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. At 5:30, students (and willing family members!) may run the Mendota Mile, followed by a pizza picnic. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you for the second time, and meeting those of you who weren't able to make it to school for the assessments.

Have your child bring his/her
school supplies to Open House so they can get all settled in before the first day of school.

Please have the following supplies labeled with your child's name BEFORE Open House:
ruler, scissors, folders, composition books, pencil pouches, 3-ring binder

Some supplies will be considered "classroom supplies" and all combined into one bin to be used throughout the school year as needed. You DO NOT need to label these:
pencils, glue sticks, glue bottle, tissues, disinfecting wipes

Any supplies not listed DO NOT need to be labeled.

School begins on Tuesday, September 4 at 7:30 a.m. Students should meet me by the third grade door after getting off their bus or out of their car. Be sure your child knows which bus to take home, if they are getting picked up, or if they go to School Age Care. This is one of the first things we talk about on the first day of school, and it helps if the students are already familiar with their plan for the end of the school day.

Looking forward to a great year together!