Mrs. Harvey's Message Board

WEEK OF 6/4/18

Our Mendota History field trip to Fort Snelling is on Monday.  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 for more information about our day.






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









Yearbooks will be coming home with your child on Monday, and may come back to school on Tuesday for signing.









Dreambox accounts will be open all summer!







Our last day of school is Thursday, June 7.  We will dismiss at 11:15.  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 5/28/18





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








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







Weather permitting, we will have another
Walk Around School Day this Friday (6/1).






WEEK OF 5/21/18


If your child has signed up to be in the Talent Show, there are two rehearsals after school this week (Tuesday 5/22 and Wednesday 5/23 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!






There will be a community celebration to honor our music teacher, Mr. Scroggins, who is retiring this year. As you know, Mr. Scroggins is extremely talented and will be greatly missed by the students, staff, and families of Mendota. Please stop by this Tuesday, May 22 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Mendota gym.








Weather permitting, we will have another Walk Around School Day this Friday (5/25).








WEEK OF 5/14/18




Ready? Set? Go!  The annual Track and Field Meet is this Thursday, May 17 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 5/7/18


We have an upcoming field trip that would benefit from many parent volunteers.


Monday, June 4 - Historic Fort Snelling (approximately 9:30 - 2:00)


Look for more information about the Fort Snelling trip coming home in this week's Wednesday folder.  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 16 - watch for the form in the Wednesday folder.  (This is also the same form where you would indicate your availability to help chaperone.)








This Friday we will have another Walk Around School day.







The Mendota Carnival is coming! It's this Friday, May 11 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.




WEEK OF 4/30/18




On Thursday 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 4.  Teachers will be having

a Professional Development day.








WEEK OF 4/23/18



Math 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.




WEEK OF 4/16/18


Our
Global Kindness Project begins this week!  Our Livegreen team will be having an "Olympic bracelet" fundraiser to raise money for the protection of the endangered Red-Crowned Crane. This particular crane was chosen because of its proximity to this year's Olympics in South Korea.  The Olympic bracelets will be sold for $1 each or 3 for $2. (Donations are also accepted.) All proceeds will be donated to the International Crane Foundation
in Baraboo, WI, which is the only place in the world that has all 15 species of cranes.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!





The Mendota Mendota School Forest is expanding - and
we need your newspapers! The newspapers will be used for weed control. Newspapers will be collected in the main entryway now through May 3.





WEEK OF 4/9/18


PTA after school enrichment classes begin again this week.






April is Autism Awareness Month.  Please join in the support for autism by wearing blue this Thursday, April 12.




Reading 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, so you do not need to send a snack to school with your child on Thursday and Friday.

Math MCAs are scheduled for April 25 - 26.


WEEK OF 4/2/18


Welcome to Fourth Quarter!

Fourth quarter begins 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 need plenty of parent volunteers for this field trip. If you are interested, keep Monday, June 4 open.  I will be sending more information home when it gets closer to the date, and you may indicate your willingness to help out on the form at that time.



Congratulations to the 12 students who met their AR goals for third quarter!  Children will be receiving their fourth quarter AR goals this week.  Students will need to meet a point goal, a book level goal, and score an average of 85% or higher on their AR quizzes.  AR is just one component of our literacy program, but it is expected that students will reach their goals each quarter.  Most trade books are part of the AR program. If you want to check if a book has an AR test, check the AR Book Finder on the Online Resources page of our Mendota website.






Third quarter report cards will be sent home in the Wednesday folder on Wednesday, April 11.





The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) begin next week.  We will have two days of reading testing (April 12 and 13) 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.


WEEK OF 3/19/18




Got a talented kid?  Talent Show evaluations will take place Monday, March 19 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 25.





The third grade music concert is this Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.  Students should arrive at 6:15, dressed in his/her best dress-up clothes, hang outdoor clothing in his/her locker, and report to our classroom as soon as they arrive.  (If you are already here for the 1st grade concert or arrive before 6:15, please keep your child with you in the gym until 6:15.)  Parents may pick up their child directly from the stage following the show.  All are invited to stay for dessert at 7:00 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!



Wednesday, March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day!  Rock Your Socks on Wednesday to celebrate!

We are also collecting items for Jack's Basket, a non profit organization that gives a basket filled with baby gifts and resources about Down syndrome to every new or expectant parent of a child with Down syndrome. Please send items such as baby blankets, bibs, burp cloths, and other baby gifts to school.







Wednesday, March 21 is also a school-wide
PJ Day to celebrate the success of the Mendota Silent Auction! Students may wear PJs to school on Wednesday.







Remember that there is no school this Friday, March 23 because we have reached the end of third quarter.  Teachers will be using the day to prepare report cards.









Spring Break:  Friday, March 23 - Friday, March 30.  

School resumes on Monday, April 2.









WEEK OF 3/12/18

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 - animal research for writing informational text, and we will also be teaching our kindergarten buddies how to make a PicCollage for their farm animal project
Math - testing on measurement, beginning area & perimeter
Science - correct placement of the phases of the Moon while orbiting Earth
Social Studies - triple Venn (compare & contrast) Sweden, South Korea, & USA
.


WEEK OF 3/5/18

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, March 20 - Music Concert, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 23 - No School for Students, End of Quarter 3

Monday, March 26 - Friday, March 30 - SPRING BREAK



WEEK OF 2/26/18

It's Spirit Week! Join in the fun and show your school spirit!

All week: Fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota - donations accepted all week. The money raised will go towards the athletes and the cost for them to participate in activities around the Special Olympics in Minnesota.

All week: Read for the Gold!

Monday - Hat day, book giveaway in the library, guess the book emoji

Tuesday - Dress as your favorite storybook character, author visit (Mendota parent, Mike Hofmeister)

Wednesday - Dress like a winter Olympic athlete, Hannah Hughes (Paralympic athlete) assembly, DEAR day, book giveaway in the library, guess the book emoji

Thursday - Dr. Seuss' birthday treats, dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character or wear green, hide the cougar

Friday - Wear your MENDOTA School Spirit Wear or wear red/yellow, hide the cougar, author visit (Mendota Heights resident, Nancy Jo Shaw)




WEEK OF 2/19/18



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!








"We must be in the midst of cold season..." I thought last week as I pulled the last box of tissue off our shelves. If you are able to send a box of tissues to school, we could certainly use a few more boxes to get us through the end of the school year. Thank you!






WEEK OF 2/12/18





We're having a
Valentine's Day Party this Wednesday, February 14.  Students may bring their valentines to school Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.







Parent Teacher Conferences
continue this Thursday, February 15. 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.




A HUGE THANK YOU for your generous donations to our
MOVIE NIGHT raffle basket and for making it a tremendous success!  Many items were sent in at the last minute, so our basket is filled to the brim with many incredible items.  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 10.







Reminder
:  There is no school for students next Monday, February 19 - President's Day.







WEEK OF 2/5/18


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!
If you haven't sent in a movie-themed item yet, and would like to, you still have time. If you have something to add to our basket, please send it to school on Monday, February 5, the deadline for sending in items. Look for our basket displayed in the front hallway of school when you are here for conferences!







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





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.






PTA's Family Movie Night is this Friday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mendota gym.








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:



WEEK OF 1/29/18

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.


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 Monday, February 5 - which only gives us one 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.  Let's fill our basket and make it highly sought after in the raffle!




Parent Teacher Conferences are taking place soon!  (Thurs. Feb. 8, and Thurs. Feb. 15)  Have you signed up for a conference time yet?  

If not, sign up now using the following link:

http://ptcfast.com/schools/Mendota_Elementary_School






WEEK OF 1/22/18


FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
is the theme of our classroom raffle basket to be auctioned off at this year's Silent Auction on Saturday, March 10. An informational letter will be coming home in this week's Wednesday folder.  Items need to be sent to our classroom by Monday, February 5.  Suggestions for the basket include:  family movies, popcorn, movie snacks, popcorn dish sets, 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!



Just a reminder that there are no new spelling words this week due to the short week, and that there will be no school for students on Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26.  On Thursday, teachers will be participating in a Professional Development Day.  Friday is our End of Quarter Day, and teachers will be working on report cards.



Sign up information for winter conferences will be sent home soon via email, and will work in the same manner as fall sign ups.  Winter conference dates will be:  Thursday, February 8  and Thursday, February 15.


WEEK OF 1/15/18



PTA After School Enrichment Classes begin this week!








On Tuesday, we will be treated to a visit from local Olympic-medal-winning hockey star, Natalie Darwitz. Darwitz was born in St. Paul and played for the U of M Golden Gophers before competing with Team USA and winning three Olympic medals. We are very excited to welcome this Winter Olympian to Mendota!









Also on Tuesday, the children will participate in our African Drumming assembly - the culmination of our two week residency with artist/performer Christian Adeti.










On Thursday, more guests are scheduled to arrive! Mendota welcomes Nordy, the mascot for the MN Wild, who will be accompanied by a MN Wild player.








Join us for our fourth annual Family Engineering Night on Friday, January 19 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  The evening will be filled with fun and exciting engineering activities for the whole family.






WEEK OF 1/8/18





PTA After School Enrichment Classes for Session 3 begin next week - Monday, January 16.







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!




WEEK OF 1/2/18

A huge THANK YOU to the Mendota PTA for sponsoring the artist-in-residence program again this year. Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, Christian Adeti will be working with our third graders for the next two weeks, inspiring them as they experience African drumming and dance.  Over the course of the residency, students will learn traditional songs and dances, while exploring the history and rituals within the authentic context of an ethnic community/classroom gathering. Christian has taught at many colleges and universities around Minnesota, and is currently a dance instructor at the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.




The end of Second Quarter is coming soon!  (Wednesday, January 24)  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 Friday, January 5. 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 to possibly advance to the state level competition.




WEEK OF 12/18/17






Winter Break: December 21 - January 1.  School resumes on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.




WEEK OF 12/11/17

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

A Message from Mr. Goldade:

Welcome to the Mendota Elementary Directory!

Hello Parents,

The PTA is making a change this year for our directory and transitioning from a paper copy to an electronic directory.  We recently rolled this tool out to the Kindergarten classrooms before making it available for the entire school. It has been a few weeks since the Kindergarten rollout and things are going very well and are very pleased at the ease to register and navigate the tool.  Please take some time to review the steps outlined below to register.

Step 1: Initial Registration

Please log onto:join.myschoolanywhere.com and use the code:Mendota to access the Mendota School site.

Step 2: After You Register

An email will be sent to the Mendota Elementary representative managing this site who will then cross-reference that your child is a Mendota student.  After that is confirmed, they will grant you access to the site and you can then log in at any time to view your child's class or update your information during the school year.

Please feel free to let us know if you have any question or concerns regarding this process.  Next school year, you should only need to log in and update your classroom teacher.  Thank you!

Mendota PTA

Commonly asked questions:

How is my information kept confidential?

This is a website only for families who have a child enrolled in Mendota Elementary School. Once you register you will have the option to keep your contact information from being seen by anyone other than the site administrator. You will also have the option to keep your contact information from being printed should someone decide to print their class list.

How much will it cost me?

This service is of no charge to you as a Mendota Elementary Parent/Family.  This is being paid for by the PTA.

Can I still have a paper copy of the directory?

There is an option for you to print the directory or a class list should you choose to do so.  Copies will also be available in the office by mid-January.

Myschoolanywhere Benefits

·         One time registration, once you register the information will carry forward throughout elementary school so all you will need to do is update their teacher when the new school year begins

·         Up-to-date directory maintained by parents

·         Free mobile app for access from anywhere available for Apple or Android phones.

·         Search by student, family, parent or teacher.  Click-to-call, click-to-text, "map it" and email.  

·         Parents can optionally print class and grade lists

Additional Assistance Needed?

Please contact Sarah Romans at sarahdromans@hotmail.com.


WEEK OF 12/4/17


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 ReadKiddoRead.com.


WEEK OF 11/27/17




On Friday, 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.






WEEK OF 11/20/17

In case you missed it... your thoughtful children made the news!










Remember, there is no school for students on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday this week.  Enjoy Thanksgiving Break!








WEEK OF 11/13/17


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 easy to achieve 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 - students may bring them to school any day this week:


chicken broth, stuffing mix, boxed potatoes, boxed white rice, boxed Rice-a-Roni, applesauce, granola bars, canned fruit, spaghetti and egg noodles, canned spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables (peas, green beans, corn), chicken flavored Ramen noodles, cream of mushroom soup, canned tomatoes, canned chicken, canned turkey, canned tuna


If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Patterson (melissa.patterson@isd197.org)
or Britt Geiger at 651.403.8000






Remember -
PE class at the WSP Dome on Tuesday, November 14. Thank you to the parents who volunteered to help out!









First Quarter
report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, November 21 in the Wednesday folder.






WEEK OF 11/6/17

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.  THANK YOU!!








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














PTA Enrichment Classes begin Monday, November 6.








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.









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. 9 - 10 (End of Quarter Day and Professional Development).







On Tuesday, November 14 Mr. Holtz will be taking our kids to the West St. Paul Dome for their PE time. The students will board the bus at 10:30 and return to Mendota at 11:45. I will need at least one parent volunteer to go along with the students. Please email me if you are interested in attending this activity.




WEEK OF 10/30/17


We are thrilled to be able to offer Alice in Wonderland, 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 Alice in Wonderland for you on Friday, November 3 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 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 paper grocery bag with your name and character name on it.


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




We will be celebrating Halloween on Tuesday, October 31  with games and Trunk or Treat. Students may bring costumes to school (make sure they are school appropriate - no weapons of any sort) and we will allow time for changing before we go outside for Trunk or Treat. No face make up - it simply takes too long to apply - and is too distracting if applied at home and worn to school in the morning. Thanks for your help with this!




WEEK OF 10/23/17




School pictures will come home on Monday. Retake day is this Thursday, October 26.  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.







This Wednesday, we are headed to Orchestra Hall to enjoy the "The Color of Music" where the different sounds of the families of instruments are explored. Thank you to Mr. Scroggins for arranging this outstanding arts experience for our third graders.







Thank you to all of the third graders who made fall crafts to brighten the day of the patients at Bethesda Hospital. This Thursday, 95 of these pumpkins will be sent off to sit on the patient lunch trays.  It feels so good to do nice things for others!





We will be celebrating Halloween on Tuesday, October 31  with games and Trunk or Treat. Students may bring costumes to school (make sure they are school appropriate - no weapons of any sort) and we will allow time for changing before we go outside for Trunk or Treat. No face make up - it simply takes too long to apply - and is too distracting if applied at home and worn to school in the morning. Thanks for your help with this!


WEEK OF 10/16/17






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







Parent-Teacher Conferences continue this week:

Tuesday, October 17  3:00 - 8:30 pm











REMINDER:  Professional Development Day for staff this Wednesday, October 18.  There will be no school for students.









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

Teachers' Convention.

No school for students:

Thursday, October 19 - Friday, October 20.





WEEK OF 10/9/17


Looking forward to meeting with you at Fall Conferences!
Your conference time is either this Thursday, October 12 or next Tuesday, October 17.




The Book Fair is coming!  Our class is signed up to preview the Book Fair on Wednesday, 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 - 8:00 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 13. If you wish to order a school lunch for Lunch with a Loved One on Friday, October 13, please RSVP to the Mendota kitchen at

me.kitchen@isd197.org.  The cost of a school lunch is $3.90.




SAVE THE DATE - NOVEMBER 3

COME AND WATCH YOUR CHILD PERFORM!

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 30, working with the students every day that entire week, and the children will be ready to perform for you on Friday, November 3 at 12:30 pm and 6:30 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 majority 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 SignUp in the next week or two to see if there are times when you would be able to help out.  Thank you!




WEEK OF 10/2/17


Conferences are coming up soon:  

Thursday, October 12  3:00 - 8:30 pm

Tuesday, October 17  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.



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 messages 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 nancy.schwartz@isd197.org.  This helps the office staff tremendously as it reduces the number of phone calls that need to be made.  Thank you.




WEEK OF 9/25/17





Picture Day is this Wednesday, September 27.  If you haven't already, please send completed order forms to school with your child, or complete your online order.








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!







WEEK OF 9/18/17


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.







Library and Spanish times are going to be split up this year. First semester (now through the end of January), our class will have one hour of Spanish, with just a quick book checkout time on Thursdays. Second semester (end of January through the end of the school year), our class will have one hour of Media, and no Spanish.  Because we would like the students to have their library books returned the day before book checkout, please remind your child to bring his/her library books back to school on Wednesdays, and expect new books to come home on Thursdays.  Please help your child get into this new routine.  Obviously, if your child is in the middle of his/her book, have them bring the book back on book checkout day (Thursday) to renew it.



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



Thank you for going over the
math homework with your child each evening, and helping him/her make corrections as needed. Sometimes students think it is "cheating" to erase and make corrections with parents, but please understand that you are your child's most important teacher, and it is critical that you help your child understand the concepts. When you and your child have finished making corrections, sign your initials at the top of the page. Please also remind your child to write his/her name and class number at the top (but do not do it for them - we are working to build independence and responsibility).




WEEK OF 9/11/17




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.









Speaking of parent initials, please sign your initials on your child's math homework (at the top of the page) after you have gone over it with him/her.








Spelling begins this week! We use the Words Their Way curriculum. Look for a sheet to come home with your child on Monday that explains how to complete the spelling homework. You can also find word lists and explanations of how to complete the homework on the Spelling/Language Arts page of our website.




WEEK OF 9/5/17


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 of the planner. (See below.)  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.






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. In the READING section, under the assignment of "Read 20 min," 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 8/28/17





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 30 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 5 at 7:35 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 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!

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