Mrs. Harvey's Message Board

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 6:30 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 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!