Elsa England

Third Grade Team

Friday August 23, 2019

We’ve had a busy first full week of third grade! Students and teachers are still getting to know each other through fun activities like First Day Emoji Writing and the Me Museum. We’ve done lots of team building challenges in our individual classes, as well as with other classes. Some of these include Saving Fred, making the longest paper chain, and the balloon challenge. Ask your child what his/her class did this week!

Here is a look at what we have been learning this week by subject area.

Math - We are learning about positive math norms, such as “Mistakes are valuable” and “Math is about creativity and making sense” in order to encourage a positive learning climate where students understand that it is ok to make mistakes….in fact, it is through those struggles that some of our best learning happens!

Language Arts - Students have had lots of writing opportunities these first 7 days of school. We have done emoji writing where they wrote about how they felt on the first day of school, Me Museum writing where they wrote about why they chose items for their bag, and started brainstorming other writing ideas we can refer back to this year. Everyone loved decorating their writing notebooks and as teachers, we enjoyed seeing what they chose to put on their notebooks. We have spent lots of time working to establish routines for reading workshop, and also got a chance to visit the school library for our first checkout.

Science - For the first few days of school, our usual science time was taken up with community building activities, but towards the end of the week, we began discussing science safety and tools that scientists use. Next week, we jump into our first unit on matter!

Social Studies - We are focusing on building a growth mindset, and this will lead into our study of good citizenship over the next few weeks.

Important News:

Tuesday August 27, 6:30pm-7:30pm: Parent Information Night. Meet in the cafeteria for a grade level presentation, then we will head to our individual classrooms for teacher presentations. Due to space limitations, please make childcare arrangements for your kids at home!

Many of our wonderful volunteers have started helping out on campus this week. If you are scheduled to help out with copies, folders, class parties, field trips, or any other volunteering (or plan to do so later in the year), please make sure you have completed the RRISD Volunteer Application for this year. It must be completed every school year and the process can take up to 72 hours.

August 16, 2019

Happy Friday, parents! We had a great two days in third grade. We have been getting to know each other, building classroom community, and learning routines and procedures. I bet your kids have been worn out when they come home each day!

Next week, we will still enjoy a lot of getting to know you activities, but we will settle into a more structured routine. Over the weekend, your students should be collecting items for their "Me Museum" bag, as well as photos and other decorations for their writing notebooks. Beginning next Friday, this website will be updated weekly with a general overview of the curriculum for the following week.

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday August 27th from 6:30 to 7:30pm for our Parent Information Night. This is a night for parents to meet with the entire third grade team so we can go over policies and curriculum for the year. After our group meeting, you will be invited to your child's classroom for a smaller presentation from your child' teacher. If you have questions in the meantime, please take time to read through the Grade Level Policies page on this website for important information.

We are looking forward to a great year in third grade!

The Third Grade Team

August 10, 2019

Welcome back to school! The third grade team is excited to meet our new students for the 2019-2020 school year. You will be receiving an email from your child's teacher no later than 8am on Tuesday morning.

All students and their families are invited to visit their classroom and drop off school supplies on Tuesday August 13 from 8:30am-11:30am or 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Because our school population is so large, we have set up two times, so please choose the one time that best works with your schedule. If you ordered school supplies, they will already be delivered to the classroom, but you can still stop by to meet your teacher and unpack your supplies. At the school supply drop-off, you will also be able to join the PTA and order school spirit wear. We are not ordering third grade shirts this year, so we strongly encourage every third grader to purchase a PTA shirt to wear on our field trip and for other special events such as Field Day and Economics Fair. Please join PTA for a membership fee of $8 and purchase your new England T-shirt at a discounted price of $12 as part of the Membership/t-shirt combination package of $20. Order online now and then pick up your t-shirt at open house: http://england.my-pta.org/content.asp?PageID=29

This website will be your spot for all important information from the team. We will post weekly updates about what we are learning in class, and include any announcements of upcoming events or important dates. Please bookmark it and check it regularly.

Once you know your child's teacher, we need each family to complete our online parent/student information form. This is important information that your child's teacher needs to have before the first day of school. Please take time to fill this form out accurately. We thank you in advance, and can't wait to meet you!

The Third Grade Team