Please read through the entire post for important announcements and reminders!!!!
Eclipse: Please refer to Dr. Frost's email (I posted it in the post below) with information regarding our plan for the eclipse. I urge you that if you plan to check your child out to get here before 1:45. The permission form will go home today. If it is not returned by Friday then your student will not be allowed to participate in the outside portion of our day. (They will go to a designated area that will be watching the eclipse through a streamed broadcast.) We will also make it very clear to the students that if they are not following directions that we will not allow them to go outside regardless of the permission slip. The safety of all of our students and this unique teaching moment are priority number one for us!
Picture Day: Our picture day is Wednesday. Please send in the form your received at open house (or in the file) with money on Wednesday if you would like to order pictures.
T-shirt: Please send in the money and t-shirt order form by Wednesday. If you need a new form, please let us know and we will send one home.
Kilometer Club: Applications are going home today and need to be returned by Friday!
We are off to a great start to the 2017-2018 School Year! Thank you so much for your support through the first day of school, Open House and our first Bingo Night.
As you may know, the solar eclipse will occur Monday, August 21st. Our dismissal will be delayed for 45 minutes that day. Students will begin loading buses at 3pm and buses will leave Ford ES at 3:05. We request that all student check outs occur prior to 1:45 pm on August 21st..
Mrs. Cauffiel and classroom teachers have been teaching grade appropriate content about the eclipse to all students at Ford. Eclipse viewing plans have been approved for 3rd-5th grade students. A district permission form to obtain parent permission for students in grades 3-12 to participate in outdoor activities during the eclipse will be sent home today. The permission forms are due back by Friday, August 18th. A signed permission form is required for any student who will be outside during peak hours of the eclipse (2:00-3:00pm).
We will provide safety glasses for every student who returns a signed permission. We will review safety guideline with our students, but we encourage parents to have a conversation with their child as well. We are using the following resource for safety and security guidelines as recommended and outlined by NASA at: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety
All students in grades K-2nd and those who do not return permission will be able to watch a one hour live broadcast via IPTV from Kennesaw Mountain High School showcasing the observatory/eclipse from 1:45 - 2:45 PM. Mrs. Cauffiel and Mrs. Trammell are working on a video to send to KMHS, so Ford students will be showcased during this broadcast.
We are very excited about the opportunity to provide our students a safe way to observe the solar eclipse. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or the front office.
In case you were unable to come to Open House I have attached the power point presentation. It is not full of details, so if you have any questions, be sure to contact us and we can fill you in! Look for the information we handed out during open house and return any forms necessary!
We completed our first week in third grade and I would say it was a success! We learned lots of new routines, expectations and started working on building our little community within our classroom!!!
Coming Up!!!! Open House is this Tuesday, August 8th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please be sure to come to learn important information about the upcoming school year!
8/11: Bingo Night, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
8/16: Fall Picture Day
8/21: School-Day Extended 45 Minutes on August 21 due to Solar Eclipse Due to the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, the Cobb County School District will delay dismissal of elementary, middle and high school students by 45 minutes.
The peak time to experience the solar eclipse falls during our regularly scheduled elementary school dismissal time. Since student safety is always our first priority so we will delay dismissal to ensure that neither students nor employees are on the roadways during the time of the eclipse. Subsequently, high schools and middle schools will delay dismissal as well.
Schools will be provided with further guidance and instructional resources as appropriate. Parents are welcome to pick-up their child at the typical dismissal time if needed.
Curriculum: Reading/Language Arts: We use the Daily 5 format during our reading block. Many of the students used this in first and second grade and they are very comfortable with this format. We started a small part of this last week and hope to be in full operation within the next couple of weeks. Math: We are working on place value and rounding this week. We will then review all of the addition and subtraction strategies, but they love when we show them the algorithm for these types of problems! Science: For the first couple of weeks will jump right into Rocks and Minerals. We have lots of great hands on activities that will build the foundation for their earth science studies. Social Studies: We are so excited about the new social studies curriculum. We will begin with Native Americans and how they adapted throughout the regions in our country. This unit will be full of great connections, literature and activities.
Please make sure you signed up with the Remind app. This is a great way for to remind you of quick things like field trips, picture day and other school activities. Text: 810-10 message: @vancekalra
We also use Class Dojo for our behavior management system as well as keeping you informed about what is going on in our classroom with photos and videos.
I will be updating the blog every couple of weeks. I will email this out as well as keep it on the blog for future reference.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us! We are part of the puzzle that helps these kiddos be successful!
Today was a great first day to begin our journey through 3rd grade together. Please make sure you accept the invitation to Class Dojo. If you have not registered for Remind, please do so! Text @vancekalra to 810-10.
Your child came home with their brand new agenda today. Please make sure to sign it every evening. We did tell them that it is their responsibility to give you the agenda and a pen for you to use to sign it.
Their first homework assignment is the "All About Me" bag. The instructions are attached to the bag they took home today. Please wait until Friday to send it in as we don't have the storage to keep 23 bags!
Also, if you could please sign the "Receipt of Cobb Folder" inside of the Cobb Folder. We highlighted the parts that need to be signed.
We will be sharing more information in the very near future on how our classroom works and runs, but we didn't want to overload you on the first day!!!
They all did great! We know it is going to be a great year! Make sure they get plenty of rest and drink water!!!
Immediately following we will have a celebratory ice cream party. Look for an email with a Sign Up from Patty Payton for needed supplies.
FIELD DAY: Field Day is Wednesday, May 10th. We would normally wear our class t-shirt, but since we are going on a field trip the next day, please just have them wear a Ford t-shirt. Please send a complete change of clothes (underwear, socks, etc) for them to change into after we are done. They will get wet and then they get cold and uncomfortable.
They are still looking for volunteers, so if you would like to volunteer here is the link for sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044aadaa23a13-second (I just looked and our class has a lot of parents coming! Wow!)
FIELD TRIP: We are going to the Tellus Museum on Thursday, May 11th. I have three parents signed up to go with us. If you would like to go please let me know. Parents are required to provide their own transportation and museum entrance fee.
All lunches should be sent in completely disposable containers. One of our rotations will be the gift shop, so if you would like to send them with money to purchase something you may, but it is not required.
Dates: Field Day: 5/10 Field Trip: 5/11 Book Reveal: 5/19 Half Days: 5/23 & 5/24 Last Day: 5/24
I know it's a busy time of year so if you need anything let me know!!
So here we are staring down the barrel at the end of the school year and we have a lot to cover. So get some popcorn and settle in: Milestone: Milestone testing begins this coming Wednesday. Here is the schedule for the week: Wednesday: ELA part 1 Thursday: ELA part 2 Friday: ELA part 3 Monday: Math part 1 Tuesday: Math part 2
What you need to know: We have told the kids that they are ready for this test. They have worked all year long and this is their time to show you and us how much they have learned. We did talk extensively about being careful and taking their time, reading the whole question and making sure they use their strategies. If you could reiterate all of those things to them I think it would really help. They will do great!!!
Also, if you have not sent in your super, secret envelope, please do as soon as possible! We think the kids we really love to have the daily encouragement!
Please remember what you have been assigned for snacks and treats. If you can’t remember let us know and we can tell you.
We told them to make sure they get a good night’s rest, a good breakfast every night and play outside as much as possible during testing. This will make their brain work best. That’s enough of that…
Autobiography: Thank you for those that turned in the Bare Books and the extra! Please remember that we are beginning our work on those next week. Your child brought home the “home” portion of this assignment and it is due MONDAY. This is the central part of the project, so we need those turned in!
We will also be doing a BOOK REVEAL party on Friday, May 19th at 12:45 in the classroom and you will be invited! We will send more details out as it gets closer, but you will not want to miss this!
Dates to know: Milestone Testing: 4/19-4/25 Evening in the Garden: 5/3 Field Day: 5/10 Book Reveal: 5/19 12:45 5/23: Early Release 5/24: Early Release/Last Day of School
I know there is a lot going on and we will be doing our best to keep your informed, but if you need anything or have any questions, please let us know!
Milestone: Today we are sending home important information about Milestone testing. Dates: Wednesday, April 19: ELA, Part 1 Thursday, April 20: ELA, Part 2 Friday, April 21: ELA, Part 3 Monday, April 24, Math, Part 1 Tuesday, April 25, Math, Part 2
Please remember that we will be testing in the morning. We will send out more reminders as we get closer.
We are also asking for snacks like we did during IOWA/CoGAT. It is going home today and I will email it out as well.
Autobiography: Thank you to those of you that have ordered and sent in the Bare Books. We are starting our autobiographies next week. Look for something to come home for their "at home" portion of the assignments. Each student will need four pictures throughout their life. Please make sure these are not originals unless they can go in the Bare Book.
Ms. Quandt: Our student teacher's last day is Friday, April 14th. We would love to put something together for her. If you could send in some teacher supplies for us to put together that would be great. Things like pencils, pens, pads of papers, etc. We will send a reminder when we get back.
Remind your kiddo to work on those math facts over the break! Thanks for all that you do!
I am so sorry that it has been almost a month since I updated the blog. Please forgive me! Upcoming: We have a field trip coming up Tuesday, March 14th to the CATO preserve. Please have your child wear their class t-shirt. If you are packing a lunch, please make sure all items are disposable. Bingo night is this Friday night from 6:30-8:00. Come out and support the PTA and Relay for Life!
ELA The kids did an amazing job on their biographies. We thoroughly enjoyed their presentations! Thank you for working hard with them at home! We have been working on figurative language the past couple of weeks and we will begin using it in our writing. Math We introduced fractions and basic fraction equivalents. A great real world connection you can make is to find fractions in their world. Anywhere from brownies, pizza, floors in a building…ask them questions like “If there were 12 brownies in the pan and your dad ate three of them what fraction of the brownies would be left?” We saw great improvement in our fact fluency this month. Thank you for continuing to work with them on this vital 3rd grade skill! When we asked the kids that showed a huge growth and are almost at 100% fluency in both what they did, the answer was always the same… FLASHCARDS!!!!! Sometimes the things that worked when we were kids, work for our own. You can either make some with index cards or here is a link from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Greenbrier-1112-Math-Flash-Cards/dp/B007QND52O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488980614&sr=8-1&keywords=flashcards+math
End of the 9 weeks: As we gear down this 9 weeks and prepare for the last 9 weeks of the school year (I can’t even.), we are spending time fine tuning the skills we have learned this school year to best prepare them for 4th grade. As we get closer to Milestones we will do some test taking strategies to prepare them for what they will see, but they will be ready. We will talk about testing as it gets closer, but just keep reading and working on those math facts!
As always, Kara and I are so appreciative of your support of our classroom. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!!!
I just wanted to send a few reminders/updates as we head into the weekend:
Valentine's Day: We will be celebrating Valentine's Day with the students on Tuesday. We sent home a class list so that they could address their Valentine's. If you don't have it, no worries, we can send another one! Please wait until Tuesday to send the box in as we don't really have the room to store them!
Biography: The kids are working hard on their biographies in the classroom. It is fun to watch them take a real interest in someone. We are doing all of the writing of the biography in class. The only thing you need to be working on at home is their desktop and costume. Half of the class will present on Thursday and the other half on Friday. I sent digital copies of the information for the desk top but if you need it again I can resend it!
Novel Study: We are almost done with Indian in the Cupboard. We have all loved this book! Throughout the book we have done a character study and how the characters and their personality affect the outcome of a situation. Our plan is to watch the movie together the Friday before our Winter Break. So we will be working super hard early next week so that we can enjoy our time on Friday!
Behavior: We sent an email out earlier this week about a behavior plan change. We will continue with our positive reinforcement of Dojo points, but will include the "Three Strikes You're Out" rule. If a student receives three "Xs" in their agenda over the course of the week they will go to the Reading Room during Fun Friday. We appreciate your support at home as many students came to us the next day and said "An X at school, means an X at home". Kids do so much better when they have that school/home connection...so thank you for that!
Math: I couldn't make a blog update without mentioning Fact Fluency! We would like the students on Conceptua Math Fact Fluency EVERY NIGHT. I have a progress chart that keeps me updated on their attempts and mastery. Please encourage them to do this at least 15 minutes every night. There is an app for this website, so it is available for devices!
As always, thank you for your continued support! If you need anything, please don't hesitate to contact us!