Weekly Update

Hello everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the weekend! Here is our classroom news for the week:

Homework for this week can be found online here. For English word work, students will use the same list of words this week as they did last week.

Blue folders should come back to school every day. Please help students remember to bring this folder back to school so that papers make it home safely!

Bitmoji ImageCamp Roger Field Trip – Our yearly field trip to Camp Roger is around the corner. This event will take place on October 22nd from 8:30-2:30. We would love to have 4-5 parents join us for this wonderful day in the woods. Please let me know if you are able to join us. As part of the field trip, we will enjoy a hotdog roast. We will need students to bring items like hotdogs, buns, chips, etc. to school. Click here to see the signup genius where you can select an item to bring in. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

MAP Test: Our last test is scheduled for this Thursday at 10:30 (Language Arts).

Foot Frolic Frenzy Envelopes: This event will take place on Friday, October 11. After the event, you will get a sheet letting you know how many laps your child completed. Please send envelopes after the race, before October 18th. Thanks for helping to make Foot Frolic Frenzy a success!

Curriculum Update:

Reading – We continue our study of characters this week. We will practice empathizing with our characters, noticing when a character does something that he or she would not usually do, and using this information to make predictions about what the character will do next! We will also practice using the parts of our books with strong emotions to help us connect to our characters and learn more about them.

Writing – Last week, students worked on trying different leads for their stories to catch the reader’s attention and will continue to work on that this week. We will also be looking at what other strategies authors have used and apply some of them to our writing.  We will also learn what is means to develop the “heart” of the story.

Math – This week we move on to practicing multiples of 4 as well as story problems and other games to help develop greater fluency with our 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 9s and 10s multiplication facts.

Bible – This week we will finish our unit on exploring the Bible with a unit reflection. We will also begin our unit on the creation story from Genesis.

Science – Students will learn about different kinds of precipitation and severe weather. Students will also work together to build a model of a house that can withstand a hurricane as we wrap up our weather unit.

As always, feel free to connect with me at any time!
Vanessa

Dates to note: 

9/26 Final Fall MAP Test #3 – Language – 10:30am
10/4 Grand Friend’s Day
10/11 Foot Frolic Frenzy
10/16 Box Top Collection Day
10/22 Camp Roger Field Trip
10/22 Parent/Teacher Conferences – Evening
10/22 Picture Retake Day
10/23 ½ Day of School (K-4 Dismissal @ 12:10 pm)
10/23 Picture Retake Day
10/24-25 No School – GRCES Staff Development
10/29 Parent/Teacher Conferences – Evening
10/31 Parent/Teacher Conferences – Afternoon
12/16 Christmas Program (Changed from the 17th)

IXL for math

Image result for ixlHello parents,

Today, we started using IXL in our classroom as a part of math.  This is also a tool that students can use at home to practice math skills. I will star the skills that they can work on so that they can easily identify them when they log in.  There is a sheet going home today with more information. The link is: ixl.com/signin/grcs. They can also find the link via Mr.McWhertor’s website. Students should use the same username and password as their school account.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Vanessa

Christmas Program Date Change

Due to scheduling issues with high school activities, the 3rd/4th Christmas program has been rescheduled.  The program will be Monday, December 16, at 7 pm at the Center for Arts and Worship.  Mark your calendars with the change!

Weekly Update

Hello parents,

I hope you all had a restful weekend! Our class is getting into the routine of 3rd grade and they all have been working very hard. See below for classroom news and a curriculum update.

Be sure to check out our photos page.  I just added student pictures from the first week and pictures from our time with our kindergarten buddies.  Use password: grcs

Homework for this week can be found online here. Also going home this week, will be an English Word Work folder.  Students will be receiving a new set of words every other week to work on at home. In the folder, they have everything they need to complete word work activities (some are even games they can do with you!).. They must complete 2 activities per week and record that on the homework online form.

Monday is school picture day! Please send in order forms with payment if you’d like to order a picture package.  Thank you!

MAP Testing Our first test went well this week. We have one more next week and one more the following week both on  Thursday morning at 10:30am. Thanks for making sure they are well-rested and ready to go for these days.

Grandfriends Day is October 4. We will be celebrating Grandfriends Day on Friday, October 4. This is a day wehere your child can invite a grandfriend to visit their classroom, go out to recess with them, and enjoy a program that the students have been working hard on. Invitations went home last week.

Foot Frolic Frenzy envelopes went home on Friday. All money raised goes directly to the PTO and is used to cover the cost of field trips, provide money for teachers to use towards their classrooms, provide meals and treats for teachers during staff appreciation week and offer community building events such as Grandfriend’s Day and Coffee Connections.  Money has also been used for larger initiatives like the purchase of leveled reading books and new playground equipment.  

Curriculum Update:

Reading – We will be starting a new unit this week focusing on the characters in our stories. This week we will be paying attention to how a character behaves to learn more about them, create theories about our characters and empathize with characters.

Writing – This week, students will be working on trying different leads for their stories to catch the reader’s attention. We will also be looking at what other strategies authors have used and apply some of them to our writing.

Math – We continue practicing the multiplication facts we’ve learned so far and will be adding the 3s and 4s this week. We will also be working with multiplication and area and using the distributive property.

Bible – Students will continue to be Bible explorers this week as we look at what footnotes, maps, table of contents, and glossaries teach us in the Bible. I look forward to hearing students say the Bible memory verse before this Friday from Psalm 89:1 (our school theme verse).

Science – As we wrap up our weather unit, we will be talking about evaporation and also about hazardous weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. Students will be building a house model in groups and their goal is to make it so that it can withstand hurricane winds (leaf blower) and flooding (pouring cups of water over their house)!

Have a wonderful week!

Blessings,
Vanessa

Dates to note: 

Monday, September 16 – Picture Day

Thursday, September 19 – MAP Reading Test

Friday, September 20 – Chapel, all are welcome!

Thursday, October 3 – MAP Language Test

Friday, October 4 – Grandfriends Day

Friday, October 11 – Foot Frolic Frenzy Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 22 – Picture retake day

Tuesday, October 22 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, October 23 – 1/2 day of school, 12:10 dismissal

Wednesday, October 23 – Picture retake day

Thursday, October 24 – No school

Friday, October 25 – No school

Weekly Update

Bitmoji ImageHello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Here are the announcements for the coming week and an update on what we are learning.

Homework
The link to this week’s homework can be found here. Please let me know if you have any questions about homework! I will be going over how to do homework online in class. Homework will be posted here on the blog as well as emailed to parents and students each week.  Homework is due before the following Monday (This week’s homework is due before September 16). Students should already have flashcards for the 5s, 2s and 10s times tables at home. Thank you!

MAP Tests
For the next three weeks, our class has MAP standardized tests on Thursday mornings at 10:30am. I’ve added these dates to the “dates to remember” section at the bottom of this post. Please help make sure that students are at school and well-rested on these days!

Scholastic Book Orders
Check out what books are available to order from Scholastic on this month’s flyers. If you would like to place an order this month, Click here to order. If you do not have a Scholastic account, click here to set up an account. Use the class code: MMC6Y

Curriculum Update: 

Reading: This week we will wrap up our unit on strong reading habits.  Our focus will be on the importance of sharing our reading habits, book lists, and thinking with others. We will also practice listening well to what our partners share! As we finish this unit, we will reflect on ways that we have grown as readers as well as what goals we have for our reading habits this year.

Writing: We will continue to practice making our writing come alive with a storyteller’s voice! We will also pause to think about our goals as writers and practice editing as we write.

Math: This week, we will continue to build fluency with the 5s and 2s multiplication and division facts. We will also learn the 10s times table and the 9s times table. As we introduce more multiplication facts, we will continue to talk about patterns and strategies that can help us solve these problems and check our answers.

Bible: We will have our first end-of-unit reflection about Ephesians at the beginning of this week. We will begin our new unit talking about why the Word of God is important to us as Christians and how the Bible is organized.

Science: We will continue our discussion about the heating effects of the sun on land and water, learn about how warm air and cool air affect changes in temperature from place to place, and use a model to construct an explanation of air pressure.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great week!
Vanessa

Dates to remember:

*Thursday, September 12: Math MAP Test
*Monday, September 16: Picture Day (10:35)
*Thursday, September 19: Reading MAP Test
*Thursday, September 26: Language Usage MAP Test
*Friday, October 4: Grandfriends’ Day
*Friday, October 11: Foot Frolic Frenzy (school fundraiser)
*Tuesday October 22: Parent Teacher Conferences
*Wednesday, October 23: 1/2 Day (K-4 Dismissal @ 12:10 pm)
*October 24-25: No School
*Tuesday, October 29: Parent Teacher Conferences
*Thursday, October 31: Parent Teacher Conferences

Grandfriends Day

We will be celebrating Grandfriends Day on Friday, October 4. This is a day where your child can invite a grandfriend to visit their classroom, go out to recess with them, and enjoy a program that the students have been working hard on. Here’s the schedule for the day:

Kindergarten & 1st grade        

9:00-9:45      Classroom visiting   

9:45-10:05    Recess

2nd-4th grade

9:00-10:00    Classroom visiting

10:05-10:25   Recess

Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Program at 10:35

Class Dojo!

Image result for class dojoHello parents,

We will be using Class Dojo as our behavior system in our classroom this year.  I just introduced this to the class yesterday.  Each student begins the day with 3 points and their job is to keep those 3 points. Today, there is a sheet going home with an invitation code for you to log in and set up your child’s account.  Students can change their avatar monsters on there and you can see their points.  Class Dojo can be used for communication too but our communication will happen via our classroom blog (here!) or via email.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Have a great day,
Vanessa

Weekly Update

Bitmoji ImageHello parents,

I hope you enjoyed the long holiday weekend! I am enjoying getting to know each one of the students in our class. What a fun bunch of kids! In the next couple of weeks, I will be touching base with you via email to check in about the first few weeks of school. I just want to ask about how you think things are going and see if there is anything else I can do to help your child have a successful start this school year.

Homework
No homework this week.

TeacherPayTeacher
From Sara Seth, our Spanish Immersion Director: Dear SI Parents!  Here is an opportunity to help an SI teacher in a small way!  Consider donating $5 to our TeacherPayTeacher website where we can purchase materials in SPANISH for our classrooms!

Curriculum Update: 

Reading: We continue to work on our reading stamina this week.  Our goal is to read without stopping for 20 minutes as a class. Last week, we made it to 16 minutes. We are making excellent progress! This week, we will also talk about stopping to reread and clear up confusion, figuring out unfamiliar words while reading, and visualizing to keep track of what is happening in the book.

Writing: Students have made lists in their writers notebooks of important people, places and small moments with strong emotions so that we have lots of ideas for our narrative stories. This week, we will be working on using our storytelling voice and writing our stories bit by bit. We will also work on setting goals for our writing.

Math: This week, we will continue to explore the meaning of the division and practicing our 5s multiplications facts. Students will also be introduced to the 2s multiplication facts.

Bible: We will wrap up our unit on living in a Christian community by learning about the Armor of God. This is followed by another shorter unit about how to read the Bible effectively and how to use tools like concordances, glossaries, footnotes, etc.

Science: We’ve been tracking the weather and this week we will be learning about how sunlight affects land and water differently. We will also discover how this is connected to other weather like wind.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Blessings,
Vanessa

Dates to remember:

Friday, September 6: Chapel 8:25-9:00 (Families welcome)

Monday, September 16: Picture Day

Friday, October 4: Grandfriends’ Day

Friday, October 11: Foot Frolic Frenzy (school fundraiser)

A note from Jenny Marsh, Spanish Immersion Student Support Services Coordinator

A note from Jenny Marsh, Spanish Immersion Student Support Services Coordinator:

At GRCS, we are privileged to care for the whole child, focusing on spiritual, academic, emotional and linguistic growth. We take the role of preparing students to be effective servants of Christ seriously. 

One part of monitoring that growth is supporting each child in his/her strengths and struggles. We are blessed to be able to provide individualized instruction in response to data. This ensures that immersion is for every child, regardless of academic achievement.

In addition to small groups inside the classroom, we support students through two types of groups outside the classroom– STEP time and interventions. During STEP time, all students are split into groups based on their unique skills. These groups are taught by classroom teachers as well as interventionists. Don’t be surprised if your child comes home and says they have been working with a different teacher. This is just one of the many ways we serve students well at GRCS! The other type of group is called interventions. Interventions are given to some students who need additional support in a particular academic area. The students receive extra support outside of the classroom with an interventionist. Your child’s classroom teacher will notify you if your child receives consistent support with an interventionist. Both of these groups are informed by data and discussed at weekly meetings between classroom teachers and the support services coordinator (Jenny Marsh). They are fluid and responsive to students’ current needs.

Thanks for sharing your precious child of God with us! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your child’s classroom teacher, John Barkel (principal), Sara Seth (assistant principal) or Jenny Marsh.

Weekly Update

Bitmoji ImageHello parents,

I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend! Here are some announcements as well as an update on what we will be learning this week. Last week was full of new learning about how we do things in 3rd grade, and students have done a fantastic job of learning new routines. I am excited for a great year!

Homework
No homework this week.

Specials Schedule
The specials schedule is posted on the “Specials Schedule” tab of our blog.  Please note that library day is Friday this year.

Scholastic Book Order
I will be placing an order on Friday. If you would like to place an order this month, Click here to order.
If you do not have a Scholastic account, click here to set up an account. Use the class code: MMC6Y

TeacherPayTeacher
From Sara Seth, our Spanish Immersion Director: Dear SI Parents!  Here is an opportunity to help an SI teacher in a small way!  Consider donating $5 to our TeacherPayTeacher website where we can purchase materials in SPANISH for our classrooms!

Curriculum Update:

Reading: Students are starting the year with a unit about good reading habits. We will talk about choosing a space that will help us do our best reading, what it means to be a focused reader, setting goals for ourselves as readers, and the importance of picking books that are a good fit. We will also start our English decoding and spelling program this week.

Writing: Students had fun decorating their writing notebooks last week (we will finish up Monday)! This week we will focus on ways to generate ideas for narrative stories by brainstorming lists of special people and places as well as thinking of moments with strong emotions.  We will also talk about what it means to focus on a “small moment” of a story.

Math: Last week students starting learning about multiplication! We will continue to practice the 5s multiplication facts and learn how to represent multiplication as equal groups and as arrays.  We will end the week exploring the meaning of division.

Bible: We begin our year with a study of Ephesians.  We have talked about God’s plan of salvation for us and what it means to work together as the body of Christ. This week we will focus on what it  means to follow in Christ’s footsteps.

Science: We are starting our weather unit this week! We introduced it last week by discussing why the weather is different in different places around the world. This week, we will explore instruments that we use to measure weather.

Have a wonderful week!

Blessings,

Vanessa

Dates to Remember:

Friday, August 30: No School (Labor Day Break)

Monday, September 2: No School (Labor Day Break)

Friday, September 6: Chapel 8:25-9:00 (Families Welcome)

Monday, September 16: Picture Day

Friday, September 20: Chapel 8:25-9:00 (Families Welcome)