Teaching and Learning Together

Field Trip Tomorrow

Reminder:  Third graders are going to Frederick Meijer Gardens tomorrow. We will depart D.E.S. at 8:45 a.m. and will return around 2:00 p.m.  If your child did not order a school lunch, he or she will need to bring a fully disposable sack lunch to school tomorrow. Please have your child’s lunch in a paper or plastic bag labeled with your child’s name on it. Chaperones should bring themselves a lunch as well.

Chaperones, please arrive to the classroom at 8:20 a.m.

Thanks and have a good night!

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Friday, April 12

Homework Menu:  A new menu was sent home with your child today; it is due next week Friday, April 19.  Please have your child read every day at home as this will help your child continue to grow as a reader.

Scholastic Book Order: A new book order was sent home with your child today.  You may order online or return the paper form to school with your child.  Please make any checks payable to: Scholastic Reading Club.    If you choose to order online you will need the one time Class Activation Code which is: GVHRH.  Please note that the Class Activation Code is case-sensitive.

The due date for this book order is: Friday, April 19

Scholastic Book Orders link:

Math Facts Updates and Student Goals:  Today your child was sent home with an updated multiplication and division basic facts progress report.  This is the same format that was given to you during parent-teacher conferences.  I went over this progress report with your child.  Based on current assessments, your child has set a new basic facts goal (highlighted in yellow).  Please take a moment to look this over to see how your child is progressing and how you can help your child at home.

Multiplication and Division Games:  Based on your child’s individual fact goal, I sent home a bag of multiplication and division games to help your child practice.  If you need more recording sheets for any of the games, please let me know.

Thanks for your continued support and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.


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Friendly Reminders

Homework Due:  Your child’s homework menu is due tomorrow morning.

Water Bottles:  If possible, please send your child to school with a water bottle each day, as our classroom doesn’t have a drinking fountain.

Thank you!

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Update for Tomorrow

Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. third graders will be going to Oval Beach to work on their Visiting Artists project which will be displayed during the Visiting Artists Showcase on May 1. We will be gone for approximately one hour.

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Field Trip Lunch Form

Frederick Meijer Gardens Field Trip:  If you would like your child to order a cold lunch from our school cafeteria for next week’s field trip, the order must be placed by tomorrow, April 9. Please check your child’s backpack for the school lunch order form (on bright green paper).  If your child lost the form, please have your child tell me tomorrow if they will be bringing a lunch from home or if they want a school lunch for the field trip.

Thanks and have a good night!

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Friday, March 28

Upcoming Field Trips:  Two notes were sent home today about upcoming field trips in April.  We were able to reschedule our field trip to Frederick Meijer Gardens for April 16. On April 30, we will visit the Outdoor Discovery Center.  Please read the notes for more details.

Homework Menu:  Over spring break, there is no homework menu to complete.  Please have your child read a just-right book daily and practice his/her multiplication and division math facts.  They can also work on any of the third grade highlighted Math or Language Arts IXL modules that they haven’t yet completed.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Have a great spring break!



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End of Week Update

Homework Menu:  A new menu was sent home with your child today and is due next week Thursday, March 28.  Please make sure your child is reading every day at home for at least 20-30 minutes.  Thank you!

March is Reading Month:  Our class will celebrate March is Reading Month next week (March 25 – March 28).  Each day’s activities are listed below:

  • Monday: “Read a Shirt Day” Students wear shirts that have words on them (school appropriate).
  • Tuesday: “Reading Knocks Your Socks Off” Students may wear their craziest, coolest, or mismatched socks to school (Please make sure they have shoes, too!).
  • Wednesday: “Catch the Reading Wave” Students may bring a beach towel to school. During independent reading, students will read on their beach towels.
  • Thursday: “Hats Off to Reading” Students may wear a hat in the classroom during independent reading.
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SCA Children’s Film Festival

Tomorrow we are attending the SCA Mountain Film Festival. Students will be out of the building from 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

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Donations Needed

Dixie Cups Needed:    Due to not having a drinking fountain in our room any more, our class is in need of 5 oz.  Dixie Cups for students who do not have or forget to bring water bottles.  Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Friday, March 15

Homework:  A new menu was sent home with your child today.  It is due next week Friday, March 22.  Please have your child read every day at home as this is very important to your child’s academic success.

Math:  Students took an end of unit assessment today on properties of multiplication.

Science:  We’ve been investigating the question:  What can we discover about how flowering plants grow and develop?  Ask your child to tell you what he/she has learned about the role of pollination, pollinators, seeds, seed dispersal, fruits, and flowers during their investigation.

Writing: The growing writers in our room finished final revisions to their personal expertise informational writing piece this week.  Next week they will work on editing and publishing their work.

Personal Safety Lesson:  A representative from the Children’s Advocacy Center in Holland will visit our classroom next week to present a lesson to the third graders on personal safety.  A letter regarding this presentation was sent home with your child today.

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