November Newsletter

Nov. 4th, 2017

Newsletter

 

Thank you all for coming to goal-setting meetings. It was so nice to get the opportunity to talk with you all about your children. I’m thinking next time I may schedule 20min. time slots as I did get behind on the Thursday night – I apologize!  If you feel you did not get to hear enough about your child’s progress please email me for another time to meet and I am more than willing to do so. All of your children now have three goals for this term (Some even have four). I will comment on these goals in the January report card.  I may request a meeting time with you in January after these report cards but there are no parent-teacher interview times scheduled. If you would like a time to meet with me anytime during the year please email me to arrange so. We do have another goal-setting meeting in March for new goals to be created.

Reading

We are starting next week with our reading groups during “Read to Self” and “Read to Someone” time. Some groups will meet once a week, some  will meet everyday, and some groups will meet twice a week. Those students that are working with Mrs. Shellian are not included in these groups as they have time to work with her in the afternoon. Our class focus in reading is Comprehension –  understanding what we read and making sure we make connections and ask questions while reading. We are reading out loud the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and hope to be able to go see the High School production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in December.

Writing

In Writing, we continue to focus on journal entries with neatness, excellent content, proper sentence structure, capitals, periods and proper spelling. We will be starting a class Word Wall this month and working a lot of bigger words and how to break them up into parts we know.

Math

In Math, we are studying about numbers from 100 to 1000. In this unit, your child will:

  • Show a 3-digit number in different ways, using base ten blocks, pictures, words and numbers.
  • Compare and order 2-digit and 3-digit numbers
  • Skip count by 5s, 10s, and 100s forward and backward to 1000
  • Skip count by 3s, 4s and 25s forward and backward to 1000
  • Estimate how many items are in a large collection by comparing it to a known quantity

Here are some activities you can do at home to support this learning:

  • Use play money to model numbers and to develop understanding of trading or grouping. For example, show that $342 can be modelled as $300+$40+$2. Using play bills for $1,$10, and $100 helps to reinforce place value.
  • Play a number comparison game: Remove the tens and face cards form a deck of regular playing cards. Deal 3 cards to each player. Each player uses the cards to make the greatest possible 3-digit number. The person with greater number gets a point. Repeat. The first player to get 10 points is the winner. Play the game again, this time making the least number possible.

Social Studies

In Social Studies, we are learning how to take jot notes and creating a travel blog post about a fictitious trip to India including factual information that we have been learning about the country. This will take us awhile to complete and we will share the final product on our Classroom Blog.

Technology

We are using the Chromebooks quite a bit in our classroom this year. Each child has an email address and password which is used to log into their computers. These email addresses are linked to their own Google account that is monitored by Canadian Rockies. It not to be used as a regular email account for the duration of grade 3. It is a place for students to work on and share Google files not to answer and receive emails at this time. They will continue to have this email address for their entire School career with Canadian Rockies but at this point we are only using it to create documents and finished products will then be shared with you. Students have been and will continue to be told sternly about the proper use of this email. It is not for messages to friends or parents or to be used to sign up for memberships, etc.. at this point. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Important Dates to Remember (Also on the Google Calendar)

Nov 1st – Picture Retake Day

  • Goal Setting Meetings in the evening

Nov. 2nd – Goal Setting Meetings in the evening

Nov. 3rd – No School For Students.

  • Goal Setting Meetings in the morning

Nov. 8th – Remembrance Day Assembly

Nov. 9th and 10th – No School for Students in Lieu of Goal Setting Meetings

Nov. 14 – Book Orders Due!

Nov. 17th – Half day for Students

  • Dress in one solid Colour (ie. Blue shirt and pants) Day for Grade Three

Nov. 24th – Dress in Stripes, Checks or Plaid Day for Grade Three

Up – Coming Events

Dec. 13th – Christmas Concert (afternoon dress rehearsal, evening performance)

 

October Newsletter

Oct. 1st, 2017


 

NEWSLETTER

 

October has arrived! It has been a whirlwind. September was a month of colds, tired students and teachers. 3A has started to build a good classroom learning environment. Routines are coming together and expectations reinforced. We continue to work on listening skills and during transition times – being hands free and respectful of each other. We have our agenda out every morning to deliver notes and check off reading logs. This is also the time for exchanging books (as well as library exchanges on each child’s given day).

READING

We are building stamina for reading to ourselves (quietly or with a reading phone tube) with understanding and with a “Just right” level book. If the book has more than 5 difficult words per page it is too challenging!  I have listened to all the students read and talked with them about their strengths and areas to work on. I will continue to formally assess each child during our quiet reading time this month. Before Goal setting meetings (Nov. 1,2 and 3) the entire school has an Response to Intervention meeting time by grade level where we discuss student needs and how we, as a school, can help those students with reading needs specifically.

Keep up the great reading practice at home. Children are encouraged to recognize “Just right” level books for themselves in grade three but we still have a few that are reading either too hard or too easy books for them. We have had many talks about the fact that if we are not reading a just right book our reading will not improve. Please let me know if the books coming home are not appropriate. If you have books at home that are a good level that is fine also. BUT please have them read them aloud to you before determining this. Another option is to have them go on our RAZ-KIDS reading program – A note is coming home Monday with more details.

WRITING AND SCIENCE

We are writing every day in our journals and also during science. We are learning how to take notes and learning new vocabulary words through our rocks and minerals unit. We will conclude this unit mid month with a unit test and performance task (review notes will be sent home to you before hand). Our spelling lists/word work words will continue each week with quizzes on Fridays.

MATH

In math, we are finishing up our unit on increasing and decreasing number patterns mid month. We will be moving on to numbers to 1000.

HEALTH – Kimochi Program

Here is an interesting quote from our program:

Social-Emotional Development in Third Graders How Children Grow

Below are some general developmental milestones that can help you to understand the social and emotional progress a third grader will make over the school year.

Keep in mind that every child is different and may not  fit perfectly into this framework.

Where they are: The average third grader is explosive, excitable, dramatic, and inquisitive. They may: Possess a “know-it-all” attitude

  • Are able to assume some responsibility for her actions
  • Actively seeks praise
  • May undertake more than she can handle successfully
  • Are self-critical
  • Recognize the needs of others

Where they are going: Third graders are continuing to learn about themselves and others. Encourage third graders to: • Explore the relationship of feelings, goals, and behaviors

  • Learn about choices and consequences
  • Begin setting goals
  • Become more responsible
  • Learn how to work with others”

HALLOWEEN

Halloween day is a Tuesday this year. We will not be changing into our costumes until the afternoon that day. No violent costumes, swords, etc… are permitted. We will be having our traditional Halloween parade in the Gym and then going back to class to play board games together. Please sign up  to bring a fruit or veggie tray and one special treat tray (cupcakes or something else peanut and tree nut free). Please do not send treats with them for lunch the rest of the week!

November 1st, 2nd and 3rd of November are Goal Setting Meeting days. We will be using a Doodle (computer based scheduling program) to set up these meeting times.

Important Dates to remember: (These are also on Our Class Google Calendar)

Oct. 2nd – Lefarge Class presentation 10:30-11:00 in the Learning Commons

Oct. 3rd – Lyon Lynns – Anxiety presentation 9:15-10:00 in the Gym

Oct. 4th – Individual Picture Day

Oct. 6th – Half Day for Students – Favourite Graphic T-shirt or Jersey Day!

Oct. 9th – No School – Thanksgiving

Oct. 13th – Morning Field Trip to Lafarge – Favourite Book day!

Oct. 20th – Half Day for Students – Backwards Day!

Oct. 24th – Kananaskis in the Classroom 9am

Oct. 27th – P.J. Day! Again 🙂 We like this one.

Oct. 31st – Halloween – Afternoon Parade and Board Game Party.

Nov. 1st – Picture Retakes

  – Goal Setting Meetings Evening

Nov. 2nd – Goal setting Meetings Evening

Nov. 3rd – No Classes for students – Goal Setting Meetings in the Morning

 

Terri Williamson

Third Grade Teacher

Elizabeth Rummel School

 

September Newsletter

Mrs. Williamson’s Grade 3

September Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! My name is Terri Williamson and I am excited to be your child’s grade three teacher. I am returning to grade three after many years in other teaching positions and am truly thrilled to be back!  I welcome your participation in our joint effort to make this year the best it can be for your child and all children in our class. The grade three year is busy due to each subject area demanding more complex understanding. Grade 3 is a cross-roads between “learning to read” and “reading to learn” . Students will be working cooperatively, in partners and teams, as well as more independently. Grade 3’s are up to the challenge of becoming the leaders of our school. As leaders, the students and I will work together to create a welcoming and safe classroom/school where each student contributes by putting their best effort forward to meet their learning goals. I am looking forward to beginning and continuing to get to know your lovely children and guiding them on their learning journeys.  

Sincerely,  

Terri Williamson

Email – theresa.williamson@crps.ca

Class Blog –  http://twilliamsonaz.edublogs.org/

Important information

  1. Allergies/Medical Concerns:

There are students in class with severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Please do not send any items with these items. Also, if there are other allergies or medical issues that I am not aware of please let me know so that we can take the appropriate action.

  1. Classroom Communication/Newsletters:

Monthly Newsletters and weekly photos/posts will be on our Class Blog – I will subscribe all of you to the subscription list so whenever we put up a new post you will be emailed. The class calendar, links, and information are all posted on this site. If you have any questions please let me know. I will be talking about the blog at Open House.

  1. Student Month at a Glance Agendas:

Agendas support your child’s organizational skills and keep us all accountable for notes, reading each night, and communicating. Along with the agenda, students will bring a book home to read. Please out an initial in the date box on the calendar when they complete their homework.

  1. Indoor/Outdoor shoes

Students do need inside and outside shoes. The inside shoes should be good for gym and with non-marking soles.

  1. Water Bottles/Food

Please send your child with a water bottle. Water is important to keep our bodies and minds working well. Please only put water in your child’s water bottle. Juice or other drinks can be placed in their lunch kits for lunch. Milk and Pizza orders will be sent out in the next week or so – Milk will not begin until October.

  1. Homework

For the month of September we will be reading each week night for at least 20min. per day. In October I will add some math work as well as reading.

  1. Parent Participation

Parents are welcome to volunteer in the class at any time. We do require that you get a criminal check before doing so though – District Policy. If you would like to come in on a regular basis please let me know so that I can work with you to ensure you are volunteering in a capacity that suits you.

  1. Messages and Early Pick-up

If, during the school day, you need to give your child a message personally please sign in at the office first. If you are picking up your child early please stop in at the office and they will call your child down.  

Important Dates

Sept. 5th – First day of Regular Classes

Sept. 8th – Half Day for students (11:50 Dismissal)

Sept. 20th – Open House 6:30pm

Sept. 22nd – Half Day for students (11:50 Dismissal)

Sept. 25th – Geoscience Center Trip 9-11am

Sept. 28th – Terry Fox Run 11:15 Grade 3’s run – Afterward Family Picnic/Dance Party

In the first few weeks we will working together to create a welcoming, healthy learning community. I look forward to seeing you all at Open House on the 20th!  

Please contact me if you have any questions. 🙂

*** This will be the only paper copy of a Class Newsletter this year (unless you let me know you want a paper copy)**** Please see our class blog for new posts and next month’s Newsletter.

Happy Summer Everyone!

Enjoy the time with your families! I look forward to seeing you all in the hallways next year. Be sure to return your summer packages for a big hug and prize. You all know where my new Grade 3 Classroom is! Happy Summer.

Love, Mrs. Williamson 🙂

June Newsletter

Jun. 1st, 2017Bugs

Dear Parents,

Only 3 1/2 more weeks of Kindergarten! Where has the time gone? Wow! Your children have grown so much. I am so proud of all their learning!

Academics : We are finishing off the year with the theme of “Bugs and Insects!” along with some “Birds and Mountain Animals”. Literacy groups and home reading will be completed next week. If you still have any reading books please send them in.  I will be doing final assessment pieces and finishing off projects with students over the next few weeks.

Dates to Remember!

*Please remember that Milk and Pizza are completed for the year. 

June 2nd – No School for Kindergarten – Professional Development Day

June 7th – Library Day

June 8th – Walk to the Public Library (Afternoon)

June 9th –  Book Orders Due (So I can get them back to you before the end of the year):)

June 13th – Senses Activities here in the Outdoor Reserve (We are not going to the Outdoor Learning Center – We will be doing the same activities here at school in our reserve).

June 14th – Last School Library Day – Please make sure all books are returned. I am hoping we can get these all back in as soon as possible. Any fines for missing books will be in your child’s report card.

June 16th – No School for Kindergarten – Professional Development Day

June 22nd – Policeman’s Creek – Bug Hunt (Morning)

June 27th – ** Last Day of Regular Classes

June 28th – Kindergarten Picnic 10 am – 12 noon. An adult must accompany your child on this day. Outside on the hill – Games will be set up and run by our grade 3 students as well as face painting (by the teachers!). Then we will all have a picnic (bring your own, plus a blanket) followed by a short presentation by our students.

Summer Holidays Begin!Summer

I’m sure I will be able to get to talk with you all before or at the end of the year picnic, but if not. Thank you for all of your support and hard work with your children this year. I am so proud of all the things they have accomplished. They are well on their way to be great members of our community. I look forward to seeing them around town this summer. 🙂 Mrs. W.