Friday, September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017 News

Thank you to Sara Ahluwalia and Abby Kordosky for accompanying us on our River Rendezvous field trip today.  We came back to school much hotter and sweatier than when we left but I know the children will learn a lot of new information.  Perhaps your child will share a few tidbits with you this weekend?  Next week, we will make a mind map of our trip.  Pictures will be up very soon on the Photos section of our class blog. 

Your children have been engaged in Writer’s Workshop, where they are learning about writing small moments for personal narratives. We are learning different strategies, such as writing about a special person or place.  Next week, we will continue the conversation with other strategies: how you felt during a moment and writing with a storytelling voice and not a reporter voice. 

In math, we have been busy reviewing place value to 10,000.  This week, we made large numbers and worked closely with each place value.  Important vocabulary words are standard form, word form, and expanded form.  We are looking at different ways to write numbers, as well as comparing numbers with “greater than” or “less than.”  We began to organize our math spirals (where we keep notes and practice problems) and the children are learning how to take notes.  Your children are very engaged in their different math learning groups!

In social studies and science, we talked about glaciers across Minnesota thousands of years ago.  Ask your child what they remember about these glaciers (hint: they caused the lakes!).  We also began learning the four key ways to identify birds.  We are watching a series of videos from “Inside Birding” and taking notes.  The videos are linked on our class blog. 

The children had their first word study test on Thursday and did quite well!  The new word sort was already introduced and three choices are due next Friday, September 29th.

Book orders finally came home (your children were very excited to get them in their hands!).  Ordering is voluntary and can be done either online or via sending in a check with the paper order form.  Directions for ordering online can be found on the blog in the “Helpful Info” section under the link “Scholastic Note.”  If you are ordering “the old fashioned way,” the paper forms are due on Monday.  If you choose to order online, you can place that order at any time.  Your child can even choose books from different flyers, too. 

Conference registration will open next week.  Please schedule with your child in mind, as (s)he will lead the conference.  Thank you in advance! 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hurricane Help

Hurricane Help!  Felix, a second-grader, has asked us to consider dropping some change in the containers located at Door D, near Gym C, and near the Upper School Office.  All change collected will be sent to the Red Cross.  Thanks!

Friday, September 15, 2017

September 15, 2017 News


Thank you for attending Back-to-School Night!  For those of you that were unable to attend the meetinga note about Word Studythe children will be introduced to a new word sort each Day 1 in the six-day cycle (and they will be introduced to their first word sort next Thursday).  They are responsible for studying the words until the test, which is on Day 6.  The children should choose three ways to practice their words (using the choice sheet that is taped on the inside of their word study notebook).  I discourage children from doing all three choices all in one night as that is not best for learning.  Periodically throughout the year, the children will be exposed to new choices to help them practice their words.  Please refer to the “Helpful Info” section on the blog for other important documents. 

Today is a Blue and Gold non-uniform day!  This afternoon, we will attend the annual Homecoming Coronation in the Anderson Gym.  This community-building activity brings the whole school together to show Breck spirit!  Saturday morning at 11:00am is the Blessing of the Animals and 12:00pm is the Homecoming BBQ, if you and your family are interested.  Hopefully you are able to attend some of the festivities!

Another highlight of our week is we got to meet our Preschool Buddies!  Each child has a new friend with a preschooler from Mrs. McCool’s preschool class.  We did a Venn Diagram where the buddies were able to discover similarities and differences with each other.  Be sure to ask your child about his or her buddy.  Pictures are on the blog in the Photos section.

Sunday (September 17th) is Constitution Day.  We will celebrate today by watching a Charlie Brown video about what happened back in 1787.  It will lead to a conversation about our three branches of government and how we have a government “for the people,” with one chief executive officer.  This week, we also began talking about “long ago” in what we now know as Minnesota.  We have begun to answer our big question, “What was here?”  In science, we have discussed different aspects of phenology.  We will also learn different Minnesota birds in preparation for our FeederWatch program (it begins in November).   

Don’t forget -- Picture Day is Monday, September 18th.  You can fill out the paper form or online.  We will have our pictures taken at 10:00am.

Next week your children will formally begin Writer’s Workshop, where they will review how to write small moments for personal narratives. We will learn different strategies, such as writing about a special person or place.  We will then continue the conversation with other strategies: how you felt during a moment and writing with a storytelling voice and not a reporter voice.  Your children will have a chance next week to meet and actively engage with their writing partner as they share work with each other and gain constructive feedback.  We will talk about “encouragement, not discouragement.”

In math, we will begin out place value work (to 10,000) our different groups that I mentioned at Back-to-School Night.  The third grade teachers will be sending home an email with the contact information and name of the teacher that will be working with your child.  These groups will change with each unit, and we will be sure to let you know which teacher will be working with your child.  This week, the children also logged onto their IXL accounts and have loved practicing!

Please remember to sign up to volunteer (if your schedule allows).  Our Classroom Ambassadors, Erin Mehta and Meredith Rice, will compile them all so they can make our volunteer list for field trips, parties, and other special events.  Thank you in advance for your time!  Our first field trip is next Friday, September 22nd to River Rendezvous in Bloomington.  If you are able to accompany us (we need two parents), please email me or our Classroom Ambassadors.

Repeat from last week about conferences…Believe it or not, conferences are just around the corner on October 6th and 7th.  If possible, I would love for your child to attend.  We will be setting goals in class and will share that information with you at the conference.  If you have any questions regarding conferences, please feel free to ask.  Online registration will begin soon.  Be on the lookout for a letter outlining these dates.

Has your child chosen his/her Minnesota destination yet?  Once your child has chosen his/her destination, let me know (a couple of you have already let me know).  I will compile a list so we can attempt to not have any repeats.  Remember to include information about why this place is an important Minnesota place, and what we can learn about Minnesota’s past, present, and/or future from visiting it.  Take a 3-minute (or less) video of your visit, and then bring it on a flash drive for me.  These videos are due Monday, April 23, 2018.  My plan is to collect all the videos and create a class movie of Minnesota destinations to share with students and families at the end of the year (TBA in May 2018).  What a great way to discover all that Minnesota has to offer!  The directions were sent home in the June mailing, and there is also a copy posted on the blog, under the “Helpful Info” section.

Halloween is on the horizonwe will celebrate on Tuesday, October 31st.  As a reminder, children should come in school-appropriate costumes without weapons and without face paint.  After our Halloween Parade in the morning, we will come back to the classroom for our 3rd Grade party (where all classrooms will be open for all third grade students) from around 9:30-10:45am (with clean-up time included).  After, the children can change out of their costumes into more comfortable clothing if they choose.

As always, do not hesitate to contact me for any reason, small or large. I love working with your children and we are on our way to becoming a thoughtful and responsible community of learners.  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

September 8, 2017 News


Greetings! We have had a great two weeks in Room 21! We are getting to know one another and the classroom better.  Every day, we are learning about classroom routines and procedures, as well as third grade policies.  We open each morning with a “Team Meeting,” which sets the tone for the day, giving the schedule and other important news.  We have done a lot of work learning about Growth Mindset, the power of YET, and how our brain works.  Be sure to ask your child about Mojo and the Class Dojo videos we have been watching (there are links on our class blog to each video).  Your children are eager to learn new and exciting things, are proud of their accomplishments, and are ready for more!

Community building has been a main priority thus far, as we work together to learn with and from each other.  Hopefully, your child shared his/her copy of our Class Mission Statement we wrote.  We will refer to this often as we work toward our goals.  A copy is also posted on the class blog in the “Helpful Info” section.  There are also several other documents in this section, including ones that I will refer to at Back-to-School Night.  In an effort to “go green,” I wanted to conserve paper! 

I look forward to seeing you at Back-to-School Night next Thursday, September 14th.  Our night together will begin in the Chapel at 6:30pm.  We will then travel to the classroom where I will share plans for this year.  After, you will have a chance to visit with specialists as they talk about their curriculum.    

Please be sure to have your child bring back his/her pennant this coming Monday, September 11th.  We will share them with each other and display in the classroom.

Your children love to read!  We were able to finally visit the Library on Thursday and children were eager to check out books!  I will not be sending home a reading calendar for the children to keep track of their reading minutes.  I have read some research that shows this kind of “homework” can turn children off to reading and that is, of course, not my goal!  Instead, I want children to develop a daily/nightly habit of reading.  In the planners, you will see 20 minutes in the reading category.  I know that some children are reading much more than that, and some are reading less.  I want reading to be an enjoyable experience for your child.  If your child wants to read a book (or more) to a sibling, I highly encourage it, as it develops a bond between siblings and a mutual love of reading.  Some families in the past have had “family reading time,” where they are all experiencing literature.  Some families may choose to read the same book and have discussions about it.  Whatever works for your family, do it!  If you have any questions, please let me know. 

In Math this week, we learned how to solve Ken Ken puzzles and had a check-up on the basic facts.  The children also took a pre-test for Chapter 1, which is all about place value to 10,000.  There are many websites listed on the right-hand side of the blog where children can practice their math skills and math facts.  The children will be getting their IXL accounts very soon!

Next week, we will begin talking about “long ago” in what we now know as Minnesota.  We will begin to answer our big question, “What was here?”  In science, we will discuss different aspects of phenology.  We will learn different Minnesota birds in preparation for our FeederWatch program (it begins in November).   

Picture Day is Monday, September 18th.  You can fill out the paper form or online.  We will have our pictures taken at 10:15am.

The Volunteer forms should be coming out very soon.  If you need help filling it out, please let me know.  Thank you in advance for your time!  Our wonderful Classroom Ambassadors (Erin Mehta and Meredith Rice) will be creating the list of volunteers for our year together.  They will have a chance to introduce themselves next week at Back-to-School Night if you have not had a chance to meet them yet. 

On the horizonHomecoming!  We will celebrate with a non-uniform Blue and Gold Day (or other Breck apparel) and attend the Homecoming Coronation next Friday afternoon, September 15th.  You are more than welcome to come next Saturday, September 16th to attend the Blessing of the Animals (11:00am) and the Homecoming BBQ (12:00pm). 

Believe it or not, conferences are just around the corner on October 5th and 6th.  If possible, I would love for your child to attend.  We will be setting goals in class and will share that information with you at the conference.  If you have any questions regarding conferences, please feel free to ask.  Online registration will begin soon.  Be on the lookout for a letter outlining these dates.

Minnesota Amazing Race Project…hopefully you received the instruction sheet in the June mailing from the third grade teachers.  If your family already knows your location for this project, would you mind letting me know?  I will keep track in the hopes that we don’t have any repeats.  If you are having trouble finding a location, please let me know and I can assist you.  The directions are located in the “Helpful Info” section of the blog. 

Scholastic book order forms will come home about once a month.  It is completely voluntary to purchase books for your child.  You can either write a check (made out to Scholastic) with the paper forms, OR you can create an account online and pay with a credit card.  The first book order will home in the next couple of weeks.  The directions for how to order online can be found on the “Helpful Info” section of our blog.  One other feature of ordering online is that you can order books at any time, even from a different flyer than the ones sent from school!

If you should need me for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at stacy.moore@breckschool.org or by phone at 763-381-8321. 
Friday, September 1, 2017

September 1, 2017 News

Greetings from 3rd Grade!  We have had a great first week in Room 21!  This week has been full of activities geared toward getting to know one another and the classroom.  The children have been learning about classroom routines and procedures, as well as third grade policies.  We opened each morning with a “Team Meeting,” which set the tone for the day, giving the schedule and other important news. 

The class brainstormed and voted on our team name.  The grand winner was “The All-Stars.”  I am sure you will hear and see this team name many more times!  We will write our class Mission Statement and Promises on Tuesday.  A copy of it will be posted to our Blog next week. 

We were able to share how we got our names today and the conversations were fabulous!  I love doing this activity as it promotes confidence and teamwork as we listen to each person present his/her information. 

Hopefully, your child brought home a colored piece of felt and a note about designing his or her own pennant.  This project should be completed at home and brought in by Monday, September 11th.  We will share them with the class and display in the classroom.

Over the next two weeks, the children will be involved in beginning of the year assessments.  These will help guide further instruction. 


I am honored to be your child’s teacher and thank you for sharing your child with me!  I look forward to this year as I get to know your son or daughter as a learner and a child.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason.  The classroom phone number is 763-381-8321 and my email is stacy.moore@breckschool.org.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcome to Third Grade!

Welcome to Third Grade!  I am so excited to meet you!