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Updates from room 205!


  • October 10- Jet’s Pizza Night
  • October 18- Early Release Friday, dismissal @ 12:15
  • October 29- Turkey Trot. Please read this post for registration and details                   concerning this year’s Turkey Trot. Deadline to Register is October 9, 2019.
  • October 29- Picture Retakes
  • October 31- Halloween part from 1:15-2:00. Click here for details.
  • Mrs. Chmura, Georgetown’s Art teacher, is hoping to get some donations to help her along with the schoolwide art project. Click here for details.


Reading- The kids are doing a good job of returning their reading logs on Mondays! Remember, have your child read for a total of 100 minutes each week. 🙂

Math-Five minutes of MobyMax each day Monday-Friday. After unit #2 I will open up MobyMax to Multiplication & Division for all students. Also, keep working on memorizing those facts one fact at a time.

Word Study: The kids are doing well establishing routines for grammar & spelling. This week we are working with patterns that make the long “i” sound.

Writing: We are wrapping up writing our small moment stories and will be editing and publishing later this week.

Reading: The kids are building routines, setting goals, doing comprehension checks, making predictions and partnering together to build  G.R.I.T. for building their reading lives.

Math: Today we reviewed for our Unit #1 Math test. A test review came home that you can review with your child. Tomorrow we will do small group work and math games before our test on Thursday.

Beginning Friday, we will take our first multiplication quiz on 5s.  Our curriculum teaches them in this order:  5s, 2s, 10s, 9s, 3s, 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s.

As your child passes each quiz, they will move to the next multiplication fact.  For example, if they pass the 5s quiz on Friday, next Friday they will take the 2s quiz.  If they don’t pass the 5s, they will take it again the following week. As they pass their quizzes they will be rewarded, Smile Bucks.

Another great tool is an app called, Flash to Pass.  It’s free and can be downloaded on most devices.  On this app, students can practice one specific grouping of facts.  This is different from Moby Max because they are all mixed together.

Growth Mindset: We continue to read books and talk about how our brain works and how we can have a positive growth mindset.





Updates from Room 205

Wow! Your kids are AMAZING! They have embraced the school year and are learning new routines and expectations of 3rd grade! They are SOARING!

Be Safe, Own it, Act Responsibly, Be Respectful


  • September 20- Early Release @ 12:15, Day 3 (Music)
  • Week of September 23: Spirit week
    • Monday-Pajama Day
    • Tuesday- Crazy Sock Day
    • Wednesday- Crazy Hair Day
    • Thursday- Picture Day
    • Friday-Blue & Gold Day (Walk-A-Thon)
  • September 27- Walk-A-Thon: 11:30 a.m.: 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders Walk. Click HERE for more details.


  • 5 minutes of MobyMax-Monday through Thursday, & 5 minutes practicing fact cards (in your child’s take-home folder)
  • Beginning NEXT week 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week. Each Monday a reading log will come home for your child to keep track of their minutes read at home. They have the option of reading 20 for five days or reading for longer for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

Word Study: We are establishing routines for grammar & spelling. This week we are working with the long “a” sound.

Writing: We have begun writing small moment stories

Reading: We launched our first reading unit: Building a Reading Life

Math: Unit #1- Multiplication & Division with 0-5, 9 & 10. (make sure your kids are practicing their flashcards as we introduce each fact. ONLY add a new fact for memorization AFTER they have mastered the previous. They should have the flashcards for 5’s in their Take Home folders. Please make sure these come back to school each day.)

Growth Mindset: We have learned about Growth Mindsets & Fixed Mindsets. With this, we learned that EVERYONE can learn and to do so we need to have a GROWTH mindset. We are also learning about our BRAIN and how each part of our brain has a special function.



Classroom Happenings!

Brrrrrr! Winter has officially arrived. Please make sure your child is dressed for the frigid temperatures. We do go outside unless the temperature is below zero. Below are reminders about homework and what we’ve been learning in the classroom. Keep warm and enjoy this sunshine!
  • Reading-Continue to read 100 minutes each week. Now, only the time on the Book It calendar needs to be filled out and turned in at the end of the month.
  • Math: Five minutes of MobyMax is still expected to maintain fact fluency or to master fact fluency.
  • Study Island: I will assign a Study Island assignment each week. Your child will have Monday-Thursday to finish the 10 question assignment. Typically the assignments will be math, but occasionally they may revolve around ELA. Your child may access Study Island through their CLEVER account in the same way they get to MobyMax. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.  The first assignment, equations with multiplication and division,  is posted and due Friday morning.

Reading: We will begin our Book Clubs in a Series this week. Our focus is for readers see the story in their mind as they read keeping track of characters, problems or issues, events, and resolutions/solutions.

Writing: Your kids have been working hard creating a slide-show to publish their informational writing. They will be using these slideshows to present to the class their expertise on their topic. Our next piece of writing will be Realistic Fiction.

Math: We finished up our unit on measurement last week Wednesday & Thursday. Watch for those tests to come home later in the week. We will start our unit on Multidigit Addition and Subtraction.

Social Studies: A study guide went home last Friday for Wednesday, 1-23 test date. We will be beginning our third unit, Michigan History, this week. 🙂



Classroom Happening 12/3-12/7

The annual candy cane sale is coming! Our 5th-grade classes will be selling candy canes to help raise money for their 5th-grade activities. The sale will be from Monday, December 3rd  through Friday, December 14th. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you in advance for your support. 




December 5- Penguin Patch Holiday Shop. We shop from 10:00-10:30

December 13- Holiday Music Program. Click here for details.

December 14- Early Release, 12:15 dismissal

December 20- Polar Express Third Grade Party from 9:00-10:30. (I will send an email later this week for additional volunteering opportunities)

December 22 through January 6- Holiday Break

What’s Comming Up!

Word Study: Short Vowel Patterns (i, o, u)

Writing: Informational Writing

Social Studies: Quiz Monday 12/5 on Movement and Unit Test on Wednesday 12/7

Math: Unit #3- Measurement, Time and Graphs.

Reading: Informational Reading