I wanted to give some information to parents
about what to expect for their third grader in
my classroom this year. Every Monday there
will be a new learning plan that goes home
with your child. Please make sure to check
their learning plan each and every night.
Although they are starting to become more
independent, they still need the
accountability of getting their homework and
reading done each night and having you sign it
upon completion. We are trying to set great
habits now that will last for years to come.
Over the weekend, please make sure to remember
to glance over their learning plan one more
time, sign it, and send it back into class on
Monday morning. I will be collecting these and
students will earn participation points for
turning these in filled out completely. Thanks
for your help on this!
A to Z (RAZ Kids):
I am so excited to have your child reading
books at their level online this year!
The fun thing about doing their Reading A to Z
reading this way verses through the paper
books, is that they are able to earn "RAZ
Rocket points" which can be used to spruce up
their Reading A to Z rocket. Having your
child read their books online, allows me to
login and review their books read and quizzes.
Expectations of RAZ reading:
- Students are expected to read a MINIMUM
of one book per week at their current
- They are also required to take a quiz on
that book. The goal is to get 80% or
higher on their quiz.
- A grade will be taken on their first
attempt at the quiz.
- If they do not have "mastery" on the quiz
after their first attempt, they must reread
the story and take the quiz again.
Ultimately, we are trying to build on your
child's comprehension of what they
- You should still be listening to your
child's reading of their RAZ kids books.
A grade for your child reading their RAZ book
and taking the comprehension quiz will be
scored as follows:
- 80% to 100% on first quiz attempt:
- 70% to 79% on first quiz
- 60% to 69% on first quiz
- 59% or less on first quiz
Wish List: (updated July 2013)
I always have parents asking me if there is
anything I need for the classroom. So with
that in mind, I am going to post and update my
"wish" list for our classroom. If you have
the resources and desire to help us get
something off of our wish list, please let Mrs.
Trelz know. Thank you for your generosity!
Subscription (Approximately $56):
In order for me to get a full
Premium class subscription it would cost
$49.99 for 25 students + $1.95 for each
additional student. I would like
to get enough subscriptions for 28
users. This would allow me to set
myself up as a user to utilize the
activities with the class on our
projector to review the words in a fun
- Any used
iPads or iPod touches are
always on my wish list! We use
these wonderful devices in our reading
- Apple iTunes
card (any amount!):
I can use these to purchase
educational APPS for the devices we
already have. The apps we use
are mostly freebies because they are
FREE, but there really are some
amazing apps that cost $$.
- Glue sticks:
There are NEVER (ever) enough glue
sticks in the world for third grade
students. We not only use glue
in projects we are doing for Science,
History, and holidays, we also glue
into our writing journals each week
copy paper: We use
plain white copy paper for projects we
do throughout the month.
- Colored copy
paper: We don't
use this nearly as much as the
white, but it is nice to have some
hand when we do need it. I
sometimes print special notices on
colored paper so they remember to
give them to you out of their
dockets as well!
At this age, there aren't too many volunteer
opportunities in the classroom. However,
I would LOVE to have parents volunteer for our
classroom parties. We could always use
some helpful planning ideas and suggestions,
as well as parents to come in and help run a
game or center. Without parents helping
out, our party days just wouldn't run as
smoothly as they do each year since coming to
Mountainville. Our room mother this
year is _______. Please send me an
e-mail if you are interested in helping out
with any class party this year and I will
connect you with her.
The other way to help out in a HUGE way is to
volunteer for field trips. Please make
sure that your fingerprints are current with
the school. They are only good for two
years and then you must have them done
again. This is the only way you can
volunteer to help on field trips, so get it