Happenings from trailer 701

 Happenings in Mrs. Schmedding’s class

Welcome to Third Grade! We are off to a great start! The children have been amazing! Our class will continue to practice routines and establish high expectations for behavior and work habits in the classroom. It is going to be an amazing year! I will be sending out my newsletters via email and will also post it to my webpage as well.

Please remember to sign your child’s homework log each night after they have completed their homework. Homework logs are checked daily. Students are currently reading for 20 minutes a night and should have nightly math assignments. Eventually on some nights, they will have additional reading assignments as well.

Please review the information I sent home about the PTA fundraiser that is underway. Families will have the option to purchase/sell the Attractions Dining and Value Guide. These booklets have lots of great coupons and discounts in them. Please consider supporting our PTA.

I am in need of a room mom/ PTA liaison. This is a great way to get involved and see what we are working on. Please consider volunteering for this position.

We will have our beginning of grade testing(BOG) on September 10th. This is a baseline score for the third grade. It will be the first time that many of the students have seen this type of standardized test. This does not count as a grade, but only serves to give us some additional information.

We will have our Third Grade Open House on September 12th from 6:00-7:00.  The format for open house will be different this year.  This is a drop in session where children will be showing their parents what they do at school each day. Other pertinent information will be on my website.

Fall picture day will be October 2nd. Mark your calendars.

Our first field trip will be October 10th. We will be going to the Art Museum. If you are interested in attending, please make sure you are registered as a volunteer. At this point, it looks like we will each get to take approximately 3 chaperones.

Thank you so much for the wish list items that have been sent in so far. I really appreciate your generosity.

Here’s what we will be doing next week:

In Math:

We are learning various ways to represent multiplication( _groups of _, repeated addition, and using rows and columns). Students are learning that the first factor in a multiplication equation indicates the number of groups while the second factor indicates the number of items in each group. Drawings must match the equation exactly. The math vocabulary used in this unit includes factors, products arrays, commutative property, and repeated addition.

In Social Stuides:

We will begin our unit on Government.  We will be learning about the 3 branches of government and how each branch works.  We will also focus on the leadership roles in local government as well.


In Language Arts:

Wake County has adopted a new reading program that consists of units that explore different topics in great detail. Reading and writing skills are incorporated into each of the lessons.  Our first unit focuses on the challenges that many students face around the world as they try to go to school and the limited resources that are available to them.  We will focus on reading for gist and then reading a second time in order to comprehend in more detail. We will also be working on fluency as we read.  Writing lessons will explore characters, setting, situation and solution.  I will be emphasizing complete sentences and correct punctuation. Most of the work that the students do in class will be in a workbook that will not be sent home until the end of the unit.  Students are also working on how to choose good fit books and building stamina as they read.  I will also begin M Class tesing next week with your child.


Upcoming Dates:

September 2nd Labor Day (no school)

September 10th BOG(Beginning of the year exam) 8:00 am

September1 12th Open House

September 30th teacher workday