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Mr. Eames - Grade 3

School Administrative Unit #7 Mission Statement

To prepare every SAU #7 student for success in whatever path they choose.


Week of March 25—29, 2019


I respectfully request that all third grade students plan to arrive in the classroom at 7:55 a.m. daily.  This will allow all students the opportunity to unpack their backpacks, read the daily morning message; and prepare/organize for the official start of their day at 8:10 a.m.  Your cooperation with this request is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.


I would like to remind all third grade parents that in order to be in compliance with the Colebrook Elementary School Handbook, written notes (explaining the absence) are required to be sent in with all students when they return from an absence from school.  Your diligent cooperation with this matter is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.


I would also like to remind all third grade parents that I would greatly appreciate your child's assignment book being signed on a nightly basis.  Your diligent cooperation with this is also greatly appreciated.  Thank you.


I would like to encourage all third grade students to wear appropriate attire on a daily basis for outside recess (11:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.) as we endure the fluctuating weather.


The following topics are planned to be covered in third grade.  (Please note that plans are subject to change without notice based on student interest/need.)


SpellingUnit 28 – "Final Syllables -ion, -ure" [Unit 28 words include . . . question; creature; furniture; division; collision; action; direction; culture; vacation; mansion; fiction; feature; sculpture; vision; and celebration.  Unit 28 challenge words include . . . fascination; legislature; manufacture; possession; and declaration.]  (Please note that the spelling test for Unit 28 will not be given until Friday, March 29, 2019 in order for the students have more time working with and studying these words.)


Math – Decimals Less Than and Greater Than 1 and Adding and Subtracting Decimals (with tenths and hundredths) [All third grade students need daily practice with all basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.  According to former CES math consultant, Professor Mahesh Sharma, a student knows the math fact if he or she is able to recall the math fact in three seconds or less.]


Reading/Language Arts – Over the next two weeks (Week of March 19, 2018 and March 26, 2018), third grade will be reading and discussing the chapter book entitled, Stone Fox written by Josh Reynolds Gardiner.  The goal for the week of March 26, 2018 is to read and discuss the last six chapters ( Chapter 5 – "The Way"; Chapter 6 – "Stone Fox"; Chapter 7 – "The Meeting"; Chapter 8 – "The Day"; and Chapter 9 – "The Race"; and Chapter 10 – "The Finish Line").  At the conclusion of the chapter book at the end of the week, third grade (3E and 3M) will gather together and watch the movie version of Stone Fox.  As the students watch the movie version, they will complete the task of comparing and contrasting the chapter book and the movie using a Venn diagram.


Description of "Stone Fox"

Little Willy has a big job to do.  His Grandfather refuses to get out of bed, so it is up to Willy alone to save their farm from the tax collector.  But where can a ten-year-old get five hundred dollars in a hurry?  Then Willy sees the poster for the National Dogsled Race.


The race pits Willy against the best dog teams in the country, including the Indian Stone Fox and his five beautiful Samoyeds, who have never lost a race.  And Stone Fox wants the prize money as badly as Willy does.  Willy's dog, Searchlight, is every bit as fast as the competition, and Willy knows the terrain better than anyone.  But can one boy and one dog be a match for the unbeatable Stone Fox?


All third grade students are encouraged to read twenty minutes each night (Monday—Thursday) and record their time on the "Third Grade Reading Log" calendar in the blue homework folder for the month of February.  All students who participate in this reading incentive will be awarded at the end of the month.  The reading goal for the month of March is to read (or read to someone) sixteen times.  Good luck! 


Social Studies/Science – Science Spin (March 2019) "Pencil Power" (Theme ~ Physical Science – Simple Machines) and Scholastic News (March 4, 2019) "Can One Panda Save the Species?" [Topics include . . . (a) "The Race to Save Pandas"; (b) "I Survived an Earthquake"; and (c) "Going Green"


Beginning with the 2016—2017 school year, Colebrook Elementary School is continuing the school-wide behavioral initiative known as Positive Interventions and Supports which is better known by the students as STARR (Safety; Tolerance/Acceptance; Responsibility; and Respect).  The behavior matrix for the Be a "STARR" in the Classroom is below.


Safety

Tolerance/

Acceptance

Responsibility

Respect

Four on the floor

plus two.

Give and receive positive/

constructive feedback.

Be attentive and prepared.

Listen when others are speaking.

Use all materials/

equipment safely.

Be accepting of different learning styles.

Complete daily/

homework assignments.

Respect the differences and opinions of others.

Follow classroom rules.

Accept that we learn by mistakes.

Clean up after yourself.

Respect individuality.

 

In addition to the behavior matrix for the classroom, students are also reviewing behavior matrices for the hallway, bathrooms, cafeteria, playground, and bus.  These matrices will be reviewed periodically throughout the entire school year.  The behavior matrix for the Be a Colebrook Elementary School "STARR" is below.


 

 

Classroom

Hallway

Bathroom

Cafeteria

Playground

Bus

Safety

Four on the floor plus two. 

Use all materials/equipment safely.

Follow classroom rules.

Walk slowly and to the right.

Do not open entry doors for anyone!

Use soap and water for hand washing.  

Keep water in the sink.

 

Receive permission before leaving the cafeteria.  

Use utensils appropriately.  

 Do not share food due to allergies.

Use equipment properly.

Up ladders, down slides!

Sticks stay on the ground (rocks, snow, mulch).

Sit and stay seated.  

Hands and feet to yourself.  

Keep aisle clear!

 

Tolerance/

Acceptance

Give and receive positive/constructive feedback.

Be accepting of different learning styles. 

Accept that we learn by our mistakes.

Be aware of your surroundings.  

Accommodate the needs of others.

 

Be patient with others who may need to spend more time using the bathroom.

Respect other students’ privacy and space.

Be polite to those eating around you.

Allow anyone to sit next to you.

Try your food before you toss it!

Include everyone.  

Wait patiently for your turn.

Try new games and play with new friends.

 

Share your seat.  

Be tolerant of other passengers.

Be patient waiting for your stop.

 

Responsibility

Be attentive and prepared.

Complete daily/homework assignments.  

Clean up after yourself.

Keep hallway clean!  

Tell an adult of safety issues.

 

Flush the toilet!

If a toilet or sink is not working, tell an adult so that it can be fixed.

Clean up after yourself.  

Empty trays/utensils in proper locations.  

Use your time wisely.

Use appropriate language.

Take turns.

Respect others’ space (hands/feet to yourself).

 

Keep the bus clean.  

Be on time!

Board your own bus unless you have a note.

 

Respect

Listen when others are speaking.  

Respect the differences and opinions of others.  

Respect individuality.

Keep hands/feet off walls and students’ work.  

Inside voices.  

Be aware of classes in session.

Place used paper towel in the trash.  

Use only as much paper towel/toilet paper as you need.

Manners matter, in and out of the kitchen.  

Use indoor voices.  

Raise hand for help.

Dress for the weather.  Return equipment.  

Listen and follow adult directions.

 

Quiet voices.  

Thank your driver.

Be mindful/helpful to younger riders.

 


Other school-wide initiatives for the 2018—2019 school year continue to include Responsive Classroom, Playworks, and Study Island.  The following links have been provided for your information regarding these additional school-wide initiatives.


Responsive Classroom ~ https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/about/


Playworks ~ http://www.playworks.org/about


Study Island ~ https://www.studyisland.com/about


The daily specials schedule is below.


Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Gym

12:30—1:15 p.m.

(with Mrs. Parker)

Wear sneakers!

Music

8:10—8:55 a.m.

(with Ms. Pearson)

 

Library

1:15—2:00 p.m.

(with Mrs. Daley)

Remember library books!

Gym

10:30—11:15 a.m.

(with Mrs. Parker)

Wear sneakers!

Keyboarding

and Coding

12:30—1:15 p.m.

(with Ms. Hall)

 

Art

12:30—1:15 p.m.

(with Mrs. Johnsen)

 


LOOKING AHEAD IN THIRD GRADE


Monday, March 25, 2019 –

¨  NHSAS/Smarter Balanced Assessment ELA Testing* [3E] ~ 8:30—10:30 a.m.  [CES Computer Lab] Inquiries regarding this testing may be directed to Mr. Gorham at dgorham@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 104.


*NOTE:  All students are strongly encouraged to get plenty of rest each night prior to testing as well as eating a nutritious breakfast each morning before testing.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019 –

¨  NHSAS/Smarter Balanced Assessment ELA Testing Make-Ups* [3E] ~ 8:30—10:30 a.m. [CES Computer Lab]  Inquiries regarding this testing may be directed to Mr. Gorham at dgorham@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 104.


Friday, April 5, 2019 –

¨  CES School-Wide Advisory Day (10:00—10:30 a.m.)  The theme for April's school-wide advisory is Card Games.

¨  Third quarter grades close today.  [Third quarter report cards are scheduled to be sent home with students on Friday, April 12, 2019.]


Monday, April 8, 2019 –

¨  Fourth (and final) quarter of the 2018—2019 school year begins today.

¨  NHSAS/Smarter Balanced Assessment Math Testing* [3E] ~ 8:30—10:30 a.m. [CES Computer Lab] Inquiries regarding this testing may be directed to Mr. Gorham at dgorham@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 104.


*NOTE:  All students are strongly encouraged to get plenty of rest each night prior to testing as well as eating a nutritious breakfast each morning before testing.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 –

¨  NHSAS/Smarter Balanced Assessment ELA Testing Make-Ups* [3E] ~ 8:30—10:30 a.m. [CES Computer Lab] Inquiries regarding this testing may be directed to Mr. Gorham at dgorham@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 104.


*NOTE:  All students are strongly encouraged to get plenty of rest each night prior to testing as well as eating a nutritious breakfast each morning before testing.


Friday, April 12, 2019 –

¨  Third quarter report cards are scheduled to be sent home to parents today.  Please, review, sign, and return (with the original report card envelope ~ manila envelope) with your child on Monday, April 15, 2019.


Tuesday, April 15, 2019 –

¨  NHSAS/Smarter Balanced Assessment Writing Testing Make-Ups* ~ 8:30—10:30 a.m. [CES Computer Lab] Inquiries regarding this testing may be directed to Mr. Gorham at dgorham@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 104.


*NOTE:  All students are strongly encouraged to get plenty of rest each night prior to testing as well as eating a nutritious breakfast each morning before testing.


Monday, April 15, 2019 –

¨  Signed third quarter report card and report card envelope (manila envelope) are due back.


Monday, April 22, 2019—Friday, April 26, 2019 –

¨  NO SCHOOL ~ Spring Recess


Monday, April 29, 2019 –

¨  CES Staff and students return to school today.

¨  NHSAS/Smarter Balanced Assessment Math Testing Make-Ups* ~ 8:30—10:30 a.m. [CES Computer Lab] Inquiries regarding this testing may be directed to Mr. Gorham at dgorham@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 104.


*NOTE:  All students are strongly encouraged to get plenty of rest each night prior to testing as well as eating a nutritious breakfast each morning before testing.


Friday, May 3, 2019 –

¨  CES School-Wide Advisory Day (10:00—10:30 a.m.)  The theme for March's school-wide advisory is student pick.


Monday, May 6, 2019 –

¨  NHSAS/Smarter Balanced Assessment Writing Testing* ~ 8:30—10:30 a.m. [CES Computer Lab] Inquiries regarding this testing may be directed to Mr. Gorham at dgorham@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 104.


*NOTE:  All students are strongly encouraged to get plenty of rest each night prior to testing as well as eating a nutritious breakfast each morning before testing.


Friday, May 10, 2019 
¨  Fourth quarter progress reports will be sent home with only the students who are failing (below 70) or in danger of failing (below 75) in language arts, math, science, or social studies.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019 –

¨  Colebrook Elementary School Concert [Kindergarten—Grade 5 Students and General Music Students] — 6:30 p.m. [CES Gymnasium]  Inquiries regarding this concert may be directed to Ms. Pearson at spearson@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 133 or Mr. Stewart at astewart@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 135.


Monday, May 20, 2019 –

¨  NHSAS/Smarter Balanced Assessment ELA/Math/Writing/Science Testing Make-Ups* ~ 8:30—10:30 a.m. [CES Computer Lab] Inquiries regarding this testing may be directed to Mr. Gorham at dgorham@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 104.


*NOTE:  All students are strongly encouraged to get plenty of rest each night prior to testing as well as eating a nutritious breakfast each morning before testing.


Monday, May 20, 7019 –

¨  NO SCHOOL ~ MEMORIAL DAY