Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Weekly Update

Dear Families of Room 23,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful break. I enjoyed my time off with family and friends, but it feels good to be back at school with my third graders and into the swing of things. I’m so lucky to work with your children every day.

Thank you to all of you for the generous holiday gifts. You made me feel very special and appreciated. I hope you received my thank you notes. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!

Also, thank you to the parents who contributed to making our holiday celebration so much fun. The students loved the projects and definitely enjoyed the trail mix during our movie. We couldn’t do these amazing things without you!

Please read below for details by subject and let me know if you have any questions.


Teresa Shern

Reading: We continue our Character Studies unit. Students have been busy writing paragraphs about one character’s traits and comparing two characters in one text. We will work toward comparing characters across texts. Students are learning the basic structure of a well-written paragraph using a topic sentence, including evidence from the text, and writing a strong concluding sentence. We completed our reading of Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo and are now enjoying Make Way for Dyamond Daniel, by Nikki Grimes. We’re having fun learning this new character and comparing her to Opal from Because of Winn-Dixie. Students are also doing similar work in book club groups. Our read aloud of Quinny and Hopper, by Adriana Brad Schanan continues.

Writing: Our holiday traditions project will end this week. Students practiced examining, learning to read, and learning from, a variety of nonfiction texts. They took notes, synthesized their information into key paragraphs, and have created a final project. Most students chose to create posters, a few have created Google Slide presentations. Students will practice and finalize presentations tomorrow and present to the class on Friday.

Social Studies: We will begin our “Rules and Laws” social studies unit next week, using Martin Luther King, Jr. as inspiration to understanding citizenship, community, how our government works, and how people have worked for freedom. We will move into a U.S. Government classroom simulation as well. Our work in library class will focus on U.S. Symbols to complement this unit.

Math: We began Unit 4 this week, focusing on measurement and geometry. We’re talking about polygons in terms of their classification and also learning about perimeter and area. Students need to continue to memorize their multiplication tables so that multiplication facts become automatic. Students are currently working on x3, x4, or x6.

Science: We will conclude our mini unit on weather today. We have examined phase changes, the water cycle, weather maps, and severe weather. We’ve enjoyed tracking the weather and trying to predict weather that is coming based on the data that we collect such as temperature, air pressure, humidity, and wind direction. Students will begin the “Weather and Climate” unit with Ms. Diamond this week where they go into detail about how weather and climate effect ecosystems and the organisms within them.

Other Items: cursive, grammar, and spelling continue.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Weekly Update

Dear Families of Room 23,

With a busy week ahead, I would like to provide you with a few updates and reminders.

·      This week’s homework is for students to read 30 minutes per night. There is no homework packet this week.

·      Hajra, our classroom aide, would like to give Henna tattoos as a holiday gift to my students on the afternoon of Thursday, December 20. Please let me know via email if your child does not have your permission to participate.

·      We’ll be celebrating the holidays with a small party on Friday. The third graders are invited to wear PJ’s to school and may also bring a stuffy (this must be able to fit inside the backpack). Thank you to those of you who volunteered to bring items for our trail mix – please have your child give them to me any time this week, but for sure by beginning of the day on Thursday.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. I hope you all have a safe, relaxing, and festive winter break. I’ll look forward to seeing everyone in 2019!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


Teresa Shern

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Weekly Update

Dear Families of Room 23,

Here are a couple of quick notes for this week.

1. This Friday is an Edna Spirit Day. The Student Council voted to make it Pajama Day! We will still have our Third Grade Pajama Day on Friday of next week and students will also be allowed to bring their stuffies. (No stuffies this Friday, please.)

2. Thank you for all of your support with the Toiletry Drive. We have amassed quite a few items and will be putting them together for the Ritter House next Thursday. Please feel free to continue to contribute between now and then.

3. Students will complete their coding sessions with Mrs. Fisher this Friday. Please see below for a note from her regarding how they can continue coding from home if you/they choose to do so.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Teresa Shern

A note from Mrs. Fisher:

Dear Families,
I have enjoyed introducing coding to your children for the last 8 weeks. Even though my time with your children is almost over, there are several ways for your child to continue coding. We have been using and your child will have access to all of the lessons in the Programming 101 course. The 3rd grade teachers used grade level funds to purchase licenses for all 3rd grade students this year (thank you, PTA!). Your child will come home with the password and ID needed to continue using Tynker. Other options are and Scratch, which are both free programs.

Katie Fisher