Week of November 13

Hello,

I am excited to announce that this week is the start to one school one book! Our book this year will be Flora and Ulysses. Students will be reading the book in class and at home.Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped us get ready for it. Students will have spelling words this week and everyone will be having compound words that they will be learning how to spell. The words are trickier than we have had but we will be practicing the words more often in class this week to help prepare students for their test on Friday. In science we will continue our unit on plant life cycles and for social studies students will continue to learn about communities from the past. In math students will continue to work on multiplication all the way up to Thanksgiving break. Students have begun reading the book Skylark which is the sequel to Sara, Plain and Tall. This book helps students learn about historical fiction and goes along with our social studies unit. If your child has not already done so make sure they bring in their Flat Stanley project to present to the class.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

 

Week of November 6

Hello,

I hope everyone enjoyed the extra day off and all of you have power restored to your homes. This week students will be taking their multiplication test on Tuesday which focuses on multiplying numbers 0-5. We will be starting our next math unit this week which focuses on multiplying numbers 0-10. In science students are learning about plant life cycles. For ELA we are continuing to focus on historical fiction. For word study we are spending time on compound words along with prefixes and suffixes. There will be no spelling words sent home this week because of the day we missed. In social studies students are learning about early setters and what life was like back then. On Friday at 9:30 students will be putting on their musical performance for families at the school. We hope that everyone can make it. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Mr. Aurand

Week of October 23

Hello,

This week students will be taking their fall AIR tests on both Monday and Tuesday. It is important that students get a good night of sleep for them. On Thursday we will be doing our second round of parent conferences. It was great seeing so  many of you last week. I look forward to seeing more of you this week. This week is also red ribbon week. See the school website to check for each days special theme. In science this week we will be starting our unit on plant life cycles. For social studies will be continuing or unit on climate and natural resources. We will continue multiplication in math but we’ll be working on topic two in our math books. Students will continue to read Sarah, Plain and Tall as we practice the genre realistic fiction. Students will have spelling words to study this week. Make sure you are signing your child’s reading log each night. If you have not already signed and return report cards envelopes please do so. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of October 16

Hello,

I hope the students enjoyed their extra day off this past weekend. On Tuesday we start the second quarter of the school year. In ELA we will be moving from learning about folktales to learning about historical fiction. As a class we will be reading the book Sarah, Plain and Tall. There will be no spelling words this week because of the shortened week. In Math we will continue with our unit on multiplication. It is a good idea to start practicing multiplication facts at home. This will help the students when working on problems in class. For science we will have our animal life cycle test on Friday. Students brought home a study guide last week. Students will begin learning about the plant life cycle this week in class. Students have begin learning about geography in social studies. They will also be learning about natural resources this week. Thursday is the first round of teacher conferences. I look forward to seeing all of those who are signed up. If something comes up and you are unable to attend I still have open spots for next weeks conference times. Some students have begin bringing home their Flat Stanley’s that have returned from their trips. Students were given two pieces of paper that will explain the next step in the project. Try to have their projects completed within two weeks after they have had their Flat Stanley’s returned to them. Next Monday and Tuesday students will be taking their fall AIR Test. They will want to get a good night of sleep on Sunday and Monday night. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week October 9

Hello,

This week we will be finishing up the first quarter of our school year. On Friday students should have brought home information about our school fundraiser. On Monday we will be meeting in the third grade pod to learn more about it after lunch. If you have not already done so please have your child bring back the sheet to let me know if you can attend parent teacher conferences which start next week. On Wednesday students will be taking their math test on addition and subtraction. We will be starting our unit on Multiplication this week as well. Students will begin practicing typing on computers in preparation for the ELA portion of the AIR test that will take place later this month.  We have begun our unit in Social Studies on land forms. In science we are finishing up our unit on animal life cycles. Our butterfly’s will be reaching their final stage this week. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of September 25

Hello Families,

This week students will be receiving caterpillars in science. Students will be studying the caterpillars so that they may learn about their life cycle. Students will also begin seeing their meal worms transform into the final stage of their life cycle. In social studies we will be finishing up the first unit on communities. Students will have a test over unit one on Tuesday of next week. A study guide will be coming home for students to use to help prepare  for their test. On Tuesday of this week students will be taking their unit eight math test. We will begin unit nine in math this week which focuses on addition and subtraction. In ELA we will continue our folktale unit by reading different types of folktales and creating story maps to help retell what students read. Students will continue to work in their reading groups and they will also receive a new set of words to study at home this week. On Friday we will be having apple day. We our looking for volunteers who would like to help out in our different stations for it. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested. We our also looking for volunteers to donate different types of apples for the activities. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of September 18

Hello,

Happy homecoming weekend to everyone. Tuesday evening the district will be having their homecoming parade. All are welcome to join. On Friday September 29 we will be having apple day. We will have several stations setup to conduct math and science investigations on apples. I am looking for parent volunteers who would be willing to help out in the afternoon on that day. A letter will be coming home about it this week. For science students will be finishing up their unit on rounding. Next Tuesday they will have a test over the unit. For ELA we have begun our reading groups! Students will be reading books that are at their instructional level with me and their peers. We are also continuing our unit on folktales. Students have a new list of words that they should be practicing at home this week as well. Hopefully everyone brought home their Flat Stanley envelopes on Friday and were able to send them out this weekend. When students do mail out their Flat Stanley’s please have them bring their mailing sheet back to school signed by a parent saying that it has been mailed. In science we have released our ladybugs after they completed their final stage and students were excited to see that their meal worms have advanced to the pupal stage. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of September 11

Hello Families,

This week we have several events going on at TES. Our school’s book fair is this week. On Monday third grade families are welcome to come in for breakfast and books from 7:30-8:20. Our class will be going to the book fair on Wednesday during their library time. On Friday night the school will be hosting movie night. Students and their families are welcome to come and watch the movie Trolls on the bus loop. I would like to remind families to make sure they are signing their child’s agenda planners, Friday folders and reading logs. Last week students took their first Math test and those will be coming home this Friday in their Friday folders along with progress reports for the halfway point of the first quarter of the school year. This week we will begin a new unit in math and students will be using their math books that they will write in. The unit will be on addition and rounding. Students will have math homework each night this week. For science we will continue with our life cycle unit and monitor our meal worms and ladybugs. For social studies we begin our flat Stanley project. Information will come home this week about it. In ELA we continue our folktale unit and students will begin being placed into their reading groups. Also for ELA students will be placed into word study groups and will be given a list of words to study for a word study quiz on Friday. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of September 5

Hello,

I hope everyone had a relaxing labor day weekend. This week students who are running for student council will be giving their speeches on Thursday. If a child is running for student council then they have to bring their speech in on Wednesday for me to proofread. Students will be participating in bus evacuation drills before school on Thursday morning. In math we will be having our unit one test on place value this Friday. For Social Studies students will be taking their address quiz on Wednesday. Make sure students are taking time each night to study for them. In science students will be continuing to learn about the life cycle. Students will be observing ladybugs and meal worms as they go through the cycle. Finally for ELA students will continue to be learning about folktales. For our word study half the class will be focusing on long and short a words and the other half will be learning how to add ing to the end of a word. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr.  Aurand

Week of August 28

Hello,

I was excited to have our first full week of school this past week. It has been great getting to know all the students. As a reminder students should be reading twenty minutes each night and that their Friday folders should come back each Monday signed. On Tuesday of this week students will have a bus evacuation drill before the start of the school day. In math this week we will continue to be working on topic one which focuses on place value. Students will begin preparing for their first math test next week over the topic. In ELA students are working in many different areas. For word study all students are working on silent e words. Our reading focus will be on folktales. We will continue to practice reading and writing in all content areas. In social studies students are learning how to write their home address and about their community. Students will be quizzed over their ability to write their full address next week. Last week we received a shipment of ladybugs at our school. We will be studying the life cycle of these ladybugs along with other species during science. Remember there will be no school this Friday or next Monday. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at anytime. I look forward to another exciting week at TES!

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand