A Sweet End to a Short Day!

Hi Parents,

We had a “sweet” end to our week today with an Array Bakery! Kids rotated through five centers practicing multiplication and division through games, array-building, and tasty activities! Here are a couple of pictures of my little bakers:

Please read on to be sure of upcoming dates, a reminder about snacks, and homework needs!

Upcoming Dates:

Reading Log due – Monday, October 28th

    • No Reading Log due this coming Monday!

Turkey Trot – EVENT Tuesday, October 29

Halloween Party – Thursday, October 31st 1:15 – 2 pm

  • Please refer to this earlier blog post for specific information. All volunteer positions have been filled!
  • All volunteers must have a current background check on file! Fill one out here.

Early Release – Friday, November 15th

Art Prize 2020

  • The K-12 HPS ART DEPARTMENT  is excited to submit a collaborative piece for ArtPrize 2020. Hudsonville students will work to create an art piece titled “20/20 Vision.”

    GOAL:  Achieve 100% student K-12 participation.

    WE NEED YOUR PERMISSION to allow your child to participate in the project.

    Click here to fill out the permission survey.

    Mrs. Chmura is also asking for donated pieces of wood for the 2020 ART PRIZE entry.  Read this blog post for more details.

Snacks:

Please be sure to send your child to school everyday with a snack or two (if they want one in the morning and afternoon). I am increasingly having kids come to me asking for a snack because they do not have one, which I am happy to provide when they forgot theirs or aren’t able to bring one from home, but I have a handful of kids who are now asking for snacks daily or even twice a day.

Thank you for your help in cutting down on this expense, and on this logisticial difficulty of passing out snacks to many kids multiple times a day! 🙂

Homework: 

  • MATH: 5 minutes of MobyMax Monday through Thursday
    • A green, laminated log in card was sent home with the username/password, as well as a QR code for your child to log into this at home.
  • MATH: 5 minutes practicing fact cards (in your child’s take-home folder)
    • PLEASE help your child’s development as a mathematician by enforcing these areas of math practice!
    • It is really starting to become apparent which kids are regularly going over their math facts and which kids are not. PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week.
    • The kids have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

This past week we…

Word Study: Started new spelling patterns and word work in our small groups. We will continue using these words/patterns through next Friday.

Writing: We worked on getting some informational reading/responding done, learning how to answer writing prompts completely, using examples from the text in complete sentences. Next week we will begin our new Writing Unit!

Reading: Next week we will begin our new Reading Unit. It will center around mysteries! An emphasis in this unit will be on partner work, communication skills, and close reading of text clues. Please remember to grow your child’s grit and skills as a reader through reading a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home! 

Math: We will be continuing Unit #2- Multiplication & Division with 6, 7, & 8 on Monday. Thank you for running these with your child at least once every night! 

Book It:THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Thanks so much! Have a great weekend,

-Mrs. Deters

What a Week!

Hi Parents,

Please be sure to read on for information about upcoming dates, homework, and other reminders!

Well the first test of the year is in the books, and what a long day it was between the test and both recesses being inside! I was so proud of the grit kids displayed when working through their math tests today. I will be grading them over the weekend!

We also celebrated each other’s writing this afternoon. Kids displayed their writing in a “museum” set up, with their work at their desk. We then walked around and read each other’s work, leaving notes we loved about three other kids’ writing!

Upcoming Dates:

Reading Log due – Monday, October 14th

Early Release – Friday, October 18th

Turkey Trot – EVENT Tuesday, October 29

Halloween Party – Thursday, October 31st 1:15 – 2 pm

  • Please refer to this earlier blog post for specific information. I have room for one more parent volunteers — remember that you may only attend the party if you are volunteering due to space concerns with classroom activities and parking. All volunteers must have a current background check on file! Fill one out here.
  • Patricia Ralya is our lead parent on this party. Please email me about volunteering, and I will forward your information onto her.

Art Prize 2020

  • The K-12 HPS ART DEPARTMENT  is excited to submit a collaborative piece for ArtPrize 2020. Hudsonville students will work to create an art piece titled “20/20 Vision.”

    GOAL:  Achieve 100% student K-12 participation.

    WE NEED YOUR PERMISSION to allow your child to participate in the project.

    Click here to fill out the permission survey.

    Mrs. Chmura is also asking for donated pieces of wood for the 2020 ART PRIZE entry.  Read this blog post for more details.

Homework: 

  • MATH: 5 minutes of MobyMax Monday through Thursday
    • A green, laminated log in card was sent home with the username/password, as well as a QR code for your child to log into this at home.
  • MATH: 5 minutes practicing fact cards (in your child’s take-home folder)
    • PLEASE help your child’s development as a mathematician by enforcing these areas of math practice!
    • It is really starting to become apparent which kids are regularly going over their math facts and which kids are not. PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week. This coming Monday, October 14th is a reading log collection day.
    • The kids have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

This past week we…

Word Study: We continued working independently on grammar packets. We also continued our spelling word work, which we do in small groups. The kids took their assessment on this yesterday, and will receive new spelling words which follow different patterns on Monday.

Writing: We worked on developing our understanding and use of quotation marks in dialogue, ending punctuation, and strong endings for our writing this week. We celebrated each others’ writing by reading today, and next week will work on getting some informational reading/responding done before starting an entirely new writing unit the following week.

Reading: We read a quick “in between” chapter book read aloud this week, The Candy Corn Contest. The kids are ready to begin a reading unit on Mysteries the week after next! For next week, we will be focusing on doing some informational reading and responding to begin developing those skills. Please remember to grow your child’s grit and skills as a reader through reading a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home! 

Math: We will be beginning Unit #2- Multiplication & Division with 6, 7, & 8 on Monday! Thank you for running these with your child at least once every night! 

Book It: A reading log for Book It was sent home today. THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Thanks so much! Have a great weekend,

-Mrs. Deters

Math Test & Technology “Day” Tomorrow!

Hi Parents! Happy Friday Eve!

1.As you are aware, tomorrow is our first math test. We have been working especially hard this week to be prepared to take this assessment. I have told the kids – do NOT be scared of it, even though it looks a little different from what you have been used to seeing on quizzes and worksheets.

We, as a third grade team, have moved to using assessments that mimic the appearance of the M-STEP. The content is exactly the same as what we have been learning since August, it is simply displayed more like an online format. This is simply to reduce the anxiety on the kids’ part when taking those standardized tests…the formatting is overwhelming when they’ve never seen anything like it before! I can’t wait for them to demonstrate what they know tomorrow!

Thank you to those of you who have been working on the optional take-home practice with your kids…and thank you, especially, to the parents and students who have found my mistake on the first and the third Answer Keys – that’s what you get when you try to create 5 of them in one sitting on your Saturday night! 🤪

2. The kids have earned a “Technology Day” due to great behavior in class. This was something they voted to work for, as the last two goals we reached the kids received 5 and then 6 extra minutes of recess (for 5 and then 6 good days of behavior as a class). This time we worked toward 7 days of good behavior, and they have earned seven minutes of technology time. Now, in their eyes, this sounds like an eternity…trust me, it will be exactly 7 minutes long 😉

This will be at the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, October 11th.

If your child does not have a device you are comfortable having them bring to school, they will be able to use a laptop from our computer cart here.

Thanks so much!

-Mrs. Deters

Time for Week 7!

Hi Parents!

Please be sure to read on for information about upcoming dates, homework, and other reminders!

We had our second lockdown drill today – the kids did an amazing job!

We had a bit of a scary situation at the end of the day today heading to the buses where a kiddo in another 3rd grade class had a very painful leg that is recovering from having been badly broken at the start of the school year. Many kids in our class were very concerned when I had to stop to help the child sit down and step away from the bus lines, but please let your kiddo know he made on the bus and all will be well! I love our kids’ genuine concern for others…but sometimes it ends up feeling scary. Please let your child know that everything was just fine for their classmate! 🙂

Upcoming Dates:

Culver’s Night – Monday, October 7th

  • This coming Monday, October 7th I will be serving at Georgetown’s Culver’s night fundraiser! My shift starts at 6 pm, but we staff will be serving food to raise funds for the school from 5 – 8 pm. Come on out, let me serve you some Butter Burgers, and contribute to a good cause! 🙂

Math Test – Friday, October 11th

  • Our Unit 1 Test will be a week from today. We will be reviewing all week long next week, and I will continue to send home optional review sheets with answer keys. These are not required practice, and I will not collect them! Please prioritize flash cards and MobyMax practice in the coming week to help your child be successful on this assessment!

Turkey Trot – EVENT Tuesday, October 29| REGISTRATION Wednesday, October 9

  • Registration for this fun event is due Wednesday, October 9th! You can register here.

Halloween Party – Thursday, October 31st 1:15 – 2 pm

  • Please refer to this earlier blog post for specific information. I have room for two more parent volunteers — remember that you may only attend the party if you are volunteering due to space concerns with classroom activities and parking. All volunteers must have a current background check on file! Fill one out here.
  • Patricia Ralya is our lead parent on this party. Please email me about volunteering, and I will forward your information onto her.

Art Prize 2020

  • The K-12 HPS ART DEPARTMENT  is excited to submit a collaborative piece for ArtPrize 2020. Hudsonville students will work to create an art piece titled “20/20 Vision.”

    GOAL:  Achieve 100% student K-12 participation.

    WE NEED YOUR PERMISSION to allow your child to participate in the project.

    Click here to fill out the permission survey.

    Mrs. Chmura is also asking for donated pieces of wood for the 2020 ART PRIZE entry.  Read this blog post for more details.

Homework: 

  • MATH: 5 minutes of MobyMax Monday through Thursday
    • A green, laminated log in card was sent home with the username/password, as well as a QR code for your child to log into this at home.
  • MATH: 5 minutes practicing fact cards (in your child’s take-home folder)
    • PLEASE help your child’s development as a mathematician by enforcing these areas of math practice!
    • It is really starting to become apparent which kids are regularly going over their math facts and which kids are not. PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • READING: 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week. This coming Monday is NOT a reading log collection day.
    • The next time I will collect take home reading logs is Monday, October 14th.  They have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂

This past week we…

Word Study: We have begun working independently on grammar packets. The kids are assigned 3 – 5 pages per week in individual work time, which we then go over a a group. I’m impressed to see kids make connections between these grammar activities and the texts they are reading from our classroom library!

We have also started our spelling! The kids took a spelling inventory test a few weeks ago. The results allowed me to create multiple groups based on current spelling needs and strengths. We spend two weeks on spelling words and patterns before assessing and moving onto our next two weeks.

Writing: We are continuing to revise our personal narratives. This week we started learning about how paragraphs work and when to start new ones. We also worked to check and correct some of our spelling in our writing. Next week we will  work toward wrapping up the unit so that we can begin our next writing adventure!

Reading: We finished both of our read alouds this week – Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Stone Fox. We’ve used both as mentor texts to work on introducing and refining reading skills as a group which students are then working to apply in their individual reading. We also took a Grit Test where we self-assessed how much grit we have as readers. The kids set new reading goals this week to help them grow their endurance as readers! Please remember to grow your child’s grit and skills as a reader through reading a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home! 

Math: Unit #1- Multiplication & Division with 0-5, 9 & 10.  Thank you for running these with your child at least once every night! 

Next week Friday, October 11th we will take our Unit 1 Math Test. We will be reviewing all week long in class next week, and we continued to build our math fact skills in class this week through flash card review, multiplication games, and counting songs like this one. Please don’t kill me for getting this stuck in your head – that’s the point! 🙂

I sent home an optional math worksheet along with an answer key. I will do this a few more times between now and the test as an optional additional practice for kids. This is not at all required, and I will not collect it! Here is a picture of the key in case it gets lost in the shuffle:

Book It: A reading log for Book It was sent home today. THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Thanks so much! Have a great weekend,

-Mrs. Deters

Halloween Party

Welcome to October!

The 3rd grade Halloween parties will be on Thursday, October 31 from 1:15-2:00.  That morning,  send your child’s costume in a bag with their name written on it.  We will keep it in a safe place until students get dressed prior to the party.  Please no bloody outfits or weapons.

I am looking for a parent, or two, who would be willing to organize the party for this year.  You will have the chance to make these little 3rd grade faces smile with the activities and games you help plan!  Each class can have 6-8 volunteers at the partyBecause of parking and other safety issues, we can only have parents that are volunteering in our classroom here for the parties. Please email me at kdeters@hpseagles.net if you would like to volunteer. Volunteers will be taken in order of emails received.

One of our district security officers will assist with checking volunteers into school on the day of the party.   The teachers will provide a list of parent names for those volunteering for the party.  Please make sure you have your background check completed so that we can make sure that all volunteers are on the approved list with a cleared background check. 

Thanks so much,

-Mrs. Deters

First Week of October!

Can you believe it? It’s about to be the third calendar month of the school year!

Read on for Math, Reading, Book It, and other updates!

This coming week we’re going to continue studying multiplication and division, and learning a bit more about how to find the area of rectangles. This is a tricky concept, so please do not feel too concerned if your kiddo is feeling not-so-confident in this skill yet!

We are really growing as a group. I feel so blessed to have each of your kids in class…spirit week was a fun way to end September! We got the Walkathon in with the rain, we looked awesome in our blue and gold today, and if you’re going to the game – have fun, and WEAR bug spray!

Remember to register for the Turkey Trot here.

Watch for a separate post about our Halloween party next week.

Homework: 

  • 5 minutes of MobyMax Monday through Thursday
  • 5 minutes practicing fact cards (in your child’s take-home folder)
    • PLEASE help your child’s development as a mathematician by enforcing these areas of math practice!
    • It is really starting to become apparent which kids are regularly going over their math facts and which kids are not. PLEASE help your child find success in math class by working on these at home!
  • 3rd graders are expected to read 100 minutes EACH week. Every other Monday a reading log will come home for your child to keep track of their minutes read at home. They have the option of reading 20 minutes for five days or reading for longer amounts of time for fewer days. READING MORE is always encouraged, but not required. 🙂
    • Watch for a new reading log on Monday…the log from the past two weeks should be turned in Monday morning! Thank you.

Word Study: We are continuing to work on our grasp of grammar, and will begin spelling this coming week.

Writing: We are continuing to work on our personal narratives. Through using quality mentor texts, kids have worked hard this week to navigate “interesting” versus “boring” words (‘yelled’ versus ‘said’; ‘skipped’ versus ‘walked’), and how describing our interesting verbs well (‘walked quickly’ instead of ‘walked’). These are really starting to help our stories come to life! Next week we will begin revising and focusing on the “heart” of our stories as we work toward wrapping up the unit mid-October.

Reading: We are working through a couple of read alouds as a group, and using visualization, prediction, and comprehension checks first in the large group setting and then in individual reading time. Kids have set goals for themselves as readers, which we are working to meet during our reading sessions! I am continuing to test readers to get their most up-to-date reading levels. If your child has not read for me yet, do not be concerned. We are working through testing our kids, but as a third grade team we are focused on quality over quantity…the average Running Record takes 10 – 20 minutes for ONE student! That’s a whole lot of time! 🙂

Math: Unit #1- Multiplication & Division with 0-5, 9 & 10. (Please make sure your kids are practicing their flashcards as we introduce each fact. ONLY add a new fact for memorization AFTER they have mastered the previous. They should have the flashcards for 5’s and 2’s in their Take Home folders. Please make sure these come back to school each day.)

Growth Mindset: We have learned about Growth Mindset & Fixed Mindset. With this, we learned that EVERYONE can learn and to do so we need to have a GROWTH mindset. We are also learning about our BRAIN and how each part of our brain has a special function.

Book It: A reading log for Book It was sent home today. THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL and is done through library, not through me. The 100 minutes/week can be “double dipped” with the 100 minutes/week expected for me. Each time your child reads they may mark it on their calendar.  At the end of the month please have them return their calendar to school and they will bring home a coupon attached to it for a FREE personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.  This program runs from October through March.

Classroom Needs: I am running low on snacks. Please be sure to pack your child one or two snacks (we have snack break in the morning, then an afternoon recess time) everyday. Thank you for helping in this way!

    • Individual bags of goldfish crackers

 

Turkey Trot Time!

It will be here before you know it!

This year’s Turkey Trot is on October 29. This year the district is doing registration 100% online. If you are interested in registering your child to participate in this fun event, please use this link.

For more information, head to Mrs. VanKoevering’s blog here.

Thanks so much,

-Mrs. Deters

Reading Logs – Keep for TWO weeks!

Is it a Monday or what?!

Because our Take-Home reading logs (white, went home last Monday) were copied two-sided, we are able to actually keep them at home with you for TWO WEEKS, cutting down on what you need to send in. This means that the first reading log is due this coming Monday, September 30th.

You can keep track of one week’s reading on the front side, and the second week’s reading on the back side. Please note that the goal is still 100 minutes a week, so altogether your child’s completed reading log should have 200 minutes accounted for next Monday morning, September 30.

I am attaching a PDF of the document here. Notice that it says “Month of”…we do not want you to try keeping track of it for a month, so the paper copies 3rd grade teachers are sending home has that scratched off to say “Week of” on the top of the front and the back.

Thanks so much!

-Mrs. Deters

Walkathon Time Change

Hi Parents,

The time we will be walking as third graders in this Friday’s Walkathon was changed due to too many groups being scheduled to walk at once.

We will be walking from 10-10:30 this Friday morning for the Walkathon. This is not the time that was sent home on Friday. Thank you so much for your understanding!

The paper form for donations was sent home a couple of weeks ago, and an electronic copy can be printed here.Donations are due Monday, September 30th!

Thanks so much,

-Mrs. Deters

Last Week of September

It’s the last week of September!

How are we already at October Eve?

Your kids are making such huge educational and behavioral gains, and it’s not just me noticing! Mrs. Reagan, other classroom teachers, and specials teachers are all handing our kids “Outstanding”s for their behavior during emergency drills, walking in the hallway, and their work in specials classes. We’re not perfect, but WOW are we working hard! I am so proud!

We had a fun end to our week with Pirate Day in our classroom today! We used adjectives, verbs, and adverbs to describe what a pirate is like and what they do. We also had a Treasure Map of our room marked with X’s which designated spots we could find a pile of gold coins to divide up into equal groups and create a math drawing, equation, or expression of! What a fun first Early Release day 🙂

Below are the days/dates and information for all Spirit Days and specials next week. Fire up, go Eagles! It’s going to be a great week!

Spirit Week

Monday 9/23: Pajama Day

Tuesday 9/24: Crazy Sock Day

Wednesday 9/25: Crazy Hair Day

Thursday 9/26: Picture Day

Friday 9/27: Spirit Day…blue and gold! AND our Walkathon!

Walkathon

We are walking this coming Friday, September 27th at 11:30 a.m. Please feel free to join us as we walk here at Georgetown! Remember, you need to have a background check filled out and on file for THIS YEAR!

Specials

Monday: Day 2 (P.E.)

Tuesday: Day 3 (Art)

Wednesday: Day 4 (S.T.E.A.M.)

Thursday: Day 1 (Music)

Friday: Day 2 (P.E.)