September 16 – 20, 2019

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I am happy to set up a conference so we can get to know each other! megan_harmon@redlands.k12.ca.us

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A few important things about this week…

  • This week is the Fall Book Fair!  Our class will preview the fair on Monday, and students will take home a list of books he/she may be interested in buying.  After Monday, students can bring money and visit the Fair at recess or before/after school.  Please remember to send enough money to include taxes.
  • Thursday is Family Fun Night!  Please join us for this fun PTA event, starting at 6:00pm.
  • Friday we will have an Earthquake Drill.

 

This week in Room 27…

  • We will have enrichment (P.E. this trimester) Tuesdays. We will visit the library on Fridays,
  • In math, we are working on Chapter 4: Subtraction Up to 10,000.  Students will get back the Chapter 3 test, with test corrections due 9/27/19
    • Your student should still be working on Chapter 2 Test Corrections.  Please have them turn those in by Tuesday.
    • At home, I am asking students to begin practicing specific multiplication facts.  This week, I’d like your student to practice the multiplication facts of 5’s.
  • In ELA, there is no anchor text to read.  Instead, we will be focusing on our first in class book, The One and Only Ivan.  We will be working on text structures and characters.
    • Students should continue to work on the AR goal.  This week, students should complete 50% of their goal — equal to five weeks worth of AR points.  Please help them make sure they stay or track with this goal!
  • In Social Studies, we will be finishing the maps of California.
  • In Science, we will be working on how to reduce the impact of weather-related hazards by focusing on flood and hurricane protection.
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September 9 – 13, 2019

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I am happy to set up a conference so we can get to know each other! megan_harmon@redlands.k12.ca.us

A few important things about this week…

  • Friday, September 13, is a minimum day.  Dismissal is at 11:50am.
  • Friday, September 13 is the Smiley Camp Out! You and your student may begin setting up at 6:00pm.  Please review the information sheet that went home last Friday about the Camp Out.
    • Third Grade is selling snacks to support field trips and other grade level activities.  Please help by donating a pack of snack-sized chips that we will sell.
    • We are also looking for parent volunteers to help run the snack booth.  If you are interest please visit this Sign Up page to pick and time to help.

This week in Room 27…

  • We will have enrichment (P.E. this trimester) Tuesdays. We will visit the library on Fridays,
  • In math, we are finishing Chapter 3: Addition Up to 10,000 and beginning Chapter 4: Subtraction Up to 10,000.  We will test on Chapter 3 on Tuesday or Wednesday
    • Your student should still be working on Chapter 2 Test Corrections.  Please have them turn those in whenever completed (due 9/17/19)
    • At home, I am asking students to begin practicing specific multiplication facts.  This week, I’d like your student to practice the multiplication facts of 4’s.
  • In ELA, we will read the Anchor Text, Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates and focus on cause and effort.  This week, we will also begin reading groups.
    • Students should continue to work on the AR goal.  This week, students should complete 40% of their goal — equal to three weeks worth of AR points.  Please help them make sure they stay or track with this goal!
  • In Social Studies, we will begin exploring how to Find Places in California.  Students will be working on drawing their own map of the state.

September 2 – 6, 2019

Hello parents and welcome to our first short week!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and are feeling refreshed and ready to start September!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I am happy to set up a conference so we can get to know each other! megan_harmon@redlands.k12.ca.us

Tuesday, September 2, there will be a substitute in the classroom.  I have jury duty, but I am hoping to be back and available on Wednesday.  However, I will update this page if that changes.

This week in Room 27…

  • We will have enrichment (P.E. this trimester) Tuesdays. We will visit the library on Fridays,
  • In math, we are working on Chapter 3: Addition Up to 10,000.
    • Your student will get back Chapter 2 Test, with a test correction page.  Please help them complete those corrections.  Ideally, you and your student will work on one problem each night until it is complete.
    • At home, I am asking students to begin practicing specific multiplication facts.  This week, I’d like your student to practice the multiplication facts of 3’s.
  • In ELA, we will read the Anchor Text, Pop’s Bridge and focus on comparing and contrasting.  We will also be working on common vs. proper nouns and begin an imaginative narrative with dialogue.
    • Students should continue to work on the AR goal.  This week, students should complete 30% of their goal — equal to three weeks worth of AR points.  Please help them make sure they stay or track with this goal!
  • In Social Studies, we will begin exploring how to Find Places in California.
  • In Science, students will present their Weather Around the World Graphs.

August 26 – 30, 2019

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Welcome to week 4 of third grade!  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I am happy to set up a conference so we can get to know each other! megan_harmon@redlands.k12.ca.us

Wednesday, August 28 is Picture Day.  All students will have pictures taken to use for student ID and yearbooks photos.  If you would like to order photos for yourself, please use the envelope (or follow instructions to order online) sent home last week.  We will take our pictures at 11:15am.

This week in Room 27…

  • We will have enrichment (P.E. this trimester) Tuesdays. We will visit the library on Friday, and students will be able to begin checking out library books in addition to classroom books.
  • In math, we are finish chapter, Chapter 2: Mental Math and Estimation and take the chapter test on Wednesday.  We will begin Chapter 3: Addition Up to 10,000 on Thursday.
    • Chapter 1 Test Corrections are due this Friday, August 30.  Please help your student correct any mistakes on the first test and turn it in by Friday!
  • In ELA, we will read the Anchor Text, Destiny’s Gift and focus on understanding characters.  We will also be working on compound sentences and how to restate a question in answer sentences.
    • Students should continue to work on the AR goal.  This week, students should complete 20% of their goal — equal to two weeks worth of AR points.  Please help them make sure they stay or track with this goal!
  • In Science, we will finish our lessons about Earth’s weather and climate.  Students will continue to track weather in his/her city, and we will use this information to describe different climates around the world.

August 19 – 23, 2019

Welcome to week 3 of third grade!  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I am happy to set up a conference so we can get to know each other! megan_harmon@redlands.k12.ca.us

Don’t miss it! The Smiley Volunteer Tea will take place in the Cafeteria at 2:15pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.  Please come to hear from this year’s PTA and to discuss with me how and what volunteering you may be interested in this year.

This week in Room 27…

  • We will have enrichment (P.E. this trimester) Tuesdays. We will visit the library on Friday, and students will be able to begin checking out library books in addition to classroom books.
  • In math, we are going to continue into the next chapter, Chapter 2: Mental Math and Estimation.  This week, we will be learning mental math skills and rounding.  We will take the test for this chapter next Tuesday.
  • In ELA, we will read the Anchor Text, The Trial of Cardigan Jones and focus on drawing conclusions.  We will also be working on kinds of sentences and dialogue in our writing.
    • This week, students will need to start working towards his/her AR goal.  Please see the blue sheet attached to homework this week to see how many AR points your student should be earning each week.
  • In Social Studies, we will finish our lessons on geography of the world
  • In Science, we will begin learning about Earth’s weather and climate.  As part of this, please make sure your student picks a city to track weather patterns on Monday night.

 

August 12 – 16, 2019

Back to School Supplies & Board

We are officially off and running for our first full week of 3rd grade!  If you have not yet, please consider donating some of these much needed supplies: hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and tissues.  Thank you so much for supporting our class!

 

This week in Room 27…

  • We are going to focus on getting into the normal daily and weekly routines.  We will have enrichment (P.E. this trimester) Tuesdays. We will visit the library on Friday, but students will only be able to check out books from the classroom library this week.  Students will also experience the first typical week of homework and we will be focusing on building good habits to get it done correctly.
  • In math, we are going to jump right into the first chapter, Numbers to 10,000.  This is a brief chapter and will be finished this week.  We will take the first chapter test on Friday!
  • In ELA, we will read the first Anchor Text, A Fine, Fine School.  We will also be working on sentence structure (subject and predicate) and context clues.  Renaissance Place has been updating last week and this, but I am hoping the students will have the chance to take the STAR test in order to set Reading Levels and AR goals.  Look for those in homework folders.
  • In Social Studies, we will focus on understand the geography of the world.

 

August 7 – 9, 2019

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Welcome to third grade and welcome to my website!  I am so excited for another fabulous year at Smiley, and I hope you are you too!  I will post updates on this page and the homework page weekly.  I will also update the other pages as needed.  I usually update Monday mornings, so please keep checking in for updates and important information!

May 28 – June 6, 2019

It has been such a pleasure to teach your kiddos this year.  Thank you for all your help, support, care, and dedication to school.  I hope everyone has a lovely summer and a marvelous year in 5th grade!!

A few things to remember before the end of the year…

  • Trimester 3 ends May 31, 2019.  All missing work & AR goals need to be completed by the end of the day on Friday, May 31.
  • May 31 is a minimum day.  Dismissal will be at 11:50am
  • June 4 – Sports Day!
  • June 5 – will be going to Fiesta Village as a rewards trip. Students should…
    • bring a bag with sunscreen, towel, water, flip flops, extra money (optional) and anything else needs for the trip.
    • wear a swimsuit under school clothes if they wish to use the water slides
    • We will be returned to Smiley at 3:00pm.  Please make sure someone will pick up your student
    • Any student not participating in the trip will stay at Smiley with a substitute and be released from school at the normal time
  • June 6 is the last day of school.  It is also a minimum day.  Dismissal for the summer will be at 11:50am.
    • Students will take home 3rd trimester Report Cards on the last day of school.
    • If your student has overdue or missing library books, the Report Card will be left in the office until the book is paid for, replaced, or returned.

May 20 – 24, 2019

This week we will conclude the second of two weeks for SBAC testing.  The tests will be challenging and some families and students find it to be a stressful time of the year.  Please help encourage your student to try their very best on the test, but not to stress over how they do.  Remind them that all we ask is that they put in good effort and persistence during the test. I’m encouraging the kids to think of the tests as their opportunity to show off all the wonderful things they have learned during the year!

During these weeks of testing, there will be no math homework or Reader’s Notebook packet.  Students will still need to read each night, but I will not be collected a Reading Log — I ask that you please maintain at least 20 minutes of reading each night in order to keep up with AR goals.  I encourage all families and students to check Aeries (Parent Portal) for any missing work and use these weeks to get all missing assignments complete and turned in. Please remind you student to be working towards earning the Fiesta Village trip! All trimester 3 work (including AR goals) is due May 31, 2019.

To help your student during the test, please…

  • Make sure he/she a good breakfast and pack them an extra-large snack.  (Most testing will take place between recess and lunch, so it is important they have enough fuel to keep them focused!)
  • Make sure he/she are here every day on time.  Any tests they miss they will have to make up!
  • Make sure he/she get plenty of sleep.
  • Make sure he/she get plenty of exercise and outside time after school.
  • Remind him/her to try their best and show persistence when it is challenging.  All I want is for each student to do their personal best!

If you are interested in donating a snack to the class for testing, please go to: the Sign Up page to sign up.  I have also sent the link via Remind and posted it to my website.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

May 13 – 17, 2019

This week we will begin the first of two weeks for SBAC testing.  The tests will be challenging and some families and students find it to be a stressful time of the year.  Please help encourage your student to try their very best on the test, but not to stress over how they do.  Remind them that all we ask is that they put in good effort and persistence during the test. I’m encouraging the kids to think of the tests as their opportunity to show off all the wonderful things they have learned during the year!

During these weeks of testing, there will be no math homework or Reader’s Notebook packet.  Students will still need to read each night, but I will not be collected a Reading Log — I ask that you please maintain at least 20 minutes of reading each night in order to keep up with AR goals.  I encourage all families and students to check Aeries (Parent Portal) for any missing work and use these weeks to get all missing assignments complete and turned in. Please remind you student to be working towards earning the Fiesta Village trip! All trimester 3 work (including AR goals) is due May 31, 2019.

To help your student during the test, please…

  • Make sure he/she a good breakfast and pack them an extra-large snack.  (Most testing will take place between recess and lunch, so it is important they have enough fuel to keep them focused!)
  • Make sure he/she are here every day on time.  Any tests they miss they will have to make up!
  • Make sure he/she get plenty of sleep.
  • Make sure he/she get plenty of exercise and outside time after school.
  • Remind him/her to try their best and show persistence when it is challenging.  All I want is for each student to do their personal best!

If you are interested in donating a snack to the class for testing, please go to: the Sign Up page to sign up.  I have also sent the link via Remind and posted it to my website.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!