Tomorrow is our field trip to the Oregon Children’s Theatre! We will be enjoying the play “Judy Moody and Stink and the Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt”. This is a book we’ve read and discussed in class, and are very excited to see how it is portrayed on stage! After the play, we’ll be comparing and contrasting the book to the play.
The plan is to leave Lowrie at 8:30 am, to head to Newmark Theater in on SW Broadway, in Portland. Students may bring a snack with them to eat on the bus.
After the show, we’ll board the buses and head back to Lowrie. Our plan is to have a picnic lunch behind the school at the new playground that was recently built, if it’s not raining. If it is, we’ll have lunch in class as usual. Due to the fact that we may not make it back in time for our regular lunch time, we ask that students please pack a lunch. After lunch, we’re back to our regular schedule for the remainder of the day!
Additionally, it’s been a 3rd grade tradition to dress up for the theater, as it is a special occasion. We are asking students to dress nicely (think- a nice dinner with grandma).
As a reminder, homework is due tomorrow. Students will also take home a reading log to keep track of minutes read over the break.
Have a wonderful afternoon!
Mrs. Lauren Ka’ae
P.S. More info on the play can be found here: http://www.octc.org/judy-moody/
Hooray! We have earned a pajama day! TOMORROW, Thursday, November 16th.
It’s been (over) 10 weeks and we have worked hard to earn enough of our class points EVERY week to earn this reward. We’re showing respect, building stamina, persevering through challenges, and being kind and thoughtful community members. Way to go class!
Students may wear warm pajamas to school, and bring a small stuffed animal to read to during reading workshop. It needs to be small enough to fit in their backpack, please.
They need to wear tennis shoes to school because we still have PE. 🙂
Also, our field trip to the children’s theater is on Friday, and we’ll be dressing up. I’ll send out more info on that very soon.
Just a quick update here! A couple of papers going home today (along with the homework).
First, a purple field trip permission slip went home for the Oregon Children’s Theatre trip on November 17th. I wanted to clarify, as the bottom portion can be a bit confusing. I DO need volunteers for this one, but am only able to take a limited number. Please indicate if you’re interested by checking the box and writing me a brief note (indicating which guardian/parent, etc). If more than 5 parents are interested, I’ll hold a lottery for the slots. It does cost $8 for chaperones as well.
Also, thanks to a lovely volunteer our latest Scholastic book order forms are ready to go! I have sent them home (and will plan on sending them the first week of each month with volunteer help). It really does make a huge contribution to our class when you order, as we are able to get free books from scholastic with every purchase! I will submit the order by October 20th.
Students will be receiving their necklace and tokens for money raised for Wheel-a-Thon tomorrow morning, and add to their tokens for every 100 dollars raised by our 3rd grade class as a whole. It’s an exciting week!
Have a great evening,
Mrs. Lauren Ka’ae
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I wanted to remind you of a couple events coming up at Lowrie.
First, Wheel-a-Thon is on Friday. This week to promote Wheel-a-Thon, we have themed color days. If your child has a past Wheel-a-Thon T-Shirt they can wear it, and if not, any same colored T-Shirt will do! The color schedule is below. Friday, all students will recieve a new orange Wheel-a-Thon shirt for free. This is a fundraiser for our school. Donations are accepted all week. Donations earn tokens for students on a necklace. Please see Wheel-a-Thon flier sent home for more information.
We welcome you to support and watch/wheel with us on Friday! Our wheeling time is 10:15 am-10:45 am
Here is the spirit wear schedule:
October 2: Blue Day
October 3: Green Day
October 4: Yellow Day
October 5: Purple Day
October 6: WHEEL-A-THON DAY! Orange Day!
Author Visit: Kathryn Otoshi and Book Orders
Our school will be having the author, Kathryn Otoshi, vist on Monday, October 9th. She has written several books including, Zero, One, Two, and Beautiful Hands. Her books focus on character and community building. If you would like to purchase a book for your child to have autographed during the event, please return the book order form with cash by Monday, October 1st (Powell’s is offering a 20% discount for this event). Printable order copies were also sent home via email last week from our school counselor, Carmen Ryan. Of course, you’re also welcome to bring your own copies from home to have Kathryn sign.
We are looking forward to this event!
Conference week is coming up next week, October 9th-12th. Conference sign ups are now available via Family Link. I’ll be offering times on Monday and Tuesday after school and evening, and Wednesday morning. Please sign up for a time that works for your family. 🙂
These conferences are so important to our work for the year. Students will be reflecting, thinking, and writing goals for themselves this week to prepare for our conference together. Please, do bring students to the conference with you if possible. Together, we will create a few personalized goals to report progress on and revisit throughout the year.
I am looking forward to partnering with you all this school year!
Here is to another fabulous week in 3rd grade!
Mrs. Lauren Ka’ae
Happy Monday, Families!
A few important handouts went home last week that I wanted to be sure you were aware of. 🙂
First, the yellow “Conference Goals” sheet. I would love your input on areas of strengths, and areas for growth for your child. I will review these as I think through personalized goals for your child this school year. We will create a list of a few goals together at our fall conference. Conference sign ups will be made available soon via Family Link. I’ll be offering after school and evening times on October 9th and 10th, and morning times on October 11th. Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness around these conference goals and supporting your child in their educational experience.
Second, another yellow handout, the “Class Dojo Digital Portfolio” and online photograph permissions. This year, we’re using an app, Class Dojo, to highlight positive behaviors in our classroom, communicate with parents, add photos and videos our learning experiences, and create digital portfolios of our work to share with you. Please see the sidebar link “Class Dojo” to watch a couple videos that showcase some of the features of Class Dojo. With your permission, I can add photographs of your child to our classroom blog and class “Dojo Story” that other you and other parents can see. Your child can also take photographs and short videos of classroom projects that they are proud of to share with you at home using the “Student Mode” of Dojo. I can then review and approve their posts. Additionally, Dojo features a messaging feature for teachers and parents which acts similar to a text message. You can reach me throughout the day via Dojo messenger if this is your preferred manner of communication (so convenient!). Please sign and return this form as soon as you are able so that we can start sharing our learning with you via Dojo. Additionally, please download the Class Dojo app so you are able to see what we are up to, and communicate via Dojo.
Third, our first field trip is coming up on November 1st! A green permission slip for Bonneville Hatchery and Eagle Creek (if permitting visitors) went home in backpacks last week! This field trip is lead by the wonderful scientific minds at CREST. We will learn more about the salmon life cycle we have been studying, and see the salmon run! This year will be particularly interesting due to the environmental impacts that the Eagle Creek fire had on salmon habitat. We will have a special learning station dedicated to this event, and learn how we can help prevent such occurrences in the future.
Thank you for returning these handouts at your earliest convenience. 🙂
As always, thanks for your ongoing partnership this year, and for sharing your amazing children with me! They are a fabulous group of hard working, and kindhearted kids!
I’ll leave you with a few upcoming dates:
This Wednesday, September 27th-Early Release: Prof Growth
September 28th, 2017-6:30 PM – 8:30 PM-WLWV Dual Language Family Evening / Noche para Familias de Lenguaje Dua
October 6th, 2017-8:30 AM – 10:30 AM-Wheel-A-Thon/Maratón sobre Ruedas
October 9, 2017-Primary Evening Conferences
October 10, 2017-Primary Evening Conferences
October 11, 2017-No School – Primary Conferences
October 12th-No School – Primary Conferences
Have a great week!
Mrs. Lauren Ka’ae
We have had two fabulous weeks together! We have been enjoying getting to know each other, and building our classroom community. Lowrie’s character trait of the month is kindness. We have been discussing and highlighting the kindness we see around our school and classroom each day!
Every few weeks I will post to our classroom blog with updates to our learning, and important reminders. In between blog posts, the weekly homework sheet is a good resource for upcoming dates and reminders. I have subscribed each of you to get email updates when new blog posts are posted. If for some reason you are not getting updates, please let me know and I’ll update your email address! 🙂
Here are a few things we’ve been up to:
Math-We are beginning our first unit on multiplication. We began looking for things that come in groups, and using strategies like repeated addition, skip counting or multiplication knowledge to find the product. For example, “Socks come in groups of 2, if I had 4 sets of socks, how many in all?” Students show their thinking using the various strategies (and sketching a picture) to find the product. This coming week, we will begin looking at larger patterns in multiplication, and looking at multiples in comparison to other multiples lists. For example, we’ll look at how the multiples of 5 are similar/different from the multiples of 10 by highlighting them on a 100 chart.
Writing- We are working on telling personal narratives with lots of sensory details, sequencing words (First, then, later…), dialogue, and emotions. In other words “using our storyteller voice”, rather than that of a news reporter. We’ll continue to practice zooming into a small special moment, and telling it bit by bit so that the reader can really visualize it!
Reading- We started our first unit, “Building a Reading Life”. Students are getting in the habit of reading just right books so that we can can continue to grow as readers, and be engaged (and excited about!) our reading for longer amounts of time. Next week we’ll be reviewing our reading pre-assessment. This year we’ll be working hard on self-assessment, and looking critically at our own work to see where we should set goals for growth in our learning. It’s so powerful when students are able to take ownership of their own learning like this. We’ll hand out a rubric and go through it bit by bit, to help students begin to understand where they could continue to grow, and what it will look like when they’ve met their goal.
Word Study- Students have completed a spelling pre-assessment. I will use this to place students into differentiated spelling groups based on their current stage in spelling development. We have been highlighting some important math vocabulary including, factors, and product.
Volunteering- Thank you to all who have reached out about volunteering, I am eager to have your help! I will be organizing a volunteer schedule to begin after Curriculum Night. The district has adopted a new policy and system for all volunteers. All (previous volunteers included) volunteers will need to register prior to being permitted to help at school. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the following website to register. It takes 2-3 days to process. http://www.helpcounter.net/wlwv
Book Orders- Next week I’ll send home our first packet for Scholastic Book Orders! Please order your books before next Friday, September 22nd. If you are unfamiliar with Scholastic, it is one of the least expensive ways to get new books into your child’s hands (with the added bonus of giving our classroom free books as well). Please go to https://orders.scholastic.com/NCW4Z (or use the link on our class blog page) and use the activation code: NCW4Z to order books online and they’ll be shipped to Lowrie for free.
*Curriculum Night for Parents – 9/21 (time TBA)
*Early Release for Students – 9/27 @ 12:10 pm
I am looking forward to our first 5 day week together next week!
Enjoy your weekend,
Mrs. Lauren Ka’ae