Week of 11/30 Overview

Hello Everyone,

Here is the overview of meeting and assignments for next week.

MONDAY 11/30

7:50 – Morning Meeting with Ms. Greene

8:00 – PE with Coach

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

READING – #55 – “The Dreamer” and Quick Response, Play Lexia

2nd MATH – Lesson 3.11, DreamBox, Live Math Lessons with Ms. Park, first group starting at 10:15 (Jace, Luca, Sully, Emma) and second group starting at 10:35 (Caralyne, Ariana, Claire, Haley, Hannah)

3rd MATH – #18 – Adding a Group (3.11), DreamBox (Differentiated Math Lessons Live with Ms. Greene between 10-11:30am. Ms. Greene will email groups.)

WRITING – #30 – Goal Setting for Narrative Writing

STORYLINE – #76 – Intro to Marc Chagall, #77 – Key Questions

11:00 – 2nd Grade Reading Support with Ms. Donnell

TUESDAY 12/1

7:50 – Morning Meeting with Ms. Greene

8:00 – MUSIC with Mr. Pettis

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

READING – #56 – Just Right Book and Quick Response, Play Lexia

2nd MATH – Unit 3 Review, Play DreamBox, and Live Math Lessons with Ms. Park, first group starting at 10:15 (Jace, Luca, Sully, Emma) and second group starting at 10:35 (Caralyne, Ariana, Claire, Haley, Hannah)

3rd MATH – #19 – Subtracting a Group (3.12), #20 – Math Boxes

WRITING – #31 – 20min Narrative Writing (working on goal)

STORYLINE – #70 – Art of Paul Klee, #71 – Paul Klee Reading (due Friday)

11:00 – 2nd Grade Reading Support with Ms. Donnell

1:00 – 3rd Grade Math Support-Connect with Ms. Greene

WEDNESDAY –12/2

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

READING – #57 – Epic! Reading, Read a JRB for 15 min.

2nd MATH – Wacky Wednesday, Play DreamBox

3rd MATH – #21 – Math Boxes, DreamBox

WRITING – Handwriting

10:00 – 3rd Grade Math Support-Connect with Ms. Greene

STORYLINE – #80 – Read Aloud: “Through the Window”, #81 – Bring your painting to life (due 12/7)

THURSDAY – 12/3

7:50 – Morning Meeting with Ms. Greene

8:00 – PE with Coach

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

Remember: Only students who do NOT meet in a reading group will see a new assignment today in their Reading Classroom.

YELLOW GROUP – (Thursdays 10:00-10:30) – Sully, Caralyne

ORANGE GROUP – (Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00) Haley, Ariana, Emma

READING – #58b – Read “Papa Chagall,” Play Lexia

2nd MATH – Unit 3 Assessment

3rd MATH – #22 – Equivalent Names (3.13), #23 – Frames and Arrows

WRITING – #32 – 20min Narrative Writing (focused on goal)

STORYLINE – #82 – Chagall Art Project

11:00 – 2nd Grade Math Support with Ms. Donnell

1:00 – 3rd Grade Math Support-Connect with Ms. Greene

FRIDAY – 12/4

7:50 – Morning Meeting with Ms. Greene

8:00 – MUSIC with Mr. Pettis

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

Remember: Only students who do NOT meet in a reading group will see a new assignment today in their Reading Classroom.

GREEN GROUP – (Fridays, 10:00 – 10:30) Annika, Cole, Logan, Nora, Julia, Myles, Mason

BLUE GROUP – (Fridays 10:30 – 11:00) – Chris, Luca, Sawyer, Jace, Hannah, Claire O, Fischer

READING – #58a – Read Aloud: “Papa Chagall” and Quick Response, Play Lexia

11:00 – 11:30 – Whole Group Writing Celebration!

2nd MATH – Lesson 4.1, Play DreamBox

3rd MATH – #24 – Unit 3 Review, Play DreamBox

STORYLINE – Catch-up day! Time to work on character video and museum installation!

1:00 – 3rd Grade Math Support-Connect with Ms. Greene

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Newsletter: Next Pick-up Day, Museum and Culmination Prep, Fall Assembly

Hello Everyone,

I send this newsletter to you with a whole-lot of gratitude and love. You are all doing such an incredible job, and I wish you and your sweet students a lovely and well-deserved break.

Though I wish it were otherwise, there continues to be so much that is unknown about the coming weeks and months of school. For now, I continue to keep planning for CDL. On that note, I have penciled in another pick-up date for Wednesday, December 9th. Please put it on your calendar.

HEADS UP:

Setting up our Living Art Museum!

Even though we haven’t yet finished studying all of our master artists, I thought I’d encourage you to start setting up your museum at home. Culmination “day” will be Thursday, 12/17, however I expect this to be very flexible, as we won’t be doing anything with families “live.” Here are some pictures of the museum that Caralyne started at home last weekend (I shared these examples with your students in Morning Meeting on Friday).

Virtual Assembly – Today!

The assembly video was released today but, unfortunately, WebEx was proving too glitchy to watch it as a whole class. Here is the link, in case your family would like to watch it together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXMv4AooWjU&feature=youtu.be


Highland Staff is Thankful!

Here is a fun video (made my Mr. Glogau) to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving from the Highland School Team: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DFy5Br02jWSB5itMkytQVbrmsYxpsgTF/view?usp=sharing

Class Picture!

REMINDERS:

Cafeteria Meal Survey – Please complete!

Since only 12 of you filled this out, I’m sending it out a third time! Please let me know your best guess regarding your family’s meal plan when returning to school: https://forms.gle/hwRVthCpNvBbZJav9

Culmination Costumes and Performances

Many of you are already starting to ask about what Culmination will look like, especially those of you who have experienced this storyline with an older child. We we be “bringing our paintings to life” on video this year. It would be wonderful if your student can find a simple costume that will help them feel like their character. Color is important, but no need to go out and find an exact match. I will be showing this link to your students for inspiration (content warning: the video includes a brief image of nudity in a painting): https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/in-these-quarantine-tableaus-household-items-turn-into-art-history-props

I will ask your student to practice reading their Character Biography over break. I will ask that families work together to produce a horizontal video of your child reading their character biographies, in costume (from the waist up). I’m hoping to have all of videos in my possession by Monday, December 7th.  More on this soon, but I wanted to let you know so you could start mulling it over.

Amazon Wishlist – as requested!

A few of you have requested I make of list of things that would be helpful to me as I prepare our classroom for in-person learning. Most of these items won’t be needed until the day we bring kids back into the building, but I made a note by the ones I could use sooner, to complete set-up. Of course, there is no expectation to give in this way. All of you are giving so much of yourselves already!  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/16STQWIMKQ7JE?ref_=wl_share

Books from Highland Library! – Next Pickup 12/9

This is your reminder to have your student use DESTINY/HES to check-out books from the Highland Library. Mrs. Rychard can have them ready for pick-up on Wednesday.

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11/19 – Pick-up/Drop-off and Materials Information

Hello Everyone,

Tomorrow is a pick-up day! Given our state has officially entered a “freeze” and our schools are doing what we can to limit exposure, I won’t be available to visit during designated windows of time. Instead, I’ll have your children’s items out in front of the gym in plastic bags with their names on them. I will also put out bins for returned books and folders (with lids because it might be windy/rainy).

Items will be out in front of the gym from 1:00 – 4:00pm. Please let me know if you cannot make it during this time. Your student will need some of these items this week, so it’s important to connect if an alternate time is needed.

PLEASE RETURN:

  • Any books from student book bags that your child has finished 
  • Blue folder with PABLO PICASSO PEACE MURAL PIECE tucked deep inside!

YOU WILL PICK UP:

  • Green folder filled with fun!
  • Any Highland Library Books from Ms. Rychard (if requested)
  • More JRBs from our classroom – I’ll put at least one or two in every bag.

BUT MS. GREENE, WHAT DO WE DO WITH EVERYTHING IN THE BLUE FOLDER?

  • Please make sure that Reading Response and Reading Log papers and  have been transferred to your child’s Reading Notebook (3-ring binder). Handwriting packet can also be kept in that binder. If you have unused handwriting paper or Star of The Week Letter paper, they can be tucked into a pocket in Reading Notebook for safe keeping.
  • Reading worksheets from “Unit 2 Week 2” may be recycled.
  • 3rd grade Unit 3 Homelink packet may be tucked into their Math Journal.
  • Anything related to Storyline should be moved to the large manilla envelope. PLEASE KEEP ALL ART AT HOME – EXCEPT FOR THE PEACE MURAL PIECE!

CONTENTS OF THE GREEN FOLDER:

Storyline items are all on the right side: 

  • Paper for upcoming projects.
  • Typed Color Poem for future decoration (if it was turned in).
  • Master artist “signs” to be decorated and use for museum installation.

Everything else is on the left side:

  • Any Lexia Certificates earned (great work!)
  • “We Are Grateful” writing sheet
  • “Unit 2 Week 3” worksheets from reading curriculum. 
  • Star of The Week Paper
  • 2nd or 3rd grade Math items are in the back!

Thank you so much for reading through all of this and supporting your student’s organization! Again, please let me know if you are unable to pop by the school during one of those windows of time.

Thank you!

Marieka

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Newsletter: Class Picture, Klee Projects, Culmination, Wishlist

Hello Everyone,

The assignment overview for next week is now available at this link: https://blogs.bend.k12.or.us/marieka.greene/2020/11/13/week-of-11-16-overview/

I apologize for asking you to read through such long newsletters, there just seems to be so much to communicate with you about! Thank you, in advance!

HEADS UP:

Class Picture – WebEx Titles

I am going to take a class picture on Monday (11/16) at our 9am meeting. I’ve talked to your students about this already, but I’m hoping you can help make sure their WebEx name is correct/appropriate for the picture. We would like their first and last names listed with correct capitalization (and no emojis, ideally!). Thanks for your help!

Paul Klee Art Project – due Friday, 11/20

We are going to try something a little bit different while creating art like Paul Klee. There will be 3 different options pushed out on Wednesday. There is also a “READ ME FIRST” assignment that will explain that students can make a choices about which project they want to do. They only need to do one, but can do more. I also have a GOOGLE FORM for them to fill out, that will tell me which project they are committing to. After I get their feedback, I will remove their names from the assignments they are passing on, so they don’t show up in their to-do list all week.

Next Pick-up/Drop-off – Wednesday, 11/18

I will keep the same two windows as last time. Round 1 will be from 12:30-1pm and Round 2 will be from 4-4:30pm. Please be on the look-out for more details next week.

Cafeteria Meal Survey – Please complete!

Since only 12 of you filled this out, I’m sending it out a third time! Please let me know your best guess regarding your family’s meal plan when returning to school: https://forms.gle/hwRVthCpNvBbZJav9

Culmination Costumes and Performances

Many of you are already starting to ask about what Culmination will look like, especially those of you who have experienced this storyline with an older child. We we be “bringing our paintings to life” on video this year. It would be wonderful if your student can find a simple costume that will help them feel like their character. Color is important, but no need to go out and find an exact match. I will be showing this link to your students for inspiration (content warning: the video includes a brief image of nudity in a painting): https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/in-these-quarantine-tableaus-household-items-turn-into-art-history-props

I will ask your student to practice reading their Character Biography over break. I will ask that families work together to produce a horizontal video of your child reading their character biographies, in costume (from the waist up). I’m hoping to have all of videos in my possession by Monday, December 7th.  More on this soon, but I wanted to let you know so you could start mulling it over.

Amazon Wishlist – as requested!

A few of you have requested I make of list of things that would be helpful to me as I prepare our classroom for in-person learning. Most of these items won’t be needed until the day we bring kids back into the building, but I made a note by the ones I could use sooner, to complete set-up. Of course, there is no expectation to give in this way. All of you are giving so much of yourselves already!  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/16STQWIMKQ7JE?ref_=wl_share

REMINDERS:

Books from Highland Library! – Next Pickup 11/18

This is your reminder to have your student use DESTINY/HES to check-out books from the Highland Library. Mrs. Rychard can have them ready for pick-up on Wednesday.

3rd Grade Math Support and Breakouts

I would like to invite any 3rd graders who could use support, or who would benefit from completing assignments with a partner, to come to my support sessions on the following days and times: Tuesdays at 1:00, Wednesdays at 10:00, Thursdays at 1:00 and Fridays at 1:00. I cannot always guarantee a “perfect partner” will be available at each session, but there is always something to be gained from connecting with peers! Try it out!

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Week of 11/16 Overview

Hello Everyone,

Here is the overview of meeting and assignments for next week.

MONDAY 11/16

7:50 – Morning Meeting with Ms. Greene

8:00 – PE with Coach

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

READING – #47 – Intro to Week 3 Video, #48 – Vocabulary Practice Sheet

2nd MATH – Lesson 3.7, DreamBox, Live Math Lessons with Ms. Park, first group starting at 10:15 (Jace, Luca, Sully, Emma) and second group starting at 10:35 (Caralyne, Ariana, Claire, Haley, Hannah)

3rd MATH – #10 – Scaled Bar Graphs, #11 – Math Boxes (Differentiated Math Lessons Live with Ms. Greene between 10-11:30am. Ms. Greene will email groups.)

STORYLINE – #68 – Intro to Paul Klee, #69 – Key Questions

11:00 – 2nd Grade Reading Support with Ms. Donnell

TUESDAY 11/17

7:50 – Morning Meeting with Ms. Greene

8:00 – MUSIC with Mr. Pettis

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

READING – #49 – Every Vote Counts, Play Lexia

2nd MATH – Lesson 3.8, Play DreamBox, and Live Math Lessons with Ms. Park, first group starting at 10:15 (Jace, Luca, Sully, Emma) and second group starting at 10:35 (Caralyne, Ariana, Claire, Haley, Hannah)

3rd MATH – #12 – Scaled Picture Graphs (3.8), DreamBox

WRITING – #27 – Read Aloud: “We are Grateful”, #28 – Key Question Brainstorm

STORYLINE – #70 – Art of Paul Klee, #71 – Paul Klee Reading (due Friday)

11:00 – 2nd Grade Reading Support with Ms. Donnell

1:00 – 3rd Grade Math Support-Connect with Ms. Greene

WEDNESDAY –11/18

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

READING – #51 – Video Review of Author’s Point of View, #52 – Race for the Presidency

2nd MATH – Wacky Wednesday

3rd MATH – #13 – Math Boxes, DreamBox

WRITING – #29 – “We are Grateful” Writing (due Friday), Handwriting

10:00 – 3rd Grade Math Support-Connect with Ms. Greene

STORYLINE – There is a “READ ME FIRST” assignment that will explain the choices and a GOOGLE FORM to respond with each students choice. All choices will be posted, and then revised as students select their projects. #72 – Formalism Project, #73 – Animals Project, #74 – Puppet Project. Each student’s Klee project(s) is not due until Friday.

1:00 – 4:00pm – Pick-up/Drop-off Materials

THURSDAY – 11/19

7:50 – Morning Meeting with Ms. Greene

8:00 – PE with Coach

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

Remember: Only students who do NOT meet in a reading group will see a new assignment today in their Reading Classroom.

YELLOW GROUP – (Thursdays 10:00-10:30) – Sully, Caralyne

ORANGE GROUP – (Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00) Haley, Ariana, Emma

READING – #53b – Read and Compare “Elementary…” to “Race for…”, #54b – Genre Worksheet, Lexia

2nd MATH – Lesson 3.9, Play DreamBox

3rd MATH – #14 – Math Squares (3.9), #15 – Math Boxes

WRITING – #29 – Continue working on “We are Grateful” Writing, Star Letter to Nora!

STORYLINE – Continue work on Klee Project

11:00 – 2nd Grade Math Support with Ms. Donnell

1:00 – 3rd Grade Math Support-Connect with Ms. Greene

FRIDAY – 11/20

7:50 – Morning Meeting with Ms. Greene

8:00 – MUSIC with Mr. Pettis

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

Remember: Only students who do NOT meet in a reading group will see a new assignment today in their Reading Classroom.

GREEN GROUP – (Fridays, 10:00 – 10:30) Annika, Cole, Logan, Nora, Julia, Myles, Mason

BLUE GROUP – (Fridays 10:30 – 11:00) – Chris, Luca, Sawyer, Jace, Hannah, Claire O, Fischer

READING – #54a – Genre Practice Worksheet, Play Lexia

11:00 – 11:30 – Whole Group Writing Celebration!

2nd MATH – Lesson 3.10, DreamBox

3rd MATH – #16 – Commutative Property of Multiplication (3.10), #17 – Fact Inventory, DreamBox

STORYLINE – Finish-up Klee Project, #75 – Color Poem and Artist Labels

1:00 – 3rd Grade Math Support-Connect with Ms. Greene

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Newsletter: Storyline Update, Reading Conferences, Meal Survey

Hello Everyone,

I hope this message finds you well on this gloomy day. I was able to have the “first snow” moment with several of your students in our live writing session today. Their joy and excitement in that moment was not only contagious, but reminded me that though so much feels off in our world right now, some beautiful things stay the same. I’m so glad to have your children to remind me of that!

We finished up our time learning about Vincent Van Gogh. Your children were so beautifully gentle and caring when talking about Vincent, his mental health, and his sad story. I played this clip for them over WebEx, but I thought they might enjoy watching it with you (especially since it will be less glitchy): 

We have started studying Pablo Picasso this week, and, soon we will start hearing and learning more about WWII, Nazi Germany, and the devastating impacts of war. I will do my very bet to keep these moments of discussion age appropriate, but I wanted to give you the heads up that they are coming soon.

The assignment overview for next week is now available at this link.

HEADS UP:

Reading Conferences – No Reading Groups Next Week

I would like to do some 1:1 reading with your students next week. I will not be holding Reading Groups in order to make more time for meeting. Please use this doc to sign up for a time: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17_TOJM9v4G4fyzP0g606sytQncmx7CPyVtrhByoqup0/edit?usp=sharing

Cafeteria Meal Survey – Please complete!

Since only 8 of you filled this out, I’m sending it out again! Please let me know your best guess regarding your family’s meal plan when returning to school: https://forms.gle/hwRVthCpNvBbZJav9

Lexia – Focus on Units

Highland Teachers recently had training on Lexia. My main takeaway is that  meeting the “unit goal” is more important than the minute goal, and that it should take most kids about 2-5 minutes to complete a unit. If your child is spending a lot of time on Lexia and not completing very many units, that means they are jumping around a lot (from activity to activity), and probably aren’t mastering any skills. I’ve given students a heads up about this, but I thought I’d let you know, too!

Next Pick-up/Drop-off – Wednesday, 11/18

I’m hearing through the grapevine that we are extremely unlikely to return to school prior to break. I’d like to have you pick-up/drop off items prior to break so we can be ready to start up on 11/30 regardless of where we are!

3rd Grade Math Support and Breakouts

I would like to invite any 3rd graders who could use support, or who would benefit from completing assignments with a partner, to come to my support sessions on the following days and times: Tuesdays at 1:00, Wednesdays at 10:00, Thursdays at 1:00 and Fridays at 1:00. I cannot always guarantee a “perfect partner” will be available at each session, but there is always something to be gained from connecting with peers! Try it out!

REMINDERS:

Books from Highland Library! – Next Pickup 11/18

Mrs. Rychard has graciously offered to prepare books for students to pickup. They will need to use Destiny Discover (saved as a link on their ipad “Destiny HES”). She says most students know how to use this feature with confidence, but just in case I checked it out and it’s pretty self explanatory. They may have to log in using their district username/password. For now she’s planning to have books picked up and dropped off every two weeks.

Just Right Reading – Read more! Need more?

I noticed from the Reading Logs that were turned in today, that most kids are not doing a lot of reading from the “Just Right Books” I sent home earlier this year. I’d like them to be reading those books more, and logging them in their Reading Log. I will start pushing out more “JRB Reading” assignments to their Reading Classroom to support more reading at home. Please email me if your child could use some more books for their book bags.

Questions of The Week:

Who was Pablo Picasso? What do you know about his art?

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Week of 11/9 Overview

Hello Everyone,

Here is the overview of meeting and assignments for next week.

MONDAY 11/9

7:50 – Morning Meeting with Ms. Greene

8:00 – PE with Coach

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

READING – #43 – Read about Pablo Picasso, Play Lexia

2nd MATH – Lesson 3.3, DreamBox, Live Math Lessons with Ms. Park, first group starting at 10:15 (Jace, Luca, Sully, Emma) and second group starting at 10:35 (Caralyne, Ariana, Claire, Haley, Hannah)

3rd MATH – #4 – Partial Sums (3.3), #5 – Math Boxes, Differentiated Math Lessons Live with Ms. Greene between 10-11:30am. Ms. Greene will email groups.

WRITING – #24 – Continue working on Final Drafts of Poems on Handwriting Paper

STORYLINE – #64 – Cubism and Portraits!

11:00 – 2nd Grade Reading Support with Ms. Donnell

TUESDAY 11/10

7:50 – Morning Meeting with Ms. Greene

8:00 – MUSIC with Mr. Pettis

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

READING – #44 – Quick Response and Read Aloud: “Picasso and The Girl…”, Read a JRB

2nd MATH – Lesson 3.4, Play DreamBox, and Live Math Lessons with Ms. Park, first group starting at 10:15 (Jace, Luca, Sully, Emma) and second group starting at 10:35 (Caralyne, Ariana, Claire, Haley, Hannah)

3rd MATH – #6 – Column Addition, Play DreamBox

WRITING – #25 – Adding Actions!

STORYLINE – #65 – Dance of Youth Flip Grid

11:00 – 2nd Grade Reading Support with Ms. Donnell

1:00 – 3rd Grade Math Support with Ms. Greene

WEDNESDAY –11/11

NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day!

THURSDAY – 11/12

7:50 – Morning Meeting with Ms. Greene

8:00 – PE with Coach

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

NO READING GROUPS THIS WEEK to make time for Special Reading Sessions with Ms. Greene

READING – #45 – “Facts about Guernica”, Play Lexia

WRITING – #26 – Continue Adding Actions!

2nd MATH – Lesson 3.5, Play DreamBox

3rd MATH – #7 – Counting Up Suptraction (3.5), #8 – Math Boxes

STORYLINE – #66 – Guernica Mural and Questions

11:00 – 2nd Grade Math Support with Ms. Donnell

1:00 – 3rd Grade Math Support with Ms. Greene

FRIDAY – 11/12

7:50 – Morning Meeting with Ms. Greene

8:00 – MUSIC with Mr. Pettis

9:00 – Assignment Overview with Ms. Greene

NO READING GROUPS THIS WEEK to make time for Special Reading Sessions with Ms. Greene.

READING – #46 – Read Aloud: Pigcasso Met Mootise, Post Reading Log, Read A JRB

11:00 – 11:30 – Whole Group Writing Workshop!

2nd MATH – Lesson 3.6, DreamBox

3rd MATH – #9 – Expand and Trade Subtraction (3.6), Play DreamBox

STORYLINE – #67 – Peace Mural Project

1:00 – 3rd Grade Math Support with Ms. Greene

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Pick-up/Drop-off Details for Wednesday 11/4

Hello Everyone,

This is a friendly reminder that I will have two windows for pick-up times tomorrow afternoon. Please let me know ASAP if neither of these times work for you and we can find a new time.

Round 1: 12:30 – 1:00pm

Round 2: 4:00 – 4:30pm

I will be in the vestibule (like last time) in the front of the gym.

Thank you for helping us to stay organized (and to help me to direct your students to their materials)! Please bring a reusable bag with you, as many of you will have quite a bit to pick up.

PLEASE RETURN:

  • Any books from student book bags that your child has finished 
  • Green folder with the following items inside: Halloween Bingo, Unit 2 Assessment (3rd grade only), Any extra watercolor (heavy-weight) paper you currently have. I know some kids have a lot extra some kids are all out. I want to share the wealth!

YOU WILL PICK UP:

  • Blue folder filled with fun!
  • Any Highland Library Books from Ms. Rychard (if requested)
  • More JRBs from our classroom (if needed)
  • 3rd Grade Only: Small Slate and Dry Erase Marker

BUT MS. GREENE, WHAT DO WE DO WITH EVERYTHING IN THE GREEN FOLDER?

  • Please make sure that Reading Response papers have been transferred to your child’s Reading Notebook (3-ring binder). Handwriting packet can also be kept in that binder. If you have unused handwriting paper (from Character Biography) they can be tucked into a pocket in Reading Notebook for safe keeping.
  • White reading packet (“Unit 2, Week 2”) should be transferred to Reading Notebook. If you still have “Unit 2, Week 1” you can recycle it.
  • 3rd grade Unit 3 Homelink packet may be tucked into their Math Journal (Unit 2 Homelink packet may be recycled)
  • Anything related to Storyline should be moved to the large manilla envelope. PLEASE KEEP ALL ART AT HOME. The only thing that may be recycled is the rough draft of the Character Biography, and rough drafts of poems (once they ALL have been recopied to the final draft handwriting paper!).

CONTENTS OF THE GREEN FOLDER:

Storyline items are all on the right side: 

  • Picasso materials 
  • Klee materials

Everything else is on the left side:

  • Cinquain Poem Outline (assigned Wednesday)
  • 3rd Grade Math Worksheet: Estimating Costs
  • More handwriting paper
  • More reading log and QR papers (put in Reading Notebook!)
  • Star of The Week Paper
  • Reading Progress Monitoring Packet

Thank you so much for reading through all of this and supporting your student’s organization! Again, please let me know if you are unable to pop by the school during one of those windows of time.

Thank you!

Marieka

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Newsletter: Next Pickup, Hybrid Potential, “Open Webex” discontinued, 3rd Math Update

Hello Everyone,

The assignment overview for next week is now available at this link: Week of 11/2 Overview

HEADS UP:

Next Pick-up/Drop-off – 11/4

I will have an email with list of items to be returned as we get closer to the day, but the two rounds of times will be from 12:30-1pm and from 4-4:30pm. Let me know if neither of those times will work for your family.

Potential for Hybrid – Reminders

With the change in metrics that were announced today, it is possible we will see kids back in building sometime soon. Some of you have asked about a list of items to be brought to school by students. I hope to have that to you soon! Mr. Kissell has said that I may ask for donations of individual foam soap dispenser – I will aim to have kids actually wash hands as much as possible (as opposed to only using sanitizer). The district will be providing me with sanitizer, but students are allowed to bring their personal sanitizer so long as they don’t share it with others. Students are also allowed to bring a small bottle of lotion to keep in their desk (Highly recommended based on the hands of my students last spring!). I will be aiming to eat meals outside as much as possible, so be thinking about a small towl or backpacking-style chair for your child. Speaking of meals, the school district will be providing free breakfast and lunch to all students. This will create some operational challenges for us, as we are not allowed to send the kids to the cafeteria to pick-up their meals. It would be helpful if you could fill out this 1 question survey for me so we can get a better idea of what our meal-needs will be: https://forms.gle/hwRVthCpNvBbZJav9

3rd Grade Math Update

In case you missed it, here is the link to the 3rd grade Math update I sent out last week: https://blogs.bend.k12.or.us/marieka.greene/2020/10/31/3rd-grade-math-update/

Open Webex (Office Hours) – Discontinued

I tried opening up my Webex Meeting room last week from 2-2:30 on Monday, Thursday and Friday. It proved to be quite challenging for me to have rigidity in my schedule at that time, mostly as a mother, and I don’t remember anyone joining me for questions at that time. Therefore, I will discontinue that “open” time. Please know that I can be available to you for live support/questions most days within the hour – just email me! 

REMINDERS:

Books from Highland Library! – Next Pickup 11/4

Mrs. Rychard has graciously offered to prepare books for students to pickup. They will need to use Destiny Discover (saved as a link on their ipad “Destiny HES”). She says most students know how to use this feature with confidence, but just in case I checked it out and it’s pretty self explanatory. They may have to log in using their district username/password. For now she’s planning to have books picked up and dropped off every two weeks.

Just Right Reading – Read more! Need more?

I noticed from the Reading Logs that were turned in today, that most kids are not doing a lot of reading from the “Just Right Books” I sent home earlier this year. I’d like them to be reading those books more, and logging them in their Reading Log. I will start pushing out more “JRB Reading” assignments to their Reading Classroom to support more reading at home. Please email me if your child could use some more books for their book bags.

Reading Groups will continue on Thursdays and Fridays!

Yellow and Orange groups will meet with me on Thursdays and Blue and Green will meet with me on Fridays.

Questions of The Week:

Who is Vincent Van Gogh? What do you know about his art?

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3rd Grade Math Update

Hello 3rd Grade Families,

Happy almost-Halloween to all of you. I hope you all find some fun this weekend, despite the challenges of a global pandemic 🙂

There are a few things I wanted to check-in about with regards to 3rd grade Math, and I thought it was probably time for me to put them all in an update!

Accountability and DreamBox Use

There have been a few families who have reached out about accountability – especially when related to their student’s use of DreamBox. First and foremost, I want you to know that you can all log-in to your student’s google classroom from any device using their district email and password. This can help you to see, on your own, if they are actually submitting photos of assignments (as opposed to just hitting the “turn in” button). I have returned any blank assignments to students and asked them to submit pictures, but we’re about 50/50 with that method working. I have only followed up a few times with families so far – mostly in extreme cases. However, I will be checking in with families soon about students that are missing more than a couple assignments or who have some curious patterns that we might be able to resolve. DreamBox is a little trickier because I don’t know of a way to check minutes on the parents end. I rely on the teacher side of things to view my own child’s actual usage! HA! I might email your student/family if I see they’ve hit “I’m done” on a DreamBox assignment but haven’t actually played any minutes for the week. Of course, do not hesitate to let me know if you have a family plan that I don’t know about. My emails are mostly to support families who want information about their students work and completion of tasks. They are never meant to put any additional pressure on you!

Fact Practice and Fact Triangles!

If you’re looking for a way to support your student’s math learning OFF the screen, I highly encourage more multiplication/division practice with fact triangles. I had them cut out the first sets last month and I have been added “fact triangle practice” to the independent work section of most all assignments. We practiced them a bit in our live lessons and it seems like most of your kids could use some work with these. The first sets are the x2’s, x10’s, and x5’s. When your child masters these, you’re welcome to have them cut out the next sets form the back of their journal.

Unit 2 Assessment – at home next week!

I tried the first unit’s assessment digitally and for this unit I’d like to try a paper/pencil version. I think 3rd graders generally do better work when they have a pencil in their hand! Please do not help them with any of the tasks on the assessment. If your child could still use reading support (especially with the number stories), that is okay. But please don’t help them with interpretation. They wil have 2 days to work on the whole test packet. I added the “challenge” portion to the back of their assessments because I believe the large majority of students in our class is likely to complete at least one of these tasks correctly – we are a strong group! Please encourage tripple checking! Especially since we have 2 days to complete the assessment. I will ask students to bring back their completed assessments on 11/4 – our next pickup/drop off day.

Videos and New Content

As I have told many of you in the past, this group of mathematicians is one of the strongest and most excited group I’ve ever had the opportunity to teach! Their readiness is so wonderful, however it can also lead to a certain confidence that can end up hindering their learning as 3rd grade content becomes more complex. I know several families and students have been skipping my videos and focusing on the pages. It will be imperative, moving forward, that students watch the videos. There are new strategies and algorithms that will be unfamiliar to both students and their adult helpers. I ask that the videos be watched and the various methods be applied correctly. Thank you for having faith in our incredible Math curriculum! 

Phew! Thank you for reading through this lengthy update. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions related to anything I’ve written about here, or not! I’m also happy to schedule a WebEx check in, too, if that is helpful.

Thank you, forever and always, for all that you are doing to support your students learning.

Marieka

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