Sunday, January 13, 2019

Quarter 3, Week 2:

Upcoming Testing
Please be aware that MAP benchmark testing is coming up for third grade on Jan. 15th. Students should just come to school having had a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast to fuel their work! Please make every effort for your child to be on time and in attendance on that day so that they do not lose instructional time doing make-up testing!

Homework
Thank you for taking the time to complete the latest homework survey. We looked carefully at the numeric data and anonymous comments and had good conversations as a team. Every child is unique and homework experiences vary widely, but there are occasional patterns in these surveys that help us to adjust our homework assignments. With this in mind, we are going to make a few adjustments in the third quarter that will hopefully make the homework experience more joyful without sacrificing good learning. We will continue to discuss as a team and will send another survey near the end of third quarter. Beginning January 14th, parents and students can look forward to the following changes: 


  • Two days to complete all science or history homework assignments 
  • No math homework on nights where a new lesson wasn’t taught (ex. Night after a big test) 
  • All students who have turned in 100% of their homework on time each day for the week will receive a homework pass!
Language Arts
We will continue The Trumpet of the Swan this week. Spelling will be normal, with a test on Friday. Writing and grammar will focus on informational writing as we create a class essay on Monarch butterflies.. Students will review their stanza to memorize The Adventures of Isabel. The recitations will be on Jan. 23rd.

Math
We are taking a short fractions quiz on Monday to check for understanding of basic fraction skills. We will then work on mastering equivalent fractions and comparing fractions.

Science
Students will continue learning about sound. They will compare different pitches made by experimenting with various objects.

History
We will continue our Viking unit this week! Students will learn about the farming and trading life of a Viking. They will also learn about the different boats they used. Lastly, they will be introduced to a famous viking, Eric the Red!


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Quarter 3, Week 1:


Upcoming Testing
Please be aware that MAP benchmark testing is coming up for third grade on Jan. 15th. Students should just come to school having had a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast to fuel their work! Please make every effort for your child to be on time and in attendance on that day so that they do not lose instructional time doing make-up testing!


Language Arts
We will begin The Trumpet of the Swan this week! Please send it in asap. Spelling will be normal, with a test on Friday. Writing and grammar will focus on informational writing. Writing will actually be a big focus this quarter as we learn to formalize our skills. Students will receive their stanza to memorize from The Adventures of Isabel. The recitations will be on Jan. 23rd.

Math
We will start off this quarter learning quickly about probability. There will be a small quiz to check for understanding on Wednesday after math groups. Then we will begin our unit on Fractions! Please sign up to help with math groups here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D49AFAC2FA1FC1-math

Science
This week we will be learning about Sound! Students will learn what causes sound and how sound travels.

History
We will start our Viking unit this week! Students will begin to learn where the Vikings came from and what they did.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Quarter 2, Week 10

As a reminder, Tuesday and Wednesday will be half days. Please send a big snack since there will be no lunch!

Language Arts
Please be prepared to recite our poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Tuesday. There will be no spelling.

Math
This week we will be learning the basics of data analysis. There will be no math groups.

Science
There will be no new science content this week.

History
There will be a test Monday. A study guide came home over the weekend.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Quarter 2, Week 9:


Happy December, 3C family! 

Our new assistant teacher, Mr. Lynch, has been a great addition to our 3C family throughout this transition! We are glad to have his help and his joyful spirit in the classroom. He has left you a note with a brief introduction of himself:

Hello, Parents of 3C, 
My name is Paul Lynch. I will be joining your classroom for the rest of the academic year. I wanted to share a little about myself. I am a professional trombonist and music educator in the Phoenix area. I can usually be found around a stage, either in an ensemble or below the stage for musicals. I am the currently serving as bass trombonist and Board of Directors member of the Salt River Brass Band. I also collaborate with music educators on enriching the musical experience of their students by providing group and individual coaching to their low brass musicians.

I am completing the last year of my Doctor of Musical Arts degree with an emphasis on trombone performance, at Arizona State University. While at ASU, I’ve been an active member of the trombone studio and ensemble, jazz band, wind ensemble, and orchestra. I also serve as one of two assistant directors of the ASU Trombone Ensemble. In 2017, I had the privilege of conducting the ASU Trombone Ensemble on the opening piece at our International Trombone Festival debut.

Outside of music and teaching, I still have time for hobbies. I love spending time playing games and going on walks with my wife, Brianna Lynch, lead teacher of 5A at Arete. When we are not playing games, we both spend numerous hours with our cats, Cosmo and Gustav. I am excited to share the stories of their (mis)adventures with your children. I am also an avid soccer fan. This includes watching numerous games on the weekends and attending Phoenix Rising FC games whenever I have a chance. 
I am looking forward to working with your children! 
Paul Lynch  

Our Archway Arete library has officially launched, and we are looking for volunteers to help students check out books. Sign up here to serve! Our class will visit the library on 1/11, 2/15, 3/8, 4/5, and 5/3.



Here is a look at the week:

Language Arts
Spelling will be normal this week with a test on Friday. In writing, we will continue to craft our Realistic Fiction stories and move into the publishing stage. We are continuing The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and will likely finish Friday.

Math
We are reviewing lots this week! First on Monday there will be a money quiz. Then,  there will be a unit test on Thursday covering units 1-4, & 9. Afterwards, we will be learning the order of operations and the basics of data analysis. If you are able to help with math groups this week, please RSVP here:  

Science
This week, students will test their reflexes by taking part in a reflex lab! We will also be learning how to keep our brains and our Nervous System healthy. There will be a quiz on the Nervous System this Friday. Students will fill out study guides as a class and will have an opportunity to review throughout the week.

History
This week we will be learning about the Christian Persecution in Rome and the Decline of the Roman Empire. We will be filling out a study guide in class on Friday. The test will be next Monday (12/17).


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Quarter 2, Week 8:

Don't forget this Monday is the Field Trip. Please send your child in with a sack lunch and a disposable water bottle both labeled with their name.

Language Arts
Spelling will be normal this week with a test on Friday. In writing, we will continue to craft our Realistic Fiction stories. We are continuing The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe this week so please send the book in if you haven’t already.

Math
We are learning about subtracting
money this week! There will be a short quiz on Wednesday this week to check in on understanding.

Science
This week we will continue learning about the Nervous System! Students will understand how signals are sent throughout the nervous system. They will also be learning about the three main parts of the brain.

History
This week we will be doing a reader’s theater on the lives of a Roman citizen. We will also be learning about Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Quarter 2, Week 7:

In an effort to provide a fruitful homework experience for our scholars, we rely on the feedback of our families. Parents, please share your feedback by completing this homework survey at your earliest convenience.

Language Arts
Spelling will be normal this week with a test on Friday. In writing we will begin to understand the elements of fiction writing, and begin to create our own fictional narrative. We are continuing The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe this week so please send the book in if you haven’t already.

Math
We are learning about money this week! There will be a short quiz on Tuesday and Friday this week to check in on understanding. If you are able to help with math groups this week, please RSVP here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d49afac2fa1fc1-math

Science
This week we will be learning all about the Nervous System!

History
This week we will about some of the buildings, bridges, and aqueducts of ancient Rome. Toward the end of the week, we will learn about gladiators and chariot races!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Quarter 2, Week 6:

In an effort to provide a fruitful homework experience for our scholars, we rely on the feedback of our families. Parents, please share your feedback by completing this homework survey at your earliest convenience.

Language Arts
We are continuing The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe this week so please send the book in if you haven’t already. For poetry, we are memorizing The First Thanksgiving of All  and we will do recitations on Tuesday. There will be no spelling this week!

Math
We will be reviewing cumulative concepts Monday and then taking an end of Unit  assessment on Tuesday. There is no pressure to really prepare for this test. Monday night’s homework will give you a good idea of content that might appear on the actual test, however the students are already prepared to demonstrate their knowledge based on the work they have done in the proceeding weeks.

Science
Students will take the Skeletal System Assessment on Monday. We will also learn about the Achilles Tendon and the origin of it’s name!

History
This week we will finish our Caesar Unit with an assessment. We will review on Monday and take our test on Tuesday.