Friday, September 19, 2014

Dear Families,
The grading scale for our report cards is reported out using numbers. On the top of your child’s papers you may see a 3, 2, or 1. There will be some papers/work we do together or use as practice that we will not necessarily give a number grade.
It’s also important to note that our Math Homework (the sheets sent home) are NOT graded on achievement but on being responsible to complete the work and return it to school. It is our hope that homework helpers will look these sheets over and help the student if needed. We do also take some time to go over the more difficult problems in class.
These are the numbers you will see on some papers as well as the report card.
3-Demonstrates an understanding of grade level standards/expectations taught in this term
2-Demonstrates a partial understanding of grade level standards/expectations taught in this term
1-Does not demonstrate an understanding of grade level standard/expectations taught in this term

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

3rd Grade Parents & Students:
This year, the third grade teachers are trying a new classroom management tool called ClassDojo. ClassDojo is a web based program which allows teachers to track students’ behaviors (positive AND negative) easily and efficiently. The program is based on points, and students can be given positive points for things such as being respectful, responsible, or safe. On the other hand, points can be taken away if students are not respectful, irresponsible, or unsafe. Our goal is to fully implement the program right away, but please bear with us as we are learning as we go! J
The students have now been added to the Dojo monitoring system. A letter was sent home with an attached parent access code so that you can log on to the website,!/signup. On the site, you are able to see how many points your child has, which positive behaviors were noted, and which negative behaviors he/she needs to work on
One of the greatest features of ClassDojo is that it allows parental access to this information daily and it sends you a “behavior and skills report” every Friday by e-mail.  All you need to do is use the parent access code to get signed up. Our hope is that this will help you monitor the progress of your child’s behavior on a week-to-week basis.
Please contact us if you have any questions!

                                                                                                ~3rd Grade Team

Fall MAP Testing Schedule


September 23 at 9:00  Sanchez and Zurfluh

September 24 at 9:00  Sime


September 30 at 9:00  Sanchez and Zurfluh

October 1 at 9:00  Sime

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

2014-2015 Open House

Welcome to third grade!

Most of our families were able to attend early registration this August.  We thank you for taking time out of your summer to fill out all that paperwork and get your child's school photo taken.

Our open house is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27th, from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.  We are hoping that you will be able to attend that as well.  Come to your classroom with your supplies and take a moment to introduce yourself to your teacher (Mrs. Sanchez, Mr. Sime, or Mrs. Zurfluh).  Be sure to find your locker and mailbox, too!

During milk, snack, and storytime, we expect each child to provide his/her own healthy snack.  You may want to consider storing a box of crackers in your child's locker in case a snack is ever forgotten.  Open house is a great time to bring a box of snacks!  Teach your child to pack a healthy snack each day and to consume these snacks in moderation as snacks will not be provided nor monitored by the classroom teachers.

2014 - 2015 Testing Windows

These dates are provided so that you can avoid medical appointments or vacations.  As specific dates are confirmed we will post them on the blog.  Thank you for attempting to prevent conflicts in these testing windows.


• FALL: September 23 and September 30 (Sanchez and Zurfluh), September 24 and October 1 (Sime)

• WINTER: January 

• SPRING: April 

AIMS Web Reading and Math -

• FALL: September 24th 

• WINTER: January 

• SPRING: May 

Smarter Balanced Assessment:  May 6 - May 21

2014-2015 Third Grade Supply List

Please label all supplies with your child's name.  Make certain that you send the #2 pencils to school already sharpened.  Imagine if you will 25 third graders attempting to sharpen 48 pencils each.  They just can't stop at one or two.  Please help us!

1 plastic small school box (approximate size is 5" X 8")
1 clipboard
2 glue sticks (clear)
2 glue bottles  One for ART.
4 spiral notebooks - wide-lined (1 green = language arts, 1 blue = content, 1 yellow = math, 1 red = reading)
1 composition notebook
6 pronged pocket folders (1 green, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 red, 2 of choice)
1 vinyl pronged take-home folder
2 large erasers (pink) One for ART.
48 #2 pencils - SHARPENED
3 pens - any colors
1 yellow highlighter
1 package washable markers
1 (4-pack) Expo markers - darker colors, please
1 box of (16-24 count) color crayons
2 boxes of 24 count Crayola brand colored pencils- One for ART.
1 pair of scissors
1 roll of transparent "Scotch" tape
2 large boxes of facial tissues
1 container of disinfecting wipes
1 pair of ear bud headphones - Please label with first and last name.
1 flash drive (1 GB) - Please label with first and last name.
1 pair of tennis shoes for PE (no black soled shoes)
Boys only:  1 pkg. quart sized Ziploc bags
                  1 pkg. index cards (lines on one side)
Girls only:  1 pkg. gallon sized Ziploc bags
                 1 pkg. Post-It notes (3X3)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Math Link

Please check out the link under math titled Math Drill.  It is a great resource for all types of drill and practice.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Xtra Math

Last year our school encouraged our students to use Xtra Math as a way to learn and practice their math facts.  Math Expressions, our current math program, uses a different approach to math fact fluency and practice.  We work on strategies and facts that are related to one another.  Xtra Math is not organized in that manner.  If you would like your child to practice his/her facts, please have her orally recite the sets at home that we are working on at school.  For example, we started with 5s, 2s, and now we have moved on to 10s.  Oral practice of these facts will build automaticity. offers limited practice on a variety of concepts including facts organized by groups.  Feel free to encourage your son/daughter to practice on IXL.

Once all of our facts have been learned we will send home the codes for practicing using Xtra Math.