Friday, September 13, 2019

September 16th - 20th


Welcome to our third grade blog! Please check our blog each week to see what we are learning as well as an announcements and calendar updates for TCE and Third Grade!

Calendar



September 24th - Sonic night 6-8pm
October 1st - PTO Meeting 6pm
October 4th - TCE's 25th Birthday Bash/Picnic
October 11th - Fall Parent Conference Day
October 14th - No School
October 18th - PTO Movie Night 6-8pm
October 21st - 25th - Red Ribbon Week


Announcements


Our First Spirit Night is Coming Up!
We'd love for our TCE families to join us Tuesday, September 24th at Sonic. Come by any time between 5:00-8:00 PM for great food delivered by our very own TCE teachers and staff as your carhops! A portion of the night's sales goes directly to our school. We cant wait to see you there!

Background Checks
Please follow these steps to complete your Volunteer Background Check for the 2019-2020 school year:
  1. Visit coppellisd.com/volunteer
  2. Click on “Volunteer Application and Background Check Forms”
  3. Then, follow the “New User? Click here to register” prompts.Note, everyone is a new user in this system and MUST set up a new account. Previous Coppell ISD logins and passwords will not work with this new system. Once you set up an account, you can use this user name and password each year for your Volunteer Background Check.
  4. Click on “Add New Application” under “Online Applications.”
  5. Under “What type of position are you applying for?,” Click on “Volunteer.”
  6. Click on each tab on the left side of the page and submit the information requested. You must click on each tab to complete the process. Please note you can select multiple campuses for which you would like to volunteer.
  7. Click “Submit” to submit your application.
  8. Be sure to complete the application/background check a week in advance before you volunteer.


Town Center Parent Newsletter
Here is the link to Ms. Martin's Parent Newsletter for the week.



What are we learning?

Math
In math, learners will continue representing numbers (up to 100,000) in multiple ways and compare and order them based on their place value. We will continue our learning about rounding, the rounding rules, and begin to estimate sums after rounding. 

Language Arts
In Language Arts, we will continue our unit on the strategy of retelling. We will also work on our reading grit. Show me Spelling Program will begin this week. Please continue to work on reading 20 mins a night to help improve reading skills, writing skills and vocabulary!

Science
In science, learners will finish up investigating matter and its physical properties. By the end of the week we will begin talking about the states of matter and how solids, liquids, and gases differ. We will also investigate changing states of matter. 

Social Studies
This week in social studies we will be continuing our discussion on culture and how it impacts a community. Learners will create products that reflect their own cultures, and present them to the class to celebrate diversity in our own classroom communities. 

Friday, September 6, 2019

September 9th - 13th


Welcome to our third grade blog! Please check our blog each week to see what we are learning as well as an announcements and calendar updates for TCE and Third Grade!

Calendar


September 9th-13th - Book Fair Week
September 13th - Special Friends' Day 9:15-10:15
September 24th - Sonic night 6-8pm
October 4th - TCE's 25th Birthday Bash/Picnic 


Announcements


Grade Level T-shirts
If you ordered a grade level t-shirt over the summer and have not received it yet, they are still working on orders. They are coming and will be delivered when they arrive :)


Arctic Adventure Book Fair
Our TCE Book Fair is almost here! Our library is currently being transformed into an "Arctic Adventure" thanks to our fantastic PTO volunteers. This is all in preparation for our Book Fair that runs Monday, September 9th - Friday, September 15th. 
To help our Book Fair be most successful, we need your help. Please consider volunteering a small portion of your time to help out in the Book Fair using the link below.
As with all volunteering opportunities, a background check is required. Please see the section below to learn more about this process.


Background Checks
Please follow these steps to complete your Volunteer Background Check for the 2019-2020 school year:
  1. Visit coppellisd.com/volunteer
  2. Click on “Volunteer Application and Background Check Forms”
  3. Then, follow the “New User? Click here to register” prompts.Note, everyone is a new user in this system and MUST set up a new account. Previous Coppell ISD logins and passwords will not work with this new system. Once you set up an account, you can use this user name and password each year for your Volunteer Background Check.
  4. Click on “Add New Application” under “Online Applications.”
  5. Under “What type of position are you applying for?,” Click on “Volunteer.”
  6. Click on each tab on the left side of the page and submit the information requested. You must click on each tab to complete the process. Please note you can select multiple campuses for which you would like to volunteer.
  7. Click “Submit” to submit your application.
  8. Be sure to complete the application/background check a week in advance before you volunteer.


Town Center Parent Newsletter
Here is the link to Ms. Martin's Parent Newsletter for the week.



What are we learning?

Math
In math, learners will continue representing numbers (up to 100,000) in multiple ways and compare and order them based on their place value. Learners will explain the relationship in the base-ten system, and represent this relationship using expanded notation. We will practice writing numbers in standard form, expanded form, word form, and drawing them using base 10 blocks. We will also work on comparing and ordering numbers through the 100,000.

Language Arts
In Language Arts, learners are continuing to establish our reading life in 3rd grade! We are setting up our reader's workshop, and working on our metacognitive skills ( thinking about how we think about our reading and learning.) We will continue to work on the strategy of retelling.
Look for RAZ KIDS logins to come home soon!

Science
In science, learners will continue to investigate matter and its physical properties. They will describe and classify matter, understand that heating and cooling can change the properties of matter, as well as how solids, liquids, and gases differ. 

Social Studies
In social studies, learners will be looking at the impact that various cultures have within a community. They will be comparing different cultural celebrations.

Friday, August 30, 2019

September 3rd - 6th



Welcome to our third grade blog!  We are looking forward to all of the learning that will happen in the year to come. Please check back on our blog each week to see what we are learning as well as an announcements and calendar updates. 

Calendar


September 2nd - Labor Day No School
September 3rd - PTO Meeting @6pm
September 5th - Picture Day (individuals)
September 9th-13th - Book Fair Week
September 13th - Special Friends' Day 9:15-10:15
September 24th - Sonic night
October 4th - TCE's 25th Birthday Bash/Picnic 


Announcements


Grade Level T-shirts
If you ordered a grade level t-shirt over the summer and have not received it yet, they are still working on orders. They are coming and will be delivered when they arrive :)


Arctic Adventure Book Fair
Our TCE Book Fair is almost here! Our library is currently being transformed into an "Arctic Adventure" thanks to our fantastic PTO volunteers. This is all in preparation for our Book Fair that runs Monday, September 9th - Friday, September 15th. 
To help our Book Fair be most successful, we need your help. Please consider volunteering a small portion of your time to help out in the Book Fair using the link below.
As with all volunteering opportunities, a background check is required. Please see the section below to learn more about this process.


Background Checks
Please follow these steps to complete your Volunteer Background Check for the 2019-2020 school year:
  1. Visitcoppellisd.com/volunteer
  2. Click on “Volunteer Application and Background Check Forms”
  3. Then, follow the “New User? Click here to register” prompts.Note, everyone is a new user in this system and MUST set up a new account. Previous Coppell ISD logins and passwords will not work with this new system. Once you set up an account, you can use this user name and password each year for your Volunteer Background Check.
  4. Click on “Add New Application” under “Online Applications.”
  5. Under “What type of position are you applying for?,” Click on “Volunteer.”
  6. Click on each tab on the left side of the page and submit the information requested. You must click on each tab to complete the process. Please note you can select multiple campuses for which you would like to volunteer.
  7. Click “Submit” to submit your application.
  8. Be sure to complete the application/background check a week in advance before you volunteer.


Town Center Parent Newsletter
Here is the link to Ms. Martin's Parent Newsletter for the week.



What are we learning?

Math
In math, learners will continue representing numbers (up to 100,000) in multiple ways and compare and order them based on their place value. Learners will explain the relationship in the base-ten system, and represent this relationship using expanded notation. We will practice writing numbers in standard form, expanded form, word form, and drawing them using base 10 blocks. 

Language Arts
In language arts, we are focusing on essential comprehension skills including retelling, using context clues, and predicting. 

Science
In science, learners will continue to investigate matter and its physical properties. They will describe and classify matter, understand that heating and cooling can change the properties of matter, as well as how solids, liquids, and gases differ. 

Social Studies
In social studies, learners will be looking at the impact that various cultures have within a community. They will be comparing different cultural celebrations.

Friday, August 23, 2019

August 26th - 30th



Welcome to our third grade blog! It was a great first FULL week in third grade!! We were able to establish our classroom communities and find happiness here at TCE. We are looking forward to all of the learning that will happen in the next weeks to come. Please check back on our blog each week to see what we are learning as well as an announcements and calendar updates. 

Calendar


August 29th - Curriculum Night @ 6:30
September 2nd - Labor Day No School
September 3rd - PTO Meeting @6pm
September 5th - Picture Day (individuals)
September 9th-13th - Book Fair Week
September 13th - Special Friends' Day 9:15-10:15
September 24th - Sonic night
October 4th - TCE's 25th Birthday Bash/Picnic 

Announcements


Grade Level T-shirts
If you ordered a grade level t-shirt over the summer and have not received it yet, they are still working on orders. They are coming and will be delivered when they arrive :)

Town Center Parent Newsletter
Here is the link to Ms. Martin's Parent Newsletter.


What are we learning?

Math
In math, learners will begin representing numbers (up to 100,000) in multiple ways and compare and order them based on their place value. Learners will explain the relationship in the base-ten system, and represent this relationship using expanded notation. We will start back in the thousands place and work our way up to the hundred thousands. We will practice writing numbers in standard form, expanded form, word form, and drawing them using base 10 blocks. 

Language Arts
In reading, we will be working on continuing to set up our Readers' Workshop and establish routines. We will also begin our Reading beginning of the year assessments. 
In writing, we will continue to work on establishing our norms for Writer's Workshop and work on our stamina for independent writing. 

Science
In science, learners will investigate matter and its physical properties. They will describe and classify matter, understand that heating and cooling can change the properties of matter, as well as how solids, liquids, and gases differ. 

Social Studies
In social studies, learners will discuss the reasons that people form communities and learn what needs a community has. 



Friday, May 3, 2019

May 6th - 10th

Thank you for taking the time to read our third grade blog. Make sure you are checking it weekly for calendar updates and what we are learning!

Important Dates

May 6th - 10th - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7th - PTO Meeting @ 6pm
May 10th - ALL LIBRARY BOOKS DUE
May 13th - 3rd Math STAAR Test
May 14th - 3rd Reading STAAR Test
May 20th - 5th Grade Talent Show
May 21st - Field Day
May 23rd - Last Day (half day)


Announcements

Library Books Due
The district's final due date for all library books is Friday, May 10th. Please help your child locate any Town Center Elementary library books that they may have checked out, and remind them to return books to our school library no later than Friday, May 10th. All fines for any lost or damaged books are due this same day. Your child can log into their library account at destiny.coppellisd.com and go to the "My Info" tab to make sure that all of their library books have been returned.
Please note that this is before STAAR on the 13th and 14th. Since we ask that students have a book(s) available to read when they are through testing, make sure to visit the Cozby Library or bring a book from home by next Friday the 10th. Your child is also welcome to any of the books in their teacher's classroom library.

Teacher Appreciation Week


STAAR Letters 
The STAAR test is quickly approaching and we will be spending the upcoming weeks doing lots of practicing to make sure we are ready to smash the test! We are also going to be doing a lot of encouraging and building up of our third graders so that they know just how much there are loved and prepared for this big event. One thing we would LOVE to have is an encouraging letter from each child’s parents for them to read on the morning of each STAAR test. Here is what we are asking of you:
Sometime this week please write TWO letters of encouragement for your child to read the mornings of the Math STAAR (May 13th) and Reading STAAR (May 14th). These don’t have to be long, just a quick little note to let your child know that they are going to do great! Please get these to your child's homeroom teacher no later than Friday, May 3rdYou can either email me your teacher the letters to print them out or send them with your child in a sealed envelope.

We are so thankful for your continued support and we are excited for your children to have these notes to read the mornings of their tests! Please let us know if you have any questions.


End of Year Conferences


It is hard to believe that we are already in our last nine weeks of the school year. Time has flown by so quickly with these amazing learners!

The district is unable to set aside a day for spring parent conferences, but we are happy to make time to answer any questions or concerns you may have. You recently received your learner's third nine weeks report card, which provided you with an update on how your learner is doing in class. We will also be sending home your learner's end of year data for the 2018-2019 school year in May; along with a summer packet of resources and ways to support your learner over the break.


If you would like to discuss any questions or concerns regarding your learner and would like a conference (via email, phone or face-to-face) please email your child's homeroom teacher. Please know that our district end of year assessment window is open until May 17th. If you choose to schedule a conference before that, it is possible we will not have your child's end of year data yet. As noted earlier, we will be sure to send that home when the window closes. What a JOY it has been to have these learners this year! *We are unable to discuss 4th-grade sections for next school year. Please keep questions related to your learner's academic and emotional growth from the 2018-2019 school year.*




PTO Needs YOU!




Parent Newsletter

Ms. Martin sends out a parent newsletter each week with many important announcements about TCE. Click here to check out this weeks newsletter.


What are we learning?

Math


In math we will be working hard on STAAR Review. We have based review activities off of individual student needs based on their practice STAAR results. The topics they review will be directly correlated to their areas for growth. The review topics include place value, multiplication and division, addition and subtraction, fractions, geometry, area and perimeter, measurement and time, personal finance, and data analysis (graphing). We will be working to pull small groups as we spiral review this content to get them ready for the big test on May 13th!



Language Arts


In Language Arts we will be reviewing passages looking at inferencing and main idea. We will be finishing up our book clubs and playing several STAAR review games. Don't forget our Character Day is Thursday, May 16. Please email your chid's LA teacher if you have any questions!



Science


In Science we will continue our Structures and Life Cycles unit. Learners will look in depth at plant and animal adaptations. 



Social Studies


In social studies, learners will continue identifying ways of earning, spending, saving, and donating money. They are beginning a project that allows them to come up with a budget and identify expenses and profit for a small business.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

April 29th - May 3rd

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Thank you for taking the time to read our third grade blog. Make sure you are checking it weekly for calendar updates and what we are learning!

Important Dates

April 29th - TCE Family STEM Night 5:30-7:00
May 2nd - Kinder Round Up
May 6th - 10th - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7th - PTO Meeting @ 6pm
May 13th - 3rd Math STAAR Test
May 14th - 3rd Reading STAAR Test
May 20th - 5th Grade Talent Show
May 21st - Field Day
May 23rd - Last Day (half day)


Announcements

STEM Night!

Join us this Monday for TCE Family STEM Night hosted by the Perot Museum. Bring the whole family and join us for a great night of exploring and learning!



STAAR Letters 
The STAAR test is quickly approaching and we will be spending the upcoming weeks doing lots of practicing to make sure we are ready to smash the test! We are also going to be doing a lot of encouraging and building up of our third graders so that they know just how much there are loved and prepared for this big event. One thing we would LOVE to have is an encouraging letter from each child’s parents for them to read on the morning of each STAAR test. Here is what we are asking of you:
Sometime this week please write TWO letters of encouragement for your child to read the mornings of the Math STAAR (May 13th) and Reading STAAR (May 14th). These don’t have to be long, just a quick little note to let your child know that they are going to do great! Please get these to your child's homeroom teacher no later than Friday, May 3rdYou can either email me your teacher the letters to print them out or send them with your child in a sealed envelope.

We are so thankful for your continued support and we are excited for your children to have these notes to read the mornings of their tests! Please let us know if you have any questions.


End of Year Conferences


It is hard to believe that we are already in our last nine weeks of the school year. Time has flown by so quickly with these amazing learners!

The district is unable to set aside a day for spring parent conferences, but we are happy to make time to answer any questions or concerns you may have. You recently received your learner's third nine weeks report card, which provided you with an update on how your learner is doing in class. We will also be sending home your learner's end of year data for the 2018-2019 school year in May; along with a summer packet of resources and ways to support your learner over the break.


If you would like to discuss any questions or concerns regarding your learner and would like a conference (via email, phone or face-to-face) please email your child's homeroom teacher. Please know that our district end of year assessment window is open until May 17th. If you choose to schedule a conference before that, it is possible we will not have your child's end of year data yet. As noted earlier, we will be sure to send that home when the window closes. What a JOY it has been to have these learners this year! *We are unable to discuss 4th-grade sections for next school year. Please keep questions related to your learner's academic and emotional growth from the 2018-2019 school year.*




PTO Needs YOU!




Parent Newsletter

Ms. Martin sends out a parent newsletter each week with many important announcements about TCE. Click here to check out this weeks newsletter.


What are we learning?

Math


In math we will be finishing up our very quick personal finance unit. We will learn and explore vocabulary words including: spending, savings, income, scarcity, resources, human capital, supply, demand, charitable giving, credit, borrow, lend, and loan. Students will have research projects to work through at the beginning of the week before we begin our STAAR review. 




Language Arts


In Language Arts we will continue our Reading STAAR Camp. We will be working on finishing up our Book Clubs and are looking forward to our character day in May!



Science


In Science we will continue our Structures and Life Cycles unit. Learners will review the needs of living things, parts of a plant and their function, and plant and animal adaptations. 



Social Studies




In Social Studies, learners will identify ways of earning, spending, saving, and donating
money and they will create a simple budget that allocates money for spending,
saving, and donating.