• Mrs. Lisa So

    Third Grade

    Room 21  

    Announcements

    ALOHA and welcome to 3rd grade!  :) It's going to be a fabulous year of learning and growth as the students' independence continues to develop. Third grade is truly a very special and important foundational year, and I am so happy to be partnering with you!  My hope is for the students to become lifelong learners as we build a warm and nurturing community of scholars where everyone feels valued.  I can't wait to see them grow as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, historians, and engineers! Thank you in advance for your support and partnership!

     

    Weaver Bell Schedule

    School begins at promptly at 8:15a.m.  Dismissal is at 2:40p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Dismissal is at 1:20p.m. on Wednesdays. 

     

    Announcements/Reminders:

    I'm always accepting donations for class store if you'd like to donate inexpensive items. 

     

    The students are earning credits in their bank accounts daily in order to save up for class store. We really appreciate any and all donations of fun, inexpensive class store items from the dollar section at Target, Dollar Tree store, etc. We welcome any small and inexpensive items because they are so excited about the rewards. I'm hoping to have several opportunities throughout the year for students to shop and redeem their hard earned credits in their bank accounts.  Thank you!

     

    *Language Arts:

    Charlotte's Web

    Using thinking maps and depth and complexity icons for reading comprehension, Scholar's Menu to go deeper with research and writing 

    *Writer's Workshop: Personal Narrative  

    Teaching points

    *what is a personal narrative, gathering ideas

    *map of the heart

    *watermelon vs. seed

    *different types of leads

    *small moment

    *show not tell

    *figurative language (personification, alliteration, onomonopoeia, simile, hyperbole, etc.)

    *sensory descriptive writing with the 6 senses 

    *Spelling: Unit 25

     

    *Math/CGI: Geometry for another 2 weeks 

    Fractions are next

     
    *Social Studies:
     
     
    Scholastic News for current events 
     
    *Science/Engineering: Forces and Motion, Rockets
     
     
    Homework:
    Students will write in their daily log every day, Monday through Thursday. Please sign or initial their daily log.  Daily homework will begin after BTSN. Homework should be a review of skills already learned in class. 
    *Includes 15-20 min. of reading (please write the # of minutes read each day on the monthly Reading Incentive log)
     
    Reading Incentive Program:  Please record your child's reading minutes on the montly logs.  Any misplaced logs can be downloaded through the PTA website.  Students should read at least 15-20 minutes daily as part of regular homework.  Those are due at the end of each month and I usually collect them starting a day early, just to give parents and students some extra time to turn them in.  Please make sure you tally up the total minutes read each month and make sure your child's name is on the calendar. 
     
    Current goal:70% (expected to increase about 10% each month, 70% by the end of Feb)
    Homework only if students are not meeting their goal.  Each week, they have time to do regular Jiji in the classroom.  However, students need to make good use of their time and work efficiently.  Otherwise, they will need to supplement with additional time at home to catch up.
     
     
    Additional Announcements:
    Chromebooks
    We are piloting the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program this year in third grade with Chromebooks.  Thank you for your patience as we are all experiencing a huge learning curve together.  Students will not need to bring their Chromebooks to school until the Monday after Back to School Night.  There will be an informational meeting from 6:00-6:30p.m. in the Media Center with our district's technology teacher on special assignment, along with our technology support, to help you set up your Chromebooks, download applications, and answer questions you may have.  Please remember to bring your Chromebooks.  This will be held right BEFORE our regular BTSN.  The district is working on a step-by-step instructional packet wiht screenshots to send home to parents who aren't able to attend this meeting.  
     
    Students need to bring in earbuds (with their names on them) for their personal use. Several have purchased them through the school supply list already and have received them. We are excited to be able to utilize the technology increasingly this year to enhance classroom instruction. 
     
     
    Scholastic Book Clubs Ordering Information
    I try to have a book order out at least once every 1-2 months in order to give students wonderful opportunities to build up their home libraries. You can order online (no checks please) and books are usually delivered 2-3 weeks later.  
    The due date online will be:  
     
    Purchasing books for your child will also give our classroom bonus points that I can use to order additional books for the class library.  I also welcome any book donations as well. :)  Even though I include some catalogs when I send book orders home, you can actually order from any catalog from Scholastic (for older and younger siblings too). 

    Class Activation Code: GNCL3

     

     


     

    Contact Me:
    Here are the best ways to

    contact me:

    After school:
    Phone: (562) 799-4580 ext. 72121
    Any calls during school hours will go directly to voicemail.
    Email:   Lso@losal.org (easiest way to contact me)

    or simply send me a note to school in the homework folder

    Important Dates 
    August 
    8/2 First day of school
    8/4 Student Expectations 
    8/10 Minimum Day 12:45p.m. dismissal, Back to School Night at 6:30p.m.
    8/23 Ice Cream Social 
    8/24 8:30a.m. Parent Volunteer Training (especially for first time volunteers) in the Media Center
    9:00a.m. Room Parent Meeting in the Media Center
    8/29 (Tues.) Reverse Minimum Day Weaver starts at 10am
    Family Fun Night at Islands
    8/31 Fall Pictures (Media Center)
     
    September
    9/4 No School, Labor Day Holiday
    9/14 Meet the Masters Parent Training
    9/25 P.E.A.C.E. Week
    9/28 Makeup Pictures
     
    October
    10/2 Weaver Off Track
    10/9 Weaver is back in session
    10/28 staff development no students
    10/31 Halloween Parade-no scary costumes or weapons please (on the blacktop)

    November
    11/3 Meet the Masters
    11/10 Minimum Day Parent Conference
    11/11 Veteran's Day, No school
    11/14-15 Minimum Day parent conference
    11/17 Minimum Day parent conference
    11/23-11/25 Thanksgiving Holiday
    11/28-12/2 Weaver Cares Campaign

    December
    12/7 (Wed.) First Grade Holiday Program
    12/12 Weaver Off Track, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    January
    1/9  Welcome back and Happy 2018!
    1/16 MLK Jr. Holiday, No School
    1/19 Meet The Masters

    February
    2/9 Meet the Masters
    2/20 President's Day Holiday-No School
    2/23 Open House Minimum Day Early Dismissal 6:00 Open House

    March
    3/3 Staff Development Day~ No students
    3/9 Meet the Masters
    3/11 Weaver Goes Hollywood
    Week of 3/13 - Spring Parent Conferences
    3/13 (Mon.), 3/14 (Tues.), 3/16 (Thurs.), and 3/17 (Fri.) Minimum Days, 12:50 Dismissal
    3/16 (Wed.) 1:25p.m. Dismissal


    April
    4/10-21 Spring Break No school


    May
    5/22-26 Book Fair
    5/24 STEAM Fair 4:30 Dance Party
    5/29 Memorial Day Holiday NO school

    June

    6/9 Summer Jam in the evening
    6/14 Field Day, Last Day of School, Early Dismissal