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Week of November 30th

  AR Hip Hip Hoorays to :
Mckenzie, Mia, Logan, Jaxson, Chloe, Shelby, Kate, Ryder and Braydon They have earned at least 50% of their AR goal!  Everyone keep up that wonderful reading :)
     Focus Skills:
Reading: Main Idea and Key Details, Summarize, Future Tense Verbs, and root words as we read, Expository NonFiction.
Math: multiplication and division -strategies for both operations; practicing multiplication for speed. Chapter Review coming home Thursday night, Test Friday.
Social Studies:  bartering, goods, services, producers, consumers, economy
Science: animal research projects
     Study Island:
3 Blue Ribbons
AR: 4 points for the week and a total of 16 by Friday.
Hope you all had a Great Thanksgiving Break. 

November 16-20th

Week of November 16-20

Join in the Belmont Spirit by dressing up every day! 
MONDAY is dress like your favorite Disney character
TUESDAY dress in your favorite team gear
WEDNESDAY Dress from a previous time......20s? 50s? 70s? Wild West?
THURSDAY Dress like what career you want to pursue!
FRIDAY HOUSE SPIRIT DAY Dress to represent your house!
Reading : Main idea and Key Details, Summarizing, Expository Text, Past Tense Verbs
Math:  Multiplication and Division Facts , practicing multiplication fact fluency
Science: Animal Research Project
Social Studies:  Economy and Currency
Root Words and Affixes
Multiplication and Division Facts
Behavioral Responses
AR: 3 points for the week and a total of 12 for the nine weeks by Friday 
Reminder: The practice cold read is due on Friday morning.  UNWRAP is to be used with proof of answers marked in the text and by the question.  Several students missed Fun Friday because they had to correctly complete their cold reads.  
"Education begins at home.  I applaud the families that recognize solid characteristics of honesty, hard work, and kindness are a result of home learning."  EIstook
Thank you for your hard work in keeping your child on track with AR, Study Island, homework, and multiplication fact practice.  It will all be worth it!

Week of Nov 9th

Week of November 9-13

     AR Hip Hip Hoorays to :
Shelby, Chloe, Katie, Bella, McKenzie, Braydon, Mia, Lilah. They have earned at least 25% of their AR goal with an 85% average!  Everyone keep up that wonderful reading :)
     Food Drive: We talked about how many people they could feed with all the food that was donated, how giving to help others is a grand reward in itself, and being thankful that we were all able to help.  Thank you for all your donations!
     Focus Skills:
Reading: cause and effect, subject and verb agreement, visualizing as we read, historical fiction
Math: multiplication and division -strategies for both operations; practicing multiplication for speed. Chapter TEST on Tuesday!  
Social Studies:  bartering, goods, services, producers, consumers, economy
Science: animal research projects
     Study Island:
Employing Dialogue; Verbs, Model Multiplication and Division
AR: 3 points for the week and a total of 9 by Friday
"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you."
Learn something new everyday...I found out this week ,told to me by a student, that cockroaches can live headless for up to 24 hours!  Now that may seem weird but... we celebrate finding out "stuff" that no one knew before!  Keep learning, asking questions, and finding out how and why :))))))

Week of Nov 2

   A huge and heartfelt thank you to all of you for donating items for the school food drive. The look of joy on their faces when they donate is wonderful ...helping others is a heart changing experience. 
Reading: visualization as a reading strategy, statement and question sentences, synonyms, problem and solution
Math: division strategies, continuing to practice multiplication fluency
(knowing the facts by memory)
Social Studies: bartering, currency, goods and services, needs and wants-all of those in regard to economy
Science:  animal research project- we will be completing the project in class
     *spelling, vocabulary, practice cold read (due Friday), 1 math page every night and AR daily (6 points total by Friday, Nov, 6th)
     *Study Island - Possessives, Properties of Multiplication and Division, Characteristics of Money and Bartering 
     *Math- 1 page daily - your child will bring this home in their binder-it is due the next day.
     SPIRIT WEEK is coming up Nov. 16-20 ...this is a fun time to encourage school spirit and earn points for houses!  Please see the daily list for dress  on the weekly Belmont email to parents/families. 
"Correction does much, encouragement does more". VanGoethe
Thank you for encouraging, cheering, working with, and supporting your child.  Your positive words make a 1,000% difference in their minds and hearts:) 

End of 1st 9 weeks

The first nine weeks is in the book...literally.  Grades are finalized and posted:)
A huge fanfare and well deserved congratulations to our A and A/B Honor Roll students:
All A's - Chloe
A/B- Logan, Rebecca, McKenzie, Kate, Jaxson, Lily, Amelia and Shelby.
Kudos, Ta-dah, and Hip Hip Hooray for earning your AR goal (25pts and 85% average) through perseverance, reading every day, and putting forth great effort:
Logan, Rebecca, Bella, Alisha, McKenzie, Kaleb, Kate, Jaxson, Lily, Ryder, Chloe, Amelia, Shelby
Whaaaaaatttttt?????? 20 or more Study Island blue ribbons:
Logan, Rebecca, Colson, Bella, Alisha, McKenzie, Kaleb, Kate, Jaxson, Lily, Ryder, Chloe, Shelby, Braydon
Heading into the 2nd nine weeks, homework will look a bit differently.  As normal, Math homework will be sent home daily and due the next day. The spelling and vocabulary lists and a practice cold read will be sent home on Monday; due on Friday.
It is absolutely necessary that your child is:
*Reading EVERY day at home; testing the next day at school- 3 points weekly WITH a test average of 85% or higher 
*Practicing spelling and vocabulary EVERY day at home
*Achieving the 3 assigned Study Island topics every week-70% or higher
Thank you for making your child's academic learning a success by encouraging, holding a high standard of expectation, and following up at home.
DMridha  "True education instills life skills that will be the basis for your life's success.  School is not just about academics but about work ethic, goals, and high expectations." 

October 12-16th

Week of October 12th-16th

We are down to the last 4 days of the 9th week...that is unbelievable! Everyone has 4 days to finish AR and conquer Study Island blue ribbons.  I am so very proud of my students, their hard work, tackling new skills, stretching to be the best 3rd graders everrrrrrrr!
STUDY ISLAND:  Author's Point of View &  Conjunctions 
AR:  25 points by THURSDAY, Oct. 15th (AR party when we return from break)
                NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, Oct. 16th...Teacher Work Day 
                FALL BREAK- Oct. 19th-23rd
Reading: Author's Point of View, Combining Sentences, Expository Text
Math:  Using Arrays and Repeated Addition to Understand Multiplication
Social Studies: Recognizing Primary and Secondary Sources
Science:  Classification of Animals
Thank you parents and families!  Keep up that reading and checking work for accuracy and excellence. 
"Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it...Right is right, even when no one is looking."  WPenn                   Live with integrity...

Week of October 5th-9th

Week of October 5th- 9th

     Week 8 of the 1st nine weeks...that is hard to believe!  The days have flown by:)
     SHOUT OUT to those who are leading in Study Island, with 20 or more blue ribbons in 3rd grade Skills:Chloe, Shelby, Lily, Kate, McKenzie, Logan.
Keep up the great work.  Please check with your child and make sure they have at least 19 blue ribbons completed by this Friday, the 9th.  Study Island practice and success in 3rd grade are directly linked.  Students who independently conquer the topics are the ones who learn to persevere and master the FSA.
     AR Stars:
100%...Logan, Rebecca, Kate, Lily, Ryder, Shelby, Chloe
75%....Colson, Bella, Alisha, MeKenzie, Kaleb, Jaxson, Braydon, Amelia
Please remember AR achievement is a combination of points and an 85% or higher test average.  We are still reading and testing daily so that everyone can reach their goal.  It is absolutely vital that your child is reading at home every day as well!
Focus Skills :
Reading:  author's point of view (their opinion), irregular plural and collective nouns, comprehension strategies
Math: Chapter 3 review and test, begin Chapter 4 with multiplication as repeated addition and arrays
Science:  animal classification ( vertebrate, invertebrate, bird, insects, mammals, reptiles, etc.)
Social Studies: understanding the election and voting process as a part of government;  holding a mock election - we have candy as candidates!
We are nearing the end of the nine weeks...October 15th.  AR goals must be met by the end of the day on the 15th so that your child may know the success of reaching their goal and participating in our 3rd grade AR party.  
Also, each student always has the opportunity to raise their Study Island grades by re-working the assigned topic.  
Parents and Families- thank you! Your example of integrity and honesty in having your child complete their work independently and pushing through to accomplish their goals will teach them vital life skills.  Your help is greatly appreciated !
Do what is right...not what is easy...integrity and honesty will make you a winner every time."  JRHughing

September 28-October 2nd

Week of September 28-October 2

                      Early Release on Wednesday, September 30th
 AR Kudos and Hoorays to :
100%-Shelby, Ryder
75%-Loga, Colson, Rebecca, Kate, Chloe, McKenzie
50%-Mia, Braydon, Alicia, Jaxson,
Please remember reaching the AR is POINTS + TEST AVERAGE of 85% or higher!
By Friday, October 2nd, everyone should have at least 21 points. 
Study Island:
Congratulations to :
Logan, McKenzie, Kate, Chloe, Lily, Ryder, Shelby who have earned all the assigned Blue Ribbons!  Keep up the GREAT learning!
Assigned for this week :
Real World Addition and Subtraction; Nouns; Context Clues
Study Island practice is directly linked to success in the 3rd grade in all areas.  Those students who persevere and conquer the topics independently build their confidence and ability to master all assessments. They are welcome to work at home but PLEASE, do not provide answers , only guidance.
Focus for this week:
Reading- theme, common and proper nouns, similes
Math- subtraction with regrouping
Social Studies- voting process and structure of government
Science- seed dispersal
Thank you for reading every day with your child, checking their homework, and keeping them on track with Study Island.  We have to work as a team , student, myself, and family,  to insure that skills are mastered and that any deficits in learning are covered and conquered.  
You are appreciated!
“A child must know that they  are  a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like them.” ~ Pablo Casals

Week of September 21-25

Week of September 21-25

AR Shout Outs to :
Shelby...100% of her goal!
Rebecca & Ryder.... 75% of their goal.
Logan, Colson, Alisha, McKenzie, Kaleb, Kate, Jaxson, Lily, Braydon, Chloe at least 50% of their goal ...some are higher but not quite 75%
Please remember goals are met by points and an 85% or higher test average.  18 points total by Friday...and 3 for the week!
Progress Reports will go home with each student on Monday, the 21st.  Please keep one copy and return a copy, SIGNED, so that I know grown up eyes saw it!  Thank you!
Study Island this week will be Main Idea and Supporting Details & Main Topic Focus.  
The students can work on previous assignments to raise their scores.  The goal is to have them work independently and strive for making the scores  positive, healthy  ones!
At least 17 blue ribbons by Friday !
Homework:)  Please review the homework assignment with your child.  Homework counts toward a work habit grade and more importantly reinforces skills taught in class.   Great practice=solid skills. 
Keep reading together...keep striving...keep encouraging... you as a parent make the difference!
"It's ok to not's not ok to to not even try.  Learning includes mistakes and failures...keep going!"   MGLeigh

September 14-18

Week of September 14-18th


     1/2 way through the first nine weeks!  Progress reports will be sent out soon...the expectation is that the report will be sent via email.  I will notify you the day the report is sent and would like for you to respond to the notification so that I know you have viewed the report.
     AR- by the 18th your child should have a minimum of 15 points and a test average of at least 85%.  Please have your child read DAILY at home so that they will come prepared to test at school.  AR is a vital part of building reading skills and prepping for the FSA.  
     Study Island- assignments for the week are :Spelling, Ask and Answer Questions, and North American Landmarks.  The assignments are to  be completed by Friday, the 18th.  
AR and Study Island work is included in your child's grades.  Not completing the work will result in a 0 in the grade book. 
Conferences:  Thank you to all of you that have responded and scheduled a conference.  If you have not set a date and time with me please, do so, as soon as possible!  Due to how school ended and the amount of time that the students were away, we are facing gaps that will have to be bridged and conquered!  It will take all of us -student, myself, and you , working together to insure 3rd grade success,
Focus Skills:
Reading- main idea and key details, simple and compound sentences, metaphors
Math- addition with place value, addition properties, beginning multiplication
Science- classification of plants
Social Studies- regions of the USA and states
"A child educated ONLY at school is an uneducated child.  Learn everywhere..." AELyft

Week of September 7th

Week of September 7th-11th

                                             AR ROCK STARS
75% and higher-  Shelby
50%- Kaleb, Ryder
25% and higher-  Logan, Rebecca, Colson, Alisha, McKenzie, Kate, Jaxson, Lily, Braydon, Chloe, Amelia.. Keep up the wonderful reading and testing!
Friday, the 11th-  everyone should have at least 12 points with a test average of 85% or higher:)))))  Readers are leaders...FSA will be much easier for those that read consistently.  SO...READ, rEAd, ReaD, rEaD!
(Remember...only innovative learners may take tests at home.  Brick and mortar students must test at school.  If a test is taken at home, it will be deleted. 
Assigned for this week are :  Plant Structure (Science)
                                                   Phonics (Reading)
                                                   Addition/Subtraction (Math)
The assignments may be worked on at home , BUT the work is to be completed independently by the student.  Families, give clarification, explain new words, DO NOT answer for the student!  Being able to work on the assignments at home depends on honesty and integrity so please, show that Belmont Knight behavior and follow the rules.
I am scheduling conferences with every family.  We will be discussing STAR scores, 3rd grade expectations, and our plan for success on future assessments.  I am available to meet M,T, W,TH,F at 9:20 and 3:15.  Please let me know ASAP the day and time you like to meet.    Thank you!
Focus for the week:
Reading:  Metaphors, Biography, Subject, Predicate
Math:  Place Value in Addition, Properties of Addition (Quiz Friday)
Science:  Plant Structure and Function (Test Wednesday)
Social Studies: Oceans and Continents
Thank you to all of you that help your child at home in reading, homework, and staying on track with this 3rd grade journey.  You, as support for your child's learning, are appreciated more than you know!
"Education, school, learning is not about getting a grade.  Education, school, learning is about  life skills, setting goals, struggling, working to achieve the goals... and celebrating along the way. "  AVLongfield-Smithe

Week of August 31st

Week of August 31st:)

     This class is amazing!  3rd grade is an academic leap and learning curve.  This group has jumped in and are on the way to becoming successful 3rd grade students.
1.)  AR...AR...AR...AR...oh and...AR!  Please read every night so that your child is able to test and reach their goal of 3 points per week!  By Friday, Sept. 4th , they will need at least 9 points.  
2.) Study Island will be completed at school.  In the 3rd grade, SI is used as part of the subject grade and fidelity is important.  Most students who complete all the SI ribbons before the FSA will score a level 3 or higher.
3.) ALEKS - can be worked on during school or at home.
Reading:  Sequencing, Predicate, Subject, Genre-Autobiography
Math: 3 and 4 digit addition , compatible numbers for addition
Social Studies: oceans and continents
Science: plants- parts and functions 
Thank you for making sure that your child is staying on track with their studies, helping at home, and encouraging them to always do their best!
"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you."
BB King

Week of August 24th

Week of August 24th!

     Our 1st week of 3rd grade has been conquered!  The students were amazing as we worked through new procedures, safety measures, and beginning 3rd grade skills.  I am very proud of all of them!
     Focus for this week will include:
ELA/Reading:  sequence, visualizing as we read, realistic fiction, commands and exclamations in sentence writing ( Vocabulary and Comprehension test on Thursday; Spelling test and Cold Read on Friday)
Math: rounding to the nearest ten and hundred (chapter test on Friday)
Science:  structure and function of plants
Social Studies:  cardinal directions , creating a map
AR point and averages are entered in as a grade weekly.  Each student should earn at least 3  points a week and keep their test average at 85% or higher.
Homework is Spelling and Vocabulary practice, math page nightly, math review (will be sent home on Thursday) , and daily reading for AR.
Questions?  Concerns?  Please send me a message via Dojo, email or leave a message with the front desk for a return call.  
Thank you !
"Success comes to those who work for it!"  H. Thoreau

Week of August 17th

This week:
Reading:  Fantasy, Comprehension Strategy; Visualize, Comprehension Skill; Character Traits. Grammar: Sentences and Fragments.
Math:  Place Value , Ordering and Comparing Numbers. FRIDAY we will have a Check My Progress (Quiz)
Social Studies: Map Skills, Compass Rose, Using a Key and Legend
Homework will include Review Spelling, Vocabulary, and 3 AR points READ READ READ! 
We have had a GREAT first 3 days of school. 
Test this week: 
Thursday: Vocabulary/Comprehension
Friday: Grammar, Spelling, Cold Read Practice and Math Quiz.