• C-3 News Week of 2-10-20

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 2/10/2020

    Dear C-3 families,

    Happy weekend!
    Some important info for next week:
    GATE test - If you registered your child for the GATE test, I will send a separate email this afternoon with the info regarding the testing which will take place on Monday.
    Valentine's Day Party - Our C-3 Valentine's Day party will be on Tuesday morning.  Please make sure your child has a valentine for each of the students in class.  I am attaching the class list again to this email.  Thank you to our wonderful Room Parents for planning this lovely celebration.  
    Biography Presentations - The students' biography posters are due on Tuesday, February 11th.  Students will be presenting in front of the class.  Please see the last page of the biography report packet for information and sample pictures from last year (I am attaching the packet to this email in case you cannot find yours).  The writing portion of the biography report is a work in progress that we are working on in class (and some students are also working at home).  This portion does not need to be completed yet.
    Schedule Alerts:
    Next Thursday, February 13th is a minimum day
    Next Friday, February 14th is  NO school day
    Monday, February 17th is a NO school day
    Have a great weekend!
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  • C-3 News Week of 2-3-20

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 1/31/2020

    Dear C-3 families,

    We’ve had such a full week! Students learned about the Chinese New Year, enjoyed an on-site Ohlone field trip, started an interactive fractions book, began creating their final biography informational writing projects, started memorizing their next poem (Abraham Lincoln) which they will present next week, made cards for the senior center as one of our Kindness Projects, enjoyed a Jr. Achievement lesson with Mrs. Pillars, started our new reading book, “Making Decisions," and helped their kindergarten buddies make a winter art project... to name just a few of our fun activities.

    Curriculum for next week:
    Math - Finalizing our fractions unit. Our Topic 10 test will be on Tuesday, Feb. 4th

    Reading - Analyzing characters and plot

    Vocabulary- advise, magnificent, nudged, carriage, bellowed, comrades

    Spelling - (long oo and short oo) choose, food, foolish, good, looked, rooster, took, wooden

    Grammar - Comparative and superlative words (example: better/best, sweeter/sweetest)
                         Pronoun-antecedent agreement (example: Henry and John are working on their project.)

    Science - Fossils

    Writing - Informational writing

    Ohlone Day was a huge success! The students enjoyed a day of hands-on learning about the Ohlone. They made cordage, played an Ohlone game of chance, practiced throwing a spear through a hoop, made paint with rocks and painted each other’s faces, and worked a pump drill. I’d like to thank Jeanne and Manoj for volunteering on this day.

    Classroom Supplies:It’s that time of the year when we’re running low on certain supplies (especially with it being flu season). If you can donate any of the following, we’ll be very appreciative. Thank you!
    *Clorox wipes
    *Pink, red, white tissue paper
    *Liquid starch

    The school and district are reminding all families to keep your children home if they are sick.

    In C-3, we are working together to stay healthy by washing our hands regularly, making sure we get daily exercise, drink water, and remembering to cover our mouths with the crook of our arm when we cough.
    Biography Project - Please make sure your child is working on his/her biography project for at least 10 minutes each day.  We talk about this and write it in our Minder Binder every day at school.  I am trying to teach the kids to do a little each day so they are not cramming right before their project is due.  We are also working on the writing and research regularly in class.  However, the poster project is the portion that is completed in-full at home (See the last page of the packet).  Please also remind your child that the packet needs to be kept in their folder so they have it with them each day at school as well as each day at home.  This way they can work on it in both places and do not fall behind when we work on it in class (if they've left their packet at home that day).
    Final Presentations are due February 11th
    Read Aloud/Pajama Day:
    Wednesday, February 5th is our Read Aloud Day. We are still hoping more parents/family members  can sign up to read. Students can wear their pajamas on this day if they would like to. 
    11:40-12:00 _______________
    GATE Testing:
    If your child signed up to take the GATE test (and you returned the signed permission slip), he/she will take the GATE test on Monday, February 10th. The test will take place during the school day in third grade classrooms. Testing is usually about 2 1/2 hours. Students who are not testing will be doing third grade activities in another third grade classroom while the test is being given. Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep the night before and eats a healthy breakfast. They will have regular snack recess break during the test as well as an additional break. 
    Valentine's Day Party
    Our C-3 Valentine Party will be on Tuesday, Feb. 11th.  Our Room Parents are planning a fun celebration for the students to enjoy that morning.  I am attaching a list of class names for your child to use while making their valentines. 
    Have a wonderful weekend!
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  • C-3 News Week of 1-27-20

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 1/24/2020

    Dear C-3 families,

    Happy Friday and Happy Chinese New Year to those who celebrate!  I hope everyone has a joyous and celebratory weekend. 
    Curriculum for next week:
    Math:  Fractions continues next week - Our Topic 10 test will be on Tuesday, Feb 4th
    Reading: Making Decisions
    Essential Question - What helps us solve problems?
    Vocabulary: crackle, piteously, vigorous, anticipation, commence, conferred, eldest, sauntered
    Spelling: (irregular plurals) geese, lives, sheep, themselves, grass, people, teeth, wolves 
    Grammar: Punctuating Dialogue
                      Possessives (plural and singular)
    Social Studies: Ohlone Day is Tuesday, January 28th from 8:30-12:00!
    Science: Fossils
    Special Project - Biography Report (Informational Writing)
    Valentine's Day Party - Our C-3 Party will be on Tuesday, Feb 11th.  I am attaching a class list of names for your child to use while they write their valentines.
    Next week is the Great Kindness Challenge!  As one of our activities, we will be making cards for the local senior center. ❤
    Read Aloud Day Schedule (Wednesday, Feb 5th)
    11:40-12:00 ______________
    Upcoming Schedule Reminders:
    Thursday, Feb 13th is a minimum day 
    Friday, Feb. 14th is a no school day
    Monday, Feb 17th is a no school day
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  • C-3 News 1-10-20

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 1/10/2020

    Dear C-3 families,

    Happy Friday!  I wanted to extend another sincere thank you for all of the lovely holiday gifts and spoilings.  You all were so generous.  Thank you for treating me so kindly.  
    I am sure the kids are exhausted after their first week back to school.  They sure were troopers - working hard while having fun.  Here's to a relaxing and enjoyable weekend for everyone!
    Our curriculum topics for next week will be:
    Reading - Advancements in Technology - informational reading
                        Because of Winn Dixie - novel study
    Spelling - clerk, coworkers, mother, over, performed, simpler, smaller, various
    Vocabulary - device, innovative, obtained, curious. experiment, phonograph
    Grammar - irregular verbs (example: drive - drove)
    Poetry - Each student will recite a minimum of two stanzas from the poem "Celebrating Me"
    Math - Fractions (Fractions and Length, Fractions on a Number Line, Comparing Fractions)
    Social Studies - The Ohlone People
    Talent Show - If your child is interested, please see the PFC website and/or emails for information on the talent show tryout dates. 
    We will have a new student teacher placed in our class.  Ms. Byers will start with us next week.  She will be shadowing me and eventually teaching a few lessons.  She will be in our class three days a week for the next few months.  
    Reminder - Monday, 1/20 is a holiday (MLK Jr. Day)
    Carley Kennedy
    Third Grade Teacher
    Green Elementary School
    "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."
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  • C-3 News Happy New Year!

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 1/5/2020

    Dear C-3 families,

    Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a nice break.  I am looking forward to seeing all of the students tomorrow morning.  We have a lot of fun and exciting plans to start off our 2020 year.
    Math - Fractions (Identifying/naming, comparing, ordering on a number line, and finding equivalent fractions)
    Writing - Nonfiction/Informational Writing.  Students will be researching and writing about a famous: artist, author, or inventor.
    Reading - Advancements in Technology.  We will be learning about innovations over time and how they affect our lives.  This week, we will be studying Alexander Graham Bell.
    Vocabulary - patent, sound waves, telegraph, established, revolutionary, distant
    Spelling - (long vowel sounds) arrive, broke, celebrated, huge, June, telephone, whole
    Grammar - Pronoun-antecedent agreement and punctuating dialogue
    Poetry - "Celebrating Me".  Students will memorize and recite a poem in front of the class.  We will be working on using a loud, clear voice, eye-contact, and rhythm. Students will be graded on: voice/rhythm, memorization, posture/body movement, and eye-contact.
    Reminder - Tomorrow (Tuesday) is our library day.  Please make sure your child has his/her library books to return.

    Carley Kennedy
    Third Grade Teacher
    Green Elementary School
    "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."
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  • C-3 News 12-6-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 12/6/2019
    Dear C-3 Families,
    Happy Friday! We've had a fun and busy week of learning.  We also had some great guest teachers: Yen, Nova's mom, taught a really fun art class on Thursday and Julie, Ethan's mom, led a very special Project Cornerstone lesson on Friday.  This week also marked Mrs. Morada's last day with our class as a student teacher.  We will miss her! We do have another student teacher starting her placement with me when we come back in January.  We look forward to having her join our C-3 family. 
    Please see the following message regarding GATE from the district office:

    In early February, all Elementary and Middle School sites are offering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to identify students who are eligible for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE).
    To register your child to be assessed for GATE eligibility, please visit the DUSD GATE information page and fill out the GATE Permission to Test Form electronically.  Please note, if your child has already been assessed and met the eligibility for GATE, they do not need to retake the test.
    If you have any questions, please contact our Educational Services Department.
    Giving Bags
    Our third grade classes are putting together giving bags for those in need.   If you are able to donate any of the following items, please send them in by next Friday, Dec. 13.  Our class will assemble the bags either that Friday afternoon or on the following Monday, and I will drop them off to the contact from the Livermore Cold Weather Homeless Shelter (who also partners with Open Heart Kitchen) by Dec. 20.  
    Top requested items:

    -New pair of socks
    -Hand warmers (gel packets, sold at Costco and elsewhere)
    -Large, heavy-duty black garbage bags, as would be used for yard clippings; these are used by the homeless to hold their belongings and/or as a rain jacket)
    -Travel sized pack of tissues/Kleenex
    -Pack of hand wipes or hand sanitizer (travel sized)
    -$5 gift card to McDonald's
    -Chocolate or other candy
    We will add a small note and drawing from a student, which will not contain the student's name or any personal information. 
    If we are short on items in any categories, I will donate the rest.  
    Thank you in advance for your consideration.  I'm excited to get the students involved in this act of charitable giving!  
    Our Curriculum Updates for next week:
    Math - Division
    Grammar - Review of singular and plural possessive nouns and comparative and superlative adjectives. 
    Writing - Creative writing with winter stories
    Social Studies - The Ohlone People
    Our holiday party will be on Thursday, December 19th from 12:40-3:00.  More information to come. 
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Carley Kennedy
    Third Grade Teacher
    Green Elementary School
    "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."
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  • C-3 News 11-1-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 11/1/2019

    Dear C-3 families,

    Happy Friday!  What an eventful week!  Thank you to Mack, our Room Parent Team, and all of our wonderful families who helped put on a really fun Halloween party for the kids.  The room looked so festive and the kids had a great time. :)
    Today is the last day of our first trimester.  I cannot believe how quickly it flew by. The students in C-3 have been working really hard for the past few months and they are now demonstrating what they have learned by completing trimester 1 assessments.  I will share these assessments with you when we meet for our conference.  You will also receive your child's report card at that time.  Please see my email from earlier this week if you need a reminder of your conference time.  I also have our schedule hanging on our classroom window. I really look forward to these conferences.  They are such a valuable opportunity for us to collaborate and share information that will move us forward to the next stage of your child's continued success and achievements for the third grade year.  
    Curriculum for next week:
    Spelling: (closed syllables) better, black, blended, munching, predators, quickly, sticky, suddenly
    Vocabulary: blubber, projections, structural adaptations, frigid, exterior, excess
    Math: Multiplication facts, problem solving, and multiple-step problems.  Our Topic 6 Test will be on Friday, Nov. 8th.
    Science: Students are completing their Animal Adaptation Google Slideshows.  Students have the option to present to the class or just to me.  All students have been responsible for researching their animal and taking notes on the animal's: characteristics, ecosystem, diet, life cycle, interactions with their environment, and adaptations.  They are then taking this information and creating a poster and slideshow. We have been learning so many fascinating facts about our fellow creatures on Earth.
    Our Class's Donor's Choose Project link is below..  We are hoping to get this funded asap so we can start using these great supplies in class soon.  Do you know a company who is looking to support a local school?  Please share if you feel comfortable doing so.  Thank you!
    Thank you!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Carley Kennedy
    Third Grade Teacher
    Green Elementary School
    "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."
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  • C-3 News 10-18-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 10/18/2019

    Dear Families,

    Happy Friday and Happy Gator Gallop day!  There was quite a buzz of excitement all around Green today.  C-3 was definitely all done up in the green and gold.  I love to see the enthusiasm these kids have for everything we do! Please see the link below to add any of your Gator Gallop pictures you took today to our yearbook rep. 
    Our curriculum focus next week:
    Spelling: (r-controlled vowels er, ir, and ur) birds, caterpillar, dangerous, furry, butterfly, curl, deter, survive
    Vocabulary: amphibians, mammals, reptiles, undercoat, moist, shed
    Grammar: Writing dialogue correctly with the proper punctuation; adjectives and adverbs
    Reading: annotating nonfiction text and analyzing nonfiction text features
    Science: Plant and animal adaptations
    Math: Multiplication Facts; Topic 5 test on Wednesday
    *Our Green School Halloween parade will be at 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 31st.  Our C-3 party will be from 10:15-11:45.
    *Both Thursday, 10/31 and Friday, 11/1 are minimum days (8:25-12:42)
    *Please send in your Scholastic Book Orders by Tuesday.
    *Conferences begin on Tuesday, November 12th.  I have our schedule hanging in the classroom window.
    Below, you will find the info from Principal Groetke regarding acceptable Halloween costumes for our school festivities:

    Halloween is right around the corner and we want our families to know what is acceptable for costumes to make this a positive and fun environment for all. We ask for your support in helping students to comply with these rules.

    • Costumes must comply with the school dress codes, be age-appropriate (no R-rated themes) and be respectful to others

    • No blood or gore

    • Students must-wear closed-toe shoes

    • No full-face masks

    • To maintain our Zero Tolerance Policy regarding the presence of weapons on school campuses, students' costumes may not include pretend weapons and/or explosives. Toy guns, swords, knives, or martial arts weapons, etc., are not allowed and will be confiscated if brought to school

    • We are also asking for your cooperation in NOT allowing your children to dress up as clowns due to the possible disruption and fear it may cause. If anyone shows up with a clown related costume, they will be asked to change

    • Please help your student select costumes that support our efforts to provide a positive and fun environment



    *If you know any companies who are looking to support a school/project, please share our link below. This is our Amazon wish list for our class’s Friendship Corner which is one of our kindness projects this year. Thank you!! 
    *Below is the schedule for Red Ribbon Week next week:
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  • C-3 News 10-14-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 10/11/2019

    Dear C-3 Parents,

    We have so many good things to celebrate this week!  We completed our literature study on The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  If you haven't read it, I strongly recommend it.  I think it is one of the modern day stories that will become a classic read for many generations. The students also took their first Topic Test on multiplication and their scores were INCREDIBLE!  I am so proud of them!  We also completed our language arts Unit titled "Characters Shape Stories" which led to so many great conversations in our classroom.  For science, students are continuing to learn, explore, and collaborate together as they study plant and animal adaptations.  They are having so much fun as they learn!
    Curriculum highlights for next week:
    Math: Memorizing multiplication facts and learning multiplication patterns
    Spelling: (r-controlled vowels) arctic, born, carnivores, forest, form, forward, sharks, sharp
    Vocabulary: behave, camouflage, prey, locomotion, environment, detect
    Grammar: Regular and irregular verb tenses; subject and verb agreement
    Science: Plant and Animal Adaptations
    Writing: Personal Narratives, Friendly Letter Writing
    Kindness Projects: C-3 students are leading our Friendship Corner for the school. 
    Some additional highlights for next week:
    *Thursday, Oct. 17th is The Great Shake Out across California.  All schools will be conducting an earthquake drill at 10:17.
    *Friday, October 18th is the Gator Gallop!  Third graders will run from 1:15-1:45.  Please feel free to come and cheer them on.  It's a fun event for all.  Also, thank you for the continued donations for this FUNdraiser.  Please see our position on the leader board by entering the link below.  The top classes with the most donations receives a pizza party.
    Have a wonderful weekend! 
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  • C-3 News 9-27-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 9/27/2019

    Dear C-3 Parents,

    First, I want to extend a big and heartfelt thank you for the lovely birthday celebration.  You were all so kind with the generous and thoughtful gifts and cards.  I was overwhelmed with LOVE!  ❤
    The students worked hard this week and accomplished quite a lot!  I am excited to continue our studies next week with the following topics:
    Reading - Fables and Greek Myths; The Tale of King Midas; Theseus and Minotaur
    Spelling - (long i words) cried, island, myself, sacrifice, fighting, might, provided, unwind
    Vocabulary - muttered, strolled, sacrifice, unwind, provided, island
    Grammar - coordinating conjunctions (and, or, but, so), compound sentences
    Math - Problem Solving, making sense of more complex word problems.  Test on Topic 3 - Thursday, Oct. 3rd.
    Science - Plant Adaptations
    Writing - Students are writing their own fables
    Thank you for your support of the Gator Gallop.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this fun fundraiser.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
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