• C-3 News May 3, 2019

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 5/3/2019

    Dear C-3 families,

    Happy Friday!  We are in our last month of the school year - so hard to believe!  While the year is definitely winding down, our work in C-3 is not.  We are very busy!  
    Career Project - In your child's folder today, you will find the packet for their Career Report.  They need to complete the notes at home (Due by Wednesday, May 8th).  We will be doing the technology part of the project in the classroom using Google Slides.  Each student will present their project during one of the presentation days (See the packet)
    Tea Party - Our Tea Party will be on Friday, May 17th from 11:00-12:00. Please see the information our Room Moms are sending out for sign-ups.  The ladies and gentlemen of C-3 are practicing their etiquette and an original poem to recite during this fun event.
    SBAC (CAASPP) Testing - Our testing schedule is:
    Monday, May 13th - ELA Test
    Wednesday, May 15th - ELA Performance Task Test
    Thursday, May 16th - Math Test
    Friday, May 17th - Math Performance Task Test
    Next week, your child will have test prep work for homework.  Please set aside some time each night (if possible) to review these together with your child
    Testing Treats!  One FUN things we do in C-3 during testing is we enjoy the treat of gum or mints while we are taking the test.  Studies have shown that chewing gum (and/or the scent of mint) can help awaken the mind and support focus.  Whether this works or is just a placebo, we like to do it in C-3!  If you would like to send in gum or mints to share with the class, please send some in anytime prior to testing.  We will start collecting next week.  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 4-26-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 4/26/2019
    Dear C-3 Families,
    Happy Friday!  Great news - All of our field trip collections have been completed for the year, so we will not be sending home any more permission slips or asking for any more field trip donations (Always one of my very least favorite duties as a teacher). ๐Ÿ˜  Thank you for all of your support in making these hands-on experiences possible for our students. 
    Our field trip to the Alviso Adobe Park is next Tuesday.  The students will be applying their knowledge and expanding their leaning about the Ohlone people, this land during the Ohlone and Rancho periods, and fossils.  It is a very enriching trip! 

    Friday Folder - Please do not miss your child's great work in their Friday Folder.  This week, they are bringing home a few amazing pieces of hard work that we simply did not have space in our classroom to display during Open House.  Specifically, I'd  like to point out the Plant Adaptation books.  They put a lot of research and work into those, and I think it shows. :)

    Next Thursday, all third grade teachers will be at a meeting.  We will have a substitute in the classroom.  I will be checking my email throughout the day, so please send a message if you need anything.
    Students will be starting an incredibly enriching and impressive algebra program next week.  If you can't tell, I get very excited about introducing this to my students each year.  Ask your child about it next week.  It's really beneficial for them to teach others what they have been learning in class. 
    I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Enjoy the sunshine!


    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 4-10-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 4/9/2019

    Dear C-3 Parents,

    Happy Tuesday!  Our weekly news is coming to you early this week because we simply have too much going on - I can't wait to share it all! :)
    This Friday is Pastries with Parents - Please join your child for a pastry before school if you can.  The MPR will be open from 7:15-8:25.
    Thank you for all of the Math-a-thon donations!  Our class averaged a 97% on the Math-a-thon test.  The class will be enjoying a sundae party this Friday to celebrate all of their hard work.
    Pioneer Projects are due this Friday, April 12th!
    Our Topic 16 math test will be next Tuesday.
    Our field trip to Color Me Mine is next Wednesday from 10:15-12:00.  
    Next Thursday is Open House from 6:00-7:00.  Please try to be here by 6:10.  The class has a surprise song they are preparing for you. โค  Please bring a bag with you to Open House.  Your child will be bringing quite a bit of wonderful work home with them 
    We still need one more driver for our field trip to the Alviso Adobe park on Tuesday, April 30th.  Please let me know if you can join us.  Thank you!
    *Save the Date: Our last field trip will be on May 14th.  It will be to the Civic Center and Heritage Center here in Dublin.  This is an all-day field trip.  I will be sending home the permission slips in the next couple weeks, but wanted you to save the date if you can drive.  We will need approximately 6-7 drivers.  Thank you!
    Have a wonderful rest of the week!
    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 3-29-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 3/29/2019

    Dear C-3 Parents,

    Happy Spring Break!  It sounds like there are some amazing trips in the work for some of you and some good relaxation for others. Both sound incredible to me, and I cannot wait to hear all of the kids' stories when they return.  
     A few quick announcements:
    * Our class scored a 97% average on the Math-a-thon test, so the students will be enjoying an ice cream party when we return from break.  Congratulations to everyone!!
    * The Pioneer Project is due on April 12th.  I am attaching the direction sheet again to this email in case your child has misplaced it and wants to work on it over the break.
    * Our field trip to Color Me Mine is on Wednesday, April 17th from 10:15-11:45.  We have enough drivers for this trip. Thank you!
    * Our field trip to Alviso Adobe is on Tuesday, April 30th from 9:10-12:00.  We still need one more driver for this trip.
    * Open House is Thursday, April 18 from 6:00-7:30.  Please try to be here by 6:15 at the latest.  The students have a surprise song they've been working on to present to you. ๏’—
    * Our C-3 tea party will be on Friday, April 26th.  More information to come. 
    The Engineering Fair was such a fun exhibit!  It was exciting to see all of the innovative and creative projects by our C-3 classmates and other Gator friends.  You can see some pictures on our Class Dojo.
    Have a very enjoyable break!  I will miss seeing the kids each day! ๏’“
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  • Class News 3-22-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 3/22/2019

    Dear C-3 families,

    Happy Friday!  
    This week our class: finished reading Charlotte's Web, completed our Charlotte's Web journals, and read through a Reader's Theater version of Charlotte's Web.  Next week, we will be making our paper-mache Wilburs. Please make sure your child turns in their stuffed paper bag by Monday so we can prep it for our paper-mache project.  Thank you!
    Math - We've had an exciting couple days of math celebrations: Kangaroo Math on Thursday and the third grade Math-a-thon today.  The students did very well!  Please sign and return the math test in your child's Friday Folder.  Our Math Topic 15 (Liquid Volume and Mass) test will on Tuesday.  A practice test will go home Monday. 
    We start our reading and science unit on Weather and Climate next week.  This is always an exciting learning time for the class.  Be ready to hear your child talk endlessly about the types of clouds they see in the sky and the weather they predict.  You will surely have some fun and interesting conversations.
    Spelling: affect, certain, computers, Connecticut, covered, crucial, fierce, recommended
    Vocabulary: climate, elevation, measure, weather, temperature, cumulus, nimbus
    Science: finishing up Fossils and starting Weather and Climate
    Next Friday is a minimum day schedule (8:25-12:30).  The following week is Spring Break!  
    As always, please do not hesitate to email me with any questions or comments.  Enjoy your weekend! 
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  • C-3 News 3-13-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 3/13/2019

    Dear C-3 families,

    I hope this email finds you well.  I wanted to send a few reminders of upcoming happenings.
    This Friday is a NO SCHOOL day.  Please enjoy the long weekend. :)
    Next Friday, is our big Math-a-thon event!  I am leaving your child's math practice packet in his/her folder so they can use this to study.  We are also practicing and preparing in class.  Please send in the math-a-thon sponsor sheet as soon as it is completed.  Thank you for your support.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
    Students brought home the directions for their Pioneer Project earlier this week.  It is due on April 12th.  I hope your child enjoys this fun and enriching project.
    Permission Slips: Please turn in your permission slips for the Alviso Adobe and Color Me Mine field trips ASAP.  Thank you!
    Just a reminder: I will be out of town until Tuesday.  Mrs. Kujacich will be with the class while I am gone.  She is a lovely and very experienced substitute, so I know the class is in good hands.  I will be checking my email regularly so please message me with any questions/comments and I will get right back to you.
    The CAASPP testing is coming up in May.  These tests are quite challenging (especially for third graders since it is their first time taking them). You can help your child prepare by working with them through "The Practice and Training Tests" at the CAASPP website.  CAASPP Practice Test
    Our Wilbur paper-mache projects are coming up the week of March 25th.  We need to get our little pigs prepped for the paper-mache portion of our activity.  Please send in the paper bagged filled with shredded paper as soon as you can.  Thank you!
    I think that is it for now.  Have a wonderful rest of your week! :)
    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 3-6-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 3/6/2019
    Dear Families,
    A couple time sensitive reminders:
    Tomorrow is spring picture day.  Please send in the order form if you would like your child to have their picture taken.
    I am attaching the information for the third grade math-a-thon.  I am also sending home a practice packet with your child tomorrow to help him/her prepare for the math-a-thon test.  This is a fundraiser for third grade classrooms this year.  Thank you for your support!
    *Please start collecting (and sending in) your empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls and shredded paper.  We will be making some paper-mache Wilburs this month and will need these for our project.  We will also need parent volunteers to help with on the project day.  Please see the attached sheet for more information about materials, days and times. Thank you!
    (Attached sheets below)
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  • Class News 3-1-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 3/1/2019

    Happy Weekend! This week, the students started many new assignments, lessons, and projects, such as: Opinion writing (ask them about their OREO organization), Area and Perimeter, and Poetry!  Next week, we are starting our studies about: the pioneers, fossils, and different communities around the world.   The start of a new trimester always brings so much excitement!

    Curriculum focus for next week:
    Spelling Words: actors, bakers, owners, painters, players, sculptor, vendors, visitors
    Vocabulary: explorer, Fahrenheit, wetlands, settlers, tourists, community
    Math: Our Topic 14 (Area and Perimeter) test will be on Friday, March 8th.
    Literature Study: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
    Grammar Focus: Reciprocal pronouns
    Poetry for Reciting: "Abraham Lincoln" (See folders on Monday)
    Science: Fossils
    Social Studies: Pioneers
    Spring Pictures are coming up!  Please see the flyer in your child's Friday Folder.
    *If you have not returned the field trip permission slip for the Alviso Adobe trip, please do so when you can.  The sooner we get our drivers confirmed, the better for everyone.  Thank you!
    * Information regarding the third grade fundraiser (Math-a-thon) was sent home this week.  Please see your child's folder for more information.  Thank you in advance for any support you can give our grade level.  
    As always, have a wonderful weekend and please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
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  • Class News 2-22-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 2/22/2019

    Dear Parents,

    Happy Friday! This week, we were busy learning about perimeter and area, informational writing, fables and fairy tales,  Charlotte's Web,  and Native Americas.  We also took a field trip to the Kids Against Hunger warehouse and packed food for over 3,000 children, learned about C.H.I.R.P. during Project Cornerstone, participated in a fun engineering challenge, and had our last Jr. Achievement lesson with Mrs. Miyashiro and Mrs. Hom. 
    Our Engineering Fair is coming soon.  This is open for anyone who would like to participate (It is not mandatory).  Registration is due by March 8th.  Please see more information here...
    Next week is Read-In week! Please see the schedule below.  If you can share a book with our class, please email me with a day/time that works best for you.  We LOVE parent readers!! 
    I hope everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable weekend!
    Carley Kennedy
    "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."
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  • C-3 News 1-17-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 1/17/2019
    Dear C-3 Parents,
    Happy Thursday! I am sending the newsletter a day early because we have an important time-sensitive request (see "Ohlone Day volunteers" below). It’s been a fun and busy week. This week, students delved deeper into their study of fractions. It’s been both challenging and fun. We’ve learned about Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Cyrus Field.  Each student has chosen a topic for their nonfiction book/research report and has started their research and note-taking. Students have been studying the different Native American groups that lived in different regions in California. We’ve been learning about the plants and animals that were important parts of their lives. We also did some reading, writing, and art inspired by MLK Jr. On Thursday, the class enjoyed an Art in Action lesson using chalk pastels to create a dark scene. They had so much fun blending the pastel and working with perspective in their art.  These are only a few of the week’s highlights. 

    Curriculum for next week:
    Math - Geometry (polygons, quadrilaterals, classifying shapes)

    Spelling- (suffixes -ed, -ing): carried, changed, creating, introduced, relied, sharing, taking, using

    Grammar - irregular verbs

    Vocabulary- astronauts, cassette, CD, cylinder, magnetic, MP3, stereo

    Reading - Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White 
    Extra Credit Option: "The History of Hot Chocolate"

    We have just found out that we received the funding for an incredibly fun and enriching Ohlone Day!  The only thing that is a bit of a challenge is that it is going to be on Tuesday, January 22 and we need parent volunteers!  We are hoping to have 5 volunteers from each class.  You will lead a small group through an Ohlone activity.  It is right here on campus at Green, it is easy, and a lot of fun!  Please email me and let me know if you will be able to volunteer on Tuesday from 8:15-12:00. *We may have to cancel last minute due to weather/scheduling so please do not take the day off of work to do this.  I'd hate for you to do that and then have to cancel on you.   Thank you so much!!
    Please note that the writing packets will be coming home each Monday instead of Friday. I was only sending them home before the weekend in case students needed the extra time to get a head start on their writing. However, it seems a lot of packets are getting lost (I had to copy ten extra packets due to ones getting lost over this past weekend). I never mind copying extra for students, but the number of lost packets over the weekend is a sign there must be a better way. โ˜บ๏ธ If you would like the packet early each week so your child can get an early start over the weekend, please let me know and I will give it to your child before they leave on Friday.  *Because of the short week next week, there will not be a writing packet for homework. 

    The third grade is so fortunate to have a visit by a local author/illustrator. Irma Grant will be visiting the third graders on to share her book titled. If you would like to purchase a signed copy of the book ahead of time, please fill out the bottom of the flyer that was sent home earlier this week and send it in with $10. Irma will collect this ahead of time so she can have the signed books ready by her visit. 

    We will not have school on:
    Monday, January 21st (MLK Jr. Day) 
    Friday, February 1st (Staff Development Day)

    If you’d like your child to take the GATE test, please use the following link to sign him/her up.  Testing will be during the school day. The test is approximately 2.5 hours. You will need to submit a permission slip online by January 24th via this link: GATE Permission link  Unfortunately, they will not accept late entries so please make sure you fill this out no later than 1/24. 
    Thank you!
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