Great Week Back!


We have had a great first week back!

This week we will continue to explore fractions and wrap up the unit, continue our work with idioms and literal vs. nonliteral language, work on Earth Day activities (please send in the materials listed on my previous post based on your champion’s number so we have what we need for this and the field trip creation we will gift the residents), and hopefully more sunshine for recess!

If you’re looking for something fun to do, this weekend is the home opener (including last night) for the Tourists!

We need paper towels please. Just a three pack should hold us over a little while.

ASL video for “baseball”

Please remember homework (XtraMath, NewsELA, and I-Ready Math if it wasn’t completed in class) needs to be completed by Monday morning. Thanks for your help to make sure these responsibilities are taken care of. We are close to the end of the year!

Please sign the progress report envelope and permission slip and return it Monday. If you have not paid all the field trip dues, you will need to do so before our trip on 4/23/18 so all champions can attend. Thanks for taking care of this.

You can find a ton of information on our newsletter here.

We have an amazing new shelf Mr. Higgins built for us! We are very appreciative of the shelf and cubby cubes.

Happy weekend!


Thank you to the parent who reached out about the NewsELA passage not being visible this week! I have refreshed it and deleted the last one. The new one is Dream Job: Geographer and it should be showing up for everyone.


We will be rescheduling our trip to Brookdale for Monday 4/23. We will be making some tissue flowers with paper plate backs and attaching string to allow the residents to hang them on their doors or around the living areas to spring it up! In order for our flowers to be beautiful, I ask the following tedious but necessary favor: Any size pack is fine but the more the better so we can make the flowers really full. I have already picked up the plates.

If your champion’s number is:

1-3, please send natural colored TWINE for hanging

4-6, please send WHITE tissue paper packs

8-10- please send YELLOW  tissue paper packs

11-21, please send Multicolor tissue paper packs

Please send as soon as you are able so I can start sorting.

Also, for Earth day students will be creating a project that models ways to help the planet. We are focusing on growing trees and food, recycling/reducing/reusing, and why litter hurts the planet. If you have clean items that can be recycled (no sharp edges please), magazines with information about the topic, articles about the topic or have time to print us some research to use, please send them in before 4/18 so we have time to make them awesome! When they are complete, I will post photos!

We are also in need of paper towels so if you have an extra roll to share, please send it in for us. I have requested them from the supply storage but we use more than I would like. Please also remember to send a cloth napkin and reusable utensils for your champion to bring back and forth each week to help cut down on waste. It’s a big earth saver!

Thanks for your help with the items!

Welcome Back!


I hope everyone has enjoyed their break to the fullest! We still have a few more hours! I am hopeful you will return tomorrow rested, refreshed, and ready to learn! 

This week we will dive back into our work with fractions, geography, and new ELA topic! We will also begin working on our own projects for Earth Day to post around the school!

Please remember that each week we send a newsletter link, daily HLO, and I post here. Once you have checked those documents, feel free to contact me with any questions.

Regarding HLO- On the days that I have group from 2-240 I have not been able to rate due to dismissal beginning right when my group ends and a class joins us or our class goes to another class for dismissal. I have not decided whether to rate early or forego rating these days in order to reflect accuracy. Ultimately please know I will always directly contact you if there is a behavior shout out or concern that needs to be addressed. The daily HLO report/rating is not intended to replace this.

Each week on my posting, I have been posting a ASL video. If your champion returns and shows the signing, it is worth a star! A few champions are earning them each week!

Homework expectation reminder:

Lower School requirements for I-Ready:

Math I-Ready 45 minutes per week (remember I have created a schedule that will hopefully allow each champion to knock this out during my afternoon group rotations. Please remember if your champion is absent or does not finish the 45 minutes, they are responsible for this at home. They will complete all of ELA time in our morning rotations throughout the week which is half of the requirement.

Third grade requirements:

Xtra Math- 6 minutes per day 4 days per week. You get a weekly report of completed work.

NewsELA- one assigned article and all of it’s components (quiz, written response, etc.) completed each week. They may complete additional articles earning a star for every 3 they complete. New assigned articles are posted on Mondays and only one is posted to avoid confusion.

Remember this is less than 1.5 hours per six days to complete it including the 45 minutes of I-Ready which we are pretty consistently knocking out at school. Please help your champions take care of their homework responsibilities each week.

I bought us a new book I am excited to share and can’t wait to hear about what you all did over your break!


See you soon,

Spring Break!


We had a great and productive wrap-up week!

If this week’s homework has not been completed, please knock it out before the Monday we return.

We completed our collaboration with Ms. Lombardo’s class for Women’s History Month and wrapped up The Storm. The book was a great story to wrap up the week.

Champions won many items in the raffle this week! Fliers for Camp Invention went home today. There is a discounted price offered!

Spirit week was a great success in our class! The costumes, characters, and accessories were fun and hilarious! Thank you for your participation and contribution to the Upper School Prom.

Progress reports are now coming home 4/13 rather than today per administration.

Shout out to Kaegan for being the ASL translator this week! He showed the ASL for “field trip”.

Micaiah was the only one to sign up for Teach and Learn today so he had the whole session to himself today! He showed us some art techniques aligned with Mr. Jackson’s instruction we received as we began our portraits for our Women’s History Month collaboration. Super fun!

I will not check email over break. Feel free to email me anytime and I will respond when school is back in session beginning on 4/9 in the order they were received.

We are in need of paper towels and tissues when we return. If you can send some, that would be much appreciated!

Please also remember to try to pack a cloth napkin and utensils in your champion’s lunch so we can waste less.

Over break if you complete any of the following in addition to completing the required homework for this week:

-NewsELA passages- I will award one star per TWO quizzes passed

-I-Ready-one star per each 20 minute segment completed on,

-Xtra Math (only 6 minutes each) -and one star per three days completed

Not required, just rewarded for completion.

Happy Spring Break! Enjoy every minute! 

Week Wrap-Up!


We wrapped up a great week today!

Huge thank you to the families who have donated items from the wish list!  We are going to put them to great use!

We are off to a great start in fractions and graphs in math and CLIMB. We are finishing up The Storm  in ELA this coming week and digging a little deeper into geography and direction in social studies.

This week in creative writing our goal was 5, 496 words and we wrote 7,145!!! WOW! These stories are looking really awesome and building our writing skills in a big, fun way!

This week we have A LOT OF INFORMATION for you in our NEWSLETTER. Please read it carefully.

Creating equivalent fractions video (preview material of what we will cover next week)

ASL Video for “field trip” -Show me for a star! (In-School field trip on Wednesday)

Please make sure champions are finishing homework each week. I am trying to rotate students on the computers we have in our classroom on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday while I am with groups so they can knock out at least MOST of the math I-Ready homework. They should make sure to complete the article and finish XtraMath each week and work on any remaining I-Ready minutes (to the 45). I am hopeful this will be helpful for them.

I always try to attend one event per student each year and so far I have attended 11 but I wanted to remind you all so you’re aware as spring teams begin you can keep this in mind. It would be very helpful if you could let me know or remind the students to tell me if they are on a team with each other or playing each other so I can see a few at one time when possible 🙂

Thanks for your time, happy weekend!

Two weeks until break!


Next week we will begin fractions, continue graphs, and begin The Storm in ELA.

Refresh your memory with fractions on a number line methods!

No one mentioned an issue with NewsELA until today but apparently I didn’t click “assign”  on my assignment on Monday so the article “Why Maps Distort”  did not post as planned. Since this happened, I will accept any article they have completed this week and next week they should complete the one I have posted today.

I have already posted regarding ratings due to my Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday groups in the afternoons and that I am trying to figure out an accurate plan. I have also shared since the beginning of the year that I do not ask substitutes to rate students in my absence.

Here you can see the NEWSLETTER.

ASL video for Spring Break – No one has shown me any of these, surprise me Monday!

Please remember to make sure your champion completes their weekly homework.

Thanks for your time,


Ratings and the WONDERFUL performance


Tonight was WONDERFUL. Champions did such a great job showing off all of their hard work and showcasing the historical and culture aspect of our recent studies. They rocked it. Thanks for coming out to support them and bring them so everyone could do their part!

I will be instructing a new group of students from 2-2:40 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Until I figure out a way to give accurate ratings, please know your champion will only have their own reflection of their day. If I rate before, it will be at 1:00 when we go to CLIMB time followed by recess. That’s a little early to rate considering how much afternoon we have left and I prefer not to change ratings after I have given them if there is a need. The student reflection will be all you will see on those days until there is a specific shout out or reminder necessary for a particular student or students.

Reminder: When I have a substitute, champions will not receive ratings.

Thanks for your time,


We’re off to SOCON! It will be a blast!

The book swap was really fun and some kiddos got some new ones they are excited to read!

Progress reports are going home today. Please know several students have had many absences so PowerSchool will reflect blanks, missing, or exempt for these assignments and they are not reflected in the average so some averages will be a little inflated due to the number of assignments.

This week we will read The Titanic text from DK Readers. This is a fun unit with many interesting parts but please chat with your champions about the Titanic and the events leading to the time of sinking if they are not already aware because we will be discussing the departure, hype, exquisite interior and parts of the Titanic as well as the accident and response to the ship beginning to and finally sinking. We will be sticking to the text so if you would like to pre-read it, it is available at Barnes and Noble. The “I survived” series has a good kids version of a fictional take on the experience based on the facts we know.

We will wrap up our division unit with instruction and our summative assessment this week. We will continue working on fact mastery in both multiplication and division throughout the rest of the year.

We are working on our graphing standards in CLIMB for the next three weeks and our ELA CLIMB groups will remain vocabulary books. Check the teacher’s website your child has for vocab for the words.


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

ASL video for Weekend  show me!

Have a good weekend,


All wrapped up!


Teach and learn was awesome! So many cool presentations!

We are working our way through division and headed to fractions and graphing soon.

This week we will read The Titanic text from DK Readers. This is a fun unit with many interesting parts but please chat with your champions about the Titanic and the events leading to the time of sinking if they are not already aware because we will be discussing the departure, hype, exquisite interior and parts of the Titanic as well as the accident and response to the ship beginning to and finally sinking. We will be sticking to the text so if you would like to pre-read it, it is available at Barnes and Noble. The “I survived” series has a good kids version of a fictional take on the experience based on the facts we know.

Thank you for sending in snacks , paper towels, kleenex and items off the wishlist as you are able, we use them all!

SoCon is Friday as well as progress reports. Please remember they will need to bring additional money if they desire to purchase items there and all items will still have to be nut free. They may wear spirit wear. If you are interested in chaperoning, did not mark it on your permission slip, and are approved please contact me. If you marked you could attend, I will be contacting you. All chaperones will meet us there.

Homework completion is still an issue for the majority of our class. The expectations are listed on the website, on HLO that goes home daily, and I have communicated them many times. Please make sure your champions are completing it. The amount is appropriate and should be able to be completed consistently within the 7 days given. Most students are only completing one out of three assigned sites per week. This is not reflective of my expectations, their ability, their responsibility, their accountability, or the habits we teach at school for the Leader in Me. Please help them put first things first and help us hold them accountable for their homework. Several tell me they are “too busy” and while I understand life is busy, in 7 days a little over an hour’s worth of homework is reasonable and should be completed each week. Thanks in advance for helping them make smart choices.


ASL for 100 to celebrate the 100th day of school today! Show me!!

Enjoy the beautiful weather, see you Monday!

Valentine’s Day, division, inventions, and cursive!

Hola Familias,

We had a great week of Valentine’s Day, division, inventions, and cursive!

HUGE thank you to parents for donating us a WHOLE CLASS SET of clipboards, multiple boxes of Kleenex, and some cuties for snacks. We do still need snacks that are nut,dairy, gluten free that will last for us to consume it.  Thanks again!  I have updated the wishlist.

Here is our NEWSLETTER for the upcoming week.

ASL video for “Olympics”.  Show me!!

Thanks to those of you who have had ill champions and kept them home. We are trying to get well and we are increasing in attendance by the day in our grade. We are making great efforts to keep the germs to a minimum but staying home when feeling ill is best.

Please return signed SOCON permission slips and signed report card envelopes. The SOCON trip is an additional fee. We don’t know at the beginning of the year when we make the field trip arrangements whether we will attend or not so we don’t include it. Your champion will be able to go to the concession stand and purchase souvenirs at an additional cost. They usually have free posters for the teams involved too and allow students to have ONE. Free keepsake 🙂

Remember to sign up for Teach and Learn this Friday!

Happy weekend,