End of the year wrap up!

Hola Familias,
Today was such a fun movie and snack day and yesterday was a blast at field day! If you weren’t here, we missed you!
Thank you to all of you who have chaperoned, donated items, and volunteered in various ways. I really appreciate your willingness to help out and ICI depends on your help.
Attached you will find the summer reading assignment for rising 4th graders. I will also add this to my website also in case you need it again over the summer.
For those of you who have rising 3rd graders, that document will also be attached on my website for reference.
To those of you who have had champions miss this week, instead of mailing all the signed beach balls (I do this each year for memories since not everyone gets a yearbook) I have left ALL of your students’ left behind belongings at the front with their report card for you to come pick up. This will allow you to pick up the report card and then go into our room and check your champion’s cubby for any additional belongings. If there is a post-it, there are belongings.
Thanks again, I hope every will spend time reflecting on their growth and achievement, knock out the summer project, and PLAY their hearts out. It’s a much deserved break for all!
Best Wishes,

What a fun two days!


Yesterday we had a blast at the outlet mall!

Today was a ton of fun! Everyone should sleep well tonight :). We played a ton, ate a ton, and topped it off with a wonderful Sno-Kona!

Monday: Move up day! we will visit 4th and 2nd will visit us!

Tuesday: Field Day-ton of fun, don’t miss it!

Wednesday: “CoCo” and tasty treats to wrap it all up!

Last newsletter

Have a great weekend,

Landforms and Game Day!

Hola Familias,

OH MY GOODNESS! I was so happy to see and chat with so many parents who were able to come walk through today! I know it was an odd time of day but it was such a great turn out! Thank you so much! Thanks also for taking time to check out the other classes to take a peek at their work. As you could see, the champions put A TON of work into their planning, design and research and it paid off!

Your champions are ready. I-Ready growth was amazing and they CAN do it. Please encourage them to use their strategies, apply their growth mindset, and apply the coping strategies they have learned when they may be feeling overwhelmed. It’s a big week but it will be a fun week too. This is an opportunity for them to show all they know! They have learned a lot and deserve the chance to show off. Focus on the opportunity rather than the “test”.

Please send in encouragement baseballs back. (These are a secret)

Please continue to send signed permission slips back. The movie will be Coco and we will have snacks too! It’s PG so we have to have permission for viewing.

If you haven’t, please pay field trip fees. The Bricks4Kidz visit is NOT an additional cost. The last few visits and outings we have will be really fun. I’ll send a reminder of the items they need to bring to Azalea. If you’re shopping this weekend, sunscreen/sunglasses/hat might be something to add to your list.

Please read the NEWSLETTER . There is A LOT of valuable information in there for you about upcoming trips, EOG, helpful hints, needs, and wrap-up week.

Stuffed animals should come Monday so they can stay through testing. I am hopeful this will prevent anyone from accidentally leaving them behind and being upset. If they don’t want to bring an animal they do not have to. I have three extra to loan out. They may also bring their own books to school if they want like they do for silent reading. After testing the state allows them to read or rest their head only.

This will be the last newsletter and this week is the last week of HLO and rating sheets. If there is a need, I will contact you directly.

Happy Weekend and thanks again for your support today,

Book fair and champion forms update

Book Fair at Barnes and Noble this Thursday, June 14!
Please join us at the Barnes and Noble in Biltmore Park (33 Town Square Blvd, Asheville, NC 28803) Thursday, June 14th from 4-7pm. We will have our summer reading lists on-hand and all of the summer reading books ready for you! We will also post our summer reading lists to our website that day.
You can support us by shopping in the store Thursday, 6/14 and Friday, 6/15 or by shopping online from 6/14 – 6/20 with code: 12382941!
About My Champion Forms for 18-19 School Year
In order to reduce paper consumption, we will not be sending home About My Champion Forms with our current Champions this year. We will be passing the forms you filled out this year on to your Champion’s next Collegiate Leader and are using that information to help us build class lists. (These are the forms you completed with information about your champion for this year. It includes academic and behavioral strengths, areas that need improvement, special needs, etc.). Please keep in mind any student with an IEP or 504 will have a meeting to go over these needs and the teacher will already have a copy of the champion’s plan to follow. 
If you would like to fill out a new About My Champion Form for your Champion, please print and complete the attached form and return it in to your child’s Collegiate Leader! We will also have copies at the front desk.

Progress reports, party time, and encouragement notes!

Hola Familias,

Progress reports are coming home today as well as a MASSIVE stack of hard work your champions have completed since the last report card. As always, my clerical helpers are very awesome but mistakes happen so if you find papers that belong to someone else please return them.

Please sign and return the progress report envelopes as soon as possible. They did not give us new stickers so just sign under your last one please.

Permission slips for the end of the year movie party are in the envelopes. Please sign them and circle yes or no so we know if your champion is allowed to participate. If your champion is not going to be at school, please circle no and still return it.

Please also sign and return the Bricks4Kidz in-school field trip as soon as possible! This is at no extra cost. They love these activities!

Please return encouragement baseballs. These are printed on the back of the “Game Day” information sheet about testing. I included it in an envelope so you can tape them down and return them. Please remember this is a surprise for testing day. Each day I will give them a note from you and myself and also their book buddies. It’s just to give them a little pep for the day. They may also bring a stuffed animal to school on 6/18 and should be prepared for it to stay through the 20th. I know it’s hard to part with them at bedtime but it’s worse when they arrive and realize they don’t have a furry friend for the day.

We still need chaperones willing to brave the outlet mall and Azalea park with us….come on….I know spending all day at a mall on a scavenger hunt and all day at a park (with shelter!) sounds awesome! Also, if you have craft supplies you can donate for us to have a little craft station under the shelter, please send them in. This is just a nice break from playing so they can spend some time in the shade. Please review the newsletter for all the supplies they need for this park day.

The market day was AMAZING! Ask them how debits and credits work and let them help you balance your register! They benefit from the calculator practice too!

You can also view our goat visit and Carl Sandburg Home tour here.  I am not a great photographer but it was a super fun day!

We will begin our diorama work this week! If your champion has any items they would like to bring to work on theirs with, they may. I think they will be really awesome.


Last year this project was a TON OF FUN! We have invited you, 2nd, and 4th grade to our gallery walk where champions will tell you about their landform/diorama as you walk through and see everyone’s.


ASL video for “volcano”

ASL for “mountain”

This will be the last week of homework! Finish strong!

Super proud of the I-Ready growth! I was able to email each family this week with growth so I hope you have had a chance to give your champion a shout out and show them their hard work is paying off. I do not share these results with champions.

Thanks for your support, we’re almost there! Keep up the good work!

I-Ready, I AM!


HUGE SHOUTOUT to Mrs. Liz Smith for dedicating TWO full days to organizing our grade level library. I did this over break and it is NOT easy. Our librarians try to keep it in order but it’s a daunting task. We appreciate your hard work and time you shared helping us get organized. I personally thank you because it saved me a lot of personal weekend, night, and more holiday break time.

Thank you also to those of you who are following our illness policy. We really appreciate your efforts to protect the rest of us.

We wrapped up testing this week and so many of our champions made HUGE growth. I am in the process of emailing you to SCREAM my excitement with your champion’s score due to their growth mindset, perseverance and effort. I am really proud of them. Please do not email me about the scores, I am working on getting to everyone and you can expect to receive an email this coming week IF your champion has completed testing. If they have not (5 in my class) then you will get an email once they have finished.  The results of this assessment will guide my instruction during review to make sure each student gets extra practice in their specific area of need and also enrichment opportunities for those who have a strong grip on the content.

I expect homework to be completed through 6/16/18 since the previous weeks’ homework is due that day. please make sure they are completing their homework. Those who do not, have to do it at school and it’s just one more thing for them to do there. Please help them put first things first. If reminding them is a challenge, check out my parent resource page and consider creating a responsibility checklist for your champion so they are aware of afternoon/evening expectations and have a reminder. You could even offer a reward if they can remember to knock out their responsibilities 2,3,5,7 days in a row! They WILL surprise you if you teach them the list.

During these last few weeks of school, it seems we should be winding down. In some ways we are but we are also gearing up for an important part of the year. This is your champion’s first year of testing and that brings a little anxiety. We are working on our “game day” motivation activities and you will send in the notes-due by 6/8 so we have some cushion if people forget. Please try to get them in on time. THEY ARE A SURPRISE, PLEASE DON’T TELL YOUR CHAMPION. I will put them on their desks each morning before testing for them. I always tell them that I know they may seem anxious but they should also be excited! It’s a chance for them to show ALL they know and have learned this year! It doesn’t have to be scary, it can be exciting. It’s all about our mindset. If YOU are feeling nervous, you champion will pick up on that. Please make sure you only encourage them and try not to make reference to the hard parts of testing. They have taken the BOG so they know what they are in for. I know they will do well.

Permission slips for an in-school trip will come home soon as well as for our post-EOG secret celebration.

On 6/15, you are invited to visit us for a gallery walk of our landform dioramas. Students will have research to share as you walk around. You will walk through the gallery and ask questions to the champions displaying their work. Once the presentation time is over, you are welcome to sign them out. There will be a sign in sheet when you arrive and you will mark that the champion will be going home with you after. All champions need to be signed out prior to 2:30 to avoid traffic issues inside and in car line and carpool.

Lots of information in our Newsletter for you each week. Please keep up with important dates. They are also on the “Important Dates” page.

ASL video for “motivation”

Thanks for your time, happy weekend.

Scholastic orders!

Class Code – R89T8
Order Due Date – 06/16/18

Scholastic Book Clubs Class Order Due Date is approaching!

Hola Familias,
This is a friendly reminder that your Book Clubs orders are due by 06/16/18. You can place your orders online at scholastic.com/bookclubs using our class activation code: R89T8.

If you haven’t checked out our Scholastic page with the ordering link to the left, please do! They have great deals on summer reads and the rewards benefit our classroom literacy needs once we earn enough points. Information on how to order is located on that page as well as on the scholastic webpage.

Happy reading,

Wrapping up, goats, Carl, and I-Ready.

Hola Familias,

We will complete I-Ready Testing Tuesday and Wednesday. Your champion MUST bring earbuds or headphones to school for testing. They will not come home Monday to avoid not having them Tuesday. Your champion may bring ONE stuffed animal for encouragement. I do not have extras for students so please make sure they have one so they are off to a good start when they arrive. Please also make sure your champion arrives early having already used the restroom so they do not interrupt the testing session or have to make up the assessment at a different time. This is stressful for them if they feel like they have missed something and sometimes they are embarrassed to join the group once we have started.  Going to the restroom immediately upon arrival is easily avoidable but a frequent occurrence for some students. There will be make up days next week if they need to retake due to rushing, significant decrease in score due to lack of engagement, or missing school. Though illness is going around again unfortunately, it’s very important your champion is present each day so they can test and review with us. We will be rotating through a lot of practice centers as we prepare for end of the year assessments. I know this is a new issue for most of you so please make sure to check out the links below for tips on how to help your champion be successful. We cover a lot of standards and they are accountable for their learning this year and every year ahead. Encouraging the mindset of preparing them to show what they know is a great way to support them. There are many opportunities in the real world to ask inferencing, comprehension, context clue and vocabulary questions as well as math fact fluency or problem solving questions. These assessments will challenge them but they are ready. I am confident they will rock it. We’ve been working hard and it will continue to do so through testing.


When we wrap up testing each day we will continue working on Myths and folktales, geometry, measurement, entrepreneurship, and begin landforms.

The Carl Sandburg Home trip was a ton of fun! Though the home is currently being painted and the items within the home were packed up, we saw photos of the interior of the home reflecting how it normally looks. We played a detective game where we identified the clues we had within the home and completed a timeline of Carl’s life. We also spent time with the goats! They were adorable and the students really enjoyed them and most said they couldn’t wait to turn 11 so they can go volunteer and hold them :).  If you haven’t been, I encourage you to take a trip in the fall for their 50th anniversary and check it out when the home is decorated again.

Some of your champions brought home work to make up this weekend. We have spent the week working on the checklists so the remaining tasks will need to be completed at home and returned on Tuesday.

Homework completion continues to be a concern for many in our class. Please make sure your champions are completing the homework. When they do not complete it at home, they have to complete it at school. If you help or remind them to knock out homework at home, they are more easily able to put first things first at school. Help them take care of their responsibility please.

Help your champion be successful on I-Ready and EOG with practice on I-Ready lessons that are assigned to them based on their needs. In addition to making sure students complete the homework assigned each week, you could review these released questions so you are able to have an idea of the test format and rigor so you can practice their skills with them. We will work through the released items at school.

Throughout the year teachers have shared additional websites students could work on to strengthen their skills. All of these sites are great practice for them.

ELA EOG Released Items

Math EOG Released Items

Helpful websites for parents of testing students– includes help to soothe an anxious tester, increasing academic independence and perseverance as well as recommended sleep times.

Additional Sites:

Cool Math Games


Smarter Balanced

Study Island

Study Island

Johnnie’s Math Page




XtraMath (should be completed as assigned in class also)

Third grade is a big transition for students and to support them in this transition we must prepare them. Please encourage them to try their best, get plenty of rest, eat a nutritional breakfast, apply their growth mindset and persevere through challenging questions, and to use their coping strategies to help them relax.

Thanks in advance for helping them prepare for assessments and strengthen their skills.

ASL video for “optimistic”


We are in need of tennis ball containers or cleaned out Pringles and/or Stax chip cannisters for games.

On a personal note, as a daughter, niece, and cousin of deceased veterans who dedicated their lives to service, this day is important to me. Though this day is the official holiday to remember our fallen heroes and often recognized as a day to barbecue, I encourage you to not only remember and honor our nation’s fallen soldiers this holiday but to also thank an active or retired service member not only on Veteran’s Day but any chance you have. As you know, they make great sacrifices we do not hear about, miss the lives of their families, and willingly take risks to protect those they do not even know. It’s easy to unintentionally take their work for granted until there is a need due to the barrier of protection they provide for us in our day-to-day life but let’s strive to be aware and appreciative.

Enjoy the weekend, see you Monday.

Update and Check-in


Our plants, geometric rule knowledge, and Greek Mythology knowledge are all growing! The Mythology unit has been fun and engaging and thanks to those of you who allowed champions to bring in texts to share. We are taking good care of them and they are a great additional resource.

You may have noticed the different change to HLO. I added the line this year for student input for our afternoon conferences about the day but since we practice Leader In Me and the 7 Habits at school, I have updated mine to reflect the Leader In Me style using plus and delta. Delta is NOT something BAD. It is only something you can do better which we all have each day. I hope it is clear to you and if you have questions please feel free to contact me Monday.

I have assigned the NewsELA article for Monday in advance. Please make sure your champions are completing homework. Last week three champions received stars for completing their homework. we have 20 in our class. Going forward, (some are already doing this) students will complete their homework in class if they do not complete it at home. Homework is a responsibility. This article is related to our economics unit we are covering in social studies. Soon we will be creating and running a business and learning more about supply and demand in the region of our business as well as more about natural resources available in our area.

Progress reports will come home Monday rather than Friday. If you still have not returned the signed envelope, please send it in while I am out so they are all back and ready to go out on Monday. Please remember you are able to login to PowerSchool and view grades at any time rather than waiting on the report to come home if you would like it sooner.

In the next couple of weeks we will begin working on our “perseverance game plan”. This consists of activities students will complete so we can talk about good testing strategies and preparation habits. All of third grade will participate in this fun set of activities.

EOG information will go home soon as we will begin review centers and EOG practice assessments and we will also be completing the EOY in I-Ready. This is a busy time of year and an unfamiliar experience for these students so please refer to the helpful hints on my BOG prep page for ways you can support them and also refer to the EOG released questions we have shared. Going over a couple of these a week  It is normal for them to feel a little anxious or unsure about the assessment but please remind them to apply their growth mindset and just encourage them to persevere and try their best. We do not place emphasis on the assessment but the practice tests give them an idea about it and they have already taken the BOG and two I-Ready benchmarks.

While Mrs. Jordan is in our room, the students have a task check list each day that will hopefully help them stay on track to knock out the assignments we are working on as well as help some who have been absent catch up with us. as they complete assignments, Mrs. Jordan will check them off and we will review them on Monday. Please remind your champion of our class saying “Do the right thing because it’s the right thing, not because someone is watching us”. We also say “Wrong is wrong even when everyone is doing it and right is right even when NO ONE is doing it”. If we follow poor examples, we all end up making poor choices. This is a common concern when substitutes are present but we have a great class and I know we can do the right thing. We have gotten good reports so far this year and that is awesome!  Due to having indoor recess multiple days in a row, behavior sometimes becomes a challenge because we don’t get a chance to get ALL of our energy out. It’s understandable but we have to make the most of it. **Update: Mrs. Jordan said we did a good job Thursday. 

Newsletter. The main event next week is the field trip and our class will be going on Thursday. I am still in need of three APPROVED chaperones to attend the Carl Sandburg trip with us. The person will need to meet us there and plan to stay with us from 9:15 until 1 even though we will wrap up earlier.


Thanks for your time and hard work to help keep your champions on top of their game, I can’t wait to get a good report!