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Welcome back from Spring Break!  I hope you had a wonderful time making memories with your family and friends.  This week we are back to a normal routine!

In English Language Arts (ELA) we are starting Unit 6.  Week 1 essential question is 'How do you decide what is important?'  Our skills of the week are making predictions and theme. In grammar we are covering adjectives and articles (a, an, the) and vocabulary we are reviewing root words.  Our story of the week is "King Midas and the Golden Touch". We will no longer have Monday cold read homework.  Instead, we will be brushing up on our cursive handwriting! A practice worksheet will go home each Monday and will be due on Tuesday.  Students are expected to focus on good slant, size, space, and shape.  If two or more areas are missing, the student will be asked to REDO the assignment.

In math we are getting ready for 4th grade!  The next 20 lessons will focus on foundational skills that the students will need for 4th grade.  This week we will work on place value.  At the end of every 5 lessons the students will take a checkpoint test (our first test will be next Monday).  Each child is working at their own pace for multiplication facts.  We are reviewing facts that are difficult.

Our field trip to MOSI is next Monday, April 13th.  If you did not order a lunch from the cafeteria, please remember to have your child bring a packed lunch in a Ziploc bag with their name on it.  Please do not send money with your child on this field trip as we will not be visiting the gift shop.  Buses leave promptly at 8:30am and will return to school at 4:45pm. 


If you have any concerns, please contact me by phone or email.


Mrs. Phillips 


I have some great opportunities for PI in the classroom!  Please contact me if you are interested in coming in and volunteering!

Box Tops:

Our school collects Box Tops for Education throughout the school year.  Please look for Box Top logos on grocery and household products, clip the label, and send in with your child.  This is a great way for our school to earn "free" money! Thank you for helping us with this great opportunity!


Please make sure you are checking your child's agenda and take home folder on a daily basis.  Also, remember after you check your child's homework for accuracy to please sign it at the bottom of each day.  Thank you for all your support!

Going Green

To be better stewards with our resources, the students and parents can access A.R. resources online.  A detailed letter will go home soon giving you both user instructions as well as your child's password for "AR Home Connect." Please make sure to sign up!  It only takes a few minutes! It will alert you through your personal email every time your child has taken an AR test, and tells you what they scored on that test.  Your personal account also lets you know what books your child has read since they've been involved with AR.  The tool is really great!  Check it out! 

Weekly Cold Reads

A Fresh Read is an article, story, or passage that has not been read.  Your child will be unfamiliar with this text.  Each Wednesday your child will receive a weekly cold read.  Please review this cold read with your child each week and return the following Wednesday.  Here are the strategies that I teach to your child when completing a cold read.

Step 1: Look at the title and pictures.  Predict what you think the passage will be about.

Step 2: Read the questions only (not the answers) for this passage.

Step 3: Read the WHOLE story.  Ask yourself questions while reading the passage.  Who or what is the passage about? What is happening in the passage?  At the end of every paragraph check for understanding.  If you are unsure what happened, go back and reread.

Step 4: Complete this step for each question: Read the question and all of the answers.  Go back in the passage and UNDERLINE the part that PROVES the answer.  Write the question # next to the underlined part.  Bubble in your answer completely.

Step 5: Check your work.  Reread each question.  Go back in the passage and find where you underlined the answer.  Check to see if your answer makes sense.  If it does, go to the next question.  If it does not, find the correct answer and repeat step 4. Check all answers.


PDF documents
April Newsletter -
Directions for ConnectEd Login -
FSA Presentation from Parent Night -
Helpful Websites -
March Newsletter -
Parent Night- Cold Reads -
Parent Night- Writing PowerPoint -
Spelling List -
Think Central Login -
Vocabulary Words for the Year -

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