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Supply List

I hope everyone is having a fun and relaxing summer. The start of the school year is rapidly approaching and there are already many great deals on school supplies.
When shopping for school supplies, please purchase the following:
2 two-pocket folders (very important for organizational skills)

Composition notebook (marble)

Grid notebook

Thin EXPO dry erase markers

Sharpened pencils (mechanical pencils are great) and erasers

Markers, crayons, and colored pencils (for projects)

Highlighters

Scissors

Glue sticks

4 spiral notebooks

Hand-held pencil sharpener

Boxes of tissues, hand soap, and hand sanitizer are welcome at any time throughout the school year!

Enjoy the rest of your summer vacation! See you in August!

Classroom updates.

Students have had a busy few months prepping for the Reading MCAS.  They have been learning different strategies for answering both multiple choice and open response questions.  Everyone has been working really hard and students are prepared for the test.  Today we had our first session and we will continue testing tomorrow and on Monday.

The Kennedy School is having their first College and Career Week from April 11-15.  I am looking for some parents  to visit our classroom to share information about their careers or colleges with our students.  The end of the day, around 2:00 pm, works great for us but we could be flexible with scheduling.  Also, to volunteer in the classroom you must have a CORI check every year.  The CORI form must be completed and sent to the main office before the day of the event. Please let me know if you would like to visit our classroom!

Grades close on April 6th for the third quarter.  Parent Teacher Conferences are on April 13th from 6:00-8:00 pm.  The sign up sheet will be available in the office soon.  Parents/guardians will receive their child’s report card at the conference.  All other students will receive their report cards on April 14th.  I hope to meet with you soon to discuss your child’s progress!

 

Assignment updates.

I think many (myself included) are feeling inundated with projects.  Hopefully the following information will help to clear up any questions you may have.

The Mayflower Writing Assignment final draft is due on Tuesday, November 10th.  Students have been writing three paragraphs about their Mayflower journey (paragraph 1–before leaving, paragraph 2–journey on the Mayflower, paragraph 3–arrival).  They have been reading the book If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 and they have used facts from this book in their own writing.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could help your child to edit and revise his or her writing (your child should have the rough draft in the yellow homework folder). Students can type the final draft, but typing is NOT required.  Please make sure your student submits the rough draft with the final draft.  Thank you!

The New England State Project written component is due on Friday, November 13th.  Students should use the ideas on the graphic organizer in their homework folders to help guide their writing. Students were given time in Library to search for information to complete their graphic organizers. The graphic organizer has four categories: important facts/history, geography, landmarks, fun and interesting information. Students should also draw a picture on the cover of the “My State Report Booklet” that represents their state by November 13th.

Pilgrim Project Intro information should have come home with your child on November 6th.  Our class will begin reading Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen. Each student will be interviewing a family member (or friend) about someone who was a “pilgrim”.

Some things to start thinking about… Which country were you born in? Where did your birth parents, adoptive parents, or grandparents come from? Maybe you left a country and came to the United States of America, or maybe your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents left their original countries. Think about why you or your ancestors came to the United States.

Each student will be writing a narrative story from the perspective of the “pilgrim” he or she interviewed. Then, like Molly, each child will make a doll that represents the family member interviewed. Students will be presenting to the class as well.

More information will be provided at a later time.  Right now, students ONLY need to answer these questions:

  1. Who is the person I will interview?  Give his or her full name.
  2. What country did the person come from?
  3. Describe the country he or she came from.  Be sure to use vivid verbs, the five senses, and many adjectives in your description. (Look at pictures or talk to a friend or relative.)
  4. Why did this person leave his or her country to come to the United States? (To practice religious freedom, to find work, to have sense of adventure, etc.)

The answers to these four questions are DUE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16th.

If you have any questions please see Mrs. Tremonte.  Have a great weekend!

Sumdog.

sumdog

By the end of the year children are expected to be fluent with all multiplication facts 1-9. I created a class account at www.sumdog.com and each child can access this site from home or the library. Children can log onto www.sumdog.com, which has fun games for grades K-8 that are designed to improve math fact fluency. The questions will be differentiated based on your child’s level.

Each student has been provided a username, a password, and a school code (john_107). Under my teacher account I can see when students have last accessed the website. In your child’s homework planner you will find your child’s username, password, and school code stapled onto the first page.

We previewed a few of the games in class this afternoon and everyone is excited to try the games this weekend! Please encourage your child to use this website to improve math fact fluency.

Welcome letter.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to third grade!  We are excited for the school year and we look forward to getting to know both you and your child.  We have a passion for and a commitment to learning, and we work continuously to create a classroom environment that is warm, safe, and challenging.

We hope to enrich your child’s school experience through parental and family involvement.  Mark your calendars!  On Monday, September 28 there will be an Open House from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm to discuss our third grade curriculum, activities, and expectations.  Our conferences are scheduled for November 17 (6:00-8:00), February 4 (2:45-4:45), and April 13 (6:00-8:00).  You can also set up an appointment to meet with us before or after school by calling the Kennedy School at 617-629-5440.  You can always email us at csccuccimarra@k12.somerville.ma.us or jtremonte@k12.somerville.ma.us to set up a meeting, ask questions, or to share successes or concerns.

We will update our website/blogs often with news and information that will assist you in our parent and school partnership.  You can stay connected with Mrs. Scuccimarra at cleccese.wordpress.com and with Mrs. Tremonte at mrstremonte.wordpress.com.  Please make our sites a “favorite” on your computer or smartphone, or better yet become a “follower” of our sites through wordpress.com!

We are very much looking forward to the upcoming year and working with everyone within the third grade John F. Kennedy School community.  We are confident we will have an enjoyable year filled with happy moments, new adventures, and academic achievement and growth.  See you soon!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Scuccimarra

Mrs. Tremonte

In the beginning.

Welcome!  I have been exploring WordPress.com and I’m really excited to be developing my first classroom blog and website.  This is all new to me and even though I’m uncertain the direction this site will take, I’m thrilled about the possibilities!  Please check back often, as I’ll be updating, adding links, and pictures.