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  • February 27, 2019

    Dear Students and Parents,

        February just flew by, didn’t it?  Spring Break is just 3 1/2 weeks away!  We will be very busy this month trying to finish up our Math units and Language Arts units!  The kids have been working hard on a special book to show you for Open House in a couple of weeks!  Here’s what’s happening this month in Room 14!!

     

    Friday, March 1 Read Across America Day

    Monday, March 18 Temecula History Projects Due!

    Thursday, March 21 Open House!

    Friday, March 22 Last day before Spring Break

    March 23- April 7 Spring Break!

    Monday, April 8 Return to school from Spring Break

       The students have been having fun learning about Temecula’s history.  They’ve learned about 3 time periods so far, The Luiseno Indian Period, The Mission Period and The Rancho Period.  In the next 3 weeks we will learn about The Butterfield Stage Period, The Railroad Period and Temecula in recent history!  SO MUCH TO LEARN! Don't forget that their Temecula History project is due on the 18th! This is part of their Social Studies grade and I will be choosing the best 5 projects to enter into the contest at the Temecula History Museum. The kids will also be required to present their project in front of the class for a “Speaking and Listening” grade, so make sure they have notes or a written portion so that they can share!

        Read Across America Day is THIS Friday.  Students are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character and bring their favorite Dr. Seuss book.  Have fun!

        I wanted to congratulate all of the kids who participated in The Variety Show this week!  It was a great show and our kids worked really hard on their performances! Great job, Juliette, Delaney and Mario!!   

        Also, congratulations to our Semester Awards winners, Charlotte Reed, Mario Gueli, Delaney Fjeldsted, Jasmine Jauregui and Mason Moore.  All of the awards were well deserved!

        Don’t forget about Open House on the 21st!!  The kids have been working SO HARD and would LOVE to show you their classroom!  Open House is from 6:00 P.M until 7:00 P.M. Hope to see you there!

         Finally, thank you, again, to all of you who sent cards, flowers and gifts for Valentine’s Day last month!  I appreciate your thoughtfulness more than you know.

        If you have any questions, please call or email me anytime.

     

    Mrs. Carreon

     

    P.S.  Supply donations are still welcome!!  Thank you in advance!!  

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  • January 30, 2019

    Dear Students and Parents,

        Can you believe we are already more than ½ way through 3rd grade?  Time is moving so quickly!! Before you know it, it will be Spring Break!  

        Here’s what’s going on in February:

     

    Tuesday, February 12   Temecula History Museum Field Trip

    Thursday, February 14 Valentine’s Day!

    Friday, February 15 - Monday February 18 Holiday Weekend - President’s Day - No School

      Last week, we started our Social Studies unit on Temecula History.  This is such a fun time for the kids learning about the history of our amazing city!  We will have a field trip on Tuesday, February 12th to the Temecula History Museum and Old Town. This trip  helps compliment our study about our city’s history. Please have the kids wear comfortable shoes for walking and a labeled sack lunch with a drink. (Please don’t send lunch pails.) We will leave school about 9:30 a.m. and return about 1:30 p.m.  

    Also, enclosed in your Wednesday envelopes is a notice about a contest the Temecula History Museum has each year for 3rd graders.  They are to create a project reflecting a period of time in Temecula’s history. The directions are in the notice. The projects are judged by the museum staff.  Five kids from all the schools in Temecula are awarded ribbons. This is also a GRADED assignment for all of our 3rd graders, it’s not optional. Please read the notice and if you have any questions, please let me know.  Going to the museum and Old Town may help give the kids inspiration for their reports.

              On Valentine’s Day,  I have planned some fun activities congruent with what we are learning, but it won’t be a “party”.  One of the activities will be an activity where students WILL be able to pass out valentines. I am attaching a class list to this newsletter so that students can get started addressing their valentines, if they choose to give some out.

              I think that’s it.  Don’t forget Friday, February 15th and Monday, February 18th are school holidays in celebration of President’s Day and there will be no school.

    Any questions on any of the above, please let me know!!

     

    Mrs. Carreon



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  • January 9, 2019

    Dear Students and Parents,

    Happy New Year and welcome back!!  I hope you all had a fabulous Winter Break and that you were able to spend some quality time with friends and family.  I, personally, had a fantastic holiday and vacation. I got to spend time with my sons and husband and I hosted Christmas at my house.  It was hectic but wonderful!

    Over break, I graded and input just about all the grades from assessments and class assignments for Semester 1.  You can look up your child’s grades on Infinite Campus now. It is probably going to be about the same when report cards come out on the 18th.  If you have questions, please let me know.

    This semester, we will continue on course with our new Language Arts program which is very comprehensive in covering all of the standards required through the state of California.  In Math, we will be starting a 6 week unit on Fractions. We WILL still have our timed tests on Multiplication and Division, but our unit on Multiplication and Division is complete. In Social Studies, we will be starting a unit on Temecula History.  Lastly, in Science, we will be starting a unit on the Weather. It’s going to be a fun 2nd semester!

    Last semester we went on a field trip to The Santa Rosa Plateau.  The kids learned about the animals that live in the various biomes that are there and they also learn a little history about the area (which goes along with our Temecula History unit).  The kids are still working on a project online in Google Classroom on specific Biomes. All of it has been done on the computer. You should be able to view their work if the kids login with their school account number and then go to their Google Classroom account.  We will be starting our Temecula History unit in the next week or so when they’ve finished these projects.

    Back in October, during conferences, I told all of you that I wanted the kids to work on Moby Max for homework in Reading.  This hasn’t worked out the way I had hoped and so I’ll be sending home Reading homework instead from now on. If you really want to stay with Moby Max and I see that you’ve been logged on, just send me a note and I won’t send home any other Reading homework for your child.  I hope that makes sense! Contact me if you have any questions.

    Also, our class will be getting a student teacher starting January 14th.  His name is Emmett Jones. He will be with us until March 8th. I will send more information about him once I meet him and know what’s expected from his university.

    I also wanted to thank you all for the nice gifts and cards you gave me for Christmas.  It was so nice of you to think of me. I am blessed to have such a wonderful group of kids and family members.

    If you have any questions about any of the information in this letter or anything else, please feel free to contact me.  Don’t forget that Monday, January 21st is a holiday, so there is no school that day!

     

    Happy New Year!              

    Mrs. Carreon

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  • December 5, 2018

    Dear Students and Parents,

        Happy December!!  I hope you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving Break and that you were able to spend some quality time with friends and family.  Our family had a nice quiet celebration, and, because we had a week off, we were able to put up our tree and decorate our house for Christmas!  Only 20 more shopping days!!! Help!

        Here’s the agenda for the next 3 and ½ weeks:

    December 21st - Holiday Party/Polar Express Day/Pajama Day

    December 22nd  - January 7th   - Winter Break

    January 8th     - Back to School

        This month is going to fly by because it’s a short month for the kids.  Their last day is the 21st of December. We will be working on all of our district assessments for Language Arts and Math and finishing up our unit on multiplication and division.  Please keep practicing those multiplication facts! I am going to give the kids their last speed test for multiplication 2 weeks from Wednesday. That will be their final opportunity before I post their grade for fluency in multiplication and division facts for the 1st semester.  They need to finish 50 problems in 3 minutes. We will continue taking the fluency tests until May of next year, but our focus will no longer be multiplication and division.

          On the 21st, we will have a party to celebrate the holidays. I will be sending home a request list for supplies for the party the week before the party. That day is also the school-wide Polar Express Day.  All the children will be able to wear their pajamas and we will be watching the Polar Express movie. The kids can bring pillows that day also, if they choose, BUT, they MUST wear shoes and not slippers to school.     

        I think that’s it!   If I don’t talk with you, I wish you a blessed holiday season and a very Happy New Year! Any questions on any of the above, please let me know!!

     

    Mrs. Carreon



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  • November 7, 2018

    Dear Students and Parents,

        Welcome to NOVEMBER!!  We are already heading into the holidays and the kids continue to work hard!!!  It was nice to meet you at conferences and discuss the progress of your children.  I hope that our time together was informative and productive. If you EVER have any questions regarding your child, please feel free to contact me anytime!!

    It’s going to be a short month with our Thanksgiving Break coming up, so here’s the schedule of events this month:

     

    Monday, November 12th - HOLIDAY!  No School

    Monday, November 19th - Friday, November 23rd - Thanksgiving Break

    Monday, November 26th - Return to School

     

       Please remember that you are able to access the Math and Language Arts programs at any time online.  There are games and, literally, hundreds of books they can read online also. The games practice all of the skills I have been teaching in class.  It’s a good idea to have the kids reread the anthology story of the week in their Literature Anthology book before Friday because that’s what their tests are covering.  The same goes for the Math program. You can replay the videos that teach the concept and redo any areas that you see are weaknesses for your child. It’s amazing that we have all of these tools right at our fingertips!!  Please let me know if you are not able to get onto any of these websites.

     

       Also, at conferences I told everyone that I’d like them to be doing the Moby Max program for Reading homework each night.  I am able to check on the program how many minutes are being spent each night. I’m finding that many students ARE NOT getting on the program.  Please let me know if this is a problem for you and I will send home other homework. As I told you at conferences, Moby Max will help kids increase their reading skill, so it is more valuable to use that program, if it’s possible.

     

    Thank you for your support!

    Mrs. Carreon

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  • September 26, 2018

    Dear Students and Parents,

        Welcome to October!! We have another busy month ahead of us with so much to do and learn.  The kids are maturing and growing daily! They’ve adjusted to 3rd grade and are settled in and working hard!

        Here’s what’s happening this month!

                 

                Monday, September 24 - Friday September 28 BECAUSE NICE MATTERS WEEK

                Tuesday, October 2 - PICTURE DAY

                Thursday, October 11 - FIELD TRIP to Santa Rosa Plateau

                 Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19 CONFERENCE WEEK! Every day is a minimum day!

              

        “Because Nice Matters Week” is this week and each day the kids have been given a kindness task. Today (Wednesday) everyone was to thank a family member for all they do. Tomorrow, is “buddy day” and kids are asked to wear purple and black to signify not “bruising” friends with words. On Friday, everyone is asked to wear white to signify a “clean slate”. It’s been great to focus on kindness this week.

        Mark your calendars! Picture Day is NEXT WEEK! - Tuesday, October 2nd!  Don’t forget to dress pretty!

        Conference week is coming up!! Each day is a minimum day. The teachers have collaborated to coordinate the timing of conferences so that siblings are on the same day and timed to be back to back. I’m sending in this mailing a conference form with a date and time for your child’s conference. If any of the times you’ve been assigned don’t work for you, please just sign the slip attached and then send it back with a requested time and I’ll try to honor that time if there’s not another conference scheduled.

        I have been working diligently on my personal district website.  It is almost complete! You can get to it by going to Paloma Elementary’s website and then click on Teachers and choose me!  I’m going to try to add things as I go. You will see pictures, links, homework and a calendar of events and more!

        I informed some of you at Back to School night that 3rd grade was going to get to pilot using ipads in the classroom!  We finally received them this week and experimented on Tuesday! It’s going to be awesome, but it’s a little rocky right now trying to get everyone connected!! I think we did it!!  Each program takes some work, but we’ll get there! My goal is to have a lot of their assignments on their ipads and I’ll assign them homework that way through Google Classroom also.  I’ll give you notice as we adjust to this new program. We are sharing out ipads with another class, so our kids will have them 2 full days a week and then 3 times a week every other week.  On the off days, we will get Chromebooks!! Let me know if you have any questions about this!

        Also, our class will be beginning a Science unit on Biomes and so we will be going on a field trip to Santa Rosa Plateau on the 11th of this month.  I have enclosed a permission slip in this mailing. Please sign it and return it as soon as possible. The kids will need to bring a sack lunch and water that day and also wear comfortable walking shoes because they will be walking A LOT!  In addition, you might want to put sunscreen on them before they leave for school! Two 3rd grade classes will be going together and we each get to take 3 chaperones. If you are interested in going, please let me know.

        As you know, Halloween is this month and it’s on a Wednesday.  I don’t usually make a big deal out of this holiday, but I will have some activities that are related.  We will not have a big party, just some fun rotations.

       Congratulations to our Students of the Month for the month of September! Charlotte Reed, Juliette Halmagean and Mario Gueli.  All of them are outstanding citizens in our classroom! Check out their beautiful faces on our photo page on our website!

     

        Any questions on any of this please let me know!!

    Mrs. Carreon

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  • September 26, 2018

    Dear Students and Parents,

        Welcome to October!! We have another busy month ahead of us with so much to do and learn.  The kids are maturing and growing daily! They’ve adjusted to 3rd grade and are settled in and working hard!

        Here’s what’s happening this month!

                 

                Monday, September 24 - Friday September 28 BECAUSE NICE MATTERS WEEK

                Tuesday, October 2 - PICTURE DAY

                Thursday, October 11 - FIELD TRIP to Santa Rosa Plateau

                 Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19 CONFERENCE WEEK! Every day is a minimum day!

              

        “Because Nice Matters Week” is this week and each day the kids have been given a kindness task. Today (Wednesday) everyone was to thank a family member for all they do. Tomorrow, is “buddy day” and kids are asked to wear purple and black to signify not “bruising” friends with words. On Friday, everyone is asked to wear white to signify a “clean slate”. It’s been great to focus on kindness this week.

        Mark your calendars! Picture Day is NEXT WEEK! - Tuesday, October 2nd!  Don’t forget to dress pretty!

        Conference week is coming up!! Each day is a minimum day. The teachers have collaborated to coordinate the timing of conferences so that siblings are on the same day and timed to be back to back. I’m sending in this mailing a conference form with a date and time for your child’s conference. If any of the times you’ve been assigned don’t work for you, please just sign the slip attached and then send it back with a requested time and I’ll try to honor that time if there’s not another conference scheduled.

        I have been working diligently on my personal district website.  It is almost complete! You can get to it by going to Paloma Elementary’s website and then click on Teachers and choose me!  I’m going to try to add things as I go. You will see pictures, links, homework and a calendar of events and more!

        I informed some of you at Back to School night that 3rd grade was going to get to pilot using ipads in the classroom!  We finally received them this week and experimented on Tuesday! It’s going to be awesome, but it’s a little rocky right now trying to get everyone connected!! I think we did it!!  Each program takes some work, but we’ll get there! My goal is to have a lot of their assignments on their ipads and I’ll assign them homework that way through Google Classroom also.  I’ll give you notice as we adjust to this new program. We are sharing out ipads with another class, so our kids will have them 2 full days a week and then 3 times a week every other week.  On the off days, we will get Chromebooks!! Let me know if you have any questions about this!

        Also, our class will be beginning a Science unit on Biomes and so we will be going on a field trip to Santa Rosa Plateau on the 11th of this month.  I have enclosed a permission slip in this mailing. Please sign it and return it as soon as possible. The kids will need to bring a sack lunch and water that day and also wear comfortable walking shoes because they will be walking A LOT!  In addition, you might want to put sunscreen on them before they leave for school! Two 3rd grade classes will be going together and we each get to take 3 chaperones. If you are interested in going, please let me know.

        As you know, Halloween is this month and it’s on a Wednesday.  I don’t usually make a big deal out of this holiday, but I will have some activities that are related.  We will not have a big party, just some fun rotations.

       Congratulations to our Students of the Month for the month of September! Charlotte Reed, Juliette Halmagean and Mario Gueli.  All of them are outstanding citizens in our classroom! Check out their beautiful faces on our photo page on our website!

     

        Any questions on any of this please let me know!!

    Mrs. Carreon



      






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  • Welcome to Room 14


     

     

    September 5, 2018

    Dear Students and Parents,

        We have sure had a busy month!!  The kids have all settled in and we've all learned the system of how our class will run. We've already had 1 Comprehension test, 1 Spelling test, 1 Vocabulary test and a Chapter test in Math!  These are the first of many exams the students will take and they did pretty well!  The teachers received access to the grading program last week and so I was able to enter all of the scores this weekend. I’m pretty sure that parental access is available now. Therefore, you will be able to look at your child's progress online in Infinite Campus.   You will be able to find all of the tests I've graded in your child's Wednesday envelope this week or next week. You can access the Pearsonrealize website to see your child’s score on any Math test that is given online.  I gave you your child’s user name and passwords at Back to School Night to access the curriculum via Clever. If you need them again, let me know and I can send it to you. Don’t forget, you can redo lessons, play games and use tools on those sites also!

        I wanted to thank you all for coming to Back-to-School night.   There are 2 things I wanted to make sure you knew. First of all, your child should NOT be spending more than 40 minutes on homework per night.  That would be 20 minutes for Reading, 15 minutes for Math and 5 minutes on Spelling. If homework is lasting longer than that, just write me a note on the homework that you stopped because it was going too long.  I know you all have busy lives and I don’t want homework to become a huge burden for you. Secondly, I asked for volunteers and I appreciate those of you who signed up to help! Mrs. Ivie (Noah’s mom) has graciously agreed to be our Room Mom!  I’m so grateful for her willingness to step up!

        In two weeks all of the teachers will be attending a training on setting up our new websites on the new platform for landing pages.  I’ll let you know when it’s up and running.

        This month there are 2 non-student days.  I know you already know about Labor Day, but we also have a non-student/teacher work day on Friday, September 14th.  Because we have two 4-day weeks in a row, I am only going to have one Spelling and Vocabulary list to cover those 2 weeks.  Those lists will go out on Tuesday, September 4th, but the test won’t be until Thursday, September 13th.  

         I have set up the app for Google Classroom.  I will be having kids log in this week so then they can access it at home too.  Periodically I will assign homework through this app, but not always. I will let you know if I use it that way.  Mostly I’ll use it in class. There are 2 other programs that I’ll use periodically that aren’t on the Clever app. They are Prodigy and Storybird.  Prodigy is an awesome Math game that helps with specific skills. It is a role playiing game and the kids LOVE it! Storybird allows the kids to choose pictures and write stories using the tools in the program.  It’s also an AWESOME tool for writing! I gave the kids their codes to get on these programs this week. They can use them at home or in class. I know some kids have a personal Prodigy account, but I told them I assign specific skills with the school account, so if I ask the students to practice on Prodigy, they need to use the school account rather than their personal account.

        Thank you to all of you who sent in some extra supplies!!! They will really help out this year!  Our budgets have been cut slightly and any donations are ALWAYS welcome!

        I hope your child is enjoying 3rd grade and learning a lot already.  There is so much to learn in 3rd grade.   Let me know if there's anything you need to help your child be successful!    I am so blessed to have such a wonderful group of kids. They make it easy to come to work every day! Thanks for sharing them with me!!


    Mrs. Carreon

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  • Newsletter January 2019

    Newsletter January 2019

    January 9, 2019
    Dear Students and Parents,
    Happy New Year and welcome back!! I hope you all had a fabulous Winter Break and that you were able to spend some quality time with friends and family. I, personally, had a fantastic holiday and vacation. I got to spend time with my sons and husband and I hosted Christmas at my house. It was hectic but wonderful!
    Over break, I graded and input just about all the grades from assessments and class assignments for Semester 1. You can look up your child’s grades on Infinite Campus now. It is probably going to be about the same when report cards come out on the 18th. If you have questions, please let me know.
    This semester, we will continue on course with our new Language Arts program which is very comprehensive in covering all of the standards required through the state of California. In Math, we will be starting a 6 week unit on Fractions. We WILL still have our timed tests on Multiplication and Division, but our unit on Multiplication and Division is complete. In Social Studies, we will be starting a unit on Temecula History. Lastly, in Science, we will be starting a unit on the Weather. It’s going to be a fun 2nd semester!
    Last semester we went on a field trip to The Santa Rosa Plateau. The kids learned about the animals that live in the various biomes that are there and they also learn a little history about the area (which goes along with our Temecula History unit). The kids are still working on a project online in Google Classroom on specific Biomes. All of it has been done on the computer. You should be able to view their work if the kids login with their school account number and then go to their Google Classroom account. We will be starting our Temecula History unit in the next week or so when they’ve finished these projects.
    Back in October, during conferences, I told all of you that I wanted the kids to work on Moby Max for homework in Reading. This hasn’t worked out the way I had hoped an

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