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News From Room 14

  • 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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