Grade 3

Grade 3

Grade 3 Newsletter

Greetings!  The children have made the transition from manuscript to cursive writing.  I am asking the children to complete all written work in cursive to practice their new handwriting skills.

I am continuing to emphasize the basic facts in math.  Division is the concept, and practice is the key to unlock success within each student.  To give you a variation to studying the facts via flash cards, you can find in your child’s homework  folder the instructions for a multiplication game.  This is a fun and effective way to practice the basic tables with your child.

Just a reminder:  On Wednesday, February 22nd, the first two cards for the Biography Project are due.  Students should submit these cards to Mrs. Romano for review.

On Friday, February 24th, the students will participate in Alaska Day.  The children will take part in a variety of activities that deal with the state.  Please make sure your child comes to school with the following items:

-a warm coat

– hat and gloves

– boots

-snowpants

-snack and lunch

 

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Grade 3|0 Comments

Grade 3 Newsletter

Please remind your child to read at least 15 minutes each night.  Encourage your child to wonder about plot or characters and begin to notice descriptive words.  Thank you again for being such good reading role models for your children.

The third graders have received information regarding the biography project.  As they read about this person’s life, I would like them to answer the following questions:

1. Whom are you reading about?
2. Where did this person spend his/her childhood?
3. What did this person do before he/she became famous?
4. What are this person’s greatest accomplishments?
5. When did this person die? (or what is he/she currently doing?)
6. Share an interesting story about your topic.

I would like the children to answer the questions on a separate piece of paper and create a presentation of at least a minute, pretending to be the famous person.  Students will dress up and use props to make their presentation come alive.

As noted on the handout, all projects are due April 18th.  The presentations will take place on May 5th at 2:00 p.m. in the third grade homeroom.  Parents are invited to join us on this day for this spectacular event.

Beginning January 23rd, all students need to arrive at school no later than 8:05 am.  The children will be taking the ERBs, a standardized test given to third graders at this time of year.  For a further explanation of this test, please refer to your Parent Handbook.  Thank you in advance for your help with this matter.

By | January 19th, 2017|Categories: Grade 3|0 Comments

Grade 3 Newsletter

I hope you had a relaxing break.  The children seem to treasure the activities they were able to share with family and friends.

Next week in social studies the children will receive information about their next research project – the biography report.  For this assignment, students are asked to choose a biography that they would like to read and get the book approved by Mrs. Romano. Please discuss with your child some possible topics to research.

In writing lab, the children will be writing on what it means to be a hero.  These pieces will be on display in the classroom.  Please feel free to stop by to see all the fine work your child is completing in class.

We will be starting to take a look at division next week in math.  Please review the basic multiplication tables for at least five minutes each night with your child.  Flash cards can be purchased at the nearby dollar store or grocery store.  Practicing these pesky facts really increases your child’s confidence and speed in class.

 

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: Grade 3|0 Comments

Amazing (Winter Music Concert)

Weren’t they great? I am still recuperating from being blown away by our talented young musicians in grades PreK-9. From “Peace is the World Smiling,” to “White Winter Hymnal,” each student really brought their best self to the stage and to all the rehearsals before as well.

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Looking forward to seeing what our performers do at Arts Night 2, Spring Concert, Private Lessons Recitals, Arts Night 3, and LS Spring Musical in the New Year! Until then, time for us all to bundle up by our hearths and enjoy some seasonal festivities…

Thanks to each and every BCD community member, you all helped bring our 2016 Winter Concert to life. Special shout-outs to Mr. Lee and the Facilities team, Mr. Spitzer for mounting Student Art, our ebullient co-M.C. Ms. Doherty, and our creative team of parent and student Elves who helped setup the beautiful concert space last night.

Lucky me to teach these amazing young musicians. Lucky us to enjoy listening to the final product of their efforts! You can access some Audio from our Winter Concert and Arts Night performances available on SoundCloud! Thanks Ms. DelCarpine for recording.

Musically Yours,

Mr. Martin

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A Message from the Art Studio…

“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.”
– William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education

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As our Lower and Middle School students shift studios for the trimester and our Upper School students settle into new Arts Block electives, we all look forward to the creative challenges, opportunities, and discoveries that lie ahead!

**SPECIAL REQUEST**
Mr. Katz is seeking old skis for a project with students in the Wood Shop. If you have questions or are able to contribute, please contact Mr. Katz directly: jkatz@berkshirecountryday.org.

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By | December 9th, 2016|Categories: Grade 1-2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Preschool, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Grade 3 Newsletter

In math this week we will start our unit on multiplication.  The children will learn a variety of memory strategies to help them master these important tables.  As we continue to move forward with the third grade curriculum, it is important to review previously introduced concepts at home.  Reviewing material from time to time will help your child master important mathematical procedures.

I was so impressed by the children’s Berkshire Presentations.  The students were well prepared and I was proud of all the research they did.  It was truly amazing to see the number of historical sites that are within our reach!

In language arts/writing lab the students are learning that good writers choose words that help create pictures in a reader’s mind.  Adjectives are our current topic of study in this subject.  The children are also learning about topic sentences, supporting details, and paragraph format.

As the weather gets colder, please make sure your child comes to school with a hat, mittens, jacket, snow pants, boots, and an extra set of clothing (in case your child’s clothing gets wet at recess.)  Please label these items so they can be easily returned to their proper owner if they get misplaced.

This is the time of year when I like to take a moment to acknowledge all the people who help make Third Grade a special place.  Thank you to the class parents for organizing the various special events that have taken place in the classroom.  Thank you to the many people who have volunteered to host a lunch bunch.  Finally, thank you third grade parents for your input, insight, and support!  It is a pleasure to work with all of you.

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Grade 3|0 Comments

Join us on Dec.1st for ARTS NIGHT!

The BCD Arts Team is pleased to present the school’s first Arts Night on Thursday, December 1st from 3:30-530PM! Featuring artwork by Kindergarten through 9th Grade students, musical performances, and poetry readings, this festive evening will showcase our bright young artists while providing a community venue to share the creative accomplishments of our students during the fall trimester. All families and friends welcome! Refreshments will be served and the live performance set will begin at 4:00PM.

P.S. Parents – If you would like to volunteer by helping to provide refreshments for this event, please contact Ms. Sicurella at ssicurella@berkshirecountryday.org. Thank you!

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By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Grade 1-2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Preschool|0 Comments