Thanksgiving Break November 20-24th
UPCOMING FOR 11/27-12/1
Math: We are finishing our unit on fractions. We will start our next unit on connecting multiplication and division and introducing division fact strategies.
Science: We are finishing our unit of Force and Motion, Magnetism, and Gravity.
Reading: We are finishing up our Expository unit, focusing on cause & effect, skimming & scanning, and procedural text.
Writing: We will complete our unit on expository, focusing on developing the central idea and include a concluding statement.
Social Studies: We will be learning about the different levels of government and the services they provide.
Nov. 30 - 1st/4th Holiday Meal: 3rd grade will pick up lunches and eat in classroom
Dec. 1 - 3rd - 5th assembly
Dec.14 - Nutcracker Field Trip
Dec. 21- Last Day of Fall Semester for Students
Dec. 22nd-Jan. 8th: Winter Break
Jan. 9th-First Day of Spring Semester
Monday, Nov. 13th: Field Trip to the Round Rock Serving Center
Please have your child wear their light blue 3rd Grade tshirt.
We will be departing school at 11:45 AM.
Tuesday, Nov. 14th: Thanksgiving Luncheon, 12:44-1:14
Week of Nov. 20-24: Thanksgiving Break (no school)
Thursday, Dec. 14th: Nutcracker Field Trip
Please complete the permission form online and send $5.00 ASAP. The cafeteria needs to know our lunch counts in advance to order sack lunches.
A resource now available to your child is Learning.com , which is linked on your child's Google Classroom. I have set up keyboarding and coding lessons, and they may do them from home. Please keep in mind I have set the "passing" threshold to 90% for keyboarding, because I really want them to master a set of keys, before progressing. Here's how:
1. Go to https://login.learning.com/
2. Your child's username is their s-number. They may look at their login page in their binder.
3. Password: s-number, without the "s".
4. School District: Round Rock ISD
So as an example, if someone's s-number is 123456, they will enter:
Round Rock ISD
UPCOMING FOR 11/13 - 11/17
Math: We will continue our on fractions in math. We will shift our focus to fractions on a number line and problem solving with fractions this week.
Science/PBL: We will continue our soil unit and even go tour the Round Rock Serving Center this week!
Reading/Writing/PBL: As part of our Project Based Learning experience, we we will continue integrating expository text by reading articles about hunger and relating that to the purpose of our garden.
Social Studies: Integrated into PBL
Honor Wall Pictures Needed
Sommer Elementary would like to invite our active duty, retired, or reserve service members to join us in honoring our Nation’s Heroes at our Veteran’ Day Assembly on November 10th, 2017 at 7:35am. Coffee and Snacks will be available for our special guests following the assembly in the library. If possible, please fill out and submit this RSVP.
We will also be putting up our Honor Wall again this year. Please attach a COPY of your Veterans picture to the appropriate ½ page on THIS form. We ask that you DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL copies of pictures as they will be on display and children will be looking and touching them. The Deadline to turn in Photos for the Veterans Wall is Tuesday, November 7th. If you still have your picture from previous years, please feel free to send it back in!
2nd & 3rd Grade Thanksgiving Luncheon
The annual Thanksgiving meal will be held on Tuesday, November 14 for families of 2nd & 3rd graders. Adult meals are $3.60. Please complete the RSVP form by Thursday, November 9.
Weekend Homework Assignment: This should also be in your student's planner.
Collect 2-3 pictures, ads, or other materials of different foods you like from home. These items will be due on Monday, Nov. 6th and will be used for an in-class assignment.
UPCOMING FOR 11/6 - 11/10
We are starting our Problem-Based Learning unit, lasting for the next two weeks. We will begin by learning about the needs of others, and how we can help. It is related to our ongoing Garden Project and Field Trip on November 13th.
.Science/PBL: Students will be learning about how soil is formed and natural resources. This is all part of the PBL.
Reading/Writing/PBL: As part of our Project Based Learning experience, we are integrating expository text by reading articles about hunger and relating that to the purpose of our garden. We will be reflecting about the topics of hunger, what kinds of food are healthy, and our observations in science.
Math: We are starting a new unit of math. Our focus is fractions. We will be learning different ways to represent fractions and will be problem solving with fractions. Our focus will be halves, thirds, fourths, sixths and eighths
A busy, busy week!
Monday, Oct. 30th:
If you have not already done so, please fill out this form by Monday, Oct. 30th, so that your child can go on the Field Trip to the Round Rock Serving Center on Monday, Nov. 13th.
Math: Next week we will wrap up our first unit of multiplication with our Eights Facts. By the end of the week, we will have practiced the multiplication facts of 1s, 10s, 5s, 2s, 4s, and 8s. For homework, please practice and help your child memorize these multiplication facts, as shown on the chart below. You can do this with flash cards, by randomly asking problems, and so on.
***[This weekend, please keep in mind that we haven't started the 8s just yet.]
Science: We are continuing to work on Unit 4 Force, Gravity, and Motion. They will explore with push, pull, and magnetic hands-on activities.
Reading: We are beginning our Expository Unit. Expository is nonfiction, such as informational (like a book about sharks) and procedural (how to) texts. We will begin looking at various text features we can use as tools to help our understanding, such as diagrams, glossaries, and indexes.
Writing: As we study expository text during our new unit, students will learn the difference between a personal narrative and expository composition. We will be generating ideas for expository compositions and write about what’s important to us.
Social Studies: We are beginning to learn about the structure and function of the American government. This week we are learning about the three branches of government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.
Red Ribbon Week
Students are encouraged to participate in the different spirit days this week:
Monday - "I'm a JEAN-ius! No drugs for me!" - Students are encouraged to wear jeans and red tops to show support for Red Ribbon Week
Tuesday - "SOCK it to drugs!" - Students are encouraged to wear crazy socks
Wednesday - "TEAM up against drugs!" - Students are encouraged to wear their favorite sports shirt or a Sommer t-shirt
Thursday - "Say PEACE OUT to Drugs!" - Students are encouraged to wear tie dye and peace signs
Friday - "Let's be CRAZY about being drug free!" - Students are encouraged to have crazy hair
We have started multiplication! Please help your child practice and memorize the multiplication facts for 10s and 5s, all the way to 10 x 12 and 5 x 12.
Here's the information for the Spelling Bee:
Oct. 31st: Character Dress-Up Day
Please review last week's messages about Book Fair, Fundraising, and donations opportunities.
UPCOMING FOR 10/23 - 10/27
Math: We are continuing our new unit on multiplication. We focus on learning strategies to solve problems involving multiplication. We will use repeated addition, equal-sized groups, arrays, area models, equal jumps on a number line, and skip counting. This week we will focus on the doubles strategy.
Science: On Monday we will have our Unit 3 DCA. The rest of the week, students will start Unit 4 Force, Gravity, and Motion. They will explore with different hands-on activities.
Reading: We are continuing to analyze the elements of poetry. At the end of the week we will have a cumulative DCA over Fiction and Poetry.
Writing: We will finish up our unit in poetry with writing poems using metaphors and personification.
Social Studies: We are finishing up citizenship and moving into our next unit, Government in Our World.
Flu Vaccine Clinic
Our district has teamed up with Healthy Schools, to offer your child a free Flu Vaccine regardless of your health insurance coverage.
We’ve made it as convenient as possible to safeguard your child against the flu this season. Be on the look-out for your child to bring home their “Teach Flu a Lesson” consent form this week.
All you have to do is fill out the form, and have your child return it to his or her teacher. We will take care of the rest and remember there’s no cost involved to you.
The Healthy Schools team will be at our school vaccinating students on Monday October 30th from 8 a.m to 11:30 am.
Please tell your child ahead of time what to expect; please don't let it be a surprise.
Coins for Coats
We will be collecting Coins for Coats on October 25, 26, and 27. Our goal this year is at least $10 from each classroom.
The class with the most collected funds at the K-2 level and 3-5 level will win an assortment of books pulled from the book fair for your classroom library!
Box Tops for Education
The P.E. coaches collect Box Tops for Education to help supply their budget to buy more equipment. Please send them in a bag labeled with your child's name, teacher, and grade level, and we will make sure to pass them along.
Student Council is holding a Book Drive next week. Please send unwanted books through Friday.
This is the information we have so far. (Teachers have not yet received the list of words students will be asked to spell. )
Multiplication: 10s and 5s; doubles next
We have started multiplication! Please help your child practice and memorize the multiplication facts for 10s and 5s, all the way to 10 x 12 and 5 x 12.
If your child seems to master those at home, start on the 2s, 4s, and 8s. We will refer to these as:
Chris Barton Visit
Author Chris Barton will be visiting on Tuesday. If your child has a book by this author, he/she may bring it and have it autographed, even if they missed the pre-sale here.
Innovation Station This Week
UPCOMING FOR 10/16 - 10/20
Math: We are continuing our new unit on multiplication. We focus on learning strategies to solve problems involving multiplication. We will use repeated addition, equal-sized groups, arrays, area models, equal jumps on a number line, and skip counting. This week we will focus on strategies for x2 , x5, and x10.
Science: We are continuing with forms of energy. The focus will be on thermal and sound energy. Science DCA over forms of energy will be the week of the 23rd of October.
Reading: We are learning the difference between topics and themes and applying that knowledge to poetry. We will continue to learn the elements and analyze poetry.
Writing: Students are writing their own poems. They are incorporating sensory imagery and metaphors, as modeled in the mentor texts we read in class.
Social Studies: We are reading poems about and/or written by historical figures who exemplify Good Citizenship, such as Clara Barton, Helen Keller, and Ruby Bridges.
No School on Monday and Tuesday
Monday has been reserved for Fall Conferences, and Tuesday is Staff Development.
Please note your conference time, which is available here. Remember to allow time for parking and arrival to the classroom [upstairs, room C205], so we can being promptly at the scheduled time. I have locked the conference schedule, so if you need to make an adjustment, please email me directly as soon as possible. Please understand that I only check email intermittently on the weekend.
Our time allotted for a conference is only 20 minutes long, and my goal is to share information regarding you child's current performance and goals for the school year. To better facilitate our conversation, if you have a specific concern, you may either email these questions in advance or bring them the day of your conference.
We visited the garden for the first time this week! We planted, observed some other plants already growing, and talked about the Round Rock Serving Center, where the vegetables go once they are harvested.
Up & Coming
Math: We will be starting our new unit on multiplication. We focus on learning strategies to solve problems involving multiplication. We will use repeated addition, equal-sized groups, arrays, area models, equal jumps on a number line, and skip counting.
Science: We will be continuing to explore with different types of energy. This week our focus is on light and thermal (heat) energy.
Reading: We are beginning our Poetry Unit. Students will analyze and describe the different forms of poetry
Social Studies: Students will identify historical figures such as Helen Keller and Clara Barton and contemporary figures such as Ruby Bridges and military and first responders who exemplify good citizenship
Writing: Students will analyze the sensory details of sight, sound, and touch in order to generate idea for the writing process.
Our goal is to meet for a face-to-face conference with each family. In order to accommodate this, the conference window has been extended. Please click here to sign up for a conference. I'm looking forward to meeting with you!
Menu for the Week of Oct. 2nd
We did not receive menus to send home in time, so here is the menu for next week:
Wall of Champions
The Wall of Champions will be back again this year! Wall of Champions celebrates Sommer Stallions and their active lifestyles and endeavors. This year, we will be separating the kids by grade. We have two options for submissions:
1. Parent printed and submitted through teacher. printed picture size 5x7 or smaller by 10/13. We are asking parents to write the grade on the back of these pictures. We are also letting them know that they will NOT be returned. Healthy Lifestyles has a labeled red accordion organizer, tabbed by grade, placed in the workroom for you to place these pictures.
2. E-mail: parents can submit digital pictures throughout the year to SommerPTAHL@gmail.com. Parents will need to include the grade for the student in the subject line. If submitting for more than one student, a separate email per student will be needed.
Author Visit: Chris Barton on Oct. 17th
In Thursday folders, order forms were sent home for this visit. Please be aware that "Whoosh!" books could not be fulfilled by the supplier, so please do not order that book. It's very popular, and on the Texas Bluebonnet list this year, but it can also be purchased from other book retailers.
Up and Coming
Math: Students will continue to work on 3-digit addition and subtraction word problems. Our 1st DCA over Unit 1 & 2 will be on Thursday, October 5th.
Reading: We are concluding our unit on fiction, focusing on context clues to determine the meaning of new words and making an inference, based on text evidence. Next week we will begin our poetry unit.
Social Studies: Students understand and demonstrate the qualities of good citizenship within the classroom community. We will learn the results of our election of class Student Council representatives and communicate with them about ways to improve our Sommer community.
Science: Students will take Unit 2 DCA on Monday. We will then start our new unit Forms of Energy. Students will explore with different mechanical energy hands-on activities.
Writing: We will continue the revision process of writing by varying the sentence beginnings and trying different ways to write a conclusion to a story.
Please click here to sign up for a conference on Monday, October 9th. I'm looking forward to meeting with you!
will be taken on Friday, September 29th. Please return the payment envelope or pay online before this date, if you would like to order pictures.
Room Parent Message
Please see the post below.
Places, Please Game
We played a game that helps us practice ordering 5-digit numbers. All you need is one dies, some paper, and a pen. Your child should understand how to play; this shows the notation of three players' scorecards.
Math: We are continuing our unit with a focus on on 3-Digit Addition and Subtraction and 4-Digit Place Value to 9,999 over the next 3 weeks. We are learning to round numbers to 10’s and 100’s and compare 3 four-digit numbers from least to greatest and greatest to least.
Reading: We will focus on characters, the narrator’s point of view, and summarizing works of fiction.
Writing: We will introduce the revision process of writing by adding/revising introductions with “hooks” and revising our word choices within our drafts.
Science: We are continuing with Unit 2. Students will be exploring and able to recognize a mixture. We will review for our Unit 2 DCA that’s on Monday Oct. 2nd.
Changes in the State of Matter: Ice Cream
Here are some photos of our class making ice cream this week. We made observations at 4-minute intervals and recorded the information in our journals.
My name is Katherine Chong and I will be the room mom for Mrs. Mensing's class.
PTA has asked that we use the REMIND app for all communication this year. This means I will not be using email to let you know about parties or needs, but will be using this app instead. Please download the REMIND app on your smart device and use the link below to get access to our class messages.
I promise I will only use this app as necessary. Please note that you can turn off all notification noises so that they are less bothersome throughout the day.
Thanks so much in advance for your support!