Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday News - Jan. 19

Happy rainy day Friday!  

Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes, cards, gifts, and overall birthday love! I am so blessed by you and your children every day! 

A look at next week....

Spelling Words: Lesson 17 (words with the /ȯ/ sound)

thoughtful      daughter      naughty      lawyer     caught      almost      often       haul       also  loss       stall      fault      rainfall      always      bought      authors      yawned      awesome      distance      beside



Bible Memory Verse -
1 Chronicles 16:24
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

**Just so you know: I did NOT send Friday Folders home today -- I will send them out next week.

Upcoming Dates: 

1/25 - End of 2nd Quarter 

1/26 - NO SCHOOL (teacher work day) 

1/28 - Last day to order Scholastic books (Engbers 3.1 - online

2/1 - Report Cards sent home 

2/19 - NO SCHOOL (Presidents' day) 

February 26 - March 2 is READING WEEK! Check out our ES Connections blog for more information on this fun-filled week --

Have a joyful weekend! 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday News - Jan. 12

We had a good full week back to school! 

In Math we are continuing to work on our multiplication (and division) facts--using them to help us solve story problems. It is important for all 3rd graders to have these basic multiplication facts memorized. Keep practicing at home with flashcards or games! 

In Reading we talked about how good readers ask questions. 

In Writing we started our unit on Informational writing! The students picked a topic that interested them and that they knew quite a bit about. We have ideas such as writing about basketball, king cobras, swimming, whale sharks, cars, soccer, Albert Einstein, and so much more! I'm excited to see these writings turn into mini informational books. 

In Science we looked at how animals have certain adaptations to help them survive in their environments --- whether it be a pelican's beak to help it catch fish, or a fish blending in with surrounding coral, or a porcupine using its quills for protection! Animals inherit certain physical traits and they also learn certain behaviors from their parents as they grow; all in order to survive and thrive. 

  • January Scholastic book orders were sent home today. Follow the link below to order books online (through 3.1 Engbers) OR send in the book order form with money. Please order your books by January 28 

A look at next week....

Spelling Words: Lesson 16 (words with the /ou/ sound)
towels browse surround cloudy sounded count louder crowd power frown pounds downtown playground drown outstanding outdoors household however different probably

CHALLENGE WORDS = quotient = the answer to a division problem
product = the answer to a multiplication problem

Bible Memory Verse -
Jeremiah 29:11
"I know the plans I have for you," announces the Lord. "I want you to enjoy success.

I do not plan to harm you. I will give you hope for the years to come."

Upcoming Dates: 

1/15 - NO SCHOOL -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/16 - 1/19 - School Spirit Week  -- THURSDAY (the 18th) is OCSI day so wear RED and WHITE
**Tuesday (the 16th) is also my birthday! :)  

1/25 - End of 2nd Quarter 

1/26 - NO SCHOOL (teacher work day) 

2/1 - Report Cards sent home 

2/19 - NO SCHOOL

Have a wonderful 3-day weekend! 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Welcome Back! - Friday News Jan. 5

Happy Friday, Welcome Back & Happy New Year! 

I hope all of you had a wonderful break --- full of relaxation and quality family time! It was a joy to hear all the fun and exciting stories the students told about their breaks. I traveled back to my home state of Michigan in the US. I had a great time seeing my friends and family, enjoying all the snow :) 


This short week we took time getting back in the swing of things...
In Math we started ch. 8: Applying Multiplication & Division. I encourage you to work with your child on memorizing their multiplication (and division facts) -- XtraMath is a great helpful tool for an online resource, and we use it every day in class. Extra help at home -- using flashcards, or other online math games -- will benefit your child immensely. 

In Reading we talked about how, as good readers, we should read with EXPRESSION! And not sound like monotone robots. We practiced this by reading aloud to each other. Here are a few pictures: 

A look at next week....

Spelling Words: Lesson 15 (diphthongs: oi, oo, oy)
rejoice understood voice looked oily enjoyed coins hood crooked choice royal joining destroy spoiled brook pointed annoy loyal divided exercise


Bible Memory Verse -
Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because the Lord your God goes with you.
He will never leave you. He will never desert you.

Upcoming Dates: 

1/8 - KITE DAY & Parent Observation Day!! 
* Make sure you have a kite for Monday! Parents, you are welcome to come to kite day & then visit our classroom. Here is our schedule for Monday (Jan. 8)
Kite flying = 9:50 - 10:20. 
You may come visit our 3.1 classroom before that (9:30) or after (until 11:15). 
Coffee talk = 11:15-12:00
I sent home a reminder flyer about kite day in Friday Folders. 

1/15 - NO SCHOOL -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/16 - 1/19 - School Spirit Week 
**The 16th is also my birthday! :)  

1/25 - End of 2nd Quarter 

1/26 - NO SCHOOL (teacher work day) 

2/1 - Report Cards sent home 

Have a blessed weekend! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday News - Dec. 8

Happy Friday!

The Christmas Program was beautiful! The students did such an amazing job. 

Here are a few things we've done this week in 3.1....

Christmas Program! 
This video is on the OCSI YouTube channel: 

Hour of Code! 
This week the whole school participated in the Hour of Code. For an hour our class went to the computer lab and did a super fun, Star Wars themed, coding activity! 

The kids had a blast and they can continue to do this at home. 
Find their name & click on their secret picture.

A few pictures from our fun Friday afternoon today:

'Tis the season...
The story of Christmas is all about celebrating the birthday of Jesus, our Savior! What the kids sang about at the Christmas Program is all true. How God sent his only Son to earth, as a baby boy. Who then grew up & died for our sins. In class we read all of these stories straight from the Bible, but sometimes it is nice to watch a video too -- to help us understand the stories a little better. Here is a video on the story of Christmas! 

A look at next week....

Spelling Words: Christmas Theme!
Spelling test will be on Thursday (12/14)   
Bible Memory Verse -
Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, 
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Please check Friday Folders! Here are a few things that were in them....
- information about kite Day (January 9) 
- PTF Coffee Morning on December 15
- information about our classroom party (see below, also) 

Upcoming Dates: 

12/15 - Half day! 12:30 dismissal for students -- CHRISTMAS PARTY!!
**A big thank you to Mrs. Carrie Young & Mrs. Kiomi Novak for organizing the food for our party on the last day of school. If you would like to help and/or bring food please sign up. Here is the link:
Coordinator last name: Young
Password: Engbers

12/16 - 1/3 - Christmas Vacation 

1/4 - School resumes 

1/8 - Kite Day

1/15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL 

1/25 - End of 2nd Quarter 
Have a joyful weekend!