11 January, 2016 11:34

1. Please send your child to school on time every single day. School starts at 8:10 a.m. Lateness is a disruption to instruction.

2. Please remember to check your child’s folder daily.

3. Please send your child to school with 5 sharpened #2 pencils daily.

4. All tests must be signed and returned back to school.

5. Please complete all daily homework assignments on the day in which it is assigned so that the students can master the concepts that they have learned at school that day.

6. If you have any questions or comments or concerns, feel free to send a note with your child or email me dfaziola@schools.nyc.gov

7. We will be giving the students an unannounced Reading Comprehension Exam every other week.

8. Please make sure that your child studies their weekly spelling words every night.

9. Our class mommies are Caprice Powe (Makhi’s mom) and Madeline Aliverio (Jaline’s Mom).

10. Just a reminder:

a. Spelling Homework: if you would like your child to just write the spelling words 5x’s each for Tuesday and Thursday instead of completing an activity from the sheet, that assignment will count for their spelling homework.

b. Math: Here is the link to go math to help you assist your child.


Just copy and paste the link into the web browser.

A great tool to help students learn their times tables. http://www.unionbeachschools.org/ubsd/Academics/3rd%20Grade/Michael%20DeMaio/

c. Reading Level Books: here is a link that you give you a list of leveled books your child should be reading. https://www.readinga-z.com/books/leveled-books/?lbFilter%5Blevel-O%5D

11.Chaperone’s were chosen for our trip on January 20th, 2016. A notification was sent home on Friday. Please check your child’s folder. We have four chaperones for this trip.

12. There is a change in the homework. Students will be working in Coach ELA and Coach Math books Monday thru Thursday. The days will alternate, one day they will do ELA and the next day they will do Math.

13. This week I am doing a trial run with Class Dojo. Class Dojo is a way to monitor students behavior. Parents also get instant notification if their child is on or off task. (I have not signed up parents yet because it’s just trial for the week) Students earn points for keeping on task, if they are off task they lose points. We have not yet discussed rewards or consequences, because this is just a trial. I will notify you in the next newsletter if we will continue with it. But please feel free to ask your child how many points they earned for the day.

Important Dates

January 12, 2016- CookShop for families 7:40 am

January 14, 2016- PTA Meeting 7:40 a.m.

January 18, 2016- School Closed for observance of Martin Luther King Jr

January 20, 2016- Picture Retake Day

January 20, 2016- Trip

January 22, 2016- PTA Family Game Night 8 p.m.

January 26, 2016- Cookshop for families 7:40 a.m.

Homework for the Week of January 11-15

***Please Check Homework Notebook Daily for any changes***

Spelling Words





















Review Words


Challenge Words




– Reading-Reading Response Non-Fiction Question #3

– Math-Read problem and fill in graphic organizer

-Coach ELA pages 52-53 #’s 1-5 (students write only the answers in classwork notebook; please be sure to have your child write the book (Coach ELA) and pages at the top of the page)


– Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log

– Math-Solve on graphic organizer/Write on Loose-leaf/ Write an explanation for your answer

-Spelling activity

-Coach Math pages 58 #’s 1-9 (students should show all their work on how they solved the problem)

-Reading-Reading Response Non-Fiction Question #4

-Math-Read problem and fill in graphic organizer

-Coach ELA pages 62-63 #’s 1-5

– Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log

– Math-Solve on graphic organizer/Write on Loose-leaf/ Write an explanation for your answer

-Spelling activity/ Study for the test

-Coach Math pages 72-73 #’s 1-9


– Read for 25 min. & Fill in Log

-Spelling Test Corrections and Signature

January Units of Study


We will be working on Response to Literature. Students will be reading a variety of non-fiction articles. In addition to reading articles they will also be reading the National Geographic Lucky Leopards book. Students will learn non-fiction text features.


Students will produce a response to literature essay. They will read several articles and come up with one overall thesis statement. Students will use graphic organizers to help organize their thinking.


Students learned how living things are classified. There are 5 kingdoms. Students will learn the parts of a plant and human cell. Students will compare and contrast species in different kingdoms.


We are working on Chapter 3 of go math. They will learn to multiply two digit numbers by two digit numbers. Students will learn different strategies to multiply with multiple numbers.

Social Studies

In Unit 2 Students will be learning about European influence on New York City. They will learn about the European explorers that went to North American to gain land and resources. They will study the reasons Europeans came to North America. The students will understand the ways in which the landscape and population of the continent changed over time.