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Monday, June 8, 2020

Congratulations, Parents! You've made it to the last week of school! 
 you to all of you who have worked diligently to keep your child 
 at home! You will be happy to know, I have uploaded the FINAL weekly assignments to the files and documents folder:) The invitation to today's Class Zoom is posted in Class DOJO and was also emailed out to your ParentVue email addressNext,  if you are moving out of the Leesylvania attendance area and will not 
 returning next year for school, please contact Mrs.Sumers, our 
 and let her know. You may email her at Having an good count of students really helps
to ensure that the school has the adequate number of teachers and proper supplies to meet the needs of the school community. Finally, if you have not yet picked up your student's personal belongings, today is 
 last chance. You may come to the Kiss and Ride loop in front of the school TODAY BETWEEN 2:00-4:00 p.m.  to retrieve them.  All items
not picked up today will be discarded on June 15th. Please email Mrs. 
MacGregor if you can not pick them up today. Have a great week of learning:)

Monday, June 1, 2020

It's June 1st!!! It's hard to believe we only have 2 weeks of school left. Parents, please make sure to check your email. Mrs. MacGregor sent important information on summer school and other things. This Friday, June 5th, between 1:00-4:00 p.m. you will be able to pick up your child's personal belongings from school. Pick ups will take place in the Kiss and Ride loop in front of school. If you have library books, We Can Read books, or books from my classroom library, you will be able to return them in the bus loop behind the school during those same hours. This does NOT include computers issued to you to help with your child's schooling. Those will be returned at a later date. Finally, I
look forward to seeing your student at 11:30 for today's Class Zoom! This invitation was sent via DOJO and your HUB email Have a great week!

P.S. This week's lesson plans are in the Files and Documents section.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

I hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day.  Believe it or not, we are entering the home stretch of our school year now.  There are only 14 school days left before summer break!  As we prepare to close out this school year, Mrs. MacGregor and the office staff are feverishly working on plans to allow your student(s) to pick up any personal belongings that they may not have brought home in March.  We will also be collecting materials that your student may have at home that belong to the school.  This includes library books, books borrowed from my personal library, and We Both Can Read books.  Please look around your home and begin collecting those items.  Directions on returning those will be sent out soon.  In the meanwhile, let's keep working hard and finish our year strong!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Believe it or not, Parents, we are almost there!  You have done an amazing job working with your children through some very difficulty times.  We only have four more weeks to go! Hang in there and finish strong!  Remember your child needs to be reading EVERY day for at least 30 minutes.  Also, try to take advantage of Lexia, MyOn, and Studyisland.  These programs have so many wonderful practice activities and review items you really can NOT go wrong!

Next Monday, May 25th, is Memorial Day.  We will NOT have our normal Class Zoom on that day due to the holiday.  We will pick up with our regular schedule the following Monday on June 1.  If your student could benefit from a brief check in, I'd be happy to arrange a Zoom for Wednesday, May 27th.  Just reach out and let me know. 

Have an amazing week! 

Monday, May 11, 2020

I hope all the moms had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday.  I was fortunate enough to have three of my four children home with me to celebrate.  My oldest was able to call home, so this mother's heart was full!  

A couple of things as we move into week 4 of the Virtual Schoolhouse.  First, while all activities and assignments are optional, I would like to encourage you to have your child do as many of them as possible. Unfortunately, when this is all said and done, our students will have lost more than an entire quarter of new learning in the classroom. In order to better prepare them for 4th grade, the assignments you receive each Monday from me are designed in conjunction with the 3rd grade team to review and strengthen all the skills we actually did cover in the classroom. Your student will have a much easier time next year, if he or she has been actively engaged with you at home during this difficult time. Secondly, if you are unable to do the assignments for any reason, do what you can. The most important assignment continues to be to have your child reading EVERY day for at least 30 minutes. I hope this is a non-negotiable in your home like it is in mine!  If you lack books, write a daily letter to your child and have them read that.  Turn on the closed captioning on your television so the words to their favorite cartoon appear at the bottom.  Point out writing everywhere in your home.  Read, read, read.  Finally, please also reach out to me if you need help.  

Monday, May 4, 2020

3rd quarter report card grades are now available through ParentVue.  However, you will not be able to see the academic comments. Therefore, a PDF of the complete report card will be emailed to verified parent email accounts on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.  I sent messages via the HUB and Class DOJO last week in an attempt to verify all emails.  I have only heard from about 10 families.  To ensure that you receive your child's report card, it is important that your information is current and correct in ParentVue.  If your contact email has changed you may update it via ParentVue in the HUB.  If you do not have a ParentVue account, you may contact Mrs. Sumers, our registrar, at, or Mrs. MacGregor, our principal, at  Thank you for your immediate attention to this.  

Sunday, April 26, 2020

All lesson plans for the week of April 27 to May 1 have been uploaded to the files and documents folder on this class page along with all necessary materials.  I heard from a number of parents last week that there was some difficulty accessing the hyperlinks on the lesson plan.  I believe I have fixed that problem going forward, so please try this week's links and let me know how that goes.  Please also remember, everything on the lesson plans is also posted on Class DOJO and on this classpage in the files and documents folder.  I have tried to organize materials by subject as well to make finding things a little easier.  

Last week's Class Zoom was a big success!  I was very pleased that so many students were able to log in and join me.  We went over rules and expectations for our new class time together and played a game of Would You Rather.  This week, I plan to use our Class Zoom to do a read aloud and actually teach a quick minilesson.  Please assist your student in getting logged in right at 11:30 so we can start promptly.

As always, it is a pleasure to partner with you to help your child continue to learn and grow.  My door is open and I welcome feedback.  Please reach out if there is anything I can do to better support what you are doing at home.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Parents, the 3rd grade team is busily working to prepare for the Virtual Schoolhouse that begins April 20th.  Based on the guidance provided by the Superintendent, we are streamlining assignments and working to make things easier for you at home.  Please check the "Files and Documents" link to access a snapshot of the Virtual Schoolhouse Schedule.  Instead of having to wait for me to post assignments daily, you will receive a week at a glance lesson plan covering Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Writing.  Our amazing specialists will also provide activities for P.E., Music, Art, and Library.  Guidance is also scheduling time each week to help address the needs of our students and families.  Stay tuned for more information this week to help prepare you for what school will look like as we move forward.  


Friday, April 3, 2020

Parents, I'm hosting a Zoom Check In Meeting this morning at 10:00 a.m.  I hope to be able to show you around the Classpage and answer some questions.  Check your Class DOJO for the invitation.  

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Today's suggested learning activities have been posted to DOJO and in the Files and Documents section of this page.  Parents, according to Superintendent Walts, Prince William County Schools will go forward with Spring Break next week.  He emphasized that this time be spent with our families relaxing and recharging.  I will not post any new activities between April 4-April 13, 2020.   

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Today's suggested activities have been posted on the "Files and Documents" section and ClassDOJO.  I have also extended the deadline for the Ancient China WIXIE that the students were to complete before March 13.  The new due date is now April 14th.  Students can access their WIXIE account through their Clever accounts.  They were supposed to show contributions/inventions from Ancient China using pictures and words.  Then, they were to write 3-5 sentences (Yes, spelling and capitalization counts.) telling about each picture they included in their project.  At least 1 sentence must explain why a contribution/invention from a civilization that existed thousands of years ago is still important to us today.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Today's suggested lesson plan of activities for each subject is now posted in the files and documents tab on this page and attached to DOJO.   You will also find the Reteach Congruency worksheet in both places.  

I am planning to do a Zoom meeting for parents later this week to check in and take questions. I will let you know once I have that set up. I may not be able to answer everything, but I will be able to find someone who can:)

Finally, our
first Flipgrid video was posted yesterday, and I have received lots of emails/DOJO pictures showing your kiddos hard at work. I love seeing what you're doing and am extremely proud of everyone! Keep it up:)

Monday, March 30, 2020

Today I have posted a suggested lesson plan of activities for each subject area on Class DOJO and in the "Learning At Home" folder on our class page.  Please remember these activities are optional and are designed to review concepts already taught in the regular classroom prior to March 13, 2020.  Choose the activities that fit your needs at home.  I have tried to link necessary materials and/or resources (blue text shows hyperlinks) to make this a little more manageable.  I'm a mom trying to homeschool 2 of my children and work from home at the same time.  I have found tracking down materials and consolidation of information to be high on my own priority list :-) With that said, please know I welcome feedback and suggestions on ways to make your experience teaching your own child at home easier.  Don't be bashful!  We're in this together!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone is doing well:)  I loved reading about the virtual field trips some of you took on Wednesday.  Just a reminder, you can keep in touch with me in a number of ways.  First, don't forget you can always email me using your Leesylvania school email.  My email is  If you can't remember your email, please reach out to me via DOJO.  Speaking of DOJO, have you tried your portfolio yet? If not, try that out to see if you can share things there.  Don't forget to go to your WIXIE app from your CLEVER page too.  Some of your classmates submitted their virtual field trip paragraphs on Wixie, and I was able to give them feedback directly there.  I'm also experimenting with a couple of new ways that we might be able to see each other virtually.  I've set up a Flipgrid account that will allow me to post discussion questions, video lessons, and other things.  Then, you can submit a video response that can be shared with your classmates.  Here's a link to our first grid...Say hello by using this link .  Looking forward to seeing your smiling faces there:)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Today we should have boarded those big yellow school buses and headed to Locust Shade Park for our field trip.  Even with the cold and wet weather, I'm sure we would have had so much fun and learned lots of new things.  Unfortunately, plans changed and we couldn't go today.  However, there is no reason we still can't travel somewhere new and learn cool things.  Today, I'd like you to take a virtual field trip somewhere you have never been.  Below, you will find 2 websites that have links to many amazing places to visit.  Just click on one of these links and take a virtual field trip.  When you are done, write me a paragraph telling where you went and what you saw/learned.  You can write in your writer's notebook, post on your DOJO portfolio, or make a WIXIE presentation on your CLEVER account.  Make sure you start with a topic sentence like: Today I went on a virtual field trip to _____________________________.  I can't wait to hear all about your adventures.  Happy traveling:-)

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Parents, hopefully you received the email today from the County entitled, "Important Instructional Updates."  Here's what it said in a nutshell,

1) No new graded work will be assigned to your child until at least April 14.
2) All work is optional between now and April 14.
3) I will be providing you with ideas to help your child REVIEW SKILLS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN TAUGHT.  

Please check Class DOJO and his class page frequently for important updates and helpful information.

Thursday,March 19th, 2020

Parents, today I'd like to focus on things you can do at home withyour child that do NOT require a screen.
Ideas to help your child with their learning, without a screen:

After reading a fictional book, ask them the following questions:
- What was the setting of the story?
- Who are the main characters?
-Did the story have a problem? If so, what was the solution to theproblem?

If they are reading a nonfiction book, ask them the following questions:
-What was the author’s purpose for writing the story?
-What was the main idea of the story?
you list 3 details from the story that support the main idea?
-Were there any words you didn’t know? Offer to look them up in the glossary or a dictionary.
-Can they write a summary of their book?


If you have paper or a notebook, have them write (in complete sentences) about their day each day, such as having a Dear Diary(like the Diary of Wimpy Kid books). If they don’t have ideas about their day, have them make up things that happened. For example,all of a sudden a hippo burst through the front door or a their toys started talking to them 😊 If they want to share, have them read their writing to you. Can you edit it together, noticing appropriate punctuation, capitalization,and grammar?

-If you have dice or cards, have them roll or draw 3, making a 3-digit number. Then have them roll or draw 2 making a 2-digit number. Can they add or subtract those numbers? Can they multiply or divide them Have them continue doing it, trying larger or smaller numbers.
Area/ Perimeter
If they have Legos, have them make a square or rectangle with them, counting each Lego as 1. Can they find the perimeter, by adding or counting up all the sides? If they have found the perimeter, have them find the area by multiplying 2 of the sides. Then have them fill in the structure with the same size Legos to see if the area they found was correct. When finished, have them do it again, changing the size or build a complete structure and write a story about it.
Are there things around the house they can practice measuring to the nearest inch and centimeter, using a ruler or tape measure?What about measuring to the nearest half inch?
Have them practice counting your spare change. Give themspecific amount and see if they can count it correctly up to $5.Can they make change? Practice pretending to buy items around the house and see if they can make change out of $5 or under.
Do you have an analog clock around the house? Occasionally ask them to read the time off the analog clock.
Look for shapes around the house. Do they notice any polygons?What about quadrilaterals? Can they count the angles and line segments on them? Can they measure the sides and find the area and perimeter of them?

All these skills are things we've already learned to do in school.Your child should be able to do these with little to no assistance.Happy reviewing:)

Monday, March 16, 2020 

Parents,  we still don’t have a lot of information about what to expect over the next few weeks. As I get guidance, I will reach out via DOJO. I will also try to post information and links on our class page so check both places. For now, encourage your child to keep up with their daily reading. Make a log to show each book they finish. Your student also has Lexia and Studyisland accounts that they know how to access via the Leesylvania student page. Luckily, lots of people and groups are stepping up with fun activities and ideas to keep the children occupied. I will try to post one each day here as well. Since many of the students enjoy doodling, here’s our first fun extra. It starts at 1:00 today. Please stay safe and healthy and let me know if you have additional questions or concerns.