Love, Mrs. Gleason
Wow! You all did a fantastic job at the Wax Museum!! I am SO proud of you!! I had so much fun getting to see you and see all your hard work! I truly was very impressed! I miss you all! I can't believe how fast the time has gone, I'll be back in two weeks! Good luck this week at the musical. My hope is to come watch that as well!
Have a great week!
Love, Mrs. Gleason
Wow! What a fun week! Thank you to everyone who came to our Wax Museum today. The kids had lots of fun and did an AWESOME job!! Thank you for all of your help from home as well. We could not have done this without your support.
We have wrapped up Wax Museum just in time for a week of NWEA testing. This week we will test on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Testing will begin around 8:45 each morning and should take about 90 minutes each. We will be allowing students to chew gum during tests, which I will provide. However they were told that they could bring their own if they really wanted to. :)
On Wednesday morning from 8:45-9:15 we will have the 3rd grade musical in the gym. Please join us! Because of the musical performances on Wednesday we will not test on that day.
We will take a break from Wonders this week in reading and focus on some more review and enriching concepts. We will not have a spelling test this week. In math we will review chapter 11 and take our chapter test on Wednesday.
We have had one busy week and onto the next!! Thank you for your continuous support at home. You truly have some awesome kiddos. It's making me awfully sad to think that this will be my last 2 weeks with them. They have made these past few months so much fun! Enjoy the weekend!
Hello all! I hope that everyone had a wonderful spring break. We have a busy week ahead of us!!
We will have Wax Museum dress rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:45-1:15. Please have students bring their costumes and props with them for these days! They are more than welcome to leave them at school so that they do not have to worry about bringing everything back and fourth. We will have our official Wax Museum presentations on Friday morning from 8:30-9:30. Parents/grandparents/friends are welcome to join us at anytime in the hour! We can't wait for you to see all of the hard work that these kids have put into this project!
For reading this week will will continue with last week's essential question: How do you decide what is important? We will continue practicing making, confirming, and revising predictions throughout our reading as well as continuing to identify theme. Students are well on their way to earning their reading stamina camp out in a couple of weeks! Keep up the hard work!! This is something that can also be practiced at home.
In math we will be taking a little break from chapter 11 to focus on some concepts that will be touched on in their upcoming NWEA tests. We will be focusing on two-dimensional shapes this week. As we near the end of the month we will continue working toward the 90% syllabus progress goal in ST math. So many kiddos have made a TON of progress towards that goal in these past few weeks. That is awesome!!!
Next Week: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday will be NWEA testing days.
Coming to Arrowhead this week!!! (See below)
Code Word: Welcome Jon Konen!
Hello all! This week will be a short one for us as we near Spring Break! Wax Museum is just around the corner so we will be working hard on finishing those up this week. I can't wait for you to hear/see all of your kiddos' hard work!
We will combine reading for this week and next week as they will both be short weeks. So, for the next two weeks, we will be focusing on the essential question: How do you decide what is important? We will be practicing making, confirming, and revising predictions throughout our reading. We will also be focusing on determining the theme of different texts. For writing this week will be finishing up wax museum biographies and then taking some time to practice reading those to their classmates!
In math we will be digging a little bit deeper into understanding area. We will learn the strategy of using multiplication to solve for the area of a rectangle as well as finding the area of combined rectangles. I am really proud of the progress that so many students have been making with their ST math goals. Keep it up!!!
A few wax museum reminders- we will be making the posters at school this week so that is not something that you will have to worry about one bit! The only thing that we ask that students prepare at home, is a costume of some sort. Again, we do not want anyone to stress about purchasing a costume, this can simply be done by gathering items around the house. :) We have scheduled a couple of dress rehearsals to practice with an audience of other classrooms, one on the 23rd and one on the 25th, before the real deal on the 26th. We will do this in the afternoon, so students can bring what they have for a costume packed on those days to change into before the dress rehearsals. We would love to have a few parent volunteers to help us on the morning of the Wax Museum! This would be simply helping set up, take down, and help with any costume/prop issues that could arise throughout the morning. Of course you would absolutely be able to watch your own kiddo's performance throughout a few times throughout the morning as well. :) If this is something that you would be interested in, please let me know! Our third grade team would truly appreciate a few extra hands!
Thanks again for all of your help and support with this project. Your kids are doing such an awesome job and are getting awfully excited to share!
Enjoy the weekend!
Code Word: SPRING BREAK
Hello all! I hope that everyone is enjoying the long weekend! A quick reminder that there will be no school on Monday.
This week we will be taking a break from Wonders to review some trickier concepts and give a us a little time to practice for SBAC testing that will be taking place in about a month from now. This means that there will be no spelling this week! Some of the concepts that we will be reviewing will be making inferences, main idea, and some extra grammar practice.
We will also be working on building read-to-self stamina! This is something that your kiddos may have told you about, as they are very excited about it! As we head into spring testing, which requires a lot of reading for long periods of time, I want to ensure that each student is prepared to do so! We also want to make sure they they are getting ready for 4th grade and have stamina built up for those requirements as well. As a class, we will be working toward the goal of being able to read, focused and uninterrupted for a total of 35 minutes. Once we are able to do this we will be celebrating with a fun reward... a reading camp-out! I will be sending home more information about this as we near the end of the month, but essentially we will have a day that will be packed with fun, camping-related activities which will tie into each subject area for that day. The kids are all very excited and motivated to reach their goal! We started with 10 minutes this week and they rocked it! I look forward to seeing the progress. :)
In math this week we will be focusing on area. We will be doing a fun project to go along with this incorporating both perimeter and area. I have also noticed a large increase in the motivation with ST math! Lots of kiddos are even practicing at home which is increasing their overall progress percentage. Our goal is to be at 90% by May 1st. I am loving the growth mindset that so many kiddos are having with this!
If there are any parents who are willing/able to volunteer any time, I do have some kids who could use a little extra help with their wax museum biographies. Just someone to sit with them and help them through the writing process. :) If this is something that you would be interested in, please feel free to email or call me. This can really be done at any time throughout the day!
Code word: STAMINA
Hello All!! I hope you are all doing well! Eleanor and I are loving our time together! She is growing like crazy and starting to smile on purpose, which is so fun! She loves talking with mom and dad and getting outside for walks! I can't believe she is almost 2 months old! Here are a couple updated pictures!
It sounds like you are all doing great and Miss Stapleton is rocking it! I plan on coming up to see your wax museum presentations at the end of the month and I can't wait to see all your hard work!
All About Me
This school year will mark my seventh year of teaching and I must say I am so blessed to be a part of such a great community at Arrowhead school. I am excited to begin a new year with a wonderful group of kids!! I grew up in Helena and attended college in Bozeman, MT at MSU. Go Bobcats! While there I obtained a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Reading. In 2016 I received a masters degree in Education Leadership. Six years ago I married my high school sweetheart, Tymon. We also have a five year old adorable mini australian shepherd puppy, Molly. This year we are also welcoming our first child in February and we are so excited to be parents! When I am not teaching I love to be outside enjoying hiking trails or taking in a sporting event.