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Welcome to third grade! 
Greetings and welcome to Miss Bucklew's third grade class website! I am thrilled to be a part of your child's life for the 2018-2019 school year. Here you will find helpful information and links to assist you throughout the school year. 
Important dates for the school year year can be found under the district calendar. Other helpful information will be on the right hand side menu. Please subscribe to this page under "classes" below to get all the updates! 
I look forward to seeing all of you very soon! 


Recent Posts

Instructions for Logging On

Dear Families of Room 1, 
I have made a word document about how to troubleshoot some of the online websites we use in class. If you want to use them at home, but are having some trouble getting access, then please see attached. 
Have a fantastic day!
Jenna Bucklew

Reflex Math

Dear Families of Room 1, 
I have rostered all the students for Reflex math: students should be able to get on and start practicing their math facts under my class. For now, this is optional practice. 
In a couple of weeks, I will be assigning Reflex as weekly math homework. If accessing a computer or smart device is difficult please email me, and I will supplement with fluency worksheets. 
Jenna Bucklew

End of the Year

Good morning! 
We are close to the end of the year, and it has gone by TOO fast. I will miss all my sweet pals from Room 1 this year: it has been a delight to share this space with them. 
A few end of the year items as we round the corner: 
If you have any recycled or craft goods, we would really appreciate the donations! We are doing one last STEAM project (focus on design and art), and the kids are designing and creating an beautiful model of a "product" for a "client." 
Although the math has been difficult this year, the kids are showing such perseverance and critical thinking skills. I am so proud of them! Take a look at this cute video of Incredibles 2, around 1:00 the dad and little boy are doing the math homework, and I just thought it was a funny dynamic.  
Thank you for showering me with love and appreciation this past week. Your continued gifts, time, and affirmations are so special to me. I am so grateful from the bottom of my heart. 
Please email me if you have any questions! I look forward to the rest of this year. 
Jenna Bucklew

Science Fair and Robots

Dear Families of Room 1, 
Some announcements regarding science over the next month...
The Science Fair flyer that will be going home in student's backpacks tomorrow is an OPTIONAL activity for third graders. Due to the heavy focus on STEM/STEAM and NGSS science standards toward the end of the year, the third grade team has decided to make the science fair optional. If your child wants to participate, then they may absolutely do so. Also, they can do a PowerPoint presentation instead (it saves supplies, too). 
We still need many parent/adult volunteers to help build the robots. Even if an older sibling (high school or older), grandparent, or other responsible adult is interested, then we would be happy to have them. Please consider signing up below if you are able!
Jenna Bucklew

Recycled/Reusable Goods!  

Dear Families of Room 1, 

Over the next month, students will be collecting recycled/reused goods for several STEM and STEAM projects. I will update this page periodically with posts of what we may need.

This weekend and throughout the next few weeks, your third grader is going to be asking for recycled materials (i.e. bottles, toothbrush head-see picture, cans, toilet paper rolls, caps, plastic containers- basically ANYTHING that can be recycled/reused). Please limit it to seven pieces per child. If your child chooses to bring in items, then send them in a bag CLEARLY labeled with their first and last name, and room number (ex: Jenna Bucklew, Room 1). Each child who brings the items in will get a row of squares. These activities are optional, but we appreciate the participation! 

Also, please see the sign up to help with building robots three days before Spring Break. The room parent will be sending the sign up soon!

Thank you in advance. 


Third Grade Team

February Update

Dear Families of Room 1, 
I am so pleased we have made it through more than halfway through the year! This group of children are sweet and make my job easy (I LOVE THEM). 
This month is Black History month, where the third grade sets aside intentional time for mindful education about black history in America, and even other countries (ex: Nelson Mandela in South Africa). If you are looking for an extracurricular this month, then I would recommend watching this YouTube video to a Disney special called "Ruby Bridges (1998)." Although it is old, it is a pretty fascinating movie, and includes some really mature concepts (it depicts both the actions and words of racism in America- death threats, acts of agression, etc.). Therefore, this movie should ABSOLUTELY be watched with a responsible adult, and discussed afterwards. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl7eDbVG-2w&t=4131s. Again, to reiterate, this is a completely optional activity.
Valentine's day is also coming up. If your child chooses to participate, please send your child to school with 24 unmarked valentines for their peers. 
Student Council elections are tomorrow (02/02/18) and the Spelling Bee is after school on Monday, February 5th.  
Looking ahead, Fun Run is scheduled for March 9th. Any updates I have will be posted here, so please subscribe! 
Jenna Bucklew