Class Newsletter

Hello Olivia Park Families!


Happy New Year!!!


Reading – Unit 4 continues…This unit has students use wondering/questioning to help them understand fiction. They learn to think about whether their questions about the stories are answers directly, indirectly, or not at all by the text. In addition, they continue to practice visualizing and making inferences. During IDR (independent daily reading), students continue to practice using these strategies and confer with the teacher individually about their reading.   

Writing- Beginning the week of January 18th, students will begin our Opinion Writing Unit. Students will explore and write persuasive essays defending opinions as they explore elements of opinion writing. They brainstorm topics they have strong opinions about, and each student selects an opinion to write about. The students learn to identify an audience and purpose for their essays, state their opinions and support them with reasons, and use transitional words and phrases to connect opinions with reasons. They write clear, direct introductions and conclusions that restate their opinions, and they practice relevant skills and conventions, such as correcting sentences fragments and using adjectives to make their essays more persuasive. They confer in pairs and revise their essays.

Math- Unit 4: This unit will focus on activities that help them understand place value, rounding, and addition and subtraction of 3-digit numbers. Place value drawings are used to represent numbers with drawings that show how many hundreds, tens and ones are in the numbers. Hundreds are represented by boxes. Tens are represented by vertical line segments, called ten sticks. Ones are represented by small circles. The drawings are also used to help students understand regrouping in addition and subtraction. Here is a place value drawing for the number 178.

  The 7 tens and 8 circles are grouped in 5s so student can see the quantities easily and avoid errors.   Estimate sums and differences- Students will learn to estimate sums and differences by rounding numbers. They also use estimates to check their actual answers are reasonable.  

Addition methods: Students may use the common U.S. method. In this method, students add from right to left and write the new ten and new hundred on the line. Students also use proof drawings to demonstrate grouping 10 ones to make new tens and grouping 10 tens to make a hundred.                

Subtraction methods: Students may use the common U.S. method in which the subtractions done right to left, with the ungrouping done before each column is subtracted.  Students may also use proof drawings to demonstrate ungrouping.


Daily assignments- Reading, Writing and Math assignments and discussions are posted. If your child has not yet completed and/or submitted work, please remind them to complete schoolwork daily allowing for flexibility and breaks. Posted work is due the Sunday at midnight to allow time to complete before the new week begins. Students should expect to read every day at least 30 minutes.  Raz-kids and Epic are reading resources if you need additional reading material.

Check out LIBRARY BOOKS: Students in grade 3-5 can request books by placing titles on hold using the library catalog or fill out a book request form. They do not do both. If they know what books they would like, then they use the catalog. If they need recommendations, they use the request forms. This is the link to the catalog:

This is the link to the 3-5 book request from:

How to access this has been shows during specialist learning time and it is also posted in the library Schoology courses. If you would like to see it again, here is the course link:

Parent access to Schoology- Currently, Schoology does not have an effective way for teachers to show student’s missing work to parents. However, there is a way for parents to check on assignments and see what your child has been working on (or not working on). Please check weekly or more often, so you know what work is needed. Here is a link with instructions and Schoology features to allow you to do that.


Here is a link to additional help videos for Schoology.


Thank you so much for all your help and support! I so appreciate you all.

Mrs. U.


Here is a link to my teacher website. The class newsletter for today is posted here. If you need translation, click the translate at the top and select the language.

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