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Karen Kauo, 3rd Grade

Karen Kauo Locker
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Karen Kauo


Dear Parents,


In last week’s Coyote Connection, information was sent home describing several ways your family can show caring at Castille.

  • Monday, December 10 through Friday, December 14 – Winter Grams will be sold by Student Council. Each gram costs 50 cents and will be delivered with a hard candy stick, taffy, slime, butter mints, or glitter sticky hands (buyers will choose).  Grams will be delivered the week of December 17.
  • Annual Adopt-a-Family Drive takes place December 10 through December 14. Please consider stopping by and choosing a gift tag for a family in need. Wrap the gift and return it with the original tag by Wednesday, December 19.
  • Winter “Hats On” Day is Thursday, December 20. Wear your favorite winter hat to school on Thursday, December 20. Student Council will collect a $1 donation from each student for the charity of Friends of Kids with Cancer. While all students may wear hats to school, we hope you will support this cause with a small $1 donation.

Winter Poem

The winter poem is due this Friday. All third graders are required to find a winter poem on the Internet or write one themselves (with a theme such as snow, skating, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, etc.). The poem must be written neatly on the blue paper that was sent home. The student is expected to color the paper and turn the finished product in by Friday, December 14. Be sure they have a copy of the poem for themselves to practice. All students will recite their poems the week of December 17. Please have your child practice the poem many times. On the back of the poem directions, you will find the oral presentation rubric that will be used in class. Students must memorize the poem and use expression when reciting it. Props are allowed, if your child would like to use them. 


Third Grade Winter Wonderland Read-in Morning

Thursday morning, December 20 is an informal Winter Wonderland Read-In Event from 8:00-8:45. This event is only occurring in third grade; it is not a school wide event.  The kids will read winter/stories and drink hot cocoa.  Parents are welcome to come by the classroom to read a book with their child or a small group.  Just a fun cozy way to begin the day!


Language Arts


In writing this week, students will be working on a new opinion essay. They have read a factual article about gifts and have decided whether it is more fun to give or to receive gifts. Students are expected to cite evidence by directly quoting from the article. They also need to personalize the essay by adding their own reasons and explanations to support the quotes.


No Spelling this week!  We are taking a break.  Spelling will resume after the holiday break with some changes to the way we complete practice activities. 



In math this week, students are learning addition strategies such as decomposing a number using place value methods, compensation of addends, place value representation proof drawings, and the traditional algorithm. Timed tests will continue this week. 



Upcoming Events:

Mon., Dec. 10-14:                   Winter Grams Sold at Recess by Student Council (50¢ each)

Wednesday, Dec. 12:             Spirit Wear Competition

Friday, December 14:            Winter Poem Due

Monday, December 17:          Winter Poem Presentations (Monday-Thursday)

Wednesday, December 19:    Reading Counts Assembly

Thursday, December 20:       Hats On Day (Donate $1 for Kids with Cancer)

                                              Winter Wonderland Read-in Morning (3rd grade only)

Friday, December 21:           Student-free Day (Winter Break begins)

Monday, January 7:              Students return to school


Karen Kauo Locker