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Soraya Espinoza Perez Locker
9/30/18 4:04 PM
9/30/18 4:03 PM

Welcome Letter

Welcome back third graders! I hope all of you had a wonderful summer vacation! I am very excited to meet each and everyone of you this Tuesday morning!


My name is Mrs. Espinoza-Perez and this will be my first year teaching at Castille Elementary! Prior to coming to Castille, I worked for seven years as a 6th/7th Dual Immersion Social Science and Spanish teacher at Marco Forster Middle School in San Juan Capistrano. During my seven years at Marco Forster, I volunteered as a coach on the SRLA Marathon team and served as the 6th/7th advisor for National Junior Honor Society. I began my teaching profession as an elementary teacher at William Orr Elementary in Norwalk for three years and an RTI teacher at Cielo Vista Elementary in Rancho Santa Margarita. I graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Studies and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction.


My husband and I have been married for almost six years. We have three fur babies named Okie Dokie, Pinky, and Teddy. On my spare time, I enjoy different hobbies. For example, I love to bake. I enjoy making everything from sugar cookies to cake pops. I also enjoying running when I have time. I have completed three full marathons in the last four years. Lastly, I love to travel with my husband. Over the past few years, I have visited over 15 different countries. As a former Social Science teacher, I have a great passion for learning about the history and culture of different countries and sharing it with my students. Our class name this year is the World Travelers. Although we won’t be able to hop on a plane to travel the world, you will see how reading can take you anywhere around the world.


As I mentioned earlier, I am very excited to be your third grade teacher this year. I am positive that this is going to be a wonderful school year!


If you and your parents have any questions or concerns, you may email me at

Soraya Espinoza Perez

Third Grade World Travelers
Third Grade World Travelers

Parent Weekly Newsletter

Dear Parents,


First of all, I wanted to thank you and your children for such a wonderful birthday on Friday. I had a wonderful time with the students. Thank you so much for all your generosity and sweet and thoughtful gifts!


In addition, I loved seeing many of you after school on Friday for Winter Wonderland Family Fun Night! The silent auction baskets were so beautifully organized and raised a lot of money for our school. Thank you to all those who participated.


Caring is the December character trait at Castille. 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.


Progress Report


In this week’s Coyote Connection, you will be receiving your child’s progress report for our online programs and timed tests. Please help your child plan his/her weekly goals in order to achieve the expectations by March 1. If your child has already met the Ticket to Read or Reading Counts goal, please encourage him/her to continue working on the programs. They will prove to be very beneficial.


I will also send home a Reading Counts report and an SRI (lexile) progress report. We are taking the SRI assessment tomorrow morning.

In regards to the timed test, all students should have already passed the multiplication timed test. If your child has not, please continue to work with him or her. If you need flash cards, you may email me and I can lend you a box.


I also want to congratulate both Andre and Matthew for being the first two students to pass all their multiplication and division timed test. Many of our students are very close to reaching this goal hopefully this week!


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. I will make a copy for him/her to take home. 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. Students must turn in their poem if they want to participate in next Monday’s classroom store.



Our first classroom “store” will be Monday, December 17. I am not asking for donations for our store. I have been buying clearance and sale items over the past few months. Additionally, we will have a small auction for special privileges prior to the store. (I usually auction off Sitting at the Teacher’s Desk for the Day, Lunch with the Teacher, and other opportunities. The highest bidder wins!)


Third Grade Winter Wonderland Read-in Morning

Thursday morning, December 20 is our informal Winter Wonderland Read-In Event. This event is only occurring in third grade; it is not a schoolwide event. I have an extensive collection of seasonal books that I will bring from home, and students will spend the entire morning reading (and taking Reading Counts quizzes). Family members are welcome to read with their child or with a small group of children. We do not perform; we simply read. 


You may stay for 15 minutes or the whole morning. It’s completely up to you. Please remember to sign in at the office prior to coming into the classroom. Shutterfly sign-ups will be available soon to help with food donations. We will need donations of hot cocoa, mini marshmallows, whipped cream, cups, etc.


Language Arts

The students will be reading stories with the Essential Question “How can people help animals survive?” Their vocabulary words include: caretakers, survive, recognize, resources, population, threatened, success, and relatives.


They will also be learning about suffixes and possessive nouns.



In writing this week, students will continue working on their opinion essays. 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 quote.

Spelling City should be completed by this Wednesday night. The test is on Thursday.



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. Congratulations to our two mathematicians who have mastered all of the facts. Several other students are close to finishing. 


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:        Lockdown/Fire Drill (8:00)

                                                Classroom Store (12:10-1:00)

                                                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



Have a great week,

Soraya Espinoza-Perez


Google Classroom Link 

Spelling City Link


Password: worldtraveler

Homework: December 10-14

Please do not forget to initial your child's homework planner.


Monday, December 10

  1. Language Arts/Reading: Read your book for 20 minutes and record it on the Reading Log.
  2. Math: Page 189-190. Study multiplication and division facts.
  3. Spelling: Complete second assignment on Spelling City.
  4. Technology: Ticket to Read or Typing Agent
  5. Reminders: Bring back library book tomorrow.

Tuesday,  December 11

  1. Language Arts/Reading: Read your book for 20 minutes and record it on the Reading Log.
  2. Math: Math workbook pages 191-192. Study multiplication and division facts.
  3. Spelling: Complete third assignment on Spelling City.
  4. Technology: Ticket to Read or Typing Agent
  5. Reminders: Wear spirit wear tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 12

  1. Language Arts/Reading: Read your book for 20 minutes and record it on the Reading log. 
  2. Math: Math workbook pages 193-194. Study multiplication and division facts.
  3. Spelling: Make sure all assignments on Spelling City are complete. Study for spelling test and have a parent give you the practice spelling test. If you make a mistake, write the words three times on the back of the practice test. 
  4. Technology: Ticket to Read or Typing Agent

Thursday, December 13

  1. Language Arts/Reading: Read your book for 20 minutes and record it on the Reading log. Be ready to take a Reading Counts quiz tomorrow. 
  2. Math: Math workbook pages 195-196. Study multiplication and division facts.
  3. Spelling: No spelling homework.
  4. Technology: Students should alternate between Typing Agent and Ticket to Read. They should spend at least 15 minutes.
  5. Reminders: Bring back Coyote Folder.

Friday, December 14

  1. Language Arts/Reading: Read your book for 20 minutes.
  2. Spelling: Start new Spelling City assignments.
  3. Technology: Students should alternate between Typing Agent and Ticket to Read. They should spend at least 15 minutes.
  4. Math: Study multiplication and division facts.
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