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[E]Paula Nocente-Casey  caseyp@issaquah.wednet.edu

 Phone number:  425 - 837- 7592

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Classroom Volunteer Application Now Online

We look forward to having you in our classroom.   The volunteer application is now only available online.  Please complete the Issaquah School District Volunteer Application here.  Your volunteer clearance is valid for a year. 

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Fall Curriculum

Fall Curriculum

The first weeks of school are an important time to set precedent for the rest of the year.  Please make sure your child arrives on time, well rested and after a good breakfast.

Health - we will spend some time on getting to know each other and learning ways to work together with our new curriculum title Second Step – skills for Social and Academic Success

Writing - Units of Study

Our first unit is Narrative Writing.  Student will learn how to write about small moments.  Small moments are tiny windows of time.  For example, maybe you went to Disneyland.  A small moment would be explaining one part of the trip.  An example would be picking one moment like a ride, or eating an ice cream, or the airplane trip rather than a long list of all activities.    I like to explain to the kids that it is like painting a picture of a certain small moment rather than writing a newspaper report about the whole trip.   Please brainstorm with your student about all the different things they can write about.  The more ideas they have, the easier it is.   Practice talking about small moments at the dinner table.  It's fun and challenging to try to stick to one topic.


The curriculum is based on instructional practices and strategies that help students understand math in a way that will prepare them for the demands of college and future careers. Eureka Math is organized into units of study called Modules. Each Module consists of daily lessons that include fluency, concept development, and practice problem sets. Fluency practice helps students develop the speed and accuracy that will allow them to solve complex problems efficiently.  During concept development, students are engaged in learning new math topics, and the practice problem sets allow students to apply the new learning. Eureka lessons are easily customized to allow teachers to meet the varying needs of their students. Eureka Math provides resources that will help you support your child at home.


Issaquah School district uses the gradual release model in our balanced literacy curriculum.  Our curriculum emphasizes instruction that helps students become independent and capable thinkers/problem solvers.  You will often here the expression “I do, we do, you do” to explain the process.  A teacher starts by modeling a skill and gradually releases students to learn to practice it on their own.  Teachers are then able to guide small groups of students who have similar reading abilities to gain specific skills and strategies, which can improve their reading development.  The Issaquah adopted curriculum is Making Meaning.

Third grade is an important transition year in reading skills.  Although students continue to learn new skills to improve reading abilities, there is an added component and change from "learning to read" to "reading to learn".  The better the reader they become, the more success they have at school.  Students are learning to read more complex texts to gather information.

Please make sure your child has lots and lots good books at school at all times.  


Social Studies:

Our first unit is Democracy and Citizenship.  This is a great way to see show these principles are applied to how we work and get along together in class.  

Our first unit is a wonderful unit on Life Cycles.  We use the Salmon to illustrate these concepts with a trip to the Salmon Hatchery.


Social-emotional learning (SEL)  - We are implementing a K-5 curriculum called Second Step.  Social Emotional learning (SEL)  is the process through which people acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions. It helps them set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for other people, develop positive relationships with others, and also make responsible decisions. Research shows that when students have explicit instruction around social-emotional skills that this results in several important outcomes including: improved attitude about self and school, less emotional distress, and greater academic success.

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Paying Online

Instructions for Parents Paying Online

Go to the Challenger website . Click on Pay Online.  Sign in with your Family Access user name and passoword.  Your password is your last name and is case sensitive.  You should see a RED notification that your child has fines/fees.  Click on pay and follow directions.  If you need further assistance please call the office.  They will be happy to help.

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