Contact Information

Eve Boonin

boonine@issaquah.wednet.edu

School #: (425) 837-4063

Room 21

Expectations/Homework

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Students have math homework on Mondays-Thursdays. Your child is only required to do the circled questions. Homework is due the following day. Students should also be reading 15-20 minutes a night.

  • Week 26

    Hello Families,

    We are having another productive week!

    In reading, our class has begun a new reading unit all about research!  Students are in research groups about different animals.  This week, your third graders are finding subtopics about their animals and taking notes by synthesizing (combining) information across texts.  They are super excited to start this!

    In writing, students are continuing to type their opinion essays.  Your children are learning how to include powerful conclusions to their writing, elaborate more on their reasons, and use checklists to help them identify writing goals.

    In math, students are continuing to practice identifying equivalent fractions.  They are also learning more strategies to compare fractions.

    In social studies, your third graders are in the process of researching about their culture/heritage.  Feel free to discuss this with them at home.  Students are able to use information they learn from parents and relatives in their research notes!  Your third graders are learning how to use websites and books to help them take notes.

    In addition, the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is approaching.  We will soon begin to use some class time to talk about test taking strategies and go over some practice tests.  For the assessment, students will need headphones.  If you have not already, please be sure to send your child to school with headphones in a labeled zip lock bag.  In the next week or so, I will give you some resources so that you can potentially do some practice tests at home with your child.

    Upcoming Events:
    -Trimester 2 Report Cards Live on Family Access (March 26th)
    -Spring Break (April 8th-12th)
    -SBA Math (May 2nd)
    -SBA ELA (May 6th)
    -SBA ELA (May 7th)
    -SBA ELA (May 9th)
    -SBA Math (May 10th)

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 20 Mar 2019
  • Week 23

    Dear Families,

    I hope you all had an enjoyable break.  It’s really nice to be back working with your students.

    In writing, we are starting our opinion-writing unit!  Students are spending time this week brainstorming a persuasive writing topic, thinking about reasons that support their topic, and creating a thesis statement.

    In reading, our class spent some time studying various opinion mentor texts in order to understand the structure of a persuasive essay.  Additionally, students are examining characters’ reactions to problems in stories.  They are using this information to learn more about their characters’ traits.

    In math, students are focusing on comparing fractions.  We will take the mid-module assessment tomorrow.

    We are now finished with our rocks and minerals unit and are moving on to a new social studies unit about cultures.  Students spent this week learning about cultural universals (food, clothing, transportation, shelter, etc.).  We even took a virtual reality tour using Google Expeditions to learn about different festivals celebrated around the world!  Earlier this week, your children took home homework sheets in which they were asked to interview you about their culture.  This sheet is due tomorrow (Friday).

    Upcoming Events:
    Class Pictures (March 7th)

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 28 Feb 2019
  • Week 22

    Hello Families,

    Wow, what a crazy week!  I hope you were able to enjoy our snow days.  I wanted to touch base with what we’re going to be focusing on for this week and things to think about over February Break.

    In writing, students are finishing up their fantasy stories.  I’m looking forward to reading these!  When we get back from break, we will start our opinion writing unit.  Over the break, if you would like to brainstorm with your child opinion topics, that may help them feel more prepared for when we get back.  Topics should be meaningful and should try to convince the reader to do a certain action (ex. convincing parents to get a pet, convincing teachers to give more recess, convincing drivers to wear seatbelts, etc.).

    In reading, students are practicing summarizing a fiction text.  Over the break, please have your child continue to read each night.  You may ask them to summarize to check for understanding.

    In math, students are examining fractions that are larger than 1 whole.  They are also learning how to compare fractions.  Over break, please have your child continue to practice his/her math facts.

    In science, we are finishing our rocks and minerals unit.  When we return from break, we will begin a new social studies unit about North American cultures.

    On a side note, I want to remind you that our Valentine’s Day celebration is tomorrow.  The time has moved to 1:30-2:05.  Please have your child bring their valentines if they would like to participate in the exchange.  The class list is attached.

    Upcoming Events: 
    -Valentine’s Day Celebration (Feb. 14th)
    -February Break (Feb. 18-22nd)

    Have a great rest of your week and a wonderful break!

    Eve Boonin

    • 13 Feb 2019
  • Week 21

    Hello Families,

    I hope you enjoyed our two snow days! 

    This week students are focusing on using characters’ actions and dialogue to infer character traits.  Please have your child continue to read each night at home.

    In writing, students are continuing to work on their fantasy stories.  They are focusing on editing their paragraphs, spelling, and punctuation.

    In math, your third graders are learning how to represent non-unit fractions.  Additionally, they are learning how to relate parts of one whole with number bonds.  Here is an interesting article titled 7 Secrets to Get Your Child Interested About Math.  Enjoy!
    https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/get-excited-about-math/

    Lastly, in science our class is reviewing and finishing our rocks and minerals unit.  They will soon take the end-of-the-unit assessment.

    Just a friendly reminder that our Valentine’s Day part is next week!  Please have your child bring valentines if he/she wants to participate in the exchange.

    Upcoming Events: 
    -Valentine’s Day Celebration (Feb. 14th)
    -February Break (Feb. 18-22nd)


    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 6 Feb 2019
  • Week 20

    Hello Families,

    We are having another busy week!

    In reading, our class started a brief myths and legends unit.  Skills that they are practicing this week are identifying cause and effect patterns and summarizing a fiction story.  Don’t forget to log in your child’s Eager Reader minutes!  It’s not too late to join! J

    In writing, your students mapped out their plots for their fantasy stories and wrote beginnings that introduce the characters and setting.  They are now focusing our building the conflict in their stories and coming up with a satisfying resolution.  They are also working on adding dialogue as they write.

    Our new math module focuses on fractions.  This week, your students are learning how to partition a whole into equal parts and how to identify unit fractions.  Please have your child continue to practice their math facts each night. 

    Lastly, in science, we are getting close to finishing our rocks and minerals unit.  This week, students are using all of their recorded observations of the minerals' properties to help them identify the names of each mineral.

    Upcoming Events: 
    -Pajama Day (Feb. 1st)
    -Spelling Bee Finals (Feb. 6th)
    -Spelling Bee Championship (Feb. 7th)
    -Valentine’s Day Celebration (Feb. 14th)
    -February Break (Feb. 18-22nd)


    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 30 Jan 2019
  • Week 19

    Dear Families,  

    Your students are working hard and are showing a lot of growth. It's exciting to see!

    In reading, our class is continuing our author study about Chris Van Allsburg.  Students are comparing the different plots and themes in his stories.  Please have your students continue to read each night at home.  Be sure to log those minutes into Eager Reader!

    Our next mini-writing unit connects to our Chris Van Allsburg author study.  Students are writing a fantasy story that is inspired from an illustration from Van Allsburg's book: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.  Your students are using a "story mountain" to map out the beginning, middle, and end.

    In math, students recently took the end-of-the-module assessment.  We will soon begin module 5 which is about fractions.

    Lastly, in science, students are learning how to use their recorded mineral properties to identify their minerals.  They also recently completed a mini-research project about sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.  Please let me know if you would like me to email you their PowerPoints.  They did a great job!

    On another note, I want to remind you that we will have a Valentine’s Day celebration on February 14th.  Part of the celebration will be an optional Valentine exchange.  If your child chooses to participate in the exchange, please be sure that there is enough for everyone in our class.  Please see the attachment for our class list.

    Upcoming Events: 
    -Teacher Work Day (Jan. 28th)
    -Spelling Bee Finals (Feb. 6th)
    -Spelling Bee Championship (Feb. 7th)
    -Valentine’s Day Celebration (Feb. 14th)

    As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 24 Jan 2019
  • Week 18

    Hello Families,

    We are having another great week.

    In reading, we have begun a mini author-study about Chris Van Allsburg, a fantasy author.  Students started the week by first examining how this author uses fantasy elements in his writing.  As they are reading these books, they are also using evidence in the text to identify characters traits.  If your child is participating in Eager Reader, please be sure to continue to log his/her minutes online!

    In writing, we will spend the next few days doing a research project about metamorphic, sedimentary, or igneous rocks.  Students will write about how one of these rocks are formed and how people use these rocks in our everyday lives.

    This week in math, students are learning how to apply the distributive and associative property when finding the area and side lengths of rectangles.  They are also practicing solving word problems which involve area.  Lastly, students are learning how to find the area of irregular shapes.

    In science, students are continuing to study and observe minerals.  Your third graders are beginning a series of tests in order to eventfully identify all of the minerals.  Tests this week include the streak test and the light test.

    Upcoming Events: 
    -MLK Day—No School (Jan. 21st)
    -Teacher Work Day (Jan. 28th)
    -Spelling Bee Finals (Feb. 6th)
    -Spelling Bee Championship (Feb. 7th)

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin 

    • 16 Jan 2019
  • Week 17

    Hello Families,

    We are having a productive week!

    In reading, we are examining and interpreting poetry.  Specifically, students are learning the power of figurative language and descriptive imagery! I also want to remind you that Eager Reader is going on now!  Be sure to have your child log their minutes each week so that they can earn their prizes. 

    To connect with what we are studying in reading, your students are also writing poetry!  They will be learning about how to write acrostic, cinquain, sensory, and concrete poems.  They are having a lot of fun.  

    In math, students are continuing to learn strategies for measuring a rectangle’s area.  They recently took their mid-module assessment.  As your third graders are doing their math sheets at home, be sure that they are also spending some time practicing their math facts.  This will help them greatly in class.

    Lastly, in science, students are learning about how rocks are formed.  At home, you may ask them the difference between sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.  We will soon be examining and sorting minerals based on their properties.

    Upcoming Events: 
    -Spelling Bee Preliminary Written Round (Jan. 14th, 8:30-8:50)
    -MLK Day—No School (Jan. 21st)
    -Teacher Work Day (Jan. 28th)
    -Spelling Bee Finals (Feb. 6th)
    -Spelling Bee Championship (Feb. 7th)

    Have a great rest of your week!

    Eve Boonin

    • 10 Jan 2019
  • Week 16

    Hello Families,

    I hope you all had a wonderful and restful break.  It is great to be back!

    This week in reading, students are finishing our unit about narrative non-fiction literature.  We will begin a mini-poetry unit next week.

    In writing, your third graders are in the process of writing a poem inspired by the Important Book by Margaret-Wise Brown.  After this, we will spend several days practicing the skill of writing reading responses, while synthesizing two texts.

    In math, our class has begun Module 4, which is primarily about area.  Students are spending this week using tiles to help determine the area of different rectangles.  Please have your children continue to practice their math facts at home.

    Lastly, our class is now starting a new science unit about rocks and minerals!  This week, students will start examining different rocks and recording observations based on their rock properties.

    Upcoming Events:
    -Eager Reader Begins! (Jan. 4th)
    -Spelling Bee Preliminary Written Round (Jan. 14th, 8:30-8:50)
    -Teacher Work Day (Jan. 28th)
    -Spelling Bee Finals (Feb. 6th)
    -Spelling Bee Championship (Feb. 7th)

    As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 2 Jan 2019
  • Week 15

    Dear Families,

    This week in reading, we continued to study narrative nonfiction books.  Students also practiced how to summarize a nonfiction text.

    In writing, students completed their information books.  They did a great job!  It will benefit your child to continue to write at home over the winter break.  Some ideas include journaling, writing stories, or writing letters.  They are always welcome to write a letter to me and I will write them back!  Any additional typing practice will also help them in class.

    In math, students recently took the end-of-the-module assessment.  Over break, please have your child continue to practice their math facts.  We will begin module 4 when we return from break.

    Upcoming Events:
    -Winter Break (Dec. 20th-Jan. 1st)

    I wish you all a happy holiday and a restful break! J

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 19 Dec 2018
  • Week 14

    Dear Families,

    Our class has been working hard to finish up some of our main units of study before our winter break!

    This week in reading, we are continuing to study narrative nonfiction books.  Through these books, students are also learning about cause and effect patterns and how to identify main ideas.

    In writing, students are continuing to write their final drafts of their information books.  I am very impressed with their work!

    In math, your third graders are continuing to study various arithmetic patterns to help them learn their multiplication and division facts. They are also continuing to practice solving two-step story problems.

    Lastly, in social studies, students are finishing up their PowerPoints and are beginning to share their presentations to the class.  They did a wonderful job!  Please let me know if you would like me to email you their presentations.  

    On another note, Discovery students have earned a school-wide reward for positive behavior!  As our reward, our class will have a game party this Friday.  Students may bring in board/card games to play with their classmates.  Please no electronic games. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Upcoming Events:
    -Game Party (Dec. 14th)
    -Winter Break (Dec. 20th-Jan. 1st)

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 12 Dec 2018
  • Week 13

    Hello Families,

    It has been so nice to meet with many of you this week during conferences.  Even with our short week, your students are staying busy.

    In reading, students are continuing to study biographies and narrative nonfiction texts.

    In writing, your third graders are finishing their drafts of their information books.  This week, they have been focusing on adding text features to their writing.  They are doing a great job!  They will soon start their final drafts.

    In math, our class is continuing to practice multiplication strategies.  Right now, we are examining different arithmetic patterns, which will help students check their work.  Please have your child continue to practice their math facts at home.

    Lastly, in social studies, students are continuing to work on their region PowerPoints.  

    Upcoming Events:
    Winter Break (Dec. 20th-Jan. 1st)

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 6 Dec 2018
  • Week 12

    Dear Families,

    I hope you all had a restful long weekend!

    This week in reading, students are starting to examine biographies.  They are learning that biographies often follow the same story elements in fiction books (characters, setting, problem, resolution).

    In writing, students are continuing to work on their information books.  This week, students learned how to write their conclusions.  Additionally, they learned how to incorporate short-moment stories into their information writing.  They are also learning how to add text features, such as diagrams, timelines, captions, etc.

    In math, students are continuing to practice the distributive property and problem solving strategies.  On Thursday, they took their mid-module assessment.  I’m impressed with their hard work!  Please have them continue to practice their math facts at home.

    In social studies, students are continuing to work on their PowerPoints about their selected regions.

    I would like to remind you again that report cards will be available through Family Access on Monday, December 3rd.  Report cards provide a snapshot on your child’s progress this year.  You may expect me to elaborate fully during our December conferences.  I also want you to be aware that many students may receive a 2 in “mathematical practices.”  This section represents if your child is showing his/her thinking fully when problem solving.  Please do not be alarmed or concerned if your child receives a 2 in this area.  This is an “end-of-the-year standard” and because it’s only November, many students are still practicing how to show their thinking consistently in math.  I look forward to continuing to watch your students improve throughout the year!

    Upcoming Events:
    -Report Cards Available on Family Access (Dec. 3rd)
    -Scholastic Book Fair Begins (Dec. 3rd)---Please see attachment for details
    -Parent Teacher Conferences (Dec. 5th and 6th)

    I look forward to meeting with many of you at conferences next week!

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

     

    • 30 Nov 2018
  • Week 11

    Hello Families,

    Even with our short week, we are still getting a lot done in class! In reading, our students have been comparing and contrasting the different versions of Stone Soup.  Today we made the soup in order to enjoy it tomorrow!  Thank you for the vegetables!

    In writing, students are continuing to work on their information books.  This week, students learned new strategies to elaborate their writing and began to write their introductions.  I am really impressed with their work!

    In math, your third graders are using number bonds to help them decompose as they multiply and divide.  Students are also learning about the function of parenthesis in equations and how to apply this skill when problem solving. 

    Lastly, in social studies, your child has selected a region to study.  Your children have spent the majority of this week researching and taking notes about their region.  They will soon create a PowerPoint presentation in which they will try to convince people to visit their region.

    I would also like to note that report cards will be available through Family Access on Monday, December 3rd.  Report cards provide a snapshot on your child’s progress this year.  You may expect me to elaborate fully during our December conferences.  I also want you to be aware that many students may receive a 2 in “mathematical practices.”  This section represents if your child is showing his/her thinking fully when problem solving.  Please do not be alarmed or concerned if your child receives a 2 in this area.  This is an “end-of-the-year standard” and because it’s only November, many students are still practicing how to show their thinking consistently in math.  I look forward to continuing to watch your students improve throughout the year!

    Upcoming Events:
    -Thanksgiving Break—No School (Nov. 22nd and Nov. 23rd)
    -Report Cards Available on Family Access (Dec. 3rd)
    -Parent Teacher Conferences (Dec. 5th and 6th)

    I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  I am very thankful to work with such amazing students and families.

    Eve Boonin

    • 20 Nov 2018
  • Week 10

    Hello Families,

    I hope you enjoyed our long weekend!

    In reading, students are learning how to recognize when the author is expressing significant information in a nonfiction text.  Using this skill, students are also practicing discussing these texts and adding their own thoughts to the author’s perspective.  Starting tomorrow, we will begin to compare the different versions of Stone Soup!

    In writing, students are continuing to work on their information books.  Specifically, they are focusing on adding transitions words and elaborating their paragraphs with details.

    In math, students are learning how to use number bonds to help them decompose as they multiply and divide.  Please have your children continue to practice their math facts at home, as this will help them greatly in class.  Your children will soon take home their end-of-the module assessments from module 2.  Please praise your children for their awesome progress!

    Lastly, in social studies, our class is learning about our country's different regions.  They will soon select one region to research and write about.

    Upcoming Events:
    -Bring Vegetable for Stone Soup (Nov. 20th)
    -Stone Soup (Nov. 21st)
    -Thanksgiving Break—No School (Nov. 22nd and Nov. 23rd)
    -Parent Teacher Conferences (Dec. 5th and 6th)

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 15 Nov 2018
  • Week 9

    Hello Families,

    Your students are continuing to work hard!

    In reading, our class is learning how to identify the main idea of a non-fiction text.  Additionally, we are beginning to examine text features, such as the table of contents, glossary, etc.  At home, please encourage your child to read non-fiction books/articles. 

    In writing, your students are learning how to break apart their information topics into subtopics.  They are using graphic organizers to help them think about what type of details and thoughts they can put into each section.  We will soon be focusing on how to elaborate their details and organize their thoughts into paragraphs.

    In math, your students recently took their end-of-the-module assessment.  We are moving on to Module 3, which focuses more on multiplication and division.  For the first few lessons, the students will revisit the commutative and distributive properties.  They will also learn how to represent the unknown in a story problem with a letter.

    In social studies, students are learning how to read a map and use a map key.  They are also learning about different geographical landforms and how geography can affect where people choose to live/settle.

    On a side note, tomorrow we will have our Veterans’ Day assembly.  If possible, please have your child wear red, white, and blue.  

    Upcoming Events:
     -Conference Scheduler Live Now!
    -Vision and Hearing Screenings (Nov. 8th)
    -Veterans’ Day—No School (Nov. 12th)
    -Multicultural Night (Monday, Nov. 14th)
    -Thanksgiving Break—No School (Nov. 22nd and Nov. 23rd)
    -Parent Teacher Conferences (Dec. 5th and 6th)

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 8 Nov 2018
  • Week 8

    Hello Families,

    We had a fabulous Harvest Party on Wednesday!  Thank you SO much to the parents who volunteered their time and resources to make this party happen.  The students had a blast!

    In reading, students are now beginning to study nonfiction text.  They are learning about text features and how to find the main idea.

    In writing, students spent this week writing spooky stories!  They are super creative and fun to read. Next week we will begin to launch our information writing unit.  If you would like, you could help your child start to brainstorm potential informational writing topics.  Topics should be something that your child already knows a lot about.  Ideas include: basketball, dogs, a country they are from, etc.

    In math, your third graders are learning how to use to the vertical number line to help them round to the nearest ten and hundred.  Additionally, they are learning how to use the standard algorithm to add and subtract.  They will then use these two skills to help them estimate sums and differences in story problems.

    Lastly, we are now done with our salmon unit and have started our first social studies unit!  This unit is all about the geography of North America.  This week, students are starting to learn how to identify and describe the location in which we live.  I have shown them how to use GoogleEarth to find and read about different locations around the world.  They are having a lot of fun.

    Upcoming Events:
    -Conference Scheduler Live Now!
    -Vision and Hearing Screenings (Nov. 8th)
    -Veterans’ Day—No School (Nov. 12th)
    -Multicultural Night (Monday, Nov. 14th
    -Thanksgiving Break—No School (Nov. 22nd and Nov. 23rd)
    -Parent Teacher Conferences (Dec. 5th and 6th)


    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 1 Nov 2018
  • Week 7

    Dear Families,

    I am having another great week with your third graders.

    In writing, your students are now finishing their personal narratives.  They are continuing to use their checklists to make final edits and revisions.  They are also learning some new spelling patterns.  I am enjoying reading their stories!

    Next, in reading, we are continuing to practice inferring character traits.  Students are also learning how to organize a reading response using evidence from the text.  Please have your child continue to read just right books each night.

    In math, your third graders recently took our mid-module assessment.  Since then, they are learning how to round to the nearest ten and hundred on a vertical number line.  Please have your child continue to practice his/her multiplication facts at home.  It will also benefit your students if they could practice reading an analog clock.

    In science, we are finishing our salmon unit!  Your students made wonderful PowerPoints about salmon threats.  Tomorrow they will take the end of the unit test.

    Upcoming Events:
    -Conference Scheduler Live Now!
    -Harvest Party (Wednesday, Oct. 31st)
    -Veterans’ Day—No School (Nov. 12th)
    -Multicultural Night (Monday, Nov. 14th)—Flyer will be sent home tomorrow
    -Parent Teacher Conferences (Dec. 5th and 6th)

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 25 Oct 2018
  • Week 6

    Dear Families,

    It is crazy to me that we are already in the middle of October.  The beginning of this year is going by fast!  Our class has been keeping busy.

    In reading, students are learning how to identify when and how a character changes in a story.  They are continuing to infer character traits through class discussions and written responses.

    In writing, your third graders are continuing to work on their personal narratives.  This week we have been focusing on how to punctuate dialogue and write strong endings.  Students have also begun to type their stories.  Feel free to give your child some computer/typing time at home to help them practice this skill.  They are doing a great job!

    In math, students are now learning about how to measure weight and liquid volume in metric units.  Next week, students will be taking home their graded end-of-the-module assessments from the last module.  Just like before, please know that it is okay for some learning targets to be “a work in progress.”  They are working hard and I am proud of them!

    Lastly, in science, students are in the process of making a PowerPoint presentation about the threats to salmon and how humans can help protect salmon.  Earlier this week, our class did an awesome STEM investigation in which they were asked to clean up an oil spill in a pretend salmon stream.  The students had a lot of fun!

    I also want to remind you that on Wednesday, October 31st, our class will be having a harvest party!  Our wonderful parent volunteers are currently planning this event.  For this party, students may wear a costume.  Children must still arrive at school in their school-clothes and then plan to change into their costumes in the afternoon.  The costumes must be able to go on over their clothes, without requiring the students going to the restroom.  Also, please note that face paint, masks, and weapons are not allowed at school.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  At the end of the day, there will be a pumpkin decorating contest in the library.  Please see the attachment for details.

    Upcoming Events:
    -Picture Retakes (Tuesday, Oct. 23rd)
    -Harvest Party (Wednesday, Oct. 31st)

    As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 19 Oct 2018
  • Week 5

    Hello Families,
     
    We are having a busy week!

    In reading, your students are learning how to infer character traits.  We recently read two books by Kevin Henkes—Julius, Baby of the World and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.  We will spend the next few days discussing and writing about Lilly’s character traits and comparing and contrasting these two stories.

    In writing, your students are continuing to work on their personal narratives.  They are focusing on using a story-telling voice in their writing.  Ways to do this includes using dialogue, showing how their characters talk, and using descriptive details.  I am impressed with their work!

    In math, your students recently took the end-of-the-module assessment.  We are now starting Module 2, which focuses on place value and problem solving with units of measure.  The beginning of the module addresses time measurement and problem solving.   I will soon be sending home a parent tip sheet, which will give more details about this module. 

    In science, our class will soon begin reading the book Come Back Salmon.  Through this book, students will learn how humans can help protect a salmon’s habitat.

    I also want to note that the parent-teacher conference scheduler will be live to parents this Monday!  Please sign up online through Family Access.  I look forward to meeting with you!

    Lastly, thank you to those parents who have reached out to me to help plan our Harvest Party on October 31st.  Please let me know if you are interested in helping.

    Upcoming Events:
    Picture Retakes—(Oct. 23rd)
    Conference Scheduler Live – (Oct. 15th)
    Parent Teacher Conferences—(Dec. 5th and 6th)
     
    As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 11 Oct 2018
  • Week 4

    Hello Families,

    We are having a busy week!

    In reading, students have been focusing on how to use context clues and other strategies to learn new vocabulary words.

    In writing, students are continuing to write personal narratives.  This week, we are focusing mainly on how to show, rather than tell what is happening in our stories.  Additionally, students are learning how to use checklists to help them edit as they write.

    In math, your third graders are continuing to practice using the tape diagrams and the distributive property to help them multiply and divide.  Students are also learning how to approach two-step story problems which involve multiplication and division.  Our class will complete the end-of-the-module assessment next week.  Please have your child continue to practice their multiplication facts at home.

    Our class had so much fun at the Salmon Hatchery last Friday!  Thank you SO much to all of the chaperones who volunteered their time.  In science, students are using stories and games to study the dangers salmon face during their life cycle.

    Also, the volunteer link on my class site is now open!  If you would like to volunteer, please visit our class site and under "Helpful Links," click "Volunteer Sign-Up."  You may then view the calendar and sign up for the various slots I have posted.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

    Additionally, please email me and let me know if you would like to help plan our class Harvest Party.  This party will take place on October 31st.  Also, I want to remind you that all volunteers must submit the volunteer application form and be approved before volunteering. Thank you in advance for your time!

    Lastly, if you haven't already, please have your child bring their emergency packs to school as soon as possible.  Thank you!

    Upcoming Events:
    Teacher Work Day—No School for Students—(Oct. 8th)
    Picture Retakes—(Oct. 23rd)


    As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 4 Oct 2018
  • Week 3

    Hello Families,

    Our class is having a great week!  I have quite a few important notes to share with you.  Please be sure to read this entire email carefully, as some of it pertains to the salmon hatchery field trip, this Friday.

    In reading, students are learning how to retell a story.  They have been practicing retelling stories by explaining the setting, characters, problem, solution, and important events in a story.  At home, please have your child continue to read at home.  You may ask them to retell one of their favorite stories!

    In writing, we have officially begun our personal narrative unit!  This week, students are practicing using multiple strategies to help them brainstorm a writing topic.

    In math, students are continuing to learn strategies to help them learn their multiplication and division facts.  Specifically, students are learning how to model the unknown factor in arrays and tape diagrams.  I also want you to know that your students recently took a mid-module assessment.  Please do not expect mastery of the standards at this point. Remember it is the beginning of the year and mistakes are good and help us learn. Please praise your child for a great effort.  They are doing a great job!

    Next, in science, your students created a model that represents the salmon life cycle.  These models turned out really well and are now hanging in the classroom.  Feel free to ask your child about the different stages of the salmon life cycle. J

    We are really looking forward to our field trip this Friday!  Students will be eating lunch in the classroom before we leave.  Please have your child pack a lunch on this dayThank you!

    Lastly, next week is spirit week!  Please see the hard-copy note that was sent home for details about each day.  

    Upcoming Events:
    -Salmon Hatchery Field Trip—Please pack a lunch! (Sept. 28th)
    -Pajama Day (Oct. 1st)
    -Wacky Tacky Day (Oct. 2nd)
    -Discovery Pride Day (Oct. 3rd)
    -Wear Green for Third Grade! (Oct. 4th)
    -Seahawks Day (Oct. 5th)

    I know that was a lot of information!  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Best,

    Eve Boonin


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    • 26 Sep 2018
  • Week 2

    Dear Families,

    Our class is having another great week in third grade!

    This week in reading we are focusing on making predictions and “making movies in our mind” as we read.  Please have your child continue to read every night at home. 

    In writing, we are winding down our launching writer's workshop unit.  Next week, we will begin our personal narrative unit!  At home, you may start brainstorming with your child a short-moment story that has happened to them in the past. Common ideas include: the time I broke my arm, the time I went on my first roller coaster, the time I got a pet dog, etc.

    In math we are continuing to study multiplication.  Students are learning about the commutative and distributive property of multiplication.  Additionally, they are learning how to use arrays and skip counting to solve multiplication and division equations. Please have your child practice their math facts at home, particularly their twos and threes multiplication facts.

    In science, students are now learning about the life cycle of a salmon.  We are getting very excited for our upcoming field trip!  

    I also want to give a friendly reminder to send your child to school with headphones in a labeled Ziploc lab.  Students will need these next week.

    Upcoming Events:
    -Salmon Hatchery Field Trip (Sept. 28th)

    Please let me know if you have any questions. :-)

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 20 Sep 2018
  • Week 1

    Hello Families,

    I’m really enjoying getting to know your students.  We have an awesome class and are accomplishing a lot each day!

    In reading, students are learning the routines of reader’s workshop.  They are also learning about selecting a “within reach book” (one that is not too challenging, but not too easy).  They are also learning tips for staying engaged with their books.

    In writing, students are working hard to build their writing stamina.  For this week and next week, students will mostly be learning about routines during writing time and how to use our various writing tools.

    In math, we have begun our first module, which is all about multiplication!  Students are learning about different ways to represent multiplication and division problems.  This we will be something we will continue to work on throughout the year. 

    Lastly, in science, your students are learning about salmon!  So far, students have been examining and recording the differences between male and female Coho salmon.  Later this week, they will learn about the salmon’s anatomy.

    Just a reminder, if you plan to volunteer at our school this year, please be sure to fill out the volunteer application form.  This can take several weeks to process.

    Also, please be sure to have your child bring in headphones in a labeled Ziploc bag.  They will need these for computer time, which will begin in the next few weeks.

    I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at Curriculum Night! If you are unable to attend, please let me know so that I can send home information and forms with your child.

    Upcoming Events:
    Curriculum Night—Sept. 13th
    Salmon Hatchery Field Trip—Sept. 28th

    Best,

    Eve Boonin

    • 12 Sep 2018
  • Salmon Hatchery Field Trip

    Dear Parents,

    On Friday, September 28th, the third grade class is going to the Salmon Hatchery in Issaquah. We will be leaving at 11:30 am and return to school around 1:30pm. The cost per student is $2.00.  Please pay online! Chaperones do not need to pay. You will find the pay online instructions attached to this letter!

    Each class can take five chaperones on the bus. So far we have 6 chaperones, so one parent may need to drive themselves.  Parents who are riding on the bus, please be at the school by 11:15am. If you are interested in joining us as a chaperone, please be sure to get your background check immediately!   Go online to the Discovery website.  Click on parents and on the next page click on the volunteer form.  If it is your first time registering click on the new icon, or if you are already registered, click on the update registration.

    We will be going to the Hatchery, rain or shine, so please dress your child for the weather. The weather is often unpredictable this time of year, so layers are often a good idea!

    All students will be eating lunch at school before leaving for the Hatcheries, but must bring a sack lunch, because we will be eating before the regular lunch time. Students will only need to take a jacket (weather permitting) to the Hatchery.

    Your child took home the permission slip today.  Please be sure to sign the sheet and have your child return it to school by Friday.  Thank you!

    Sincerely,

    The Third Grade Team

    • 12 Sep 2018