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Grade 3 News

April 5, 2020
Feedback from Third Grade Families
We are listening to your feedback on how online learning is working for your family. We hope some clarification on a few items might help with some of your concerns.

Our team will grade assignments from the week Sunday evening or Monday morning the week AFTER things were assigned. This means you can make a calendar of the to-do lists for each subject and fill-in the tasks assigned wherever they fit best in your family's schedule for the week. It is our goal to have work posted around 24 hours before that work is assigned so families can work ahead if they are able to do so.

The Students Quicklinks page on the AA website is a great site to bookmark on the computer that your child uses for school work. The majority of websites used in our assignments are there. If there is a website your child is unfamiliar with, a link to the website is most likely embedded in the OneNote where teachers are giving the assignment. In OneNote, there is also a tab called Technology Resources that can be used if you have any questions about content area website sources.

Third grade is a big year for mastering typing, and would have been a big focus during our instruction if we were at school. Having no choice in giving paper assignments right now, you child is practicing typing while learning new content, which can be difficult. In OneNote, there is a "Dictate" button on the home menu that your child can use. If your child uses this feature frequently, we encourage them to take extra time to practice typing outside of their OneNote work. This feature will only work if your computer has a microphone feature.

Sit down with your child to test it out so they can use it with independence when needed.
▪ Click on Dictate Button in Home Menu
▪ Allow OneNote to access use of computer microphone
▪ Double click in the location your child wants the text
▪ Practice speaking slow and clear so the dictation tool can type their ideas

*This tool is not perfect and there may be confusion in what your child says and what it types, but we hope it will help build some independence in your child's work.

Optional: Have your child visit to practice a typing program that will increase their proficiency at their own pace.

Communication from Teachers
Please see below for a clear vision on the communication available to your family from our team.

Student Work
▪ Review teacher feedback from the previous week in OneNote to ensure your student is mastering concepts.
   o If a tab in OneNote is in bold letters, it means your teacher has added feedback or suggestions, so make sure you're checking for feedback!
▪ Print the webpage under each teacher's tab for a list of the week's assignments
   o Use the To-Do List as a planner, then check OneNote for the specifics of the assignments.
   o OneNote is listed in same order of our lists we post on the website, so they have all the tools and           instructions they need in both places.

March 29, 2020
Last week was a learning curve for us all (thank you for hanging in there!). We anticipated that the first week might include a lot of questions via email but moving forward teachers would like to dedicate more time reviewing student work. Please check the three places listed above before emailing with a question.
We know all families have unique circumstances with this “new normal”. Please contact us with concerns you have about balancing online school with these new life situations. We are here for you and want to support your family and your child’s continued education. Our team will be posting assignments further in advance (around 24 hours earlier) so you can help your child prepare to be more independent each school day. If you have extenuating circumstances, (work shifts, child care restrictions, technology sharing within the home) and these times are difficult for you to manage, please reach out to us so we can help accommodate your schedule.

Teacher Feedback for Students
As educators, understanding what concepts students need more support with is very difficult during online learning. As teachers, we are not able to do our usual observations with in-class work and projects, informal questions, and listening to thoughts and ideas being discussed in partners or small groups.
Our team will continue to give tests and assessments during this time because it is one of the ways we can gauge how we need support your child’s learning. When your child has a test or quiz, we want your support in encouraging them to take their time and do their best work. Children should be completing all of the work for a test or quiz independently because as educators we need to know what they are capable of and what they still need as learners.

Math grading will continue to be put in the gradebook on a daily basis. In our other subject areas (reading, writing, grammar, spelling, history and science), students will receive one grade each week. Teachers will pick one assignment from the week to enter into Infinite Campus. Students should be completing all assignments with their best effort by Sunday evening each week. Teachers will start reviewing work for the week after this time. All assignments will be reviewed by teachers and feedback will be given to students in OneNote.

When your child starts their next week of work, please take a moment to go back and review teacher comments. We have seen so many students putting great effort into their work. We are so proud of what you're learning!
As literacy teachers, we value giving feedback to your children on the concepts we are learning each day. Like most learning, our concepts build on top of one another and we want to help correct errors in thinking with students when we see misunderstandings. We would like to continue giving valuable feedback to your children. Having work completed by 9:00am the day after the work is listed in our online posts and in OneNote will be helpful as we continue online learning.

Starting next week, a prerequisite for joining our literacy Zooms is that your child has completed the assignment for that day. They’ll have all morning to work on it before the afternoon meeting time. Then, for whoever decides to join, we will talk about the chapter in more depth (like we would if we were in the classroom) and go over the questions they answered. We will also let them ask any other questions about assignments at this time.
Excused Absences
Please use the School Dismissal Manager application if your child is unable to e-learn during one of our online school days. This is the normal procedure you would usually follow if your child were to be absent.
A Note from Our School Counselor, Ms. Stasio
Hi friends! If your child would like to let me know how they are doing or would like to chat with me, they can fill this survey out! I would love to hear from you! I hope you are all doing well.

Common Technology Issues
 What to do if you delete/change something?
o Copy from Teacher Notebook/Content Library
 Go to Teachers Notebook/Content library
 Select from the tab menu to highlight the tab you’d like
 Copy the tabs you need to replace (right click, copy or Ctrl+C)
 Paste (right click, paste or Ctrl+V)
o Click undo button
 From Home menu, look in top left corner for undo button
 Putting Assignments into OneNote
o Upload Picture into OneNote
 Go to Insert menu
 Click on Pictures
• Use picture from computer camera or file from phone to input picture into OneNote
 Syncing
o Right-click the notebook name in the Notebooks list, click Sync, and then click Sync This Notebook.
o If not loaded after 10 minutes, check Teacher Notebook/Content Library and copy tabs to past into your notebook (see above)

 Please click the BLUE button – login with MS Azure AD
 Please enter the student AA email address and password
March 16, 2020
Access to Teacher Instructions
As previously stated by administration, starting March 24 you will receive an email by 9:00 am with directions from your child’s teachers for different subject areas.  To encourage independence for students, the same information sent via email will also be posted on the Grade 3 web page ( Campus, Castle Pines- Classrooms, Grade 3) under the tab with the teacher’s name. 
Expectations for Students
Students will have 24 hours (9:00 am the following day) to complete the learning goals/objectives sent out and posted online each day for their subjects (literacy, math, science and history).  Students know how to use their Outlook email accounts and can communicate with teachers via email, if needed. Proactively sitting down with your child to discuss this opportunity for growing independence and setting-up routines that will give them guidance each day will help them find success at online learning. 
Online Learning Tools
As teachers, we are creating lessons with online tools students are familiar with to replicate the learning that would have taken place in our classrooms.  Most of the work for math will be done on Think Central with Go Math.  For other subject areas, students will login to their Office 365 account to use One Note.  Office 365 can also be used to access Outlook for school related emails. 
Teacher Support
These are unprecedented times and online learning as the main source of instruction will be new to all of us.  Please know that our third-grade team is here to support you and your child.  As online teachers, we will be spending a lot of time reviewing student work (writing feedback on the side in OneNote), emailing with parents/students, and creating meaningful online lessons.  Please check resources sent out to see if a question has already been answered before emailing teachers.  Prior to March 23rd, our team will send one more email with step by step directions for getting on Office 365 and FAQ’s about passwords and using OneNote. 
Wishing you all the best,
Jennifer Gant
Instructor, Third Grade
Kristen Krieger
Lead Instructor, Third Grade
Deedra Lankford
Instructor, Third Grade
Trisha Mills
Senior Instructor, Ability Grouping
Rebecca O'Neil
Instructor, Third Grade