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Margrethe Ramirez

Weekly News!

This week in room 15...

  • Students are enjoying their work with "Character Studies" during Reader's Workshop.  This week we dug a bit deeper by asking "why?" our character is this way and developed theories with the sentence starters:  "Could it be..." "Or may be it's..."  "Also..."  We began to notice patterns and the wants of our character to predict what they would do next.
  • We've had fun with geometry this week.  Students worked on making polygons with rubber bands while working on geoboards.  We looked at quadrilaterals and created many special ones: squares, rhombus, rectangle, parallelogram, and trapezoids.  We looked to see which figures had right angles along with other attributes.  We also created polygons with pattern blocks.
  • We have been coming up with lists of people, places or ideas that we feel passionate about.  We came up with a class writing topic:  "All 3rd graders should have Chromebooks at their desks." and then brainstormed reasons for this claim.  Students worked on coming up with a claim or thesis and worked on jotting down all their reasons.
  • The Iditarod is coming to an end.  It has been fun to follow.  We worked on coming up with an ABC glossary that shows all that we have learned about the event.  Students also worked on creating a graphic organizer with 3 BIG ideas from the Iditarod that they would want to teach others.  We will be putting our ideas onto slides to share.
  • Our field trip was a success despite the rain and chilly temperatures.  Thank you to ALL the parents that were required to help out.  Thank you to Allie Lou's mom, Ellie's mom, Brody's mom, Joythi's mom, Isabella's mom, Peter's mom, Rachel's mom, and Juliette's mom for attending the trip.  We learned a lot about what happens once water goes down the drain.   We also found out how we can tell if water is healthy by seeing all the living things in it.  
  • Life Skill Focus:  Integrity: to be honest and do the right thing even when no one is watching. 








Volunteer Sign Ups

Our school and classroom wouldn't be the same without the help of parents like you.  There will be opportunities to help out throughout the year.  


Thank you to parents that stepped up to drive and attend our trip to Mt. View Sanitary District on March 14th.  


Parent help is needed May 8th for our Moraga History Trip and finally in June for our end of year party.  This trip also needs parent drivers.  If you went to the wetlands and filled out paperwork, we would love to have you drive again on MAY 8th:  NO MORE PAPERWORK REQUIRED, JUST YOUR TIME :).  Parents helping on trips or in class projects need to be cleared by the district.  


Volunteers are required to fill out paperwork, take a quiz, and bring a copy of your driver's license to the office or district office.  Click here to access the requirements.  Many people are already "cleared" with the district.  Please contact the office or myself if you are unsure of your status.  Driver form is located in my "locker".  Please fill this out if you can be a driver.


Thank you for all the support you provide in and out of the classroom.













Weekly Reminders

Science Fair:  Wednesday, March 21st, 6:30-7:30


Monthly Mania for March. Due:  Tuesday, March 27th.  Optional for those that participated in the Science Fair.


Minimum Day: Friday, March 30th.


Spring Break:  March 31-April 8th



















Raz-Kids Reading

Raz-Kids log in: http://www.raz-kids.com/main/Login The code for our class is mmramirez.  Students select their name and they each have a pass-code icon.  


We will practice logging on at school so that students should be able to access the program easily at home.  Students will be assigned Raz-Kids reading from their assigned level one night each week.  








Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic Book Orders are placed every 3-5 weeks.  I usually send home Scholastic book fliers every month.  The due date for orders will be listed here as well as on the Scholastic website. 


Books can be ordered by visiting Scholastic and using our class code: LW9P2.