We have been learning about animals and their adaptations.  Students begun studying bones to see what owls ate and which bird beak is best.

I sent home a small green slip with your child’s current progress so you can see how they have been performing in class. Thank you to the 16 families that returned the yellow Impact forms the first day.

Students voted for a Fun-in-the-Sun themed basket for our class to auction off at the PTA Winter Wonderland. Each family is asked to bring something in to make our  gift basket. The idea is to put things that could be used at a pool or Beach. Below is a list of items that students brainstormed that could go into our basket. Donations are due by December 3.  Thank You!

beach towel

beach umbrella



Snorkel gear

Sand toys

pool noodles

inflatable pool for the backyard

floaties to use in a pool, a river, lake, or beach

Boogie boards


Squirt blasters

Sun hats


Water games

Amazon gift card




Federal Survey Forms will go home on Monday, November 5th. All forms should be completed and returned by Monday, November 12.

We will go to Camarena library on Wednesday this week. Chapter 5 math is a short unit. We will finish at the end of this week. The test will be the following Tuesday. There are only two Ten Mark lessons that accompany it. All ten Mark monsters should be completed as well as all pages in the Go Math book by Tuesday November 13th.

I sent home another book order as many students wanted to order the new Kate DiCamillo book, “Louisiana’s way home”. If you plan to place an order online use the code MDLC8 . Please do so by Monday.  The book will arrive before Thanksgiving break.  Thank you.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday!

Last Week of October

Thank you all for helping your children participate in red ribbon week spirit wear. It was fun to see everyone’s creativity. Your children took home the chapter for go math book this weekend. In class today they completed the chapter review. All pages should be completed in their book. Please sign the front cover to show me that you have looked it over. They will take the test on Tuesday. In the afternoon on Tuesday they will have VAPA.

We have had three more families signed up for the PTA. There were blue papers sent home last week. I am looking for a parent volunteer that would be willing to put together a gift basket that our classroom is to supply for the winter wonderland. This year the PTA will offer a 50% discount on one ticket for inflatable world portion of the event As a thank you for taking the time to assist the teachers and putting together the auction basket. If you would like to take on that role, please leave a comment on the blog so that other parents can see someone has signed up or not. Currently our class is slated for a chocolate themed basket. This can be modified do to our volunteers interest.

Next Week


Please help our school by joining the PTA.  Our class currently only has two families that has joined.  The PTA is a huge help to our school and programs your students participate in.

Thank you for showing up to Pastries for Parents.  I posted the pictures under the Photo tab above.

Students will begin gathering sources to research an animal next week. Going to the library this weekend might help them.

Red Ribbon week begins Monday. Please try to have your child participate in the spirit themed days. I pay extra class dollars for those that do.

Next Week

This week, students all began their new book clubs. Ask them about the new characters that they’ve met. Our Lion King field trip will be on November 14th 8:30-1:30. I still have a few parent spots opened. If you are interested, please respond on the blog or send me an email by Monday. We have to purchase the tickets at that time. If you have not returned your child’s permission slip, please send it back on Monday as well. The personalized T Shirts have come in. I will pass them out on Monday.

Homework alert! Several students have to finish their opinion writing this weekend. They can do it on Google classroom or Google drive. They had plenty of class time to complete. Ask them what book they were/were not recommending and what two reasons what they were using to support the recommendation.

Tuesday will be a busy day. Parents are invited to attend school in the morning with their students. You are going to line up on the black top with your child and learn in the classroom from 8:30 to 9. At 9 o’clock you are invited into the auditorium with the principal for pastries. Third grade students will be in VAPA on Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday students will begin the new Benchmark unit 3, Animal Adaptations.

GATE results will be mailed home this upcoming week. Questionnaires may be included to see if your child qualifies. Please fill out and return as quick as possible.

Oh Dr, McLaren concluded that The Halloween Costumes have become a special tradition here at Camarena.  Therefore, students will be allowed to wear costumes to school on Friday, October 26 with the following guidelines:


  • Students are not allowed to wear masks or makeup, bring weapons or props.
  • Students should wear their costume on top of their clothes because they will not be allowed to go to the bathroom to change.
  • Students are responsible for the care of their costumes.  The school is not responsible for costumes that are lost or damaged.


Enjoy the weekend!