Category: For 3rd Grade

PARCC and MCAS Schedule

Below are the testing dates and times for PARCC and MCAS.  Please make sure your children are in school on these dates.

Thank you,

Lisa

PARCC Window: May 3-May 27, 2016

 

DATE Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
Tues, 5/3 ELA Unit 1: 8:45-10:15 ELA Unit 1 10:30-12noon
Weds 5/4 ELA Unit 2: 8:45-10:00 ELA Unit 2 10:30-12:00pm
Thurs 5/5 ELA Unit 3: 8:45-10:15 ELA Unit 3 10:30-12noon
Fri. 5/6 Math Unit 1 8:45-9:45 ELA Unit 1 12:30-2:00pm Math Unit 1 10:15-11:15
Mon 5/9 Math Unit 2 8:45-9:45 ELA Unit 2 12:30-2:00pm Math Unit 2 10:15-11:15
Tues 5/10 ELA Unit 3 8:45-10:15am
Weds 5/11 Math Unit 3 8:45-9:45 Math Unit 1 12:30-1:30pm Math Unit 3 10:15-11:15
Thurs 5/12 Math Unit 4 8:45-9:45 Math Unit 2 12:30-1:30pm Math Unit 4 10:15-11:15
Fri 5/13 Math Unit 3 8:45-9:45am
Mon 5/16 Math Unit 4 8:45-9:45am Science MCAS 10:00am
Tues 5/17 Science MCAS 8:45am

No using cell phones during the school day

Dear  families,

I want to remind everyone that cell phones can not be used during the school day by the children. They may bring them to school so they can be reached before or after school but they can not be used while school is in session. If you want to reach your child, please call the school. If your child needs to speak with you, we will let them call you. After 3:00 they can use their phone. Your child can keep their phone in their locker or give it to their classroom teacher when they get to school. Then they can get it back from the teacher at the end of the day.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks,

Lisa

PARCC and MCAS Dates

This year students in grades 3-5 will be taking the PARCC paper test and 5th grade will take the Science and Technology MCAS .

The exact dates for each grade have not been determined yet but please be prepared for test days between Monday, April 25 and Friday, May 27.

The 5th graders will be taking the Science and Technology MCAS between Tuesday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 24.

Please do no plan any time away from school during these dates.

Thanks, Lisa

 

Letter to Parents for PARCC

March 2015

Dear Families,

As you know, our third, fourth and fifth grade students will take the PARCC Performance-Based Assessment in both English Language Arts and Mathematics later this month.  This assessment is new and we continue to make the best preparations we can with the information received from the state. We are treating this year as a baseline experience for gathering information about both the test and our performance. We will use the results of the assessment to plan for growth in future years and determine if additional shifts in our curriculum are necessary.

Our goal is to guide students through this experience with as little stress as possible. To that end, students will explore practice tests to become familiar with the assessment format over the next two weeks. The following points are being emphasized as we introduce the practice test to students:

  • This is a new test that may replace MCAS. As we have made changes to what we teach, it was decided by the state of Massachusetts that schools would have the opportunity to try this test.
  • We know very little about the test because students have never taken it. As a result, students should do their best but know they may not feel totally successful or prepared and they may not finish the test. All of that is okay.
  • During practice test sessions, the primary goal is to learn the technology aspect of the test; navigate the testing site, use the tools, and learn how to answer the different types of questions for ELA and Math.
  • During the real test sessions, students should work through the test and do the best they can but remember that they are trying a test for the first time. The results will let us (teachers) know if we are focusing on the right things in our teaching.
  • Again, students may not finish the test, which is just fine.

As we continue to make a conscious effort to minimize the anxiety and stress students feel about the PARCC assessment, it will be important for them to receive a similar message at school and at home.

The testing dates for Memorial-Spaulding were predetermined by the district so additional Instructional Technology staff could be assigned to support the proctoring of the test. On the days we are administering the PARCC assessment to more than one grade level, one class will take the test in the morning while the other takes the test late morning or early afternoon. The exact time is based on the current schedule of the grade level. Classroom teachers will communicate the testing time to families. As a reminder the testing dates are as follows:

ELA:

Grade 3: March 23rd, March 25th, March 27th

Grade 4: March 23rd, March 24th, March 26th

Grade 5: March 25th, March 26th, March 27th

Math:

Grade 3: April 8th, April 9th

Grade 4: April 8th, April 10th

Grade 5: April 9th, April 10th

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Lisa McManus

Principal

Understanding Our Differences

Understanding Our Differences – Units and Presentation Dates for this Year

Dear Memorial-Spaulding School Community:

I am writing to let you know about the dates and topics that Understanding Our Differences has scheduled for presentation to our students this school year. As you recall, Understanding Our Differences (UOD) is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with the Newton Public Schools since 1978 to provide a unique, creative disability awareness program for elementary school children in grades 3-5.~ Note that these units are presented to all of our students, who learn together in grade-level groups.

Dates for Grade 3

Blindness/Low Vision – February 5, 2015

Deafness/Hard of Hearing — April 2, 2015

Coordinated by: Jamie Robinson, jlcinflorida@yahoo.com

 Dates for Grade 4

Learning Disabilities – to be decided

Chronic Medical Conditions – March 26, 2015

Coordinated by: Amy Masters, amasters@hearst.com

 Dates for Grade 5

Autism — November 13, 2014

Intellectual Disabilities — January 22, 2015

Physical Disabilities — March 19, 2015

Coordinated by: Eafat Newton, fromeafat@hotmail.com

Please address any questions you may have about these presentations to Jenni Acosta, UOD Program Director, at jacosta@UnderstandingOurDifferences.org.

Parent volunteers are always needed. If you would like to help with these presentations, please contact our School Coordinators of the UOD program:

3rd grade: Jamie Robinson, jlcinflorida@yahoo.com

4th grade: Amy Masters, amasters@hearst.com

5th grade: Eafat Newton, fromeafat@hotmail.com

To learn more about Understanding Our Differences, please view the website here: www.UnderstandingOurDifferences.org.

Sincerely,

Lisa McManus

Principal

M-S Third Grade Parents – Understanding Our Differences Program – Volunteers Needed

Understanding Our Differences is a non-profit organization working in partnership with the Newton Public Schools to provide a unique and creative disability awareness program for all elementary school children. Taught by volunteers, the program promotes inclusion, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities and individual differences at our schools and in our community.

The curriculum addresses various disabilities and chronic medical conditions and is presented to your children in third, fourth and fifth grades. This year, the third grade focus will be on Deafness & Hard of Hearing in the Fall/Winter and then Blindness & Low Vision in the Spring. The units will be offered as following:
Grade 3: Deafness & Hard of Hearing December 13th 1:00 pm
Blindness & Low Vision March 28th 1:00 pm

Each unit includes an informational PowerPoint presentation, group discussions, a DVD, hands-on activities and an opportunity to hear and ask questions about the experiences of a guest speaker with disabilities.

We invite you to join the team of volunteer parents, who will present the Deafness & Hard of Hearing unit in your child’s classroom. Each unit will require 3 hours of your time: a 1 hour training workshop and 2 hours classroom presentation. Parent participation is the great strength of this program. The training for Deafness & Hard of Hearing is offered at two different times – Tuesday November 27th from 6:45pm to 9:00 pm or Wednesday November 28th from 8:45 am to 11:00 am. Trainings will be held at the Education Center, 100 Walnut St., Newtonville.

We will take care of registration for the training once you have contacted us to say you are interested.

This is a unique opportunity to share time in the classroom with your own child and to get to know other parents and students. You will also be able to encourage friendship with and empathy for people with disabilities in our community.

If you are interested, please contact Yiqi Jin (avonnme@yahoo.com or 617-513-1771) or Melissa Berger (mkberger@comcast.net or 617-877-3219).

Thanks Angelique Dittrich, Community Chair and the PTO Board

Grade 3: Understanding Our Differences, May 31, 2012

Dear Parents,

Understanding Our Differences is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Newton Public Schools to teach elementary school children an understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities in our schools and in our community. The Understanding Our Differences Deafness and Hard of Hearing unit will take place in your child’s classroom on May 31, 2012, and we invite you to join us in the classroom.

 There are several themes central to this unit:

§         Hearing loss is only one of the many traits that contribute to making a person the individual that he or she is.

§         Individuals can experience varying degrees of hearing loss.

§         Technology is playing an increasingly important role in enabling people with hearing loss to communicate and do everyday tasks more easily and independently

§         People have a variety of communication choices. Interpreters are often used as a link between those who are Deaf and the hearing world.

§         Without communication a person can feel isolated.

During this unit, students will participate in a variety of activities where they get hands-on experience with fingerspelling, sign language and lipreading. They will learn about sound, frequency, communication and the anatomy of the ear. Students will discover that assistive technology can enhance both communication and independence.

For many students, the high point of each unit is the speakers who share their personal experiences and answer the students’ thoughtful questions about living with a disability.

The Understanding Our Differences program is presented by parent volunteers. Many parents find the experience of helping to implement the program to be very rewarding. Please contact Ydelsa Cassidy and Doreen Rachal, 3rd grade coordinators at ydelsacassidy@gmail.com or 617-877-0462 and dmrachal@yahoo.com or 617-795-2082 if you would like to join the volunteer team or if you have any questions or concerns.

 Sincerely,   Doreen and Ydelsa

3rd Grade Understanding Our Differences Volunteers Needed!

November 9, 2011

Dear Memorial Spaulding Parents,

Please join us in your child’s class to help present the
Understanding Our Differences Program

Understanding Our Differences is a non-profit organization working in partnership with the Newton Public Schools to provide a unique and creative disability awareness program for all elementary school children. Taught by volunteers, the program promotes inclusion, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities and individual differences at our schools and in our community.

The curriculum addresses various disabilities and chronic medical conditions and is presented to your children in third, fourth and fifth grades. This year the units will be offered as following:

Grade                        Unit                                Date                   Time
Grade 3:      Blindness & Low Vision    February 9th      12:30 pm
Deafness                          (At a later date)    12:30 pm

Each unit includes an informational PowerPoint presentation, group discussions, a DVD, hands-on activities, and an opportunity to hear, and ask questions about, the experiences of a guest speaker with disabilities.

We invite you to join the team of volunteer parents, who will present the Blindness unit in your child’s classroom. The unit will require 3 hours of your time: there will be a 1 hour training workshop, and the presentation in the classroom will take 2 hours. Parent participation is the great strength of this program.

This is a unique opportunity to share time in the classroom with your own child and to get to know other parents and students.  You will also be able to encourage friendship with and empathy for, people with disabilities in our community.

If you are interested, please contact us, Ydelsa Cassidy and Doreen Rachal, 3rd grade coordinators at  ydelsacassidy@gmail.com or 617-877-0462 and dmrachal@yahoo.com or 617-795-2082.

Sincerely,

Doreen and Ydelsa