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New Prague, MN 56071

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Weekly Updates


Please take a peek at this page often because I update it weekly. On this page you will find a snapshot of our academics for the week and any special announcements or events. 

Updates for the Week of:

December 11th, 2017




Don't forget that every 100 pages counts as 1 book for the reading challenge. The yellow reading log is stapled in the front of the planner. 




Starting December 14th, students will have a new yellow book talk sheet to complete. 



RESPONSIBILITY- to take care of the things that need to be done

Our character word of the month is responsibility. We have had lots of discussions about what students are responsible for. Please continue the conversation at home. It is great for students to see that everyone has things they are responsible for to make a classroom or home run effectively. Sometimes students need reminders at home about what things are their responsibility. Listening/following directions and problem solving are two other areas that we are working on as a class. Students can often find a solution to their problem IF they use their resources. 


Some examples that we have discussed in class are below.

-Students are responsible for bringing their planner & a pen to mom or dad.

-Students can pack their own snack.

-Students can put their homework back in their folder then put it in their backpack. 

-Students can put their lunch in their backpack.

-Students are responsible for listening to directions. 


The Worst Day of My Life Ever  I read this book to the class this morning. Then this afternoon we needed another reminder about listening and following directions so we watched it on youtube. The link is in the red box above. 


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Please feel free to share with your students and parents. This is open to 3rd through 6th Grade! Feel free to send info to parents or post on your webpage. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Ilkka at RS, Ms. Ringsred at EV or Mrs Prchal at FR. 

Who: Elementary Science Fair Scientists & Engineers in Grades 3-6 

What: New Prague Elementary Science and Engineering Fair!
When: Saturday, March 3 New Prague Middle School Commons, Gym and Auditorium 11:30 am - Registration/Set-up 12:30-2:30 pm - Judging 2:30-3 pm - Open Viewing 3-4 pm - Awards Ceremony 
How: This is a fun event that includes displaying and judging your projects, as well as fun and engaging science activities for the whole family! A comprehensive packet of information will be available on-line on the Community Education website and at all three Elementary schools. This packet will take students through the complete process of the project by using the scientific method or the engineering process from start to finish! Purple ribbon winners who advance from this fair will have the opportunity to represent out schools at the regional fair in Mankato on Sat, April 28
Getting Started: We have great staff and successful past participants (who have gone on to compete at state and internationals) that are eager to help you! 
KICK-OFF event Tuesday, Jan 9 6:30-7:45pm Falcon Ridge Multi-Purpose Gym 
Our KICK-OFF event will be meaningful and full of great information to get you started. Display boards can be purchased $5, packets picked up and questions answered! TShirts will also be available for $9 if interested! Packets will be available December 8th in each school office for those who would like to begin before Winter Break.
HELP SESSIONS Each elementary school will host a science fair help session that any student is welcome to attend. Feel free to attend a different school’s session if the dates don’t work for you! A teacher and volunteers will be on hand to help guide the children with project selection, researching, or just pulling it all together. Please send a note with your child to school for permission to stay after and plan to pick up your child at the main door of the school afterward. 
Raven Stream Tues, Jan 23 & Tues, Feb 6 - Mrs. Ilkka 4-5pm 
Falcon Ridge Th, Jan 18 & Tu, Feb 13 - Mrs. Prchal 4-5pm 
Eagle View Th, Jan 25 & Tu, Feb 20 - Ms. Ringsred 4-5pm 
All help sessions will be held in the respective building’s computer lab. Bring science experiment, notebook, packet and pencil. 
We can't wait to see what students come up with! Feel free to email me directly as well with questions or concerns. This is made possible by New Prague Community Education and there will be sign up information at the kickoff event and in offices after that. There is no cost to participate!



Dictionary Skills

Today we started our Dictionary Skills. We will do the first one together on the board in class. Dictionary skills are graded and put into the grade book for points. I discussed with students the importance of using the dictionary that they got from the Lions. If they use a different dictionary that they have at home the answers may vary from my answer key. If students do not finish them in class they will come home as homework. In the planner you will see it abbreviated as DS. 





GRAMMAR Reminder:

Students will get a blue grammar page that follows the grammar skill for the week. We  go over 3-4 examples from each page in the packet together on the board. Students will be given class time to complete the packet. If it is not completed in class it will become homework and go home. There will be 1 graded page that is due by Friday for points. Students have been encouraged each week to bring it home to go over the graded page with a parent. 




*Don't forget to continue to practice your basic addition and subtraction math facts at home. Students can take home time tests to practice or you can print them from our classroom website. 





Raven Stream has been challenged to read 50,000 books by the end of the school year. Third graders have been challenged to read 30 books per child. A yellow reading log will be stapled in the front of student planners. Once that log is full, bring it back to school so I can record it and give you a new one. 



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12-13-17  PJ Drive Ends Today

12-18-17  Raven Stream Band/Choir Concert 5 pm in the gym

12-22-17 to 1-1-18   HOLIDAY BREAK- No School for Staff & Students

1-27-18    Raven Stream Family Fun Night at the New Prague Aquatic Center.  We will have the pool and gym                        area to ourselves.  Free swimming for all.  Root Beer Floats/Ice Cream Sundaes will be served.                                  Concessions will be available.

3-15-18     Family Fun Night - Bouncy Houses, D.J., Face Painting, Pizza,

3-17-18   Koo Koo Kangaroo - Time to be announced soon



Reading : 12-11-17





Pre-fix & Suffix








 Spelling: (Week 11 - 12-11-17)


Friday: Post-test

Students will have a 10 word spelling list.  Visit our Spelling page to find our words and other important information. 

Visit our classroom Spelling City website to play spelling games. 


 Multiplication Strategies


**Remember to practice your addition and subtraction facts at home. As well as telling time! Please remember that your child is NOT graded on their time tests but it is still very important. This is used to measure the progress of their fact fluency.


Check out our math page for helpful videos on math strategies learned in class! It also has a link to websites that we use in class to reinforce concepts.  


At Home Practice: 

Below are resources for additional math practice at home to reinforce concepts learned in class. 

**Keep practicing math addition, subtraction, and MULTIPLICATION facts each week at home. As well as telling time. 


Front Row Math 

Mrs. Belanger's MATH Symbaloo Page 


Social Studies:

Unit 1: Communities & Geography

  • What is a community?

  • Communities Big & Small

  • Our Countries Geography

  • Our Natural Resources

  • People & Environment



We have started a quick review packet of printing and that will last another week or two. Students get a handwriting grade in third grade. Please encourage your child to take their time. There will be times that I will ask students to try it again if I can not read it. I remind them if I have to squint to read it then I will get "Granny wrinkles" so please don't make me squint. :)  After that we will begin with cursive handwriting! I know many students are excited to learn cursive!   

Character Counts Word of the Month:

RESPONSIBILITY:  to take care of things that need to be done


 Kindness Boomerang Video


Each day we watch a 1 minute Rusty video. Rusty talks about different things to help create a learning community based on healthy relationships, mutal respect, and high achievement. Take a peek at the website if you want to learn more about Rusty.