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410 Central Ave. N.
New Prague, MN 56071

phone: 952-758-1700
fax: 952-758-1799


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:

January 22nd, 2018






The first science fair help session is Thursday, Jan 18 at Falcon Ridge in the computer lab from 4-5. Students need to bring a note to stay after. Pickup is 5PM at the front entrance. Students from other schools may attend but need their own transportation. Students should bring a pencil, packet and any materials to research. 



Book Talk Reminder:

Please do not stress about the book talks. They are not meant to create more work for parents. I do not expect students to be writing full paragraph form descriptions yet. That is a goal we are working on for the end of the year. Students are transitioning to doing the book reports on chapter books instead of picture books.  They should be using 2-3 complete sentences with proper punctuation in each category.  The idea behind the book talks is to motivate, inspire, and share quality literature with other students in hopes to "hook" not only the avid readers, but the reluctant readers as well, into enjoying independent reading. As well as to see what the student is capable of producing. 



Valentine Skating Party:

This note will come home soon. We will be looking for parent volunteers to meet us there to help tie skates. Once student skates have been tied you are welcome to stay to skate with your child! 




1-3-18 Below is the link for Typing club. 

Typing Club



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Calling all volunteers for roller-skating!

-January 8th to January 22nd

-Students Need: Long socks to help prevent blisters & a helmet if students have them. Hockey and football helmets will not be allowed.

**Students will NOT skate if they do not have long socks. 

-We would love parent volunteers to help tie skates. Third grade has gym from 9:15-10:05.  If you would like to volunteer please let me know and arrive a few minutes prior. You can check in with the office then wait by the gym until we come down.


Belanger Skating Dates: (If we have a snow day this schedule will change.)

*Friday, January 19th




Smart Snack Reminder:

We had a class discussion about healthy snack options as a reminder. Students may bring a water bottle for water only to keep at their desk to stay hydrated. If you would like more information about the district policy you can read the information below or check out the link below for some ideas. 



New Prague Area Schools and its staff, along with the district's Wellness Committee, ask for your support in creating a healthier school community.  As part of our recently approved wellness policy, we are rethinking the way we celebrate birthdays and reward our students.  Moving forward, any food item you intend to distribute to your child's class should be a Smart Snack approved item.  To access a list of approved Smart Snacks or to see Nutrition Services' recently created Trojan Treat Menu, which can be ordered from Nutrition Services and provided to your child's class, please refer to the NPAS school website (npaschools.org), click on District, and then view the Wellness tab.  Under that tab, there is also a tool called the Smart Snack Calculator, which allows you to enter the nutritional information from your child's favorite snack to see if it meets the Smart Snack standards.     

We appreciate your understanding and support with this new initiative.  If you have further questions, please contact Kim Franta, Nutrition Services Director, at 952-758-1772.

Here's to a healthier school community!







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. 




*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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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.

2-16-18     Valentine Skating Party 10:45 at the NP Community Center

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

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



Reading : 1-22-18

Main Idea & Details


Singular & Plural Nouns




Helping Verbs Song 






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 2: Communities Change




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:

Self -control:  to think before you act and make good choices

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 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.