A Note From Your Third  Grade Teachers
Third Grade Connections
September 22nd, 2016

Dear Third Grade Families,

Besides famiiarizing themselves with the routines and rituals, third graders have been busy exploring natural resources, building ocean mobiles, generating ideas for their writing notebooks, sharing reading and math strategies, and participating in character building games. Their enthusiasm towards learning and curiosity is fantastic and has helped to start the year off strong.  
As you may have heard from your child, this week is Coastweek at Sea Crest. Third graders have been studying what a natural resource is, how they are used and which particular ones come from the ocean. They divided themselves into groups based on passions and created detailed mobiles that explain their discoveries. They are excited to share their research and projects during a schoolwide tour tomorrow.

In Reader's and Writer's Workshop, students engaged in mini-lessons on why and how reading is thinking, how reader's choose just right books and where writer's get their ideas. Third graders also practiced their word and grammar skills through editing practice and daily language review.

What kind of strategies did your child share with you during the Target Addition game? Perhaps it was a ten buddy, or a double strategy?  Maybe they used their counting on skills to recognize how many more they needed to win.  Throughout games, mini-lessons, guided practice and number talks, our third graders have been learning various strategies to help them with larger numbers and word problems. One child quoted: "Math is so much fun, but hard." It is a treat to see each child challenge themselves and learn through play, discussion, and writing numbers.

The third graders were able to maneuver a hula hoop around the whole circle of thirty children without breaking the circle. Now if this isn't teamwork and collaboration, what is? These are skills we plan on incorporating throughout the year to help build character and work together.

Along with the buzz of the curriculum, the third graders have been working on their organizational skills and responsibility by keeping up with their planners. Thank you for your support in checking their planner every night.

We look forward to an another amazing week of discoveries and learning.


Your Third Grade Team
Kathe Bybee and Jen Guevara

Upcoming Events

Friday 9/23: Special Ocean Adventure Assembly with two guest presentations and Coastweek at Sea Crest Learning Share Out where lower school classrooms will present their experiences celebrating the ocean.

Saturday 9/24 - Sunday 9/25: We encourage all our families to participate in our Coastal Cleanup Challenge by attending any of the Coastal Cleanup Days organized by the California Coastal Commission. Please click here to find a beach nearby and help us protect our beautiful sanctuary!

Saturday 9/24:

Sunday 9/25:

Don't forget to wear Sea Crest gear and share your pictures on social media using the hashtag: #SeaCrestCoastweek, or email us at communications@seacrestschool.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday 9/28: Our first school-wide Preventative Lice Check of the year. Please make sure your child comes prepared:

  • Dry hair
  • No braids, hair clips, or hats
  • Students with longer hair should come with ponytails or pack a hair tie so they can put hair up after they are checked

Thank you for your help in keeping our school lice-free!

Thursday 10/6:  Field trip to San Mateo History Museum, 8:45 - 11:45 a.m. Permission slip coming home next week.

Thursday 10/6 & Friday 10/7: Parent/Teacher Conferences. Thank you for signing up.  

Fundraising Opportunity
Purchase a New Leaf Gift Card to support Sea Crest

Do you shop at New Leaf Market? If you do, you can help raise funds for Sea Crest by purchasing a new New Leaf Gift Card, or reloading an existing one with Cathy at the front desk, and using it each time you shop.

The school receives up to 5% when you purchase with this card You can purchase a card in increments of $50, $100, $250, or $500 by writing a check to Sea Crest for that amount.

Please consider taking this opportunity to help raise funds for our school. Last year we raised over $1600!

How to Reach Us
  • If there is an emergency, please call Cathy at the front desk, at 650.712.9892.
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