Weekly Newsletter

December 9-13, 2019

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I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend. We certainly were blessed with some beautiful weather. Since I will not be sending out another newsletter before Christmas, I hope that everyone has a safe and blessed Christmas vacation. I look forward to a wonderful new year with all of you and all of your kids.

Just a few quick reminders:


  • The Primary Program is taking place on this upcoming Wednesday, December 18th at 6:00 PM. If your child has an acting part he/she must in the 3B classroom by 5:30. This will give us time to get these children into their costumes (provided by the school). All other students should be in the Church no later than 5:40. An announcement will be made for the children to proceed to our classroom at that time.
  • Our classroom Christmas party will take place on Thursday, December 19th in the afternoon. Thank you to Colleen and Katelyn for being such wonderful room parents and planning our classroom celebrations
  • We have an all school prayer service at 10:45 AM in the Church on Friday, December 20th. All families are welcome. We will conclude by singing Christmas carols and having an early dismissal is at 11:30 AM.



When your child was in second grade the students learned about picture graphs and bar graphs with single-unit scales. During our current unit, the students are reading scaled picture graphs and scaled bar graphs, extracting information, and solving one- and two-step addition and subtraction problems to compare categorical data. Their knowledge of skip counting and multiplication helps them understand how to read and create scaled graphs. As the unit continues, they will learn how to make scaled picture graphs and scaled bar graphs as well as how to draw conclusion from data and graphs.

This is an incredibly short unit, as it is only 4 lessons long. Therefore, we had a test on this unit at the end of the week. Continue to practice your child’s math facts as fact families! This will help him/her develop the confidence when working toward mastering different math skills!


Social Studies/Science:

WOHOO!!! The kids did a fabulous job presenting their research last week. The third graders were split into two separate groups and then presented their inventor and invention on the assigned day. Each student was responsible for sharing 2 interesting facts about his/her inventor and invention, showcasing the advertisement for the invention, and then displaying the model or diagram of the invention.

Ms. Schuenemann and I were so impressed with how great the kids were as an audience and how well they presented their research. It was very clear that the kids LOVED this unit!

I am in the process of putting all of the videos onto our secure youtube group. Make sure to check out the "Get In Touch" tab. The videos are slowly uploading, so thank you for your patience. Please note that these are all unlisted videos, meaning, the videos are only available if you have the link. If you would like me to remove your child's video, please email me and let me know.


During our writing time the students spent time learning about subject-verb agreement. The students know that a verb (either action or linking) tells what is happening in a sentence. Verbs can be in the present, past, or future tense. After this review, they learned that verbs in the present tense have two forms and the correct form is dependent on whether the subject is singular or plural.

  For example: [Except for I], Add -s to a verb when the noun in the subject is singular (He asks the bank teller for help). You do not add -s to the verb when the noun in the subject is plural (People hear the noise in the cafeteria). We will continue practicing this over the next few weeks.



The kids are really enjoying our newest book: Out of the Dust. As mentioned in my previous letter, this book generates a lot of interesting opinions and questions by students. It is a great book for discussion, and I encourage you to ask the following questions to your child at home.


  1. Billie Jo’s mother does not want her playing the piano, even though she was the one that taught her to play. Why do you think this is?
  2. There is a terrible dust storm that destroys a quarter of the crops on the storm? Why is this a problem for the family and what does Ma suggest they do about it?
  3. How is President Roosevelt trying to help families during the Great Depression?
  4. Is Billie Jo’s family wealthy, middle class, or poor? How can you tell? What do they do to help other people in their time of need?
  5. How does Billie Jo’s relationship with her father change after her mother passes away?




In Chapter 13 the discussed the season of Advent. Advent is the season of our preparation for Christ’s coming: past, present, and future. The students learned that the four weeks of Advent prepare us to rejoice in the Incarnation. We know that the Son of God was made man to save us and to reveal the Father’s love for us. Make sure to ask your child about our weekly primary Advent prayer services to see how we can prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.


Our newest spelling words are up and online. This is for Unit 3: Lesson 14. These words are r-controlled vowels (ar, or). Continue to use www.spellingcity.com as resource for your child’s weekly spelling list.

Here are our new words:


  • New Words: horse, mark, storm, market, acorn, artist, March, north, barking, stork, thorn, forest, chore, restore
  • Review Words: dark, story
  • Challenge Words: partner, fortune, lying, ability



In Conclusion:

Thank you again for a wonderful week. It is truly a joy having your children in my class. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Mrs. Robyn Bernecker



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