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A little about me...
My Name is Marie Velchoff. I have been teaching third grade for 6 years and I truly love it! I have also taught fifth, sixth, as well as first.
 
Some of my my favorites are: writing, reading, baking, wonderful trips to Starbucks for coffee :), and biking! I love all the colors, but I think purple is my favorite. I love LSU and anything related to the Tigers. I graduated from there with my bachelors degree and later finished my master's at the University of Phoenix.
 
I am super excited about the 2016-2017 school year at our newly renovated school! More than that, I am excited to work with amazing kids!
 
I hope this year is full of wonderful, successful moments.
 
THANK YOU for letting me be part of your child's life!!!
 
 
FAQs

Teacher Contact Information
  • email (preferred method): francesvelchoff@tomballisd.net
  • Classroom Phone Number: 281-357-3134, x-3066
  • School Number: 281-357-3134(281) 357-3134

Conference Times
  • Wednesday-Friday: 1:50-2:40
 
*Parents, out of respect for your child, I will not discuss personal information regarding class performance, behavior or other matters of sensitivity while in the presence of others. I can always be reached via email, phone or in person.
 
Classroom Expectations:
  • Be Respectful
  • Make Safe Decisions
  • Do the Best You Can
  • Work hard
  • Be prepared
  • Take responsibility for their own actions and choices
 

Grading
Grades Core Areas (Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science)
(Averages are expressed numerically with the letter grade correlation.)
A-90-100
B-80-89
C-75-79
D-70-74
F- 69 and below
 
Non- Core Area Classes (Other than Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science)
Grades will be in the form of E, S, N, and U.

PARTICIPATION GRADES
  • E- Consistently attempts to improve skills, always brings required materials to class, contributes to class activities and/or discussions
  • S- Usually attempts to improve skills, usually brings required materials to class, usually contributes to class activities and/or discussions
  • N- Intermittently attempts to improve skills, seldom brings required materials to class, does not actively engage in class activities and/or discussions
  • U-Rarely attempts to improve skills, makes no attempt to bring required materials to class, does not engage in class activities and/or discussions

 
Conduct Grades Non-Core Areas (Other than Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science)
Grades will be in the form of E, S, N, and U.
 
CONDUCT GRADES
  • E- Consistently demonstrates appropriate behavior
  • S- Usually demonstrates appropriate behavior
  • N- Intermittently demonstrates appropriate behavior
  • U- Seldom demonstrates appropriate behavior 
Parent Contact relates to email, phone calls, notes home, formal and informal conferences
 
 
 

Recent Posts

Field Trip tomorrow- May 24th!

Please make sure your child:
1-Wears long pants, closed toe shoes, socks and DPES shirt (or red shirt).
2-Apply all sunscreen and bug spray at home
3-Pack lunches in a Ziplock bag with child's name
4-Extra items- your child need to keep up with these items and make su4re they have thier name on it (hats, sunglasses).

CONGRATULATIONS to all the DPE Students for ranking 1st in the state of Texas in First in Math!!!  I am so very, proud of thier hard work!!!
 
 
What’s happening at DPES?
  • May 22- Wonderful Author visit by Michael White
    http://michaelpwhite.com/index.html
  • May 24- 3rd Grade Field Trip to  W.G. Jones State Forest

    Our field trip is Wednesday, May 24, 2017 and we are going to visit the W.G. Jones State Forest Texas A&M Forest Service, Middle Lake Recreation Area.  Students will be participating in “Classroom Without Walls” with our Texas foresters to learn about wildlife, woods, water and wildfire.

    Clothing:  The field trip will take place outdoors, so please make sure your student is wearing their RED Decker Prairie Shirt or Field Day shirt (or other red shirt) and comfortable walking shoes.

    Sunscreen/Bug Spray: We will be taking a short hike during the day. Please apply sunscreen and insect repellant
    before arriving at school, as it cannot be applied once they are here.

    Lunch: Students will need a sack lunch in a gallon size resealable bag with their name clearly printed on the front.  Lunches that were ordered through the cafeteria will come packed that way.  Students may want to bring a water bottle in addition to their lunch drink.

    Departure/Arrival: We will leave the school at 9:00am and return at 1:45pm.

  • May 26- Reading Rally
  • May 29- Memorial Day, No School
  • May 31- End of Year Parties!!!!
  • June 1- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, Early Dismissal/Report Cards Sent Home
 
 
ELA
  • We have had such a great year and worked very hard! To wrap up this year, students will be revisting several genres we have read over the year and working on a variety of writing activities which will correlate with those genres. 
  • Our last Flashlight Friday will be May 26th.  Don't forget towels, flashlights and books for our Fun reading time!
 
 
 

5/ 15-19

What’s happening at DPES?
  • May 17- All Library Books Due
  • May 24- 3rd Grade Field Trip to  W.G. Jones State Forest
    Chaperones Needed:
    We will be taking a 3rd Grade field trip on Wednesday, May 24th!   If you are considering chaperoning you must have a background check complete and on file with the district.  Please click the "volunteer application" on the right to fill out the district form. (Yes, it looks like you are filling out a job application for TISD.) Apply now so it is all back in time!
  • May 26- Reading Rally
  • May 29- Memorial Day, No School
  • May 31- End of Year Parties
  • June 1- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, Early Dismissal/Report Cards Sent Home
 
 
ELA
  • We have had such a great year and worked very hard! To wrap up this year, students will be revisting several genres we have read over the year and working on a variety of writing activities which will correlate with those genres. 
  • Don't forget towels, flashlights and books for our Fun Flashlight Friday reading time!
 
Lesson 30- 5/15-18         
Last Spelling Test Thursday, 5/18
  1. below
  2. about
  3. belong
  4. around
  5. again
  6. alone
  7. because
  8. above
  9. between
  10. alive
  11. behind
  12. begin
  13. along
  14. before
  15. away
  16. want
  17. awhile
  18. beyond
  19. answer
  20. study
 

May 8-12

May 1-5 

What’s happening at DPES?
  • May 8- STAAR Math Test
  • May 9- STAAR Reading Test
  • May 10- Field Trip Permission Slips will be sent home for Field Trip
  • May 12- Moms and Muffins
  • May 14- Mother's Day
  • May 19- All Library Books Due
  • May 24- 3rd Grade Field Trip to  W.G. Jones State Forest
  • Chaperones Needed:
    We will be taking a 3rd Grade field trip on Wednesday, May 24th!   If you are considering chaperoning you must have a background check complete and on file with the district.  Please click the "volunteer application" on the right to fill out the district form. (Yes, it looks like you are filling out a job application for TISD.) Apply now so it is all back in time!
  • May 26- Reading Rally
  • May 29- Memorial Day, No School
  • May 31- End of Year Parties
  • June 1- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, Early Dismissal/Report Cards Sent Home
STAAR Testing this Week!
Math is Monday-5/8
Reading is Tuesday- 5/9
Make-up days will be Wednesday & Friday
 
Reading
STAAR test Monday, May 8.
is right around the corner, so we will be spending a great deal of our reading time digging deeper into questions, summary, vocabulary, context clues, author’s purpose and finding text evidence or supporting details. We will look at old tests and homework to look at the genre of testing.
 
 
NO Spelling words/test week of STAAR testing- 5/8-12
 
Lesson 30- 5/15-19         
Last Spelling Test Thursday, 5/18
  1. below
  2. about
  3. belong
  4. around
  5. again
  6. alone
  7. because
  8. above
  9. between
  10. alive
  11. behind
  12. begin
  13. along
  14. before
  15. away
  16. want
  17. awhile
  18. beyond
  19. answer
  20. study
 Social Studies:
  • We are wrapping up our unit of Financial Literacy.

May 1-5 

What’s happening at DPES?
  • May 2- STAAR Tutoring, Field Trip Permission Slips sent home for Field Trip
  • May 4- STAAR Tutoring (last opportunity)
  • May 5- Fun Run!!! Go Velchoff Vipers!!!
  • May 8- STAAR Math Test
  • May 9- STAAR Reading Test
  • May 12- Moms and Muffins
  • May 14- Mother's Day
  • May 19- All Library Books Due
  • May 24- 3rd Grade Field Trip to  W.G. Jones State Forest
    Chaperones Needed:
    We will be taking a 3rd Grade field trip on Wednesday, May 24th!   If you are considering chaperoning you must have a background check complete and on file with the district.  Please click the "volunteer application" on the right to fill out the district form. (Yes, it looks like you are filling out a job application for TISD.) Apply now so it is all back in time!
  • May 26- Reading Rally
  • May 29- Memorial Day, No School
  • May 31- End of Year Parties
  • June 1- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, Early Dismissal/Report Cards Sent Home
 
Reading
STAAR is right around the corner, so we will be spending a great deal of our reading time digging deeper into questions, summary, vocabulary, context clues, author’s purpose and finding text evidence or supporting details. We will look at old tests and homework to look at the genre of testing.
 
Writing
We will wrapping up our persuasive writing unit.
Lesson 29 - 5/1-5
Spelling Test will be THURSDAY, 5/4
  1. apple
  2. river
  3. little
  4. October
  5. ladder
  6. summer
  7. purple
  8. later
  9. November
  10. giggle
  11. uncle
  12. winter
  13. center
  14. double
  15. flower
  16. people
  17. whistle
  18. character
  19. began
  20. country
NO Spelling words/test week of STAAR testing- 5/8-12
 
Lesson 30- 5/15-19         
Last Spelling Test Thursday, 5/18
  1. below
  2. about
  3. belong
  4. around
  5. again
  6. alone
  7. because
  8. above
  9. between
  10. alive
  11. behind
  12. begin
  13. along
  14. before
  15. away
  16. want
  17. awhile
  18. beyond
  19. answer
  20. study
 Social Studies:
  • We are wrapping up our unit of Financial Literacy.

Writing Camp Opportunity

Are you creative?
Do you think of stories, poems, and scripts when you experience life?
Would you just LOVE to publish?

If the answer is yes and you will have completed 3rd grade this year, please join us at Writing Camp!  Sixty seats are available for students who will be enrolled in grades 4-8 during the 2017-18 school year.  Writing books will be provided and students should bring snacks and bottled water to the camp for mid-morning.

Please complete the following form and return it with a check in the amount of $50.00 made out to Tomball ISD to my self or Mrs. Hudson, the Reading Specialist, no later than May 26th. 

4/24-28

What’s happening at DPES?

  • Our nightly Reading Assignment is The Lemonade War.
    April 3 TISD and DPES Kicked off Texas Reads One Book with the book, The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. Your child received their very own copy of this book and a calendar of reading assignments.  Below are two links where you can learn more and select for the stories to be read aloud and you and your child follow along.  I hope you and your child are enjoying reading this book!

    https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1RNrTx1giLeKPovRP6oWf2rHUheqCrGoQoORh9GN9Eko/preview

    https://www.smore.com/qnwtx-the-lemonade-war-by-j-davies

    Wear yellow or anything with a lemonade theme on Monday’s during the month of April in support of Texas Reads One Book initiative!


  • Field Trip May 24th - Chaperones Needed
    We will be taking a 3rd Grade field trip on Wednesday, May 24th!   If you are considering chaperoning you must have a background check complete and on file with the district.  Please click the "volunteer application" on the right to fill out the district form. (Yes, it looks like you are filling out a job application for TISD.) Apply now so it is all back in time!


 

Reading

  • STAAR is right around the corner, so we will be spending a great deal of our reading time digging deeper into questions, summary, vocabulary, context clues, author’s purpose and finding text evidence or supporting details. We will look at old tests and homework to look at the genre of testing.
  • Reading STAAR Homework will be given Tuesday and is Due the following Tuesday.
    Please remind your child to show all their thinking and proofs.

Writing

  • We will be focusing on persuasive writing for the next several weeks.  We will investigate word choice and crafting our writing to persuade another. We will look at real world situations of persuasive writing to help us develop our skill.  Will continue focusing on sentence structure ensuring our sentence contain a subject and predicate.

Spelling Lesson 28 - 4/24-28
Spelling Test will be THURSDAY, 4/27
Words -aught, -ought

  1. taught
  2. thought
  3. rought
  4. laugh
  5. bought
  6. cough
  7. ought
  8. caught
  9. fought
  10. daughter
  11. tough
  12. though
  13. enough
  14. brought
  15. was
  16. draw
  17. sought
  18. naughty
  19. away
  20. those

 

Lesson 29 - 5/1-5
Spelling Test will be THURSDAY, 5/4

  1. apple
  2. river
  3. little
  4. October
  5. ladder
  6. summer
  7. purple
  8. later
  9. November
  10. giggle
  11. uncle
  12. winter
  13. center
  14. double
  15. flower
  16. people
  17. whistle
  18. character
  19. began
  20. country

NO Spelling words/test week of STAAR testing- 5/8-12

Lesson 30- 5/15-19         
Last Spelling Test Thursday, 5/18

  1. below
  2. about
  3. belong
  4. around
  5. again
  6. alone
  7. because
  8. above
  9. between
  10. alive
  11. behind
  12. begin
  13. along
  14. before
  15. away
  16. want
  17. awhile
  18. beyond
  19. answer
  20. study

 

Social Studies:

  • We are continuing our unit of Financial Literacy. We will focus on spending and saving, planned and unplanned expenses.

April 17-21

What’s happening at DPES?

  • Our nightly Reading Assignment is The Lemonade War.
    April 3 TISD and DPES Kicked off Texas Reads One Book with the book, The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. Your child received their very own copy of this book and a calendar of reading assignments.  Below are two links where you can learn more and select for the stories to be read aloud and you and your child follow along.  I hope you and your child are enjoying reading this book!

    https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1RNrTx1giLeKPovRP6oWf2rHUheqCrGoQoORh9GN9Eko/preview

    https://www.smore.com/qnwtx-the-lemonade-war-by-j-davies
  • Wear yellow or anything with a lemonade theme on Monday’s during the month of April in support of Texas Reads One Book initiative!
  • Field Day is on April 21st
         Lunch Time: 11:30-12:00
         Field Day Time: 12:15-1:45

Field Trip May 24th - Chaperones Needed

We will be taking a 3rd Grade field trip on Wednesday, May 24th!   If you are considering chaperoning you must have a background check complete and on file with the district.  Please click the "volunteer application" on the right to fill out the district form. (Yes, it looks like you are filling out a job application for TISD.) Apply now so it is all back in time!


 

Reading

  • STAAR is right around the corner, so we will be spending a great deal of our reading time digging deeper into questions, summary, vocabulary, context clues, author’s purpose and finding text evidence or supporting details. We will look at old tests and homework to look at the genre of testing.
  • Reading STAAR Homework will be given Tuesday and is Due the following Tuesday.
    Please remind your child to show all their thinking and proofs.

Writing

  • We will be focusing on persuasive writing for the next several weeks.  We will investigate word choice and crafting our writing to persuade another. We will look at real world situations of persuasive writing to help us develop our skill.  Will continue focusing on sentence structure ensuring our sentence contain a subject and predicate.

Spelling
Lesson 27- 4/17-21
Spelling Test will be THRUSDAY, 4/20

  1. jelly
  2. bottom
  3. pillow
  4. happen
  5. butter
  6. lesson
  7. cherry
  8. sudden
  9. arrow
  10. dollar
  11. hello
  12. rabbit
  13. letter
  14. button
  15. funny
  16. better
  17. stubborn
  18. mirror
  19. picture
  20. change

 

Lesson 28 - 4/24-28
pelling Test will be THRUSDAY, 4/27

  1. taught
  2. thought
  3. rought
  4. laugh
  5. bought
  6. cough
  7. ought
  8. caught
  9. fought
  10. daughter
  11. tough
  12. though
  13. enough
  14. brought
  15. was
  16. draw
  17. sought
  18. naughty
  19. away
  20. those

 

Lesson 29 - 5/1-5
Spelling Test will be THRUSDAY, 5/4

  1. apple
  2. river
  3. little
  4. October
  5. ladder
  6. summer
  7. purple
  8. later
  9. November
  10. giggle
  11. uncle
  12. winter
  13. center
  14. double
  15. flower
  16. people
  17. whistle
  18. character
  19. began
  20. country

NO Spelling words/test week of STAAR testing- 5/8-12

Lesson 30- 5/15-19         
Last Spelling Test Thursday, 5/18

  1. below
  2. about
  3. belong
  4. around
  5. again
  6. alone
  7. because
  8. above
  9. between
  10. alive
  11. behind
  12. begin
  13. along
  14. before
  15. away
  16. want
  17. awhile
  18. beyond
  19. answer
  20. study

 

Social Studies:

  • We have started our unit of Financial Literacy. We will focus on vocabulary related to money and finances, as well as investigating the history of money and reasons it was created, as well as explore a variety of different currencies and values of US currency.

April 10-14

What’s happening at DPES?

  • April 3 TISD and DPES Kicked off Texas Reads One Book with the book, The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. Your child received their very own copy of this book and a calendar of reading assignments.  Below are two links where you can learn more and select for the stories to be read aloud and you and your child follow along.  I hope you and your child are enjoying reading this book!

    https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1RNrTx1giLeKPovRP6oWf2rHUheqCrGoQoORh9GN9Eko/preview

    https://www.smore.com/qnwtx-the-lemonade-war-by-j-davies
  • Wear yellow or anything with a lemonade theme on Monday’s during the month of April in support of Texas Reads One Book initiative!
  • No School Friday, 4/14- Good Friday!  Happy Easter!
  • Field Day is on April 21st
         Lunch Time: 11:30-12:00
         Field Day Time: 12:15-1:45

     

Field Trip May 24th - Chaperones Needed

We will be taking a 3rd Grade field trip on Wednesday, May 24th!   If you are considering chaperoning you must have a background check complete and on file with the district.  Please click the "volunteer application" on the right to fill out the district form. (Yes, it looks like you are filling out a job application for TISD.) Apply now so it is all back in time!

Reading

  • STAAR is right around the corner, so we will be spending a great deal of our reading time digging deeper into questions, summary, vocabulary, context clues, author’s purpose and finding text evidence or supporting details. We will look at old tests and homework to look at the genre of testing.
  • No Reading STAAR Homework Due this Tuesday.  New assignment will be sent home Monday or MONDAY- Unit 15 and 16. It will be due on Tuesday, 4/18.
    Please remind your child to show all their thinking and proofs.

Writing

  • We will focus on prefixes, suffixes, and compound words.  Additionally, we will investigate sentence structure by analyzing what makes a sentence a sentence, the subject and predicate.
  • We will continue looking at persuasive writing and how it is used in the real world.

Spelling Lesson 26

 

  1. person
  2. order
  3. herself
  4. after
  5. under
  6. helmet
  7. carpet
  8. garden
  9. forget
  10. Monday
  11. Sunday
  12. until
  13. problem
  14. enjoy
  15. umpire
  16. mistake
  17. expect
  18. wisdom
  19. very
  20. light

 Social Studies:

  • We have started our unit of Financial Literacy. We will focus on vocabulary related to money and finances, as well as investigating the history of money and reasons it was created, as well as explore a variety of different currencies and values of US currency.
  • Vocabulary Study Guide will be coming home MONDAY, 4/10. Vocabulary test will be Thursday.  Students should learn each word and its meaning. I would suggest studying and quizzing them. nightly.

April 3-7

What’s happening at DPES?

  • April 3 TISD and DPES Kick off Texas Reads One Book with the book, The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. Your child received their very own copy of this book and a calendar of reading assignments.  Below are two links where you can learn more and select for the stories to be read aloud and you and your child follow along.  I hope you enjoy reading this book with your child !

    Link that takes you to each chapter so you and your child can read along with a mystery reader!
    https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1RNrTx1giLeKPovRP6oWf2rHUheqCrGoQoORh9GN9Eko/preview

    Reading Calendar, Activities, Trivia Questions, Informational Videos about the book and Alex's Lemonade Stand, etc.
    https://www.smore.com/qnwtx-the-lemonade-war-by-j-davies


    Wear yellow or anything with a lemonade theme on Monday’s during the month of April in support of Texas Reads One Book initiative!
  • Wednesday, April 5th and 6th, students will be taking a Math and Reading practice or simulation test.
  • Field Day Shirts ! WAHOO!  The fabulous field day shirts are ready to order!  The shirts can only be purchased on-line for $7.25 each.

    Click this link to order the 3rd grade Field Day Shirt.  Each grade level will have a different color this year.

http://bluewaveapparel.com/3rd-grade-field-day-shirts-gildan/

 

Field Trip May 24th - Chaperones Needed

We will be taking a 3rd Grade field trip on Wednesday, May 24th!   If you are considering chaperoning you must have a background check complete and on file with the district.  Please click the "volunteer application" on the right to fill out the district form. (Yes, it looks like you are filling out a job application for TISD.) Apply now so it is all back in time!


Spelling
Lesson 25- Suffixes -less 

  1. painless
  2. helpless
  3. thankless
  4. hopeless
  5. fearless
  6. careless
  7. spotless
  8. breathless
  9. softness
  10. goodness
  11. thickness
  12. darkness
  13. kindness
  14. sadness
  15. sickness
  16. useful
  17. weakly
  18. eagerness
  19. around
  20. sentence

 

 

Reading

  • STAAR is right around the corner, so we will be spending a great deal of our reading time digging deeper into questions, summary, vocabulary, context clues, author’s purpose and finding text evidence or supporting details. We will look at old tests and homework to look at the genre of testing.
  • Students will be taking a Reading STAAR practice or simulation test on THURSDAY, April 6th. This will give students another opportunity to understand and use their best reading strategies.  We will be using that data to help target weakness. 
  • Reading STAAR Homework Unit 13 and 14 is due on Tuesday
    Please remind your child to show all their thinking and proofs.
    There will be NO reading STAAR homework given out this week.

Writing

  • We will focus on prefixes, suffixes, and compound words.  Additionally, we will investigate sentence structure by analyzing what makes a sentence a sentence, the subject and predicate.
  • We will continue looking at persuasive writing and how it is used in the real world.

 

Social Studies:

  • We have started our unit of Financial Literacy. We will focus on vocabulary related to money and finances, as well as investigating the history of money and reasons it was created, as well as explore a variety of different currencies and values of US currency.

March 27-31

What’s happening at DPES?

  • Tuesday, 3/28-No tutoring (Tutoring will resume Thursday, 3/30)
  • Tuesday, 3/28- 4th Grade Writing STAAR Test...BEST OF LUCK!
  • Friday, March 31- Awards 9:30-10:00 AM
  • Don't forget to order your field day t-shirts online.
  • 4/4- Math STAAR Simulation Test....please make every effort for your child to be at school. 

Field Trip May 24th - Chaperones Needed

We will be taking a 3rd Grade field trip on Wednesday, May 24th!   If you are considering chaperoning you must have a background check complete and on file with the district.  Please click the "volunteer application" on the right to fill out the district form. (Yes, it looks like you are filling out a job application for TISD.) Apply now so it is all back in time!

Spelling Lesson 24
1. unfold
2. rejoin
3. untie
4. reheat
5. unfair
6. unclear
7. repaid
8. rewrite
9. unhurt
10. recheck
11. unlucky
12. unwrap
13. reuse
14. unsure
15. reread
16. unsafe
17. unbuckle
18. unknown
19. example
20. different

 

Reading

  • STAAR is right around the corner, so we will be spending a great deal of our reading time digging deeper into questions, summary, vocabulary, context clues, author’s purpose and finding text evidence or supporting details. We will look at old tests and homework to look at the genre of testing.
  • Reading STAAR Homework is Due Ever Tuesday.
    Reading STAAR Homework Unit 11 and 12 is due on Tuesday, March 28
    Please remind your child to show all their thinking and proofs. 

Writing

  • We will focus on prefixes, suffixes, and compound words.  Additionally, we will investigate sentence structure by analyzing what makes a sentence a sentence, the subject and predicate.
  • We will begin looking at persuasive writing and how it is used in the real world.

 

Social Studies:

  • Students will be learning about money, economics and financial
    responsibility.  Don’t be surprised if your child starts discussing
    allowance and savings with you!

March 20-24

What’s happening at DPES?

  • Thursday, March 23- 3rd Grade Program @ 6:30 (Students must be here at 6:15 to prepare)
  • Friday, March 24- Picture Day

GT Testing (1st-4th Grades)

The nomination window is now open until March 10, 2017 to nominate your student for Gifted and Talented testing.  This nomination window is specifically for 1st-4th grade students.  Students can be tested no more than once a year so students tested this past fall are not eligible to test at this time.  Visit Mrs. French’s Teacher Website for more information and a Letter for Permission to Test in both English & Spanish.​

 

Field Trip May 24th - Chaperones Needed

We will be taking a 3rd Grade field trip on Wednesday, May 24th!   If you are considering chaperoning you must have a background check complete and on file with the district.  Please click the "volunteer application" on the right to fill out the district form. (Yes, it looks like you are filling out a job application for TISD.) Apply now so it is all back in time!


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Lesson 23- Words with Suffixes

  1. singer
  2. loudly
  3. joyful
  4. teacher
  5. fighter
  6. closely
  7. powerful
  8. farmer
  9. quickly
  10. careful
  11. friendly
  12. speaker
  13. wonderful
  14. truly
  15. hopeful
  16. safely
  17. listener
  18. calmly
  19. watch
  20. turn

 

Reading

  • STAAR is right around the corner, so we will be spending a great deal of our reading time digging deeper into questions, summary, vocabulary, context clues, author’s purpose and finding text evidence or supporting details. We will look at old tests and homework to look at the genre of testing.
  • Reading STAAR Homework Unit 11 and 12 is due on Tuesday, March 28
    Please remind your child to show all their thinking and proofs. 

Writing

  • We will focus on prefixes, suffixes, and compound words.  Additionally, we will investigate sentence structure by analyzing what makes a sentence a sentence, the subject and predicate.
  • We will begin looking at persuasive writing and how it is used in the real world.

 

Social Studies:

Students will be learning different cultures and investigating how families and children around the world live their daily lives. We will look at similarities and differences.

March 6-10

What’s happening at DPES?

  • March 13-17 – Spring Break
  • March 20- Student Holiday

GT Testing (1st-4th Grades)

The nomination window is now open until March 10, 2017 to nominate your student for Gifted and Talented testing.  This nomination window is specifically for 1st-4th grade students.  Students can be tested no more than once a year so students tested this past fall are not eligible to test at this time.  Visit Mrs. French’s Teacher Website for more information and a Letter for Permission to Test in both English & Spanish.​


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Lesson 22- Suffixes
(drop the y, add -i and -
es, -i and -ed

  1. cities (city) plural
  2. cried (cry) past tense
  3. puppies (puppy) plural
  4. hurried (hurry) past tense
  5. stories (story) plural
  6. flies(fly)
    plural-Look at all the flies on the potato salad.
    Verb-The plane flies very high.
  7. parties (party) plural
    The parties were very fun.
  8. tried (try) past tense 
  9. pennies (penny) plural
  10. fried (fry)
    I ate fried chicken. (fried is an adjective describing the chicken)
    He fried (verb) the chicken (fired is a verb describing what he did...in this sentence HE has already fried the chicken, so it is past tense)
  11. carried (carry) I carried (verb) my back pack to class. (past tense)
  12. babies (baby) The babies were all in their cribs sleeping. (plural)
  13. spied (spy) She spied (verb) on her brothers. (past tense)
  14. pretty (y sounds like long e sound )
  15. very (y sounds like long e sound)
  16. countries (country) plural
  17. libraries (library) (plural) I went to different libraries to do my research.
  18. move (silent e at end)
  19. enough (ough ending)
  20. follow  (long /o/ sound, but ow)

 

Reading

  • We will identify the theme of a story as a lesson. We will contrast that by looking at main idea, which tells you what you have read about (who and what).  
  • We will be looking a character changes in a story.
  • Reading STAAR Homework Unit 9 and 10 is due on Tuesday, March 7
    Please remind your child to show all their thinking and proofs. 

Writing

  • We will focus on prefixes, suffixes, and compound words.  Additionally, we will investigate sentence structure by analyzing what makes a sentence a sentence, the subject and predicate.
  • We are going to looking back at narrative writing and following a story mountain/plot line to organize our writing.