Weekly Newsletter Week of December 11th

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I hope you enjoyed the cold weekend.  I spent it enjoying time with my family getting ready for the holidays.  With two weeks left before our big holiday break, there is much to get done.  I am very proud of how many students are improving their reading scores on MyOn.  If you are able to have them work on it at home that would be wonderful.  The kids are highly motivated when they see their scores go up.  Here is our focus for the week.

Math:  We are continuing to focus on how multiplication and division are related and will be practicing how to find unknown numbers within equations.

Science:  We are learning about balanced and unbalanced forces.  A study guide will come home later in the week and the test will be next Tuesday.

Social Studies:  Our test on Michigan statehood will be on Monday.  Please go over the study guide one last time to refresh your memories.  Then we will start our next unit which will look at the early economics of Michigan with a focus on farming.

Reading:  We are focusing on informational text and determining how the pictures and bold words can help us understand what we are reading.

Writing:  We will start a new research project this week where kids will choose a Michigan based company to research.  Over the next 2 weeks they will gather information, create a slideshow, and present it to the class.  Since the companies are all food products, I will let children bring in samples of the product they are researching at the end of the project.  I think this will be very exciting for the kids.

Iblog Letter Coming Home Today

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Dear Parents,


I would like all parents to subscribe to our class blog for important information. I post daily homework, weekly spelling lists, events going on, and other important information on it. Please provide me with your email address so I may sign you up. My blog site is: https://iblog.dearbornschools.org/jenniferburgess/


Thank you,

Mrs. Burgess


Email address:________________________________________

Welcome Letter

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Welcome to 3rd Grade!


Dear Parents,


Welcome to a new year! I am really excited about being your child’s teacher this year. Third grade is going to be a year full of fun, learning, and lots of adventures and I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us! Your child will be given tools and the opportunities to really explore knowledge. Much of your child’s success will be determined by the communication between school and home. I would like to welcome not only your child to my class, but you as well. I consider us a team in working towards a quality education for your child. I look forward to meeting each of you at our open house on September 14th.  


Homework/ Tests

Each night check my iblog to find out what your child’s homework will be.   Your child will receive reading homework daily. It is very important for your child to read 20 minutes each night. In addition, they may have to complete any work that was not finished during the day or complete a review assignment for something that we have already done in class.  It is necessary for your child to complete all homework and have an adult look over the homework. Please do not do your child’s homework for them. Sometimes students will have math homework from the MobyMax site. Grades are given for homework. If your child does not understand the assignment and no one at home can give them assistance, simply write a note on the homework. This will help me to know what your child may still need to work on. In science, social studies, and math, your child will have a study guide to study from before taking tests in these subjects. All tests taken in class will be sent home for you to sign and return to school the next day.



Please subscribe to my iBlog:      iblog.dearbornschools.org/jenniferburgess.    I will be posting weekly spelling lists, weekly focus, and  daily homework assignments. I will also post upcoming events such as test dates, late start dates,etc. on the iBlog.


If you have any questions or concerns about any of the work or tests, please do not hesitate to call or email. I will not be able to speak during teaching time, however I would  be happy to speak to you before 8:20 am or after school after 3:35pm or set an appointment with you.



  Each day your child may bring in his/her own healthy snack.  Some healthy snacks ideas are:  fruits and vegetables.  Your child may also bring in a water bottle with a top.



Below you will find a suggested supply list for this year.

  • 4 Folders with Prongs- BLUE
  • One 5-subject Notebooks
  • Pack of Pencils
  • Black and white journal
  • Yellow Highlighter
  • 2 Packs of loose leaf paper
  • 2 tissue boxes
  • Glue stick
  • Box of Crayons (24 count)
  • Crayon box to put all supplies in
  • A pack of EXPO dry erase markers
  • Small Sharpener
  • 1 box of ziploc bags (sandwich, quart, or gallon size)
  • Clorox wipes
  • Hand sanitizer

Notice for AOL Email Accounts

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Dear Parents,

If you are an AOL email user, please be aware that you may not receive email notifications due to AOL policies. We are working to resolve this issue with AOL.

Thank you for your patience while we work with AOL to make sure you get classroom notifications from your teacher.


Technology Department

Miller Elementary Pledge

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I am a Miller student.

I’m honest and courteous.

I respect myself and others.

I’m responsible.  I do my homework everyday.

I have integrity.  I make the right choices.

I value diversity and I am a peacemaker.

I’m a good citizen and lifelong learner.

I will be a better person today than I was yesterday.

Hooray for me!

Hooray for Miller!