Welcome to 2020!

I hope everyone has had a restful and enjoyable winter break! I was able to spend time with family and friends! It was fun to rest and relax with my loved ones. I’m looking forward to hearing some fun stories from my students!

We are quickly approaching the halfway point in our school year. I want to bring everyone up to speed on what to expect over the next few weeks.

Upcoming Events

  • December Reading Logs are due, along with the 10 completed questions on Monday. January 6. Reading Log This was assigned at the beginning of December and is worth 10 points.
  • End of the 2nd marking period is Friday, January 17. Report cards will be sent home the following week. Watch for those and make sure you sign and return the envelope to indicate that you’ve received it!
  • NWEA testing will begin the week of January 13 and continue through January 31. As students complete their tests, the scores will be noted in the Daily Planner. Students may also bring home Data Folders to show you growth from the beginning of the school year. Students will be tested in Reading, English Language Arts (grammar, writing skills), and Math.
  • If you haven’t submitted a background check and you would like to attend any of our Winter/Spring field trips, please make sure you do this in the front office. Bring your photo ID. It takes two weeks to process.

Academic Information

As we complete the semester, the following academic content will be covered:

  • Writing: informational writing, including a short report.
  • Reading: non-fiction texts and identifying main idea and supporting details.
  • Cursive instruction begins!
  • Social Studies: conclusion of early Michigan history (pioneers, Erie Canal, and how Michigan became a state).
  • Science: weather and world climate patterns.
  • Math: multiplication and division (revisiting the concepts and extending our understandings to include area).
  • Spelling Unit 17

Lansing Trip and Holiday Plans

Tomorrow is the day!  We are so excited about this trip to Lansing!  Here are the details!

  • Come to school at 8:00 WEAR YOUR 3rd GRADE MICHIGAN SHIRTS!
  • Line up at your regular third grade doors for breakfast and regular line up. Do NOT line up at the main school door!  You will not be allowed in early at those doors.
    • Students will check in with their teachers at this door
    • Students will pick up breakfast from the teacher and report to the classroom
  • Make sure to bring the following:
    • A coat (it’s supposed to be cold)
    • A lunch (no food will be available to purchase)–no glass bottles or caffeine
    • Spending money (optional) in a labeled envelope, bag, wallet if you want to visit the gift shop. Your money is YOUR responsibility.
  • We will begin loading onto the bus at 8:15 and depart at 8:35.
    • If you are not at school by the time, we are ready to depart, you will be staying at Haigh for a school day at Haigh.
    • Arrangements have been made for any students who will be staying behind at Haigh.

Holiday Plans

If you would like to help plan our holiday party, we will have a brief parent meeting on Thursday 12/12. Meet in room 32 from 3:45-4:00.

Lansing Field Trip Chaperone Update!

The chaperones have been lined up. We are truly overwhelmed with how many parents wanted to serve as chaperones for this trip! Each of our classes had many, many parents who volunteered. Unfortunately, we are extremely limited in space at the Capitol and the Museum. If you were not selected to chaperone on this trip (which was done as fairly as we could), we want to encourage you–there are several more amazing trips coming up! If you didn’t get a chance this time, you will be guaranteed a spot on the next trip (if your background check is complete). Thank you for your willingness to help!

Rescheduling Conferences

Due to the snow day, conferences were cancelled for Tuesday, November 12. A new date is being scheduled at the district level. However, if you would like to come on Thursday this week, I may be able to schedule you in because I do have some openings. Please email me if you’d like me to contact you with available times for this Thursday, November 14.

My email address is joachia@dearbornschools.org

Friction Quiz

Our friction quiz is tomorrow! The students will be quizzed on the following topics:

Draw a close up picture of what a slippery surface looks like (smooth) and a rough surface looks like (bumpy).

Determine whether a tile floor or a carpeted floor creates more friction.

Describe that friction creates heat with a rubbing motion (rubbing hands together).

Describe some things you could do to go down a slide faster.

All of these concepts and questions were part of experiments we performed in class. The quiz is meant as a summary of what the students have learned from these experiences.

Sad News For Our Haigh Family


Haigh Community,

A husband, father of 4, including a 4 month old and member of the Haigh family has passed away unexpectedly. While still respecting the family’s privacy as they grieve, we are asking for any donation that you may have so that we can help out this loving family, and members of our school and community. (please use the blue link below if you are able to donate)

Haigh School

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Vocabulary Test on Monday!

Our vocabulary test has been moved to Monday. The list of words includes:

equation: number sentence

history: what happened in the past

magnet: an object that attracts and repels iron objects

fable: a story with a moral

division: an operation that shows equal groups

conclusion: the end of a story

heading; explains the main idea

adjective: a word that describes a noun

moral: lesson

island: landform surrounded by water