Southern Bluffs
Elementary School
4010 Sunnyside Dr | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7020 | Fax: 608-789-7176

Mrs. Debbi Roh

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Dear Families,

Welcome to 3rd Grade in Room 124! I am very excited to be teaching 3rd grade this year! This is my 19th year at Southern Bluffs. I also have 10 years of middle school experience at Longfellow Middle School.

 

I would love to have some parent volunteers again this year. We will need some field trip chaperones. Please be sure your background check info is up to date in the office if you think you may want to join us on any field trips. I am also looking for a few parents who can commit to an hour one day each week. Our big 3rd grade writing project is called “Months and Months of Memories.” We could use some help with editing, revision and typing student work. Let me know if you’re able to commit to an hour or two per week.

 

Please always feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or comments. You can reach me by phone (789-7020,) e-mail (droh@lacrossesd.org) or with a note. I check for a parent signature on the Daily Sheet each morning. Your signature tells me that your son/daughter read and/or did homework. The Daily Sheet is the best place to jot or attach notes.

 

Together, I know we will make it a great year!

 

In Partnership,

Debbi Roh

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Monthly Word Wall Words/ WWW. Be sure you ask your son or daughter to share the results from the test at the end of each month.
14 New Words are introduced the first week of each month. We discuss the spelling rules that effect these words and the MANY exceptions to our spelling rules.We practice the words in sign language, by playing “Sparkle”, “Flash” and we write some of them on our Daily Sheet. We discuss the part of speech for the words (noun, verb, adjective, etc) We also talk about adding prefixes and suffixes to the words (pretty, prettier, prettiest.)A spelling test is given at the end of each month. Please review these words with your child and help them prepare for the test if necessary.

 

September Words:
again
because
could
favorite
have
into
off
people
said
they
until
very
want
who

 

October Words:
city
community
countries
exciting
getting
pretty
prettier
prettiest
laughed
schools
to
too (also)
two (#2)
was

 

November Words:
beautiful
before
discover
enough
hopeless
first
journal
let’s
their (ownership)
recycle
there (here)
went
they’re (they are)
when

 

December Words:
anyone
are
can’t
don’t
everybody
everything
hidden
our
right
terrible
trouble
won’t
wouldn’t
write

 

January Words:
about
especially
except
friendly
knew
new
know
no
myself
really
probably
then
usually
what

 

February Words:
by
buy
didn’t
doesn’t
general
governor
something
sometimes
unhappiness
one
winner
won
your
you’re

 

March Words:
another
confusion
I’m
question
its
it’s
that’s
vacation
threw
through
we’re
wear
where
with

 

April Words:
almost
also
always
impossible
independent
lovable
thought
were
weather
whether
whole
hole

 

May Words:

science
animals
chemical testing
animals
polar regions
rain forests
deserts
multiplication

division
water and climate

nutrition and digestion

Typical Daily Schedule…

 

8:20-8:40 Recess

8:40-9:00 Attendance, Lunch Choices, Announcements, Check Folders, SSR

9:00- 9:15 AM Meeting

9:15- 10:15 ELA (Writing, Spelling,Word Work, Reading)

10:15-10:30 Bathroom Break- Snack- Mindfulness- Brain Break

10:30-11:30 Math (+ Daily Sheets?)

11:30-12:15 Phy Ed, Art, Music

12:15-12:45 Lunch 12:45-1:15 Recess

1:15-1:30 Bathroom Break and Daily Sheets

1:30-2:00 WIN

2:00 – 2:45 Unit

2:45 – 3:15 ELA (Writing, Spelling,Word Work, Reading)

3:20 Dismissal

 

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Volunteer Opportunities….

 

I would love to have some parent volunteers again this year. We will need some field trip chaperones.I am also looking for a few parents to commit to one hour each week to work one-on-one with students. We will be working on mastery of the multiplication facts and revision and editing our writing.If you’re interested in more information on volunteering, give me a call, or send a note.Thanks!
Homework
Third grade homework will include reading, and NHS.

NHS stands for Nightly Homework Sheets. This packet will be sent home each Monday and is due Friday morning.

This should give flexibility to busy families.

There are math, language arts and cursive activities as well as a short poem to memorize and recite. You may wish to have your child do one page each night, or double up to free up nights that are too busy with other activities.

All this homework should take no more than an average of 20-30 minutes each night. If completing a NHS takes 20 minutes, just have your child read for 10 minutes. If you find the work exceeding 30 minutes on a regular basis, please let me know.

Other homework includes the projects that go along with our science, social studies and heath units. More information will be coming home about these projects. Students are given 1-2 weeks notice for projects. This is a good opportunity to learn about planning ahead and budgeting time.

The only homework on the weekend is to share the new “Dear Family” letter and PLAY!!

Important Dates…2019-2020
Open House: Wednesday, August 28th

First Day of Classes:  September Tuesday, Sept. 3

Oct 18 Bike Trip
Oct __ Eco Park Trip
Nov 21-22 Feast
Dec 13 Craft Day
March 5 Read-a-Thon
March 11 Symphony Orchestra at Viterbo
April 26 Goose Island ?
May  Slide Into Safety?
May 22 Eco Park
May 29 MN Zoo

I grew up in the Madison and McFarland areas. After graduating from McFarland High School, I went to UW-Whitewater for one year and then received my Associate’s degree from UW Center- Richland. I attended UW-Platteville for my last two years receiving my Bachelor’s in Education with a math minor. I received my Master’s degree in education from Viterbo University in 2005.

After teaching 6th grade for a few years in Boscobel, I moved to the La Crosse area in 1991. I taught 7th and 8th grade at Longfellow Middle School until 1999 when I transferred to Southern Bluffs.

My husband and I have two children. Betsi is a Senior at University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and Ben recently graduated from UW-Stevens Point. He is working at Aramark.  My hobbies include yoga, hiking, reading, travel, boating  and biking.

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Field Trips and Special Activities 

 

We are planning many exciting field trips for our 3rd graders this year.
If you wish to join us for one of these trips, be sure that you have a current background check on file in the office. Plan ahead as it takes at least a week for these to be processed. If you filled one out in K-2, you only need to complete an online renewal this year. You can find the dates for out trips under the tab labeled “Important Dates”

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Scholastic Book Orders
Growing a personal library is a great way to encourage reading.A new book order is sent home the first of each month.I typically place my order on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

If you return the order to school, please make your check out to “Scholastic.”

You can also order these books on-line using your credit card by going to:
www.scholastic.com/bookclubs

The 1st time you log-in you will need to enter our activation code: GYPZT

Unit Time!

3rd grade has many exciting science, social studies and health units. I teach many of these units, but Mr. Dutchin also comes in to share *his expertise for some units.  These units often include a final project which is completed at home.

Maps and Geography

Rain Forests

Polar Regions

Democracy

Vertebrate Animals (Characteristics and Habitats)

*Chemical Testing

*Deserts

Digestion

*Weather and Climate