Today in math, we started lesson 4 learning about the meaning of division. We learned that in division, we are given the total and are either figuring out the number of groups or the size of group. We also learned that division is like the opposite of multiplication. Home letters about lesson 4 were in Tuesday folders last week. Visit the “Ready Math” part of our website for the interactive tutorials for lesson 4.

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Picture Day




Tomorrow, October 10, Lifetouch studios will have photographers in our gym on Tuesday for school pictures. The easiest way to pay for your pictures is online at mylifetouch.com.  Our picture day ID is: LO417173YO. If you do not wish to pay online,  please send the order envelope with exact amount of payment to school with your student on picture day. Please note; the photographer is not able to make change. Late payments will be accepted online only up to 48 hours after picture day.

If you student is absent on Tuesday, our retake day is Thursday, November 16th. Flyers will be sent  home prior to retake day.

NOTE: Our class will be taking pictures BEFORE we leave for the field trip.

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Bethel Farm Field Trip

Tomorrow, October 10th is our Farm-to-School field trip to Bethel Farm from 9am-12pm.

Things to Remember:

  • We will not have snack time, so students should eat a filling breakfast.
  • Please pack your child a lunch, unless you indicated lunch from school on the form.
  • Students should dress in long pants and wear layers on top, including a rain jacket (just in case) if they have one. Wear clothes that are okay to get a little dirty.
  • Students should wear comfortable shoes that they don’t mind getting dirty. Please no sandals or flip-flops tomorrow.
  • Students will only have spelling homework tomorrow.

If I sent you an email confirming that you are chaperoning, please come to school at 8:45am, check in at the office, and then head down to our classroom.

Thank you!

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Save the Date! October

10/4 – International Walk to School Day & Prairie Mtn. “Walking School Buses”

10/4 – Jog-a-Thon Money due

10/6 – Popcorn Day

10/10 – Picture Day AND Farm-to-School Field Trip at Bethel Farm @ 9am-12pm

10/10 – PTO Meeting @ 2:30pm-3:30pm, Elementary Library

10/13 – No School, Statewide Inservice Day (Bethel Budget Reduction Day)

10/20 – Popcorn Day

10/27 – Book Orders due

10/27 – PTO Harvest Carnival @ 5:30pm-8:00pm

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SUPER Attendance!

We have earned SUPER for perfect attendance. Mrs. Killen or Mrs. RW will be visiting our class to read to us as a reward. Congratulations room #11! Great job being at school on time and ready to learn. Today, we earned “A” towards AWESOME.


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Walk and Bike to School Day

Prairie Mountain’s annual Walk and Bike to School Day is Wednesday, October 4th. All students who walk, bike or roll to school on their own power that day will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a free bike. Look for twalk-bike-to-school-day-2015-sliderhe raffle table in front of the school when you arrive to enter.

Prairie Mountain students can participate by being part of one of our Walking School Buses. Teachers will meet students and walk with them to school (rain or shine). Students can meet at one of four locations:

  • Entrance to Woodland Park neighborhood
    • 1699 N. Terry St.
    • Meet Time: 7:15am
  • Candlelight Park
    • corner of Royal Ave. & Throne Dr.
    • Meet Time: 7:25am
  • walking path behind Prairie Mountain
    • north side of the bridge at Donohoe Ave. & Delores Ct.
    • Meet Time: 7:25am
  • entrance to Greenbrier Meadow neighborhood
    • corner of Demarco Ave. & N. Terry St.
    • Meet Time: 7:25am

It is okay to drop your child off at one of these locations at the designated meet time, even if you don’t live near that neighborhood. We want all students, even those that live a bit further away from school, to have the opportunity to walk to school this day.


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This week in math, we are learning to order and group factors to multiply. We learned that we can order and group factors in any way that works best for us to multiply. We learned that parentheses in an equation mean, “solve me first!” The factors in the parentheses must be solved first and then they can multiply the remaining factor. We discussed how usually it is easier to order the factors so that the last step is multiplying by 2, 5, or 10. Ultimately, students can group the factors in any way and should get the same product.

3 X 5 X 2  —————– (3X5) X 2 —————- 15 X 2 ————- 30

3 X 5 X 2—————- (2X5) X 3—————-10 X 3———— 30

3 X 5 X 2 ————-(3X2) X 5————– 6 X 5————-30

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Prairie Mountain’s annual PTO Jog-A-Thon is on Friday, September 29th. Donation envelopes were in Tuesday folders on September 19th. Our school community greatly appreciates any donations you are able to collect. Help cheer on our third graders as they run from 1:00-1:30. If you are able to volunteer with the PTO any time on that day please let me know.

Thank you,

Miss Jenson

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Monday Math

Today in math, we explored the meaning of multiplication. We combined equal groups to find the total and used words and an equation to describe the picture. Please follow this link to our “Ready Math” page where you will find interactive tutorials for lesson 1. Students can explore the skills they are learning in class through the interactive tutorials. There you will find tutorials for each lesson. We are currently on lesson 1.

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Scholastic Book Club

scholastic-book-order-picToday, our September book orders came home in Tuesday folders. Each month, you will have the opportunity to order books from the Scholastic catalog. Catalogs will go home in Tuesday Folders once a month. If you would like to purchase books, the easiest way to order is online at https://clubs.scholastic.com. If you decide to order online please use our class code N8DDF to help us earn free books for our classroom and ensure that your books are delivered to me so I can hand them out to your child. If you are unable to order online, you may pay with cash or check and bring to school by the end of the month with the completed order form.

Thank you and happy reading!

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