Save the Date! May

4/30-5/4 National Turn off your screen week AND Prairie Mountain Read- A-Thon

5/4- Popcorn Day and Bethel Multicultural Fair at  6:00 PM at Prairie Mountain! Come for free food, performances, and activities!

5/9- Walk and Bike to School Day

5/18- Popcorn Day and Water Safety Presentations for Third Grade

5/22-6/1- Math State Testing 9:50-10:40

5/25- Last day to check out library books and May scholastic order forms Due

5/28- Memorial Day, No School 


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Walk and Bike to School Day

Walk and Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 9th and we have some fun events planned.

Bike Tune-Ups

Monday, May 7th @ 2:00pm-3:30pm

The tune-ups are free to adjust brakes, derailleurs, handlebars, and seats. If a more extensive repair is needed, the owner will be appraised and perhaps can work something out with Ding Ding Cycles.

Walk & Bike to School Day

Wednesday, May 9th

PTO Volunteers will be here to hand out small prizes to students who walk and bike to school this day.

Walking School Buses

Wednesday, May 9th

We’ll use the same locations and starting times that we did in October. Please email me if you’d like to volunteer. Thank you!

  • Candlelight Park (dog park across from Albertson’s; corner of Royal Ave. & Throne Dr.) 7:25am
  • entrance to Woodland Park (1699 N. Terry St.) 7:15am
  • walking path behind Prairie Mountain (north side of the bridge on Donohoe Ave.) 7:25am
  • entrance to the “wetlands path neighborhood” (near the roundabout, corner of Demarco Ave. & N. Terry St.) 7:25am

There are some awesome maps and sign-up sheets that Mrs. Freel will have  at the elementary entrance for the next few weeks. We are hoping that parents will sign up to lead a regular weekly walking school bus from their neighborhood.

Razor Scooter Raffle

Each day that a student walks or rides to school between May 9-May 23, he/she will be given a raffle ticket to put into the drawing for a razor scooter. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, May 23rd

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Save the Date: April

April 2- School Resumes

April 5- Cookie Dough Pick Up Day

April 6- Popcorn Day

April 10- Pappy’s Pizza Fundraiser (Bring flyer)


April 13- Volunteer Recognition Assembly

April 20- Popcorn Day

April 23-May 5- ELA STATE TESTING daily from 9:50-10:40 

April 27- Book Orders Due Online code: N8DDF

April 30-May 4- National Turn Off your Screen Week AND  PRAIRIE MOUNTAIN



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Math: Telling Time

We just began unit 5 in math on telling time. This week, we are learning how to tell time to  the nearest minute. We can tell time to the nearest minute by looking at the hour hand to determine what hour is the hand past. Then, we start at the 12 and count by 5s and then by 1s to get to the minute hand. Practice at home by looking at the clock and asking your child what time it is, timing yourself doing different activities, or make a list of the times you do things in your daily routine.

As always, using the interactive videos at home are a great way to practice the sills we are learning in class. All the videos can be found on the “Ready Math” tab on this website. We are currently on lesson 20. Prodigy, typing. com, and other educational websites that help students build skills are located in the “Student Resources Tab” on our website.

Ready Math

Student Resources

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Prairie Mountain Spirit Week!

  • Monday, 3/19 – Color Competition Day
  • Tuesday, 3/20 Character Day. Dress up as your favorite superhero or favorite character from a book or movie.
  • Wednesday, 3/21 Wacky Wednesday. Wear your most wacky attire
  • Thursday, 3/22 Sports Day. Wear your favorite school or sports team colors and gear.
  • Friday, 3/23 Hat Day! Wear your favorite hat for the day.

Please remember to review the Prairie Mountain Dress Code in our student handbook when selecting your spirit week attire.

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Save the Date: March!

3/6- Monster Cookie Dough fundraiser begins

3/6- PTO meeting @2:30

3/6- Child Protection Unit begins (opt out forms due 2/27 Contact me if needed)

3/9- POPCORN DAY Room #11 parents responsible for volunteering

3/9- PRIDE assembly


3/14- 3rd grade music performance 6:30-7:30 Please be there at 6:15 

3/15- Last day of Trimester 2

3/16- Grading Day No School for Students

3/19-3/23 SPIRIT WEEK

3/20 Monster Cookie Dough fundraiser ends. All payments and order forms due.

3/22- WAICI dress rehearsal

3/26-3/30 Spring break

4/2- School resumes

4/5- delivery/pick-up  of cookie dough

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Read Across America Week: Spring Book Report

This week is Read Across America Week! We will be celebrating reading with different fun activities each day. Students will have the opportunity to experience diverse books and celebrate the joy of reading. Celebrate at home by reading your favorite stories together. Tomorrow during library, students will be choosing a fiction chapter book to complete a book report on over the next month.

Room #11 students are beginning spring book reports! Students will choose a chapter book of their choice and at their reading level to read and complete a report on. The book report is to be done at home, as homework. Students will have time in class to read their book. The final draft in due on Monday, April 2nd. The requirements are stated below.

Book Report Requirements:

  • Chapter book at the student’s reading level of at least 120 pages (you may choose any genre besides graphic novels/ comic books). The student must choose a book they have not yet read.
  • The report is completed on the lines on each square page. 4-5 sentences for the setting, main characters, in the beginning of the story, in the middle of the story, in the end of the story, my favorite part of the story, and recommendation.
  • The blank pages are for illustrations of the setting, main characters, beginning, middle, end of the story, and their favorite part. If they do not want to make their own illustrations, you may help them find graphics online.
  • Final draft done in neat printing with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. We will construct our book reports in class the week of April 2nd. We will be cutting out the square pages so please make sure their writing fits in the borders of the page.
  • Final book report due Monday, April 2nd.
  • Students must be prepared to share their book report with the class.
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We have been learning all about fractions in math. We understand what a fraction is and how to identify a fraction using a model and a number line. Now, we are learning about equivalent fractions. Equivalent fractions look different but show the exact same amount (1/2=2/4). We know that when we compare fractions, the whole we are comparing must be the same size and shape. On a number line, if the fractions line up in the exact same place, they must be equivalent fractions. Below are links to interactive tutorials that students can play at home to help them practice the skills we are learning in class. All the interactive tutorials are located in the “ready math” tab of our class website.

Lesson 14

Lesson 15

Lesson 16

Click here for all the math lesson tutorials

We are starting lesson 16 today, but it is always good practice for students to use the videos from previous lessons to review the skills we have learned.


Miss Jenson

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Second Steps: Child Protection Unit

The Second Step program is a social skills program that we have implemented in our district. One component of the program is the Child Protection Unit. This is the second year of all schools in the district teaching the child protection unit. There will be a letter about it in your child’s Tuesday Folder this week. Please make sure to read it carefully. Please sign it and return it only if you do not want your child participating in the instruction. These opt-out forms are due by February 27th. You can go online to and log in with the activation key CPU3 FAMI LYG3 to get more information about what we’ll be learning.

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Popcorn Volunteers

Our amazing PTO has asked classes to gather volunteers to make and distribute popcorn around the school for just one popcorn Friday. Our class is responsible for Friday, March 9th. It can take up to 4hours (8am-12pm) depending on how many wonderful volunteers we have. Please let me know if you are available to help on March 9th. Other adult family members are welcome to help too! If you have younger kids at home, they are welcome to come too.

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