Welcome to 3rd Grade! My name is Kristina Hamada-Wong and this will be my eighteenth year of teaching. I am excited to be returning to Rocklin Academy Gateway this year and looking forward to seeing your kiddo grow into a responsible, respectful, and resourceful student!
I was born and raised in San Francisco (Go Giants! Go Warriors!), where I earned my BA in Political Science from San Francisco State University. I received my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a CLAD certificate from the University of San Francisco. Immediately thereafter, I began teaching in the Jefferson Unified School District, primarily second and third grades, for ten years. I moved to Roseville ten years ago with my husband and two children, Colin and Ashlyn, where I taught Kindergarten, first, third, and fourth grade in the Sacramento area before teaching first and now third grade at Rocklin Academy Gateway. Currently, I am working on my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with the goal of being conferred this year in November.
In my spare time, I am chauffeuring Colin and Ashlyn to their various sports/after school activities with a Starbucks beverage in my hand. When I am able to grab a moment to myself, I like to read, watch a Giants or Warriors game, exercise at the gym, hike and watch movies!
I cannot wait to begin working with you and your kiddo this year!
Weekly Update 8/22/16
Dear Super Stars Families,
What a fantastic week of learning we had at school last week. We spent a great deal of time establishing rules and expectations in the classroom and across the school. We have been building community in the classroom and discussing topics like friendship, responsibility, respect, resourcefulness, and celebrating our own unique selves. We will continue to reinforce all of these important social/emotional topics throughout the year, but are now ready to dive into curriculum!
This week, we are learning…..
We will continue working in our Eureka math books this week. Module 1 mainly focuses on the basics of multiplication and division. We have now been introduced to the concepts of: repeated addition as multiplication, how to build and read an array, and are using academic terminology like factors and products. We will continue to review and reinforce these skills this week, as well as begin consistent practice on fact fluency.
Each night this week your kiddo will have a math lesson as homework (Monday-Thursday). They will NOThave Friday homework. The homework comes directly from their math book, which means math books will need to go home and be returned completed each night. Always refer to the Problem Set, in the math book, as a guide to completing homework correctly. Here is the link to Eureka Math's Website for added support.
This week we are excited to begin our Literature Unit: Classic Tales. Student's will be listening to an excerpt from The Wind and the Willows. They will be reminded of the parts of a story: beginning, middle, end, characters, setting, plot and begin learning about themes in a story. We will be focusing on 4 big themes: responsibility, irresponsibility, friendship/loyalty, and hospitality. As we read and discuss the story, we will be making connections to these themes on a daily basis. This unit also has students differentiating between narration and dialogue in a text. Please help your kiddo remember that narration is the telling of the story and dialogue is when characters are speaking as it uses quotation marks.
In our skills reader, we will be focusing on a story set that your students were reading in 2nd grade called "Sir Gus". This entertaining story is where we will begin reviewing the basics of reading comprehension and emphasizing the importance of responding to questions in complete sentences, using the text as evidence and/or proof.
Please have your child spend time daily practicing their typing/word processing skills: www.typing.com is a great link to check out. :)
We will not be administering any assessments this week.
- Back to School Night (PM TK and 5-8 Grades): For those families that have students in those listed grade levels.
- NO SCHOOL -- Monday, September 5th (Holiday)
- NO SCHOOL -- Monday, September 12th (Staff Prof. Dev.)
As it was mentioned in the Math section, homework will begin this week. Your kiddo will be responsible for his/her Math book, typing and reading log. Please note that your child will be reading an additional 20 minutes every night and then asking you for your signature upon completion. As the weeks move on, we will be adding language art review worksheets and other items that are needed for review. As always, if you have questions about homework, please feel free to contact me!
Art Docent/Room Parent/Historian/Technology/Take Home Project Volunteers
...ARE STILL NEEDED! While I have one Art Docent and one Music Docent already signed up (THANK YOU Grishma and Nico's parents!), I would love it if I could have one more of each docent! I've found that in the past, it has been wonderful having two docents for Art and Music to assist each other and also taking turns in teaching the lesson if needed.
We still are in need of a Historian! It's a great volunteering position to have since this position is responsible for taking pictures of our class events as well as submitting pictures to our school's yearbook highlighting our class! Please email me if you are interested.
Regarding Room Parent, I have one person who has volunteered to help (THANK YOU Kyla's mom!), I still need a "lead" Room Parent. Please email me privately if you are interested. In our class, the Room Parent will be in charge of helping me plan themed parties, teacher appreciation week and the end of year celebration.
At home project.....I have one more workbook box left needing to be torn out. If you are able, please email me as well.
Finally, if you are at ease with iPad technology, then we need you! Please let me know if you are available to come in during the week to help upload apps, sync iPads or making sure all passwords work for the iPads.
Thanking you all in advance for volunteering in our classroom! I know the kiddos as well as myself appreciate any time you may have!
Ordering Hot Lunch
There are 2 great ways to do so this year!
- Visit the website and click Departments then Food Services on the right is the menu. We have August and September up.
- The other is to use the app on your phone click more and then Food menus the order forms come right up.
**NOTE** The cut off day is Tuesday a week prior so Chef is able to place the order with our vendors.
Field Trip Information (from the front office)
It has been a great first week of school for our students and we are looking forward to an amazing year! One of the many things that make our Core Knowledge curriculum and connect to what your student is learning are our field trips. Grade level teachers have identified some wonderful learning experiences tied to our Core Knowledge curriculum. Attached is a form with a list of the field trips and the cost for those trips. We are asking parents to contribute towards the cost of their child’s field trips. On the form you will see that there are two ways to contribute, online with a credit or debit card or with a check that can be dropped off in the office. Payments may be made in full, or you may pay in three installments which are spread out over the first two trimesters.
If you would like to pay online please click here.
Thank you for your support!
**Note from Mrs. Wong: Please let me know when you have submitted your field trip contribution so that I am able to help the office keep track as well. I appreciate you assisting in your kiddo's enrichment at our school!**
We will continue working through Module 1, of our Eureka math curriculum next week, still focusing on the basics on multiplication and division.
We will continue moving through Domain and Unit 1 of our CKLA curriculum. We will begin introducing new grammar skills this week and begin reading short excerpts from Aladdin and Alice in Wonderland.
**More to come next week!! Please let me know if you have any questions! :)
Meet the Teacher Day - August 16th, 2-3pm
Scholastic Book Club Website
Weekly Newsletter 10/3 & Other Information!
Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why I am so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year.
With Scholastic Reading Club:
- Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
- You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
- You'll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks
Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or by returning your order form and payment to me.
I'd also love some help growing our classroom Reading Club. If you'd like to help out, please let me know! I'm excited to get our class reading!
Thank you for your support!
If This Is Your First Time Ordering Online:
- VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub
- ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
- SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
- SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
- All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!
Hello Monkey Family!
(Informal) Playdate With Mrs. Wong's Class
Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27th, we will be meeting at Kathy Lund Park, 10am for an informal playdate. I've sent an email to you today regarding this event. I will try to be there, but if I'm unable to make it, have fun!