Mrs. J's 3rd Grade Class

Keeping you in the loop.

The Third Grade Team recently sent home a book report letter, this is what it said:

Dear Parents,

It’s time for our next book report. The girls will present their book reports on Wed., January 18th and the boys will be on Thurs., January 19th. Each student will need to read a historical fiction book, for example Magic Tree House books, or I Survived books that are at least 60 pages long. After they have read the book your child needs to make a puppet portraying one of the characters in the book.  They will also need to fill out the book report form and return it.  On the day of their presentation they will tell us 6 interesting facts related to this event in history.  A sample grading form is attached. Please have them return this with their book report. Be creative and have fun making this project together.  Please have your child start reading right away!

Thank you for your support,

Third Grade Teachers


Please look in your child’s backpack and papers for this letter, I sent it home yesterday. It is three pages stapled together.  If you can’t locate it let me know and I will send another with your child on the next school day.

If anyone has some band-aids they would like to donate, we have gone through several boxes and are in need of more (they really do make kids magically feel better).

Thank you so much for your support!

Upcoming December Activities

Nov-22-2016 By kijulander

Dear Parents,

Our class will be participating in several holiday activities. Our first activity begins December 1st, right after our Thanksgiving Break. We will be writing complimentary notes to our classmates each day to be placed in a stocking that we have made here at school. Additionally, if you would like, your child may include a pencil, eraser, small wrapped candy treat, stickers, etc. to put in their classmates stocking. Please have those items here at school right after Thanksgiving break.

Since Mrs. Wadman’s teaches Social Studies, she is asking that each 3rd grader bring some candy to decorate their “community gingerbread house.” Please bring candy by December 12th. Our 3rd graders love this activity!

Next, we will be reciting poems (20-25 mins.) in our classroom on December 20th.   If you would like to come to our poetry program, it will be at 11 in our classroom.

Lastly, our class will participate in a secret Santa gift exchange. Your child will pick a name out of a hat and then be responsible for purchasing a $1 gift for that person. Please wrap the gift and label it as follows:

To: (the name your child has selected)

From: ?

It will be placed under our classroom tree to be opened just before we leave for the holiday break. If this is a problem please contact me and I will buy a gift for your child to give.

Thank you for your support,

Kirsten Julander


Please cut and return this portion to school

I have read this letter have noted the dates.

Student’s name___________________________________

Parent’s signature__________________________________

Please Read this Great Math Article

Oct-31-2016 By kijulander

Excerpts from an article by Suzanne Sutton in Bulletin (Feb. 1997) a periodical for the National Association of Secondary School Principals:





Learning mathematics is a struggle at some level for all of us. Rather than seeing this struggle as something to avoid, we can see it as one of the most valuable things offered to our students. Mathematics offers them an opportunity to learn how to work through the struggle, how to bring to it what they have, how to find and use the things they need. Regardless of their perceived aptitudes or gifts in mathematics, they can learn that they have within themselves what they need to meet this challenge.

Struggling in mathematics is not the enemy, any more than sweating is the enemy in basketball; it is part of the process, and a clear sign of being in the game. Math asks our students to think in ways they are not used to thinking; they will be asked to look at the obvious in ways they’re not accustomed to, and then we’ll ask them to explore the not-so-obvious in similar ways. A rigor of thinking and clarity of expression is demanded that will stretch them beyond familiar styles. It will also require an honest pursuit; there really are no shortcuts.

Children learn many things in school, encompassing not just what they’ve learned, but how they’ve learned. Maneuvering through struggles in school, young people learn how to meet challenges for which there is no map, and no shortcut. Life will present them with struggles, whether we wish this to be so or not. How they approach the struggle of mathematics will affect how they approach the struggles in life.

The opportunity begins when the struggle begins.



Without knowing a factor from a function, the parent, more than anyone, is in a position to help the student engage in the struggle of mathematics. Parents don’t need to fear this struggle, nor do they need to take it on themselves; it is an essential and important part of learning mathematics. If the parent accepts the struggle, the youngster can. And even more important, if the parent values the struggle, and sees math as more than just a series of right answers, the young person can approach mathematical learning in a way that will not only make success in mathematics more likely, but carry over to pursuits far beyond the mathematics classroom.


Know that the struggle is okay, that it takes time to learn things.

Help students understand that they are not expected to get it all right or understand it all clearly, the first time. If parents believe that struggling means stupidity, students feel a tension that gets in the way of learning.

Students need to take responsibility for their own learning and their own struggle.

Believing, erroneously, that math learning comes easily to some and not to others results in an attitude of “why bother? I’ll never be good at this,” when the subject becomes unclear. If students expect to encounter confusion we can help them see that the way through that confusion is application of effort – their effort. Encourage youngsters to dig in when it gets tough, not flee into excuses.

Resist the very common temptation to explain the struggle as genetic.

Parents should not say, “I was never very good at math, either.” The goal is to help students learn how to use what they have to meet the struggle, not to fear, avoid, or abandon the struggle from a belief that they cannot do it.

Guide children to resources that can help (their textbook, their notes).

The answer to “where can I go for help?” is often sitting in the bottom of a backpack. What a valuable lesson for students to discover that answers come not from magic, but from reading and thinking and struggling to understand a sentence, or an equation in a book they have ready and available.

Value math homework – encourage children to do more than just ˜get it done”.

If parents actively praise and value the effort their youngster makes in pursuing understanding, the youngster gets the message that the struggle is important. They can feel a pride and confidence that is significant even when understanding is slow in coming.

Expand the focus beyond the grade.

Overemphasizing the grade too often results in negative behaviors to get the grade. Rather than learning responsibility, or the confidence that comes from struggling through his or her own efforts, the student seeks quick fixes; missing the bigger picture.

Praise the process.

If students are in the game, working at it, struggling and coming to understanding bit by bit, let them know how great this is! This is what doing math is all about.


(Synopsized by Audrey Weeks)


Suzanne Sutton’s website is at:

20 Book Challenge

Oct-19-2016 By kijulander

Here is a good explanation of our schools book challenge, please let me know if you have any questions.

Book Challenge parent explanation


Here is a copy of the book commercial page.  I have made some copies that your child can pick up here at school when needed, or feel free to print them on your own.


Book Reports

Oct-7-2016 By kijulander

There was a parent letter from the third grade that went home on October 3rd.  It talked about our first book report.  I hope everyone has had the chance to find a book to read and report on.  Here is a recap of what the letter said:

It’s time for our first book report.  Have your child choose a book to read.  It needs to be at least 60 pages long.  Please help your child dress up as the main character in the book.  They will then present their book to the class as their character.  I have attached a sample grading sheet of things I will be looking for in their presentation.  The girls will present their report on Monday, October 17th and the boys will present theirs on Tuesday, October 18th.  Also attached is a simple book report form that your child needs to fill out and return that day.  If you have any questions please call or text me.

If you cannot find this letter with the attached forms please contact me and I will resend a copy with your child on Monday. Thank you!


Important Information

Sep-12-2016 By kijulander

We are off to a great start.  In math we have begun the year by reviewing place value, then we moved onto rounding to the nearest ten and hundred.

In language arts we have been working on conventions, summarizing,  and deciphering the main idea and supporting details in text.  I decided to change from using the spelling list that came with the reading book to using a program called Words Their Way.  Each student is given a test that indicates the types of spelling patterns that need attention.  I am currently running 5 different spelling groups.  Your student will be tested on ten of the words from the sort they bring home.  These groups are fluid, and students will be moved to harder words as they progress.

What to expect each week:

I have had a couple of different thoughts on the reading logs.  For some parents it seems that they would rather get the reading log with the rest of the homework on Mondays, then back track to write in reading minutes from the weekend.  Other parents like getting the reading log on Friday to place on the fridge so that they have a reminder to read over the weekend.  I will be sending the log home on Friday for all parents unless you let me know otherwise.  I wrote the dates on the log this week to make it clear as to which days should be recorded.  It would be great if you could have your student write one sentence about what they have read.  We ask that your student reads out loud to you for twenty minutes at least five days of the week.  Students who read all seven days will get to sit in my banana chairs for at least one activity the following week.  I have a link to Raz Kids on this blog.  Students have been using this program at school and know how to log in.  Each student has been assigned books on their reading level through this great program.  Please feel free to use the program at home as well.

Ten Marks will be assigned each Monday, and due each Friday.  Students get rewarded with a Friday afternoon activity if all of their homework is turned in, and all class work is completed.  I’m not super concerned about the purple paper, I can see what has been completed when I log in.  The reason our third grade team decided to send it out is because we want parents and students to take note of the videos and hints that are available and use them.  If your student doesn’t receive at least 70% they will get a review assignment Ten Marks calls an “Amplifier”.  They will need to complete the “Amplifier” and then retake the assignment.  Sometimes there is personal work that is recommended, this is not required, but will be beneficial if completed.  Students can also work on “Jam Sessions” for extra practice.  I will reward students who are diligently putting forth extra effort.

Students should have a homework folder that goes home each Monday and is returned on Fridays.  The homework folder should contain a spelling list, vocabulary list, and the Ten Marks record sheet.  Please add the reading log to it and return it on Friday.  The red communicator folder is for daily use.

The planner should be filled out for each day and brought home on Fridays.  I don’t want kids to have to tote it home and back everyday, but please look it over and sign it on the weekend. Students are rewarded for bringing it back signed on Monday.

Usually P.E. and Library will be on Mondays.  There are a couple times that they will fall on a Friday.  I’ll try to send reminders about bringing library books and athletic shoes on those days.

As you know, I send out reminders using the districts communication system.  This system does not allow you to text me back.  If you have any questions or concerns please call or text me at 435-279-3741.  Make sure you do not put in an 801 area code.  It’s my goal to provide a wonderful third grade experience for your student.  If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of teaching your precious kiddo,

Mrs. Julander

Back to School Power Point

Aug-23-2016 By kijulander

Valentine Party on Friday the 12th

Feb-8-2016 By kijulander

I enjoyed getting to visit with most of you over the last week.  If you have any questions or concerns that come up as we continue on with the year please feel free to text, call, or email me.

Please quiz your student on their multiplication facts and the units of customary measure.  Online homework this week is on Sage.

Please send a clean milk jug to school this week. We will be making Valentine holders out of them on Friday.  We will hand out Valentines on Friday.  We have 24 students and 2 teachers.

Thank you for all your hard work and the hours that you spend working with your children.

Winter News

Jan-25-2016 By kijulander

This month we finished static and current electricity and we are on the magnet unit in science.  In math we did adding and subtracting fractions, and now we are doing multiplication of fractions.  We just got our report cards this week and just so we don’t forget we have parent teacher conferences next week.  In December we went on a field trip to the Utah symphony.  We hope you had  good holidays.  Don’t forget to get your planner signed and brought back every week.  Also, remember to read 5 nights a week or more.  Thanks!

Mrs. Julander’s students,

Kendall and Nevaeh




Book Order/ Field Trip

Dec-9-2015 By kijulander

Books make wonderful Christmas presents, and Scholastic books are good prices.  This is cutting it kind of close, and for that I am sorry, but if you wanted any Scholastic books for Christmas I need my order in by the end of the school day tomorrow.  You can look at the books online, and order by using our class code  1F21V.  Here are the steps: Go to  Click on Reading Club, Click on Parents Connect to Your Teacher, enter our class code and Click Connect, go shopping and follow the checkout process it walks you through.  If you want the books to remain a secret let me know, and we will arrange a pick up time.  We are buying each student a $5 or less book for Christmas, you may want to check with them to see what one they picked so you don’t get a double.

We will be attending the symphony on December 15th.  Please watch for a permission slip to come home tomorrow, sign it, or let me know if your student will not be attending, and send it back on Friday.

These kids are so great!  I love coming to work each day.  Thank you for all your support!