<![CDATA[Third Grade News from Mrs. Rycus - Mrs. Rycus' Blog]]>Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:55:47 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Holiday Party!]]>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:15:53 GMThttp://mrsrycus.weebly.com/mrs-rycus-blog/holiday-party2Plan ahead! Our class will be celebrating the holiday season on Thursday, December 18, with our class party. Third graders get to make milk carton gingerbread houses! We will be doing this from 1:00 - 2:30, and this will include our holiday party snacks. Please plan on coming to help us if you can! We welcome parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles- you get the idea.  

More information will be coming home as we draw closer to the date, but I thought you might like to get it on your calendars now. Also, if you are planning to come in and help build the houses, you will need to make sure you have pre-registered with the office as a school volunteer. Thanks!

<![CDATA[Halloween- Again!]]>Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:30:03 GMThttp://mrsrycus.weebly.com/mrs-rycus-blog/halloween-againHello! Once again, here are the details for our Halloween activities at school. Children will get dressed in their costumes after lunch (1:00) and the all-school parade is at 1:30. Following the parade, we will come back to our class to share treats provided by our Halloween committee. You are welcome to join us if you like. Kids will need to change out of their costumes before recess at 2:40, and they have music class after recess. Please make sure you send some kind of bag for your children's costumes, as they will be responsible for putting it on and taking it off at school. Thank you!

<![CDATA[A New "Journey"]]>Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:34:36 GMThttp://mrsrycus.weebly.com/mrs-rycus-blog/a-new-journeyNext week we are beginning our new district-wide literacy program called Journeys.  I am excited to launch this program with our class.  You will find a parent letter in your Friday Folder this week with information on our first lesson, including our spelling words and vocabulary terms.  It would be helpful if you would review these vocabulary terms and spelling patterns with your child at home. I will be giving the children assessments on these spelling and vocabulary words on Fridays.  I will plan to send the lists home the weekend before in case you want to get an early start on reviewing our focus spelling pattern!

<![CDATA[Halloween…already?]]>Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:11:18 GMThttp://mrsrycus.weebly.com/mrs-rycus-blog/halloweealreadyThinking about Halloween yet? I am! Here is some information that you may find helpful..


I divide the class into 4 groups and ask each child to serve on one party committee (planning and bringing in food). This way, all of our families participate equally in providing for the class parties and all children have a fair chance to plan a menu. The children on the Halloween committee are Sammy, Cooper, Ethan, Brookelynn, Analeece, and Hannah Struthers. I will have a meeting with these children and we will set the menu, and then I will send a note home detailing your contribution. Thanks in advance!


Halloween is Friday, October 31. Children should not wear costumes to school. They will change after lunch. You are welcome to come and help your child get into costume around 1:00 – 1:20. The all-school parade is at 1:30, to be followed by sharing treats in our classroom. We have recess at 2:40, so the party will be quick. Mr. Eckhart has asked all teachers to keep class celebrations to about 60 minutes, so this works out well for us.

<![CDATA[Spirit Week]]>Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:06:34 GMThttp://mrsrycus.weebly.com/mrs-rycus-blog/spirit-week1Join Student Council for our Homecoming Spirit Week!

Monday, September 29 Hat Day

Tuesday, September 30 Favorite sports team color/gear

Wednesday, October 1 Career Day
*dress for your future career!

Thursday, October 2 Throwback Thursday! 
*50s, 60s, 70s, 80s - Choose your favorite era!

Friday, October 3 GRAND LEDGE SPIRIT DAY! 

The Grand Ledge Homecoming Parade will be on October 3rd! 
It will start at 5:30pm in front of the fire barn and proceed through downtown Grand Ledge.

<![CDATA[Catching Up!]]>Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:14:48 GMThttp://mrsrycus.weebly.com/mrs-rycus-blog/catching-up1Quick Notes from Mrs. Rycus

I know you got a lot of information from me at the Open House in August and then the first week of school, so I am going to review a few important things that bear repeating!

·      Wondering why there is no news from your teacher?  Then you must not have “liked” our Facebook page!  I am posting little news items, reminders, pictures, and videos there regularly, so please check it out.  Search Mrs. Rycus’ Third Grade Class to find us.  If you don’t have a Facebook account, I will be maintaining my class website (mrsrycus.weebly.com) for important information, but will not be posting anecdotes, photos, or videos.  Please make sure you avail yourself of one or both of these ways to keep in touch with our class.  Considerable time is spent making sure you have access to information and I appreciate your taking advantage of it. Of course, important information is also sent home weekly in the Dateliner.

·      If you haven’t already done so, please send in the $7.00 for your child’s planner and Scholastic News subscription.  I am still missing about 10 children’s fee.  If you send in a check, please make it payable to Delta Center PTO.

·      Please check your child’s planner for information about homework, special dates, and start times of events!  I work hard to make sure this information is in their planners so if you don’t check our Facebook page or website, you still have access to this information.  I got lots of phone calls this week about the Journal Decorating event, and the kids had put this information in their planners last week, in addition to the two notes I sent home and the Facebook postings.  Taking phone calls during the day when I am teaching, especially for information I have intentionally shared in numerous places, is not convenient for me or the children. If you do have a question, please use my school e-mail as the first resort.  (rycusj@glcomets.net) I check it frequently and will get back to you much quicker than a text or phone call. Thank you!

·      Remember that we have a delayed start on Wednesday, September 24th, so staff may have professional development time. School will begin two hours late that day.

·      Mark your calendars! Our third grade class will have a musical performance on Thursday, November 13, at 6:00! Mrs. Wilkinson will be sending more information home soon. It is so exciting to be a part of their first evening performance!

·      Last week your children brought home log-in information for the everyday math website (everydaymathonline.com). In addition to playing games and practicing their math skills, they also have access to the student textbook! So, on the Home Link where it says to consult your student reference book for information, you can find that all online. In addition, you can print off extra activities or make copies of homework if your child loses or forgets to bring home links home. Their log-in names and passwords are taped inside their planners! Please make a note of this information somewhere at home in case your child misplaces or forgets his planner at school. I hope you find this useful!

·      Please make sure to send in a healthy snack for your child every day.  We do not have lunch until 12:15, and based on the amount of graham crackers I have been giving out, your children are hungry.  I cannot continue to provide snack for them every day, so please get a snack in their backpack daily. 

·      Wanting to send in supplies for our classroom?  We could use ziplock bags:  sandwich, quart, or gallon size.  Also, we need boxes of Kleenex.  Allergies are apparently running rampant and we are really going  through it.

·      We started our NWEA testing this week and will test again on Tuesday.  Also, the building team will be administering the DIBELS reading assessment to third graders next week.

<![CDATA[Spirit Week]]>Tue, 27 May 2014 15:26:42 GMThttp://mrsrycus.weebly.com/mrs-rycus-blog/spirit-weekOur Student Council is sponsoring Spirit Week, June 2 - June 6.  Show your school spirit by participating in these fun days!

Monday - Hat Day
Tuesday - GL colors/SOAR gear
Wed. - Favorite team colors
Thurs. - Western Day
Fri. - Superhero Day 

Special thanks to our Student Council Representatives:  Jwan Randle, Finn Weinstein, Ava Gaugier, and Audrey Burgess.  These fine students were elected by their peers and willingly gave up recesses to attend meetings and then reported back to our class each month.  We appreciate their service!
<![CDATA[Field Day!]]>Tue, 27 May 2014 14:05:22 GMThttp://mrsrycus.weebly.com/mrs-rycus-blog/field-dayIt's that time of year again!  Field Day at Delta Center will be on Friday, May 30th.   Grades 1, 2 & 3 will be from1:00-3:00 pm.  Please make sure to send your children dressed for outdoor activity, and include sunscreen or bug spray if you think they need it.  Water bottles are also a good idea.  We are looking for many volunteers to help make this a fun and memorable day for our students!  Please click here or the link below to sign up for a station! :)


Thank you so much for volunteering!  We are all looking forward to a fun day at Delta Center!

<![CDATA[Pet Day(s)!]]>Thu, 22 May 2014 20:44:25 GMThttp://mrsrycus.weebly.com/mrs-rycus-blog/pet-daysPet Day!

The children would like an opportunity to share their pets with their friends at school.  To accomplish this, I am allowing each child to have a 15 minute time slot in which to share his or her pet.  If the pet is in a cage, like a hamster or a rat, the pet can be dropped off in the morning and spend the day with us.  The pet will need to be picked up the same afternoon, and the child will still have a 15 minute time slot to tell us about his or her pet.  If the pet needs to be brought in, like a cat or a dog, please make sure the animal is properly secured (carrier or a leash) and housetrained. 

You can work with your children on what interesting facts they can share about their pets.  Children should be able to tell us the name, age, breed, and any characteristics of their pet.  Children should be prepared to talk about how they care for their pet as well.  Kids will have an opportunity to show any tricks their pet can do, or allow classmates to touch their pet, and then we will move on.  This is a great opportunity for kids to practice their public speaking and presentation skills and I hope you will help your child prepare for it.

The days and times we will be having pet presentations are as follows.  Please e-mail me (rycusj@glcomets.net ) to set up whatever time works for you and your schedule. Make sure to tell me what date and (about) what time you would like. I will confirm my e-mail as soon as I hear from you so you can be sure the time slot is reserved for you.  Thank you for helping us with this fun project!

Pet Day Presentation Schedule

Friday, May 30;   Friday, June 6:
10:00 – 10:15; 10:15- 10:30; 10:30 -10:45; 10:45 – 11:00; 11:00- 11:15; 11:15- 11:30; 11:30 – 11:45; 11:45- 12:00

Monday,June 2; Monday, June 9:   
1:30 -1:45, 1:45 – 2;00, 2:00 – 2:15, 2:15 – 2:30, 3:00 – 3:15, 3:15 – 3:30

Tuesday, June 3;
1:30 -1:45, 1:45 – 2;00, 2:00 – 2:15, 2:15 – 2:30, 3:00 – 3:15, 3:15 – 3:30

Wednesday, June 4:  Thursday, June 5:
12:45 – 1:00, 1:00 – 1:15;  2:00 – 2:15, 2:15 – 2:30, 3:00 – 3:15, 3:15 – 3:30





<![CDATA[Field Trip!]]>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:33:44 GMThttp://mrsrycus.weebly.com/mrs-rycus-blog/field-trip2Picture
Our field trip to the Michigan Historical Museum was wonderful!  We were so excited to finally get there!  I just want to thank the many family members who volunteered to come with us and ensure a great educational day for our kids:  Karen Anderson, Karen Legal, Colette Diotte, Phil Weinstein, Dan Smith, Eric Earle, Eric Lopez, Lindsey Malzahn, Laura Wotruba, Amy Jolley, Jessica Diller, and Randy Conway. Your participation meant our students got lots of attention and were able to go back to whatever areas they wanted to, after our docent tour.  Our kids were very well-behaved and so smart!  Here they are learning what it was like in a one-room schoolhouse in the 1880’s.  They thought it was cool to have a piano in the classroom, and the slates were neat, but they weren’t too excited learning what happened to kids when they misbehaved.  Of course, we would never have that problem with our students!  Thanks again for your flexibility with our thrice-scheduled date, sending lunches with your kids, and ensuring they knew how to behave in the museum.  It was a fun day!