Dear Students and Parents,
Welcome to third grade! My name is Loretta Young I am so thrilled that you are in my class this year. I hope that you are as excited as I am about this year. I promise you - we are going to have so many opportunities to grow and learn and be silly. And laugh! A lot! I can't wait to meet you and begin building our classroom community where everyone feels safe, happy and supported, and where we not only will zero in on gaps that formed due to virtual learning, but we will work diligently and consistently to be where we need to be by the end of 3rd grade and soar as learners.
Let me begin my telling you a little bit about myself. I live in Doylestown. I went to Widener University and LaSalle University where I received my master's degree in elementary and special education. My husband is also a teacher. He teaches history at LaSalle College High School. I have three amazing children: Maggie just graduated this year from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a writer and artist. Jack is a junior at Temple University and he studie Cognitive Psychology. My youngest, Aidan, is a senior at Central Bucks West. We also have a sweet cat named Angel.
Some of my hobbies include reading, yoga and barre, playing tennis and swimming. I love to walk, especially at Peace Valley Park and Central Park here in Doylestown. Sunrises and sunsets are my favorite. This summer we were fortunate enough to get away and spend some time in Ocean City and on a lake in Maine, one of my favorite places! I also taught at Summer Academy and visited with friends in the mountains.
What have you been doing this summer? I cannot wait to hear! Please bring a picture or a small object that tells something about what you did this summer on the first day (for example: a shell, a baseball, a photo)
This year will be a fun one for us. We will begin the year by getting to know each other. You will learn the third grade routines and your responsibilities for this year. Each day will begin with Morning Meeting. We will off with some scavenger hunts and games and making some flipgrids if you are comfortable! Third grade is such an awesome year. We will study plants and forces and magnetism in Science, Communities and Government, and Immigration in Social Studies. We will read a lot of chapter books and learn to really think about what we are reading and respond to it in various ways. In Math, of course we will learn our times tables this year, and many games and hands-on activities that helped us learn new concepts in Bridges.
Enjoy the last few days of summer! If you want to get started on third grade learning, review practice your math addition and subtraction facts. It won’t be long before we start multiplication. And - make sure you know your student ID number.
I can’t wait to get to know you when the school year starts! Our first day is Monday, August 30th. Back to school night for 3rd grade is Tuesday, August 31st. Please join our google classroom with the following code: ast3fwk
Also, please let me know if you prefer to go by a nickname as I do my nametags and labels this week.
Enjoy these last few days of summer!