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Welcome to Third Grade!  
 
I am so excited for our adventure together!  I will be your child's Language Arts and Social Studies teacher.  My husband and I have a fourth grade son and a second grade daughter here at CFES.  We are an active family, and absolutely love being a part of this community!
 
I can't wait to share my passion for learning with your child this year!   This is my eleventh year of teaching.  I earned my Bachelor's in Behavioral Science with a minor in Elementary Education at Metropolitan State University in Denver.  I taught second and fourth grades in Colorado for six years.  I have been a part of the Creekside Forest family for four years as a second and third grade teacher.  It is an honor to work with such an amazing staff, families, and students.  I am certified to teach K-6, ESL, and Gifted and Talented.
 
 Get ready for a wonderful year!  "Oh the places, we will go" in 2017-2018!  
 

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Parent Information Night 9/21/17

Good evening,
 
Tomorrow is our Parent Information Night.  There will be a PTO meeting in the cafeteria at 6pm.  Then families will be dismissed to their child's classroom.  We will have two presentations in the case that you have more than one child.  Mrs. Arnold and I will begin our first session at 6:30-7:00pm, and the second session will begin at 7:10-7:40.   I have attached the Power Point we will be using in the case that you are unable to come.  We will begin scheduling conferences very soon, so be on the look out for the sign-up!   
 
Have an amazing evening!

Week of 9/18/17

Wow!   What a downpour we had at the end of the day!   Thankfully dismissal went fairly smooth and everyone got home with rainy day dismissal changes.  Hopefully this rain will wash away the pollen and mold in the air!  Lots of sneezing for me lately!
 
Homework this week is study list 2 of spelling, study Unit 1 of vocabulary, read 20 minutes per day, and complete the Drops in the Bucket worksheet by Friday. 
 
List 2 Spelling
 
spoke
mile
save
excuse
cone
invite
cube
price
erase
ripe
broke
flame
life
rule
these
those
surprise
decide
talk
almost
 
We will take our first vocabulary quiz on Thursday, and 2nd spelling test on Friday.
 
Tomorrow is PICTURE DAY!  
 
Thursday night at 6pm is our Parent Information Night.   Mrs. Arnold and I will be presenting together.  I hope to see you all there!
 
We had an awesome day of learning!  Everyone was so productive, on task, and ready to participate!
 
Have a great week!
 

9/11/2017

Happy Monday!  It is a day of remembering our first responders and community heroes.  Students created a class card to deliver today with pictures and notes of thanks.  They really had some wonderful thoughts and appreciation for those that risk their lives to keep us safe.  What great citizens!
 
This week we will have our first spelling test on Friday.  I handed out the list and students taped it in their planner on Friday.  They can use the Spelling City link on my website to study and play word games for practice.   Here are the words:
 
1. crop
2. plan
3. thing
4. smell
5. shut
6. sticky
7. spent
8. lunch
9. pumpkin
10. clock
11. gift
12. class
13. skip
14. swing
15. next
16. hug
17. hospital
18. fantastic
19. along
20. family
 
We began our first vocabulary unit today.  We will study these words until next Thursday when we take our first quiz.  The kids need to know how to spell, define, use the words in a sentence, and identify antonyms and synonyms related to the words.  There are 10 words in unit 1.  For each unit, we will study the words for 2 weeks with a quiz every other Thursday.  I introduced another website on my links that can be used for practice as well.   www.vocabularyworkshop.com  (our book is green)
 
Homework every week is to read at least 20  minutes per day, study spelling and vocabulary, and study guides will be given out as needed for Social Studies quizzes.   
 
Students are drafting their small moment "Selfie" stories this week, adding in details so that their reader can experience the story like a movie.  In reading, we are analyzing story elements, and beginning a plot diagram with rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.   We are learning that is the way fiction stories tend to go!  This will help us as we develop our own stories as authors.   We are learning about citizenship, rights, and responsibilities this week in Social Studies.
 
Whew!  We are playing catch up so we are BUSY BEES!  Our Family Info night has been rescheduled to September 21st.   I look forward to seeing you all there!
 
It was a great day today!!  

Coming back to school 9/5/2017

 Hello families,
 
I hope all of you are safe and dry after the hurricane of last week.  This was my first experience with a hurricane, and I have been heartbroken for the many that lost so much.  Our community has been so amazing and has come together to help and support each other.  I look forward to discussing ways that our class can assist in the recovery process.   
 
We are, in a way, starting over tomorrow after only three days of school.   We will review rules, get to know each other even better, share some great stories, and get started writing the stories in our hearts.  Our "All About Me" posters can be turned in at any point this week when it is convenient-no strict due date.   I also know that the Writer's Notebooks probably were not on the forefront of our minds the past week.  Those may also be turned in at any point they are ready this week.  
 
Family information night is postponed at this point, and I will get back to you as to the rescheduled date.   
 
I can't wait to see my kiddos tomorrow!  Give them a hug from me!  I have missed them.
 
Have a wonderful night!
 
Mrs. Tasch

First Day

 Dear Families,
 
Today was so fun....a whirlwind of learning procedures and getting to know each other.  Both classes were so respectful, sweet, and energetic!  I can't wait until tomorrow!  
 
Today in your child's Boomerang folder, you will find an All About Me poster that should be completed at home and returned by Friday, September 1st.  I hope the students enjoy telling a little more about themselves.  We will display  these in the third grade pod.  They can make them as colorful and creative as possible!   You will also find a yellow brochure that outlines the expectations and procedures of third grade.  There is a place to indicate that you and your child understand the information given and return the slip tomorrow. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions at all!  I want to make this a great year for students and parents alike!  
 
Warmly,
Kara Tasch

Meet the Teacher

I am so excited to begin the 2017-2018 school year!  I hope to see everyone at Meet the Teacher from 3-4 on Friday (Room 503).  Also pop into Mrs. Arnold's room next door to meet your Math teacher!  
 
If you ordered school supply packs last year or over the summer from EPI, they are in my room.  If not, you may bring your supplies on Friday.  All students will need a set of headphones (a built in microphone would be great) for the computers the first week of school (the sooner the better).  Please make sure they are labeled.  
 
If you have not done so already, please click the subscribe button on the right side of the webpage.  This will insure that you are receiving my news updates.  You should also subscribe to Mrs. Arnold's webpage, as well as the specialists.  Their webpages are listed below.  
 
This is going to be a fantastic and fun year!  
 
Mrs. Arnold's Website (Math/Science)