Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Who is Mrs. Brammer?

I created a brief introductory blog last year when I was new to NLCA, and I thought my new families might want to know a little background information, too, so here's an updated version:

I moved to Canvas, West Virginia in 2018 from Ohio.  I was raised in a small town near Steubenville, Ohio, but I earned my teaching degree from West Liberty State College (now West Liberty University) in West Virginia's northern panhandle in 1990.

My work experience has almost always been with children. My first permanent teaching position was in third grade at Jefferson County Christian School (in Ohio) in 1994. I have also subbed in both public and private schools, been a school librarian, and most recently, collected data for a state-funded study on the effect of universal preschool in West Virginia. That last one was very valuable to me because I visited over twenty different second and third grade classes in the state!  That allowed me to glean all kinds of information about how I could better teach.

Also, New Life Christian Academy is the fourth Christian school that I have worked for, so I try to use all that experience to help children like yours learn and thrive.

This blog is where I'll be posting any upcoming quizzes, tests, or important events to remember.  I use it at least weekly, so please check back often!

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to getting to know you better.

Mrs. Julia Brammer


Supply List for Third Grade

     Hello, third grade families!  I'm starting to get excited for the new school year, and I can't wait to start fresh.  I know we still have a good bit of summer left, but if you're wanting to know what your child will need, here is the list:

  1. a zipper pencil pouch. (Please, no pencil boxes.  Pouches make less noise if they hit the floor.)
  2. a 16- or 24-pack of crayons 
  3. a ruler, preferably clear
  4. several #2 pencils
  5. 2 boxes of tissues for class supply
  6. headphones or earbuds for iPad use
Besides a backpack and lunch box, that's it!  I have plenty of loose leaf paper, scissors, glue sticks, folders, and erasers. 

Students may have a  personal water bottle, too, if they want.  I have a special "hydration station" where they can put them.  

Please refrain from individual pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, markers, or other items not listed.  

If you have any questions, email me at jbrammer@nlca.info, or send me a message on ClassDojo.

I'll be creating other blogs with more information as the school year draws closer, so please check back often!




Friday, May 13, 2022

Week of May 16

 



Can you believe we've made it this far?  The end of third grade is finally here. It has been a lot of work for all of us, and I want you to know I'm already shedding tears over this end of my time with your children!  Thank you for all of your support and help at home!  I may create one last blog next week, but for now:

  • field trip to Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park on Monday!  We'll be given a 10:00 tour and learn what happened there during the Civil War, then we'll eat lunch, then we'll play on the playground.
  • REMEMBER TO PACK A LUNCH MONDAY
  • One last language test Tuesday.  A workbook page went home Friday with the material.
  • CAMP DAY on Thursday!  We'll be doing learning activities that have a camping theme, and we'll do a little reading by FLASHLIGHT, so please send one in, along with something to sit on, such as a small blanket.  (As of Friday, I haven't even told the kids yet.)
  • Awards on Friday morning, in our classroom!
  • We'll probably pack up and clean up on Friday, too.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Week of May 9

 


Announcements:

  • Science notebooks: amphibians & invertebrates due Monday
  • Achievement testing Tuesday-Thursday, each morning
  • No other tests this week
  • No reading homework, no spelling homework this week.
  • Please drop off the notes of encouragement for your student
  • Try to make sure your student gets enough sleep.
  • Please send in a dollar or two to help cover the cost of ice cream for Thursday. (There's a note and envelope in the take home folder.)
  • Watch for a permission slip for the field trip to Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park (Monday, May 16)

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Week of May 2

 A few important notes:

  • Last school library time for the year is this Tuesday. Please make sure you don't have any school library books at home.
  • SAT-10 testing will be May 10-12.  (We will try to do a few lessons, but there will NOT be any other tests that week.)
  • last day for students: Monday, May 23.

Academics:
  • Bible memory this week: Ephesians 2:10 "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
  • Spelling is list 31.  I already put it in the center of the folders of the ones who were here.  Homework Tuesday, trial test Thursday, final test Friday, as usual.
  • Reading homework this week:  Secret in the Maple Tree, chapter 13.
  • In math, we have moved up to the ten and eleven multiplication tables, so please practice all of them at home, if necessary. 
  • Math test Tuesday, and workbook pages 255, 256 are bonus.
  • History test Wednesday
  • Health test Friday 
Here are the due dates for the rest of the sections for the Animal Notebook.  As a reminder, the pictures may be from the science notebook itself, the internet, magazines, stickers, or hand-drawn. They do NOT have to write reports, but should write the characteristics of each.  I would like to see at least two pictures for each page.

Birds and Reptiles:  Monday, May 2
Amphibians and Invertebrates:  Monday, May 9

As always, thank you for all you do at home!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Week of April 25

Hello, third grade families!! I hope you and yours had a restful break from the normal school routine.  We're in the home stretch to summer now! 

A few important notes:

  • SAT-10 testing will be May 10-12.
  • Our seniors graduate May 13.
  • Our preschoolers and kindergarteners graduate May 20.
  • The last day for students will be May 23.

Academics:
  • Health test Tuesday.  A study guide went home before break.
  • Bible memory this week: John 20:29 b.  "...blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."
  • Spelling is list 30.  I already put it in the center of the folders of the ones who were here.  Homework Tuesday, trial test Thursday, final test Friday, as usual.
  • Language test Wednesday.  Watch for a workbook page with the material on it.
  • In math, we have moved up to the ten and eleven multiplication tables, so please practice all of them at home, if necessary. 
  • Reading homework will be chapter 11 of Secret in the Maple Tree. 
Here are the due dates for the rest of the sections for the Animal Notebook.  As a reminder, the pictures may be from the science notebook itself, the internet, magazines, stickers, or hand-drawn. They do NOT have to write reports, but should write the characteristics of each.  I would like to see at least two pictures for each page.
Fish:  Monday, April 25
Birds and Reptiles:  Monday, May 2
Amphibians and Invertebrates:  Monday, May 9

Lastly, I'm looking forward to ending the year strong.  I've enjoyed this class so much, so I want to make the most of the last month that we'll be together.  Thank you for helping them to stay focused all the way to the end!





Friday, April 8, 2022

Week of April 11

    


Hippity, hoppity, spring break is finally on its way!
Here are a few notices:

  • Easter egg hunt with all lower elementary students at Brown House on Thursday from 10:00-10:30.  A permission slip went home Friday, so please return it as soon as possible.
  • Please send in 12 filled plastic eggs so that each child can "hunt" for at least a dozen.
  • Early release Thursday, starting at 12:30!  
  • School resumes on Monday, April 25.

Academics:

  • History test Monday.  A study guide went home Friday and I told the students they could also bring their history books home.  The test will also have US state geography, except the states in the west region.
  • No Bible memory this week.
  • No spelling test.  I will assign something to use as a grade this week, but it will be open book.
  • In math, we'll be moving up to the ten and eleven multiplication tables, so please practice all of them at home, if necessary.  I keep telling the students that they have to memorize them and know them in fourth grade.
  • Reading homework will be chapter 10 of Secret in the Maple Tree. That may be done over break.
Here are the due dates for the rest of the sections for the Animal Notebook.  As a reminder, the pictures may be from the science notebook itself, the internet, magazines, stickers, or hand-drawn.
The students might want to do the whole thing over Easter break, and that's fine.  They do NOT have to write reports, but should write the characteristics of each.  I would like to see at least two pictures for each page.
Fish:  Monday, April 25
Birds and Reptiles:  Monday, May 2
Amphibians and Invertebrates:  Monday, May 9


Who is Mrs. Brammer?

I created a brief introductory blog last year when I was new to NLCA, and I thought my new families might want to know a little background i...