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Welcome to Third Grade!
My name is Jana McCalip.  I am so glad to be your child's teacher.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself, and I look forward to getting to know you and your child.
I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.  I graduated from Mentor High School in 1985.  I attended Miami University in Oxford, OH and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1989.  Houston, Texas is my second home. I've been teaching for 20 years, and this is my 17th year at Lakewood Elementary.    I love working for Tomball ISD.  It's more than a district to me; it's home!  I have three children, and all of them have attended TISD schools.  Currently, I reside in Houston with my husband, Steven, and my daughter, Gracelyn.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family.  In my free time, I like to read, work on home improvements, and work out at the gym.  I have a full life, but I'm grateful for all the people I get to touch each day.

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Upcoming events

Next week is a busy week of events.  Here's a rundown for your calendar:
Monday, Nov. 13-  Class Spelling Bees 
Wednesday, Nov. 15 -
College shirt day- wear your favorite!
Author's Celebration- AM 9:30-10:30   PM 1:10-2:10
Friday, Nov.17- Character Dress-up Day (information sheet in Wed. folder)
Thanksgiving Break Nov. 20-25                                                              

Spelling Bee

Parents and students,
It's time for the annual spelling bee!  Students will receive a permission letter in their Wednesday folder this week.  If they wish to participate in the classroom bee, the permission slip needs to be returned by Monday, Nov. 6th.  Word study lists will be passed out on that same Monday.   Each homeroom will have one winner and that student will represent the class in the school bee.  All 3rd and 4th grade students are encouraged to participate.  

Last week we broke into groups to learn about The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, Taxes, and Pierre L Enfant.  Here's a sample of a couple of groups responses to their topic.
Today in class the students worked in Google Classroom.  This is a virtual classroom where they can use tools like Google Draw to complete an assignment.  We will be using Google Classroom many times this year.  Your child may want to work on assignments at home using their school account.  This is always an exciting time for them to be 21st century learners!  This is a screenshot of one student's assignment.  The directions were to create a poster that explains what freedom means to them.

Citizenship Test

A citizenship test will be given next Thursday, Sept. 21.  I will send home a study guide in your child's homework folder on Monday.


It was a great week with your students!  Most of them were successful with understanding how the menu works.  Just to clarify expectations for you.  We would like them to do three homework assignments from the menu each week.  They can repeat activities during the month if they choose to, or they can select a three different activities the following week.  We will use the same menu for the rest of the month of September.