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Mrs. Cabral

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Go Azusa Pacific Cougars


This year our school is focusing on preparing our students for college and career.  Each classroom has chosen a college to represent, and we will be thinking all year about the skills we need to have in order to be prepared for college.  I have chose Azusa Pacific University which is my alma matter.  You will notice the theme throughout our classroom, so be sure to ask your child about our school colors and mascot!!


Save Wednesdays for wearing red and black


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...where SV students SOAR!

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Mrs. Cabral's Contact Information

  • (***If you have concerns, questions, or requests for homework, please email me before going to the office. If I cannot help you, I will refer you to the office. I should act as your first point of contact.)
  • Room 603
  • 1-714-986-7270 x35603
  • Best time to contact:
    • after school
    • email or a note in RB

Grade Markings


Important Stuff

Sierra Vista is Green!!

  • All school and community information will be posted on our school’s website in order to limit the amount of paper sent home.

  • Parent Handbook is online!  This year, we will be sending home 1 copy per family as well.  This is done once every few years to limit excess copies.

  • Hard copies of this information can be found in the office.

  • Please check the website on a regular basis, as a plethora of great information can be found on the site, and it is constantly being updated.  

Parent Volunteers

  • Although I will only be able to use a few parents consistently throughout the week, parent volunteers will be needed for special projects and activities throughout the year

  • I will contact you as needed.

School Wide Focus

  • The most important area of emphasis this year at Sierra Vista is READING and we need parent support!

  • Mrs. Cabral will foster reading skills in daily practice and lessons. (Literature selections, non-fiction, Accelerated Reader, Reading Records, Silent/Guided/Choral reading, reading at appropriate level, reading groups, etc…)

  • Parents can help foster reading skills by enforcing nightly reading at home.  Encourage your child to read within his/her AR reading level and to take the corresponding test at school.

  • AR tests can only be taken at school.

  • Reading Race-Readopoly! Our Reading incentive program is a race to success!  Students are rewarded at each checkpoint and for turning in a completed log with an invitation to the monthly Reading Race Event!

Class Time

  • Standards are used to drive teacher instruction.

  • Direct instruction (includes talking, modeling, and guided practice) along with standards. based independent activities are given to all students .

  • Instruction is provided in whole group and small group settings.


  • Language Arts

    • Language Arts Series- Benchmark Advanced (Standards Based Text)

    • Step Up to Writing

    • Written Expression

  • RTI (Response to Intervention)

    • Federally mandated program that states students will be provided with instruction/interventions at their ability level in order to help improve or challenge their reading/academic success.  

    • Students will be tested using Benchmark Fluency Assessments and i-Ready Diagnostic Assessments for instruction.

    • Letters will be sent home in October to notify parents as to which group their child will be in (Challenge, Core, Strategic, Intensive).

    • Homogeneous groupings are used to differentiate instruction.

  • Math

    • We have a district adopted curriculum called Math Expressions.  Students are provided regular opportunities to employ math skills using problem solving strategies and apply them to real life situations.  Common Core Math Standards  will be used to strengthen students understanding of mathematical principles to model, solve, and display their communicative reasoning skills.

    • Fluency tests for 3rd grade: addition/subtraction and multiplication/division

Accelerated Reader (AR)

  • Students have been assessed using Accelerated Reader to determine their appropriate reading level and will be given a range of reading levels they made read

  • Once students are given their AR reading level range, they should be reading books independently at those levels and taking tests at school regularly to check for comprehension.

  • Books with AR levels are available in the classroom, as well as in the school library

  • If you would like to check the AR reading level of books you have at home, visit .

Assessment and Grading

  • COGAT GATE Testing (Online-October)

  • SBAC testing (Online-late Spring)

  • District writing prompts (May)

  • Homework – effort grade

  • Class tests and district assessments

  • Progress reports will be sent home half way through the trimester to allow ample time to improve in areas of need

Classroom Rules and Discipline:

  • Our class will follow 4 basic rules to help promote safety, responsibility, accountability, and good behavior in class and while on campus (SOAR)

  • Weekly behavior reports are attached to your child’s RB

    • Tallies are issued when breaking classroom rules.

    • Please review your child’s report nightly and sign on FRIDAY EVENING.

    • Returning a signed behavior report on Monday will result in a reward.

  • Absolutely no toys, personal pencil sharpeners, or clothing items that can be used as a distraction are allowed in class.

Classroom Incentives 

Positive Behavior Intervention Support = Success

  • STARbucks (used for classroom auctions)

    • Classroom money earned for arriving to school on time, having complete homework, keeping a clean desk, and for good behavior

  • Pride Pockets, Blue Tickets , Marble Jar (marbles earned from PE will go towards a class reward), Secret Student of the week, Eagle of the Month, SOAR tickets

Reminder Book (RB)/Parent Communication

  • Used to keep track of homework assignments, events, and needs

  • Communicates to parents about assignments and upcoming tests

  • Parent signature is required nightly

  • In your child’s RB, I will circle assignments that are missing or still need to be turned in

  • Incomplete homework is to be finished at recess.

  • Missing assignments are noted by the teacher and once 5 have not been completed a note will go home to inform parents

  • 10 missing or incomplete homework assignments within one trimester will result in an after school detention.

  • I will also staple important papers/tests that need to be signed into the RB.

  • **The RB is a great tool to show that parents, the teacher, and the student are all on the same page. This is very effective and very powerful if all 3 parts are all together.


November Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • This year, conferences are scheduled for November 15th (minimum day- 12:37), 16th (minimum day- 12:37), and 17th (non student day).  

  • Please make sure to arrive at your scheduled conference time, as they are stacked back to back on a 20 minute interval.

  • I will send home confirmation letters a week or so before conferences.

Homework- What is it?

  • See the PYLUSD Homework Expectations policy pamphlet (3rd gr. is 30 minutes, not including rec. reading)

  • Assigned practice work to be done at home

  • Given each night – Monday through Thursday

  • Due upon arrival in the morning on the assigned due date

    • Math homework page or assignment

    • Recreational reading each night for 20 minutes is STRONGLY encouraged

    • Mad Minute (MM) nightly practice of a Mad Minute fact practice sheet using a dry erase marker and the MM sleeve

Homework – Why give it?

  • It helps develop specialized skills, good work habits, self-direction, independence, and responsibility.

  • It provides needed practice to master skills.

  • It provides a link between home & school – it lets you see what your child is doing .

  • It helps open up avenues of communication between you and your child.

Late Work Policy

  • Late work is accepted. However, each day that the assignment is late, the grade goes down by 10%.

Absent Students

  • Given 2 days for each day they are absent to make up work

  • Parents’ responsibility to help students with work brought home

  • If you know your child is going to be absent ahead of time, please contact your teacher at least 48 hours before absence in order for work to be prepared

  • Please try to schedule doctor’s appointments after school

Papers brought home

  • All fliers and papers will go home on Fridays, but please remember to check website.

  • Friday Folders must be returned on Mondays with a parent signature.

  • Please empty Friday Folders completely .

  • Occasionally tests will be sent home on other days.

  • Please go through papers with your child and discuss corrections that need to be made.

Ways to help your child be successful in 3rd grade

  • Practice math facts nightly

  • Look over your child’s homework, help as needed, sign reminder book

  • Quiz your child using study guides from class

  • Reread chapters in Social Studies and Science along with stories in the Anthology

  • Help your child complete and return missing work, makeup work, or corrections on papers

  • Ensure your child reads nightly

  • Encourage your child to complete their Recreational Reading Race and take AR tests on a regular basis

  • Ensure that your child studies for upcoming tests – check RB nightly

  • Ensure a quiet place to complete homework and a restful sleep

Lunch, Snack, and Water

  • Your child is hungry by recess.  Please send in a healthy snack each day.

  • If your child forgets his/her lunch, they will purchase a hot lunch, and it can then be paid the next day.  Remind your child that they must eat!!

  • Small water bottles are allowed in class.  However, I ask that they are disposable and brought home each day.  They will be tossed out at the end of each day if they are left.  

Other Classroom Tidbits

  • Field Trips – Bradford House (April/May) and Environmental Nature Center/Tonga Tail (May 4)

  • Treats may not be provided for birthdays.  Students will be recognized at school with a birthday pencil and card as well as their name announced during a morning broadcast and a friendly stuffed animal on their desk for the day!

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for everything you will do for your child this year

to ensure a successful 3rd grade experience!