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Ms. Hart - Room 11 - GRADE 3

Welcome to Ms. Hart's Third Grade...

Video in the Classroom

Awards - 2016



November 17 - See photos of this week's Room 11 STEM Catapult Challenge at the "Class of 2017-18" link above.


November 6 - See photos of Room 11 gardening and photos of the Halloween parade at the "Class of 2017-18" link above.


October 13 - See photos from today's California Science Center

Astro Adventure Day in the "Class of 2017-18" link above.


August 21, 2017 - We had a great partial Solar Eclipse event today. Thanks to all of you who supplied Google eclipse glasses and who sent in the

permission slips. The photos of the event, along with two other photo albums can be found at the "Class of 2017-18" link above.


August 15, 2017

Dear Room 11 Parents,

Yep, our Broadway musical project this year is “School of Rock.” We have two former students of Room 11 and our 3rd grade Broadway musical project, Jersey and Walden Sullivan, who have been performing in “School of Rock” on Broadway and I’ve been planning for us here in Room 11 to perform it for the 2017-2018 school year for some time now.

I’m sending home the Broadway CD of the musical but, because it’s the professional Broadway CD, it has scattered language in the lyrics that is very rock and roll but not appropriate for 3rd graders. I have tried to be very careful and complete in editing the CD, the lyrics and the dialogue in the script, which will allow us to produce a 3rd grade musical that is both fun and appropriate.

To that end, students need to listen to the music CD and get to know the melodies and the storyline. Students (and you) will hear moments on the CD where it is silent. In these places, and in other places in the script, we will be substituting other words. The scripts are ready and, once they are distributed, students will be able to see the words we will be using for songs and dialogue.

For now, though, please let your child get to know the melodies. We will not be performing all the songs on the Broadway CD and some of the songs will be shortened when we perform them, but I want them to have a good sense of the songs and story for now.

I appreciate any questions or feedback you may have. I can go into more detail when I see parents at Back to School Night. We will need your support to make this an unforgettable project and I will let you know what you can do to help as things progress.

You can email me at if you have questions before Back-to School Night. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you.

Carol Hart

Grade 3

Braddock Elementary Gifted Magnet


August 15, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This letter contains information regarding important aspects of our classroom and program. I will send this letter home with your child on the first day of school and ask that you sign and return the slip at the end of the letter.

My name is Carol Hart and it is my pleasure to welcome your children into my 3rd grade classroom! I have been very excited to meet the students and begin a year full of enriched learning. The month of August will consist of activities that will enable the students to get to know each other and to get to understand more about how our class will operate. Our language arts program will begin with The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. The sixteen novels we will read this year are listed on our class website. It is more fun to read them together when students are reading them for the first time so it helps if you can avoid buying a book on the list if your child hasn’t already read it. The link to the novel list follows..

We will also be assessing and reviewing math concepts the first month and, in science, we will start with animal adaptations.

The First Week of School

I will be spending the first few days of school helping students get to know one another and to become comfortable with various classroom routines. One of my goals is to help students become cooperative learners, so students are getting used to completing work as a team and helping team members learn. Students also need to be independent workers, though, so students will be learning how to organize work in their subject portfolios, file papers, and organize their desks. They will spend some time each day at various learning stations, working independently or in small groups. During this time the emphasis will be on completing skills work independently, and putting materials away. As students learn to work on their own, it will increase my ability to meet with small groups of students, and to help students progress at their own pace.


Beginning today, all students will bring home a blue home and school (homework) folder. Please check it daily. I will ask students to put parent notices from school into this folder for you to read. Also students will have homework placed in this folder. Please make sure your child completes his/her homework, and please also put your initials on the Homework Planner and on the homework each day so I know you have seen and checked it. Please correct your child’s homework with

him/her. Parent involvement is crucial. The more involved you are in your child's learning, the greater success he or she will have in school.  On Monday and Tuesday your child will bring home a spelling and/or vocabulary word assignment. The homework will be an activity using students' spelling and vocabulary lists. Watch for these spelling lists to come home each Monday with a test on Fridays. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there will also be some math homework. Students who fully complete and turn in daily homework will not have homework on Fridays. I want to be sure there is clear and frequent communication between home and school. To that end, please check in your child's home/school folder every day for notes from me or from the school.  Homework may change from time to time.... I will try to keep you informed.

I will keep announcements and homework listed on the class website, as much as possible. It is helpful if you have internet connection at home. We may sometimes have online homework in the math program or in Sumdog Math online.  Our class website can be found at .  My contact information is on the website. Please feel free to email me or leave me a message at school.


When your child is not at school, work will be collected on his/her desk and sent home when he/she returns. Your child will have a day to make up work for every day that he/she was absent. (Example: 2 days absent = 2 days to complete and return missed work.)  Please make sure that your child is at school on time. Tardy students miss crucial morning lessons and disrupt the class.


We have been instructed to let families know that instructional time, and even lunch and recess, can no longer be used to celebrate birthdays at school. I’ll try to recognize children with an announcement, a song, and a birthday pencil.

Expectations for Behavior in the Classroom

We will constantly emphasize three expectations in our classroom: be responsible, be respectful, and be attentive. In addition to these expectations, we will work on students learning to become increasingly independent as the year progresses and to find areas of study that they are passionately interested in. My goal is for ALL students to become independent and cooperative learners. If a student has difficulty with behavior, I will ask him/her to fill out a problem-solving form to come up with a solution to the problem. Chronic problems, or severe misbehavior will need to be handled with more specific consequences. I will let parents know immediately if a student is having severe problems with behavior at school.

Home Transportation

If your child will be going home in a different way than normal, you must send a note specifying the change of plans. In order to keep your child safe, I need your permission before I can allow someone else to pick up your child. Also, if you will be picking your child up early and know about it in advance, please write me a note as well so I can help to prepare your child for an early departure. Thank you for your cooperation with these important issues.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email me and I would be happy to schedule a time to meet with you. My email is  and the Braddock Drive Gifted Magnet phone number is (310) 915-5977.


Carol Hart

Braddock Drive Gifted Magnet is located at 4711 Inglewood Blvd. in Culver City, CA 90230.

Braddock Drive Gifted Magnet includes grades 2 - 5.

The songs below were written by Sean Hart for the students of Room 11. They have been used for the last eight years as the basis for our spring solar system video. The videos with students singing the songs can be found in the video section of the "Class" links at the top of this page.

We won three “Video in the Classroom Awards” in May. The 2014/2015 class won two awards for their video called “The Black Hole Song” in the categories of Best Technical Arts and Best Student Performance - Entire Cast, and the class of 2015/2016 won an award for their video called “Things We Like” in the category of Best Public Service Announcement. The broadcast of our videos  will take place in August and September on the KLCS-TV channel.

The Black Hole Song

      Day and Night

       All of the Stars

The Reasons for the Seasons

    Phases of the Moon

     Solar System Song

Class of 2014-15

Class of 2013-14

Class of 2012-13

Class of 2011-12

Class of 2010-11

Class of 2009-10

Class of 2015-16

The Galaxy Song

The Asteroid Song

Class of 2016-17

Braddock Pledge Song