Thursday, August 31, 2023

Thursday Night's Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes
2. Complete Spelling worksheet (Write each work 3 times)
3. Study for tomorrow's Spelling Test (
** Please return signed iPad Contract ** 

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Wednesday Night's Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes
2. Complete Math worksheet
** Study for Friday’s Spelling Test

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Tuesday Night's Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes
2. Complete Math worksheet
3. Study for Friday’s Spelling Test
** Sign iPad Contract
** Picture Day is tomorrow! Our time slot is 9am.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Monday Night's Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes
2. Study for Friday’s Spelling Test
3. Sign iPad Contract
* Picture Day is Wednesday (make sure parents saw your form!)

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Parent Night Presentation

 Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend tonight! Below is the my presentation in case you missed it (or wanted to relive the excitement). 

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Parent Night is Tomorrow Night!

Good afternoon Room 106 families! 

I just wanted to send a quick reminder that tomorrow night is Parent Night from 6-7:30pm. I will be presenting in Room 106 regarding 3rd grade/classroom information starting around 6:05pm for about 20-30 minutes, followed by a chance to visit specials teachers and support staff, and then a presentation in the gym led by Principal Gage around 6:45pm. 

If you are unable to make it, I will be posted my presentation on my website ( and will share a link to the presentation via Seesaw as well. 

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night! Stay cool! 

Friday, August 18, 2023

Week 1 is in the books!

Hello Room 106 families! 

What an amazing first week in 3rd grade! Thank you so much for all of your efforts getting your students prepared for the school year!  

Every week I will send a message home regarding what we did during the week and what's coming up in the week ahead. This week, students got acclimated to the classroom and got to know their teacher and their peers. We did a lot of labeling and organization of our supplies. Next week, we begin our academic work and dive into the curriculum.  

The most important note for this upcoming week is that Parent Night is this Thursday (August 24th) from 6-7:30pm. Keep an eye on your email as more information and details regarding Parent Night will be sent soon. On Parent Night, I will introduce myself, share what students will be learning in 3rd grade, provide information regarding routines and expectations, and answer any questions that you have. If you are unable to attend, I will post the presentation on my website ( and provide a link via Seesaw. 

Second, binders are not required for my class. I know that supply lists went out before class lists did, so I'm sorry if anyone was scrambling to find a binder. They will be used in 4th grade, so I instructed students to take them home and save them for next year unless they wanted to use them this year. 

Finally, we had our first lost tooth of the year, and unfortunately, we actually lost it! So if anyone finds a tooth in their backpack, please return it to the classroom so I can reunite it with its owner. 

Thanks again to you and your students for making my first week at Betsy Ross a great one! 


Mr. Brandstrader

Friday, August 4, 2023


My name is Mr. Brandstrader, and this will be my 15th year teaching, my first year at Betsy Ross Elementary School and my first year teaching third grade! I am a graduate of University of Illinois, National Louis University, and Concordia University. I've spent most of my career teaching fourth grade, but I'm super excited to be part of the stellar third grade team at Betsy Ross!