Mrs. Michelle Luna
Hello Grand Oaks family!
My name is Michelle Luna, and I teach 3rd Grade Language Arts and Social Studies here at Grand Oaks!  Reading is my passion, and opening one's eyes to the joy of reading is my joy!
My educational experience has me instructing young minds as an educator in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade classrooms in both Texas and Maryland.  In New York, I served as a K-5 Reading Specialist and Instructional Literacy Coach for ELA teachers across campus over a five-year span.  I also served as the Reading Specialist here when GOES opened its doors in 2020.  I completed my Undergraduate in Education at Villa Julie College, a private college specializing in teaching educators, and currently hold a Master's in Literacy from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.  I am certified in Literacy, EC-6 Elementary Education, ESL, and I am Dyslexia and GT trained.  
As a Language Arts teacher in 3rd grade, you will find me working with reading groups, intervening closely with students needing targeted reading instruction, or collaborating on proper writing with our group.  Our classroom is full of love, encouragement, risk-taking, and inquiry!  We learn how to read and write by practice and observing professional writers and learning from their craft.  "Learning to read" and "reading to learn" are very different, and I promise to meet your child where they are in their reading ability and move them forward from there.  It is my hope that those I teach will walk away from 3rd grade with a love of reading and a desire to learn more.
In my spare time, I enjoy time with my family traveling to various parts of the world.  I am also very fond of camping, adventure sports such as white water rafting, kayaking, ziplining, fishing, and hiking (I am a mom of two Boy Scouts!).  Of course, I love a good book and one can usually find 3-4 books sitting at my bedside!  I cannot wait to learn about your interests!
I am committed to serving our students here at Grand Oaks as we prepare them to be lifelong learners and readers.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.  I look forward to a positive and productive partnership with you!  It takes a village!


Michelle Luna










Week of Oct 11

Tiger families,

Can you believe that our first nine weeks have passed?  Where has the time gone?  

Friday our friends enjoyed a Writer's Celebration to close our first personal narrative.  This week we will move into our second narrative, and, having already experienced the expectations for our first, we will refine our writing to develop a meaningful story. Thank you to those who donated to our celebration!

In Reading, our students will investigate traditional literature including fables, folktales, fairytales, and legends.  We will compare these to the realistic fiction we have read in the first nine weeks.   Traditional literature allows us the share campfire stories as we move closer to Halloween, delving into fun folklore that has been passed down over the generations.  

Social Studies will have us learning about landforms and their characteristics.  We will also dig deeper into our cursive practice this week.

Looking forward to a great week!

Michelle Luna


We are running low on classroom snacks.  Thank you to those who have donated to keep our third-grade tummies happy!

Mrs. Karsterer and I are beginning our Fall conferences.  Be on the lookout for a Signup Genius in your email.  We are sending these out a few at a time.  Thank you to those parents who came to speak with us on Friday! 


A Look Ahead in October

11 No School for Students

12 Glow Run...wear neon/colors that will glow; tennis shoes

13 Stomp out Bullying- Wear BLUE

15 Luna's Scholastic book orders close (no October book order due to Book Fair)

18-22 Book Fair Week

18-22 No regular Library due to Book Fair

20 Unity Day-Wear Orange

21 5:30-7:30 Trunk or Treat Late Night Book Fair (Set up begins at 4:30)

Week of 9/27

Let us celebrate a productive week last week!
This week our exuberant learners will wrap our unit in theme, character, and plot using fictional texts.  We will have our assessment on Thursday with three days of review and practice ahead of us this week.  
Our writers will wrap up work in their narratives.  We will begin with the revision and editing needed to create a wonderful story to be published later this week.  Their writings will be published to first hang in our pods then move into a collection to be shared and passed around the second-grade classrooms.  Our writers are very excited to know they will have multiple audiences just like the stories we read in class!
This Friday, we will hold our first assessment in Social Studies: Citizenship.  A study guide will come home Wednesday.  The students have enjoyed learning about rules/laws, what makes a good citizen, and taking a look at who holds leadership in our country on a local to national level.
Reminders:  Book orders will be closed on October 15th.
                    Picture day is Tuesday of this week. 
Thank you for your support!   It takes a village!
Michelle Luna

Week of 9/13

This week in ELA/SS--
Our focus in Reading will be continued practice identifying plot, theme, character traits, and how a minor character can impact a major character in a piece of writing.  We will overlap these concepts with our own narrative writing using several mentor texts as our guide. 
Last week we spent time analyzing the best way to start our own narratives.  I need to celebrate our students as they were able to dive headfirst and explore various ways to begin our writing!  They were so surprised at how much they were able to write and never once worried about "how many sentences they HAD to write"!  We definitely have a creative bunch!
Social Studies this week will focus on our digital citizenship.  We have optional dress-up days if you would like to participate:
Monday: dress up like a detective
Tuesday: dress up like a pirate
Wednesday:  Sports gear
Thursday: Neon day
Friday: Superhero day
More information came out in the Campus Newsletter earlier today.
We are looking forward to a productive week!
Michelle Luna