So good to be back! Our class is a busy, happy class! We will be working on Community Building for the next two weeks, while slowly incorporating our curriculum into the day. Building a classroom community is so important to a successful year. It helps the third graders to adjust to a multi-age classroom, while helping the fourth graders to become positive leaders.
This year third and fourth graders will have even more access to technology. In our classroom we now have a computer cart which the students will use for learning to type, math practice, reading practice, and some of our required assessments. I will share their log-ins with you in the near future, once we are fully immersed in our curriculum.
Students: Here is our second weekly challenge: What did the Abenaki Tribe use for trade?
I hope everyone is enjoying this very deserved break! I am looking forward to going back to school, and seeing my student's smiling faces! I would like to take this time to remind parents that our Read-A-Thon information was sent home before break. We will have our read-a-thon on April 26th, Wednesday. Please remind your child to bring back the sponsor sheet before Wednesday. On Thursday April 27th, our class has ECO. The woods are still pretty wet so please send your child with adequate clothing.
On the week of May 8th, in honor of Mother's Day, our class would like to invite our mothers in to our class to read us a story. The story can be anything you choose! We will be studying Traditional Literature in the next few weeks so if you choose a Fairy Tale, that would be great! The best times for us would be any day that week from 8:30- 10;30, or at 2:00. Please feel very welcome, but if you are not able to, please don't feel bad! Please call me at school, ext 218 to set up your time! Thank you for all your support.
Looks like Spring is finally here! As usual, we are very busy in the classroom! We have completed our World Geography Unit and are now in the midst of the SBAC testing that is required. On that note; Please make sure your child is rested and hydrated. We have many scheduled breaks throughout the day and other activities planned to help alleviate any stress that assessments usually bring!
We will be having a fund-raiser to help pay for our end of the year field trip. We will have our annual Read-A-Thon on April 26th. The children will be bringing home the information, but here it is in a nutshell. Students gather pledges for reading. It can be a pledge per page or a flat rate for the whole day. After the Read-a-thon students will collect the money from the people who have sponsored them. We encourage students to ask only people they know. Not only is this a great fund-raiser, the students love this special read_a-thon day.
The trip that we are planning to go on is to The Franklin Zoo in Boston. We are trying to raise enough money to rent a bus that is comfortable for the three hour ride, has a bathroom on it, and limited entertainment. There will be more information coming in the near future so stay tuned!
It was great to see so many of you at our World Geography night! The students were so proud and so was I! I am always amazed by how much they learn in such a short time. It was also great to see you at Parent/Teacher conferences. If you were unable to make it, please call and we can set up a time that is convenient for you. Thank you all for your support!
In the previous post I said that we have ECO on Friday, March 10th. We actually have it on Thursday, March 9th! Please be prepared for ECO on Thursday! Sorry about the confusion.
I hope everyone has been enjoying their Winter Break. I look forward to seeing everyone on the first day back, March 8th. We are wrapping up our World Geography Unit and I am very proud of all the students have accomplished. We are planning on having a World Geography night really soon so stay tuned for more information. We hope to see everyone on that night!
This Friday (March 10th) we have ECO. Please make sure your child is equipped with warm winter layers as the woods are always colder than just walking or playing outside. We are usually outside for at least two hours.
Also, I would like to remind parents that students should be reading 15-20 minutes nightly, as well as practicing the math that is being sent home. Thank you for your support!
It is hard to believe that the school year is already half over! The students have been working really hard on our World Geography unit. They have been learning how to use a map and all the elements found on maps. They have also begun a very impressing writing project using Google Slides. It is really amazing to see them accomplish so much at such a young age!
Valentine's Day is coming up soon and some of the children have been asking about Valentine exchanging. If your child wants to give Valentines, we will have a small celebration at the end of the day. Also, because so many Valentines come with candy now, I was hoping to make a fruit salad for the celebration. If you could send in a piece of fruit on that day with your child, it would be appreciated!
I am sending home another packet of book logs. Please have your child read 15-20 minutes every night. It is so helpful to their progress in fluency and accuracy. Please send the logs back in on Friday with your signature. If you need reading material for home, please let me know. We have so many resources in the classroom. Also: fourth graders have optional home-work every night in math. For us optional means that your child will not miss recess if it is not done, but we strongly encourage them to do the practice work. I am now requesting the same math work from third graders. I will send home a practice packet of math home work on Tuesdays and would like it returned on Fridays. In order to be ready for fourth grade math, students must know their multiplication facts. Five to ten minutes nightly at home makes a huge improvement. If the packets of practice work are a struggle between you and your child, please feel free to practice facts orally with your child instead. Thank you so much for your support! Please feel free to call or drop in if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great week!