Just a few notes:
I am out Wed-Friday this week and Thur-Friday next week. If you need something addressed quickly, please email Kara (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We had a class meeting this morning about homework. We will not be assigning the spiral homework for the rest of the year, however it is VITAL that they continue to read and practice those math facts. If they do not have a good handle on those math facts, 4th grade math is going to be a bear. We talked about how we will be sharpening those skills for the rest of the year. We are playing a lot of games with math facts, it is not fun if they don’t know them and it becomes pretty obvious who is practicing and who is not.
Please go ahead and order your child’s bare book. Please send that in as well as 5-7 pictures of your child throughout their life. We need these no later than next Monday (4/30).
From Mr. Hurley:
Evening in the Garden is next Tuesday and the kids have been working hard! Here is the schedule:
Evening in the Garden - Tuesday, May 1 6:00-8:00
(Rain date May 3)
6:30 – Knd/1st grade performs
7:00 – 2nd/3rd grade performs
7:30 – 4th/5th grade performs
7:40 – Finale for ALL grades
Please plan to park at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church one hour before your performance time.
For the best seating BRING A BLANKET
(from Mrs. Mattingly)
Our field days are coming up soon! This year we will be doing it in two days.
3-5 grades will be on Monday, May 7 at 9:00-12:00.
K-2 grades will be on Tuesday, May 8 at 9:00-12:00.
This year we are asking for two volunteers from each classroom. Instead of using sign-up genius to sign up for time slots, I am going to have the classroom volunteers stay with their own class the entire day. They will meet me early that morning so I can go over each station and explain the rules. I will also send home a list of each station and instructions prior to that day so they can get familiar with the stations. 3rd-5th grade volunteers will need to meet me at 8:15 on Monday, May 8. K-2nd volunteers will need to meet me at 8:15 on Tuesday, May 9. We will meet down on the black top to go around to each station. The volunteers will then get with their own classes to begin the day.
Room moms, it is up to you if you want to be one of the volunteers, or maybe you just want to hang with your class without having a job. I just need the names of two dependable volunteers sent to me by May 2. Please email the names and email addresses to me at Kelly.email@example.com instead of sending them to your teacher.
Thank you so much for your help! We are very excited about this fun event!
**Let me know (Mrs. Vance) if you would like to volunteer and I will put your name down… first come first serve!**
I saw a meme the other day with a football player holding up four fingers with the title "Hang on Teachers, It's the Fourth Quarter".
I think that can apply to all of us! We talked about this meme today in class and how no matter where you are in the football game you have to play all four quarters. So here we are in the 4th quarter and we still have many things to do to push ahead!
First, let me say THANK YOU to all of those that helped and donated towards our Camp Wannastemalotta day! It was so much fun and I think the kids had a great time! It was a great reward for a job well done! It was successful because of your support!!!
Here a few upcoming things that you need to be aware of:
Milestone Testing starts tomorrow! Here is the schedule:
Tuesday 4/10 - ELA
Wednesday 4/11 - ELA
Thursday 4/12 - ELA
Friday 4/13 - No testing
Monday 4/16 - Math
Tuesday 4/17 - Math
There will be NO HOMEWORK (except for reading and math facts) this week or next week!
Please make sure your kiddo is getting a good night's rest and has a good breakfast and of course gets here on time!! If you received notification about sending in an item, please don't forget to send those in! The kids really look forward to all of the special snacks and treats!
We will be working on a biography report here in the classroom over the next couple of weeks. We will have some opportunity to do research here in the classroom but if you have time to print out some articles at home that would help push this along! Plan on allowing your child to bring in their device on Friday, April 13th to allow for them to do research on their person.
There is an "at-home" portion to this project and it will be due Friday, April 20th. We will be sending home information about this project this week. They will need to dress up as their selected person as well as create a desktop. This is a great opportunity for your child to get creative and figure out ways to not spend money on this project!
After we complete the biography project we will be working on their own biography. This will require two things from you:
When we request them, please send in 5-7 pictures of your child throughout their lives. These pictures will not be returned, so make sure they are a copy of the original!
We will also be requesting a "bare book". This is a book that your child will be "publishing" their biography in. Here is the link from Amazon:
We will be having a very special day by having a "Book Signing" Day were the kids will share their biographies with the class and guests. This will be on Friday, May 18th at 10:30 am. Please mark your calendar as you do not want to miss this special day for our class.
As you can see, we have a lot left to do to finish out this awesome school year. You all have been such supportive parents this school year and we know we can count on you to help us finish this school year off strong.
So get out your calendar and I will list all of the important upcoming dates all in one spot!
Tuesday, 4/10- Tuesday 4/17 - Milestones
Friday, 4/20 - Biography Costume/Desktop due
Saturday, 4/21 - Community Service Day 8-12
Tuesday, 5/1 - Evening in the Garden
Tuesday, 5/8 - Field Day
Friday, 5/18 - Book Signing Day 10:30
Tuesday, 5/22 - Early Release
Wednesday, 5/23 - Early Release/Last Day of School
If you have any questions/concerns, you know where to find me!!!
Thanks again for all of your continued support!
The end of the 3rd nine weeks is fast approaching and there is still so much to do!!! We are gearing up for Milestones in Room 208 and they are pumped and ready to go!
Many of the students have worked very hard and have earned their bubble gum machine and we are so proud. I told them today that it does not mean that they are done practicing math facts. They will be taking the large math fact fluency check on Friday. This will determine their fact fluency grade for this nine weeks. We talked about how when they go to fourth grade they will be jumping right into multiple digit multiplication and long division. If they are not fluent in those math facts, it will be very difficult. Please continue to work on these every night... play games, use apps on their device or just good 'ole flashcards!!!
We have begun a Milestone Prep packet that we will be working on everyday until testing begins. We will be discussing some strategies and reviewing. My hope is that this makes them more focused and confident going into the test. If you are feeling like your child is worried or has any anxiety about the test, please communicate with me so that I can reassure them. They have worked hard all year and this should be a great time for them to "show what they know"!
Camping Day/Book Scouts:
We really talked up Camping Day last week. We planned as a third grade and we are all so excited for the things we have planned!!! Please be prepared for a Sign Up Genius to go out with items we need donated for the day. We will really need your support to make this a success. One station we will be offering is tie-dye pillowcases. (So if your child wants to do one, send them in with a pillow case you want tie dyed.)
Please remember that they must have EIGHT badges done in order to participate in the Camping Day. This has been a great activity to allow them to read across the genres and get excited about reading. They have until next Friday, March 23rd to complete their badges. If you need another packet, let me know!
I know we are nearing the end, but I beg you to help your kiddo not run out of steam! They have worked so hard and they need to finish strong!
Thank you for all that you do to support us and our classroom! If you have any questions or concerns you know how to reach me!
We had a great couple of days settling back into our routines and getting ready to start a new year. There was a lot of discussion about where we are headed to prepare them for 4th grade and they promised me they were up for the task!!
Report cards went home on Friday. Please keep the report card at home and send the white envelope with your signature back in to school on Monday. If you have questions or concerns about the report card, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Also, we sent home their fact fluency for not only addition and subtraction but their first multiplication and division fluency. Please sign the bottom of those and return them as well. This should give you an idea of where your child is and what they might need to work on to achieve fact fluency. I can't stress enough how vital it is that your child have a solid handle on their math facts going into fourth grade. This should be a skill that you practice daily.
We will be introducing a fun program with the kids on Monday called Book Scouts. We will be talking to them about it as well as sending information home. In third grade they are required to not only understand different genres, but read from them as well. This will be a fun way to have them reading the different genres. The reward for this will be a third grade camping day. Our room moms are already working to think of fun things to do with the kids, but if you are a camping person, reach out to them and I am sure they would love the help!!!
This nine weeks we will be introducing some new topics to them in the curriculum. In math we will be learning about perimeter, fractions and elapsed time. If you could start talking about these things with them in "real life" this will help them make a better connection. Elapsed time can be difficult for some, so if you practice at home, this could really help! In language arts we will be discussing different kinds of adjectives and adverbs. I'm looking forward to some creative writing!!! In reading we will continue with our Daily 5 and work on some specific skills with each reader. We will delve into character studies using the book Peter Pan. This is our first year using Peter Pan and I am excited for the kids to get to actually read a classic!
Thank you all for continued support as we truly turn the corner in this school year. These kiddos are growing by leaps and bounds and it is truly a joy to watch!!! As always if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us!!
This is one of the busiest months in an elementary school!!! It is such a treat to watch the excitement in their eyes as the magic of the season unfolds!! Thank you for sharing them with us!!
We are wrapping up this 9 weeks having made great strides with multiplication, division and in our writing. They are continuing to grow and develop into great thinkers and doers!
Early Release Days:
December 19th and 20th are early release. Students will be released two hours earlier.
Our class Christmas party is scheduled for Tuesday, December 19th at 9:30. Our room moms, Megan and Candy, will be sending out information soon. You are welcome to come join us for a morning of celebrating together!
We discussed a possible outreach of making "Blessing Bags" to deliver to 7 Bridges. We will pull that together in the new year. If you are out shopping and find a good price on hats, gloves, scarfs and want to plan ahead that would be great!
The weather is definitely getting colder, so please make sure your child is prepared for outdoor recess. Unless it is too cold or raining, we will be going out everyday.
Over the break make sure you continue to work on math facts and READ READ READ!!! Books are a great gift! Email me if you need some help with title ideas !!!
And just like that, our 1st quarter is over!
Conferences and Early Release:
Conferences begin the week of 10/16. Thank you so much for your quick response to our conference time! We are all scheduled. Please note that school will be dismissed two hours early every day that week.
We are so fortunate to have received money from KSU to take the students to the Etowah Indian Mounds on Wednesday, November 1st. The only thing we are required to cover is the cost of transportation. We sent home the permission slip along with money envelope today ($3.50). The kids will get three DOJO points if they bring it in tomorrow! If you would like to join us, you are welcome to meet us there and pay your own entrance fee. Please let me know if we should expect you!
We are officially MULTIPLIERS in Room 208! Our first fluency multiplication quiz is this Friday. (0s and 1s) Please get into the habit of working on the fact your child is working on throughout the week. If they pass Friday (they will have a sticker in their agenda), they will move onto 2s. It is vital that they work on their multiplication facts consistently so that they will achieve mastery. This is a huge 3rd grade skill.
We look forward to seeing you all at conference!
Things are definitely settling down in Room 208. The kids are learning the routines and we are better understanding our learners. Here are some updates for the next couple of weeks:
US Education Department Visit:
9/19: Ford Elementary has been selected as a stop on the U.S. Education Department’s Green Strides Tour. In order to minimize disruptions for our students and families, Ford Elementary will begin dismissal 15 minutes early on Tuesday, September 19th. Bus riders will dismiss at 2:00, and car riders will begin as soon as the buses leave campus (around 2:10). Please expect your children home about 15 minutes earlier this day, and ensure that someone is at the bus stop to meet them.
CATO field trip:
We go on our first off campus field trip to CATO,Thursday, 9/21. CATO is an awesome Cobb County resource that helps support our science standards with a very hands on approach. Please make sure your child dresses appropriately. We are outside for a good portion of the day and will take a short hike in the woods. They will need to wear their class t-shirt as well as whatever clothes/shoes that weather permits. If they are not buying a lunch, please make sure the lunch from homes is 100% disposable!
Fall Break is coming up! No school 9-25-9/29.
Conference week will be October 16-20.
Students will come for 1/2 day every day. We will be sending home conference times soon. If your schedule is not very flexible and you need a certain day/time, please email me and let me know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs!
We have done some great work with math basics the past few weeks. We have introduced the algorithm for multi-digit addition and subtraction. The kids like to call it "old school" math. Addition is definitely easier than subtraction and we will spend more time on this to ensure mastery. The addition and subtraction math fact fluency will allow students to work these types of problems with much more ease. These facts are a very important building block in math!
We will be introducing multiplication before the nine weeks is over, but we will not be adding those grades to our 1st qtr. report cards. We will begin our weekly multiplication fact quizzes after we have introduced the "why" behind multiplication. We will send out more information as it gets closer.
The kiddos really enjoy their Daily 5 time. We are seeing great gains with independence during this time. Encourage them to read nightly at home. The more they read, the more they know!
We have been working on the basics of a constructed response from a grade level text. Right now they are only required to "restate the question" and then "answer" the question. We will move on to citing our evidence from the text soon.
After testing we will also be moving into our first writing piece which will be a narrative. We will be working on how to "hook" our readers!
Nouns have been the talk of the town the last few weeks... nouns, proper nouns, pronouns, abstract nouns...we've done them all!
Mrs. Kalra has wrapped up most of the Rocks and Minerals unit. The kids have had a great time exploring this standard in their own worlds! We have seen some great rocks and minerals come through the classroom!
We have begun our new Native Americans unit. We are learning about the 6 different Native American regions in North America. We have a lot of fun activities planned to support our unit. A sign up genius will be coming to you soon for supplies for our culminating lesson where we will have a grade level STEM challenge! We are all very excited!
As always if you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us!
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important announcements and reminders!!!!