Donors Choose Project
My Donors Choose project was fully funded thanks to a few small donors, a huge donation by Disney and large donations from my mom and my aunt!!!! We will get our new science materials in January!!!! It’s like Christmas for teachers!!!! You can still donate to my account if you’d like! I am looking to purchase a class set of books in the spring, and those funds will help me do so!
On Wednesday, December 18th, the Third Grade teachers are going to do holiday/winter crafts. Your child will go to two teachers’ classrooms as well as doing an activity in our classroom. We will not do a traditional Christmas holiday celebration or gift swap. On the last day before the break (December 20th), the students can purchase a ticket (with their classroom money) to bring in an electronic device and wear school-appropriate pajamas. (They can switch from shoes to slippers once they get in the classroom, if they want.) If your child doesn’t want to participate (I have some kids who want to keep saving their money), they can come to school in their normal spirit-wear. Mrs. Beeler is sending in donuts for the “breakfast snack” to celebrate Luke’s birthday. If anyone would care to send in Styrofoam cups with lids, hot chocolate packets, and maybe mini marshmallows, we can also have hot chocolate with our snack. Also, I could also use some supplies for our activity, but since I haven’t planned it yet (this weekend), I don’t know what I need. I’ll send a sign up genius as soon as I know!!!!
Congratulations to the Moby Max Contest Winners!
Jaidyn, Ehi, Mia, Bostonn and Ezaria all won $50 in classroom money!!
Charter Town Job Applications
If your child is not a current Charter Town Employee and if he or she wants a job, they asked for a job application today. Please sign it and turn it back in before next Friday, 12/13. New jobs will begin 1/7/14!
Pajamas & Teddy Bears for MUST
3rd and 4th Grade has sponsored a community service project collecting new PJs and Teddy Bears for MUST Ministries. I told the students this afternoon that I’ll let them attend our PJ day for free if they bring in a pair of pajamas for charity.
The presentation for the Historical Fiction book project will be Friday, December 13th. Remember that the project is mostly a visual aid to help enhance their presentation, but the bulk of the grade is their speaking and their listening. Please encourage them to practice their presentation several times ahead of time.
Please have your child practice their multiplication facts each night. We will begin our timed fact tests when we return from the Holidays.
Homework & Reading Log
I’m giving a lot of fines for incomplete or missing Reading Logs and math homework left at home. I’m going to go up on the fine in January. We will have a Market Day in the Spring, and chronic fines for missing homework will affect their buying power!
I hope everyone is having a great break!
My procedure went well on Friday. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers!
The Moby Max contest ends on Saturday, November 30th. I will check the website on Sunday the 1st and award $50 in classroom money to the five students with the top time spent on the website!
3rd and 4th grade is collecting new pajamas and new teddy bears to donate to MUST Ministries through December 13. (I thought you may see some on sale this week.)
We will finish our Multiplication unit when we return from break and begin Division. Students will be expected to start memorizing the facts once we return.
Historical Fiction Book Project
The book project is due Friday, December 13.
There isn't a fluency this week. Our volunteer was under the weather. (Wishing her well!)
Please ask your child if they are missing any supplies. I had one student tell me that he is out of pencils and several told me they were out of crayons. I asked them to talk to their parents about replacing their supplies during the break. I also talked with them about taking responsibility for their materials. I see pointy crayons on the floor on a regular basis and sometimes they get thrown away!
Please let me know if your child has not chosen an appropriate Historical Fiction book for the Book Project due December 13th. I chose several in the media center today! If I don't hear from you, I'll assume that it's all handled.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
Friday is the deadline for this month's book order. If you want to order for holiday gifts, send me an email so I won't give the books directly to your child!
PEEK AT THE WEEK
Don't forget to check the current Peek of the Week for more details about homework, tests and important dates!
Paul Revere Test
This week we will be taking a test on Paul Revere. Completing the study guide will be homework on Monday. The test is Wednesday!
I've added Review Lists to Spelling City. If your child is having problems remembering how to spell the words from past lists, you can have them go play games for the review list. Since there was a word limit, I couldn't put all 1-12 on one list. I had to break it down in four-week increments.
The flyer is posted above. They are only taking the first 50 interested students!
Biscuit Day is tomorrow!
PTO Meeting, Tuesday 11/12 5:30-7:30 (your child will get a NUT Pass if you attend)
Brainstorm Day is Friday!
If you didn't send in a donation last Brainstorm day, please consider sending in 2-3 dollars for Friday. It helps offset the cost teachers spend to buy materials for this event.
The Fall Dance is Friday at 6pm. Tickets are $6 and are being sold in the mornings at the school store.
Family Hike at Red Top Mountain
This Saturday, 11/16 at 10am.
Next Book Project (scroll down the blog for details and book ideas)
Historical Fiction due December 13
Please scroll down the Blog as I didn't list every reminder
Today we used our senses to investigate three different soil samples.
1. Clay from Mrs. Gilbert's backyard
2. Sandy soil from Louisiana (from a friend)
3. Compost from Mrs. Gilbert's compost pile
With hand lenses, the students looked for bits of rocks and dead plant materials. There was a cute surprise in the compost--a rolly polly! Then, they used their fingers to feel the texture of the soil samples. They also rubbed the soil in their fingers at their ear to see if the soils sounded different. Then, they tasted-------just kidding, I didn't let your children taste soil!
The next book project will be due on Friday, December 13. The genre is historical fiction. I explained to the students that in historical fiction, the character and plot can be fiction, but the setting is a real place and time in history. The entire Magic Tree Hous
e series is historical fiction, as are the American Gir
l books. I found a few lists online which may help you too. Click below to find the links. If you aren't a member of the Cobb County Library, I recommend you join. You can search for books and they will deliver them to the nearest branch within a few daysList #1 List #2
This week, please have your child practice their assigned section of the Longfellow poem about Paul Revere. We will work to put it together next Monday 11/11. I'm hoping to make a video of their performance.
On November 30, I will award $50 in classroom money to each of the top five Moby Max students. The program keeps track of the time that students spend on the website. In addition to sending home a letter explaining how to log on, I printed each student a card to tape or glue in their binder on Friday. Good luck!
Scholastic Book Order
Please check your child's book bag for the most recent catalogs. The due date for the order will be November 22. Remember that if you want to purchase any items for your child or other children in your family as gifts, just send me an email! That way, when the books come in, I'll email you instead of sending the books home with your child.
Tickets are on sale in the mornings at the school store. I hope that my class has a great turnout at the dance!
Remember there is a NUT Pass this Friday, November 8 to support the Green Committee. Please send in a $1 to participate!
Sunny D Contest
If our class can collect 20 Sunny D labels, our class will receive 20 books for free. Since we have 19 students, that means we each (myself included) need to purchase one eligible Sunny D product, drink it and return the label by November 22. That's so easy!!!! Who's with me?????
Here are the details: If you have any, please send in the entire label, including the UPC, to your child's teacher by November 22nd. The class who collects the most labels will receive a cookie cake! Please see below for eligible products.
All Flavors of the following quantities: 6.75 oz, 11.3 oz, 16 oz, 20 oz, 40 oz, 48 oz, 56 oz, 64 oz, 67.6 oz, 96 oz, 128 oz. Also, 12 pack cardboard case.
These Products Are Not Eligible:
8 oz, 12 oz, 16 oz individual cans
6, 8, 12, 24 pack shrink-wraps
Any products not listed as an eligible product above
Sparkles Night was a blast!!! I had 12 students come (too bad there wasn't a contest). Here's a photo of some of the students (we didn't get one picture with all 12).
Thank you for taking time out of your busy work schedules to meet
with me this week! I really enjoyed discussing your child’s individual personality as well as his or her strengths and areas for improvement.
If you have any questions that came to you after contemplating our
discussion, please let me know! TELLUS MUSEUM
The address for the Tellus Museum is 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120 and the phone number is 770-606-5700 (if you get lost). I’ll be waiting outside at 2:15 to start handing out tickets. We’ll go in at 2:30.
There will be about 40 people in our group. We can stay together and move through the exhibits as a group or your family can move through at your desired pace. It’s up to you and your family! I do ask that we spend a good amount of time experiencing the fossil/dinosaur, mineral and magnet areas, since those areas apply to what we are learning this year. But, the whole museum is really neat!DICTIONARIES
If you have a children’s dictionary at your home that you are willing to donate to our class, I would really appreciate it. We need to do a lot of dictionary work this 9 weeks and I only two dictionaries for our class (they belonged to my children). If you come across one at a store that is reasonably priced, I’d love to have 6-10 total.BOOK PROJECT
The book project for the nonfiction book is due next Thursday, October 31. You can use an idea from the ABC project list in your child’s binder or you can do something else if you choose. Basically, your child
needs to make a neat, legible, creative visual aid to help them give a summary of their book. Please encourage them to practice their presentation with you before Thursday. (Quest kids can present on
Mrs. Davis signed up for an online program to help students practice math and reading skills. It’s called MobyMax. I’m going to send home a letter, which will show you how to access the site. I’m going to give a $20
bonus (classroom money) to every child who goes on the site and completes the math placement test before next Friday morning (November 1st). The site automatically figures out which skills each child needs to practice and sends them to work on those skills using games & fun activities. I haven’t had enough time to navigate the site fully. So, after I do, I’ll give your more information about which subjects to work on and what type of incentives I’ll offer to those kids who spend out of class time working/playing on the site!RED RIBBON WEEK (
October 28st- Nov. 1st)
Monday- “Sock it to Drugs”-Wear wacky socks
Tuesday-“Hats off to Drugs”-Wear a hat
Wednesday-“Say NO to Drugs”-Wear red
Thursday-“Hair’s to a Drug-free Life”- Wacky hair
Friday-“Team up against Drugs”- Wear a sports team shirt/jerseyGREEN COMMITTEE
The Green Committee is working with the school to enhance the outdoor learning experience, and we need your help. We are assembling 3 outdoor learning kits for teachers to use and need several items, some of which you may have at home. If you are interested to help, please see the list at: http://kcsmagreencommittee.blogspot.com/
We will also be running a NUT pass on November 8
to raise funds
for outdoor signs. Please consider sending in $1 for a NUT
Pass!SQUARE ONE ART PROJECT
Your student recently created their own artwork and has been given free stickers of that artwork by a company called Square 1. Today, your student's artwork sticker sheet is being sent home along with a catalog for you to order items decorated with their artwork. The school earns an average of 35% for each piece sold. Orders can be made online or through the order form. The deadline for all orders is November 4, 2013. Please send all order forms to your student's homeroom teacher.
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FIVE BELOW (October 25--October 31)
I'll be skating Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 Hope to see many of you there!
Today was our first Monday morning, fluency cold read. Ehi’s mom came in and read with the students, recording how many words they read in one minute. The children have their fluency passage in their binder. Please have them read it to you out loud each night. That should be the first minute of their 20 minutes of total reading time. Please encourage your child to read the passage quickly but with expression. Pausing at commas and periods. I told them they should try to read the way Mrs. Gilbert reads aloud (or the way they would hear it on a tape. We’ll read the passages again on Friday to see their improvement! Math Homework & Lots of Tests
Wednesday we will have our Unit 1 Math Test covering all that we’ve covered this year. To review, I printed out a practice test of 10 questions for tonight’s homework and another practice test with 10 questions for tomorrow night.
There will also be a government test and a fossil test this week. We don’t have the study guides complete yet. We will finalize the government study guide tomorrow and will have the fossil study guide ready for Wednesday. Peek of the Week
Please check the Peek of the Week on the website each week. It lists the spelling words, the homework and the upcoming dates. Tomorrow is Chickfila Biscuit Day and Picture Retakes. Thursday night—Sparkles.
I will be there. I will be skating! I sure would like a bunch of students to skate with me!!!!! Friday Book Fair Preview
I will be taking the class to check out the books available. They will be allowed to shop next week. Book Fair Volunteers
Our class mom, Tamara Beeler, is in charge of the Book Fair. If you could possibly donate an hour or two of your time, she would really appreciate it!!!! Tellus Museum Payment
Please send your payment in by next Monday. I already paid the $200 deposit with my personal credit card! The price is $10 per person. Alice in Wonderland Jr.
If you’d like to take your child to see a live musical, this may be a great fit for you! A group of 7 to 18 year-olds will be performing Alice in Wonderland Jr. (the one hour version) at the Grand Theatre in Cartersville Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. I’ll be at both performances with my family. Check out the details at www.thegrandtheatre.org