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I sent out an email tonight explaining about my adventures last week.
Click here to see the updated Peek at the Week. Much of it is identical to last week's plan :-)
Thank you for those who sent in additional supplies!
Please check the Peek of the Week as many new dates have been added for the next few weeks.
The Science Fair Deadline is next Wednesday. Please scroll down to last week's update if you need to download the form!
The deadline for the Scholastic Book Club order is next Friday. Please consider making a purchase to help buy books for our classroom.
Snacks--I am out of extra snacks. Please ask your child if they have used our extra snacks before and consider sending in a few items to replenish our supply.
I feel like there is so much information to share right now. Please read this update carefully!
Publishing Party Date Correction
On the Peek of the Week, I listed the publishing party for the Animal Habitat Project as February 1st. That was last year’s date! Sorry! The correct date is Friday, February 7th from 9am to 10am. I hope that with advance notice many of you will be able to come to the event!
Research for Animal Habitat Project
The resources your child will use to research their animal from a Georgia habitat are due this Monday, January 13th. If you don’t have access to a printer, please copy and paste the resources into a word document and email it to me and I’ll print it at school. Our school library has a lot of books on general or exotic animals, but there isn’t a book on many of the animals that were assigned. If you find a book for your child at the Cobb Library, you can sent that in as well. We will use these resources to research and write a informational report at school. Your child will create a diorama habitat for their animal at home. It is due Thursday, February 6th. This project will be in place of this month’s book report.
At the beginning of the year, I explained that I wanted my students to practice responsibility by being in charge of their own school supplies. This decision came because, over the years I’ve watched what happens when a student doesn’t have ownership of his or her supplies. Students, who picked out a beloved-color of scissors, had to use whichever scissors their teacher assigned to their table. One student, who used his eraser as a toy has no consequences as he went through his table’s entire supply of erasers.
I’d like to share what I’ve seen so far this year. I’ve seen many students forget to write their names on their pencils. I’ve watched those beautiful pencils lie forlorn under desks for an entire day. I’ve witnessed students allow a perfectly sharpened crayon to stay under their chair until it gets stepped on, broken, and thrown away. Topless glue sticks have rolled into corners only to be found by the afternoon sweeper. Perfect, nameless scissors have died waiting in the classroom lost and found bin. Maybe you have witnessed similar experiences in your home????
Today, I met with each student and they told me the current status of their school supplies. Tomorrow, I’m sending home a list of what your child needs to finish out the school year. There are many students who have kept their surplus supplies carefully zipped in their named bag in my storage closet. There are also some who are currently using their neighbor’s supplies. I warned the students that their parents may not be happy about replacing items that should have lasted throughout the year. You may feel that they need to use their allowance or Christmas money to purchase the replacements. If you want to have them write their names in sharpie on each item before it gets to school, that will be great too! I always tell them to do it, but it’s hard to check pencils for the entire class (until they are found on the floor of course). I have a feeling that the students will show greater responsibility with this batch of supplies. I appreciate your partnership in this experiment!
Scholastic Book Club
It’s time for another Scholastic Book Club order! Your child will bring home two catalogs tomorrow. Here is the online access info: scholastic.com/readingclub
Class Activation Code: M9H66.
There are a lot of great books for great prices. If you log in to the website and look at all the catalogs available, you can check out the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade forms. Charlotte’s Web is just $1 in the 3rd grade catalog and Sideways Stories from Wayside School is just $1 in the 4th grade catalog. If you’d like to donate one or both of those titles to my classroom, I’d love to have multiple copies for literature circles later in the year! The deadline to order is January 24th.
There is a parent survey coming home tomorrow. KCSMA is looking at future plans regarding the 6th grade program. Since there are no plans to add a 7th and 8th grade, the school is interested in how many families will still plan to send their child here for 6th grade.
The KCSMA Science Fair is February 18th! I hope all my students will participate! The Please check out the guidelines in the document below.
Welcome back to school and 2014! I hope everyone enjoyed their extra day of vacation!
Since we lost an additional day to prepare, we will postpone our new Spelling List until next week. In place of learning new spelling words this week, please use your spelling time to practice the review lists. On Friday, we will play a whole-class, spelling review game! Starting next week, our spelling list will be adding common suffixes to root words.
Reading should be a daily activity! However, we will not keep a log this week. The daily reading log will resume next week.
This week, we will start Module 11, which is a continuation of division. Please work on memorizing your multiplication facts each night! Each Friday we will complete a timed multiplication fact quiz. Each child will receive a reward when they learn all their facts, and when the entire class meets our goal, we will have a class reward!
We are learning about Animals from Georgia Habitats! Students will have a major project for this unit. First, students will research their assigned animal at home (most information is found online). A research guide will be given out with the animal assignment. Research will be due Monday, January 13th. Second, students will write a research paper on their animal at school (as long as they use their class-time wisely). Third, students will construct a diorama representation of their animal in its natural habitat. Finally, parents are invited to the classroom publishing party on February 1st to view all students’ habitat projects and research papers.
Spelling & Reading Log
There will not be a reading log or a spelling test this week. But, there will be math homework at the beginning of the week. We will have our Unit 2 Math test before we leave for the break.
Lost & Found
Lost and Found Items will be donated over the break.
Board Meeting this Thursday
This is just a reminder that our KCSMA Board Meeting is this Thursday, December 19 at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria. We encourage you to join us as Mrs. Frey will be presenting the State of the School Report. Please make every effort to attend so that you can stay informed and help us as we move forward, doing all we can to be a school of excellence!
Please send in your craft or snack donations by Wednesday. Thanks!
Wednesday we will rotate to other third grade classrooms for Holiday crafts. Then on Friday, we will have electronics and pajama day.
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!