Sunday, September 20, 2015

Week Two!

Hello Families

The students and I had another great week! A few things that I wanted to share:

-We continued our work on creating a caring learning environment by using our hopes for the year to create our classroom rules. They basically fall into three important ones: 1. Take care of yourself. 2. Take care of each other. 3. Take care of our classroom.

-We started homework this past week in math. The students and I discussed good homework habits and strategies. Please know it should be a positive experience and take about ten minutes. We will talk about homework a bit more at open house.

-During writing time, we decorated our notebooks (please feel free to still send in photos with your child for them to use) to help generate memories that are important to each of us. We also read some great books to help us start collecting small moment memories about special people and places.

-This Tuesday the third and fourth grade will be taking the MAP reading assessment. This is used as the school's universal screener for providing support for students. Next week we will have the math MAP. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the MAP.

Friday, September 11, 2015

A great first week!

What a great first week! The students and I have had so much fun getting to know one another in these first few days.

This week we had morning meetings where we worked on learning names and found out things we might have in common with each other. We played games that helped us build a classroom community that feels safe and friendly.

During the week we had some great read alouds:

In math we had exploration time with some of the materials such as shape templates and pattern blocks. We also worked on reviewing some math skills from second grade.

This week we explored the classroom library, discussed how to choose "just right" books, and shared what types of books we enjoy reading with each other.

During writing time, we created poems about ourselves and will draw self portraits next week to go along with them. They will be in the hallway for everyone to admire a bit later! Today we worked on creating some hopes and dreams we have for ourselves this school year. We will turn those into goals we can work on.

Each day we end our time together in a closing circle to say goodbye and reflect on different things. Mostly, we share about positives throughout the day or hopes for tomorrow. It's a wonderful way to end the day.

I'm looking forward to week two!!!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcome Third Graders!

I hope you all have had a wonderful summer and are getting excited to start school soon. My summer was filled with spending time with my one year old daughter, Jocelyn. We had beach adventures, road trips and fun playing with our golden retriever Grady.

I hope to meet many of you at the Family Drop-In Day, Thursday, September 3rd from 9:30-10:30. Our room is 205 in the purple hallway.This a great opportunity to meet classmates, see our classroom space and meet me. Also, it's a good idea to bring in your school supplies too. In case you need our supply list, just click on the link on our website under school supplies.

Enjoy your last days of summer and I will see you soon!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Important Dates

Hello Everyone!
Here are some important events coming up:

CHICKEN CARE HELP 5/18-5/29 (2 weeks):
It's our turn to take care of the chickens!! I signed us up for the next two weeks for chicken duty! I would really appreciate anyone who is available and willing to take a group of students out to the chicken coup to feed the chickens and collect eggs. I can send you a quick informational video and I can work around your schedule. It could be anytime between the blocks of 10-11, 11:30-12:30 or 1:30-3:00. It will probably take 20-30 minutes. Please send me an email letting me know which days/times you are available. THANK YOU!

It would be greatly appreciated if you are able to donate any items for our movie night basket.

I sent out a notice awhile back regarding our upcoming biography project. All costumes and props are due May 21st

5/22 Grandparents' Day:
Grandparents and grandfriends are invited to the classroom to see our Biography Wax Museum beginning at 9:15. 

See above note

5/28 Planetarium: 
Our class will be visiting the Planetarium in Portland for a Planets Presentation and show. More info coming soon in a permission slip.

Parents are invited to our wonderful wax museum beginning at 2:15.

6/12 Field Day 11:30

6/16 End of the Year Learning Celebration 2:15:
Please join us for our learning celebration. Students will be sharing poetry and their memory books of this year's collected work. This is also the time I will hand out report cards for you to review at home. There will be an opportunity to meet later that week or have a phone conference if you would like one.

Wow, that is a lot! It is always so busy at the end of the year. There is also a possibility of a few more things popping up, but I will let you know as soon as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Important Info to Know

Hello Everyone!

I hope you were all able to enjoy some extra time with the children this week. I am also hoping they come back rested and ready to jump back into school! It is hard to believe we will only have 7 1/2 more weeks together before school is done for the year.

I know Betsy Lane sent out an email about the upcoming MEA testing that will be completed in the next two weeks. In the last few weeks before break, the students and I have been getting ready for this type of testing, reviewing computer tasks, etc. Please make sure the students get a good night's sleep for those three days this week as well as bringing in big healthy snacks to keep them full! This week we will focus on literacy testing, mostly in the 10-11 time frame with one afternoon block on Thursday as well. 
IMPORTANT: Please check with your child about their headphones they brought in at the beginning of the year. Before break I had at least 5-6 students who said they didn't have working headphones, which they will possibly need for testing. However, at school we have a few school headphones students can borrow if needed. Thank you!

Also, could I have you help with a project. I need the students to bring in a rock that is no bigger than palm of their hands. They don't need to be able to wrap their fingers around it though so we want it a bit bigger but not too big. (Think paperweight size/ weight) Could they bring 1 in by Friday is possible? Thanks!

Lastly, I was wondering if I had any volunteers available this Friday for a different art project from 11:30-12:30? I was hoping for 4-6 people, so please email me if you are interested. As always please feel free to contact me with any questions and concerns.

Sound Parade

The students and I had a great time showing off our creative sound makers for the sound parade! We hope you enjoyed it!