Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 19th

Thank you for such a great year! It's hard to believe that we only have 3 1/2 days left. I was truly blessed this year with such great students and parents! I have enjoyed watching each of your children grow not only as students but as people.I have no doubt that each of them will have a successful  fourth grade year! 

To keep up with the theme, this upcoming week is full of exciting activities! 

Monday is field day. Third through fifth grade will rotate through stations starting at 8:30 and ending around lunch time. Please keep in mind that some stations might involve getting a bit wet. Students are encouraged to wear cool clothing, tennis shoes, hats, sunscreen, etc.

Tuesday, we will celebrate the end of our multiplication unit with a multiplication sundae party. Thank you to Ishaan's dad for donating Baskin Robin's ice cream and toppings for this event! 

Wednesday, you are invited to come eat lunch with your student and visit the classroom afterwards. We will have opinion writing pieces out for display and also announce our classroom silly superlative results.

Thursday is a half day and the last day of the school year! We will spend most of the morning cleaning out or seat sacks and lockers as well as spending a last few precious moments with one another. 

Upcoming dates:

5-22 Field Day
5-23 Multiplication Sundae party
5-24 Mini writing celebration after lunch
5-25 Half Day/Last day of school

Specials for the next two weeks:              
5-22   Field day/ no specials              
5-23   Music          
5-24   Art    
5-25 Media  

Congratulations to Rebecca for being chosen as this month's citizen of the month!

HAVE A FANTASTIC SUMMER!

Friday, May 5, 2017

May 5th

This week third grade has been so busy selling Make A Wish stars, sorting and delivering tshirts, and preparing for the Flash Dash! I am sure that it will be a huge success! 

They have also been hard at work on memorizing multiplication facts. At the end of May, we will have a multiplication sundae party to celebrate their progress!

Writing-  Be on the lookout in the upcoming weeks for opinion writing finals! I will send them home as soon as I grade all of them. Our last writing unit will focus on fairy tales and altered fairy tales. On May 24th, you are invited to come eat lunch with your student and drop by the classroom afterwards to see the altered fairy tales created by your child!

Next week, we have two field trips. On Monday, May 8th,  we will be going to Buckman Farms. They will tour the farm and receive a free hamburger sack lunch before returning to school. All students who do not want the included hamburger sack lunch should should either bring a lunch from home or sign up to receive one from school to take.  If you signed up to volunteer for this trip, you should have received an email from me. All volunteers, please be at the school by 8:00 so that you can follow the bus to the farms at 8:30. 

The second field trip is on Tuesday, May 9th, to Runge nature center in Jeff City. Please remember to send a lunch with your student if you did not sign up for a school sack lunch to take. If you signed up to volunteer for this trip, you should have received information in the Friday folder sent home today. All volunteers should meet us at Runge Nature center.



Upcoming dates:
5-5 3rd grade Flash Dash
5-8 field trip to Buckman cattle farm
5-9 field trip to Runge in Jeff City
5-17 Field trip to Bethel park
5-19 Citizen of the month assembly
5-22 Field Day
5-24 Mini writing celebration after lunch

Specials for the next two weeks:
5-8 field trip           5-15 Media
5-9 field trip           5-16  PE     
5-10   PE              5-17 Field trip
5-11   Music          5-18 Art
5-12   Art              5-19 Media

Congratulations to Aubrie Jo for being chosen as this month's citizen of the month!

Friday, April 21, 2017

April 21st

Next week, we will take the reading and math MAP tests the mornings of Monday-Thursday. Friday will be a makeup day for anyone that missed testing during the week. Please make sure to have your child to school on time. Any students arriving after testing begins will be held in the office until testing time is over and will make up missed test on Friday.

They have also been hard at work on memorizing multiplication facts. At the end of May, we have a multiplication sundae party to celebrate their progress!

Writing-  Be on the lookout in the upcoming weeks for opinion writing finals! I will send them home as soon as I grade all of them. Our last writing unit will focus on fairy tales and altered fairy tales. On May 24th, you are invited to come eat lunch with your student and drop by the classroom afterwards to see the altered fairy tales created by your child!

This week in Friday folders, I am sending home two important papers to be filled out and returned. The first is a lunch form for upcoming field trips so we can get a count to the cafeteria staff of who will be needing school lunches and who will be providing their own. The second sheet is a form to be filled out if you are interested in going on any of the upcoming field trips. I am trying to get a head count so that I know the group sizes we will be working with! Please return these by next Friday. Unfortunately, I will not be attending the cattle farm trip but have an amazing substitute that will be taking my place. Thanks :)

Thank you to everyone who has supported our 3rd grade service learning project. So far, 3rd grade has raised $1,222 in ad/business donations and has sold 259 flash dash t-shirts! I will be sending home more info about the flash dash in the upcoming weeks. 

Also, a huge thank you to everyone who donated items for the fishing basket to be raffled off at the carnival. I know it will be such a fun event and hope that each of you can stop by!

Last and most importantly, I want to thank you for all of the support each of you has given our class and school this year! This is such a crazy/busy time in the school year and I feel that we have been asking so much of you lately. I hope the kids realize how lucky they are to have such a great group of classroom parents this year! I know I do!

Upcoming dates:
4-24 - 4-28 MAP testing!
4-26 Citizen of the month assembly
4-29 PTA carnival
5-5 3rd grade Flash Dash
5-8 field trip to Buckman cattle farm
5-9 field trip to Runge in Jeff City
5-17 Field trip to Bethel park
5-19 Citizen of the month assembly
5-22 Field Day
5-24 Mini writing celebration

Specials for the next two weeks:
4-24 PE           5-1 Music
4-25 Music       5-2  Art     
4-26 Art            5-3 Media
4-27 Meia         5-4 PE
4-28 PE            5-5 Music

Congratulations to Jacob for being chosen as this month's citizen of the month!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 7th

Reading- The next two weeks we will review reading strategies learned throughout the school year to prepare for map testing the week of the 24th.

Math- We are currently working on fractions and will begin learning how to measure to the nearest quarter and half inch next week. Additionally, we are busy reviewing math material from this year to prepare for map testing the week of the 24th. We are continuing our unit on multiplication and  memorizing facts. I am using multiplication sweets to hopefully motivate students to learn their facts. With each set they master, they will earn ice cream scoops. At the end of the year we will have an ice cream party! To help learn facts along the way, students will make flash cards to use here at school and at home. Although the only homework Beulah Ralph officially requires is the reading log, if I notice that your child is struggling with memorizing facts I will suggest they practice for homework as well.  The class has been hard at work in ST math. So far, we are at 82% as a class! 

Science- Tuesday, we received an incubator and  eggs! We are eagerly waiting for them to hatch while learning all about the life cycle of chickens!

Writing- Everyone has been hard at work on their rough drafts for their opinion writing topic. Soon, we will have final drafts ready to be graded and sent home for review! In the month of May, we will focus on fairy tales and altered fairy tales. 

If you are interested in going on any upcoming field trips or the 3rd grade Flash Dash, please let me know. I would appreciate any extra hands!

Upcoming dates:
4-12 PTA meeting at 6:30
4-19 Shakespeare's pizza night to benefit 3rd grade service learning project
4-24 - 4-28 MAP testing!
4-29 PTA carnival
5-5 3r grade Flash Dash
5-8 field trip to cattle farm
5-9 field trip to RUnge in Jeff City
5-17 Field trip to Bethel park
5-19 Citizen of the month assembly
5-22 Field Day

Specials for the next two weeks:
4-10 Art            4-17 Media
4-11 Media        4-18 PE      
4-12 PE            4-19 Music
4-13 Music        4-20 Art   
4-14 Art             4-21 Media

Congratulations to Jacob for being chosen as this month's citizen of the month!

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 10th

Reading- We have been working on close reading comprehension strategies to better understand passages we read. This will better prepare us for MAP testing in April.

Math- We wrapped up division and are now working on perimeter and area.  Test reviews will be sent home next week and we are scheduled for a test on Friday. We are continuing our unit on multiplication and  memorizing facts. I am using multiplication sweets to hopefully motivate students to learn their facts. With each set they master, they will earn ice cream scoops. At the end of the year we will have an ice cream party! To help learn facts along the way, students will make flash cards to use here at school and at home. Although the only homework Beulah Ralph officially requires is the reading log, if I notice that your child is struggling with memorizing facts I will suggest they practice for homework as well.  The class has been hard at work in ST math. So far, we are at 77% as a class! 

Science- We have learned about the ways diseases spread and now are learning about the defenses our bodies us to fight them! 

Writing- The brainstorming process for opinion writing has began and the kids will soon choose one topic to begin writing about!

If you are interested in going on any upcoming field trips, please let me know! We would love and help :)

Upcoming dates:
3-14: Math night 6:00-7:30
3-24 Citizen of the month assembly
3-27-3-31 Spring Break
4-24 - 4-28 MAP testing!
4-29 PTA carnival
5-9 Runge field trip
5-17 Fielf trip to Bethel park
5-22 Field Day


Specials for the next two weeks:
3-13 Media    3-20 PE
3-14 PE        3-21 Music      
3-15 Music    3-22 Art
3-16 Art         3-23 Media   
3-17 Media     3-24 PE

Congratulations to Jacob for being chosen as this month's citizen of the month!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Feb 24

Reading- We have been working on close reading comprehension strategies to better understand passages we read. This will better prepare us for MAP testing in April.

Math- We are currently in the middle of a division unit. Test reviews will be sent home next week and we are scheduled for a test on Friday. The next unit we begin will be over area and perimeter. We are continuing our unit on multiplication and  memorizing facts. I am using multiplication sweets to hopefully motivate students to learn their facts. With each set they master, they will earn ice cream scoops. At the end of the year we will have an ice cream party! To help learn facts along the way, students will make flash cards to use here at school and at home. Although the only homework Beulah Ralph officially requires is the reading log, if I notice that your child is struggling with memorizing facts I will suggest they practice for homework as well.  The class has been hard at work in ST math. So far, we are at 71% as a class! 

Science- We are currently learning about germs and the way diseases are spread! 

Writing- We have concluded our unit on informational writing and have now jumped into persuasive writing! We have gone over things such as facts vs. opinions and why it is important to backup your opinion with facts when writing or giving a speech on a topic. We will begin brainstorming topics to write on soon!

Upcoming dates:
2-28 FEBRUARY READING LOG DUE!
3-2- Dr. Seuss' Birthday, dress in Dr. Seuss theme
3-8- Half day, early dismissal
3-14: Math night 6:00-7:30
3-24 Citizen of the month assembly
3-27-3-31 Spring Break

Specials for the next two weeks:
2-27 Music    3-6 Art 
2-28 Art        3-7 Media
3-1 Media      3-8 PE
3-2 PE          3-9 Music   
3-3 Music      3-10 Art

Congratulations to Jacob for being chosen as this month's citizen of the month!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February 3rd

Reading- We have been working on close reading comprehension strategies to better understand passages we read.

Math- We are continuing our unit on multiplication and  memorizing facts. I am using multiplication sweets to hopefully motivate students to learn their facts. With each set they master, they will earn ice cream scoops. At the end of the year we will have an ice cream party! To help learn facts along the way, students will make flash cards to use here at school and at home. Although the only homework Beulah Ralph officially requires is the reading log, if I notice that your child is struggling with memorizing facts I will suggest they practice for homework as well.  The class has been hard at work in ST math. So far, we are at 58% as a class! Congrats to Eli and MJ for completing 100% of 3rd grade ST math!

Science- We have began a unit on Missouri geography. We will continue this until our health kit arrives in early February!

Writing- We have concluded our unit on informational writing. We will do a few fun Valentine writing activities and then dive into persuasive writing!

The week of February 6th, we will focus on the Beulah Ralph character word "Problem Solver". On Friday, students are encouraged to bring a puzzle to solve with a friend. 

Upcoming dates:
February 6th- School not in session
February 10th- Progress reports, Problem solver day- bring in a puzzle to complete
February 13th- parent/teacher conferences
February 14th- Valentine's Party
February 16th- parent/teacher conferences
February 17th- school not in session

Specials for the next two weeks:
2-6 No School    2-13 Music
2-7 Music          2-14 Media
2-8 Media          2-15 Art
2-9 Art              2-16 PE
2-10 PE            2-17 Music

Congratulations to Calla and Aramis  for being chosen as this month's citizen of the month!