Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 16, 2018 News


Happy Valentine’s Day!  Your children enjoyed seeing their surprise on the door!  Thank you for taking the time to make a “Love Note” for your special child.  We “mailed” our valentines to each other, which was great fun!  We were able to do some math with conversation hearts and reading about the history of them.  The class enjoyed ice cream floats and each other’s company, expressing gratitude for each card they opened.  We also made "Kindness Capes" which seemed to be a big hit!  The Love Notes will be up next week to enjoy them just a little bit longer! 

For the last two weeks, I have given the children a challenge each day.  We took part in the Random Acts of Kindness Challenge (or RAK for short).  Each day, I showed a short video (often of a picture book) and we were able to discuss the theme.  The videos all revolved around kindness or gratitude and how we show that to others.  A challenge was given for the day.  These challenges were easy and free.  Some included saying hello to others as we walked through the halls, giving a compliment to someone else, or thanking the kitchen staff as we got our lunch.  Perhaps you saw some kind acts at home?  February 17th is the annual day of Random Acts of Kindness, so feel free to spread the kindness! 

Conference registration begins next week!  Registration will open on February 20 at 9am for families with three or more children and it will open for all families on February 22 at 9am.  Let me know if you need help.  Please schedule so your child can come, if possible! 

Curricular highlights
We finished the National Geographic documentary about raptors and learned so much information!  One student remarked that she had taken over 100 notes!  Next week, the children will have a chance to read about different Minnesota owls.  From there, the students will be able to select a MN owl to study.  The children will be working in parliaments (a parliament is a group of owls).  Group work will lead to more research and more notes.  Throughout the process, we will practice cooperation and collaboration skills while working in our groups.  Eventually our final product will be child-driven and child-selected; each “product” will look different.  The children are very excited to become an “expert” on their own MN owl.  We are still in the midst of publishing our informational books.  We will wrap this up next week and turn our focus to more research writing about our raptors.  In math, all groups have taken the chapter assessment, which checked each student’s progress with all math facts.  Please continue to help your child find time to practice his/her math multiplication and division facts at home.  Now, our work in class will look at mental math strategies (i.e. 40x9 or 30x8) and multidigit multiplication and division. 
Thursday, February 8, 2018

February 9, 2018 News


The class enjoyed hosting Ms. Cho.  Of course, they were sad to see her go, but have learned many things about Korean culture.  On Wednesday, the children learned how to say numbers in Korean (from 1-10).  The children also had the chance to learn a traditional folk story from Ms. Cho’s childhood.  She wrote each child a note, complete with her email!  Pictures are on the Photos page of the blog.  

Tomorrow is a red/white/blue non-uniform day in honor of the Winter Olympics!

Reminder: it is a red, white, and pink non-uniform day next Wednesday, February 14th in celebration of Valentine’s Day.  We will celebrate in the classroom from 1:15-2:15pm with ice cream floats and a variety of other fun activities.

Another repeat: Conferences are just around the corner!  I am very excited to have the opportunity to share with you all that your child has accomplished thus far in third grade.  We will also be able to discuss the next steps and what we hope to accomplish during the rest of the school year.  It would be great to have your child present if (s)he is available.  Registration will open on February 20 at 9am for families with three or more children.  Registration for all families will open on February 22 at 9am.  

Don’t forget that our second Word Masters “meet” is Monday, February 26th.

Curricular highlights
The children are learning so many facts about raptors!  We began a National Geographic documentary about raptors and are furthering our knowledge on how to take notes.  Most children began publishing their informational books this week.  We decided to do these “by hand” and the children have different paper options to choose from as they publish.  Your children were so engaged and motivated that they worked for a solid 75 minutes this morning!  They were so very pleased with their progress and should be proud of themselves.  Be sure to ask your child what (s)he is writing about for this project!  Please continue to help your child practice the multiplication and division math facts.  This is important as we move into more mental math problems and multi-digit multiplication. 

Community Partner News from Mrs. Zosel

Community Partner News

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Think PINK!  Did you know that we fund student led Philanthropy Projects solely through the collection of BOXTOPS?  We redeem them once a year.  If you have been collecting them, please send them to school by February 14.  


Our Kitchen Utensil Bouquet Drive was a grand success.  Thank you to all who participated.  We will deliver nearly 150 "bouquets" to Bridging, an organization devoted to ending homelessness.  

Thank you to the Massey, Ettawgeshik, and Mehta families for volunteering on "Soup-er Bowl Sunday."  The Breck team served up a delicious meal of walleye and wild rice from the White Earth and Red Lake Nations.  If your family would like to participate in this "radical hospitality," First Nations Kitchen offers a community meal every Sunday at All Saints Church in south Minneapolis.  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February 2, 2018 News

I can’t believe it’s already February!  I always feel like the days go so quickly beginning in January.    

Bonjour from Voyageur Day!  We had so much fun this week learning about the Voyageurs, specifically George Bonga (see if your child remembers this individual we read about in class), to bartering and trading with classmates, to measuring out a Voyageur canoe, to watching a portrayal of the Voyageurs.  The children have learned so much!  Thank you for your support as they gathered items to barter. 

All 3rd graders will jump their hearts out tomorrow afternoon from 2:15-3pm.  You are more than welcome to come join us in the Anderson Gym.  It is a non-uniform day for the children.  They are encouraged to wear RED in honor of our hearts.  Our Lower School goal is raise $7,000 for the American Heart Association.

The class has enjoyed hosting Miss Cho this week.  On Wednesday and Thursday, we compared Seoul to the Twin Cities.  She will be with us through next Wednesday. 

Our Valentine celebration will take place on Wednesday, February 14th.  We will exchange Valentines, enjoy a tasty treat, and celebrate our friendships.  Our class party will be in the afternoon, from 1:15-2:15pm. 

Conferences are just around the corner!  I am very excited for your child to have the opportunity to share with you all that (s)he has accomplished thus far in third grade.  We will also be able to discuss the next steps and what we hope to accomplish during the rest of the school year.  It would be great to have your child present if (s)he is available. 

Curricular highlights
Hopefully, your child has shown you the book project for the month of February.  Some children have told me what book they are reading for the project.  I hope you have had a chance to decide how and when to read the book.  This project is due on March 5th (or before if you finish the book before that).  As the directions state, if parents want to come in to present with their child, we will arrange a time that is convenient around your schedule.  More information to follow as the date gets closer.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

In math this week, we continue our in-depth study of multiplication and division.  Be sure to help your child practice his/her facts.  I have encouraged your children to practice their facts daily, as it will only help them improve! 

The children are very excited to have the Raptor Center come visit tomorrow.  We will learn so many new facts about raptors.  This event is a wonderful introduction for our Minnesota owl study.  Next week, we will begin to learn more information about owls and will continue practicing how to take notes.  On the horizon, the children will be able to choose an owl to study and research. 

Don’t forget that our second Word Masters “meet” is Monday, February 26th.
Thursday, January 25, 2018

January 26, 2018 News

All 3rd graders will have the chance to participate in the “I Love to Read” project for the month of February.  Please read the note (it came home on Wednesday in briefcases) and let me know if you have any questions.  I hope this will be a fun opportunity and way to connect with your child over a love of books! 

In math, we continue to practice our multiplication and division facts.  We are working our way systematically through the fact families.  Be sure to help your child continue practicing the facts!  Soon, we will practice mental multiplication and division problems (i.e. 60x8, 300x4, or 270/9).  On the horizon…we will learn how to do multidigit multiplication and division problems (i.e. 329x5). 

Today, we began an article about George Bonga, another prominent Voyageur in Minnesota history.  Ask your child why he is significant.  Your child should have brought home the note about Voyageur Day scheduled for next Thursday, February 1st.  Let me know if you have any questions!
 
On Monday, our student teacher from South Korea arrives!  Ms. Jieun Yang is coming to us from Seoul National University and I am sure she is very excited to be at Breck School.  We cannot wait to meet her on Monday morning!

We continue to practice our Word Masters words.  Your children have clearly been studying!  We are in the midst of more analogy practice this week and next in preparation for the meet on Monday, February 26th.

We have a few skating days left in P.E. class.  The dates are: January 26, 30, and 31.  If you are able to help tie skates, plan to meet at the Ice Arena around 2:15pm.  Thank you!

Next Tuesday, January 30th, we will take our Art field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  We will leave at 9:30 and return around 11:30am. 

Don’t forget that the Jump Rope for Heart event is Friday, February 2nd.  The theme is “RED-OUT” for the American Heart Association.  You are more than welcome to attend this event in the Anderson Gym at 2:15pm. 

Has your child chosen his/her location for the Amazing Race Minnesota Destination Project?  The directions can be found on the “Helpful Info” section of our class blog.  Let me know if you have questions.  I have already received a few, so thank you! 
Thursday, January 18, 2018

January 19, 2018 News

Thank you to Abby Kordosky, Jenny Martel, Jamie Rice, and Laura Russ for accompanying us on our field trip to the Minnesota History Center on Friday.  We will visit the “Then, Now, Wow!” exhibit, taking us through different parts of Minnesota history.  We will have a fun “scavenger hunt” that helps to guide the children through the exhibit.  We also will take a class titled, “Logging in Minnesota” and have fun in the Grainland activity area.  Be sure to ask your child what (s)he learned at the museum. 

What a wonderful All-School Chapel we had on Tuesday to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The children were so attentive!  We had a chance to hear from the guest speaker, Mohammad Lowal, a Breck parent and architect.   

In math, we continue to practice our multiplication and division facts.  We are working our way systematically through the fact families.  Be sure to help your child continue practicing the facts!   

Next week, we will debrief from our field trip and continue to discuss the Voyageurs in depth as they relate to our Minnesota history.  A note is coming home next week about a special event that will take place on Thursday, February 1st (Voyageur Day).  Children will be able to take part in a bartering activity.  We will also play a different bartering game that involves no verbal communication (we shall see how that goes!).  Lastly, we will read more articles about specific Voyageurs.  More information to come home next week. 

The Lower School has a wonderful opportunity to host elementary teaching students from the Seoul National University, Korea, from January 29 February 7.  The students are undergrad education majors and are all English speaking.  We are very excited for this unique experience!  Our guest is Ms. Jieun Yang.  I will have a chance to meet her next Thursday. 

We are skating again in P.E. class.  The dates are as follows: January 22, 23, 25, 26, 30, and 31.  If you are able to help tie skates, plan to meet at the Ice Arena around 2:15pm.  Thank you!

Don’t forget that the Jump Rope for Heart event is Friday, February 2nd.  The theme is “RED-OUT” for the American Heart Association.  You should be receiving (if you haven’t already) an email from Merrill Harris about how your child can set up his/her own webpage to raise money (this page would be connected to our Breck School page) for this cause.  Let me know if you need help.
Friday, January 12, 2018

Breck Summer Programs

Breck Summer Programs registration begins online Tuesday, January 16th at 8:00AM! We hope you will join us for "The Most Fun Under The Sun!" Questions? Don't hesitate to contact Katie Peterson | 763.381.8234 or katie.peterson@breckschool.org

To view the brochure electronically: http://www.breckschool.org/summer-programs