Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017 News

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Your children enjoyed seeing their surprise on the door this morning!  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!  At our Valentine celebration, we played some games with conversation hearts, enjoyed ice cream floats, “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,” and each other’s company.  We missed all our friends who were not here, so we decided to leave up the Love Notes until next week so everyone can see them.

The weather has been quite strange for mid-February, hasn’t it?  The snow has melted on the playground and signs of spring will soon appear.  Until then, we’ll continue to wear our snow gear outside (especially given how wet and muddy the playground is!).  Snow gear will come home to launder, as the majority of it is all brown from the mud. 

In math this week, we have been studying the relationship between multiplication and division.  We are creating a booklet for all of the fact families, complete with showing groups and arrays for each fact. 

We were going to select our Minnesota owl to study, but with so many kids absent, we decided to postpone until next week (hopefully).

The second Word Masters “challenge” is next Tuesday!  There will be no Word Study next week due to the long weekend. 

For the past two weeks, we have been discussing Random Acts of Kindness.  I have given a "challenge" almost every day.  Ask your child what some of the challenges have been.  Tomorrow (February 17th) is the National Random Acts of Kindness Day, so perhaps your family can find a way to celebrate!  Click here for some ideas.  

We will continue to skate next week in PE class on Wednesday and Thursday.

We will have a Third Grade Book Swap next Friday, February 24th from 2-3pm.  At that time, students should bring in any gently read books that they are finished reading and with which they would be willing to part.  The books we collect will be categorized and placed in our Commons.  The children who donate books will receive one ticket per book donated (up to 5 tickets).  They will then be able to select a "new-to-them" book from those we collected.  

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. 

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