Thursday, February 2, 2017

February 2, 2017 News

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

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 or pink in honor of hearts or anything “Super Hero” themed.  Our Lower School goal is raise at least $7,000.

The class has enjoyed hosting Miss Park these last two weeks.  Of course, they are sad to see her go, but have learned many things about Korean culture.  Yesterday, we learned how to say “Happy New Year” in Korean and the traditions around that time of year.  The children practiced bowing to each other, as well as played a game with Korean money (think Monopoly money!). 

On Monday, February 6th, from 6:30-8pm, Cassy Turner will present her “Singapore Math Boot Camp” for parents in the Middle School Dining Room.  Ms. Turner will be here on Monday and Tuesday meeting with Lower School faculty.    

We will skate again next week, beginning on Wednesday.  Please help your child remember to bring in his/her skating bag, complete with helmet, ice skates, and skate guards.  Feel free to come help tie skates at the ice arena if your schedule allows!

Our Valentine celebration will take place on Tuesday, February 14th.  We will exchange Valentines, enjoy a tasty treat, and celebrate our friendships.  Our class party will be in the afternoon, from 2-3pm. 

On Friday, February 17th, Breck is offering childcare for Lower School students from 8-3:30pm.  This is a faculty workshop day.  Space is limited to 35 students and there is more registration information on the Breck Bulletin Board (or contact Katie Peterson).   

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. 

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 6th (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 began studying multiplication and division.  Multiplication is repeated addition, so we have been looking at problems in that way.  We will continue to work with multiplication and division across the next few weeks. 

The children were very excited to have the Raptor Center come visit on Monday.  Mr. Mike brought a red-tailed hawk, an American kestrel, a great horned owl, and a bald eagle.  We learned so many new facts about raptors.  This event was a wonderful introduction for our Minnesota owl study.  This week, we also read some information about owls and are learning 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 Tuesday, February 21st. 

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