Weekly News 10/18

Posted by Emily Parker on 10/19/2019 8:40:00 AM


This week was another amazing week as most of the PBL projects and veteran memorials are nearing completion. See Twitter for pics of students in action as well as our amazing Boulder Crest veteran visit. She answered dozens of questions and was a perfect mid-project guest. Next week students will officially name their memorials and write a paragraph explaining their significance. We can’t wait for you to see the project in its entirety on November 11th, but hope to give you a sneak peek at the Epic Build (see detailed information below).

As the weather turns cooler, please make sure to send sweatshirts and jackets as we will be going outside for recess most days. Our area tends to be on the windier side, so feel free to send additional items to stay warm. We also recommend labeling the inside tag on jackets so when items are left outside they can be returned to their rightful owner.

Tuesday, October 22- 9:15-10:00- THIRD GRADE OPEN HOUSE FOR EPIC BUILD

The third graders will be attending the opening ceremony at 8:30 and all are welcome to attend. After the opening, we will be helping Kindergarten students log into their devices. We will be in our rooms and set up for guests from 9:15-10:00. We hope you are able to come by and see our poll position games. You will even be able to see a sneak peek of our memorials!

Wednesday, October 23- 9:15-1:00- FIELD TRIP TO MORVEN PARK

Third graders will be departing the school around 9:15. We will enjoy a two hour interactive soil program from 10-12. Students will eat lunch at Morven Park and return to school around 1:00. If your child needs a lunch from the cafeteria please let their teacher know by Monday. Otherwise, all students are expected to bring a lunch box or bagged lunch. Chaperones, please report to school at 9:10am. The field trip will be outside so everyone needs to dress accordingly.

Math- This week students solidified their addition skills in straight computation and word problems. Students created and manipulated numbers, with support from teachers to review steps and accuracy. Next week we head into subtraction. As always, we really care about the common sense side of math. Does it really make sense that adding two 3-digit numbers could possibly equal 8,000? Hmm.. something should tell your brain to take another look at that. Our daily number talks and spiral review of concepts help keep this at the forefront of our teaching.

Xtramath.org- Students spend 2-3 minutes in class daily building up their fact base. It is a quick and easy “no frills” program. If your child routinely spends time on their devices in the evening, we would love for you to add this to their nightly routine. 

Reading and Writing Workshop- Our character unit is in full swing as students take a much closer look examining the characters within their books. Our common read aloud, Winn-Dixie provides a great shared experience as we look at both Opal and Preacher. We discuss their traits, look for evidence in the story to support our thinking, and build ideas around those traits. We even use what we know about the characters to predict  how they will react in a certain situation. Deep stuff! Ask your child to share. And, if you have made it to this lengthy part of the email, thank you. Email your child’s teacher to let them know! We always wonders who reads these anyway!

Word Study-  All students were assessed today and new words come out on Monday. Thank you for your support in reviewing words and patterns at home.

Important Dates:

10/21- Chat N Chew 3rd grade

10/22- Code to the Future Showcase #1

10/23- Third Grade Field Trip- Morven Park

10/28- Staff Development Day (student holiday)

11/1- 3rd grade Fall Party 1-2pm

11/1- Spooky Sock Hop 

11/4-5- Teacher Workdays (student holidays)

11/11- Veteran’s Day Assembly and 3rd Grade Performance- 9:00am