Friday, September 30, 2016

News from Sept. 26-30

Thank you to all of you who sent back your Support Your Timberwolf envelope.  If you haven’t returned it yet, it’s not too late!  You can still return it next week or you can make your donation online http://phefkc.fund-it.org/grants/view_grant.php?gid=4001

Today an orange flier is coming home with your child to tell you about our coin drive next week and our Spirit Week the following week.  All next week, students will be able to donate coins to containers with teacher pictures on them.  The top three teachers with the most money will get a pie in the face, silly stringed, or wrapped up like a mummy!  This has been a real hit in past years.

Next Friday is our Global Cardboard Challenge.  Students always look forward to this day!  If you are interested in helping that day, please use the following link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094aabab23ab9-global
We are also collecting cardboard boxes and donations of heavy duty tape for students to use to make their creations.  As I mentioned earlier in the week, students can order a lunch from home or they can order a sack lunch from school that day.  They will let me know their choice on Wednesday.

This week the third grade teachers from across the district were able to attend a full day training with Instructional Technology Facilitators.  We learned several useful tools that we were able to come back the next day to put into practice.  It was a day well spent!

Your child might have mentioned our science activity with apples this week.  We have been learning about plants, and this Mystery Science lesson taught them about selection and how to grow the best, biggest, and sweetest fruit.  We tried 5 different kinds of apples.  The Jonathon apples were a big hit (they came from the apple orchard and were soooo delicious!).  We took our Plants assessment today.  We actually tried a digital option and the results weren’t user friendly, which resulted in us completing a written test.  It was worth a try though! J

In math we reviewed subtraction with regrouping (2 digits) and also used place value blocks to demonstrate regrouping with 3 digits.  We will continue 3 digit subtraction next week.

In reading, we read some really great books and practiced answering questions with text evidence.  We also looked at the Central message that the author was trying to get across to the reader.  Lastly, we touched on literal vs. nonliteral language.  We signed up for an additional online reading resource called www.getepic.com Students can access it from home by using my login scottc@parkhill.k12.mo.us and password: scottc  There were many books to choose from and students seemed to enjoy the selection.

Students started writing their revised drafts into a Google doc on www.classroom.google.com next week we will share our writing with classmates so that we can help one another edit and make more suggestions for revisions.  Students can access their google classroom accounts from any computer and from home if they would like to work on it from home.

I still have a few parents not signed up for parent conferences.  Please email me or call the office to schedule your conference time. 

Also, as the quarter is ending soon, please be sure that you have activated your Infinite Campus account, as this is how report cards will be accessed moving forward.

Ask your child to share with you the activity we did for our class meeting today! It was called the Hand Game.