We have wrapped up the last full week of February, though it has felt more like April. For better or worse, the winter weather should be returning this weekend.
This coming week will bring some more new learning opportunities. Our next focus in reading will be in comparing & contrasting characters in different stories. Similarly we will be comparing fractions in math. I am also hopeful that we will complete the final drafts of our original fairy tales by Friday.
Also next week, Jeffers will kick off our March is Reading Month activities. Emails and hand outs will be coming soon with details. The kick-off assembly will be March 1st at 9AM.
This coming Monday will be the Honors Choir concert. Please send your child to school with what they will need on Monday. Contact Mrs. Kaufman with questions.
Have you scheduled your child's spring parent-teacher conference yet? If not, you will need to do so soon. Spots are filling up quickly.
Our class is going to be in the Tribune!!! NEXT week Friday (March 3rd) we will be the featured classroom of the week. Can't wait for the community to see these amazing kiddos!
Some talking points from our week are:
Your child was fortunate enough to see a powerful presentation today, given by Amy Dalman from the Children's Advocacy Center. She does a fabulous job of talking to kids about keeping their bodies safe.
This week we began book clubs in our classroom. Groups of 3-5 students are reading the same book & then discussing their thoughts on it together. It is a powerful way to deepen their comprehension of literature.
Now that we are experts of writing fairy tale adaptations, we are ready to create our very own original fairy tales. We look forward to sharing these with our kindergarten buddies when they're published.
Fractions have been the focus of math lately, including the practice of measuring the length of objects to the nearest quarter inch. Tough concepts, but we can feel our brains grow with every new struggle we overcome!
Some talking points from our past week:
A short week calls for a short blog post!
Hopefully your child shared with you the fact that we are going to be partnering with some extra special youngsters during our afternoon recess times. I am including a note from their teacher:
My name is Elizabeth Carson and I am the new preschool teacher in the autism room. I will be teaming up with the third grade classes to help bring awareness to autism and to bring some inclusion into my classroom. The third grade classes will send 3 students down each day for 15 minutes of our playtime. Kids with autism struggle with imaginative play, so it will be their job to be a "play model" for our students. I encourage you to ask your child what they learned about the presentation they saw and ask them what they did with my students when they get to visit us. If you have any questions please feel free to let me know! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and stay tuned for autism awareness month in April!!
These third graders are giddy about getting to go to Miss Liz's room!!!!
Here are some talking points from room A210:
We have seen an increase in absences this week. Winter tends to do that. I understand the parental struggle when it comes to determining whether or not to keep your child home. One the one hand, your child simply cannot learn when your child is absent. On the other hand, you should not send your child to school when they're truly sick. The SLIS principal shared a good article to maybe help with this struggle. I encourage you to give it a read.
With Valentine's Day around the corner, I am including a class list with this update for those of you who plan on having your child fill out Valentines for their classmates. Please make sure your child has one to hand out to every student in room A210.
Some talking points from room A210 this week: