Monday, April 17, 2017

Week of April 17-April 21


What a glorious weekend! The children shared engaging stories of outdoor activities and precious family time with relatives.

We started practicing for the Smarter Balanced Testing today. Third grade testing will take place the second week after vacation. I was so impressed with the  children's conscientious attitude in approaching the testing. We will practice several times this week and the week after vacation. You can learn more about Smarter Balanced Testing and the children can assess the practice site at home by visiting the following link on the school website:

We will be working on syllabication rules the next few weeks in spelling; therefore, the children will not have their usual spelling lessons. Syllabication rules are important as third graders are reading and writing more and more multisyllabic words.

This Friday the children will be tested on their 9's multiplication tables.

Finally, a reminder that we will be having Jump Rope for Heart on Friday. Anticipating cold and damp weather on Friday, Ms. Locke and Ms. Batchelder have changed around the usual Jump Rope for Heart routine. The third graders all will be in the gym on Friday from 10:50-11:35 to do their jump roping.

Have a great week and enjoy a wonderful week with your third grader during vacation!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Update week of 3/3-3/7


What a wonderful performance of The Potmaker and the Drip by our 3M actors and actresses! I was truly impressed!  Thanks for all your support in making our play a success.

We are now back to some regular units before Smarter Balanced Testing in May. In science, we are studying force and motion. The children always love this unit because of their natural curiosity and plenty of hands on experiments to encounter. We study gravity, magnetism, friction, and how objects move.

In math we are starting unit 6, more operations. The unit focuses on reviewing subtraction, solving multiplication and division number stories with variables, two step number stories, and order of operations. We will continue to work on multiplication facts for automaticity.

This week there will be a quiz on 6's. Children will also receive new spelling words for a test on April 14th.

I still haven't heard from everyone regarding a spring conference. Please just shoot me an email if you haven't done so already.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Update week of 3/20-3/24


I wanted to thank all of you for your assistance in making our Immigration Day such a special experience! Your assistance in  helping your child with assignments, a name, and a costume, providing food, visiting the classroom and/or volunteering as an inspector made for a successful day! We couldn't do it without all your enthusiasm, assistance, and cooperation!

This week starts our work with the NH Theatre Project. A reminder that 3M will be performing The Potmaker and the Drip on March 30 at 9:35-10:05.

The children will be receiving new spelling lists in the next day or two with a test on March 31. The next test after that will be on April 14th. We will be doing some syllable work on the last week before vacation.

This Friday there will be a test on the 4's multiplication facts.

Spring conferences are coming up. I always feel that this is a time to celebrate the many accomplishments your third grader has made since the beginning of the school year!  I am available the following times. Please just e-mail what day/time works best.

Wednesday, April 5th, this is an early release


April 12 Wednesday, this is an early release


I am also available the following mornings:

April 3 at 8:00 a.m.
April 4 at 8:00 a.m.
April 10th at 8:00 a.m.
April 11th at 8:00 a.m.
April 17th at 8:00 a.m.

Finally, I will be out this Thursday and Friday. Miss Chase, our permanent guest teacher in the building, will be substituting.

Thanks for everything you do!!!

Friday, March 10, 2017

NH Theatre Project


We are so fortunate that the third grade will once again be working with Artists-In-Residences from the New Hampshire Theatre Project starting the week of March 20th.

By its very nature, theatre promotes teamwork and cooperation. A theatre ensemble is a group of actors who work together to present a dramatic idea in which no individual part is greater than the whole. Members of an ensemble must be able to communicate with, trust, and respect each other. They also must be comfortable observing each other's work and offering constructive criticism. Ensemble theatre games offer fun opportunities to learn conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.

The New Hampshire Theatre Project will spend appoximately two weeks with the third grade classes individually on theatre and movement activities. Each class will develop a story theatre piece based on a folk tale. Our play is The Potmaker and the Drip, a tale from India. You are invited to view the final performance on March 30th at 9:35-10:05. 

I don't want to bombard you with all kinds of information before Immigration Day, but I know some of you need to mark your calendars early.

Volunteers and More on Immigration


It's going to be an exciting week as we get ready for our Immigration Day on Wednesday!!! Just a few more reminders about the big day. 

Thank you all who volunteered to assist in our Citizenship Station. We may have some of you help out with others centers as we have many many volunteers. Please arrive at 9:00 in the cafe where Jodie Aviles will give you last minute instructions. (I will be in the room on board the USS Morrison). We will arrive as a class around 9:15-9:30.Please wear a suit type attire if possible. For example, I am wearing black pants and a blazer with a white shirt and tie.

The children will come to school on Wednesday dressed as immigrants. When thinking about girls' costumes, thing scarves, long dresses or skirts, long sleeves, perhaps a shawl or apron.

For the boys, knee pants were popular (you can roll up pants or sweat pants), along with knee socks. Boys almost always wore a cap of some kind. Again, long sleeves. Boys also often wore jackets or vest (or both). Suspenders would also work.

After our simulation in the cafeteria, we will return to the room for our Ethnic Food Celebration (10:30-10:45).  I would like each child to bring in one item that represents any country of ancestry. The food item could be made at home or purchased at a store. Please label each item with the name of the food, the student who brought it in and what country the item represents. There are 20 students in the class and parents and guests are invited. We will be so happy and excited about whatever you bring in.

It will be helpful if the students NOT bring in the food for the celebration with them in the morning. If possible you could drop it off at the office or, for those who are able to come, bring it with you when you come for the celebration.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Immigration Update

Hi All,

On Wednesday March 15th, students will come to school dressed as immigrants arriving in America. We will simulate a boat ride (students only-in classroom), arrival at New York Harbor, and a trip through various stations at Ellis Island (SMS cafeteria). Costumes can be a shawl, cap, or other simple props.

Students will receive two worksheets this week. One is about the background information for their identity on Immigration Day. This is due Thursday, March 9th. We will use this information to complete a passport.  The other paper is about the belongings they will bring on the trip to America. This is due on Friday, March 10th. 

The Ethnic Food Celebration will the morning of March 15th from 10:45-11:30. We ask that each child bring one food item that represents any country of his/her ancestry. It is great to receive a variety of items: main dishes, side dishes or appetizers, and desserts. If possible, please drop off the food item at the front office that morning marked with your child's name, class and food name, or bring the item with you when you are coming to the celebration at 10:45 a.m. If neither of these options works for you, we will take the food when your child arrives at the boat.

Please remember when preparing your food dish, that we have peanut/tree nut allergies in class, so we would prefer that items do not contain peanut/tree nut ingredients. If you do have an item that contains peanut/tree nut ingredients, please let us know immediately, so we can help keep everyone safe on this fun celebration day. We will do our best to ensure student safety, but cannot guarantee that any homemade dishes are free from peanut/tree nut allergens. Also, the school will be providing serving utensils to try to avoid cross contamination. Please contact Nurse Lilly for any questions you might have on food items. Any items can be store bought or homemade.

Parents and family members are invited to attend the food celebration. We hope to see you on March 15th. 

I will send a separate note to our wonderful volunteers. Thank you, thank you to everyone who signed up to help in the cafeteria. The more, the merrier!!

3's test: Friday, March 10th
Spelling Test: Thursday, March 16th

Monday, February 20, 2017

Update week of 2/20-2/25


Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our doll making helpers. We had an incredible afternoon on Friday. The dolls are original and creative. The children are so proud to display them on their desks. We couldn't have accomplished this without our wonderful volunteers!!!!

We fell a bit behind last week with the snow. The children just got their new spelling sorts. They will have a quiz on Friday. I updated Spell City in case your child forgets to bring home his/her sort.

The children also have a quiz on Friday on the square numbers for multiplication facts. This usually takes a little extra practice at home.

Friday is Read Across America Day. We will have pajama day. Children are allowed to bring in a small stuffie and pillow, and of course, lots and lots of books. They love to bring in books that were favorites in the younger grades. We will have lots of extra reading time on Friday!

I hope everyone enjoys precious family time with their third grader next week during vacation!