Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

We’ve had a super start to the school year in our bright and spacious new third grade classroom.  Students were ecstatic to see their friends and welcome a new classmate, Ella, to our school.  I can tell already that it is going to be a terrific year with this eager and kind community of learners!

This week was about learning classroom routines, creating strong relationships, and enjoying lots of good literature.  What does your child think about having recess before lunch?  Has your child started getting into the habit of bringing his or her red home folder to and from school each day?  Ask your child which community building activity was his or her favorite – playing Classmate Bingo, creating Venn Diagrams, brainstorming class rules, illustrating a “Quiet Place” class book, or designing math posters.  Which book did your child connect with the most – Chrysanthemum, Officer Buckle and Gloria, Wemberly Worried,  A Quiet Place, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, or Recess Queen?  Please ask your child for a summary of each book and which one he or she liked the best and why.

Talking about good books, did your child tell you that he or she has nightly reading homework?  Third graders should be reading at least twenty minutes each school night.  Your child can read any just right, high interest book, magazine, or webpage that they choose.  Starting Monday, students will be encouraged to bring a classroom book home in their book pouch.  When students return one book, they may bring home another.  Bringing home classroom books is optional and will be student regulated.  I just want to make sure students have access to a wide variety of genres each and every night, because the more they read, the better readers they will become!  I’ll talk more about homework expectations at our “Back to School Night” on Thursday, August 31 at 6:00.

The positive energy in our classroom is delightful.  It’s going to be a great year full of friendships, learning, and fun!

Creating Name Quilts
Reading Time
Skip counting in math to prepare us for learning our multiplication facts
Brainstorming class rules to collaboratively create our Classroom Essential Agreements
Welcome Back Assembly
Recess Time
Recess Time
Recess Time
Creating Venn Diagrams
Finding similarities and differences and honoring both

Ice Cream Party

Thank you, Alex, for coordinating our class ice cream party and piñata breaking! What a special treat to end a fabulous year.  A heartfelt thank you to all for the beautiful card and Dragonfly gift certificate.  Your thoughtfulness warms my heart and is very much appreciated.  
Good Attendance Award for missing less than five days of school all year!
“Once a dragon, always a dragon!”