- Early Release Day - Lunch Our early release day schedule is a bit different this year. The kids will need to bring a lunch from home (lunch box or sack lunch). The cafeteria will not be open for regular lunch choices. We will be eating in our classroom at 10:30am. Students are dismissed at 12:00 (noon).
- Xtramath - Great website for students to brush up on their math facts! This will be perfect for when homework starts up (math facts)! I sent home an Xtramath enrollment information flyer yesterday in Thursday folders. Please, take a few moments to enroll your child.
- Bluebonnet Book Program - Check out the list of Bluebonnet books HERE Our class also has a Bluebonnet Book Wish List - Click Here. The kids are loving this program!!!
- Home Access Center: Make sure to start checking Home Access soon. I will begin to post grades next week. Link to Home Access Center.
- Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 10th. Please, click on the link to sign up for a time slot. If one of these times does not work for you, we can always do a conference over the phone and/or email me a time. I will see what I can do to accommodate your schedule. Thanks! Fall Conference Sign Up
- Wobble Stools - Wobble stools are an alternative seating option for your child. Wobble stools help provide students with the ability to wiggle as they sit. They help some students to focus more on their work too. This is a parent purchased item. With that said, at the end of the year the wobble stool is yours. Your child can then use them in 4th and 5th grade. I would recommend the 18" or 20" stool (depending on your child's current height). The 14" stool is just too short. Here are a couple of websites of where to make this purchase if you are interested. Really Good Stuff - Wobble Stool and Active Learning Stool - Amazon.com
- Optional - Headphones: Your child may still want headphones or earbuds for our classroom. A few of them have already broken. I would ask your child. These can be purchased at Target, Walmart, HEB, etc. The headphones/earbuds will be left here at school.
- September 28th - Early Release Day -must provide sack lunch - lunch is at 10:30, pick up 12:00
- October 10th - No School Day - Fall Parents/Student/Teacher Conferences
***Thank you parents for your September Scholastic Book Orders! I will place the orders on Monday.
In writing, we continue to work our small moment idea that will turn into our personal narrative. The kids did a storyboard of their small moment (like a movie director). Then, they created an exciting, grab-your-attention lead. On Monday, we will begin drafting our personal narratives. We will edit and revise our writing on Wednesday. Then, our final drafts will be due on Thursday. If I notice a student is falling behind on this next week, I will have your child bring home his/her writing journal to catch up. The final draft of our personal narrative will be a "test" grade.
In reading, we continue to learn many different reading strategies in which to help us as better understand the text we are reading. We did a fun inference activity with photographs (table groups), then ended the week with an "asking questions and inferencing activity" using the book, Just A Dream. The kids also completed a visualization strategy assignment using the book, The Seashore Book. Both of these will be graded.
In math, our focus was on rounding and estimation this week. I might suggest that your son/daughter continue to work on Estimation and Rounding concepts at home by going to ixl.com. We've also started the 2-digit and 3-digit addition strategies, beginning with Partial Sums Algorithm (also called Expanded Addition). Our test over place value, rounding, data/graphs, addition and subtraction will be probably on October 4th.
In science, we wrapped up our matter unit with a fun sink and float experiment called "Don't Sink The Boat". Our test over this unit was today.
In social studies, we looked at the word "Loyalty" this week and learned about our country's constitution. The Loyalty Padlet is below.