The Towler Times

January 15th, 2016

Our Week of Learning...


  • in math, we learned the difference between liters and milliliters. We will take the quiz next week covering grams/kilograms and liters/milliliters. Next up...rounding!

  • We began reading Stone Fox. Stone Fox is fictional story based on dog sled racing. We began our novel study by watching some quick videos on this type of racing. We are trying something new and treating this novel as a book club! Students have a work day and then a discussion day. On their work day, students are reading and completing their "job" or their portion of the discussion pages. On discussion days, students meet with their groups and lead their own discussion on the chapter that they read. Some book club jobs are: visualizer, connector, word watcher, questioner, and predictor. Ask your learner what his/her role is with each job!

  • In writing, we spent two periods in the library researching our tribes. Next week we will spend one final day researching and will then begin putting all of our note taking into our graphic organizer.

Book Club Work Day...

Native Americans

On Wednesday, information regarding the Native American projects came home via your child's backpack. Projects are due February 9th. With each final project, please have your child write a short description describing his/her project. This can be written on a note card and will be on display with your child's project for visitors to read. Also, if your child is choosing to complete a display board, please make sure the display board is free standing. We would like to have all projects displayed on each child's desk. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thank you.

Husky Heroes!

The following is taken from the Morton Arboretum website and fits in well with our reading of Stone Fox.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy interacting with Siberian sled dogs when Husky Heroes returns to The Morton Arboretum, Jan. 30-31, 2016.

Guests can watch demonstrations of husky sled-pulling and skijoring, a winter sport where the dogs pull a person on skis. Children and adults can visit the dogs and sled teams, inspect equipment and have their pictures taken with the rigs. In addition, information will be available during the event about husky adoption. Please visit the Adopt-a-Husky website for more information.

Husky Heroes takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31, at the Visitor Center and on nearby trails.

Demonstrations held near the dogsled course will begin at 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. Presenters will include information about each sled team participating in the demonstrations. Information about adoption of huskies will be available, and visitors can view film footage of dogs competing in various sled races.

Husky Heroes also will feature hot drinks and snacks available for sale. Visitors are asked to leave their own pets at home. The Arboretum’s next Dog Admission Day is March 5, 2016.


January 30 and 31, 2016
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Visitor Center and beyond


As the snow continues to fall and temperatures continue to drop please make sure your child is coming to school with a hat and gloves, as we will continue to have recess outside. Snow pants and boots are necessary if your child would like to play in the snow. Thank you!

Star of the Week...Emma!

Emma has two brothers and 2 dogs. She enjoys swimming, horseback riding, reading Harry Potter, and playing with her brother. Her favorite food is tacos and her favorite subjects are science, math and reading!! She hopes to someday be a horseback rider! On Expert Day, she shared with us swimming videos, pictures, and artifacts. Great job, Emma!!!

A look ahead...

January 18th: No School/Book orders due

January 22nd: MAP Testing

February 9th: Native American Projects Due

February 11th: 3rd Grade Concert/Open House

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

~Benjamin Franklin