Bennett Third Grade Newsletter

January 8th, 2016 - January 15th, 2016

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Welcome Back to School!

Great Things Going On In Third Grade

We have had a fantastic first week back from the winter break! It was so wonderful to see all of our students, and learn about the amazing and fun things they did over the holiday!

January brings many cold days. Please make sure that your child comes with a winter coat and/or warm clothing for recess. We would hate for anyone to catch a cold, because they did not have a coat for the days that we have outdoor recess. Also, our classrooms can get chilly on extremely cold days. We recommend that students dress in layers so that they can be comfortable. Students are also welcome to bring an extra sweatshirt to store in their locker in case they get cold and to have on hand for recess.

Congratulations to Jared in third grade! He is the first third grader to complete his Six Flags reading log! Please see the attached Six Flags Reading Log, it is a great way for your child to earn an ticket for Six Flags while having fun reading!

This week in Math, students will review finding the area of a figure. Students will design and section a garden into smaller areas and add the sections to find the total area for their garden. Students will also review solving real world multiplication and division problems by building and solving input/output tables. On Friday, students will begin a new unit of study over fractions. We will revisit fractions and focus on ordering fractions on a number line.

In Reading, we will continue our study of finding 'themes' in literature. The students loved reading Because of Winn Dixie, while identifying and exploring the many themes in the book. Next week, we will learn how to identify themes in folk tales, fairy tales, fables and myths. Students will explore universal themes commonly found in literature, and learn how to identify a theme vs. a main idea.

In Writing, students will continue to work on writing an imaginative story about what snowmen do at night. Students will concentrate on writing complex sentences and making sure that they employ proper noun and verb agreement in their stories.

In Science, students will continue their ELM over forces of motion and simple machines. Students have been challenged to design and build a compound machine (using at least two simple machines) that can launch a marshmallow into a mug from a distance of 6 feet. Next week, students will continue to learn about simple machines (inclined planes, pulleys, levers, wheels and axles) and forces of motion as the work through their DIY's.

Spelling Lists for January 11th -15th

SA - warmth, worker, watch, quarter, wardrobe, worse, world, warden, worry, worthy, wander, swarm

WW - her, deer, hear, fear, steer, earth, cheer dear, learn, clerk, germ, peer

LN - rang, jump, king, camp, song, bump, sing, lamp, sang, ring, bring, stamp

MAV Words - phase, report, sketch

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Each year, we have a fun-filled, two week Star Wars themed review to help us get ready for the STAAR test. The students LOVE these two weeks, as it is a review of the important concepts that they have studied during the year. Our rooms are transformed in Star Wars themed decorations, and students become Jedi's as they work through daily missions. This year, our Star Wars review will take place during the last two weeks in April. Each year, parents have been so gracious to send in fun trinkets and prizes for the students. We have had several moms already asking about picking up items for the review. We also have had several moms that have sent in Star Wars/space themed stickers, pencils, etc. that they have picked up on sale or in the dollar bins. We will put out a SignUp Genius towards the end of March asking for donations, but parents are welcome to pick up items that they find on sale before that time. With the movie out in theaters, there is an abundance of really great things available. Thank you to all of the wonderful moms and dads that are already on the lookout for items to help make our review a huge success! We appreciate you!

Breakfast with Benny

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 20th, for our PTO sponsored Breakfast with Benny!!! Please join us for a scrumptious breakfast buffett at Applebee's and have a wonderful breakfast with our very own Benny the Bear, the Bennett school mascot! Proceeds will go directly to Bennett Elementary! Please see the attached flyer with details and ticket order forms. This is sure to be a huge hit with the kids, so order your tickets today!!!

Important Upcoming Events

Monday, January 11th: Junior School Spelling Bee (2nd and 3rd Grade) 2:00pm, STUCO 7:15am

Tuesday, January 12th: Junior School Spelling Bee (4th and 5th Grade), Class Pictures

Friday, January 15th: Principal's Coffee 8:15am, 5th Grade Dowell Music Tour 11:30 - 2:00pm

Monday, January 18th: Holiday, No School

Tuesday, January 19th: Taste It Tuesday

Wednesday, January 20th: Variety Show Permission Slips Due, Variety Show Screenings 3:15pm

Friday, January 22nd: PTO Bingo 6:30 - 8:00pm

Monday, January 25th: Bluebonnet Book Review Due

Friday, January 30th: Mrs. Recker's birthday

Tuesday, February 2nd: Variety Show Practice 3:15pm

Tuesday, February 3rd: Variety Show Practice 3:15pm

Friday, February 5th: Mandatory Variety Show Dress Rehearsal 3:15pm

Monday, February 8th: Bennett Variety Show 8:30 & 9:30am

Saturday, February 20th: Breakfast With Benny the Bear at Applebee's 8 - 10am

Tuesday, March 1st: Bennett Open House 6pm

Friday, March 4th: Bennett Color Run