Winter in the Three-Fours

January 4th - February 12th: Six Great Weeks of Learning

Updates for the Calendar

Tuesday, January 12th: Early Release, Dismissal at 12:10


Monday, January 18th: No School


Tuesday, February 2nd: Early Release, Dismissal at 12:10 and Volunteer Maker Fair from 7:30-11:30 in the Library


Friday, February 12th: Valentine's Day Celebration (in-class, low-key, just students)


February 15-19: February Vacation


Monday, February 22nd: Return to School



It's Cold, Y'all! (Sometimes)

We do our best to get outside as much as possible (for recess, garden, applying our learning in unique settings), so please send students with a warm coat, snow boots, as well as something to cover hands and heads everyday. If you would like help getting any of these items, please let us know, and we will coordinate warm attire.

Thank you!

The Folk Literature Showcase was a great success! Thank you to all the families who joined us for the celebration. We are so very proud of each student for their courage and poise as they presented their work. Also, a special thank you to those of you who volunteered to plan, to set up, and to reconstruct the library configuration. What a great way to celebrate the effort of our students!
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Thank you for this, too!

Did we mention the lovely, generous, exciting class gifts?! The students are thrilled with the new rakes and wheelbarrow (above are our fully trained and licensed fourth grade wheelbarrow drivers). Ms. Quimby and Ms. Starkel are excited to enhance thier classroom libraries via Amazon and the Welleseley book store.


We can't imagine doing this without you! Y'all are the best.

Academics

Social Studies
We're starting an inquiry-based unit on immigration and the regions of the United States! This unit will provide opportunities for students to learn more about themselves, their country, as well as rights and responsibilities as a citizen. As a part of this unit, we hope to incorporate family's immigration stories - as well as encouraging Native perspectives, forced migration, and experiences outside of immigration - and we look forward to partnering with you during this unit. We welcome your questions!

Writing
Students will complete a realistic fiction story and begin a nonfiction writing project linked to our Social Studies content.

Reading
Over the next six weeks students will explore nonfiction texts. They will learn to summarize a text by identifying the main idea and supporting with evidence from the text. Also students will be closely reading several primary and secondary sources while sharpening their skills to source, contextualize, and corroborate information.

Math

Third graders are wrapping up addition and subtraction with 3-digit numbers and will soon launch into 2-D geometry. They be highlighting ways to calculate perimeter, area, and identify angles. Fourth graders completed a unit on data; students are now working on their number sense in multiplication and division.

UPDATE! Volunteer Maker Faire on Tuesday, February 2nd from 7:30-11:30!

Help 3-4S earn a MakerBreak in the Lilja TinkerZone on Tuesday, February 2nd! Learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) education and how it enhances learning experiences.