from the desk of Mrs. Hardy

Kenai Challenger Center Field Trip = total awesomeness

Our field trip was a wonderful experience! The students were complimented by the instructors for their background knowledge and willingness to problem solve. Well done, students! I was so proud to see you work together in groups to design your rockets and safely land your Mars mission-not to mention getting to hang out in the pool afterwards! Some great memories, and I thank you for your wonderful participation.

A huge thank you to all the parents-behind the scenes and chaperones in attendance-I could not have done it without you. I had parents running to get milk, paper bowls, a morning latte (you know me so well) not to mention helpful notes from parents back home in the Mat-Su. Students-give your parents a big hug! Thank you!

Blue T-Shirts?

If anyone has extra blue t-shirts laying around they want to throw in the pile, please send them in! Or if you'd prefer-send three bucks my way and I will head over to the store and pick some up! It should be a fun project!

Peep, peep, peep, peep...PEEP!

Baby chickens have arrived at Finger Lake. And yes, they are adorable. Like tiny, fluffy mascots of cuteness. They will hang out in our classroom this week, and the students will spend some time checking out how they are changing each day. We had 6 new ones hatch just today! Go, little ones, go!
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Market Day!

The other 3rd Grade Teachers, Mrs. Friesen and Mrs. Wheather, also have a class economy going and we decided it would be fun to JOIN our classes for Market Day next Thursday, May 19th. Students are allowed to sell anything they want to make-bookmarks, pictures, origami, etc. and buy from students in other classes. For added fun, our class is working in a different monetary realm, so there will have to be some monetary conversions! Yes! Challenge! Parents, please, please, please do not feel that you need to run out to the store this weekend and buy anything fancy for this. My Oscar Hardy made his 3rd grade market booth a place for fancy bookmarks. He drew his favorite Angry Birds on strips of white paper and put clear tape over them. He made $500 Class Bucks! Not bad, kid!

Next Year...already?

Yes, yes, I am already thinking about next year. I still have a cabinet full of folders that we did not use this year, so if your student has any supplies leftover they are welcome to keep them in my cabinets over the summer rather than taking them home.

Please check the bottom of the flyer for important dates, including our Back to School Night coming in August. If you are receiving this e-mail, and you are not leaving us to go off to middle school (sniffle) then you have a spot in the program next year. If you are boundary exempt, please let our wonderful front office staff know if you have not already done so.

Mr. Boyden and I have already started looking at instruction for next year, and we will be making phone calls home towards the start of next year. As always, please contact me (or Mr. Boyden!) if you have questions or concerns.

Important Dates: 8 Student Contact Days Left?! Say whaaaat!?

Next Week= Pioneer Week (FINALLY! I have been trying to time this just right!) Our laptops will be making their way back into storage, so next week we have some activities planned to teach our students about perseverance, resourcefulness, and patience. What better way to spend the last exciting week of school than trying to contain excess energy? Hmmm...maybe I should rethink this...NAH. North! To Alaska!

  • Thursday, May 12, 5:00 pm Parent meeting Track and Field District-wide Meet
  • Friday, May 13, End of Year BBQ sponsored by PTA
  • Saturday, May 14, Elementary Track and Field Meet WHS @ 8:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 17, 9:30 am FLE Talent Show/5th grade mock trial field trip/Kinder zoo field trip
  • Wednesday, May 18, FLE Marathon Race Day
  • Thursday, May 19 1st grade field trip a.m./ 3rd grade market day, FLE Q4 Assembly/Pep Rally 2:45-3:15
  • Friday, May 20, 10:00 am 5th grade promotion
  • Friday, May 20, School Closes


  • Thursday, Aug. 11, 3:00-4:00 School-Wide Meet and Greet (more information to come)