3H Class News

January 11, 2016

Hello 3H Families!

I hope that your child has had a great first week back from Winter Break. I've truly enjoyed getting back into the swing of things and mostly, getting to know the students who Mr. Gallagher spoke so highly of. We have a great group of creative, fun, and talented students. I know many of the students were sad to see Mr. Gallagher go, but luckily he didn't go too far. Mr. Gallagher is currently working as the science educational assistant so the children will have the opportunity to share a classroom with him again during science. They couldn't be more excited!

In many ways, we treated our first week back as time to evaluate our learning and set goals individually and as a class. On the first day back, children were asked to decorate a "snowball" and write a personal, school related resolution on the back. I was impressed by how self-aware many of the children were. I also worked with the children to set a number of classroom goals, some behavioral and some academic. One goal we're working towards is making sure that we are respectful of each other by staying quiet when another person is talking and showing others we are listening to them by facing and looking at them. Another goal is reading directions and taking responsibility for our own materials and learning. In just a few short days, I can already see the children working towards these goals.

On a final note, as a new parent, I've quickly learned the joy that comes from seeing a picture of my child, and I imagine that's a joy that doesn't fade over time. I hope you enjoy the pictures included in our newsletters. Hopefully they help spark some interesting conversations about our school days!

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Look What We've Been Learning!

Math: We've started Unit 4 which involves learning about measurement, converting measurements, area, perimeter, and line plots. This week students learned how to read a ruler in both the U.S. Standard and Metric forms.

Reading: Children read the story Kamishibai Man, a story about a Japanese storyteller whose life changes with the invention of the T.V. Children worked to identify causes and effects in the story. We worked hard to differentiate causes and effects and sequences of events. We used a "so-because" chart to help us do that.

Writing: We dove right into our persuasive writing unit by writing a few flash drafts about big changes we wanted to see in the world and smaller changes we wanted to see on our playground. Children are encouraged to discuss and brainstorm persuasive writing topics at home by looking for problems they see around them and thinking of potential solutions.

Science: We will be starting our new chemistry unit this week!

Social Studies: We continued to learn about continents and countries. We're slowly zooming in our on world to learn about states.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 12th-Winter Concert 7:00 @ High School

  • January 13th-Orange Sock Day for Mrs. Chism. Wear your Orange Socks to School

  • January 13th-Celebration of Life-Mrs. Chism 7:30 PM HMHS Auditorium

  • January 18th-School Closed for MLK (5th Grade Service Project APR)

  • January 29th-Spaghetti Bingo Night APR 6:30 pm

Poet of the Week Schedule for January

  • Logan Wood - Friday, January 8, 2016
  • Michael Furia - Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Ave Ippolito - Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Eli Hougah - Friday, January 29, 2016

Student of the Week Schedule for January

  • Cassidy Maeyer - Week of January 4, 2016
  • Case Hurly - Week of January 11, 2016
  • Nate Kovach - Week of January 25, 2016