Bennett Third Grade Newsletter

February 5th - February 12th, 2016

Great Things Going On In Third Grade

The Bennett Variety show is here! Students will perform Monday morning for the school at 8:30 and 9:30am. The family show will take place Monday evening at 6:30pm. We are so excited to see all of the wonderful acts that the students have prepared!

Please do not forget to join us for our Valentine's Day parties this Friday, February 12th from 1:45 to 2:30. If you plan to take your child home right after the party, please do not forget to sign the check out sheet.

We are so proud of all the third graders who have been 'Reading to Succeed'! Students should continue to read, and fill out their 'Six Flags Read to Succeed Log' to earn a free Six Flags ticket. This is the last month for students to complete their reading. Please see more details below.

With winter in full swing, please see the districts bad weather communication policy attached below.

We have an exciting week ahead in Math, as we begin our study of geometry! Students will learn about 2-D shapes, 3-D shapes and polyhedrons. Students will work through identifying and classifying shapes according to their attributes. Students will learn to identify and count vertices, edges, faces, and angles. This week we will focus on learning basic geometrical vocabulary and working with quadrilaterals. Geometry can be fun, but it can also be challenging because of all of the new terms and concepts that students learn. We are attaching a geometry powerpoint that includes all terms and concepts that the students will be studying. It is a great reference guide to help your student be successful in our upcoming unit.

In Reading, students will focus on identifying authors purpose. Students will learn that an author writes to persuade, entertain or inform. Students will also work on identifying fact and opinion. They will learn to distiguish between fact and opinion in their text.

In Science, students will complete their Light and Sound ELM. They will work within their ELM groups to create a Google Doc presentation.

Spelling Lists for February 5th - 12th

WW - jar, earn, thorn, search, warm, horse, worth, core, chore, spur, lurk, sir

SA - cattle, model, final, until, level, April, total, saddle, novel, cancel, vowel, pencil

LN - I'm, didn't, can't, it's, don't, that's, I'll, wasn't, isn't, he's, she's, shouldn't

MAV Words - portfolio, mental, self-control

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!!!

Valentine's Day Class Party, Friday, February 12th

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Valentine's Day Party and Boxes

Please join us on Friday from 1:45 - 2:30 for our class Valentine's Day parties. Students will need to bring a class set of valentines and one decorated Valentine's Day box for the party. Please start collecting and saving tissues boxes, cereal boxes, packing boxes, etc., as students will need to create and decorate a Valentine's Day card holder box at home. Above, please see some very cute and creative ideas, there are hundreds of great ideas online as well! We can not wait to see all of the creative boxes the students bring in for the party! If you are in need of valentines, or supplies for making a valentine box, please let your child's teacher know and she will be happy to help! All students should bring their Valentine's Day cards and finished Valentine's Day boxes to school on Friday morning.
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Six Flags Read to Succeed

We are so excited to participate in the Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club!

This exciting program encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the school’s deadline noted below is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at one participating Six Flags Theme Park. Students will develop a greater appreciation for books when they see that you think reading is important too. You are sure to have fun as you investigate the world of reading together!

Here’s what you need to know:

-Only students in grades K through 6 are eligible to participate.

-Review the attached reading log. Your child should use this sheet to record what and

how long he/she reads.

-Your child must complete 6 hours, or 360 minutes, of recreational reading.

-Please initial each entry and then sign the reading log to verify that the 6 hours of

reading has been completed.

-Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books (digital or hard

copy). Reading for homework or a class assignment does NOT count.

-Students can read silently, aloud, or with an adult—you can read to your child, or your

child can read to you.

-Remind your child to return the reading log to his/her teacher by the date on the log.

-Your child’s school will submit your child’s information and minutes read.

-Late entries will NOT be accepted.

Each child that completes the Read to Succeed Program will receive a ticket to Six Flags. All Read to Succeed forms are due to your child's teacher by February 29th, 2016. Please see attached parent letter and reading log for more information.

Important Upcoming Events

Monday, February 8th: Bennett Variety Show 8:30 & 9:30am, Family Evening Show 6:30pm

Tuesday, February 9th: Mrs. Kasper's Birthday

Wednesday, February 10th: Progress Reports Go Home

Friday, February 12th: Valentine's Day Class Parties 1:45 - 2:30pm

Monday, February 15th: No School (Staff Development)

Tuesday, February 16th: Mrs. Covey's Birthday

Friday, February 19th: Mrs. Sullivan's Birthday, Dental Presentation 1:45 - 2:15

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

Tuesday, February 23rd: Mrs. Fanning's Birthday, Middle School 6th Grade Parent Meetings 6:00pm

Thursday, February 25th: Mrs. Barne's Birthday, Alpha Playground Expo @ Webb 5:30 - 7:00pm

Friday, February 26th: Wear Red, Friday Live & Color Run Kick Off 2:15pm

Monday, February 29th: Six Flags Read to Succeed Forms Due, Color Run Day 1, Middle School Course Selections Due, Creed Lunch 1:00pm

Tuesday, March 1st: Bennett PTO Meeting and Bennett Open House 6:00pm

Friday, March 4th: Bennett Color Run

Wednesday, March 15th: PTO sponsored Whataburger night 5:00 - 8:00pm

Thursday, April 7th: PTO sponsored Culver's Night 5:00 - 10:00pm

Saturday, April 23rd: Bennett Carnival 3:00 - 7:00pm

Tuesday, May 3rd: PTO sponsored Spring Creek Barbeque Night 5:00 - 9:00pm