The Towler Times

January 29th, 2016

Our Week of Learning...


  • in math, we took our rounding quiz. We rounded 2 and 3 digit numbers to the tens and we rounded 3 and 4 digit numbers to the hundreds. The students are rounding rock stars! On Monday we will begin adding 3 digit numbers. We will review our expanded form strategy, learn a partial sum strategy, and then we will use place value charts and the standard algorithm to add.
  • In reading we have read through Chapter 6. During our novel study/book club the students have learned some interesting facts about the author, have practiced using a thesaurus and learned new vocabulary. Ask your learner what his/her favorite part has been or why is it necessary for Little Willy to enter a dog sled race.

  • This week we spent 2 days working on our Native American graphic organizers. Everyone has a solid introduction and we continue to work on our body paragraphs. I hope to finish this early next week. Some students continue to tell me they do not feel they have taken enough notes. If this is the case with your learner, please help him/her take some additional notes this weekend and bring them to school on Monday. Thank you!

Snowball Fight???

During math the students had a "snowball fight" in the classroom!! Each "snowball" had a number written on it. After one minute of throwing "snowballs", each student had to grab a "snowball" and round the number inside to the nearest 10 or 100. The students had a blast!
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Weekend Homework...

This weekend, the students are to create a poster advertising the dog sled race Little Willy has entered in Stone Fox. What has to be included on the poster came home today, as did some blue construction paper to be used as the "poster". Students can print pictures for their poster, draw pictures, color designs, create a map, etc. (Posters can be horizontal or vertical.) Their creativity can shine through! Posters are due on Monday and will be graded on effort and neatness.

Reading is Sweet!

Geneva Public Library's Winter Reading Program has begun! A representative from the library came to WES on Thursday and gave us details about the program. If your child is interested in signing up, please visit for more information.

Roller Skating!!

The students started their roller skating unit in P.E. this week! On Fridays I will be roller skating with the children. Today we had so much fun! The students are great skaters! So many of the picture I took were blurry, too blurry to post. It's hard to get a good picture while we are all on roller skates! :)

Star of the Week...Henry!!

Henry loves school, playing Prodigy, and solving Rubik's Cubes! His favorite subject is math, favorite food is tacos and corn, and his favorite book is The Fourteenth Goldfish. He hopes to someday travel the world! He is an expert magician and shared with us an outstanding magic trick! Great job...Henry!!

Husky Heroes reminder if anyone is interested...

The following is taken from the Morton Arboretum website and fits in well with our reading of Stone Fox.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy interacting with Siberian sled dogs when Husky Heroes returns to The Morton Arboretum, Jan. 30-31, 2016.

Guests can watch demonstrations of husky sled-pulling and skijoring, a winter sport where the dogs pull a person on skis. Children and adults can visit the dogs and sled teams, inspect equipment and have their pictures taken with the rigs. In addition, information will be available during the event about husky adoption. Please visit the Adopt-a-Husky website for more information.

Husky Heroes takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31, at the Visitor Center and on nearby trails.

Demonstrations held near the dogsled course will begin at 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. Presenters will include information about each sled team participating in the demonstrations. Information about adoption of huskies will be available, and visitors can view film footage of dogs competing in various sled races.

Husky Heroes also will feature hot drinks and snacks available for sale. Visitors are asked to leave their own pets at home. The Arboretum’s next Dog Admission Day is March 5, 2016.


January 30 and 31, 2016
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Visitor Center and beyond


As the snow continues to fall and temperatures continue to drop please make sure your child is coming to school with a hat and gloves, as we will continue to have recess outside. Snow pants and boots are necessary if your child would like to play in the snow. Thank you!

A look ahead...

February 4th: CogAT Testing

February 9th: Native American Projects Due

February 11th: 3rd Grade Concert/Open House

February 12th: Wear Red/Bring Valentines

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

~Benjamin Franklin