Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Homework, Week of September 18th

Reading: Read for 20 minutes

Reading: Read for 20 minutes
Permission slips went home today; please sign and return by Friday.

Fall Conferences 2017

Please take a look at the schedule. If you need a different day or time, please let me know and we can figure out something.

Monday, October 30th, 8:00 a.m. __Claudia Tobon & Rich Carroll________

Tuesday, October 31st, 8:00 a.m. _Jodi Clark-Lawton__________________

Wednesday, November 1st
Lisa Lombardi
Erin Sparks
Solomiia Tsymbal



Kate Connors
Lisa Russell
Allison Knab
Amy & Jack Tull
Ketti & Jason Sweeney

Monday, November 6th, 8:10 a.m. __Amy & Brad Jeffrey___________

Tuesday, November 7th, 8:10 a.m. ____________________________  

Wednesday, November 8th
Denise & Neil Bergeron








Aisha Camillo
The Rothfuss Family

Friday, September 15, 2017

Curriculum Night Notes

Thank you to everyone who came out last night. It was good to meet and/or see some of you again. For those of you who weren't able to make it, I will send home the hand-outs. I will also be posting the fall conference schedule so that you can figure out what day or time might work for you.

I showed a couple of videos about Growth Mindset in everyday learning and as it relates to math. I've been showing these to the kids and we've been discussing them after.
Here is the first one: https://www.mindsetkit.org/growth-mindset/about-growth-mindset/what-is-growth-mindset
Here is the math-related video: https://bhi61nm2cr3mkdgk1dtaov18-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Day-1-Mindset-8.mp4
If you want to check out other math mindset videos, youcubed.org is a fantastic site from Jo Boaler filled with a wealth of information about the topic.

In all of that discussion, I neglected to share that this is a transitional year for students. They are moving into Upper Elementary. I start them on this transition by having them (with support in the beginning) take everything out of their blue folders and put everything into them. We do not load the folders for them. We do have jobs in place to help ensure that the papers they need make it to them. However, sometimes they fall through the cracks. Reinforcing messages and practice help a lot!

I will also send home their weekly work on Fridays. Other paperwork that the school sends out will come home as we are told to distribute it.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Important dates and information:
Picture Day: Thursday, September 21st
Early Release: Wednesday, September 27th
Field trip to Sandy Point: Friday, October 7th

Have a great weekend.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Homework, Week of September 11, 2017

Reading: Read for at least 20 minutes
Science: If you have a chance, find out what the categories of a hurricane are about.

Reading: Read for at least 20 minutes

Reading: Read for at least 20 minutes

End of Week Two

We were busy in our second week of school! They are a fun, lively group. We have been learning A LOT:
For example, we learned or practiced:

-It's important to: be kind; try; ask questions;
-What to do when the chimes ring or another signal is given for quiet;
-More about a classmate and wrote a poem with them;
-How to use the watercolors in our class and made a pattern on our name;
-Doing some different activities inside and out, but learned that it can be hard to get everyone to work together. We are going to keep practicing to be successful;
-About the importance of having a growth mindset and what we can do to work on it;
-That everyone can be a "math person"; we can all grow our brains;
-How to write a haiku about our summer souvenir;
-Working together to plan and build a game out of cardboard;
-How to make cursive "c";
-What we need to do our best reading at home and at school.

Please send in the approval for Google Accounts ASAP. I'm waiting to get all of them and have everyone set up so that I can take kids through the Digital Passport curriculum. It is a group of lessons about being safe and kind online. Then, we will get into IXL, Spelling City, SeeSaw, etc.

Also, I sent home a note about the blog in the first week of school. If you misplaced it, please let me know; I know a lot of paper has been going home and I will send home another.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Homework, First Week

Bring in a summer souvenir. Please see the half-sheet of white paper that went home with more detailed directions. Let me know if you have any questions: raudet@sau16.org.

Wednesday, 9/6/17
Reading: Read for at least 20 minutes - fill out "Building a Reading Life" and bring it in tomorrow.

Thursday, 9/7/17
Reading: Read for at least 20 minutes and fill in "Establishing Good Reading Habits." We talked about what a habit is, and how establishing good habits is helpful.

Monday, September 4, 2017

One week down

We had quite a good first week with the milder temps and excited attitudes helping a lot.

We started off the first day with a classroom scavenger hunt where classmates had to learn more about each other by finding friends who had a sibling, blue eyes, or have been to two states. Since then, we have learned more about each other during morning meeting, shares, and activities. Throughout the week, I did a lot of talking about treating each other respectfully by raising hands to talk, lining up quickly and quietly, whispering in the halls, and listening to each other's shares.

After recess and lunch, I have been doing read aloud, reading books about how we treat each other - an important theme throughout the first weeks of school. They have completed their name tags, shared favorite books, completed reading interest surveys, and read silently for at least 20 minutes on Wednesday and Thursday.

I showed a video, "Caine's Arcade" to stimulate discussion about what kind of learner Caine is. After I assured them that the video was real, they noticed that he didn't give up when nobody showed up to play. He kept trying and adding to his arcade. He was creative, and had great ideas. This is the type of learning I will work to stimulate in the classroom this year. To start, the children would like to build a game of their own. Please send in cardboard, packing tape, and other materials your child might need to build their interactive game. We will be planning this Friday and building the following Friday (9/15).

I had so much fun getting to know your kids last week. They seem to be excited for the opening of the classroom library, learning multiplication, helping out in the classroom, and going outside to play with other third graders. I am looking forward to a really fun year!