Friday, October 22, 2010


We will be celebrating Halloween on Friday, October 29th. Students are encouraged to dress in their favorite team jersey to support our Red Ribbon Week theme: "Team Up Against Drugs."

Students may bring in a Halloween costume to dress up for our Halloween parade in the afternoon.

Third grade will be having a pizza party after the parade and we are asking each student to donate $1.00 to help cover the cost of the pizza. Thank you for your support!


Our class will be decorating a pumpkin for our schoolwide pumpkin contest. If anyone has a pumpkin to donate for this project it would be greatly appreciated! We would need it to be brought to school by Tuesday, October 26th. Just send in a note with your child to let me know if you have one. Thank you in advance!


Our read aloud that we are enjoying this month is Andrew Clements', "Frindle". It is about a creative fifth grader named Nick who likes to make class time exciting. His English teacher, Mrs. Granger challenges him to think about who makes the words that are in the dictionary. Nick's creativity goes to work and he decides to make up his own new word, and renames the pen, "frindle." Before you know it, every fifth grader is using his new word! Mrs. Granger is NOT happy and keeps over 200 students after school for detention! And that is only the beginning... Stay tuned for future updates!

Monday, October 18, 2010


October officially marked the beginning of the Book It reading program! Participation is voluntary, but it is a wonderful way to get your child excited about reading! When your child has met the goal for the month, just send his/her "Book It" pizza form back to school, and your child will receive a certificate for a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut! These forms were sent home at the beginning of the


October 25th – October 29th
“Be a Superhero: Have the Power to Say No to Drugs & Alcohol”

Theme Days:

Monday, October 25th: “Rally in Red … Don’t be Silly … Don’t Use Drugs Day!”
(Wear red, silly bands, and silly socks)

Tuesday, October 26th: “Drugs Will Mix You Up Day!”
(Wear mismatched clothes and shoes)

Wednesday, October 27th: “Shade Out Drugs Day!”
(Wear hats and sunglasses)

Thursday, October 28th: “Drugs Will Make You Crazy Day!”
(Wear crazy hair)

Friday, October 29th: “Team Up Against Drugs Day!”
(Wear a team shirt or jersey)
*Traditional Halloween costumes will be acceptable for Grades K – 4 during afternoon parties.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ACADEMICS (Oct. 11-15)


Our story this week is "City Green", by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan. It is a wonderful story about a little girl who works with her neighbors to turn a vacant lot into a beautiful community garden. This visit to Marcy's city neighborhood shows that kids can make wonderful things happen if they put their minds to it. Skills include: cause/effect, using a telephone directory, drawing conclusions, and using context clues.

We have finished up compound and run-on sentences, and are now studying time-order words and main idea.

Number patterns, and even/odd numbers have been our topics this week, along with rounding numbers to the tens. We learned an "army type" song to help us with rounding rules. (Rounding numbers is so fun, we will do it till we're done...)

Each student is to design a compass rose for homework this week. This assignment is due on Fri. Oct. 15th. A rubric and explanation of this assignment was sent home on Monday.
We have been looking at landform maps this week and will be working with grid maps next week.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Oct. 9: Gavin's birthday!

Oct. 25-29: Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 27: Apple Crunch Day