January 8, 2018
Dear Multiage Families,
Happy New Year! I hope you all had just as much of a relaxing and memory filled Winter Break with your families as I did with mine. Now we are settling back into routine and ready for some great learning.
January 15: No school in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 30: Second Book Project due
January 30-February 1: Book Project presentations
In math, third graders will begin learning telling time to the nearest minute and finding elapsed time. Soon we will be solving problems using different units of measurement for length, capacity, and weight. We will also touch on fractions. PLEASE take some time at home to practice basic math facts. It is good to brush up on addition and subtraction, but also to put much focus on multiplication.
Fourth graders have been working on fractions very hard and are now transitioning into decimals. Many of the kids are struggling with simplifying fractions and finding common denominators due to non-mastery of multiplication facts. Please continue working on these at home and remember division will be assessed in early February!
In reading students will be reading Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. We will soon make predictions of what the author’s message may be. Be sure to read at home, too. Your child should be reading daily at home for at least 20 minutes and recording on his/her reading log, which is due every Monday. In writing our focus will be on opinion writing. Students will work on stating their opinion and then supporting it with reasons and examples.
Our third graders will begin a research project on a Native American tribe from one of the regions in the United States. This will be done in class, but your child may bring home parts of this if not completed in class. Our fourth grade friends will begin researching one of the regions of Washington State. This will be done with partners and culminate with presentations to the class. Look for more information on these projects in the coming weeks!
Conway Quarter Mile Project
We are still in need of some volunteers to help out with this project. Signups are on our class door or you can email me your availability. If you did not see the letter that went home before break, please contact me and I will send another. Be sure to mark your calendars for the Family Science Night in March!
We are down to the final month for saving and sending in Box Tops. Every single Box Top collected helps our school. Box Top collecting will run through January 31st. The grade that turns in the most will earn a pizza party!
With this chilly weather we are having, please make sure your child leaves home with a warm coat and items to keep him/her warm!