Third Grade News–Feb. 8-12

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slideshow: beginning Feb. journal, practicing math facts, mental images of the story of Joseph from Genesis, prediction of Super Bowl winners, researching stats for the Super Bowl

Homework

Offering for February: Hearts For Jesus: Lutheran Social Services

This Week:

Monday, Feb. 8–registration begins

Wednesday, Feb. 10–Ash Wednesday–You are welcome to join us for chapel at 8:35

PicnicThursday, Feb. 11:–Lunch Box Social! A “secret” order came home last Friday. Let me know if you have any questions, or if you need any help. Have your child bring his/her buddy lunch to the classroom in the morning, and we will store them until lunch time. (Make sure there is no name on the outside–or put the lunch in a big bag to hide the name.) Valentine cards will be passed before lunch to be opened while we eat.

Friday, Feb. 12–Bring a dollar for Lutheran Social Services and wear Valentine colors-Half Day–Teacher Inservice-school dismissed at 11:30

Coming Up:

Saturday, Feb. 13-Salem youth is offering a Parent’s Night Out from 5:30-8:30. Drop your kids and have an old-fashioned date! Click here for more info.

Monday, Feb. 15–No school–President’s Day

Feb. 29Biography book reports begin–I have added a due date calendar

Mar. 4-Silent Auction-Save the Date

valentine_holding_heart2Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Valentine Day. I have enjoyed working with you during your child’s third grade year. Consider yourself candy-hearted!

I would like to send out a plea to all parents who can help. We are a class of forced bloggers. Some of us are really enjoying it, and some of us are not. It is a fact that writers are more motivated when they are writing for an audience. If you could mark your calendar to comment on two or three of our blogs each week, we could instantly double our audience. They don’t need to be long comments, just something to let our writers know that they are being read and that what they write matters. Thanks in advance to those who can help. Click here for castlebloggers.

 

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Third Grade News–Feb. 1-5

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We had a great time celebrating Lutheran Schools Week! Thank you for all your kind words, cards, flowers and appreciation! slideshow: beginning our week with prayer at the flagpole, His Little Feet, beginning our timed tests, Teacher Appreciation breakfast, animal adaptations research and peer editing of our narratives

Homework

Offering for February: Hearts For Jesus: Lutheran Social Services

This Week:

Monday, Feb. 1–A permission slip/menu for the Valentine Lunch Box Social will come home today. Everyone will have a chance to bring a special lunch for a Valentine friend. I recognize that you, as parents will need to put effort into this celebration. If you are willing, please help your child fill out the menu and return it by THURS. If you are not able to participate, please indicate so on the permission slip.

Tuesday, Feb. 2–Art Masters presentation

Wednesday, Feb. 3–Chapel-I have challenged your child to do something extra this week to EARN a dollar for Lutheran Social Services, our Feb. Hearts for Jesus project. We have been challenged to bring $4 over the month. You could help us by thinking of something extra your child could do to help out at home that might be worth $1/week.

Thursday, Feb. 4–Make sure your child’s Valentine menu has been returned

Friday, Feb. 5–A menu from a friend will come home for you and your child to make a special lunch  to bring to our Valentine Lunch Box Social on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Coming Up:

Monday, Feb. 8–registration begins

Wednesday, Feb. 10–Ash Wednesday–You are welcome to join us for chapel at 8:35

Thursday, Feb. 11–Valentine Lunch Box Social

Friday, Feb. 12–Half Day–Teacher Inservice

Monday, Feb. 15–No school–President’s Day

Feb. 29Biography book reports begin–I have added a due date calendar

Mar. 4-Silent Auction-Save the Date

 

 

 

 

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Thank You!

 

DSCN5816Thank you for your generosity on Teacher Appreciation Day. I appreciated being appreciated! I am blessed.

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Third Grade News–Jan. 25-29

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slideshow: Lots of math this week and Zach leading a lunch prayer

Homework

January’s offerings will go to Ronald McDonald House

This week we celebrate the blessing of Lutheran Schools! There will be a dress theme each day that is optional. (If your child isn’t into that kind of thing, please have him/her wear the Salem uniform.)

Monday, Jan 25: Mismatch Monday Dress-make sure your clothes don’t match

ALSO: We will be treated to a concert by His Little Feet in the gym at 9-join us if you can

Tuesday, Jan 26: Totally Relaxed Tuesday-wear your most comfortable clothing

ALSO: BBQ order form due

Wednesday, Jan 27: Wild West Wednesday-Western themed clothing

Thursday, Jan 28: That’s BRIGHT! Thursday-Neon & bright colors that sparkle and glow

Friday, Jan 29: Salem Spirit Day-school colors and BBQ

COMING UP:

Feb. 2-Art Masters Presentation

Feb. 10-Ash Wednesday

Feb. 11Valentine Celebration-Lunch Box Social

Feb. 12-Half Day-Teacher Inservice

Feb. 15-No school-Presidents Day

Feb. 29Biography book reports begin

Mar. 4-Silent Auction-Save the Date

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Third Grade News–Jan. 19-22

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Welcome to the second half of our year together! The slideshow includes Lexi and Gaby at Staples Center, blanket reading, brainstorming for Mrs. Holani’s art project, completing our study of Epiphany, our reading buddies, and describing a setting with a partner and then writing about it

Homework

Each night this week your child will be bringing home a notebook for signatures. Feel free to leave comments!

January’s offerings will go to Ronald McDonald House

Thurs, Jan. 21–Open House for new families–If you know of anyone who might be considering Salem for next year, please invite them to come meet the teachers and staff in the gym starting at 6:30. This is a very casual meet and greet where someone unfamiliar with Salem will have a chance to get a small snapshot of what we are all about.

Math Facts Update: Second semester is where we hit our multiplication/division facts hard, with the goal to have them completely memorized by fourth grade. Your child should be practicing every night. A great way to help them is to quiz them during car rides.

Reading Counts Update: For second semester, we will be taking all of our comprehension quizzes at school in preparation for fourth grade

A Ministry Opportunity: Host homes for His Little Feet–In the past, Salem has had the pleasure of hosting children and chaperones from the group His Little Feet.  This group is a singing/dancing group made up of orphaned children from other parts of the world. They travel the United States sharing the gospel of Jesus through their gifts.  They are in need of host homes as the children will be traveling to California to experience some of our “fun” things before they head back home to their countries.  Housing is needed Friday evening, Jan. 22 – Sunday, Jan. 24.  The group will be gone most of the day Saturday and Sunday. They will be leaving the morning of Monday, the 25th.   A place to sleep, shower, a couple breakfasts, and maybe some sack lunches is all that is needed.  Families will be asked to keep one chaperone and 2-3 kids. You don’t need a bed for them, they are happy on the floor. It has been a wonderful experience for host families in the past.  If you are interested, please contact Kelly Hansen ASAP!  714-858-1458 or e-mailkhansen@salemorange.com

Coming up:

Jan. 24-29Lutheran Schools Week

Jan. 29–Booster Club BBQ

Feb. 2-Art Masters Presentation

Feb. 10-Ash Wednesday

 

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Third Grade News–Jan. 11-14

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Our first couple days back were a tad painful (post-vacation blues). Now that we are back in the routine, we are ready to begin the last week of our first semester doing our best thinking yet. The slideshow is of us making third grade resolutions, watching the amazing rain show God sent us, indoor recess with GoNoodle and practicing the reading strategy of making predictions.

Homework

Tuesday, Jan. 12–Restaurant Night at Chipotle on Chapman–Click here for the flyer   Fifty percent of your order comes back to Salem!

Wednesday, Jan. 13–Chapel offerings go to Ronald McDonald House

Thursday, Jan. 14–Art @ 1:30

ALSO on Thursday…I will place the online Scholastic order sent home last Friday.

Friday, Jan. 15No School–end of first semester/teacher in-service

Monday, Jan. 18No School–Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Coming Up:

Jan. 21–Open House for new families–If you know of anyone who might be considering Salem for next year, please invite them to come meet the teachers and staff in the gym starting at 6:30. This is a very casual meet and greet where someone unfamiliar with Salem will have a chance to get a small snapshot of what we are all about.

Jan. 24-29–Lutheran Schools Week

Jan. 29–Booster Club BBQ

If you haven’t had a chance to check out your child’s blog lately, click here to see some of his/her thinking. I KNOW he/she would LOVE for you to leave a comment. We have also been creating stories on Google Docs, which your child may share with you if you request it from him/her.

Biography book report/wax museum information. Your child may begin looking for a book.

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Third Grade News–January 4-8

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WELCOME TO 2016!

My prayer is that both your Christmas and New Year celebrations were restful and revitalizing. We’ve got lots of thinking planned for 2016 and I’m looking forward to getting back into the routine.

Homework

Our offerings for the month of January will go to Ronald McDonald House

Coming Up:

Friday, Jan 15-End of Quarter 2-No school-teacher inservice

Monday, Jan 18-MLK Day–No school

In January, we will begin studying biography in anticipation of Salem’s World Famous Third Grade Biography Wax Museum in March. We will explore biography as a genre and in February, each of us will choose someone (who is either over 60 or no longer living) to learn about and report on during the first week in March. We will then present our wax museum for the Salem community on Wednesday, March 9. The report will require a display board depicting the biography character chosen. (Please make sure the display board can stand up on its own. Display boards can be purchased at Staples and the like. Get the smallest one you can find.) For our wax museum, your child will be dressing like his/her character. (There is no need to dress like the character for the report, just the museum.) Make sure to plan to join us!!

I am excited to begin a new year with your family. Once again, I love what I do and I love sharing it with others. If you have any questions about how or why we are doing what we are doing in third grade, I’d love to tell you all about it!

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