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                               Week of October 7, 2019                                      


              Another week is upon us in Room 102. I have new information on our upcoming fieldtrip, next Thursday, October 17th to Pike Place Market. We currently have five families that have volunteered to be driver/chaperons for the trip. Thank you to the Merkens, Clubine, Hemsell, Teklu and Thorne families. Charlene Shanahan will be contacting you about your chaperon status with the paperwork. We need 1 to 2 more drivers because we still need seatbelts/seats for 5 students. I have one parent, Dawn Zuger, who is going to join us to chaperon, but won’t be driving. Even if there are a few of you who can do the driving each way for us, but cannot stay for the fieldtrip, that would be helpful. We have plenty of chaperons for the event, we just need transportation for 5 more students. Thank you also for the cash donations for families who are driving. I will be dividing the donations up between drivers to offset the cost of the parking in downtown Seattle.

    Last week we continued our work with place value in math. This week we are in to the second lesson, dealing with adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers.

    In reading, we continue to focus on text features in non-fiction books. Ask your student to name a few text features for you in one of your non-fiction books at home. It’s always great to give them the opportunity to “show what they know!” We’re also learning about the great migration to America during the nineteenth century from many countries around the world.

    In writing, we’ve moved into Unit 2, exploring the writing process. I’m sending home the introductory page of the unit for families to read together to understand what we will focus on during these weeks in writing. Monday, students chose a piece they’ve been working on to take through the writing process from rough draft, to edit and revise and finally publish. Ask your student what piece they chose to work on during this time.

              In social studies, we are doing one more project tapping in to “who we are.” Third graders are making “All About Me” posters and fourth graders are working on poems about where we are from in our lives. There may be some homework attached to these projects. Maybe collecting items for the posters or researching information about your family for the poems. Thanks for your support!

              We will also begin our study about the Pike Place Market. We will continue learning about Pike Place Market even after we go on our adventure.


    Please remember to turn in your Move-a-thon fundraising envelopes. Getting 100% of our envelopes in for the class could give us a party!


    Have a great week!


    Upcoming Events


    Pike Place Market Fieldtrip: Thursday, October 17th


    NO SCHOOL: Friday, October 11th


    Picture Day: Tuesday, October 15th


    Heritage Potluck and General PTA Meeting: Thursday, October 24th, 6pm


    Spirit Day – Wear Black and Orange: Wednesday, October 30th


    Islandwood Environmental Learning Adventure:

    Monday, November 18-Thursday, November 21






    Student Homework


    Find a good fit fiction or non-fiction chapter book.  Read 20-30 minutes, 5 days a week outside of school.   We will also spend time in class reading.  It would be great if a part of the reading your child does at home is at their independent guided reading level. Then they can also enjoy books that are comfort reads (“old favorites”) under their level, or higher reaching books at levels above their reading level. Thanks for your support at home!



    Practice your math facts – single digit addition, subtraction, multiplication each night for 5 minutes. 




    In Class Project – (There may be need for home work or research)

    All About Me Poster – Third Grade


    We are continuing to get to know each other in our class. This week and early next week, we may need some homework time spent finishing a poster that will tell us about our family, their interests, and more about us.

    There will be an example guide in the Social Studies section of the student binders in the days ahead. We will be starting the work in class on a larger poster size paper. As you finish your poster at home, be sure to take your time and make it colorful with markers or crayons. It is always fun to include copies of photographs, magazine pictures, or hand drawings. I’m looking for quality work and detailed information. We will be sharing them the class starting Wednesday of next week. Then we’ll put them up for display!                                                                                                                                  

    Here are details to keep in mind:

    1. Was there a title for the poster and was that title your name?

    2. Were there at least 4 ideas displayed?

    3. Was there text explaining 4 or more ideas

    4. Was there evidence of time spent decorating and making the poster colorful?

    Where I’m From Poem – Fourth Grade


    Fourth graders will be focusing on a poetry project that demonstrates how our backgrounds make us who we are today. We will reflect upon our family history, the geographical places we’ve lived and the memories that stick out in our minds. The final product will be a poem called, “Where I’m From,” which will contain biographical information about ourselves. The project packet will stay in the Social Studies section of our binders and can be worked on at home and at school.  We will complete the project by next Wednesday, October 16th.


    Here are the steps in the project:

    1. Pre-write/Brainstorm/Family Portrait

    2. Poem template

    3. Rough draft

    4. Edit and Revise

    5. Peer Edit

    6. Rewrite and Final type written draft




    Continue practicing organizing and using your binder. 


    The goal is that there should be no loose papers crammed haphazardly into the binder.  Time will be given in the beginning of the year to tidy and organize binders each day.  Practice opening, closing, and organizing at home.


    Proper binder order:


    Notes Home = Left hand pocket of binder’s cover (Home pocket)

    Pencil pouch = On top of first tab divider. 

    Monthly Calendar

    1st tab divider = Homework section (for Homeroom’s homework)

    2nd tab divider = Math (math classwork and math homework)

    3rd tab divider = ELA (English Language Arts – reading and writing)

    4th tab divider = S/SS (Science and Social Studies)

    5th tab divider = Other (for other subjects)

    A small paper supply goes at the end of the binder.



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