The last week of school. How can that be possible??? We will keep the four days as normal as possible. We are finishing up math and finishing up our state unit.
I hope all the Dads had a great Father's Day. It sounds like everyone had a great weekend.
On Tuesday morning is the Awards Ceremony in the gym.
On Wednesday, we will be going to the Historical Society to finish part one of our first trip. We will be traveling with our first grade buddies.
On Thursday at 11:15, we will be having an ice cream party to end our year in third grade. Feel free to attend if you would like. I will be making a special presentation to the class.
I will be around all summer and I will be teaching summer school. I will be at school three days a week from 7:30 to 12:30. Please feel free to keep in touch.
Have a great summer everyone! You deserve it!
The whale watch was awesome. We haven't seen humpback whales in a long time. That was the closest I have ever been to a humpback. Thank you to all of the parents who chaperoned. The kids had a blast and they are still talking about it.
Don't forget that the state boxes are due on Tuesday the 12th. If you do not have three things in your box from your state yet, do not panic. We will work on it.
Field Day is Thursday. We are looking for volunteers. There is a sign up genius on line that Ms. Baines out out there. We are on the field all morning and we could use some help for games. The BBQ is held right afterwards for everyone.
Happy June to all. It is hard to believe that we only have about 15 school days left to the year. We are all very sad in Mud's class.
This week we are doing small research projects on whales. We will do research, write a report, and share out to the class.
Please do not forget to have the kids dress in layers for the whale watch on Friday. We will arrive back at school around 4:30. Right now the weather looks nice, but cool. Remember it is sometimes 20 degrees cooler 45 miles out into the ocean. The kids will need a snack and a lunch. they do serve all kinds of snacks and drinks on the boat. There are also limited souvenirs for sale on the boat. If you are chaperoning, it will be up to you to drive or to car pool with someone. There will be room for two or three chaperones on the bus. I will have directions for GPS's. The kids are all looking forward to the trip.
We are working very hard on the states and their capitals. On our first capital test I was so impressed. We had 9 kids get all 50 already. The others are very close. Kids should be decorating a state box at home. They will need to put two or three things in the box from their state. they have lots of ideas. I found some state stuff this weekend at the flea markets that I will share with the kids.
We are on the last unit of Wonders Reading, and we are also on the last unit of Wonders Math.
I hope everyone is having a nice Memorial Day weekend. We were in Maine for the weekend and had an awesome time.
I would like to thank everyone who attended the Presidential Reception. It was the best show yet! I was so proud of the kids and I won't say a tear or two wasn't shed. The speeches were awesome and the kids commitment was outstanding. It is a day that they will remember forever. I hope that everyone learned something from the kids that they didn't know before. We have had 7 kids recite the presidents in order and a few more are preparing. Again, these guys set the bar so high. The reception was fun and the snacks were delicious.
Thank you to all who attended the Community Meeting on Thursday. The kids and their buddies did a great job. I'm thinking Luke Bryant would like to see our presentation and what we did with his song.
We will be taking our final Aimsweb tests this week in Reading and Math. Tuesday morning and Thursday morning. On Wednesday morning we will have our annual Memorial Day celebration in the gym at 9:00. It is really a touching ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend.
We are all set for the whale watch. Let's hope the weather is good. According to their web site, they have been seeing lots of whales.
The Radsox will be taking their Unit 7 math test this week. I'm sure they will all do a great job.
For read aloud, we are reading Trumpet of the Swan and the kids are loving it.
We have all picked a state and have started our state unit. The kids will be responsible for decorating a box and putting two or three things from their state in it. Anything that can be connected to that state can go in the box. I would like to have the state boxes in by the 12th of June. We have talked in class about the details and things that can be put in the box. We will also be concentrating on all 50 capitals. We will have a quiz each Friday. We can do this!!!
We will also start our whale unit this week. We will research different whales and make classroom presentations.
Have a great week everyone.
The big day is coming up! Our presidential reception will be held in the music room on Friday, May 25, at 1:00. Please have the kids bring their costumes on a hanger or in a bag with their name on it. Please don't worry about make-up and powder for gray hair. After the kid's speeches, we will sample some foods of the presidents. make sure to sample the Presidential Punch and the Eisenhower clam dip. Everyone is welcome to attend. Our unit is finished and we are now in the process of writing our short speeches. The kids have learned so much about the history of our country and I am very proud of all of them. We have had 5 kids name the presidents in order and that is something I don't think I can even do. Congratulations to those guys. Amazing! Hope to see you all there on Friday.
The Whale Watch permission form will be coming home on Monday. Remember, you can only be a chaperone if you have been finger printed and you are on the updated list. Let's hope for a nice day for the kids and the whales. Sometimes the swells can be very rough and it isn't a trip for the sea weary! We will leave as close to 8:15 as possible and kids will need to be picked up at 4:30. Please don't forget to put a cell number on the permission form in case we need to get in touch with you.
Another bit of good news. We will be in the community meeting with our first grade buddies on Thursday, May 24th. We have been practicing very hard and I hope you can all come to see us. It is a nice way to wrap up the year with our buddies. I don't know what time we will be on, but the whole meeting usually takes about an hour. Hope you can join us.
We will be taking our final Aimsweb tests this week. We will follow the regular plans for Wonders reading and Wonders math. Our new spelling words are posted on the spelling page.
Have a good week everyone. See you on Thursday and Friday!!!
Happy Mother's Day to all. I hope you enjoy the day. The kids worked very hard on their gifts for you. Enjoy!
Thanks to all of the parents who came and helped us out for the whale presentation. It was very impressive and the kids loved it. We will surely have them back next year.
This week we will be working hard to finish up the presidential unit. We will be preparing for our speeches. The Reception will take place on Friday at 1:00 on May 25th in the music room.
We will continue with the same Wonders reading unit as last week. We will also be working with the same spelling words.
In math, we are working hard on fractions and comparing them to whole numbers. The kids are doing an excellent job on their fast math. They love doing it.
On Monday, we will start our final graded writing piece for the year. I will model it on Monday and then the kids will work on a rough draft and a final draft.
Last week, we worked with the Artist in Residence to repair the Native American dwellings up on the hill that were vandalized. Mark could not believe that the class constructed two tepees in less than an hour. Go Radsox. What a team.
It is hard to believe that we only have 28 days of school left.
Have a great week everybody.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had the opportunity to emcee the Talent Show and it was a great time. So much talent in our school. Congratulations to all of those who performed.
In reading this week, we will be on Unit 5-week 4. The new spelling words are posted on the spelling page. Our theme this week is citizenship.
In math, we continue to study our multiplication facts. We are also learning division and working on liquid measurement. Our fast math is coming along nicely. the kids love doing it for one minute.
On Monday afternoon, we will be repairing the Native American sculptures that we created up on the hill. Unfortunately, some of the sculptures were vandalized over a weekend. The kids were pretty upset. Mark will be with us to help with the repairs.
On Tuesday, the New England Aquarium will be coming with their giant inflatable whale. Thank you to the parents who signed up for the day.. Your training will begin at 9:15. Our class will come down to the gym at 1:00.
Our president unit is in full swing. The kids are learning so much about the presidents and United States history. Remember our reception will be held on the 25th of May. It will take place in the classroom at 1:00. After the speeches, we will sample some of the presidents favorite foods. The presidential punch is delicious. We hope to see you there. Remember kids should be looking for an outfit to dress as their president. Please use your resources and don't go out and spend a lot of money. We have talked about the different outfits in class. Modern day presidents can wear a white shirt with a tie.
Thanks to all of you who pledged for Jump Rope for Heart. The kids had a blast.
Have a great week everyone!
I hope everyone had a great vacation. It is hard to believe that we only have about 2months of school left. The kids are working very hard and they are getting prepared for fourth grade.
On Tuesday, May 1st, we will be having a special guest visit the classroom. Mark Standen from the Manchester Karate School. Mark will be focusing on Self-Control, Listening Skills, Discipline, Good Manners, and Bullying Awareness and Avoidance. the kids are very excited.
On Thursday, May 3rd, we will have Jump Rope for Heart. If kids are getting pledges, please make sure they bring the pledges before or on that day. Our jumping time is our regular gym time, 10:35-11:15. Feel free to come and join us.
On May 8th, the New England Aquarium will be presenting to all of the third graders in the gym. Hopefully we have some parents signed up to get training for the day. Valerie posted a Sign Up Genius before vacation. Our time will be in the afternoon from 1;00 to 1:45. Trainers are needed for both morning and afternoon sessions.
We just finished our Unit 6 Math assessment. Now it is on to chapter 7. More fractions and liquid measurement. The kids are doing a great job on their fast math. Keep studying those multiplication facts.
In Wonders Reading, we are on Unit 5-week 3. Our genre for the week is Expository Test.
We are working hard to catch up om our President Unit. Our Presidential Reception will be held on the 25th of May in the afternoon. The presidents will make a short speech and presidential snacks will follow. We hope to see all of you there. Remember, the kids will write their speeches in class. They are responsible for finding a costume to dress up like their president. I do have some available outfits and accessories in the classroom if you are having a hard time finding something. Check with me if you need help. Modern presidents can wear white shirts and ties. It is up to the kids if they want to find props. Hope to see you on the 25th.
Happy Birthday this month to Sophia, Logan and Jenna.
Sitting here doing plans and the sleet is tapping on the windows. Is it really the 15th of April? Grass is all covered in white.
Our testing is finished and we all did our best. Mr. Mud was very proud of everyone. Thank you for all the snacks. The kids and I really appreciated it.
We will be back on a regular schedule this week. In Wonders we will be starting Unit 5-week 2. The spelling words are posted on the spelling page.
One day this week, we will also be having our unit 6 math test.
On May 8th, the New England Aquarium will be coming for the third graders. This will be brought to us by the PTA. They are bringing an inflatable whale which will take up half the gym. We will do two sessions. 8:30 and 1:00. I am looking for three or four volunteers to man the tables for the kids after the presentation. The Aquarium will train you and tell you how to work the table. Tables will have information and all sorts of hands on about whales. Training session will be at 8:30.
Our session will be in the afternoon at 1:00. Please let me know if you are interested.
We are about halfway through the presidents. The kids are really enjoying he unit. Still looking for a date towards the end of May for our Presidential Reception.
So much going on with SAS Testing.
We did a mini unit on science that dealt with allergies. This week, we are going to explore pollen and bees.
I hope everyone enjoys their vacation next week. We will see the kids back on April 30th.
Happy second week of April! Things have been pretty normal and we are cruising right along. Thank you in advance for all of you that are sending in snacks for the SAS testing this week. The testing begins on Monday the 9th of April and ends on the 13th. Our testing schedule is as follows......Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday we will test at 8:15 until 9:30. Thursday we will test in the afternoon because of the Band and String Concert in the morning. Please make sure the kids get a good night's rest and they have something to eat before they come to school. Encourage the kids to do their best and not to worry. The tests will consist of reading, math, and writing. They will be taken on the computers.
We are only doing 12 spelling words this week due to the testing.
We will alternate math and reading and hopefully we will have our unit 6 test on Friday.
Our president unit is in full swing and our presidential portraits are almost read to be put up. Come check out our Hall Of Presidents later this week.
Let the kids be kids. Every child has a strength. It is up to the teacher to find it or tap it so they can work to their highest potential. I tend to set the bar very high. Lifetime memories should be made in the classroom and at school. NBCS should be a place where kids enter happy and go home with a smile on their face. I want my kids getting up in the morning begging to go to school!