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Because of Winn Dixie Movie

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We just finished reading the book Because of Winn-Dixie.  On Friday, third grade classes will be showing the movie which is rated PG.  Students may wear PJs and bring a pillow to lay on.  If you do not want your child to watch this PG movie, please let me know via Class Dojo. I will make arrangements for them to stay in another classroom during this time.  The students really enjoyed this book, and the third grade team knows that our students would enjoy comparing and contrasting the movie to it!

Solar Eclipse Info

From the district:

“SOLAR ECLIPSE SCHEDULING SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

The partial solar eclipse will be observed between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on August 21, 2017 in Chula Vista.

The overall message we need to emphasize with our students is that it is just as dangerous to look at the sun during the eclipse as it is every other day.  Individuals should not look directly at the sun at any time.  Please review this message with students on and before the day of the eclipse.”

I will definitely talk with my students about this, but I encourage you to have a discussion with your child about it.  Students should not look at the sun anytime during the day; “solar glasses” will not be allowed at school.  When students are out at recess or lunch recess, it is vital that they don’t try to look at the partial eclipse of the sun.  It will “feel easier” to look at the sun, but the damage is just as strong and irreparable.  We will view the solar eclipse safely in our class by watching it on NASA’s site.  If you want to know more, there are many informational articles online.  Thanks for your support in keeping our children safe!

Class and School Updates

Good evening!  I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend in our beautiful city.   My family and I were able to enjoy the benefits of the weather and  being so close to the mall ~ we walked to the Cheesecake Factory for a casual brunch this morning to celebrate my older daughter’s CAASSP testing results. We are proud parents! 🙂  I hope that you were able to enjoy some family time as well!

Here are a few updates that you may find helpful:

  • Math: You will be getting your child’s math tests back sometime this week.  To be honest, it was a difficult test for some.  The test has multiple word problems that required students to take extra time to understand the situation before solving.   I am allowing students to go back to see if they can figure out their mistakes and correct them.  If so, your child’s grade may improve.  When tests are sent home, you will get see the test with original grade, your child’s revisions (on a separate sheet of paper) and possibly their new score (in a different color) if revisions were correct.
  • Reading: Every reading unit comes with a booklet of texts that students will write in.  Please consider purchasing colorful pens for your child to use when we annotate (take notes on) texts during reading instruction.  I have already provided each child with a red pen, but your child should have blue + 2 other colors of their choice for a total of 4 pens.
  • The PTA membership drive continues through 9/29. We are currently in 3rd place in 3rd grade, but we are also competing with 4th grade.  Keep those memberships rolling in!
  • PE: Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for PE everyday.  This equates to wearing shoes and clothes that your child can run, jump or dance in. Thank you!
  • Library books: We visit the library every other week, and this is our week. Our library books are due this Tuesday, so please remind your child to have them in his/her backpack.
  • Homework is due tomorrow.  It was all digital this week, so I hope that everything went smoothly.  Doing a little bit each day is what I recommend. 🙂  Don’t forget that 20 minutes of daily independent reading is also a must (recommended even on the weekends!)
  • Box Tops – Keep sending those Box Tops!  Each one is worth 10 cents, so each sheet you turn in is worth $1!  Help our school earn FREE money!

Thanks for your support!