This weekend's post is coming to you a day early because there are so many important things to share!
1. Please make sure to sign up for your parent/teacher conference. If none of the times work for you, don't hesitate to e-mail or call me and we can find another time for you.
2. We are collecting coins for the Red Cross in support of Puerto Rico until December 1st. The students are welcome to bring in any donations to add to our coin jar!
3. Report cards were sent home yesterday. Please review these with your son/daughter and sign and return the envelope on Monday.
4. We will be holding our class geography bee in December. The winner from each class qualifies to participate in the school bee, and the winner of the school bee qualifies for the state geography bee. Information on where to study for this geography bee was sent home a few weeks ago. It is not mandatory that any student study for the test, but all members of the class participate. It is a lot of fun; it reminds me of the game Jeopardy, but the bee offers multiple choice answers.
The STEMbassador visit yesterday was successful. The students created their own amusement ride using the materials presented to them and worked together designing and testing their rides. This culminating event ends our unit on force and motion. We will be spending the next few weeks working on our New Hampshire animal project and then we will move back into science.
We continue to study fractions in math, and we have moved onto non-fiction narrative texts in reading. The students are learning about how the San Francisco Bay area was saved and what people can do to make a change. A lot of great discussion happens during our reading time, and a lot of response to reading through writing takes place as well!
The students continue to amaze me with their reading habits and we are well on our way to surpassing our November goal in reading. It is so refreshing to have such a group of energetic, motivated readers in our class family. Thank you for supporting their love of reading at home as well. By the way, our rock jar is almost filled (for great behavior in the classroom), and as soon as it is you will be receiving a permission slip to allow your child to walk to the library in town (on the rail trail), enjoy a pizza party luncheon (or bring their own if they prefer), and spend some time in the library. The students sounded very excited about this plan! I know last year's class enjoyed it as well.
That is all for this weekend. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday break with your beautiful families!