Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Updates: January 8, 2019

Hello Mini Marlow families!

I hope that you are all settled back in your routines. We are still working on being active listeners and following directions, so we are practicing our expectations throughout the school day. We are hoping to earn a lot of tokens this week so that we can have a class celebration next week! Our whole school is working to fill Oscar so that we can earn a whole school celebration soon.

I want to remind you that I sent home a field trip form last week for our upcoming field trip to Shelburne Farms. The cost of the trip is $10. Please let me know if you need assistance in paying for the field trip. All forms are due next week, so I will start sending second copies home if I have not received them by the end of this week. If you already know you need a second copy, please let me know ASAP.

We will be wrapping up Unit 4 in math, primarily focused on measurement, data and some multiplication. In reading and writing, we've moved on to our informational text units. We will be doing some research this trimester and using facts and data to make our information writing more accurate and interesting to read. We will also focus on identifying main idea and supporting details when reading informational text. We are wrapping up our social studies unit on Native Americans this week and will be moving on to our force unit (magnets!) in science.

We officially have snow on the ground, so please ensure your child brings a coat, snow pants, boots, a hat and gloves to school every day. Students benefit from fresh air during the school day and we send them out to play for recess as often as possible. If your child does not have proper gear, he/she will need to stay on the sidewalk so that his/her clothes don't get soaking wet. We do not have a change of clothes for students at school, so it is important they come prepared for the weather.

This is our first full week back and thus the first full week of homework. If your child completed homework last week, it can count toward homework this week. I explained this to students on Friday- so they may say that they have less homework this week if they finished some last week.

As always, if you have questions, please contact me at ashley.marlow@colchestersd.org. Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

Hello Mini Marlow Families! Happy New Year!! I haven't posted an update in a while- I feel like December just flew right by. I wanted to start 2019 with some general reminders before we start back to our normal routine tomorrow.

  • Please ensure that your children wear boots to school every day. Some students choose to leave a pair of sneakers to change into at school so that they don't have to carry a change of shoes back and forth. It is important to have boots on the playground during this time of year because some areas may be wet and/or icy. 
  • When there is snow on the ground, please ensure your children have snow pants at school. All students must have a coat, snow pants, a hat, mittens and boots on during the winter. Hopefully we will see some actual snow in the next few days rather than just the cold!
  • Homework requirements are 20 minutes of reading per night and 10 minutes of math practice. I suggest spending a couple of those nights specifically practicing multiplication facts through x5 for this trimester. Students must complete ALL homework for the week for it to count toward a homework reward and to be considered complete for the report card requirement. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about homework at home. In third grade, students should be completing their homework without being "bugged" to do it! They should just be asking you for the signature on their homework sheet. In 2019, we are all working toward increasing independence as we are already around the halfway (what? already?!) through third grade point.
I can be reached via email at ashley.marlow@colchestersd.org. If you haven't yet, please consider following me on Twitter @MarlowGrade3. This is where I share photos and more regular updates in our classroom. Also, please consider following your child's journal on SeeSaw to check out their reflections on work done in the classroom each week. If you aren't sure how to do this, please let me know and I will send home the instruction sheet again.

I hope that you had a restful holiday with your family and friends. I wish all of you a healthy and happy New Year and I look forward to our time spent together in 2019!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Mini Marlow Families!

I just want to thank you for taking the time to participate in a family conference this week. I know that it is a busy time of year with holiday travel, so I appreciate you meeting with me. I handed out report cards at the end of each conference. As a reminder, if you read the report card at home and have a question that I didn't address in the conference, please e-mail me!

We filled our fish bowl and were supposed to celebrate with a stuffy day on Friday, but were unable to due to the snow day. We will plan to celebrate on Monday, November 26. Students are welcome to bring in a stuffy for that day. Please ensure that the stuffy your child chooses to bring to school is school appropriate and fits in their backpack!

Finally, I want to wish all of you a happy and restful Thanksgiving. I am so grateful to be your children's teacher. I will be thinking of you and your families as something I am very thankful for this holiday season!

Enjoy the break!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Parent Conferences and Homework

Hello Mini Marlow Families!

I just have two important updates to share.

1) Please be sure to log in to PickATime and sign up for a parent/teacher conference. I am really looking forward to meeting with all of you! The available times are from 10:30-6:30 on Monday, November 19 and 8:00-12:00 on Tuesday, November 20. If you have trouble logging in, you can call the front office and Mrs. Brigante will help you schedule a conference.

2) Your child may have come home yesterday and said they don't have to do homework until after Thanksgiving break... this is TRUE! Students need to complete 80% of homework in a trimester to earn a meets on their report card. If your child has completed all of the homework so far this year, she/he has already completed 80% and will earn a meets on her/his report card. You can still choose to get ahead and start doing homework to put toward next trimester, or, you can take the next two weeks to relax and get ready for the holiday.

Report card grades for teachers are due next week and will be printed and sent home to families on Friday, November 16. Report cards will be put in the Home Communication Folder, but if you need it sent to you in the mail to a specific address, please let me know ASAP.

I look forward to meeting with all of you on the 19th or 20th!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Important Papers Going Home!

Hello Mini Marlow families!

I just wanted to let you know that there are two important papers coming home today. One is a list of materials we will need for our upcoming engineering challenge as part of our science unit. We will be packaging engineers who figure out a way to safely ship our seedlings! If there is anything on that list that you can send in by Friday, we would greatly appreciate it! Also, if you haven't yet, please follow me on Twitter @MarlowGrade3. You will see a recent post including photos of our last engineering challenge involving seed dispersal methods!

The second important paper coming home today is the Buddy List for our class. If you see any errors on it, please let me know as soon as possible.

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Mazza's Field Trip

Tomorrow is our field trip to Mazza's Farm! We will leave school by 9:00 and return for recess and lunch at 11:05. Please remember to send your child with comfortable clothes and shoes because we will be walking to and from Mazza's. I also suggest dressing in layers as it may be chilly in the morning but warm up as the day goes on. Students will need to keep their pumpkins at school for the afternoon so we can do some activities with them!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

We Met Our Goal... AGAIN!!

We filled our fish bowl again! We will celebrate by wearing our PJs to school tomorrow!