Wednesday, June 5, 2019

End of Year Reminders!

Hello Mini Marlow families!

I just have a few reminders for you about upcoming events in these last few days of school! A blue letter went home last Friday listing the dates/times/expectations of all upcoming events. Students also filled out a calendar that they could keep at home so they could also keep track of the events we have coming up.

  • This Friday, June 7 is Field Days from 9:00-10:30. Please ensure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers, brings a towel and a water bottle and brings a change of clothes (they will get wet!!)
  • This Friday, June 7 white t-shirts are DUE to me. The t-shirt should fit your child and be pre-washed so it is ready to be tie-dyed on Monday!
  • Monday, June 10 is our tie-dye party
  • Tuesday, June 11 is Fly Up Day- students will meet their fourth grade teachers that day
  • Wednesday, June 12 is Bayside Day. We have been told that with current weather conditions, we will not likely be swimming on Wednesday as the beach won't open. I will keep you updated with a schedule for that day as soon as we have one.
  • Friday, June 14 is the Writer's Cafe and BBQ. Writer's Cafe starts at 11:00 and BBQ starts at 11:30!
  • Monday, June 17 is the last day of school with students being dismissed at 12:45
If I don't see you, have a great summer!! It has been a pleasure spending the year with your child and your families! Please stop in for a quick "see you later!" if you have time in the coming week!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

S.S. Unit: Citizens in Action

Hello Mini Marlow Families!
We started our community unit- our last Social Studies unit of third grade if you can believe it! We are learning about what it means to be a member of a community, what our responsibilities are as community members (citizens) and some specific information about our Colchester community. Topics covered include voting, government services, how our economy works and the roles and responsibilities of community members. We love to have parents come in and teach about their specific job or role in the community, and the kids will try to determine if you provide a good or service for our community and whether that good or service is funded publicly or privately.

We will start parent presentations on Tuesday, May 21 and are flexible with the time. I would LOVE to have you, so please e-mail me at ashley.marlow@colchestersd.org if you would be willing to visit us! Thank you for your continued support in our classroom!

Monday, May 6, 2019

SBAC Week and Classroom Updates

Hello Mini Marlow Families!

Long time no post! We have a few important things happening at school right now that I want to ensure you are aware of.

First, SBAC week is next week (May 13-May 16). We will be testing all four days, both in the morning and afternoon. I sent a letter home last week including our schedule, a request for a special letter for your child and snacks for us to share throughout the week. Please ensure letters and snacks are here by the end of the week (Friday, May 10). If you need a new copy of the letter I sent home, please let me know!

Second, this week starts the Long Trail Challenge! Students are challenged to walk/run laps during their recess and during other breaks throughout the school day. The goal is to complete all 272 miles of the Long Trail as a class. Each Friday, students will earn feet tokens for every 8 laps they complete. Many students are choosing to also try for the marathon- an individual challenge to complete 26.2 miles throughout the duration of the challenge. This Wednesday counts as double day and is also Walk/Bike to School Day.

Third, the Art Show is taking place this week at Colchester High School. We will walk to visit the show on Wednesday, May 8 from 12:00-1:00. Visiting Hours are: Tuesday, May 7, through Friday, May 10, 8-4 pm. The reception is on Thursday, May 9 from 6-8 pm. Several of our students are featured in the show this year!

Finally, I just want to thank you in advance for the support I receive from all of you at school. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I already feel so loved today, as I do every day. I truly value being a part of this community. I can't believe we only have 6 more weeks together!

Have a great week!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Valentine's Day!

Hello Mini Marlow families!

Just a reminder that this Thursday, February 14 is our Valentine's Day celebration. We will make Valentine bags in the morning and have a little celebration and Valentine's exchange at the end of the day. A note with a class list went home earlier this month. Please let me know if you need another class list. Also, please ensure that, if you choose to participate in the Valentine's exchange, you have a Valentine for all students in our class.

If you would like to send in a Valentine's treat to share, we would love some snack items for our celebration. Some ideas include pretzels, veggies, fruit, crackers, cheese and a dessert or two. If you'd like to send in a snack, please let me know via e-mail at ashley.marlow@colchestersd.org.

This Friday is also the end of Trimester 2. We will start scheduling parent conferences later this week! Parent conferences will be held on Monday, March 4 from 12-4 and Tuesday, March 5 from 10:30-6:30!

Have a great rest of your week!

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!