C-3 News Week of 2-3-20

Posted by Carley Kennedy on 1/31/2020

Dear C-3 families,

We’ve had such a full week! Students learned about the Chinese New Year, enjoyed an on-site Ohlone field trip, started an interactive fractions book, began creating their final biography informational writing projects, started memorizing their next poem (Abraham Lincoln) which they will present next week, made cards for the senior center as one of our Kindness Projects, enjoyed a Jr. Achievement lesson with Mrs. Pillars, started our new reading book, “Making Decisions," and helped their kindergarten buddies make a winter art project... to name just a few of our fun activities.

Curriculum for next week:
Math - Finalizing our fractions unit. Our Topic 10 test will be on Tuesday, Feb. 4th

Reading - Analyzing characters and plot

Vocabulary- advise, magnificent, nudged, carriage, bellowed, comrades

Spelling - (long oo and short oo) choose, food, foolish, good, looked, rooster, took, wooden

Grammar - Comparative and superlative words (example: better/best, sweeter/sweetest)
                     Pronoun-antecedent agreement (example: Henry and John are working on their project.)

Science - Fossils

Writing - Informational writing

Ohlone Day was a huge success! The students enjoyed a day of hands-on learning about the Ohlone. They made cordage, played an Ohlone game of chance, practiced throwing a spear through a hoop, made paint with rocks and painted each other’s faces, and worked a pump drill. I’d like to thank Jeanne and Manoj for volunteering on this day.

Classroom Supplies:It’s that time of the year when we’re running low on certain supplies (especially with it being flu season). If you can donate any of the following, we’ll be very appreciative. Thank you!
*Clorox wipes
*Pink, red, white tissue paper
*Liquid starch

The school and district are reminding all families to keep your children home if they are sick.

In C-3, we are working together to stay healthy by washing our hands regularly, making sure we get daily exercise, drink water, and remembering to cover our mouths with the crook of our arm when we cough.
Biography Project - Please make sure your child is working on his/her biography project for at least 10 minutes each day.  We talk about this and write it in our Minder Binder every day at school.  I am trying to teach the kids to do a little each day so they are not cramming right before their project is due.  We are also working on the writing and research regularly in class.  However, the poster project is the portion that is completed in-full at home (See the last page of the packet).  Please also remind your child that the packet needs to be kept in their folder so they have it with them each day at school as well as each day at home.  This way they can work on it in both places and do not fall behind when we work on it in class (if they've left their packet at home that day).
Final Presentations are due February 11th
Read Aloud/Pajama Day:
Wednesday, February 5th is our Read Aloud Day. We are still hoping more parents/family members  can sign up to read. Students can wear their pajamas on this day if they would like to. 
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GATE Testing:
If your child signed up to take the GATE test (and you returned the signed permission slip), he/she will take the GATE test on Monday, February 10th. The test will take place during the school day in third grade classrooms. Testing is usually about 2 1/2 hours. Students who are not testing will be doing third grade activities in another third grade classroom while the test is being given. Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep the night before and eats a healthy breakfast. They will have regular snack recess break during the test as well as an additional break. 
Valentine's Day Party
Our C-3 Valentine Party will be on Tuesday, Feb. 11th.  Our Room Parents are planning a fun celebration for the students to enjoy that morning.  I am attaching a list of class names for your child to use while making their valentines. 
Have a wonderful weekend!