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Look who got an OUTSTANDING AWARD for our class. . .

It’s Maverick, that’s who!  Last week, Maverick was awarded an Outstanding because he represents our class with the best qualities of Be Nice, Work Hard, and Learn Well!

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Halloween Party

Our class Halloween Party will be on Tuesday, October 31 from 2:30-3:30.  We have parents signed up to help with crafts and games as well as food, treats and drinks!

Please send your child’s costume to school in a bag.  The costumes can be kept in the backroom if they are too big for the lockers.  We will get dressed right after last recess.

Due to parking limitations, parties are open to parents that are volunteering to support the party. Party Volunteers: Make sure you are background checked. Keep younger siblings at home to allow for space in the classrooms. Volunteers can arrive 15 minutes before the party begins.

If you are unable to make the Halloween Party, it is ok!! 🙂  We have a very large Polar Express Christmas party that can accommodate more parents.  This party will be held on Thursday, December 21 from 9:00-10:30am.  Plus we will have a Valentine’s Day Party with Minute to Win It games that I will need extra helpers for as well.

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Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes are this week Thursday, October 26.  If you would like your child to retake their pictures, send the picture packet back to school on Thursday!

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Social Studies Test – TUESDAY

Hi Parents:  A social studies review sheet, map, and papers we’ve completed in class are coming home today.  Students should study the tan review sheet and know the things marked on the map.  Some of the maps got a little messy.  The places they should know on the map:

  1.  5 Great Lakes
  2. Upper and Lower Peninsula
  3. Porcupine Mountains
  4. Saginaw Bay
  5. State Capial
  6. Mackinac Bridge
  7. Hudsonville
  8. Grand Rapids
  9. How to label a compass rose

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Culver’s Night – TONIGHT

Culver’s Night

If you would like to help our school raise money for our school, please bring your family to CULVER’s TONIGHT from 5-8pm.  The money raised will help pay for RAZ KIDS learning, books for our library, owl pellets, art equipment, PE equipment, music and steam studio supplies and more!  I am signed up to serve from 7:00 – 7:45!  I would love to see you there!

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Updates in Room 201

Wacky Day

We have earned our 2nd class reward.  The students have earned 400 points and have chosen a Wacky Day for Friday of this week.  Students can dress in “Wacky” clothes.  Some ideas are to wear tutus, crazy hats, mismatched clothes, crazy socks, etc.

Early Release

Please remember that Friday is an early release day.  Students are dismissed at 12:15.  If anyone needs a sack lunch, please send a note or email me that your child will need one.

Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are November 6 and 8.  Mrs. Reagan sent out a google form asking for you to choose which night works best for you.  Please fill out that form as soon as you can.  We will be putting conference times together by the end of October.

Halloween Party

Our class Halloween Party will be on October 31 from 2:30-3:30.  I would love some parent volunteers to help plan the party.  If you are willing and available, please send me an email.

Culver’s Night

If you would like to help our school raise money for our school, please bring your family to CULVER’s for dinner next Monday, October 16 from 5-8pm.  The money raised will help pay for RAZ KIDS learning, books for our library, owl pellets, art equipment, PE equipment, music and steam studio supplies and more!  I am signed up to serve from 7:00 – 7:45 that night!  I would love to see you there!

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Updates in Room 201

Reading Book Log

ABook It!” Reading Log is coming home today.  This is now our home reading log.  Please keep it in your child’s folder as I like to check in time to time to see how they are doing.  This reading log is much simpler and only requires you to log the reading time each night and then total minutes at the end of the week.  Our goal is 20-30 minutes every week night.

Math Facts

We have started taking timed tests for multiplication, called Dashes.  These are 20 problem quizzes and students are given one minute to finish.  The quizzes group like/easy problems and then build on.  For example, Dash 1 is 2s and 5s multiplication. The next dash is 9s and 10s multiplication and so on.  Please remind your child to practice their facts at least 2-3 times per week at home.  They can do this on the computer, like Moby Max or Flash to Pass, with flash cards, with another app, or by paper and pencil timed.  The students know HOW to solve the problems.  We are now working on SPEED.

Coloring Page

A coloring page is coming home today for the Hudsonville Christmas Parade.  Some from the committee will be here on Oct. 20 to pick them up if your child would like to color one.

 

 

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Walk-a-thon Fun

The Walk-a-thon was a HOT one this year!!!  A huge thank you to the committee for organizing, giving us water and treats, and having great games for us to play.  Also, a huge thank you goes out to all of you parents who helped raise money to support our school.  We appreciate every penny brought in!  

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Updates from Room 201

Here we are in week #2 and the students already seem to know the routines.  I am so impressed with how they came in this morning and did our morning routine.  I want to explain to you a few routines that you can help with at home.

Spelling

Each Monday, we will take a spelling pretest.  (We took our first one today.)  Unit 1 is a review of short vowel sounds.  If students pass the pretest with 0-1 wrong, they get challenge words.  If they get 2 or more wrong, they stay with regular words.  It is marked on their sheet and they have been told in class which words they need to study.  Also on that paper is a list of ideas of how to practice at home.  We will have a spelling test every Friday.

Homework

I will send a homework packet home every Monday.  These four things will be included in every packet:  spelling, with a reminder to practice, reading 20-30 minutes every night, and 2-3 math Homework pages. The packet will be due back the following Monday but can be turned in early.  I will start homework packets on Monday, Sept. 11.  However, good reading habits and spelling practice can begin tonight! 🙂

Star Student

Beginning next week we will have our first Star Student.  When your child is the Star Student, they will have one week to color the poster and collect 5 pictures for them to bring to class.  As a Star Student, they will have lunch with me on Tuesdays, do a mini book review for the class, be the line leader, and be my special helper.

Birthdays

This year, we have no food allergies.  You may send in a treat for your child’s birthday.  Please keep it simple so we can keep our day focused on learning.  We will sing and the birthday person will get a special treat from me.  If they have a summer birthday, let’s celebrate on their 1/2 birthday!!

Library

Our library day in on TUESDAY this year.  Your child will check out three library books.  I have them choose two within their reading level and one can be a book of choice.

Please email me at kvander@hpseagles.net if you have any questions!

Last but not least. . .THANK YOU for the many donations that have been brought in the classroom!  We will use all of these throughout the year.

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3rd Grade School Supplies

Hi Parents!!  It’s July 1 and I want to give you a heads up on the school supplies your child will need for 3rd grade.  Hopefully you can pick them up throughout the summer when they are on sale!  

  • 5 pocket folders (orange, blue, red, green, and yellow)
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 2 white board markers (thin Expo brand work the best)
  • pencils
  • 3 spiral notebooks
  • gym shoes to leave at school
  • pencil box
  • colored pencils or thin markers
  • 1 Box of Ticonderoga pencils (last name A-J) **The cheap ones don’t sharpen
  • 1 Container of Clorox or Lysol Wipes (last name K – Z)
  • 1 box of tissues

Enjoy the rest of your summer!  I can’t wait to see you in the fall.images

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