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Room 201 – Updates

Good morning Parents!  I hope you all had a wonderful time with friends and family over spring break! I had the most relaxing spring break.  I was a lucky one to stay back in Michigan. . . someone had to look after Hudsonville!  I truly didn’t mind.  I was able to read, watch some movies, spend time with family, and even do some organizing in the house.  It felt really, really good and now I am refreshed for our last NINE weeks of school.

Below are some dates that you will want to put in your calendar:

Early Release:  April 14 (This Friday)

M-STEP testing for 3rd grade:  May 2-5

Early Release:  May 12

3rd grade field trip to DeGraaf Nature Center:  May 23 (A note went home yesterday)

May 26:  Biography Presentation (Wax Museum and Research Project)

We are no longer having Super Switch Reading Groups for the rest of the year, so that means we have more time to focus on spelling and grammar.  I warned you it would come back around 🙂 Beginning today the spelling pretest and the spelling words are coming home.  I will have some spelling activities that I will be sending home for your child to practice.  Of course they can always go on too.  Also, math worksheets will be send home for homework and due next Monday!

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Monster Book Reviews

Yesterday we made these adorable monster book reviews of our favorite books.  Today we shared them in small groups!

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Mystery Reader #4

Our 4th and final Mystery Reader was Mrs. Greenlund today.  She shared a book picked out by her class especially for us called, Zoomer.  We loved the book, although many have heard it before.  Sometimes the books we’ve heard before are the best ones to hear again!!

Tomorrow is Read and Feed Day!  If you have not sent in a snack in the quart sized baggie, you can still send it with your child tomorrow morning!

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Mystery Reader #3

Dr. Ceglarek, our Superintendent, took time out of his busy schedule to come read to our class today.  He showed us a brief youtube clip about the author of The Magician’s Hat.  The Magician’s Hat is a picture book that teaches us to follow our dreams, but the backstory of knowing who the author is and where he came from, makes the book even better!

Click on the link below to see the clip!

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Mystery Reader #2

We had TWO Mystery Readers today!!!  We are so lucky!  Our 2nd Mystery Reader was my oldest daughter, Kennedy.  She read I Wanna Iguana, which happens to have our grammar sentence in the book.  It is a great persuasive book on how a boy wants an iguana for a pet.  Be careful, your son or daughter may use these persuasive techniques on you!

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Mystery Reader #1

Our first Mystery Readers was. . . .MRS. REAGAN!!!  She read her favorite book, Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.  She had everyone’s full attention.  They loved her enthusiasm and passion that she had as she read.  Thank you so much Mrs. Reagan for taking time out of your busy day to read to us!!!

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Book Club

We had a great time celebrating Friendship According to Humphrey at book club last week. We sorted the book characters names with the names that Humphrey gave them, like Speak Up Sayeh and Raise Your Hand Richie.  Then we made a craft of Og the Frog, Humphrey’s newest friend! 🙂

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Next Week’s Activities

We want to celebrate reading with a week of activities at the end of March. Each day we will also have 1-2 mystery readers!!  During the last week of March, have your child wear/bring the following:

Monday, 3/27: wear a hat with writing on it

Tuesday, 3/28: wear a shirt with writing on it

Wednesday, 3/29: bring your favorite book

Thursday, 3/30: read with a friend and trail mix

Thursday will be Read and Feed Day!  We will be reading much of the day and I’d like to provide a snack for the afternoon.  We will make a GORP style snack with a bunch of mixed foods. Please send in an unwrapped snack to add to our mix. I sent a note home today with an attached sandwich bag. Please return it by Thursday, March 30th. We have a nut allergy in our classroom.

Here are a few ideas: 

  • Cheese-It Crackers
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Oyster Crackers
  • Cereal (Cherrios, Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms)
  • Honey Maid Graham Sticks
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Bugels
  • licorice bites
  • raisins
  • chocolate chips (Meijer/Spartan Brand)
  • mini-marshmallows
  • pretzels (Meijer/Spartan Brand)
  • dried fruit
  • unwrapped fruit snacks
  • skittles
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We invite you to participate in our spring donation drive to support Hand2Hand — a community program that provides food to families in need through the school year and during the summer months.  This blog post explains the types of donations needed, drop off location and time frame.  The drive runs from March 16-29.
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MSTEP Testing

The third graders will be taking the MSTEP test on May 2-5 from 9:00 – 12:00pm. Please avoid making any doctors, dentist or other appointments during those times.

Thank you!!

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