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20 Liters – Walk for Water

Join us in making clean water 20 liters at a time! 

633 Million people in the world live without clean water. This isn’t just an inconvenience.  Water is essential to life and access to clean water brings with it improved health, education, and prosperity.  So, our mission is to make dirty water clean for the most vulnerable through long lasting and innovative technologies.

You can help make dirty water clean for the people who need it most by learning about the problem and then doing something about it.  With as little as $20, 20 Liters can bring 10+years of clean water to a person living in Rwanda. 

You can take action today by participating in your classroom fundraising drive.  Beginning May 2-19, students can help by bringing in a donation to the classroom.  In class we talked how they could bring spare change, return pop cans, or do extra chores!

You are also invited to a family event called Walk for Water on May 20 at 3:00pm at the 8th Street park in Hudsonville.

Here is a short video of Abraham, the boy who visited our class today! https://vimeo.com/163397588 

For more information visit, 20liters.org

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Last 10 Days of Third Grade

We are down to our last 10 days of 3rd grade and what an incredible year it has been!  We have a theme for these last days that I will post on the blog the night before.  For example, today is T, Tasty Treat Day!  I brought in a special treat for the class to enjoy.  On Tuesday, H will be Hat Day!  (Don’t worry, I will send a reminder Monday night!)

Tasty Treat Day

 

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20 Liters Donations

You did it again!!!  You have blown me away by your generosity and the hard work of our students!!  Our class raised a total of $534 dollars and the combined total for 2nd and 3rd grades was $800!!!  AMAZING!!  This money will give 500 people clean water for 10 YEARS!!

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Pioneer Living Field Trip

On Tuesday, May 23 we will go to DeGraaf Nature Center for a Pioneer Living field trip.  We will learn how the pioneers fed, clothed, and sheltered themselves with a visit to our life-size Pioneer Cabin. Students participate in pioneer chores such as carding wool, sawing wood, grinding corn, and cooking over the fire.

Please dress for the weather.  We will be in and outside all morning. We will be back to school in time for lunch if students would still like hot lunch for that day.

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Room 201 Updates

Wax Museum

I hope you are all planning and helping your child with their biography outfit!  On, May 26, the day of the wax museum, please send their clothes to school along with any notecards needed for their “speech” as they share the information about their person.

Invitations are coming home today.  The students made a little invitation and wrote you a letter asking you or a grandparent to come.

20 Liters

The 20 Liters walk is this Saturday!  I am blown away by the work our class has given in raising money.  Our class has raised $262.08 so far.  If you are interested in experiencing a little bit of what life is like in Africa, come walk with us at 3:00 at 8th Street Park this Saturday, May 20.

 

 

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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 spellingcity.com 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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