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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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Hand2Hand

Parents,
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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Thank you Tate!

Tate came back from Florida and brought us Mickey and Minnie Mouse Lollipops!

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Friday Excitement

We had a fun-filled day on Friday.  We built FORTS for one!  That created a buzz like no other!! 🙂  In the forts, they caught up on math workbook pages, got help from a partner during writing, and read their book club book.


Another exciting piece was to watch history in the making, the Presidential Inauguration.  Whether we wanted Mr. Trump to be president or not, he still is our president and it is something that these students won’t get to see again for another four years.  One of the students said, “I have no idea what he is saying.”  And I knew most would not understand, but it was a good time to say that those are promises and encouraging words that he is sending to our nation as the new President of the United States.

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Polar Express Christmas Video

Here are some adorable pictures from our 3rd grade Christmas Party!  I am looking forward to being back together and seeing these faces again!

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