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The Summer Slide

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘summer slide’?  It refers to the loss of learning that can take place when skills are not practicing over the summer.  We want everyone to keep their learning brains turned on by spending a 10-50 minutes every day practicing math facts and reading.  To determine the appropriate minimum number of minutes/day for your child, multiple their grade level by 10.  For example, a first grader would spend a minimum of 10 minutes — 5 minutes on math and 5 minutes on reading.

Our school has a login for all students on MOBYMAX –  an excellent online tool for all content areas.  If your child has forgotten their password/login, email me.

On Mobymax, I recommend the following:

  • Grade K:  Number Sense, Alphabet and Reading Trio
  • Grade 1:  Number Sense (review), Math Fact Fluency and Reading Trio
  • Grade 2-5:  Math Fact Fluency (keep those facts fresh) and any of the other applications on the site.

Also, if you would like to track reading minutes over the summer, this counts too.  Simply log into this form once a week to tell me how many minutes per week or per month you are reading.  Summer learning contest ends on August 20.

All students who participate in summer learning entered into a drawing for an AMAZON GIFT CARD.  

Finally, Mrs. Vandenberg, our librarian, would love to have post photos of you reading over the summer.  If you have a photo of your reading during vacation, send her the photo at jvandenb@hpseagles.net

Hope your July is going well!

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Last 10 Days of School – June 8

Totally Red, White, and Blue Day (dress in red, white, and blue for Memorial Day)

Hat Day

Ice Cream sundaes for multiplication facts

Recess Reward

Decorate the playground with chalk and bubbles

Get Gum and Gaga Ball

Reader’s Theater

All day seat switch

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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
  • pens (blue or black)
  • pencil box
  • colored pencils or markers
  • 1 Box of Ticonderoga pencils (last name A-J) **The cheap ones don’t sharpen
  • 1 box of tissues (last name K-Z)

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

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Welcome to 3rd Grade. . .

Welcome to 3rd grade at Georgetown! I hope you are enjoying your summer break and making many fun summer memories.  You may have heard that I will be your teacher next year.  I have known that you would be in my class since the beginning of June and it has been SO HARD to keep it a secret. :)

In upcoming posts, I will tell you more about myself and all that you need to know to get ready for third grade! A school supply list will be posted July 1.  I will provide most of the essentials, but a few highly recommended items are listed! Happy shopping!

Please have your parents register for email updates on the blog!  It will take less than a minute. Underneath the important events calendar is a space for you to type in your parents email and subscribe. This will alert them each time a new post is added.

I am looking forward to getting to know each one of you!  Feel free to send me an email or a picture of something fun you are doing this summer at kvander@hpseagles.net.

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Thank you. . .

for a GREAT year!!  It’s always nice to have summer time here with less responsibilities so you can enjoy the “Lazy Days of Summer.”  But it is also sad to know you won’t see people that you’ve spent more time with than your own family for the past 9 months!!!  Thank you for allowing me to be your child’s teacher.  It has been a good year!  Below are some pictures from our last day….Mr. Rob pulling his shenanigans again, a class pictures with a couple of silly faces, and a class selfie!

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Last 10 Days of School – June 10

Totally Red, White, and Blue Day (dress in red, white, and blue for Memorial Day)

Hat Day

Ice Cream sundaes for multiplication facts

Recess Reward

Decorate the playground with chalk and bubbles

Get Gum and Gaga Ball

Reader’s Theater

All day seat switch

Drop everything and play kickball

End with game day!

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Summer Learning

Today your child is coming home with a manila folder of activities they can do over the summer and some of their work from the year.  In the packet there is a calendar with one math activity for each day throughout the summer.  This will take less than 5 minutes each day or they can do a weeks worth at one time for about 15 minutes of practice.

I have also included a reading challenge to read 6 chapter books throughout the summer.  If they record them on the book mark (included), they can bring it to me in the fall for a treat!  On your child’s report card I have noted their reading level.  You can visit scholastic.com/bookwizard for books within that reading level.

Mobymax is also an excellent tool for students to keep academic skills fresh.  Below is a parent letter explaining how to use and download Mobymax.  This website is great for both math and language skills.

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Have a FUN-FILLED and SAFE summer!!!  Thank you for the opportunity to get to know your child!

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Last 10 Days of School – June 9

Totally Red, White, and Blue Day (dress in red, white, and blue for Memorial Day)

Hat Day

Ice Cream sundaes for multiplication facts

Recess Reward

Decorate the playground with chalk and bubbles

Get Gum and Gaga Ball

Reader’s Theater

All day seat switch

Drop everything and play kickball

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Last 10 Days of School – June 7

Totally Red, White, and Blue Day (dress in red, white, and blue for Memorial Day)

Hat Day

Ice Cream sundaes for multiplication facts

Recess Reward

Decorate the playground with chalk and bubbles

Get Gum and Gaga Ball

Reader’s Theater

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