I wanted to share a few important pieces of information with you about the weeks ahead. Our annual Christmas concert will be on Monday, December 12th at 7 pm. The children are always given a dress code for the concert and this year Mrs. Schauder would like them to wear dress clothes. They will wear the clothes to school that day for our dress rehearsal as well as wearing them to the concert on Monday night. The students should report to church on the night of the concert. An exact arrival time will be posted closer to the event. Since they will be sitting in church waiting for our turn to sing, they should bring some card games, coloring books or other small things to keep them busy. Tuesday, December 13th is a day off for the students and is also Parent Teacher conference day. Information will be coming home soon with details on signing up for a conference through Option C. Reports cards will be distributed on Friday, December 9th, which is also a Christmas dress down day for $1.00.
The 3rd grade will be doing a secret Christmas craft this year and we are in need of colored toddler sized baby socks. They can be new or gently used as long as the used ones are clean on the bottom. I have a few left over from last year and we only need one per student. If a few students can donate a pair, we'd really appreciate it. I hope you like the gift we make!
The Scholastic book order is due by Saturday, November 26th. I will be submitting both the November and December orders at the same time. If you would like to purchase books as a Christmas gift, just email be to let me know. I can hold those books aside and you can pick them up at the school office at your convenience.
I cleaned up the 3rd grade website a bit this weekend. I decided that we don't need 2 class calendars. I will now be putting the homework as an event on the Long Term Calendar. Please try to check that at least once a week for important up coming events in 3rd grade. By Thursday afternoon, I usually add any tests scheduled for the following week. I also wanted to let you know that there is a page under the section Links that has online information from our Reading series. Most of that we will use in the classroom, but there is a link on there to the Reader's Notebook which is the Reading workbook that the children sometimes have assigned as homework. If they forget the book, they can either print the pages from that link, or view the pages there and write the answers on scrap paper. We have also been using our Kidblogs for the last month or two. Please check them out when you have time and feel free to leave a comment on your child's work. The children are just finishing up a Saint Video project that we put on the blogs and next week their Science Storm projects will be on there as well.
I'm excited to announce that we will be doing a live Skype with Antarctica on December 14th!! Jean Pennycook is an educator and researcher who studies Adelie Penguins at the Cape Royds field station each year from November to January. Ms. Pennycook will do a Skype with us to tell us about her work and what she has learned by studying these penguins. If the weather holds out, she will do the Skype from outside near the penguin colony so we can see them sitting on their nests waiting for their chicks to hatch. The students will also each design a post card that will be mailed to Ms. Pennycook. She will then mail them back so the children will receive a unique and valuable "Antarctica" postmark. Please pray for good weather in Antarctica on the day of our Skype!
I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family. I am thankful for my days spent with your extraordinary children this year!