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Mrs. Renfroe 11/11/19

November 11, 2019 by Janet Renfroe

What a wonderful extra long weekend!!  I hope that everyone enjoyed their Veterans Day weekend, but also took some time to reflect on the importance of the day with a sense of gratefulness to all the brave men and women who are veterans!

Last week students continued to build on their knowledge of the engineering design process. One group was able to design and construct a bridge that held 184 marbles! It was an impressive sight to see and the entire class was cheering these young men on as they placed marble after marble on their bridge.

This upcoming week, we will be focusing on the following skills:

Science: Students did a wonderful job as engineers last week designing a bridge that could hold as many marbles as possible, all while staying within a budget and using only the materials provided. We will continue our engineering unit this week by following the same guidelines (predetermined budget and basic supplies) to design a container to insulate a piece of ice and prevent it from melting for as long as possible.

Writing:  Students will continue using writing techniques we’ve learned to finish drafting their personal narratives. Students began peer editing last week and will use self-editing this week to polish their writing. In cursive we will be working on the letter L.

3rd Grade ELA: Students will learn how different factors influence a character’s point of view and review articles. Our focus text this week will be Two Bad Ants. Students will also continue completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5.  During Daily 5, students will continue to meet with me in small groups to review skills and begin their reading strategy groups.

4th Grade ELA:  Students will learn how different factors influence a character’s point of view and review articles. Our focus text this week will be Two Bad Ants. Students will also continue completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5.  During Daily 5, students will continue to meet with me in small groups to review skills and begin their reading strategy groups and/or novel studies.

REMINDERS:

  • Thanksgiving Break is the 25th-28th.
  • Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Friday, November 15th.
  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday. Logs will be checked every Monday.
  • A quick reminder, please be sure to label items (jackets, water bottles, hats etc.).  The Lost and Found Table is getting very full. Please make sure you are sending your student to school with a jacket. It is getting chilly outside and can be chilly at times inside the classroom.
  • High school and middle school student councils will be participating in the Scholastic Pajama Drive again this year. They will collect new pajamas (Black Friday is great time to pick up P.J.’s at bargain prices.) for children in need in our area. The tags should be on. They need all sizes (infant to teens). The  drive will run from November 12-December 6. Donations can be dropped off in Mrs. O’Flaherty’s room. Their goal for this year is 150 sets of pajamas! Let’s do it! If you have any questions please email Mrs. O’Flaherty. Thank you so much for all of your support! 
  • If your child has a game or extracurricular activity, I would love to come and show them my support. Please let me know when and where so I can try to make it!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Have a wonderful week!

Thank you,

Mrs. Renfroe