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What a great first week!

August 23, 2019 by Melinda Santos

4th grade scholars learned team work while trying to “save” Fred the gummy worm.
3rd grade scholars presented their Brown Bag Biographies while enjoying a birthday treat.

It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know your kiddos this week!  We talked A LOT about classroom expectations and routines and practiced, practiced, practiced.  We also did some activities that helped us get to know (or reacquaint) each other including an All About My #Selfie writing activity and sharing our Brown Bag Biographies.

Team work and cooperation were also a major focus this week as we get back into the swing of things.  Scholars participated in an activity called “Save Fred” where they worked with a partner to put Fred (a gummy worm) through a small gummy lifesaver (life raft) without using their hands.  Lots of laughs and excitement ensued! Almost every partner pair was successful in saving Fred.

I look forward to starting a more “normal” routine next week as we begin shifting from back to school activities to more academic activities and routines. While I usually always try to incorporate an element of fun into every lesson, nothing can quite compare to that first back to school week full of fun and games 🙂

Some things to keep in mind for next week:

  • Reading homework log begins (20 minutes every night, parents initial)
    • if other activities are assigned as homework (like our brown bag biographies this past week), I will not require the 20 minutes of reading for that night
  • MAPS testing for reading will be on Wednesday
    • if your student has not already, please have them bring in headphones as they may be needed for this test and other class activities
  • Johns Reading level assessments will also start being administered this week to determine beginning of the year reading levels


As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me via email at 

A note from Mrs. Antoniono:

This week in 3rd grade math I have really enjoyed getting to know these kiddos.  I was SHOCKED at how many younger siblings I have in this class.  I love being able to work with the same families as the years go by.  This week we went on a scavenger hunt of the classroom, talked through some of our fears or concerns regarding math, and created “Figure Me Out” posters- which mixed math with getting to know each other better.  We also took our Fall MAPS test on Thursday so we can measure how far we grow as the year goes on.  

I did talk to the kids about math fact “home enjoyment” and they started bringing math facts home to practice.  I encouraged them to fold the papers in half and time themselves 4 times.  They are aiming to accurately complete 36 problems in 2 minutes and 35 seconds.  We are starting with 10s and then each student will move on from there once they master it in school.  I won’t be testing in school until after Labor Day.  

Next week we will start more formal lessons.  Our first unit is on Place Value- discussing a digit’s place versus its value, comparing numbers, ordering numbers, finding numbers on a number line, etc.  Look for content based “home enjoyment” to come home on Wednesday afternoons.

If you ever have any math based questions please don’t hesitate to contact me directly-  From what I’ve gathered in the first week of school, I think we’re going to have a great 2 years of math together!