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Miss Marshall just shared an awesome website that helps teach estimation! Ask your third grader to show you the videos. It's lots of fun and with practice you and your third grader can become better estimators!
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Our class food drive is off to a great start! Thank you so much to all who have contributed! Third grade mathematicians have sorted the donations into group. We have collected:
1 package of toilet paper
We look forward to adding more to this wonderful start! Room 221 authors are writing a persuasive essay convincing other members of our school community to donate. I will post it when it is complete.
This message was posted in the bulletin. Although to the best of my knowledge, there have been no cases reported in our classroom, I thought you would be interested to hear Mrs. Flueckiger's advice.
There have been a few recent reported cases of Lice at school over the past week. Since Lice are ever present in the community the best way to address Lice is with prevention, please:
-Although lice are a major nuisance, they do not transmit disease.
-It takes very close head to head contact to transmit lice.
-Parents should check their children’s heads at least once a week and any time they complain of itching.
-Check your child’s head regardless of any notification from school as children are exposed to lice in many places out in the community.
-Remind your child not to share hats, combs, brushes, etc.
-Please call me if you know and/or suspect that your child has lice or if you are not sure what you are looking for. I am happy to check your child’s head at any time.
-Please feel free to call me for any and all questions regarding lice. We also have a comprehensive lice brochure available to parents in the health office.
Trish Flueckiger RN, BSN, M.Ed., NCSN School Nurse 781-455-0452 ext 341
Third grade English Language Arts MCAS begins tomorrow morning at 8:45. Your third grader may be feeling a bit nervous. Please remind your son/daughter that we know they are smart. Their test results will not change that. All we want is for every student to work hard, use their strategies and do their best.
We answered lots of third grade questions on Thursday as we prepared for the first test session. I will write the answers here so you have a clear picture of what the next few days will be like.
1. There will be three testing sessions:
Monday 8:45 - This is a traditional ELA MCAS session, similar to the tests third graders in past years have taken. This test is designed to be one hour, but the students can use the entire school day to complete it if they need. (This doesn't typically happen.)
Tuesday 8:45 - This is a shortened version of the traditional ELA MCAS.
This test session is designed to be 35 minutes, but the students can use the entire school day to complete it if they need.
Wednesday 8:45 - This is a PARCC-like version of the test. This test is strictly timed. Most students have 60 minutes to complete it. Special education students and English Language Learners will be given extended time to complete this test if necessary.
2. I understand that many of you are celebrating a holiday today. Please try to be sure students go to bed at a reasonable hour - by 8:00 is ideal.
3. Most students will complete the test in our classroom. On Thursday, we moved the desks into rows to prepare. Some students have special accommodations and will take the test in a small group outside of the classroom.
4. Testing proctors are not able to answer student questions during testing sessions. Proctors are not allowed to pronounce a word or tell the meanings of any words.
5. If students are stuck on a question, they should skip it and move on to the next question. They should go back to each skipped question and make a guess if they are still unsure.
6. Students will be provided with two #2 pencils in case one breaks during the test.
7. When test takers complete the day's session, they can read, color or complete puzzle pages silently at their desks. They will be provided with all of the necessary materials before the testing session begins.
8. Students may bring in an extra healthy snack on testing days. They are welcome to eat snack before testing begins.
9. Test takers can keep a water bottle at their desk during testing. They may not get up to get a drink of water during the testing session.
10. Students will be given extra recess on testing days. This extra recess may be in the morning or in the afternoon depending on timing.
I think this is everything. Feel free to respond with any other questions I can answer.
Room 221 learned so much during our visit to the Needham Food Pantry today! This is just the beginning:
*Food from the Needham Food Pantry is free.
*The Needham Food Pantry needs people to donate lots of toilet paper.
*You need to be at least 13 years old to volunteer at the food pantry.
*Even if you can't volunteer at the food pantry, you can still help by donating.
*Needham residents can visit the food pantry for a "big" shopping once each month.
*The Needham Food Pantry provides all kinds of food even vegetable oil and cereal.
*There are often translators available at the food pantry to help people who don't speak English.
Room 221 also learned that the Needham Community Council helps the people of Needham in other ways:
*You can buy inexpensive items, such as clothing, at the thrift store.
*The Needham Community Council provides classes and tutoring for people who are learning to speak English.
The Room 221 community was so inspired by the good work the Needham Food Pantry and the Needham Community Council is doing, they decided to host their own food drive. Students can choose to bring in non-perishable items beginning tomorrow: Wednesday, March 23 - Friday, April 15. We will sort and graph the food we get each day and report back to all of you! Thank you for your support!
Thanks so much to Nolan G's mom, Nolan J's grandmother, Emma's mom, Jake's mom, Arlo's dad and Parker's dad for accompanying us on our field trip Friday! We couldn't have done it without them. The kids had a blast and learned so much.
Ask your children about the Lightning Show, the dinosaur exhibit, or the "scientific" playground. I challenged them to tell you at least one thing that they learned.
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