I've been thinking a lot about all-stars this week. We had an amazing encounter with the Harlem Wizards this past Sunday. They have mind numbing ball handling skills and can dunk the ball like nobody's business. I had the good fortune of attending game 1 of the World Series at Fenway on Wednesday night. Those bearded wonders seem to be taking turns being MVP from night to night. But truly, the all-stars I'm most taken with are your students!
We're quickly approaching the end of October and they are surpassing all of my expectations. We recently started a new math unit. We're working with much larger numbers and rather than using their number sense to navigate around the hundreds chart they're navigating around the thousands chart. Soon, we'll begin a class collection with the goal of making our way to a thousand. For a few years now the third grade team has challenged each class to collect a THOUSAND Box Tops. I can think of no better way to build a collection while helping to bring cultural arts etc. to the students at Clough. Please support your students in the following ways:
We continue to study Rocks and Minerals in Science and we have begun our unit on the Wampanoags. These literature-rich units require students to use the skills learned in the Daily Five and CAFE to conduct research and communicate their understanding. We'll be very excited to share final projects with you.
My schedule for the November conferences is nearly set. Please contact me if you have yet to schedule a conference as meeting with every family is important to me.
Finally, we'll be having a little Halloween party on Thursday. I'll share one of my favorite Halloween stories, we'll make a little craft, and have a little snack. If time allows, we'll play a round or two of Halloween Bingo. Drop me a quick email if you'd like to come in and lend a hand. We'd love to have a crafty parent or two to help us out.
Thanks for your continued support of all that we do in the classroom. Your extra efforts are the reason why I get to coach the ALL-STAR TEAM!