The teacher rang the handheld bell, and your child lined up to enter the 160-year-old schoolhouse. Before entering, the teacher inspected your child’s hands for cleanliness. Were all traces of morning chores washed away? Our trip to the Old Dixie Schoolhouse let us experience firsthand what school might have been like in the 1860’s. Slates, chalk, inkwells, and dunce caps. Potbelly stove for heat, strict rules, and grades k-8 all learning together. Next week, we will talk about the controversy concerning the recent vote to change the name of the Dixie School District. Big thanks to Kana, Jenny, Jennifer, Katrina, and Rachel for driving! Next week we will take a closer look at the early years of our own Mill Valley with a walking field trip to the Mill Valley Library History Room on Friday. Your child will receive an at-home research project to learn more about a special place or person or event in our community. More info coming soon.
Music with Mrs. Adessa is one of our most favorite times! Please come hear your child play in the Music Concert on Wednesday, May 22nd at 12:30 in the Multi-purpose room. On Wednesday, May 1st, both 3rd grade classes will be playing their recorders and xylophones in front of the school from 1:30-1:45 to support Kiddo Day.
To sharpen non-fiction reading skills, your child read an article about wolves to learn the ways these animals have struggled for the last 100 years. Our focus has been on writing in complete sentences and adding supporting details.
We continue to work on opinion writing; your children have come up with some really great ideas and many have asked if they can present or send some of the school improvement ideas to Mr. Deppong and our PTA. Stay tuned, there may be some changes coming in our little school!
In math, your child is focusing on fractions. You can help by pointing out fractions in everyday life, advertisements, and tools. Attached to this email are some great tips to support math at home.
Finally, we all love those giant windows in room 8, but they definitely cause our room to get really toasty in the spring. Please send a water bottle with your child so they can get a cool drink of water whenever they want. We will keep these in the classroom cubbies. Your child should also dress for especially warm conditions. Although I open windows each morning, run fans and keep the lights low, temperatures in our room can reach above 80 on hot days and cool, loose clothing can help. Any other ideas are welcome.
Have a wonderful weekend!