“This is the best day ever!” is what I overheard on Monday. What were we doing? Yanking invasive English Ivy out of the ground at Old Mill Park. Our class and Ms. Kay’s kindergarteners joined 300 Tam high school students on a day of community service to help our neighborhood park. Parent helpers Angie, Corinne, & Jenny can attest to the enthusiasm and elbow grease our kids put into this event. It was a fantastic opportunity for your child to take action and make a real difference. Cooper and Eloise suggested a weekend family ivy pulling event. Anyone interested in organizing? I’m sure room 8 kids can supply the labor!
In writing, we explored the idea of being a hero. The class broke into groups to brainstorm and collect their ideas, and we created a poster. The following day, your child wrote down your hero homework ideas, and we added them to our class poster. Next, the kids all did some deep thinking and came up with their own personal hero. We will be using the same opinion writing format from last week to write persuasive essays about our heroes. You will get to read your child’s final essay at Open House on June 6th.
In math, your child took part in a scavenger hunt to identify fractions of a group, and we learned about liquid volume, particularly liters and milliliters. Be sure to point these out as you run across them in your daily life. The kids took the Unit 7 fractions assessment, and these will come home next week. Putting fractions on a number line is a universally challenging concept for 3rd graders, but overall, I am very pleased with the class scores. Rest assured that this concept will be revisited many times in the future J
State Testing begins on Monday. Please send your child to school well rested, well fed, and calm. It’s normal for the children to feel a bit anxious…we have been doing a good bit of review to prepare for the test, but you can help by encouraging them to simply do their best. There is no pass/fail. This assessment is simply a measure of skills on a particular day. The information can be helpful for you and for us, but is by no means a measure of your child’s entire academic ability or talents. Our testing window is the first couple hours of the day for the next two weeks. I will provide sugar free gum or sugar free hard candy (1 a day) to encourage concentration and because it seems to reduce anxiety in kids. Please reach out if this is a concern for you.
Mill Valley Then and Now Home Project. Friday, your child brought home an outline of the project and a note-taker organizer. We are reading and learning about the history of Mill Valley, and your child has selected a person, place, or event to research. Because most of the information ‘out there‘ is written at an adult level, your child will need your help with research. The writing is to be their own. I encourage you to help your child visit the MV Library History Room as a resource, and the children’s library room has a file box full of information to copy as well. The finished project is to be typed up on Google Docs (or on Word and emailed to me) and I will compile a book with all the information so each child gets their very own copy. The report is due 5/24.