One week down, one week of testing to go. Your children were troopers this week. Everyone took the testing seriously, and I am incredibly impressed by the class and their ability to focus for long stretches of time. Please praise your child for their efforts. Many were a bit anxious and worried on Monday, and put a lot of effort into their work. Next week the kids will face math testing, which sometimes goes faster. Those who don’t complete their tests will have the opportunity to do so the following week.
In science, your child is learning about some invisible forces. We tested push & pull forces by creating “hoppers” using cardboard, rubber bands, and rulers. The kids tallied the height the hoppers hopped, and we discussed how push/pull forces launched the hoppers. Be sure to ask about exploding watermelons, too!
Mill Valley Then and Now reports. Thank you for supporting your child with this big project. Most kids have shown me their report planner (graphic organizer) and are working on their final drafts. All report planners are due Monday for a quick teacher check. Final drafts should be shared with me via Google or you mail email a Word document. Please see the guidelines attached to the WAG email or contact me if you have any questions. The report is due Friday, 5/24.
Comics and Graphic Novel writing is real writing. How? Ask your child....we decided there are so many important things like the story arc, plot, dialogue, punctuation, characters. Plus, making comics is just the remedy for exhausted 3rd graders who are giving their all to state testing. You might have thought I gave them all a key to Disneyland when I brought out the blank comic book templates! We’ve worked on these for a couple days and they will come home next week.
On Monday, we will have only 18 days left of school. I don’t usually do a summer countdown for many reasons (some kids get overly excited, others get overly sad), but I sense some children feel the end is near. I encourage you to emphasize the importance of staying focused and working hard through the very last day. The analogy I like to use is of a runner in a race who does not slow down or let up when they see the finish line. Rest assured that each of our last 18 days will be meaningful and packed full of fun and great learning opportunities!
Want to learn more about IB (International Baccalaureate) and Global Studies? Come to the parent ed. night on Tuesday, May 21st 6-7:30 (adults only). Yours truly will be one of the speakers, as will be Mr. Deppong, Ms. Kaye, Ms. Butler, and Mrs. Levin. Find out why and how we are changing the way we teach, and learn more about the impressive IB program and teaching our children for global competency.