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Liesl Shurtliff Author Visit Order Form

As part of our upcoming spring book fair, which is taking place June 6th-8th at the SFX Library and the Book Stall, we will be hosting author Liesl Shurtliff here on Friday, June 8th. She will be speaking with our 3rd-5th grade students about her newest book, Grump. If your child would like an autographed book, please fill out the order form and return it to the library no later than June 5. A portion of the proceeds
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3rd Grade News

3rd Grade Updates Field Trips Next week we have two fun and exciting field trips!  On Monday we are walking to the WIlmette History Museum on Ridge Road and Thursday we are going to the Chicago Botanical Gardens to write a haiku or two in the Japanese Gardens.  Please make sure your child has a lunch and drink in a labeled bag on both days, there will not be hot lunch for third grade on either day.  Students will als
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Great America Read to Succeed Tickets

The tickets for the children who completed the Great America Read to Succeed Reading Club have arrived and will be sent home this week via your child’s classroom teacher. Please note the dates listed on the vouchers for the eligible time frame to use the free admission passes as they expire before the end of summer. If for some reason, the voucher doesn’t makes it way home, please don’t hesitate to
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3rd Grade News

3rd Grade News   We hope all of our families find some relaxing time to celebrate moms and family this weekend!   THANK YOU Thank you for all the thoughtful gifts and kind words during Teacher Appreciation week!   We are Poppin’ Into Summer!   If your child hasn’t told you about our fun summer countdown, be sure to ask him/her!  We have balloons on our bulletin board to represent each day left of the s
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Book Cafe in May

What fun we had last week during our Book Cafe. The students did a great job discussing our featured book and decoding ciphers from the book. In May, we will meet on Thursday, May 31  during 3rd-5th grade recess and lunch. Dessert will be provided.  The discussion is open to all students in 3rd-5th grade.  We will be reading Jack the Fairly True Tale of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff. Ms. Shurtliff will be
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3rd Grade News Guest Speaker We really hope your child came home and told you about our guest speaker, Pete.  Pete was born with Goldenhar Syndrome.  He came and spoke with our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as part of our Red Campaign.  He spoke about several obstacles he has faced growing up and how a positive attitude, a supportive family and friends help. His message was Choose Kind, and The Golden Rule, something we t
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Last Call for Bluestem Reading Challenge Completed Forms

Just a quick reminder the deadline to complete the Bluestem Challenge is this Tuesday, May 1. Any SFX 3rd-5th grade student who reads all of the 20 Bluestem nominees and turns in the Bluestem Reading Challenge form to me no later than May 1st will get to attend a special pizza party in the library at the end of the school year. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Mrs. Sawyer Libr
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3rd Grade

3rd Grade News Science In science we will be wrapping up our animal adaptations unit with a test this week.  Students have thoroughly enjoyed learning about all the different behavioral and physical adaptations through photos, video clips, books and experiments. Writing This week we wrote poems in celebration of Shel Silverstein for morning work.  Students tried their hand at rhyming poems, visual poems, list poetry,
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Support Our 3rd-5th Grade Runners!

Join us as we cheer on our 3rd-5th grade SFX girls as they run their season-ending 5K! This race takes place through Wilmette this Saturday, April 28th at 9am. Signs, bells and other fan paraphernalia welcome! The Girls on the Run, SFX Edition race begins and ends at our school, at 808 Linden Avenue. We are grateful to the Wilmette Police Department, who will be stationed at the corner of Sheridan Road and Michigan A
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3rd Grade Happenings

3rd Grade News   What an amazing job by all the students on Aspire!  These third graders pulled through like champs on their first week of standardized testing.  I know they were nervous and full of questions on the first day, but by Friday they were all as cool as cucumbers and acting like pros.  I know this testing caused a lot of fears of the unknown, but hopefully they had an enjoyable experience and know wh
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Week of April 16th – 20th

3rd Grade Week of April 16 – 20 Welcome Back!  We hope everyone had a great two week Spring Break!  The stories, pictures and souvenirs that the kids brought in to share have been amazing! The kids all seemed to enjoy the time with family and friends, away from routine.  I know coming back is rough, but we are now in the home stretch! Aspire Testing Starting on Tuesday, April 17th, all students in grades 3-8 at
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Bluestem Reading Challenge Deadline is Approaching

I hope you had a blessed Easter and are enjoying the Easter break. Just a reminder the deadline for the Bluestem Challenge is approaching.  I encourage all students in grades 3-5 to take the Bluestem Challenge. The Bluestem Award is an Illinois Readers Choice award for students in grades 3-5. The nominee list is created by librarians and educators from across the state.  Any SFX 3rd-5th grade student who reads all of
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Happy Spring Break

Spring Break Please have a fun, relaxing break! We cannot wait to hear all about the amazing activities and/or trips that so many families have planned!  If your child would like to share some photos from the break, feel free to print them off or send them in an e-mail to their homeroom teacher.  We will take the week after spring break to share all of our travel experiences. AND…When the kids tell you they are
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3rd Grade News

Happy St. Patrick’s Day  What a wonderful last two days.  We loved getting to meet with all of our families.  We feel the discussions are so beneficial to you at home as well as for us at school, keeping us all on the same page.  It feels great to share so many student successes and the progress they are making this year. On Friday morning we were invited to watch all of our Irish Dancers…what a performan
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Book Cafe Returns

After a bit of a hiatus, Book Cafe is returning on Wednesday, April 25 during 3rd-5th grade recess and lunch. Dessert will be provided.  The discussion is open to all students in 3rd-5th grade.  We will be reading The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. Registration for Book Cafe is limited to 15 students. To register, please complete this form and return it to Mrs. Sawyer no later than Friday, April 13. Mr
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Week of March 5th

Math In math we are continuing our unit on measurement, learning the difference between the customary system and the metric system.  As we prepare for the upcoming Aspire testing, we will also take a day to cover quadrilaterals and do some review of word problems.  Our next big unit will be fractions.   Science   In science we are currently working on two mini units, magnets (taught by Ms. Miller) and the life c
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Monday’s Author Visit with Jacqueline Davies

What a wonderful day we had with our One Author, One Community featured author Jacqueline Davies. Mrs. Davies spent all day Monday on campus and she saw students in grades JK-8th grade giving four very distinct, age-appropriate presentations. With our JK and Kindergarten students, she shared her book The Night Is Singing, which is her evocative poem-book about the sounds we hear as we drift off to sleep. Working with
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3rd Grade Notes

Finally, a calm and normal week, even two days of beautiful weather!   Social Studies & Science We wrapped up economics this week by analyzing the ticket counts from our Carnival.  We made a bar graph and talked about why some booths were more profitable than others.  We also discussed how all of our newly learned concepts were present (or absent) at the Carnival.  On Friday we ended with a test.     Ne
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3rd Grade News

Week of Feb. 19th – 23rd   Poetry Pals We had another fun and busy week!  On Thursday we had our last visit with our Poetry Pals at the Islamic Foundation School.  Students performed plays that they wrote and directed within their groups.  I don’t think I ever seen them all smile and giggle so much with their Jewish and Muslim friends.  We also had the opportunity to visit their worship space as well as as
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Author Visits Last Week and Looking Forward to Our Next Author

What a wonderful week we had last week when we were fortunate to host two author visits. On Monday, author Tammi Sauer engaged and enthralled our K-2 students with her incredible storytelling. Children fell in love with her and her endearing new book character, Wordy Birdy. On Friday, bestselling children’s author Andrew Clements concluded our week by speaking with our 3rd-5th grade students. He delighted us as
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! K Donde esta? Where is? We walked around the classroom finding the location of different objects and people! Also, we worked on an art project Donde esta el perrito? We hid the little dog under the bed! 1 Me gusta y no me gusta/I like and I don’t like Students enjoyed learning about how to express themselves when liking or disliking different food items.   2-3 Bueno y  malo/ Good and bad We covered
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3rd Grade Update

3rd Grade News Mrs. Sage/Ms. Oberlin’s class did an amazing job leading Mass on Wednesday!       Thank You Thank you for all of the donations of sweet & salty snacks and drinks for our Valentine Party!  The kids enjoyed viewing Wonder with their friends!   Math It is so important that your child memorizes their math facts for speed an accuracy.  We know that flashcards can get boring, so
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Crusader Carnival

3rd Grade Carnival The 3rd grade carnival is approaching quickly!  We hope your child has come home excited about this fun experience.  The carnival will be held on Friday, February 23rd during the end of the day within our classrooms.   During social studies, students have been busy planning their booths with their partner(s). During this time, the groups have… Generated an idea for a booth Come up with rules
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3rd Grade News, Week of February 5th

  **  Due to the snow day, the spelling test will be Monday morning.  ** Religion Mrs. Cummings’ class did a fabulous job leading Mass last week, we look forward to Mrs. Sage’s classes turn on Ash Wednesday. Our focus for classroom instruction in religion has been on the difference between temptation and sin.  We have been discussing Adam and Eve quite a bit, as well as discussing lives of Saints and daily decis
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! Señorita Rocha IS ON TWITTER! Please follow me @srita_rocha. I will be posting videos and pictures every day! This past week we covered Semana de la Escuelas Catolicas. K-1-2 Students learned Spanish vocabulary while working on a coloring projecto: Dios/God, Faith/fe, My school/Mi escuela. Also, students drew themselves and then labeled their body parts and the colors they were wearing for the day! Home enrich
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