All third graders will be taking the ASPIRE test starting on Tuesday, April 9th. Students will be tested in the areas of reading, math, writing, science and English, with each test ranging in time from 40 to 65 minutes. The best thing you can do at home to help prepare your child is to make sure they are well rested, have a healthy breakfast and arrive to school on time.
Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross dioramas were amazing! The kids did a fabulous job of bringing these stations to life. Our favorite part of the project was hearing the reflections, seeing what each station meant to the children. Their reflections on how they can lead a more Christ-like life really brought this project full circle.
Great Poetry Race
I am sure by now you have now heard about our Great Poetry Race. Every Monday in the month of April your student will bring home a new poem and log sheet. The challenge is to read this poem aloud to as many people as possible. Whoever has the most names on their log by the following Monday will be crowned our class winner for the week and get to keep a trophy on his/her desk. Although the kids think this is all fun and games, the true purpose of this activity is to help with fluency. When the kids read the poems, make sure they are doing so with a nice smooth voice that you can understand as well as using proper voice inflection. Another bonus, this assignment also helps to build confidence! Hopefully you all will hear some fun poems this month!
Poetry Pals Open House
This Sunday we are wrapping up our 2018-19 Poetry Pals session with an Open House at Oakton Community Center from 1-4. You can plan your visit to the Open House around these fun and exciting activities…
Up-cycled sketchbook creation
Songwriting: 1:15 – 1:45pm
Theatre games: 2:00 – 2:30pm
Rap Verses: 2:45 – 3:15
Short Play Creation: 3:30 – 4:00pm
This promises to be a fun and exciting culminating event as well as a chance for everyone to reconnect with their new friends!
Investigating the Weather
This upcoming week your child will be bringing home information on our next in-class/home project. In class (over the next several weeks) students will research a city they picked and it’s weather patterns. Students will record this data and create a bar graph. Each child will then compare his/her selected city with Chicago. Students are also expected to write two comparison paragraphs about the differences/similarities within the climates. Students will receive instruction and a lot of class time, so majority of this will be completed at school. Most students will only have to color in completed graphs, label and color a world map, complete the two paragraphs from sentence starters and assemble their poster at home. This project doesn’t have a set due date as of yet, but will be due towards end of the month. The one thing you can do now to prepare is purchase a piece of poster board (normal sized, 22×28) to display your child’s work. More details will come home next week.
April 7th – Poetry Pals Open House, 1-4 at Oakton Community Center
April 8th – 18th – ASPIRE Testing
April 19th – No School – Good Friday
April 22nd – No School – Easter Monday
April 23rd – 24th – No School
May 6th – 8th grade Pizza Day
May 8th – Box Top Dress Down Day
May 27th – No School – Memorial Day
May 29th – May/June/July Birthday Celebration