The Bear Essentials
Quarryville Elementary Mrs. Bear February 2007
Happy February! It finally feels like winter, whether we like it or not! About two weeks ago Miss Kim Campbell joined our class. She is a student teacher from Millersville University. She will be with us until early May. Welcome Miss Campbell! We also want to extend a warm welcome to Christen Esposito who joined our class earlier this week. We are excited to have a new friend join our third grade classroom!
Just a Glimpse:
Language Arts: This month we will continue to read stories from our Incredible Stories Theme.The skills we have been practicing include Fantasy vs. Realism, Following Directions, and Drawing Conclusions. Yesterday your child brought home his/her February Reading Log. Keep this log in a safe place at home. Please indicate the number of minutes read and sign the calendar at the end of the month. Our goal is at least 10-15 minutes each day. If your child has a busy night, he/she can make the minutes up on other days. Any student who reaches this goal will receive a pizza coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Our AR Goal for the third marking period is to earn 20 new points with at least 83% accuracy. I have set weekly goals to help your child stay on track. (See below.) Our spelling words will be words with different vowel patterns this month. Please look for a new list in your childs Agenda at the beginning of each week. Spelling tests will be on Fridays, unless otherwise indicated. We take a Pretest each week and students who misspell one or less words will receive the Challenge List for that week. All students spell the Regular List words each week. The students have been working on finishing their animal reports and will soon begin a writing project around our unit on Puerto Rico. We will also continue to learn the lowercase, cursive letters.
AR Weekly Goals: 3 points by 2/9, 6 points by 2/16, 8 points by 2/23, 11 points by 3/2, 14 points by 3/9, 17 points by 3/16, and 20 points by 3/23. Students who do not meet the weekly goal will read and take tests during their recess.
Math: This month we will continue with multiplication and division properties and strategies. We will also continue to learn about reading, creating, and interpreting various tables, charts, and graphs. I encourage you to have your child practice his/her basic facts using flashcards on a regular basis. Today I am sending home a set of flashcards with each student. Your child should practice them daily. Please remind your son/daughter to keep them in his/her book bag when they are not in use. They should go to and from school each day. These flashcards are for the students to use until the end of the school year. Have fun practicing them together!
Social Studies: We will continue with our study of Puerto Rico. The kids are learning a lot about the land and culture. Ask them to share what they have learned with you.
- If your child is absent from school, please remember to send a written excuse upon his/her return.
- Please review your childs work in his/her Wednesday Folder and help him/her fix anything marked FIX/Finish. Then sign the folder and return these papers. All others are for you to keep J.
- Please remember to check your childs Agenda and Homework Folder on a daily basis. Thank you for your continued support!
- If you have not already signed and returned your childs report card envelope, please do so as soon as possible. Thanks!
Upcoming Activities & Dates:
February 14th Valentines Day Party (More Info. To Follow)
February 19th NO SCHOOL/Teacher In-Service
February 27th Yearbook Orders Due
If you have any questions or concerns, please dont hesitate to contact me. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 786-2546, or 625-3535. Thanks!