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Friday Update

Scholastic Book Order: A new book order for the Month of October was sent home with your child today.  If you are interested, you may order online or send the paper form to school with your child with a check made payable to:  Scholastic Reading Club.  Book orders are due by:  Friday, October 18.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

The link to Scholastic Book Orders is:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com

Homework:  A new menu was sent home with your child today and is due next week Friday, October 18.  Reading at home daily is an expectation of all D.E.S. students and is essential to your child’s academic success.

Reading:  This week the kids learned how to make text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections, as well as how to ask questions as readers in order to understand the text, to clear-up confusion, and to make predictions.

Writing:  Students engaged in the writing process this week and wrote lots and lots of personal narratives this week.  They learned how writers generate ideas, draft in a flash, and revise.  They learned a few different revision strategies to increase their writing volume and to bring their characters to life.

Grammar:  This week we learned that writers capitalize months, days of the week, and holidays.

Social Studies:  Our focus this week was learning about some of Michigan’s important natural and human characteristics.  Students learned about four land forms and four bodies of water that are important to Michigan.  Ask your child to teach you what they learned.

Math:  Students engaged in several different hands-on investigations that explored the concept of division.  They were so surprised when they learned that what they had been doing all week was division, but didn’t realize it!  It was great to see how excited they were to do something that they had thought was going to be really challenging, but they discovered wasn’t so tricky after all.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

 

 

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Homework Due Tomorrow

Homework Due:  Your child’s homework menu is due tomorrow morning.  Please remind your child to put it in his/her backpack this evening.

Thank you!

 

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End of Week Update

Swimming:  We had our last day of swimming lessons today.  Thank you to everyone who was able to come and watch the kids swim today!

Homework:  A new menu was sent home with your child today.  It is due next week Friday, October 11.  Please make sure your child is reading daily at home.

Bullying Prevention Month:  The D.E.S. Student Council is promoting Bullying Prevention Month this October.  To kick off this event, students are asked to wear a blue shirt on Monday, October 7.

Math:  This week students learned how to represent additive comparison problems with the difference unknown, bigger unknown, and smaller unknown.  They also learned how to represent multiplication equations using area models and open number lines.  They continued to work on understanding and learning to use the following multiplication vocabulary:  factors and product, as well as learning the importance and meaning of the first and second factor in a multiplication equation.  Please ask your child to teach you what they learned about these big ideas.

Reading:  Students have been learning how to fluidly visualize/envision while reading as one way to better understand a text.  They also learned strategies to help clear up confusion as they are reading.

Writing:  Students have been learning about the structure and purpose of writing personal narratives.  They have learned some strategies to generate ideas for writing this type of text and have used these to generate ideas for their own personal narratives.

Grammar:  Our focus this week has been learning how and why writers capitalize the pronoun I.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Have a great weekend!

 

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Friendly Reminders

Homework Menu Due:  Your child’s completed homework menu is due tomorrow morning.  Please remind your child to put it in their backpack tonight.

Swimming: You are invited to come and watch your child’s last day of swimming lessons tomorrow at the Holland Aquatic Center from 10:10 – 10:45 a.m. tomorrow.  They have learned so much and have had lots of fun.

 

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Swimming and Clubs

Swimming: An invitation to watch your child’s last day of swimming lessons was sent home with your child today.  If you are available, you are welcome to watch your child swim at the Holland Aquatic Center on Friday, October 4 from 10:10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Club Forms:  D.E.S. after school club forms were sent home with your child today.  They are due by Friday, October 4.

 

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End of Week Update

Homework:  The first homework menu of the school year was sent home with your child today.  Please read the cover page carefully for directions.  The completed packet is due next week Friday, October 4.  Having your child read daily at home is an expectation for all children, as this is so important to your child’s academic success.

Grammar:  This week we reviewed that writers capitalize names.  We discussed the difference between kinds/types and names.  Example:  poodle is a type of dog and Chuck would be the name of the dog.

Math:  We continued to explore solving word problems using the D.E.A.L. problem solving process.  We learned how to solve and represent “take-from” problems with the start unknown, change unknown, and result unknown.  We also learned how to represent and solve multiplication equations using: set models, arrays, and area models.  Students also learned that the factors in a multiplication equation have meaning, so their models need to match their equations.

Word Study:  We began to explore and practice the routines, procedures, and learning activities that we will participate in during our word study time.

Swimming:  Students have been loving swimming lessons and are already learning so much.  It has been great to watch their enthusiasm as they learn this important life skill!

Walk-a-Thon:  Thank you for all of your support and donations to support this fundraising endeavor!  Due to the rain forecast for tonight, this evening’s walk-a-thon event will be held in the Saugatuck High School gyms beginning at 5:30 p.m.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

 

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End of Week Update

Math:  This week students explored the D.E.A.L. problem solving method and different types of addition problems.  Ask your child to tell you what D.E.A.L. means and about the following types of addition problems:  add to result unknown, add to change unknown, and add to start unknown.  Students also spent the week exploring the concept of multiplication but didn’t realize that until today.  They were so excited and surprised to realize they had been solving multiplication word problems through building models.

Reading:  This week students continued to learn different ways to help them build positive reading lives.  They learned about:  strategies to choose within reach (or just right books), aspects of fluent reading, choosing a just-right reading spot, and ways to build reading stamina.  Ask your child to tell you about the I-PICK reading strategy for choosing just-right books.

Social Studies: Students have been exploring mapping skills this week including:  cardinal and intermediate directions as well as absolute and relative location.  They are using this knowledge to create a map of the playground and a scavenger hunt.

Swimming Lessons:  Our class starts swimming lessons on Monday, September 23.  Please make sure your child wears clothes they can easily change into and out off independently and with ease.  All students whose hair is shoulder length or longer must wear it up in a ponytail or bun.  Please have this done before your child comes to school.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

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Friendly Reminders

Power School Updates:  If you haven’t done so yet, please make sure you update your child’s Power School.  If your child brought home a purple half sheet reminder note, then your child’s account has not been completely updated this school year.  If you need help, please stop by the D.E.S. office and the office staff will happily guide you through the process.

Scholastic Book Order:  The September book order is due tomorrow, if you are interested in ordering any books for your child.

An Update from the PTO: “We APPRECIATE you! The Rock the Walk fundraiser is gaining steam but we still need your help. If you haven’t registered your student, please follow these 3 easy steps: 1. Go to https://www.getmovinfundhub.com and complete your child’s Student Fundraising Webpage (use school code 5d31d8c2db7b0). 2. Make an online donation using the red DONATE button. 3. Share with friends and family using the share tools on your parent dashboard, send 10-15 emails and/or text messages, then share on Facebook or Twitter.  There’s still plenty of time to win prizes and make a difference!  So far Rock the Walk has raised $41,000… all going back to the school to pay for Field Trips, Swim Lessons, Musical Instruments , Science programs and so much more.  Please help us reach our goal this year so we can make great things happen for the kids!”

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Monday, September 16

Water Bottles:  Please send your child to school with a water bottle as our classroom doesn’t have a drinking fountain.  Thank you!

Scholastic Book Order:  A book order for September was sent home with your child on Friday.  If you choose to order online, you will need the one time Class Activation Code: GVHRH.  Please note that it is case sensitive.  If using the paper order form, make any checks payable to: Scholastic Reading Club.   Please let me know if you have any questions.

The due date for this book order is: Friday, September 20

The link to Scholastic Book Orders is:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com

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Have a great night!

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End of Week Updates

School Picture Form:  The order form for school pictures was sent home with your child today.  School pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 25.

Swimming Lessons:  Third graders will be taking swimming lessons at the Holland Aquatic Center this year as part of their physical education curriculum.  Our class will have lessons September 23 – October 4.  An informational letter was sent home with your child today, along with a permission form from the Holland Aquatic Center.  All students must have a swimming permission form completed and signed by their parents.  These are due by Thursday, September 19.

 

 

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