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Cozy Clothes Day and Family Meal Project

Hi All,

In case your kids haven’t let you know, we are having our 2nd Cozy Clothes Day on Monday! Kids can bring one stuffed animal, one pillow, and one blanket or sleeping bag. 

Also, Please remember that the Family Meal Project is due on December 17th. If your child hasn’t planned things yet, please help them do this so that they can be successful with this project. If you have any questions, please let me know.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Adam

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Family Meal Project

Dear Families,

In your child’s homework folder you will find the instructions for their first big 3rd grade homework project–the Family Meal Project. Please take some time to sit down and read through these instructions with your child. Your child will have the opportunity to plan a meal, shop for the ingredients, prepare the meal, serve the meal to you, and write and draw about the experience. It should be a lot of fun, but they may need help with figuring out how to organize the whole experience, and perhaps help with some of the shopping and cooking too!

They have ~1 month for everything, and the project will finish with them giving an oral presentation to the class the week before winter break. 

After you have taken a look at the instructions, please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend!

Adam

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Seesaw for Sharing Student Learning

Dear Families,

This year we are using a program called Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share examples of their learning and photos from school. There are already a handful of things for you to see, and more will be added throughout the year. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/163-254-095
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning!

Adam Shepard

P.s. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

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Field Trip to the Hult Center

Hi All,

As you may know, we have the wonderful opportunity to visit the Hult Center and see the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. The Symphony offers two educational youth concerts this year, and our Music teacher at Edgewood, Ms. Nixon, has graciously helped arrange for the entire 3rd grade to have this opportunity. You can learn more about the youth concert at:

https://eugenesymphony.org/education/schools/youth-concerts

If you have not already signed and returned your permission slip, please do so by tomorrow. Because of the many upcoming no-school days, the field trip will be coming up soon–Tuesday, November 13th–which is the day we return after the break.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to meeting with you at our conferences the next couple of days.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Conference Times

Hi All,

Your kids should be bringing home a green paper today that shows the date and time of your parent/teacher conference. Please sign and send back the bottom part of the paper so I know whether or not the time works for you. Or if it’s easier for you, feel free to just email me and let me know whether or not the time on the form works for you.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Cozy Clothes Day

Hi All,

Our class will be having our first Cozy Clothes Day on Friday. It’s just a regular school day EXCEPT… kids can bring these three things with them. One stuffed animal, one pillow, and one blanket or sleeping bag. It’s kind of like a pajama day, except kids can just wear comfy clothes if they don’t like pajamas. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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October News

Hi All,

I hope everyone is well and enjoying this lovely fall weather! Just wanted to give you a quick update on some of the cool things we’ve been doing in 3rd grade.

In Science we’re in the middle of a unit called Motion and Matter. We’ve begun exploring forces such as magnetism and gravity by using things like magnets, ramps and wheels.

In math, our focus has shifted to a unit on area. This is a new concept for most of the students, but allows them to use their existing multiplication/addition skills. We also continue to practice our basic math facts, with each child working through their addition/subtraction/multiplication/division facts at their own pace. 

In Social Studies we’re doing a unit called Town Builder. We’ve started off by learning about various landforms and natural resources, and now the kids have chosen where on our classroom map they would like to settle and start their town. You can ask your child if they chose to settle in the hills, by the lake, or on the peninsula. This is a simulation-type unit where the choices they make will affect the progress of their settlement. Should be fun!

We’ve been having a great time with our writing. We’re working on personal narratives, and most kids have now finished a first draft of their first “Masterpiece”. We’ll now be going through a detailed revising and editing process where the kids will learn how to add in things such as dialogue, transitions, leads, endings, as well as work on their spelling and punctuation. It will be fun to look at their progress during conferences. 

And if you haven’t seen the artwork your child has been working on, you’ll be in for a nice surprise. We’ve been working on line drawings, and have so far completed a parrot and a fish, with our drawings of castles currently in progress. You will receive a lovely portfolio at the end of the year (as we are hanging all of our artwork in the classroom!).

This is just a taste of life in 3rd grade, and I’d be happy to offer more details if there is something you’ve been wondering about!

Oh… and if you’re interested in helping out at the class Halloween party, please let me know. We already have a parent who will be coordinating the party, but we could use some people to show up and help during the party–October 31st, ~1:45-2:45.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Conferences

Hi All,

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on November 7th and 8th this year. Please take a look in your child’s homework folder for the conference scheduling form. It would be great if you could return it ASAP–by 10/15 at the latest. 

Conferences will be a great time to sit down and touch base about your child’s school experience so far. If there are any specific things you want to make sure we check in about, please let me know. Of course, I’m also available other times, so please feel free to let me know if you need anything.

Have a great weekend!

Adam

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Volunteer Opportunities

Hi All,

We’ve had a great start to the year and it’s such a pleasure to work with your wonderful kids!

I know people are busy with their lives, but if you have both time and interest to help out, there are a number of volunteer opportunities at the school in general, and in the classroom in particular. Here’s a few ways you can get involved.

The Fun Run is coming up next Friday! Volunteers are still needed. You can sign up at:

http://signup.com/go/gAhPjSX

We will be having three classroom parties during the year—Halloween, Winter, and Valentine’s Day. It is great to have one person who can be the coordinator for each party, along with a small group of parents who can run the party. It’s typically nice to have 4-5 stations, with activities or games that the kids can rotate through in about an hour.  Once we have a coordinator for each party, I’ll connect that person with other parents who want to help out. You can sign up to help at:

https://www.volunteersignup.org/XTAHX

I will also be looking for volunteers to help out during our Reading Workshop times. During this time, the kids will be divided into groups that will be rotating through activities. Volunteers will mostly spend time having kids read to them out loud, and discuss with the kids about their books and reading journals.  No expertise needed– just a willingness to show up and sit with the kids! This will initially be only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:25-1:25, but may change as the year progresses.

I’ve initially opened up opportunities for 4 weeks or so, but will let you know as I get further months figured out. Please don’t sign up for more than one slot a week at first, so that multiple people can have a chance to participate.  If interested, you can sign up here:

https://www.volunteersignup.org/4CC49

As more opportunities arise, I’ll let you know.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Homework

Hi All,

It’s been a pleasure working with this class of 21 students so far!

I wanted to give you a heads up on how our normal homework routine will look.

Each Friday, 3rd grade will be sending home homework in our “homework binder”. You may have seen this binder–it has your chlld’s colorful name on the front. There will typically be weekly homework consisting of spelling  and math work. This homework is due the next Thursday, and should be brought back in the binder. I recognize that some kids are super busy with activities on the weekdays, so sending it home on Friday gives the option to do it on the weekend if necessary.

The homework binder will also serve the purpose of Friday Folder and you should check it for things being sent home.

In addition, there will be a monthly reading log for homework. This can be taken out of the binder and left at home for the month. It should be returned around the end of the month. Please check in with your child to make sure they are successfully completing their log. 

In general, homework will be an opportunity to practice skills that we have been working on in class. It isn’t designed to be overly challenging or frustrating, and I don’t want it to take up too much of your child’s time. Please let me know if homework is becoming too much of a burden.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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