Dear Parents,                                                                                                                                           October 13, 2018

I am amazed and inspired by the overwhelming response from all of you.  Between the willingness to volunteer to help in the classroom, the support you provide for your children every day, and the generosity you have shown by sending in nutritious snacks, I am absolutely delighted.  Thank you.

During conferences, I'll share student work and goals as well as listen to your celebrations and concerns.  I always glean so much about your child from these meetings.  As a team I know we can make some decisions that will guide us through your child's year.  I will leave it up to you whether you’d like to have your child join us.  Students are not expected to lead this conference; we’ll save student-led conferences for the spring. I am looking forward to conferences being a positive and productive time.  At this time we have about 2/3 of the class signed up for conferences.  You should have received an email from me to sign up through Volunteer Spot. 
     If not, here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Copy this link to go to our invitation page on 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.  


In Math we are just finishing up our place value unit.  This included reading and writing numbers up to a million (or, for those who needed a challenge, bigger numbers) adding and subtracting multiple digit numbers, rounding numbers and estimating answers for word problems.  Students have practiced rounding with vertical number lines which help to conceptualize this process.  I also taught a rhyme which can be helpful for rounding.  It goes like this:

“Find a number in its spot

Go next door, see what you’ve got

Five or more, raise the score

Four or less, let it rest

All the numbers to the right

Run to zero in a fright!”

Students took a test to see which concepts within place value they are understanding.  From there, for those who need review, I will be working with small groups in math next week.  Those who clearly have the concepts down will work on a challenge project.  The following week we will begin a module on long multiplication and division.

We will also continue to take timed multiplication facts tests on Fridays.  Memorizing the multiplication facts up through 10’s (and you might as well throw in 11’s ) is a 3rd grade end of the year standard.  Memorization of these facts EMPOWERS students in math.  They are a stepping stone to so many of the other strands: more complicated multiplication, long division, fractions, etc.

The system I use for multiplication facts gives everyone an opportunity to advance at their level.  Students who are just learning their facts will be tested orally by an adult to be sure they really have the facts memorized before they advance to the next set of facts.  There will usually be a scored timed test in the Friday Folder that gives you an idea of where your child is. You might see the same test for several weeks in a row because to move onto the next level, each student must pass the test orally.  Please use the corrected tests sent home to decide where to focus practice at home.  I always say…5-10 minutes a day is best.  That way students establish a good habit, similar to brushing your teeth.

You might have already heard...last Friday we had a Slime Celebration in room 12!  The students earned their $50.00 in our “savings account” (the point system I use in class) and voted to make slime. Well, having never made slime before, I looked for the safest, cheapest recipe. After doing my slimy homework, I found this recipe and I thought I’d pass it along:


2 oz. Water

2 oz. Glue (we used Elmer’s white glue)

1 oz. Liquid Starch (found at most grocery stores)


Mix Water and Glue together well

Add any glitter or food coloring-mix well

Add liquid starch, mix and knead


That’s it for now,

Until next time,