Week of January 22

Hello,

I am excited to have what looks like to be our first five day school week of the new year. In ELA we have been focusing a lot on the topics of main idea and the mystery genre. Students have been learning to use supporting details in sentences to figure out the main idea of a text. In class we have been reading The Great Cake Mystery and this week we will be solving the mystery. Students have also been learning about different suffixes found at the end of words. In math we will continue with our unit on division. Students have been doing an amazing job learning different strategies solving problems with dividends up to one hundred. In Social Studies students have been having fun learning map skills as they have been reading different types of maps. We will be having a vocabulary quiz on all the different map vocabulary words we have been learning this Thursday. For Science we have continued our unit on the roles of living things. Students have learned that one part of the ecosystem affects all of the other parts that make it up. Congratulations to Sadie for being named our student of the month. Thank you to all of you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of January 16

Hello,

I hope everyone enjoyed another long weekend. This week we will be continuing where we left off last week. In math students are continuing to learn division skills. Our main focus is learning different strategies that students can use to help find the answer to a division problem. In ELA we have begun reading the The Great Cake Mystery as a class, which goes along with our mystery genre study. Students have also been learning how to find the main idea in a text. In science students have begun learning about the roles living things play in our ecosystem. For social studies students have been reviewing their directions as we begin our unit on map skills. I would like to remind families to please make sure your child is filling out their reading log each night. There will once again be a shortened spelling word list this week because of the shorted school week. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of January 3

Hello Families,

Welcome back from break! I hope everyone had a peaceful and relaxing holiday season. As students return we will jumping into brand new units for all of our subjects. In math students will begin learning about division. It is important that students continue to practice their multiplication facts and review their addition/subtraction facts. For ELA we will begin our unit on mysteries. Students will be reading many different types of mystery books this quarter. Students will also be learning how to write informational text. This will be helpful for when they write their animal reports in science later on in the quarter. In science our new unit is on the roles of living things. Lastly in social studies students will be focusing on map skills. We will be reviewing directions as we start back from school.

In the past I have allowed students to use their agenda planner to record their reading instead of the reading logs that are sent home. For the third quarter I would like all students to use the reading logs instead of their agenda planners for recording their minutes. The reading logs make it easier for me to record that the students are reading and document their minutes. This Friday report cards will be coming home with the students. Please check their Friday folders for them. Make sure that you are also cleaning out Friday folders each week. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of December 18

Hello,

We have come to the end of the second grading period and first semester of the school year. Our OSOB also comes to a conclusion this week as well. I hope that everyone enjoyed reading Flora and Ulysses with their child. In class this week students will be creating their own superhero just like Ulysses. Students will also be taking time to reflect and write about what their new years resolution will be for the year 2018. On Wednesday from 9-10 we will be having out class holiday party thank you to all the volunteers that help make it a success. I would like to remind parents to please check your child’s Friday folders each week. Report cards will be going out the week that we get back from break. I hope that everyone has a relaxing holiday season.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of November 27

Hello,

I hope everyone was able to spend time with family and have a nice Thanksgiving break. I want to congratulate Grace for being named our classes student of the month for the month of November. In math this week students will be taking their multiplication test on Wednesday. Students should use their study guide and any material that we’ve gone over in class to help them prepare for it. On Thursday we will start our next unit which will be on area. This will be a short unit which will take us through next week. For ELA our class finished reading Skylark. Students completed questions after every chapter to help show their understanding of the text. This week we will begin a short story from our class text. Students will have the same spelling list as everyone else this week which will allow us to focus on adding ed to words to make them past tense. Please remember to go over what each word means with your child. We are also working on context clues in class. Students are learning strategies to help figure out the meaning of unknown words. In social studies we are continuing to learn about local history and in science we are also continuing our plant life cycle unit. As a reminder students should be reading Flora and Ulysses during the school week and for those who have not already please have your child return a signed copy of their interim report. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of November 13

Hello,

I am excited to announce that this week is the start to one school one book! Our book this year will be Flora and Ulysses. Students will be reading the book in class and at home.Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped us get ready for it. Students will have spelling words this week and everyone will be having compound words that they will be learning how to spell. The words are trickier than we have had but we will be practicing the words more often in class this week to help prepare students for their test on Friday. In science we will continue our unit on plant life cycles and for social studies students will continue to learn about communities from the past. In math students will continue to work on multiplication all the way up to Thanksgiving break. Students have begun reading the book Skylark which is the sequel to Sara, Plain and Tall. This book helps students learn about historical fiction and goes along with our social studies unit. If your child has not already done so make sure they bring in their Flat Stanley project to present to the class.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

 

Week of November 6

Hello,

I hope everyone enjoyed the extra day off and all of you have power restored to your homes. This week students will be taking their multiplication test on Tuesday which focuses on multiplying numbers 0-5. We will be starting our next math unit this week which focuses on multiplying numbers 0-10. In science students are learning about plant life cycles. For ELA we are continuing to focus on historical fiction. For word study we are spending time on compound words along with prefixes and suffixes. There will be no spelling words sent home this week because of the day we missed. In social studies students are learning about early setters and what life was like back then. On Friday at 9:30 students will be putting on their musical performance for families at the school. We hope that everyone can make it. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Mr. Aurand

Week of October 23

Hello,

This week students will be taking their fall AIR tests on both Monday and Tuesday. It is important that students get a good night of sleep for them. On Thursday we will be doing our second round of parent conferences. It was great seeing so  many of you last week. I look forward to seeing more of you this week. This week is also red ribbon week. See the school website to check for each days special theme. In science this week we will be starting our unit on plant life cycles. For social studies will be continuing or unit on climate and natural resources. We will continue multiplication in math but we’ll be working on topic two in our math books. Students will continue to read Sarah, Plain and Tall as we practice the genre realistic fiction. Students will have spelling words to study this week. Make sure you are signing your child’s reading log each night. If you have not already signed and return report cards envelopes please do so. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of October 16

Hello,

I hope the students enjoyed their extra day off this past weekend. On Tuesday we start the second quarter of the school year. In ELA we will be moving from learning about folktales to learning about historical fiction. As a class we will be reading the book Sarah, Plain and Tall. There will be no spelling words this week because of the shortened week. In Math we will continue with our unit on multiplication. It is a good idea to start practicing multiplication facts at home. This will help the students when working on problems in class. For science we will have our animal life cycle test on Friday. Students brought home a study guide last week. Students will begin learning about the plant life cycle this week in class. Students have begin learning about geography in social studies. They will also be learning about natural resources this week. Thursday is the first round of teacher conferences. I look forward to seeing all of those who are signed up. If something comes up and you are unable to attend I still have open spots for next weeks conference times. Some students have begin bringing home their Flat Stanley’s that have returned from their trips. Students were given two pieces of paper that will explain the next step in the project. Try to have their projects completed within two weeks after they have had their Flat Stanley’s returned to them. Next Monday and Tuesday students will be taking their fall AIR Test. They will want to get a good night of sleep on Sunday and Monday night. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week October 9

Hello,

This week we will be finishing up the first quarter of our school year. On Friday students should have brought home information about our school fundraiser. On Monday we will be meeting in the third grade pod to learn more about it after lunch. If you have not already done so please have your child bring back the sheet to let me know if you can attend parent teacher conferences which start next week. On Wednesday students will be taking their math test on addition and subtraction. We will be starting our unit on Multiplication this week as well. Students will begin practicing typing on computers in preparation for the ELA portion of the AIR test that will take place later this month.  We have begun our unit in Social Studies on land forms. In science we are finishing up our unit on animal life cycles. Our butterfly’s will be reaching their final stage this week. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand