Week of October 8

Hello,

Welcome to the last week of the first grading period. Students will not have school this upcoming Friday as a result. On Monday of this week our PTO will be kicking off their fundraiser after lunch in the pod. Expect to see information going home about that. Since we do have a shortened week there will be no spelling words going home for the students to work on. In science this students will be having their first test on animal life cycles this Wednesday. Be sure to use the book and study guide to help prepare for it. We will be reviewing on Monday and Tuesday for the test. In social studies we have begun our new unit on land forms. Students are learning about the different types of land forms for that unit. In Math students will also be having a test on Thursday. The test will be on addition and subtraction with regrouping. Make sure your child has mastered regrouping when subtracting. We will review throughout the week for the test. In ELA we will continue with our reading groups and students will work in small groups on improving certain areas of their writing. We will begin to start focusing on character traits in literature. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of October 1

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice week.  This week we have two big events taking place. On Wednesday will be picture day. We will be taking pictures before lunch/recess. On Friday we will be taking our class trip to the Bissell house. We will be gone for the whole morning but back in time for recess/lunch.  Please have your child wear gym shoes since we will be doing a lot of walking around.

Last week the class received their caterpillars. We will continue to observe them this week during science as we  study animal life cycles. To prepare us for our field trip on Friday we will be learning about Auburn/Bainbridge history during social studies time. This will give the students a better understanding of what they will see on our field trip. During ELA this week we will be finishing up our unit on Folktales. Students will be reviewing all of what they have learned so far on them. All students will be receiving a new list of spelling words this week along with a reading log as well. The class has been doing an excellent job with reading groups during ELA and several groups will be finishing up their first book. In math we spent most of last week on addition and this week we will be turning our attention towards subtraction. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of September 24

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice week and had the opportunity to go to movie night last Friday. This is starts with hello week. In their Friday folders students brought home a list of this weeks events that will be going  on at school. Next week on Friday October the fifth we will be taking a field trip to the Bissell house. A field trip permission form was sent home in the students Friday folders. Please be sure to have that signed and returned. This Friday we will be having our first social studies test. A study guide went home last Friday for it. We will be reviewing in class for the test; please be sure to do the same at home. In science many of the student’s meal worms have reached their final stage. This week students will receive their new insect to observe, which is a caterpillar. In math we will begin our new unit on addition. For most students this a review of what they learned last year. In ELA we have been working hard on writing in paragraph form. Students have finished writing their tall tales and will now be writing an opinion piece. We will also be continuing with our study on folktales. Each student will receive a new list of words to study at home for this week. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of September 17

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. This week we have several events occurring at our school. On Friday family movie night will be taking place out on our bus loop. I hope that everyone can attend. Also on Friday we will be having apple day with Dr. Petrick’s class. I am looking for volunteers who are willing to come from 10:45 to noon on Friday. If you are unable to attend but would still like to participate a bag of apples would be appreciative for some of the different activities we will be having. On Friday as well students will be taking their topic eight test on estimating/rounding. A study guide was sent home last Friday for it and students were given flashcards that they can use to help them study as well. Our next unit in math that we will be beginning is adding and subtracting within a thousand. In ELA we are continuing with our folktale unit. Students will be creating their own tall tales and typing them up on the chrome books. This week there is once again two list of spelling words. Your child only needs to know the list that was given to them. We have been spending a lot of time in class on writing paragraphs. We will begin focusing on writing opinion pieces. In social studies we will continue to be learning about our local communities. Over the weekend your child should’ve mailed out their flat Stanley and returned their form that says they have done so. In science students are continuing to learn to learn about animal life cycles. Many of their meal worms have changed into their pupa stage. I would also like to remind parents to have their child return the signed copy of the interim report to school. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to talk to me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of September 10

Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and was able to stay dry. This week is the book fair at Timmons. Our class will be going on Friday. All of third grade will be able to go before school on Tuesday for breakfast and books from 7:30-8:20. On Friday of this week interim reports will be going home in students Friday folders. Please be sure to sign and have your child return it on Monday. During science students will have the opportunity to observe their meal worms as they transform into the next stage of their life cycle. For social studies students should have turned in who they will be mailing their flat Stanley too. If you have not decided that needs to be turned in by tomorrow. We will be working towards getting our flat Stanley’s mailed out by the end of this week. In math we began learning about rounding. We will continue to practice this skill all week. I encourage parents to do the same at home with their child. Last week students learned about porque folktales and this week they will learn about tale tells as part of their folk tale unit. There will be two groups of spelling words this week based on what type of spelling word your child is working on. Students are only expected to know the list that is given to them. Also this week students will begin to focus on prefix and suffixes during ELA. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,
Mr. Aurand

Week of September 3

Hello,

I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend. It was nice to hear that so many students had the opportunity to go to the County Fair. For any students interested in running for student council our class will be giving their speeches on Thursday for it. Make sure that they are prewritten or they will not be able to give a speech. Students will vote on the same day to select our two representatives. Next week is the book fair. Students will be receiving information about it this week in their Friday folders. Also on Tuesday students will have the opportunity to come between 7:30 and 8:20 to select books and have breakfast before school. On Wednesday we will be having our place value test. On Thursday students will begin their new unit on rounding. On Tuesday students will be introduced during social studies our Flat Stanley unit. Students will bring a sheet home that will need to be filled out and brought back by next Monday on who they want to send their Flat Stanley too. In science students will receive their meal worms on Wednesday as we continue to study animal life cycles. In ELA students will have their last magic e word list, which focuses on long and short O/U. We will continue with our unit on folktales by reading different types of folktales. Students will be introduced this week on how to write proper paragraphs as well. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to let me know.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of August 27

Hello,

We will be having a shortened week by not having school on Friday. There will be no school on Monday as well for Labor day. On Monday of this week there will be a bus evacuation drill before the start of the school day. Students will still have spelling words to study and reading logs to complete for this week. We will be finishing up our unit on place value this week. There will be a study guide that will go home on Tuesday for a test the following Tuesday. Make sure to review the vocabulary words with your child. In Social Studies students have been learning about different types of communities (rural, urban and suburban). On Tuesday students are having a quiz on being able to write their home address. In science we will continue to learn about life cycles and observe our lady bugs. In ELA we will begin our unit on folktales. I will also begin assessing students to find their reading levels. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of August 20

I’m excited to start the second week of the school year. It was great getting to know all of my new students last week. This week we will have a lot going on. On Tuesday there will be a fire drill. Also on Tuesday is parent open house, which begins at 6:45. I look forward to seeing many of you.  On Wednesday students will be having a talk in the pod on hand washing and HERO traits. We will begin our first math unit of the year this week, which will be on place value. This should be mostly a review from second grade for students. Students will have math homework each night this week. To start the year in science students will be learning about life cycles. We will be receiving lady bugs this week to observe them go through their life cycle. For social studies students will be learning to write their home address. By next Tuesday they should know how to do so. Please practice with them at home. In ELA I will be assessing students throughout the week to learn more about them as readers. Students will be receiving reading logs this week to fill out at home. Students will also be doing word study this week on “magic e”. Please practice nightly with your child on their words. Our first unit of the year in ELA is on folk tales. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to let me know. Thank you for all of your support.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand

Week of August 13

Welcome to a brand new school year! I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of my students this week. From 8:30 to 9:30 on Tuesday is meet the teacher. I hope everyone can make it. Students are able to bring a nut free snack and water bottle to school each day. Make sure to have emptied out the blue take home folder and bring it back to school so that we can send it home on Friday. I’m excited to have a great school year at Timmons Elementary School.

Week of May 14

Hello,

We have made it to the last full week of the school year and it is a busy one. On Monday we will be going over to KIS to check out the students new school for next year. On Tuesday students have their government test in social studies.  On Thursday students will be going on a field trip in the morning to the Bissell house. All week long students will be introduced to math skills that they will be learning in fourth grade. In ELA we will continue with studying figurative language and students will be giving their biography presentations. In social studies we will end the year by learning about economics and in science we will be learning about rocks and minerals.  For the field day we are collecting can goods to donate to those in need. This week we will be voting on our field day color which will be next Wednesday. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mr. Aurand