October 27, 2016

Hello Parents and Students,

Next Monday is Halloween!  WHOO HOO! (or should I say BOO hoo!)  Families are welcome to join us for the parade at 2pm.  All classes get turns to walk around and show off their costumes.  I’d appreciate any parents who’d take some photos and send them to me via email too!  If a costume is particularly elaborate, parents should come to school around 1:45 to help their child with it before the parade.  Again, spray cans are not permitted at school though. 

  • Children may wear costumes to school.  If the costume includes accessories, be aware that fake weapons are not allowed at school.  
  • All make-up and hairspray (including color) must be done at home, not at school
  • Costumes should be easily removed to go to the bathroom!
  • Masks and oversized things may be worn during the parade, but not in the classroom


We’ve been working on addition and subtraction strategies with 3 digit numbers.  We’ve also dipped our toes into multiplication and division!  As well, children are enjoying the challenges of “order of operations” problems 🙂 .  Teaching math at a deeper level looks much different than simply teaching children the algorithm of how to solve a problem.  Base ten blocks are one example of learning what “borrowing” was to us when we learned 2 and 3 digit addition and subtraction.

base-10-flat represents 100 (a flatbase-10-rod represents 10 (a stick or rodbase-10-cuberepresents 1 (cube)

This is to demonstrated to students what they’re really doing when adding and subtracting, and is particularly interesting when using the blocks to show how to subtract something like 143-129!

It’s not unusual for students to be confused sometimes about which strategies to use for which problems.  They’re being introduced to a lot, but in steps.  That said, sometimes it’s still tricky to process all that is being learned.  It’s still early in the year, and things become clearer as they become second nature, and that takes repeated exposure and practice, practice, practice!

Language Arts

Children continue to work on spelling patterns in word study, and punctuation/grammar/language conventions in DLR.  It’s one thing to do these tasks in isolation, but getting children to use what they’ve learned when writing a story or response to literature is one of my greatest challenges!



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