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Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Great Lakes and Marshmallows

Remember, no school tomorrow (Friday) or Monday for the Labor Day weekend!
Also, we will finish decorating and personalizing our writer's notebooks on Tuesday. If your child has any photos, stickers or special items to add we will complete this project early next week. 

Today students learned how the great lakes were formed!

We also watched a short drone video of the Mackinac Bridge! 

We had a team building activity today using spaghetti, tape, string, and a marshmallow. Ask your child what each team had to accomplish. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Personalizing Our Notebooks

We will begin personalizing our Writer's Notebooks tomorrow (Thursday). The students have been generating lots of ideas the past two days to get ready to start some stories. Here is a list of items your child might want to bring in to help in the project.

I did remind them to ASK before swiping pictures from your favorite photo albums. :)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Starting Strong!

The students and I are getting to know each other while learning simple routines and procedures. Thank you again for trusting me to prepare, protect, and teach your child this year. I look forward to sharing in your child's milestones as well as discussing what's next! Having an open mind to the process of learning, finding the diamonds within your child's gems, and living up to who we want to be as a person will be important values built upon throughout the year within our classroom.

On day one, we asked ourselves what kind of person we want to be and how we want to be treated. Students responded on sticky notes and we talked about giving/receiving, as well as getting out what you put in and how there is a relationship between the two.

Students have a bookmark to keep in their current book of choice. Students are to keep track of pages read each day. I would love for every child to read every day at home however, I know this can be a challenge. Reading 80-100 (or more) minutes a week at a pace that is convenient for your family is completely acceptable. That might mean 10 minutes tonight, thirty tomorrow, but maybe Thursday is very busy and it isn't going to fit into the schedule. Do what works for you, your family, and your child, but most of all make it a priority and it will be.
You do not need to sign every single line of the "at home" reading (no need to initial the "at school" reading sections either). If you sign most of the "at home" reading sections, it helps me to know you are aware of your child's reading progress through the year. This is simply a tool for discussion as students evaluate their reading lives. My goal is to help students find and foster a love of reading. It is a game changer WAY beyond third grade and your help is greatly appreciated.

We have started to talk about sets and groups to build toward our first mathematics unit! Students brought home a letter today explaining some of the learning we will be doing the first several weeks of school. By the end of third-grade students will have learned tools and strategies to fluently multiply through 10X10.

STAR Binder
Students brought home their STAR Binders on Monday! We will continue to add a few items as the week continues! Feel free to use the paper to write me notes! Your child will need to alert me to the note so I don't miss it.

Keep an eye out for snack calendars in the STAR Binder. Students will begin helping to provide snack next week (we currently have 25 students). Remember, it is extremely important to read labels and be cautious of ingredients that may cause significant problems for students with allergies. If your child does not have an allergy, I would ask you to consider: just as you want me to keep YOUR child safe please respect the policies I have communicated to you so I can keep ALL the children safe. If you ever have any questions please refer to the tab at the top of this page or ask me for clarification.

Students are able to bring a small throw pillow to use during independent work time. As long as it fits in their chair it is acceptable. Usually, 20 inches by 20 inches works pretty well. No full-size pillows or extra large throw pillows will be used at school. The purpose for the pillow is to give students something to sit on or lean on during work time. Sitting in a hard chair for long periods of time is uncomfortable and I have found the pillow offers a little wiggling and comfort when students are sitting. If you have a pillow that will work, feel free to send it in. No other child will use the pillow your child brings to the classroom. If the pillow works for your child it can stay here at school, if it is not helpful or causes a distraction, I will send it home.

Thanks for checking in! Have a great week as we head into Wednesday. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!

Welcome to Third Grade at FPE and
Mrs. Hubbard’s Headlines

You should have received your welcome letter and information from the office outlining the upcoming school year! Welcome to third grade and my classroom, soon to be OUR classroom. 

You may wish to mark August 22nd on your calendar. On this date, F.P.E. will have an open house from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Stop by during to ask any questions you have before the year begins and drop off any supplies you have purchased from the supply list. I look forward to seeing you! 
Contact: Phone  749-4611 or Email  hubbarb@olivetschools.org 

A Little Bit about Me
This will be my 17th year teaching and my third year as a third-grade teacher. I have previously taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.
I have two children, Elliot and Janie. My family and I love camping and going on mini-adventures during the summer.
I participate in several conferences and blogs as well as network with other teachers on a global scale regularly. Because of this, I often share experiences, students’ work, photos and videos of my classroom. 
You should have received a student release form with your welcome letter information. You can fill out and bring this form to the open house or on the first day of school. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Please take a look at all the links and information provided on this website. Homework expectations, as well as snack information, and special dates have a tab of explanation. Click around and explore to get familiar. Information is updated as needed and newsletter style posts are typically bi-weekly with extra information and notes occasionally. 

Mrs. Hubbard’s Supply List
All children will benefit from the following items labeled with their name when the school year begins.
     1” Binder (Any Style, used for writing)
     1 Three Hole Punched Pencil Pouch (toolkit for the writing binder)
     2  Composition Notebooks (Writer’s Notebook and Reading Response Journal)
     1 Graph Ruled Composition Notebook (Math Notebook)
     1 Plastic or Metal Pencil Box—Regular Size (not a pouch)
(If you are unable to purchase the items above please call the office and we will assist you).
Items below are not required, but if you are able to supply the class with some of the following it is appreciated. Students may also wish to have some personal items to keep in their desk.
I have these options listed in blue. Thank you.
        White Printer Paper (Xerox Paper)
        1 Box of Kleenex
        Packs of Wide Ruled Paper
        Sticky Notes (any color)
        Dry Erase Markers
        Black or Color Pens
        Watercolor Paint Sets
        Box of Crayons (24 Count)
        Markers or Colored Pencils
        Glue Sticks
        1 Pair of school scissors
 (If purchasing personal writing/drawing supplies, label with child’s name.)