Welcome to Class

        End of the Year Activities:  Wednesday, we will have our end of the year party complete with several water stations and a hot dog cook out lunch.  Thursday, we will have a board game day.  With your permission your child may bring in board and/or card games.  If you would like to send in any food/snack items these can be sent in between now and Thursday as well.

        Last Week of School:  It is hard to believe (for me at least) that the end of the school year is less than one week away!  There will be a lot of things happening during these last few days of school.  Even though we are winding down the school year I would like to ask you to remind your child that he/she will still need to be on his/her best behavior.  Your child will also need to bring his/her planner and backpack everyday as there will be many things coming home this week.

          ***A couple of last day reminders-this Friday, June 7, is the last day of school.  This is when your child will receive his/her last report card of the year.  Also, please do not forget dismissal will be at noon

            Next year’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award booklist is now available.  The list includes:  Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger, One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Mousenet by Prudence Breitrose, Floors by Patrick Carman, The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng, Thomas and the Dragon Queen by Shutta Crum, Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff, Melonhead  by Katie Kelly, Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord, Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan, The Candymakers by Wendy Mass, The Five Lives of our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin, Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood, The Wish Stealers by Tracey Trivas, and Janitors by Taylor Whitesides.  Just a reminder-these books can be very high and may not be “just right” for your child. 

 

Reading Levels Explained

The reading standard/expectation is that third graders begin the year on an independent level 'K.'  This means that students should be able to read level 'K' text with 95% or better accuracy, fluency rating of 110 words per minute or more with expression and comprehension.  In third grade the end of the year expectation is a level 'N.'  This year your child's reading growth will be less about how far he/she goes and more on how deep he/she goes.  Your child will be required to complete written retellings, interpretations (message/moral/theme), and reflections (favorite part and why).  Watch for more info...coming soon!

Bucket Filling

"The idea of Bucket Fillers is based on the book Have you Filled A Bucket Today? (A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids) by Carol McCloud.  The premise of the book is this...

We all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings.  When our bucket is full, we feel great.  When our bucket is empty, we feel sad.  A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people.  By doing this, they are filling other people's buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time" (Powell, 2010, p. 1).

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