Friday, May 18, 2018

May 14-18

Upcoming Dates/Reminders
  • Homework:  Word work is officially done due to the fact that I need to give a spelling inventory next week. Math and Reading minutes are also wrapping up this week.  The reading minutes from this week are still due Monday.
  • All library books are due back to the library.
  • May 21 (Monday):  The parent team is putting on a lunch for the PR staff.  If you are available at lunch time (11:55-12:20), would you be willing to sit with the kids?  Email me if you are interested!
  • May 25: Tetrahedron Kites. If you'd like to volunteer, I could still use people on Wednesday, May 30!
  • May 28 (Monday): Memorial Day
  • May 29 (Tuesday): Celebration with our Ruff Reader Volunteers and Field day in the afternoon.
  • May 30 (Wednesday):  Class cursive party
  • May 30 (Wednesday): Sound Demonstration at the High School.  This ties in nicely with our Science unit.  We will be out of the building from 11:00-12:00.
  • May 31 (Thursday): Last full day.  Send your child with a bag to bring home all of the goodies from his/her desk!  Some kids have A LOT to bring! :)
  • May 31 (Thursday): All-Star baseball game.
  • June 1: Last day.  This is a half day and dismissal is at 11:30.  Feel free to join us for our final chapel at 10:45.
  • All-Star baseball game:  This is happening!  However, we are dependent on the players exam schedule and tournament schedule.  It will likely be one of the afternoons of our last week of school.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Natalie

Friday, May 11, 2018

May 7-11

Upcoming Dates/Reminders
  • Homework:  We will resume reading minutes, math due on Friday, word work with a test on Friday, and Bible memory.
  • Delta testing: I will need to take a day next week and give this assessment.  It should not take long and we will do it in the morning when the kids seem rested and ready to go.
  • May 15 (Tuesday): End of the year convocation at the high school.  Come and worship with us at 9:00.
  • May 18 (Friday): All school library books are due back.
  • May 21 (Monday):  The parent team is putting on a lunch for the PR staff.  If you are available at lunch time (11:55-12:20), would you be willing to sit with the kids?  Email me if you are interested!
  • May 25: Tetrahedron Kites.  If you'd like to volunteer, we could still use you!  I will be sending home a purple sheet today with instructions about the kites.
  • May 28 (Monday): Memorial Day
  • May 29 (Tuesday): Celebration with our Ruff Reader Volunteers and Field day in the afternoon.
  • May 31 (Thursday): Last full day.  Send your child with a bag to bring home all of the goodies from his/her desk!  Some kids have A LOT to bring! :)
  • June 1: Last day.  This is a half day and dismissal is at 11:30.  Feel free to join us for our final chapel at 10:45.
  • All-Star baseball game:  This is happening!  However, we are dependent on the players exam schedule and tournament schedule.  It will likely be one of the afternoons of our last week of school.
Tulip Time Pictures




















All the 3rd graders waiting for the parade to start!


Have a great weekend and a wonderful Mother's Day!
Natalie

Friday, May 4, 2018

April 30-May 4

Upcoming Dates/Reminders
  • Homework:  Reading minutes are due on Monday.  There will be no word work and no math homework next week. 
  • You should find a pink sheet in your child's Friday Folder that has more details for marching in the parade on Thursday.
  • May 9 (Wednesday): Dismissal at 11:30 for Tulip Time
  • May 10 (Thursday): We will be walking in the Kinderparade.  See attachment to email.
  • May 15 (Tuesday): End of the year Convocation.  Join us at 9:00am in the High School gym as we wrap up the school year with the entire student body.
  • May 28 (Monday): Memorial Day. No School.
  • May 29 (Tuesday): Field Day in the afternoon.
  • May 30: Tetrahedron Kites from 830-10:00.  I could use a few volunteers if you are available!
  • June 1 (Friday): Last day of school. This is a half day and we will dismiss at 11:30. :(

Curriculum

Math: We are busy finding the area and perimeter in different shapes.  We are also learning how to find side lengths.  We are working carefully and trying to remember that perimeter is the outer edge and area is the inside a shape.  This takes careful work and reading!

Literacy: Today we wrapped up our mystery book clubs!  I loved listening to the kids discuss their books and they did a wonderful job digging deep into the text for their teaching points each day too.  In writing, we will begin our final unit of personal essay about how we see God in the world today.  

Science: We began our unit on Light and Sound!  We've implemented different experiments to test how light affects us and objects around us.  We even tried to "catch the light" with mirrors and reflections. 

Bible:  This week we learned about the tabernacle the Israelites built.  We went outdoors and created the dimensions of the Tent of Meeting.  We then pretended to be tribes of Israel and packed up the tabernacle to move to the next location.  We talked about how the tabernacle was always in the center of the camp and how God desires to be in the center of our lives as well.





We viewed pictures of a tabernacle from my Israel trip.

Have a great weekend!
Natalie

Friday, April 27, 2018

April 23-27

Upcoming Dates/Reminders
  • Homework:  Reading minutes are due Monday.  Math homework is due Friday.  Word work test will be given on Friday.  Acts 2:1-4 is our Bible memory.
  • MAP testing:  I will be giving the last MAP Math test next week Tuesday.
  • May 9 (Wednesday): Dismissal at 11:30 for Tulip Time
  • May 10 (Thursday): We will be walking in the Kinderparade.  See attachment to email.
  • May 15 (Tuesday): End of the year Convocation.  Join us at 9:00am in the High School gym as we wrap up the school year with the entire student body.
  • May 28 (Monday): Memorial Day. No School.
  • May 29 (Tuesday): Field Day in the afternoon.
  • June 1 (Friday): Last day of school. This is a half day.
  • *Dates for tetrahedron kites will be added soon!
MUSIC NOTE FROM MRS. BOER Recorder Performance and Assessment begin next week. This will most likely take 2-3 music class periods to listen to everyone so the date of performing may occur anytime between April 30-May 18. The students will be graded on their knowledge of notes, their tone, and keeping a steady rhythm.


Curriculum
Social Studies: We have just concluded our unit on Michigan Economics!  The students created a brochure to advertise their own Wind Farm.  They created their own Wind Farm and highlighted what natural, human, and capital resources their farm used.  We even got to see pictures of a real engineer who works on top of the wind turbines!  It was a fun way to conclude our unit.




Bible: We also concluded our unit on God's law and how the Israelites received the ten commandments.  Next week we will begin to dig in deep into the tabernacle.  We even will create our very own tabernacle!

Literacy: In reading, we are working our way through our final week of mystery book clubs.  The discussions each group has have been lively.  They are sharing their opinions and theories and enjoying every minute!

Math: We have been busy learning all about polygons.  We are getting good at these definitions and today we began working with area and perimeter.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Natalie


Friday, April 20, 2018

April 16-20

Upcoming Dates/Reminders
  • Homework:  Reading minutes are due Monday.  Math homework will be given on Monday and is due Friday.  Word work test will be given on Friday.  Acts 2:1-4 is our new Bible memory.
  • MAP testing:  I will be giving the final MAP's tests the week of April 30. 
  • Tulip Time: We have half days of school Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday May 10.  On Wednesday your child will dismiss at 11:30.  On Thursday your child will be walking in the Kinder parade.  He or she will need to wear a dutch costume for this.  Your child will need a sack lunch that day.  We will stay at school after the dismissal, eat lunch, be bused to the parade route. I will send a map of where your child will be marching in the line-up as well as a letter with more detail in the next couple of weeks. 
  • End of the year convocation: 9:00 at the High school.  Please come and join us if you are able as we worship as an entire student body.
MUSIC NOTE FROM MRS. BOER - Performance and Assessment Day for recorders is quickly approaching. Your child was sent home with a list of songs from which they may choose to play. Please remind your child to choose a song and to practice. The progress report given at the end of the year will be a culmination of the recorder learning that has been our focus this semester.

Curriculum
Math: We finished our unit on fractions this week.  Your child will be coming home on Monday.  We have begun our final unit dealing with polygons, area, and perimeter.

Literacy:  We are working our way through mystery book clubs.  The kids are busy reading each day and also recording their reading in their all star books for the varsity baseball game. 

Bible: We are finishing up our unit on God's law next week.  We will continue to follow the Israelites as God shows them the importance of worship with building the tabernacle.  We have been journaling as if we were Israelite children making our way through the desert.  We are learning Acts 2:1-4 for Bible memory.

Social Studies: This week we looked at Michigan's economy and how we are dependent and interdependent on Michigan and other states to provides our wants and needs. 





I hope you all have a great weekend!
Natalie Sapp

Friday, April 13, 2018

April 9-13

Upcoming Dates/Reminders

  • Homework:  Reading minutes are due Monday.  Math homework is due Friday.  Word work test will be given on Friday.  Acts 2:1-4 is our new Bible memory.
  • All-Star Reading:  Any reading minutes at home can also likely apply to your child's all star reading.  Everyone is busy filling in innings in their books and a few already completed five innings which is the requirement to play a baseball game with the varsity baseball team.  We will schedule the game for the end of May.
  • Wednesday, April 18:  POD Service Trip.  We will be going to serve at various organizations with our POD groups in the afternoon.  We will be out of the building from about 1:00-3:00.
Our class will be making a music video in Spanish on Tuesday of next week.  Some students offered to bring some items from home.  Also, some students are speaking a line.  Señor Westy asked if I could pass along the information of which students are bringing props and which students are speaking a line.

Soccer Cleats, Shorts, Shinguards, Ball: Luke
Stuffed Animals: Macy, Jill
Boots: Macy
GASOLINE Tank (empty): Nick
Ball (any kind): Eli

(Graham) En el parque, en el parque, Eli necesita una pelota, pero no LA tiene.
(Sophia) En el juego de futból, Luke necesita sus zapatos, pero no LOS tiene.
Ahora no tiene nadie con quien jugar
(Jill) En su cama, en su cama, Dontae necesita unos peluches, pero no LOS tiene.
(Amelia) Oh y en el recreo, Kyla necesita una amiga, pero no LA tiene.
Ahora no tiene nadie con quien jugar
(Lydia) En el trabajo de Macy, necesita sus botas, pero no LAS tiene.
(Griffin) En el tanque su carro, Nick necesita gasolina, pero no LA tiene.
Ahora el no puede ir a ni un lugar


Outdoor Discovery Center
We had such a fun day learning about the Native Americans, the French Voyagers, and the history of Michigan.  We had three different sections that dug deeper into three time periods of the Native Americans and early settlers. It was a bit chilly but we enjoyed archery, learning how to make a fire, and dressing like a voyager.  Here are a few pictures from our day!
























Have a wonderful weekend!
Natalie