China Alive/May Dance Show/Soccer Day/Movie Night

Hi Everyone,

I know we are all busy these days and in an attempt to keep us up to date with the latest happenings here at school please be advised of the following upcoming events:

**China Alive Week:  Today was the first day of our celebratory week to honor our host culture in China!  The kids will have lots of fun activities over the coming days including our field trip this Friday to Ching Ming Island!  Students will need a packed lunch, good walking shoes, sunscreen and snack.  They may bring electronics on the bus if they wish.

May Dance Performance:  This Friday our lunch time/after school dancers will perform in the PAC.  PTSA will hold a small reception at 5:30 and the show begins at 6:00.  Hope to see many of you there!

Movie Night:  The fifth grade Service Team is offering a movie night  on May 13th to raise money for relief efforts in Syria.  Please fill out the permission form sent home last week and return by Friday, May 6th.

Soccer Day:  May 17th–volunteers needed to ref many games!  Please let me know if you are willing to blow the whistle and share part of the day with us!


Questions??  Let me know!


Earth Week!

Hi Everyone- Happy Earth Week!

Earth Day is observed on April 22nd, but the 3rd grade is taking some time each day for the whole week to celebrate, learn, notice, and appreciate this wonderful world we live in.  Today we had an unexpected treat to start our celebration…a fallen wasp nest found by Dagny and her mom during the storm that rolled through this weekend. The nest/hive seems to have been abandoned some time ago and so no live wasps were left.  What a great opportunity for us to dissect and learn about the lives of wasps.  Amazing architects!  Noticing that many heads were left inside without bodies we even speculated as to why these wasps left and what may have happened.  So much fun!  Thank you so much Mrs. Ingram for a great learning opportunity.

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Spring MAP testing is here!

Good Monday Morning!

It’s great to return after my time in Japan with the varsity softball team!  I missed my class so very much, and had so much fun this morning getting filled in on all the events while I was away.  I even had my own story to share about surviving my first ever earthquake!  Oh, and taking home the 2nd place trophy from our APAC tournament!

Tomorrow begins our spring MAP testing period.  Tuesday will be the Reading portion, Wednesday the Math, and Thursday the Language Usage.  As always, please ensure your child is getting a good night’s sleep, some play time after school to let off steam, and a substantial breakfast.  We will not be having regular homework this week.

Also, today is the last day for registering for Date with Dad…8:00pm registration closes, so if you haven’t signed up and plan on going please do that right away.

For those who wish to see the musical, Hairspray, afterward on Friday get your tickets for that too!

If you have questions let me know!


Thank you!

Spring conferences are drawing to a close this afternoon and again I am impressed and amazed at our students.  I am very thankful to be able to give them the opportunity to showcase their learning to all of you.  What they have accomplished after 2 trimesters of 3rd grade continues to blow my mind…my goodness how they’ve grown up!  Here were some of my favorite eavesdropping moments:

“It looks like you guys have fun here everyday!”

“You can read THAT!?”

“Did you write this all by yourself?”

…and time and time again “Wow, I’m so proud of  you!”

Thank you for coming and sharing a little bit of what I see each and every day.  Have a wonderful, sunny weekend!


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Todd Parr is coming to SAS!

Hi Everyone,

Next week we will welcome author Todd Parr to SAS.  We have exciting activities and interactions with him planned for the 3rd grade.  If you haven’t ordered a book yet and plan to- here is the information one more time.


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How to catch a FOX!

Sometimes there comes along an opportunity that is just too good to pass up.  3ED had one of those opportunities happen this past week when we decided to put a couple of other things on hold and give ourselves permission to respond to a passion of ours…catching foxes!  Now, without telling the entire story (it will be out in the next addition of the EAGLE magazine!) we can tell you that we accomplished our goal, caught our fox, and released him back into the wild unharmed.  As an added bonus we spent lots of time in the new D.R.E.A.M.S. lab exploring our creative ingenuity to work together, and make our plan successful.  Here are a few photos of our process…hope you enjoy the full story in the EAGLE magazine coming out later this month!

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3ED and Book Clubs!

I am so proud my learners this week!  We’ve just finished up a really big step as readers…book clubs!  Just as many of you do, your children got together, listened to book reviews, chose a book to read together, talked about key points and characters, then celebrated the togetherness by having one last meeting and creating this slide show!  What a great experience for them to have- to feel like adult readers and yet be connected to their peers in a whole new way.  Way to go 3ED!

Spring Break in GREECE!

One thing is for sure…those pesky question marks on our board have received their last notice of eviction.  We’ve two days to study magnets left and 2 questions marks left!  Friday we were able to knock more question out by discovering that the first magnets were found by a poor farmer in Greece in region of Magnesia…while walking along herding his animals his sandal (which had nails in the bottom holding it together) stuck to a rock, and when he pulled to get it free it fell apart!  Much to his grief he pulled so hard the nails came out…when he put it back together, alas it stuck to similar rock nearby and it happened again!  Several times that day he had to repair his poor sandals with the nails made or iron and steel.  So, it is told that the discovery of magnets was made, and from the on people began wondering what this little rock could be used for to make their lives a little more advanced.  For us, it knocked out the question mark the said “How were magnets first discovered?”  We had believed that magnets were mostly, if not all,  manufactured because what we had seen all looked machine made…now we know!  We still have some questions to answer so our quest continues…we can do this!




Germany, Egypt, Spain, and Chile!

Exciting new things happening here in 3ED!  Today we heard the first of our Culture presentations the students completed about the countries they’ve been researching.  So many wonderful to learn about these areas of the world…and what wonderful public speakers they are becoming!  Many more to come!

Here are just a few things to keep in mind over the next few days and weeks:

Tonight is the first of the Writing Prompt homework assignments- remember that they are to choose one from the menu to write on for about 10-15 minutes.  Math was a catch up night…they would have only brought it home if they needed to complete 6.3.

Class Photo:  January 28th

Thursday is TREAT DAY!–  Please send 5 RMB if you plan for your child to purchase a treat after lunch.


Have a great week everyone!


Oh those math facts…

Well, we’ve been stuck inside for quite some time now…so today since the sun was shining and the air wasn’t so bad, we decided to head out to the Eagles Nest to give those math facts another go!  We’ve been practicing for over a month, and we’ve had a lot of success…we’ve used music, and flashcards, ipads, and quick drills, but today we decided that we would try something a bit different.  We got out some old counting chips and wrote numbers on them (2-12) with a sharpie, made sure they floated in the sink, then took them to the Eagles Nest to give them a trip down the lazy river…when they reached the “solving pool” at the other end we scooped them out two at a time and solved our equation, then either ran back and put them back into the river for another trip or put them in the basket to dry.  What fun!  We ended up with cold hands and some wet counting chips, but we did squeeze a lot of joy out of math facts today!

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