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Happenings in Room 20Posted by Molly Mundell-Bass on 11/26/2018
Room 20 Important Dates:
- Poetry with Prartho Sereno (Poet in the Schools)-Starting Monday December 3rd
- Chorus Performance – Friday, December 14that 8:45am
- Visit to The Tamalpais- Friday, December 14th at 12:30pm
- Fieldtrip to The Marin Civic Center- Monday, December 17th
Our first 3rdgrade fieldtrip will be to the Marin County Civic Center on Monday, December 17th. We will have a tour of the facility that will focus on the unique architecture and engineering of the building, as well as the local government and history of Marin.
In the Spring, we will go to the Marin Museum of the American Indian in Novato to learn about Miwok culture, regalia, and traditions.
Both of the fieldtrips together cost $18.50/child. Please watch for the fieldtrip donation form going home in your child’s homework folder on Monday to see how you can donate. Thank you for helping!
Parent Teacher Conference Follow-Up
Thank you for taking time to speak with me about your child at our conference. I enjoyed getting to spend time with each family talking about how I can support your child in the classroom. As mentioned in the conferences, I am looking forward to adding some new additions to the classroom, such as math challenges, small group reading groups, and a rewards program to encourage students to read different kinds of books. I will also ask our school and local librarians for book recommendations as I know many of you are looking for those as well!
Happenings in Room 20Posted by Molly Mundell-Bass on 9/28/2018
Room 20 Important Dates:
- Staff Development Day: Monday, October 8th
- Senior Buddy Fieldtrip: Friday, October 12th
- Picture Day: Tuesday, October 16th
Senior Buddy Fieldtrip
We are preparing for our first visit to meet our Senior Buddies on October 12thby hearing from the program’s director, Dena Selix. She will be visiting our class to give the kids more insight on what to expect on their visits to The Tamalpais. She is a wonderful resource and has been a classroom teacher before her years of work with seniors. Thank you to our drivers for this visit. We will be sure to rotate drivers so every parent who would like to, will get a chance to come.
Writing and Reading in Room 20
Recently the class finished their small group reading books. They are now choosing books from the school library and classroom library for Readers Workshop. We are working on Comprehension Checks at the end of each chapter to review who is in the chapter and what just happened. Students are working on their first personal narrative of the year. They have picked sentences from their first drafts to improve with dialogue, description, setting, and sensory details. Now it’s on to the second draft!
What fun we’ve been having with magnets! We are still trying to figure out this “Floating Train” phenomenon. Students now understand the key concepts that a non-touching force is acting on the train and they think it has something to do with repelling magnets. More to come!
If you have not signed up for a Parent/Teacher Conference, please stop by or email me for an appointment time. I will send out confirmation emails in the next two weeks. Thank you!
Happenings in Room 20Posted by Molly Mundell-Bass on 8/30/2018
Welcome to Room 20!
Our class is already working so well together and starting to get into daily routines. I just love the way they come into the classroom ready for the day. I've been so impressed with how well they've adjusted to new routines, teachers, and classmates. I've been getting to know each of your children through lots of ice breaker activities and by helping them build a Time Capsule that represents each student right now in Third Grade. I've heard lots of amazing summer vacation stories and learned that our class has many interests, from sports to baking to video games. We are building community by meeting daily in community circles for check-ins and problem solving, and the occasional silly question posed to the group. I'm so excited to have more time with this amazing group of kids!
Back To School Night
Please join me for Back To School Night on Thursday, September 13th. The third grade presentation will be from 7:20-8:00pm. I will be going over a general outline of the year, highlighting all the special events, activities, and academics in third grade. I understand it's hard for parents with more than one child to attend, so feel free to come for as much as you can. Please look for Parent Volunteer Sign-ups at Back To School Night as well.
Please return all paperwork as soon as possible. The parent questionnaire (orange paper) that went home on the first day of school is very helpful for me. Thank you!