10/20~Life is good in the 3-4 Learning Center

10/20

Upcoming Dates:   

  • October 26th-27th: Fall Break, no school
  • October 31st: Halloween!
  • November 1: Teacher Work Day, no school
  • November 2nd-3rd: Parent-Teacher Conferences (sign up link in our previous blog post)

Announcements:

  • Next week’s snack person is: Henry

With Gratitude:  

  • Thank you, Thor and family, for bringing in nutritious snacks for our class this week! We must give extra gratitude for how carefully and individually packed they were, many thanks to you.
  • Our Denver chaperones (Michelle, Lindsay, Brian, Beth, Jenny, and Lara), you are amazing! THANK YOU for all of your effort, love, care, support, and kindness during our Denver trip. Georgina, thank you for doing all of the food shopping for the trip– what a huge help you are.

What’s Happenin’ in 3-4:

What a week we had in Denver! Between seeing the whole city from the top of The Capitol building, acting out 1920’s pioneer chores, gold panning in the South Platte River, hunting like Ute Indians, experiencing The Dustbowl from a make-believe cabin in Oklahoma and so much more, it is safe to say that we all learned a lot about the country that we live in. We had tons of fun while swimming at the indoor pool, making forts in our hotel rooms, having dance parties, singing on long bus rides, and so much more. The kids were careful to make safe choices while walking around a busy city and noticed so many differences between bustling Denver and our peaceful little valley. These experiences are truly priceless.

This week we had a special performance with traditional music and dance from Ghana. We listened to drums and learned some new dance moves. It was so much fun to get up and dance as a whole school. We also had the first character visit with Nina from The Aspen Historical Society. She acted as Sarah Melissa Gillespie at The 1st Annual Pioneer Association of Pitkin County Ball in year 1900. Sarah’s husband staked mining claims here and they lived a fortunate pioneer life. The children asked her some great questions about life in that time period, ask your child what they learned from “Sarah’s” visit.

All of our writers completed their first writing unit this week. They all have published stories that they will share with others in our class on Monday. Don’t fret, parents, these stories will be coming home soon. I hope these are the kinds of things that you save in a box for kids to look back at when they are older. Jen’s dad recently sent her a box full of elementary school writing and she has been sharing it with the students, much to their enjoyment. For our next writing unit, we will be exploring Poetry! This will be a brief unit before we study informational writing until Winter Break.

Conferences are coming up and we are looking forward to chatting with you about your child’s academics and wellness. This is an opportunity for us to meet without the children, so please make plans for your child during that time. The conferences in the spring will include your children. To sign up please use the link from our previous blog post.

Next Thursday and Friday we do not have school so that we can all have some time to relax during Fall Break. Jen is headed to Cortez, CO to mountain bike and check out Mesa Verde National Park. She is pretty excited to sleep in a yurt with a clear roof for stargazing. Gigi is heading to Denver to spend quality time with friends.  Alli isn’t quite sure yet what she will be doing, but she is certain that relaxing will be part of it! We hope that all of you enjoy some family time before the craziness of mountain-town winter begins.

 

Homework:  

Reading homework: Read at least 20 minutes and log it every night. Bring the reading log and book bag to/from school daily. We are building important executive functioning skills and life-long reading habits with this practice. Thank you for supporting this at home.

Friday to *Wednesday* homework:  Homework this week has 3 parts. There are some math practice pages to be completed, and some grammar pages that focus on capitalization of proper nouns. The spelling list is now derived from word patterns that the child was studying in a small group the week before. Each child has an envelope with their word sort cards in them. These cards can be used to practice spelling patterns. For spelling homework kids need to do 3 of the tic-tac-toe activities and be ready for a spelling quiz, which is on Wednesday next week.