Ms. Kennedy’s Classroom Notes

Due to an editing error, Ms. Kennedy’s Classroom Notes were not published in the paper version that was sent home on Wednesday. They are posted below:

Thank you to all the families and friends who joined us in Room 17 for Open House. The place was abuzz with happy chatter and pride. The children really appreciated having an opportunity to share their world with people they love. The entire event was a huge success, and everyone is scheduled for a fall conference. Well done! Another bit of great news is that our third graders have completed 50 hours of IXL math practice at home. These extra 15 to 20 minutes a night on IXL are extremely helpful in boosting shaky skills, and introducing challenging new concepts as well. You will notice on http://mskennedy.posterous.com/ that not only are daily photos being posted, but I am including the math link of the day so you can see what the current focus is. For instance, it is important that children now know the difference between a bar graph, pictograph, and dot plot graph. In Science, we are studying igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. It seems that third grade is the height of the love of rocks. Monday morning’s Weekend News contained the best writing students have done so far. The minimum three sentences must all include a capital letter in the beginning, and a period, exclamation point, or question mark at the end, plus verbs that are out of the ordinary. We are also working on setting aside bad habits of letting capital letters appear willy-nilly in the middle of words. I have seen real growth in the journals that travel home with me at night. It is a fabulous opportunity to glimpse into children’s true interests, and have the chance to encourage them to pursue their passions. Thanks to all those who signed up to volunteer in our class. I will be sending out requests soon. Best wishes to all!