3rd Grade – Seppala

March Newsletter

CLASSROOM UPDATES:
As we welcome March, we have many exciting events happening.  March is reading month so please watch the calendar for special events as Forest Academy will celebrate in many unique and fun ways.  We will celebrate as a school family our School-Wide Celebration with music and art.  It is also the month we have parent/teacher conferences; I look forward to meeting with all of you once again.  This month’s character trait is TRUSTWORTHINESS.  Last month was RESPECT; the kids worked hard to show respect towards friends and adults.

The PTO continues to look for volunteers to join their organization, please consider joining that group as they prepare so many great activities for your kids.

MATH:
We continue our year-long quest to master multiplication and division.  The kids are doing great, but please continue to have them practice at home.  We will also begin to study the metric system and measuring.  March 9 is our math night from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Please join us for that exciting evening.

READING:
March, as mentioned earlier, is reading month.  There are many special activities planned throughout the month.  This is a great time to share a great book.  If any of you parents would like to stop in and read us a book, the invitation is open.  Please let me know in advance so I can prepare our schedule.  We would love to have you!

PARENT PLACE:
Your daughter or son will be taking the M-Step Test this year.  It is the old MEAP Test that every third grade student must take.  It is extremely different than in the past and we are busily trying to prepare.  One change is that the students are going to be asked to write an essay-type response and it will have to be typed.  We will be doing extra typing in class to assist them feeling comfortable with the keyboard.  There are some free apps you can obtain to have your daughter or son practice at home.  One recommended one is Tux Typing.  Of course there are many others out there, but do try to have your daughter or son practice as much as they can, as it will make the testing more comfortable in the spring.

HOMEWORK:
The kids are doing a great job handing in and completing homework!  Thank you for assisting them with work at home.  Please encourage a little extra reading this month.

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.
~Dr. Seuss