Although the class is doing our best to stay on track with schedules and tests and our steady progression through all subjects, with all the delays and days off we are still working hard to get back on track. Grades for the trimester will be closing soon, so now is the time for students to really make a push to end the trimester on a "high note."
As promised, I have been cracking down on those who are still handing in classwork and homework without a name or cursive handwriting. Please remind your students as I do on a regular basis that this is a very important part of preparing for 4th grade. It seems silly to have points deducted from a test or h.w. assignment because it was missing a name or not completed using cursive.
This past Friday some of the 3rd graders participated in the Read the Most Coast to Coast program for the Renaissance program. Students worked hard to read books prior to Friday so that they were then able to take a few Accelerated Reader quizzes, which contributed to our school's score of the number of quizzes taken and overall number of books read! Great job to those who were able to participate. I think this is also a good time to remind parents that your child should have a book that they are reading at least for 15-20 minutes every night. Although the AR quizzes are not counted as part of their actual reading test grade this year, it will be good practice for next year. Paperwork with directions for accessing your child's "bookshelf" went home before vacation and it had valuable information about your child's ZPD, which is important to be aware of when choosing a book. You should be able to view the books that are recommended on the shelf, but you can also take the title of other books to see if the ZPD is a good match for your child.