Archive for May, 2010
Despite the weather, the class was in great spirits as we boarded the tugboat, watched an informative video on the history of the canal and tested our skills at monitoring the boat traffic in and out of the canal. After lunch there was a high-spirited trivia game and all the teams did an amazing job! A special thanks to our parent drivers! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Next week, on Tuesday, May 18th and Wednesday, May 19th, your child will be taking his/her first Math MCAS test. These two days will test your child’s math skills. The test will include answering multiple choice questions, short answer questions and even Math open response questions (“O.R.Q.s”).
The children have been learning and practicing math skills, strategies and important math vocabulary since the beginning of the year.
A friendly reminder of the best ways to prepare your child for the test:
- Beginning tonight (not just the night before please), have your child go to bed early each night so he/she will be well rested on the MCAS days.
- On the MCAS days, have your child eat a well-balanced breakfast before coming to school. We will not be able to have morning snack at our usual time.
- Please be sure that your child arrives on time to school on each of these days.
During the week of MCAS testing there will be no written homework. Instead, please encourage your child to continue reading and to play outside. Also, I’m looking for donations of healthy snacks for us to share those 2 days. Students with last names beginning with A-K can donate on Tuesday, L-Z on Wednesday (juice boxes, cheese sticks, fruit, veggies, chips & salsa, banana bread, fruit snacks, etc.). My only request is that you send in enough for 22 students to each have exactly the same size, shape or flavor. Otherwise it gets challenging trying to figure out who – gets – what and to make it equal. (Thank you, in advance, for your help and understanding!)
Finally, please know that I have taken the time to explain to the children that despite the focus right now on MCAS, that it is just one small part of their education. I have assured them that if they are well rested, have breakfast and most importantly, try their best, they will do well. I am, and will continue to be proud of their effort and accomplishments! Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions or concerns.
The third graders did an amazing job at both the daytime performance and the fantastic evening performance. Congratulations to all of the third graders!