March 24 Lunch Orders Due
March 27-31 Spring Break
April 3 Returning Student Forms Due
April 5 O&A to Fernhill Wetlands 10:30-1:30
April 7 Yearbook Covers Due
April 7 All School Meeting and Spirit Day (Plovers will present)
April 10 Library Visit
Important Calendar Note - Early O&A Departure on Wednesday, May 3rd 8:15am
Level 2 will travel to Haystack Rock (Oregon Coast) on 5/3/17. To maximize our time at the coast, we will need to leave FGCS by 8:30am! Please plan to drop your Plover off at 8:15am on this day.
Homework Due by Thursday, March 24th
1. Read for at least 20 minutes every night.
2. Complete at least 30 minutes of math practice.
3. Complete at least 20 minutes of typing practice on Typing.com
4. Optional: Compete Opinion Paragraph of the Week assignment on Google Classroom.
Prompt: Many states require children to wear helmets when riding bikes and scooters. Do you think they should? Support your opinion.
Returning Student Forms Due April 3rd
Click here to fill out an online Returning Student Form.
Upcoming Out and Abouts
This Wednesday, we will visit the Backyard Garden to explore how organisms survive in their habitats by passing traits from one generation to the next. After spring break, we will travel to Fernhill Wetlands and students who order a school lunch will receive sack lunches.
Library Chaperones - 2-3 chaperones needed for our next library trip (4/10)
Out & About Chaperones:
- Wednesday, April 5th - Fernhill Wetlands
- Wednesday, April 19th - Oregon Zoo
- Wednesday, April 26th - Jackson Bottom Wetlands
3rd grade math parent info:
Multiplication Family Letter
Activities to Try at Home
Loops and Group Multiplication Game (we played with dice instead of the spinners)
In 3rd Grade Math, students have been working on understanding multiplication and division situations. This week, students will make a class book of multiplication and division story problems. Encourage your child to think about situations that involve equal groups in your daily life.
- How many legs are on the seven birds we saw in the wetlands?
- How many toes are under the table while we eat dinner?
- If we share this batch of cookies equally, how many cookies will each person in our family get?
- Five pencils cost $1.00. How many pencils can we buy with $4.00?
Current 4th grade math topics:
- FRACTIONS! Our fraction unit was developed with Dr. Gowri Meda. For information about how we approach instruction during this unit, or to get information about how to review concepts at home with your child, visit Dr. Meda's website of math videos: Math Precisely.
- NOTE: All 4th grade math students should be practicing their multiples DAILY!
Art Announcements from Stephanie
Painting Melodies Art Show/Concert - April 7th 5-7pm at the district office.
The 8th grade ConnectED team has been working super hard to pull this together. They have booked 3 local bands, we will have over 100 pieces of artwork on display and a cake decorating competition. If you would like to donate art to the silent auction, please fill out the flyer and have artwork to us no later then April 1st.
Cake Decorating at Painting Melodies - The art show/concert has a sweet tooth. Students, parents and community members can participate in the cake decorating competition at the art show. Please fill out the cake art show flyer and turn it into the art room. You must have your finished cakes to the art show by 4 pm on April 7th.
Yearbook Cover Contest - It's that time of year already: time to participate in the yearbook cover contest! Submissions due April 7th. Click here for more info!
Last week, we worked on developing a story for our animal biology and ecosystems unit. For this project, students will imagine that they are employees in a wetlands or oceans visitor center (much like the Tillamook Forestry Center that we visited on Wednesday). First, students designed eco-friendly buildings for the visitor center and presented their plans to the class. Then, they thought about what type of work employees of a visitor center would be responsible for and how we could simulate those tasks in our own classroom. We wrote job descriptions together for four different positions (wildlife biologist, education specialist, landscape architect, and "the Lorax" or conservationist) and students applied for the one they wanted. Finally, the hopefully employees participated in job interviews, answering several tough questions, like:
1. Why do you want to work in a visitors’ center?
2. How has your education prepared you for the job?
3. What experiences have you had that will make you an expert on wetlands and oceans?
4. Can you give an example of how you work well with others?
Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Parents and students can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave a voice message on the class phone or set up a time to meet with me before/after school.