March 15 All Day O&A to Tillamook Forest - Chaperones Needed
March 20 Yearbook Orders Due
March 24 Lunch Orders Due
March 27-31 Spring Break
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 16th
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: Should children be allowed to play video games? Support your opinion.
Returning Student Forms Due April 3rd
With open enrollment for 2017-18 underway, it is time for parents of current students to confirm that they plan to return to FGCS next year. Click here to fill out an online Returning Student Form. Current students are guaranteed a classroom place for next school year when their parents submit a form by the deadline.
Upcoming Out and Abouts
This Wednesday, we will visit the Tillamook Forest Center and about the lifecycle of salmon. A forest hike will allow us to investigate further the different roles of organisms in a forest ecosystem, and learn more in-depth about specific native animals. Students who ordered school lunch will receive a sack lunch with a sandwich. Please make sure your student is dressed for the weather and prepared to be outside.
Next week, we will visit the Backyard Garden to explore how organisms survive in their habitats by passing traits from one generation to the next.
Breakfast Donations - Fruit needed 3/17
Out & About Chaperones - We have several all day trips planned for this spring which will require chaperones. We can accommodate 2 extra adults on the bus and additional chaperones can drive separately (or carpool).
- Wednesday, March 15th - Tillamook Forest
- Wednesday, April 5th - Fernhill Wetlands
- Wednesday, April 19th - Oregon Zoo
- Wednesday, April 26th - Jackson Bottom Wetlands
- Wednesday, May 3rd - Haystack Rock
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 a complex multiplication story problem called "How Long, How Tall?" Using two large posters of a city center, students worked in pairs to measure buildings, buses, trees and other objects in the city in relation to the height of a character named Antonio, who is four feet tall. For example, one of the trees was determined to be 12 feet high since it was 3 times the height of Antonio. Then, groups got to create their own setting for an Antonio problem, like under the sea, Jurassic world or "the land of giant school supplies," and measure the heights of the objects in their drawings. This investigation will lead to the creation of measuring strips, or number lines, to compare the products of different sized groups. To support your student in their developing understanding of multiplication, remind them that a problem like "4 x 5" can be read as "4 groups of 5."
Current 4th grade math topics:
- 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!
- Homework #1: Introduction to Fractions
- Homework #2: Unit Fractions/ Finding Fractions on a Number line
- Homework #3: Comparing Fractions
- Homework #4: Adding & Subtracting Fractions
- Homework #5: Adding & Subtract Fractions with UNLIKE denominators AND Multiplying a Fraction by a Whole Number
- Homework #6: Proper and Improper fractions, Conversions between improper fractions and mixed numbers, addition of mixed numbers
- Homework #7: Multiplying a mixed number by a whole number.
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.
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.