Toys for Tots

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One of our Georgetown students is collecting toys for Toys For Tots.  Ainslee Tomaszewski has a goal of collecting 155 toys and we have received 62 as of Monday.  These toys will go to families who are having difficulty affording gifts this year. 

Please bring your unwrapped gift to school by Thursday, December 8!

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Candy Cane Sale

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The annual 5th grade Candy Cane sale is officially here!
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The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our 5th-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities.
This year the sale runs from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16.    
The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered.
Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!
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Polar Express Party

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All aboard the 3rd grade Polar Express! Our party will be from 9:15-10:30 on Wednesday, December 21st.  If you are interested in helping run a center on the day of the party, or are willing to donate items, please click on the Polar Express picture below (for the Signup Genius link, enter your email, and click next). We will be decorating cookies and drinking hot chocolate at the Christmas party.  We are planning crafts, games, and snacks related to the Polar Express theme and will be combining all of the 3rd grade classes.

Also for a gift exchange, we would like each child to bring in a small item for each child in their class. We have 21 students. Some ideas might pencils, treats, erasers, or small party items from the store. We would also like each child to bring in a box wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper. The box needs to be opened without unwrapping it (so either wrap the lid separately or choose a box with flaps that can open and close). The kids will be putting the items they brought to share in each other’s boxes. The children may start bringing them in as soon as you would like to send them.  Make sure your child’s box is here by Friday, December 16th.

If  you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Study Island

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I have created an assignment on Study Island that is due on Sunday. It is titled Text Features.

What is Study Island?

  •  Study Island is an online learning program designed to help your child practice our third grade learning objectives.
  •   This program will serve as our homework on occasion – thus eliminating the need for as many paper copies – and serving as a history of practice that is accessible to both parents and the teacher.

Fast Facts:

  •   Every student has his/her own username and password.
  •   The program is divided into sections based on subject.
  •   Each subject is made up of topics, each of which corresponds to a specific state standard.
  •   Each topic contains lessons, practice questions and explanations.
  •   Most topics are accompanied by a lesson which includes some brief information about the material covered by the questions in the topic.

How do I log in to Study Island?

  •   Go to www.studyisland.com and enter your username and password.

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How does my child use Study Island?

  •   After signing in on Study Island’s home page, click the subject tab on which you wish to work or check your student’s class page for assignments created by your child’s teacher.
  •   To pass a topic, your child must satisfy the topic’s passing goal which is based on a minimum number of questions answered and a minimum percentage correct. A blue ribbon is displayed next to all passed topics.
  •   Once your child has passed all of the topics in the subject, he or she will have to pass the Post Test for the subject. Ignore this step if the subject has no Post Test.
  •   Once your child passes all topics in all sections, he has completed the Study Island program.

How do I monitor my child’s progress?

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  •   Log in to Study Island with your student’s username and password.
  •   Click on My Reports.

·   Click on a report and select the appropriate grade level.

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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

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We are focusing on the 3-Rs (Recycle, Reuse, Reduce) in science. This is a very easy unit for the students because it builds on their knowledge about natural resources from social studies. Flashcards came home on Wednesday, but you click on the following link if interested: Notecards for Recycle UnitThe test will be on Friday, December 9th.

Here are some online activities that your child can visit:

Remember to leave a comment if you played one of the games to let me know what you thought about it so that I can give you an extra bonus for homework. 

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Light Bulb Needed

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Our next science unit is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Please send a light bulb in for your child to use for a recycling project by Tuesday, December 6th. It does not need to work and can be any size, so check your house for the ones that no longer work. This is a perfect way to recycle. The twisty energy-efficient ones will not work well for what I have in mind.

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Earth Materials Science Unit

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We have been focusing on Earth Materials. In this unit we observed soil and sand. We also discussed rocks, minerals, and fossils. This is a review sheet that came home with your child today.

  • Sedimentary rock is formed in layers and has many fossils.
  • You can decide the age of a rock layer by finding its position in a series of layers because the top layer is the  youngest and the bottom layer is the oldest.
  • Fossils are clues of past changes in the earth’s surface and climate. A seashell fossil found on land far from the ocean gives us a clue that the land was once under water.
  • Examples of parts of organisms that become fossils are the bones, skull, shell or teeth.
  • mineral is a solid that forms naturally, is not alive, and has the same chemical make-up wherever it is found.
  • Rocks are made up of at least two minerals.
  • Minerals can be recognized by color, luster, texture, streak, and hardness.
  • Rocks formed in layers and usually formed near water are called sedimentary.
  • Rocks formed by changing materials under heat and pressure are called metamorphic.
  • Rocks formed when melted rock (magma) is forced up from the Earth and cools are igneous.
  • Rocks can change form from heatpressure, and chemicals.
  • Properties used when observing rocks are their color and size.
  • Soil are small bits of crushed rock containing living or once living matter.
  • Sand are rocks broken into smaller pieces by water, wind, and pressure.
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