Volunteer Schedule for Reading Counts Celebration

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Thursday night June 3

Set up tents and tables. Make sure things are in order for morning.

1. Jen Ford?


Friday June 4

2nd and 3rd Grade 8:45am-11:15am

Station 1 – 1970s Tie Dye T-shirts

1. Julie Rossback

2. Kristi Fellows

3. Kari King

4. Michelle Baareman

5. Christine OConnell

6. Allison Adams


Station 2 – 1950s Rootbeer Floats

1. Lori Wilson

2. Rhonda Fabbro

Station 3 – 1920s Mini Golf

1. Staci Niebor

2. Jamie Ham

Station 4 – Relays involving 1920s, 1950, 1970s

1. Gina Wolma


4th and 5th Grade 1:05pm – 3:25pm

Station 1 – 1970s Tie Dye T-shirts

1. Carrie Clark-Berry

2. Jennifer Conkel

3. Jen Ambrose

4. Nancy Patrick


Station 2 – 1950s Rootbeer Floats

1. Lori Wilson

2. Allison Adams

Station 3 – 1920s Mini Golf

1. Kristi Fellows


Station 4 – Relays involving 1920s, 1950, 1970s

1.Stacey Hunt


Clean up after party is complete – moving tables back and packing up each station



Michigan Celebration

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We have learned so much about Michigan this year and it’s time we celebrate our great state! We will be celebrating by making salt dough maps of Michigan. On these maps the students will show the landforms and characteristics they have learned about.

We will need some volunteers to help make salt dough. The recipe is listed below, if you would be willing to make some, that would be great! Please place it in a zip loc bag and send it in with your son or daughter by Thursday, June 3. Thanks!

Basic Salt Dough Recipe


  • 1 cup of fine salt
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water (may add more)


  • In a large bowl, combine the salt and the flour
  • Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water
  • Knead until smooth and shape into a ball

Thanks for helping!

Just Write

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Our very important celebration of our year long work in writing takes place next week – May 24-28.  Our class will tour parents and important visitors on:      May 26th 3:15-3:30 (We will begin with a celebration in the classroom at 2:30).

Everywhere you look, descriptive and rich and meaningful words will be displayed on:  lockers, walls, windows, and doorways.  Our published books from this year and year’s past will be on display in the rotunda.
Each writer’s story is published in a class anthology (collection) that is available for purchase (shipped directly to your home) or free download.  To see these books, visit the LULU link on the front of our school blog look for our class link on this link:  ABOUT OUR WRITING JOURNEY

Save the Date

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We will be combining our Just Write Celebration with our Poetry Academy. The children have each written a poem that they would like to read to you during our celebration. We will briefly discuss and experience Writer’s Workshop followed by the Just Write Scavenger Hunt in the hall. At the end, we will all meet back in the room for a tasty treat! Please join us on Wednesday, May 26th from 2:30-3:30.

Please let us know if you can make it so that we can have enough chairs in the room.

Book Orders

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I have exciting news. You can now place your Scholastic Book Clubs orders online!

Browse all the great monthly Book Club selections at low prices and order online. Plus, our class earns a FREE book every time a parent orders online.

Here’s how it works:

1. Use the information below to access the Scholastic Book Clubs Web site.
2. Browse the titles with your child and place your order with your credit card.
3. Your order will come to me, and your credit card payment will go directly to Scholastic’s secure server. There’s no need to send money to school.
4. After I submit the entire class order to Scholastic, your order will be delivered to our classroom for your child to take home.

To get started, go to the Web address below and enter our class’s personalized user name and password in the sign-in fields on the right side of the page. Note: You do not need to create your own user name and password.

User Name: McDonald3rd
Password:  BookOrders

Ordering online is the most convenient way to use Scholastic Book Clubs. You can order anytime, right up until the online order due date. You’ll also get instant access to over 500 additional titles plus online-only specials and discounts.

And don’t forget: Every time a parent places an order online, we earn a FREE book for our classroom library! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

We have something to say….JUST WRITE!

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If you haven’t heard, one of the most important all school celebrations is fast approaching.  The week of May 24-28 is our opportunity all the writers in our schol

The week is organized into grade level celebrations which include tours of locker stories,  tours of posted poster stories displayed throughout the building, and a scavenger hunt.  Parents and special guests are invited to attend these events. Our grade level will be celebrating on May 26 at 2:20  time. Please report to our classroom at that time.  We will talk through the tour schedule, appropriate behavior and then begin the tour.


In addition to the tours of student writing pieces (displayed on lockers) and specially selected poster stories on display throughout the hallways, the rotunda will also be filled with published classroom anthologies. We will be publishing a class anthology to lulu.com.  Once the publication is complete, I will share the link so you can download a free copy or order a professional copy.

We also have a tradition of wearing special designed Just Write T-Shirts on that day.  If you would like to purchase one for your child, you can download the order form and send this into the office.  Just Write T-Shirt Order Form Orders are accepted now  through May 5.

If you would like to view a photo video from last years celebration, visit the MAY 2009 blog post.

We look forward to celebrating our writing work with you.