Grade 3-4 Fishman
Welcome to our homeroom family!
Welcome to 3rd-4th Fishman Homeroom!
I am thrilled to welcome you all to my homeroom this fall! Although school looks a little different, I am so excited about all the fun we will have together. Along with some of our fabulous students, I am new to Mackintosh this year, although I already feel so welcome in this amazing community. I cannot wait to meet each one of you and to turn our classroom into a family. I spent most of my summer at the beach and with my extended family, where I was able to collect shells to bring back for the students to use during our first unit on invertebrates. I also did a lot of reading novels as well as re-reading some of my favorites. I am looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures!
We are excited that all of the students in our 3rd-4th pod are in the same cohort, which means that they will have the opportunity to see both Mrs. Guilbert and myself, as well as the specialist teachers, during their day. All of the 3rd 4th students will have a morning recess together and have the same block for lunch, so they will get to see friends old and new. In addition to joining in groups for learning during the day, our hybrid learners will also be joining in both our morning meeting and our afternoon community meeting where we will have fun bonding activities and community building. We have been working over the summer on ways to make our in-person and FLEX learning experiences engaging, interesting, and fun.
We have been busy preparing our classrooms and materials to start an amazing year. Our start date is Thursday August 27th for in-person learners and Monday, August 31st for our hybrid learners. Students can be dropped off at Mack between 8:10am and 8:25am and our day starts at 8:30am. Our parent representative will be contacting you about a virtual picnic for class parents prior to the start of school.
In the meantime, here are a few things that your child can be working on to help them feel prepared for school.
(Optional) Summer Reading - Our class summer reading goal is for each student to read five free choice books plus our community read: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. I have updated the instructions in Google Classroom (for those of you that already have Google Classroom set up) on how to record your five books. If you don't yet have Google Classroom, you can just write the title, author, and a brief summary of the book/something you liked about it on a piece of paper.
Practice keyboarding - We will be using technology in a variety of ways this year and the more comfortable your child is with typing, the more they can focus on the content of their writing.
Learn outside--- Our first unit “How We Share the Planet” and we are looking at interdependence through the lens of invertebrates. We will explore many different invertebrates, delving into their needs, their anatomy, and how they move throughout our world with us. If your child wants to start looking in their yard (lake, stream, or in the sky) for invertebrates, please encourage them to take a picture to add to our action wall (or share with me via email). If they don’t get a chance to take a picture, any observations about our outdoor pals would also be welcome! If your family goes on any hikes or swims, be sure to keep your eyes open!
In order to help with collaboration, we are requesting that parent communications go to both of our emails (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com). More information on the start of school will be coming out soon. Please be sure to check Parentsquare for updates from us and from the school community. Feel free to reach out with any questions.