Week Of November 13th

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This will be a busy week with two nights of Parent/Teacher conferences!  If you do not remember your conference time, please look back at last week’s bog.  I listed all the times on that post.  I will also be sending home reminder sheets in your child’s backpack! 🙂

Just another reminder:  BOOK ORDERS are due Monday by midnight.  You can order online at Scholastic.com and use my class code HCCDM, or you can send in the order form with your child tomorrow.  I prefer checks made out to Scholastic Books.  Thank you!

Since the card marking ended, we have many new learning goals 🙂

In reading the groups continue to focus on fiction.

In science we are starting weather and climate.

In writing we are writing a compare/contrast informational essay comparing the Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan.

In Social Studies we are starting our unit on Michigan History.

In math our chapter focuses on measurement to the nearest 1/4 inch as well as area and perimeter.  ANY extra practice you can give your child measuring to the nearest 1/4 inch at home would be very helpful.

I have attached a free website through Houghton Mifflin for extra practice with grammar.  This will help your child with our weekly language practice.


We continue to collect canned food for Gleaners. Our class WON an ice cream sundae party for collecting the MOST box tops this year.  Thank you so much for your help!  The kids are excited.  I am working with PTA on this, but it looks like they will get their reward on Tuesday the 21st.

I look forward to seeing many of you this week to discuss your child’s progress 🙂

Week Of November 6th and Conferences

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I look forward to meeting with you at Parent/Teacher Conferences to discuss your child’s progress in 3rd grade thus far.  I will be sending home a paper reminder, but wanted to give you a heads-up on this blog as well. 🙂

Conference Schedule:

Thursday, November 9th                                                   Wednesday, November 15th

3:40      Ali Abdulhadi                                                          4:00  Aya Chami

4:00    Kaveh Azimi                                                             4:20  Griffin Coykendall

4:20     Sareen Deaibes                                                         4:40  Hayden Luckey

4:40     Jamal Salame                                                             5:00  Reem Bijayjih

5:00   Celina Farhat                                                               5:20  Adam Alcodray

5:20   Abbass Eltfaili                                                             5:40  Hannah Harb

5:40   Ramzi Haydous                                                           6:00  Emily Skinner

6:00   Sandy Dabbous                                                           6:40  Sereen Krecht

6:40   Celine Hamka

Thursday, November 16th

4:00  Damien Reisdorf

4:20  Nour Najdi

4:40  Joseph Mubarez

5:00  Medina Ferris

5:20  Kennedy Dion

5:40  Sadinah Sabbagh

6:00  Max Anton

6:20  Zane Elzeny


Please remember, this Tuesday there will be no school for students due to Election Day.  Teachers will be participating in staff development.

We are collecting canned food for the Gleaners Food Bank during the month of November. You can send this in with your child.

Book orders for November will be going home this week.  If you’d like to order books for your child, please send CHECKS ONLY made out to Scholastic Books, OR use the online ordering system at Scholastic.com and enter my class code HCCDM.

NWEA results and report cards will be given to you at conferences unless I hear otherwise.

Have a wonderful week! 🙂


Halloween 2017

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What a GREAT Halloween Party!  A HUGE thank you to Mariam Abbass (Ali’s mom), Mr. and Mrs. Salame, Hiba Khatoun (Celina’s mom), Mr. and Mrs. Skinner and Michelle Berry (Sandy’s mom) for planning and helping out.  It wouldn’t have happened without you!!

Also, a reminder that this Friday is a half-day of school.  Students will be dismissed at 11:45.

Week Of October 30th and Halloween Party

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I have attached a note regarding rules for Halloween costumes worn in school and the time of the parade around the track on Tuesday. Please take a moment to read it.  If your child is going home for lunch on Tuesday to put on his/her costume, please send A NOTE TO SCHOOL IN THE MORNING.  Otherwise, the costume can be packed in a bag and sent to school and I will give your child time to put it on after lunch.  Having a costume that goes on OVER theie clothes would be helpful.



Our classroom party will take place from 1:45-2:30.  Feel free to stop in and take pictures 🙂 or help out.

Your child  is bringing home the math review for the Chapter 2 test this weekend.  Please look it over with your child.  The test will take place on Monday 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!

Week Of October 23rd

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Hello, I’m sorry this blog was not updated for this week until tonight.  I had to be out of school on Friday and Monday due to a bad stomach virus, but I’ll be back tomorrow!  I hear that the kids did well in my absence 🙂  Tomorrow I will spend time getting us all back on track.  Spelling words should have come home today.  If they did not, I will make sure you get them tomorrow.  Science tests will be coming back tomorrow.

I will also be giving you updates on things such as our classroom Halloween Party/parade and the rescheduled Reading and PBIS assembly.  You will get an email notification when this blog is updated.

One thing I was asked to pass on to you- the Howard School Halloween Party will be from 6:00-8:30 PM on Friday, October 27th. You can only participate if you buy advance tickets.  There will be no ticket sold at the door.

I’d like to let the Skinner Family know how VERY GRATEFUL Ms. Martin and her class 🙂 are for the beautiful rug they gifted to us.  I am enclosing a picture in this blog 🙂

Science Review and Other Links

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Your child was taught how to find the link on iblog to the interactive science review.  It is on the right hand side of the blog page in red under FORCES AND MOTION PRACTICE.  There are also other handy links for practice in other 3rd grade content areas if you want to give your child extra practice in those areas.

I’ve also placed a tab at the top of the page called SOCIAL STUDIES if you want to access the online social studies resource we use in 3rd grade.

I hope this helps!

Ear Buds ??

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I would like to start LISTEN TO READING and math lessons on the Chrome Books that require sound.  We do not have a classroom set of headphones.  Therefore, every year I ask that the kids bring in a small inexpensive set of earbuds to keep in their desks.  If you could send your child to school with these by next week, I would appreciate it 🙂 (Some kids already have them)


Week Of October 16th

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It’s finally starting to feel like Fall!  I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  We have a few things coming up this week that I wanted to make sure I touched on.

First, our class will be visiting the Dearborn Fire House (smoke house) On Tuesday afternoon.  Thank you so much for getting the permission slips back so quickly!

We will have a science test this week on Forces.  I will send home review material before the test.  The test is scheduled for Thursday.

There is a LATE START this Wednesday:  School will start at 9:35

Thursday is Picture Day 🙂

This Friday the PTA will be recognizing all students who turned in summer reading logs.  If your child read over the summer and filled out his/her reading log, please have it returned to school before Friday.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Aya Chami and Zane ElZeny for being our September Students of the Month!! Aya and Zane both exhibit excellent Howard School Core Values. 🙂


For future planning:

Our Halloween Parade and party will be the afternoon of October 31st.