This week we began a unit of study called “Animals Through Time.” In our first Mystery we explored the idea that the rock under our feet sometimes contains fossils. Those fossils reveal how habitats have changed through time. For example, fossil shark teeth and fossil starfish found in the center of North America are evidence that what is grassland today must have been an ocean in the ancient past.
You can help support your child’s learning by striking up a conversation about an exotic habitat you might have visited on vacation. If feasible, consider visiting the nearest science museum and/or quarry to see any local fossils that have been found in our region.
By honoring Martin Luther King Jr on this holiday, we want to spread his words of wisdom. To read and learn more about Martin Luther King, we have included some links to learn about Martin Luther King’s life and legacy.
As we get closer to our next NWEA testing window, we wanted to share some NWEA resources that will help your child reach his or her goal this coming January. We will be providing a link for NWEA practice, please follow the links.
Here are some pictures of our PTA sponsored Trunk or Treat 2018!. It was a family friendly oriented event that everyone got to enjoy. Our parents and teachers volunteered their time to make this occasion a pleasurable and meaningful experience for all of our Maples Community!
This year at Maples Elementary, the students will be able to earn brag tags throughout the school year. Here is some information to explain what brag tags are and how your child can earn them. Brag tags are incentive tags that your child can earn for positive behavior and choices that he/she makes during the school day. The tags are placed on a necklace that is kept at school and brought home at the end of the school year. Brag tags are not meant to take home but can be looked at if you come into school to visit. We will also have them available when you come in for parent/teacher conferences. Brag tags are earned when the teacher notices a choice or behavior that is done by a student that exceeds expectations. Brag tags can be earned for many things. Some of these may include: helping others, walking quietly in the hallway, good listening, being a buddy, following directions, etc. Positive reinforcement is one method that we will use this year to encourage positive choices and hard work.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any of your teachers!
So many things are happening this week at Maples Elementary, especially for the 3rd Grade. Our third-grade classes are each visiting the Firehouse Safety House to reinforce their learning about fire safety. Permission slips have been passed out and should be returned to their teachers as soon as possible.
This week, we promoted Walk/Bike to school as an initiative for a healthy and active lifestyle. Each student who walked or biked to school on October 10 will receive a brag tag!
In Math, all third classes have taken or still going to take the MidModule Assessment for Module 1. Please be sure that you are checking your child’s daily homework in order to help your child be successful for this upcoming assessment!
Maples Elementary is hosting Family Game Night on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 5-6:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to bring your child and learn how to play educational games sponsored by Gizmo. There will be games available if parents would like to purchase. There will be discount coupons for the first 40 parents to come! Please come and have fun! If interested in learning more about Gizmos, we have included a link to their website. https://www.learninggizmos.com/
We finished up another great week at school. We had many fun things happen this week in our academic subjects such as completing Topic B Math Quiz and learning about how to describe a character in Reading. We also completed all of the NWEA testing which have been recorded in your child’s planner.
This week, our third graders got to meet Firefighter Jane. Firefighter Jane shared many important information about what happens during a fire emergency. Our students got to learn about fire prevention, fire safety and important information with obtaining free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for families who cannot afford them.
The Dearborn Fire Station will provide free smoke detectors and free carbon monoxide detectors and also install them for no extra charge as a courtesy to promote fire safety. If interested with installing free smoke detectors, click on the links below.
This past Friday, our third graders enjoyed the BrainStormers Assembly. This event was an interactive, fun and engaging for our students to learn the different processes of writing. Our students had the opportunity to participate in the process and act out the skits. Think it up and Write it Down!