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Mrs. Shelly Cole
3rd & 4th Grade Teacher

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Last day of French!  Much thanks to Madame Mantei for all of her hard work. (May 10, 2017)


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Grades 1-4 Field trip to Dow Gardens (May 12, 2017)

December 13, 2018: We will be having our Christmas party next Thursday, December 20th. The children will be exchanging their class gifts. If you would like to bring a treat or snack for our party, please contact Julie Seymour. Next Wednesday we will be doing a fun art project with the Kindergarten kids. Have your kids keep reading for the Book It and practicing their math facts over break. May God grant you a most blessed CHRISTmas!

December 6, 2018: We are reading the novel, The Courage of Sarah Noble. In Science we made ice cream as an example of a physical change. We are also busy learning our Christmas songs for our program. The November Book It forms are due by tomorrow, December 7th. Our class Christmas party with be on Thursday, December 20th. If you would like to bring a snack for the party, please contact our room mom, Julie Seymour. 

November 29, 2018:  Please turn in the November Book It form by next Monday, December 3rd. We are starting to read the novel, The Courage of Sarah Noble. We picked names for Christmas and your child received _______________________’s name. Please keep the gift around $5.00. Thank you! 

November 15, 2018: We have been working hard on writing paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting details. This is a more difficult concept for them to learn, but they did great. They even commented that they are getting it, and it is getting easier! Love to hear that! Please remember to keep filling out the Book It form each month as your child reads.

November 8, 2018: The November Book It sheet was sent out this week. Please encourage your child to read each month and fill out the form. Thank you to the Seymours for inviting us to their machine shop. We really learned a lot about the process of making tools and had a lot of fun too. Right now we are working hard on how to write paragraphs with topic sentences supported with details. This is a very difficult concept for them. Please also work on it at home. Have them pick a topic, brainstorm ideas to support that topic, and write a paragraph-remembering to indent and use capital letters and periods at the beginning and end of our sentences. Run ons are a common problem at this level so please also work on that concept too! Happy Writing!!! If they write a paragraph at home with you, they can bring it to school for a reward! The fourth graders are starting their multiplication tables, mainly x2, x5, and x9. Please also work on these facts at home. The better they know their facts the easier their life will be in Math!

November 1, 2018:  Our first round of testing this year is complete! We will be testing three times throughout the year. The results are not part of your child’s grades, just a wonderful tool to let you know which areas your child struggles or succeeds in. Our class is going on a field trip to Bay Machining and Sales this Monday, November 5th. If you have not handed in your permission slip, please do so by tomorrow! The October Book It forms are due Monday, November 5th. The November form is attached to this note.

October 26, 2018: Hope your children are having fun starting the reading program with the Book It program. The October form is due Monday, November 5th. If all the kids participate all six months, we will be having a class pizza party at the end! Please make sure your child is dressed warmly and has boots for Harvest Festival tomorrow. We were invited to Mr. Seymour’s machine shop for a field trip on Monday, November 5th in the afternoon. We will learn about what a machine shop is and different types of machine shops. They will learn the entire process, starting from creating an estimate to creating the final product. The fun part will be watching the machine make parts! More information will be coming next week.

October 18, 2018: Please see the attached note about our field trip to Dow Gardens and the Whiting Forest and the Book It Program. We just received our BOOK It information. This program allows for the children to earn free pizza by reading each month. If they read all six months, the class is awarded a pizza party and can enter to win a college scholarship! Starting the week of October 22nd, have your child read at least 15 minutes four times a week. Please initial each square on the calendar they have read their 15 minutes. A new calendar will be sent out each month. They may read a novel, their Bibles (always important to get them into the Word on their own!), or reading homework. Thanks so much for your help!

October 4, 2018: Please mark your calendar for our field trip to Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest on Thursday, October 25th. More information will be coming! This week the kids and I enjoyed having an MLS student, Megan Alcorn, in our classroom as part of the Taste of Ministry program of encouraging kids to serve their Lord as either a teacher or pastor. Please check your child’s grades on Teacherease, as we are halfway done with the first quarter already!

Sept 27, 2018: The kids are having a hard time not losing their memory worksheet. Please remind them to always put their memory work and all homework back in their folder at the end of each night. We are working hard on teaching them organizational skills! Thanks for your help. Grades 1-4 will be heading to Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest ​on Thursday, October 25th​ in the morning. Please mark your calendar. More information will be coming!

Sept 20, 2018: We are getting to know each other and how our routine works! If your child is coming home with more than 30-40 minutes of homework, please let me know. If your child gets an A on their pretest spelling test on Wednesday, they do not have to take the final test on Friday. 

Sept 13, 2018: We are studying the births of John the Baptist and Jesus in Christlight. In Social Studies we will be studying all about our beautiful state of MI! In science we are studying about earth and space. Next Wednesday we will be starting French class! Please make sure you initial your child’s planner after all the work is completed and placed back into the folder. 

Sept 6, 2018: Welcome back, everyone! We are getting to know each other and how the routine works in our classroom. Please make sure you send a snack or two each day with your child. They should also have an old pair of tennis shoes to wear outside in case the ground is wet or muddy. Spelling pretests are on Wednesdays. If the students gets all the words correct, they do not have to take the test that Friday! Each student was assigned a planner which you should initial each night. If an assignment is finished, it will be crossed out. You may leave notes for me to see the next morning and look for special notes from me! I look forward to a great year with your children!