October newsletter

We had a great time and great weather at the art museum.  I think the kids really enjoyed it.  Please do not forget to turn in your PTA dance form if your child is interested in attending this October event.  If you have not signed up for a conference, and would like one, please go to my sign up genius.  I am looking forward to conferencing with you.  Parent Academy will be Thursday night.  A flyer with all of the sessions went home in the Friday folders.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about different programs that are happening at our school.


Red ribbon week is coming.  The details are listed below.

For more than 20 years, Red Ribbon Week has been the week when communities encourage healthy lifestyles and teach students about the dangers of drugs. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated nationally, and DDE is proud to support this effort with a week of spirit activities and a Food Drive.


Begin Food Drive on Thursday, October 24th! Thursday: “We are ‘RED’-y for Red Ribbon Week!” Wear something RED!

Friday: “Say ‘Peace Out’ to Drugs!” -Wear TIE-DYE CLOTHES!

Monday: “We are PAWS-itively Drug-Free! - Wear ANIMAL PRINTS or PICTURES!

Tuesday: “Being Drug-Free is ‘No Sweat’!” – Wear SWEATS or GYM CLOTHES!

Wednesday: “We are WILD about being Drug-Free!” – Wear WILD SOCKS/SHOES and/or a CRAZY HAIRSTYLE!

 Continue Food Drive through Wednesday, October 30th at 8:00am! ***After 8am, food brought to DDE will not count toward contest.***

Third grade will be collecting Peanut butter, dry pastas/noodles, pasta sauces, crackers, jellies/jams (no packets)


Academic happenings

In math we have completed our unit on graphing and we have started our unit on adding and subtracting multi digit numbers.  I teach this skill using several different methods and I do encourage students to try using them all.  It is important for children to understand what is happening when we regroup and ungroup, therefore the standard algorithm will be taught later in the unit.  Please continue to work with your child on their multiplication facts nightly.  We will spiral back to multiplication shortly.

In reading we are working on finding the main idea, supporting details and using context clues to help us figure out unknown words.  Students are continuing to work on their projects. This project is about an assigned country and the challenges people there face getting books. They are writing a report and will present their information in a poster.

In science we started our unit on the human body.  Our focus for this unit will be on the skeletal and muscular systems and how they help us survive.