3B Weekly Letter

Dear 3B Families,

In writing workshop we listened to the story "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge" by Mem Fox. The story is about a boy who helps a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s remember by giving her a collection of objects that jolt her memory. A shell reminds her of a trip to the beach when she was young, a medal reminds her of her brother who died in the war, and a puppet reminds her of the one she showed to her younger sister to make her laugh.

Writers also remember special small moments in their life in order to gather and collect great ideas for their own writing. Many of the best writers write about what they know most and include real experiences from their own lives. To help students find significant moments in their lives to write about, we would like each student to create a Memory Collection.

Over the weekend, students should look at home for objects or images that remind them of moments and memories from their lives. Students can cut out pictures from magazines, look through photographs, or find small objects to put in a zip-lock bag. Rather than a collection of favorite objects, we want students to search for things that connect them with stories from their lives.

When looking for things, here are some possibilities to choose from – things that 

  • make you laugh
  • make you cry
  • changed your life
  • make you proud
  • scared you
  • remind you of a special relative or friend
  • remind you of challenges you overcame

Memory Collections should be brought to school on Monday, September 21.

Happy memory hunting!

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD: This week, ask me 

  • What our classroom constitution is 
  • The skits that we did about rules
  • What I learned about my walking partner/bus partner
  • To teach you the “Austrian Went Yodeling” song 
  • What a memory is 
  • What my first writing entry is about 
  • How my first chorus class went
  • About our science mystery bags and what properties of seeds mean -
  • Who Matt is and about our computers
  • To tell you about the book Mysteries According to Humphrey
  • What we did at the Schuylkill Environmental Center
  • About what happens to our brains when we make mistakes
  • What my favorite part of third grade is so far

REMINDERS:

  • Please let us know if your child will be missing school for Yom Kippur. 
  • There will not be a note next Wednesday.
  • School will be closed September 24, 25, and 28 because of the papal visit.

HOMEWORK:

  • Decorate the cover(s) of writing notebook 
  • Bring in a memory collection by Monday. 
  • Sign the Technology Responsible Use Policy form and return by Monday.
  •  Bring in a family photo if you haven’t already. -
  • Keep sending in reading logs and math work your child completed over the summer. -
  • Any remaining summer book projects should be turned in by Wednesday.

SAVE THE DATE:

Wednesday, September 30, 6:30pm: Join us for Back to School Night. (There is a TPSA Meet and Greet beforehand, from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Anna and Diane
3B teachers