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December Activities and Thank Yous!!

Hello Room 7,
 
I hope everyone is having a great last week before the winter break! Almost there!
 
Today's 3rd grade music performance was a huge success! The students were fantastic and it was great to see so many family supporters!
 
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our special 3rd grade Polar Express December Gift! We have reached out grade level goal and it could not have been done without your help!
 
If you would still like your child to participate in our book exchange party on Friday, December 21st, please bring in a new and wrapped 3rd grade appropriate book. This is optional for those who wish to participate.
 
Thank you for those who are volunteering in helping to make our Gingerbread houses this Wednesday, December 19th. If you could arrive a bit early (around 1:45 pm to help set up and get settled that would be amazing. I will be sending home reminders tomorrow (Tuesday, December 18 in addition)
 
I wanted to send everyone a big THANK YOU all for your wonderful support in helping to make the holidays and birthday celebration special! I greatly appreciate your kindness and generosity. The students seemed even more excited than I was on Friday.
 
All of your ongoing support and communication has helped make this a wonderful year so far.
 
Thank you again and as always, if you have any questions or wish to reach out, please do not hesitate to ask.
 
Cheers!
 
-Mr. Barro

Good Afternoon 3rd Grade Families,

 

I know some people have had additional questions regarding the 3rd grade  December gift so here is some information in a little more detail. 

3rd grade has a special celebration tradition for the book The Polar Express that we read this month.  Every year it is one of the highlights.  We read the book, have fun writing assignments and watch the movie.  We celebrate the day with activities that celebrate the book and add to the magic of the season.  

A dear friend has a wonderful story and makes custom bells to celebrate the first gift of Christmas.  We have an opportunity to get the bells they make for about $9 each (normally $14.95 through the website), which would be an awesome 3rd grade keepsake. 

 

We would love to give the bells to the students on Polar Express Day - but need help purchasing them.  If you have already signed up and sent money, thank you!! If you can help out, we'd really appreciate it.  Currently, we have collected a total of $190 for all 3 classes.  We need at least $220 per classroom ($660 for all 3 classes) which is $8.50 per student.

If you are interested in supporting, please click on the link below to contribute. Any amount is welcome and appreciated!
 
 
 

Thank you all so much for your support.  Attached is a picture and the process of how the bells are created so you can see the bells and read their personal story.

 

Magical Bells Story  (magicalbells.com)

 

Magical Bells began in 2006 when my late wife, Christina Frueh, was inspired by our son, Evan, asking for "a silver sleigh bell from Santa's sleigh, JUST LIKE IN THE POLAR EXPRESS!" Christina searched everywhere for an authentic Polar Express sleigh bell.  She found poor quality jingle bells and a lot of bells "claiming" to be "Polar Express Bells". But none fit for Santa's sleigh. So Christina decided to create her own!

 

Each of our premium sleigh bells are handcrafted, heirloom quality and truly a labor of love. We are the only company offering an authentic Polar Express sleigh bell.  This special gift appeals to children and adults of all ages and represents "the universal symbol to believe". 

 

Sadly, Christina passed away in 2014.  Our son, Evan, 10 years old at the time, was comforted by playing with his friends, Owen and Gavin, who had recently lost their father, Chad, to leukemia.  Chad and his wife Jenna were our very close friends.  As Jenna, our 3 boys, and I spent more time with each other, it became apparent that we were brought together for a reason, and we married and combined our families.  We keep Christina and Chad alive in our hearts everyday, and Christina's passion for magical bells and to "believe" continues through Jenna, Evan, Owen, Gavin, and myself.  We are honored to keep Magical Bells operating and to continue providing our beautiful sleigh bells to our customers around the world.  

From our family to yours, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 

Mike and Jenna, Evan, Owen, and Gavin

 

Thank you again and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. 

3rd Grade Teachers
Vista Grande

3rd Grade Holiday Gifts

Hello Room 7!
 
As we enter the final day of November and are just around the corner from the holiday season, the entire 3rd grade is participating in working to provide special holiday gifts to give to all the third grade students.
 
We are including an online link to a sign up genius for donations if you wish to contribute to this cause.   This is completely voluntary!  The gifts will follow a wonderful seasonal book we read every year and will support a special family business. 
 
If you are interested in supporting, please click on the link below to contribute. Any amount is welcome and appreciated!
 
 
Thank you again and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. 
 
Cheers,
 
-Mr. Barro
 
 

Parent/Teacher Conferences Update

Hello Room 7,
 
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.
 
Reminder that we have parent/teacher conferences next week Tues-Thurs (12/4-12/6).
 
During this time there are minimum days with school starting at the same time of 8:30am and ending at 12:00pm.
 
Your child was given a parent conference confirmation form today for you to review, sign, and have your child bring back to school.
 
For those of you who still need to schedule or cannot make your initial scheduled time, please let me know 3 possible days and times between Tuesday 12/4 and Thursday 12/6 that could work for you.
 
Thank you!
 
-Mr. Barro

Extra Practice Chapter 6 - Multiplication OPTIONAL

Hello Room 7!
 
I hope you are all enjoying your Thanksgiving break!
 
Here is some Extra Practice multiplication content I wanted to share if anyone was interested. I am also posting some challenging Enrichment content for this chapter as well.
 
As always Reflex Math is available to login.
 
Have a great break!
 
-Mr. Barro

Enrichment - Chapter 6 Multiplication OPTIONAL

Hello Room 7!
 
I hope you are all enjoying your Thanksgiving break!
 
Here is some OPTIONAL Enrichment multiplication content I wanted to share if anyone was interested. I have also posted some OPTIONAL Extra Practice content for this chapter as well.
 
As always Reflex Math is available to login.
 
Have a great break!
 
-Mr. Barro

Thanksgiving STEAM Project

Thanksgiving STEAM Project

 

The day before Thanksgiving break all the third graders will be doing a rotation of STEAM activities with each teacher.  The items in the Sign up Genius link are necessary for the projects.  Please click on the link below and bring any items in by next Wednesday, November 14th.  Thank you in advance for your generosity. 
 

Winter Music Concert - Save the Date! 12/17 @ 9am

Hello Room 7,
 
The 3rd grade Winter Music Concert date and time is now available.
 
Students will be performing on Monday, December 17th in the MPR at 9am.
 
Flyers of this info will be going home with students this week.
 
Thank you!
 
-Mr. Barro

Happy Halloween!!!

Hello Room 7,
 
Tomorrow is Halloween and students are allowed to wear costumes to school.
 
There will be a Halloween parade at school beginning at 8:45 am where parents and families are welcome to attend and view the festivities.
 
We will be having P.E. at our scheduled time tomorrow and students are encouraged to bring a change of clothes and shoes so that they will still be able to actively participate.
 
Thank you again for all your support and have a wonderful Halloween week!
 
-Mr. Barro