Thank you for coming to Back to School Night! I look forward to partnering together this year to best support your child’s growth academically, socially, and emotionally.
Things in the classroom are in full swing and the 3rd graders are set to make this their best year EVER! Reader’s, Writer’s and Math Workshops are buzzing, goals have been established, and each child has embarked a journey to achieve his/her personal best. In Reader’s Workshop, we are making a reading life for ourselves. In Writer’s Workshop, children are beginning to write personal narratives with independence. For math, we remember that math is not about speed, but depth, and we dig deeper with our study of numeration, discovering together multiple ways to represent larger numbers.
SignUp.com – Volunteer!
I am excited to welcome parent volunteers into the classroom beginning the week of October 3rd. To claim your volunteer slot, please sign up at signup.com. I also encourage you all to sign up for a conference on SignUp.com by clicking this link, and selecting your time slot. This year my office hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:00 . You may also schedule a conference by emailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I am flexible!
There has been exciting brain research supporting the benefits of having a growth mindset. 3rd grade is a growth mindset classroom. I encourage risk-taking, thinking outside of the box, and making growth mindset messages a regular part of the language of our classroom. For example, in math, we open our math workshop with an open-ended question related to the day’s topic. Presenting an open-ended question allows for differentiation, encouraging multiple solutions and perspectives, and fostering rich discussion and deeper understanding. I highly recommend you to spend about 12 minutes watching this video by Stanford Professor Jo Boaler on the growth mindset in mathematics. It will give you insight into the culture that I aim to cultivate in the 3rd grade classroom, along with current research that supports the work we do in math.
Please see below for some images from the week that capture the spirit of our classroom!
3rd graders worked collaboratively to establish writing norms for their Writer’s Notebooks.
3rd graders set personal goals to make reading the best it can be this year.
We support a growth mindset culture and encourage mistakes as a way to grow our brains.
Ms. Landolt, PE Teacher
Hello! My name is Melissa Landolt and I am your child’s physical education teacher. This is my 7th year at Seven Peaks and my 10th year teaching PE. I am a Central Oregon native who grew up in Madras. I have lived in Bend for 15 years with my husband. I enjoy watching and playing all types of sports. During the summer I love to travel and hang out at our beautiful lakes.This year my classes are going to learn and practice many skills. They will be encouraged to be physically active, develop cooperation and teamwork, increase personal fitness and motor development, and participate in many fun games and activities. Please encourage your child to wear tennis shoes on the days they have PE. I am looking forward to a fun and active year!
Mrs. Santucci, Art Teacher
I am excited to be back at Seven Peaks for my fourth year. I love teaching and learning from your children, and am glad to be back working with your little artists. We begin the school year learning Color Theory. This means, for 3rd grade, that students are learning what happens when colors are mixed, how to create values of a color by mixing in black or white and what happens when colors are used together or in contrast to each other. There is a lot of paint involved, but most of it is washable. I hope to send them home paint free, but even the paint shirts don’t keep everything out when they are in the throes of creativity. I will be needing volunteers on a regular basis or for special projects. Please let me know if you can help in any way by shooting me an email at email@example.com. I am looking forward to meeting you all at the open house this week and please know, you are always welcome in our classroom!