We have the pleasure of having a student teacher in our classroom this year! Mrs. Binder is working on getting her Masters Degree at Lasell College and will be working in our classroom until the end of December. Read more below to get to know Mrs. Binder!
Hello Parents of 306!
My name is Sinead Binder. I will be working as a student teacher in your child’s classroom until the beginning of December as I work towards completely my Master’s in Elementary Education at Lasell College. I received my undergraduate degree in Child Psychology at Bridgewater State University and previously worked as a Behavioral Therapist in the Newton Public Schools. I recently moved to Upton with my husband and two sons (Seamus and Patrick) and love the sense of community Upton has to offer!
It has been a great start to the school year learning from and working with your children and discovering who they are as learners. I look forward to working with your children as well as Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Ceruti this year. I know from my previous classroom experience how influential students can be to my growth as an educator!
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Dear Room 306 Families,
An updated school calendar was shared recently which includes two additional half days on Wednesday, March 21st and Thursday, March 22nd. These half days are reserved for OPTIONAL parent-teacher conferences, which will be held from 1:00 - 3:20pm. Parents can make an appointment on either of these days to meet with their child's teacher(s) about their progress this year.
Complete the following form to let me know your preferences for Spring Conferences:
You can also click here to go directly to the form: Spring Conference Preferences
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Please send me an email (or click the contact button at the top of this page) if you have any questions about this challenge.
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I've gotten a lot of requests lately for some kind of class contact list to set up play dates, send out invitations, and so on. If you'd like to have your contact information shared with other families in the class, I sent out an email with a link to a form you can fill out. You can also access the form by clicking on the link below. I understand everyone has different levels of comfort in terms of what they are willing to share with others... so I've made all of the boxes on the form "optional," meaning you may share as much or as little information as you like. Please let me know if you have any questions!
After investigating robotics and exploring how Cubelets work over the last month or so, students came together in teams to build different robots to perform four specific tasks. Each team needed to build...
Teams were given two days to tackle all four tasks, in whichever order they chose. In their journals, drew and labeled detailed models of each robot (so that it could be built again by someone else) and described how it performed the task and why it worked the way it did.
It was incredible to see how differently each team approached the four tasks and how unique each of their robots were, even when built to perform the same task. Here's a few of the robots the teams created:
One team was even able to create a single robot that met two different tasks at the same time. Watch below as they explain how their robot is both "confused" and "aggressive," and how they could easily change the configuration of the Cubelets to make their robot "afraid" instead of "aggressive."
Without even realizing it, these third graders are learning A LOT about magnetic force, motion, pushes and pulls, cause/ effect relationships, the engineering design process... and so much more! They're actively using mature vocabulary words like magnitude, variables, hypothesis, relationship, input/ output, result, function, configuration, and behavior. They're also learning essential problem-solving skills and how to work effectively as a team... all while using their hands, expressing themselves creatively, and having FUN. If you ask me, that's a huge win!
Thanks again to MUEF and Mrs. Coyle for making this possible! Stay tuned for more!
At the end of the last school year, the Mendon-Upton Educational Foundation (MUEF) awarded a grant to Mrs. Coyle-- our hard-working, science-loving, English Language teacher-- to purchase a Cubelets Robotics kit for our third and fourth graders. We've been waiting patiently all year for it to be our turn...
...And today we finally got our hands on some actual robots! The kids were asked to investigate the different types of Cubelets and build a robot using only 3 cubes at a time. Together, they collaborated to explore different combinations of Cubelets and discussed their predictions for what the robot was doing and what sensory input (or "stimuli") was causing the robot to behave in particular ways ("output").
We owe MUEF and Mrs. Coyle a HUGE THANK YOU. The video below speaks for itself... just listen to the excitement and LEARNING happening in our classroom today!
If you'd like to support MUEF and the projects they fund, please visit www.muedfoundation.org. Also, stay tuned for information about the return of the Harlem Wizards in January. The proceeds of this fun family event will be donated to MUEF.
I know schedules are tight, especially this time of year, so I wanted to let you know about 3 upcoming events for our third graders at Memorial School.
Next Wednesday, December 20th, Memorial's third graders will spend the day "traveling" to different countries, where they will participate in each country's traditional New Years customs and celebrations. At the end of the day, the kids will return to their homerooms to enjoy a special "snack-in-a-sack." We will send home snack bags by the end of the week, which your child may decorate if they would like to. As a reminder, we have a "no shared food" policy at Memorial School, so each child should pack a special snack just for them. :)
Also, to support our learning of the Colonial Era in Social Studies, we will have a Colonial Crafts and Games Day on Friday, January 12th (a half day). Families are welcome to join us on this day, and your help with the crafts and games would be *much* appreciated. We will need volunteers from 9:30am - 12pm. Please send me an email if you are interested in volunteering.
Finally, we have a TENTATIVE date set for our spring field trip to Sturbridge Village, which will be Friday, April 27th. I thought it would be helpful to give you this date far in advance so you can make plans if you are interested in chaperoning. This date most likely will not change, but things do happen. We'll let you know if adjustments are made.
But most importantly, I hope you all enjoy the holidays, time with family and friends, and have a chance to do a little relaxing over Winter Break.
Parent-teacher conferences at Memorial School are fast approaching. At Open House last month, many of you signed up for a conference. Please check your child's folder tonight for a notice, which will remind you of the date/ time you signed up for. Just in case your reminder notice doesn't make it home (it happens!).... here's the schedule for conferences at this time:
If you are no longer able to come at the time you selected, we do have some available slots left (see above). I can also make time to meet with you on most mornings. Just send me an email and we can get it sorted.
:) Mrs. Lopes
Third graders at Memorial began their first unit of Multiplication today. This year, students will learn how multiplication works, as well as a variety of strategies to solve problems involving multiplication. We will begin with modeling multiplication with arrays and picture models, and work our way up to using the distributive property to solve more complex multiplication problems. Eventually, we'll also put multiplication to work through projects involving budgeting and area/ perimeter.
As I'm sure you know, multiplication is an important concept that students must know in order to be successful mathematicians. Students who can easily recall their multiplication facts will be able to work more quickly and with less effort when solving complex problems. Therefore, the state of Massachusetts expects third grade students to fluently master their multiplication facts through x10 by the end of the school year. We'll work on the how and why of multiplication at school, but it is important for children to also practice their multiplication facts regularly in order to build fluency.
Each week, students will take a timed multiplication quiz. Students must score 80% or higher on one list of facts before moving on to the next. Based on the results of today's pretest, most students will begin with the x0 and x1 facts this week. Your child's score and the next set of facts they’ll be tested on will be recorded on his/her assessment. After all lists are mastered, students will continue to take mixed review assessments throughout the year to keep their skills sharp.
Remember that mastering a new skill takes time, practice, and effort. Students will have opportunities to practice their facts during the school day, but they will also require support at home to master their facts. It is suggested that students spend at least 5 - 10 minutes practicing their facts each night during the week.
Here are some helpful tips for practicing at home:
If you have any questions or you need help finding a study strategy that works best for your child, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are happy to support you!
Thank you and Happy October!
Mrs. Lopes & Mrs. Ceruti
This Friday, September 15th, staff and students of Memorial School will be sponsoring a school-wide walk as a fundraiser for those who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Donations will be forwarded to The One America Appeal, an organization that guarantees that every penny of every dollar donated will go directly to the victims. This cause is especially close to my heart, as I have many friends and former students who have been displaced from their homes and schools as a result of Hurricane Irma. Your donations will help kids like these, and their families and communities, as they respond to and recover from these destructive storms.
You can send all donations to school by Friday the 15th. Checks can be made payable to “GBPLF One America Appeal”. No donation is too small to help those in need.
Thank you so much for your support and concern.
- Mrs. Lopes