Wednesday, June 6, 2012

End of the Year Celebration

Tomorrow is the last day of the 2011-2012 school year and we are already getting teary eyed. This year has been an incredible journey with so many great learning experiences and we've certainly had our share of fun, too. We celebrated in a big way yesterday with our end of year Field Day, pizza lunch and ice cream social, and end of year Awards Ceremony. 

By far the students' vote for their favorite part of the day was the dunk tank. It is rumored that Miss Russell was a great sport and manned that station for a couple of class rotations. Did you see Miss Russell in the tank? Did you get the chance to dunk her once for me? 

We hope that everyone has a joyful, grand, and most importantly safe summer. We look forward to seeing you as Fourth Graders, and we will continue to applaud your talents and efforts as you continue on your educational journey.  We hope you loved 3rd grade as much as we did!  Much love from your SOLAR teachers!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Our Prelude Concert with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra this week was outstanding. The program master of ceremonies was Tony Kamnikar who did an exceptional job and the orchestra played many songs that were familiar to the students. During the program, you could hear students voices singing along with the songs. One of their favorites was the playing of Pirates of the Caribbean.  

This year's program was in partnership with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall (New York City). They also provided students with the "Link Up" booklets free of charge. Furthermore, the Symphony was underwritten by the Weaver Family Foundation and DCPS Music Departments covered the transportation costs.  

The concert was enriching and one that our students enjoyed. Ask your child to share their favorite part of the experience.  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Million Thanks

Teacher Appreciation this week was an absolute delight and made us feel so appreciated and loved by students and parents alike. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love with so many individual student words and gifts and with the class gifts that started on Monday when we arrived to cups of our favorite Starbucks coffee and breakfast. What a treat! On Tuesday, we were greeted with  baskets full of our favorite snacks that are easy to munch on when our stomachs start to growl along with the kids' noisy tummies.
Wednesday, we laughed until we cried as we read the students' handwritten notes. Your children are kind, smart, witty, and blatantly honest! REAL lunches delivered and lunch duty covered by some lovely ladies to give us extra adult time was Thursday's priceless gift. You'll never know how wonderful and unique the gift of time is to a teacher.
And, the week's culminating gifts on Friday, hand painted student made thumb print flower pots with two gorgeous plants adorn our classroom with a touch of greenery; A gift that can be cherished for years to come as we remember sharing a precious school year with your beautiful children.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for honoring our work and the passion we pour into making your child's third grade experience the best ever. Thanks a million for going above and beyond this week. You made us feel like queens! 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Needs vs. Wants

 Today, students were treated to a presentation by one of our very own parents Mrs. Hendry.  Students learned all about needs and wants. Needs are things that people need to survive such as food, water, shelter and clothes.  Wants are things that might make our lives more fun but wants are not necessary to live.  Some examples of wants are big screen televisions, iPods or video games.  Students also learned about budgets. Budgets are plans that help us save money.  We also learned about trade offs.  For example, sometimes you might choose to do without something now, in order to save for something that you might buy in the future.

If you are interested in learning more, please visit Hands On Banking or  

What are some examples of wants or needs that you have? Leave us a comment!

Thanks again to Mrs. Hendry for helping us meet our Social Studies standards about economics! 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sunshine Math Brawl

Each year students are offered an enrichment math opportunity sponsored by our PTA. Students who accept the challenge receive a Sunshine Math sheet each Monday and return the sheet for grading by the PTA on Friday. The content of each math sheet varies and is commonly not part of our third grade standards. Students are really expected to stretch their math learning. 

We keep track of participating students, not for accuracy of answers, rather for participation. Twice during the course of the program, participating students are celebrated with an invitation to eat lunch outside at the pavilion. Tickets are drawn for prize winners during the luncheon. 

After completion of the enrichment program, all participating students are given a Sunshine Math test. The top 10 scorers on the test then advance to the Third Grade Chets Creek Math Brawl. The third grade student body attends the Math Brawl and the top competitors answer math questions on a white board at the front of the audience. Each competitor has a green light, yellow light, and red light. After answering two questions incorrectly, they are knocked out of the competition. Once the competition is down to three students, the Final Round begins. The competition then moves to a point system as the next 10 questions are answered by the students. At the end, the Math Brawl winner is announced and celebrated! This year's winner, Jennifer, will advance to the District Math Competition. 

We want to thank all of our Sunshine Math student participants this year for stretching their thinking, and want to give a special shout out to our classmates who made it to the Math Brawl. Way to Go...Luke, Caeden, Cullen, and Abigale!! You made us proud!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A great trip to Tree Hill!

Today, we took a wonderful trip to Jacksonville's outdoor nature center Tree Hill!  We had the perfect crisp weather to hike the trails, explore in the gardens, eat lunch under the trees, and make discoveries in the laboratory.  Check out the great time we had below!
Getting ready for our hike!

Learning about woodpeckers' brains!

Check out these holes made by a yellow bellied sap sucker.

Getting ready to study seeds and plants.

Learning about swamps and streams.

Wow, that swamp water moves slowly!

We found a raccoon footprint in the mud!

Mr. Montisano thinks about life while sitting in the Florida woods. :)

Lilly pads in the pond!

Holding Earthworms!  We're so brave!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Social Studies

Over the next two weeks, students will have the opportunity to study and become more proficient at placing all fifty states on a United States map. We encourage students to study the placement of the states daily and  encourage students to log onto the States Jigsaw  so they have an interactive way to practice.

In addition, students will begin working on a Social Studies states project that they will be completing in the classroom. Students will select one of the fifty states to research and learn more about. They will be able to gather information from books and a variety of digital technologies.  We'll keep you posted as our projects get underway.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Because of Winn Dixie

This cute, and cuddly   big dog Winn Dixie can change your life.

Because of Winn Dixie is about a little girl India Opal Buloni. She was shopping in Winn Dixie Super Market when something she doesn’t expect happens! She meets the dog she named Winn Dixie. Then, Opal And her father, the preacher, realize with a little help from Winn Dixie they make a lot of new friends, parties, and a lot of fun! Read more to find out what happens with Winn Dixie and Opal!

By, Ashley and Maritza

Thursday, April 5, 2012

FCAT Spirit Week

The week of April 9th-April 13th is FCAT Spirit week at Chets Creek. Each day the students are invited to celebrate the arrival of FCAT by dressing up in different ways. Please use the schedule below to participate in this fun week!

Monday, April 9th: Career Day (dress for a career)
Tuesday, April 10th: Sports Day
Wednesday, April 11th: Fashion Disaster Day (wacky hair, wacky socks, backwards clothes)
Thursday, April 12th: Our SOLAR Team is encouraged to wear GREEN (for good luck!)
Friday, April 13th: Rock star/Pop Star Day

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Boosterthon Fun Run

The Boosterthon Fun Run was a huge success and Chets Creek Elementary is set to raise over $50,000 from the incredible effort by students and families. The SOLAR teachers are so proud of the dedication and hardwork of our students today as they exercised and cheered their way toward their goals. Thank you to every person who made today's run an incredible success.  We love you!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The SOLAR Fun Runners Pie Their Teachers!

The SOLAR Fun Runners met their goal of raising $70 per lap for our Boosterthon Fundraiser. Their reward at this goal, as suggested from the students (thanks a ton!), was to pie a Boosterthon member and THEIR TEACHERS in the face! We couldn't explain in words how totally elated they were to see the task carried out!  Way to Go Fun Runners; We are proud of you!

Friday, March 16, 2012

We're Going to Tree Hill

Our next class field trip will be on April 24th. We will be going to Tree Hill in Jacksonville. Tree Hill provides environmental awareness through educational programs and access to natural areas. Students will experience nature walks to investigate different types of plants and animals, as well as take part of small group lessons.
The cost for this field trip is $13.00 per student. Unfortunately, Tree Hill limits the number of chaperones allowed on the trip. We will not be able to take parent chaperones on this trip. All money and permission slips are due back to school by Monday, April 16th.

Students should wear their blue Chets Creek t-shirt, wear sneakers, weather-appropriate clothes, and pack a lunch in a disposable bag. Students will be outside, so please wear clothes that are conducive to being outside (no fancy clothes please!) :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Amazing Body Systems

Hello my name is Nidhi I will teach you about the systems today.It is important to know about it.Did you know that you have 6 important systems in your body? Well you do! There is a main task for each system.
The first body system is the Respiratory system. The Respiratory system’s most important task is providing oxygen to the entire body. When the lungs contract and relax they take in oxygen and excrete carbon dioxide back through the system and out through the nose or mouth.

The second body system is the skeletal system, it’s main task is maintaining the shape of the body with bones and joints. The skeletal system includes bones, ligaments, tendons and joints. Important nutrients such as calcium are stored in bones. WOW!

The third system is the Muscular system, it’s main task is to make sure all the muscles are activated in every body movement including pumping the heart ,smiling and moving bones. The heart is made up several muscles called cardiac muscle. Did you know that? The fourth system is the nervous system. It’s responsibility is to transport all kinds of messages from one part of the body to another especially to and from the brain. Some of the key components of this system include the brain,spinal cord,nerves and neorons.The comunication is rapid and leads to the brain relising chemichals in response to the pain. The fifth system is the Digestive system. It includes the mouth,esophagus,stomach.small intenstine,large intenstine(colan), rectum and anus.The main task is to allow organs to pass through and be broken down or absorbed.Once the food are digested they are excreated through bowel movements or urination. The sixth system is the circulatory system.It includes the heart,lungs and the blood vessals.It’s main task is to rest the body to receive oxygen.The heart pumps blood through the blood through the blood vessals and the lungs absorbed oxygen and emit it to the blood. These are the 6 amazing systems!.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spelling City: Homophones

This week, we will be studying homophones for our spelling words. Homophones are words that sound the same, but have a different spelling and meaning. For example, the words "great" and "grate" are homophones. Although they sound the same, they have different meanings. "You look great!" is not the same meaning as "Where is the grate for the barbeque?" For a fun video about homophones with singer Brian McKnight, please follow the link below:

Need help studying your spelling words? We have the perfect site for you! VocabularySpellingCity is a website that helps students learn their weekly spelling and vocabulary words while having fun at the same time. The site will teach you the words and has many games that you can play to help you learn them. This week you will need to make sure to identify between the two meanings of the word. For the test, we will give you the word, and a sentence with the word in it. You will have to decide which spelling you will need to write down. Good luck, and have fun studying!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What do we like to do during recess?

Hi! ReaganL. & SamanthaC. here! Have you ever wondered what goes on at the playground? we wanted to show you some reaserch we did on what we students like to do at recess. So we made our own text feature to go with this blog post, a graph! If you look down at the graph below you will see what O'Leary & Lipsky's class like to do at recess, for example, tag, soccer, talk with friends, slide & more!!!!!!! We were surprised to learn that most of the kids we interviewed like playing soccer the most at recess. And not many kids liked the slide, or just running around. So have we convinced you to look at our graph? if we did you can start looking at it NOW!!!!!!

So did you like our graph? if you do thank you! if you don't shame on you!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Baby Chicks!

Friday was an exciting day. During Science Workshop, we took a field trip to Mrs. Swidorsky's 5th grade classroom to visit their newly hatched baby chicks. The SOLAR Team could barely contain their excitement.

Mrs. Swidorsky gave us a close look at the incubator where the eggs were turned three times a day to stay healthy, and showed us the
chicken coop which will soon be their residence. The fifth graders talked to us a little about embryology and then got the baby chicks out of their temporary shelter so we could pet them. What a neat experience!