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    Dates to remember:   

·         April 29 Book Fair begins

·         May 2nd  ~  Manatee’s baseball

·         May 5th Book fair and Family carnival night

·         May 12 Talent Show

·         May 18-23 ~ Early dismissal

  Spelling words for week (May 2):

  1. sister
  2. sailor
  3. dollar
  4. toaster
  5. winter
  6. doctor
  7. later
  8. dancer
  9. mayor
  10. writer
  11. silver
  12. cellar
  13. trailer
  14. December
  15. author

Vocabulary Words:

1.      position

2.    motion

3.    relative position

4.    speed

5.    force

6.    friction

7.    gravity

8.    magnetism

9.    work


Math:  Topic 15 ~ Length and Perimeter Science:   Chapter 14 ~ Forces and Motion



Family Carnival Night:  Do not forget about Manatee’s first annual Family Fun Night on May 5th.   There will be games to play and the book fair to visit.   Most games are free.  Student council will charge .25 for the cake walk.  Parents even if you did not purchase a meal ticket, we still want you to bring your families.  This event promises fun for the entire family!




Education Day at the Ballpark

Parents we will depart for the Manatee baseball game at 9:35.  Please have your child wear their class shirts, shorts and sneakers.  I am also asking students to bring in a plastic bottle of water (preferably a small bottle).  We will drink the water as we walk to the game and we can take our EMPTY bottles into the stadium.  Students can refill their bottles at the fountain.  Classes will be served lunch.  Do not send any money with your children.



Sea World fieldtrip

I would like to thank Mrs. Blackstock, Mrs. Casey, Mrs. Guettler, Mrs. Spears, Mrs. Wagner and Mrs. Wilson for making our trip a Huge success!  The students had a wonderful time and this would not have been possible without our awesome parents! 

It's that time of year again…..Time for FCAT!

Our third through sixth grade students have been working hard all year long and they will get the opportunity to show what they know on the 2011 FCAT test taking place April 11th- 21st

FCAT Notes

  • FCAT testing will take place April 11-21, 2011.
  • Please do not schedule appointments for your child during the school day April 11-21st.
  • In order to provide a quiet testing environment we are asking to have no classroom volunteers (PreK-6th grade) during this time.
  • If possible, please keep cell phones at home.  Even if approved for extenuating circumstances, the phone should not be visible or turned on any time during school hours. Per state guidelines, no cell phones/electronic devices are permitted during FCAT administration. The teacher will collect the phones during testing and return the phones once testing is over for the day.


Young Arthur Books
Young Author Books are due March 18th.  You are welcome to stop by the Media Center to view some of Manatee's student's awesome creations.  If you would like to have your book bound at school, please turn the book in by March 9th.  Books must be complete when they are turned in on March 18th.



Things to Remember:

February 10: Interim reports go home

February 11: Volunteer Tea

February 16: PTO meeting 2:30pm

February 21: student holiday

February 25: Bingo Night!





This week is a review week. Encourage students to study all spelling words from Unit 4. We are challenging Mrs. Faulkner's class and Mrs. Mrs. Hamilton's class to a Spelling Bee!



The Topic 9 test will be given on Wednesday. On Thursday we will begin geometry with a focus on two dimensional shapes.


Social Studies: February is black history month and we will explore the lives of some men and women who changed the future.


Volunteer Breakfast: .Please join us as Manatee honors you! When: Friday, February 11h at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Manatee's Hopper Hall

Please RSVP by 2/7/10.


Valentine's Day Party

On Monday, February 14th, we will have a small party to celebrate Valentine's Day. Students may bring in valentines to share with each student in the class. Below is the list of students in our class.























Let your friends, teachers and favorite Manatee staff know how wonderful they are.  Send a Candy Gram to brighten their day!  Candy grams are available in the lobby on February 7th, 8th and 9th from 7:30-8:00am. Get a treat for your sweet for only 25 cents.

*Student council would like to thank you for supporting the Care Bags Foundation.  The Care Bags Foundation helps kids in crisis who must leave their homes.  This organization was founded by 11 year old, Annie Wagnall, who "loves kids and wanted to do something to help make their lives better." Student council supports kids helping kids!



The Writing Team would like to extend a school-wide challenge! We would like all of our young, writers at Manatee from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade to publish one book at home. In April, the two best books from each class will be selected and the authors will attend out 4th Annual Writing Celebrations in May 2011! There is no creative limit!

Writing is a wonderful opportunity to get families involved to share their experiences and personal memories to help our young students create fantastic published works of art. Our Writing Wall of Fame continues to create excitement for the writing process! Our Writing Celebrations will showcase our students' creativity, imagination & simple expressions using works from every grade level!

Each grade level will be assigned a Reading Genre Selection. The selected genres for third grade are journal, tall tale, realistic story and innovation on text. I am including a list of reading genres and their explanations. All books are due by March 18th. Hopefully, this challenge will open up discussions about the variety of book genres. If your child has his heart set on a genre other than what is listed for his grade level, that's fine, too. We just want to be sure to have a variety of different genres to submit. I will have examples on display in the classroom. Please stop by anytime to take a peek!

Start brainstorming! Go on a family adventure! Take the time to observe events going on around your family! Find a great idea to write about together! Most importantly, have fun with this creative writing challenge with your family!

Project:     Write and Publish a story on your grade level genre list

Time Frame:    Start working on it …NOW! January to March 18th

Due:        March 18th

How:         Be creative! Make your book stand out! Use textures, sound, pop art

        computerized art, unlimited creative possibilities!! Please do not utilize

        book creating websites or software.


If you have any questions, contact The Writing Team. We'd love to help in any way!...Ms. Melby, Mrs. Coffin, Mrs. Smallwood, Mrs. Bunner-Eckert, Mrs. Robinette, Ms. Perry, Mrs. Rice and Mrs. Smith.




Things to Remember:    

January 17- Student holiday

January 19- PTO Meeting


January 26-

Parent Conferences


January 27-Walk-A-Thon

Chick-Fil-A Night 5:00-8:00

January 28-Walk-A-Thon



Story Selection-


Strategy- Compare/Contrast

Grammar-Main and helping verbs


Spelling Words:

  1. cell
  2. gems
  3. age
  4. place
  5. gyms
  6. city
  7. cents
  8. rice
  9. space
  10. nice
  11. giant
  12. changes
  13. pages
  14. gentle
  15. message






  1. Bonus Words:
  2. native
  3. shouldn't
  4. research
  5. sprout
  6. clumps


Please have your students practice multiplication tables. Our focus for Chapter 8 is division.




Students will be tested on Chapter 15 on

















Happy New Year!

Things to Remember:

January 17- Student holiday

January 19- PTO Meeting


January 26-

Parent Conferences


January 27-Walk-A-Thon

Chick-Fil-A Night 5:00-8:00

January 28-Walk-A-Thon



Story Selection-

Seven Spools of Thread

Strategy-Make Inferences and Analyze

Skill-Plot Development


Spelling Words:

















Bonus Words:










Students will take the Topic 7 math test on Wednesday, January 12th.

The district required math assessment will be given on Friday, January 14th.

Please have your students practice multiplication tables. Our focus for Chapter 8 is division.




Your children are studying Earth/Space Science.










Thanksgiving Delights



On Thanksgiving Day we're thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.

For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.

We're grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.

The list of all we're grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!


By Joanna Fuchs


Coming Soon to your Local Library:  Manatee Book Fair

You are invited to our Fall Scholastic Book Fair

in the Media Center on Oct 18th-22nd between 8:00-3:00 each day!


Our newest theme: Here's to Our Heroes! Reading Saves the Day! Celebrating heroes from the ordinary to the extraordinary through celebrating books which help to lay the foundation for tomorrow's heroes...your children. Literacy...the ability to read, write, and understand the pathway to success in school... you could call it the ultimate superpower. Getting lost in books is a great way for kids to build reading comprehension and to explore new concepts.


Each day, we have exciting events prepared to stimulate and motivate our young Manatee readers. Ask about our daily guessing activity and how many books each day were given away FREE for being caught using "super powerful" character choices!! Lots of special ways to make our Book Fair more than about selling books...but to focus on the importance of developing a love of reading!


A Book Fair connects students with books at affordable prices and makes reading a positive experience. Children are more likely to read the books they personally get to choose. It's one of the best ways to get more kids reading, and kids reading more! We will also have available for pre sale the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book….to be delivered 2 weeks afterwards, on Nov. 10th when released to the public. Ask for more details & savings!!


Our Book Fair needs one more Super Heroic goal: if we are able to sell 2500 books by the time the Book Fair concludes, Mr. Brown, Mrs. Hall or myself will dress up as superheroes and to do something wacky, just to get children to read prove that we consider reading to be very important! Can you imagine Mr. Brown dressed like a superhero getting super slimed???


We will also participate in the One for Books program. Kids will be able to vote for their favorite Manatee Superhero to get slimed with their loose change throughout the week! Any money collected will help bring books to children all around the world through the national non-profit organizations dedicated to helping families in need such as the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc., and Kids in Need Foundation! This program gives our Manatee students a chance to be Heroes!!


Don't forget you can also join us during

our Harvest Hoe Down Family Night

on Friday, Oct. 22nd from 4:30-6:30p.m.

(remember, the Harvest Hoe Down is from 5:00-7:00pm)


If you'd like to help volunteer or just want to stop by and see all the fun...the doors are always open!


Book Fair Fun Coordinator & Reading Motivator,

Mrs. Kuhblank

433-0050 ext. 3006/3012





September 23, 2010


You will find Book-IT information in the margin. At Manatee, it is required that your child participates in this program. You will find the log sheets (by the page and by the minute) that you will need to keep track of your child's reading. I will collect these sheets the last day of the month. Please look at my calendar for due date information.


Next week in Math, we will be taking our Topic 3 test. Please continue to review these skills.


Science Fair is coming up. Please take a look at the information that is on Manatee Home Page regarding the guide lines. I will be sending home in the next few weeks, class information dealing with Project Up-Dates. We will be using the "WHITE" 3-ring binders that you sent in at the beginning of the school year.


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