September 10, 2018

Welcome, Igor!

We are so happy to welcome our new classroom pet, Igor! Igor is a Russian tortoise. We were lucky enough to adopt Igor from an amazing tortoise rescue program called "Northwest Tortoise" located here in the Pacific NW. Igor was rescued a few years ago by the program from an unsafe living situation and was brought back to health and happiness. We are so happy to have him!

We have spent all week welcoming Igor, getting him into a routine, making him comfortable and learning all about him. We worked very hard on making him just the right habitat, with the right lighting and temperatures. We are also learning all the things he can eat. He definitely loves to eat!

Our classroom is a participant in the "Pets in the Classroom" educational grant program. This is an educational program created by Pet Care Trust to provide students with the opportunity to interact, care for and nurture a pet. There are many benefits to having a pet in the classroom. Studies have shown that pets in the classroom can improve students' emotional well being, boost school attendance, encourage nurturing, build self esteem, teach responsibility, become friends, bring in new ways to learn, and enrich the classroom experience.  

Thank you so much to Northwest Tortoise for helping us adopt Igor and thank you to all the parents who have donated supplies and thank you to Pets in the Classroom for providing our sustainability grant.







For more info:

Pets in the Classroom
https://www.petsintheclassroom.org/

Northwest Tortoise
https://northwesttortoise.org/

Russian Tortoise Care Information
http://russiantortoise.net/






August 21, 2018

Welcome to Third Grade!

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Hello Third Graders!


I hope you have had a great summer and have gotten lots of rest because this next year is going to be a GROWING year for you! You have so much knowledge to gain, so many events to experience and multitudes of skills to acquire. We are going to have an amazing year together!

Our classroom blog is a place for you to come for communication, daily reminders, important calendar dates, web sites to investigate, and pictures and information on things we do in class. Spend time exploring and feel free to join our blog for email updates.  

There are a few items you will need to prepare:
-please bring an empty cereal box sometime during the first week of school
-please have your parents complete their “homework” assignment, In a Million Words or Less (link below) by the end of September and send to me through email
-please bring in or email me a family picture and a picture of you doing something you enjoy

Enjoy your last few days of summer! I am looking forward to seeing you Thursday, August 23rd from 4:30-5:30 pm at the Ice Cream Social & Supply Drop Off or on Monday, August 27th, the first day of school!

Love,
Mrs. Tanksley

P.S. If any parents are looking for a really fun time, the third grade teachers would love some help with photocopying on Friday morning, August 24th. If you’re available, please email us and let us know, thank you!