Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Ruff Around the Edges"

Just a reminder.....we will be holding a "Ruff Around the Edges" bulldog rummage sale on Saturday, September 20th from 8:00 am to noon at Gardner Elementary.

Great Grades

In the grade report envelope, there is a chart where the students are calculating GPA.

Since this is the first year they are receiving letter grades, the concept is new to many of them.

Monday we will be setting personal goals for our academic learning.

Please discuss with your child about what they want to work on and strive to improve.

Midterm Grades

It’s important to value grades, but see them as merely an index of current performance and not a sign of worth.  All children are valuable and have great talents!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Fair!

It's book fair time at Gardner!

Our fair will be held October 3-9.

We are in need of volunteers to help make this years book fair a success.  
To sign up for a shift, please visit our online sign up calendar at

Thank you!

Monday, September 15, 2014


Today we went to the library to check out books for the first time.

Our scheduled library visits are every Monday afternoon.

Ask your child what book they chose today!

Sarah Plain and Tall Test Review

Things to review from our study of the book Sarah, Plain, and Tall.

*characters (look over the "flip book" in your folder)
*similes (compares two things using like or as
*setting (time and place)
*point of view (Anna is the person telling the story)
*problem in the story:  Caleb and Anna want Sarah to marry Papa and become their new mother, but Sarah misses the sea.  They think Sarah is going to leave.  
*Compare/Contrast (ways Maine and the prairie are similar and different
*Compare/Contrast  (ways life back then is different from life today)
*examples when Sarah was not a mild-mannered person (she says the cat will be in the house (page 19); she's not scared (page 30); cow pond (page 36)
*examples when Anna and Caleb are afraid that Sarah will leave (she missed the sea, her brother, and aunts. She also drove off in the wagon by herself).
*examples when Anna and Caleb think Sarah might stay (she said "winter" (page 23); she said "later" (page 25); she said "our dune" (page 32).