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Extended Core!

This year we have had many themes throughout the year, but one that has stuck has been “We are like the mountain.”  We have made the decision to go to our happy place by planting ourselves firmly in this “new life.
Like the mountain, we have room for “many things” in our ever-changing environment.  We are stable, though things continue to change.  A mountain does not get bothered or knocked over by anything.  We stay rooted and, yet,  continue to grow.  We’ve had a fabulous year and have successfully adapted to the many twists and turns that this year has presented.  I am so proud of my students.  They truly “rock” (like the mountain), and am very grateful for them.

By: Miss Laura

Let’s Celebrate MLK Day of Service!

Everybody can be great because everbody can serve. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Granite Elementary would like to encourage our community to join together in our celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday that celebrates King’s birthday and honors his legacy of civil rights and service.  Now, more than ever, it is important that we come together as a community and focus on serving our family and fellow neighbor. 

Here are some ideas you may want to consider while celebrating this national day of service. 

  • Reading stories with your child about Martin Luther King’s Life, such as: My Brother Martin,  by: Christine King Farris, I am Brave:  I am Brave: A Little Book about Martin King Jr., by:  Brad Meltzer.
  • Bring meals to a homebound neighbor
  • Service around your community, such as cleaning up a local park
  • Shoveling snow/yard clean up for a neighbor
  • Organize a food, clothing or book drive
  • Write a note of encouragement and leave it on the porch
  • Put together care kits for our local EMTs, fire fighters, police officers, nurses, doctors

The Granite Elementary Community has always been supportive and compassionate to one another and we hope this is yet another opportunity to consider coming together in a positive manner.

Third Grade: Multiplication Fun!

 In Third grade, we are hard at work learning our multiplication facts fluently. In the fall, we had a “Multiplication Bootcamp.” An entire week devoted to learning each of the facts from 0-12! Now, we use a program called “Reflex” to master the facts and develop fluency. Each week, we see which class has solved the most facts. That class gets the “Angry Fact Bird” for the week. Our goal is to solve 350,000 facts. We are well on our way there with over 200,000 facts solved!

Students also build an “ice cream sundae” when they pass off a three-minute timed test for each fact, 0-12. For example, when they passed off 0 and 1’s, they received their bowl. When they had their 2’s mastered, they added a scoop of vanilla, and so on. We recently had our party to celebrate all that we have mastered. It was a sweet day. 🙂

We love learning our multiplication in third grade!

How Kindergarten Saved Christmas!

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