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Thursday, February 22, 2018


Dear American Academy Third Grade Parents,

Can you believe that we have just finished our second trimester? It’s incredible to think about how much your students have grown this year! We cannot wait to see what they accomplish with this last trimester. Also, as a quick reminder, tomorrow, 2/23/18, is DRESS OF CHOICE day. Please make sure that your student is dressed appropriately for the weather and school environment.

PTO SPRING MIXER
If you haven’t done so already, buy your tickets! It is such a fun night and it is a great way to help support American Academy Lincoln Meadows! All Third Grade teachers will be there so come let’s have some fun together. Help our PTO meet the goal of 200 tickets sold! The deadline has been extended to WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th, but please (BIG PLEASE!)….don’t wait that long to buy your tickets. The Spring Mixer is on Friday, March 9th at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker.

Click here to purchase your tickets:
https://cbo.io/tickets/ticket_purchase.php?slug=aalm&form_name=tix

As a reminder, if you cannot attend the Spring Mixer, you can still bid on all silent auction items by purchasing an absentee ticket. 100% of your absentee ticket purchase goes directly to our campus and towards our fundraising goal


AUCTION SNEAK PEAK

▪ Nuggets Ball Kid for a Game!
▪ Downtown Date Night including a show at the Buell Theatre, dinner at Kevin Taylor’s & an overnight stay at the Brown Palace
▪ Weekend in Vail with a Mercedes Benz Rental, 2 nights at Hotel Talisa & dinner at Matsuhisa
▪ Disneyland Getaway Package including 4 hopper passes & lodging
▪ 7 Night/8 Day Mexican Getaway to Neuvo Vallarta
▪ Whiskey Wagon
▪ Colorado Shot Ski
▪ Lifetime Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness, CorePower Yoga & other fitness baskets!
▪ Health & Beauty Baskets
▪ Entertainment Baskets
▪ Sports Baskets
▪ Teacher Crafts – Themed Piggy Banks Painted by LM Teachers & Staff (our piggies are lined up below)






Ms. Pozner: Ocean, Mr. Russo: Primary Colors Geometric shapes, Ms. Endo: Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, Mrs. Jones: Cupcake/Donut


STEM/SCIENCE
It rolls, spins, shakes, and swims. Third grade will start their second STEM unit on Thursday: Sphero Robotics. Spheros are robotic balls controlled by iOS and Android devices using Bluetooth SMART. There are a number of ways to utilize them and third graders are getting to sample this during their unit from February 22 – March 9th. Using Sphero Edu’s drag and drop interface, students will work to program them through a maze for their first challenge. Utilizing a number of math skills, and managing a number of constraints, students are learning to program with precision. They will quickly learn that perseverance is needed for this challenge. 
Later, students will be given an engineering challenge utilizing their Spheros. Using the Engineering Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve) teams will be given a challenge of designing (and testing) a contraption utilizing Sphero to drive their device.

AMERICAN ACADEMY LINCOLN MEADOWS YEAR BOOK
Order your first ever American Academy Lincoln Meadows yearbook today! It is $17.50 to order a softcover book and $27.50 for a hardcover book. Do not wait to order your book, as the price will go up as the end of the school year approaches! Order your yearbook now!

HISTORY
We are continuing to learn about The Earliest Americans. We are learning about people and their way of living from these groups: Anasazi, Mound Builders, Hopi, Zuni, Apache, Comanche, Creek, Cherokee, and Seminole. Please join us at home by reading in the book, What Your Third Grader Needs to Know.

LITERACY
Our focus for the next Literacy Unit will be on Poetry. We are very excited to read about, learn the construction of, and finally write our own forms of these beautiful, figurative, and important literary compositions. Please start asking your student at home about the poetry they have been reading and writing during class. As in all subjects, support at home (even simply talking about the material discussed at school) goes a long way to helping the daily progress of your student!

Upcoming Events
Feb 23 Dress of Choice (Last Friday of the Month)
Feb 23 Box Top Collection Day
Mar 1 Box Tops Due
Mar 2 Spirit Day
Mar 2 Spirit Gear Store Open (until the 16th)
Mar 9 Spring Mixer https://cbo.io/tickets/ticket_purchase.php?slug=aalm&form_name=tix
For more event dates, please visit the Event Calendar on www.aak8.org. For questions or concerns about an event date, please contact Trish Cummings.