Saturday, August 31, 2013

Nice to Meet You!

Well hello, there, Mr. Abbott's new class!  It was very nice to meet some of you on the drop-in day.  I hope you got a sense of how our classroom is going to look this year, and I hope I gave you a few things to think about as you get ready for this exciting year.  I know you certainly gave me some things to think about!

A quick warning to parents: there will be quite a few things coming home on Tuesday that you need to read, sign, file and/or send back to school.  Please budget a few minutes on Tuesday night to get through as much of it as possible so we can get those pesky bits out of the way and focus on all the fun exciting things that will be coming starting Wednesday.

Notice to students: I'm already excited for our first Read-Aloud Chapter Book of the year: Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant:

Get ready to hear about Murray the bat, Gwendolyn the hermit crab, Kona the dog, and Stumpy the squirrel and how they team together in the face of unexpected disaster.  Then again, most disasters are unexpected, and as we see in this story it's often how well we can help each other out that determines our level of success.  I'm sure you'll love this story as much as I do!

See you soon,
Mr. Abbott

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Welcome to Third Grade!

Hi there!  

I'm Mr. Abbott and I'm looking forward to meeting you very soon.  I hope you're enjoying your summer as much as I am.  Mrs. Abbott and I are hard at work getting our classroom in shape for all the fun and learning we will be doing this year, it looks great with a new coat of paint!

How has your summer been?  I've spent the summer getting re-acquainted with many of the things that make living in Maine so great: beaches, hiking, biking, music, and finding a comfy place to curl up with a book.  I hope you've had and are still having a great summer, too, doing the things that make you happy.  Keep those memories fresh, we'll be tapping into some of them for our first writing work this fall!

If you want to get an idea of what to expect this year, you can go back through last year's blog posts and also the "Final Five" tab at the top of the blog.  We will be doing many of those things, as well as some completely new activities.  There's also a summary of homework, our specials, and some other interesting bits and pieces.  Feel free to explore and maybe get excited about what's coming up!

If you look on the right side of the blog, there's a place to enter an email address.  Get your parents and anyone else who wants to keep track of us this year to sign up there, and they'll get a notification whenever we post something new.  It's the best way to keep abreast of what's going on in our classroom!

Keep your eyes on the mail, there should be something arriving for you very soon.  If you have any questions, call me here at school or email me at and we'll see what we can do.

See you soon!
-Mr. Abbott

Hey There Fourth Graders! ;)

Dear Mr. Abbott's class of 2012-2013,

Hope you all are having a great summer!  I wanted to send out one last blog post to you all before I switch this over to my new class, who are coming very soon.  Which means that you, very soon, will be going into fourth grade!  Congratulations, you worked very hard last year to make it to where you are now.  We even managed to have lots of fun while we did all that learning!

I also wanted to say "Thank you" for all your kind words, cards, and gifts last spring.  I was a bit overwhelmed with all of the excitement of Field Day and then got completely taken off guard with all of your kindnesses.  Your thanks and hard work and smiles are what really make me the happiest.

Enjoy the end of your summer, and keep up all the effort and perseverance that got you where you are now.  Check in with me now and then, let me know how you're doing, and give me a chance to tell you how proud I am of you.  :)  Your teachers are so lucky to have such a great group of kids coming their way.

I'll leave you with a quote I'm very fond of, and which I actually used during a very lively debate with some friends of mine last night.  It's from Mahatma Gandhi, and it's hard to do too much wrong if you think about it now and then:

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

I feel like the world is in good hands.

-Mr. Abbott

(Also, if you get a chance, come by and see some of the new books I got over the summer.  I think you'll like them!)