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Tonya Reynolds

Tonya Reynolds

Natalie Fisher

Natalie Fisher

Goldfinch Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Natalie Fisher and Tonya Reynolds are the classroom’s co-teachers.

This week in the Helpful Hound classroom, the third graders prepared at home lessons that described “how to” do something.  There are many reasons why this was a meaningful activity.  First, planning a lesson and speaking in front of others is a great life skill. Students worked on speaking loudly and making eye contact. Second, as fourth grade homework time approaches, getting used to assignments at home and making sure you meet deadlines becomes increasingly important. Finally, writing all of the steps and sharing them so that the project gets completed correctly is critical.  Many creative lessons were taught.  Our younger students enjoyed learning many new things. We learned how to make paper airplanes, an origami dog, finger knit, exchange old DVD’s for new ones, wash hands, plant a seed, make sushi, and care for a pet. Thank you third graders and parents for making this homework assignment a success!  IMG_0274[1]IMG_0272[1]IMG_0268[1]IMG_0267[1]IMG_0264[1]IMG_0261[1]



Level 2 has been studying the needs of people throughout time.  As a group they selected two needs to people to concentrate on this last month.  One was the history of clothing and the other one was the history of defense.  For our clothing project the students decided they wanted to put on a fashion show.  Each child researched a type of clothing and put together an outfit for the show.  On Friday, they headed down the runway and modeled their clothing while co-hosts, Natalie and Anna, read descriptions about their clothing.  Way to go level 2 students!



The annual fundraising event is fast approaching. An outdoor entertainment center was made by Anna’s grandpa. It is beautiful!  Now we need parent volunteers to finish it up for the auction.  We are in need of a parent to purchase supplies. There is a budget set aside for this.  In addition, one or two parents to supervise and guide our students through the painting process would be wonderful.  We will work around whatever time you have available to come into the classroom.  We are meeting with our art teacher to hear her suggestions on how best to finish off our project.  Ultimately, we would love to have this project finished up by April 24th.  Please let us know if you have a heart for art and can help the Goldfinch students in completing this project.  Thank you!!


The Helpful Hounds concluded their European travels this week.  Each student packed his or her suitcase and said farewell.  We learned the names, capitals, and flags of several countries.  Even more enticing was exploring the cultures of this diverse continent.  In zoology lessons, we studied the biomes, animals, and plants of the regions.  In geography, we were enthralled with the clothing, food, housing, landmarks, and customs of these cultures.  Experiencing a part of our diverse world was unforgettable.


The Helpful Hounds were taken aback by a mischievous visitor on St. Patrick’s Day!  As the children settled into the classroom, they observed several messed up areas.  From a knocked over stool, to an upside down March calendar label, to a note on the board that said, “Hi, friends”.  We decided it must have been a little, green leprechaun!  

During our work day the students participated in several patty day activities. From writing, to reading and discussing St. Patrick day stories, to graphing and playing a pot of gold math game, we all had a fun day.  

The third grade Spirit Committee organized a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt around the school this week. Each student can look for objects in the hallways and lobby. Once found the student can check the item off on his or her checklist. The locations will be revealed to all of the lower elementary students on Friday afternoon. Thanks to the Spirit Committee for organizing this exciting event. In our room that is Gracie, Jack O., and Jason.