Third Family Math Night is Monday, Dec. 3

West Jackson Elementary School kindergarten teacher Cynthia Williams, right, works with one of the families participating in the most recent Family Math Night sessions. The next -- with hamburgers and cookie decorating -- is set for Monday, Dec. 3.

West Jackson Elementary School kindergarten teacher Cynthia Williams, right, works with one of the families participating in the most recent Family Math Night sessions. The next — with hamburgers and cookie decorating — is set for Monday, Dec. 3.

With attendance increasing each time — and the time for holiday cookies drawing near — the Jackson County School System is planning its third Family Math Night for parents and children Monday, Dec. 3.

Parents, guardians — even grandparents — and students in kindergarten through eighth grade will meet from 5-7 p.m. at JCSS’s 441 Gordon Street Center, centrally located in downtown Jefferson. Childcare is provided for pre-K students and younger children.

The Jefferson Dairy Queen will provide hamburgers for a light supper during the session. Previous dinner supporters have been the Braselton Zaxby’s restaurant and Jefferson’s Little Caesar’s Pizza.

“We had more than 60 parents and children at our first session in October and more than 80 people in November,” said Dr. Katie Warwick, JCSS’s math curriculum specialist, who has organized the events in connection with the math for Adults Foundation.

“This month, we will be working with pattern blocks to solve fraction word problems with the third- through eighth-grade group and building fluency and conceptual understanding with the kindergarteners, first- and second-graders and their parents,” she said.

“Since many of our problems are based around the concept of sharing cookies, we also will be decorating cookies after dinner with each group, and our families will have the chance to play math games. We will have another raffle at the end of the evening and share information about accessing online resources,” she said.

Dr. Warwick said parents leave the sessions with ideas and materials to use at home when they are working with their children in mathematics.

“All of our sessions are family-oriented and interactive,” she said. “Parents work alongside their children to solve problems and share strategies.”

Additional sessions are planned for Jan. 15, Feb. 5, March 12, April 18 and May 9, and participation in any of the sessions is open to all JCSS families.

Reservations are requested to ensure adequate food and helpers. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Warwick by calling at 706-367-5151, ext. 17138, or emailing kwarwick@jcss.us.

Those calling or emailing are asked to provide the parent/guardian’s name, the number of children and adults attending, and the grade level of children or ages of pre-schoolers.