Week of 10/27

Happy Sunday Parents,

We are slowly rolling into our last part of quarter 1. It is amazing that the first quarter of the year is almost done.  Below is some notes about the week.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Homework – there will be NO cursive HW this week, just reading log, and math.

PTA – We are still looking for our wonderful families to join the PTA, they do so much to support us. It is 10 dollars to become a member!

What’s going on this week?

Math – Equality/Pumpkin Math Day (Thursday) 10:00 – remember if you are coming into the room you need a volunteer application.

Reading – Comparing and Contrasting Fictional Texts S.Studies – Continents and Oceans, Quiz on 11/4

Upcoming dates:

Monday, October 28th – student 1/2 day

Thursday, October 31- Pumpkin Math Day (10:00 am)

Friday, November 1st – Field Tip; Tredgar River Walks – bring a lunch!  I will email chaperones an itinerary.

Monday, November 4th – End of Q1

Tuesday, November 5th – Student Holiday

Monday, November 11th – Veteran’s Day Assembly (3rd Grade Performance)

Wednesday, October 20 – Report Cards go home

November 27 – 29 – Thanksgiving Holiday, no school



Week of 10/7 – 10/11

Happy Sunday Parents,
I hope that you are all enjoying the cooler weather we are having. It was a great weekend! Below are some notes about this week. Let me know if you have any questions.

Homework – Usual HW this week – Reading Log, Math, and Cursive

Tests and Quizzes – Please check agenda. There is a Place Value quiz scheduled for Wed, a science predator/prey vocabulary quiz scheduled for Friday. Some students are still having a hard time copying down their HW each morning. It is on the board and the first thing they are supposed to do every morning.

Word Work – The kids will be receiving their first list of word work/spelling words this week. They will glue a copy of the words inside their agenda for this week. I am scheduling the test to be for next Tuesday 10/15. All of the activities will be done with the words in class, but I encourage you to review the words at home.

What are we doing this week?
*Reading – we will be working on author’s purpose and starting our small groups.
*Math – we will finish rounding (test) and then start estimating with sums and differences.
*Science – we will continue with our animal unit – predator/prey.
*Writing – we will work on Plural Nouns



Week of 9/16 – 9/20

It has been great getting to know everyone.  This week we are really jumping into things.  Please see below for some information about the week.  Let me know if you have any questions!

HW – They will be starting their normal HW this week.  They were given Math and Cursive packets that are due Friday’s.  So they have the entire week to finish it.  Each day is labeled for them to help pace out the week.  They will also have their Reading Log (like last week) that will be due on Friday as well.  Each morning they write in their agenda for the week. So please check for tests and quizzes. This week we have a graphing test on Thursday and a Civics (rules and laws test) on Friday.

Open House – We will have Open house in our room (208) from 6:00 – 8:00 where we can discuss all the great things about this year.  Hope to see you there!

REMIND – the REMIND app seems to be working much better since I deleted and downloaded it again.  If you have not joined here is our class code to enter – @h7bgec7

This week –

*We will finish graphing and start place value in math.

*Continue taking reading inventories.

*Work on writing in complete sentences (and paragraphs)

*Finish our Civics Unit


Week of 9/9 – 9/13

Happy Sunday Parents,

We had such a great first week!  I hope the kids came home with some great stories.  It is very important to me to build a strong sense of community in our classroom on these first weeks of school. I had the privilege of eating lunch with them last week, and started to see some personalities come out of their shells. It was wonderful!

Below is a few notes about this week.  As usual, let me know if you have any questions!

  1. We will be starting our math unit on Graphing this week – SOL 3.15. The kids will be learning what are bar graphs, pictographs, and reviewing tally marks.
  2. For Reading – our focus for the next two weeks will be working on reading with each individual student to determine their reading level through a F & P. They did these in 2nd grade as well.  We will also give DSA’s which will help us tell what level they are spelling on.  Most importantly, we will work on a class routing of how to work during our independent reading time.  This can be an adjustment for some, so we will work together to make sure everyone knows what to do.
  3. We will start our S.Studies unit on Citizenship this week also. So the kids will be bringing home their ss notebooks as well.
  4. HW – the kids will be getting a nightly reading log (on card stock). They need to be reading AT LEAST 20 minutes per night, Mon – Thur night, then have it signed off by a parent.  It will be turned in as HW every Frday.  The kids are always welcome to read more.  Or, if you have a struggling reader, you are welcome to read with them.  We are NOT sending home any other HW at this point.  3rd grade is determining making a switch in the HW we sent home last year.  So, I will keep you posted.
  5. I hope everyone got my message on REMIND. It was a little glitchy, so let me know if you are having any problems with it.  I did get a few messages already…. hooray!!!!

Let’s have a great second week!

Mrs. W


First Day of School


Can you believe tomorrow is already the first day of school? I hope that the kids are excited to get the year going.  I look forward to a great year together.  A lot will be going on this week, so I thought I would send out an e-mail letting you know that are some things that will be going on in 3rd grade.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

  1. Communication – I will usually send out a Sunday night e-mail for the following week, so just be on the look out for that.  I do have a blog, but it is a bit of a re-peat of the Sunday e-mail. However, I added a copy of our daily schedule and resource schedule if you would like to see it.  The blog link is at the bottom of the page.
  2. Snacks – Please send in a snack for your child.  Please do not send in anything with Peanuts or Peanut Butter, we do have allergies this year and I am avoiding them in the classroom.  Spill proof water bottles will be allowed, as long as they are taken home each day to be cleaned.
  3. Tuesday folders/Agendas – Now that the kids are in 3rd grade, Tuesday folders will only be coming home on Tuesdays with graded papers or announcements.  However, our prime area of communication will be their agenda (they will receive this tomorrow, they were purchased through the school this year).
  4. Homework – There will be no HW on the first week of school.  Our goal is trying to get the kids on  schedule and getting to know each other. Also, making sure they are organized and all forms have been turned in.  HW will start the second week.  I send home – Reading, Math, and Cursive for the week.  All HW is due on Fridays.
  5. Remind App – I will be sending out another e-mail about an app I use for your phone.  It is a way to text, without using phone numbers.  You have to download the REMIND app on your phone then sign up, but it is useful for simple communication with me.  For longer conversations or something more difficult, I would prefer e-mail.  I will send those directions out later today.

See everyone soon!


Welcome Back to School!

Welcome to the new school year!  I am thrilled to be a part of your child’s life this year.  Please remember to join us for Back to School Night tomorrow from  1:00 – 3:00.  Feel free to bring your class supplies to drop off in the classroom (Room 208).  Remember if you have not filled out your online paperwork below is the link you can use.  Let’s have a great year!


Mrs. Wheaton