Week of Oct 15th

I hope everyone had a good (and safe) three day weekend!  Below is our sticky and our schedule for the week.  I will let you know when we have a make up day for our picture day.  We will have a few changes this week due to having Friday off.  Let me know if you have any questions or problems!


This week’s sticky –

Monday – Place Value Test (moved from Friday)

Spelling Test (moved from Friday)

New HW Packets come home today

Tuesday –

Wednesday –

Thursday –

Friday – NO Spelling Test on new words (we will test on Tuesday of next week)


We will be working on –

Reading –

SOL 3.6c – Text Features – Use text features to set a purpose for reading non fiction.

Math –

SOL 3.3a,b – Estimating the sum and difference of whole numbers and creating and solving two step word problems.


SOL 2.6 – Students will use map skills – 7 continents and 5 oceans; equator, Prime Meridian, and four hemispheres.

Writing –

We will continue to work on identifying and correcting complete and incomplete sentences.


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Week of Oct 8th

Here are a few announcements about this week!

Raz Kids Accounts – Raz Kids Accounts have been activated and are ready for use!  The passwords to the accounts are glued into the front of the kids agenda’s next to their Reflex passwords.  They are allowed to use this for their nightly reading log, as it is tuned to their particular level of reading.

Word Work – We will be starting our Word Work this week.  It will take the place of word study this year.  The kids will receive a list of works that is on their spelling/voc level.  They will be gluing the words in their agendas every week so they always have a copy to take home.  Each set of words still have a “pattern” but the focus is for the kids to use more word work with the words instead of just “sorting” the words and memorizing where to put them in a sort.  So, throughout the week the kids will be working on daily word work using these words given to them.  They will have a second copy of the list to be glued into their notebooks where they will produce the work for the week.  On Friday’s, I will collect their journals and give them a “spelling test” on their words for the week.  They will not have to know the words in a sort to test.  Just simply how to spell them correctly.


This week’s Sticky

Monday – No School Today for Students

Tuesday – New Math and Cursive HW Packets

Wednesday – Science Test – Animal Adaptations


Friday – Math Test – ALL PLACE VALUE

1st Word Work/Spelling Test Today


This week’s SOL’s

Reading –

SOL 3.4 d – The use of Context Clues to Clarify Meaning of unfamiliar words and determine appropriate homophone usage. Use context to clarify meaning of unfamiliar words

Math –

SOL 3.1 – The students will read, write, and identify the place and value of each digit in a six digit whole number, with and without models:

b)round whole numbers to the nearest thousand or less.

c)compare and order whole numbers, thousands or less.


SOL 3.4 The student will investigate and understand that adaptations allow animals to satisfy life needs and respond to the environment. Key concepts include

  1. a) behavioral adaptations; and
  2. b) physical adaptations

Writing – We will focus on writing complete sentences, correcting fragments and run-on sentences.

Thanks everyone for turning in T-shirt money and Young Scientists money on time.  It is appreciated!  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Week of Oct 1st

I am super proud of our kids!  They are really doing a great job at our morning routine, as well as turning in their weekly homework.  They are such a great group of kids!  Below is some notes for the week –

Grading – As you may have noticed, graded work is coming home in Tuesday folders.  I really do my best to get grades turned back to you in a decent amount of time.  I spent most weekends grading away!  I did want to point out that I always put the grade your child earned on an item – like if they received a 20%, but I wanted to be clear, per HCPS policy I can only record in my gradebook a 50% or higher.  I am just putting the real grade so you can see how your child did.  If anything is unclear, please let me know.

Gifted Meeting – October 4th from 6:00 – 7:00 in the Cafeteria if you are interested


Coach LeClair our PE Teacher –  asked me to send you the following –

CTES Families, The Short Pump Mile is September 30th! Last year our school had amazing participation and we were able to get money for our PE department! The more students sign up for the race, the more money we can get toward new equipment. The run is completely optional of course. It is a great opportunity to get some great exercise and have some fun! Online registration closes Thursday, 9/27 at 8AM and then you’ll have to register at the packet pickup on Friday, 9/28 from 4PM-8PM or Saturday 9/29 from 10AM-4PM.

Thanks so much to all of those who have registered, we are in the top 10 in schools registering so far!! Hopefully you are able to make it out to the fun run!

All of the information and registration can be found by going to this link:  http://shortpumprace.com/registration.html


This weeks Sticky –

Monday – New Homework packets sent home


Wednesday – Young Scientists Coming today!

Thursday –

Friday –


This weeks SOL’s –

Reading (SOL 3.5f)  – We will continue on with Questioning in Fiction this week.

Math (SOL 3.1a,b,c) – We will continue to work on Place Value, but rounding to the nearest thousand and comparing numbers 9,999 or less.

Science (SOL 3.4 a,b) – We will continue our unit on Animal Adaptations.

Writing(3.10j) – We will continue our grammar unit will work on  Possessive Plural Nouns.  But we will also start working on 6 + 1 Traits of writing.  We will focus on Brainstorming this week.

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Week of Sept 24th

Hello Parents,

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Here are a few notes about the week ahead.  Any questions please let me know!

Reflex Math – I was able to activate Reflex Math accounts for all the kids.  I will have them glue their account information in the front of their agenda’s tomorrow morning, so they can use the account at home as well.  Right now, the account is set on + and – facts.  We will eventually move to multiplication and division, but this is a good time to review those facts for fluency.

PTA Membership – Here is the link to the PTA membership in case you have not had the chance to join yet.  https://colonialtrailpta.membershiptoolkit.com/

This week –

Reading (SOL 3.4b and 3.5f)  – We will be working on Synonyms/Antonyms, as well as learning to ask Questions in Fiction.

Math (SOL 3.1a,b,c) – We will be working on Place Value up to the hundred thousands place.  Check the kids math notebook for any information to help you with HW.

S.Studies (SOL 3.11 and 3.12) – We will finish up our unit on Citizenship and Government with a quiz on Tuesday

Science (SOL 3.4 a,b) – We will work on a new unit for Animal Adaptations, starting on Wednesday.

Writing(3.10j) – Our grammar unit will work on Plural Nouns and then eventually Possessive Plural Nouns.  This will take us a little over  a week since we are reviewing the Plural Nouns first.

This week’s sticky – (we will still glue it in the kids agenda, but I just added it here as well)

Monday – Math and Cursive HW packets sent home

Tuesday – SS Test today (Government and Citizenship)

Wednesday –

Thursday –

Friday –  Math Quiz (Place Value)

Young Scientists Field (in school) Field Trip Money Due Today ($20.00)


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Week of Sept 17th

I hoped everyone enjoyed their long weekend.  This week I have just a few announcements.

We will have MAPS testing this week, which is new for these kids.  MAPS Testing starts in 3rd grade and follows the kids up through middle school.  It is a great tool for giving us information on the kids abilities.  We are scheduled to complete Reading on Thursday and Math on Friday.  These tests are also taken on the computers.

We also have a 1/2 day scheduled for Wednesday of this week, so there will be early dismissal.

Please remember to join us to Back to School Night on Thursday evening at 6:15.

The school is having a small competition for parents to join the PTA, which will result in a classroom winner… and sadly, our class is NOT winning for the 3rd grade.  Below is the PTA site.  If you can, please join.  They do so much for our kids!


I will also do my best to get some grades in the powerschool system this week as well 🙂

I think that is all.  Please remember to check your child’s agenda for any other tests, or HW for the week.  Have a great week!

Mrs. Wheaton

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Week of Sept 10th

We had a great first week back to school.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me!  We worked on learning our 5 classroom rules this week, as well as classroom protocol and expectations.  I love using this first week to foster a caring and happy classroom environment for the kids. The kids did a great job learning how to use their agenda’s, write down HW, and maneuver in a 3rd grade classroom.  Below is some notes about this week, as we are starting HW.

Agendas – Great job parents on all the kids having agendas! The kids are responsible for writing their HW every morning when they arrive at school (it is written on the board for them to copy).  In addition, each Monday I give them a “sticky.”  On the sticky for the week, I list any important dates for tests, quizzes, or anything else that you may need to know for that specific week.  They glue the sticky in the upper right hand corner of their agenda for each week.  I also sign off on each day of the agenda, so if there is every any notes you want to jot me, under the day is a great place!

Homework – We will be starting HW this week.  The kids will have a reading log that is printed on card stock.  They can read 10 – 20 min a night and have a parent sign off on it.  That reading log should be able to get us the whole 1st nine weeks of school and should be kept under the HW tab in the kids accordion folders.  The kids will also get Math and Cursive HW packets each Monday Mornings for HW as well.  The packets are labeled with each days HW.  I will introduce the cursive letters at school for the week and the kids will just practice the cursive at home.  I will NOT check the whole HW packet (for both Math and cursive) and the reading log, until each Friday.  So this will give each family a little leniency on doing homework each night.  It is also a way of trying to get our 3rd graders to become more independent and responsible.  The HW packets should also be kept under the HW tab on the kid’s accordion folder as well.

Accordion Folders – If you noticed we got all of the kids school supplies organized.  The kids labeled their own accordion folders.  They will be responsible for taking the accordion folders back and forth to and from school each day.  There are tabs for all of their notebooks, so if HW is ever confusing you can refer to the notebooks in the front the accordion folder.  There is also a tab in the accordion folder that says “take home” – these are papers that can be cleaned out daily.  I will send home work we complete in this folder, that is simply finished classwork that we no longer need but I still want the parents to be able to see.


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Welcome to 3rd Grade

Back to school is here! I can not wait to see my new students this week at Open House, on Thursday from 1:00 – 3:00 in room 208.  If possible, please bring supplies to help get your child’s desk and cubby organized.

Also, if you have not done so, please log into Powerschool to fill out back to school forms under the new RYCOR program.  ZipSlip will no longer be used to fill out forms.

I will also have a REMIND account so I can send simple texts.  You can sign up here –http://rmd.me/b?rid=81394686   The class code is @k36293.

My school email address is cmwheaton@henrico.k12.va.us

See you soon!

Mrs. Wheaton

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