Welcome Back, Third Graders!

Welcome back third graders and family!

Thank you to all who attended Back to School Night last week! Be sure to go on the Facebook page and like our third grade picture! If we win as a grade level, we will earn a prize.

We have been working hard to complete all of our beginning of the year assessments. We will be taking our NWEA Math test on October 3rd. Our first 4.5 week assessments will be on October 25 (Math) and our second will be on November 1 (Reading).

Fall pictures are scheduled for October 19 and our third grade performance will be on October 19.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any comments or concerns.

Have a great week!
-Ms. Blackburn, Ms. Layton and Mrs. Jones

Good evening!

WE DID IT! We have finished taking all of our benchmark assessments. We are SO proud of all of our students and the progress they have made. This upcoming week is make-up testing if your student missed any of the assessments.

Our first field trip to the Science Museum was a success! (Stay tuned for pictures) We got to explore the exhibits, hold cockroaches, experiment with electricity and see if we could run faster than an Olympic swimmer. We also all got to dissect owl pellets in an interactive and hands-on lesson from a scientist at the museum.

This month, we are focusing on…
Math – 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication and fractions
Reading – Biographies, autobiographies and other nonfiction texts
Writing – Pronouns and contractions
Science – Simple machines and earth cycles
Social Studies – Explorers and ecomonmics

Thank you for your continued support,

-WES Third Grade Team

February Update

Good evening and happy February!

Can you believe that we are halfway through the school year? 2 quarters down, 2 to go! Be on the lookout for report cards to be sent home with your students next week. Please initial them and send them back as soon as possible.

This week we will be taking our reading benchmark, and our math benchmark has been pushed back 2 weeks. Please make sure that your student is reviewing each night, eating a healthy breakfast the morning of and getting a good nights rest the night before. Every little bit helps 🙂

February 23rd will also be our first grade level field trip! We are headed to the Science Museum of Richmond. All forms and money ($7) are DUE this FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 9). We have to give a count to the museum, so no late forms or money will be accepted..

This week we are focusing on…
Reading – Poetry
Math – Multiplication x11 and x12, Money
Science – Matter
Social Studies – Famous Americans (Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Jefferson, Rosa Parks and George Washington)
Writing – Pronouns
Character Trait: Fairness

As always, thank you for your continuing support. We are looking forward to the second half of the school year! Please feel free to email us, or call the school if you have any questions or concerns.

WES Third Grade Team

Happy New Year!!

Welcome back and happy MANuary!

We hope that you had a relaxing winter break. We are jumping right back into it this week. Semester benchmarks are quickly approaching, and we are working hard to show what we have learned over the last 15 weeks.

This weeks focuses are:
Math – Multiplication (x3, x6) and measurement review
Reading – Non-Fiction Text features
Writing – Pre-writing strategies
Social Studies – Greece and Rome

Important Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, January 4 – Measurement Cumulative Test

Please be on the look out for information related to MAN-uary events such as our Donuts with Dad Breakfast and our Fitness Night that will take place in January.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Best wishes,
WES Third Grade Team

November 27th Update

Good evening third grade families!

We hope you all enjoyed the long break last weekend. The next three weeks are going to be packed full of a academics and activities before we reach our winter break!

This week we will be focusing on…
Math – Measurement
Reading – Main Idea
Science – Earth Resources
Character Trait – Honesty

Please make sure that you are returning signed report cards by the end of this week.
Please make sure you send your child to school with a healthy snack.

Upcoming dates…
November 28 – Math Assessment
December 1 – Reading Assessment

As always, feel free to contact us via email or the school phone if you have any questions or concerns.

Best wishes,
Third Grade Team

Weekly update

Good afternoon third grade families!

Next week, we will be taking our first quarter reading and math benchmark exams.  This will test the students on all of the information we have learned this far in third grade. November 6th we will be taking reading and November 14th we will be taking math.  Please make sure your children are getting plenty of rest and reviewing!

This week we are focusing on:

Reading: Fiction vs Nonfiction Texts

Math: Multiplication (x2, x5,x10)

Writing: Complete Paragraphs

Science: Animal Relationships

Social Studies: Diversity

Also, there will be no school next Tuesday due to election day.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

-Third Grade Team

Practicing Patterns!

Ms. Fischer’s class had a fantastic time learning about patterns today!

Below are some pictures of the different stations that we practiced with. We made our own patterns with pattern blocks, played a pattern board game, and worked with the teacher on drawing and labeling patterns with shapes!

Our work on patterns will help us once we start multiplication next week!

Week 7 Update

Good afternoon third grade families!

We cannot believe that we are already on our seventh week of school! We have been working hard academically and working hard to prepare for our literacy performance this Thursday. Hope to see you there!

This week our academic focuses are…

Reading: Suffixes, Non-fiction text features, test taking strategies
Math: 3 digit addition and subtraction with regrouping
Writing: Writing a complete sentence, punctuation and articles
Science: Animal Adaptations

Upcoming dates:
Thursday October 19th – Math Test and Science Test
Thursday October 19th – LITERACY NIGHT 5:30 pm
Friday October 20th – Reading Assessment
Friday October 20th – PICTURE DAY!

Have a wonderful and wild week!


The third grade team

Wild about… SLIME!

Ms. Blackburn’s class earned a reward from receiving enough numbers on their hundreds chart, and they decided that we were going to learn about slime! We used the steps of the scientific method to make hypotheses, used tools to measure our ingredients and made observations along the way.



Weekly Reminders – October 9th

Good afternoon third grade families!

Third grade is off to a great start. We have been working very hard with all of our beginning of the year testing, and making sure that we are back into the swing of things at school.  One of our main focuses right now is to prove that third grade is WARD Strong, which means that we are Working hard, having a positive Attitude, being Respectful and Demonstrating safety in and out of the classroom.

This weeks academic focuses are:
Math – Estimation with three digit addition
Reading – Prefixes
Science – Animal Adaptations
Writing – Writing a complete sentence.
Social Studies – Map Skills
(Feel free to study these at home if you have any spare time!)

Upcoming dates:
Monday October 16th – Hearing and Vision Screenings
Thursday October 19th – Wild About Learning Literacy Night
Friday October 20th – Picture Day
Friday October 27th – Ward’s First Annual Trunk-or-Treat!

Please make sure you are checking your students homework folder every night for their homework ward logs and other important reminders.


The WES Third Grade Team