Weekly Update for Week of May 14th

Dear Parents,  

We are so excited to design and construct our solar ovens during STEM day tomorrow!  We will enjoy cooking outside during recess after our designs are complete:)  Please have your child wear their STEM tee tomorrow if they purchased one:)  

Wednesday we will be having a formal dress rehearsal for our habitat play.  We are performing for our first grade book buddies.  Please have your child bring their costume to school on Wednesday, and they can just leave in their cubby so that they will also have it ready on Thursday when you arrive:)  We will be serving you breakfast on Thursday morning!  You probably will want to arrive between 8:05 and 8:10 a.m.  Please bring the invitation that I sent home today as you won’t have to sign in at this office if you have this with you.  You will simply just show your invitation to our front desk volunteer:)    

Please remember that our 3rd grade block party is this Friday.  We will be enjoying pizza and sweet treats in the bus port area with our beach towels and friends!  Don’t forget to send in a beach towel, and you probably will want to make sure your child has sunscreen on that morning. 

Field Day and Marathon Reminders

Dear Parents,   

I can’t believe that we are almost at the end of our fabulous year together!!!  I am going to miss my very special group of students this summer!!  The last day of school will be approaching fast, so please be sure to write down the important dates below:)  Congratulations to Libby and Zachary for placing first in our marathon try-outs.  They will be representing our class tomorrow for the marathon!!    I hope you have a wonderful week!!     

Tuesday, May 8th:  Marathon at 12:45 

Wednesday, May 9th:  Field Day from 8:25 – 11:15 (Wear class tees, shorts, sneakers, and sunscreen)   

Thursday, May 17th:  Class Habitat Play and Award Ceremony at 8:15 a.m. until 9:50ish   

Friday, May 18th:  3rd Grade Block Party:  Bring sunscreen and a towel to sit on:)   

Tuesday, May 22nd and Wednesday, May 23rd:  Early Release at 12:30



Field Day

Field Day for Third Grade is Wednesday, May 9th!!!  Please ensure that your child wears their class tee, plenty of sunscreen, and that they bring an ample snack and water. 

We are in need of a couple of parents to bring in popsicles for Tuesday for the marathon and for field day on Wednesday.  If you are interested, please email me directly at [email protected]:)

Economics Day Reminder

Dear Parents, 

Just a friendly reminder that your child will need to bring in their Economics Day items on Thursday, May 3rd, as is indicated in the Economics Day letter that arrived home a couple of weeks ago.  They should have around 12-15 items to sell with a sign that includes a description and price.  Your child should also bring in 30 pennies on Friday, May 4th so that they may enjoy shopping in the different classrooms:)  Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.  

Ms. Henson

Monday Update for April 30th

Dear Parents,   

We had a fabulous time at the Mercedes Benz Stadium!!!  What an amazing place to visit, and I think  our favorite two parts were the Falcons’ locker room and our free run on the field!!!   

Just a quick reminder that we have our branches of government test tomorrow:)  Your child should have their study guide at home, but we have thoroughly covered everything in class. 

Also, please ensure that your child brings their Economics Day items this Thursday with a sign that includes price and description.  Your child will also need to bring 30 pennies in a baggie for shopping.  Busy, busy days ahead…. 

Have a great week!!   Ms. Henson


Field Trip Reminders for Monday, April 30th

Dear Parents,   

Just a reminder that our field trip to the Mercedes Benz stadium is this Monday. 

  • Please make sure that your child wears their class tee on Monday:)   
  • Please make sure that your child brings their lunch in a paper bag if they choose to bring lunch from home.  We will be eating at the stadium and will need to fit our lunches in coolers.

 We will arrive around 9:45 – 10:00 a.m. on April 30th.  You will be required to pay an admission of $25.

You will need to park in the silver parking deck and here is the address:

1414 Andrew Young International Blvd NW Atlanta, GA 30313.

If you park here, we can validate the parking from $15 to $8.

End of Year Habitat Play and Awards Celebration

Dear Parents,   

     On Thursday, May 17th, we will be sharing a very special event with our parents… our annual Habitat play.  Your child is arriving home today with their part, and they will need to have a simple costume to wear.  We will be practicing the play each day at school:)  Please know that you don’t need to spend much on the costume, and making a simple costume with your child will be a great opportunity for you to spend special time together.  We will also enjoy receiving awards on this day, and would love for you to share this special day with us!   We will begin the play at 8:15 a.m.   We will be serving breakfast to our parents as well.  Hope to see you then!  (Formal invitation to follow) 

🙂 Ms. Henson

Extra News for Week of April 23rd

Dear Parents,   

We will have a timed checkup over our 2s and 3s multiplication facts this Friday.   There will be 60 facts to solve and your child will have 5 minutes.  It is that time of year when we have to ensure that we are reaching fluency with our facts:) 

We will have a timed multiplication facts checkup each Friday for the remainder of the year;).  Friday, May 4th will be our 4s and 5s, Friday, May 11th will be our 6s and 7s, and Friday, May 18nd will be our 8s and 9s. Tomorrow a branches of government study guide will arrive home, and our summative assessment will be on Tuesday, May 1st.  The study guide includes what our 3rd grade government standard encompasses, so if your child looks over this they will be just fine.  We have covered everything extensively in class, so the children shouldn’t have to spend very much time reviewing.   

If you have not returned the field trip permission for our Mercedes Benz trip on Monday, April 30th, please do so tomorrow.  It will be here before you know it.  There is also an Economics Day letter in your child’s blue folder today that thoroughly explains Economics Day.  It is a third grade tradition and the children LOVE being merchants as they have a real world experience with supply and demand concepts.  Please email me should you have any questions at all about Economics Day.   

We have a new weekly behavior sheet that we will use for the remainder of the year that allows your child to participate in goal setting and self reflection:)   This is a great opportunity for your child to reflect on choices and strategies for improvement.

Have a great week and THANK YOU so much for making our Milestone Completion Celebration such a fabulous success!!!  We had lots of yummy, homemade treats to share, and the children and I are very grateful for your generosity!!!


Dear Parents, 

The children have worked so very hard during our five days of Milestone testing!!  We will be celebrating on Friday with our Sundaes and a Movie party!!!  Your child may also bring a small electronic game and a stuffed animal to enjoy:)  Thank you so much for sending in your party donations:)  The children have written in their planners what they would like to bring, and  Mrs. Vola will use our class funds to purchase our ice cream:)  Thank you so much again for all of your support during testing… by ensuring early bedtimes, healthy breakfasts, and for being an encouraging cheerleader!:) 

We are so happy to be back on a regular schedule tomorrow, and instructional highlights for the next two weeks are below.  Enjoy the rest of your week and when your child arrives home today be sure to include a big hug for a fantastic job during testing:)   Please remember to access our specials schedules in the pages section at the top of our class webpage.  

Ms. Henson   

Instructional Highlights for the week of April 16th and April 23rd: 

Reading Workshop:  We will continue our nonfiction research clubs on our chosen animals.  We will explore different text structures, such as comparison / contrast, cause/ effect, and problem/solution as we synthesize our two nonfiction animal texts with our club members.  Our written synthesis responses will include essential synthesis elements for third grade, such as use of  clear text structures and signal phrases.

Writing Workshop:  We will begin our fairy tale unit as we begin by completing our character/setting maps.  We will read several fairy tale anchor texts and will discover techniques  that fairy tale authors use to captivate our attention, to develop characters, to elaborate settings, and to teach us an important lesson. 

Math:  We will  finish up our geometry unit this week as we identify vertices, angle sizes (more or less than 90 degrees), and characteristics of quadrilaterals.   We will construct quadrilaterals that meet certain criteria and group into like groups. 

Cursive and Grammar:  We are going to begin to write short paragraphs and famous quotes in cursive daily as this is a fourth quarter standard.:) 

Science and Social Studies:  In science, we will continue our unit on the three types of heat transfer.  In social studies, we will revisit our three branches of government (Judicial, Executive, and Legislative branches).  We will dive deeper into our study of the three branches as we compare and contrast responsibilities of each branch and learn the benefits of the system of checks and balances. 

Mercedes Benz Field Trip

Dear Parents,

If you would like to join us for our Mercedes Benz Discovery field trip, we would love to have you:)  We will arrive around 9:45 – 10:00 a.m. on April 30th.  You will be required to pay an admission of $25.

You will need to park in the silver parking deck and here is the address:

1414 Andrew Young International Blvd NW Atlanta, GA 30313.

If you park here, we can validate the parking from $15 to $8.