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A Note About Pictures…


Dear Parents,

Please know that spring pictures went home on Thursday, March 15.  Each student should have received a picture packet if they were present when they were taken.  Inside of each packet are ordering instructions on how to purchase the picture packet or pieces of the packet.  If you do not wish to order any pictures at this time, please send the packet back to school and have your child give it to their homeroom teacher.  If you have any questions, please email Mr. Traster at [email protected].

Thank you!

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News for the Week of 3/12


Important Dates:

3/14 Early Release

3/15 The 13 Colonies Test (use your study guide to study)

3/16 Deadline to order Yearbook

3/21 Report Cards 

3/28 ART Show & STEM Night

3/29 Trip to the Georgia Capitol 

*Please return field trip permission and school registration forms if you haven’t already.*

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News for the Week of 3/5/18


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Upcoming Dates and Things to Remember…
*Book Fair – Monday, March 5th – Friday, March 9th
*Bedtime, Books and Brownies – Thursday, March 8th
*Early Release – Wednesday, March 14th
*Report Cards Sent Home – Wednesday, March 21st
*PTSA Spirit Night at Jumping World – Thursday, March 22nd


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State Capitol: Our Field trip date has been changed from the 28th to the 29th. We need 1 more chaperone for this trip; please let me know if you are interested. Chaperones are free, but you must drive your own car to the State Capitol building. If you are a chaperone, you must bring a photo ID in order to enter the building (they will not permit you inside without a photo ID).  We will depart school on the 29th @ 9am and return @ 1:30pm. *Please return permission forms and $9 fee by Friday 3/9.


**Remember to turn in your 2018-2019 school registration form; it was due last week Friday. Please return the envelope with 3 stamps to be used to mail your child’s report card over the summer.


Here’s what we are learning…

Math: MD.8 Solve real world and mathematical problems involving the perimeters of polygons, including finding the unknown  (perimeter/area) side length of rectangles

  • continue to study your multiplication facts

Reading: RI.9 Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic

  • March reading log is due on 3/30

Writing: 3W1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons

Grammar: 3L.2 and 3L2.b Use coordinating or subordinating conjunctions (joining two complete thoughts with a comma and a conjunction: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so). Use commas in a direct address- for example: Sue, please pass the gravy.

Social Studies: SS3H3Explain the factors that shaped British Colonial America, identify the natural resources and economy of the New England, Mid Atlantic, and Southern Colonies

  • 13 Colony Assessment is on March 15th
  • Study guides will go home this week
  • Please help your child to study a little each night- there’s a lot of information to remember (do not wait until the last minute)
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Welcome Back!


I hope that everyone had a fun and healthy Winter Break!

There are two important pieces of information coming home today in your child’s Monday folder…


*We’re visiting the Georgia State Capitol building on March 29th. Please sign / return the field trip forms along with the $9 fee.

*The pre-printed registration forms for the 2018-2019 school year are to be reviewed (make corrections if needed) and signed. The form, envelope, and stamps are due back to me on March 2nd. The envelope will be used to mail home your child’s report card over the summer (DO NOT seal the envelope). If your child isn’t returning, please write NOT RETURNING across the top and return.

Reminder: If you haven’t turned in your Six Flags reading log, please turn it in on Tuesday.

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News for the Week of 2/12/18


Parents, please emphasize to your child the importance of doing their best at all times and take pride in their work. I have every confidence that the students will meet and exceed the expectations set for them.

Math: Measuring to a 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch, making line plots using fractions, continue to learn and practice multiplication facts.
English Language Arts / Grammar: Mentor Sentences – Adjectives, Comparative & Superlatives adjectives; adverbs
Reader’s Workshop: Literal and non-literal language
Writing: Opinion Writing continues
Social Studies: The 13 Colonies (British Colonial America)

**Please sign/return progress reports**
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Wednesday: Valentine’s Day card exchange & Picture Day

Friday: Six Flags Reading Log DUE!!

No School- Winter Break is next week 2/19-2/23

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February Is Here!


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Spring Picture Day will be on February 14th. Yes, it is on Valentine’s Day!!

See the source imageOn that day, we will do our Valentine exchange at the end of the day (this isn’t a party). We have 13 friends (2 peanut allergies). In case you need to know, we have 7 girls and 6 boys. Your child doesn’t need to write names on the cards; they can just write their name on each card/treat, so everyone knows who it is from. This will help to cut down on chaos at the end of the day.

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Yay, we’re back in school!!


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Wow, can you believe the crazy week we had last week? I’m so glad to be back at school and on schedule! We worked very hard today trying to catch up on a few lessons from last week, while still trying to learn new things.

Here’s our focus this week:

Math: Fractions. Finding equivalent fractions and explaining why they are equivalent, comparing fractions and expressing whole numbers as fractions.
Science: Habitats and Organisms: We will be exploring the habitats of Georgia and the organisms that live in them.
Social Studies: None at this time.
Language Arts: Reading~ compare/ Contrast books from the same author, asking and answering questions that are explicitly stated and writing summaries. Guided Reading: informational texts.
Writing: Opinion Writing. The students will write opinion pieces giving their point of view and reasons

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Six Flags Read to Succeed 360 minutes log: Due February 16th. Your child will earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags for completing 360 minutes / 6 hours of reading and turning in the log. Your child should be reading 20 minutes every night. Please support me (and your child) with trying to reach his/her reading goals. 




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3rd Quarter Learning…


See the source imageHere’s what we’ll be learning about for the next few weeks:

Math: We will begin our unit on FRACTIONS. MGSE3.G.2 Partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole. MGSE3.NF.1 and 2 Decompose fractions. Understand a fraction as a number on the number line; represent fractions on a number line diagram.

**Continue to practice and memorize your multiplication and division facts to 9. We will continue to take quizzes each week on our facts and they will be timed.

Writing: ELAGSE3W1- Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

Language Arts: ELACC3L2.c.- Uses commas and quotation marks in dialogue

Reading: ELAGSE3RL9 and 7- Compare and contrast themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters. Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in the text.

**Reading Log for the month of January will be the Six Flags Read to Succeed 360 minutes log. It will be due February 16th. Your child will earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags for completing 360 minutes / 6 hours of reading and turning in the log.

Science/SS: S3L1- Obtain, evaluate, communicate, and ask questions to differentiate between plants, animals, and habitats found within Georgia’s geographic regions. Identifyand explain animal adaptations.

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Report Cards & In School Trip


See the source imageReport Cards will go home on Friday. Please sign and return the envelope by Monday (1/8/18). 

See the source image Next week on January 11th, the Bartow County Museum – Map It Program will be here to present an interactive show about European Explorers to our 3rd graders. The cost is $4.  If you haven’t turned in the permission form and fee prior to the holidays, I am sending home another permission form and envelope. Please send this in ASAP. Please have your child to wear our BLUE 3rd grade t-shirt or a blue shirt on that day.



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Happy New Year to All!!


Happy New Year and welcome back to the second half of our school year!! Below you’ll see a few pics from the 1st semester:

Class Holiday Party

Trip to the Vulcan Rock Quarry


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