Update: Week of June 3!


Here we are at the last week of third grade!!

A few things to know:

  • Biography Museum TOMORROW!  Please check your email for the time and there was also an invitation that went home to you on Friday! Your child should bring in their outfit and/or poster on Tuesday morning. Please plan to have your child wear as much as their outfit as they can to school as there will not be a lot of time to change.
  • You will see your child’s writing folder come home this week. Please take a look at them and celebrate your child’s hard work and progress made this year! There are also a few ‘first day of third grade’ pages in there that are always fun to look at!
  • I have put together a Summer Practice Packet of ideas and math pages to be working on over the summer. Please email me and let me know if you’d like me to send a packet home with your child. As always, please help your child maintain the routine of reading and multiplication fact practice. This will be very very helpful to them as they enter into 4th grade!!
  • Library Books: Reminder slips went home on Friday. Please have your child look at home for any library books that need to be returned and make sure they are brought in by Friday.
  • Summer Practice: your child will need to get on CLEVER this summer to practice on MobyMax. I will be sending home the CLEVER  QR code for sign-in. For some of you, I have already sent this home with your child earlier in the year.


Our Class Field Trip!

Last Tuesday, our class went on a field trip to Frederik Meijer Gardens. We had a great day exploring the gardens and we enjoyed a great presentation learning all about trees and tree identification. It connected well to our Native American studies from this year!

Enjoy the slideshow below:

Update: Week of May 27

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend! I can’t believe we are so close to the last day of school! It has been a great school year and I am so glad to have this group of great 3rd graders to work with this year!!

FIELD TRIP: We had a great day at Frederik Meijer Gardens today! We had some time to explore and then we experienced a great presentation to learn about trees and tree identification. It connected well to our studies of Native Americans, too!

SOCIAL STUDIES TEST: We will have our Core Democratic Values/Public Issues test on Thursday. We reviewed today and the review sheet should come home in your child’s folder.

MATH TEST: We will have our final math test on Friday. This will cover 1 and 2 step word problems and comparison problems. We will review this week and the review page should come home in your child’s folder.

Biography Living Museum is next Tuesday, June 4 from 1:30-2:15. Look for more information to come through email this week.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: Friday June 7. This is a half day and dismissal is at 12:15pm.


Update: Week of May 20

Here’s an update of our learning in third grade:

Writing/Social Studies: We are working on writing about a public issue. We are learning about point of view and how to connect Core Democratic Values to our point of view.

Math: We are working on solving word problems and comparison problems. We are learning about strategies such as drawing comparison bars and noticing when word problems have extra or hidden information.

Reading: We are working on completing our research and writing for our biography project. I am working on doing some reading assessments and I have loved to see our students grow as readers this year!


  • SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDER: I sent home a book order today. I was given book coupons to pass out. If your child received one, it will be stapled to their book order packet. This will be the last book order I send out and it’s a great way to stock up on some books for the summer. As always, our class appreciates your orders as it allows me to choose some free books for our classroom library!  Orders are DUE ONLINE BY MAY 28! Thanks!


  • LIBRARY BOOKS: Last Friday was the last day for books to be checked out of the library. Please remind your child to be looking for their books that need to be returned and start sending them back to school!


  • We will be celebrating the LAST TEN DAYS OF SCHOOL starting this Friday! Each day I will reveal the special celebration, but the first day requires some preparation.
    On Friday May 24, we will celebrate with Totally Red, White, and Blue day! Your child may choose to wear red, white, and blue. This also recognizes our Memorial Day weekend!

**NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, May 27 due to Memorial Day!



Update: Week of May 13

Here is an update of our learning in Third Grade:

Writing: We will be studying public issues and will be working on writing about a Michigan public issue.

Science: We started studying animals last week. We have read about 5 animal groups- mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. We are reading about and studying the 4 Bs that go with each group- Body Covering, warm/cold blooded, how they breath, and the babies.
Today, we had a great time going out by the pond to make some observations. We saw ducklings, birds, geese. It was great to see our science lesson come alive!!

Math: We began a new unit and are reviewing and working on word problems. We are specifically focusing on word problems with unknown addends and factors.
As we work on word problems, it is evident that multiplication facts have not yet been mastered for some third graders. It is very important that multiplication fact practice continue through the remainder of the year and especially throughout the summer.

Reading: We continue to read biographies and finish our biography projects.
***If your child has not brought in the quote and photo for their biography project, please help them get this information soon. If you don’t have a printer at home, I can help with that at school.

FIELD TRIP INFORMATION: I have contacted the 4 classroom chaperones. There will be more information coming regarding specific details for the day of the field trip.

Thank you for the kindness shown to me during Teacher Appreciation Week last week! It is a blessing to teach your kids!


Update: Week of May 6

Here is an update for our week ahead:

Math: We will have our math test on Wednesday. We will review today and the review page should come home in your child’s homework folder. We have learned about unit fractions, fractions on a number line, equivalent fractions, and comparing fractions.
Continue to have your child practice multiplication and division facts on MobyMax.

Reading: We continue with our biography research and are in the process of writing our final drafts. A bright yellow note went home last week about the biography presentation and the living museum. Be sure to go over this with your child and start brainstorming the presentation.

Writing: This week we will review informational writing and complete our post assessment.

Social Studies: We are learning about the 3 branches of Government and each of their roles. Look for test review pages to come home in the next week.

TONIGHT is Culver’s Night. Stop in and eat any time from 5-8pm and a portion of the earnings goes toward our school!

EARLY RELEASE: this Friday, May 10 is an early release. Dismissal is at 12:15pm.

Have a great week!  🙂


Update: Week of April 22

Here is an update for our week:

EARTH DAY: We celebrated Earth Day today by reading an article and completing some response questions. We also read a story and finished a craft ->see photo below. We talked about ways we can help our EARTH become a better place to live.

Writing/Reading: We are working on reading, researching, and studying a person in history. We are gathering information and will work on writing about this person.

Math: We have started our Fraction unit and we are learning about unit fractions and representing fractions on a number line.
Continue practicing math facts on MobyMax.

Social Studies: We are learning about the Government of Michigan.

Field Trip: A note went home today about a field trip to Meijer Gardens. The cost is $2.00 per student. Please send the form and money to school (in an envelope labeled with your child’s name) by May 3. We are allowed 4 chaperones per class. If you are interested in attending, please note this on the form and 4 chaperones will be randomly chosen.

REMINDER: As the weather gets nice, please let me know if your child will be riding their bike home. It is helpful to know if there is a change in end of day transportation.

MSTEP Testing starts next Tuesday:

Grade 3 – April 30 – May 2

  1. Get plenty of sleep.

  2. Arrive to school on time.

  3. Bring:  2 healthy snacks and a water bottle.

  4. Remind your child that all of our learning all year long has prepared us for these tests.  This is our opportunity to show what we know!



Update: Week of April 15

Here is an update for our week ahead:

MATH: We will be reviewing for our math test and will have the test tomorrow, Tuesday. A review will come home tonight. This test will cover geometry, classifying quadrilaterals, area, and perimeter. We will be moving to fractions next.

READING and WRITING:  We are working on our biography research. Your child has chosen the person who they will read about, research, and write about. We will be working on this over the next few weeks. Last week, a bright yellow paper went home explaining how to help your child gather more information and sources for their research. Please start to send this information in with your child this week. Thanks!

Math Practice Page: This Wednesday will be our last weekly practice page. I explained to the class that this does not mean we stop practicing multiplication and division facts! Math facts should still be practiced using flashcards and/or MobyMax. It is so crucial that this is consistent especially through the summer months so your third grader is prepared for fourth grade math.

Reading Log: Book- It reading logs are done for the year. Again, this does not mean that reading practice stops. The hope is that your third grader is starting to develop a habit and routine of becoming an independent reader. Please help them to make 20 minutes of reading part of their daily routine. Consistent reading will be helpful in building reading skills!

Scholastic Book Order: book order packets went home last week. If you plan to order, please place your order online by Wednesday, April 17. Thanks!! 

Grade 5 – April 16 – 25

Grade 4 – May 7 – 16

Grade 3 – April 30 – May 2

  1. Get plenty of sleep.

  2. Arrive to school on time.

  3. Bring:  2 healthy snacks and a water bottle.

  4. Remind your child that all of our learning all year long has prepared us for these tests.  This is our opportunity to show what we know!


Hudsonville Public Schools 19th Annual  Student Art Show!!

The Reception for Georgetown Artists is on Monday, April 22 from 5:30 – 7:30

The show is open on weekdays from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM from April 22 – May 1

Stop in to view all of the amazing art Hudsonville students have done! There is a lot of talent to check out!!



Update: Week of April 8

I hope you all had a great spring break and you enjoyed some rest and fun with family and friends!

Here’s an update for our week ahead:

Writing: We are working on responding to a text in writing and we are practicing using strategies so that we can write a clear and complete response. We are also practicing typing out our writing.

Math: We will be finishing up learning about area and perimeter and will be doing some test review at the end of the week. We will plan to have our test next Tuesday, April 16. Please help your child to continue working on multiplication facts at home. We will be nearing the end of our weekly practice pages in the coming weeks.

Reading: We continue to read and study biographies. This week,  your child will be choosing the person that they will read, research, and present. There will be a note coming home in the next week about how you can help your child gather information.

EARLY RELEASE: this Friday, April 12. Dismissal is at 12:15.

M STEP Testing Dates:
The M-STEP State testing for grades 3-5 will take place this spring. Please avoid all doctors appointments and vacation days on the dates that your child is scheduled to participate in the state wide M-STEP testing.  Thank you for your attention to these dates.

NOTE: If your child is ill, we will administer the tests on make-up dates.  Do not send your child to school ill. We ask only that you avoid late arrivals, doctor appointments and vacation days on the dates listed below.

Grade 5 – April 16 – 25

Grade 4 – May 7 – 16

**Grade 3 – April 30 – May 2

  1. Get plenty of sleep

  2. Arrive to school on time.

  3. Bring:  2 healthy snacks and a water bottle.

  4. Remind your child that all of our learning all year long has prepared us for these tests.  This is our opportunity to show what we know and do our very best! Remind your child do use their Growth Mindset skills we have learned in 3rd grade!

Have a great week! 🙂