Ms Van Arkel's Third Grade Blog

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Summer Learning Incentive!!!

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘summer slide’?  It refers to the loss of learning that can take place when skills are not practiced over the summer.    We want everyone to keep their learning brains turned on by spending a 10-50 minutes every day practicing math facts and reading.  To determine the appropriate minimum number of minutes/day for your child, multiple their grade level by 10.  For example, a first grader would spend a minimum of 10 minutes — 5 minutes on math and 5 minutes on reading.

Our school has a login for all students on MOBYMAX –  an excellent online tool for all content areas.  If your child has forgotten their password/login, email me.

On Mobymax, I recommend the following:

  • Grade K:  Number Sense, Alphabet and Reading Trio
  • Grade 1:  Number Sense (review), Math Fact Fluency and Reading Trio
  • Grade 2-5:  Math Fact Fluency (keep those facts fresh) and any of the other applications on the site.

Also, if you would like to track reading minutes over the summer, this counts too.  Simply log into this form once a week to tell me how many minutes per week or per month you are reading.  Summer learning contest ends on August 20.

All students who participate in summer learning entered into a drawing


Finally, Mrs. Vandenberg, our librarian, would love to have post photos of you reading over the summer.  If you have a photo of your reading during vacation, send her the photo at

Hope your July is going well!


3rd Grade Supply List!

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In case you would like to get started on back to school shopping, I have included a list of supplies that you might find helpful this year.

Highly Recommended Item
• Gym shoes to be left at school for Physical Education class

Items That Will Assist You

  • 2  writing composition books: 1 for writer’s workshop and 1 for spelling and grammar work (Feel free to decorate the front of them before the first day)
  • 1 spiral notebook for math work
  • 2 Dry Erase Markers for your whiteboard work (the thin ones work best)
  • 2-3 glue sticks
  • pencils
  • colored pencils, crayons, or markers
  • small (5×8) pencil box to store your supplies
  • scissors if you have some
  • 2 highlighters
  • Pocket folders (5 of them):  red, purple, yellow, green, blue (plastic folders work best, but are not required)
  • tissue box or band-aids if you are able to donate to the class
Thank you!  Happy Shopping!
Ms Van Arkel  :)


Welcome to 3rd Grade!!


While you are here, be sure to sign up for email updates.  Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, curriculum and assessment, and much more.  A school supply list will be posted on July 1.
Also, remember to sign up for email updates on the Georgetown School Blog.  The school blog will provide updates all summer long about school wide events and important details about open houses and calendar dates.
I am so glad you are here! I will be posting to the blog throughout the summer so please check back! I am getting ready for a great third grade year!   :)
Ms Van Arkel


Summer Learning!


We had a great day today! Sad to see my third graders go, yet we are excited for summer activities and I look forward to seeing the students grow into 4th graders! I wish you all a wonderful summer!!

A note (red paper) came home yesterday about using Mobymax for online learning this summer. Your child will know how to log on and I really encourage you to help your child be consistently practicing math facts on there as well as the other subject areas.

Independent reading will be important this summer in order to maintain the great growth from this year! I will be at open library this Tuesday (14th) from 10-12. Hope to see you there!! Oh, and the book fair will be here too!!




3 days….

We have enjoyed more fun activities this week:

Get a treat from your teacher!  – we had ice cream sandwiches!

Recess reward– we had an extra recess!




Please remember that our last day is Friday with a 1:00pm dismissal. 


5 days left…….

I can’t believe it!  5 days left…… I will so miss this great group of 3rd graders!!

We continue to celebrate our last 10 days of third grade together.

Here’s a recap:

Totally red, white, and blue day

Hat day or silly sock day

Ice cream to celebrate learning multiplication facts

Read outside

Drop everything and play kickball.

We have 5 more days of surprise activities!


H is for…..

Hat day or silly sock day!

We celebrate our last 10 days of third grade with a hat day or silly sock day (your choice) on Tuesday, May 31.



Red, White, and Blue!!

Friday begins our celebration activities for the Last 10 Days of Third Grade!!

We will have an event each day (to spell out THIRD GRADE)

Friday is     Totally red, white, and blue day!!!

Wear red, white, and blue to celebrate our Memorial Day weekend!!


Math test


We will have our math test on Friday. This will cover fractions, fractions on a number line, equivalent fractions, and comparing fractions. A review sheet will come home on Thursday.


Summer is looking *BRIGHT*

We are dreaming about summer days so we decided to do some writing about it!!

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