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Getting Ready for 3rd Grade!!

3rd Graders and Families,

I am in the classroom getting things all set up and ready for you!! I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer. As you do your school shopping, don’t forget to look at the supply list that was posted.

I’ve had a great summer!
Here is a peek at one of my adventures this summer. I wonder if you know where I went?? It’s one of my favorites! I can’t wait to teach you all about this special place!

I look forward to hearing all about your Summer adventures, too!



Summer Learning!

Keep On Learning With Reading & Mobymax

Dear Parents,
Studies have shown that students can lose up to 50% of learning during the summer vacation.   Georgetown is challenging you and your child to “KEEP ON LEARNING” this summer to prevent summer slide.  There are two ways to record your learning time:

  • Reading:  Log into  this form  to record the number of minutes you read.  You can record each day or enter the total for each week.
  • MOBYMAX Math and Reading:  We recommend that each child consistently use MobyMax each week in the core areas of reading and mathematics. If interested, you can also choose to work on other learning modules.  Spending just a few minutes each day on Mobymax will help to reduce  “summer slide” and keep your child’s learning skills fresh over the summer.
  • Our goals for students over the summer are below. Students who reach or exceed goals will be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card (1 per grade). This is for their grade next year.
Reading Minutes Mobymax
  • First Grade: 100 minutes
  • Second Grade: 200 minutes
  • Third Grade: 300 minutes
  • Fourth Grade: 400 minutes
  • Fifth Grade:  400 minutes
  • First Grade: 100 pts
  • Second Grade: 200 pts
  • Third Grade: 300 pts
  • Fourth Grade: 400 pts
  • Fifth Grade:  500 pts

If you’d like to be part of Georgetown’s challenge to “Keep On Learning” please follow the instructions below.  If your child is new to the school and you would like login information, email Mrs. Reagan.

Have a great summer…and keep on learning with READING and MOBYMAX!


  1. Go to mi1457 and enter your child’s username and password to access his or her account. Username: _________ Password: ___________
  2. Explore placement tests, lessons and much more! Mobymax will automatically increase skill level based on your student’s performance.




3rd Grade Supply List!

Dear Third Grade Families,                               
In case you would like to get started on back to school shopping, I have included a list of supplies that you will 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)
  • 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 to donate to the classroom
Thank you!
Ms Van Arkel  :)

Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Are you visiting our blog because you will be in this class next year? If so, WELCOME!

While you are here, be sure to sign up for email updates (right side of the blog where it says subscribe by email).  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!   :)

Happy Summer!

We had a great last day of third grade!! This was a special group of kids this year and I will miss them!
I feel very blessed to teach your children this year. Thank you all for your support, too! I hope you have a wonderful summer!

~Ms Van Arkel 🙂

Last 10 Days!!

Here’s a recap of our activities:

Tasty treat and celebrate our writing (Friday)
Hat day or silly sock day (Tuesday)
Icy treat  (Wednesday)
Recess reward (Thursday)
Drop everything and play kickball (Friday)

Game Day (Monday)
Reader’s Theater (Tuesday)
All day seat switch (Wednesday)
Decorate with chalk (Thursday)
and Friday will be….
End with the mega-store!

Writing Folders and Bookmark Fun!

Your third grader is bringing home their writing folder today! Please be sure to take a look at this! Some of the papers are from the first day and their writing shows growth over the year. It’s so fun to see this!

ALSO, we enjoyed making some fun bookmarks today! We will work on another tomorrow. Be sure to ask your third grader about our bookmark making fun!

Last 10 Days Activities!

Here’s a recap of our activities:

Tasty treat and celebrate our writing (Friday)
Hat day or silly sock day (Tuesday)
Icy treat  (Wednesday)
Recess reward (Thursday)
Drop everything and play kickball (Friday)

Game Day (Monday)

and tomorrow is Reader’s Theater!
We will present our reader’s theater to our class.

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