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3rd Grade Update

Hi Families,

Here are a few important things to know…

We have an early release this Friday, Nov. 13. Dismissal is at 12:15.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held virtually next Monday and Wednesday. You should have received an email with a link for the conference right after you signed up. Please let me know if you do not have this link. I look forward to sharing your child’s progress!

Book Fair:
Book Fair – Nov 16-20, M-Th 9-3:30 and Friday 9-10 for last minute shoppers. Unfortunately we cannot open this up to parents like we usually do during conferences, but you will be able to shop online.  Schedule and details will come soon along with a flyer.

Here is a link to the online shopping for the book fair. It will be open to shop from Nov. 11 – 24!!

PE CARES continues through Nov. 18. Please send in canned goods that will be donated to Love Inc. Thank you!

HOMEWORK: A weekly math and reading log went home today. It should be turned in next Monday. Your third grader will also have two math pages to complete for homework that’s due THURSDAY, Nov. 12. These math pages are review of concepts that have been taught. If your child is struggling with them, please give prompts to use math strategies they have learned.

Thanksgiving Break is November 25, 26, and 27.

Thank you for all the ways you support your child’s success in third grade!

3rd Grade Update

Third Grade Families,
Here is a quick update of our learning:

Writing: This week we kickoff our persuasive writing unit. Our third graders will learn how to form an opinion statement (thesis) and write reasons with detail to form a persuasive speech.

Math: We begin unit 2 this week and will learn the 6, 7, and 8 facts for multiplication. We will be working on applying all the multiplication facts to word problems and other multiplication and division math problems. You should see a multiplication practice page coming home today with a ‘Not Yet’ or a ‘Got It’ page attached to it. This will let your child know what specific facts to practice to prepare for the practice page on Friday.

Reading: We are nearly done with our first writing unit. We have been learning all about how readers understand a story by retelling the story, using a comprehension check , and using strategies for tricky words. We will move on to our mystery reading unit next week.

Third grade homework consists of a reading and math fact log. This should be turned in every Monday. Your child should come home with a new one today. I accidentally copied the wrong one to send home so the turn in date should say Monday, Oct. 26 (not the 19th), but since we don’t have school that day, it should be turned in on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Thank you!

Early Release and No School: 
This Friday, Oct. 23 is an early release. Dismissal is at 12:15. We do not have school on Monday, Oct. 26. 

Fall Celebration:
We will have our Fall classroom celebration on Friday, Oct. 30. I plan to do multiple activities throughout the day as it relates to our content. I have several Fall related word work and math games as well as books for the students to enjoy. While we will not be able to have parent volunteers, I will be sending out a link for parents to donate items for our snack that day. Please let me know if your child has an allergy. Thanks!

If your child chooses to wear a costume to school, please help your child choose a simple costume that can be worn the whole day.  The intent behind this is to limit children gathering in the restrooms to change, and limit the number of children needing assistance from teachers and staff to get into their costumes.  We invite you to send your children in a costume that includes no weapons or gore, and easily allows your child to participate in regular school routines and procedures.  Can they take it off themselves to use the bathroom?  Can they fit in their seat at their desk? Can they go down the slide or sit in the swings?  Can they wear a mask under their “mask”?  Please save bulky, or extravagant costumes for home use, and dress in a fun and simple costume for the school day.  Fall or pumpkin t-shirts are a great alternative as well. Thank you for your understanding with this!

Ms Van Arkel 🙂

3rd Grade Update

Hello Families,
A few things to keep you informed:

Homework: Please remind your child to return their math fact and reading log each Monday. A new one will be coming home tomorrow. I was not at school today as was not able to get one sent home.

Turkey Trot Information
Please read the information about the Turkey Trot on our P.E. teachers page.

Update from Mr. Waldie:
Please make sure you have checked the school blog for an update from Mr. Waldie.

Have a great week!
Ms Van Arkel

3rd Grade Update

Here’s an update of our learning in third grade:
Writing: The third graders have started drafting their personal narratives. They have carefully looked at mentor texts to notice what other authors do to make their writing powerful. They will work to try a lot of these strategies as they finish drafting this week. We will move on to revising and editing.

Math: So far we have learned the 5s, 2s, 10s, 9s, and 3s multiplication facts!! We have been learning lots of strategies for solving multiplication and division problems and word problems. The best way to support your child with multiplication right now is to help them practice their math facts. It is so crucial that they know their facts as we move in to new math concepts. Thanks!

Reading: We are learning the importance of building a reading life! We are learning how to choose good-fit books, how to read as if our books are like GOLD, and we are learning to keep track of progress with a reading log.

Growth Mindset: We continue to talk about how our mindset can make a difference in our learning and in our daily lives. This week, we talked all about facing challenges and I was able to challenge the class with the Coin Flip Challenge! We definitely needed to use a growth mindset with this! We also started talking abut choices and how each choice we make impacts our day and it can also impact ourselves and those around us. We read the book What Should Danny Do? and it reminded our class that each of us has the power to choose!

*Other important things to know*

Homework: Reading/Math Fact log: A Reading/Math Fact log was sent home with your third grader today (Monday 9/28) This will serve as third grade homework and is meant to support your child in gaining accountability and responsibility as a learner. Last week, your third grader started using a reading log in class and now they will be responsible for keeping track of their reading at home. This reading log will be turned in every Monday. Thank you for your support with this!

Walk a thon!!:
Thank you for supporting our school! Final donation date is Wed, Sept. 30. There’s still time to donate!

  •       Register your Child using School Identifier 5f3d669d605c9, please visit 
  •       Event Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
  •       Final Donation due date: September 30, 2020
  •         Donations can be online through your child’s webpage.  Otherwise, donations in the form of cash & checks (in-school donations), should be turned in to the school.

  •         Please make checks payable to: Georgetown Elementary PTC

•           Visit this page for more details!!

Picture Day is this Thursday, October 1
Forms were sent home last week, but we do have some extra in the office if needed! If your child is not at school on Thursday, picture retake day will be Tuesday, Nov 3. If you would like to order your pictures online, you would go to and you will need this webcode. 264BFISDGVNHA

The next Early Release is Friday, Oct. 23. Dismissal is at 12;15pm. If your child is a car rider, please be at school between 12:10 and 12:15 for pick up.  Food Service will be offering a sack lunch on early release days. Children can order a lunch with their teacher in the morning and will have them to take to their destination.

Ms Van Arkel 🙂

Week of March 30: Online Learning

Hi Parents,

You should have received an email over the weekend from Mrs Reagan. This email was to explain how your child will use Google Classroom for their learning over the next few weeks. Last week, teachers participated in training and lots of collaboration through Zoom meetings to create assignments for our students. Our goal is to make these assignments reasonable and appropriate for our students to complete during this transition to learning at home. Assignments will be consistent with each third grader in the district.
****If your child has not done so, please have them log in to their school gmail account and accept the invite to our Google Classroom. This will be the primary way that I will communicate assignments. 
If you refer back to Mrs. Reagan’s email, it will give you a little more instruction on how to access this.
With the increased use of technology for learning, please remind your third grader about being a good ‘cyber citizen’. They have learned appropriate uses of technology in Steam class and it is important for them to be reminded that even though they are working at home, their school accounts continue to be monitored for appropriate use.
If your child would like more tasks and assignments throughout their day, you may refer them to the Learning at Home Resources page at the top of the blog. I continue to add more resources there.
Again, we are all doing the best we can and I appreciate the support you give your child at home. Yes, it will look different, but it is important that you are doing what works best for your family during this time.
Thanks again!
Take care!
Ms Van Arkel   🙂

Learning at Home: March 16

Hello Families,

I left school on Friday evening with a lot of different emotions as we enter into the next few weeks. I shared with the students that I will miss them and that together we are going to do our best learning from home. This is very different for me as I plan for how I will teach from home so I know it is also very different for your family as well.
 I will plan to send an email or two each week. My goal is to send one at the beginning of each week and then a follow-up email(s) as necessary throughout the week. Each week, your child will need to open up the envelope that was sent home on Friday to find the assignments I will refer to.
I know schedules at home will look different, but I trust that you will talk with your third grader about creating a daily schedule and a specific time where they can complete their work with limited distractions. In class, we talked about how learning is still a priority when we are away.
Learning at Home- week of MARCH 16:
1. Study Island assignment to be completed by Tuesday evening. This was assigned last Wednesday.
2. Finish reading your book club book. When the book is completed, answer this question in your reading journal that was sent home:
How is the main character in your second book different from the main character in your first book? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
   example: Stuart is different from Harry because______. In the story_____.
   —think about the problems each character faced. Think about their reactions to the problems. Think about their behaviors throughout the story.
Make it your goal to fill up the half page in your journal.
3. Daily math fact practice-  use Moby Max, flashcards, or try the Flash to Pass app.
4. Daily Reading for at least 20 minutes.
5. Spring Activity Packet- choose 3 pages to complete this week.

6. Plan some time to play card games, board games, do puzzles, write, draw, color, do some baking,  build with Legos, etc. Use your imagination and be creative!

I know you are working on creating a new schedule for your family for the next few weeks while still supporting your child’s/children’s learning. I thank you for supporting your third grader’s learning to the best of your ability.
Please keep checking this page on the blog for updated resources.
Ms Van Arkel

Update: February 24

Hi Parents,

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Monday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 11. Your conference time was sent home last week. Please look for that in your child’s homework folder.

Homework: Study Island homework assignment should be completed by Tuesday evening. An email was sent last Wednesday giving directions about logging into Study Island. These assignments can be tricky and require focus and stamina. This is an assignment for you to support your child in. Help them read carefully and think through strategies for solving the problem. They should use scrap paper to show their thinking. It is important that this assignment is completed by Tuesday night. Thank you!

Reading: It is very important that your third grader continue to build their reading skills by reading daily for at least 20 minutes. During this second half of the year, reading expectations are set a little higher and reading outside of school can help improve reading skills and boost confidence too!

Math Fact Practice: Help your child to continue building math fact skills by practicing math facts for 5 minutes each day. I have seen many students making great progress because they have been doing lots of practicing. Way to go!!

The Kids Heart Challenge is in full swing!  We hope you’re having a ball and feel as rewarded as we do helping fight heart disease and stroke. Keep up the great work, you’re making a HUGE difference!

Remember, more than 50% of kids are not getting the physical activity they need to be healthy. You’re helping to change that. We have a special incentive at our school.  If we can get 50% of our students registered and taking the healthy challenges, we will receive an additional $500 to purchase new PE equipment.  Help us reach our goal!  Get your student registered for Kids Heart Challenge today!



Week of February 17

Hi Parents,

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Monday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 11. Your conference time will be sent home with your child today. Please look for that in your child’s homework folder.

Homework: Study Island homework assignment should be completed by Tuesday evening. An email was sent last Wednesday giving directions about logging into Study Island.

Economics Test: We will have our test tomorrow, Tuesday 2/18. A review page went home last Thursday.

This Friday, February 21 is an early release day. Dismissal is at 12:15pm.


On Friday, we enjoyed a few Valentine activities. We read about Milton Hershey and his creation of milk chocolate and we used candy hearts to play games and build towers.

Week of February 10

Here is an update from 3rd grade:

Writing: We have started our literary essay unit. We are practicing making a thesis and using evidence from the text to support.

Math: We are working on Unit 4 and have been practicing rounding to the nearest ten and hundred. We have reviewed strategies for addition and are practicing addition word problems. Please help your child to continue to practice their multiplication facts.

Reading: We are studying characters in our fiction books. We are observing what the character says and does and then thinking deeper to form a theory about the character. Please continue to help your child build a routine of 20 minutes of reading each night!

Social Studies: We are almost done with the Economics unit. You should see a test review come home this week. I will keep you updated as to when our test will be.

Important Details:

Homework: Study Island homework assignment should be completed by Tuesday evening. An email was sent last Wednesday giving directions about logging into Study Island.

Valentines: If your child chooses to write Valentine cards to their classmates, they should bring them in by Friday.  Please do not send in a box to collect Valentine cards. We will be decorating Valentine bags in class.

Coming Up:
Thursday, February 13– Jet’s Pizza Night… be sure to mention our classroom!
Friday, February 21– early release: dismissal at 12:15pm.




Week of January 27, 2020

News from our third grade class:

Homework Reminder:
I did not send home a new math fact and reading log this week. I will be talking with the class about how they will be moving to more independence with this. This is an opportunity for them to show responsibility with their reading and math fact practice without using an at -home log.  Please continue the consistent reading and math fact practice at home- even making up your own chart to keep track! This is often the time of year where our third graders show growth and it’s the at-home practice that helps to maintain all their hard work. Thank you!

Homework Starting Wednesday: On Wednesday, your child will have a new homework assignment that they will need to complete on the computer. They will need to get on Clever to access this.  They may complete the assignment any time between Wednesday, the 29th and Tuesday, the 4th.

Valentine’s Day- REMINDER:
An email was sent last week regarding Valentine’s Day. Our class will be doing some activities throughout the day on Friday, Feb. 14. We will not need parent volunteers or donations. We will make Valentine bags in class. If your child chooses to pass out Valentine cards, please use the class list that was sent home last week.

Snack Donations: Our class could use a few snack donations to use on the days when a student forgets. Pretzels or graham crackers work well. If you are able to donate, please send it in with your child. We appreciate it!!


Friday, January 31- early release. Dismissal at 12:15pm

WINTER BREAK. NO SCHOOL Monday February, 3 and Tuesday, February 4. School resumes on Wednesday, February 5.