Book Orders Due Friday, October 18, 2019

Scholastic book orders are being sent home for the first time today. There is a letter attached with directions on how to order books. The easiest way is to order them online ( – click on Book Clubs) using our class code GWY2M or simply search for my name (Fellenbaum). You can also mark your child’s choices on the flyer and return that to school with a check made out to Scholastic. Please do not send cash! If you would like to order books as a gift and/or surprise for your child, simply email me to let me know and when the books arrive I will contact you in order for you to pick them up 🙂 Books make excellent gifts!!!

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Spirit Week is NEXT WEEK

The schedule for each day is as follows:
Tuesday… wear RED, WHITE and BLUE

Wednesday…Tacky or Mismatch Day

Thursday…Grade Level Day       3rd grade wear green      1st grade wear blue                 2nd grade wear light blue                              4th grade wear yellow             5th grade wear orange                 6th grade wear red                 

Friday…School Colors…wear SPIRIT WEAR or blue & gold

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Water Cycle Poster Project

We have been learning about the water cycle as part of our matter unit. As a culminating activity, students are asked to make a poster in order to show when they have learned. Students can use their creativity to show the phases of the water cycle and then need to write a paragraph to explain the water cycle. All of the directions are included on the grade sheet that was sent home. We completed the prewriting page in class. Also, time was given for the students to begin writing their paragraphs today. I showed them how to properly indent and write their topic sentences. We also modeled how to begin talking about evaporation. All completed projects are due Thursday, September 27th.

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Calling all tennis balls!

I would like to start collecting used tennis balls in order to use on the bottoms of our chairs in order to help make our classroom quieter. If you have any used tennis balls, I will gladly take them off your hands. If you belong to a club (like Hempfield Rec), I would appreciate if you could check to see if they could supply any as well. Looking for at least 120 of them! Please send them to school with your child. Thank you, in advance, for your help 🙂

Also, I’m looking for a volunteer or two that would be willing to help cut the tennis balls once they are collected, so they can be put on the bottom legs of the chairs. If you would be willing to help out with this, contact me via email

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Important Information

Please be sure to check your child’s folder for field trip information that was sent home today. Our field trip is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22nd with Monday, October 28th as a rain date. Once all of the forms are filled out (be sure to check the front and the back!), please place everything, including the money, in an envelope marked with your child’s name and return it to school. Forms and money are due by October 4th.

Weekly envelopes are coming home with your child’s work inside. Please initial or sign this envelope each week to show that you have seen and reviewed the items inside with your child. This is crucial in helping keep you informed about how your child is doing in the classroom.

Behavior calendars are located in the back of your child’s home folder. These are used in order to help communicate between school and home as to how well your child is following our classroom code of conduct. Please initial at the end of each week to show that you have seen your child’s point totals for that week. Students need to earn at least 10 points to participate in our Fun Friday activities that we do with the other third-grade class every other week. Signing the calendar each week allows you to see if/when your child may be missing a Fun Friday activity. Thank you for your continued support at home with your child’s education!

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Garden Harvest

On Thursday, we got to go out to the garden and work with the FABULOUS Mrs. Horst to harvest potatoes that the students planted as second graders at the end of last school year! Then, students washed and cut the potatoes. We placed them in a pot of boiling water to get them nice and soft. Finally, today we got to fry them up in a skillet and enjoy a tasty treat! Check out the smiles on those faces 🙂 Thank you Mrs. Horst and all of the volunteers that help keep the garden going!!!!

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Don’t forget…

Initial your child’s behavior calendar located in her/his home folder. This helps you see how your child is doing in regards to meeting classroom expectations. We enjoyed our first Fun Friday this week! Ask your child about the extra recess time they earned 🙂

Also, please be sure to encourage your child to practice her/his spelling words DAILY. Consistent practice is important in helping your child remember the words and spelling patterns. Try to come up with fun rhymes and/or sayings to help remember the patterns. For this week, the words on the list feature vowel teams (two vowels paired together). Ask your child to finish the following: “When two vowels go walking…” Students can also practice their spelling words by visiting Spelling City. Just be sure to click on the current list (#3) each week in order to be sure you are practicing the correct list of words.

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Remind App

Here are the directions for how to join Remind so that you can get updates about our classroom right on your cell phone!

Text @hfelle to the number 81010. You will receive a welcome text from Remind. If you have trouble, try texting @hfelle to the number (717)684-4533.

You may also need to download the app first. Don’t worry, it’s FREE! Here are the instructions for that: If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app. The name of our class is 2019-2020 Third Grade.

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Don’t forget to download the Remind app and join our class by following the directions that were distributed at Open House!

Also, our first math test is tomorrow. Students may bring gum to keep in their desks in order to chew during assessments. If students are not permitted to have gum, they can bring lifesavers or some other small hard candy.

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Welcome to third grade!

Welcome to third grade!

WARNING: This post may be a bit lengthy, but please be sure to read on as it contains A LOT of information about the upcoming school year.

Greetings! I hope that you are enjoying your last few weeks of summer. Here is the welcome brochure that was sent home with your child’s report card in June in case yours was misplaced with all of your summer fun 🙂


Wednesday, August 21, 2019: First day of school

Wednesday, August 28, 2019: Open House from 4:00-6:00pm

Thursday, August 29, 2019: Early Dismissal

Friday, August 30 and Monday, September 2, 2019: No School


Our Open House will be held on Wednesday, August 28th from 4:00-6:00pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our classroom. Hope to see you there!


Here is the link to our school blog:   The school blog is updated regularly and gives a lot of important information about our school. Some highlights that you may found helpful are as follows:

~Under the Our School tab at the top, you can find the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. This is great in order to use for marking your personal calendar with upcoming events, early dismissals and vacation days.

~PTO News is located under the parents’ tab in order to keep you informed about the wonderful things our PTO is doing.

~Under the Students’ tab, be sure to check out the Elementary Handbook. This has a lot of information about our school’s procedures.

**The elementary day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:25 p.m.  Students should NOT be dropped off any earlier than 8:45 a.m.  To avoid blocking the bus lane, please drop students off at the side entrance. If you need to drop your child off earlier than 8:45 a.m., we have the services of the YWCA available to you.  Their doors open at 6:30 a.m.  They also provide after school care that is available until 6:00 p.m.  There is a charge for this service.  Details can be obtained by calling 393-1735 or by visiting

**Attendance is extremely important to your child’s education. However, if your child is absent a written note from a parent should be returned immediately following the absence.  If your child arrives after 11:30 a.m., it will be considered ½ day absent. If they depart before 2:00 p.m., it will be considered ½ day absent.  Arrival after 9:00 a.m. is considered tardy and students will need to bring a handwritten note signed by a parent explaining the reason for the tardiness. If your child is absent, please check your email as I often will send communication as to what your child missed in order to help keep him/her caught up.

**If a preplanned absence is necessary, parents are required to fill out a form for prior approval. Forms may be obtained online.  Please give the principal ample time (at least one week) to allow for good communication between the parent, teacher and school office. All assigned work will be your child’s responsibility to complete. The school district policy concerning family trips allows for one major trip (3 days or more) or two minor family trips (2 days or less) per year.

Lunch Information

First Day Breakfast Menu: Choice of Muffin & Cheese stick or Pancakes w/Syrup, Chilled Fruit and Fruit Juice, Choice of Milk

First Day Lunch Menu:

A Lunch: Breaded Chicken Patty on a Roll (WG), Ped Pepper Strips W/Dip, French Fries, Assorted Fruit, Choice of Milk

B Lunch: Egg McComet

C Lunch: peanut butter and jelly Uncrustable sandwich; D Lunch: yogurt and string cheese

I hope that you had a great summer and look forward to getting to know you. See you on Wednesday, August 21st!

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