WAHOOO!!! Class Reward!!!

Well, friends, we’ve done it. They’ve done it! ALL of them! We have reached our goal of 500 total class Dojo points– already!!! That means that tomorrow we will have our first class reward celebration. Students are invited to wear their pajamas, bring one stuffed animal friend, and wear comfortable socks. In the afternoon we will enjoy a well-deserved brain break with Sawyer.

Congratulations, scholars! You have truly left your mark. :-) <3, Ms. G.

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Hello, September!

We are excited to welcome September! We will celebrate 3 birthdays this month (Ally 5th, Dylan 17th, Cody 22nd)!

Please remember to read every night for at least 15 minutes. Students can read to themselves, read aloud to someone else, or listen to reading with a parent of a buddy. New calendars went home today in each homework folder. Parents, please initial after your child completes his or her reading. Students are OF COURSE encouraged to read more than 15 minutes, if they would like to. :)

Spelling packets are due this Thursday, and the spelling test is on Friday. We will also have our very first vocabulary test (I am sending home a review page tomorrow), and a reading test. This year reading tests are cold reads, which means that students will read a passage/story on their own and answer a few questions about the story. There will also be a couple of questions about our story “Ruby the Copycat.”

Also, for students who have me for math, remember to complete your homework. Math homework will usually only be about 4 review problems + 1 word problem. It should not take more than 8 minutes to finish.

Lastly, we have begun our social studies unit, studying maps and the globe. Students will soon bring home study guides to review the 7 continents and 5 oceans. We will also learn how to read a compass rose, and parts of a map key. We are also collecting old newspapers for a paper mache project that will take place in a couple of weeks. If you are able to bring in some old newspapers, we would very much appreciate it!

I hope you all enjoyed the Labor Day weekend and are ready to jump into the leaves of September!

–Ms. G.

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Book Fair and Meet the Teacher!

Remember that Wednesday is Meet the Teacher night at Hambright. We will also have a one-night-only Book Fair in the library 4:30-6:30. Bring your money if you plan to buy a new book!

See you tomorrow night!

–Ms. G.

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First spelling list


We are diving right in with third grade curriculum. I heard several students complain that their hands felt tired after our writing class this afternoon. :-)

Since this week is a little wonky (early dismissal Thursday, no school Friday, no school Monday), we are going to stretch out our first spelling lesson. The test will be on Friday, September 6. Lists went home tonight, and spelling practice pages will go home tomorrow. The practice pages are due next Thursday (9/5) before the test.

Once we are in a more regular routine, expect to see spelling lists and practice pages come home on Fridays, and tests will be every Friday.

Lesson 1

  1. this
  2. went
  3. jump
  4. still
  5. last
  6. dust
  7. tell
  8. drop
  9. shut
  10. lamp
  11. stop
  12. felt
  13. drink
  14. clock
  15. stand

Challenge words (for +1 point each)

  1. sunset
  2. muffin
  3. pumpkin
  4. hidden
  5. basket

Remember to register to our class Dojo for updates to your child’s progress. We set a goal for earning 35 Dojo points by the end of September. Students who meet this goal will earn a class Dojo party!

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First day of school!

This was a WONDERFUL first day of third grade! I am so excited to spend a year with your children. They are kind, respectful, hardworking, and driven. It’s going to be a great year!

Parents, you have some homework. Your child should have brought home a blue HOME FOLDER. There are several papers for you to review and sign. There are also some papers to keep for future reference.

Students have homework as well. The yellow MATH paper should be completed tonight so that we may begin our math project tomorrow. I will be posting photos on our class DOJO page, as this is exclusive for parents eyes only. For information about how to register on Dojo, check the parent letter that is in your child’s home folder.

Tomorrow is Day B, which means we have Applied Engineering. We are also starting the day with a school assembly to learn about how we as leaders can Make Our MARK.

See you tomorrow!

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Another busy week!

Tomorrow ALL POSTERS are DUE! Students have had two weeks to work on their Hero Fair posters outside of school. We had our first brave presenter today. All students should be prepared to present their posters in class tomorrow. We will be presenting tomorrow and Wednesday.

The Hero Fair is this FRIDAY in the cafeteria at 2:00. Invitations will be coming home soon!

Also, Physical Fun Day is tomorrow afternoon! Please dress appropriately for the weather, and remember to wear sneakers. Water will be provided, so students should not bring water bottles.

There will not be a spelling test this Friday, since we are focused on the Hero Fair. Lesson 29 spelling test will be next week.

Remember, we DO have school on Friday; it is a snow make up day. There is no school on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

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Field Trip tomorrow!

Our field trip is tomorrow! Please read the purple reminder sheet that is coming home tonight. Remember to pack a lunch, if you said you would, and to wear socks and sneakers!

We plan to be at Grieder Park around 11:30.

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Congratulations, Morgan!

Morgan is the first place winner for the Lancaster “Kids in the News” journalism contest!

Morgan’s essay about Rosa Parks was read by dozens of judges for the Lancaster “Kids in the News” journalism contest. Morgan won first place! We are SO proud of her! Great, job, Morgan!

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PSSA testing

Next week we will begin PSSA testing. Here are the dates for the tests.

ELA assessment:  Monday, April 15th – Wednesday, April 17th starting at 1:00 PM

Math assessment:  Wednesday, April 24th – Thursday, April 25th starting at 1:00 PM

Students are encouraged to get a good night’s sleep, eat a hearty breakfast, and take time to relax. Third graders test in the afternoon.

To take off some of the pressure, Hambright is dressing up for each day of testing.

Monday 4/15: Wear your Pajamas!

Tuesday 4/16: Wear Red!

Wednesday 4/17: Wear a T-shirt!

Wednesday 4/24: Wear sweat pants or sweat shirts!

Thursday 4/25: Wear neon colors or bright colors!

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Friday Announcements!

This Friday is an early dismissal. We are also going to celebrate Decades Day! Come dressed in the attire of your favorite decade (1950s, 1960s, 1980s, 1990s, etc….).

Here are some fun ideas for ways to dress:

1950s: dress clothes for boys (bow tie!) and long skirts for girls; slicked back hair or pony tails.

1960s-1970s: Hippie clothes! Flower prints, head scarves, big sunglasses, bell bottom jeans

1980s: half-painted face makeup, crimped hair, mismatched jewelry, backwards jerseys, bright neon colors

1990s: over-sized T-shirts, jeans, flannel

Have fun!

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