Mrs. Harris' Class News

February 2016

What We're Up To

Happy February! The snow has thrown off our schedule and we are all a little out of sorts! Hopefully, the beginning of February will help us find our routine again! Here is what we have coming up!

Math - Students in third grade are currently learning about time. Practice at home with your child by having them tell time to the nearest minute. Following time, students will be entering their measuring unit.

In science, students are beginning their animal unit. Topics covered will include animal adaptations, both physical and behavioral, habitats - terrestrial and aquatic, and food chains.

Reading - in reading, we are plugging right along with reviewing all of the skills and strategies we have already learned this year. We will revisit drawing conclusions, learn about biographies and autobiographies, and identify main idea and supporting details. We have also begun working on building our stamina, or testing endurance, by using time every Monday to work on an old Reading SOL test. This is an opportunity for me to help students who might not know which strategy to use when answering a question on a test, as well as give them a semi-prolonged period of time to practice using skills we've covered together.

Valentines Day

With Valentines Day quickly approaching, I know parents have many questions about what we do in third grade. I can only speak for myself and our class, but we will have a small celebration in the afternoon on Friday, February 12. Students are more than welcome to bring in valentines for the class, as long as they bring enough for each student in our homeroom. On the same note, I do not require students to bring valentines. It's simply up to you!

Though I am unable to provide you a list of students' names in our class, I can tell you that we have 17 students currently in our class. I will work with students later this week to make sure they have the names of all of the friends in our class.

If you would like to send in a small treat for our class to enjoy this day, please let me know! Please remember that the new policy for our school system requires all treats be store-bought, with the ingredients list sent to the nurse 24 hours prior to the expected handout time. We do have students in our class with allergies, so I am strict in following this policy and apologize for the inconvenience it may cause you.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to email me or give me a call!


- MANuary Events:

Donuts with Dad is this Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:15 a.m.!

Fathers, Grandfathers and/or Significant Male Role Models in our Students' lives are welcome! Join your student(s) for a breakfast of donuts and juice on this day before school/work.

- Box Tops, Labels for Education and Tyson A+ Labels Drive:

It's that time again!! Drive collection dates are January 26-February 9th. Prizes will be awarded to the top three classrooms!

- Valentines Day Grams:

Information on Valentines Day Grams is coming home in Fox Folders on Tuesday. Forms/money will be due on Friday, February 5th with distribution on Friday, February 12th.

- Calling All Cooks Student Recipe Contest:

VA PTA is holding a recipe contest for all students and we would love to see MNES participation! The official name of this event is the Power Plates Program. Information, including the official entry form, was sent home last week with your students. Recipes can be submitted through your MNES PTA or directly to VA PTA and are due to state no later than March 4th. Need further information regarding this program? Please contact Toni Seay (

Important Dates

February 3rd - Doughnuts with Dad at 7:15 am

February 12 - Math test on Time

February 12 - Valentines Day Celebration in our classroom

February 15 - Now a school day due to inclement weather

February 15 - Interims go home

February 19 - Strawbridge Orders due

Contact Me

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. 540-967-1347 ext. 6142