Room 602 Happenings

Where fun and learning happen every day!


Welcome to Room 602! I hope your third grader is enjoying school as much as I am. We have our routines down, and we are now ready for the real learning to begin.

Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding questions, concerns, or compliments about your sweet third grader. I am here to help you as well as your child. My plan time is from 9:05am - 9:55am most days. Please email me or leave a voicemail and I'll respond as soon as possible. ~April

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Getting to know our classmates by playing a game!

Tiger Stripe Celebration on Friday, September 4th!

The students in Room 602 work very hard to be great role models throughout the building. Whenever the students receive a compliment from another teacher in the building, or I notice them going above and beyond in their everyday work and routine, they can earn a Tiger Stripe. We started the year with a goal of 15 Tiger Stripes, and the wonderful students of Room 602 just earned their latest goal of 20 Tiger Stripes. The class voted to wear pjs, bring a stuffed animal, bring an electronic toy/game, or a board game. Any type of electronic is fine, but it must remain in a backpack until our celebration begins. We will still have reading and math, go to specials, lunch, and recess, so please send regular shoes if slippers are worn. All items are "bring at your own risk". :-)

Please congratulate your third grader on the great team effort!

Learning Update

English Language Arts


We are voting this week on which novel we want to read as a whole class. While reading the chosen novel, we will work on asking deep questions as we read and using evidence from the text to defend our answers.


We are currently working on capitalization rules when writing. Punctuation rules will follow. Using what we know about writing complete sentences, we will connect the sentences to write a paragraph stating our opinion on a given topic.

Speaking and Listening:

Throughout the year we will focus on engaging in respectful discussions with partners while practicing expressing our ideas clearly, gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, and speaking one at a time. Hmmm....if only the rest of the world would follow these rules. :-)


We will work on identifying and gaining a better understanding of nouns and pronouns, as well as learning their functions in particular sentences. We will begin our word study with long vowel patterns, but lists will be differentiated as much as possible to the needs of individual students.

Social Studies

We are studying maps and globes, the continents, and the major oceans of the world. The students will need to learn their home address including their city and zip code.


We are learning the place value and the value of numbers in the thousands and beyond. Students will write numbers in standard form, word form, and expanded form, and find number patterns on given number lines. Next, we will learn various ways to help us add and subtract two-, three-, and four-digit numbers. We will use place-value blocks, expanded form of numbers, and also the old-fashioned regrouping method (known as borrowing and carrying in my day). ;-) Multiplication facts will follow!

Math Games


Celebrating Birthdays:

  • Your child is more than welcome to bring treats to school to celebrate his/her birthday
  • Please let me know a couple of days before the celebration so I can make arrangements in our schedule.
  • If your child was a summer baby, we would love to celebrate his/her half birthday.
  • If you choose to send treats, please make sure to bring enough for everyone and have them cut, if necessary. We have 21 students in our class. Thanks!


  • I will begin giving homework packets the week of September 14th. We will have nightly homework until then.
  • The weekly packets will be a review of skills. I will send these home on Monday and they will be due the following Monday. Your third grader may do a sheet nightly or do them on the weekends. Whatever works best for your family is fine with me. Hopefully, by reviewing skills we've learned in prior weeks, it will help to keep those skills fresh.
  • Every third grader should be reading a little each night. We do read independently for about 30 minutes each day, but an extra 15-20 minutes each night will really help to enhance reading skills. Reading out loud, even to himself or herself, will help with fluency.

Lunch Money:

  • If you don't pay online, please send lunch money in an envelope with your child’s name on it.
  • If you are planning on eating a school lunch with your child, please call the office by 9:30am.

Reading and Math Logs:

The minutes can be logged in any way that works for you and your family. Please feel free to have your third grader work on addition and subtraction only. We will begin multiplication very soon. The students will receive Tiger Dollars for turning in the logs, however, they must be turned in by the due date.

Scholastic Book Orders:

  • Book orders are a wonderful, inexpensive way to build your child’s home library.
  • We will be ordering from Scholastic from time to time.
  • Book orders will be done online. A link will be sent to your email.
  • Did you know that for each book you buy through our classroom book orders we earn points that add up to free books for our classroom library?

Classroom Volunteers Needed

If you would like to volunteer in the classroom or from home, please send me an email letting me know the day and times that work for you. If you can volunteer at school, please let me know if you prefer clerical work such as making copies, working with students, or either of the two. Thanks so much for your time!

Taking a brain break and dancing to the Cha Cha Slide!

Upcoming Events

Sept. 4 -

Tiger Stripe Goal Celebration! PJs, stuffed animal, electonics, and board games!

Sept. 7 -

No School (Labor Day)

Sept 23 -

No School for KG - Parent Teacher Conferences (Grades 1-5 in session)

Sept 24 -

No School for K-12 Parent Teacher Conferences

Sept 25 -

No School for Students and Staff (Building Closed)

Contact Information

Plan Time: 9:05am - 9:55am, most days of the week

913-667-3535 ext. 4033