Keeping up with the 3rd Grade


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It is vital that students are in class as much as they can be. It is almost impossible to duplicate what we do in the classroom. We understand that students get sick and have appointments, but please try to limit the number of absences and checkouts. I will do all that I can to work with catching the students up. My absence policy has been modified. If a student is absent (or missing from class), we collect papers on a clipboard (this has been done all year). Students who are absent have five days to complete these assignments. Students who have checked in/out or just missed the one class period, has one day to complete missing assignments. If assignments are not returned by the designated time, a grade of zero will go into the grade book. This will be the responsibility of the child to give the assignments to me. I am not allowed to go through their book bags and can no longer spend so much time chasing students for missing assignments. I have stress this to the students and we would love for you to do the same at home.


Students are expected to be responsible for their own homework and classwork. I write homework assignments on the board and students are expected to record it in their agenda. Extra assigned homework is due the next day. Weekly spelling and reading logs are given to students Monday morning and are due on Friday. Parent signature is required to for their reading log to be counted. Spelling tests are every Friday.

We have weekly online assignments that are accessed through your child's My eClass page. Tuesday is math homework and Wednesday is Literacy homework.

Your child can always use Moby Max, classworks, and ReadTheory for extra help and practice.

Wishlist Items:

Our class is in need of black-thin tip expo markers

colored paper

items for treasure box

dryer sheets

clear sheet protectors


Field Trip to the Aquarium!

Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 9pm

225 Baker Street Northwest

Atlanta, GA

2 Field Trips this year-If you did not pay, I will accept money until the 13th!

Dear Parents,

Two field trips have been planned for the 3rd Graders this school year. The first is to The Georgia Aquarium, which is scheduled on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, and the second is to The Fabulous Fox Theater, which is scheduled on Tuesday March 14, 2017. We will depart from the school at 9:00 A.M. and return by 1:30 P.M. both days.

The objectives for the field trips directly correlate with the standards in our Science and Language Arts curriculum. The total cost for both field trips is $35.00. Students can either bring a lunch from home or get a sack lunch from the school cafeteria.

We need to collect payment for both field trips at this time to ensure enough funds are accumulated before the payments are required by the companies. The Quality Basic Education Act states that no child should be denied the opportunity to participate in an activity like this one due to inability to pay the requested fee. However, if enough funds are not received for the cost of this experience, this activity may be cancelled.

Thank you,

The Norton Third Grade Teachers

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Upcoming Test and Quizzes...BE READY!!

January 13th-First Spelling Test of the New Year!

January 13th-Math Geometry Quiz

January 13th-LBJ Quiz Open Book

January 18th-Science Fair Project Due

January 20th-Math Chapter 14 Geometry Test

January 23rd-LBJ online Menu Planner items are due

January 23rd- LBJ Test

January 31st-Fossil Unit Test

**Projects count as test grades**

Science Night

Thursday, Jan. 26th, 6pm

3050 Xavier Ray Court

Snellville, GA

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Missing Work and Recess

Towards the end of the semester, there were students with missing assignments. In some cases, I had a handful of students who were missing MANY assignments. In an attempt to minimize missing assignments and students not completing homework assignments, recess will be used as a study hall. Students who do not complete their classwork will sit out a miss recess. This was an option for students, however, this will now be enforced.

Thank you for your understanding.

Bullying and Name Calling

Each and every student is special. We all have our own unique problems and quirks that make us special and define who we are. I was disappointed at the behavior of many students who spent a great deal of class time teasing others or saying inappropriate things that disrupted not only their own learning but the learning of the class. As we return to school, I will have a zero tolerance policy for naming calling, "checking", roasting, mocking, teasing, or saying hurtful things about others. We are expected to use kind words and anything that is not kind will have immediate removal of lunch with the class and recess. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
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What are we learning?

Reading: We will begin our Poetry Unit and continue working on our close reading skills.

Writing & Language: We will begin our opinion and persuasion writing unit.

Mentor Sentence:

We also discovered something quite extraordinary, which I have brought aboard.

The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg p. 9

Grammar skill focus: Conjunctions and Compound Sentences

Math: We will begin Unit 5-Geometry by classifying shapes.

Science/Social Studies: In Science, we will learn about fossils through our fossil PBL. Please come and visit our finished project at our museum walk on science night! In Social Studies, we are in our Famous Americans unit. Our current Famous American is Lyndon B. Johnson.

CQI: We will focus on shape attributes to move and review unit 4 skills.

BYOD and access to the internet

As you know, Gwinnett County has put in a lot of time and effort into the My eClass and student learning portal. In an effort to bridge the digital gap and provide 21st technology learning to our class, I am encouraging students to bring their own devices to school. I prefer for students not to use cell phones as their BYOD because students are not able to do many of the items necessary in the classroom.

As the new year starts, I am adding more online learning activities and components to daily learning. I have some devices in the classroom, however, it would be easier for students to use their own and complete some items at home.

If you do not have access to technology at home, please note that the public library has computers you can use. We have two computer lab available in the morning starting at 7:45 until 8:15. Students will need to arrive early and be ready to work as spots are limited. I will allow more than enough time for online items to be completed, however, not having internet access will not be a reason to not complete assignments. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me and we can set-up a meeting to discuss options.

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Spelling Words: Spelling tests are every FRIDAY!!

Spelling Words:

R-controlled vowels (ar, ar_e, are, air)

charm bark

charge starve

scare hare

fair chair

square start

spark carve

large bare


Vocabulary Words:

parallelogram: A quadrilateral with 2 pairs of parallel and congruent sides.

quadrilateral: A polygon with 4 sides.

polygon: A closed plane shape made by line segments.

rectangles: A quadrilateral with 2 pairs of equal, parallel sides and 4 right angles.

rhombuses: A quadrilateral with all 4 sides equal in length.

square: A parallelogram with 4 equal angles AND 4 equal sides.

2-dimensional: A plane, flat shapes that has length and width.

3-dimensional: An object that has height, width, and depth.

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Is your child playing a sport?

If your child would like to invite me to come and watch one of their games, please send me their game schedule. I will try to make at least one! Just email me or send in the schedule.