3rd Grade News

January 2018

Make Sure Your Child is Ready EVERYDAY...

  • Check and sign your child's agenda each night.
  • Check your child's teacher's website for important information pertaining to specific classes.
  • All classes have snack times, please be sure to send in a healthy snack with your child each day.
  • It's cold outside, please make sure students are dressed according to the weather (jackets, hats, gloves, etc.).

Important Dates

  • Thursday, Dec. 21 - 2hr Day, Holiday Parties, End of 2nd 9 Weeks
  • Friday-Friday, Dec. 22-Jan. 5 - Winter Break
  • Monday, Jan. 8 - Students return to school
  • Thursday, Jan. 11 - 2nd 9 Weeks Report Cards
  • Monday, Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)
  • Thursday, Jan. 18 - Parent Academy (Writing) @ 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 25 - Parent Academy (Reading) @ 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Friday, Jan. 26 - Advocacy Meetings
  • Saturday, Jan. 27 - Family Reading Day @ 9:00am-12:00pm

What will we be learning?

ELA (Reading/Language/Writing)

  • Parts of Plays, Dramas, and Poems
  • Pronouns
  • Commas in a Series, Addresses, Quotations
  • Opinion Writing


  • Elapsed Time
  • Equivalent / Comparing Fractions

Science (integrated with ELA)

  • What is Climate?
  • What are Physical Properties?
  • What is a Physical Change in Matter?
  • How are Mixtures Made?

Social Studies (integrated with ELA)

  • Europe
  • Africa

Homework Policy

  • iReady Math (30 minutes per week)
  • MobyMax Fact Fluency (15 minutes per week)
  • Reading Fluency Sheet (follow instructions)
  • Study Spelling Words (listed weekly in the agenda)
  • Read AR books (30 minutes every night)

Ways to Improve Student Performance

  • You (students and parents) can click on the link below (Blackman Sparks Learning Channel) to learn new skills or review old ones as practice!
  • Study Spelling Words: oral spelling test, write words in a sentence, rainbow write (write each word multiple times using different colors), sort words based upon spelling patterns, write words in ABC order
  • Study Multiplication Facts: flash cards, multiplication.com, Prodigy Math, skip counting songs, Math Magician

School-wide Behavior Expectations

  • Be responsible
  • Be respectful
  • B.L.E (Be Learners Everyday)

Behavior Codes:

OT- off task; inattention, Class rule broken

T- talking at inappropriate times

DC- dress code correction

CP- care of property; one’s own property, classroom and school property

DP- disrespect to another person including classmates and staff

R- responsibility; missing supplies, agenda not signed, missing homework, not completing work, etc.


1 Infraction – Verbal Discussion

2 Infractions – Think Sheet

3 Infractions – Parent Contact

4 Infractions - Detention

Inclement Weather Information

As a reminder to parents, Rutherford County Schools uses multiple layers of communication to announce school closings for inclement weather. The district notifies all news outlets, print media, updates the district webpage, the RCS Twitter account (@rucoschools), the RCS snowline (615-904-3883) and sends a message to parents directly via phone, email and text.

Decisions are made as soon as possible once a reliable forecast is issued. The district strives to make closure announcements the night before, if credible information is available. In the event an early morning decision is necessary, the district will not begin calling parents until 5 a.m.

When schools open two hours late, it simply means the first bell time for each school will be delayed by two hours. So, for example, if your child's school normally begins at 7:30 a.m., the school will begin at 9:30 a.m. on delayed days. The same is true for bus stop times and if the school day is shortened because of weather.

Buses always run when schools begin late unless we notify parents otherwise.

Arrival & Dismissal Reminders for Parents

  • Students may be dropped off in the back starting at 6:45am.
  • Students may not be dropped off in the front of the building until 7:15am.
  • Parents/Guardians may not park in the front or back to drop off their child.
  • Parents/Guardians may only park in the front, if they have business inside the building.
  • Parents/Guardians may not enter the building from the back of the school. They must check in at the front office.
  • If a child is tardy, the adult dropping the child off must come in the building to sign that child in for the day.
  • Students must be picked up on time for dismissal.

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