Third Grade Weekly News

Week of September 10th

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, September 10th: No School Rosh Hashanah
  • Tuesday, September 11th: Library for Ms. Murphy's Class
  • Wednesday, September 12th: Watch Dog Pizza Night 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 13th: Library for Mrs. Broomall's Class
  • Monday, September 17th: Volunteer Training 6:00 pm; PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

Important News

Ms. Murphy's library day has switched from Thursday to Tuesday. Here is the link to the latest schedule for Ms. Murphy's class:

An overview of 3rd grade in Mrs. Broomall’s class was sent home with Mrs. Broomall's homeroom class the first week of school. It can also be found on Mrs. Broomall's website.


Watch Dogs is a national program that promotes strong male role models in public schools. We are entering our third year of the Watch Dog program at Whittier ES and are looking for volunteers to come to school on the day of your choice to work with our students and staff. Join us for pizza and more information about this program on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30 pm. All dads, grandfathers, uncles, step dads are encouraged to join our team of WATCH DOGS! Please sign up to attend using the following link:

Feel free to contact Mr. Byrd with any questions -


Please take a moment and become a member of the PTA. Your membership entitles you to discounts in and around Frederick County. More importantly, your membership says that you are in support of our school. We would love to have you join us. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Our first PTA meeting is Monday September 17th @ 6:30pm.


Homework will officially start the week of September 24th. In the meantime, please encourage your child to read 15 minutes a night.

Language Arts: Reading and Writing

Reading and Writing are off to a great start in Mrs. Broomall’s classroom. Last week the students developed independent reading expectations and started to build their reading stamina. The IPICK strategy was explored so that students make “just right” book choices.

During Writing, students explored Small Moments and listed their seed ideas for writing personal narratives. For homework, students were to make a list of seed ideas and bring it to class on Tuesday. This information can be found on my website.

Success criteria for this week...


  • I can identify subjects and predicates in sentences and write complete sentences.

  • I can use my seed idea to write a small moment with a beginning, middle, and end.


  • I can build my reading stamina when I independently read.

  • I can identify literature as nonfiction or fiction and begin to identify the genre of literature.


Last week we started Unit 1 and we focused on using patterns in mathematics. We talked about patterns on the hundreds chart and the routines for math rotations this school year. This week, we will continue talking about patterns and their relationship to addition and subtraction. We will model different addition and subtraction strategies that your child can use. Refer to the picture below. We have not officially taught the algorithm strategy. Your child will be exposed to this in the second quarter.

Click here for an overview of the unit and ideas to try at home!

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Social Studies/Science

Last week we began talking about culture. Culture is defined as the way of life of a group of people and what they believe. This week we will compare the school culture of the United States to two other countries. We will learn about school customs and how they are the same or different.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Amy Broomall


Robin Murphy