Third Grade Weekly News

Week of November 26th

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, November 26th:
  • Tuesday, November 27th: Murphy Book Exchange; Picture Retakes
  • Wednesday, November 28th: Chevalier Book Exchange
  • Thursday, November 29th: Broomall Book Exchange
  • Friday, November 30th: Pritts Book Exchange; Reading and Math Homework Due; Multicultural Night (6:00 - 8:00)

Field Trip Permission Slips

Last Monday, permission slips for our first field trip went home in Thursday folders. This field trip to the Maryland Science Center and Baltimore Aquarium is on Thursday, December 13th.

All permission slips and money are due Tuesday, December 4th. The trip costs $12 and parents must arrange for their child to be picked up at 4:30.

If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.


Please see files below for information about reading and math homework.

Language Arts


This week, students will use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently. Students will ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

We will focus on identifying the main idea of informational books, magazines, or videos using text features. While reading/listening to informational text, students will practice note taking skills. Students will use those notes to answer questions about the main idea and vocabulary.


Students are working towards planning and writing informative essays. The quarterly expectations in writing are that the essay contains:

-Introduces topic

-supplies facts, details, definitions to develop the topic

-uses linking words

-supportive text features

-concluding statement

This week, all students will plan and write an informative essay about a season. Students will organize their essay into subtopics and begin drafting.

ELA Success statements:

I can use text features to identify the main idea of an informational text.

I can plan a topic and subtopics to begin drafting an informational text.

I can write, and discuss words within my word study group.


This week, we will continue Unit 5 in math (we will come back to Unit 4 after completing Unit 5). Students will review multiplying a single digit number by a multiple of 10. They will explore both using base ten blocks as well as the Associative Property to multiply a multiple of 10.

Later in the week, students will begin to explore the concept of division through the use of manipulatives and pictures. Students will use manipulatives to act out problems and ultimately discover that division is simply making an equal group of objects or putting objects into groups equally.

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

Social Studies/Science

This week, students will start a new Social Studies unit on economics called The Game of Life. This unit is modeled after the board game Life. Throughout the unit, students will be exploring the compelling question: How does economics affect our everyday lives?

This week, students will continue to explore the concept of opportunity cost (giving something up when you choose one thing instead of another) by making choices based on their budget. Students will use a decision making process by exploring the pros and cons of their options before making a final decision.

Later the in week, students will learn about the different types of markets available (face-to-face, internet, catalog, phone ordering). They will also discuss the pros and cons of using online shopping websites.

Quarterly Expectations

Please see the files below that contain the second quarter expectations for language arts and math.

Important News


Any 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader interested in applying for this year’s before-school STEM Club may pick up an application from Ms. Dattoli in the library. Parents may also print a copy of the application using the link below.

Applications must be completed and returned to Ms. Dattoli by Friday, Dec. 7th. STEM teachers will select 30 students for this year’s STEM Club based upon their application and other factors and will notify selected students and their families the week of Dec. 17th. For more information about STEM Club such as dates, deadlines, etc., please view the link below.


Due to school closure, our Multicultural Night will be rescheduled for Friday, November 30 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Our English Language (EL) Department hosts this annual event that celebrates the many cultures of our students, families, and community! Join us for fun, games, education, and food from different cultures. The event is hosted here at Whittier and all are invited!

We are looking for support in coordinating food, and activities. If you can help, please sign up using the link below:

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you for this exciting event!


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. Our next PTA meeting is Monday, November 19th @ 6:30pm. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Upcoming PTA Events:

  • Multicultural Night - Friday, November 30 from 6:00-8:00 pm

Please see above for sign up and details.

  • Play Try Outs - Coming soon!- see below for information

PTA membership is always appreciated in order to support your children and the PTA’s mission. Volunteering is not required! Sign up at and follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on all events!

Check out the PTA website!

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Email them!


“We Are Monsters is a hilarious musical that follows human kids into a monster cabinet filled with quirky monster characters. The monsters and kids discover the importance of friendship and celebrating in the attributes that make each of us different and unique.”

Winner of the 2013 Children’s Musical Theatre Festival, NYC

Auditions: Tuesday December 11, 2018 4:00-5:30pm Grades 1- 3

Thursday December 13, 2018 4:00-5:30pm Grades 4 -5

*Students should be prepared to sing a 30 second song, for example, Happy Birthday or A,B,C’s. All who audition will get a role in the play.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:00pm

(A rehearsal schedule will be given out at the parent meeting.)

Performance Nights: April 5 & 6, 2019 at Frederick High School

Mandatory Parent Meeting: January 8, 2019 @ 5:00pm (WHES media center)

  • to discuss parent volunteer commitment, rehearsals, and performances

  • all fees are due at this time

  • find out your child’s part in the play

  • bring your calendar to sign up to volunteer

Fee: $75 per student (This cost covers student participation in a professional play organized by the MET, t-shirt, dvd, and flowers.)

If you are experiencing a financial hardship, please contact Mrs. Miller or Mrs. Reese.

Phone: 240-236-3140 or 240-236-3170 or Email: or

All parents must volunteer in some capacity for the play, and all parents need to be volunteered trained. For your convenience, we will have a training session directly after the mandatory parent meeting for those parents who have not yet received it.

Register for the play using this link:

Students must be registered by: December 7, 2018.

You may submit payment online: (click JOIN NOW button, click on play.)

Please submit payment online or make checks payable to: Whittier PTA

Any questions/ concerns, please contact:

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Amy Broomall


Jaime Chevalier


Robin Murphy


Megan Pritts