3rd Grade News

March 2019


Please make sure your child gets to school each day. Students cannot learn if they are not present. Our school-wide attendance policy is in students' agendas, and notes about incentives and intervention have gone home. We will follow the policies given to you. Remember, being present is the first step to success. **If your child is absent, please send a note with your child upon return, no matter the reason. If your child is going to be absent for more than one day, please email or message your child's teacher on Class Dojo to keep him/her updated on the status of your child's absence.

"Attend today, achieve tomorrow."

Important Dates

  • Thursday, March 7 - Early Dismissal / End of 3rd 9 Weeks
  • Thursday, March 14 - 3rd 9 Weeks Report Cards
  • Friday, March 15 - Spring Pictures
  • Tuesday, March 19 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, March 22 - Advocacy
  • Monday-Friday, March 25-29 - Spring Break (No School)

Make sure your child is ready everyday...

  • Check your child's agenda each night.
  • Check your child's teacher's website for important information pertaining to specific classes.
  • Read and respond to emails or class dojo messages when necessary.
  • All classes have snack times, be sure to send in a healthy snack with your child each day.

What Will We Be Learning?


  • Review of Informational Text (Power Standards) / TNReady Practice
  • Main Idea
  • Cause & Effect
  • Sequencing
  • Compare & Contrast
  • Context Clues
  • Multiple Meaning Words
  • Capitalization
  • Informational Writing


  • Measurement & Line Plots
  • Add Areas / Connect Area & Perimeter
  • Use Place Value to Multiply

Science / Social Studies

  • Energy Transfer w/ Electrical Circuits
  • Structure & Function of Animals
  • Biomes
  • Natural Resources
  • Economics (goods & services)

Accelerated Reader (AR)

  • Please be sure students are reading 30 minutes each night.​
  • Grades will be taken on 1 chapter book and 1 nonfiction (Science OR Social Studies) each 9 weeks.​
  • Monitor your child’s AR log – check to see how he/she is doing.​
  • Students must read nonfiction books at least 3 times before testing on it.​
  • Every child is expected to meet their goal by the end of each 9 weeks.​
  • All goals are set based on student independent reading level and 30 minutes of reading a day.

Writing Non-Negotiables (3rd Grade Expectations)

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Homework Policy

  • iReady Math (30 minutes per week)
  • iReady "Dear Families" sheet and 1 practice page
  • Reading Fluency Sheet (follow instructions)
  • Study Spelling Words (listed weekly in the agenda)
  • Read AR books (30 minutes every night)
  • If a student fails to complete homework by Friday of each week, 1 dojo point will be taken away due to lack of responsibility

Ways to Improve Student Performance

  • Have a growth mindset!
  • Be a Visible Learner! *Find our motto on the first page of your child's agenda.
  • 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


  • Students should be reading for 30 minutes a day.
  • Students should be practicing multiplication facts daily.
  • iReady Math & Mobymax should be used at home.
  • You (students and parents) can click on the link below (Blackman Sparks Learning Channel) to learn new skills or review old ones as practice!

School-Wide Behavior Policy

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

All classes are using Class Dojo. See classroom discipline policies for specifics.

Common Positives:

  • Compliment (C) +2
  • Helping Others (HO) +2
  • Teamwork (TW) +1
  • Participation (P) +1
  • Responsibility (R) +1
  • On Task (ONT) +1
  • Field Trip (FT) +5
  • Bus Ride (BR) +5

Common Negatives:

  • Talking (T) -1
  • Off Task (OFT) -1
  • Disrespect Person/Property (DP) -2
  • Responsibility (R) -1
  • Care of Property (CP) -2
  • Special Area (SA) -2

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

  • 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 (by 2:45pm).
  • Be sure to use the crosswalks at all times.

Inclement Weather Policy

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.

**Please dress students according to the weather to the best of your ability.

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