Weekly Announcements

November 11:

  1. You student brought home more multiplication practice on Friday in their folder. This is due on Tuesday for extra money.
  2. Students will only have spelling homework next week. We will get our new lists on Tuesday. There will be no reading or math homework due to the short week. We will be taking our mid-module 3 test next Wednesday. Students need to make sure they are practicing their 6, 7, 8 and 9 multiplication facts in order to be prepared for this test. We have really been practicing skip counting with these higher numbers and a great way to practice that is with the multiplication songs that can be found on the class website.

November 1:

  1. We will be sending homework from this week in Take-Home folders on Monday. We ran out of time today to get folders stuffed. Please check Power School on Monday for updated grades.
  2. Please make sure your student is practicing their multiplication facts nightly. I was very please with our quiz grades today using 6’s and 7’s facts. We will be working hard on our 8’s and multi-step problems moving forward.
  3. Spelling homework is still to be completed every night, each week. We had a lot of students who either did not turn in homework today or their spelling quiz grades reflected their practice from this week. Grades will reflect our late policy (copied below):


    Late Work: Students will be given 3 days to turn in late work. For each day late, students will be deducted 10 points a day. If turned in after 3 days late, students will receive a zero.

    For example, if homework is turned in late on a Monday a student would receive minus 10 points. If turned in Tuesday or Wednesday, a student would receive minus 10 more points a day, respectively. If turned in on Thursday or later, the student would receive a 0 for that homework packet.

  4. We will do ice cream next week but did not do it today due to the amount of sugar several students enjoyed yesterday. Thank you for understanding!

October 27:

  1. Our class shirts were sent home with your student on Friday. I will update you when we plan on wearing this throughout the year.
  2. Last week, we finished up our second unit in math. As we start our next unit, we will be focusing heavily on 6, 7, 8 and 9 in multiplication. Please make sure your student in practicing their multiplication facts nightly at home to support their learning in the classroom.
  3. This week your students’ new spelling list will be words they have already had this school year. We will be reviewing spelling patterns as we dive into vocabulary with our words. We will continue this for the next few weeks until we take a cumulative test before winter break to assess what we have learned so far this school year.

October 18:

1.      Please speak with your student about how important it is to be responding to questions in COMPLETE sentences. We are continuing to work hard on restating our questions in our answers and I was so surprised by the amount of homework that was turned in with incomplete sentences. Please be sure someone is checking over your student’s homework before they turn it in on Friday. Homework grades are intended to help overall grades, not hurt them. Next week, incomplete sentences will be marked incorrect, not just ½ off.

2.      We will have a test next Wednesday in math to wrap up our second unit. Our test covers elapsed time, word problems using liters/milliliters and meters/kilometers, rounding to the nearest ten and hundred to make estimates, and adding/subtracting three-digit numbers. We still have lots of friends who need more practice with the rounding and subtracting piece. Please see our “Homework Help” tab for extra practice that can be completed at home in preparation for this test.

3.    We have started learning about the Skeletal system in science. Please have your student review the major bones in the body at home to be prepared for a test next week. I have posted an image under "Homework Help" for your student to study from.

4.      The Jaguar Movie Night will be on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 5:30-8:30. Please see the pink flyer your student brought home in their Take-Home folder for morning information regarding this event.

5.      The “Back to School Dance” will be next Friday, October 25th from 3:00-5:30. If your student would still like to go, please make sure their permission slip is sent in WITH their money by Tuesday of next week.

6.      We will not have ice cream next Friday as we will be celebrating October birthday’s that afternoon.

7.      Our class will not be doing anything special for Halloween. Please do not send in any treats/candy on that day.

8.      Fall Festival is tonight from 5:00-8:00 followed by a movie. I hope to see everyone there!


October 13:

  1. I have uploaded a few resources to our class website that I talked about with several families during conferences. The “five finger rule” is a great way for your student to be sure they are choosing books that are “just right” when they are reading. The question stems are an excellent way for you to engage with your student after they finish reading nightly. You can find these under the “homework help” tab. The link for our website is http://www.rivermill-academy.org/staff/elementary_school/annie_taylor
  2. Homework will return to normal this week- one math sheet, one reading passage and nightly spelling and reading work.
  3. Thank you to everyone who ordered a class t-shirt. Shirts will arrive in two weeks.
  4. Pumpkin wars start this week. Your student brought home a flyer in their take-home folder with more information about this.
  5. I still need two more parent volunteers to work our game “skee ball” at the fall festival on Friday. Please contact me ASAP if you are available to help. I hope to see everyone there!



October 3:

  1. 1.Mrs. T and I have kept Take-Home folders for the weekend so we can go through them tomorrow and send home graded papers on Monday. I have uploaded the spelling lists for this week on our classroom website in case your student practices over the long weekend.
  2. Since most of the class still needs to order their class t-shirt, I am extending the deadline to next Friday, October 11th. All orders and payments may be made online at the following link: https://www.customink.com/g/dva0-00bz-rqp3
  3. Please remember that quarter 1 face-to-face conferences will be held next Thursday and Friday, October 10th and 11th. Conferences will last 15 minutes each. I look forward to seeing you soon!
  4. Due to the half days next week, students will only have a reading passage (no math worksheet) with their nightly spelling and reading homework. This will also offset only have a math worksheet for homework this week ;)
  5. Since we will celebrate the end of the quarter with our class store next week, we will not have ice cream. We will resume our Friday ice cream schedule the following week.

September 27:

  1. Please make sure you place your order for our class t-shirt by Friday, October 4th. The link to place your order and pay online is: https://www.customink.com/g/dva0-00bz-rqp3 We only have a few orders in so far and it would be great if everyone has a shirt for field trips and special school days. If every student in our class purchases one, the shirts will only cost about $8 each!
  2. A sign-up genius link was sent earlier this week for Quarter 1 conferences. Please make sure you sign up ASAP. The link is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050A4BADA829AAFA7-quarter
  3. Students will only have a math sheet (plus spelling and nightly reading) for homework next week since it is a short week.
  4. Our class is collecting canned food items for the school-wide canned food drive. Please send in donations with your student to school.
  5. Your student is bringing home their picture form today in their Take-Home folder. Please make sure to review it and send it back if you are ordering pictures. Picture re-takes will be next Wednesday, October 2nd starting at 9:30.
  6. As the quarter wraps up, students will be using the money they earned to visit our class store/treasure box and we are still in need of fun items for students to buy. Things like fun school supplies, costume jewelry, art supplies, small toys, etc. make great treats to reward students for their earnings this quarter.


September 20:

  1. Students took their module 1 cumulative assessment last week. This week, the class had extra practice with the material and had the chance to improve their grade with a retest on Wednesday. The grade that will be posted for this in PowerSchool will be the higher of the two grades. These tests will not be sent home as I will be using them during conferences in October.
  2. Our ice cream day is on Friday this year. Students may bring in cash money or charge their account only if there is money on it. If you do not want your student having ice cream, please let me know.
  3. I have posted a document on our class website that has the multiplication songs our class learned with Mrs. Bradshaw this week. This is a great way for students to practice and memorize the higher numbers when it comes to skip counting/multiplication.
  4. Our class is learning about time in math right now. We will be moving into elapsed time early next week. Any and all practice that can be done at home with telling time to the nearest minute on an analog clock will greatly support your student in school.
  5. Please check out the school website for information regarding a school wide canned food drive. Our class has our own box so we are excited to collect a lot!
  6. I am attaching a link at the bottom of our announcements for our class t-shirt order. The shirts are currently priced at about $9.00 each if 20 students order a shirt. The more shirts that are ordered, the cheaper the cost will be. You must pay online for our shirts. The deadline for our orders is Friday, October 4th. The shirts will get shipped to the school and we will pass them out when they arrive.


September 13:

  1. Please make sure your student is completing a spelling activity each night with their homework and turning it in on Fridays. Next week students will get new lists. Your student may have a different list than they did the past two weeks. I have gone through some data and switched some students around.
  2. The Back to School dance has been rescheduled to October 25th. Please see the email that I forwarded to you earlier this week for more details. 
  3. Please help your student reach their reading goal for September. Goals were attached to reading logs in Take-Home folders earlier this week.


September 6:

  1. We will start ice cream next week. (I completely forgot for this week.) Your student must have money in their account to get ice cream. Students will not be allowed to charge their account this year. If your do not want your student to get ice cream, please let me know.
  2. We are starting reading assessments on Monday. This year since they will be one the computer, it would be extremely helpful if our class could have some headphones so we can have multiple students assess at one time. If you would like to help, please send it a pair on Monday so we can make this process as quick and painless as possible. (Preferably the over the ear kind, not the ear bud kind.)
  3. As the first nine weeks is halfway over, our class is beginning to collect items for our class store. If you would like to donate things, please send them in with your student as right now we only have a few things. (Stuffed animals, pencil boxes, small toys, books, jewelry, etc. will make great prizes!)
  4. Picture day will be on Wednesday, September 11th at 9:55 for our class. Please make sure orders are sent in on time. No late orders will be taken.
  5. Progress reports were sent home today. Please be sure to review these and send them back to school, SIGNED, on Monday. If your student did not receive their progress report in their folder it is because they owe the school money.
  6. Our class will be calculating “Star Readers” for the one girl and one boy who reads the most minutes per month. For the month of August, Derek and Peyton H. were our star readers!
  7. Homework started this week and for the most part, students did a great job turning things in. Please know that homework in third grade is not a choice as it is imperative students are practicing the skills they are learning in school at home. We will be very strict with our late policy regarding homework this year (found in our class handbook). If work is turned in incomplete, students will get a 0.


August 30:

  1. Please do not forget that students will need to bring their recorders for music class the Tuesday after Labor Day.
  2. Homework will be starting next week! Students will be bringing home a homework packet each Monday with a reading passage/questions, a math worksheet (and a homework helper for parents) and a list of spelling words. Students will be asked to complete a word study activity each night at home. Students may choose what activity they do each night from the choice board located in your students’ Take-Home Folder. All homework is due each Friday.
  3. Spelling lists will be assigned for two weeks at a time. Students will take a quiz on the first Friday and a test on the second Friday. The whole class will not have the same list this year. Lists will be assigned based on what your student needs.
  4. Monday is Labor Day, which means there will be no school!
  5. Our class won second place for PAWS for the month of August. This is a new thing River Mill is doing this year to recognize classes who are doing the right thing and showing “PAWS” throughout the school. Our class set our August goal at 10 PAWS and we earned 11! WAY TO GO!!


August 23:


  1. Reading logs only need to be filled out Monday-Friday but I have told the class they should be reading at home every day.
  2. We will be pushing for multiplication facts to be memorized starting sometime in October. For right now, we are learning to understand the “why” behind multiplication and division work so that facts make sense to students. There is no point in memorizing facts without knowing the mechanics behind multiplication and division.
  3. Students will need their recorders for music class by the Tuesday after Labor Day. That is September 3rd. You can buy a recorder in town at Don’s Music City or at Music and Arts. If all else fails, Amazon.com certainly sells them.
  4. Students worked very hard on the beginning of division this week in math. I have uploaded a homework helper on the class website to be used at home for extra practice. I would highly encourage students to practice at home to support their learning in school.
  5. Cookie Dough fundraisers are due back to school next Friday, September 30th.


August 16th:


  1. Students did a great job this week remembering their Take-Home folders. Take Home folders have two sides labeled for papers that need to go home and papers that need to be returned to school. Please pay attention to this as it makes Mrs. T’s job easier :-)
  2. We will not have daily snack this year in third grade.
  3. Your student should have brought information home on Wednesday about the BOG. We will be going through a practice booklet on Monday so students are familiar with the format of the test. Please make sure your student is ON TIME on Wednesday, August 21st.
  4. I have attached a math newsletter to our weekly email to review what we covered in math this week as far as multiplication. I would encourage your student to practice the strategies we have learned so far to solve multiplication problems at home (drawing arrays, drawing groups, repeated addition, number bonds).
  5. Students brought home information about the Cookie Dough fundraiser on Thursday afternoon. Please let me know if you did not receive this information.
  6. Students will need their own recorder for music class this year. Please send that in as soon as possible.
  7. Since I am new to River Mill, I will not be officially in PowerSchool until payroll goes through at the end of August. This means I can not put grades up until then. Thank you for your patience.
  8. Thank you to everyone who has sent in extra things for our classroom this year. Your support is greatly appreciated!


August 9th:

  1. Take-Home folders will be going home on Monday. Please be sure to send this folder back to school with your student everyday. Students will be keeping track of their behavior, reading logs, homework, notes, etc. in these folders.
  2. Reading logs will go home on Monday. Please have your student read for at least 20 minutes each night and record it on their log.
  3. Written homework will start in September. Please have your student start filling out their reading log on Monday.
  4. I am still learning how to update our class website but hope to complete that this weekend. I will also be posting our weekly updates on there once it is up and running.
  5. We will start ice cream in September. There will be more information on this to come.
  6. Please send your student with a water bottle to school. This is especially important right now as our recess time is at the end of the day, four days a week, and it is very hot outside. We have water bottle holders for each student in our room to help keep track of them.