Grade 3 Announcements

Weekly News

Lower School Curriculum Night on October 1

Lower School teachers will present an overview of our curriculum for the 2020 – 2021 school year on Thursday, October 1. Most parents say that Curriculum Night is one of the most valuable events of the school year. Teachers will share information about the curriculum, schedules, activities, and expectations to assist you in supporting your child this year. 

Join grade-level curriculum presentation, then break out into a class meeting with your child's teacher. Break-out meeting links will be provided during the grade-level sessions.

How to Join a Teams Meeting

All you need to join a Teams meeting is a link. Clicking the link takes you to a page where you can choose to either join in your browser or download the desktop app (or mobile app). If you already have the Teams app, the meeting will open in the app automatically. Please do not join the meeting using your child’s Office 365 account. To ensure this, you may have to log out of your child’s account before clicking the link(s) to join the Curriculum Night session(s).

If you don’t have a Teams account, you may have the option to enter your name to join the meeting as a guest. If you do have a Teams account, select “Sign in” to join with access to the meeting chat and more. Then, depending on the organizer’s settings, you may join the meeting right away or go to the lobby where the organizer can admit you. 

Accelerated Reader

We have enabled Accelerated Reader (AR) testing to continue at home through this period of the Step Start and Bear Creek Choice plan. Please read through the following rules with your children before you begin AR at home testing.

The following rules apply to AR at home testing:

  1. Students may not refer to the book in question when taking an AR test. The book must remain closed for the entirety of the test.
  2. Students may not ask for help on any questions of an AR test.
  3. If a student is a beginning reader, an adult may read the test questions and answer choices aloud. No other assistance may be given.
  4. AR tests taken from home will not be deleted due to a low score. 
  5. Non-compliance with any of the rules of AR testing may result in the following actions: blockage of remote AR testing, removal of points from a student’s account, and/or disqualification from higher AR point clubs.
Lunch Service

The Main Kitchen has resumed food service. K – 8 students who wish to purchase lunch from the kitchen will give their lunch orders to the teacher in the morning. Lunch will be delivered to students in their classrooms. This fall, the kitchen will offer two sack lunch options with a choice of deli sandwich or hot item of the day. All sack lunches include chips, dessert, fruit, and water bottle. Daily menu options are posted on the school website.

You may add money to your child’s lunch account at any time.

We have worked hard to ensure the kitchen follows all recommended COVID-19 food preparation guidelines. 

  • Social distancing will be maintained during all food preparation.
  • The kitchen has been updated with a new sanitizing system and cleaning and safety protocols are in place.
  • Kitchen staff will wear masks and gloves during all food preparation and delivery.

If you choose to send a home-prepared lunch to school with your child, please follow our new no-nut guidelines, to keep all of our students safe.

Grade 3: The Importance of Reading with Young Children

10 Benefits That Highlight the Importance of Reading with Young Children

  1. Reading to young children sets them up to succeed
  2. Reading develops language skills
  3. Exposure to reading exercises your child’s brain
  4. Reading enhances a child’s concentration
  5. Reading together encourages a thirst for knowledge
  6. A range of books teaches children about different topics
  7. Reading develops a child’s imagination and creativity
  8. Reading books with children helps to develop empathy
  9. Books are a form of entertainment 
  10. Reading together helps to create a bond

Please help your child remember to record their nightly reading on their reading log.

Memory Verse



Stanza 1 and 2 due Friday, September 18
Stanza 3 and 4 due Friday, September 25
Stanza 5 and 6 due Friday, October 2
All stanzas due Friday, October 9

By: Helen Jackson

The golden-rod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

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