Monday, June 11, 2018

Day at the Park

Dear Parents,

On Friday, June 15th, the third grade will be walking to Stratham Hill Park for a picnic and a day of fun!  Each student will need to bring a lunch, or you may order a sandwich from the cafeteria. Your order must be in by Wednesday, June 13th. Parent volunteers are providing snacks, beverages, and desserts.

Children may bring something to play with since we will be playing games at the park. Anything that is allowed on the playground may be used at the park. This includes jump ropes, gym balls, or a wiffle ball and plastic bat, etc.

Students should wear sunscreen and sneakers and bring a labeled water bottle. If it rains, we will have an indoor picnic and play some indoor games.

Thank you for your support,
The Third Grade Team

p.s. Parents are welcome to meet us there. We should be arriving around 10 a.m.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Zoo Update


A few reminders:

Friday, June 8th- Field Day

Wednesday, June 13 at 1:00 The Grand Opening of the Morrison Zoo

Friday, June 15th- Community Appreciation Assembly and Third Grade Day at Stratham Hill Park

Monday, June 18th- Last Day of School, full day

The  date of our Zoo Presentation, the opening day of the Morrison Zoo,  is Wednesday, June 13th at 1:00.  The students will present their research scripts dressed as animals. Relatives, friends, siblings, etc. are all invited! We look forward to a large enthusiastic audience! 

Please help your child with a simple costume for that day. In addition, he/she will need to memorize lines at home. We are focusing a great deal on oral speaking skills-expression, volume of voice, rate of delivery, hand gestures, etc.   I appreciate anything you can do at home to rehearse lines with your child.

Thanks, as always, for all your support! 


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Incorrect Dates

Hi All,

I incorrectly posted the dates for the third grade state math assessments. The following are our 2 testing days next week: Wednesday and Thursday, May 16th and 17th. Math make ups will be on Friday, May 18th. Sorry for the error. I was reading the schedule incorrectly.

I am so proud of all the children! They have demonstrated a positive growth mind set by trying their hardest during testing, and even making comments like, "This is fun."

Extra extra recess is certainly a motivator, too.

Thanks for all your support at home!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Wellness Walk

SMS Wellness Walk May 9, 2018 1:30 PM

 Dear Parents/Guardians,

 On Wednesday May 9th the SMS community will be participating in the annual Community Wellness Walk! The purpose of this walk is to celebrate Physical Fitness and Sports Month and to promote walking as a fitness activity.

 The walk will begin at 1:30P.M. and both students and community members will walk from the school, to the intersection of Gifford Farm Road and Long Hill Road, and back to the school (the road will be closed off to traffic during the walk for safety and we will have walk monitors along the course).

We invite any family or community members who would like to join us on Wednesday (please no pets). Simply meet us in the bus loop at 1:25P.M. Student safety is our number one concern so the following guidelines have been put in place: • All students will be required to walk with their class and their teacher. • No running! • Be respectful of those walking around you- keep up with the group, but don’t push them to go faster. • Mailboxes are federal property and should not be touched. • Stay on the road UNLESS there is an emergency, in that case students will be instructed to sit quietly on the nearest lawn.

**Parents who have more than one child: we suggest you walk out with one, and back with another. In an emergency teachers have to be able to account for every child in their class.**

It is looking like a gorgeous day! We would love to have you join us!!!

Friday, May 4, 2018



I just wanted to let you know that NH Statewide Assessment System (NHSAS) testing will start next week. I have talked to the class about how there is no way for them to study, and that they should not feel any pressure or stress about the upcoming tests. Please help me to remove as much anxiety as we can regarding the testing. Some children are nervous; while others are quite excited to try something new.

Additionally, please be certain that your child has a good night's sleep the night before and a healthy breakfast the morning of our test sessions.  We have a tight testing window and make-ups will mean missing class time. Please make every effort to have your student at school, on time, for these sessions.

I will allow students to chew gum during testing, but please keep in mind that the gum is intended to help with focus, so please no bubble gum, (which tends to be more of a distraction).

Our testing schedule is as follows: 9:15-10:45
Monday, 5/7 - English Language Arts (ELA) Reading
Tuesday, 5/8 - ELA Reading
Wednesday, 5/9 - ELA Writing
Thursday, 5/10 - ELA Writing
Friday, 5/10 - Make Up Session

Wednesday, 5/16 - Math
Thursday, 5/17 - Math
Friday, 5/18 Make Up Session

Thank you for your support and cooperation,

Monday, April 16, 2018

Update Week of April 16-April 20


It has been a great couple of weeks meeting with all of you. I gather valuable information about the children during our conferences, and I love to share and celebrate their growth.  It is hard to believe we have only one quarter left before the end of the school year.

This week we have a spelling test on Wednesday. I am going to assess the children again after vacation and spend a few weeks finishing the syllable work we started in the fall.

We will continue to have fact quizzes on Fridays (no quiz this week). Some students are ready for a mixed review; while others will have a specific group of facts to study.

Today we practiced for our upcoming state assessments, which will begin on May 7th. We will be practicing on and off this week and the week after vacation.

In science we are starting a unit on force and motion. The children are always excited as we experiment with toys, cars on wooden ramps, and other hands on experiences. The unit culminates when the children design their own experiments to discover something of curiosity with  force and motion.

Have have a wonderful break with your third grader!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Update week of March 26-March 30


We are gearing up this week for our performance of The Potmaker and the Drip on March 29th at 9:35-10:05 in 3M. We are looking forward to you attending! 

In order to look like a theatre ensemble, please have your child dress in a red (back up orange)  t-shirt on Wednesday and Thursday. It will be helpful to have no printing on it; students can turn an old t-shirt inside out. Please do not purchase anything.

I would appreciate any assistance at home in running lines with your child.

We will have an 8's quiz on Friday, March 30th, and new spelling words on Monday and Tuesday of this week for a test a week from Wednesday on April 4th.

Spring conferences are coming up. I always feel that this is a time to celebrate the many accomplishments your third grader has made since the beginning of the school year!  I am available the following times. Please just e-mail what day/time works best.

Wednesday, April 4th, this is an early release



April 11, Wednesday, this is an early release


I am also available the following mornings:

April 3 at 8:00 a.m.
April 5th at 8:00 a.m.
April 6th at 8:00 a.m.
April 10th at 8:00 a.m.
April 12th at 8:00 a.m.
April 13th at 8:00 a.m.

Thanks for everything you do!!!