Summer Slide

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Have you ever heard the phrase ‘summer slide’?  It refers to the loss of learning that can take place when skills are not practiced over the summer.    We want everyone to keep their learning brains turned on by spending a 10-50 minutes every day practicing math facts and reading.  To determine the appropriate minimum number of minutes/day for your child, multiple their grade level by 10.  For example, a first grader would spend a minimum of 10 minutes — 5 minutes on math and 5 minutes on reading.

Our school has a login for all students on MOBYMAX –  an excellent online tool for all content areas.  If your child has forgotten their password/login, email me.

On Mobymax, I recommend the following:

Grade K:  Number Sense, Alphabet and Reading Trio
Grade 1:  Number Sense (review), Math Fact Fluency and Reading Trio
Grade 2-5:  Math Fact Fluency (keep those facts fresh) and any of the other applications on the site.
Also, if you would like to track reading minutes over the summer, this counts too.  Simply log into this form once a week to tell me how many minutes per week or per month you are reading.  Summer learning contest ends on August 20.

All students who participate in summer learning entered into a drawing


Finally, Mrs. Vandenberg, our librarian, would love to have post photos of you reading over the summer.  If you have a photo of your reading during vacation, send her the photo at

Hope your July is going well!

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Supply List

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Welcome Incoming Third Graders! I hope that you are having a fantastic summer!

Believe it our not, the sales will be starting shortly and I wanted to make sure that you had your list to take advantage of the good deals. Here are some items that would assist your student next year:

  • 5 pocket folders (orange, blue, red, green, and yellow) Plastic does hold up better but is not required.
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 2 white board markers (thin Expo brand work the best)
  • pencils
  • 2 wide-ruled composition books
  • 1 spiral notebook
  • gym shoes to leave at school
  • pens (red & blue)
  • pencil box
  • colored pencils
  • scissors

If you are having trouble purchasing something that is on the list, please let me know. Also if you come across a great sale, please leave a comment so that others may take advantage of it.

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Welcome to Third Grade

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There are a “Minion” reasons to LOVE 3rd Grade!

(And I happen to think that it is because of all of you!)

 I want to welcome you to my 3rd grade classroom! I can’t wait to hear all about you and your summer adventures! I would love it if you would leave me on comment to tell me about one summer adventure.

Keep reading over the summer because that will be very important! Also, make sure to get on to MobyMax during the summer and practice your math facts. A school supply list will be posted July 1.  I will provide most of the essentials, but a few highly recommended items are listed!

Please register for email updates on my blog!  This will help you to be alerted each time a new post is added.  Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, curriculum and assessment, and much more.

I am looking forward to getting to know and building relationships with all of you! I will be posting to the blog throughout the summer so please check back! I am getting ready for a great third grade year!   :)

                                                                                                             ~ Mrs. McDonald
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On Our Last Day…

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We will have electronics day. If your child does not have an electronic, we will have computers available. Also weather permitting, we will be eating lunch outside. Please bring a towel or blanket to sit on. Your child can still order hot lunch.

Today we had our Mega-Auction so they are bringing home many treasures from saving up there Michi-bucks all year. Also, Please go through your child’s folder. All of there wonderful writing pieces came home.

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Mobymax & Study Island During the Summer

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Today your child is bringing home important passwords to use this summer. Put these in a safe place. It will be VERY beneficial for your child to continue with Mobymax and Study Island. This will keep their skills strong for going into 4th grade and serve as an excellent review. You will remain on my class list until August so I will be able to see how you are doing. I may even have an extra treat for you next school year if you continue to practice on both websites at least 3 times weekly.

Keep up the good work!

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Two Days Left

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I can’t believe it!  2 days left…… I will so miss this great group of 3rd graders!!

We are almost done with  our last 10 days of celebrating in third grade.

Here’s a recap:

  • Totally red, white, and blue day
  • Hat day
  • Ice cream to celebrate learning multiplication facts
  • Read outside
  • Drop everything and play kickball.
  • Get an extra break, free computer time and a small treat from your teacher!
  • Recess reward– we had an extra recess!
  • All day seat switch

2 more days of surprises…

  • D
  • E

Please remember that our last day is Friday with a 1:00pm dismissal

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This Week…

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I can’t believe how close we are to the end of the year! Just a few things to update you on this week:

  • We are finished with spelling (but will be completing activities for summer words at school)
  • No more homework
  • Talent show is on June 2nd at 1:15


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