Last Day Tomorrow: Uniforms, Noon Dismissal

Thank you all for your help in celebrating the students at the Tucson Racquet Club today. We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather and the kids had a lot of fun!

A few people asked me about dress expectations for tomorrow. My understanding is that uniforms are expected for school. Thanks for your support!

Also, a last reminder that our school day ends at noon tomorrow.

Thanks again for a great year. Have a wonderful summer!

It’s the last week already?

Wow – this year has flown by! It’s hard for me to believe it, but we are already at the last week of third grade. The students have worked hard and have made great gains. They have a lot to celebrate and be proud of! This week, we will be wrapping up several projects and finishing units of instruction. We’ll mix some fun and celebration into our work as well as taking time to clean the classroom and prepare for summer break.

Ms Stalkfleet and I are taking time to consider class lists for next year. Our key criteria are to work together to create two classes that are balanced academically, behaviorally, and that allow students the chance to be with classmates they may not have worked with previously. We strive to create the best possible opportunities for continued success and growth.

Here’s a brief overview of our week ahead:

  • Monday 5/20: Regular Schedule; 8th grade buddy breakfast and team-building games in the morning
  • Tuesday, 5/21: Regular Schedule; math assessment on area and perimeter, author’s tea (sharing our most recent writing pieces)
  • Wednesday, 5/22: Regular Schedule; empty desks and bring home personal items, class ticket auction (students may bring in an item to auction with parent permission)
  • Thursday, 5/23: Morning classwork, leave school at 10:30 to Tucson Racket Club for our end-of-year celebration, class awards presented at 2:00. Parents are welcome to join us! Students will be dismissed from Tucson Racket Club following awards.
  • Friday, 5/24: Last Day; class cleanup and closing activities, NOON DISMISSAL

Thank you for a wonderful, exciting (and sometimes exhausting!) school year. I appreciate all of your support and help in creating a successful and positive learning experience for the children. Have a wonderful summer!

The week ahead

It’s really hard to believe that we are entering our final two weeks of the school year! Thank you for your support and work this year to help me transition into a new school community. I am grateful for the care you’ve shown!

This week, we will be reading about volcanoes around the world and examining sequence of events and cause/effect relationships. In writing, we will reflect on our third grade year and write about something we know now that we didn’t when the year began. In math, we will explore measurement of area and perimeter in closed shapes.

In social studies, we have completed our Tucson History study. Students worked in groups to select ten important events that affected the growth and development of our city. They constructed a timeline and then worked to write scripts and make short iMovie projects telling the story of Tucson from 1700 to statehood. Finished projects have been uploaded and can be viewed here. We hope you enjoy them!

This Friday is the school’s Art Expo. The mirror project that Jennifer Wolert helped them create is really fantastic – be sure to check it out! Ms. Allen is seeking parent helpers to help organize and mount artwork for display. Please let her know if you are available to help at any time this week.

Upcoming Dates/Reminders:

  • May 17 – Art Expo, 5:30-7:30
  • May 23 – Field Trip to Tucson Racquet Club
  • May 24 –  Last Day of School, Noon Dismissal

Reminder: Field Trip Thursday 5/2

We will off campus on a field trip Thursday morning to see the TSO Young People’s Concert. We will leave school by bus around 9 am and will be back in time for a regular lunch at school.

Students should wear their red/khaki school uniforms.

Spelling and Grammar for 4/29 – 5/3

Spelling: words with oo, ew; au, aw; al, all

  1. anew
  2. author
  3. awe
  4. choose
  5. crew
  6. faulty
  7. gradual
  8. herald
  9. mood
  10. original
  11. overall
  12. pauses
  13. recalls
  14. whoop
  15. withdrawn

Watch-Out Words

  • role
  • roll
  • vary
  • very


Use indefinite pronouns when not naming a specific person, place, or thing.
both, few, many, several, anybody, each, everyone, everything, nobody, someone, all, any, most, none, some

Use possessive pronouns to replace the name of the owner and what the owner has.
That is mine/yours/his/hers/its.
Those are ours/yours/theirs.


Homophones are words that sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings.

Welcome back!

I hope that you had as nice an Easter break as I did! It was nice to have time to spend with friends and family.

This week, we will resume our work in language arts that was begun last week. Spelling and grammar can be found here. In our reading work, students are examining how to identify the steps in a process. In writing, our focus is on rewriting details from an article in our own words.

In math, we are reviewing making equivalent fractions, writing fractions in simplest form, and identifying common factors and multiples. Our assessment for this chapter will be on Thursday.

In social studies, students continue to make progress on their timeline projects for Tucson history. They will be working in groups to create a short video of their timeline to share.

Upcoming Dates:

May 8; Noon Dismissal

May 17; Art Expo

May 23; Year-End Party and Awards at Tucson Racquet Club

May 24; Noon Dismissal