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Updates from Room 201

Here we are in week #2 and the students already seem to know the routines.  I am so impressed with how they came in this morning and did our morning routine.  I want to explain to you a few routines that you can help with at home.


Each Monday, we will take a spelling pretest.  (We took our first one today.)  Unit 1 is a review of short vowel sounds.  If students pass the pretest with 0-1 wrong, they get challenge words.  If they get 2 or more wrong, they stay with regular words.  It is marked on their sheet and they have been told in class which words they need to study.  Also on that paper is a list of ideas of how to practice at home.  We will have a spelling test every Friday.


I will send a homework packet home every Monday.  These four things will be included in every packet:  spelling, with a reminder to practice, reading 20-30 minutes every night, and 2-3 math Homework pages. The packet will be due back the following Monday but can be turned in early.  I will start homework packets on Monday, Sept. 11.  However, good reading habits and spelling practice can begin tonight! 🙂

Star Student

Beginning next week we will have our first Star Student.  When your child is the Star Student, they will have one week to color the poster and collect 5 pictures for them to bring to class.  As a Star Student, they will have lunch with me on Tuesdays, do a mini book review for the class, be the line leader, and be my special helper.


This year, we have no food allergies.  You may send in a treat for your child’s birthday.  Please keep it simple so we can keep our day focused on learning.  We will sing and the birthday person will get a special treat from me.  If they have a summer birthday, let’s celebrate on their 1/2 birthday!!


Our library day in on TUESDAY this year.  Your child will check out three library books.  I have them choose two within their reading level and one can be a book of choice.

Please email me at if you have any questions!

Last but not least. . .THANK YOU for the many donations that have been brought in the classroom!  We will use all of these throughout the year.

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3rd Grade School Supplies

Hi Parents!!  It’s July 1 and I want to give you a heads up on the school supplies your child will need for 3rd grade.  Hopefully you can pick them up throughout the summer when they are on sale!  

  • 5 pocket folders (orange, blue, red, green, and yellow)
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 2 white board markers (thin Expo brand work the best)
  • pencils
  • 3 spiral notebooks
  • gym shoes to leave at school
  • pencil box
  • colored pencils or thin markers
  • 1 Box of Ticonderoga pencils (last name A-J) **The cheap ones don’t sharpen
  • 1 Container of Clorox or Lysol Wipes (last name K – Z)
  • 1 box of tissues

Enjoy the rest of your summer!  I can’t wait to see you in the fall.images

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Welcome to 3rd Grade. . .

Welcome to 3rd grade at Georgetown! I hope you are enjoying your summer break and making many fun summer memories.  You may have heard that I will be your teacher next year.  I have known that you would be in my class since the beginning of June and it has been SO HARD to keep it a secret. 🙂

In upcoming posts, I will tell you more about myself and all that you need to know to get ready for third grade! A school supply list will be posted July 1.  I will provide most of the essentials, but a few highly recommended items are listed! Happy shopping!

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I am looking forward to getting to know each one of you!  Feel free to send me an email or a picture of something fun you are doing this summer at


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