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Mr. Eames- Grade 3

School Administrative Unit #7 Mission Statement

To prepare every SAU #7 student for success in whatever path they choose.

Week of November 20—24, 2017

I respectfully request that all third grade students plan to arrive in the classroom at 7:55 a.m. daily.  This will allow all students the opportunity to unpack their backpacks, read the daily morning message; and prepare/organize for the official start of their day at 8:10 a.m.  Your cooperation with this request is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

I would like to remind all third grade parents that in order to be in compliance with the Colebrook Elementary School Handbook, written notes (explaining the absence) are required to be sent in with all students when they return from an absence from school.  Your diligent cooperation with this matter is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

I would also like to remind all third grade parents that I would greatly appreciate your child's assignment book being signed on a nightly basis.  Your diligent cooperation with this is also greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

I would like to encourage all third grade students to wear appropriate attire on a daily basis for outside recess (11:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.) as we endure the fluctuating weather.

The following topics are planned to be covered in third grade.  (Please note that plans are subject to change without notice based on student interest/need.)

Spelling – Due to the Thanksgiving Recess, spelling will resume with Lesson 9 on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Math – Continue review of place value to include numbers to the hundred thousands and comparing and ordering greater numbers  [All third grade students need daily practice with all basic addition and subtraction facts.  According to former CES math consultant, Professor Mahesh Sharma, a student knows the math fact if he or she is able to recall the math fact in three seconds or less.]


Reading/Language Arts  Third grade will be taking a break from the Reading Street series until after the Thanksgiving Recess.  During the weeks of November 13—17, 2017 and November 20—24, 2017, all third grade students will be reading and discussing the chapter book entitled, " Magic Tree House Research Guide Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Champion to Thanksgiving on Thursday" written Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce and illustrated by Sal Murdocca and completing various activities related to the story.

Description of "Magic Tree House Research Guide Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Thanksgiving on Thursday"

"What was it like to sail on the Mayflower, and why would anyone make that difficult journey?  How did the Pilgrims learn to survive in their new home? What was the menu at the feast we call the first Thanksgiving?  Find out the answer to these questions and more in . . . "Magic Tree House Research Guide Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Thanksgiving on Thursday.  It's Jack and Annie's very own guide to the story of the Pilgrims!  Including . . . Wampanoag daily life; Pilgrim health and medicine; famous Pilgrims; Plymouth today; and much more!"

Social Studies/Science – Scholastic News (November 6, 2017) "An Army Family" [Topics include . . . (a) "An Army Family"; (b) "Ready, Set, Sneeze"; (c) "Shooting Star"; and (d) "Numbers in the News"] and Veterans Day 

Beginning with the 20162017 school year, Colebrook Elementary School continuing the school-wide behavioral initiative known as Positive Interventions and Supports which is better known by the students as STARR (Safety; Tolerance/Acceptance; Responsibility; and Respect).  The behavior matrix for the Be a "STARR" in the Classroom is below.







Four on the floor

plus two.

Give and receive positive/

constructive feedback.

Be attentive and prepared.

Listen when others are speaking.

Use all materials/

equipment safely.

Be accepting of different learning styles.

Complete daily/

homework assignments.

Respect the differences and opinions of others.

Follow classroom rules.

Accept that we learn by mistakes.

Clean up after yourself.

Respect individuality.

In addition to the behavior matrix for the classroom, students are also reviewing behavior matrices for the hallway, bathrooms, cafeteria, playground, and bus.  These matrices will be reviewed periodically throughout the entire school year.  The behavior matrix for the Be a Colebrook Elementary School "STARR" is below.










 Four on the floor plus two. 

 Use all materials/equipment safely.

 Follow classroom rules.

 Walk slowly and to the right.

Do not open entry doors for anyone!

Use soap and water for hand washing.  

Keep water in the sink.


Receive permission before leaving the cafeteria.  

Use utensils appropriately.  

 Do not share food due to allergies.

Use equipment properly.

Up ladders, down slides!

Sticks stay on the ground (rocks, snow, mulch).

Sit and stay seated.  

Hands and feet to yourself.  

Keep aisle clear!




Give and receive positive/constructive feedback.

Be accepting of different learning styles. 

Accept that we learn by our mistakes.

Be aware of your surroundings.  

Accommodate the needs of others.


Be patient with others who may need to spend more time using the bathroom.

Respect other students’ privacy and space.

Be polite to those eating around you.

Allow anyone to sit next to you.

Try your food before you toss it!

Include everyone.  

Wait patiently for your turn.

Try new games and play with new friends.


Share your seat.  

Be tolerant of other passengers.

Be patient waiting for your stop.



Be attentive and prepared.

Complete daily/homework assignments.  

Clean up after yourself.

Keep hallway clean!  

Tell an adult of safety issues.


Flush the toilet!

If a toilet or sink is not working, tell an adult so that it can be fixed.

Clean up after yourself.  

Empty trays/utensils in proper locations.  

Use your time wisely.

Use appropriate language.

Take turns.

Respect others’ space (hands/feet to yourself).


Keep the bus clean.  

Be on time!

Board your own bus unless you have a note.



Listen when others are speaking.  

Respect the differences and opinions of others.  

Respect individuality.

Keep hands/feet off walls and students’ work.  

Inside voices.  

Be aware of classes in session.

Place used paper towel in the trash.  

Use only as much paper towel/toilet paper as you need.

Manners matter, in and out of the kitchen.  

Use indoor voices.  

Raise hand for help.

Dress for the weather.  Return equipment.  

Listen and follow adult directions.


Quiet voices.  

Thank your driver.

Be mindful/helpful to younger riders.



Other school-wide initiatives for the 2017—2018 school year include Responsive Classroom, Playworks, and Study Island.  The following links have been provided for your information regarding these additional school-wide initiatives.

Responsive Classroom ~ https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/about/

Playworks ~ http://www.playworks.org/about

Study Island ~ https://www.studyisland.com/about

The daily specials schedule is below.








10:30—11:15 a.m.

(with Ms. Hall)

Remember library books!


10:35—11:20  a.m.

(with Mr. Sambito)

Wear sneakers!


9:40—10:25 a.m.

(with Mr. Sambito)

Wear sneakers!


10:35—11:20 a.m.

(with Mrs. Johnsen)


10:30—11:15 a.m.

(with Ms. Pearson)


The students will also have daily keyboarding sessions with Ms. Hall from 2:10—2:40 p.m. (Monday through Friday) in the Colebrook Elementary School Computer Lab until the end of the first quarter (Friday, November 3, 2017).

All third grade students are encouraged to read twenty minutes each night (Monday—Thursday) and record their time on the "Third Grade Reading Log" calendar in the blue homework folder for the month of November.  All students who participate in this reading incentive will be awarded at the end of the month.  The reading goal for the month of November is to read (or read to someone) sixteen times.  Good luck!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017—Friday, November 24, 2017

¨ NO SCHOOL ~ Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, December 1, 2017

¨  November Third Grade Reading Logs will be due today.  (In order to be awarded the incentive for November, all third grade students should have logged sixteen dates within the month of November.)

¨ CES School-Wide Advisory Day (10:00—10:30 a.m.)  The theme for December's advisory is Math Day.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

¨ Early Release Day #2 ~ 12:00 p.m. Student Dismissal (Please note new student dismissal.)

¨  K—6 Holiday Concert (CES Gymnasium) beginning at 6:00 p.m.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the annual K—6 holiday concert, please contact Ms. Pearson (grades K—3) at spearson@csd.sau7.org or Mr. Stewart (grades 4—6) at astewart@csd.sau7.org.


 Friday, December 8, 2017 –

¨   Second quarter progress reports will be sent home with only the students who are failing or in danger of failing a subject.