Friday, May 30, 2014

Reminders and Info in Backpacks

Hello Families,

Just a reminder to get field trip money in by Thursday, June 5. The more chaperones, the merrier!

Coming tonight to folks who don't get electronic communication are fliers about the FREE Summer Lunch Program for Kids and Teens and a WPS school lunch menu for June.

Those who haven't sent school pictures or picture money back will also be getting a reminder to do so ASAP. Let's have 100% participation this year!

Next week will be a busy one for the last 26 Days Calendar. It might be a good idea to organize things this weekend. Towels for read outside day, pajamas for pajama day, and red clothes for red day. The kids are having fun with each day and are really excited for new name day on Monday. You might want to talk about what they think would be a good name for them to try out. Last year we had some very interesting and creative names!

Last, I'm attaching some information on summer math learning opportunities that your child can access online. See below if you're interested.


Here are 3 great online summer math opportunities to help students maintain math skills through the summer.  This is a program that students use at school but can continue to use through the summer months.  Please contact your child’s teacher to get usernames and passwords if you do not already have them.



Fasttmath Stretch to GO

Fasttmath Stretch to Go  This is geared more toward students entering grades 3 and up.  It  provides computational practice.  Contact your child’s teacher for a username and password if your child does not already know it. 



Ten Marks is also an online math program that usually has a fee associated with it but it is free for this summer.  It allows parents to choose personalized  incentives that may motivate their child to practice math during the summer.  When signing your child up for the program, you can choose incentives that are personal to your child.  Your child could earn an treat or special activity for work completed in the program.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Last 26 Days of School

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the 2nd post today. I was all set to send this home in hard copy and found a big error, so it's delayed in getting to you. I will send hard copies tomorrow, so you can post somewhere convenient to keep track of our upcoming events. I did go over this with the kids today and they are very excited! If you have any questions please get in touch!


The Last 26 Days of School

Dear Parents,
Believe it or not, the school year is coming to an end. During the last 26 days of school, our classes will be participating in the alphabet countdown. Each school day will have a different activity depending on the letter of the day. Your child may need to bring certain things on various days.


This sheet will help your child remember each day of the countdown. Also, check the daily schedule for reminders for the next day. I hope your child enjoys his/her last days in third grade!

Ms. Tompson and Mrs. Earle

May 13 Awesome Art Day
Students create original artwork.

May 14 Bedtime Book Share
Bring your favorite bedtime book that you either were read as a young child or read now.

May 15 Compliment and Caring Words Day
Come to school ready to compliment classmates and to find ways to care for each other.

(This is also Race for the Playground Day where students will be doing laps to raise money for our playground. Don’t forget those sponsor sheets!)

May 16 DEAR Day
We will take time to Drop Everything and Read!

May 19 Exercise Day
Wear comfortable clothes. We are exercising.

May 20 Fruit for snack
Bring your favorite fruit in for snack.  Fruit scraps can go in our worm compost bins.

May 21 Green Day
Wear green clothing and with weather permitting we will work in the school garden.

May 22 Hat Day
Bring your favorite hat to wear in class.

May 23 “In the Woods” Day
Bring good hiking shoes for a nature walk.


May 27 Joke Day
Bring in a school appropriate joke to share with classmates.

May 28 Kindness Day
Everyone will participate in a random act of kindness.

May 29 Learn Something New Day
Bring in an interesting fact to share.

May 30 Mix Match Day
We will wear mix matched clothes.

June 2 New Name Day
We will make up new names/nicknames for the day! We will make name tags and call each other by our new name all day!

June 3 Outdoor Reading Day
We will read outside today (weather permitting).  Be prepared to sit on the ground, bring a towel if you want.

June 4 Pajama Day
Wear your favorite clean pajamas to school.

June 5 Quilt Day
We will make a paper quilt to sum up 3rd grade.

June 6 Red Day
Wear red clothes.

June 9 Sports Day
Wear your favorite sport’s team apparel or a team uniform.

June 10 Tale of Despereaux Movie Day
We will watch the movie Tale of Despereaux.  Bring in popcorn if you want a snack.

June 11 Up to 4th Grade Day
We will take a trip to Manchester to meet your fourth grade teacher.

June 12 Visit from a Mystery Reader Day
Bring your favorite vegetable for snack.

June 13 Wetlands Day
We will go on a field trip to the Scarborough Marsh and Pine Point Beach.

June 16 X-tra Recess
Day We will enjoy “x-tra” recess!

June 17 Yellow Day

Wear yellow clothes.

June 18 Zip Up and Zoom Off Day
We will zip up our bags and zoom off to enjoy our summer vacation!


Third grade students at Windham Primary School  have been selected to participate in a school climate survey.  This is an electronic survey that will take students approximately 10 minutes to complete.  Our school will receive the results and will have the opportunity to use them to improve as a school.

Attached is the parental notification of the study with further detail.  If you prefer that your child does not participate, please sign and return the attached form before Friday. 

I will be sending home a consent form this afternoon. Please look for it in backpacks.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Dates to Remember in May

Here is a list of upcoming dates. You should have received fliers in backpacks this week about most of it. Please let me know if you have questions.

May 5-9 the district ART SHOW is open at the High School. Chorus will perform on Monday, May 5

May 12-16 will be testing week in third grade. All Aimsweb and NWEA testing will be completed this week. Homework will be light that week.

May 16 will be our turn to run on the track for Race for the Playground fundraiser.

May 21 4th Grade Parent Night at Manchester School. Mrs. Curtis, principal, will share curriculum and behavior expectations as well as introduce 4th grade teachers. There will be a tour at the end. 6:30-7:30

May 26 Third Grade Chorus will march in the Memorial Day Parade. Meet at the public library at 8:45 am.

May 28 Portland Sea Dogs game--Chorus members can get a free ticket and will sing the National Anthem prior to the game. Please send slips back whether you are planning to have your child attend or not by May 14, so Mrs. Cash Cobb can send money in to get tickets.

Return or send payment for school pictures ASAP. Lifetouch will donate a bike to WPS for 100% participation this year.

Have a great weekend! Beth