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Friday, September 29, 2023

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

We have had an amazing week this week. We have been busy working and learning in our classes and having fun as well. We hope you all enjoy your weekend and have lots of amazing family time scheduled.

 

Conferences

We are having math conferences for Trimester 1. Please ONLY sign up for one conference time. 

Ms. Granger https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0944A5A82AA7F8CF8-44752766-granger

Ms. Newman https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448A8AA28A3F49-44752608-newman

Ms. Pumphrey https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084AA9AB23A1F49-44719533-math#/

Ms. Shaw https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084BAFAC2DABFDC70-44752634-fall 

Ms. Thielk https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F49AFAA2FA3FAC61-44708537-thielk 

 

Email Responses

We just wanted to let you know that as teachers we have 48 business hours to respond to emails. We try our best to get to these as soon as possible but sometimes the day gets away from us when we are teaching. We also cannot always respond right away as well depending on the time the email arrives to us.

 

Fall Fundraiser

We had a great kickoff to the fall fundraiser last week, however we need you all to help your students log their acts of kindness and to help raise money for the school THere are a lot of fun prizes the students can earn throughout this time as well. If each class meets their goals then the students will be able to do the Ninja Nation course again this year! This goes until October 6th here is the link to the sign up as well. https://my.raisecraze.com/app2/join/AGJ4MHJ  

 

Classroom Volunteers/Signups

Please sign up to help out in your student’s classroom throughout the year. We also love having students come in and spend time with us over lunch as well.

Bulletin Boards: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C44ABA622A0FC1-44495299-3rdgrade 

Cleaning: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A48ABAC28A4FD0-44494150-clean

Lunch Bunch: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A054FACAA2DABFD0-44500423-lunchtime



 

Specials Information

MB Elementary Music News | Mr. Richardson

MB Elementary PE News | Ms. Bauer

MB Elementary Tech News | Mrs. Brown

MB Elementary Art News | Mrs. Strobel    

  

Weekly Plans

Below you will find what each teacher/subject is focusing on. 

Responsive Classroom: During Responsive Classroom this week, we focused on activating our brains. This is thinking about how we treat our brain and ways we can use it to become a better student. We also worked on our self-control.

3rd Grade Math: We will be moving into Chapter 1: Addition and Subtraction Strategies.  Please work with your student to make sure they are practicing addition and subtraction at home, specifically, subtraction with regrouping (borrowing). We are also beginning to work on multiplication facts, so please practice at home. Flash cards are a great way of getting the kids to start memorizing their facts. 

Granger/Newman/Pumphrey Literacy: We are continuing to work through our first unit: Class Tales. Over the next couple of weeks, we are reading The Wind in the Willows and diving into bits of other classics like Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp and Alice in Wonderland. We will also be reviewing the writing process, writing opinion pieces, and working on cursive.

Shaw Science: Students have been so engaged in learning how the strength and direction of a force can change the motion of an object. Next week we will begin exploring balanced and unbalanced forces.

Thielk History: We have started our learning on Canada this week. We have labeled a map and learned all about the Canadian Flag. We also took our vocabulary quiz and will make corrections next week.

Thielk Accelerated Math: We have been very busy learning about multiplication in class this week. We took our vocabulary quiz and spent more time going over lesson 3.2 as well. We will continue to work in chapter 3 next week as well.

 

 

Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Granger

Ms. Newman

Ms. Pumphrey

Ms. Shaw

Ms. Thielk

 

 

Upcoming Events     

 

October 11 and 12

Conferences

October 13   

No School

October 16 - 20

Fall Break



Friday, September 22, 2023

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

We have had an amazing week this week. We have been busy working and learning in our classes and having fun as well. We hope you all enjoy your three day weekend and have lots of amazing family time scheduled.

 

Fall Fundraiser

We had a great kickoff to the fall fundraiser last week, however we need you all to help your students log their acts of kindness and to help raise money for the school THere are a lot of fun prizes the students can earn throughout this time as well. If each class meets their goals then the students will be able to do the Ninja Nation course again this year! This goes until October 6th here is the link to the sign up as well. https://my.raisecraze.com/app2/join/AGJ4MHJ  

 

Classroom Volunteers/Signups

Please sign up to help out in your student’s classroom throughout the year. We also love having students come in and spend time with us over lunch as well.

Bulletin Boards: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C44ABA622A0FC1-44495299-3rdgrade 

Cleaning: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A48ABAC28A4FD0-44494150-clean

Lunch Bunch: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A054FACAA2DABFD0-44500423-lunchtime

 

Email Responses

We just wanted to let you know that as teachers we have 48 business hours to respond to emails. We try our best to get to these as soon as possible but sometimes the day gets away from us when we are teaching. We also cannot always respond right away as well depending on the time the email arrives to us.

 

Specials Information

MB Elementary Music News | Mr. Richardson

MB Elementary PE News | Ms. Bauer

MB Elementary Tech News | Mrs. Brown

MB Elementary Art News | Mrs. Strobel    

  

Weekly Plans

Below you will find what each teacher/subject is focusing on. 

Responsive Classroom: During Responsive Classroom this week, we focused on activating our brains. This is thinking about how we treat our brain and ways we can use it to become a better student. We also worked on our self-control.

3rd Grade Math: We will be moving into Chapter 1: Addition and Subtraction Strategies.  Please work with your student to make sure they are practicing addition and subtraction at home, specifically, subtraction with regrouping (borrowing). We are also beginning to work on multiplication facts, so please practice at home. Flash cards are a great way of getting the kids to start memorizing their facts. 

Granger/Newman/Pumphrey Literacy: We are continuing to work through our first unit: Class Tales. Over the next couple of weeks, we are reading The Wind in the Willows and diving into bits of other classics like Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp and Alice in Wonderland. We will also be reviewing the writing process, writing opinion pieces, and working on cursive.

Shaw Science: We have finished our unit on the engineering design process and will begin our new unit on Forces.  

Thielk History: We will present our river posters next week and students will share all the information they learned on their rivers to each other. We will also start our next unit which is all about Canada.

Thielk Accelerated Math: We have finished Chapter 2 in our books and have taken the test and made corrections. We will start with Chapter 3 lessons beginning next week.

 

 

Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Granger

Ms. Newman

Ms. Pumphrey

Ms. Shaw

Ms. Thielk

 

 

Upcoming Events     

 

October 11 and 12

Conferences

October 13   

No School

October 16 - 20

Fall Break



 

Friday, September 15, 2023

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

We have had a great week this week. We are excited that our fall fundraiser is starting. Have a great weekend.

 

PE Volunteers needed

Please use this link to help sign-up to volunteer in PE.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0845AAAB2EA75-pefitness

 

SchoolHero and Weekly Coupons

Your students are receiving points daily from their teachers and starting next week, they will get to spend their points to buy things to use within the classroom. They will keep track of their “deposits” and “withdrawals” on a log similar to a check register and will keep this in their red homework folder.  Please do not remove it. 

 

Homework

Since we are in the process of starting to learn content in all subject areas homework will be starting to come home. Please make sure your child is the one writing and completing their homework.  You can check it and go over it with them after they have completed the work. It is important for them to do the work as it helps us teach and know what students have learned and if they need more practice or help on a concept.

 

Cell Phones/SmartWatches

Make sure if your student brings a cell phone or SmartWatch to school for communication to let them know they must be powered off and in their backpack from 7:35 - 3:35.

 

Snacks

Make sure to send your students with two snacks each day.  We have snacks in the morning as well as in the afternoon. Please make sure these snacks do not contain any kind of nuts, including Nutella.  We have multiple life threatening nut allergies in the grade and want to keep our students safe.  

 

We are responsible third graders and keep track of assignments with planners

We will be using daily planners in each of our classes this year.  Your child puts important information into their own planner each day during class.  If you are interested in what he/she worked on each day, or what homework might be due, please ask your child to see the planner pages for this week.  There shouldn't be any blank boxes in the planner after this week, so if you see some, ask your third grader what should have been put in the box.

 

 

Specials Information

MB Elementary Music News | Mr. Richardson

MB Elementary PE News | Ms. Bauer

MB Elementary Tech News | Mrs. Brown

MB Elementary Art News | Mrs. Strobel    

 

  

Weekly Plans

Below you will find what each teacher/subject is focusing on. 

Responsive Classroom: During Responsive Classroom this week, we focused on having a positive attitude and growth mindset as well as utilizing self-control.

3rd Grade Math: We will be moving into Chapter 1: Addition and Subtraction Strategies.  Please work with your student to make sure they are practicing addition and subtraction at home, specifically, subtraction with regrouping (borrowing). We are also beginning to work on multiplication facts, so please practice at home. Flash cards are a great way of getting the kids to start memorizing their facts. 

Granger/Newman/Pumphrey Literacy: We are continuing to work through our first unit: Class Tales. Over the next couple of weeks, we are reading The Wind in the Willows and diving into bits of other classics like Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp and Alice in Wonderland. We will also be reviewing the writing process, opinion writing, and working on cursive.

Shaw Science: This week we are nearing the end of our engineering design process for our irrigation system prototype. Next week we will have a quiz on the engineering design process. Then we will begin learning  how to test and improve a solution.  

Thielk History: We have completed our Balloon Globe Projects this week and learned all about the US Constitution. Next week we will have a worksheet to do to earn half points back on our project. Then we will start our next unit World Rivers. Students will work in groups and be assigned two rivers on the same continent to learn and teach to their classmates.

Thielk Accelerated Math: We are almost finished with Chapter 2 in our books. We have one more lesson to go. We will be taking our test on Wednesday next week all about addition and subtraction. Then we will go into Chapter 3, “Multiply by 1-Digit Numbers”.

 

 

Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Granger

Ms. Newman

Ms. Pumphrey

Ms. Shaw

Ms. Thielk

 

 

 

Upcoming Events     

 

September 22

Teacher Work Day – No School

October 11 and 12

Conferences

October 13   

No School

October 16 - 20

Fall Break



 

Friday, September 8, 2023

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

It was so great to see so many of you at Back to School night on Thursday.  We enjoyed getting to share all of the exciting things we will be doing in third grade this year. You can view our presentation in the link at the top of this page.

 

PE Volunteers needed

Please use this link to help sign-up to volunteer in PE.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0845AAAB2EA75-pefitness

 

SchoolHero and Weekly Coupons

Your students are receiving points daily from their teachers and starting next week, they will get to spend their points to buy things to use within the classroom. They will keep track of their “deposits” and “withdrawals” on a log similar to a check register and will keep this in their red homework folder.  Please do not remove it. 

 

Homework

Since we are in the process of starting to learn content in all subject areas homework will be starting to come home. Please make sure your child is the one writing and completing their homework.  You can check it and go over it with them after they have completed the work. It is important for them to do the work as it helps us teach and know what students have learned and if they need more practice or help on a concept.

 

Cell Phones/SmartWatches

Make sure if your student brings a cell phone or SmartWatch to school for communication to let them know they must be powered off and in their backpack from 7:35 - 3:35.

 

Snacks

Make sure to send your students with two snacks each day.  We have snacks in the morning as well as in the afternoon. Please make sure these snacks do not contain any kind of nuts, including Nutella.  We have multiple life threatening nut allergies in the grade and want to keep our students safe.  

 

We are responsible third graders and keep track of assignments with planners

We will be using daily planners in each of our classes this year.  Your child puts important information into their own planner each day during class.  If you are interested in what he/she worked on each day, or what homework might be due, please ask your child to see the planner pages for this week.  There shouldn't be any blank boxes in the planner after this week, so if you see some, ask your third grader what should have been put in the box.

 

Specials Information

MB Elementary Music News | Mr. Richardson

MB Elementary PE News | Ms. Bauer

MB Elementary Tech News | Mrs. Brown

MB Elementary Art News | Mrs. Strobel    

 

  

Weekly Plans

Below you will find what each teacher/subject is focusing on. 

Responsive Classroom: During Responsive Classroom this week, we focused on having a positive attitude and growth mindset as well as utilizing self-control.

3rd Grade Math: Students are continuing to learn about naming lines, identifying angles, and various types of quadrilaterals and triangles.

Granger/Newman/Pumphrey Literacy: We are continuing to work through our first unit: Class Tales. Over the next couple of weeks, we are reading The Wind in the Willows and diving into bits of other classics like Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp and Alice in Wonderland. We will also be reviewing the writing process. 

Shaw Science: We explored real-world examples of new and old technology and the needs that they fulfill. We did a hands-on exploration in which students found everyday, human-made objects around the classroom and described the needs the objects met. Students worked hard to understand the meaning of criteria and constraints when solving an engineering problem. They collaborated in small groups to select supplies needed to take on a backpacking trip while taking into consideration different constraints such as weight and budget.

Thielk History: We have learned about US geography and looking at state shapes. We have also started our end of unit project where students will be showing what they have learned about the world. They are labeling a balloon with the continents and oceans and being able to follow directions.

Thielk Accelerated Math: We have finished our first chapter, students did a good job on their first test as well. We will be doing corrections next week and starting chapter 2 all about addition and subtraction.

 

 

Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Granger

Ms. Newman

Ms. Pumphrey

Ms. Shaw

Ms. Thielk

 

 

 

Upcoming Events     

 

September 22

Teacher Work Day – No School

October 11 and 12

Conferences

October 13   

No School

October 16 - 20

Fall Break



 

 

 

Friday, September 1, 2023

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

We have had a great week this week. We have finished all of our testing and are excited to be teaching content to students to see how they learn and grow. We hope you all also enjoy the long weekend as well.

 

PE Volunteers needed

Please use this link to help sign-up to volunteer in PE.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0845AAAB2EA75-pefitness

 

Homework

Since we are in the process of starting to learn content in all subject areas homework will be starting to come home. Please make sure your child is the one writing and completing their homework.  You can check it and go over it with them after they have completed the work. It is important for them to do the work as it helps us teach and know what students have learned and if they need more practice or help on a concept.

 

Back to School Night

We will be sharing a PowerPoint presentation with you on Thursday, September 7, to give you some insight on what is going on in third grade, including walking through their daily schedule so you get to meet each teacher.  Watch for further details.

 

Cell Phones/SmartWatches

Make sure if your student brings a cell phone or SmartWatch to school for communication to let them know they must be powered off and in their backpack from 7:35 - 3:35.

 

Snacks

Make sure to send your students with two snacks each day.  We have snacks in the morning as well as in the afternoon. Please make sure these snacks do not contain any kind of nuts, including Nutella.  We have multiple life threatening nut allergies in the grade and want to keep our students safe.  

 

SchoolHero

We will be utilizing SchoolHero this year to reward and remind kids about behavior choices.  Each week your child will be given a paycheck with the prior week's earnings, and be able to purchase reward certificates throughout the year.  Next week, we will be determining what the rewards will be, so ask your child what he/she is most excited about saving Hero points to buy!

 

PG Movie permission forms

If you have not turned in your PG permission form yet, please be sure to get that to your child's homeroom teacher so we can determine who is allowed to watch PG movies.  This half-page form was provided during Open House, so, if you don't have the form or don't remember if you turned it in, please contact your child's homeroom teacher to get another copy.

 

We are responsible third graders and keep track of assignments with planners

We will be using daily planners in each of our classes this year.  Your child puts important information into their own planner each day during class.  If you are interested in what he/she worked on each day, or what homework might be due, please ask your child to see the planner pages for this week.  There shouldn't be any blank boxes in the planner after this week, so if you see some, ask your third grader what should have been put in the box.

 

Daily schedules

In third grade, the students rotate between the different classrooms for math, literacy, science, and history, as well as specials.  So your child will have classes with at least three of the third grade teachers, and possibly all four of us.  Your child's daily schedule is attached to the back cover of their planner if you are interested in seeing what classes he/she goes to each day.  

 

Important student uniform reminders

  • Students MUST wear approved Dennis/Tommy Hilfiger Uniform shorts, pants, and tops.

 

  • Elementary Students MUST wear (Monday – Thursday) an American Academy Dennis sweatshirt if they want to wear a sweatshirt in their classroom.

 

  • Middle School Students are allowed to wear any American Academy sweatshirt throughout the week. The sweatshirt MUST be from Dennis/Tommy Hilfiger, the spirit wear store, or a school sanctioned trip that the host company sells a sweatshirt for (i.e. Nature Bridge).

 

  • Students MUST bring a change of shoes to wear throughout the day when they enter the building in snow boots.  Students will be asked to call home if they do not have a change of shoes.

 

  • Students are NOT allowed to wear long-sleeved undershirts under their American Academy short-sleeved uniform shirt.


  • On dress-of-choice days, students MUST follow the guidelines of the uniform policy. Students cannot wear tank tops or any shirt that does not cover the shoulders. Students CANNOT wear jeans with holes of any sort (even ones with material behind them) and shorts/skirts MUST extend past their fingertips.


  • On dress-of-choice days, students who choose to wear leggings MUST have shirts that are the length of their fingertips when their arms are placed down at their side.


  • Students are NOT allowed to wear smart watches, including Fit Bit, Gizmo, Apple, Garmin, etc.


  • Students are NOT allowed to wear shoes that light up.


  • Students CANNOT have any colored hair dye in their hair. We understand that some sports teams have their players color their hair to rally for a big game; please be sure to have this dye washed out by the next school day.


  • MAKE-UP: Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls may wear lightly-applied mascara (brown or black), blush (pale neutral or pale pink), and lip-gloss (clear or pale pink).

 

Students who arrive at school outside of uniform will be asked to call home for the appropriate attire.

 

Specials Information

MB Elementary Music News | Mr. Richardson

MB Elementary PE News | Ms. Bauer

MB Elementary Tech News | Mrs. Brown

MB Elementary Art News | Mrs. Strobel    

 

American Academy 3rd-grade families, are you ready to embark on a journey of creativity, self-expression, and pure joy? Look no further than American Academy Performing Arts! Whether you have a passion for singing, dancing, acting, or all of the above, our vibrant and dynamic programs have something for everyone. It's time to embrace your inner performer and let your talents shine.

 

💃 Intermediate Musical Theater Dance: Move to the Rhythm of Your Heart 💃

Do your feet start tapping when you hear music? Our Dance Program offers a variety of styles, ensuring there's something to suit every dancer's passion. Get ready to groove, express yourself through movement, and become the dancer you've always wanted to be. You can sign up for Intermediate Musical Theater Dance on the school store. (Grades 2+)

 

🎭 Rebel Drama: Unleash Your Acting Prowess 🎭

Lights, camera, action! Our Drama Program is where budding actors and actresses come to life. Learn the art of stagecraft, character development, and improvisation. Join us and bring your favorite stories to life through the magic of theater. Learn more and sign up for Rebel Drama on the school store. (Grades K+)

 

🎶 Rebel Choir: Harmonize with Passion 🎶

Experience the joy of singing harmoniously with others in our Rebel Choir Program. Discover the beauty of choral music and the power of collective voices. Join our Rebel Choir, and you'll find your voice and make lifelong friends in the process. (Grades K+)

 

🎄A Christmas Carol: The Musical" We are excited about our fall musical, A Christmas Carol. Auditions are September 7, 2023. Sign up today! (Grades K+) 🎄

 

Head over to our school store and reserve your spot today! Don't hesitate to contact our AAPA manager, Jeremi Richardson, at [email protected] with any questions.
  

Weekly Plans

Below you will find what each teacher/subject is focusing on. 

Responsive Classroom: During Responsive Classroom this week, we focused on learning the character traits and manners through role playing.  We also spent time getting to know classmates.  Next week, we will begin working on executive functioning skills.

3rd Grade Math: We have finished the beginning of the year testing and have been working through our chapter on Geometry.  Students will be learning about naming lines, identifying angles, and various types of quadrilaterals and triangles.

Granger/Newman/Pumphrey Literacy: We have completed the beginning of the year testing and are working on our first unit: Class Tales. Over the next couple of weeks, we are reading The Wind in the Willows and diving into bits of other classics like Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp and Alice in Wonderland. We will also be reviewing the writing process. 

Shaw Science: We have completed our beginning of year test. This week we will define engineering problems and problem solve to design irrigation plans to keep plants watered during a two-week school break through hands-on exploration. 

Thielk History: We have taken our vocabulary quiz and the students all did an excellent job on their first quiz in history. We learned all about the features of maps this week and next week we will be going into United States geography and state shapes. 

Thielk Accelerated Math: We have started our first chapter on place value of numbers. On Monday we will be taking our vocabulary quiz. We will also finish this chapter next week and take the chapter test as well.

 

 

Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Granger

Ms. Newman

Ms. Pumphrey

Ms. Shaw

Ms. Thielk

 

 

 

Upcoming Events     

 

September 4

Labor Day – No School

September 7

Back to School Night

September 22

Teacher Work Day – No School

October 11 and 12

Conferences



 

Friday, August 25, 2023

 

Dear Third Grade Families,

Welcome back!  We have had a great week to kick off the year as the kids seem very excited to get to work.  So far they have been a great bunch to get to know, and we are excited to see what we can accomplish with them this year.  This is the first newsletter of our weekly offering (every other week starting January) where we will be giving you important information from the past week as well as the weeks to come. 

 

What we did this week

We had a great week and are so excited for how amazing this year will be, for your child as well as the teachers.  We introduced the class schedules and began rotating to classes on Tuesday. Speak with your student to find out all of the things they learned this week, and ask them what they think about getting to visit all the classrooms.

 

Back to School Night

We will be sharing a PowerPoint presentation with you on Thursday, September 7, to give you some insight on what is going on in third grade, including walking through their daily schedule so you get to meet each teacher.  Watch for further details.

 

Cell Phones/SmartWatches

Make sure if your student brings a cell phone or SmartWatch to school for communication to let them know they must be powered off and in their backpack from 7:35 - 3:35.

 

Snacks

Make sure to send your students with two snacks each day.  We do snack in the morning as well as in the afternoon. Please make sure these snacks do not contain any kind of nuts, including Nutella.  We have multiple life threatening nut allergies in the grade and want to keep our students safe.  

 

SchoolHero

We will be utilizing SchoolHero this year to reward and remind kids about behavior choices.  Each week your child will be given a paycheck with the prior week's earnings, and be able to purchase reward certificates throughout the year.  Next week, we will be determining what the rewards will be, so ask your child what he/she is most excited about saving Hero points to buy!

 

PG Movie permission forms

If you have not turned in your PG permission form yet, please be sure to get that to your child's homeroom teacher so we can determine who is allowed to watch PG movies.  This half-page form was provided during Open House, so, if you don't have the form or don't remember if you turned it in, please contact your child's homeroom teacher to get another copy.

 

We are responsible third graders and keep track of assignments with planners

We will be using daily planners in each of our classes this year.  Your child puts important information into their own planner each day during class.  If you are interested in what he/she worked on each day, or what homework might be due, please ask your child to see the planner pages for this week.  There shouldn't be any blank boxes in the planner after this week, so if you see some, ask your third grader what should have been put in the box.

 

Daily schedules

In third grade, the students rotate between the different classrooms for math, literacy, science, and history, as well as specials.  So your child will have classes with at least three of the third grade teachers, and possibly all four of us.  Your child's daily schedule is attached to the back cover of their planner if you are interested in seeing what classes he/she goes to each day.  

 

Important student uniform reminders

  • Students MUST wear approved Dennis/Tommy Hilfiger Uniform shorts, pants, and tops.

 

  • Elementary Students MUST wear (Monday – Thursday) an American Academy Dennis sweatshirt if they want to wear a sweatshirt in their classroom.

 

  • Middle School Students are allowed to wear any American Academy sweatshirt throughout the week. The sweatshirt MUST be from Dennis/Tommy Hilfiger, the spirit wear store, or a school sanctioned trip that the host company sells a sweatshirt for (i.e. Nature Bridge).

 

  • Students MUST bring a change of shoes to wear throughout the day when they enter the building in snow boots.  Students will be asked to call home if they do not have a change of shoes.

 

  • Students are NOT allowed to wear long-sleeved undershirts under their American Academy short-sleeved uniform shirt.


  • On dress-of-choice days, students MUST follow the guidelines of the uniform policy. Students cannot wear tank tops or any shirt that does not cover the shoulders. Students CANNOT wear jeans with holes of any sort (even ones with material behind them) and shorts/skirts MUST extend past their fingertips.


  • On dress-of-choice days, students who choose to wear leggings MUST have shirts that are the length of their fingertips when their arms are placed down at their side.


  • Students are NOT allowed to wear smart watches, including Fit Bit, Gizmo, Apple, Garmin, etc.


  • Students are NOT allowed to wear shoes that light up.


  • Students CANNOT have any colored hair dye in their hair. We understand that some sports teams have their players color their hair to rally for a big game; please be sure to have this dye washed out by the next school day.


  • MAKE-UP: Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls may wear lightly-applied mascara (brown or black), blush (pale neutral or pale pink), and lip-gloss (clear or pale pink).

 

Students who arrive at school outside of uniform will be asked to call home for the appropriate attire.

 

 

 

Specials Information

MB Elementary Music News | Mrs. Nelson

MB Elementary PE News | Ms. Bauer

MB Elementary Tech News | Mrs. Brown

MB Elementary Art News | Mr. See    

 

American Academy 3rd-grade families, are you ready to embark on a journey of creativity, self-expression, and pure joy? Look no further than American Academy Performing Arts! Whether you have a passion for singing, dancing, acting, or all of the above, our vibrant and dynamic programs have something for everyone. It's time to embrace your inner performer and let your talents shine.

 

💃 Intermediate Musical Theater Dance: Move to the Rhythm of Your Heart 💃

Do your feet start tapping when you hear music? Our Dance Program offers a variety of styles, ensuring there's something to suit every dancer's passion. Get ready to groove, express yourself through movement, and become the dancer you've always wanted to be. You can sign up for Intermediate Musical Theater Dance on the school store. (Grades 2+)

 

🎭 Rebel Drama: Unleash Your Acting Prowess 🎭

Lights, camera, action! Our Drama Program is where budding actors and actresses come to life. Learn the art of stagecraft, character development, and improvisation. Join us and bring your favorite stories to life through the magic of theater. Learn more and sign up for Rebel Drama on the school store. (Grades K+)

 

🎶 Rebel Choir: Harmonize with Passion 🎶

Experience the joy of singing harmoniously with others in our Rebel Choir Program. Discover the beauty of choral music and the power of collective voices. Join our Rebel Choir, and you'll find your voice and make lifelong friends in the process. (Grades K+)

 

🎄A Christmas Carol: The Musical" We are excited about our fall musical, A Christmas Carol. Auditions are September 7, 2023. Sign up today! (Grades K+) 🎄

 

Head over to our school store and reserve your spot today! Don't hesitate to contact our AAPA manager, Jeremi Richardson, at [email protected] with any questions.

 


  

Weekly Plans

Below you will find what each teacher/subject is focusing on. 

Responsive Classroom: During Responsive Classroom this week, we focused on learning the character traits and manners through role playing.  We also spent time getting to know classmates.  Next week, we will begin working on executive functioning skills.

Math: We spent the week working on the beginning of the year math i-Ready diagnostic to get a gauge where the kids skills were compared to Third Grade standards.  This test was not taken for a grade, but is used to understand a starting point for our math knowledge.

Granger/Newman/Pumphrey Literacy: We have enjoyed spending the week getting to know the students.  This week, we have been working on the beginning of the year testing.  Next week, we will finish our beginning of the year testing, and we will be starting our first literacy unit, Classic Tales: The Wind in the Willows.

Shaw Science: We learned all about safety practices in the lab and in the field and then completed a quiz as a class. We also learned different safety symbols that will show up in our Hands-On Activities throughout the year. We will now begin our first unit on engineering processes. I have asked students to bring in any cardboard tubes (paper towel/toilet paper) to use for an upcoming activity.

Thielk History: We began learning about World Geography. We have learned our vocabulary words and will be having our first vocabulary quiz next week on Friday. Do not stress as we will be working on it together in class. We also will start learning features of maps in detail as well.

Thielk Accelerated Math: We have finished our iReady math testing this week. Next week we will have two more tests before we start our first chapter in the 4th grade book! Our first chapter will be over Whole Number Place Value.

 

 

Your Third Grade Team,

Ms. Granger

Ms. Newman

Ms. Pumphrey

Ms. Shaw

Ms. Thielk

 

 

 

Upcoming Events     

 

September 4

Labor Day – No School

September 7

Back to School Night

September 22

Teacher Work Day – No School

October 11 and 12

Conferences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 14, 2023


Hello Third Grader!


We hope everyone had an amazing and fun-filled summer and you are now soooooo excited to come back to school, because we are ecstatic to see you all.


You are in your last week of fun in the sun before school starts, so we hope you get everything done that you planned for your summer.  Be sure to remember all the amazing details as we will be sharing our most fantastic summer activities when we get back to school.


Our first day of school for this year will be next Monday, August 21, but we will get to see you and meet you before then.  We have our open house this Thursday, August 17.  This is where you get to bring in all your new school supplies and drop them off and say “hi” to your new teachers, and see what new and old friends are in your class this year. 


So, your first official “assignment” of third grade is to stop by and say ‘hi’ and drop off your supplies sometime between 4:30 and 6:00 pm on Thursday. That’s all you have to do on Thursday since we will be unpacking our supplies and putting them up on Monday during school.


If you haven’t gotten your school supplies yet, you can get the list on the AA website, under Quicklinks/Parents/School Supplies.


We are going to have a great year in third grade, so we can’t wait to get started.  If you have any questions that can’t wait until Thursday, please feel free to send your homeroom teacher an email, as we love to hear from our kids and their parents.  


See you soon,


Your Third Grade Team:

Ms. Granger

Ms. Newman

Ms. Pumphrey

Ms. Shaw

Ms. Thielk