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Weekly Update from Mrs. Pumphrey

Dear Parents,

What a great week we’ve had in 3rd grade! It has been such a pleasure to get to know you and your children more every day!!

Save the Date:
Parent Orientation Meeting: Thursday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Important Notes:
Graded Work Folder: The first set of Graded Work will go home early next week. Please return the empty folder to school to be re-used again each week.

Labor Day: No school on Mon., Sept. 3rd

Access codes for all of our 3rd grade workbook websites:

Behavior Praises & Alerts: I have introduced students to the Behavior Alerts & Praises. Students look forward each day to the Behavior Praises and remind me if I forget! You can’t miss them because they are bright green!

Book Report: Our first book report is a fiction book and the students will be completing a Cereal Box Project. The completed project is due on Wed. Sept. 27th. Please look in your child’s Homework Folder for information about the project.

What’s Going on in our Classroom:
Reading: Last week we read A Fine, Fine, School in our reading textbook. Next week we will begin reading Frindle by Andrew Clements and completing comprehensions questions.

Writing: We have written about “Our Summer Memories”, started writing in our Writing Journal, and are working hard to complete our “All About Me” posters. In third grade we are learning to indent paragraphs.

Spelling: Our spelling words next week are hard and soft c and g words: guide, gaze, large, badge, engine, copper, lace, center, germ, gentle, piece, cellar, village, tiger, circle, Georgia, Egypt, gorilla, celery, and bridge. Test on Friday.

Vocabulary: Unit 1 words are: allow, bitter, common, faint, firm, force, goal, patient, prefer, and trace. We practice using the vocabulary words all day long through skits, conversation games, and tallying the words on the board. Visit to help your child prepare for Friday’s test.

Math: We are working on place value and learning how to read and write numbers into the millions. We have practiced writing numbers in standard form, expanded form, and word form. We will also be working on rounding numbers next week.

Grammar: We began working on Unit 1 in our Grammar Workbooks. Upcoming topics include identifying subject & predicate, compound sentences, and advanced alphabetical order. This past week we completed our first week of Mountain Language which is a wonderful way to review different concepts in grammar.

History: Students are reviewing map skills.

Science: Our first week in the lab was on Tuesday. We completed a group exercise called, “Can You Save Fred?” Our first unit of study is Properties of Matter and we have already been in the Beaker, Jr.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Welcome Back to Wood Acres!

Greetings! I can’t believe that the long, lazy summer days are almost over, and that school is literally around the corner! I am looking forward to a terrific 3rd grade year, and meeting all of you very soon!

Meet and Greet is this Sunday, Aug. 11th from 2-4p.m. Please feel free to stop by any time to visit your classroom, visit with new and old friends and teachers, and meet me!

The 8th grade will be selling water and ice cream, so bring some cash and enjoy the treats.

Until then,
Mrs. Pumphrey


It’s time to begin a new school year. Whether you are a new family or a legacy one, we warmly welcome you to this special community that is Wood Acres. You are an important part of our 50th school year and we cannot wait to celebrate with you!

This blog is where you will find all kinds of information from your teachers and we hope you will visit it often. Please mark your calendars for these important upcoming dates:

• School Forms Due – Thursday, August 1
Student Profile 2019-2020
Tree House Parent School Agreement 2019-2020
Publicity Release 2019-2020
Authorization for Medication (If applicable) 2019-2020
Updated Immunization Form (Form 3231 from your doctor)

• Meet and Greet – Sunday, August 11
Drop in anytime from 2 – 4 pm.
Visit your child’s classroom, meet the teachers, collect supplies, and stop by the office to say hello.
Purchase ice cream, water, and spirit wear under the portico by the main office to raise money for the 8th grade capstone Spain adventure. Don’t miss it!

• First Day of School – Monday, August 12
Car lines open at the following times and our wonderful teaching assistants will help your children from the car and into the classroom.
 Kindergarten – 8:35 am
 1st – 3rd grade – 8:20 am
 4th grade – 8:20 am
 5th grade – 7:45 am
Please drop off 4th and 5th graders in front of the main office so that a member of our office team may great them as they make their way to Turner Hall. This is an important year for growing independence and we want to work with you to support that independence in your children.

We are happy for you to walk your child to his/her classroom on the first day. Please keep in mind that it important to be consistent with your drop off routine.

Morning Tree House is available at 7:00 am on the first day if you have pre-registered. You will need to walk your child inside to attend Tree House. Tree House will be located in the Few Cottage.

• 3rd – 5th grade Parent Orientation Meeting – Thursday, August 22
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Parent night is a night for parents to learn more about curriculum, ask questions, and sign up to volunteer.

• K – 2nd grade Parent Orientation Meeting – Tuesday, August 27
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Parent night is a night for parents to learn more about curriculum, ask questions, and sign up to volunteer.

Thank you for your attention to all of this and for choosing Wood Acres as your child’s academic home.

We are so glad you are here and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Weekly Update from Mrs. Pumphrey

Dear Parents,

We are at the midway point of the second quarter, and my goal is to speak with each of you personally by phone or in person this weekend, so that we can touch base regarding your child’s progress. We are currently writing most assignments in cursive, and there have been some growing pains. I assure you that growing pains pass. Overall, we are making good progress, and I have been able to add an additional unit of study in history because your children are doing so well. I look forward to speaking with all of you soon. Please read on to see what is in store next week.

Save the Date:
Dec. 7th: Mystery Sandwich Book Report due in cursive

Dec. 13th: WA Band & Chrome Concert

Dec. 17th: Tree House closes at 5:00

Dec. 19th: Third Grade Holiday Party

Dec. 20th Early 1:00 Dismissal

What’s Going on in our Classroom:
Reading: We will read a story from our Journey’s reading textbook and take a test on Friday. We will also continue to read Time For Kids and continue to work with main idea and supporting details.

Spelling: Words include: European, explorers, discovered, found, shortcut, spices, Christopher Columbus, colony, empire, Ponce de Leon, Florida, voyages, trading, fountain, youth, coast, unknown, ancient, traditions, and ceremonies.Homework due Friday.Test on Friday.

Vocabulary: Unit #9 words include: ability, avoid, bashful, brief, compete, consider, delightful, honor, reflex, and remark. Test on Friday.

Writing: We are working on a special writing project for the holidays.

Math: We will continue working on memorizing our multiplication and division facts! We are going to begin and finish a math unit on graphs before the Winter Break.

Grammar: We continue to work on verbs. Test on verbs at the end of next week.

History: Students will begin a study of early explorers.

Science: Students will begin their study of the human body. We will be working in the lab, as well as learning how to take notes. Test on the nervous system on Tuesday, Dec. 11th. We will use our notes as a study guide.

As always, if you have any questions please contact me.

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Update from Mrs. Pumphrey

Dear Parents,

As we enter the month of November, with our sights on Thanksgiving and the Winter Holiday, school seems at its busiest with learning and activities. I tell the children, one thing at a time, each thing to be enjoyed and savored. With tests, projects, and homework, please help your child with organization of dates and when things are due. We have a big calendar in our room, but it may be helpful to have a school calendar in some visible space like the kitchen, or mudroom, and help your child write down important dates.

Please read on for important information concerning our class.

Save the Date:
Nov. 4th: Wood Acres Open House

Nov.15th: Third grade Thanksgiving feast (Students & Teachers only)

Nov. 16th: 1:00 Dismissal. No Tree-house

Nov. 19th-Nov. 23rd: Thanksgiving Break. No School

Important Notes:
Longship Project: Due Nov. 28

Mystery Sandwich Book Report: Due on Dec. 7th. Must be written in cursive.

Thank You: To parents who helped out with pajama and movie day! The hot chocolate and donuts were a big success!

MUST Ministry: Third grade is collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items in the Madison Cottage. We will begin collecting items Nov. 5th and end on Nov. 16th. Thank you for your support.

What’s Going on in our Classroom:
Reading: We are nearing the end of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Two more chapters, a quiz, a test, and a final project to be completed next week!

Spelling: Words include: Thanksgiving, November, celebrate, feast, turkey, grateful, delicious, Thursday, cranberry, tradition, potatoes, harvest, cornucopia, gravy, stuffing, Native Americans, pumpkin pie, gobble, family, and bread Homework due Friday.Test on Friday.

Vocabulary: We are taking a break from vocabulary next week.

Math: We are working on our 6’s, 7’s, 8’s and 9’s time tables next week. Please practice math facts every evening with your child!

Grammar: Next week we will turn our attention to linking and helping verbs.

Writing: We are researching and writing about the Vikings.

History: Test over the Vikings on Wed. Nov. 14th. Please use the blue history folder and book to assist with studying.

Science: We are finishing up our experiments on buoyancy.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

weekly Update from Mrs. Pumphrey

Save the Date:

Oct. 15th-19th-Book Fair

Oct. 23rd: Report Cards go home

Oct. 25th: Fall scavenger hunt and pictures with our Book Buddies

Oct.. 31st: Halloween Pajama & Movie Day with hot chocolate & donuts

Nov. 4th: Wood Acres Open House

Nov.15th: Third grade Thanksgiving feast (Students & Teachers only)

Important Notes:
Canada Project: Due on Oct. 26th.

Halloween: Official 3rd grade pajama and movie day! Join us at 2:00 for trash patrol on the Wood Acres campus.

What’s Going on in our Classroom:
Reading: We continue reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and summarizing each and every chapter. Please stop by and take a look at our summaries at the back of our classroom.

Spelling: Words are: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and calendar. Homework due Friday.Test on Friday.

Vocabulary: We are taking a break from vocabulary this week.

Math: We are starting multiplications! Please work on math facts each night with you child!

Grammar: We are finishing up nouns. Last week we had fun writing Halloween inspired possessive nouns and illustrating them. These will be on display!

Writing: We have been writing in paragraphs in our writing journals. We are finishing up our guidebook in the computer lab.

History: We will begin our unit on the Vikings!

Science: Next week we will be in the lab working on Investigation #4, exploring the concept of weight. Then we will finish up studying properties of matter with Investigation #5 and taking a look at buoyancy.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Weekly Update from Mrs. Pumphrey

Dear Parents,

Thank you for attending conferences. I enjoyed speaking with all of you.

One of the highlights of our short week was the Cereal Box Book Report presentations today. Your children are very poised and articulate, and they all did a wonderful job of presenting. I love the fact that speaking in front of others is second nature to them.

Please read on for details about the days ahead.

Save the Date:
Oct. 3rd- Picture Day

Oct. 15th-19th-Book Fair

Oct.17th: End of 1st Quarter Grading Period

Oct. 23rd: Report Cards go home

Important Notes:
We have kicked off our campus wide Pop Tab collection for the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House. Remove the pop tabs from every aluminum can and bring them to Wood Acres. Collection houses are in every cottage, in Turner Hall, and in the office. We will be collecting the tabs through Valentine’s Day.

What’s Going on in our Classroom:
Reading: We are beginning Mr. Popper’s Penguins next week, and will work on summarizing all twenty chapters. We are also working on comprehension questions.

Spelling: Words include: aloud, allowed, grate, great, there, their, they’re, weather, whether, your, you’re, rode, rowed, road, cent, scent, sent, right, write, and which. Homework due Friday.Test on Friday.

Vocabulary: Unit #4 words include: capture, coward, exclaim, gloomy, insist, passage, restless, shallow, shatter, and talent. Test on Friday. (Don’t forget to have your child use to help with the study of Unit 4 words.)

Math: We are working on subtraction with regrouping.

Grammar: We are working on nouns.

Writing: We are beginning to write fall inspired stories, and creating a Halloween Guide Book.

History: Canada Project information went home. Project is due Oct. 26th. We will be researching in the lab next week, but it is helpful if your child knows where they want to visit before heading into the computer lab, so we can make good use of our time. This project will be completed at home.

Canada Test on Thursday, Oct. 11th. Information comes from our book and blue folders. Students will have to label the territories and provinces, although we will have a word bank

Science: We are working on Investigation #3 and learning about density.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Have a wonderful weekend!


Weekly Update from Mrs. Pumphrey

Dear Parents,

Next week is an abbreviated week due to conferences, so my weekly message will be quite brief!

Cereal Box Book reports are due Friday, Sept.28th, and the children will be presenting in class on Friday and the following Monday.
No spelling or vocabulary next week.
We finished the book, Frindle, and will be working on dictionary skills and some language arts follow up activities.
We are beginning subtraction, and continuing to work on word problems.
We are working on nouns in grammar.
Next week I will announce the dates for a history and science test.
Be on the lookout for a History Project next week as well.

Enjoy your long weekend!

Weekly Update from Mrs. Pumphrey

Save the Date:
September 21st: Constitution Day

September 24 & 25: Parent Teacher Conferences

October 3rd: Picture Day

Important Notes:
Book Report: Due Sept. 28th

What’s Going on in our Classroom:
Reading: We are reading Frindle, by Andrew Clements and paying particular attention to answering comprehension questions, and providing a proof page for our answers. Our read aloud book is, City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau.

Spelling: The words are: fancy, absorb, serious, major, blurt, purpose, according, emphasize, involve, opinion, beaker, flask, weight, density, float, sink, materials, displace, estimate, and accurate. Homework is due Friday. Test Friday.

Vocabulary: Unit 3 (pages 26-33) The words include: active, bargain, grasp, loyal, resource, sensitive, struggle, value, vary, and wander. Don’t forget to have your child use to study for the test on Friday.

Math: We are working on addition and subtraction with regrouping. We will also tackle more word problems.

Grammar: We will begin our unit on nouns and a unit on dictionary skills.

Writing: We are responding to journal questions about Frindle. Students are expected to indent their starting paragraph and write a minimum of 8-10 sentences for each response.

History: Students are learning about our neighbor to the north, Canada.

Science: We are wrapping up our investigation on volume, and will begin our exploration on density.

As always, call, text, or email me with questions. Have a great weekend!

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