The Third Grade Team!
Alice Langrall
Claire Nelson
Katelyn Robertson
Kelly Sinclair

Susan Morris
Sunho Bae

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May 30: Reading End of Grade Test

June 1: Math End of Grade Test 

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Third Grade News

May 25, 2018

We cannot believe the EOGs and end of the school year are just around the corner! We have enjoyed teaching and spending the year with your child. Thank you for all your support this year!

In reading, we are continuing to review reading skills and prepare for the End of Grade (EOG) reading test. Each day, we focus on a test-taking strategy and apply it to a reading passage while reviewing an important reading skill. One favorite Test Taking Strategy is TPBII. It is a preview strategy we often use to help us get the gist of a story before reading it. (T=title, P=picture, B=bolded words, I=introduction, and I=italics) Students have also practiced reading the questions before reading the passage. They know to annotate the passage while they read to stay engaged with the text. We have also reminded students that it is important to read all 4 answer choices when taking a multiple choice test. They should eliminate wrong answers to help them find the correct answer. That strategy is called “Slash the Trash.”

In writing this week, students are publishing and sharing their country research using Google Presentations. Students used nonfiction text features to help with their research and to enhance their presentations (photographs, maps, captions, illustrations, diagrams, etc.). We have enjoyed learning about many countries from each other.

Ms. Langrall’s and Mrs. Nelson’s classes are wrapping up our study of soil in science. During this unit, we looked at different types of soil, analyzed the components of soil, and conducted numerous experiments: testing soil for its capacity to hold water and growing plants in the different types of soil to see which works best. Talk with your child about what type of soil is in your yard. It might be: sand, humus, clay, or a combination (loam). Ms. Robertson’s and Mrs. Sinclair’s classes are focusing on why plants are important, the plant parts and their purpose, and how plants adapt to different environments. During our plant unit, you may want to visit the Eno River, Duke Gardens, or the Botanical Gardens. All are open on weekends and are free!

EOG Reminders:

  • Reading EOG: Wednesday, May 30 from 8:00 am-11:30 am

  • Math EOG: Friday, June 1 from 8:00 am-11:30 am

    • Please make sure your child is on time for school.  

  • Your child may want to bring a jacket/sweatshirt as our classrooms tend to get chilly.

  • Make sure your child goes to bed on time and eats a good breakfast. Students will eat their snack first thing in the morning on Wednesday and Friday. Please make sure your child has a healthy snack.

  • Students who finish testing early can read. They are welcome to bring books from home (no text books or activity books, though).

  • Students may not have electronic devices during testing, which includes Fitbits or digital watches. If your child has a Fitbit or digital watch, please have him/her leave it at home on testing days.

  • Two adults are assigned to each classroom. If you would like to proctor (be the second adult), please sign up on this link:

With all that said, we also need to keep things in perspective. Students have worked very hard this year and will put forth their best effort on their EOGs. However, we also remind students that we are in school for 180 days. They are so much more than a test score! This video link reiterates that message:

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has released sample questions for each grade level in reading and math. If you would like to see the types of passages your child will be reading and questions he/she will be answering during the End of Grade tests (EOGs), click on the links: (the Math test is printable but the Reading test is not).



Each of our EOG tests will last about 180 minutes, about 50 questions for each test. Also, if you click on the Parent Tab from the Third Grade Webpage, you will see the breakdown by percentage of the types of questions that are on the 3rd grade Math EOG.

Although our school library will be closed for the summer, we have a multitude of electronic books available to keep your kids reading during those hot summer months! All you need is a computer or electronic device and an internet connection and you and your kids can read eBooks from the comfort of your own home. Please visit the Books Online page on our library website for information on accessing eBooks through FollettShelf, Mackin Via, and NC Wiseowl.

Raz-Kids will also be available during the summer months. If you have any questions about eBooks, contact Courtney Leggette at or 919-918-2160 ext. 22406. Happy reading!

On Tuesday, students learned about the Summer Reading Program at the Chapel Hill Public Library. They offer an exciting summer reading program as well as numerous activities to take advantage of during the summer. For more information visit:

Barnes and Noble also offers a summer reading incentive program. If your child reads 8 books, he/she can record it on a reading log and bring it to their local Barnes and Noble to earn a free book! The reading log is accessible from this link:

Important Upcoming Dates:

Reading EOG Test

(May 30)

Please have your child to school on time, as testing will begin at 8:00am.

Math EOG Tests

(June 1)

Please have your child to school on time, as testing will begin at 8:00am.

Last Day of School

(June 8)

School will dismiss at 12:30 (2 hour early dismissal).

Ways You Can Help

Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education is a FREE, fundraising program that raised a lot of money for Rashkis last year. Rashkis' students collect pink Box Tops logos, each worth $0.10. (While the value sounds small, they do add up quickly). The Box Tops logos are found on many products in grocery and office supply stores. Look for Box Tops on Cheerios, Green Giant frozen foods, Avery Office products, Kleenex tissue, Glad trash bags, Betty Crocker meals and sides, Pillsbury refrigerated items, Yoplait yogurts, Ziploc storage items, and more. The classroom competition has begun! The PTA will reward the class with the most Box Tops. Please contact friends and family to help collect Box Tops for Education. To earn extra money for Rashkis, shop online at There are classroom prizes throughout the year!


Now there's a great way parents and teachers can work together to keep classrooms stocked all year long. In addition to the 5% back in rewards all members earn, parents can now earn extra rewards for the teacher of their choice with the Reward A Classroom program. Here's what teachers get when parents shop:

  • 2% back in rewards on everything, excluding postage, phone/gift cards and savings passes
  • 5% back in rewards on every Copy & Print purchase

Teachers can earn up to $50 from as many as 40 parents each year. That's as much as $2,000 back in rewards every year. Visit Staples-Reward a Classroom for more information.

Relink your Harris Teeter VIC card. The number for Rashkis is 5357.  This is an easy and great way to help raise money for Rashkis. Any time you purchase a Harris Teeter brand product, a percentage of that purchase is given to Rashkis.

Volunteer Spot
We have some exciting news about volunteering at Rashkis!  Our School Improvement Team has created a plan for utilizing all of our parent volunteers more efficiently.  Each week, an email is sent out with a link to a website called Volunteer Spot, which lists all volunteer opportunities currently at Rashkis.  The most exciting part of this is that parents can volunteer throughout the school, not just in their own child's classroom. At Rashkis, we have a philosophy when talking about our students: They are all our children.  It is our hope that parents also adopt this philosophy and become more comfortable helping out in classrooms throughout the school with teachers and students they may not know well. The website lists opportunities to work in the classroom with children as well as chances to send in items a classroom or grade level may be seeking.  We have such a wonderful community of parents at Rashkis already and we are confident this new way of organizing our volunteers will continue to build on the positive climate which already exists.  If you are interested in checking out the current volunteer opportunities, visit this website: