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

Susan Morris
Sunho Bae

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Upcoming Events

31: Jackson Center visits Rashkis Third Graders

7: Ms. Langrall's and Ms. Robertson's Class-Jackson Center-Freedom Walk Workshop
8: Mrs. Nelson's and Mrs. Sinclair's Class-Jackson Center-Freedom Walk Workshop
21: Mrs. Nelson's and Mrs. Sinclair's Class-Ackland Art Museum
22: Ms. Langrall's and Ms. Robertson's Class-Ackland Art Museum

24: Third Graders visit the Morehead Planetarium

2: Mrs. Nelson's and Mrs. Sinclair's Class-Botanical Gardens
3: Ms. Langrall's and Ms. Robertson's Class-Botanical Gardens
16: Ms. Langrall's and Ms. Robertson's Class-Ackland Art Museum
17: Mrs. Nelson's and Mrs. Sinclair's Class-Ackland Art Museum

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March 22, 2019

It is hard to believe that spring break is here!  Where did the time go? We hope that all of our third grade families enjoy their time together until we meet again at Rashkis on April 1.

In reading we finished studying characters using the book The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo.  Lessons focused on words to describe the characters, point of view, how characters changed, connections we make to characters, lessons characters learned, and how the characters’ actions affected the plot of the story. We will begin the fourth quarter with nonfiction reading lessons in which we “travel” around the world, learning about countries and other nonfiction topics by using the text and text features to identify important points and key details of texts.

We will continue our opinion writing character study with an essay in which students will describe a character in a story, giving evidence from the text to support their thinking and explanations of how this evidence supports their trait choices.  

We will continue with our math fractions unit when we return from the break, using numberlines and other models to represent and compare fractions. All classes participated in Hands-on-Equations with our Math Specialist, Mrs. Evans.  Students used a balance model with manipulatives to learn how to solve for the unknown pieces of equations to make them equivalent. Examples of their work should come home today in their Friday Folders. Be prepared to be amazed at their success.

In science, we have started new science units. Students are thrilled to be exploring the Solar System and investigating the Earth, Moon, and Sun. This unit includes an exciting field trip to Morehead Planetarium, which will take place in April.

We are also exploring the dynamic relationship between forces and motion. We began the unit by identifying forces as pushes and pulls which impact the motion, or change in position, of things in our world. Students are exploring forces and motion concepts using Lego: Simple Machines kits. They observed how forces and motion affect wheels and axles as well as levers. We discussed how the forces of gravity and friction impact motion and how we experience these forces in our lives every day. We also did several experiments to help us understand air and water resistance. At the end of the unit, students are assigned partners and have to design a track to make their cars go the furthest and then shortest distances. They will apply all they have learned about forces to help them in their competition.  For some additional learning fun, check out Amusement Park Physics:

Important Upcoming Dates:

Field Trips:

  • Morehead Planetarium on April 24

  • Ackland Art Museum May 16 and 17

  • Botanical Gardens May 2 and May 3

Third Grade Field Day: Thursday, May 23

If you would like to volunteer at your child's field day, please send Mrs. Wood an email ( or call (ext. 22510) and let her know you are interested in helping in the morning or afternoon.  Shifts are from 8:45 - 10:45 and 10:30 - 12:30. We need volunteers to write ribbons, be judges, and run stations. No experience is required - they'll train you on the spot!

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: