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

Susan Morris
Kit Thorburn
Jane Rankin
Ashley Swepson

Upcoming Events

May 26: Ms. Robertson's and Ms. Langrall's classes visit the Botanical Gardens

May 31: Reading EOG

June 1: Math EOG

June 9: Last day of school (Dismiss at 12:30)

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Third Grade News

May 19, 2017

We enjoyed our colder-than-usual Field Day last Friday! Thank you to all of our hard-working volunteers who made the day possible!

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.” Please encourage your child to use these test taking strategies when completing their nightly reading homework.

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.

In math, we are studying geometry. Quadrilaterals are a major focus in our curriculum. Discuss with your child attributes of the following quadrilaterals: squares, rectangles, trapezoids, parallelograms, and rhombuses. We have also been spending time revisiting major math units, like multiplication, division, and fractions to prepare for the Math EOG.

Over the next few weeks, Ms. Langrall’s and Mrs. Nelson’s classes will be studying soil in science. During this unit, we will be looking at different types of soil, analyzing the components of soil, and conducting 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 will focus 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!

Ms. Langrall’s and Ms. Robertson’s classes will visit the Botanical Garden on Friday, May 26th. We will learn about the plants and soils in the different regions of North Carolina. We will return to Rashkis by 11:15 and plan to eat lunch at our normally scheduled time. Please have your child dress for the weather. We will be walking outside from 10:00-11:00. Mosquitoes have been rather pesky in the past. If it’s not too hot, your child may be more comfortable wearing long pants.

Students will be testing on Wednesday, May 31 (Reading) and Thursday, June 1 (Math). Please make sure your child is on time for school.  We start all testing first thing in the morning around 8:15. Also send your child with a jacket/sweatshirt as our classrooms tend to get chilly with the air conditioning. 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 Thursday, as testing will go until around 11:30 those days. Please make sure your child has a healthy snack.

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 eBooks 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 Minton at or 919-918-2160 ext. 22406. Happy reading!

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 31)

Please have your child to school on time, as testing will begin at 8:10am.

Math EOG Tests

(June 1)

Please have your child to school on time, as testing will begin at 8:10am.

Last Day of School

(June 9)

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: