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

Susan Morris
Sunho Bae

Upcoming Events

Nov. 16: Science Fun for Everyone (at Rashkis)

Dec. 5: Science Fun for Everyone (at Rashkis)

Feb. 7: Ackland Art Museum 9:30-11:30 (Nelson/Sinclair)

Feb. 9: Ackland Art Museum 9:30-11:30 (Langrall/Robertson)

May 3: Botanical Gardens 9:30-11:30 (Nelson/Sinclair)

May 4: Botanical Gardens 9:30-11:30 (Langrall/Robertson)

May 10: Ackland Art Museum 9:30-11:30 (Langrall/Robertson)

May 11: Ackland Art Museum 9:30-11:30 (Nelson/Sinclair)

Rashkis Calendar

Third Grade News

December 1, 2017

We hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. Winter break is just around the corner!

We are almost halfway through the second quarter. Progress reports go home on Friday, December 8th. Please discuss your child’s progress report with him/her, sign the bottom, and return the bottom portion. You can keep the progress report.

Traditional Literature is our current reading unit of study.  Mrs. Leggette introduced the genre by teaching students characteristics of Fables, Folktales, Tall Tales, Fairy Tales, and Myths. She shared examples of each. Students are reading numerous stories from each of those genres. We are retelling stories, identifying the central message, and describing the characters in the stories. When reading or watching movies with your child, discuss the character, setting, plot, and lesson the character learned. Ask your child to retell the story, including important details from the beginning, middle, and end.

In writing, students are continuing to work hard to develop convincing opinion essays. Over the next few weeks, students will gather evidence and examples to support their reasons by reflecting on experiences from their own lives and creating and conducting surveys and interviews. Students will also include transition words to connect their ideas (first, next, for example, additionally, etc.) and powerful hooks and conclusions to make their essays effective. Ask your child what the topic is for his/her opinion essay. Discuss your child’s reasons and examples. Many of you may be persuaded to increase your child’s allowance, buy a dog, or increase screen time!

For the next few weeks in math, we will focus on division and review multiplication. Please have your child continue practicing the multiplication facts through 12’s during winter break. Our goal is to have them memorized over the next few months. The goal for third graders is to answer 20 multiplication facts in 1 minute. Memorizing multiplication facts will also help with division. Even though we will focus on understanding the concept and learning strategies for solving unknown division problems, we also want students to be able to use their multiplication knowledge to help them solve division problems quickly. The following strategies are being covered in our study of division: draw a picture, lasso, skip counting songs/touch math, and use a multiplication fact or fact families. We will revisit skip counting songs as it relates to division. If your child has not memorized the multiplication facts yet, the skip counting strategy will be helpful.

In science, Ms. Langrall’s and Mrs. Nelson’s students have been studying the muscular and skeletal systems. We started off learning the three main functions of our skeletal system: support/gives us shape, protects our soft parts, and allows movement. We learned that there are 60 bones in our arms/hands, 60 bones in our legs/feet, 60 bones in our torso, and 26 bones in our head (206 bones in all)! During this unit, we will also be learning about three types of joints in our body: ball and socket, hinge, and gliding. Many of the joints in our body work like mechanical devices found in everyday places. We will construct a leg model, attaching paper clips and rubber bands to simulate what happens with our muscles when we move. In this unit we will also dissect owl pellets, which is always a big hit!

Students will participate in another in school Science Fun for Everyone trip next Tuesday, December 5th.  This session is called Skin-n-Bones and will allow students to get the “Bare Bone Facts” about the skeletal and muscular systems on this anatomical adventure. They will put on surgical gloves and have a hands-on look at REAL animal hearts, kidneys, eyeballs and more!

Ms. Robertson’s and Mrs. Sinclair’s students are exploring Earth’s landforms and water features. We started off by learning the 6 main landforms found on Earth: Mountains, Islands, Volcanoes, Canyons, Caves, and Valleys. Students will learn about the characteristics of each landform, the plants and animals that call each landform home, and will compare and contrast all 6. We will also learn about the landforms found in North Carolina. If you or your family have visited any of the landforms mentioned, please share pictures and discuss them with your child! They may share some information you did not know!

Students in all classes will soon switch teachers to learn about the other Science topic!

Now that winter is approaching, please take note of the daily temperature. We go outside everyday after lunch, unless it is raining or frigid. If your child does not want to wear a coat to school on cold days, please remind him/her that they will most likely be outside for 30 minutes and may need a coat.

News from our School Social Worker:

Student Ambassadors will be collecting donations of nonperishable and canned food items for TABLE/Rashkis Adopt-A-Bag the week of December 4-8

The class that brings the highest ratio of donations per student between December 4-8 will earn the opportunity to help make the bags of food that are given to families for winter break. Remind your children to have what they donate counted towards their class total. Please, no glass, expired, or perishable items. Thank you so much!!!

Gifted Information:

  • District-wide LEAP Parent Information Session - December 5, 2017; Smith Middle School Auditorium 6:30-7:30 P.M.

  • All Grades 3-7 Gifted/LEAP nominations for students enrolled in CHCCS are due to the School Gifted Education Specialist (Kristy Cossett)- December 21, 2017

  • Gifted Assessments including aptitude and achievement testing - Jan-March, 2018

Click HERE to access the CHCCS gifted nomination form. Please contact Kristy Cossett ( with any questions.

Box Tops for Education...

Hopefully you have been saving Box Tops all summer and now is the time to send them in.  Our goal this year is to raise $2000.  That's 20,000 box tops, so lets get clipping!!  Box tops can be found on Hanes apparel, Nature Valley products, Annie's products, Ziplock, Lysol, Larabar, Motts, Totino's Pizza, Ocean Spray, Boise office supplies, Land-O-Lakes, Betty Crocker, Old El Paso, Reynolds wraps, Progresso soups, Kleenex, Scotts brands, Hefty, Fiber One, Green Giant, Yoplait, Pillsbury,and General Mills Cereals! The class that turns in the most box tops for the year will win a MAGIC SHOW for their class.  If you want to see our progress it can be viewed at:  Simply create a log in and choose our school to view the latest progress toward our goal.  You can also register to win bonus box tops for our school.  If you have any questions, please contact Raquel Characklis at

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: