Dear 3rd Grade Parents,

Welcome to 3rd grade! My name is Quinn Murray, the 3rd grade teacher and I am delighted to welcome you and your child to my classroom this year. This is my 4th year teaching at St. Johns, and I have many interesting and fun things planned for this year.  

I am looking forward to getting to know each student, their talents, interests and struggles. There are a lot of new things that happen in 3rd grade including cursive, typing, multiplication and division, science, book clubs, and projects. Starting in January, we will have monthly projects.  These projects will be book reports as well as other projects (Portland Bridges and Iditarod). It will be a challenging and busy year. Along with the academics, I want to ensure that our 3rd graders learn problem solving skills, conflict resolution and empathy towards others along with many other social skills that will be helpful as they grow into wonderful people. I am looking forward to a very successful year and I know you are too. I have high expectations for your child and I will do all that I can to help your child achieve our goals.

Throughout the year, I welcome you to reach out to me with any questions, concerns or suggestions that will help me and your child, as I will do the same. School/home communication is a big part of your child's success and I will try to keep those lines of communication as open as possible. Each day your child will bring home a planner that has their assignments written in it, which will usually be read 20 minutes, a spelling/grammar page, and a math sheet. The best way to reach me would be via email at or by popping in before or after school. Or you can schedule a meeting if there is anything you would like to discuss about your child.  We also have a class website that you can get to through the school website or a link at the bottom of my emails. You will get more information during Back to School Night as well.

Once again, welcome to 3th grade! I know that, together, we can make this a wonderful school year! 


Quinn Murray