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Mr. Eames - Grade 3

School Administrative Unit #7 Mission Statement

To prepare every SAU #7 student for success in whatever path they choose.

I would like to extend a belated thank you to all of the third grade families, parents, and friends

who came for the CES Parent Information/Open House night on Thursday, September 7, 2018. 

I am pleased to report that seven out of nine families were able to attend the hour long event. 

(This gave 3E a 78% attendance rate with the overall attendance rate of 80% for the entire third grade.)

The hour flew by for me as it was a very pleasant and interactive evening with the parents sharing

lots of information about their third grade child and the workings of my third grade classroom.


If you were unable to attend on Thursday, September 7, 2018, please do not hesitate to contact

me via one of the ways listed on the parent magnet mailed to all of the third grade families in

Mr. Eames's homeroom.  It would be my pleasure to schedule a time to meet at your convenience.  Thank you!

Week of September 17—21, 2018

I respectfully request that all third grade students plan to arrive in the classroom at 7:55 a.m. daily.  This will allow all students the opportunity to unpack their backpacks, read the daily morning message; and prepare/organize for the official start of their day at 8:10 a.m.  Your cooperation with this request is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

I would like to remind all third grade parents that in order to be in compliance with the Colebrook Elementary School Handbook, written notes (explaining the absence) are required to be sent in with all students when they return from an absence from school.  Your diligent cooperation with this matter is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

I would also like to remind all third grade parents that I would greatly appreciate your child's assignment book being signed on a nightly basis.  Your diligent cooperation with this is also greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

I would like to encourage all third grade students to wear appropriate attire on a daily basis for outside recess (11:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.) as we endure the fluctuating weather.

The following topics are planned to be covered in third grade.  (Please note that plans are subject to change without notice based on student interest/need.)

Spelling – Unit 2 – "Plurals -s, -es, and -ies" [Unit 2 words include . . . pennies; inches; plants; families; bodies; glasses; wishes; pockets; lists; copies; parties; bunches; crashes; supplies; and pencils.  Unit 2 challenge words include . . . accidents; libraries; mysteries; carpenters; and merchants.]  (The spelling test for Unit 2 will be given on Friday, September 21, 2018.)


Math – Review of addition and subtraction; properties of addition; and fact families  [All third grade students need daily practice with all basic addition and subtraction facts.  According to former CES math consultant, Professor Mahesh Sharma, a student knows the math fact if he or she is able to recall the math fact in three seconds or less.]

Reading/Language Arts  Story – What About Me? by Ed Young (Genre – Fable)/Skills – Sequence; Subjects and Predicates; Compound Words; and ABC Order/Vocabulary (carpenter; carpetmaker; knowledge; marketplace; merchant; plenty; straying; and thread)

All third grade students are encouraged to read twenty minutes each night (Monday—Thursday) and record their time on the "Third Grade Reading Log" calendar in the blue homework folder for the month of September.  All students who participate in this reading incentive will be awarded at the end of the month.  The reading goal for the month of September is to read (or read to someone) sixteen times.  Good luck!

Social Studies/Science – Teacher reading of the picture book entitled, We the People:The Story of Our Constitution written by Lynne Cheney with paintings by Greg Harlin; U.S. Constitution unit; Scholastic News "Koala Care" (Topics include: (a) "Koala Care"; (b) "A National Treasure" (U.S. Constitution); (c) "Bees in Space"

Beginning with the 2016—2017 school year, Colebrook Elementary School is continuing the school-wide behavioral initiative known as Positive Interventions and Supports which is better known by the students as STARR (Safety; Tolerance/Acceptance; Responsibility; and Respect).  The behavior matrix for the Be a "STARR" in the Classroom is below.






Four on the floor

plus two.

Give and receive positive/

constructive feedback.

Be attentive and prepared.

Listen when others are speaking.

Use all materials/

equipment safely.

Be accepting of different learning styles.

Complete daily/

homework assignments.

Respect the differences and opinions of others.

Follow classroom rules.

Accept that we learn by mistakes.

Clean up after yourself.

Respect individuality.

In addition to the behavior matrix for the classroom, students are also reviewing behavior matrices for the hallway, bathrooms, cafeteria, playground, and bus.  These matrices will be reviewed periodically throughout the entire school year.  The behavior matrix for the Be a Colebrook Elementary School "STARR" is below.











Four on the floor plus two. 

Use all materials/equipment safely.

Follow classroom rules.

Walk slowly and to the right.

Do not open entry doors for anyone!

Use soap and water for hand washing.  

Keep water in the sink.


Receive permission before leaving the cafeteria.  

Use utensils appropriately.  

 Do not share food due to allergies.

Use equipment properly.

Up ladders, down slides!

Sticks stay on the ground (rocks, snow, mulch).

Sit and stay seated.  

Hands and feet to yourself.  

Keep aisle clear!




Give and receive positive/constructive feedback.

Be accepting of different learning styles. 

Accept that we learn by our mistakes.

Be aware of your surroundings.  

Accommodate the needs of others.


Be patient with others who may need to spend more time using the bathroom.

Respect other students’ privacy and space.

Be polite to those eating around you.

Allow anyone to sit next to you.

Try your food before you toss it!

Include everyone.  

Wait patiently for your turn.

Try new games and play with new friends.


Share your seat.  

Be tolerant of other passengers.

Be patient waiting for your stop.



Be attentive and prepared.

Complete daily/homework assignments.  

Clean up after yourself.

Keep hallway clean!  

Tell an adult of safety issues.


Flush the toilet!

If a toilet or sink is not working, tell an adult so that it can be fixed.

Clean up after yourself.  

Empty trays/utensils in proper locations.  

Use your time wisely.

Use appropriate language.

Take turns.

Respect others’ space (hands/feet to yourself).


Keep the bus clean.  

Be on time!

Board your own bus unless you have a note.



Listen when others are speaking.  

Respect the differences and opinions of others.  

Respect individuality.

Keep hands/feet off walls and students’ work.  

Inside voices.  

Be aware of classes in session.

Place used paper towel in the trash.  

Use only as much paper towel/toilet paper as you need.

Manners matter, in and out of the kitchen.  

Use indoor voices.  

Raise hand for help.

Dress for the weather.  Return equipment.  

Listen and follow adult directions.


Quiet voices.  

Thank your driver.

Be mindful/helpful to younger riders.


Other school-wide initiatives for the 2018—2019 school year continue to include Responsive Classroom, Playworks, and Study Island.  The following links have been provided for your information regarding these additional school-wide initiatives.

Responsive Classroom ~ https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/about/

Playworks ~ http://www.playworks.org/about

Study Island ~ https://www.studyisland.com/about

The daily specials schedule is below.







12:30—1:15 p.m.

(with Mrs. Parker)

Wear sneakers!


8:10—8:55 a.m.

(with Ms. Pearson)


1:30—2:00 p.m.

(with Mrs. Daley)

Remember library books!


10:30—11:15 a.m.

(with Mrs. Parker)

Wear sneakers!


and Coding

12:30—1:15 p.m.

(with Ms. Hall)



12:30—1:15 p.m.

(with Mrs. Johnsen)



 Friday, September 21, 2018 –

¨ Annual Community Carnival ~ CES Gymnasium Parking Lot ~ 3:30—5:00 p.m. (Tickets will be twenty-five cents each or five tickets for one dollar.)  All monies raised during this event support individual grade level class treasuries.

Friday, September 28, 2018 –

¨ First quarter progress reports will only be sent home with the students who are failing or in danger of failing a subject.

 Monday, October 1, 2018

¨ CES School Picture Day ~ All homerooms are scheduled to have individual student pictures and a class picture taken.  Students purchasing school pictures are to bring their completed school picture envelope and payment.  All students are asked to dress accordingly as individual student pictures will be taken for the cumulative records in the Main Office and as well as the class picture.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 –

¨ Early Release Day #1 ~ 12:00 p.m. Student Dismissal 


Friday, October 5, 2018 –

¨ NO SCHOOL ~ SAU #7-Wide Administrative Day