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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.

Week of December 11—15, 2017

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 11 – "Contractions" [Unit 11 words include . . . let's; he'd; you'll; can't; I'd; won't; haven't; hasn't; she'd; they'll; when's; we'd; should've; wasn't; and didn't.  Unit 11 challenge words include . . . they'd; would've; could've; needn't; and you've.]  (The spelling test for Unit 11 will be given on Friday, December 15, 2017.)

Math – Estimating sums and adding 2- and 3- digit numbers  [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 – "How Do You Raise a Raisin?" written by Ron Fridell (Genre – Expository Text)/Skills – Contractions; Action and Linking Verbs/Homophones/Vocabulary (area; artificial; grapevine; preservatives; proof; raise; and raisin)

Social Studies/Science – Scholastic News (November 20, 2017) "A Pilgrim Discovery" [Topics include . . . (a) "A Pilgrim Discovery"; (b) "A New Blue"; (c) "Strange But True"; and (d) "Kid Spotlight" – Marcel Hidalgo (age 9 from Bradley Beach, New Jersey) is a talented rock guitarist who has been playing the guitar since he was four.]

Beginning with the 20162017 school year, Colebrook Elementary School 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 2017—2018 school year 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.








10:30—11:15 a.m.

(with Ms. Hall)

Remember library books!


10:35—11:20  a.m.

(with Mrs. Parker)

Wear sneakers!


9:40—10:25 a.m.

(with Mrs. Parker)

Wear sneakers!


10:35—11:20 a.m.

(with Mrs. Johnsen)


10:30—11:15 a.m.

(with Ms. Pearson)


The students will also have daily keyboarding sessions with Ms. Hall from 2:10—2:40 p.m. (Monday through Friday) in the Colebrook Elementary School Computer Lab until the end of the first quarter (Friday, November 3, 2017).

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 December.  All students who participate in this reading incentive will be awarded at the end of the month.  The reading goal for the month of December is to read (or read to someone) twelve times.  Good luck!


Friday, December 15, 2017

¨Boy/Girl gift for classroom gift exchange due today. (Price limit = $5.00)  The tag on the gift should read as follows: TO: Boy (or Girl) / FROM: Your child’s name  Any questions or concerns regarding the third grade classroom student gift exchange can be addressed with me directly at reames@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 204.


¨Signed Holiday Celebration Update notes are due today.  Any questions or concerns regarding the third grade holiday celebration can be addressed with me directly at reames@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 204.

Friday, December 22, 2017

¨Third Grade Holiday Celebration (Celebration to include a student/teacher gift exchange; viewing a holiday-themed video; and healthy snacks and drinks.)


Monday, December 25, 2017—Friday, December 29, 2017 –



Monday, January 1, 2018 –


Tuesday, January 2, 2018 –

¨CES Staff and students return to school today.

Friday, January 5, 2018 –

¨ CES School-Wide Advisory Day (10:00—10:30 a.m.)  The theme for January's advisory is collaboration.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 –

¨  The Learn to Swim and Learn to Skate programs are scheduled to begin for participating students in Grades 2—8 at the North Country Community Recreation Center.  Participating students will be released from classes at approximately 12:45 p.m. and return before 2:45 p.m. in order to meet the regular dismissals.  (Future dates include January 11, 2018; January 18, 2018; January 25, 2018; February 1, 2018; February 8, 2018; and February 15, 2018.)  Please note that money is not refunded due to disciplinary actions assigned by the school  (of which advanced parent notification will be given) or if a child is sick.  Non-participating students will participate in activities (yet to be determined) at the school.