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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 May 20—24, 2019

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 29 [Final Unit] – "Multisyllabic Words/Prefixes, Suffixes, Endings" [Unit 29 words include . . . leadership; impossibly; gracefully; refreshment; uncomfortable; overdoing; remarkable; overdoing; remarkable; carefully; unbearably; ownership; unacceptable; reappeared; unprepared; oncoming; and misbehaving.  Unit 29 challenge words include . . . outrageous; incomprehensible; undoubtedly; independence; and disadvantage.]  (The spelling test for Unit 29 will be given on Friday, May 31, 2019.)

Math – Continued Review of Multiplication – Chapter Review and Chapter Test and Measurement – Length in Customary and Metric Units   [All third grade students need daily practice with all basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication 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 – (1) Story [Final Story] – "Two Bad Ants" by Chris Van Allsburg (Genre – animal fantasy is a story with animal characters that behave like humans.)/Skills – Multisyllabic Words/Prefixes, Suffixes, Endings (Spelling and Phonics); Commas; and Vocabulary (crystal; disappeared; discovery; goal; journey; joyful; scoop; and unaware) and (2) Reviewing the five parts of a friendly letter (heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature) and writing a rough and final draft of a friendly letter thanking Mr. Farnsworth for being our guest teacher for nine school days

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 May.  All students who participate in this reading incentive will be awarded at the end of the month.  The reading goal for the month of May is to read (or read to someone) twelve times.  Good luck!   Please Note:  The May 2019 reading log will be the last reading log for the 2018-2019 school year.  Many sincere thanks to my third grade students for being such great readers and to the parents for signing/initialing the reading logs each time their child read for twenty minutes.  It was greatly appreciated!  Third grade . . . Don't stopping reading . . . read all summer long!  As research has shown, all children who read twenty minutes a day become better readers!

Social Studies/Science – Colebrook History – Firsts of Colebrook; Colebrook Public Library; and Colebrook History Walking Tour – Colebrook Post Office and Scholastic Map Skills for Today: Maps Across America booklets (Using Globes – North, South, East, West and Maps – Large and Small)

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)



1:15—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)



PLEASE NOTEDue to a new phone system being installed during the Spring Recess at Colebrook Elementary School, all extensions that were previously used will now include a 1 in front of the extensions.  For example, my classroom extension was 204.  It is now 1204.  The extensions listed in the upcoming events listed below have been updated to reflect this change.  Thank you!

Monday, May 20, 2019 –

¨  NHSAS/Smarter Balanced Assessment ELA/Writing/Math/Science Testing Make-Ups* ~ 8:30—10:30 a.m. [CES Computer Lab] Inquiries regarding this testing may be directed to Mr. Gorham at dgorham@csd.sau7.org or (603) 237-4801, ext. 1104.

*NOTE:  All students are strongly encouraged to get plenty of rest each night prior to testing as well as eating a nutritious breakfast each morning before testing.

Monday, May 27, 2019 –


Tuesday, June 11, 2019 

¨  Third Grade "End of the Year" Field Trip — Local Historical Sites — Metallak's Grave; 45th Parallel Sign; Coos County Nursing Hospital; Route 3 Rest Area (Picnic Lunch); Beaver Brook Falls; Columbia Bridge; and Coos Trail Rock (10:30 a.m.—2:00 p.m.)


Wednesday, June 12, 2019 –

¨  Third Grade "End of the Year" Field Trip RAIN DATE — Local Historical Sites — Metallak's Grave; 45th Parallel Sign; Coos County Nursing Hospital; Route 3 Rest Area (Picnic Lunch); Beaver Brook Falls; Columbia Bridge; and Coos Trail Rock (10:30 a.m.—2:00 p.m.)

¨  Colebrook Public Library Children's Librarian (Ms. Melissa Hall) will visit 3E at 12:30 p.m.  The purpose of her visit is to promote the library's summer reading program.  This year's theme is "A Universe of Stories".  Inquiries regarding the Colebrook Public Library's summer reading program can be directed to Ms. Melissa Hall at (603) 237-4808.  [Please Note:  This visit may need to be rescheduled in the event that the field trip rain date is needed.]

Thursday, June 13, 2019 –

¨  Field Day for Grades 3—5 ~ 9:00—10:30 a.m. [CES gymnasium]— Mr. Gorham has requested all CES (K—8) students attend this year's eighth grade graduation ceremony.  Inquiries regarding this ceremony may be directed to Mrs. Parker at kparker@csd.sau7.org or at (603) 237-4801, ext. 1137/1138. 

¨  CES Eighth Grade Graduation ~ 2:00—2:30 p.m. [CES gymnasium]— Mr. Gorham has requested all CES (K—8) students attend this year's eighth grade graduation ceremony.  Inquiries regarding this ceremony may be directed to Mr. Gorham at dgorham@csd.sau7.org or at (603) 237-4801, ext. 1104. 

Friday, June 14, 2019 –

¨  School-Wide Step-Up Day ~ 9:00—9:30 a.m. (All CES students will spend this block of time with next year's teacher(s) as an introduction to next year's grade level.)

¨  LAST DAY OF THE 2018—2019 SCHOOL YEAR — All students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m.