• Thank you for a fabulous year!

    Posted by EMILY PARKER on 6/11/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Parents,

    We just want to thank you for an amazing end to our 2018-2019 school year. This past week was a fun week filled with reflection and continued learning.

    All students finished their Summer Slide PBLs and found creative ways to share their information with others to persuade them to read over the summer. Ask your child about their project if you haven't heard already!

    A huge thank you to the room parents who organized a wonderful end-of-year cookout. We were glad to see so  many of you in attendance and hope you enjoyed yourselves.

    Just a reminder that report cards will be live in ParentVue this Friday. Hard copies are no longer being mailed. Please call the main office if you have any trouble logging into your account. SOL scores are found in ParentVue as well.

    We hope you and your child(ren) have some good family time over the summer. We hope everyone is active and works to create and use their thinking keys. Daily reading will help prevent that Summer Slide (which your child should be very familar with). Practicing real world math application is extremely valuable. Puzzles are a great way to stretch your brain! Enjoy the gift of time and chance to do or try something different.

    A letter from the 4th grade teachers was sent home on the last day of school. A copy is also posted on their webpage for your reference.

    It has been a pleasure working with you and your children these year. Please come visit next fall.

    Have a great summer, 
    The Third Grade Team

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  • 5/24 Weekly News

    Posted by EMILY PARKER on 5/24/2019 8:00:00 PM

    We are excited to announce that we have completed SOL Testing for this year. We are so proud of our third graders and all of their hard work and preparing for and taking this test. As a whole, students really tried hard and utilized the strategies we practiced in class. The third grade team wants to thank you for all of your support at home! 

    Students have speculated that since the SOLs are over, we are done. That is very far from the truth. Read below to see what fun and educational things will be happening over the next two weeks.

    We want to thank our amazing room parents for planning our end of the year cookout/party. It is going to be a great time! If you haven't already sent in your $3, please do so ASAP!!

    Performance Based Assessments:

     

    Not everyone is aware, but when the state stopped administering science and social science SOLs in third grade, the county replaced them with PBAs. These assessments are given quarterly in science and twice each year in social studies. 

    Over the past few weeks students have been learning a lot about soil and the importance of conservation. They studied the Swamp Pink plant found in Virginia and learned all about this endangered plant. They learned about interdependence and the role that humans play in the conservation of soil. 

    During the same time period students have been reviewing and digger deeper into economics. Students identified natural, capital, and human resources that were used in ancient civilizations. After learning about Virginia and their specialization in coal and ship building, they researched an ancient civilization and had to specialize in a specific good. After choosing their good, they researched and found another civilization to trade goods. The next step was planning their trade route and deciding which geographic features they would have to cross and navigate. After deciding how they would cross the terrain (desert, mountains, river/ocean) they created their trade map. Ask your child about their choices during this process!

     

    Coding- Students are still hard at work on Coding, only this time with a little more choice. Students chose one area of the curriculum and are creating a game or review to teach/practice that concept. Some students are creating book reports in Scratch while others are extending and coming up with their own ideas.

    Reading/Writing- Reading and writing continue to be very much a part of our daily instruction. Classes are enjoying plenty of time for independent reading as well as time for class read alouds each day. This week students wrote letters to veterans to be distributed by a local women's club on Memorial Day. They also wrote book recommendations that will be displayed for our upcoming third graders in the fall. In guidance, they wrote letters to their fourth grade teachers letting them know a little more about themselves.

    Preventing the Summer Slide- We look forward to our final PBL project of the school year. Next week students will begin working on ways to prevent the summer slide. After kicking off our PBL with our resident Reading Specialist, students will begin brainstorming ways to create products to encourage others to read over the summer! We look forward to seeing what their amazing brains will create.

    Important Dates- 

    Monday, June 3rd- House Day
    Students will enjoy rotating with their houses through activities all day!

    Tuesday, June 4th- Field Day

    Wednesday, June 5th- Field Day Rain Date

    Friday, June 7th- End of Year Party 11:30-1:00

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  • 5/3 Weekly News

    Posted by EMILY PARKER on 5/3/2019 1:00:00 PM

    It is hard to believe that it is already May! Please read below for some important information.

    SOL News:

    As everyone knows, the SOLs are soon upon us. While we all believe firmly that this is just a test, and doesn't determine your child's value, we do want to make sure everyone is prepared so they can feel successful. We do everything in our power to make the time around the test positive and encouraging. But, we need your help!

    Please note the SOL dates on your calendar. Reading is Friday, May 10th, with Math on Friday, May 17th. 

    Thank you for everyone who has sent in the class stars and volunteered to bring in items for the SOL breakfasts.

    A green retest form was sent this week with all third graders. Please fill it out and return it by Monday. Thank you so much!

    Other reminders:
    Please return pictures or picture money (or a combination of the two) as soon as possible.

    Test Taking Strategies- Students have been working hard reviewing material from earlier in the school year. They have learned valuable strategies and have gained confidence in their test taking skills.

    Next week we are excited to switch classes and review material in a fun and engaging way. Students always enjoy a chance to work with other teachers in other classrooms. We are more than ready for our first SOL on Friday.

    Coding/Content- Each student has chosen a different topic from the year to turn into a Scratch Project! We look forward to sharing our projects to review and teach others. Over the next few weeks we will be learning about soil as well as economics in Ancient Civilizations. Stay tuned for more information.

    Important Dates-

    Friday, May 10th- Reading SOL

    Friday, May 17th- Math SOL

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  • 4/26/19 Weekly News

    Posted by EMILY PARKER on 4/26/2019 2:00:00 PM

    We have had a very productive week back after a restful Spring Break! Please have your calendars handy as we want to share some important dates and information.

    SOL News:

    As everyone knows, the SOLs are soon upon us. While we all believe firmly that this is just a test, and doesn't determine your child's value, we do want to make sure everyone is prepared so they can feel successful. We do everything in our power to make the time around the test positive and encouraging. But, we need your help!

    Please note the SOL dates on your calendar. Reading is Friday, May 10th, with Math on Friday, May 17th. 
    We are providing breakfast for students and asking for your donations. Room Parents or teachers will be in touch shortly if they haven't already.
    SOL Stars- SOL Stars were sent home earlier this week for you to fill out with encouraging messages for your child and others. Please return those sometime next week so we can display them prior to the SOLs.

    Other reminders:
    Please return pictures or picture money (or a combination of the two) as soon as possible.

     

    Math- We have finished up our units on time and measurement. We are spiraling back to assess retention of concepts taught earlier in the school year. Your support in reviewing at home is appreciated. Some students just need reminders to activate prior knowledge and learned skills.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- Students are becoming test taking experts! They have learned to brain dump concepts for both fiction and nonfiction. The next step is roadmapping. As they read the story they highlight important information and take notes about the story in their roadmap. Amazingly, when it comes time to answer the questions, most of what they have "predicted" would be asked is already written out in their notes. This increases their confidence and their accuracy on the questions that follow. Reading passages for a test is a different skill than reading for pleasure! Have your child explain what they have learned and walk you through the process. They are really quite good!

    Word Study-  Words were sent this week and the assessment will be given next Friday, May 3rd.

    Coding/Content- Each student has chosen a different topic from the year to turn into a Scratch Project! We look forward to sharing our projects to review and teach others. Over the next few weeks we will be learning about soil as well as economics in Ancient Civilizations. Stay tuned for more information.

    Important Dates-

     Friday, April 26th- PTA Movie Night

    Friday, May 10th- Reading SOL

    Friday, May 17th- Math SOL

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  • 4/5/19 Weekly News

    Posted by EMILY PARKER on 4/5/2019 12:00:00 PM

    We have spent a lot of time preparing for our Epic Build Showcase. Your children have many exciting projects to share. Third grade will attend the opening ceremony in the gym from 8:30-8:55. We will be in our wing with projects on display from 9:00-10:00. Please plan to stop by sometime during that window. You are welcome to take your child to visit others projects around the school after they have presented.

    Camp STEAMovation- Early bird registration pricing guaranteed until Spring Break. Don't wait- sign up today! Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- We have become measurement experts over the last few weeks! Students have learned how to measure length, determine the best tool for measurement, and analyze the relationship between cups, pints, quarts, liters, and gallons. Next week students will focus on time and temperature. Thank you for your support in reinforcing real life math concepts at home.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week, we have started our new unit on test taking. Students are learning to put on their "test taking hats" to rock the test. Ask your child to tell you about their brain dump! Everyone has learned how to road map and find the important elements of a story. Finding these elements and learning what types of questions to expect, builds confidence and readiness for the test. Students have wrapped up fairy tales and will write their third and final personal narrative next week. Brainstorm those "special moments" that may serve as a great story.

    Word Study-  Words were sent this week and the assessment will be given next Friday, April 12th.

    Coding- We have been coding our Makey Makey circuits for an interactive display on Tuesday. We can't wait for you to see them!

    Important Dates-

     

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase 9:00-10:00

    Monday, April 15th- Friday, April 19th- Spring Break- ENJOY

    Friday, April 26th- PTA Movie Night

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  • 3/29/19 Weekly News

    Posted by EMILY PARKER on 3/31/2019 4:00:00 PM

    We hope everyone is enjoying their four day weekend!

    We had a great start to our week with our field trip to Morven Park last Monday. All students had hands-on experience to create the best soil recipe. In the coming months we will be investigating and evaluating the soil quality at Round Hill. Our team would like to thank everyone for a smooth week of MAPs testing. We appreciate you making sure your children were well rested and well fed before coming to school. Students worked hard and we are proud of their efforts and glad to have that behind us.

    We just want to give a few quick reminders about upcoming dates and deadlines.

    Picture Day is Wednesday, April 3rd. Class and individual pictures will be taken.

    Yearbook order forms have been sent home and are due back ASAP. You can send in a check for $20 made out to Round Hill Elementary or you can order online at YBpay.lifetouch.com with ID Code: 13279919

    Mark your calenadars for our combined Epic Build Showcare and PBL Health Expo on April 9th. From 8:30-9 there will be an opening presentation from 5th grade in the gym. From 9:00-10:00 all classrooms will be open (grade levels are not assigned times like in the past) and 3rd graders will be excited to share multiple projects with you.

    SOL dates have been released: 3rd grade will take the Reading SOL on Friday, May 10th with the Math SOL the following Friday, May 17th. Please try to avoid scheduling any appointments for these days if possible. We appreciate your support and will send more information as we get closer!

    We look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Tuesday!

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  • 3/22/19 Weekly News

    Posted by EMILY PARKER on 3/22/2019 12:00:00 PM

    We are excited to wrap up another great week. Look for the field trip reminder coming home with your child today. Next week all classes will be completing MAPS testing between Tuesday and Thursday. Thanks for making sure your child gets a good night of sleep and eats a healthy breakfast!

    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- The students are now experts in geometry, so challenge them to identify shapes you see when you are out! Next week, we will be moving into measurement. We are excited to begin our exploration of length, capacity, area, perimeter, and volume. 

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week, students have been diving into traditional literature by reading folktales, fables, and fairytales. We have had so much fun reading the classic stories such as Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood. We have learned how to spot the elements in this genre that makes it different from the fiction we are used to reading. In the coming weeks, the students will be incorporating these elements into their own writing as they write a spin on a classic tale. 

    Word Study-  There will be no word study the week of March 25th.

    Content- Students are finished researching health, and they are polishing the fine details on their boards. We are so proud of all of their dedication to this project, and we look forward to seeing you at the Epic Build on April 9th. 

    Coding- Students have been working hard to complete their Scratch game as an extension of their PBL Health Project. This week in Innovation Lab, the students planned out their interactive display for the Makey Makey component of their PBL, and it has been exciting to see the Makey Makeys in action! Ask your student about the unusual objects they are using as conductors to complete their circuits. 

    Important Dates-

    Monday, March 25th- Third grade field trip to Morven Park

    Tuesday, March 26th-28th- MAPS testing for all 3rd grade students (reading and math)

    Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st- Teacher Workday and Staff Development/ Student Holiday

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase

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  • 3/15/19 Weekly News

    Posted by EMILY PARKER on 3/15/2019 12:00:00 PM

    We are so excited that Spring is finally here! We have enjoyed getting some much needed exercise outside this week. I hope you all enjoy the weekend.


    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- This week, students have learned all about Geometry. Your child is becoming a polygon expert! They should be able to name all of the shapes with 3-10 sides and explain what makes a polygon. They have also learned how to combine shapes to make one larger polygon. Ask them to show you how to use their bodies as a point, line, line segment, and ray. All classes will assess next week and move on to our measurement unit. Stay tuned for lots of practical ways you can support your child in learning measurement at home!

    Reading and Writing Workshop- This week we have wrapped up our unit on nonfiction. Students have had exposure to many types of nonfiction and have worked researching all about their PBL health topic. Classes are in the middle of tpying their information on Wixie and organizing material to create their presentation boards. They look forward to sharing them with you during the Epic Build on April 9th. Next we will move into fables, folktales, and fairy tales in both reading and writing.

    Word Study-  Students received new words this week. The assessment will be March 22nd.

    Content- Our ecosystem posters and projects are nearly complete. Students should be able to thoroughly explain the components of the food chain and give specific examples from their ecosystem. Soil is up next in science. We will kick off our unit with our field trip to Morven Park on March 25th. If you have not signed and returned your child's permission slip, please do so as soon as possible.

    Coding- Everyone is hard at work creating a Scratch game as an extension of their PBL Health Project. You are welcome to check out these projects online at home. All games will be displayed during our next Epic Build. Next week in Innovation Lab students will begin coding their Makey Makeys as another extension of our PBL and coding. 

    Important Dates-

    Monday, March 25th- Third grade field trip to Morven Park

    Tuesday, March 26th-28th- MAPS testing for all 3rd grade students (reading and math)

    Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st- Teacher Workday and Staff Development/ Student Holiday

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase

     

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  • 3/8/19 Weekly News

    Posted by EMILY PARKER on 3/8/2019 12:00:00 PM

     

    Thank you so much for coming out and supporting our third grade program last night! We are so proud of all of their hard work.

    We want to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Lins, Karyn Norton, Emily Ledford, and Dr. and Dr. Shah! You provided a wealth of information for our students during their research. We can't wait to see their finished products!

    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- This week, we focused on collecting and graphing data using bar graphs and pictographs. We talked at length about the different labels on a graph and the differences and similarities between the two. Next week, we will be moving into geometry where we will focus on the names of different shapes, the different kinds of lines, and area and perimeter. Home extension: Have your child use a ruler or measuring tape to find the perimeter of a surface. Try finding the perimeters of two different surfaces and compare them!

    Reading and Writing Workshop- We discussed and applied several different nonfiction tools to help us get the most important information from our nonfiction books. Students will continue to learn new skills to add to their nonfiction toolbox, and will apply those skills while they proceed with their animals and health research. 

    Word Study-  The students had their word study test today, and they will be given new words on Monday. Thank you for your continued support at home as you practice the words with your child.

    Content- The students have been working hard on creating their ecosystem poster. So far, they have drawn their habitat and have learned about the different parts of the food chain as well as adaptations. Next week, we will focus on populations and communities, and the students will finish their posters by attaching their animals that pop out.

    Coding- Students have finished their Minecraft games, and began brainstorming their games for their PBL extension activity. Their challenge is to create a game that will teach others about their health topics. 

    Important Dates-

     

    Fri, Mar 8th- Volleyball game against Emerick at Loudoun Valley 

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase

    Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st- Teacher Workday and Staff Development/ Student Holiday

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  • 3/1/19 Weekly News

    Posted by EMILY PARKER on 3/1/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Yay for a five day week! It was great to get in a full week (minus a few hours) of learning and fun. 

    Thursday, March 7th- 3rd Grade Music Program 1:30 and 6:30

    Tuesday, April 9th- Epic Build and Third Grade PBL Showcase (THIS IS A NEW DATE)

     

    ASEP Sign Up ENDS TODAY- All of your favorite third grade teachers are offering sessions and would love to see your children there. Please sign up at https://rhes.ptboard.com/
    Camp STEAMovation- Camp has been given a face lift and ready for more fun than ever. Copy and paste the link to register or email Mrs. Condon (melanie.condon@lcps.org) with any questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfDVcKm5iLmHjFKcNE-3Bchnbjbq5WOeQUVFeq57dIZOr6yQ/viewform

    Math- We have had a productive week learning about probability. Students had fun finding out which events were more likely. Although sometimes our outcomes aren't always what we predict. Next week we head into graphing, focusing mainly on bar graphs and pictographs. Students will learn to create and analyze graphs. Home extension: Have your child survey their friends and family and draw their own graph. Then have them create questions based on the data.

    Reading and Writing Workshop- Students are digging deep into the world of nonfiction while learning important research skills. Reading and writing are all connected to our science unit on animals as well as our health PBL. They are researching in books and using databases to find information about their ecosystems and their health topics. Your child is becoming an expert and should have information to share with you about what they are learning.

    Word Study-  Students received new words this past Monday. The assessment will be Friday, March 8th. Thank you for your support in reviewing the words at home.

    Content- Students are focusing on researching a specific ecosystem. Within that ecosystem they are learning about the animals focusing on a food chain. Students are creating their own ecosystem, complete with pop-out animals, to demonstrate their understanding. 

    Coding- Students are finishing up their Minecraft games and preparing for their PBL extension activity. In their research groups, students are challenged with creating a game to teach others about their health topics.

    Important Dates-

     

    Thur, Mar 7th-  3rd grade music program- 1:30 assembly/ 6:30 program

    Fri, Mar 8th- Volleyball game against Emerick at Loudoun Valley (flier coming soon)

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