3rd grade


Wow, what a year!  We can’t believe we are closing out the school year!  This has certainly been a year to remember.  Despite the challenges e-learning brought us we continued to engage our third grade students in meaningful instruction.  We filled their weeks at home with reading, math practice, research, experiments and fun.  We ended our e-learning with a virtual field trip to Carillon Park in Dayton.  We had planned to take our students on a field trip to Carillon Park in May.  When we discovered this wasn't going to be possible we decided to bring Carillon Park to the virtually!  While on the field trip the students watched a variety of videos and participated in many activities.  They visited a one-room schoolhouse and practiced their cursive writing.  The students learned about the Model T Ford and watched videos on starting and driving one of the first electric self-start automobiles.   Students had opportunities throughout the field trip to participate in activities drawing a Model T Ford, baking pound cake from a recipe used in the 1800s, and even getting physical exercise and learning about bicycle safety!   

We feel so blessed to have met these children this year.  We are proud of the progress they have made this year!  They walked into the building in August with their fresh summer looks and a trace of apprehension. They still resemble second graders to a degree.  Now, look at how they have grown and matured!  They are ready for fourth grade and all of its exciting experiences...and for a long, fun summer! 

The summer is a wonderful time for children to read what they most enjoy, to learn new things, and to have fun!  It is important that your child continue to read 20 minutes daily and to practice their multiplication facts to avoid the “summer slide”.  In addition, we would love to see you continue to expose your child to science.  Practicing basic skills in the summer is an important way to prevent children from losing too much ground over the summer.  Research shows that practicing basic skills (such as reading and math) can improve a student’s overall academic achievement, particularly when they begin a new school year in the fall.  As we say goodbye to this academic year and these children off to fourth grade we would like to encourage you to take the time to enjoy a good book and play a math game, and help foster a love of science in your child this summer. 

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It has been our pleasure, and such a privilege, to watch these third graders grow this year.   We have watched each personality unfold day by day. We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year.  It's been a great year, and it has been a year that will go down in history!   As we send them off to fourth grade, they will always have a special place in our hearts.  It’s funny to think that someday, sooner than we can blink an eye, we will be watching these sweet students graduate! 

Have a great summer!

The Third Grade Team

Mrs. Pendergraff, Mrs. Keeton, Mrs. Berardinis, Mrs. Becker, Mrs. Huber, and Mrs. Swank


Fourth grade students have done a wonderful job completing their online assignments in science class. We have spent the past 6 weeks learning about energy, electricity and circuits! Even though we could not be together to do hands-on activities and experiments, students were able to learn while using fun online science simulations. These simulations allowed students to learn more about static electricity, and create their own working electric circuits. Many students sent in pictures of their working circuits, and I was amazed by their creativity! 

Students have also been participating in optional STEM challenges each Friday, such as:

  • Creating a car that moves without being touched

  • Creating a solar-powered oven that can cook a s’more

  • Making a paper clip float in the air without touching it. 

Thank you all for working so hard on your distance learning assignments during this very challenging time. 

Due to the school closure, several 4th and 5th grade students participated in a Virtual Science Fair this year. Students asked a question, formed a hypothesis, and then conducted a scientific experiment to test their hypothesis. Students then created a google slide presentation to outline their findings, and recorded a video of themselves presenting their project. I would like to recognize the following fourth graders for going the extra mile and participating in the virtual science fair: 

  • Johanna Adams
  • Madison Bell
  • Rayce Bush
  • Braxton Eavers
  • Shepherd Hively
  • Lena Kamp
  • Lainey Marhelski
  • Joshua Marks
  • Xavier Moffitt 

Thank you all for submitting such interesting and insightful projects! I am so proud of your work, and I hope you learned something new along the way. 

Have a wonderful summer! 

Colleen McKee


Summer Reading

Your child has worked very hard this year, so it is important to keep them reading this summer! Studies have shown that children can lose up to 2 months of reading skills over the summer if they do not read. Those losses accumulate during the elementary school years so that by the time he/she enters middle school they may be 2 ½ years behind! Spending at least 20 minutes reading every day can help stop this summer setback. Reading just six books over the summer months can go far in making sure your child is prepared to start back to school in August.

Try these fun activities to keep your child reading this summer.

  1. Keep your reading materials in one spot and try to read at the same time every day to help stay committed to reading. You may want to start an incentive/reward chart to encourage your reluctant reader. A good workbook for summer setback is called, “Summer Bridge Activities” and it is by grade level.  

  2. Read an eBook, comic book, magazine, mystery, poetry, biography, joke book, or pick out a good chapter book to read to or with your child. Enjoy your time reading!

  3. Spend time cooking together! Read a cookbook and try a new recipe.

  4. Have your child read close captioning on TV. This helps their fluency!

  5. Read to a parent, grandparent, sibling, stuffed animal, or pet.

  6. Have a reading picnic outside, read in a tent, or with a flashlight.

  7. Read a “how-to” book and make it!

  8. Read books, then watch the movie version and compare.

  9. Play games that promote reading skills: Apples to Apples Junior, HEDBANZ, Boggle, Scrabble, SEQUENCE Letters, Zingo! Sight Words, SNAP It Up!, Sight Word BINGO, LIFE

  10. Sign up for a Mary L Cook Public E-Card and visit their website to learn more about their summer reading program.

Here are some great websites to read online:



Storyline Online-


Wishing your family a very relaxing, safe, and healthy summer.


Mrs. Lora Schafer

Rainbow Reading Teacher


Details from Ms. Durham’s Kindergarten Class 

It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is next week.  The year has gone by so fast. On the first day of Kindergarten, the kindergarteners came to school a bit nervous about meeting new friends and going to school. As the year ends (even though it is with remote learning), these same Kindergarten students are leaving our classroom as confident learners who are ready for the next step in school. 

For fourth quarter, we learned through remote learning and Facebook.  Each day, Ms. Durham posted a morning message on our class Facebook page. At the bottom of the message, she included short review activities. Ms. Durham recorded videos of her reading stories, teaching measurement and counting to 100 by 1’s and 10’s., introducing new Alphafriends, and reviewing letters and sounds. We went on two virtual field trips by walking through Ms. Durham’s neighborhood and looking at flowers and trees in her yard. We got to see each other on Zoom meetings. Ms. Durham helped us make a collage and slide show to remember our kindergarten year. We had three guest readers who read stories to us on Facebook. Thank you to Stephanie Durham, Mrs. Brown, and Mrs. Schafer for reading to us. The ladies at Mary L. Cook Library also read to us. We shared some fun websites to make learning more interesting. Thank you to Mrs. Bees for the career videos too. 

In Math, the kindergarten students learned how to add, subtract, count by 1’s and 10’s to 100, read numbers to 20, and measure length and weight using nonstandard units. The students learned about the different attributes of plane shapes (circle, square, hexagon, etc.) and solids (sphere, cube, cone, etc.). I am so proud of everything they learned in math. 

In Language Arts, the students learned how to correctly write the letters and words and how to write a complete sentence. They are able to sound out unknown words and to write words using letters sounds. They have worked hard to learn many sight words so they can fluently read a text on their reading level.  After they have read the text, they can retell the story using characters, settings, events, problems, and solutions. I encourage you to help your child read and write over the summer so they do not experience the “summer slide.” Mary L. Cook Library has a great summer reading program to encourage children to read. The library can also help find fiction and nonfiction books that will interest your child at his or her reading level. 

Thank you to all my parents for sharing their amazing children with me this year.  Thank you to everyone for supporting and encouraging my friends at home during remote learning. I truly appreciate all you did to make learning at home successful. I have enjoyed teaching them and watching them grow, at school and virtually, into active learners. I miss my friends each day and I look forward to seeing them soon. 

Have a healthy, safe and great summer. 

Ms. Durham