Camp News

October 9, 2021

  1. Below you will find a sign-up genius link for Quarter 1 conferences. It will be easiest for me to call you for conferences this year so please be sure to put which phone number I can reach you out on the sign-up. Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 14 from 1:00-3:00 and Friday, October 15 from 1:00-3:00. Conferences will be 10 minutes long and I will email out conference forms prior to our conference call for your review.
  2. This Thursday, October 14, third grade will be taking the Quarter 1 NC Check-In test for Math. This is a state test to assess students on content covered during the first quarter.  The test will begin promptly at 8:00 so please make sure your student is on time that day.
  3. I will not be sending out announcements next week since we are meeting for conferences but will update our class website for what we are learning along with our math lessons and extra reading practice.
October 1, 2021
  1. Starting on Monday, Mrs. Bradshaw will be starting “Math Masters” with third grade. Students do not need to do anything with the sheet in their take home folders about math masters as this is how families will keep up with the facts students have passed off on at school. Students should be continuing to practice their 2’s and 3’s multiplication facts at home. We will take a fluency test on these facts as a class next week.
  2. I have also attached the PowerPoint Mrs. Bradshaw went through during our BOG parent night on Monday. Please email her at jbradshaw@rivermill-academy.org if you have questions!
  3. Below you will find a sign-up genius link for Quarter 1 conferences. It will be easiest for me to call you for conferences this year so please be sure to put which phone number I can reach you out on the sign-up. Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 14 from 1:00-3:00 and Friday, October 15 from 1:00-2:30. Conferences will be 10 minutes long and I will email out conference forms prior to our conference call for your review.
  4. I forgot to mention that students may use the money on their school lunch accounts for ice cream. Students do not need to bring in $1 if they have money on their account. It is easier for the cafeteria for students to use their money on their accounts so thank you for keeping this in mind moving forward!
  5. I have added some reading practice on our classroom website as well as the math lessons we have covered so far in our second module, along with the ones we will cover next week. Please keep checking back if you know your student needs more practice at home!
  6. Students will also start a new word sort for spelling next week. They will work on this list for the next two weeks and will be quizzed on Friday, October 15. Please make sure your student is practicing at home!

September 24, 2021
  1. There is no school next Friday, October 1st for students since it is a teacher workday.
  2. Homework will be due on Thursday next week and students will also take their spelling test on their first work sort.
  3. Today we sent home lesson 4 and 5 homework in your student’s take home folder. This is not required but will be good extra practice for students to complete at home this weekend. Students who bring both sheets completed to school next week will earn extra money for their hard work.
  4.  Next Monday, September 27 at 6:00pm is the BOG virtual parent night! Mrs. Bradshaw sent an email to families earlier this week with more information. You can also find the link to join the Microsoft Teams meeting below. You will not have to have a Microsoft account or login information to join the meeting. If you cannot attend the live session, she will email the PowerPoint presentation out to everyone. Copy and paste the address below to join the meeting or click the link to join. 

September 17, 2021
  1. This week we finished Module 1 for math! Next week we will be starting Module 2 with reading a clock to the nearest minute. Students will also be learning how much time has passed within the hour through story problems. Please continue to check the class website for extra practice your student can be doing at home to help during this unit.
  2. Next week we will start ice cream from the cafeteria. Students may bring in $1 on Thursdays for ice cream. This is optional and students who do not bring in money will not get ice cream. Our ice cream day will stay the same for the school year.
  3. Our cafeteria is having an issue with ordering and finding availability of some cafeteria supplies such as utensils. Please make sure if your student brings their lunch from home that they also bring their own utensils. Supplies are limited right now!
  4. Today your student brought home a letter about how third grade will be doing spelling this school year. Please read it carefully and check both your student’s folder and our class website, next week, for your student’s word sort. A copy of the letter is also attached to this email for easy reference.
  5. A virtual parent night discussing BOG scores will be held at 6:00pm on Microsoft Teams on Monday, September 27th. If you are not able to attend, a PowerPoint from the evening will be made available for families to see. Please see the letter from Mrs. Bradshaw for more information.
  6. Please be on the lookout for an email from Mrs. Bradshaw about “Math Masters.” Students will be going to see Mrs. Bradshaw to pass off on their multiplication facts this school year. Student’s names will be displayed in the front office to show off to our parents and visitors when students pass off on their facts!

September 10, 2021
  1. A virtual parent night discussing BOG scores will be held at 6:00pm on Microsoft Teams on Monday, September 27th. If you are not able to attend, a PowerPoint from the evening will be made available for families to see. Please see the letter from Mrs. Bradshaw for more information.
  2. Picture day will be on Wednesday, September 15. If you would like your student to have a specific background, please fill out the form sent home in your student’s folder and return it to school. The background cannot be changed after picture day. Students WILL NOT have time to change clothes or shoes at school. Please dress your student accordingly.
  3. Progress reports will be sent home today. These are sent out as a reflection of your student’s progress so far this quarter, as we still have four more weeks of grades that will be averaged in. Please keep in mind that some assignments may be missing if your student has been absent or has unfinished work. There is no science grade because we have been working on social studies the first half of the quarter and will switch to science starting next week.
  4. Students did an excellent job getting homework turned in this week! Please make sure students are showing their own work and writing answers in complete sentences. If students need additional paper to show their thinking, please use it!
  5. Now is the time for students to begin practicing their two’s and three’s multiplication and division facts (through 10) at home nightly! Students can make their own flash cards, or you should be able to find some at the dollar store, Amazon, Walmart, etc. At the end of the month, students will be assessed on these facts.

September 3, 2021
  1. If your student has not brought in a pair of headphones, please send them in as soon as possible. We will need them this school year!
  2. Information about the school store fundraiser was sent home in your student’s take home folder earlier this week. Please see the packet for any questions.
  3. Due to COVID, music class has had to cancel the use of recorders. Students will be bringing them home in their bookbags today. Please make sure they take them out this weekend!
  4. Information about BOG scores and a virtual parent night discussing the scores will be held at 6:00pm on Microsoft Teams on Monday, September 27th. Please see the letter from Mrs. Bradshaw for more information.
  5. Picture day will be on Wednesday, September 15. Students WILL NOT have time to change clothes or shoes at school. Please dress your student accordingly.

August 27, 2021
  1. Next Friday, September 3, 2021 is a half day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:30. There will not be a lunch time at school and there will be no afterschool so please plan accordingly.
  2. There is NO SCHOOL for students, on Monday, September 6, 2021.
  3. Please make sure your student is continuing to read at least 20 minutes every night at home. We checked reading logs today and several friends did not have this complete.
  4. Our “What are we learning?” page has been updated on our class website. Please check the newsletters under the math section for how to help support your student with what we are learning in math at home. Your student is also bringing home their two math quizzes from the beginning of Module 1 today. Please review any missed answers with them again, as we have already reviewed them in class.
  5. We will take our Mid-Module 1 test in math and our Asking and Answering Questions test in reading next Friday.

August 22, 2021
  1. We will begin using student’s reading logs this week! Students are expected to read at least 20 minutes a night at home each night. Students who have a parent sign their log each night during the week will earn a special “reading buddy” to read with on Fridays. We also add up student’s reading minutes and award the top two readers of the class with extra money at the end of each month.
  2. We will begin homework after Labor Day. Students will usually have one math and one reading sheet to complete, in addition to spelling practice and nightly reading. More information about spelling practice and homework will be coming soon.
  3. Students checked out library books from the library last Tuesday. Students may have books checked out for up to two weeks but will need to return their book before checking out another. Our library day is Tuesday for students who are ready to return their books.
  4. If your student’s afternoon transportation is different than how they usually go home, please make sure to send me an email, so I have it for our records.
  5. Third grade students will take the reading BOG this Wednesday, August 25th. Please make sure your student is on time to school.
  6. I will also be uploading a “parent newsletter” on our “what are we learning?” page on our class website under math each week. This is an overview of the concepts that we are covering in class and can be helpful for parents who would like to help students practice at home. I will leave the newsletters for each module on that page until we move to the next one.

August 13, 2021
  1. Our class has PE on Thursday’s and Friday’s this year. Please make sure your student wears tennis shoes on these days. Students DO NOT have time to change shoes during the school day.
  2. A letter was sent home on Thursday in student’s take home folders about the BOG (Beginning Of Grade) test that students will take on Wednesday, August 25. Please make sure that your student is on time this day and is well rested so they do their best.
  3. We will be starting content next week but will not be starting homework packets. Students will be expected to start reading twenty minutes a night and filling out their reading logs. Please make sure to check our class website for what we will be learning next week and for a fun fact about me!
  4. Please make sure your student is bringing a water bottle to school each day. We do not have an easy way for students to get water during instructional time and it is very disruptive if they do not have one.

August 10, 2021


  1. You do not have to send all of your student’s supplies in on the first day of school. You are welcome to send them in over the first couple of days of school, but please have all supplies in by Friday August 13th.
  2. Back to school packets will be coming home the first day of school. These are filled with very important school information and contact information for the front office. Please return this paperwork to school by Friday August 20th. The bright orange student information is for our classroom use and needs to be returned as soon as possible.
  3. If your student is planning to go to RMA’s afterschool program, please make sure they are signed up for it.
  4. There is no outside food or drink allowed to be brought to students at school at this time. Parents will also not be allowed to come to school for lunch with students at this time.
  5. Students need to have a water bottle for the classroom. The water fountains at school are turned off at this time. Students may only drink water in the classroom. We will refill water for students as needed, but we will not have extra water bottles for students each day.
  6. We will also not have a snack time this school year. Our lunch time is at 11:30 so please make sure your student eats a big and healthy breakfast.
  7. Our class wish list for this year can be found on the following Amazon link. All things will be shipped directly to the school https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3DFMKQOO4BVME?ref_=wl_share