Third Grade

Welcome to Third Grade!


Dear families,

Last week was filled with special events!  On Monday, the children were treated to a visit from Charleston-based author and illustrator, Jonathan Miller, who specializes in paper collage illustrations.  They were enthralled when he explained all the steps it takes to write/illustrate, edit, and revise stories for a living.  That afternoon we took another field trip to Senior CommUnity Care of North Carolina.  Again, we practiced TDS’ core value of compassion by spending time with local senior citizens.  This time we worked on a Thanksgiving craft incorporating gratitude.  Many thanks to the chaperones who attended the trip.  On Thursday, many students dined and/or donated money at the Latin Food Potluck, which helped raise over $1,000 for Hurricane Maria.  On Friday, students enjoyed seeing themselves in a video at the Thanksgiving Assembly, which we had made to highlight the ways we try to cultivate an “Attitude of Gratitude” in 3rd grade.

Academically, students continued working hard with their lowercase letters during Cursive.  In Math, they worked with multiples of seven, eight and nine.  In Writing Workshop, we began our second unit: Information Books.  The children spent time discussing and looking at different types of informational texts and their features.  In Reading Workshop, students practiced asking themselves questions before they start reading to get themselves ready to read, such as what do I know about this genre or how is the main character changing? On Thursday, students took their first Wordly Wise test.  We didn’t have a formal Mindfulness lesson because of all the special activities on Monday.

Your children were excited to learn about the optional Scripps Spelling Bee at TDS.  Several students have begun studying for our in-class bees on December 1st.

By the end of the week, students began rehearsals for the Grandparent’s Day performance.  They are excited for grandparents and special friends to join us tomorrow!  A few reminders: TDS will be dismissing early at noon tomorrow and all students should be dressed nicely for the program when they arrive at school.  Dress code: please have your child dressed in dark, fall clothing: browns, reds, navy, dark green, black, etc., and avoid any white clothing!

Additional school news:

  • TDS will have a fundraiser for Rise Against Hunger on Friday, December 1st. Students should bring in 8 quarters to participate in multiple Minute to Win It games run by our MS students. All of the money will be used to purchase the meals we will pack at our Rise Against Hunger Packaging Event on Friday, January 19th. If you have any questions, please contact Kate Newman.

  • The LS lab animals are looking for homes for the holidays. If you could provide care to either the gerbils, dwarf hamster, or fire-belly toads, please contact Dr. Nelson ( She will provide you with instructions and everything you need to keep the animals happy and healthy! We are interested in homes for Thanksgiving as well as the winter holidays.

  • Minted Fundraising   –  This year, TDS is partnering with design site Minted to bring you savings on holiday (and everyday) orders — and earn money for TDS in the process! From November 1-30, order from with the promo code FUNDRAISETRIANGLE and save 15%*.  TDS will earn 15% cash back on all orders. The code can be used unlimited times throughout the month so feel free to share it!  (We sent home a copy of the flyer in your child’s yellow folder today.)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at or

Dr. Howell and Ms. Morgan