Benchmark Dates

Our district benchmark testing will take place in October the dates for Math and Reading are listed below:


Reading October 26

Math October 19.

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Please Please make sure your child is completing the word study homework. This IS counted as a grade. Homework is 5% of your students overall grade. I check each Friday the yellow notebook for their weekly word study homework. Above in the tabs is a weekly schedule of what to do for homework each night. If you have any questions please email me.

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October 1



This week our school printer is down so I uploaded the homework electronically and will print it from home tonight (Monday).

Wednesday color of the months is Orange.

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Sept. 24

This week:

Tuesday: Social Studies test on citizenship.

Friday: Math Test, Reading Test. Word Study quiz on weekly words.


Fundraiser packets are being sent home today. End date October 15.

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Sept 17, 2018

For word study this week we are using the words we didn’t get to finish this week. Since we completed both Monday and Tuesday already we will pick up on Wednesday with 5 sentences and Thursday with a practice quiz at home.


Math facts for the yellow homework notebook are 5’s times tables.


Also we will be starting to glue the homework sheet with questions onto the yellow notebook as well.

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Sept 10, 2018 Important Reminders

Homework Sheet is starting this week. Please look above in the tabs for more instruction on that.

Science Quiz on Tuesday covering the Scientific Investigation.

Study your citizenship notes for a future quiz.

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Back to School Night

Attached below is a Back to School Night Flier. The even is being held on Sept 13 at 6:30.


Back to School Night_NPES_2018

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September Color of the Month

This month students are encouraged to wear the color Green on Wednesdays to support are character trait of Good Manners.

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Back to school Info 2018-2019

Ms. Ritch’s Class Information


Welcome to my 3rd grade classroom! This is my seventh year in education and second at Nansemond Parkway.

3 Facts About Me

This December I am getting Married! I have a mini long haired dachshund named Mollie. My family loves Chick-fil-A.

To Contact me

By Phone: During School hours

(757) 923-4167

By Email: Anytime

In Person: Call or email to set up an appointment.


Email List

There are many times throughout the year that I will send out information via email.  This includes reviews that I use in class or reminders of tests/other events. Please make sure the office has the correct email so that you will be included in the weekly parent email list  ☺

Open Door Policy

Although I have no problem with parents stopping by to help in the classroom, it would be helpful If you contact me first.  This way I can let you know if it is a good time, as some days we have testing or other activities that may not necessarily be in the classroom.


Grades will be kept up in the computer and Home Access Center will be a great way to keep track of your child’s grades.  Please contact the office if you need assistance in setting up HAC.

Reinforcing Use of Strategies

It is our grade level policy that students are required to use strategies taught in both math and reading.  On classwork, homework, and quizzes students will have 5 points deducted for not using strategies. On a test, an additional quiz grade will be taken on the student’s use of strategies.

HW Policy

All students are expected to complete homework nightly.  Homework counts as 5% of your child’s grade. Word Study and HW sheet will be assigned on Monday and collected on Fridays. Any other homework will be checked the next day.

Nightly Reading

Students are required to read for 20 minutes each night.  Please have your child write the title of the book read at the bottom of his/her daily word study assignment.  Parents, please sign next to the title to show student read for 20 minutes. All signatures are due Friday.

Weekly Word Study Homework

Monday-  practice sorting cards, write sort in notebook

Tuesday- Choose 10 words and put in alphabetical order

Wednesday- Choose 5 words and make into 5 “third grade” sentences.

Thursday- Take a practice quiz, sort and spelling count, get signed

Daily Schedule

Reading 9:25-10:55

***Switch with Team Teacher***

Social Studies   10:55- 11:25

Math                  11:25-12.25

Lunch                 12:25-1:00

Recess                1:05-1:25

Resource           1:35-2:20

Science              2:20-3:05

***Switch Back to Homeroom***

Writing              3:05-3:45

DEAR*/Dismissal Prep  3:45-3:50

*DEAR:Drop Everything And Read*

Resource Schedule

Monday: Music

Tuesday: Media

Wednesday: Computer

Thursday: P.E.

Friday: Art

Please make sure students bring library books on Tuesdays.  Students will not be able to check out new books if they are overdue.

Supply List

24 pkg. of crayons/colored pencils

12 pencils (No. 2)

1 package of loose leaf paper

3 Pocket folders (Green, red, yellow) 12 glue sticks

7 composition notebooks- any color

Pencil bag


Dry erase markers

Index cards

Multi-colored construction paper Highlighters

3 boxes of tissues

Ziploc bags: gallon/ sandwich sizes

Team Teaching

This year third grade is adopting the team teaching schedule. Your child will have two content teachers this year. Ms. Ritch will teach Reading and Writing and Mrs. Herndon will teacher Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Weekly Communication Folder

The students have a folder that will go home with them every Tuesday.  This folder will have graded assignments as well as any fliers that need to be handed out.  The folders should return to school on Wednesday after being signed by a parent.


This is the year students will start memorizing their multiplication facts.  In the second nine weeks students will be completing timed quizzes to show mastery of the facts.  It is a good idea to have students start studying these facts! Please let me know if you need resources to help.

AR Reward System

In addition to the school’s incentive for taking AR tests, students will able to receive classroom rewards for taking (and passing with 80%) AR tests on their level. More details to come later in the nine weeks.

Benchmark and Testing Dates

You will be made aware of benchmark and other testing dates as soon as I am notified of the day.  I will send these dates out in my weekly email and also post them on my blog.

Resources to Use at Home

Students will receive login information for the following websites.  IXL, Study Island, and Reading Eggs. We use these resources in class and students are more than welcome to continue the use at home if they have access.


Behavior Management

Class Dojo will be our behavior management system.  Students will be awarded positive points for following rules and negative points for breaking the rules. In this system students are able to earn points individually, as a team, or as a class.  Students will use the points to earn rewards to be used in the classroom. An additional information sheet will be sent home so that you can enroll in the program as a parent to be notified (by email or phone) of students gaining and losing points.  The program also allows me to send reminders directly to the app on your phone or website on your computer. I encourage all parents to sign up.

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