3rd Grade

Third Grade News


Hi, parents!

Hope everyone enjoys the long weekend. Reminder that there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, August 21st because of the eclipse. Also, MNPS has decided that students WILL report on Friday, September 1st.

Here is what we will be focusing on next week:
Reading: We will use the text Roberto Clemente to analyze character traits.
Grammar: We will focus on plural nouns.
Writing: Students will complete teacher-led quick writes to prepare for our upcoming narrative piece.
Math: We will focus on three-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.
Social Studies: We will wrap up our unit with continents and oceans and move on to map skills (focusing on map legends/keys and cardinal/intermediate directions).

Acting Up!

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

The Acting Up musical theater program is designed for elementary school students grades 1-4. Our mission is to provide children with a creative outlet, prepare youth for real life performance experiences, and produce quality musical theater experiences.

We are so excited to offer this program at Percy Priest for the second year! We know that there are so many talented students who are already great performers. We believe that there are many others who have the potential to become incredible performers. Our program would allow students to have the opportunity to focus in on cultivating those performance skills!

Acting Up is an after–school program that brings professional musical theatre training directly to students, making it convenient for families to participate. Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. This program can accommodate up to 35 students and requires an audition for entry into the program. Students will meet each week with professional teaching artists, who will teach from basic to advance skills of musical theater and will culminate the year with a week of performances.

Click here to download the flyer and to learn about dates, times, cost, and the audition process. 


Fall Sketchbook Club

3rd, 4th

Sketchbook Club Sign up online!!


Are you a 3rd or 4th grader who loves Art but one hour a week at school is just not enough? Sign up for Fall Sketchbook Club with Mrs. A! During this nine week course, students will explore a variety of two-dimensional art materials while improving drawing and painting skills.

Sketchbook Club will meet in the Art Room on Thursday after school until 4:15. Students will be picked up at 4:15 at the Kindergarten doorway. $200 per student which includes supplies and a sketchbook.

Sign up now and pay online! Class size is limited to the 20 students. Contact Mrs. Atkinson, tinaatkinson@yahoo.com with questions or for more information.

Class Dates will be:

  • September 7
  • No Class September 14
  • September 21
  • September 28
  • October 5
  • No Class October 12 for Fall break
  • October 19
  • No Class October 26 - Mrs. A will receive her award!
  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • No Class November 23 or 30
  • December 7 will be our last meeting

Download the flyer here. 


Robotics Club

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Join us as we use programming to solve real world problems.

WHEN: Wednesdays (1st and 2nd grades), Thursdays (3rd and 4th grades) after school until 4:00pm

DATES: September 6 - December 13

PRICE: $216 (includes supplies and snack).

INFORMATION: 16 spots available for each session.

QUESTIONS: Lisa Ramsey - lisa.ramsey@mnps.org

Click here to download the flyer. 


1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

What: STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. STEAM Education provides students with hands-on experience that can be used with real-world applications. STEAM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, fosters collaboration and enables the next generation of innovators. Students will participate in activities such as building bridges, constructing towers, designing new products and improving existing products. Students from last year are encouraged to sign up as well as new students.

There is a $250 registration/materials fee for Mondays and a $250 registration materials fee for Thursdays.

Who: 1st-4th Graders facilitated by Dr. Coats, Mrs. Cary, and Mrs. Allen (4th Grade teachers)

Where: The PPE STEAM Lab, Dr. Coats’ room, and outside

Click here to download the flyer. 

Mr. Tanner's Book Club

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

When: Fridays 3:00-4:00pm, begins September 8th
Where: Room 18
Who: 1st-4th grades
Cost: $15 per child, per day (fee includes all supplies & snack)

During this time Mr. Tanner will be guiding the students through a beloved classic and encouraging a love of reading by comparing it to many multimedia versions. There will be activities and discussions that go along with each book to instill good reading habits. This year we are exploring The Oz Series by L. Frank Baum beginning with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  Your child will learn how to read higher level books appropriately and dig deeper while reading.

(maximum of 20 students per day)

Click here to download the flyer. 

Beginner Guitar Club

3rd, 4th

Beginner Guitar Club

Club Host: Mr. Hudson

Who: Open to 3rd and 4th Graders at Percy Priest Elementary

Number of Students: The first 10 students to sign-up (with payment)

Cost: $130 per student ($10 per week for 13 weeks)

Requirement/Additional Cost/Equipment: Students will need to bring their own guitar (acoustic or electric unplugged). If your child does not have a guitar, Mr. Hudson can make recommendations. Decent beginner guitars can be purchased
from $50 - $200 and up. The most important thing is that the guitar fits the student. A clip-on guitar tuner is also a great investment for as little as $10. (brands like Snark, Korg, D’Addario, etc.)

When: Mondays from Dismissal until 4:15 pm.

Duration: 13 weeks

Proposed Dates: 
Sept. 11, 18, 25
Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30
Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27
Dec. 4, 11

Where: Mr. Hudson’s 4th grade classroom (room 14)

Expectations: Mr. Hudson cannot promise that you’ll be creating blistering solos at the end of the 13 weeks. The intent is that students learn the basics of how a guitar works, names of the strings and notes in standard tuning, and basic/common chord shapes. We will try to put these all together to learn a song or two.

Click here to download the flyer. 

Third Grade News


Hi, parents!

We loved meeting you all at Open House this past week. Please return first day folder forms as soon as possible. We would also like to have all school supplies in by next week.

Here is what we are up to next week:

ELA/ Science: Nonfiction text features using eclipse texts and articles, common and proper nouns
Math: Place value and reviewing addition and subtraction facts
Social Studies: Introduction to continents, oceans and maps

In addition, we are still reviewing classroom procedures and creating a strong classroom culture to maximize success this year. We are excited about the year ahead!

Important Dates: No school Monday, August 21

Girls on the Run!

3rd, 4th

Girls on the Run this fall!  Available to girls in 3rd and 4th Grades.  Practices will be held after school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 - 4:30 pm beginning September 11, 2017.  The season ends with the Girls on the Run 5k on December 2, 2017.  Registration opens August 14 and will close on August 21 at 7 am.    

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program (PA-PYD) designed to develop and enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences.  Girls on the Run's mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience- based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

For more information and to register please see the attached flyer.

3rd Grade News


We invite you to join the 3rd grade on Tuesday, May 23rd at 1:45pm in the Tiger Café for our play!

Don't forget:
Last day of school: Half day on Thursday, May 25th.
We can't believe the school year is almost over! Report cards go home on the last day of school. Also look for information regarding summer reading.

Have an awesome and safe summer,

The Third Grade Team