Hurry Up, Spring!

March 16, 2018


Greetings from Room 116!

I hope that everyone survived the blizzard and was able to stay safe and warm! It seems hard to believe right now, but spring is really just around the corner – next week in fact!

Despite the crazy weather and resulting snow days, we were able to get several things accomplished this short but sweet week:

ELA: We practiced more r-controlled vowels and homophones in Spellings. We also read our historical fiction books, looking at character development over time.

Math: We finished our fraction unit and took our End-of-Module assessment.

Science/SS: We learned about the curious dining habits of early colonists. We also explored how rainbows are formed and how the water cycle works.

Other: We continued to build our test-taking skills on Study Island in preparation for the MCAS which will take place on April 4th and 5th.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Manic March

March 9, 2018


Greetings from Room 116!

I hope that everyone survived the past two nor’easters without too much inconvenience. March has certainly come in like a lion!

It was great to meet with everyone this week to celebrate student progress. We have such an amazing class and a truly special set of families. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Following is a quick recap of our wonderful week:

ELA: We practiced more r-controlled vowels in Spelling and reviewed possessive pronouns. We also continued reading our historical fiction books, and participated in a District Writing Assessment.

Math: We examined equivalent fractions and compared fractions with different numerators and denominators.

Science/SS: We learned about the Pilgrims’ journey to the New World from the perspective of the children.

Other: We created more computer codes.

Best wishes to all for a quiet weekend!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

March Already?

March 2, 2018


Greetings from Room 116!

Is it really March already? This year is truly flying by!! Thank you for helping to ensure that students came back to school ready to learn. We had a very productive week. Here are some highlights:

ELA: We practiced r-controlled vowels in Spelling and possessive pronouns in Grammar. In addition, we started a new genre study regarding historical fiction in our guided reading groups. We also published our revised kindness stories, as well as journal entries from Wally’s perspective.

Math: We examined fractions on a number line and discussed how to compare fractions with various numerators and denominators.

Science/SS: We participated in a lab to identify hereditary adaptations that help plants and animals survive in different environments. We also renewed our study of life in the New World.

Other: We continued to explore TestNav to practice using online assessment tools.

We ended the week with Crazy Hat Day and a school-wide Drop Everything and Read session. Best wishes to all for a safe and secure weekend I look forward to meeting with everyone next week!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney


Reading Matters

February 9, 2018


Greetings from Room 116!

This week, I was lucky enough to read one-on-one with students as part of our mid-year BAS reading assessments. I am happy to report that our class has made huge gains since September. Thank you all for helping to encourage nightly reading habits; this is essential to their continued progress.

Please find below other highlights from our week:

ELA: We worked on “sight words” in Spelling and possessive pronouns in Grammar. In addition, we wrote personal narratives about our own individual experiences of kindness. We also finished our second round of realistic fiction books.

Math: We learned that fractions can be used to represent more than a whole; for example, 5 halves is the same as 2 wholes and ½.

Science/SS: We launched a long-term research project regarding interdependence and ecosystems.

Other: We explored biographies of Olympic athletes during technology.

Thank you to everyone who has returned Spring Conferences forms. If you have not already done so, please find attached another form with remaining availabilities.

Best wishes to all for a lovely weekend!

Most Sincerely,

Ms. Feeney


Happy February!

February 2, 2018


Greetings from Room 116!

Fortunately, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, so spring will be here soon. In the meantime, we will be going outside for recess as much as the weather permits, so please make sure that students are prepared with appropriate clothing. In the classroom, we are keeping warm and busy as you can see:

ELA: We worked on “schwa” vowel sounds in Spelling and in Grammar. In addition, we worked on narrative writing and read our realistic fiction books. We continue to examine how characters are revealed through their thoughts, actions, and words, and how they impact what happens in the story.

Math: We learned that fractions represent equal parts of a whole. We learned how to identify fractions and began partitioning shapes into fractional parts.

Science/SS: We explored how all living organisms are connected through food chains and webs in various ecosystems.

Other: We enjoyed additional STEM activities during Library, and created GOOGLE slides during technology.

Believe it or not, Spring Conferences are next month! Attached, please find a sign-up sheet. Please indicate your top three choices, and I will do my best to accommodate your preferences.

Best wishes to all for a winning weekend! Go Pats!!!!

Most Sincerely,



Ms. Feeney



Welcome to Third Grade!

August 16, 2017


Dear Room 116:

I am so excited to meet everyone. We are going to have a wonderful year together. Before we begin school, however, I would love to learn a little bit more about you. Please tell me about yourself by clicking on the link below and answering a few quick questions.

I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Until then, enjoy the rest of your vacation!!

XO Ms. Feeney

Onward and upward!



June 23, 2017


Greetings from Room 116!

Sadly, here is our last newsletter. This year has flown by, and I am not at all ready to say goodbye. Nonetheless, everyone is definitely ready for fourth grade. We have had an amazing year together and have maximized every single learning moment!

Here is how we spent our last full week together:

ELA: We finished our Roald Dahl fantasy books and practiced our play. We also studied adverbs.

Math: We reviewed facts and worked on multi-step, multi-operational problems.

Science/SS: We learned about the current demographics, geography, and economy of our amazing state. We also explored forces and motion.

Other: We enjoyed a great field trip to Chatham Light and a beautiful Grade 3 Celebrations ceremony followed by a lovely Family Picnic. Thank you to all who were able to attend these events. What a fabulous way to close out the year!

In closing, it has been both a pleasure and a privilege to teach this class. Thank you so much for sharing your special students with me. I will miss them tremendously. Please keep me posted on their future progress.

Best wishes for a spectacular summer with family and friends!

Most sincerely,

Ms. Feeney

Seventh Inning Stretch!!

June 9, 2017
Greetings from Room 116!

So much to do and so little time left!! Following are some of the main events from our incredibly busy week:

ELA: We are enjoying our funny fantasy stories, while observing Roald Dahl’s unique writing style. We also reviwed irregular plurals in Spelling and began writing our class play.

Math: Although our formal math instruction is over, we continue to practice math facts and solve multi-step word problems.

Science/SS: We learned more about the maritime era. We researched different colonial trades and created Google slides to present our learning.

Other: We enjoyed field trips to Wixon and the Jericho House.

Please note that we will hold the Grade 3 Celebration on Friday, 6/23, followed by the EHBi Family Picnic. Our play performance will occur on the last day of school, 6/27 (time TBD).

Best wishes to all for a beautiful weekend!


Ms. Feeney

P.S. Homework consists of nightly reading and math fact practice.

Memorial Day

May 26, 2017


Greetings from Room 116!

This week I had the opportunity to read with several students individually as part of our end-of-year BAS assessment. Everyone has made wonderful gains since September! I will be reading with the rest of the class next week.

Other highlights from the week include:

ELA: We began our fantasy books in Reading and studied the “–ed” ending in Spelling.

Math: We created perimeter robots and tangram pictures.

Science/SS: We learned more about colonial life and had a wonderful hands-on field trip to the Josiah Dennis Manse.

Other: We added finishing touches to our extreme weather technology projects.

We ended the week with a special all-school Memorial Day Ceremony.

Best wishes to all for peaceful Memorial Day weekend.


Ms. Feeney


May 19, 2017

Greetings from Room 116!

Congratulations to all of our students for completing the Grade 3 Mathematics MCAS!!  Everyone persevered and gave their best effort. Thank you families for your support in this endeavor.

Following are some of the many other highlights of our week:

ELA: We finished our historical fiction book groups, observing how good writers establish character, plot, mood, and theme. During Writer’s Workshop, we worked on various memoirs; while in Spelling, we reviewed the –ing suffix.

Math: We reviewed all mathematical concepts: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement, fractions, and geometry. We also played an interactive, kinesthetic game of multiplication on the baseball field.

Science/SS: We recorded new observations regarding our long-term evaporation experiment. We also launched our study of life during the later colonial era.

Other: We finished our our Extreme Weather Story Board projects in Library/Technology.

Best wishes to all for a restful weekend!


Ms. Feeney

P.S. Homework includes nightly reading and math fact practice.