3rd Grade

Arrival and Dismissal

  • The school day starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:41 p.m. Early release days end at 12:26 p.m.  Breakfast is served each morning starting at 7:40 a.m Please try to arrive with enough time to make it to class by 8:00.
  • Please email Jackie Ventura or call 703-228-8707 if students are going to be absent.
  • Please send a note with any dismissal changes (two copies [one for Extended Day]).

Thursday Folders

We encourage parents to check Thursday Folders each week for student work, permission slips, grade level newsletters on the first Thursday of each month, etc.Other important information will be communicated by PeachJar and SchoolTalk. Please see the main office for questions about these programs.


The 2016-2017 homework policy for 3rd Grade is: 20 minutes of independent or assigned reading per night, and 20 minutes of math per night. Students will bring home a writing journal that they may choose to continue work at home each night. Please do not spend more than the allotted time on math homework. Let teachers know if students are struggling with or spending more time on homework than this guideline.

The Workshop Model

  • We use the Workshop Model in reading and writing.
  • We will use Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Writing to guide our Writers Workshop. The Units for 3rd Grade are:
    • Unit 1: Crafting True Stories
    • Unit 2: The Art of Information Writing
    • Unit 3: Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials
    • Unit 4: Once Upon a Time: Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales

 3rd Grade Content and Expeditions

Some of our major units will be

  • Ancient civilizations
  • Government (fall expedition: Liberty For Us All)
  • Earth and Its’ Moon
  • Matter
  • Simple machines (spring expedition: Work at Play)
  • Ecosystems and interdependence
  • Economics

Quarterly Assessments and SOLs

  • Quarterly assessments in reading and math will be taken on iPads. These are formative in nature but do help students prepare for the format of SOLs.
  • We will have SOL assessments in May in Reading and Math.
  • There are no longer 3rd Grade Science or History/Social Science SOL assessments. In place of these, students will complete alternate assessments in Social Studies and Science throughout the year.  These take the form of in-class projects or assignments that allow students to apply science and social studies concepts.