Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Visit to the Riverton Fire Station

Students were able to ring the 'parade' bell!
Firemen demonstrate how far the ladder on the firetruck extends.  Students are surprised at just how high the ladder went!

Firemen explain their duties and equipment uses. 

Firemen explain the tools that use...kids are surprised that firefighters use saws!


Monday, September 17, 2018

Greetings, third grade families! 

We are so excited about our strong start to the 2018-2019 school year. The third grade students are learning and growing already! Do you want to know all about what the third graders will learn at school this year? Come to our Learning Overview (see below). We hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Welcome to Third Grade!

Hello, and welcome to our blog! The third grade teachers use this blog throughout the year to communicate with families and the community about what is happening here in third grade at Riverton. We will include information about events happening at school, what students are learning, third grade updates, and ways families can support their children with learning at home. Enter your email address in the box to the right if you would like an email alert when we've updated the blog.

We are very excited to begin the school year with Riverton's new third graders! September 4th is the first day of school, and we're looking forward to getting to know our new students. When school begins, we will have fun get-to-know-you activities and practice expectations and learning skills. We will be jumping right into fun and engaging learning!

Third grade students travel to the four different teachers for different learning blocks. Each student will be provided their own schedule that they will follow every day. This is something new to incoming third graders, so during the first two days of school, students will practice transitioning to the different classrooms in our third grade "pod". Click the links on the right to learn more about each teacher or the subject they teach.

Here is a sample schedule for a third grade student:

8:05-8:20      Breakfast
8:25-10:30    Reading & Science
10:30-10:45  Snack
10:45-11:30  Specials (Art, Gym, Library, or Music)
11:30-12:30  Lunch & Recess
12:35-1:35     Math
1:35-2:40      Writing
2:45                Dismissal

Other things to know:

  • School begins on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018
  • School hours for students are 8:20-2:50. If a student is having breakfast at school, please help them arrive by 8:05. 
  • Early release Wednesdays begin on September 26th, at which point students will be dismissed at 1:50 every Wednesday. Every day has our regular 2:50 dismissal time until the 26th.
  • We hope to see you at our Open House and the Back to School Barbecue on Tuesday, August 28th. Come visit us in third grade from 4:00pm-4:30pm and then head outside for the BBQ until 6:00pm.
  • Families do not need to provide their children with school supplies. We will make sure students have the materials they need for learning. If you would like to donate to third grade, items that everyone can use are appreciated. We always need items like tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and markers. :) 

More information will be coming your way. But, if you would like to speak with us, feel free to contact us at 874-8210 or by email:

Mrs. Cestaro:      cestak@portlandschools.org
Mrs. Harrigan:    harric@portlandschools.org
Ms. Rivis:           rivism@portlandschools.org
Mrs. Soule:         soulec@portlandschools.org  

We'll see you soon!

Mrs. Cestaro, Mrs. Harrigan, Ms. Rivis, and Mrs. Soule

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May Learning Update

Happy Spring, Riverton! 

First, a big CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Harrigan on the arrival of her new baby boy, Henry!!! Both Mrs. Harrigan and Henry are doing really well. Third grade was so excited to hear that Henry had arrived! We can't wait to meet him!

We are so proud of our third grade students. Back in March, they worked very hard to take the MEA state standardized assessment. Testing happened each morning for five days. Each morning of testing, the teachers were ready to encourage students and help get them energized and prepared to do their best. The third graders took the test seriously, putting their all into their work. In the afternoons, students did fun craft projects with their teachers! Thank you to families for anything you did to support your child during testing week (early bedtime, encouragement, etc.).

As we approach the end of the year, we have one final assessment known as the NWEA. This is a district assessment that is taken in the Fall, Winter and Spring and is one measure of your child's individual growth in Reading and Math. Students are aware of their growth target and are creating a plan to make it happen. Please continue to support your child as we hit this final stretch!!!

The entrance to the third grade pod on testing day!

Mrs. Soule helps get students energized with double high fives!

We had many movement breaks to keep our bodies and minds feeling good.

And when we say they gave it their all...

...we mean they gave it their ALL!

Then in April, the students in Ms. Hamann and Ms. Kayla's classes traveled to Bonny Eagle High School in Standish for the Special Olympics. The whole school gave an encouraging send-off as students boarded the bus for the trip. Congratulations to the students who participated! Here are some photos from the send-off and from the Olympics:

Ms. Michelle and Mataya at the Special Olympics!

At Riverton, we practice kindness, inclusion, and genuine cooperation. Our "Bucket Filling" project (see our last post for more information) has helped remind students of the importance of showing others we care. This work is critical in learning and practicing empathy. Clearly, the students have had empathy on their minds, as is evident in Allegresse's writing from our Persuasive Writing unit! (See below.) Great work, Allegresse!

Important upcoming dates:
  • May 28: Memorial Day - No School 
  • May 31: Last day of LearningWorks
  • June 6: Family Literacy Night 5:15-7:15
      • Check in between 5:15 and 5:45
  • June 6-8: Scholastic Book Fair
  • June 18: Field Day
  • June 19: Step-Up Day (students visit next year's teachers, happening during the school day)
  • June 20: Last day of school (full day)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Coming Up: MEA Testing and Conferences

The next two weeks are BIG for 3rd grade!

State standardized testing starts March 28th and runs through April 6th.
Ways to support your child at home during testing:

  • Early bedtimes
  • Arrive to school on TIME - which is 8:05 am 
  • Limit screen time at home (TV, iPads, smartphones, computers)
  • Encourage kids to do their best on the test
  • Limit sugary foods and encourage healthy eating

Third Grade MEA Testing Schedule:

Wednesday 3/28: Language and Grammar
Monday 4/2: Reading Part 1
Tuesday 4/3: Reading Part 2
Wednesday 4/4: Math Part 1
Thursday 4/5: Math Part 2
Friday 4/6: Writing
Monday 4/9: Make-Up Testing


PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES are March 26th, 29th and 30th!

Check with your child or the school if you are not sure of your
scheduled conference time!

Call the school and check conferences times at  (207) 874-8210.