I bet that if you are reading my blog right now you are new to third grade and will be in my class! (or you’re a parent of a kiddo that will be in my class) Welcome! I am so excited for the upcoming year and can’t wait to meet you!

Meet the Teacher is Friday, August 4th from 3:30-5:30pm. If you have your school supplies, feel free to go ahead and bring them with you. Hope to see you then!

If you have any questions before then feel free to email me hrussell@shelbyed.org

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!
~Mrs. Russell


Book Fair!

The Book Fair is coming! The Book Fair is coming!!!

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December 12-16

Hello families!
I hope you are all well, warm and enjoying the holiday season! We are so excited here to be celebrating! We have been listing to holiday music, typing our family recipes and “warming” ourselves by the “fire.” (a video of a crackling fire while we work)
There is just something about this time of year that bring so much joy and fun to our room! Maybe it’s the colorful lights surrounding our room, maybe it’s the tree and all the ornaments, or maybe it’s the extra wide smile all the kiddos wear! All of the above make it one of my favorite times of year!
Attached is the newsletter for this week dec-12 and the study guide for the math assessment unit-5-summative-assessment-review on Wednesday if you would like a blank one to work on with your child. We completed this together in class today. Students had the opportunity to answer the questions and then we discussed them together and talked about strategies to solve the problems. Students should have taken notes on how to correctly solve the problems so that they would have the correct information to study.
Your invitation to our Christmas Party came home today. It will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15th at 1:00pm. Please rsvp on the invitation and let me know whether or not you will be able to send in your child’s family tradition recipe/food item. If you could Rsvp tonight and return that tomorrow then I will send out a “menu”/list of the food items we have so that we can see where we have a need as far as dishes are concerned.
Grade papers will come home tomorrow. I apologize for the day delay in getting them to you. I am trying to get all of the grades entered so that you will have an up-to-date progress report.
Multiplication fact drills began today. Your child should have a letter explaining those and the first drill in his/her folder. Attached is the letter also. multiplication-family-letter
Hope you all have a wonderful evening and week! Looking forward to seeing you at our Christmas Feast on Thursday! Don’t forget to wear your tacky attire 🙂
~Mrs. Russell

November 28 – December 2

Hello families!
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
We are on the countdown to Christmas holidays and boy will we be busy!
We are wrapping up our Native American unit this week and beginning our study of magnets. We are also wrapping up our subtraction fact quizzes with the special snack on Friday. If you are able to send in items for this, please sign up using the link: Thank you!!
We also have our Children’s Theater field trip coming up this Thursday as well as our Christmas party on December 15th. More information about the party will be sent home at a later date.
In lieu of swapping gifts this year, we “adopted” two children. Gifts for those children are due on Wednesday, November 30th. I will be taking them to the organization on that day.
Attached is the newsletter for this week: nov-28
and a note about dress attire for the field trip: dress-attire-letter
Hope you all have a fabulous week!
~Mrs. Russell

November 7-11

Hooray for November!
Fall, leaves, and a cool breeze! (and your cheesy teacher)

Attached are a few important items:

newsletter for this week: nov-7

Subtraction drills letter: subtraction-drills-letter-to-parents

subtraction facts to study for drills: subtraction_facts_table
note that this table lists all facts from 0-12. We will only be studying and testing on facts 0-10.

link to sign up to send in items for our subtraction snack:

family traditions letter: family-traditions-recipe-letter-to-parents

There is also a link to a sign up for items on our class wish list on our classroom wish list page. You can find that in the green bar at the top of the page. Hop on over and check it out 🙂
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
~Mrs. Russell

October 31 – November 4

Hello! Hope you all are doing well!


Attached is the newsletter for the upcoming week. Remember we have our field trip on Tuesday! Hooray! Make sure you read over the field trip reminders on the newsletter.  oct-31

We will have a special snack for October 31 that will correlate to our study of “how to” writing. If you are able to send in items for our special activities, please sign up on the website:

If the link doesn’t work, you can go to signupgenius.com and in the top right click “find a signup” then search by my email address: hrussell@shelbyed.org
Thank you for your help with our fun learning activities!

Information about word study for next week:
Word Study: VC/CV – Our word study pattern for this week is vc/cv. In this pattern, words are divided into syllables between the two consonants. The first vowel is short, as it is part of a closed syllable (vowel followed by a consonant). The rest of the vowels in the word may be short or long, depending on whether their syllable is closed or open. Your child will bring home his/her own individual word list today in their folder based on the results of their pretest.

Here is the music newsletter from Mrs. Dunham – october-music-newsletter

Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Russell 🙂


September 26-30

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
Attached is the newsletter for this week – sept-23

Don’t forget the book fair is next week! Hooray!

Here is some important information regarding the book fair:
Join us for our Pirate Scholastic Book Fair!
When: Oct. 3 – 7, 2016
Where: In the CPES library
Who: All readers and their families!
Children shop at scheduled class times during the week or with parents between 7:15 and 7:45 daily.
Volunteers: Earn a free book to donate to your child’s classroom!
To help with the book fair please contact Mrs. Shaw at
ashaw@shelbyed.k12.al.us or 682-6718.
Donate: Clean your shelves and help the library!
Donate your gently used books and small stuffed animals. Just drop them off at the library any day before the book fair.
Dress up days:
Monday: Shiver Me Timbers Day – dress like a pirate
Tuesday: Blackbeard Day: wear a funny “stache” and beard
Wednesday: Aye, Eye, Cap’n Day – decorate yourself with eyeballs
Thursday: Arrrrrr, Matey Day – dress like something that begins with “R”
Friday: Davey Jones’ Locker Room Day: wear your team gear

Have a great week!

September 12-16

Good afternoon parents and families!
Attached is the newsletter for this week – sept-12.
Be on the lookout for Fall Pictures (sent home today).
Orders are due September 21.
The Fall Festival and Book Fair are fast approaching – information about these are in your child’s folder and newsletter.
Don’t forget – Spirit Night at Chickfila Greystone tonight 5-7pm. Make dinner easy peasy and support our school! 15% of all proceeds go to CPES and the class with the most attendance wins a Chickfila party! See you there!
~Mrs. Russell

August 29

Attached is the newsletter for this week – Aug 29

Be sure to check out spellingcity.com to practice your word study words with quizzes and fun games.

Have a great week!
~Mrs. Russell

August 22

Here is the newsletter for this week 🙂 Aug 22