Back-to-School Parent Information
Please see the link below for wonderful back-to-school information for third grade for the 2022-2023 school year.
We encourage you to also review our grade-level schedule and the specials schedule on the specials page.
2022-2023 Important Announcements & Upcoming Dates
- For breakfast, kids who come in at 7:35 or later are sent to class with their trays to finish in the classroom. Anyone who comes in before that eats in the cafeteria and leaves at 7:40 to go to class. Those kids are not allowed to leave with breakfast items. Breakfast opens at 7:00. If your student plans on eating breakfast at school, please allow them enough time to get their breakfast and eat it in order to be in class on time at 7:40 ready to learn.
October 1 - 6: Fall Book Fair Click for More
October 4: Shepard Spirit Night @ McAlister’s Deli Click for More
October 6: Art Night Click for More
October 7: Science Unit 2 Assessment (Physical Properties)
October 10 - 11: Student/Teacher Holiday
October 11: Student Holiday/ Patent-Teacher Conferences
October 14: Pride Rally Click for Schedule
October 14: Social Studies Unit 2 Assessment (Communities, Past and Present)
October 14: Red Ribbon Assembly Click for More
October 21: 3rd Grade Field Trip - Heard Museum Click for More
October 24 - 28: Red Ribbon Week Click for More
November 4: Shepard Fall Party and Color Run Click for More
November 10: 3rd Grade Musical Click for More
November 21 - 25: Thanksgiving Break
November 30 - December 2: 5th Grade Camp Click for More
December 1 - December 2: 1st & 3rd Grade Hearing & Vision Screening
December 8: Shepard Bedtime Story Night Click for More
December 12: Shepard 4th & 5th Grade Winter Choir Concert Click for More
December 15: Winter Parties Click for More
December 16: Pride Rally Click for Schedule
December 16: Shepard Holiday Sing Along Click for More
December 17 - January 3: Winter Break - We will see everyone back on January 4th!
Third Grade Schedule Overview
7:00 am - 7:30 am Early Morning Drop-Off. During this time, students will be either in the gym or in the cafeteria for breakfast until the 7:30 am bell rings.
7:30 am - 7:40 am Children arrive in their classrooms to unpack and do morning activities
7:40 am - 8:00 am Pledge, Moment of Silence, Announcement/ Patriot News, and Morning Meeting
8:00 am - 8:55 am Math
8:55 am - 9:45 am Specials
9:45 am - 10:00 am Read Aloud, Snack, and Restroom Break
10:00 am - 10:30 am Math Rotations
10:30 am - 11:00 am Intervention and Enrichment
11:00 am - 11:30 am Recess
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Science
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm Social Studies
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm English Language Arts
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Packing up and End of Day Dismissal Routines
Mrs. Howe Tuesdays 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Mrs. Greene Wednesdays 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Mrs. Fiero Fridays 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Mondays 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesdays 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Mrs. Howe Wednesdays 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mrs. Greene Thursdays 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mrs. Fiero Tuesdays 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
What Are We Learning
**Please see the section 2022-2023 Important Announcements & Upcoming Dates for upcoming tests and assessments**
- Students will identify word meanings, including words with suffixes using context in the text
- Students will recognize the characteristics of multimodal/digital text.
- Students will use drama to develop/deepen comprehension, recognize/analyze genre-specific characteristics, and explain the author’s purpose.
- Students will identify word meanings, including words with affixes, using context in text.
- Students will identify word meanings, including synonyms and words with affixes, using context in text.
- Students will use literary nonfiction text to develop/deepen comprehension, recognize/analyze genre-specific characteristics, and analyze the author’s craft.
- Students will use informational text to develop/deepen comprehension, recognize/analyze genre-specific characteristics, and analyze the author’s craft,
- Students explain that multiplication is repeated addition and can be represented in arrays.
- Students represent multiplication by using a variety of approaches such as repeated addition, equal-sized groups, arrays, area models, equal jumps on a number line, and skip counting and will determine the total number of objects when equally-sized groups of objects are combined or arranged in arrays up to 10 by 10.
- Students describe a multiplication expression as a comparison.
- Students use strategies to build fluency in order to recall facts to multiply up to 10 by 10 and recall the corresponding division facts.
- Students ask questions and solve problems about their designed world using the Engineering Design Process and Engineering practices.
- Students explore and recognize that a mixture is created when two materials are combined.
- Students observe and describe characteristics and uses of different forms of energy.
- Students demonstrate and observe how position and motion can be changed by pushing and pulling objects.
- Students describe an individual that has changed a community in order to understand individuals make a difference.
- Students create and interpret timelines in order to understand the past affects the present.
- Students create and interpret maps in order to show their understanding that maps tell a story.
- Students describe variations in the physical environment in order to understand where people live can influence them, the land, and their culture.
- Students describe how individuals, events, and ideas have changed communities in order to understand individuals make a difference.
Third Grade Reminders
Wearing tennis shoes is encouraged during Specials and on the playground.
Please always label all clothing items, including jackets.
Dismissal and Attendance
To report an absence, please call the Child Safe Line at
469-752-3600 (option 3)
If you know BEFORE school that there will be a change of dismissal, please send a teacher note in the morning or email the office so we are aware.
If you need to change plans AFTER your child is here, you have 2 choices:
- Call the front office, and they will tell the teacher –OR-
- E-mail the teacher, and cc: Emily.Rollins@pisd.edu She is our attendance secretary. That way in case the teacher misses it, Mrs. Smith will make sure that we know and then a “change in dismissal” card will be sent to notify the teacher.
If your child is absent, please send a signed note with the reason for their absence or bring a doctor’s note (if you went to the doctor).
We recommend calling the school 5 - 10 minutes prior to arrival for pick up, so students have time to gather their items and come to the office. This is especially helpful for when students are at recess, lunch, specials, or in academic services.
**Must bring a form of identification for pick-up**
Your child's snack should be:
- a simple snack that is packaged separately from their lunch.
- The snack should be one that they can open easily and manage independently. Please no snacks that require a spoon or a fork.
- Your child may bring a bottle of water to class. Their name should be marked clearly on the water bottle to prevent your child's water from getting mixed up with that of another child.
Ideas for healthy snacks can be located on the Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition website
Students may bring their own lunch that is labeled, buy a lunch from the cafeteria, or do a combination of both. Each student will have their very own lunch code located on their ID badge. This is a number that is scanned or entered if your child buys anything from the lunch line.
If sending money to school for lunch, PTA purchases, book orders, etc., please place it in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and put it in your student’s take-home folder. Most of these purchases can be done online.
Parent Lunch Visitors for 2022 - 2023!
Parents may visit their child for lunch via the signup sheet below, which is per nine-week period. (August 10 - October 7).
Many parents like to come to school and have lunch with their child. Luckily, our school has a "Patriot Patio" in the hall outside our cafeteria where students and family members can enjoy lunch together. We have 4 tables per grade level available. We require parents to sign up prior to visiting their child for lunch so that we do not run out of space. All visitors to Shepard must bring a driver's license on their first visit of the school year and be issued a visitor badge. On subsequent visits, we can print badges with the same level of security without the need to scan your driver's license again, but please have it on hand in case there are any questions.
Please feel free to let Mrs. Bishop know if you have any questions.
During the school day, students have a 30-minute long recess. Recess is usually an outdoor play time if the weather permits. On bad weather days, we will do an activity in our classrooms during this time. On occasion, the students will be permitted an additional recess time. Teachers do not apply sunscreen to children. We recommend applying sunscreen to your child before you send them to school. We go outside every day unless the temperature is below 32 degrees or it is raining.
If your child is celebrating their birthday, their teacher will take the time to recognize their special day and they will also be mentioned on our morning announcements, "The Patriot News." If you wish to bring a treat for the whole class, they will be shared at the end of the day. Some examples of birthday treats are store-bought cookies or donuts. Please, no peanut butter treats. Please arrange this celebration with your child's teachers. Family members are currently not allowed to attend. This will just be for your child and their class.
Birthday invitations have to be handed out by students at non-academic times.
Field Trips will be organized based on the school and district schedules in conjunction with the academic goals of the grade level.
We will send home flyers about specific field trip information closer to the field trip dates as well as post information about them here in the Important Announcements Section.
In order to volunteer at the school, any person must complete a background check form. Please do this now if you think you may ever want to chaperone or help with anything at school. The more the merrier!
Types of volunteers include:
- Room Parents
- Workroom helpers
- Field Trip Chaperones
- Watch Dog Dads
- Fine Arts Day presenters or helpers
All volunteers must sign in at the front office.
Please ask for more information if you are interested. You are welcome!
School Registration Information & Supply List
We have provided here for you the link for information about new student enrollment. Should you have any further questions, feel free to call Shepard Elementary on our mainline and speak with our front office. The direct phone number is (469) 752 - 3100
School Supply List
2022-2023 School Year Calendar:
August 10: First Day of School
September 2-5: Student Holiday
October 10-11: Student Holiday
November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break
December 16: Last Day of First Semester (Early Release)
December 19–January 3: Winter Break
January 4: Start of Second Semester
January 16: Student Holiday
February 20: Student Holiday
March 6–13: Spring Break
April 6: Bad Weather Make-Up Day 1
April 7: Student Holiday
April 10: Bad Weather Make-Up Day 2
April 24: Student Holiday
May 26: Last Day of School (Early Release)