• Third Grade

  • 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.

    Shepard Third Grade Informational Night 2022-2023

  • 2022-2023 Important Announcements & Upcoming Dates

    General Announcements

    • 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.

    March 2023

    February 27 - March 2: Spring Book Fair

    February 27 - March 3: Shepard Read Across America Week - Daily Dress-Up Themes

    March 3: Unit 5 Reading Assessment

    March 3: Shepard PTA Popsicle Party

    March 6 – 10: Spring Break

    March 13: Student Holiday/ Teacher Workday

    March 14 - 17: Shepard's 4th Annual Reading Fair

    March 15: 3rd Grade Holifield Science Center Field Trip

    March 17: Pride Rallies

    March 20: Math MAP

    March 21: Science MAP

    March 21: Spring Photos

    March 22: Language Arts MAP

    March 24: Science Assessment (Earth's Changing Surface)

    March 30: Open House 

    March 31: Social Studies Assessment (Economics)

    April 2023

    April 4: Shepard History Fair

    April 6: This is now a regular school day *Previously Bad Weather Make-Up Day 1*

    April 7: Student Holiday

    April 10: Student Holiday -Bad Weather Make-Up Day 2

    April 13: 4th & 5th Grade Spring Choir Musical

    April 14: Spring Fling and Color Run

    April 17: School Planetarium at Shepard

    April 24: Student holiday/ Staff Workday

    May 2023

    May 5: Field Day

    May 11: 1st Grade Musical

    May 25: End-of-Year Class Parties

    May 26: Pride Rally

    May 26: Last day of school - Early release at 12 pm for all students. *All students will be served lunch before dismissal*

  • Schedule Overview

    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 Tuesdays 9:45 am - 10:30 am


    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**

    January 2023


    • Students will identify word meanings, including words with suffixes, using context in text.
    • Students will use argumentative text to develop/deepen comprehension, recognize/analyze genre specific characteristics, and analyze author’s craft.
    • Students will identify word meanings, including compound words and words with suffixes, using context in text.
    • Students will use informational text to develop/deepen comprehension, recognize/analyze genre specific characteristics, and analyze author’s craft.
    • Students will use literary nonfiction (biography) text to develop/deepen comprehension, recognize/analyze genre specific characteristics, and analyze author’s craft.


    • Students explain that two fractions are equivalent if both are represented by the same point on a number line or represent the same portion of a same size whole for an area model. 
    • Students compare two fractions with the same numerator or denominator in problems by reasoning about their sizes and justifying the conclusion using symbols, words, objects and pictorial models.


            • Students observe and describe the physical characteristics of environments and how they support populations and communities of plants and animals within an ecosystem.
            • Students describe environmental changes such as floods and droughts where some organisms thrive and others perish or move to new location.
            • Students explore how structures and functions of plants and animals allow them to survive in a particular environment.

            Social Studies:

            • Students describe the basic structure of government in order to understand that government reflects the changing needs of the people.
            • Students identify services provided by local, state, and national governments in order to understand that the government reflects the needs of the people.
            • Students distinguish between fact and opinion and participate in government in order to understand a democratic society is based on individual rights, freedoms, and responsibilities

          • 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**

          • Snack

            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

          • Lunch

            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.

            1st 9 Weeks Lunch Visitor Sign Up

            Please feel free to let Mrs. Bishop know if you have any questions.

          • Recess

            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.

          • Birthdays

            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

            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.

          • Volunteer Information

            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!

            Plano I.S.D. Volunteer Application and Information

          • 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

            New Student Enrollment

            School Supply List

          • Team Third Grade Logo


            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: This is now a regular school day *Previously Bad Weather Make-Up Day 1*

            April 7: Student Holiday

            April 10: Student Holiday -Bad Weather Make-Up Day 2

            April 24: Student Holiday

            May 26: Last Day of School (Early Release)