Monday, December 9, 2013

Dates to Remember

December 10th- Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

December 12th PTO Meeting

December 17th-January 6thWinter Break

January 7th - Students Return to School

January 10th- End of 2nd Nine Weeks

January 8thStevi Bs Spirit Night

January 16th Report Cards Go Home

January 20th MLK Holiday; No School

January 23rd Stevi B’s Spirit Night

January 28th- Skate Country Spirit Night

Teacher “TWEETs”

We want to remind you the importance of daily reading at home (RAH=Read At Home).  It is essential to continuing your child’s reading growth as it keeps them in practice.  We want to encourage students to continue reading, even on weekends and holidays. It is a great idea to expose children to different types of reading material.  Your child doesn’t have to read a story book every night, instead they may read a magazine, newspaper or even an online article.

Daily math practice is also a key part of a child’s success with math instruction.  It is important for students to practice their basic math facts continually.  These math facts should include some addition, subtraction, and multiplication.  A child could practice by doing flashcards, writing out math facts, drawing pictures of facts, etc.

We hope each family has a great holiday season!

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Dates to Remember

November 7th – McDonald’s Spirit Night

November 19th – Skate Country Spirit Night

November 21stField trip to GA Aquarium

November 21st – Stevie B’s Spirit Night

November 25th -29th – Thanksgiving Break

November Happenings

As we have reached the end of the 1st nine weeks, we want to remind you how important regular attendance is to your child’s learning and progress.  It is easy for students to start falling behind if they are missing instructional time.  We also feel it is equally important for students to arrive by 7:50 to ensure they get their day started on time.  Please ensure your child has regular, on-time attendance.  We do understand sickness may arise, especially as we enter the Fall and Winter seasons.  If your child is sick, please contact Nurse Dawn Wale.  She can advise as to whether your child should be kept home.  Remember to send in an excuse for any absences.  It is important for students to remain at school for the entire day.  Please try to schedule any appointments after school hours.  We appreciate your consideration in helping your child have good school attendance.

We are going on a field trip to the Georgia Aquarium on November 21st. The cost of this field trip is $3. Please pay for your child as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we will be unable to take parents with us on this field trip. As always, please feel free to contact your child’s homeroom teacher with any questions or concerns.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fall Break

Monday and Tuesday, October 14th and 15th are student
Enjoy your Fall Break!
We will see you Wednesday, October 16th.

Fall Habitat Celebration

Third graders are currently studying Georgia Habitats.  We are planning a Fall Habitat Celebration in a few weeks.  As part of our celebration, we will be asking students to come dressed as a GA animal on October 31st.  Over the next week or so, students will be learning about the various animals found in Georgia.  We would encourage you to be creative and make homemade costumes.  Please do not feel that you have to go purchase an animal costume. We look forward to seeing all our third students dressed as Georgia animals.

Monday, September 30, 2013

October Events

October 9th – Picture Day!
October 14th and 15th – No School for Students
October 21st – Report Cards Go Home
October 29th – Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

Curriculum Night

Don't forget about Curriculum Night at 6pm Tuesday, October 1st.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools Named

Sept. 24, 2013 - Eight Georgia public schools were named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education today.

The award honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

"National Blue Ribbon Schools are another shining example of the great things happening in Georgia schools. These eight schools are to be commended for their outstanding student performance," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "I am excited for the students, teachers and staff that they were recognized on a national level for excellence."

Blue Ribbon Schools are chosen in two categories (see the full criteria descriptions):

- High Performing Schools: Schools that are ranked among the state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or assessments referenced against national norms in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics in at least the most recent year tested.

- Exemplary Improving Schools: Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have made the most progress in improving student performance on state assessments or assessments referenced against national norms in reading (English language arts) and mathematics in the most recent five years.

One Georgia private school was also named a National Blue Ribbon School. The selection process for private schools is different. For more information, go to

Blue Bell Creameries is a 2013 National Blue Ribbon sponsor and will bring a special surprise to all the schools.

“At Blue Bell, we are firm believers in recognizing the importance of encouraging and honoring schools for educational excellence,” says Paul Kruse, CEO and president of Blue Bell Creameries. “We are well aware that such high levels of achievement require tremendous effort from students, teachers, administrators and parents. This is Blue Bell’s way of showing how proud we are!”

Georgia's winning schools will join other national winners at an awards ceremony on Nov. 19 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. For more information on the Blue Ribbon Schools program, go to



Daves Creek Elementary, Forsyth County

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, Marietta City

Tritt Elementary, Cobb County

Mountain Park Elementary, Fulton County

Fair Oaks Elementary, Cobb County

Middle Ridge Elementary, Newton County

Sugar Hill Elementary, Hall County

Webster County High, Webster County


St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School, Kennesaw
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Teacher "TWEETs"

     Our third grade agendas are working well. Students are learning life skills in being organized.  Part of this organized agenda allows for daily commutation between you and me.  Please put this area of commutation to use at any time. Remember to sign your child’s agenda each night.

     Along with communication this agenda will have your student’s homework for the day.  One area of importance for homework is RAH.  RAH stands for “read at home”.  Students need to read at home for 20 minutes everyday.  Also students should practice their basic math facts each night.

     Although we cannot stop instruction for a party in order to celebrate birthdays, students are welcome to bring a special, healthy snack to share with the whole class!  This snack will be shared during our recess time (1:50 - 2:15).

Mrs. Byrd, Mrs. Dailey, Mrs. Eaton, Mrs. Pledger,

Ms. Pulliam and Mrs. Reece


Saturday, September 7, 2013

September Events

Thursday, 12th… Girl Scouts 6:00 - 7:00

Thursday, 19th…Girl Scouts Troop 10883/Pinkston 6:00 - 7:30 in gym

Thursday, 19th…Stevie B's Spirit Night

Tuesday, 24th…Skate Country Spirit Night 6:00 - 8:00 
Thursday, 26th…Cub Scouts Sign ups 7:00-8:30 in cafeteria

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Birthday Party Information

Dear Parents,

I am writing to give you an update on our Wellness Initiative at Sugar Hill.   We have achieved the Gold Shape award from our state governor for increasing exercise opportunities for our students and for removing sugary drinks from our vending machines. 

Our goals for this year include making an effort to serve healthy snacks for celebrations such as birthday parties.  If you plan to bring a class treat this year for your child’s birthday, please choose a healthy alternative to cupcakes or candy.  Some ideas might be natural popcorn that is free from excessive salts and preservatives, fruit such as grapes, veggie dippers, or water bottles instead of sugary drinks.  I can’t promise that we will never serve candy or cake, but we are going to make a promise to be conscious of the amounts of sugars, carbohydrates, and fat contents that we are offering to your children for treats.  As always, feel free to contact us about any dietary concerns that you have for your individual child. 

We are looking forward to a healthy, happy year.  Thank you for your support for wellness for all children in the Sugar Hill community. 

Beth Skarda

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Our 3rd graders are off to a successful beginning of the 2013-2014 school year!

Parents, our classrooms are in need of your help in order to continue our successful start. 

·         Some of the 3rd grade homerooms still do not have homeroom moms.  If you would like to help, please contact your student’s teacher.

·         Supplemental supplies would be an extra blessing: Hand Sanitizer, Candy (individually wrapped), and Disinfectant Wipes.  Please do not feel as though you have to send any of these items.  These supplies can be provided as you are able to do so throughout the year.

·         Homework is super important. Please make sure your student has completed his or her homework every evening.  Signing your student’s agenda and Monday folder is a good way to be involved in your student's academic growth.

Thank you in advance for all you do for our 3rd grade!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

It is so exciting!

Tomorrow is the first day of school for the year 2013 - 2014.

We look forward to seeing you bright and early in the morning. :-)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Welcome to 3rd Grade!!!

Welcome to 3rd Grade!!!

We hope to see you at Open House August 8th, 2013. Teachers will be ready to meet students and parents on this day between 3 pm and 6 pm. The gym doors will be open at 3 pm to get started. Students are encouraged to bring school supplies to Open House. See you then.

Anxious to meet you,
3rd Grade Teaching Team
Mrs. Byrd, Mrs. Dailey, Mrs. Eaton,
Mrs. Pledger, Ms. Pulliam, Mrs. Reece