What we’re learning in Science in Marking Period 3

This week we began a unit of study called “Animals Through Time.” In our first Mystery we explored the idea that the rock under our feet sometimes contains fossils. Those fossils reveal how habitats have changed through time. For example, fossil shark teeth and fossil starfish found in the center of North America are evidence that what is grassland today must have been an ocean in the ancient past.

You can help support your child’s learning by striking up a conversation about an exotic habitat you might have visited on vacation. If feasible, consider visiting the nearest science museum and/or quarry to see any local fossils that have been found in our region.

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Check out Mystery 1 http://mysteryscience.com/animals/mystery-1/habitats-environmental-change/31?r=43801233&t=student

NWEA Testing Window

NWEA TESTING WINDOW~January 7-February 1

NWEA Schedule Winter Testing

In the next few weeks we will be taking the NWEA.  Please make sure that your child sleeps early and eats a healthy breakfast.

Last week, most of the students already tested for the NWEA Science.  If your child was absent on the day that we were testing, he or she can make up the test on the next day.

The Week of January 14-18, 2019, we will be testing for NWEA Language.

During the week of January 21-25, We will be testing for NWEA Reading.

During the week of January 26-January 29 th, We be testing for NWEA Math.

Please make sure your child does not miss any school and to come to school on time and prepared for testing.

Thanks again for all of your support!

The Third Grade Team


Trunk or Treat 2018!

Here are some pictures of our PTA sponsored Trunk or Treat 2018!.  It was a family friendly oriented event that everyone got to enjoy.  Our parents and teachers volunteered their time to make this occasion a pleasurable and meaningful experience for all of our Maples Community!

Upcoming News!



Upcoming Events and Important Dates  to Jot down:Image result for important dates to jot down


  • Nov.7, 9-10 am.  PTA Meeting 
  • Nov 8, 13, & 15 Parent Conferences 4-7 p.m.

  • Nov 14 2-3pm Healthy Lifestyle Assembly
  • Nov 16, 19 & 20 Mobile Dentist

  • Nov 21-23 Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 30 Brainstormers Assembly




October 17, 2018 Brag Tags!

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This year at Maples Elementary, the students will be able to earn brag tags throughout the school year.

Here is some information to explain what brag tags are and how your child can earn them.

Brag tags are incentive tags that your child can earn for positive behavior and choices that he/she makes during the school day. The tags are placed on a necklace that is kept at school and brought home at the end of the school year. Brag tags are not meant to take home but can be looked at if you come into school to visit. We will also have them available when you come in for parent/teacher conferences.

Brag tags are earned when the teacher notices a choice or behavior that is done by a student that exceeds expectations. Brag tags can be earned for many things. Some of these may include: helping others, walking quietly in the hallway, good listening, being a buddy, following directions, etc.

Positive reinforcement is one method that we will use this year to encourage positive choices and hard work.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any of your teachers! 

Third Grade Team

Week of October 10-15, 2018

So many things are happening this week at Maples Elementary, especially for the 3rd Grade.  Our third-grade classes are each visiting the Firehouse Safety House to reinforce their learning about fire safety.  Permission slips have been passed out and should be returned to their teachers as soon as possible.

This week, we promoted Walk/Bike to school as an initiative for a healthy and active lifestyle.  Each student who walked or biked to school on October 10 will receive a brag tag!

In Math, all third classes have taken or still going to take the MidModule Assessment for Module 1.  Please be sure that you are checking your child’s daily homework in order to help your child be successful for this upcoming assessment!

Thank you always for all of your support,

Maples Third Grade Team

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Family Game Night October 11, 2018

Image result for learning gizmosMaples Elementary is hosting Family Game Night on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 5-6:00 p.m.  This is an opportunity to bring your child and learn how to play educational games sponsored by Gizmo.  There will be games available if parents would like to purchase.  There will be discount coupons for the first 40 parents to come! Please come and have fun!  If interested in learning more about Gizmos, we have included a link to their website.  https://www.learninggizmos.com/   

September 24-September 29, 2018 3rd Grade News

We finished up another great week at school.  We had many fun things happen this week in our academic subjects such as completing Topic B Math Quiz and learning about how to describe a character in Reading.  We also completed all of the NWEA testing which have been recorded in your child’s planner.

This week, our third graders got to meet Firefighter Jane.  Firefighter Jane shared many important information about what happens during a fire emergency.  Our students got to learn about fire prevention, fire safety and important information with obtaining free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for families who cannot afford them.

The Dearborn Fire Station will provide free smoke detectors and free carbon monoxide detectors and also install them for no extra charge as a courtesy to promote fire safety.   If interested with installing free smoke detectors, click on the links below.

Fire Department continues to offer free smoke detectors, with free installation

Call 313-943-2134 to set up an appointment for extra safety Homeowners are encouraged to call (313) 943-2134 to schedule an appointment for their smoke detector installation. Appointments are available Monday – Friday.  Click on the website link for further information. http://www.cityofdearborn.org/news-and-events/city-news/1310-fire-department-continues-to-offer-free-smoke-detectors-with-free-installation

This past Friday, our third graders enjoyed the BrainStormers Assembly.  This event was an interactive, fun and engaging for our students to learn the different processes of writing.  Our students had the opportunity to participate in the process and act out the skits. Think it up and Write it Down! 


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