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Wendy Collins is a third grade teacher at GRACEPOINT School.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Kennesaw State University.  Prior to GRACEPOINT, she taught first, second and third grade for eight years at The Schenck School.  Mrs. Collins is a classroom certified Reading teacher with the Academy of Orton Gillingham and is also trained in the Orton Gillingham Math method.  She is a native of Atlanta and lives in west Cobb with her husband and two children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family at the lake, traveling, and reading a good book. Mrs. Collins and her family attend North Metro Church in Marietta, Georgia.




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Week of January 7th

Happy New Year!! 2019!!


I hope you all have a blessed and relaxing Christmas Break! 
We had a wonderful Christmas party - Thanks to the wonderful parents who volunteered! 
Language Arts - We will begin a new comprehension story in our Imagine It books - One Small Place In a Tree. The genre of this story is expository and will tie in well with our new genre of writing. 
Writing - New genre of Informational Writing
Math - New concepts - Multiples of 0 and 1's. Review multiples of 2's, 5's, and 10's. 
Social Studies - We will begin studying about the 13 colonies and comparing the New England Colonies, Mid-Atlantic Colonies, and Southern Colonies. This week we will be focusing on Colonization and the New England Colonies. 

Week of December 10
As you can see, we had a great experience with Tattling Tales Production learning about Hernando Desoto!
This week:
Social Studies;  You will be seeing Desoto's story coming home to review before the test on Tuesday, (earlier than usual.)
Math:  We will continue with multiplication x10 the Woodin Math way!
Language Arts, we will review Desoto during part of this time and continue with prepositional phrases.
Writer's Workshop:  We will be starting a new narrative, based on those warm winter clothes they wore to school last week!
Please stayed alert to emails from 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade room moms about the upcoming combined Christmas party on Friday 21st 10:30-11:45.
Week of November 12th

It was great to see everyone at the parent conferences!  Thank you so much for your time.  

Now on to Trimester 2!

 This week:

Language Art:  We will be learning about prepositions . We will begin writing a narrative about our past Thanksgiving times after hearing a few sweet stories based on Thanksgiving themes. 

Math Groups:  we will continue with multiplication and division facts.

Social Studies:  we will finish up reviewing John Cabot the explorer (watch for homework to come home to reread the passage.)  SWYK will be Thursday

 Other GP news:

New Date! Fall Family Feast & Festival-Friday, Nov. 16, 10am

Next Friday, Nov. 16th at 10am, we are scheduled to have our Annual Thanksgiving Feast.  In the past at this event, there has been a performance by the children, followed by a potluck lunch. Since our Fall Festival scheduled for tomorrow evening has been rained out, we have decided to combine the Feast with the Festival.

 New Date! School Yearbook Pictures Nov. 13 & 15

Our photographer will be here Nov.13 & 15 for individual and class pictures. Lower School- Tuesday, Nov. 13 Middle School-Thursday, Nov. 15

 Wilhelmina is turning 50!

Wilhelmina, our faithful morphology expert, is turning 50! When asked what she would like for her birthday, she responded that the best gift every would be for every family at GRACEPOINT to give to the Annual Fund GROW Campaign!

 Annual Fund Participation Contests!

It is our hope that EVERY family at GRACEPOINT will participate in our Annual Fund GROW Campaign! No matter the size of the gift, EVERY gift counts and makes a difference. Read more about our contests!

Grandparents Day was Awesome!!  The kids did an amazing job singing. There was not a dry eye among the teachers when the students were practicing The Voice of Truth. Miles's part was beautiful! We have lots of fun and a couple of SWYK this week:  
Wednesday is book character day!
Language Arts:  SWYK on Adverbs on Tuesday
Social Studies:  Please review the Explorer and Columbus for the SWYK on Wednesday.
Math:  We will continue multiplication concepts.
Wednesday & Thursday are LATE start days: 9:15 am.
Friday is a half day for teachers to prepare for conferences.
I look forward to seeing you at your conference, Monday or Tuesday
November 5 or 6.

Week of October 14th

Check out all the important dates coming up at GRACEPOINT!
Here are just a few you will find on the site above:

Upcoming Events
Parent U-Behind the Scenes of Magical Morphology!
Date: 10/16/2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 10 AM
Location: Location TBA

Dyslexia Dash 2018!
Date: 10/20/2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 12 PM

Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day
Date: 10/26/2018

"Understanding Dyslexia" with Brenda Fitzgerald
Date: 10/29/2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Location: Hipp Hall at GRACEPOINT

Book Character Day!
Date: 10/31/2018
It finally feels like FALL! :)
Next Week Agenda - 
Language Arts - We will start a new literacy story : Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong.
We will be reviewing new vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Social Studies - We will begin our standard of 'The Age of Explorers' and 'Christopher Columbus'.

he kids had an amazing field trip to the Funk Heritage Museum.  If your child has not told you all about it yet - please ask them about it. 
A special 'Thank You'  to Mrs. Caler for volunteering to drive and chaperone the field trip!!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read the GRACEPOINT Newsletter located on the school website!  You will find lots of information to keep you in the know:)
** If you haven't signed the Student/Parent Handbook - PLEASE DO!!
 Signature Required: 2018-2019 Student/Parent Handbook

Parents, you may access our 2018-2019 Student/Parent Handbook on the GRACEPOINT website under Parent Central. There you will also see a link to an Acknowledgment Form.
After reviewing the Handbook, please sign the Acknowledgement Form and return the form to school with your student, or email a scanned copy to

Week of September 17th

Social Studies:  we have been reviewing the Southwest and Plain Indian tribes in preparation for the SWYK on Friday.  You will see their binders coming home this week, please review these tribes briefly with your child.
Language Arts:  Last Friday we began reading a Realistic Fiction story in our LA books; Imagine It!  The first story is about a K9 dog!  They will bring their books home on Monday and Wednesday for you to reread and look over their vocabulary.
Writer's Workshop:  Mrs. Ransom has them writing using nouns, verbs and adjectives!  
Math: We are moving on to reviewing 3 digit addition with regrouping.
Wednesday we will celebrate filling our pompom jars up with compliments by having "Crazy Hat Day"! ) 
What a great job they have done taking initiative and working hard!
Woo hoo!
I hope everyone has a fun and relaxing Fall Break!

Week of 9/10

Everyone did a great job on the Muggie Maggie S.W.Y.K. (show what you know) on Tuesday! 
In Social Studies we began learning about the Plain Indians and Southwest Indians last week.  We will continue to study those two regions this week.  We will have a S.W.Y.K. next week.  Nate Vaughan brought in some amazing books on the North American Indians.  The pictures are stunning and the kids are enjoying them.  
We NEED volunteers to drive our students on their first field trip on October 2.  If you are able, please email me. We will be going to the Funk Heritage Museum at Reinhardt University .  We would like to get these in place before Fall Break. Let me know how many students your car can carry.
Thank you for your support!

The Kids loved meeting Ms. Jane, our K-9 volunteer, and her beautiful K-9 pup.  Kaitlyn is a puppy in training and she was so cute. Everyone asked great questions and they are all so excited to start reading to the dogs.  Ms. Jane and the k-9s will be coming twice a month.  
Language Arts: We will continue with our book study on Muggie Maggie
Writing: We will be concentrating on writing a good sentence
Social Studies: We have started studying Indians in the Northwest region.  
The kids with our wonderful K-9 dog and volunteer, Jane.  The students made sweet card thanking Mrs. Jane for coming all year, bringing the pups, and letting them read. 
Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and Spring Break!  The picture above is what the kids did on the last day before break.  They made a cross, decorated it, and had a service on their own during recess!!  We had a service earlier that day led by an older student that was amazing.  It was heartwarming to see the influence it had on the third graders:)  They are the sweetest kids!!
This week we will finish up our unit on colonization and New England.  We should have a test by Wednesday.  I will send home the binders Monday and Tuesday so they can study.  Then we will continue on with the Mid-Atlantic and Southern colonies.
In Math we will start talking about measurement, capacity, and volume.
In Language Arts we will start reading How To Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell. This will be an in depth book study with lots of fun activities!
The winner of The Shoe Day Game was...Emmett Holcombe,
2nd place was Lily Schatz
Congratulations to all 11 3rd graders for filling up their Pom Pom jar with compliments and Brain Explosions to earn this fun day!  Now on to the next jar!
This week in Language Art we will continue to write sentences with Interjections.  Wow, that's a lot of fun!  
Mrs. Ransom is working with them on writing an information writing on one of the Indian regions.
In Social Studies we will finish our review of Columbus and have a test before the winter break.