Third Grade Thrills

Fairview Elementary School

Updates & Reminders

Welcome to 3rd grade!

Third grade is an important year in a child’s education. We have high expectations for our students and we believe that those who are challenged will accomplish great things. We will work diligently to ensure that your child receives the best education possible. Likewise, the students will have to participate and take ownership in the active process of learning, working just as hard! We are excited about the growth your student will make this year as we work together!

The relationship and communication between a teacher and parents is essential for a successful year. We want parents to have a positive experience as well! Please do not hesitate to write a note, email, or call the school if you have any questions or concerns.

Breakfast & Lunch

Breakfast is free for all students! Breakfast is served in the classroom, so please let your child's teacher know if you would prefer that your student not eat a school breakfast. Lunch is $2.35. When writing checks, please include your child’s name and their lunch number.

Be aware that many students purchase “extras” in the cafeteria for an additional charge. If your child is going through lunch money quickly, that is probably the culprit! If you have questions about lunch, contact the cafeteria manager, Paula Penley at 628-2732.


School begins promptly at 7:55am. Arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to allow your child time to eat breakfast, unpack, and get settled for the day (pencils sharpened, bathroom, etc.). When your child is absent, please make sure to send in a note. If we do not receive a note, we are unable to excuse absences!


A list of supplies has been given for you to purchase. We worked hard to make sure only the necessities are listed. Items tend to be used up quickly, so check with your child often to see what he/she may need. A good idea is to stock up on extras at the beginning of the year when stores are having sales!

FES Behavior Expectations

We use the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program. Students earn tickets for following specific RISE (Respect, Integrity, Self control, Effort) expectations and can trade the tickets in for prizes and rewards. Additionally, students are celebrated at assemblies and SOAR parties as a reward for positive behaviors.

“As a Fairview Cardinal we pledge to show respect and integrity, use self control and put forth our best effort at all times. When we rise together, we soar!”


Third grade is the first year that students earn letter grades on report cards. This year all students in 3rd through 12th grades will be evaluated on a 10 point scale. Buncombe County report cards use the following explanations for letter grades (emphasis added):

A: 90-100 Consistently meets grade level expectations at an outstanding level

B: 80-89 Frequently meets grade level expectations at a high level

C: 70-79 Meets grade level expectations at a satisfactory level

D: 60-69 Seldom meets grade level expectations

F: ≲ 59 Does not meet grade level expectations

Curriculum At a Glance


  • Reader’s Workshop routines

  • Citing textual evidence

  • Character analysis

  • Main idea and supporting details



  • Writer’s Workshop routines

  • Personal narratives

  • Writing for a purpose


  • Math Workshop routines

  • Addition and subtraction strategies

  • Place value

Science & Social Studies

  • RISE Expectations

  • Community Building