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Posted by on August 29, 2014

28 Responses to WELCOME to GRADE Three!

  1. Ross Mannell

    Hello new Grade 3,

    Welcome to Grade 3. I’m the Ross so kindly mentioned in your welcome message from Mrs. Renton.

    I live in Australia and am a retired teacher who now spends much time filming, photographing, making CDs and DVDs for schools and community groups and helping with fund raising for my local school as a member of its Parents and Citizens Association. Of course, I also spend as much time as I can visiting blogs from students around the world whether it’s reading stories written by students or commenting on blogs, including Battalion Park and Mrs. Renton’s class.

    You are about to embark (start out) on some amazing learning experiences as you join Mrs. Renton in Grade 3. I know because I have seen some of the adventures previous classes at your school have had.

    At times, I might join you on your learning journey through the world of blogging. Sometimes, I will leave a simpler comment and sometimes it will be a special post on my blog. As you start your Grade 3 experiences, I have a short post with some strange ideas about learning. Learning is like a seed. Okay, that’s a little weird but here is the link…

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hello Ross!

      Thank you for the LOVELY comment! The first thing we did before we even read your comment was talk about how you live in Australia. Some of us thought we might even be lucky enough to SKYPE with you this year … that was before we google searched the current time in Sydney!!! So … as we leave this comment for you … early THURSDAY morning … you are SOUND asleep … because it is CURRENTLY 2 o’clock in the MORNING where YOU are … and … it’s FRIDAY!!! Sweet Dreams! 😉

      We really liked your very first comment to us and about how it was ALL about learning. We also think that learning can go on and on and on and on … no matter HOW old you are. It would be really BORING if we stopped learning because you don’t get to learn cool stuff … like how to make a “fake geode” or learn math and science and technology. Like, just YESTERDAY, one of the Blogging Hawks came back from a trip to Drumheller. He brought some fossils, some plaster castes of dinosaur fossils, some peridot and a really cool GEODE. We wondered how geodes are FORMED so we searched google for an answer. Even Mrs. RENTON didn’t have a clue about how geodes were formed. We think YOU might be interested because Mrs. Renton told us you are as crazy about rocks as SHE is … maybe even CRAZIER about them than she is!!! 😉 So, we’ll share the link we found: Did you know that geodes can be formed in MUD BALLS or in old animal burrows or a hollow piece of soil … or even around tree roots!!! Wow! We even figured out how to make a FAKE geode. Some of us are going to try it out!

      We think it’s going to be REALLY cool learning with you this year, Ross! Thank you, again, for such a GREAT first comment!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

      • Ross Mannell

        Hello Blogging Hawks,

        Yes, time differences can make contact hard. I see it’s a little before 3p.m. Thursday for you as I write this but here it is nearly 7a.m. Friday. When I have Skyped or Googled with classes in U.K., Canada or U.S.A., I always have to think about time. To help, I have a series of world clocks only computer. Luckily, I am often late to bed and early to rise each day so it can be a little easier. Midnight for me would be 8:00 a.m. for you if I have my time zones correct although summer time starts for Australia this weekend so 1 a.m. will be 8:00 a.m. for you. When I rise at 6 a.m., it would be 2 p.m. for you. With sumer time, my 6 a.m. would become 1p.m. for you. Aren’t time zones interesting?

        I am fascinated by stones and many other things and have geodes in my collection. All it seems to take to form one is a space, the right chemicals and time. The geodes I have are volcanic. They were “bubbles”. Fossils also form in a similar way. As flesh and bones or plants break down, chemicals can fill the space so the remains of plants and animals become stone. Some years back, my school helped raise money to buy “Eric” the plesiosaur. In Eric’s example, he was a fossil made from the beautiful stone, opal. He , through help from many schools, was purchased by the Australian Museum in Sydney.

        You can see some of my geode collection by looking at the following link when I was sharing with a U.S. student named, Keira.

        Ross Mannell
        Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

  2. Claire

    Hi Grade 3’s!

    I’m Claire. I was in Mrs.Renton’s class last year. I am in grade 4 this year. I hope that YOU are exited for this amazing awesome year of grade 3. You will hopefully learn LOTS of cool stuff and do AWESOME projects! I’m having LOTS of fun in grade 4! I hope you have a GREAT year! Are you enjoying having Mrs.Renton as a teacher?

    P.S. You have the BEST teacher ever!

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Claire!

      Thank you for leaving us such a great comment! It makes us feel good to know that last year’s Battalion Bloggers are still checking back on the blog! We hope you have a great teacher this year. We are looking FORWARD to doing awesome cool projects with Mrs. Renton this year! Many of us are really excited about the Rocks and Minerals inquiry and the rock museum! Some of us are really excited about the building inquiry and maybe even making a bridge or some other cool structure! Many of us can’t WAIT to make a marionette! It makes us WONDER … what are YOU looking forward to this year in Grade Four?

      Mrs. Renton BLUSHED with all your sweet compliments! Thank you for making her feel SO special!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  3. Kennedy

    Hi new grade threes!

    You are going to have an amazing year with Mrs. Renton! Do you want to know how I know? Because I was in her class last year and I LOVED it! You wil have lots of fun with Mrs. Renton, you will even cry together and laugh together you will share moments together and you will even become part of her daytime family! Mrs.Renton was my all time favorite teacher no one else will beat her!


    Kennedy 😉

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Kennedy!

      Thank you for such an AMAZING comment! You made Mrs. Renton BLUSH again!!! Thank you for making her feel SO special! Thank you for inspiring us to learn MORE with Mrs. Renton. We hope you have a great teacher THIS year TOO!!! Your new teacher will be LUCKY to work with you!!! We’ve talked a lot about being a daytime family because we spend SO much time together during the school day! So far … we’ve LAUGHED a lot together … and … we’ve had the occasional tears … but not many so far! 😉

      We wonder what you are MOST looking forward to this year? Thank you for your comment, Kennedy! We hope you keep checking back!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  4. kayley

    Welcome to grade three how is it.I am Claire and Kennedy’s firend. I was in the class next door to you guys your techer is so nice you should be thankful your in her class. Tell me how your week was thank’s

    your, firend Kayley

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Kayley!

      Thank you for leaving us a great comment! Even though you weren’t one of the bloggers last year, we are thankful that you checked out our blog! We hope you keep checking back!

      We’ve had a good few first weeks so far! We’re learning about Rocks and Minerals in science. We think it’s a great subject. We wonder what your favourite part of Grade Three was last year! We hope you have a great teacher and a great year in Grade Four!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  5. Mehdi

    Thanks Mrs renton for this wonderful Video 🙂

    • Laurie Renton


      Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely comment on our classroom blog! I enjoyed making the video as a way of helping my new students get to know a little more about me as we begin our journey together this year. I hope you continue to visit our blog throughout the year. It will be a great way to see some of our learning adventures!

      Laurie 🙂

      • Audra

        What a beautiful way to introduce our families to yours! I loved seeing how the children will be incorporating this blog into their learning! Love to see the internet used for more than just celebrity gossip. I am so excited to see this journey unfold!!


        • Laurie Renton

          Hi Audra!

          Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment! I enjoy making a “welcome to Grade Three” video for my new students each year because it helps them to feel like they know me a little more before we even begin! I am thrilled to know that you are excited to watch our learning journey unfold! If you subscribe to the blog you will receive automatic updates in your email immediately. Then, if you click the link provided, you’ll also have the ability to see all the photos as well! I agree. There is SO much more available on the internet and this is truly a magical way of sharing our learning with our special families!

          Laurie 🙂

  6. Peng Peng

    Hi Grade Three’s! ( And Mrs. Renton!)

    I am Peng Peng From Mrs. Renton’s class last year. You should be excited that you have Mrs. Renton as a teacher SHE IS THE BEST! Also I am not at battalion anymore so don’t try to go looking for me! I will vist the class on some Fridays so you will see me so!

    See you guys soon!

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hello Peng Peng!

      Thanks a BILLION for the comment. Thank you for visiting the blog, we know you are a blogger from LAST year!

      We hope you like your new school. How is your new teacher? Is he/she NICE? Mrs. Renton say THANK you for the special comment. It made her feel very loved! We hope you have an AMAZING teacher THIS year!

      Some of us actually know you from Kidzinc! We look forward to seeing you some Friday!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

      • Peng Peng

        Hi Blogging Hawks!

        My teacher is very funny and nice. My school is like Battalion but starts at 8:00 and sometimes ends at 12:00.

        What do you like about grade three?

        Also I have a website about the program I went to! Here is the what it is called!

        Hope to hear your reply!:)

        • The Blogging Hawks

          Hi Peng Peng!

          We loved your comment. We are glad you have a funny, nice teacher. Some Fridays, at the end of the month, we start school at 9:00 and finish at 12:00. We call this Early Dismissal. We wonder if you found it hard to move from a school that started at 9:00 to a school that begins at 8:00. 8:00 is EARLY!

          We checked out your class weebly. We were searching for pictures of YOU … but … Mrs. Renton couldn’t find any. We will keep checking back … or maybe YOU could let us know through the comment section on our blog or by emailing Mrs. Renton.

          The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  7. Joan

    Hello Hawks, I really enjoyed your blog. It is great to meet your new class with so many artistic people in it. We have a football team in Australia called The Hawks! Their colours are yellow and brown. I love reading about how you are helping in Peru. I am wondering if Natalie will be in Victoria, Australia? I would love to meet her. We are on holiday now for 2 weeks.
    Keep on learning.
    From Joan

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Joan!

      Thanks, a BILLION, for that lovely comment! We’re glad that you enjoy our blog! We sure hope you keep coming back for a visit! We know that, in England and Australia, football is soccer, where we live! We think it’s neat that you have a football team called the Hawks! Wow!

      Thank you for saying that we had amazing artistic people in our class!

      We don’t know if we will be helping the library in Q’enqo Peru this year. We hope we can but we’re not sure yet.

      Thank you for your awesome comment, Joan!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  8. Barbara

    Great blog to connect and share 🙂

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Barbara!

      Thank you for the compliment. We are glad to know you are enjoying our classroom blog.

      We will be publishing a new post in the next couple of days. We hope you keep checking back.

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  9. Joan

    The Hawks football team has just won the Australian Football League Grand Final. It is the biggest game in our country. I thought you might like to know

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Joan!

      It was nice of you to let us know that the Hawks football team just won the Australian Football Final! We DID like to know that the Hawks football team did so well! In Canada a lot of people play soccer, (what we call football in Canada), but many of us think the biggest game for Canadians is hockey! It made us feel good to know that your team won!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  10. Eva

    WOW! What an amazing blog! The class came up with a great name and I loved how you shared it with artistic styled letters! If I were to pick a word for myself, it would be “thinker!” Can’t wait to discover more about your learning through your blog grade threes!
    Eva (William’s mom;)

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Eva!

      We are glad that you enjoyed our blog! Thank you for all the lovely compliments! We had a lot of fun designing each of those letters! None of us came up with the word “thinker” for our words. We wonder why your word is thinker. It was really hard to think of just ONE word to describe who we are … because we are all so MANY things! We love your word. It fits many of us too. We would be glad if you keep checking back on our blog. We are looking forward to replying to more of your comments. Did you see our latest post?

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  11. Dallas

    Hi Grade 3’s! I love all the pictures of the kids with words describing their interests. What a fun blog. Can’t wait to see more.

    (Adam’s Dad)

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Dallas!

      We’re happy that you liked our describing words! We hope you keep checking the blog! It makes it fun when people leave us comments. We hope you’ve seen our latest posts! We’d love to hear what you think!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  12. Kelly

    Hello Hawks!

    I love your posts! I use to be in Mrs. Rentons class! She is wonderful and great! I hope you have an awesome year !!! I am in grade 4! Well see ya!


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