We have had a wonderful first week! It has been great getting to know each other, playing games, learning about the classroom, our school norms, and our schedule. We have been to the library to visit Ms. Laura, and have gone to our first Enrichments! We have started our first writing project, played math games, and taken a pre-assessment spelling test. Recess has been so much fun! We’ve explored Nature Playground and been introduced to Ga-Ga Ball (or Thunderball).

Please check out our 3rd grade Website! You can also get there by visiting the “Classroom Websites” section of the ECCS website: We will be posting photos, notes and info, class & school-wide news!

Thank you to all who signed up on our Classroom Volunteer list! We appreciate you very much. If you haven’t signed up,  please check out this 3rd Grade Volunteerism link and see if you can fulfill one of the roles therein. You should be able to add your name directly to the list. Note that there is a section for each classroom and an all 3rd grade section at the bottom. Please let Eben know if you have trouble accessing or working with this document, and contact one of your teachers if you have volunteer ideas that you could contribute which are not represented here. Thank you to Keri Beth Livingston(E & Cs) and Tamara Meyers(M & Ds), for being our parent classroom coordinators!

Hear ye! Hear ye! Please attend our official FALL CAMPOUT MEETING, THURS., SEPT. 1, 3:00. Kids signed up for Everafter will go, other students can stay with Deidre during the meeting. While we hope that every 3rd grade family will be represented at this meeting, we especially need for potential campout chaperones to attend, (school policy). The actual campout is on September 15th to the 16th.

Please label all your child’s things. If your child loses something, it is usually brought fairly quickly to the Lost and Found. Please check there or ask your child to do so promptly. When L&F items are sorted at the end of each month , they will be returned if labeled. If not, they are donated! L & F is located in the closet near the Main Office. A great Community Volunteer job is to be the office’s L & F Organizer, sorting and returning labeled items! Everafter has a separate L&F in the gym.

Birthdays: We love to celebrate each other with compliments and wishes in a Birthday Circle at the end of the special day, usually 2:30ish. You are invited to join us! You may bring or send a treat to share but it is certainly not required!  We ask that all treats be somewhat lower in sugar and in EBEN’S class PEANUT FREE! If your child has any dietary issues that you’re concerned about, you may send in a separate treat selection for us to keep on hand for celebrations. As always, let us know if you have any food related concerns!

Important info from the business office:

Dear Parents,

We are completing the first round of volunteer background checks. In case you missed it at orientation, all regular in-classroom volunteers and field trip chaperones must have a completed background check.  If you are going to volunteer this year and haven't already completed the online background check form, please do so right away! If you aren't sure if you need one, ask the teacher. It's online, it's secure, and it's easy. Simply go to, scroll down to the volunteer resources section, click on background checks (you will be redirected to another secure website) and follow the instructions. You will receive an email when you are approved (1-7 days later) and you will receive a volunteer id card in the mail a week or two after that. We encourage you to bring your card to each of your children's classrooms at your soonest convenience but well in advance of volunteering so that the teachers know you have been approved to volunteer. Thank you so much for your willingness to volunteer and contribute your unique skills to the community!   

GIRLS ON THE RUN IS SOOOO MUCH FUN!!  Inspire your daughter to be joyful, healthy and confident! Evergreen will be a Fall site for Girls on the Run and your daughter is invited to participate. The 3rd-5th grade girls meet twice a week for 10-weeks (Tues and Thurs from 3:30-5:00) in a small team to learn life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons, and running games. Trained volunteer coaches lead the girls through a 20-lesson curriculum. This is not an ECCS club or program, but takes place on our campus. The girls, along with their running buddies, participate in the Girls on the Run 5K on December 4 to complete the program. Participation is done by a lottery of all Evergreen registrants and fees are sliding scale (No girl is turned away for inability to pay.). Learn more at or contact Evergreen liaison, Deidre Barrett at Registration is 9/6-9/15. Join us to help your amazing girl stay true to her REAL self!!

BEFORE SCHOOL REMINDER:   We want to remind everyone that Before school hours have changed for the 2016-17 school year. Before School care is available from 7:30-7:55 for $5 and from 7:55-8:15 for no charge.


E & C:  Band-aids

     Playground ball


M & D:  An outdoor broom, maybe straw?

            Disinfecting cleaning wipes

            Playground ball

            Please check our list on the Volunteer Sign-up!!


            Band-aids: all sizes!

            Fun patterned Duct tape



Have a wonderful evening! Deidre, Melanie, Eben, and Cat


“I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.”― Dr. Seuss

It does feel like time is passing entirely TOO quickly here in the center of the universe! Everyday is a full bucket into which  we keep adding drops! We had our Plant Assessment today and have continued to explore the Tree Lab, indoors and outside, with Ms. Marin. Kids will take the optional Tree I.D. Quiz this week. We have several future botanists who are studying the genius species name as well as the common name!

Crews met yesterday and had a blast. Nachos and sushi rolls and walks in the woods, oh my! We have one more crew date on June 8th. Each Crew is having a different adventure for our last hurrah! It promises to be a wonderful day! Sign up here if you can help: 

EOG Testing dates for 3rd grade are May 31st and June 1st. Our make-up date is June 7th. ECCS is asking that you please make your child's attendance during EOG tests a priority. All students need to be tested within this window, and make up tests will surely fall within the last week of school, when classes often have fun, post-EOG end of year activities planned. The state requires that students make up missed tests, and scheduling these will be unfortunate during these last school days, for both staff and students forced to miss activities. One make up test takes an associate away from the entire group.  Sign up HERE to proctor! 

We are full steam ahead making plans for our campout! Ms. Cat sent an official campout sign-up email today due to a mix-up in Google docs. We have merged the two charts into one and turned off sharing for the defunct copy so no one gets confused. THIS DOCUMENT is now the only signup chart. Please double check your information! We need background check paperwork from all chaperones this week. Thank you to Janelle for putting together our Campout Food Sign-up ! We will be practicing tent set-up on TUESDAY a.m., May 24, on the field.  We would love to have some extra hands! We do this in advance to teach and support the tent groups in setting up their own tent at the campsite. Please let Eben and Mel know if you can help! Today's homework includes a packing list for the campout. Please note that water shoes need to be close-toed, swimsuits should be one piece and trunks should securely tie, and we do allow cameras, but no other electronics! Please us know if you have any questions.

Important Information about Friday, 6/10, Graduation Day-
*This is not a regular school day and kids should only be present for their (or their sibling's) ceremony, but it considered a required attendance school day.
2:00- K-4 Moving Up Ceremony
4:00- 5-8 Moving Up Ceremony
 Call for Moving Up/Graduation Volunteers!
We need volunteers to help set up the gym for the ceremony. Please let know if you can help at 11AM on Friday, the 10th.

Moving Up/Graduation Care from EverAfter
EverAfter is in need of many more commitments for all day care on moving up day. If you need care before your child's ceremony, they need to be signed up and committed no later than this Sunday. Sign up Here!

Preorder the 2015-2016 Wolf Tracks yearbook! $20.00
Limited number of copies, so please order before the deadline. If you miss the May 20th deadline, we may not have enough copies for your student to receive one.
*If your account is current, you may email Jean at and pay for the yearbook through Net Classroom. (They will not add this charge to your account if you owe Evergreen more than $100.) .

Please come to the Annual Meeting tomorrow evening at 5:30! The Annual Meeting is a very important gathering. In addition to the legal necessity of meeting our bylaws, coming together in community is an important tradition that helps keep Evergreen strong! We will be selling our beautiful flower cards~$1.00!

Have a fabulous evening! Love from Deidre, Mel, Cat, and Eben




Word in Third 5/12/16

"...Good luck and Good work for the happy mountain raindrops, each one of them a high waterfall in itself, descending from the cliffs and hollows of the clouds to the cliffs and hollows of the rocks, out of the sky-thunder into the thunder of the falling rivers. John Muir

We were very grateful for the rain yesterday! Asheville can certainly use it! How fortunate that it fell between our trips to Longbranch. E&C's class enjoyed a wonderful trip.  They came back bearing gorgeous healthy berry plants and filled to the brim with fresh air, sunshine, and knowledge!  M&D's class headed into those hills today and came back messy, sunkissed and full of plant and earth knowledge. We were excited to see Mr. Paul's selection of berry plants, so healthy! Proceeds from our flower card sales are used to purchase these edibles from Paul Gallimore & The Longbranch Environmental Education Center, to donate to local community garden space. The last date to order cards is May 18th. Any cards we have left will be sold at our ECCS Annual Meeting on May 19th.

The Annual Meeting is a very important gathering. In addition to the legal necessity of meeting our bylaws, coming together in community is an important tradition that helps keep Evergreen strong! This is the schedule:

5:00-5:30 Spring Arts Festival, Student Art Show, debut of the yet-to-be-named Evergreen concert band (name to be announced at the show!)

5:30-6:30 Annual Meeting

(Note that the regular board meeting will begin at 6:40 in the lunchroom.)

6:30-7:00 Food Truck sales

7:00-8:30 Movie Screening "The film SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Pass the word to your non-Evergreen friends as well. (Note, this is not a fundraiser but there is a $10 per person admission fee to cover the cost of renting the film.

Please note:  Our EOG window is  May 31 - June 9. Sign up HERE to proctor! 








Word INTHIRD 5/5/16

What is INTEGRITY? Our Habit of Scholarship for the month of May!  "Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is looking." (Blake Bradley)  "Being honest is integrity, not just honest with other people but being honest to yourself. " (Sadie)  "Doing the right thing and not bragging about it."(Emily) "Being able to admit your own mistakes."(Mr. Eben)  " Follow the rules and don't change them because you just want to."(Jack)  "It's sportsmanship and being a good role model."   Our school family provides many examples of this important habit. We are so lucky!

We are learning so much about plants, their life cycles, and what they need. We have planted some seeds in class and are enjoying watching them grow. The kids created plays demonstrating the life cycle of a plant and Eben's class has already performed theirs! Well done- from the petals to the enthusiastically pooping goat! We learned a lot! We are looking forward to our trips next week to visit Paul Gallimore at The Longbranch Environmental Education Center! Please let us know if you can drive! While we're there we will hike with Paul and learn about wild and edible plants, tree grafting, composting, alternative energy, Native American legends and traditions, and growing berry bushes. We will get messy and fill our souls and brains to the brim will sunshine, fresh air, and learning! Sound like paradise? Come with us-the more the merrier!

Thank you to all the parents who came to today's campout meeting! We appreciate our Food Guru: Janelle Railey,  Equipment Guru: Lorrin Brown, Water Safety Gurus: Brian Davis and the Elsen Family. We're looking for more Workshop Leaders, so let Eben know if you have any questions or want to sign up!  In order to get a head start, we're sharing our EQUIPMENT LOANING CHART now, so everyone can start looking at what they might have to offer, even if you can't come on the trip. This promises to be an amazing trip and a great adventure!

Remember to order your Flower Cards! They are beautiful and will support our purchase of native edible plants and fruit bearing trees to donate to local community gardens! $1.00 per card, envelopes included.

Needs: Pencils, as always!! Extra snacks. Tissues. Packing tape.

Have wonderful weekend!







"Plants are the young of the world, vessels of health and vigor; but they grope ever upward towards consciousness; the trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment, rooted in the ground". Ralph Waldo Emerson

We look forward to sharing with you at tomorrow's Spring Conference Day! Last chance to sign up here for a conference time:
Eben and Cat’s Conference Sign Up

Melanie and Deidre’s Conference Sign Up


SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016  9 A.M. TIL 1 P.M.

Please join us for  Evergreen grounds beautification and improvements!

We will be doing landscaping, carpentry and cleaning projects.

John Kinnaird, Marin Leroy and Bob Oakes will be on hand to lead the crew!

Please bring your garden and carpentry tools including work gloves, rakes, hoes, clippers, loppers, 

wheelbarrows. weed whackers, leaf blowers, chain saws, circular saws and power drills.

Please put an identifying mark on your personal tools if you can.
Come join us in great community spirit while earning volunteer hours.

Students participating will earn service hours.

Snacks and beverages supplied.

Questions? Call Bob 828-713-0717


Thank you so much for your participation in this year’s Evergreen Fun Run! Please help us reach our goal of collecting 100%! The Due Date for pledges is Friday, April 29th. Checks can be written to the Evergreen CCS. Pledges can be turned in to your student’s teacher or in the front office. Also, sponsors are able to pay online if an email address was entered at the time of the pledge. 



Word in third 4/20/16

"Wealth is the ability to fully experience life." Henry David Thoreau...and none can experience life more fully and openheartedly than children, so we are feeling truly rich here in the Center of the Universe! 

Q: What did the big flower say to the little flower?
A: Hey, bud!
Springtime abounds at Evergreen and we are loving it! We are enjoying looking around campus and identifying plants and measuring growth. We are amazed by the diversity in our little piece of the neighborhood. We encourage the kids to explore their yards, neighborhoods, parks and report back!

Our FunRun is TOMORROW at 8:45! The Whatchamacallit Runners in M&D's Class and The Party Ponies from E&C's Class are ready for action! Today's totals show that 3rd grade has raised almost 300.00 per lap in pledges and have earned 30 pairs of shoes that will be sent to children in need! We are all feeling very proud and, of course excited that we are earning our fun classroom incentives! Using our excellent math skills, we figured out that we will both reach our $200 per lap goal and earn a trip to the Waynesville Rec Center Water Park if each child in M&C's class gets $1.70 per lap, and each child in E&C's class gets $3.00 pledged per lap by the end of this week! Even though the FunRun is tomorrow, we can continue to accepted pledges. Please remember to collect pledge money right away after receiving your child's lap total! Thank you!

The kids are sharing their wonderful stories as we work on our Spring Writing Assessment and their insightful thoughts in their Habits of Scholars Journal. We look forward to sharing these and more with you at Spring Conference Day, next Thursday, April 28th. Sign up here for a conference time:
Eben and Cat’s Conference Sign Up

Melanie and Deidre’s Conference Sign Up

April is Records Month in P.E., so your child will also present info from their Sportfolios. Ask them about their physical and mental achievements in P.E.! In Art, we started creating totem poles and finished our flower portraits. We  are ready to transform them into products for our Annual Flower Cards Fundraiser-more info to come!

In folders today with homework,  you should have your child's Spring Picture order or sample & info on ordering pictures!

We are looking forward to ECCS's Earth Day Celebration on Monday, April 25, 2016! The schedule and workshop leaders are listed below, please join us whenever you can! Earth day is an opportunity for our community to learn about, celebrate and act as stewards of our planet.   

Community Circle 8:45

Service and Learning Workshops 9:00-12:00

Community Picnic and Celebration 12:30-1:30

Come learn with us!  This year's Learning Workshop Presenters and Guests:

Steve O’Neil “Wildlife Warrior”- Reptile and Amphibian Presentation

Rob Gudger- Wolf Tales Program

Asheville Bag Monster, Recycling Games and Stream Clean Up

with Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville Vegan Outreach - Understanding the Global Impact of Animal Agriculture (middle school only)Global Village Experience - Grab a passport and explore the world! Mark Hopey, Southern Appalachian Raptor Research - Nest Box Construction and Habitat Monitoring

Chris Smith, Sow True Seeds- Seed Saving & Seed Bombs

Roots Foundation- Ozone Garden Construction

Joe Hallock- Powering with the Sun 101 + Earth Day Solar Powered Sound!

Family and friends are encouraged to join us for this special day.  It's fun AND an awesome opportunity to complete your family service hours.  Please join your student in stewardship and celebration of the Earth! For more information or to sign up to volunteer on Earth Day, contact Marin Leroy


We need for at least one member of your family to join us for the Spring Campout Meeting, May 5th at 3:00. The kids may go to EverAfter or stay with us in the classroom during the meeting.

Tis the season to have a water bottle EVERYDAY, wear sunscreen or a hat, and remember the dress code!

M&D's Class needs:

tissues, pencils, and extra snacks (to have on hand for "starving", forgetful,  or just growing children)!

Q: What kind of flower grows on your face?
A: Tulips!
Have a wonderful evening! A smile from: Cat, Eben, Melanie, and Deidre



Word in Third 4/14/16

“Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.”
John Muir

Yesterday was a wonderful day in Nature's neighborhood! Coleman Boundary and the Big Ivy River area treated us to a real show. We were greeted by a forest filled with leaves budding on deciduous trees, evergreen trees already showing their dark needles, a broadleaf Rhododendron shrubs with their thick green leaves and buds. We hiked up a bit to our creek crossing, which was no problem for these confident kids! The silent buddy hike was challenging and rocky, but ended in laughter and celebration at the rock face! The kids did an amazing job in taking care of their bodies and each others' spirits as they persevered with complaint. As we sketched and explored the area, we worked on identifying plants and flowers including: Chickweed, Trillium, Fiddlehead Fern, Partridge Berry, and more! It was an incredible display. On the way down, we enjoyed a wade in the creek and playtime on it's moss and sunshine covered river rocks. We only had 2 kids go down in a full body dip!   We thank our intrepid drivers for adventuring with us. You are appreciated!

Today we had a wonderful guest teacher, Ms. Brandi, a student from UNCA. She gave us lots of information about plant systems, invasive, and native plants, and jobs in the Biology field.

 I'm SURE you have heard a lot about Boosterthon! The kids seem to be working hard collecting sponsors and we appreciate you parents so much for your encouragement and support! Make sure to register your child on He or she will receive a FREE GIFT just for being signed up. Use our school registration code: 659783. Ask your child about our AWESOME classroom incentives, from Doughnut Day to Mr. Eben Gets A Buzz Cut! Check out our fundraising page for more info at and! Next Thursday is the FUNRUN at 8:45. We hope you can join us.

We have lots of events coming up, so check out the latest ECCS Scoop and our 3rd grade calendar for info on tomorrow's Grandparents Day(early release at 12:00), Earth Day, EMBE's Spring Tour(see below) and more!

Evergreen’s EMBE Marimba Band is closing out the year with a spring tour. Come see them play!  Come hear them sing and see them dance!  This year’s group is made up of very talented performers and will be making a CD (EMBE’s 5th) as a final product.

April 16 (Saturday) – Asheville City Market – we will play from 9:30am – Noon

April 29 – (Friday) – Tressa’s- we will play from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

May 21 – Montford Arts Festival- check the website for details :  Performance will be in the morning.


Our Spring Campout Parent Meeting is at 3:00 on May 5. We need at least one member of your household to attend. We will provide care for the kids during the meeting.

Blake is missing 1 Keen sandal form yesterday's trip. Be on the lookout!

Please check out the Scoop for info on the awesome program:Evergreen Outfitters. They  would greatly appreciate your donations of new or gently used gear. They would like to collect all donations by April 22nd so that this year's students may sign out gear.

Have a fabulous day in you neighborhood! May the sun shine into your bones and bring you great joy! Mel, Cat, Eben, and Deidre







Word in Third 4/8/16

"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!"  John Muir

It is so wonderful to start our days together with the Spring sunshine and cool air coming in through the windows and the anticipation of spending more time outdoors! We have started a new expedition, Our Plant Community. We will study plant parts and systems, how plants help our world, and how we can be good stewards to plant communities. We will be going on a hike and doing some activities at Coleman Boundary next Wednesday, April 13. We only have one bus, so we need car spots for 36 kids - please sign up here if you can join us! We will be departing school promptly at 8:45 and returning around 2:30. It is a moderate hike that includes a creek crossing, and chilly/wet weather is possible.

Looking ahead we see the school year speeding by with what feels like one event or trip after another! Please add events to your family calendar and join us as often as you can! Welook forward to our Boosterthon Pep-Rally on Monday, working in the garden with Marin, & showing our classrooms and campus to your families ands elders on Grandparents Day, the 15th. We will also be starting beautiful flower cards to sell for our annual fundraiser. We use funds to purchase native edibles which we gift to our campus and The Lord's Acre Community Garden in Fairview.

We are academic allstars and science wizs these days! In Math, we have taken our Perimeter & Area Assessment. They are ready to use their new skills to help you plan a room or a garden! We will start Time next week. We are already filling our Notecatchers with notes on plant structure, learning lots about plants and trees in our area, and enjoyedgreat science lessons from our Warren Wilson College guest teachers. Ask your child about their awesome Book Group reading and cool activities, and about their Personal Best Records in PE!

The Climbing Wall was intense, jubilant, and inspiring! We are so grateful to Ms. Jo and her mighty band of belayers: Ms. Mel, Ms. Cat, Mr. Eben and the parents of Ian, Gavin, Gaelen, & LilyAnn. It is such an empowering experience for the kids and fills us all to the brim for the Springtime push and toward the last of the school year.


Events recommended by students: Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary 2016 Howl-In Dates are available on their website (April 23rd and May 21st are approaching!)$5 potluck plate available. Also, the BWAR Run for Paws 5K and Fun Run is this weekend! Run with your fur baby at Fletcher Park on Sunday a.m.

Send a water bottle each day with your child. Sunscreen and a hat are becoming very important!

M & D's Class: Please send an old towel in for outdoor classroom seating.

Check the calendar for upcoming events and the Crew page for Crew supply and volunteer needs.

Our classrooms are donation points for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. See Oak Crew page fordonation suggestions.

Spring Campout: May 25-27!  No school the following Monday-Memorial Day.

Have a wonderful weekend! Stay warm and enjoy the sunshine (classic Spring in Asheville advice!). Happily yours, Deidre, Mel, Eben, and Cat

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
John Muir


Word in Third 3/23/16

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.”!

What an incredible night! Some words the kids used were: fabulous, epic, crazy, disappointing(due to the absence of their hero), cooool, amazing, tiring, dynamite! We are all so proud of the accomplishments of our school family. The craftsmanship and confidence the kids showed was awe-inspiring! We have already had some wonderful feedback and appreciations from our heroes and guests. We would like to thank our fabulous set-up and clean up crews from the bottom of our hearts! You were so appreciated! Thanks to Jody and Molly we've gotten some great Heroes' Night pictures; if anyone else took pictures that you can share with us, we'd LOVE to have them! Click here or go to our third grade website to check out the ones we have so far!

Just a reminder that, even though we have already had our special night, Exhibition Nights will be on March 23 for K, 2, and 6 (4th grade will be on May 17th) and March 24 for 1, 5, 7, and 8. Food sales to benefit the Science Olympiad Team will begin at 5:00 in the Lunch Room and classrooms will be open at 5:30.  There will not be a program in the gym before going to classrooms so please look carefully for information from your child's teachers on when students should arrive. 

We are so excited for our 3rd gr. Climbing Wall Day, 9-12, Monday, April 4th-our first day back from break! Please make a note for your child to come dressed to climb! We are still in need of belayers.  Please let us know right away if you could help. Thank you to the Symonds, Bobilya, and Brown families for your help!

Today your child brought home Spring portrait information and order form!  Picture Day is set for Tuesday April 5th.  More info is available in this week's Scoop. 

Don't forget to sign up for Everafter Spring Clubs by Friday! Spread the word to friends~

There is no homework this week. Happy Spring Break! We hope you all have a wonderful , restful time together!

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 
Joyfully yours,  Melanie, Deidre, Eben, Cat



Word in Third 3/17/16

"How can you tell if an Irishman is having a good time?

They're Dublin over with laughter!" Happy St. Patrick's Day and happy Thursday from 3rd grade!

We have sunshine soaking into our bones during hikes, recess, and  picnic lunches, reports being completed and final copies turned in, amazing monuments coming in everyday, and proud students organizing their work for Heroes' Night! All is good in the Center of the Universe. Just a reminder that your child may handwrite or type their final draft. They can be printed at home and brought in or emailed to Melanie or Eben. Also, let us know right away if your child needs extra support in any way with report finals or their monuments. The monuments were due today and most came in, but we are still missing a few!  We're ready to help. Tuesday, 3/22, at 6:30,  is our big event and we really want the kids (and their heroes) to shine!

NEEDS: Pencils, erasers, packing tape

Mel's Class send in a towel for outdoor classroom sitting

From the OFFICE: There was a rabies case in Haw Creek, so we are being vigilant! Please take a moment to read this article with info on how to reduce risk...


SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016  9 A.M. TIL 1 P.M.

Welcome the Spring season by helping out with Evergreen grounds beautification and improvements! Jill Huebner, John Kinnaird and Bob Oakes will be on hand to lead the crew!Please bring your garden tools including work gloves, rakes, hoes, clippers, loppers and wheelbarrows. Also welcome:  snow shovels (to move wood chips), weed whackers, leaf blowers, chain saws, circular saws and power drills.
Come join us in great community spirit while earning volunteer hours. Students participating will earn service hours! Snacks and beverages supplied. Questions? Call Bob 828-713-0717 or email Sarah at

From EVERAFTER: Spring Club & Sport sign-up deadline is March 25th!

From ART CLASS: Third grade will be making totem poles this spring!  Each child should bring in a clean, empty coffee can for this project by Friday, April 15th.  If your family has extra coffee cans, please send those in as well.  We could also use bottle caps, plastic containers and any other water resistant recyclable materials you may be able to donate for this project.  No paper products, please. Ms. Kati

Reminder:  Time to update your child's climbing wall release form. It is going home today, so check for it.  Please sign and return by 3/24/16. 3rd grade's Climbing Day is on April 4. Kids need to dress in comfortable clothing and tennis shoes! Please no tight jeans or bulky shoes.

"Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!"
~Thomas Blackburn

Have a wonderful evening! Deidre, Mel, Eben, and Cat








Word in Third 3/9/2016

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." Voltaire

On this incredibly Spring-like day, we have a tremendous amount to appreciate! This week we are using our Spring fever energy to draft, and even complete, many of our Heroes' Night projects. The kids have begun writing their biographical report draft and are moving through the writing process to craft a final copy. Most will bring those home to type, or handwrite, for homework. The Venn diagrams , timelines, and portraits are in process and looking great! We are so grateful for the huge amount of support this Expedition receives from you wonderful families and our Evergreen community. We truly could not do it without you. From traveling with your child to an interview, watching the interview videos and helping with note-taking, to communicating issues and concerns to us, you all are truly appreciated. The administration and teachers of Evergreen support us in so many ways, be it accommodating hero visits or letting us take up every available space for interviewing and having our monument supplies spilling into common areas. We love our school family!!

This week, we started Art classes with Ms. Kati on Tuesdays(M&D's class) and Thursdays(E&C's class).  She is helping the kids begin their Hero's portrait. In Music, Ms. Tonya is working with our classes on performance pieces for the big event! The kids are working with Mr. Kevin to create monuments for their Minecraft community and in Media, Ms. Laura is helping us all become Ipad experts and poets! The kids are loving P.E. workouts and competition with Ms. Jo and looking forward to more classes outside in the sunshine! We are also looking ahead to our climbing wall day, April 4th! Our next CREW day is approaching, so check out the CREW page to see if your child's CREW needs supplies or other support.

Today we sent home Monument building details and the rubric. If you have any questions, concerns, or need supplies please contact us. Please encourage your child to think creatively, be independent, have fun, and honor their hero and what they advocate for.

Election reminder: Our campus is a voting site so Tuesday's traffic might be a bit congested. Also, REMEMBER TO VOTE!  "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Anne Frank

 Have a wonderful week!

With APPRECIATON, 3rd grade


The Word in Third 2/26

*We apologize for the tardiness of our updates this week, and for any delays in other communications. Hero interviews have us all tied up in third grade awesomeness!

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” -Winston Churchill

...and we have done both this week!  Our Downtown explorers, spellers, and interviewers have been very courageous as they have listened and learned throughout this busy week. 

Our Downtown Monument Walk was blustery and chilly, but the rain held off and we had a great time exploring the history and hidden bits of Asheville together with our Crews. We so appreciate our chaperones and drivers: Colleen, Ali, Jill, Kate, Erica, and Beth. As always, we couldn’t do it without you! We send huge thanks to Malaprops Bookstore owner & former Hero of Asheville, Emoke, to the staff at Zambra, and to Liz McLamb at the City Parking Services office for accommodating some of our Crews and helping them get warm! The Sky Bar, City Building, and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial are also very appreciated for allowing us in and answering lots of questions. We saw so many amazing pieces of art, places, and of course, monuments of every size and variety. We encourage all our families to take a stroll through Downtown with your new tour guide and see AVL in a new way!

The kids were very inspired by all they saw and have started designing their own hero’s monument. We will be sending more info on monument building, but here is an overview:  We have a Monument Supplies Market where the kids can choose supplies and a base to build their monument. They take these supplies home and construct a monument to their hero. Parents can be helpful, but we will support the kids in being ready to work independently. We will also offer an in class workshop for any help needed! We are seeking a parent willing to cut plywood bases to the size specifications we need. Contact Deidre! 

The interviews are going so, so well! Dr. Sue came down the hall to congratulate third grade on our interview skills and on how kind, smart, and polite the heroes have said we are! Hurrah! We are sending Interview Note Packets home as the kids finish their interviews, which will take the place of most of the regular homework packet. Videos can be found here; please let us know right away if you aren’t able to watch the interview at home and we'll arrange something here at school.

Yet another example of courage: many, many third graders participated in our homeroom spelling contests! Congratulations to Ben and Gaelen from Eben's class and Nola and Blake from Mel's class - they will be representing third grade in the Staff vs. Students contest in a little over a week! We are so proud of ALL of our third grade spellers!

Ask your third grader how they are using our Habit of the Month, Curiosity & Courage, in hero interviews, spelling contests, math groups, fieldwork, and beyond!

Inquisitively yours,
The Third Grade Team

The Word in Third 2/17

Welcome back to another installment of news from the Center of the Universe! We had a fabulous time downtown today! We saw the play “Meet Dr. King” at Asheville Community Theatre, which provided us with even more information about the life and work of one of our great American heroes - and some laughs too! We also visited the Thomas Wolfe House and went on a guided tour of the museum as well as the house itself. The kids got to practice using some of the household tools that Wolfe’s mother, Julia, might have used while running her boarding house, and we learned a lot about the writer, his life, and his connections to Asheville. All that, and we still made it back in time for lunch!

We are excited about our downtown Monument Walk next week; Hemlock and Apple crews still need a bus chaperone each, so if you’re available to join us we sure would appreciate the help! It looks like we’ll probably have a mild, sunny day :)

Hero interviews have begun, and so far they have been wonderful! The interviewers and videographers have been mature, respectful, and thoughtful, and they’re asking great questions that really shine a spotlight on their heroes. Many interviews have yet to be scheduled, so don’t worry if your third grader doesn’t know when theirs will be. They do all know who their heroes are, though; we compliment those students who were flexible and willing to be team players so that every third grader has a hero and every hero has a third grader!

Coming up: lots and lots of interviews, forging ahead with our book groups, and homeroom spelling contests! We sure are busy, but it’s the best kind of busy, especially with a sweet, funny, diligent, and thoughtful crew like ours!

Monumentally yours,
The Third Grade Team

The Word in Third 2/11

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, 
to taste experience to the utmost, 
to reach out eagerly and without fear
for newer and richer experience.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Brrr! It has been very interesting having ALL the seasons in a week, but, as always, we’re rolling with it - fresh air and sunshine on our bones anytime we can! 

Crew this week was tons of fun! The Hemlocks did service with Ms. Marin and played a challenging cooperative game; the Apples made some tasty, sweet treats; the Oaks created festive holiday hats; and the Cedars made their own knitting needles! Check out our crew page for updates and pictures soon to come :)

We've been looking through our list of hero nominees in class in preparation for choosing heroes on Friday. For homework, we have encouraged the kids to take a look at our website and read the bios in more depth. The list includes artists, educators, healers, activists, and advocates of social justice, children’s health and protection, environmentalism, and animal rights.  We've been talking about advocacy, activism, and social justice in class, and the kids have some amazing thoughts about what creates positive change in our communities and in the world! On Friday morning, we'll gather as a third grade community and use the choices they made in their homework to figure out which student will interview which hero.

The kids are excited about the play we're going to see at ACT next week, especially since several of them participate in classes and plays there themselves! A couple of drivers have had to change their plans, so we still need 5 car spaces for kids on that trip (next Wednesday, 2/17).  We also still need bus chaperones for the Hemlock and Apple crews, and 6 car spaces (probably 2 cars) for the Cedar crew on Monument Walk day (Tuesday, 2/23). We appreciate it!

Many of our third graders have undertaken the challenge of our annual ECCS Spelling Contest. They are proving to be excellent candidates! Our optional homeroom spelling contests will happen after the Monument Walk, on Wednesday the 24th and Thursday the 25th, and the top two spellers from each homeroom will go on to challenge Ms. Cat and the rest of the staff team on Tuesday, March 8th. Good luck to all!

Curiously and courageously yours,
The Third Grade Team

The Word in Third 2/3


“I’m back in the saddle again,
Back where a friend is a friend…”
-Gene Autry

We are back in the saddle after the winter storm madness, and boy does it feel good! We successfully managed our division and geography tests, finished up our middle-of-the-year mClass reading assessments, and rolled out our new Habit of the Month - Curiosity and Courage! As we continue to discuss real-life heroes and Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work, we’ve had some wonderful, deep conversations about race, equality, and social justice. Your kids sure are a thoughtful, heartful bunch!

The kids have been practicing their interview skills in Media class and will be choosing heroes late next week or early the following week. We have some really amazing, inspiring nominees! We’ll also be starting to prepare for our 2 big upcoming days of fieldwork… thank you to everyone who has already signed up to chaperone! We still need bus chaperones for the Hemlock and Apple crews and 3-4 drivers for the Cedar crew on Monument Walk day (2/23). We appreciate it!

In other classroom news, we’ve finally started ALL of our book groups and held several Multiplication Celebrations for kids who passed all of their times table quizzes. We just started fractions in math groups - ask your third grader how fractions and division are related! And finally, we are starting to prepare for our annual Staff vs. Students Spelling Contest! We’ll have optional homeroom contests in a few weeks, and the top two spellers from each homeroom will compete against the staff team (which includes Ms. Cat!) on March 8th. Word lists coming soon!

Orthographically yours,
The Third Grade Team

The Word in Third 1/27

We are so glad to be out of hibernation and back together! 

We’ve only had a couple days of school since last Wednesday… there has probably been a lot more action and activity at home than here at school! The kids are settling back into routines and we’re reorienting ourselves to what we were working on before the big snow. Of particular note: we have assessments in division and geography coming up, and our community circle has been rescheduled for Monday, February 8th. 

The nominees are in for Heroes of Asheville; stay tuned as we get this year’s Heroes website up and running! The kids will be choosing heroes in the next few weeks, and we’ll be starting interviews before you know it!

The new homework packet will be going out a day late this week. We’ve had a slight increase in late or incomplete homework lately, so please help your third grader complete all four pages before the due date! We understand if there are true extenuating circumstances… just let us know :)

Merrily and brightly yours,
The Third Grade Team

The Word in Third 1/20

The Word in Third 1/20

Happy winter, everyone! We were taken completely by surprise by our first snow day of the year - we hope all of our cubs and their families have been warm and safe and having fun today!

January is chugging along, and third grade continues to stay busy. Both classes are getting started with book groups, and we’re reading Because of Winn-Dixie, Pippi Longstocking, What I Came to Tell You, The Mystery of Biltmore House, and more! Our mid-year mClass reading assessments are almost finished, and the MAP math assessment will be in a couple of weeks. These tests are required by the state, and while they do give us some useful data, please remember (and remind your kids if they need it) that they are far less important to us than the creative, inspiring daily work and play that happens at the Center of the Universe!

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about Martin Luther King, Jr. in the last week - partly because of the holiday, but mostly because he’s a great American hero and gives us valuable insight into what makes a hero. We’ve also read stories about Henry David Thoreau and his civil disobedience in opposing slavery, something that MLK was inspired by. Ask your third grader about the cabin that Henry the Bear built! We did an activity in crew this week about keeping Dr. King’s work alive and moving forward, and will be sharing ideas with 4th grade buddies at Monday’s community circle (which, by the way, we would love you to join us for)!

Looking ahead… tomorrow is the deadline for this month’s Scholastic orders, and we’ll be taking Heroes of Asheville nominations until Sunday. That will leave plenty of time for us to look through the nominations with the kids and for them to choose a hero to interview! We’ll be reaching out to families for help with some of the big projects we do in preparation for Heroes’ Night, so stay tuned!

Cozily yours,
The Third Grade Team