Week of August 19-23

Dear 3rd Grade Families: 

We would like to invite you to Curriculum Night for your 3rd grade student coming up on Tuesday, August 20th, from 6:00-7:30pm.  Please note that this is an adults only event, and that all presentations are tailored for parents and not students. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions.

Over the summer, our library was completely renovated and updated to help make time in the library enjoyable and more functional.  We encourage you to consider spending some time with us and enjoy the new surroundings by volunteering to help us during our weekly library time.  Our time is on Tuesdays, from 10:40-11:00, and we could use help with reading to students or helping with the checkout process. Our wonderful Librarian has set up links for our families to sign up for this rewarding experience – please take a look at the times available – we value our volunteer’s time and are grateful for their contribution to our community.  Many thanks!


Picture Day is coming up on Tuesday, August 20th.  Order forms went home last week – please check your students folder if you have not seen it yet.  Uniform policies must be followed for picture day – please see our handbook for details on guidelines for hair, hair accessories, jewelry, and any other aspects of the dress code that are relevant for picture day.  A link to the handbook is provided below for your convenience:


Here is the academic information for the week ahead:

Literature: We continue sequencing events in a story. Please check in with your student regarding the poem “Eletelephony” that is due for recitation the week of August 26th.  We have been practicing in class and reminding students to study for a few minutes each night. Please contact us with any concerns regarding poetry recitations.

Spalding: We will be reviewing WPR/OPR (Written Phonogram Review/Oral Phonogram Review), setting up our notebooks, and reviewing rule pages. Homework this week will be practicing cursive handwriting.

Math: We will begin a new unit in which we will explore mental math strategies.

Science: We will be discovering the characteristics of fish and birds

History: We will be continuing our unit on world rivers.

Grammar: We will be reviewing adjectives and article adjectives.

Writing: Students will begin to apply the writing process independently.

Happy Friday!  Have a great weekend – we look forward to another great week ahead.

Best Regards,

The Third Grade Team

Week of August 12-16

Dear 3rd Grade Families: 

The first full week of school was great! The students are showing respect and responsibility in following procedures and taking ownership of their work. Thank you for all you do at home to reinforce these skills. Here is what we are looking forward to next week:

Literature: We will be sequencing events in a story. Poems went home last week, students will be reciting the poem “Eletelephony” the week of August 26th. 

Spalding: We will be reviewing WPR/OPR (Written Phonogram Review/Oral Phonogram Review), setting up our notebooks, and reviewing rule pages. 

Math: We will be starting rocket math and will be focusing on rounding numbers to ones, tens, and hundreds.

Science: We will be discussing the differences between vertebrates/invertebrates and cold blooded/warm blooded animals.

History: We will be going over world rivers and identifying the countries through which they flow.

Grammar: We will be reviewing analogies and will be going over parts of speech.

Writing: We will be modeling the writing process.

Have a great weekend – we look forward to a great upcoming week.

Best Regards,

The Third Grade Team

Week of August 5th, 2019

Dear Third Grade Families:

Welcome back to school!! We enjoyed meeting with you and your child at Meet the Teacher this past Tuesday – the third grade team is looking forward to a fantastic year ahead! 

Please make sure your child brings a water bottle to school as temperatures are still high. 

This blog will be updated every Friday with information about the upcoming week. If you have not done so already, please make sure to subscribe to ensure you are automatically updated. 

A reminder about snacks in the classroom:

  • Some of our classrooms are nut free due to severe allergies.  Please check with your child’s teacher before sending in any snacks that contain nuts. Nuts are allowed during lunch time as we have a designated area for students with nut allergies. 
  • Snack items should be limited to dry snacks that do not require utensils.  Yogurts, apple sauce or dips should be limited to lunch options. Thank you for helping us keep our carpets free of stains and odors.  

Please find below curriculum information for the week ahead:

Literature: We will start our first novel Pinocchio on Monday.  Please have your student bring in the book by that date if they have not already done so.  The first skill we will work on will be asking and answering questions using the text as evidence. 

Spalding: We will be reviewing WPR/OPR (Written Phonogram Review/Oral Phonogram Review), as well as re-introducing cursive writing.

Math: We will begin the year by reviewing place value with 4 digit numbers, comparing numbers within 10,000, and discussing number patterns.

Science: We will be discussing what classification is and why we use it.

History: We will be identifying continents, oceans, and rivers on a map.

Grammar: We will be focusing on writing conventions such as capitalization, punctuation, and complete sentences,

Writing: We will be reviewing parts of a paragraph.

As you can see, we are off and running with a full curriculum this coming week!  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. 

Have a great weekend – we look forward to a great upcoming week.

Best Regards:

The Third Grade Team

Welcome 3C Families

July 2019


Dear 3C Parents,

My name is Mrs. Buske and I am delighted to be your child’s 3rd grade teacher this year.  I have been with Great Hearts since 2011, and have served as an assistant teacher and as a math teacher in several grade levels, including Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades.  This will be my third year as a 3rd grade teacher here at Archway Lincoln.

I am a native of Great Britain, and was educated both in England and in my father’s home country of Italy.  All my elementary schooling took place in Italy, while most of my middle and high school years were spent at an English school.   I moved to Arizona towards the end of my junior year in High School, and graduated from Sahuaro High School in Tucson.  I attended both the University of Arizona and Arizona State, and graduated with a degree in Foreign Languages from ASU.  I am fluent in English and Italian, and speak some French and Spanish.

I have been married for 23 years to an Arizona native, who was educated here in the Phoenix area and at an excellent military school out of state.  He served as an officer in the U.S. Army and is a proud veteran of this country’s armed forces.  We have three children that are or have been attending Great Hearts schools.  As parents, we were seeking an education for our children that mirrored my excellent, proven, classical experience, and we found a great option at Great Hearts.  Our son graduated last year, and is heading to his second year of college, and our daughters will attend Chandler Prep as 8th and 11th graders this year.

I find myself fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to this “great” organization.  I am looking forward to furthering the school’s vision as we embark on a new year of learning and discovery.  I firmly believe that an education based on the proven tenants of a classical education will produce students that will be lifelong seekers of Truth, Beauty and Goodness.  I hope to assist your child on his or her journey towards this lifelong love of learning, and to help instill a willingness to be the best they can be.  I will be partnering with Ms. Hull to accomplish these goals, and look forward to being a part of your child’s daily activities and successes.



Alexandra Stoppa-Buske



Warmest Greetings 3C Family,

I’m Miss Hull and I am thrilled to be a part of your child’s journey this year as they grow, learn, explore, and discover. I am not a native of Arizona but have lived in this state 18 years and I love it; heat and all! I am a mother of two boys, a three-year and an almost-five year old. They are the light of my life and keep me young.

Education, to me, is not only about teaching the mind. It is very much also about teaching the heart. I have experience working in each grade from Kindergarten to Fourth. This will be my 3rd year with Great Hearts. I was here the first year the school opened in the ESS department and spent two years working with Exceptional Students. I left the 3rd year to pursue a position at a Special Education school. I loved my position there but missed my Lincoln family. So I returned mid-year in 2018 and now get to start this fresh year in 3rd grade with Mrs. Buske. I am beside myself with hope and enthusiasm as we work together to make your child’s school experience rich with academics, accomplishments, and, of course, virtue.

Here’s to a wonderful year and a successful partnership!

Best Regards,


Annie Hull