The ABC's of 3rd Grade
(A Guide to Classroom Policies and Procedures)
Learning and fun take place every day! Please make sure your child comes to school every day on time, except in cases of illness or emergency.
If you wish to send in a treat for your child’s birthday, the school asks that any treats be free of allergy causing reactions. Contact the school nurse regarding possible food allergies in the classroom before sending treats. Please also consider healthier food choices or non-food items.
Box Tops – Our school is collecting “Box Tops for Education.” Each label is worth 10 cents…it adds up fast!
Communication between home and school is very important for your third grader. Feel free to contact the school, call or email me, or send a note in with your child.
I will be contacting you throughout the school year for parent/teacher conferences via phone or sending home a note.
School ends at 3:05 pm on full school days and at 1:30 on early release days. If your child is to go home a different way than his or her normal manner you must send a written note.
The school may need to contact you in case of an emergency. If your phone number or address changes, please notify the school. This is very important.
The students and I spend a lot of time together and consider one another part of our “school family.” Please encourage your child to tell you something about their day at school.
Occasionally we will go on a field trip. The permission slip must be signed and returned for your child to go. We usually can take one parent volunteer. Please contact me if you are interested in chaperoning on a field trip.
Grades will be sent home as report cards after mid-quarters and parent teacher conferences.
Homework will only ever be assigned on Monday through Thursday and should always be written down in your child’s planner. Homework is reinforcement of skills learned in class. Please check your child’s homework and help only if they ask for it. As a part of their homework, your child should be reading at least 15 minutes every night for their weekly reading contracts.
I- Important Papers
Important notices will be sent home periodically. Please check your child’s homework folder every night for important papers.
I’ve Done It!
Every student has an “I’ve Done It” chart to keep track of how well they are completing and turning in homework. Missing 0-2 days of the whole month will allow students to win prizes!
J- Job Well Done
Every day students will receive a sticker on their “I’ve Done It” chart for completing and turning in homework. Students are allowed to miss 2 days out of the entire month. Students who miss 0-1 days will be entered into a drawing for local coupons and certificates and pick out of the class’ prize box. Students who have missed 2 days will get to choose a prize out of the prize box.
I have a “0 Tolerance” rule for unkind behavior. This includes actions and words. Kindness is expected out of everyone.
Lunch is from 12:00 to 12:45. Our Kitchen staff serves up fantastic food daily!
If you are sending money to school, please put it in an envelope and have it labeled. Often times a student comes to school with money and does not remember what it is for.
I will send home a Weekly Newsletter each week. It will have the spelling words we are studying for the week. There will also be a note from me/upcoming events. A great place for this is on the refrigerator so your child can study the words any time!
Good organizational habits begin to form in third grade. To help keep your child organized through the year, they will be supplied with a Student Planner. This will be an excellent way for students to keep track of assignments, what we’re learning, and any reminders for the next day. This must be brought to school every day…no excuses!
Just like any other thing you expect to be good at, the skills learned in school need to be practiced. Please provide time at home after school for your child to practice their math facts and reading.
Planner – Your child’s planner is an important link between school and home. Please check for notes, reminders and any assignments.
Q- Questions or Concerns
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. The best way to contact me is via email or calling me at school.
We will be doing lots of reading in 3rd grade. Please allow time for your child to read to you. Read books to them that are more advanced than their reading level. Share with them your love for reading.
S- Scholastic Book Clubs
Your child will be bringing home book order forms occasionally this year. This is a great way to purchase books inexpensively, while helping our class earn points towards other items!
Talking to friends about feelings and ideas is an important part of learning. There are, however, appropriate and inappropriate times to talk. I understand that breaking rules about talking may seem less important than others, but I encourage you to support me in the enforcement of this rule, because it does affect your child's learning as well as other children.
I believe that each child has unique learning differences; therefore I will be providing instruction to your child that may be different than his or her peers.
If you would like to volunteer in the school please call and ask about necessary requirements. If you would like to chaperone a field trip please contact me and I will provide you with the necessary forms and requirements.
Reading and writing are closely linked. This year your child will be writing both expository essays, narrative stories and friendly letters. We will be trying hard to learn about the correct uses of punctuation and grammar as well.
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I am eXcited to work with You and Your child this year! Make sure he/she gets plenty of Zzzzz’s each night as we have eXciting days planned for this year.