I want to welcome you and your child to third grade. This is an exciting and challenging time. I am looking forward to having your cooperation and support to make this a successful year.
One of my main goals, and a goal of the school, is to help the students develop independent work habits and self-discipline, both in conduct and academics, which are vital to being a good student. My hope is that all of the students will assume responsibility for their actions and work, both in completion and quality. The most important element of learning is to develop good work habits. It is a big step from second to third grade. Students are expected to be more independent in their work and ask for help only after attempting to solve on their own. It is ok to struggle and make mistakes, this is how we learn.
If your child has a medical condition that requires special bathroom privileges or other special arrangements please make sure the school nurse has a note from a doctor on file. This ensures that there are no misunderstanding about what steps need to be taken for your child’s health. Without a doctor's order I cannot allow special privileges on a long term basis. It is not fair to the other students and causes disruptions to my instruction time. The students are given multiple opportunities to use the restroom throughout the day.
Homework is not assigned daily; therefore, if uncompleted assignments are brought home, it tells you that your child is not completing their work in the time allowed in class. School papers should be coming home regularly. Please check and empty your child’s folder each night and go over these papers with them. This is a good way to keep you informed of your child’s progress in school and to make you aware of strengths and areas in need of extra support and practice. Unless special problems arise your child need not spend more than 30 minutes per night on homework or study.
My three classroom rules are: Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe. I practice a whole child method of correction. Students will be taught coping strategies on how to manage stress and anger. Your student will learn terms like upstairs brain and downstairs brain to describe how they are feeling. I am including a handout to explain each of these terms.
Class DOJO: Please sign up for class DOJO. I use this to communicate upcoming events for the third grade. This is also a fast way for you to communicate your concerns with me. I am sending home a Dojo class sign up sheet. I strongly encourage parents to sign up.
My goal is to encourage the children to be independent readers and to
have a good understanding of what they read. The reading series, Myon library, weekly reading assignments and supplemental books will all be used to help achieve this goal.
Our spelling program correlates with our reading series. We will not always have a spelling test on Fridays. Please sign up for DOJO so you will know when your child’s tests are.
Our writing program includes: writing paragraphs, letters, reports, and stories. All writing assignments are graded based on our third grade writing rubric.
Basic concepts in addition, subtraction, multiplication,
division, regrouping, fractions, estimation, graphing,
large numbers, rounding, measurement and story problems
are taught this year. To ensure proficiency and accuracy in
everyday math, memorization of basic math facts is essential. Therefore, 15 minutes each day should be spent on studying these facts through flashcards, written drills or any other method of study. I am sending home a multiplication practice sheet.
Social Studies & Science:
Our areas of study in science emphasize life cycles, states of
matter, ecosystems, plants, and water cycle. In social
studies the six regions of the United States are taught along
with Missouri facts, map skills and economics.
Special Class Schedule:
I am looking forward to a happy, productive year. Please do not hesitate to ask questions. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and grow better together! Thank you for your support.
Planning Period: 12:25-1:10