Students aware of grading system. Usually check, check plus, or check minus (grading policy will be sent home on first homework assignment)
Students will be assessed weekly in spelling and math fact skills.
Tests for science and social studies will be announced.
Math tests unannounced.
Unannounced graded class work will be used as an assessment tool to promote independent practice.
On demand reading comprehension and writing tasks used periodically.
OTHER THINGS WE’LL DO
We will have many special classroom activities such as:
Star of the Week: Students received their Student of the Week schedule this week. I tried to schedule the week around your child’s birthday as best I could. In your Back to School Folder is the itinerary & schedule for their week. Students will be given time to share any photos or favorite items, etc. with the class. Each student will have the opportunity to participate.
Third Grade Clubs : Clubs will be offered during the school year. Participation in third grade clubs is optional. More information will be available later this year. (After the winter break.)
Seasonal recognition: Seasons will be celebrated with a class activity, craft, or game. Parents will be asked to sign up to send in supplies and help in the classroom.
Grade level activities such as Constitution Day, Arbor Day, Holidays Around the World and Say Good Bye to Summer.
Wednesday- Art & Spanish
Thursday- Computers and PE
Friday- Music & Spanish
Third Grade Music
Recorders and music folders will be distributed in early October.
All students are responsible for bringing their recorders and music folders to music class each week.
Make practicing a part of your child’s schedule, like homework.
Recorder practice should happen at least 4-5 times a week.
Even 5-10 minutes of practice each day is better than none!
Use the music TBS Music Webpage for interactive practicing/tutorials.
Encourage practicing with a friend…it’s fun!
Ask your child to play for you!
1. Follow directions the first time they are given. 2. We raise our hands when we have something to say. We listen while others are speaking. 3. We respect each other. We keep our hands, feet and other objects to ourselves. 4. We treat each other kindly. Kind words and kind actions (no violence.) *5. We always try our best.
1. Verbal Warning
2. Yellow- Warning and reminder to make a better choice.
3. Red- Reminder to make better choices and a call home.
If a student is continually breaking our classroom rules, a behavior contract can be put into place. Parents would be notified and conferred with if this was to happen. I am open to any suggestions from parents regarding his or her child’s behavior.
Rewards will be given when the rules are followed.
Rewards are given on both an individual basis and to the whole class.
Sparkling Gems (whole class)
Gems are received for compliments and exceptional behavior- Class reward when the jar is full. The students will vote on an appropriate reward.
Individual Good deeds will get red tickets or Caught Your Being Good Tickets.
Homework: CHECK HOMEWORK FOLDER FOR CURRENT INFORMATION
Given Monday through Thursday
Some daily and some weekly; check agenda and website
Due the next day unless otherwise noted
Done in pencil…neatly
Occasional homework for special projects
Provided homework folder and agenda book. Student responsibility
Assignments that are obviously rushed will need to be redone.
Homework should take no more than 30 minutes (not including 20 minutes of reading)
HOMEWORK IS A REINFORCEMENT OF WHAT WE DO IN SCHOOL AND A VALUABLE TOOL TO HELP STUDENTS BECOME INDEPENDENT THINKERS!
Your child will receive a No Homework Coupon for him/her to use- any date.
If your child’s birthday falls during the summer, we can set a date in May or June to celebrate your child.
If you do not celebrate birthdays, please let me know.
Parent Letter/ or short video/ power point: Parents will write a letter (or send a video or power point) to the class telling us how special your child is to you. Send the letter in a sealed envelope to school with your child, and I will read the letter to the class at class meeting. The content of the letter is up to you, but you may want to choose from the following ideas: Describe special or funny stories about your child for the class to hear, write a silly or serious poem about your child, tell us some neat things we may not know about your child, send silly or special pictures with a letter describing the pictures, or write a short story with your child as the main character. You may also send a video for the class to watch if you choose.
Birthday Invitations Policy
Birthdays are special times for children and their families. Many families include some or all of the child’s classmates in the celebrations. Children’s feelings can be easily hurt. Therefore, please do not send your child to school with birthday invitations to distribute unless there is one for every child in the class, or in the event of an all-girl or all- boy party, one for each of the boys or girls. If you prefer to send invitations to just a few children, the HAS produces a directory of addresses and phone numbers that you can use for this purpose.
Our class will have snack everyday around 10:20am.
Please see that your child has a healthy snack and drink.
WE ARE A NUT FREE CLASSROOM!
Snacks are not to be shared!
Our class scheduled to eat lunch at 12:18. Children may bring lunch from home or buy.
Please look in the BTS folder for technology resources used in class and for homework.
Book Fair September 18th
Picture Day September 15th
Need Earbuds or headphones.
ADJUSTING TO THIRD GRADE
Each school year involves adjustment. The students will be growing physically, emotionally, and academically. They will be provided with the tools to help them become successful learners.
I firmly believe parent-teacher collaboration is a must and encourage you to contact me at any time regarding your child’s third grade experience. As we move forward in providing the children a quality education, please keep in mind the following goals:
Students should be responsible for books and materials.
Students should complete and hand in assignments on time.
Students should study to prepare for tests.
Students should participate and listen during instruction.