Mrs. Christensen’s Class
3rd Grade Policies and Classroom Information
The school year is underway, and I look forward to your child having a wonderful 3rd grade experience. Third grade is a challenging and exciting year of growth academically, socially, and emotionally. In the beginning the days may seem long for your child. Having your child go to bed a little earlier than normal may be a good idea during this adjustment period. Also, extra hugs and added encouragement are especially important in the first few months.
Working together and open communication between school and home are extremely important for your child’s success. I will keep you informed through classroom updates/notes. On a bimonthly basis you will also receive a newsletter entitled Growing Up. This will give you insight into your child's social and emotional growth in 3rd Grade.
I wanted to take the time to let you know some of the policies of our classroom this year and other basic information about the school year. If you have additional questions or concerns during the year, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me (Extension – 71528 or e-mail - email@example.com. Email is preferred.
Please initial your child’s planner DAILY (at the bottom) even if there is no homework for that day. This way your child will get in the habit of bringing it to you and reviewing it daily with you. Planners need to be brought to school and returned home daily. Please e-mail notes. Students don't always show me notes in the planner and it is usually checked by me weekly.
Your child has a homework folder that also needs to be brought to school and returned home daily. There is a “Keep at Home” side that will be used to return graded papers, including homework, class work, and tests. The “Return to School” side is any unfinished work that needs to be finished at home or notes that need to be returned. Please go through these papers with your child each night.
Some children like to pack very quickly at the end of the school day. Many of the papers don’t always make it in the folder and sometimes are just stuffed in the backpack. If you are noticing this habit, please address it with your child and help them become more organized. We will be practicing this step by step at school also. Lots of encouragement will help.
· This year your child will be reading (may be mixed with being read to) for 20-30 minutes daily at home (5 days a week).
· This year your child will also be required to study their math facts (may practice math in different ways including math games and computer games) for 5-10 minutes daily at home (5 days a week).
· Spelling words will be given on Friday and assessed on the following Thursday. An individualized spelling test will be given the first week of each month. These individualized words will be written in your child's planner.
· All unfinished class work is homework and must be turned in the following day. Students should have enough time to finish most work in class with the exception of cursive.
· Your child will usually receive one Everyday Mathematics home link each day that is due the following day.
· When we begin our cursive handwriting, two pages will be assigned weekly. Starting in January three pages will be assigned weekly on Thursday and due the following Thursday.
All homework is written in the planner along with any upcoming tests. There may be homework that is not the "regular" homework, but it will be written in the planner. Please make sure to go over the planner nightly with your child. Study guides for tests are sent home approximately 5-7 days prior to the test.
*Remember, homework is for your child to work on. You may guide and assist your child, but please do not do the work for them. It will hinder your child’s ability to learn the material, and in turn affect their understanding of the upcoming lessons in class. Please check over the work after your child completes it. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
SUPER STAR BULLETIN BOARD
Each week a different child will be named our Super Star. This will give your child the opportunity to share about themselves with the class. When your child is Super Star, please help them gather some show and tell items to display that tell something about who they are. Items may include, but not limited to: medals to hang on the board, trophies, favorite stuffed animal, favorite book, items that show their favorite hobby or sport, or whatever your child feels is something that tells us more about them. Please also send in pictures (up to 15) of special people and events in your child’s life to be displayed on and around the board. (Pictures will not be pinned to the bulletin board. We use sticky tack so not to damage the pictures.)
The Wednesday before your child is the Super Star, a biography poster will be sent home. There is an 8 ½ x 11 rough draft copy and also a larger final copy. Please have your child fill in the information about themselves on the rough draft copy first, help them to revise and edit, and then have your child write on the final draft poster. Next, have your child color the poster neatly with crayon or colored pencils. (You may use marker if only tracing the outline.) Please return the poster the following Monday.
The Super Star’s week is as follows:
All Week: Line leader
Monday: Set up the Super Star table
and bulletin board with 2
Thursday: Your child will present the
Super Star poster and any
special items to the class.
The class will be writing Super Star letters of why they think your child is a Super Star. Once all letters are collected, the student will be given the book. (Each Parent will also write a letter to their child. More info will follow when your child is the Super Star).
We are all familiar with the importance of drinking water each day. Dehydration leads to poor learning performance. I’m a encouraging your child to bring in a water bottle with them to school each day. You can fill them at home, and the children will be able to refill them at school. Please do not send in fruit drinks or pop – water only. As an added bonus, after recesses and physical education the children will not have to stand in long lines at the drinking fountain. It would be extremely helpful if the water bottle was insulated.
If your child is not going to be in school, please let me know by e-mail. Also, if there is a death in the family, a parent going out of town, a pending divorce, or anything that you believe might affect your child’s performance at school, please let me know. It will be held in the strictest of confidence. Children can’t always verbalize what is bothering them, and I want to be extra sensitive to their needs.
If your child wishes to celebrate his/her birthday with the class by bringing in a special treat, that would great. If possible, please let me know ahead of time so we can fit it into our schedule. We’d love to share in the celebration. Please keep treats to something small that is individually wrapped and/or easy to hand out (cookie, cupcake, etc.) The treat must be store bought and NUT FREE and with no traces of nuts. Please also include anything needed such as napkins or plates. Summer birthdays will be acknowledged on half-year birth dates.
I welcome parent volunteers. There will be some volunteer opportunities. A volunteer sign up will be given during curriculum night. We’d love to have you. I will also be asking for volunteers as field trips and other activities arise.
This year I would be happy to attend one special event for your child. This may be a sports game, recital, gymnastics practice, etc. I really enjoy seeing the children outside of the “school setting”. If you would like me to attend an event, please let me know the date or pass on a schedule of games.
Children do have consequences for their actions. They are also rewarded for good choices in many different ways in our classroom. They do this by using their manners, being a good friend, having homework done on time, listening to the directions the first time they are given, and having few marks or circles (for responsibility) on the behavior chart, etc. Caught being good cards will also be used. Any donations of candy for our candy jar is appreciated. Nut free please).
If I would like the students’ attention, I just raise my hand in the air and say, “May I have your attention please.” All students are to stop what they are doing, freeze, and give me their attention. I wait until ALL students are looking at me and are quiet before giving any directions. Even if I have to repeat, “May I have your attention please” in a calm voice, I just wait patiently they will respond.
There is a number chart on the side bulletin board. Every child has his/her own number. When I need to speak to a child for not following directions or not following the rules they are told to “Mark their number" with a / (Slash). The number chart is used for the "Follows the Rules" category on report cards also.
1st – acknowledge action/verbal warning
2nd – head down for 3-minutes
3rd – Note home
4th – Phone call home (made by the student)
(Students will brainstormed the consequences at the beginning of the year)
Students also "Circle" their number on the chart if they forget their mail, leave their chair down at the end of the day, have late homework, forget to put their name on their papers, etc. This information is used in the "Assumes responsibility for self" category on the report card.
It’s going to be a great year!