Planners Third grade is a big transition year for children. They will begin having more homework, responsibility, and independence. In order to help guide your child through this time, we will be using a planner provided by the district. This communication tool has been extremely beneficial in the past. It not only promotes responsibility and learning, but also life-long organizational skills. This is a wonderful organizational and communication tool for students, parents, and the teacher. Time is spent daily updating their books with information on assignments and important dates. Students are required to take their planners home each evening, show it to an adult at home, talk about their work, ask the adult to sign the book, and return it the following day. Feel free to write notes in the planner, and be sure to check for any notes from me. Also, please look through your child’s take home folder each evening and remove any notes from school. I do expect the take home folders to be cleaned out each night. Thanks!
Attendance I would like to encourage families to keep school attendance a high priority. The third grade curriculum is packed full all day long, so it is very hard to make up the instructional time lost. If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent, late, or leaving early for any reason, there needs to be a note in their planner, so I am aware of the situation. Homework Students will have homework every night. The homework consists of reading 20 – 30 minutes every night, a math home link most nights, and practice spelling words and basic math facts. I expect all homework to come back on time. If this is a problem, students will need to make it up during their recess time. However, if the homework becomes a struggle, please just jot me a note, and I will work with your child the next day. I would like to stress that it is okay to help your child and guide them through their homework, but not to do it for them. Dismissal If your child is walking home or riding the bus with a friend, each child needs to have a note with the following information: date, name of the person’s house the child is going to, bus color (if needed), and a parent signature. If both children do not have a note, the child will not be released to go with the friend and will be dismissed according to their original dismissal plan. The safety of your child is number one with me!
Birthday treats Children are welcome, but not obligated, to bring treats for their birthdays or half-birthday. I would ask that you keep the treats easy and simple to serve. Any treat brought into the classroom must be from the Spartan Safe Snack list which are all nut-free products. It would also be very helpful if you provided napkins or any other supplies that may be needed for your child’s treat.