Grade 3 Info

Absences
While absences are unpredictable, I kindly ask that you call the office to inform me who will pick up your child’s work for the day.  If you are unable to pick up the assignments yourself, siblings are welcome to drop by to collect the items.  Access to a fax machine can also prove to be a handy tool in obtaining missed assignments.  Please leave your fax number with the office and I would be happy to send you the work.  I have found that students who are able to complete missed assignments at home, often return from an illness feeling more relaxed and less overwhelmed.

Changing your child’s dismissal plans
Parents who make one-time or short-term changes in their child’s departure routine – such as switching from one bus to the other, leaving early for a doctor’s appointment, going home with another child or in a carpool not his/her own – must notify the teacher in writing or the office by telephone no later than 1:30 p.m. on the day of the change.  A change involving adding a rider to a bus must be cleared with the office to make sure there is room.  If there is no room, the change request cannot be granted and the parents will be informed.

Classroom Birthday Policy
Birthdays are a special and exciting time for third graders.  Parents who wish to recognize thie event in the classroom are encouraged to consider the following:

– While food items are a welcomed treat, dietary needs and family food preferences should be taken into consideration.

– To prevent a student from feeling left out, I recommend that parents bring in fancy pencils, handy erasers, small puzzle books, or other non-edible items as a means of recognizing a child’s birthday.  Donating a book to the classroom library is another great way to acknowledge your child’s special day.

I thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding of this matter

Classroom Rules/Procedures
Welcome to Third Grade!  Here are some basic rules/procedures that must be followed to ensure that each student’s experience in third grade is a happy and successful one.

1. Be on time.

 2. Come prepared.

 3. Ask good questions.

 4. Work at learning.

 5. Show respect. (For yourself, others, and the classroom environment.)

Homework Policy
Homework is given four nights per week and is an important vehicle for reinforcing the concepts the children have learned in class.  This process helps students develop a sense of responsiblity for taking an assignment home, completing the work, and returning it to school.  Homework assignments are due the following day, unless otherwise noted by the teacher.  Reviewing papers your child brings home and encouraging him/her to correct any errors reinforces the learning process.  Pride in a job well-done is a positive self-esteem builder.