I am so pleased to have your child in my classroom this year! Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns that you or your child may have. My email address is email@example.com and I also have voicemail. You can reach me at 667-2429. When you call, just ask for my voicemail to leave a message. You can also leave me a note in your child’s assignment notebook. I will respond daily to all questions and/or concerns.
Red Folder and Assignment Notebook
I would like to briefly notify you several policies that I have in my classroom this year. Students are required to write in their assignment notebook daily. I also require that parents initial the notebook nightly to let me know that you have seen their daily assignments and notes sent home. I have found this practice to be very successful and helpful for both students and parents as a communication tool. If I have a question or concern, I may leave you a note to let you know in this notebook as well. In addition to the notebook this year, students will have a red folder that will contain homework assignments, notes home, and forms from the office. Students are required to carry this folder to and from school, along with the assignment notebook every school day. The folder contains two pockets, one for papers to be returned back to school, and one for papers to stay at home. This is where you can look for homework papers to be completed and insure they return back to school. Please ask nightly to see both the red folder and the assignment notebook. Students that repeatedly don’t turn in their homework will have to stay in from recess to finish their work.
Students will be earning Broadway Bucks this year in the classroom. They will receive coins/bucks for having their assignment notebook signed daily, for staying on task during work time, and for positive behavior and being responsible. They will be able to spend these coins/bucks for activities of their choice or prizes from the prize box. I will also collect coins for not following classroom and school wide rules.
Reading and Math Log
Every month students will have a calendar that is their reading and math log that is kept in their red folder. They are expected to read and practice math facts four times a week. This adds up to about 16 days a month. Please initial on every day they complete this on both sides of the calendar. Students can practice math facts by using flashcards, computer games, or if the homework I send is practicing facts. Students will get a reading and math grade for turning in their calendar at the end of every month. We will start in September.
Students will begin the year taking a 100 addition time test. If they pass this, they will move on to subtraction and then addition and subtraction mixed. Once they have passed those tests, they will move on to multiplication and division. If students don’t pass those first three tests, they will still move on to multiplication and division once we start learning the facts in class. I don’t give the test in numerical order. I order them by difficulty level. Here is the order for multiplication timed test: 0, 1, 2, 5, 10, 3, 4, 11, 9, 6, 7, 8, and 12. At the end of the year, I have an ice cream sundae party to celebrate passing multiplication time tests. For every timed test the student passes, they will earn a scoop of ice cream or topping. If students ever want copies of any timed test, please let me know and I will send some home.
This year for student's spelling lists we will be using a program called Words Their Way. Words Their Way is a developmental spelling, phonics, and vocabulary program. A word study program allows teachers to provide differentiated efficient, effective instruction in phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. Each week students will have spelling words that will be individualized for them. Spelling tests will be every Friday. Later in the year students will create their own dictation sentences that I will grade. Once students get used to the spelling test, I will add bonus words. If they misspell any of those words, it will not affect their grade.
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Accelerated Reader (AR)
AR is a computerized test that asks questions about the book a student just read. Most books that students read are AR books. Students will have an opportunity to take AR tests on the computer in class. If you would like to check to see if a book has an AR test, you can go to Broadway’s school webpage and click on AR Reading Book List.
We will be ordering from Scholastic Book Clubs throughout the year. This is a good opportunity to purchase books on the appropriate reading level for your child at a discounted price. Points earned from our orders will be used to purchase more books for our classroom library. When ordering please make checks payable to Scholastic Book Clubs. You can also order the books online. Our class code is L9XMY.
Water and Snacks
I encourage students to bring in water and a healthy snack every day. Please no candy. We have snack time in the morning. If a student forgets a snack, they can use their Broadway Bucks to buy one.
Birthdays are such a fun time in school. On your child’s birthday, you are welcome to send in a treat to celebrate with the class. If your child has a summer birthday and wants to bring in a treat, just let me know. If we have any food allergies, I will let you know so you can plan a treat that works for everyone.
I look forward to servicing your child and you this year. Please inform me of any special concerns that you think I need to know about your child. I hope for a successful and productive year in third grade. Thanks so much for sharing your child with me!