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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Welcome August 2017

Dear Parents,
      Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. I'm excited to kick off a new year with some new and fabulous learners!! We'll spend the first couple of days learning rules and procedures, then we'll jump right into our curriculum.

Upcoming Events:
August 17th...................Begin Math Chapter 2--Represent and Interpret Data
August 17th...................Begin CKLA Unit 1--The Wind in The Willow/Writing Narratives
August 21st...................Begin teaching multiplication facts and begin manuscript review
August 25th..................Me Museum due--presentations from 1:30 to 2:30 (parents are invited to stop by and check it out)
August 28th..................Volunteers begin helping
September 4th...............Labor Day--no school
September 5th...............Begin Cursive Instruction

Class Schedule:
Monday 12:30-1:30...............Library & Music
Tuesday 2-2:45......................Art
Wednesday 9:30-10...............Music
Wednesday 12:30-1:30..........P.E.
Welcome to Third Grade!!!



·         Reading: 20 minutes of reading and 3-5 minutes of reading response every school night for 10 points per day (1 extra credit day is available each week as well).

·         Writing: A homework packet will be sent home each Monday (and should be brought back and forth between home and school each day for the week). The packet includes steps to completing a paragraph. The work is broken down into nightly assignments that should take no more than 5-10 minutes with the final product due on Friday. Students will also be given a few minutes of class time each day to get started on these daily assignments. Students have the opportunity to earn 10 points for each writing section completed with the final product (completed paragraph) being given 20 points for a total of 50 points per week.

·         Math Review: Included in the homework packet will be a quick math review page on the back of the writing pages. This work should take no more than 5-10 minutes and can also be started in class if students have extra time. 50 points are allotted to math homework each week.

·         Completing homework (reading, writing, and math) each night is an important extension of the classroom.  Please check over your student’s homework each night. This will ensure that your student gets some extra one-on-one from you if needed and also helps to keep you informed of how well your child is managing and understanding 3rd grade concepts.

·         Spelling: The first spelling list will be sent home 4-6 weeks into the school year. A list of words to use for practice will be sent home on Mondays. The test will be on Friday.

·         Keyboarding: We will begin our keyboarding review within the first full week of school. This is a very important life skill that will also help students on the tests at the end of the year. I plan to block out 2-3 sessions of time per week to dedicate to keyboarding skills, however, proper practice at home is always a bonus for your child.

·         Cursive Writing: We will begin cursive writing in September after students have reviewed and practiced proper print technique! The work will be done at school, but practice at home is always encouraged.

·         Times Tables: We will also begin times tables right off the bat and I plan to have all the facts from 0-12 taught within the first 4 to 6 weeks of school. We will continue to practice the facts in class, however. It is essential that students continue to practice these facts at home regularly in order to pass them off throughout the year.

·         Powerschool: Please visit Powerschool regularly to stay informed of your child’s class standing. If you need access information, Mrs. Griffith has all that information at the office. I will also send home grade printouts periodically as well as give printouts to the students regularly in order to keep them informed of how they are doing in class. In order to participate in our quarterly 3rd Grade Thrills activities, students need to have 80% or above on their progress reports.


·         We’d love helpers. Morning helpers are needed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday from 10-10:30. After noon helpers are needed Mondays from 1:40-2:10 and Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday from 12:40-1:10


·         Organizational skills are reinforced in 3rd grade. Each student is responsible for his/her own work. If a child’s assignment is missing, he/she can visit the “Extras” cubby to find a copy. If the extras are all gone, the child is responsible to find a makeup assignment and get it approved with the teacher before completion. I am not able to make extra copies for individual students. If this becomes a chronic problem for a particular student, I will be contacting the parent to collaborate on a plan to solve the problem.

Class Blog:

·         Most questions will be answered in the monthly newsletters, which can be found on our class blog. I also send emails of extra items that may not have been included in the blog.


·         Attendance is crucial to the success of each child. Please do what you can to schedule lessons and vacations outside of school time. If you need to pick up your child during school hours, please check them out at the office first.

Behavior Policy and Procedures:

·         Each child is expected to demonstrate good behavior each day. Students are expected to follow the teacher’s directions promptly and with a good attitude. They are expected to treat others with respect and take responsibility for their own actions. As students display expected behaviors they will earn stars on the Legend Board in order to earn prizes and move closer to the top of the board. Students will also earn various “bonus activities” throughout the week to celebrate their accomplishments.

·         Students not demonstrating expected behaviors will meet with the teacher one-on-one and practice expected behaviors during part of their break time.

·         If a student continues to show unexpected behaviors, student’s seat will be moved away from classmates.

·         If issues persist after sufficient interventions have been put in place, parents will be contacted and referral to the Skill Building program will be submitted.


Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. It’s much easier to deal with issues as they come up rather than waiting and hoping they get better on their own. I am open to suggestions and appreciate feedback.

I look forward to working with you and your child this year, and I’m excited for the wonderful year to come!!! Thank you for your added support!


Bev Sherratt