I hope you have enjoyed your fun filled, relaxing summer! It is now time to start a new school year with both new rewards and challenges. I would like to welcome your child to the third grade. I am excited about this upcoming school year and am looking forward to getting to know each and every student. I have many fun learning experiences planned and hope they are, or will become, as eager to learn as I am to teach them.
Third grade is the first year of actual testing for OSTP. Students will be tested in Reading and Math subjects. It is extremely important for students to be at school, on time, and refrain from early departure, unless they are truly sick. I, too, am a parent and completely understand that appointments need to take place during school hours and sometimes things happen that are out of our hands; however, excused and unexpected absences can deter learning. If it becomes a frequent occurrence, it can be difficult for students to stay on task or grasp a concept, especially if basic foundations are missed. Students who are absent will be given additional time as per the school handbook. Late work will be docked 10 points per day until it reaches zero. Missed tests will be given during activity or recess time. Tests with failing scores will be brought up with extra credit work through the Book Report Projects assigned by the teacher with a set due date (a rubric will be provided).
I do allow students to bring disposable bottle water (no cups, no straws, no flavor added). Occasionally, I may suggest light snacks, if I observe problems adjusting to our lunch time. Please make sure these are healthy snacks and not messy. I want the students to be comfortable in their learning envirnment. After all, for nine months, this is our home away from home.
If your child is having difficulty with school work, peers, instructions, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by sending a note, e-mail, or phone call. The school number is 580-845-2802 and my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the following pages, I will introduce you to some of the classrom routines for the year. These are subject to change if needed. In January, when we return from break, we will review what we will have learned and, in February, we will begin test preparations. State testing will take place in April.