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ABC's of 3rd Grade

ABCs of 3rd Grade

ABSENCES: Much of our learning takes place together in class. We do lots of hands-on activities and group work. Please plan to attend school every day, except in cases of illness or emergencies. If your child will be absent, please call or text me and I will pull any missed work.  Also, please remember to send a note when your child returns to school.

ARRIVAL: school begins promptly at 7:55 a.m.

BREAKFAST: Bonner Elementary serves a nutritious breakfast each morning beginning at 7:25 a.m. and ending at 7:45 a.m.

BINDERS: Third grade students will have binders containing important papers, homework, conduct cards, and notes for parents. Please check your child’s binder daily and do not discard school papers unless you are sure your child no longer needs them (ex: homework, charts, etc…).

BIRTHDAYS: Birthday snacks may be sent to the classroom on or near your child’s birthday.  Only teachers are allowed to distribute these snacks and the students may enjoy these at snack time near the end of the day. (This is not a party time…simply a time to share a snack).

BOOK ORDER FORMS: These will be sent home for you and your child to look over every month or so. Book clubs offer fantastic deals! Checks should be made payable to SCHOLASTIC and you are also able to order online. 

CONDUCT CARDS: Conduct cards are to be kept in your child’s binder at all times and signed ONLY if the student receives a conduct cut. Excessive loss or destruction of these cards will result in a required parent/teacher conference to address any and all issues the student may be having in class.

CONFERENCES: My classroom conference time is daily from 1:25 – 2:15 p.m., however these must be scheduled in advance.  Feel free to text, email or call anytime with questions that may be answered quickly and may not require an entire conference period.

DISMISSAL: Car riders are dismissed at 3:20 p.m., day care bus riders at 3:20 p.m., and bus riders are dismissed at 3:25 p.m. If there are any changes in transportation, a note from home is required.

EARLY RELEASE DAYS: On Early Release days, students follow a shortened schedule.  Car riders are released at 12:45 p.m. and bus riders at 1:00 p.m.

EMERGENCY CARDS: These cards are on file in the front office. If your address, or any of your phone numbers change, please inform the office (and me!).

EMAIL: Please feel free to email me anytime (all questions and concerns are welcome)! My email is merrellgm@hudsonisd.org. If you have an email address that you check regularly, please provide it to me in order to maximize our communication.

ENRICHMENT: Students have the opportunity to participate in varying levels of enrichment in our Academy class.  We will have weekly STEM activities, Robotics classes and ongoing projects based upon what we are learning in our core subjects.

FIELD TRIPS: We will be taking two field trips this year (one in the fall and one in the spring). Details will be announced as the dates approach. Students must maintain a passing conduct grade in order to go on field trips.

GRADING: Students will receive letter grades (A, B, C, F) based on their performance in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies, as well as the special areas (music, art, and PE).

HOMEWORK: Weekly homework will consist of word study (spelling patterns and vocabulary) and math practice (typically one page). A minimum of 15minutes of nightly reading is also expected for a total of 60 minutes a week. All homework is due on Friday morning.

INCENTIVES: Students will earn tickets in varying amounts for positive conduct and work completion.  These tickets can be redeemed on Fridays for prizes, awards and other incentives.

INDEPENDENCE: This is a major goal for our students because it builds self-esteem and self-confidence. Third graders are very capable of doing many things on their own and I encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves in the classroom. Please encourage them to think through and problem-solve in everyday situations.

JOURNALS: (or composition books) are used in most subject areas. These are kept at school for daily use.

KEEP INFORMED: Remember to look for our class Peek at the Week to be emailed every Monday, check your child’s binder daily, Take Home Folder every Tuesday and review my webpage on the Hudson ISD website at any time.

LUNCH: Our lunch time is 11:05 – 11:35 a.m. Please send lunch money on Monday. You are more than welcome to join your child for lunch in the cafeteria, but please make sure to be on time.

MYSTERY READERS: Would you like to read to the class? Shhhh…keep it a secret and sign up to be a Mystery Reader. Kids love surprises! Please email me date(s) that work best for you.

PE: Students need to wear or bring appropriate shoes on PE days. 

PEEK AT THE WEEK: Our Peek at the Week will sent every Monday. In an effort to reduce waste I will email it to you unless otherwise requested. Important information is always included, so please read carefully.

QUESTIONS: Instead of asking your child, “What did you do in school today?” ask, “What book did you read during independent reading?” or “What math concept are you learning?” or “Tell me what you wrote about during Writing Workshop!” Show that you’re interested, and ask specific questions. Most likely, your child will respond positively and more openly.

REPORT CARDS: Bonner Elementary is on a nine week grading period. Please see the district calendar for specific dates.

RESTROOM TIME: Third grade is often a huge “growing up” year for students.  Students are expected to handle many things independently and follow school rules while doing so. As such, there is little tolerance for abusing restroom privileges by playing or just asking to go in order to get out of class.  Restroom breaks are given frequently throughout the day during transition periods. If a student MUST go while in the middle of a lesson or activity, then he or she will be asked to forfeit a portion of recess time in return.  I’ve found that this often shows me the true “emergencies.”

SKYWARD: Skyward is an online system which allows you to check you child's grades and information on a daily basis.  If you do not have an account, please sign up today.

SNACK: We have a rather early lunchtime and students need energy to learn!  When healthy snack choices are made, they provide the nutrients and calories kids need for growth, good health and energy to get through the day. Please pack your child a healthy snack to enjoy on a daily basis.

SUPPLIES: A supply list is accessible on the district website, as well as my webpage. Please make sure your child is prepared for school every day with those essential items. Your child should also have supplies at home (as well as a quiet place to work) to complete at-home assignments.

TAKE HOME FOLDER: This is a main form of communication for student progress and grading. It will be sent home every Tuesday and will need to be returned with a parent signature on Wednesday morning. Students will be given one “grace” day, but will begin losing recess time if the folder is not returned by Thursday morning.

TARDIES: If your child arrives at school after the bell rings at 8:00 a.m. he or she will be given a tardy slip.  After four tardy slips, students are assigned lunch detention by the front office.

UNIQUE: Each student in my classroom is unique. I will do my best to differentiate instruction to ensure that all children get what they need to be successful in third grade.

VOLUNTEERS and VISITORS: There are many opportunities for you to be involved in the classroom this year. Please let me know if there is something specific you would like to do or be a part of in our classroom. When you arrive at school to volunteer or visit, please register in the office and pick up a badge instead of coming directly to the classroom. This policy is for the safety of your children.

WATER BOTTLES: Please feel free to have your child bring a water bottle to class for snack time.

WEBPAGE RESOURCES: Please check out some of the links to excellent resources available on my webpage. These resources can help your child in all core subject areas.

WISH LIST: There is always a need for additional supplies in our busy classroom, but some of the more frequently needed items include: Post-It Notes in interesting shapes or colors, colored copy paper, dry erase markers, top-loading sheet protectors, cardstock (white and multicolored), multicolored pipe cleaners, toys or candy for our Prize Box.

It is EXTRAORDINARILY important for your child to have a successful third grade YEAR. I will do my best to make learning fun and exciting – you can expect a lot of growth in so many different areas.

It will seem as if the 2017-2018 school year will ZOOM by!