Welcome to 3rd Grade Room 253!!!
WELCOME PARENTS AND STUDENTS! I AM SO EXCITED TO GUIDE YOUR STUDENT ON THIS AMAZING JOURNEY WE CALL THIRD GRADE!
- listen actively
- are respectful
- try their best
- do neat and correct work
- challenge themselves
- ask questions
- complete all homework
Every month, I will be sending Scholastic magazines home with your child. They are never required, but it is an opportunity to grow your own library at home, as well as help our classroom. Now it’s easier than ever with online ordering. Every time you order online, you donate $3 to our classroom. Go to www.scholastic.com/bookclubs and type in our classroom code: MFJ78. You can still send in payments through checks as well.
Birthday treats are welcomed but not expected. Remember that we ask that cupcakes ARE NOT brought in for birthday treats. Some great snack ideas are: Popcicles, fresh fruit, fruit cups, popcorn, yogurt, popcorn balls, cheese sticks, meat sticks, crackers, finger sandwiches, rice krispy treats, mini-pizza, fruit kabobs, etc. Please let me know a day ahead of time so I can build the treat into our schedule. Please be sure to bring enough for 25 students. Also, please be sure to let me know if you DO NOT CELEBRATE birthdays or particular holidays.
Lunch & Snack:
Room 253 has lunch at 12:40pm. Student’s may bring a cold lunch from home or purchase a lunch from school for $2.50. Please let me know if you have completed a free/reduced lunch application so that I may follow up. We will have snack daily around 10:30am. Students may bring in snacks from home. Due to food allergies, we ask that students ONLY BRING FRUIT FOR THE FIRST 2 WEEKS. We also have a classroom pantry where donated snacks will be kept, just in case snacks are lost or forgotten. Please consider donating snack to the classroom. Please send enough for 25 students. Also, students may bring water bottles to keep at their desks. Please be sure that all are labeled and tightly fastened.
Please attempt to schedule all appointments after school. If for some reason (emergency, illness, etc.) your child is not able to be at school, they will be responsible for getting and completing missed work. Please contact me as soon as possible so that I am able to prepare the missing work. Your child will have at least one day per day absent to complete the assignments. If your child does not understand the material, please do your best to help them until they can ask me for further help.
Please schedule all vacations and family trips around Ann Arbor’s allotted vacation time. If a trip arises unexpectedly, please notify me ASAP. I expect that I you take your child out of school for an extended period time, you will be responsible for helping them keep up with the curriculum. Please speak with me about any extended periods of time so that we may come up with a plan together.
We will have homework Monday-Thursday. Students will bring home a weekly HOMEWORK CHECKLIST to help them (and you) remember assignments for the day. Mostly every night, Math Links and Spelling/Word Work will be given, and will be a review of the day’s lesson. Be sure to complete Spelling work daily to prepare for Friday’s Spelling Test. Also, any work not completed in class, unless it is a continuous in-class project, will be going home for homework. In the beginning of the year, students may also bring home cursive practice. Once cursive is completed, students will begin bringing home reading comprehension / writing sheets in addition to their math. On very rare occasions, students may have homework on the weekend.
Reading Logs will be included on the Homework Checklists. Your child is to read a book for at least 20 minutes (or more) Monday-Thursday, totaling 80 minutes per week. If needed, students can miss a night, but make it up the next night. Please have your student fill in the reading section of the Homework Checklist. They are to turn in their checklist every Monday for the previous week.
Room 253 Homework Policy
Students are expected to know their homework assignment every night and take responsibility to complete it independently at home. When students complete their homework, they will receive 2 green rewards on the Classroom Dojo. Students who come without completed homework will receive red rewards on the Class Dojo. Students can use one HOMEWORK EXCUSE per month. After this EXCUSE is used, students will work with me to work on any incomplete homework during lunch/recess time. Please be sure to check backpacks and Communication Folders daily for graded homework, notes, homework to complete, and their daily reading logs.
Parent Volunteers Needed
Room Parent(s) – Organize classroom events, parties, and outings. Keep an open communication with other classroom parents.
Media Parent(s) – Take pictures and videos during events and upload them to our picture website
Sanitizing Parent – Sanitize classroom tables, chairs, and equipment weekly or bi-weekly
Mystery Readers – Come in and read to students
Classroom Volunteers – Parents are always welcomed into the classroom and during our specials to help out!
Scholastic Parent – Sort and distribute ordering forms. Sort and distribute books when they arrive.