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Parent and Student
Please READ this together. You will find the information valuable for making this a great school year!
I have compiled a variety of information to share with you. I hope it will be helpful in answering any questions or clarify policies and practices in our classroom. I will encourage your student to contact me first if he/she has any concerns or questions that may arise. If it is not resolved I highly encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org , 643-6681 ext. 4314, or through the Remind app. Using the Remind app you may sign up to be notified by me by email or text. The Remind app is free and is found in the App Store and in Google Play. To sign up for texts, text to 81010 and enter this message @slemna or you may visit https://www.remind.com/join/slemna to receive notifications for Third 2019.
*Please contact the office if the message is urgent and you have not received a response from me.
Parent & teacher communication is essential for a successful year!
Student School Day
Our day begins at 8:30 a.m. If your child arrives early, he or she is to go to the cafeteria. Students may eat breakfast between 8-8:20 a.m. Students will be picked up in the cafeteria at 8:20. Students are required to be in their desks by 8:30, pencils sharpened, restrooms used and all supplies in the classroom and in his or her seat every morning. Attendance will be taken at this time.
-Encourage your child to eat a good breakfast. We are fortunate our school offers a free breakfast program. Having your child participate by eating breakfast helps our school.
-Please help communicate to your child there will be no toys allowed to be played with in the cafeteria. Any toys brought from home will need to stay in your child’s backpack.
-Please encourage your child to use good table manners as they would at home.
Our school day ends at 3:15. Your child will be dismissed directly from the classroom.
Please call the office or my extension if your child will be absent or need to arrive late or leave early. When your child returns, please send a note as to why she/he was absent. If you would like homework sent home, please let me know in advance if possible. You will need to sign your child out in the office as well as sign him/her in when he/she returns to school.
All excused absent work will need to be turned in within two school days. It is the student’s responsibility find out what missed work needs to be made up when he/she was absent from class.
If your child needs to take any prescribed or over the counter medication at school, you will need to speak with the school office. Students and teachers are not allowed to keep medication in their locker or desk.
A continued change from last year…NO pain relievers such as Tylenol will be given from the school. If your child requires it, you must provide it. A note must be provided by you giving permission for your child to receive any over the counter medication. All medication MUST be in its original packaging.
All school doors in the building will be locked during the day. All other doors will be locked for security purposes. Please check in and out of the office at door #2 when entering if you are visiting or volunteering.
Parents are welcome and needed throughout the year. Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering in the classroom/school. A background check is mandated before volunteering. Volunteers may be used in many ways, please let me know if you have an idea of how you would like to volunteer. For example if you would like to share a unique hobby or your occupation, etc. any and all time would be appreciated.
Break Time & Snack Time
I encourage and allow students to use a water bottle throughout the day. Please label your child’s water bottle. Spill proof bottles are a must. Students are also welcome to partake in a snack during the break time of our day. Please make sure snacks are small and healthy. A suggested snack list will be sent home upon request or you could find a copy of one at
Note, snacks may be purchased after school and also for group snack times such as birthday treats. Contact Steph Beyer at 218.643.6681 ext. 4286 for purchase information. Students may bring a snack to share with the class on his/her birthday. Summer birthdays may bring treats on their half birthday or at the end of the school year. Due to MN Dept. of Health of regulations, treats must be store bought/packaged.
Lunch will be served daily before recess at 11:25. Menus can be found on the school webpage. Lunch money may be paid, in the office or paid online from the school web site. If paying at school, please send money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, grade, and the amount. All accounts are payable in advance. Breakfast is a free service available to all students.
Library books may be checked out every Monday from the School Media center.
Bus Students/Walkers/Picked up
Please send a note or call if there is a change of plans. If sending an email, and you do not receive a confirmation before 2:15, please call the office.
Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
Students are not able to use cell phones or other personal devices at school from 8:00-3:15. School staff will take away a device from a student if it is out during the school day. The device will be returned to the student at the end of the school day.
Students can be rewarded with play money which may be used to purchase coupons for items or privileges in the classroom “store.” Students who also demonstrate positive behavior will be allowed to participate in our “Friday Free Time.” Friday Free Time activities vary from week to week but are strictly a privilege to participate in.
Knowing families are busy, I have a clear understanding of time and the lack of it! J I feel it is best to limit the amount of homework your child brings home. Generally, if time is utilized during class, this will limit the amount of homework needed to be completed at home. PLEASE use discretion on the amount of time spent on homework each night. Thirty minutes is a reasonable amount of time for a third grader. Please write a note if it takes longer than that or if schedules conflict with your child from completing his/her homework. Keep in mind: Struggling is different than not wanting to do homework.
This listing of learner expectations has been designed to explain 3rd grade’s educational program. It shows examples of our expectations for students in each subject area upon completion of the third grade. It does not list all the concepts, skills, and processes students are taught or all the concepts, skills and processes to which they are exposed. It indicates some of the knowledge and skills a majority of students possess after they have successfully completed the third grade. The rate of progress of each student will depend on individual differences, learning styles, and involvement from home.
The concepts, skills, and processes are listed in separate subject areas in this syllabus. However, they are taught in conjunction with each other to help students recognize the relationships among the various subjects.
These learner expectations are always in a constant state of review by teachers and administrators and the state of Minnesota.
Class Descriptions are as follows:
Language Arts & Reading
Third graders start to read increasingly more complex texts. They comprehend meaning and develop a deeper understanding of text. They read for extended periods of time and discuss what they have read from multiple genres.
This course is designed to foster a love of reading and to enjoy becoming a life-long reader. We will also read outside of the textbook and read full novels and books. Units will be designed with different learning styles in mind and to incorporate technology. Time will be spent teaching, “What is the big idea?” “Why it is important to learn to read?” and “Why is it even more important to read to learn?”
Come to school ready to read and have an open-mind for ALL genres.
A POWER reading log will be a part of your student’s agenda page. It must be filled out daily. Third graders are expected to read for at least 20 minutes every night or 100 min. weekly.
Course Objectives as set forth by the Common Core State Standards
Textbooks Pearson Reading Street in two volumes.
Parents are responsible financially for textbooks if they are lost or damaged. There is a link on our classroom website to the textbooks online.
Writing will reflect more complex sentence structures, paragraphing and high level of correct punctuation and grammar. Third graders begin to choose words more deliberately when they write. They edit and proofread their writing.
__sentence and paragraph structure
__cursive handwriting is maintained
__sharing and publishing
Curriculum used is Eureka Math.
Textbook used is Social Studies Alive!
Textbook used MacMillian, McGraw-Hill Science.
*All students are instructed to meet the MN academic state standards. For more information about the standards you may visit the site https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/stds/