with opportunities to read, write, and explore other areas of learning. I
and connecting their learning to REAL things outside of school. To ensure
entire school year. Here’s a little more about my expectations and policies
English/Language Arts: At Woodfields, our teachers work hard to create
classrooms with a balanced literacy emphasis while pushing students read AND
understand what is being read. Students will be required to extend their thinking
by reading independently, conferencing with their teachers, participating in book
clubs, and conversing with partners. For your child to be successful, you must
support reading outside of the classroom. Students should be reading a
minimum of 20 minutes at home per day. Have your child read alone and aloud,
then discuss the text with your child. Students will also participate in daily
writing activities that will require written responses about what they have read.
Math: We will continue to practice addition and subtraction with regrouping, and
learn new skills such as multiplication, division, fractions, and solving multi-step
problems. Students in third grade are expected to have addition and subtraction
facts 1-20 memorized at the beginning of the year, and multiplication and
division facts 1-12 memorized by the end of the year. Students should also work
to improve their number sense (understanding numbers and how they work)
while connecting math strategies to real-life situations.
Woodfields Agenda: This year students will receive a school agenda/planner to
record their homework and important reminders. It is very important that
students are responsible for keeping up with the agenda, because it will be used
all year long — new ones cost $5.00. Please check your child’s agenda each
night to make sure homework has been completed, and see any information
regarding upcoming events. Agendas are not a good way to keep in contact with
me because I use them as a tool to increase students’ responsibility and they
aren’t used at all on Fridays. However I will check them daily to make sure your child has correctly written down their homework.
Homework: Students should expect to have written homework in several
subjects Monday through Thursday night, as well as reading 20 minutes nightly.
If you do not have books at home to read, your child should be bringing
home library books every day. Please check for this. Students are
responsible for writing their own homework daily, completing it, and returning
it to school the next day. Students’ typically have a difficult time in class when
concepts and strategies aren’t being reinforced at home, so homework is an
essential piece of your child’s education. Teach your child the value and
importance of homework to ensure this isn’t a year long battle for you, your
child, and myself. Students are required to turn in their homework first thing
in the morning, and will receive silent lunch if it is missing without a
legitimate written excuse with a signature and contact number.
Graded Papers and Student Work: Students will come home with a Woodfields
folder that will be filled with graded work and important papers to keep at
home. You should review everything in this folder with your child and remove
any papers on the “Take Home” side, which include newsletters, permission
forms, notices from the office, etc. Students will be given two nights to make
this happen and it must be returned with signatures on all tests. Folders will be
sent home at least once a month and typically on Tuesdays. If you have any
questions about a grade on a particulate assignment before it comes home,
please email or write a note and I’ll try to get it to you sooner. Tests sent home
in the folder are not to be kept to study, but instead returned to school to be
filed in students’ assessment records. If you would like tips on what to study,
please request a copy of my “How Do I Study?” guide.
Rules and Consequences: Within the first week of school, we go over rules
and consequences. Recess time and/or other privileges will be lost when rules
are broken. If your child has had several problems within one school day, a
minor referral will be sent home. If the problem is not resolved after this point,
a major referral will be used. Please see the PBIS Matrix and/or the Students’
Rights and Responsibilities handbook for specific rules and expectations.
Morning Procedures: When students arrive at school each morning, they will
come to our classroom and sit in the hallway until 7:30am. At this time they will
be invited into the classroom to unpack, turn-in homework, and copy homework
into their agendas. Morning work will be given each morning and the concepts
covered will be assessed every Friday, so try to reinforce the importance of
these assignments to your child and remember that punctuality and attendance
are very important! If your child is going to eat breakfast at school,
he/she must arrive by 7:35am.
Book Orders: I will send home Scholastic book orders periodically through the
school year inside WFD folders. This gives students a chance to choose books
they are interested in that are on an appropriate level. Please do not feel
obligated to order; however, there are usually several books in each month’s
catalog that cost between $1.00 and $3.00. This is a fantastic, effective way
to build at-home libraries and also will help make sure students have something
to read for the required 15-20 minutes of reading homework at night.
Classroom Supplies: Please look over the third grade classroom supplies list
and make sure your child comes to school on the first day with the required
items. I will return any unused materials at the end of the year. During the
year when we run our of pencils or erasers, I’ll send home a note requesting
you send either money or more supplies. If you would like to donate any
additional supplies to our classroom, please consider the following: Kleenex,
dry erase markers, cap erasers, wide-ruled notebook paper, composition
notebooks, highlighters, handheld erasers, hand sanitizer, hand soaps,
Clorox wipes, Ziploc bags, crayons, colored pencils, crayons, or anything that
could replenish supplies of children who might need extra when time is short!
Any donations will be used responsibly and greatly appreciated.
Toys: School is a place for learning and we will do activities to have fun in the
process; however, ALL toys should be left at home. If they are brought to
school, they will be taken away and will NOT be returned unless a
parent/guardian comes to school to have a conference with the child and
teacher. If you’re unsure if something should come to school, I suggest leaving
it at home!
Celebrations/Parties: When the time comes for a party, I will send home a
notice letting you know. At that time you can sign-up for items that you would
be willing to send and I’ll get back in touch with you shortly. Items that are
not individually packaged will not be accepted, including chips and drinks. Do
not send any items that include peanuts or possibly came in contact with
peanuts/peanut oil. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy,
please request the information packet that addresses this and I will send it
home with your child as soon as possible. Remember volunteers wanting to
come to school and help with parties must be pre-approved through the district
office and a background check.
Contact Information: If you should have ANY questions or concerns about
my classroom procedures and expectations for this year, please do not
hesitate to contact me.
You may contact me by one of the following ways:
* Write me a note and have your child turn it in the next morning
* Email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Call me at school (864.941.5540), but keep in mind I do not get phone
messages until AFTER 3:00pm [at the earliest!]
* ClassDojo - Use the information given at orientation to register. Please request another copy of the information if needed.
I am very excited about the upcoming school year and I expect all my
students will soar and excel as Woodfields High Flyers!