Dear Parent/Guardian and Student:
Welcome to a new school year! You are a valuable asset to this 3rd grade class, and I’m excited about having the opportunity to get to know you and your student. If you ever have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 619-956-5425.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING LETTER WITH YOUR STUDENT AS IT CONTAINS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR. THANK YOU!
Our academic schedule will consist of:
· Language Arts – This subject encompasses many different areas such as: District adopted Wonders, reading, writing, listening, speaking, spelling, the computer program Achieve 3000, and more. Please make sure your child is reading every night and that s/he picks books that challenge the student, but one s/he can read independently so s/he will be successful.
· Math – District adopted Math Expressions curriculum including Think Central (the online component), DreamBox, projects, and hands on resources.
· Social Studies – The students will be learning all about our community- past and present, and the state of California.
· Science – This will be a combination of Earth, Life, and Physical Sciences with hands on activities, individual/group projects and presentations.
· Physical Education - We will be doing a combination of the SPARKS P.E. and OPEN programs along with Teacher/Student Created games.
· Art – We are lucky to have Arts Attack as our art program so our students will be doing a different art activity twice a month along with any in class cross curricular art activities.
· Library – We will have a weekly library scheduled time which is TBD.
STAR Folders: Students Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR) Folders: In order to manage materials successfully, students should use their STAR Folder starting on the first day of school. THE STAR FOLDER MUST BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY.
· Work that your child doesn’t complete (unfinished work) will come home each day in the “bring back to school" side of the STAR folder; it must be finished and turned in the next day.
· Each student will also have a notebook at the beginning of the year for Reading.
· Students are allowed to bring ALL books and & notebooks home to complete unfinished work. They are responsible for bringing them back the following school day.
· The notebook and folder must be neat, complete, and organized. Thank you for helping your student with organization. It is key for success!
· The STAR folders will be filled with graded papers and notices every Friday
· Before you sign the calendar:
o Please look over your child’s work and STAR Folder
o Have them fix any papers that need to be corrected & complete any unfinished work
o Return both the signed calendar and STAR Folder on the following school day.
Your child will be required to:
· Read 25 minutes (Daily)
· Complete 2 achieve3000 lessons (weekly). There will be ample time for this to be completed in class. If your student is not using his/her class time wisely, then it becomes homework.
· Complete at least 5 Dreambox lessons (weekly). There will be ample time for this to be completed in class. If your student is not using his/her class time wisely, then it becomes homework.
· Complete any UNFINISHED WORK that was started in class (including weekly goals for Dreambox & Achieve 3000)
o The majority of work is started in class. Whatever is not finished at the end of the day becomes homework.
Missing homework will affect your child’s grade and may result in quiet work time during recess to allow them to catch up. If your student has a large amount of homework, please check with your child and/or contact us as s/he may be having a challenging time with the work or using his/her class time unwisely. When your child has homework, please make sure s/he has a quiet, uninterrupted place to work.
· There will be a schedule on the board each day with the day’s assignments.
· Your child is responsible for filling out his/her calendar accordingly.
· Completed assignments should have a check mark next to them to indicate completion
· Any assignment not completed should not be checked off
· On the calendar there is a place for weekly behavior and academic reports, which will be filled out every Friday.
· The calendar should be turned in signed and checked by the parent every Monday (or Tuesday if there is no school for a Monday holiday)
· This calendar will help your student stay organized and teaches him/her to be responsible for his/her work.
Technology: We will be using the ipads to utilize many online learning sites/apps such DreamBox, LearnZillion, Think Central, Achieve 3000, Wonders, etc. Since we have 1:1 devices there will be many opportunities for students to broaden their knowledge.
Classroom Environment: In order to make our class a pleasant place to be, and to give ALL students the opportunity to learn, the class rules are:
2. Listen and follow directions
3. Contribute to the learning process
Students will be expected to act appropriately and to take responsibility for their choices and actions.
Incentives to inspire appropriate behavior include: verbal praise, student of the week, student of the month, marble pail party, table points, prizes from the prize box when a student has earned 15 stars, cougar cards, and many other positive rewards.
Consequences for disrupting the learning environment include: warnings, removal from the activity or recess, private talk with teacher, phone call home, parent conference or office referral. Any serious disruption will cause the student to be sent to the office immediately. We will use the step program to help students know where his/her behavior stands. Each student will be given a card at the beginning of the school year to keep in his/her desk. S/he is responsible for keeping track of the card. The card should be at school at all times.
There are five steps:
1. Verbal Warning (we will give at least one verbal warning before issuing step 1)
2. No morning recess (student may walk laps), and conference with the teacher
3. Phone call home by student with teacher supervision
4. Visit to the principal’s office
5. Suspension from school
Each step is followed by 3 day’s probation. If the student improves during those 3 days, the step is cleared and the student is given a fresh start. If the student does have an issue within the probation period, s/he is given the next step up with further consequences, and the 3 day’s probation starts all over again.
Students who receive a step or do not finish their class/homework will not be able to attend Fun Friday. They will go to detention instead.
I will be utilizing a great communication tool, ClassDojo, to provide instant notification of behavior progress throughout the year. Student behavior is tracked and visible to parents and students instantly using ClassDojo and percentages will be used for the report card each trimester.
ClassDojo is also a place where I will send important reminders and updates, and post pictures of the kids, so please sign up and stay connected!
Birthdays: As a district, Santee has been working on improving the wellness of our children. It is a nationwide law. Cupcakes, cookies, and candy are no longer allowed in the classroom for birthdays. If you would like to provide a snack for the class to celebrate your child’s birthday, please make sure it is healthy and abides by any classroom allergies. Some examples of healthy snacks: fruit, vegetables, muffins, crackers and cheese, granola bars, etc. If you’re not sure about a snack, please check with us before sending it in. Goody bags are acceptable, too, as long as they do not contain junk food, candy or latex products. Please be aware that we have a severe latex allergy on campus. No items with latex are permitted.
I am confident your child will make excellent academic progress this year. I will focus on the crucial educational standards and provide your child with an environment that stimulates growth and productivity. It is in your child’s best interest that we work together this year to provide a positive learning experience. Your support at home influences your student’s efforts in class. Please feel free to email/call if you have any questions (email and Dojo tend to be the fastest, and is my preferred method to contact you, so please check your email and Dojo accounts frequently). I also have a classroom website at http://www.santeesd.net/site/Default.aspx?PageType=1&SiteID=691&ChannelID=703&DirectoryType=6 (simply click on class websites and then on Tracy) where you can find each week’s spelling list, essay and project directions, due dates, class updates, and announcements. The website is a great resource to keep you and your child up-to-date and organized. Please bookmark it under favorites and check it often.
I look forward to working with you and your student this year.
Mrs. Summer Tracy