What are the Student Binders/Planners used for?
Keeping the lines of communication open is very important. Each child has received a binder that will act as our home/school connection. All notes, notices, homework, and finished work come home in a yellow folder that is inside the binder. Orange EveryDay Math family letters will also be sent home in the folder at the beginning of each new math unit. Please use the yellow folder to send notes, lunch card money, etc. to school. Placing all notes from home in a designated area has become a part of our morning routine.
Each binder also includes an assignment planner. We will focus a lot of attention on this planner, as a way to foster organization and responsibility. Each day the students will update their planners with homework assignments, due dates, and special reminders. I request your help in getting our third graders into the habit of utilizing this important resource. Please initial each day's column to confirm that you and your child read and discussed that evening's assignments. I hope this process will assist our children in gaining responsibility and ownership of their work. *It is essential that this binder be returned each day.
How do I change my child's dismissal plans during the day?
The main office, (203) 291-2700 should be notified of any last minute dismissal changes by noon. They in turn, will notify me of the change.
How are birthdays celebrated in third grade?
Birthday treats are welcome. Keep the treat simple, something that the child can pass out themselves. This can be an edible treat or a non-edible treat such as an eraser, pencil, puzzle, or book donation to class. Per our District Wellness Policy, if you do send in edible treats, you must also send in a healthy alternative. Please provide a few days notice and drop off the goodies in the classroom before school. We will make sure that we schedule time in the day to celebrate. Please be aware that students are no longer able to hand out birthday treats throughout the school. Thanks for your cooperation!
How can I find out whether or not a book is too hard for my child?
Use the Five Finger Rule - Open a book to a page in the middle and have your child start reading. Each time he/she misses a word, or questions the meaning of a word, fold down a finger. If you have all five fingers down by the end of the page, the book is probably too hard for your child. If your child attempts to read it independently, it may increase his/her frustration level.
What happens if my child cannot read their 20 minutes one night?
I understand that children and families sometimes have special events going on outside of school. If your child cannot read one night because of such event, please make a note on the reading log for that day. Encourage your child to make up that 20 minutes over the remaining nights.
Where is the Lost and Found?
The newly established school wide "Lost and Found" is located in the main entrance of the Cafetorium. If your child has lost a jacket, sweater, or lunchbox, be sure to visit the Lost and Found before or after school.