Mrs. Cline’s Class and The Peanuts Gang
On An Educational Journey
This year, with the help of some fictional friends (Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang), our class will be exploring the the exciting curriculum of third and fourth grade. Each month will bring new study concepts which we will investigate through our skills in reading, spelling, writing, math, social studies, science, health, the arts, technology and physical education.
As we enter October, some plans are still in the works, so I will most likely send a few more notes within the next few weeks. For now though, here is what I would like you to know:
* We will start going to the library this week (Tuesdays at 12:35). Students in third grade get to check out two books at a time. All library books need to be returned by Tuesday morning so your child can check out new books. We hope to begin AR testing (if our computers are all in working order) October 1. You will notice on the bottom of our homework contract a place for AR. I want the students to choose one book they plan to AR test on for the week and write the title. They need to test on that book at some point during the week. If your child is involved in a very thick chapter book and needs more than one week to complete the reading they should let me know and I will give more time for testing on that book. That is the extent of the AR requirements for our class. It is a responsibility issue, not a condition for a grade in the class. I will check to see that they are testing once a week. This will be reflected in their effort grades only. However, in class readings are going to be subject to AR comprehension tests for a grade.
* Today in your child’s homework folder is a parent letter containing the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) level your child is currently reading at and suggestions for reading help. I have also included the AR level your child should use when selecting books to read. I will test again in December to check for growth.
*Our timed math test may begin to get more challenging for some students now, please review the facts daily with your child. In the beginning, it is also VERY IMPORTANT to monitor your child’s homework to see that everything is being completed, items are being studied prior to quizzes, and all returned work is emptied from the folder and reviewed by you. The extra time you put into this now will pay off later when your child is better prepared to do these things on their own.
*As third grade firms up plans for device use in the class, I will send home information to you. Until then, please do not send devices yet.
* I will be posting grades online this year, but until I work out a few technology gliches, grades will not appear until the first or second week in October. For now, please just watch as scored papers come home in the folders to know how you child is performing.
* Reading homework will fluctuate from week to week as to the types of readings I will be asking of your child. When they receive a reading paper or packet for the week, I want to see it returned each day for my review. If you see a reading log on the back of the homework contract, I will direct your child as to what they are to do with it (ie: read what I have assigned or read on their own and log on it). If you don’t see a log on back, it is because I don’t require one that week.
* Field trip forms will be coming home shortly for our first field trip on October 29th.
All students will be involved in a variety of daily learning activities within their grade and ability level. Work that is completed in class will be sent home in homework folders. Please take a moment to review all your child's work. A star, check, sticker or stamp on the paper indicates that I have reviewed it. If I make any correction marks on the paper please encourage your child to review those skills. Tests and project papers will be given percentage grades. Only papers with a percentage grade are recorded for report card purposes. Any work receiving a grade of 60% or lower will need to be signed by a parent and returned to me.
Children in third grade can be asked to spend up to 40 minutes Monday through Thursday on homework. The homework is designed to be a reinforcement of what is being taught in class, as well as, being an instrument for teaching responsibility and accountability. Students will be responsible for copying the daily homework assignment(s) onto a homework contract. Children need to be sure they have the necessary materials for doing the assigned work each day. I will ask for their homework contracts along with their completed assignments at the beginning of each school day. In addition to the assigned homework, a student’s unfinished class work may occasionally be sent home for homework. I certainly understand when circumstances arise which make it impossible or very difficult to complete homework. Should this circumstance happen to you, please write me a note or initial the homework item (s) that couldn’t be completed on the homework contract otherwise, I will expect to see all homework returned to school.
All homework is grade level appropriate and not meant to be an avenue for advanced curriculum. My philosophy on homework is to work hard with the students in class and keep homework to a minimum amount. I encourage families that want more quantity or challenge to meet those needs through personal reading. I will review all homework and record each child’s effort weekly. Some homework will be self corrected by your child in class. Only homework requiring a second look by you will be returned.
It is my intention to keep you as informed of your child's progress in my class as possible. Therefore, in addition to comments on your child’s weekly work, I will send home periodic
progress reports. Parents may also access our online grading program to watch their child's progress.
Report cards will be given out at the end of each trimester. They will be accompanied by parent / teacher conferences at the first (November) and second (March) trimesters.
Birthdays are very important days to our children and I always recognize them in our class. All July and August birthdays are celebrated in June. Please keep in mind that in order to promote good health habits, our school has adopted a no food treat policy . However, If you want to do something special, you may want to consider the birthday donation program set up by our PTA .
I will send home book club flyers bi monthly. You are welcome to order books for your children. Your orders do help us to earn points to build up our class library and the book selections are very good and reasonably priced. You will need to fill out the order form and attach a check payable to the proper book club for each order. Orders turned in after the due date will be returned to you as my orders go in exactly on the due date. Or you may want to order books on line from scholastic - our class earns extra books for all online orders.
I will furnish you with the sign in passwords for our class with our first order form.
Sharing in Class
We do not have a formal, personal sharing time in class. Therefore, students are welcome to share only items that may be of interest to a unit of study in our class. If you or your child are unsure if an item is appropriate please feel free to ask me about it a day before.
Getting To Know Our Classmates
It is important for children to share about themselves, as well as, learn about others. In grades K through 2 your child most likely had an opportunity to do this by being a “Star” of the week or some other form of recognition. In my class, we create “Personal Information Folders” in the first couple of weeks of school. There are some "at home" information components that need to be filled out. We share these folders by way of oral presentation in class throughout the year when students are chosen to be class leaders. We should know each other quite well when we are finished. I hope to create a caring, sharing, and respectful atmosphere for all students.
In third grade, students are working more independently and do not require the same amount of parent involvement in the classroom that you may be accustomed to in the lower primary grades. However, I do welcome parent assistance with our class needs and I look forward to working with some of you. I address my helper needs at back to school night and I will have sign up sheets available for those interested! When we have class parties, I am always happy to welcome any parent that wishes to join us.