Welcome to Mrs. Lipe's Third Grade Class!
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(**Subject to change)
Third Grade Information
It is very important that I know how your child is getting home each day. Please send a note or message, or contact the office as early in the day as possible, if your child has a change in his/her afternoon routine. Without prior notification, the student will not be allowed to do anything different from their normal routine.
Take Home Folder
Your child will choose one of the folders required on the school supply list to serve as your Take Home Folder. Each student will bring this folder to and from school in their backpack every day. This folder will be used to carry such things as:
- Notes to / from the teacher or office
- Graded papers
- Weekly newsletters
The folders will be checked and emptied by the students each morning. This works wonderfully to help keep things organized, and promote clear communication between home and school!
Please send your child’s lunch money to school in their Take Home Folder, in an envelope or baggie with their name on it. Breakfast money is to be brought separately each day your child eats breakfast and paid in the cafeteria. If you are sending money to school for any other reason, please put it in an envelope or baggie listing what it is to be used for.
Water bottles will be permitted in the classroom. Students can bring a bottle containing water only. No soda, juice, Kool-Aid, tea, etc. will be allowed. If the water becomes a problem or distraction, the student involved will no longer be allowed to bring it to class. The water bottles must be brought to school filled and taken home each day. Please do not sent a glass bottle, something that is easily breakable, or something that spills easily.
Students are not permitted to bring toys or other such items to school without the teacher’s permission. Items that are brought without permission, as well as any other item that becomes a distraction to the learning environment, will be collected and returned at a later date.
~Be prepared for class and ready to learn.
~Take care of personal and class property.
~Follow directions the first time they are given.
~Keep hands, feet, and belongings to yourself.
~Listen when others are talking.
~Raise your hand to be called on to speak.
~Treat everyone with kindness.
~No bullying will be allowed.
~Be a helpful member of our classroom family.
**Have a positive attitude and always do your best!
We will be using a card system to keep track of our behavior. If a student does something that is against the rules, they must turn their card to the next color. The colors and their meanings are as follows:
~Green card – I had a great day! (I hope to see a lot of green cards this year!)
~Yellow card – Warning; Completion of Behavior Report, which will be signed by the student and parent and returned to school the next day.
~Red card – Loss of recess; Completion of Behavior Report; Phone call / message to parent
~Loss of red card – Visit to the Principal; Completion of Behavior Report; Phone call / message to parent; Loss of recess
Major problems will be referred to the Principal automatically, at the discretion of the teacher. If a student loses a card more than once that week, they will be ineligible for Friday Movie. Also, the loss of more than three cards in a month will make the student ineligible for nomination for Pawsome Student. A student who receives a Disciplinary Referral will be also be ineligible for Pawsome Student. Students who have more than 1 referral that quarter, or several missing assignments, will not be allowed to attend any upcoming field trips with our class.
The students will have some form of homework just about every night, Monday through Thursday. There will never be an excessive amount of homework. The amount of homework will also depend on what they complete during the day. Homework is given to accomplish one or more of the following purposes:
To practice skills that have been taught in the classroom.
To extend or develop an understanding of concepts.
To complete work not finished during class time.
To make up work from an absence.
Ø Homework is due the next day.
Ø If a student does not finish his/her homework, it will be finished during recess time.
Ø Graded work will be sent home each Friday.
Ø If your child is absent, it would be very helpful to have their missed assignments sent home. It can be very difficult for the student when they miss several lessons and assignments. Please let me know if you would like to pick up their work in the office at the end of the day, or if you would like it sent home with a sibling.
Each day, homework from the previous night will be checked. Not returning the homework more than once in a week will cause the student to miss Friday Movie. More than 4 times in a month will also cause the student to be ineligible for nomination for Pawsome Student.
Assignment books will be sent home each day. We will work together to write down homework and any important reminders. It is not mandatory that the book is signed each night. However, it is very important that you check it every night and stay aware of what your child may need to do that night, or know for the next day. The front of the assignment book contains the school handbook. Please make note of the following areas:
- Changes in dismissal plans
- Birthday party invitations
- School, playground, and bus rules
- Arrival and dismissal times
- Procedures for checking into the office before visiting the hallways and classrooms
We like to reward students who work hard to complete their assignments on time and follow all of the rules. Both Third Grade classes will be doing a special incentive program together. Students that lose one or no cards all week, pass their weekly tests, and are caught up on their assignments will be eligible for a short movie time on Friday afternoons. Also, they must meet homework requirements for the week. As the year progresses, other criteria will also be used to determine eligibility to go to Friday Movie. The remainder of the students will stay in the other classroom and use that time as a study hall. We also use that time to provide additional help to struggling students. We hope this special incentive will motivate students to always do their best!
Throughout the year, we will also be working on earning rewards for a variety of things, such as working together, staying on task, and cooperating. Rewards may be earned individually, as a small group, or as a whole class.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Good communication between teachers and parents is incredibly important for a successful year! I am available each morning from 8:00-8:25, or after 3:00 in the afternoon. I would also be willing to set up a conference with you at a more convenient time. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, send a note in your child's folder or assignment book, or send me a message through Class Dojo. Thank you so much for your help! I am looking forward to a WONDERFUL year!
Third Grade Supply List
- 1 plastic pencil / supply box
- 3 boxes of tissues
- 2 boxes (approximately 24 each) sharpened #2 pencils (no plastic coating) OR mechanical pencils
- 1 bottle of Elmer's glue
- 4 glue sticks
- 1 box of 24 count crayons
- 1 package of washable markers
- 1 package of dry erase markers
- 3 folders with pockets
- 2 pink erasers
- 1 ruler with inches and centimeters
- 2 wide-ruled notebooks (70-80 pages each)
- Gym shoes (to be kept at school)
- Backpack (without rollers)
- **No Binders or Trapper Keepers
- If you would like to donate other classroom supplies, we would greatly appreciate any of these items:
- Paper products
- Disinfecting wipes
- Baggies (gallon sizes)
~Scott Foresman Reading series
~Correlation with Reading series
~Tests will be given each Friday; Spelling words for the next week will be sent home each Friday
~Compilation of English material
Math~Go Math! series
~Memorization of math facts
~Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Social Studies series
Science~Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Science series
Handwriting~D'Nealian print and cursive**A variety of supplemental material is also used in each subject area.
8:30 - 8:45 Pledge / Lunch Count / Etc.
8:45 - 9:45 Math
9:45 - 10:15 Spelling
10:15 - 10:30 P.E.
10:30 - 11:15 Reading
11:15 - 11:55 Lunch / Recess
11:55 - 12:15 Read Aloud / Writing
12:15 - 12:45 English / Handwriting
12:45 - 1:15 Science
1:15 - 1:45 Social Studies
1:45 - 2:15 Journals / Study Time / Pack-ip
2:15 - 2:45 Recess
*Students will participate in music, library, and computers weekly.
Music ~ 10:00 - 10:30 Thursday
Computers ~ 12:00 - 12:30 Friday
Library ~ 10:45 - 11:05 Wednesday
Grading Scale A......90-100 B......80-89 C......70-79 D......60-69 F......Below 60