Thank you to those parents who take the time to read this blog each week! I appreciate your feedback. I am including a visual below to answer my students' question "why do I have to read for 20 minutes each night?" I think the picture says all that I need to say about this nightly homework assignment - Have a wonderful weekend.
We had another wonderful week in third grade! Two of our friends, Anthony & Jeffery, have moved to other parts of the state/country. We wish them well and will miss them both! We moved our seats around on Friday, and hopefully this new arrangement will cut down on the amount of side talking going on in class...
Please remember that swimming is not an optional class. Many students are not bringing their swimsuits. Even if your child has a new hairdo, he or she must attend swimming unless excused by a doctor's note. Physical activities are not only great for your child's physical fitness, they also contribute to a happier and healthier
brain :) If you do not have a swimsuit for your child, please contact me and I will try and get one for him/her.
The parent engagement activity that was originally on the calendar for next week has been cancelled. Please remember that you are always welcome to volunteer in our classroom by going to the Volunteer page on this site. You must have an approved CORI form on file before working with the children. This can be obtained at the school office.
One of your child's nightly assignments is to read for 20 minutes and write a short summary of the text. There is a lot of research that shows that students who do not read each night will not reach grade level. Please ensure that your child reads every night and sign the reading log to indicate that it was completed. If your child did not read, please do not sign and they will read during recess or an activity. If this continues we will meet to figure out how we can fit this into your evening.
Pretty soon the weather will be changing and we will have more indoor recesses. If you have any age-appropriate board or card games at your home that are no longer used and in good condition I would love to have them for indoor recess. Thank you! Go Sox and Pats! ~ Mrs. Mark
Thank you to those parents who attended the Commissioner of Education's roundtable discussion Thursday night. As you know, the commissioner is to decide whether or not to allow the Holland to remain in level 4 status, or to designate our school as a level five. We should be hearing his decision within a couple of weeks. It is important that you remain involved in the discussions that follow.
The students and I have made some changes to our behavior system. There are MANY off task behaviors going on in our classroom every day. These behaviors - talking out, talking with friends, walking around the classroom, fooling around, throwing items, arguing, etc. - take away from valuable learning time. We decided as a class that we will add two additional categories to our stoplight system:
Star: If your child has remained on GREEN all day, and has also made an extra effort in school that day, a star will be placed in their chart pocket for the day. They will take the star home to let you know that they were acting like a SUPERSTAR that day.
Purple: We will add a category below RED (parent letter) to indicate the children that are continuing to misbehave even after four other cards were flipped. Purple will indicate that they will lose a recess or activity and will do copy work during that period. They will also be calling mom or dad during that time to let you know what they have been doing and to schedule a meeting.
Additionally, I will be allowing students who are on YELLOW or ORANGE to move their card up to GREEN if they turn their day around. Students on RED or PURPLE cannot move up.
Please let me know if you have any questions. ~ Mrs. Mark
It appears that I will be having an afternoon meeting every Friday, while the students are at swimming, so I will be unable to update Friday Folders at that time. For that reason I will be sending Friday Folders home on Mondays - I can update them during their math activity on Monday morning. Please sign it and return on Tuesday. I apologize for any inconvenience.
The Commissioner of Education will be coming to the Holland on Thursday, October 10th from 6:30 - 8:30 to hear members of the Holland staff and community speak. As you know, the commissioner will determine our school's turnaround status and it is important that we show solidarity and support for the Holland. Please come to this important discussion if you can. Ten people have been chosen to speak, and I will be speaking on behalf of our teachers.
Copies of my homework policy were sent home with your child. If you have not had time to review it, the basics are as follows:
I take ten minutes out of each day to write the homework on the board and hand the homework to each student. In addition, I purchased a binder for each child to keep the homework in, and I provide an opportunity to ask questions or ask for clarification. If your child chooses not to write it down or put it in the binder at that time, then the consequence is a zero grade.
I want to thank you for your continued support of our work at the Holland. Last year's third graders show significance progress on the MCAS from the prior year, and in fact our third graders outperformed the district in math. I know we will continue to grow and progress this year! ~ Mrs. Mark