We have finished a very successful first full week of school. The students spent a lot of time learning the classroom procedures, getting used to third grade expectations, and learning how to control their volume (still a work in progress!). We will be getting into our curriculum next week in full force, including our Reading Street literacy program and TERC math investigations. Expect nightly homework for your child including 20 minutes of reading and math practice. I will send home a reading log on Mondays that is due on Friday. Please take a moment to sign each night indicating that your child has read his/her 20 minutes. Children who read 20 minutes every night outperform children who do not read - that 20 minutes really makes a HUGE difference! If you do not have books at home, please send me a note and your child can take out books from my classroom library to take home.
Every Friday I send home a Friday Folder that indicates the number of missing homework assignments your child had for the week, the number of behavior time-outs given, and the graded work for the week. This week there will not be a lot of graded work, as we worked a great deal on community building and working with partners. Students collect their work throughout the week in their student mailboxes, and they are emptied on Friday and work brought home in the folder. Your child should be able to tell you what homework they chose not to complete. Please review the folder and sign to indicate that your child showed it to you. Thank you!
Missing homework is graded as a zero in the gradebook. I allow students until the following Monday to turn in any missing homework for a grade. After Monday (except if they were absent) the grade remains a zero. If a student lost the paper it will remain a zero. I do not make new copies for lost assignments. I purchased a binder for each student in which they have a homework folder to keep assignments safe and to write down their assignments. We stop each day for ten minutes to write down assignments, put papers in folders, and ask questions. Hopefully with this routine in place students will not lose any papers.
I look forward to meeting each of your at our Holland Open House on September 26th. I am sure the office will send home more information in the next week or so. There is a volunteer sign up page on this website if you would like to come spend some time in our class. I am also always looking for donations of tissues - we go through a lot of them! Have a great weekend! - Mrs. Mark