Mrs. Michele Burnham
Pencil Caps (Eraser Tops)
Friday, April 21 ~ Nonfiction book report due
Monday, April 24 ~ Students can begin wearing "Summer" uniform
Monday, April 24 ~ Fueling My Body (Byrnes Center)
Tuesday, April 25 ~ Lifetouch pictures taken
Friday, May 5 ~ Challenge for Kids; Grandparents Day and Mural Dedication
Wednesday, May 17 ~ Spring Concert
Friday May 26 through Monday, May 29 ~ No School Happy Memorial Day
Wednesday, May 31 ~ Field Day
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Vocabulary Words for this week:
My philosophy of education: My classroom is a learning community. All students are capable learners who possess different and varied multiple intelligences and learning styles. I will try to vary my teaching style and methods to meet every student’s needs. In my classroom all students will take responsibility for their behavior and their work. I will work my hardest to help your child succeed. As God has entrusted parents to be each child’s first and best educator, I look forward to working with you to facilitate your child’s success.
Your child will be evaluated on: class participation, homework, quizzes, tests, and projects in Religion, Language Arts (which includes Writing, Reading, Phonics, Vocabulary and Grammar), Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. No numeric grades are given. Students are given Exceeds Expectations, Meets Expectations, and Improving on their grade reports.
Birthdays: We love to celebrate birthdays in third grade. If your child would like to bring in a treat, please make sure the items are individually wrapped or pre-cut. If your child celebrates his or her birthday during the summer, we would be happy to celebrate his or her “1/2 birthday.” Birthday book donations for the library are also encouraged. These donations may be made in addition or in lieu of bringing in a birthday treat.
Also, if you are having a party for your child outside of school and wish to invite members of the third grade class please follow these guidelines:
If invitations are to be handed out, please give them to Ms. Runk. She will put them in my mailbox and I will distribute to the students.
All students need to be invited for me to distribute the invitations. Although if your child is a boy, then only the boys need to be invited. If your child is a girl, then only girls need to be invited. Thank you for your understanding.
Parents: I encourage parental participation in the classroom. If you have a special talent you would like to share with us, please let me know. If you would like to help out with administrative tasks or special occasions in our classroom, please contact me. As you know volunteers need all up to date clearances to volunteer at the school and in the classroom.
Homework: Every student has an agenda in which homework assignments will be written. Please monitor your child’s assignments. Homework is their responsibility – not yours, but it is quite helpful if you “check-up” on them. I am NOT asking you to sign your child’s assignment book each night, but I would like you to sign their reading log. If your child develops a chronic homework problem, I will have you begin monitoring more closely and signing his/her agenda each evening. If a student does not complete his/her homework a yellow slip is given. Three yellow slips result in a blue slip which results in detention. An excessive amount of homework will not be given in third grade. Typically expect to spend approximately 30 minutes on homework each evening. Included in this time should be 15 minutes of reading. Homework will also be updated daily on the Third Grade webpage.
Supplies and Wish List Items: Occasionally there will be items I will need for the classroom. I will mention these under WANTED on our class webpage. Of course you don’t have to send in anything from my WANTED list, but if you are able I would appreciate it very much. Throughout the year your child will need to replenish his or her supplies. Check in with your child every couple of weeks and ask them if they are running low on anything.
Lunch Money: Lunch money must be in an envelope with your child’s name and grade on the front of the envelope. The money MUST be accompanied by a lunch slip stating what days your child is purchasing lunch.
Snacks: I encourage the students to bring a healthy snack to school. Snacks MUST be healthy. Please do not send in pop-tarts, candy or cupcakes on a regular basis. Healthy choices include cheese sticks, pretzels, cheese crackers, squeezable yogurt, cut up fruit and vegetables. Snack time will be at approximately 9:30 AM each day. Students must bring in their own snack. They are not allowed to share.
Discipline: Thank you for signing and returning a copy of our classroom rules. It is very important that we have your support and reinforcement regarding appropriate school behavior. I will be using Class Dojo this year to help encourage a positive classroom culture. I have sent home an informational letter on downloading an app so that you can check your child’s daily behavior. Our classroom discipline is based upon PRIDE. PRIDE stands for Participation, Responsibility, In Control and On-Task, Do Your Best and Be Diligent, and Earn and Give Respect.
Uniforms: Please make sure your child is complying with the dress code at St. Patrick Catholic School. Belts are required when shorts or pants are worn. Also, shirt tails must be tucked in at all times.
Transportation Home: If you child’s mode of transportation should change, even for just one day, I need to know. Please send in a note and I will forward it to the school office. Unless we have a note or a phone call is made, your child will be send home in the mode that is indicated on the transportation sheet. Your child can not verbally tell me a change in transport home.
Telephone/Email: I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year, I will communicate with you through emails, updates to our class webpage, progress reports, grade reports, and parent-teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. The best way to contact me is through email at email@example.com. If you need to speak to me in person, you may contact me at 717. 854.8263.