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Classroom Information

Dear Parents,

Welcome to 3rd Grade!!! I’m very excited to get the year started and can’t wait for you to see how much your child learns and grows this year.  Third grade is a transition year and my goal is to make them more independent and to encourage them to take more responsibility for their learning than in previous years. Below you will find a list of procedures and information about our classroom.  Please feel free to contact me by phone or email at any time, if you have a question or concern.

Homework:

          I will not be assigning nightly homework, however students will be expected to complete any work they didn’t finish during class time.  Also there may be instances throughout the year that your child will be required to work on projects/assignments at home. For projects, students will be given detailed directions and a rubric.  Please check your child’s take home folder for any homework.

Reading:

          I love, love, love books and one of my goals this year is to help your child find a love of books too.  In class, we will have the opportunity throughout the day to read, but we will always read with a purpose.  Children need the opportunity to read for enjoyment and home is the perfect place to dive into a great book. I will not assign a reading log, but I encourage you to help your child find a good series or a favorite author, and read with them and to them.

Book Orders:

          As a parent I know we dread these, but book orders are a great way to build a home library and encourage your child to read.  It also helps our class get new books for our library.  I will send book orders home once a month in your child’s take home folder or you can order and pay online, using our class code N9RZG.

Volunteers:

          Yes, please! I will never turn away help, however please consider your child if you would like to volunteer. Will your presence cause a problem with their learning?  If not, you are welcome.  However if you would like to come in please let me know ahead of time, so I can have materials prepared or make plans for you to help.

Snacks:

          As our school day is lengthened, our lunch time has also been moved back.  Students will be allowed to bring a healthy snack to be eaten in the morning. 

Gum:

          In theory, a mouth that’s chewing can’t be talking, but more than that chewing gum also helps with concentration.  So yes, students are allowed to chew gum in our classroom, as long as they are responsible and it doesn’t become a problem outside of the classroom.  

Behavior:

          I believe that by this age, students should be able to follow directions and make good choices without a behavior system.  As a class we will make our classroom rules, discuss school rules, and determine consequences for breaking those rules. If at some point this doesn’t work and we need to implement a structured system, we will. 

Birthdays:

          I’m a huge sucker for birthdays and I want to celebrate how special your child is. They will receive a special gift from me and we will sing to them. If you would like to bring a treat to help us celebrate, we would all love it but please don’t feel obligated. And please consider that we may have allergies in our room.

Class Parties:

          We will have three class parties: Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day.  I’m asking for parents to sign up to help with at least one party.   

         

Thank you for your support and I look forward to getting to know you and your child. Please know that if you have any questions or concerns, you can call or email me at 245-4150 or Amber.Barrett@laramie2.org.