On the Road to Responsibility

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On the Road to Responsibility

  1. 1. “ On the Road to Responsibility” Mrs. Leachman’s Class 2011-2012 [email_address]
  2. 2. THE HANDBOOK <ul><li>Rocky Ridge Handbook – Please review the guidelines in the handbook regarding Arrival/Dismissal, transportation, and medications. Be sure and send a note following an absence so it may be recorded accurately. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Lunchroom <ul><li>Menus are posted on the webpage. Please talk to your child about food selection. You are always welcome to join your child for lunch. Students will be able to purchase extra items snack items on Wednesdays. If you have any questions regarding your child’s lunch account please contact the cafeteria manager. You may also sign up to pay for your child’s lunch online. www.paypams.com </li></ul>
  4. 4. Snack Time <ul><li>Please send something filling and nutritious for your child at snack time. Some good suggestions include cheese and crackers, breakfast bars, prepared fruit, popcorn and dry cereal. Try to avoid less healthy snacks such as chips, snack cakes, cookies or snacks that cannot be eaten without forks or spoons. (We do not have these available.) Water is always available in the classroom, but your child can also bring in a water bottle. Please do not send any colored or flavored water or juice. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Money <ul><li>Please send any money in an envelope with the child’s first and last name, and the teacher’s name. Please identify what the money is for. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Communication <ul><li>A newsletter will be sent home each week on their homework sheet. Please feel free to contact me through email, note, or call the office and leave a message. I will return your call ASAP. I believe teacher/parent communication is extremely important! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Birthdays <ul><li>Please feel free to send a treat on their birthday. We will also recognize their birthday in class. However, we cannot set aside time for a party. Your child is welcome to pass-out party invitations if the entire class is invited . It is our request that you have the snack item in the office by 8am. I will take care of passing the special snack out to the students during lunch. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Field Trips <ul><li>We will go on several field trips throughout the school year. All forms must be returned in advance. We will usually need one or two chaperones per trip. Also, no younger siblings are allowed to accompany parents on fieldtrips since this would provide a distraction from the supervision of our students. I will send home more info </li></ul><ul><li>about our field trips closer to time. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Discipline <ul><li>Our classroom guidelines include: respect everyone, the school and personal property, be prepared, work and play safely and always do your best. </li></ul><ul><li>I will notify you of any misbehavior in the classroom. If students do not follow classroom rules, he/she will be given a verbal warning. </li></ul><ul><li>The next time a rule is not followed; The student will be asked to move their card. Your child will have to sit out of recess for 5 minutes. If the behavior is not corrected they will then be asked to move their card again. They will have to sit out for 15 minutes of recess. If this is not effective, parents will be contacted by a note or phone call. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Assessments <ul><li>Our goal is to capture a grade every week/week and a half in each area. Your child will usually bring home a signed paper folder every week (Thursday). Progress Reports are sent in the middle of each nine weeks. Report cards are sent home every nine weeks. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Grading <ul><li>Some grades are based on class work and class participation. Other grades are based on testing which reflects good study habits, memorization, inferential-higher level thinking, and decision-making. Class work is not always taken as a grade. The children are learning and practicing through these assignments. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Signed Papers <ul><li>Thursday Papers will be sent home regularly. Grades for the report card are based on these evaluations. Each year, this seems to be one of the more stressful events for third graders. We review these as a class but your child may have additional questions. So, I suggest you review these with your child. If your child usually does well and doesn’t perform as well on a particular assignment, please explain that with work and practice they can always pull up his/her grade. I never share grades of students with other students. I like to stress to them this is private information even if you do really well. Please take the time to discuss with your child the importance of privacy in this area. </li></ul><ul><li>After you have reviewed the papers, please sign the stapled page in the folder and return with the signed papers. It is your child’s responsibility to return the folder to class. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Homework <ul><li>Homework will be assigned on Monday and will be due on Friday. Homework should take no more than 30-40 minutes a day. If your child is taking longer than this amount of time, please contact me. Students will have no written homework over the weekend. </li></ul><ul><li>******Special Note – Most Third Graders cannot be sent to their room to do their homework. We have to guide and show them how to study. I will give them guidance and hints in class. They should be able to complete most written assignments independently. Please allow students to try assignments on their own. If they ask for help, try to be more of a guide ~ rather than solving the problem for them. One of our goals for our Third grade students is to lead them in the direction of being independent thinkers and learners. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Volunteers <ul><li>We love having volunteers and appreciate your help. When volunteering, remember to sign in at the office and get a visitor’s pass. If you would like to help in the classroom and are not scheduled, it would be helpful if you could send a note with your child that morning so I can be expecting you. We want to make the most of your time and assistance! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Reading <ul><li>We incorporate Reading Workshop, Literature Circles, Reading Response Log and use of library books. My goal is for your child to develop a LOVE for reading if they do not already have one. Therefore, I will use many different approaches and types of genres to do what is best and help your child individually. </li></ul><ul><li>Please make it a priority to set aside three or four times a week to have your child read. (If not daily) Also, set aside time to read to your child. We need to read books that your child is not yet capable of reading. This is an excellent way to increase your child’s vocabulary. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your child questions about the story or article and discuss words the child might not understand. This is one of the best ways to encourage your child to be a life long learner and to be successful. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Writing <ul><li>Third grade is a big writing year. We will write regularly in their Writer’s Notebook. Please know that the students will work on most of their writing assignments at school. This will ensure that the student is writing and revising his or her work. We will publish throughout the school year. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Math <ul><li>Various sources are integrated including Investigations, problem solving activities, and math strategy activities. Students will be exploring number sense and problem solving in a variety of ways. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Language <ul><li>I will combine the use of the English Book, Word Study Skills, and Write Traits -a writing curriculum. It is important to help the children gain and apply grammar rules along with practice and application. I hope to see the application of these rules transfer into their writing. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Spelling <ul><li>The children have a list of spelling words for each week through the first nine weeks. Students who make a 100% on the pretest on Thursday will not have spelling for the following week. Those who make below a 100% must complete spelling home- </li></ul><ul><li>work for all words. The test will </li></ul><ul><li>be on Fridays. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Social Studies and Science <ul><li>The curriculum is based on State Curriculum guides and Hoover City Schools District. The children will be evaluated on participation, their notebook, and understanding of content. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Make-Up Work <ul><li>If your child is going to be absent more than one day, please notify the office as soon as possible if you would like to pick up assignments. I will try to have these available by the end of the day. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Conferences <ul><li>I will send out conference forms if I feel a conference is necessary. If you would like to schedule an additional meeting, you may do so by calling me at school, or writing a note and sending it with your child. I will be happy to meet with you. You may also e-mail me at school regarding any questions or concerns. </li></ul><ul><li>My address is: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  23. 23. THANK YOU! <ul><li>In closing, thank you for sharing your most precious gift with me…your child. </li></ul><ul><li>I am so excited about this year and look forward to being a part of your child’s life. </li></ul><ul><li>Please let me know when you have any questions. </li></ul>

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