““On the Road to Responsibility”On the Road to Responsibility”
Mrs. Leachman’s ClassMrs. Leachman’s Class
2009-20102009-20...
THE HANDBOOKTHE HANDBOOK
►Rocky Ridge HandbookRocky Ridge Handbook – Please review– Please review
the guidelines in the ha...
LunchroomLunchroom
►Menus are sent home the first of eachMenus are sent home the first of each
month. Please talk to your ...
Snack TimeSnack Time
► Please send something filling and nutritious forPlease send something filling and nutritious for
yo...
MoneyMoney
►Please send any money in an envelope withPlease send any money in an envelope with
the child and the teacher’s...
CommunicationCommunication
►–– A newsletter will be sent home each weekA newsletter will be sent home each week
in your ch...
BirthdaysBirthdays
►Please feel free to send a treat on theirPlease feel free to send a treat on their
birthday. We will a...
Field TripsField Trips
►We will go on 2 field trips throughout theWe will go on 2 field trips throughout the
school year. ...
DisciplineDiscipline
► Our classroom guidelines include:Our classroom guidelines include: respectrespect everyone, theever...
AssessmentsAssessments
►Our goal is to capture a grade everyOur goal is to capture a grade every
week/week and a half in e...
GradingGrading
►Some grades are based on class work andSome grades are based on class work and
class participation. Other ...
Signed PapersSigned Papers
► Thursday Papers will be sent home regularly. Grades for the reportThursday Papers will be sen...
HomeworkHomework
► Homework will be assigned on Monday and will be due onHomework will be assigned on Monday and will be d...
VolunteersVolunteers
►We love having volunteers and appreciateWe love having volunteers and appreciate
your help. When vol...
ReadingReading
► We incorporate Reading Workshop, Literature Circles,We incorporate Reading Workshop, Literature Circles,
...
WritingWriting
►Third grade is a big writing year. We willThird grade is a big writing year. We will
write regularly in th...
MathMath
►Various sources are integrated includingVarious sources are integrated including
Investigations, problem solving...
LanguageLanguage
►I will combine the use of the English Book,I will combine the use of the English Book,
Word Study Skills...
SpellingSpelling
►The children will have a spelling list eachThe children will have a spelling list each
week. You may see...
Social Studies and ScienceSocial Studies and Science
►The curriculum is based on StateThe curriculum is based on State
Cur...
Make-Up WorkMake-Up Work
►If your child is going to be absentIf your child is going to be absent
more than one day, please...
ConferencesConferences
► There are two scheduled conference days duringThere are two scheduled conference days during
the ...
THANK YOU!THANK YOU!
►In closing, thank you for sharing your mostIn closing, thank you for sharing your most
precious gift...
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  1. 1. ““On the Road to Responsibility”On the Road to Responsibility” Mrs. Leachman’s ClassMrs. Leachman’s Class 2009-20102009-2010 kleachman@hoover.k12.al.uskleachman@hoover.k12.al.us
  2. 2. THE HANDBOOKTHE HANDBOOK ►Rocky Ridge HandbookRocky Ridge Handbook – Please review– Please review the guidelines in the handbook regardingthe guidelines in the handbook regarding Arrival/Dismissal, transportation, andArrival/Dismissal, transportation, and medications. Be sure and send a notemedications. Be sure and send a note following an absence so it may be recordedfollowing an absence so it may be recorded accurately. Please make sure you sign andaccurately. Please make sure you sign and turn in pages 51, 55, and 57.turn in pages 51, 55, and 57.
  3. 3. LunchroomLunchroom ►Menus are sent home the first of eachMenus are sent home the first of each month. Please talk to your child about foodmonth. Please talk to your child about food selection. You are always welcome to joinselection. You are always welcome to join your child for lunch. Students will be able toyour child for lunch. Students will be able to purchase extra items snack items onpurchase extra items snack items on Fridays. If you have any questionsFridays. If you have any questions regarding your child’s lunch account pleaseregarding your child’s lunch account please contact the cafeteria manager. You maycontact the cafeteria manager. You may also sign up to pay for your child’s lunchalso sign up to pay for your child’s lunch online. www.paypams.comonline. www.paypams.com
  4. 4. Snack TimeSnack Time ► Please send something filling and nutritious forPlease send something filling and nutritious for your child at snack time. Some good suggestionsyour child at snack time. Some good suggestions include cheese and crackers, breakfast bars,include cheese and crackers, breakfast bars, prepared fruit, popcorn and dry cereal. Try toprepared fruit, popcorn and dry cereal. Try to avoid less healthy snacks such as chips, snackavoid less healthy snacks such as chips, snack cakes, cookies or snacks that cannot be eatencakes, cookies or snacks that cannot be eaten without forks or spoons. (We do not always havewithout forks or spoons. (We do not always have these available.) Water is always available in thethese available.) Water is always available in the classroom, but your child can also bring in a waterclassroom, but your child can also bring in a water bottle.bottle.
  5. 5. MoneyMoney ►Please send any money in an envelope withPlease send any money in an envelope with the child and the teacher’s name. Pleasethe child and the teacher’s name. Please identify what the money is for. I will sendidentify what the money is for. I will send book orders home throughout the year. Ifbook orders home throughout the year. If you plan to purchase books, send a checkyou plan to purchase books, send a check made out to the club. Please do notmade out to the club. Please do not send cashsend cash..
  6. 6. CommunicationCommunication ►–– A newsletter will be sent home each weekA newsletter will be sent home each week in your child’s Thursday folder. Please feelin your child’s Thursday folder. Please feel free to contact me through email, note, orfree to contact me through email, note, or call the office and leave a message. I willcall the office and leave a message. I will return your call ASAP.return your call ASAP. I believeI believe teacher/parent communication isteacher/parent communication is extremely importantextremely important
  7. 7. BirthdaysBirthdays ►Please feel free to send a treat on theirPlease feel free to send a treat on their birthday. We will also recognize theirbirthday. We will also recognize their birthday in class. However, we cannot setbirthday in class. However, we cannot set aside time for a party. Your child isaside time for a party. Your child is welcome to pass-out party invitations if thewelcome to pass-out party invitations if the entire class is invitedentire class is invited. It is our request that. It is our request that you have the snack item in the office byyou have the snack item in the office by 8am. I will take care of passing the special8am. I will take care of passing the special snack out to the students.snack out to the students.
  8. 8. Field TripsField Trips ►We will go on 2 field trips throughout theWe will go on 2 field trips throughout the school year. All forms must be returned inschool year. All forms must be returned in advance. We will usually need twoadvance. We will usually need two chaperones per trip. Also, no youngerchaperones per trip. Also, no younger siblings are allowed to accompany parentssiblings are allowed to accompany parents on fieldtrips since this would provide aon fieldtrips since this would provide a distraction from the supervision of ourdistraction from the supervision of our students.students.
  9. 9. DisciplineDiscipline ► Our classroom guidelines include:Our classroom guidelines include: respectrespect everyone, theeveryone, the school and personal property, be prepared, work and playschool and personal property, be prepared, work and play safely and always do your best.safely and always do your best. ► A daily report will be sent home each day in theirA daily report will be sent home each day in their homework binder. If students do not follow classroom rules,homework binder. If students do not follow classroom rules, he/she will be given a verbal warning.he/she will be given a verbal warning. ► The next time a rule is not followed; The student will moveThe next time a rule is not followed; The student will move their clip to warning. Your child will have to sit out of recesstheir clip to warning. Your child will have to sit out of recess for 5 minutes. If the behavior is not corrected they will thenfor 5 minutes. If the behavior is not corrected they will then be asked to move their clip to Time-Out. They will havebe asked to move their clip to Time-Out. They will have to sit out for 10 minutes of recess. If this is not effective,to sit out for 10 minutes of recess. If this is not effective, parents will be contacted by a note or phone call.parents will be contacted by a note or phone call.
  10. 10. AssessmentsAssessments ►Our goal is to capture a grade everyOur goal is to capture a grade every week/week and a half in each area. Yourweek/week and a half in each area. Your child will usually bring home a signed paperchild will usually bring home a signed paper folder every week (Thursday). Progressfolder every week (Thursday). Progress Reports are sent in the middle of each nineReports are sent in the middle of each nine weeks. Report cards are sent home everyweeks. Report cards are sent home every nine weeksnine weeks
  11. 11. GradingGrading ►Some grades are based on class work andSome grades are based on class work and class participation. Other grades are basedclass participation. Other grades are based on testing which reflect good study habits,on testing which reflect good study habits, memorization, inferential-higher levelmemorization, inferential-higher level thinking, and decision-making. Class workthinking, and decision-making. Class work is usually not taken as a grade. Theis usually not taken as a grade. The children are learning and practicing throughchildren are learning and practicing through these assignments.these assignments.
  12. 12. Signed PapersSigned Papers ► Thursday Papers will be sent home regularly. Grades for the reportThursday Papers will be sent home regularly. Grades for the report card are based on these evaluations. Each year, this seems to be onecard are based on these evaluations. Each year, this seems to be one of the more stressful events for third graders. We review these as aof the more stressful events for third graders. We review these as a class but your child may have additional questions. So, I suggest youclass but your child may have additional questions. So, I suggest you review these with your child. If your child usually does well and doesn’treview these with your child. If your child usually does well and doesn’t perform as well on a particular assignment, please explain that withperform as well on a particular assignment, please explain that with work and practice they can always pull up his/her grade. I never sharework 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 isgrades 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 toprivate information even if you do really well. Please take the time to discuss with your child the importance of privacy in this area.discuss with your child the importance of privacy in this area. ► After you have reviewed the papers, please sign the stapled page inAfter you have reviewed the papers, please sign the stapled page in the folder and return with the signed papers. It is your child’sthe folder and return with the signed papers. It is your child’s responsibility to return the folder to class.responsibility to return the folder to class.
  13. 13. HomeworkHomework ► Homework will be assigned on Monday and will be due onHomework will be assigned on Monday and will be due on Friday. Homework should take no more than 30-40Friday. Homework should take no more than 30-40 minutes a day. If your child is taking longer than thisminutes a day. If your child is taking longer than this amount of time, please contact me. Students will have noamount of time, please contact me. Students will have no written homework over the weekend.written homework over the weekend. ► ******Special Note – Most Third Graders cannot be sent to******Special Note – Most Third Graders cannot be sent to their room to do their homework. We have to guide andtheir room to do their homework. We have to guide and show them how to study. I will give them guidance andshow them how to study. I will give them guidance and hints in class. They should be able to complete mosthints in class. They should be able to complete most written assignments independently. Please allow studentswritten assignments independently. Please allow students to try assignments on their own. If they ask for help, try toto try assignments on their own. If they ask for help, try to be more of a guide ~ rather than solving the problem forbe more of a guide ~ rather than solving the problem for them. One of our goals for our Third grade students is tothem. One of our goals for our Third grade students is to lead them in the direction of being independent thinkerslead them in the direction of being independent thinkers and learners.and learners.
  14. 14. VolunteersVolunteers ►We love having volunteers and appreciateWe love having volunteers and appreciate your help. When volunteering, remember toyour help. When volunteering, remember to sign in at the office and get a visitor’s pass.sign in at the office and get a visitor’s pass. If you would like to help in the classroomIf you would like to help in the classroom and are not scheduled, it would be helpful ifand are not scheduled, it would be helpful if you could send a note with your child onyou could send a note with your child on that morning so I can be expecting you. Wethat morning so I can be expecting you. We want to make the most of your time andwant to make the most of your time and assistance!assistance!
  15. 15. ReadingReading ► We incorporate Reading Workshop, Literature Circles,We incorporate Reading Workshop, Literature Circles, Reading Response Log and use of library books. My goalReading Response Log and use of library books. My goal is for your child to develop a LOVE for reading if they dois for your child to develop a LOVE for reading if they do not already have one. Therefore, I will use many differentnot already have one. Therefore, I will use many different approaches and types of genres to do what is best andapproaches and types of genres to do what is best and help your child individually.help your child individually. ► Please make it a priority to set aside three or four times aPlease make it a priority to set aside three or four times a week to have your child read. (If not daily) Also, set asideweek to have your child read. (If not daily) Also, set aside time to read to your child. We need to read books thattime to read to your child. We need to read books that your child is not yet capable of reading. This is anyour child is not yet capable of reading. This is an excellent way to increase your child’s vocabulary.excellent way to increase your child’s vocabulary. ► Ask your child questions about the story or article andAsk your child questions about the story or article and discuss words the child might not understand. This is onediscuss words the child might not understand. This is one of the best ways to encourage your child to be a life longof the best ways to encourage your child to be a life long learner and to be successful.learner and to be successful.
  16. 16. WritingWriting ►Third grade is a big writing year. We willThird grade is a big writing year. We will write regularly in their Writer’s Notebook.write regularly in their Writer’s Notebook. Please know that the students will work onPlease know that the students will work on most of their writing assignments at school.most of their writing assignments at school. This will ensure that the student is writingThis will ensure that the student is writing and revising his or her work. We willand revising his or her work. We will publish throughout the school year.publish throughout the school year.
  17. 17. MathMath ►Various sources are integrated includingVarious sources are integrated including Investigations, problem solving activities,Investigations, problem solving activities, and math strategy activities. Students willand math strategy activities. Students will be exploring number sense and problembe exploring number sense and problem solving in a variety of ways.solving in a variety of ways.
  18. 18. LanguageLanguage ►I will combine the use of the English Book,I will combine the use of the English Book, Word Study Skills, andWord Study Skills, and Write TraitsWrite Traits-a-a writing curriculum. It is important to help thewriting curriculum. It is important to help the children gain and apply grammar ruleschildren gain and apply grammar rules along with practice and application. I hopealong with practice and application. I hope to see the application of these rules transferto see the application of these rules transfer into their writing.into their writing.
  19. 19. SpellingSpelling ►The children will have a spelling list eachThe children will have a spelling list each week. You may see words from the priorweek. You may see words from the prior weeks if they continue to miss these wordsweeks if they continue to miss these words in daily writing. Please go over these wordsin daily writing. Please go over these words with your child. They will be tested onwith your child. They will be tested on Fridays.Fridays.
  20. 20. Social Studies and ScienceSocial Studies and Science ►The curriculum is based on StateThe curriculum is based on State Curriculum guides and Hoover City SchoolsCurriculum guides and Hoover City Schools District. The children will be evaluated onDistrict. The children will be evaluated on participation, their notebook, andparticipation, their notebook, and understanding of content. Social Studiesunderstanding of content. Social Studies will be taught during the 1will be taught during the 1stst semester andsemester and Science will be taught during the 2Science will be taught during the 2ndnd semester.semester.
  21. 21. Make-Up WorkMake-Up Work ►If your child is going to be absentIf your child is going to be absent more than one day, please notify themore than one day, please notify the office as soon as possible if youoffice as soon as possible if you would like to pick up assignments. Iwould like to pick up assignments. I will try to have these available by thewill try to have these available by the end of the day.end of the day.
  22. 22. ConferencesConferences ► There are two scheduled conference days duringThere are two scheduled conference days during the year in October and February. If you wouldthe year in October and February. If you would like to schedule an additional meeting, you may dolike to schedule an additional meeting, you may do so by calling me at school, or writing a note andso by calling me at school, or writing a note and sending it with your child. I will be happy to meetsending it with your child. I will be happy to meet with you. You may also e-mail me at schoolwith you. You may also e-mail me at school regarding any questions or concerns.regarding any questions or concerns. ► My address is:My address is: kleachman@hoover.k12.al.uskleachman@hoover.k12.al.us
  23. 23. THANK YOU!THANK YOU! ►In closing, thank you for sharing your mostIn closing, thank you for sharing your most precious gift with me…your child.precious gift with me…your child. ►I am so excited about this year and lookI am so excited about this year and look forward to being a part of your child’s life.forward to being a part of your child’s life. ►Please let me know when you have anyPlease let me know when you have any questions.questions.

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