Welcome! Welcome! Welcome to Third Grade - Rm. 216! I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and are ready for the 2020 -2021 school year! I am very excited to be part of your child's education and can’t wait to officially meet everyone on Tuesday. I’m so thankful Ms. Schiavone stepped in for orientation, and I know we are off to a fantastic start! We will be spending most of this week getting used to and learning new routines while covering most subject areas! We will also spend time thinking about our upcoming Communion Day – SO EXCITING! All of this may take a little time, effort, and perseverance – but we will get there!!! I know that third grade can be a big adjustment for some students, please know I am here for you and your child if you have any questions or concerns - just send me a note or email (email@example.com), and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I am really looking forward to a terrific year and getting to know these awesome kids and their families better! Let’s have a wonderful first week!
Below I have included the detailed note that was emailed to you about what you can expect in third grade in case you missed it.
Welcome to Third Grade at St. John Fisher! We are so excited for the new school year and the new growth that will be sure to happen over the next nine months in your child's height, weight, and KNOWLEDGE! We understand that this school year will have unique challenges, but together we know we can be successful and have a great year! WE ARE READY!
MATH - We use the GO MATH series. We know it can be rigorous, but we also know that the core of our Math curriculum is the same as it has always been. Students will become effective problem solvers by first understanding math concepts. Fluency in the basic facts of addition and subtraction are essential in math. Please continue to work at home on this skill. Multiplication and division mastery will be our goal by the end of third grade. They need to know how to use computation skills and how to apply appropriate problem solving strategies. How do we accomplish all of this??? With a lot of hard work, perseverance, and positive attitudes! Anything you can do to encourage and assist your child in building their "real life" Math experience is greatly appreciated!
Reading - We will be exploring weekly stories, articles, passages, and read alouds that incorporate lessons in vocabulary, phonics, spelling, fluency, literacy skills, comprehension, extended response, and writing with our new school-wide Reading series, Into Reading. All students will have a consumable book and will use a notebook in Reading class. Several novel studies and independent reading will also be included throughout the year. Third graders are shifting from learning to read to reading to learn.
English - In third grade, grammar, sentence structure, and parts of speech will be covered. Writing and writing and more writing will play a vital role in all subject areas. We will be working on opinion pieces, narratives, and informational types of writing. Simple informative research reports will also be assigned later in the year.
Spelling - Spelling tests will be given every Friday. Cursive will also be incorporated in each cohort.
Science/Social Studies - Science and Social studies will be taught during each trimester, however they will not be taught at the same time. We will begin with a Science unit and when completed, we will move on to Social Studies. This format will continue for the duration of the year. Third graders love learning about animals, matter, geography and our city, Chicago, among other topics.
Religion - September 19th is our scheduled date for First Holy Communion. We are thrilled to be sharing this special day with the communicants! The goal of our Religion program is to learn and understand more about our Catholic faith and values using our book Blest Are We, Faith In Action.
Homework - Homework will be written in the student planner each day. Students are being taught to use this planner. Please check your child's assignment notebook daily.
Chromebooks - A new and exciting change for third graders is that each student will be given a Chromebook computer allowing us to be 1:1. The Chromebooks will not be available at the start of the school year, but should be distributed by early October. Since our students will be working with these devices, all third grade students will be receiving a Google account and email address. Each homeroom teacher has created a Google classroom. Students will receive their log- in information and code for their homeroom during the first week of school. Even though their devices won't be available right away, we are requesting all students to log in to their accounts and join their homeroom. Having all the students logged into their homerooms will be vital, should we have to transition to remote learning.
Specials – Room 216 - Monday Spanish – Tuesday Art – Wednesday – Computers – Thursday – Gym – Friday - Library
Teacher Communication - Please feel free to email us with questions or concerns. We will be using our Google accounts so both students and parents could e-mail us directly.
Mrs. Sally Caulfield - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Therese Regnier - email@example.com
Mrs. Margie Sefcik – firstname.lastname@example.org
Schoolwide Cleaning and Disinfectant Procedures -
· Regular and consistent cleaning and disinfecting is necessary to reduce exposure. EPA approved disinfectant and cleaning supplies will be housed in every classroom, out of the reach of children, and will be used to kill germs.
· Frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door handles/knobs, desktops/tabletops, countertops, chairs, light switches, pencil sharpeners, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, phones, toys, cubbies/coat and backpack areas, sinks and faucets) will be cleaned on a daily basis.
· Classroom surfaces and bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized several times throughout the day, but specifically before and after snack/lunch, recess/playtime and at the end of the day. The school buildings will receive a deep clean on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
· Formal bathroom breaks will be scheduled throughout the day. Areas in each of the bathrooms will be taped off and only a limited number of students will be allowed in the bathroom at once to allow for safe and proper social distancing.
· Gloves and other appropriate PPE will be used during cleaning and disinfecting.
· Teachers will train students how to properly wear and adjust their masks and consistently work with students to ensure appropriate hand washing, sanitizing and disinfecting takes place frequently throughout each day.
In conclusion, we will be studying and working on many new and exciting things this year. Third grade is a year of transition from the development of skills to the development of independence. It is a time for students to begin to assume responsibilities for their education and become life-long learners, but they definitely still require guidance from school and home. Please review the Friday Folder each week with your child. It is really the best method to monitor your child's progress. Please check out our Third Grade Blogs and up-coming Classtag for information. Thank you in advance for all of your cooperation and support. We look forward to a year like no other!
Sincerely, the Third Grade Team