WELCOME TO ROOM 31


August 2018



Dear Room 31 Families,

Welcome to Room 31 and 3rd grade!  My name is Ms. Sharon Green, and I am excited to be your child’s third grade teacher.  I have twenty-three years experience teaching elementary school for the Los Angeles Unified School District and I am honored and thrilled to be in my nineteenth year as part of Carpenter’s outstanding learning community.  I look forward to building a collaborative relationship with you and your child in order to have a positive and productive year. 


Third grade is a big year for students filled with learning new skills such as multiplication/division, cursive/keyboarding, organization, detailed writing, and deeper thinking.  I will set high, but clear and appropriate expectations for all of my students and help them to reach their potential. Our classroom will emphasize cooperation, responsibility, honesty, participation, and respect.  


Below are some key points that will help you and your child get started off on the right foot in third grade. 


Homework/Supplies:  In order for students to review and reinforce concepts introduced in class, students will be assigned homework Monday through Thursday. Following Carpenter’s Homework Policy, third grade nightly homework should take about 35-45 minutes to complete.  Reading a minimum of 20 minutes each night is highly recommended as part of the homework assignments. Occasionally, projects or reports will be assigned. Students will write their homework assignments in their student agendas.  (I have pre-ordered student agendas, and they will be available for purchase for about $5 during the first week of school.) Students must bring their student agendas to school everyday along with their completed homework assignments. Please check your child’s agenda nightly to be sure he/she has completed the assigned homework.  To assist your child with developing organizational skills and responsibility, please provide the following as soon as possible—due date Friday, August 24th

 

    • A 1 inch three ring binder (stiff notebook)    

    •  5 subject spiral notebook with a plastic cover (5 Star brand)

  • Traditional pencils 
  • 0.7 Mechanical pencils 
  • 0.7 pencil lead
  • 1 stretchable jumbo book cover
  • 4 color Bic pen
  •  Reusable water bottle



Classroom and School Rules:  Furthermore, your child will have a highly productive and safe year if he/she abides by the classroom and school rules. Our classroom focuses on encouraging responsibility and positive behavior.  I have discussed these rules with him/her on the first day of school.  


Rules

1.  Follow directions quickly / first time
2.  Raise your hand for permission to speak
3.  Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat/classroom 

4.  Make responsible and smart choices    

5.  Be respectful to all class members


Consequences

1.  Warning/Review of rules

2.  Reflection / Practice time

3.  Note home

4.  Parent contacted by teacher

5. Conference with parent


I use the Class Dojo app which is a terrific way to encourage children to behave appropriately while parents are able to keep tabs on their child’s behavior.  Once I receive all family emails I will send out a paper inviting your family to join the Class Dojo app.


In class I use a behavior chart where students are able to monitor their classroom behavior and earn raffle tickets.  Each Friday 2 raffle tickets will be picked and those children will be able to choose a prize.  Please monitor your child’s behavior and remember to praise or reward him/her when he/she receives outstanding behavior reports. By the same token, please follow up with unsatisfactory behavior notices that are sent home.

 


Attendance/Tardies:  Regular school attendance is key to success.  If your child is absent, please send a note explaining the absence on the day of his/her return to school.  You may also contact me via Class Dojo to let me know if you plan to pick up your child’s missed work (I need to have the request by 12:00 in order to prepare the work).  This is also a reminder that all students should be lined up by 7:55AM outside the room so that our classroom day may begin promptly at 8:00AM.   


Birthdays:  We will celebrate birthdays monthly.  As soon as we have our class roster, I will have our Room Parents coordinate a simple, once a month birthday celebration.  It will be held the last 10-15 minutes of school on a selected date.  Please be aware that we are trying to abide by the LAUSD Healthy Foods Policy by serving approved foods to our students during the school day, even for birthdays and celebrations.  In lieu of a food item, you may choose to donate a book from your child to the class, which is a “gift that keeps on giving” or bring small party favors (erasers, pencils, etc.).  Our first celebration will celebrate children with June, July and August birthdays and I’ll give you the date ASAP.


Friday Returned Work:  Every Friday (starting about the 2nd or 3rd week of school) your child will bring home work completed/graded from the week in provided “Friday Folder.” (this is the folder that beginning of the year papers are sent home in to be filled out) Please be sure to review the work over the weekend to keep current on your child’s academic strengths and areas that need improvement. One side of the folder will contain papers that you should remove and keep while the other side will contain papers that need to be signed and returned to school.  Friday folders are due on Mondays.


Wish List:  Our classroom will need supplies throughout the year.  Other current wish list items include antibacterial hand wipes, Kleenex/tissue boxes and Target/Amazon gift cards.


Emergency Kits:  Please send a large plastic bag containing items that can be used if there is an emergency during school hours.  Each kit should contain 2 bottles of water and 4+ other snacks that your child would eat.


Back to School Information Folders:  In week 1 your child will bring home a folder filled with papers to be read, signed and returned.  I will be sending a note along with this folder reminding you of important papers I will need.  As students bring back their folders with all the needed papers they will earn a cool mystery prize!  Please make sure to send the papers back in the folder they came in.  This folder will be used as our Friday Completed Work Folder.   


Home/School Communication: I truly believe that students have the greatest success in school when teachers, parents, and students work together.  Please don’t hesitate to ask questions as necessary.  The best way to contact me is to email me at yoyo4@aol.com or Class Dojo.  You may also send a note with your child or leave a message for me in the Main Office (818-761-4363).  I will also send home a weekly email called the “Room 31 Update” on Sundays so that you will know what is going on in class. Please be sure to fill out the attached Student Information Sheet so that I can send you an email this weekend.  



With your support, I look forward to having a successful year with your child.  I look forward to meeting you at Back to School Night to further discuss academic goals and standards.  In addition, I will have a sign-up sheet that night for anyone interested in volunteering in our classroom.  We will be looking for 3 Room Parents to help with our class this year.


Sincerely,




Ms. Sharon Green

Room 31