WELCOME TO ROOM 31


August 2016


    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-one years experience teaching elementary school for the Los Angeles Unified School District in grades third through fifth with students with special needs, and I am honored and thrilled to be in my seventeenth 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 Monday, August 24th:  

A three ring binder (2 inch) 

$5 for a student agenda

Your child will use this binder as his/her homework folder.  


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



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 email to let me know if you plan to pick up your child’s missed work.  This is also a reminder that all students should be lined up by 7:55AM, 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.).


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.” Please be sure to review the work over the weekend to keep current on your child’s academic strengths and areas that need improvement. 


Wish List:  Our classroom will need supplies throughout the year.   We have a Brother ____ printer.  Staples gift cards are also welcomed so that I can purchase ink when needed.  Other current wish list items include antibacterial hand wipes, rolls of paper towels, Kleenex/tissue boxes, emergency snacks/water bottles and Target/Amazon gift cards.


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.  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” 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.


Sincerely,




Ms. Sharon Green

Room 31