Policies and Procedures

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the third grade. I am sure that your child’s success and welfare are as important to you as they are to me. Thus, I would like to provide you with my expectations for the coming year.

Third grade is a transition year for your child. No longer in the primary grades where not as much is expected of him/her, third grade aims to teach your child to become more responsible and independent. The work is harder, the amount of homework will increase, and it will take your child more time to complete assignments. Please be patient as your child adjusts.

All work is to be completed as instructed in class, neatly, and on time. Homework assignment book, as well as all written homework, must be signed daily. This is to ensure that you are aware of what is going on in the classroom. Your child’s growth and your understanding of his/her performance are vital to his/her education. It is important for you to know when your child is doing well, in addition to when he/she is doing poorly. Homework reinforces what he/she has been taught in the classroom. Homework encompasses both written and study assignments, which will be assigned on a daily basis. Incomplete assignments will be recorded and may influence report card grade. Ample time will be given to prepare for quizzes and tests and will be noted in homework assignment book. All children will be required to take advantage of First in Math and earn 100 stickers per week. Weekly sticker count will be recorded every Monday in the back of homework copybook and should be initialed by you. At the end of the trimester, points will be deducted for each week 100 stickers were not earned . First in Math is a great resource available to the students and should prove beneficial to all who make use of it appropriately. Parents, guardians, siblings, etc. should not be earning stickers for the children. Doing so has no academic benefit to the child and puts them in an uncomfortable situation.

Test folders will be sent home on Mondays (usually) and are to be signed and returned on Tuesday. Make-up tests will be administered at 7:45 a.m. upon return from absence (with the exception of a prolonged absence). Also, it is recommended that your child come to school at 7:45 upon return from an absence in order to catch up on missed notes/work, or you may call the office before 2 p.m. and request work be sent home or picked up. Missed work cannot be made up during the school day.

Pretzel money is collected on Thursday and Friday for the following week, and/or children may purchase a snack during recess. If your child is not purchasing a pretzel or snack from school, they are permitted to bring fruit, vegetables, or yogurt as their recess snack. Only one snack is permitted to be eaten at recess, and no drinks are allowed. Children will be permitted to get a drink from the water fountain.

Again this year, all children will be entitled to free breakfast and lunch. However, there is a $25 monthly (per family) Lunch Sitting Fee which covers supervision. Breakfast is distributed at 8 a.m. If your child will be eating breakfast in school, it is important he/she arrives at 8 a.m. so that he/she finishes eating before prayers. Those not eating breakfast in school are expected to arrive at 8:20.

All school policies and procedures outlined in the handbook are followed and enforced. Demerits will be issued for lateness, uniform violation, etc. Please send all monies in an envelope with your child’s name and grade on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send a note, leave a message at the school office, or email me at plafferty@stanthonyofpaduarcs.org. I will be happy to address your concerns. In addition, if there are any special circumstances, allergies, etc. please keep me informed.

Thank you in advance for your support. With joint cooperation and hard work, we will have a very rewarding and pleasant year.


Mrs. Patricia Lafferty