To those of you who came to Back to School Night, it was great to meet/see you! To those who were unable to come, here is what we went over:
1. Every third grader has a planner and a folder. These need to come to school every day and go home every night. Students will be writing what we are doing in class in their planners and folders will contain any important notes, permission slips, and homework.
2. Mrs. Pawlowski and I have a lot of the same rules, routines, and procedures. We are both requiring the same homework, which is 20 minutes of reading per night, Monday-Friday, and one reading response per week. Students may choose to respond to any prompt on the back of their folder and write it on a separate piece of paper or email it. It can be turned in any day of the week. Reading minutes can be your student reading to self, parents reading to students, older siblings reading to students, and listening to audiobooks and following along. If you have other ideas, email me and I'm happy to consider them! Reading minutes and responses will be graded starting the first week of September. Math homework is optional and students will receive an extra $1 for our classroom economy if they complete it.
3. I accept late work until the day before it is due. It is best to keep up on work, but I believe third graders deserve leniency. They are still learning.
4. If your student is absent, don't worry too much. Remember to read at home. Reading minutes can be made up on the weekend or another night. If your child can't read one night, make it up a different night. I'll catch kids up in math if necessary.
5. We are going to be doing a lot of technology-based learning this year. Because of this, please send some personal earbud headphones. Over-the-ear headphones are OK too, but more difficult to store. We have some of these in the classroom, but not all of them work properly. Headphones were on the school-wide list in the past and we thought they still were. Sorry for the inconvenience!
6. Please email me if you would like a paper copy of our classroom handbook/disclosure. I'm happy to send one with your child.
7. Look around this website for more information about our class and about me!
8. Email me with ANY questions, comments, or concerns. You're not bothering me. I promise.
9. We have a class pet that I'm sure you've heard all about! She is an axolotl (a type of Salamander from Mexico) and her name is Aristotle. It's hard to determine gender when they're young, so she got her name before I realized she's likely female.
10. I love your kid, I love your kid, I love your kid! I am so happy to have such a great set of students this year!